Archive for March, 2009

31
Mar
09

Your “external brain”: Evernote

I love Evernote!  What is it?  Well, in one of their videos, it is referred to as your “external brain”.  Anytime you see something online you want to remember, you can clip it and save it to Evernote.  You can easily install a Web Clipper bookmarklet to add to your browser’s links toolbar.  You can easily note the entire webpage or just the pictures and text that you want to remember.  Think of it as clipping the one article out of the paper that you want to keep.

You can search, save, share and tag your notes to Evernote.  It can even identify words in pictures thorugh the search option.  Watch the video below to see Evernote in action!  Let me know how you use Evernote.

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30
Mar
09

A Daddy Moment

I realize that the majority of the postings on this blog are tech related, but I had to share this moment from this weekend.

Saturday was a pretty nice day where we live.  I was in our backyard playing with our kids.  They are busy digging up the garden box (nothing is planted yet) and “cultivating” the box for planting our vegetables for this year.  As usual, our daughter got dirt on her hands faster than our son, so she went inside to get washed up for dinner.

dsc03140This left me outside with our son. Ahh, some daddy and son time.  While we were playing, he said he wanted me to set him up in one of our trees in our backyard.  I picked him up and placed him in a part of the tree that forms a “V”, so he could easily sit in that part of the tree.  I stayed close so if he did lose his footing, I could catch him.  He liked being in the tree and the fact that I could lift him up there, because I was the “biggest and strongest”.  His words, not mine.  We spent the next few minutes together with him jumping into my arms so I could catch him.  He was having a blast!

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Next, he decided he wanted to swing.  We have a swing that is hooked to this same tree.  So he sat on the swing and I started to push him back and forth on the swing, and then he looked back at me and said it, “OK, dad, you can let go.  I can kick my legs.”  I let go of the rope on the swing and watched my son kick his legs to go back and forth on the swing.  I was proud of my son because he was swinging with his own momentum.  But, at the same time, it made me realize that this would be the first of many, “OK, dad, you can let go” moments.  When he learns to ride his bike, goes to school, drives, etc.  It all kind of flashed in front of me.  While teaching our children independence and self sufficiency is part of being a parent, it was kind of an eye opener for me.  My little boy is growing up.

So, what’s the moral of this story?  There’s a few.  1) Your kids grow up way to fast.  They seem to be growing up faster now than ever before.  2) Make sure that when you do have those “you can let go now” moments, that you’ve given your child every chance to succeed and make the right choices so that once you do “let go”, they can accomplish their own achievements.  3) Love’em and tell them that everyday.

Have a great day!

27
Mar
09

Just a quick update!

Wow!  This has been a busy couple of weeks, but an exciting couple of weeks.  New challenges-yes.  New opportunities-DEFINITELY!  Robert Scoble has a personal rule that if things get a little to crazy, he holds off on blogging, then comes back to it.  I kind of like that approach.  He’s still very active with other social media, just holds off on the blog.  That’s kind of where I’ve been at the past few weeks.  My Facebook and Twitter time has been consistent.  But as for the blog, I’m back. 🙂

Through various conversations I’ve had over the last few weeks, this blog is going to move to more of a focus on social networking and media.  I think a lot of people hear about the sites but don’t necessarily see a value in them or just don’t know how to use them.  So, that will be my job.  Showing you what I know about these sites and their uses.

I’ll also talk about some various neat tools or time savers that I’ve found along the way and use.  For instance, Texter is a great tool that I use daily in both my professional and personal career.  More of those tools are to come.

For my blogging friends, one of my newest Twitter friends is offering a free 31 Days to Build a Better blog class.  I’ve signed up for it and would love for you to join me.  I think it would be a cool experience to work through together.  You can find more information here.

So, here are my questions to you, as a reading audience.  What do you want to know about social media?  What tools or time saving online tools would you like to know more about?  Let me know.  Email me at mark.labutis@gmail.com.  I want to hear from you!

Best wishes,

Mark

17
Mar
09

Great time saver–Texter

I religiously follow the Lifehacker blog.  A lot of great things can be found on there.

Here’s a neat little time saver that I’ve used both at work and at home.  Texter is a  free download that can cut down on your repetitive typing. For instance, in most of my emails, the opening line and the closing line are  the same.  Instead of typing these lines out, I simply type in two letters and hit my tab key.  Texter then fills in the rest of my text through a line of text that I’ve already programmed for that “hotstring”.

This is an easy to use tool that I would highly recommend.  Stay tuned.  More is coming regarding time saving tech tools and social media.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!

Mark