Craig's Week In Tech 6/11/11

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Craig's Week in Tech - Newsletter

June 11, 2011 - Volume 1, Issue 2

Newsletter!

Last week, I did a random thoughts post. It was a good way to get lots of little thoughts out from the week without having the time to write entire posts. I think I'll continue that! I'm going to turn it into a newsletter format... a little more polished up. I'll try to get them out on Saturdays. Here is the first one (in the new format)! :) 

Google +1

Google has implemented it's +1 button on the search page. It also now has given websites the ability to put +1 buttons on specific pages similar to a like button that facebook has. It is a way for excellent articles by social voting to gain relevence. When you search, hot +1 items from your social sphere will be displayed. Here is an 31 things you should know article from the week with suggestions.

QR Codes/June Challenge

Take a look at the June challenge from ActiveRain. It is going to push the envelope for us to use these things in innovative ways. QR code is the bridge for a person on their mobile to jump to a mobile-ready site (info page, tour, video, etc). Done right these codes are great, problem is many do it wrong. C'mon ARs let's show 'em how to do it!

Google Wallet/NFC

Here's a new technology to keep your eye on. Google has introduced its wallet smartphone app. It depends on NFC (near field communication, wireless receiver has to be within a couple inches of object). Use your NFC enabled smartphone to pay for your purchase at select retailers and the list is likely to grow fast. Limited phones work yet (android) but watch as this tech grows!

Apple

Apple introduced something coming soon called iCloud, successor to mobileMe. For those with various apple devices, this is a way to have your content synced 'in the cloud.' 5GB will be free for starters. I'm at present not an apple person (though my wife just got an iPhone) but this is an interesting development. (apple side note, have you seen the building Apple is proposing dubbed 'spaceship' by observers, for their new HQ starting to build next year...)

Gold Star Posts

Here are a few bookmarked posts from my recent list that are interesting and let me share. Michael Thornton (resident statistician) - how many posts on ActiveRain on a single day (interesting!). Robert Hammerstein helped find an IE9 fix for AR that worked for him, see if it helps you. Deborah Garvin asks us to examine what others see in our virtual presence, is it good or bad?

Empire Avenue

Empireavenue is a website where users get accounts and then trade shares or 'invest' in other online users. I have not signed on yet so I really don't understand it. It is becoming VERY popular. Now I agree it kind of sounds like fun, but I have zero hours left in my day. Can anyone lend their viewpoint into this? Is there any business value? It is a way of social networking, but how valuable? or is it just for fun?

Video

We are having some fun in the video department last week with Charita and Alan. Please check out our VBloggers group to catch up if you missed the fun (plus many wonder vlog posts). Meanwhile on a serious side, I came across Sue Adler, an agent in NJ, doing wonderful community videos. If you want some great inspiration, check out her youtube channel and here's a specific example to look at. I'm awestruck, it's that good! :)

Recent Classroom Posts

If you missed them, here are my last three classroom-type (teaching) posts:
Getting Points for Comments
Where is that Blog Post? I Know I Wrote it!!!
Using Google Bookmarks [tutorial video]

Until Next Time...

Well I think this new newsletter format works well. I hope you enjoyed it! :)
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John Novak
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Nice clean layout on this, and I see you used CSS instead of HTML <table> tags. I need to come up with a few CSS layouts for my different reports.

Jun 11, 2011 06:08 PM #58
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Jose L. Torres
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Craig, great and useful information!  I loved how you layed everything out! 

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Jun 11, 2011 07:31 PM #59
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With all these comments you already know "you've got talent" ~ So much techie stuff out there, how do we ever keep up!

Jun 11, 2011 11:52 PM #60
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Robert - glad you made the IE9 'discovery' and shared, thank you

Debbie - I hope to make it a series :)

Jay - I look forward to taking a look!

Steve - I am happy to help bring this info to everybody to help keep at the front of the pack :)

Andy - thank you, glad you appreciate

Barbara - it is my pleasure

Cheryl - I like that position in your list :)

Maya - email subs are good, hot off the press notifications! :)

Judy - sounds like you enjoyed several of the points, I'm glad :)

Jun 12, 2011 01:50 AM #61
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John - you are welcome

Shar - I know right?!

