IF by IFTTT (“If This Then That”) has been an extremely useful tool in my web automation efforts. Through this website and app, I create “recipes” so that when a certain event happens in one app, an action is automatically triggered in another app. I use it for some social media activities, for example, posting Instagrams as Twitter photos. Here’s another one: by sending a text to my phone number, I can turn the volume up. Since I mute my …
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Online and mobile banking offer quite a bit more than bill pay, PDF statements and a summary of recent activity. Some of the best time-saving features aren’t as well known, such as:
Alerts. It’s common knowledge that it’s a good idea to frequently monitor bank activity for errors and fraudulent activity. I have signed up for e-mail alerts whenever there are international, Internet, phone or mail order purchases made with my debit card, as well as when purchases and ATM withdrawals …
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In my last post, I shared the news of Google Reader’s retirement on July 1 and suggested Flipboard as a possible replacement. Feedly is next up at bat and it certainly doesn’t strike out.
Here are a few things I like about Feedly:
It was easy to sync with my Google Reader account. I just entered my Google password and allowed Feedly access to it.
In addition to the mobile apps, Feedly has a Chrome extension for reading from a desktop or laptop. …
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Today, I stopped by the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and added the following to my gadget wish list:
The Samsung Galaxy Camera combines its 21x zoom and 16 megapixel sensor with the features of a tablet (4.8 inch touchscreen and Jelly Bean). Engadget has a detailed review.
Soon, high definition just won’t be good enough. The TV in this picture has 4K resolution, or 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. This is about four times the resolution of 1080p (1,920 by 1,080). There …
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A couple months ago, FreshBooks added an awesome feature to its online billing and accounting software: attaching expense receipts to invoices. I am a big fan of the integrated document management, which makes digital documents always available for quick and easy retrieval. Plus, receipts can be attached in several file formats from whatever device is convenient. Check out this video from FreshBooks showing users taking pictures of receipts with smartphones and tablets.
Since it looks so easy in the video, I …
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Just as a GPS is a handy gadget for a stubborn guy who refuses to ask for directions, Excel’s Go To Special feature quickly finds and selects cells in a spreadsheet without all of the U-turns and dead ends. The Go To Special window can be launched under the Find and Replace button in Excel 2010 and it offers a plethora of options to choose from.
One of the most useful abilities of Go To Special is selecting blank cells. For …
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For many years, I’ve used Excel as my 10 key adding machine. Since I can add and subtract numbers on my computer, I have never wanted clunky and noisy equipment taking up space on my desk. I have used the built-in Windows calculator occasionally, but it lacks a traditional 10 key tape that accountants love, so I’ve preferred using Excel. That may be changing, however, since I discovered Moffsoft FreeCalc in a discussion in the CPA Tech Connect LinkedIn group. …
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Out of curiosity, I occasionally enter my name in Google to see how I am doing in my goal to dominate the first page of Google search results. Today, I decided to take a different approach and see how Google autocompletes searches for my name. According to Google, its algorithm predicts queries based on other users’ search activities. These searches provide some insight into what phrases people have used to search for me and other lucky guys out there that share …
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A coworker stopped by my office seeking a solution to a dilemma. She had received a large PDF document in reverse order (page 1 of the document was page 100 of the PDF, page 2 was page 99, and so on). Since backwards workpapers are the type of thing that can drive an accountant to the brink of insanity, there was a lot at stake here.
We brainstormed a few possible ways to reverse the page order. In the past, I …
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Recently, I had one of those “how did you do that?” moments with a tech-savvy client. This client, like me, set up his domain with Google Apps. During a meeting, he told me he wanted to show me a spreadsheet he created in Google Docs. In the web browser, he typed d.(his domain).com and the browser opened his Google Docs login page. Not long after that, as we were scheduling our next meeting, he typed c.(his domain).com in the browser, and his Google Calendar instantly appeared. I …
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