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iPad for Special Ed Families

The introduction of the personal computer in the late 1970’s was a culture-changing shift, but it was the introduction of a mouse-driven interface in the mid-80’s that allowed this shift to become mainstream. I believe that the mouseless, touch-screen interface of tablet devices such as the iPhone and the iPad is as great a leap forward, and makes technology accessible to even more people, including those with “special needs.” The combination of a simpler interface, network ability, rich multimedia and portability makes the iPad a particularly appropriate technology for special needs students and their families, as discussed at a presentation on Monday evening, 3 May 2011, to the Vancouver special education PTSA.
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Business-Wide File and Data Management

“A place for everything and everything in its place” is great advice, but how well can you do it when “everything” has been accumulating for a dozen years, in scores of programs, across half a dozen computers? Whether you are an individual, run a small business, or are responsible for the records of a non-profit, business-wide data and file management is a subject worth considering.
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Contacts and Scheduling on the Mac

A basic overview on managing schedules and contacts on Mac OS X, including online integration with services such as Google and iPods or iPhones. Written to complement the February program of the Portland Macintosh Business Association.
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Google Docs for Non-Profits

Slides from a ninety-minute presentation I gave for the Non-Profit Network of Washington on “Google Docs for Non-Profits.”

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Macintosh Business Association of Portland

The Macintosh Business Association of Portland is a group for businesses who use Mac OS and associated technologies. MBA’s goal is to help members network and better learn how to manage technology in their businesses. Monthly meetings are on the fourth Monday of each month at the Oregon School of Massage, Clasroom F @ 9500 SW Barbur Blvd, with additional special interest groups (”SIGs”) expected in the future.
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Basic IT and Technology Planning for Small Business

One of the great advantages of using Macintosh technology in small business is that it is simpler, more secure and requires less maintenance. A little information technology (IT) or computer planning, though, can make your Apple and other systems work even better. This column discusses the basics of a good technology plan for you, your organization or small business.
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Apple Hardware December 2009

The end of the calendar year is a good time to review currently available hardware, falling as it does near the end of the tax year for most businesses, and with several federal holidays for changing and configuring equipment with … Continue reading

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