Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy

I just received my copy of The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy. I will post again when I finish reading it.

 

LastPass

I installed and started to use the LastPass program today. I had heard about it from Steve Gibson but had not spent any time researching it. It does store/encrypt your information locally, which is nice. It also adds a layer of protection to the browser password security. I like using passphrases that are at least 15 characters but I prefer 20 or more if possible. This handy tool will now allow me to use better passwords. Yeah!

Links:

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Steve Gibson Security Now.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Firefox 5 Upgrade

I upgraded to Firefox 5 this morning. The only addon that was not working was the Evernote addon. I used the beta version of the addon and it starting working properly.

Here is a story from Information Week. http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal-tech/desktop-apps/231000190

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

iPad 2 – My App Recommendations

There are a more than 90,000 for the iPad. From tracking flights to posting a Tweet and playing Angry Birds, if you want to do something, I am sure there is an app for it. Well, maybe not wash the dishes or mow the lawn but I am sure there is an app to give you advice on those chores.
Here is my list of apps. It is lengthy list so be warned.
Reading/Education


1) Kindle. Why buy an actual Kindle from Amazon when you get the free reader for the iPad. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kindle/id302584613?mt=8
Free

2) Google Books. You will need to sign in with your Google account but they do have some good books. I just search using my computer and place the gooks in my queue. The next time I launch the app, the books are waiting. Most of the classics are free. Google also announce that they were putting more out of copyright books online.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-books/id400989007?mt=8
Free but some books will cost you.

3) Blackboard Mobile Learn. If you college is using Blackboard and using the mobile add on. This is not a great app but it does let you read/respond to discussion boards well. That is a nice plus for when you have a few extra minutes between meetings.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-mobile-learn/id364252826?mt=8
Free for the user.

4) NASA Space images.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-images/id347075764?mt=8
Free

5) NASA has a few nice audio podcasts, video poscasts and the NASAcast. The NASA app is nice too with a feed to NASA TV. Hook up the A/V cable to the iPad and you can broadcast to an overhead in your classroom.
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nasa-app-hd/id387310098?mt=8
Free

6) PBS. It is not just about Big Bird anymore. They have a list of shows and previews of their programs.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pbs-for-ipad/id398349296?mt=8
Free

7) The Library of Congress app. This is only for the iPhone as of this post. You can still use it on the iPad.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/library-of-congress-virtual/id380309745?mt=8
Free

8) Bible. YouVersion has a great iPad app (an iPhone version too). I take notes using Evernote. Now with Audio! Get the Bible App for FREE and join millions of others who read, listen and share God's Word. 80+ free translations and 100+ reading plans to help you read the Bible and track your progress.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8
Free

Research and References
1) Wikipanion. You can say bad things about Wikipedia but I like it. It is a great place to start research. Just don’t use it for original sourcing. Just like the old days with encyclopedia's. (smile)
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wikipanion/id288349436?mt=8
Free

2) Wikihood. Use your current location to download information from Wikipedia. This one is nice if you are traveling. I suggest it for the iPhone too.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wikihood/id317776221?mt=8
Free

3) Merriam Webster Dictionary.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/merriam-webster-dictionary/id399452287?mt=8
Free

4) Dictionary.com. This one will do a word of the day for you and the “shake for a new word” feature. Nice. It only has the iPhone version but it still works well. 
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dictionary-com-dictionary/id308750436?mt=8
Free

5) On This Day. A nice iPhone app that gives events, births, deaths for every day of the year.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/on-this-day/id317064309?mt=8
Free

6) World Book – This day in History. A true iPad app that gives you a Day in History. Not as extensive as the On This Day app but still good.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-book-this-day-in-history/id364739528?mt=8
Free

7) LawStack. For those legal minds, this app has a number of nice documents.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lawstack/id338178992?mt=8
Free

8) Constitution. Another iPhone app but it is a nice tool for your next Tea Party.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/constitution-for-iphone-ipod/id288657710?mt=8
Free

9)  Declaration of Independence.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/declaration-for-ipad/id367735045?mt=8
Free

10) EasyBib. This is not an iPad app but if you have an iPhone, it is a must have for ISBN research. Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to EasyBib.com's popular bibliography management service.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easybib/id436768184?mt=8
Free

Utilities
1) PS Express. Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile device. Enjoy having your photo and video library right in your hand — without wasting your device's valuable storage space.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-photoshop-express/id331975235?mt=8
Free

2) Dragon Dictation. Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8
Free

3) Pencasts. Pencast Player is an easy-to-use application powered by Livescribe that allows you to download, view and play your smartpen notes, audio recordings, or interactive pencasts.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pencast-player/id389244675?mt=8
Free

Search
1) Google Maps. This one is built in. Nice.

