VLOG #3 – tech tool edition. Google Keep for cloud-based, share-able/collaborative notes and list

We didn’t do a post for vlog #2 – about being annoyed, so watch that here.

Google Apps are Amazing

but…

“Google is abysmal at being amazing!”

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.
  • And more…

Google Keep Video

For my vlog #3, I show why and how I use Google Keep

Workshop: Cloud-based Collaboration and Communication PMI-North LA County

A quick thank you

Yes.. that’s my dog Beaux on my monitor. 😉

The Slide-deck

To download, click the image for the Powerpoint file or get the PDF here.

Tools worth looking at:

I just re-discovered this. The last time I visited the North LA Chapter, I wrote, “The Project Management Blues”. Enjoy!

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Which one of you brought down the Internet… again?

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. 


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Cloud-based Project Management and The Project Management Blues (a song)

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

  • Smartsheet
    Full-project management tracking.  Gantt chart and calendar views. Auto-notifications, etc.
  • Glip
    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.

The slides

Download PDF of Slides

The Project Management Blues

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.

Project Management Blues – lyrics

© 2015 Matthew Moran

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

Thank you Los Angeles! Good night!

I’m Leaving Facebook after January 1st

You lie, you lie, with a booger in your eye!!

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!”

 

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Adding Rollover Buttons to your WordPress Website

ABSTRACT: A tutorial to teach you how to create image rollover buttons using CSS.

rollover buttons using cssI’m not going to teach you all about CSS and HTML elements here. I’m going to assume some knowledge; that you know what CSS is and that you know what a <div> tag is.

If not, go here.

A Summary of the Steps Needed to Create Rollover Buttons using CSS. More explanation below.Continue reading

Creating website buttons quickly using Microsoft Publisher VBA

File under: Automate Everything.

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.

The Cobbler and His Children’s Shoes

First, I should be automating a LOT more. My consulting company, Pulse Infomatics, automates documents, reports, and other stuff. I’ve been an automation fanatic for 25+ years (yeah, I’m that old). In fact, read my book, Building Your I.T. Career, and you’ll find that I suggest (strongly) that information technology has only two roles: Information & Automation. Automation is the one most often neglected in organizations and is easily the most valuable!Continue reading

facebook messenger security

Facebook Messenger – Security, Privacy, and the Real Conversation

Should I Install Facebook Messenger?

ABSTRACT: This blog post covers security concerns over Facebook Messenger but also covers security, technology and philosophy/policy.


facebook messenger securityThis 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

How to Use Google Drive to Record With Musicians Across The Internet

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