Author Archives: R

Social Networking for Business 2009

There has been a lot of buzz lately about “social media” and other “web 2.0” technologies that can supposedly “change the way we do business” and all that. A lot of it is hype and nonsense, of course, but there … Continue reading

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Google Docs at PMUG General Meeting, 13 July 2009

One of the most interesting developments in software for small businesses over the past two years have been various “web 2.0” technologies such as blog software and “software as a service” options for collaboration such as Google Docs. These have … Continue reading

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Connecting Wirelessly with Mac OS X

One of the more common questions I hear is how complicated it is to connect a computer wirelessly, but “connecting wirelessly” can mean a variety of different things. Most wireless technologies use radio waves of some sort, and almost all can be used with Mac OS X.
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Professional Ethics in Macintosh Consulting

I recently had the unfortunate experience of cleaning up after another “Macintosh consultant” who, by all evidence, seems to have misled and taken advantage of a client. Things were not set up according to standard practices, equipment was purchased but … Continue reading

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Mobile Meh

In summer of 2008 Apple announced that it would integrate various web services with the iPhone under the brand name “Mobile Me.” Existing “dot Mac” (.Mac) customers were migrated in what was billed as “Exchange for the rest of us,” … Continue reading

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Presentation on Basic Business Planning

With the downturn in the economy since mid-2008, I have found that I am speaking with clients much more about fundamental issues of business planning and logistics at levels they hadn’t considered or really expected from “the computer guy.” These … Continue reading

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Media Management w iPhoto and iTunes

Most people have more things than they use each day, and many more than they use each year. For whatever reason we want to save things such as a high-school jacket or a book read long ago, but not necessarily … Continue reading

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Useful and Free Online Tools for Groups and Business

When I first started as a full-time consultant in 1998, it was a pretty neat trick for most people to learn they could connect two or three computers together to share a single printer or plug in to this odd … Continue reading

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Laptop Basics

A key part of how consumerism works is to create more demand for products, whether through advertising or the creation of new markets. Is there a laundromat? Try and replace it with a washing machine (and then dryer) in every … Continue reading

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Engineered

As a computer consultant I get to walk into and clean up a lot of messes. Sometimes these are messes created by months of misunderstanding or simple neglect: logical misarrangement or the organic detritus of any natural process over time. … Continue reading

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