Like so many other Social Media addicts, I managed to get an early Google + invite and have been playing with the environment. It’s kind of hard to get a really good handle on how this will fare, though there are plenty of “gurus” who can tell you why it will succeed, or why it will fail. I chose to cover my bases:

I’ll leave it to more capable folks to make a bold prediction. Instead, I thought I would share some of what I have learned so far.

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In my reviewing role at The-Gadgeteer.com I received a Blue Yeti to review. I really like this microphone, you can read the review on that site. It is a great USB microphone, and they recently released a new Pro version with more features.

I used the mic for a while, and started looking for a pop filter. If you are not familiar with what a pop filter is, it is a screen you put in front of a mic to prevent “pops”. A pop occurs when you are speaking, and essentially blow air into the mic. The pop filter prevents this.

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WordPress for Technical Communicators

January 21, 2010

I had the opportunity last night to present a quick overview of WordPress to the local STC chapter. As promised I am posting this information for the attendees.

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Snoozing SMS Updates to Avoid Twitter DM Spam

November 2, 2009

Recently there has been an uptick in account hijacks on Twitter. This commonly happens when someone logs in with their twitter ID/Password to a site that is a trojan horse. That site then sends out messages through the victim’s account. Recently, it seems, a Direct Message is the preferred mode of sending out these messages. […]

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Time-Lapse Photography

July 1, 2009

A good friend of mine is involved in a construction project. I don’t have all the details, but he is looking to create a time-lapse record of the demo at a site followed by the construction of a new building. He estimates that the project will last 12-18 months. Here is what he is looking […]

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Over vs. Under Design

April 22, 2009

I strategically chose the name of my business as blue collar design because I wanted to communicate that my focus was design that worked, not just some pie in the sky design for design’s sake. Initially I started this as a side business, wanting to do some web design. That urge has long passed, but […]

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What Twitter Is, and What It’s Not

April 20, 2009

So I have been exploring the world of Twitter since last fall. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of what I have learned about Twitter. This is my attempt to explain how twitter is similar and dissimilar to services out there already. First the basics, Twitter is a communication tool that has […]

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Western Digital Passport

April 18, 2009

Recent incidents (both involving myself and family) have reminded me of the importance of a good backup strategy. External hard drives are a great tools to backup or transfer files. I have owned a My Book and My Passport for quite a while. Doing a little research on the external drives I was surprised to […]

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MacHeist 3

April 5, 2009

MacHeist is an interesting program that allows you to buy a bundle of Mac programs for a ridiculously low price. I participated in a previous one that let me get a nice screen capture program for the Mac and a bunch of other applications. Currently they are running the third incarnation of the program which […]

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Strange Social Media or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Anarchy

February 18, 2009

I am new to this Social Media space. For those that have no clue what I am talking about, it means many things to many people but most would agree that sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are part of it.

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