Tabaldo on Tech

Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century

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New Year’s Resolution for 2013

New Year’s Resolution for 2013

PaperlessSo this year I don’t want to make a resolution but a list of goals that I hope to accomplish. If I call this a resolution then I will have to do it for a few days maybe even weeks and then ignore it for the rest of the year. So I like the sound of “GOALS” better.

Go paperless – I have the NEATscanner system and Evernote and these coupled with Dropbox and Cubby, I think I can set out to be completely paperless in 2013! This both personal and professional paperless. I’m tired of the papers on my desk at home and at work I find I can access everything I need on the Internet, so just keep the Internet up and I’ll be fine. Continue reading

Stuff I Recommend

Sometimes I come across a product that I just LOVE, and I want to share. I have a few links posted on the right nav bar under “GADGETS” but I want to really highlight them and a few more.

AppleTV

Let’s begin with the Apple TV. This little gadget is such a great deal. Think of the BANG for the BUCK! For only $99 you get a 1080p HD experience. This little box has changed my life, literally. I can stream from the iPhones, iPads to the big TV. I can watch Netflix or HuluPlus and YouTube. We can access the music, videos & pictures on the Media Server (separate post on the Media Server set up) from iTunes.  The AppleTV will AirPlay Mirror wireless from a Mac with the Mountain Lion OS, I see this as an asset in any classroom.

ZAGG, Inc.

Now let’s talk about productivity. As an administrator and a professor, I sometimes rely on my iPad to take notes in a meeting, or demonstrate a concept to a classroom. Lucky for me with this accessory my iPad becomes even more powerful. The ZAGGfolio is a protective case, a stand and a bluetooth keyboard all in one! When I take notes in Pages or Notes it feels almost like I’m typing on my MacBook. I can whip up a Keynote in minutes, and most importantly as an administrator I can answer email quickly and efficiently. The bluetooth keyboard holds a charge for about a month with moderate usage, and at $79 and a variety of colors, it  is a must have accessory no matter what your job.

NeatDesk

An organized, digital life.

OK – so let’s get organized! I love getting organized as much as the next guy, but who has time? Well I had been wanting one of these bad boys for a while and the price tag is what prohibited me for making the leap. At $399 NeatDesk is a big investment to say the least. So I’ll tell you, I saved up rebate cards and Staples gift cards until the investment could be made and let me tell you it was worth it. I went for NeatDesk because it was able to handle the many different needs I had as a business owner and for my personal paper clutter. The NeatDesk will scan business cards and import then to my Outlook Contacts, it can scan documents like articles and invoices and organize them into appropriate folders/categories that I have predefined, and of course it can scan receipts as well. The scanner is FAST! I began with scanning the bank statements for the last 3 years to date. I knocked this out for  4 accounts in about 5 minutes. It was simple and easy to figure. The software is powerful and can even generate reports for you. There is Neatcloud, a service that will back up everything for you, but I felt it was not worth it since I already back up using Carbonite.

Carbonite Online Backup System


Unlimited online backup for your small business

We all have external hard drives that we back up our data to, right? Well what happens when that external HD fails? Or better yet when your friend/spouse/kid/{fill in the blank} turns off the automatic back up to the external drive and you don’t know it. Unknowingly you take your computer to the shop to have the OS updated and you assure the tech that your data is recoverable on your external hard drive. When you excitedly get your computer back and go to to restore the data, your heart sinks as the last back up date you see is July 1, 2010! This is a true story, it really happened to a friend of mine and two years worth of work was gone, not recoverable! It is a feeling that just breaks my heart.

Those who know me say I’m a back up freak! I have 3 external HDs that I back up to and I also save photos to CD by month/year. But when it comes to my data/pictures/videos/music I don’t delete anything and I don’t risk it either. I have had an external HD fail on me, and luckily I have a back up to my back up. Now, let me explain my back up plan to you: My iMac (the family computer) has an external HD that backs up all the music, data and photos from the individual users. I have a W7 PC that I use for my business that has a small external HD for data back up. Finally I have a NAS drive (or 2) that house all media in the entire house (that’s all music and all digital movies.)  I have 2 NAS drives because one is a back up of the other.  So you are asking yourself where does Carbonite come in? Well, where doesn’t it? I use Carbonite to back all the data on the PC. The PC holds all my business records and even though it is on an external it is not automatically backed to the external drive. Only when I think of it. With Carbonite, I just set the folders I want backed up and it’s done. Period! I know that if there is an issue and I need to restore my data it’s there ready for me. For the price ($59/year for 1 computer Mac/PC) you can’t beat the peace of mind! Try Carbonite Online Backup FREE for 15 days and back up your irreplaceable files automatically and securely. No credit card required!