Pocket – the great way to curate content and read on the go

Posted on: January 27th, 2014

If you’re like me, you find a really interesting article or video online but don’t have the time to look at it there and then. You keep the web page open in your browser but then your browser crashes a couple of days later and your article has gone for ever.

Thanks to Alicia Cowan, I have discovered a brilliant Internet curating tool called Pocket.  You can add articles, videos, images and just about anything you want into Pocket and it is saved neatly for later – when you DO have time to read stuff.

One click to save to Pocket

There’s a little red pocket bookmarklet you add to your browser. Just click on that when you are on a web page that interests you and it will be saved to Pocket. You can also save it your your Pocket list by emailing the link to add@pocket.com.

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Ten top apps for you to try out

Posted on: October 26th, 2013

I went to my monthly brainstorming breakfast last week and the subject this time was ‘My favourite app’. I thought I’d share these ten top apps that were among those discussed. I suspect you will probably use some of these already but, hopefully, there will be some new ones you haven’t yet come across. As far as I am aware most of these are free (or have a free version), except for eWallet:

1. Diptic
This enables you to create a montage of several images on your phone or tablet that you can post on social media. You are given a whole range of different templates and you simply select the images from your photostream that you want to include. Here’s one I did the other day:

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If you sit a lot, Varidesk™ will change the way you work

Posted on: July 27th, 2013

Sitting for much of the day at my computer for many years has resulted in three things. I now have:

  • Round shoulders
  • Tight hamstring muscles
  • Shorter hip flexor muscles

As a result, I have to do corrective stretching exercises to try and counter the effects of too much sitting.

There are other downsides to spending too much time on our bottoms. 

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Why I prefer Feedly to Google Reader

Posted on: June 14th, 2013

From July 1, you will no longer be able to read updates from your favourite blog posts or websites via Google Reader. That means you will need to find an alternative RSS feed if you want to continue accessing your favourite web pages from one place.

The one that lots of people are moving to is Feedly. I know most of us don’t like change but I switched over a couple of weeks ago and I think it’s far superior to Google Reader.

First of all, you can customise your Feedly page with different colours. Here’s my home page before I customised it and below you can see I have changed it to purple and pale green.

How to get your WordPress blog up and running – quickly

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

I first had an idea to start this blog about three years ago but had no idea how to use WordPress. So I googled  ‘blogging’ and ‘Wordpress’ and came across two guys in Australia, Yaro Starak and Gideon Shalwick, who provided 10 free videos on how to get started with WordPress. They were easy, step-by-step ‘how to’ videos that gave me everything I needed to know in order to get going.

They have now updated these videos which is now called Become A Blogger 2.0 and have teamed up with a partner called Leslie Samuel who presents this new version. The subjects you will learn about are:

  • Why you should use WordPress
  • How to get your own domain name
  • How to get a web host
  • How to install WordPress
  • How to upload files using ftp
  • Choosing a WordPress theme
  • How to install WordPress plugins
  • How to create blog posts and pages
  • What RSS is and why you need it
  • How To Use Feedburner

Convert a business card to a phone contact with CardMunch

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

The other day, a friend told me about a great free app called CardMunch.

Whenever I am given someone’s business card, I generally either leave it lurking in my bag for ages or it sits on the top of a pile of other business cards. In other words, I don’t transfer the information to my Outlook or to my phone. I can’t be bothered to type it all in, quite frankly. So that means, when I want to communicate with that person, I have to rummage around to find their card.

Enter CardMunch.

This is an app which is linked to LinkedIn. You simply take a photo of the business card with your iPhone (it only works with iPhones at the moment) and tap ‘upload’. After a few minutes, that person’s LinkedIn photo and their name plus company name appear on your phone screen. Cool or what?

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