2) Google Earth. This one could go under education too. Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-earth/id293622097?mt=8
Free

3) Google for iPad.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-search/id284815942?mt=8
Free

4) Yellow Pages.  Both of these are good.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yellow-pages/id284809790?mt=8
Free

5) Yellowpages.com Need a cup of coffee, want to find a good pizza place in town? Like to read reviews before choosing a restaurant? How about access to coupons at your finger tips – providing you with discounts from your favorite local businesses? The YP app is your easy-to-use guide for local info and discounts near you. Download the YP app now to Search. Find. And Save Local!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yp-yellow-pages-for-iphone/id284806204?mt=8
Free

6) Package Tracking. The next three are built for the iPhone but work well on the iPad too. All are free.
USPS Mobile gives you instant, on-the-go access to the most popular tools on USPS.com. Track a package, find Post Offices™ and collection boxes, calculate prices, and look up ZIP Codes™ any where you go.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/usps-mobile/id339597578?mt=8

FedEx Mobile for iPhone provides up-to-date shipment tracking information. Simply input your FedEx tracking number and you can quickly retrieve the status of your shipment. You can also personalize your view by nicknaming shipments, adding notes or creating a watch list for monitoring important shipments. Shipments that you’ve sent using FedEx Ship Manager®, added to My FedEx® or tracked with FedEx Desktop may also be viewed and managed via your iPhone. We’ll even let you know if select delivery exceptions have occurred.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fedex-mobile-for-iphone/id304462049?mt=8
UPS Mobile is specially designed with features that let you easily manage your shipments on the go. This App lets you track and nickname shipments, create shipping labels, find UPS service locations via GPS, and estimate shipment costs and delivery times.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ups-mobile/id336377331?mt=8

7) IMDb. This one is nice while watching movies or TV shows. IMDb is the world's largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information. IMDb is the leading app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to find showtimes, watch trailers, rate movies, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD releases, explore popular charts and share movie info.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imdb-movies-tv/id342792525?mt=8
Free

Productivity
1) Good Reader. This app is very nice and allows you to annotate PDF files. GoodReader is the super-robust highly-rated PDF reader with advanced reading and annotating capabilities. Reviews worldwide hail it as “essential,” “the best,” “magnificent” and “the killer app”. With GoodReader on your iPhone, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures. Use it once and you’ll be hooked.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodreader-for-iphone/id306277111?mt=8
$4.99

2) Evernote. This is my personal favorite. You can create lists and sync them between your desktop, iPhone and iPad.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8
Free but has a subscription for more bandwidth and the ability to attach PDF’s and documents to notes.

3) Dropbox. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8
Free. You can also purchase additional storage space. This is a nice service for your desktop too.

4) Keynote. Power Point for iPad. Keynote makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping. Use full-screen view to present right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. If you’re presenting to a large audience, connect your device to a projector or HDTV and preview your slides and notes using the presenter display.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id361285480?mt=8
$9.99

5) Numbers. Excel for iPad. Numbers lets you make compelling spreadsheets in minutes — with tables, charts, photos, and graphics — using just your fingers. Choose from 250 easy-to-use functions. Enter and edit data with an intelligent keyboard. Create impressive tables and charts, then move them around the flexible canvas. Spreadsheets look great on iPad, and they’re stunningly sharp on the high-resolution Retina display on iPhone 4 and the latest iPod touch. Numbers uses Smart Zoom to automatically zoom in on data as you edit or type, and zooms back out when you’re done, which makes working with cells and text surprisingly easy on iPhone or iPod touch.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numbers/id361304891?mt=8#
$9.99

