So few gmail users know the myriad of apps they have access to. Google has done a horrible job of showing what’s available and how to best use them.
Google Keep: notes, list, and more.
My cousin asked me if I used Google Keep. My answer, absolutely. I found Evernote – for basic lists – to be too much. Plus, wherever possible, I want to keep my apps and utilities under a single account.
Why I LOVE Google Keep
Cross-platform: PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, tablets, etc.
Simple list and notes – easy to use immediately. No learning curve.
Location (geo) reminders – bring up a reminder when I reach a destination, city, etc.
Share-able – collaborate in real-time with other gmail users.
This is the single-most powerful and under-utilized feature of most Google Apps.
Google Keep Video
For my vlog #3, I show why and how I use Google Keep
DISCLAIMER: I’m getting a little technical but this is not a comprehensive article on Internet security. It does provide some simple(relatively) ideas to help you secure your home network.
Yep.. the Internet got nailed last Friday and it was mostly due to home connected devices… IOT – The Internet of Things. Get to know that buzzword, it’s worth $175/hr. if you’re a tech security consultant.Continue reading→
Last week I spoke for PMI LA’s North LA County meeting. I again covered Cloud-based Project Management Strategies and Tools – showcasing 3 specific tools and strategies on more effective team communication.
I’ve included the PDF as a download below.
Three Project Management Tools
Full-project management tracking. Gantt chart and calendar views. Auto-notifications, etc.
Project team collaboration & discussions in real-time.
Google Drive (docs and sheets)
An amazing tool when used properly. Shared files (better than dropbox with folders and sharing using folder structure permissions) plus real-time document and spreadsheet editing.
When Microsoft started their “to the cloud” ad campaign, those of us using Google Drive were sitting there waiting for them and had been for 5 years.
All of the above products are great at what they do. They all struggle with user and group security management. That’s my knock with MANY collaboration tools. Tie that stuff into Active Directory and we’ll be very happy.
I often include music in my presentations. (sneaky hint: I’m double-dipping… it makes the presentation more enjoyable plus I’ve won a few music fans in the process).
The morning of the presentation I decided I would write a project management song. Sure.. I’m probably not going to win a grammy with this but given my workload – developing 3 different pieces of software, plus a writing project – I’m pleased with how it turned out. Unfortunately, I did not have the time at the presentation to perform any music. We were up against a hard-break and there were a lot of GREAT questions from attendees.
So… here is the song for your listening pleasure. I recorded it yesterday morning at around 6:30am. Download it here or play it below. The lyrics are below the player.
Deadlines loom like a coming storm This status report is due in the morn My assistant’s no help, ain’t doing what he can Just posted a picture of his dinner on Instagram Another cup of coffee, add a shot too It’s the fuel to cure my, Project Management Blues
The CFO, she says the budgets gone I’m left to do this on my own She’s a pretty smart cookie, at least at math But she don’t know squat about critical path But I’ll buckle down, yeah I’ll see this through It’s the just-in-time, agile, or scrum Project Management Blues
I’ve worked for hours on end, I did my best But my gantt chart looks like a Rorschach Inkblot test Dependent tasks keep sliding to the right And I got no resources in sight But I can weather this storm and make it rain too I’m the cure for their, Project Management Blues
Yeah I know why I’m here and I’m sure you do too I’m the cure for your, Project Management Blues
Yeah I know why I’m here and I’m sure you do too You’re the cure for their, Project Management Blues
About Facebook’s New Terms, Privacy Settings and More
I just got the Facebook email where they are updating their terms and policies and introducing privacy basics.
What I know about this is that it will (already does) create a flurry of status updates that sound/appear something like.
“This lengthy, rambling, pseudo-legalese blah blah blah – protects me from the monster that is Facebook, Zuckerberg, and the CIA. Blah blah blah. And by posting it, I declare that I am a sovereign nation!”
ABSTRACT: This is a simple explanation of how I use Microsoft Publisher to create web images – in this case buttons with a rollover effect. I’ve provided a downloadable publisher file with the necessary VBA code.
I’ll explain the CSS and HTML to make the rollovers happen at a later date.
ABSTRACT: This blog post covers security concerns over Facebook Messenger but also covers security, technology and philosophy/policy.
This question – or something like it – has come up with clients and friends a LOT lately. Mostly due to Facebook separating functionality from their main app into two apps. The Facebook App (your timeline and stream of photos) and Messenger – an app focused on direct person(s) to person(s) chatting.
Articles have cropped out – most with an ominous tone of big brother watching you – due to “permissions” the application requests when it is installed.Continue reading→
SUMMARY/ABSTRACT: This article explains how to use Google Drive (cloud computing baby) to coordinate and organize recordings (musical collaboration) with other musician across the Internet.
Remote Collaboration For Musicians
Do you have an interest in collaborating with other musicians? I talk to a lot of artist who want to do just that. This tutorial explains the collaboration process and provides instructions on how to effectively accomplish this with Google Drive.Continue reading→