Couple of busy weeks here so just a few notes.

First in the last note I sent the link kicked off many peoples
security alerts. I assure you that the link was safe and nobody
contracted anything harmful or otherwise. Thanks to Norman and
a couple of other helpful subscribers we were able to patch up
the situation.

The site I linked to was about a book my friend wrote. The
headline described me and something I did without using my
name. And yes the headline is true and yes I will share with
you how I did what I did.

Click here to see that headline

The past few days have seen a widespread ransomware attack
that demanded a ransom to remove the malware. Looking around
I found a pretty good article at Wired about the large
malware attack. The article is a bit technical but if these
things interest you click here to read the article.

I had a relative that ran into a similar situation only
there wasn’t any actual malware. In a nutshell my relative
had a message popup saying his computer was infected and to
call a phone number for help cleaning it up. When he called
they quickly moved to trying sell him something. Sensing
something was amiss he got off the phone and called me.

The same thing happened to me a few days before and the
warning kept appearing. Turns out the warning was really an
advertisement that popped up with the message. This ad was
just especially persistent.

The fix for me was to reboot the computer. I recommended my
relative do the same. This worked for both of us and the ad
did not reappear.

If you see a similar message try the reboot fix first. If
this is a legitimate message from your security software you
will see it again and try from there. Hope that helps
someone out there.

Had an experience with real or fake malware trying to extort
you? Share your experience in the comments.

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I know you haven’t heard from me in a while, and I’m sorry. I’m human. What happedened? Life. More about that in the near future.
I have been sending these emails since 1998! It really seems like an eternity. So much has changed technology wise in just that time.
Moving forward I will be sharing what has worked for me and how it can help you. Not just technology either.
So give us a week and see the direction this will be heading. I think you will be glad you did.
You have a blessed day.

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Today a tip for shuffling through web pages that works with any browser. And a freebie too.

My wife visits a cooking site that has drawings for books and cookware. They have many giveaways going and you can only enter each one once a day. She was getting confused each day over which ones she had entered and which ones she hadn’t. So I showed her the following idea. After I explain it I’ll give you a few more ways to use it.

Here is the high level outline of the process:

  1. For each item on the list you want to enter right-click on the link and choose “Open in New Tab”.
  2. Repeat this for each item you are interested in.
  3. Go through each tab, enter, close the tab.
  4. When the tabs are closed you are done.

If this is something that uses the same pages each day go ahead and create a toolbar bookmark folder to put all the pages in. Then you can just right-click the folder and choose “Open All Bookmarks”. Makes really quick work out out of checking a set of pages each day.

I know that was very brief so I made a little video showing you how. It will be easier than typing it out. You can view that video here:

In the video I use a news site and show how I’ll read only the articles that interest me. Because the available articles is covered quickly I don’t get bogged down. I can also read the articles throughout the day as I get some free time.

Other times I will use the technique when reading a forum with the topics I want to respond to. This lets me spend extra time on the replies. Same with online email. Open the ones I want to respond to in a new tab.

And here is the freebie and it is only good today – October 9, 2013. It is a free Kindle book by William Wittmann. I have enjoyed all the books of his I have read. This one is called “Drawing the Sacred – communing with the sacred through drawing.” If that sounds interesting to you check it out. You don’t have to have a Kindle you can use Amazon’s free Cloud Reader:

http://amzn.to/1fjE6kp

Hope something here is useful to you.

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A few months ago I wrote about using technology to get better customer service.

Click here to read that article.

The basic idea was using Jing to let customer support see exactly what is happening to you. It really is helpful. Many of you let me know it had worked well for you. Jing is free. I actually use Jing’s big brother’s Camtasia and Snagit. Those aren’t free but have more powerful tools. I would use Jing until you started looking for certain features or need longer recordings.

Click here to read about Jing, Camtasia, and Snagit

Another cool use for a Jing video is to share an interesting web site or site review. By making a quick video I can share my thoughts easier than typing them in an email. So when I find an interesting website I’ll shoot a quick video showing what I am liking and where it is on the site. Then I share that. Sometimes I do it for my own review later. When I do this I bookmark the website and put (Jing) at the end of the bookmark name to remind me there is a video.

The flipside of getting better customer service is using Jing to help train others. I work pretty fast and have made shortcuts for myself for almost everything that I do more than once. Unfortunately my shortcuts aren’t always easy to pass on because they have “issues” and errors that popup, etc. That is ok since I know which errors can be ignored. But some get antsy when they see errors popping up all the time.

For most of the web based technical work – domains, hosting, blogs, email, etc. – I have been training my children. I began using Jing to make videos of what needed to be done. Over time this was amounting to a small library.

I was talking to my friend Leo Quinn. He had been doing the same thing and finally just bought the rights to a package of videos on all things website and Internet marketing. Now he just links to a video and tells them what he needs done. Very handy and fast. I immediately bought a set. They have been saving me a lot of time.

They were so helpful I asked him to work up something special if it could help you or someone you know. He said sure and put a low price on them but only for the next week.

Click here now to learn more

While I was writing this email a friend called from Abilene, TX. He asked me about setting up a website with an email list. He needed two. One for himself (entertainer) and one for his wife (hair salon). I sent him the link above and told him everything he needed to know is there. Then to call me back and we will talk about it. He called back an hour later telling me it was exactly what he needed.

So if you maintain a website, know someone who maintains a website, or know someone who is thinking of setting up a website. Give that link a look. It can save you a ton of time.

Here is the link again

Looking forward

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A Few Things

September 9, 2013

Today I have just a few tidbits to share. They seem kind of random but this is what has caught my radar recently. First I told you I would be in Dallas last week and it was an interesting conference. I was able to catch up with a friend from Hawaii who I hadn’t seen […]

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Some Thoughts on Presentations

August 29, 2013

It’s fun. My bargain laminator arrived and the kids are already putting it through the paces. Looks like it will serve us just fine. Wanted to share a few thoughts on why I like using lamininated sheets instead of Power Point presentations or folders of information when I am one on one or talking to […]

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