6) Pages. Word for iPad. Pages lets you create, edit, and view documents wherever you are. Every page looks stunning and clear on iPad — and also on iPhone 4 and the latest iPod touch, thanks to the high-resolution Retina display. Pages uses Smart Zoom to automatically zoom in on text while you type and zooms back out when you’re done, so it’s easy to write and edit on iPhone and iPod touch.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pages/id361309726?mt=8#
$9.99

7) Adobe Connect. Connects nicely to Adobe Connect meetings. Attend Adobe Connect online meetings using your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-connect-mobile-for-ios/id430437503?mt=8
Free

8) Bamboo Paper. Bamboo Paper, a seriously fun new app from Wacom, provides you with the ability to create virtual notebooks for your iPad, letting you share your ideas visually with handwritten notes, sketches or doodles.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bamboo-paper-wacom-notes-for/id443131313?mt=8#
Free

Social Apps
1) IMO. With imo instant messenger, it’s easy to stay in touch with friends on your existing IM accounts. imo currently supports Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, Hyves, VKontakte and Myspace.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imo-instant-messenger/id336435697?mt=8
Free

2) HootSuite. Compose and Converse on the Go. HootSuite for iOS is the perfect social media tool for Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hootsuite-for-twitter/id341249709?mt=8#
Free

3) FaceBook. You would think that Facebook would come out with an iPad app. No, they are stuck in 2005. Here is the app for the iPhone that will work with the iPad.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8
Free

4) Skype. Microsoft own them now so I don’t expect much support for the Apple platforms. Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skype/id304878510?mt=8
Free

5) Linkedin. Another one that you think would be developed for the iPad by now.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/linkedin/id288429040?mt=8
Free

6) Twitter. A nice app for the iPad to follow all your tweeps.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twitter/id333903271?mt=8
Free

If you have any suggestions for changes or additions, please email me.  jasonejohnson @ gmail (dot) com

iPad 2 - First Things First

Here is a quick list of things that you should do first (after the initial setup) with your iPad 2.
1) Turn on the Passcode Lock. You can do this by going to the Settings, General. This will keep your co-workers from making funny posts on Facebook. It should also give you enough time to locate your iPad for those times you leave it in a taxi.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4113

2) Turn on the Mobile Me Service. This is a great free service and it works very well. You can even lock the iPad or “wipe” your data. Don’t worry, you will be able to re-sync the apps and data once your recover your device. Here is a link that will help:
http://www.apple.com/mobileme/news/2010/04/setting-up-mobileme-on-ipad.html

3) Changing the Side Switch from a Mute button to a Lock Rotation button. One of the things that is irritating to me is when I am trying to read a book or web site and the screen keeps moving from portrait to landscape. You can change mute button (located on the upper right side of the iPad) to turn on/off the rotating feature. Just go to the general settings and change the “Use Side Switch to:” Lock Rotation. Here is a link that will help:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4085

4) Buy a good cover. I had the CaseCrown recommended to me and it works well. It has the magnet to turn the screen on/off (which is nice). It is currently running under $25 at Amazon.com. The link is here:
5) Buy a good screen protector. The last thing you want on your iPad is an annoying scratch. The one recommended to me and the one I purchased is the ZAGG Invisible Shield. It is a pain to install so make sure you have the time and patience to put it on. I needed reading glasses for the instructions. If you follow the instructions, you will do okay installing it. Here is the link:
 
6) A good stylus will help you navigate your iPad if you have long nails or want to draw/annotate on your screen. I purchased the Boxwave stylus. It works well and come in three colors (red/silver/black). Here is the link:


7) Download your favorite apps and enjoy your new iPad. I have listed a set of starter apps and apps that I enjoy using. The link is here:
http://www.jasonejohnson.com/2011/06/ipad-2-my-app-recommendations.html

Friday, June 17, 2011

Ghostery.com

 

This is an excellent addon for Firefox, Chrome or IE.

From the site: Ghostery sees the invisible web - tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

 

http://www.ghostery.com/

I found out about it on Steve Gibson’s Security Now Netcast:

http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm

iPad 2

I ordered a new iPad2 yesterday. I am going to post my experiences with using it.

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