You’ll see why transcription matters when you watch this short video from The Colbert Report.
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I wanted to tell you about this free Q & A WordPress webinar hosted by Angela Wills. It takes place on Tuesday, April 2, at 12 PM ET. If you have questions on WordPress, this is a great opportunity to get them answered!
Learning WordPress for your small business can put you in control of your marketing and give you the ability to create new business offers when needed.
Here are a few benefits when using the WordPress blogging platform:
1. Easy and Quick Installation – If you have a web hosting company that offers an option in your control panel called Fantastico De Luxe, you can easily install WordPress on your website. My website has been hosted for several years with Bluehost and they offer Fantastico De Luxe.
2. Website Themes – There are many free WP (WordPress) themes available to choose from.
3. Website Plugins - There are almost 8,000 WordPress plugins on the WordPress.org website (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ ), and thousands more that are not in the WordPress database. Plugins allow easy modification, customization, and enhancement to your WordPress blog. When you find a plugin you want, just download, unzip, and upload it to the plugin directory on your blog. After uploading a plugin, go to the Admin area of your blog to activate the software.
4. Self-Updating – WordPress will inform you if upgrades are available for the basic WordPress operating system and your WP plugins. When upgrades are available, you will be notified, and often you only need to click a link to automatically install the upgrades and updates.
Have you ever lost a computer document?
Everyone who has created computer files and documents has experienced frustration when they lose an important document.
Let’s see how Dropbox can help eliminate this problem.
First and foremost, you can download Dropbox for free on any Windows, Mac, Linux or Mobile operating systems. No matter how great a computer system you have, it’s necessary to back up your files.
The main advantage of online backup is your files are hosted at a remote location entirely separate from your physical location. Most people who back up data transfer it to an external hard drive. But, what if that hard drive fails or you experience a hurricane, tornado, flood or a fire? If your equipment is destroyed, so is your data. You can also use Dropbox to backup information located on multiple computers with a single service. That’s so much more convenient than plugging an external hard drive into your desktop, transferring, unplugging it, plugging it into your laptop, transferring again, etc.
Security is also an issue that can impact Dropbox (and any other online storage service). Storing your information online is handy and provides an off-site backup you can access in case of a major catastrophe. Your online data will be accessed with your username and password. To improve your security, choose a password that would be difficult to guess and limit access to Dropbox to secure connections.
Dropbox lets you:
* Store your documents, videos and photos
* Share your documents with others
* Protect your precious photos and important documents
With Dropbox you can access your files from anywhere at any time and never have to worry your files may be damaged or lost.
Sharing your documents with others is simple. Just send them an invitation to folders in your Dropbox and they can view those files on any computer just as if the file is actually saved on that computer. It’s a great option when you want to share files or photos with clients, co-workers or relatives.
If your computer or external hard drive should die (heaven forbid), your files on Dropbox can be restored quickly. You can reverse mistakes and it allows you to remove files from the trash that you may have moved there and didn’t intend to.
Dropbox is fast and easy to set up. Storage for up to 2GB is totally free but you do have the option to purchase a storage package that will allow 100GB of storage for $9.99 per month or $99.00 per year (you can get even more storage if needed).
Another great benefit with Dropbox is it works with smart phones, iPads, and other devices that connect to the internet. Accessing your saved files can be done from anywhere in the world.
The convenience, ease of use, and peace of mind knowing your files are safe is a big reason more people are turning to Dropbox for help with file storage.
I was browsing around on Amazon and saw a few items I thought you might be interested in, especially if you are planning to do any recording, podcasting, teleseminars or webinars. Also, if you are into photography or taking images for social media, there is a good deal on a 16MP digital camera by Nikon (I just bought this and I love it). I’ve linked them to my Business Needs page (they’re all in the third row) so all you have to do is click on them to check them out in more detail.
Olympus VN-702PC voice recorder for just over $50. From what I’ve seen, this is a great price for all these features which include:
- Weighs under 3 ounces and measures 4.3 x 1.5 x 0.7 inches.
- Features a large LCD screen and built-in stand, 2 GB of internal memory, and microSD memory card compatibility which lets you easily capture high-quality audio.
- Enables you to download your files via USB and records in both MP3 and WMA formats.
- Gives you 823 hours of recording time and 2 GB of internal memory so you can dictate notes and documents, capture lectures, etc., and still have plenty of room to store documents.
- The device also features a microSD slot with the potential to hold up to 32 GB of additional memory.
- Built-in stand on the back of the body designed to reduce noise from the surface when the recorder is placed on the table. It works like a kickstand and allows users to read the menu without having to look down at the recorder.
- USB connectivity enables fast file transfers to your PC, as well as storage for e-mailing.
- The Calendar Search Function allows you to easily search your files by date and play them back with ease.
- Voice Activation saves time and energy by allowing you to start and stop the recording hands-free.
- And, even better for your transcriptionist (hopefully that’s me), wherever you are–whether in a conference room, large hall, or at home–the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.
Blue Snowball Plug-and-Play USB Microphone with Studio headphones and microphone pop filter for about $90. This gives you studio quality recordings and exceptional sound-capture quality. The Snowball produces crisp, clean recordings that are free of feedback and distortion. A unique pattern switch allows you to toggle between three different settings, giving you the flexibility to record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, interviews, hearings, depositions, and more. With a plug-and-play design that is both Mac and PC compatible, the Snowball requires no additional drivers and is ready to record straight out of the box.
Norton 360 2013 Premier (1 user/3 PCs) for only $29.99. This is a real deal! I have used Norton for several years for my computer security and I paid more than this on sale early this winter. This provides a single, comprehensive solution that protects you from threats, guards your files against loss, and optimizes your PC’s performance. It lets you share, surf, shop, bank, and socialize online without downloading threats, getting ripped off, or having your passwords and identity stolen. Automatically backs up your files-so you don’t have to remember to do it-without getting in your way. Cleans up and tunes up your PC to keep it running fast and trouble-free. Protects without slowing you down or getting in your way.
Nikon COOLPIX S6300 16 MP digital camera for $126.95. As I said above, this is a great little camera (I have the blue one and I used it to take the Snowball picture at the top of this post) which features:
- 16.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor
- 10x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens
- 2.7-inch bright LCD display
- Full HD (1080p) Movies with Stereo Sound
- Comes in four colors to choose from
Hope you found a new gadget for your office! Take care.
Just a little something for you. Here is a free resource paper that I hope will be of use to you: 21 No-Cost or Low-Cost WordPress Plugins.
My colleague, Angela, Willis is holding a workshop in two sessions starting today called WordPress Plugins. You can check it out by clicking on the link at the bottom of the plugin resource paper. In her workshop she will cover all the stumbling blocks to adding and USING great plugins for your WordPress website or blog. She covers the following in this workshop:
- What to look for in a plugin.
- What to avoid in plugins.
- When it’s a good choice to pay for a premium plugin.
- When it’s time to give up on a plugin.
- What to look for to keep your site secure from plugin vulnerabilities.
- What to do after you’ve installed a plugin.
- How to maintain your plugins.
Feb. 21st, 12pm to 2pm ET &
Feb. 28th, 12pm – 3pm ET
Have a great day everyone!