Sandi - different systems may render the fonts slightly different which could make the boxes fill up past the height, I added a little more height to a couple of the boxes that were tight, thanks for mentioning :)

Eric - less than zero is a about right!

Anthony - thank you

Mike - G wallet sounds interesting, I look forward to using it someday

Ray - ok, since you asked so nicely :)

Betsy - thank you, glad to see you again

Jun 12, 2011 01:53 AM #62
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Deborah - I'm glad the topics interested you to want the homework, great post yourself!

Barbara - say hello to the Rockwall team for me :)

James - you are welcome

Evelyn - issue "1" was my random thoughts, issue 2 (this one) looks "prettier" :)

Leah - you are quite welcome

Corinne - like that!

Kathy - thanks for saying so

Elizabeth - I'm honored to be bookmarked

Patricia - happy to see you as a regular classroom attendee

 

Jun 12, 2011 01:58 AM #63
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Ken - look forward to more video posts, time now is pretty overbooked, but I look forward to that time when we can make it happen, you are so kind 

Marilyn - terrific, making things happen! love it

Brian - very kind, thank you

Robert - happy to hear that, thanks

John - presentation is important, it is worth investing a little time beyond minimums :)

Jose - thank you

Larry/Sheila - by the discussions we all have on AR, techie stuff at least you are way ahead of 'everyone else' - don't you love the rain? :)

Jun 12, 2011 02:05 AM #64
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Craig -- love the newsletter format. This is a fun way to summarize what we need to know. Thanks!

Jun 12, 2011 02:48 AM #65
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MOST impressive! I have sent links to friends and am going to reblog this, there is just so much good info here! Thanks! Don't know how you make time to do this but we are all grateful!

Jun 12, 2011 02:51 AM #66
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Craig, the only thing I don't love about the newsletter is that every time I read one of your posts my todo list gets bigger and a newsletter just adds multiple things to the list but despite that, I'm loving it.  Thanks for all that you share with us regularly.  Where do you find the time????

Jun 12, 2011 04:02 AM #67
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Donna Malone
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Craig, Sue has produced a great community video. I am about to venture in that direction. I'll be posting to Vbloggers soon.

Jun 12, 2011 04:27 AM #68
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Ginny Gorman
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Craig, everyone agrees this is a wonderfully done format ...Sue Adler does a great video..the best i've seen...

Jun 12, 2011 04:47 AM #69
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Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
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Hi Craig,

Haven't noticed the +1 buttons yet, and will keep a heads up.  Didn't have a chance to read all the comments above, but if you find the time to do a tutorial about how to create the clean looking table in your post above, that would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

Jun 12, 2011 07:02 AM #70
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Sandy Acevedo
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Hi Craig, your fix on the height was right on. I can see clearly now...wait, is that the name of a song?...

Jun 12, 2011 07:22 AM #71
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Your posts always have sooooo much info in them!  Thanks for the new format...makes it so easy to read. 

Jun 12, 2011 01:51 PM #72
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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Selling Norfolk County Homes

I love your new format! Easy to find the topic that interests me...'course I want to read all of it! I absolutely LOVE Sue Adler's youtube video. Wow! I am going to have to get started on that myself! Thank you for sharing that.

Jun 12, 2011 05:01 PM #73
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Wayne Johnson
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Craig, You've forgotten more about technology than I know. I really learn at least two major bits of info from your posts each time I check in. Thanks.

Jun 13, 2011 04:13 PM #74
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Emily Read
Salt Lake City, UT

Ooooh fun! I'm getting revved up for the QR challenge... still thinking about the best way to go about it. Interesting to see how people will embrace Google +1 - definitely something to watch! Great post, Craig!!

Jun 14, 2011 12:15 PM #75
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Karen Baker
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Craig ~ Catch up time, so behind in AR, reading, commenting, blogging, lurking....love,love,love this series you provide..bookmarked!!Thanks a million!!

Jun 14, 2011 02:37 PM #76
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Craig - I just don't understand Empire Avenue. It seem like it's the new farmville.

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