Dustin Wheeler

Dustin Wheeler
Dustin is a technology-driven CPA in Orem, Utah.

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My Feelings about Feedly

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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Goodbye, Google Reader - Hello, Flipboard!

I felt a great disturbance throughout the Internet, as if millions of blog readers suddenly cried out in terror.  I was shocked to read that Google Reader will be retired on July 1, 2013.  I’ve used Google Reader nearly every day for the past several years to read the news, follow my favorite blogs, and subscribe to many helpful RSS feeds.  It’s my most frequently used app on my phone and tablet.  What will I do without it?

Twitter conversations immediately …

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Do you put social media links on your invoices? It's easy with Xero

A creatively designed invoice can be so much more than a collection tool.  Links to social media websites are simple additions to electronic invoices providing opportunites for increased visibility and contact with customers.  Plus, they add a little color and fun to an otherwise boring document.

While I was exploring settings in Xero, the social links area caught my attention.  When activated, it adds Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ icons to online invoices.  This is one of Xero’s many new invoicing …

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What I saw at CES, 2013 Edition

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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Bank rules in Xero for fixed amount checks

One of my favorite things about Xero, an online accounting software, is its ability to automatically categorize transactions based on a customized set of rules.  While other accounting software have some built-in automation features (such as pre-filling information from the last entered transaction for a payee), Xero is unique in that it categorizes transactions when they match certain conditions for payees, amounts, references, etc.

For example, I set up an automatic monthly payment on my bank’s online banking site for a …

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How to handle a LinkedIn connection request from someone you don't know

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the LinkedIn connection dilemma I face when I receive a request from someone I don’t know.  Back then, I would just hit the “ignore” button because I have no idea who John Doe is, nor do I know any tire salesmen across the country in Maine.

I have taken a different approach after reading a few blog posts by Joel Ungar in AccountingWEB.  Joel is a principal with Silberstein Ungar, PLLC in the …

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Cool feature alert - attach receipts in FreshBooks

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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Consuming content on tablets with Google Currents

For a guy that enjoys new technology, I entered the realm of tablet computing a little late.  I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with a 10.1 inch screen.

The tablet fills a unique role among the other devices I own.  It is more portable and boots up faster than my laptop.  The larger screen makes it a much better device for viewing web pages and PDF files than my phone.

Unlike my desktop and laptop computers, the tablet is not …

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Why Google Analytics is so much fun

While I’m not a power user of Google Analytics like those who track e-commerce and advertising performance, I know my way around it well enough to discover fun and interesting facts about my blog’s visitors.  Below are a few insights into my blog’s statistics:

I love maps!  The Demographics-Location screen shows that my blog has nearly spanned the globe.  It’s no surprise that the United States is the darkest shade of green, which means that it is the country with the …

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Craigslist searches in Google Reader

Not long ago, a friend told me that he hoped to buy a certain piece of used equipment on Craigslist.  He said that he frequently went to the Craigslist website and searched for the name of the equipment he wanted to buy.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I use Google Reader to pull content from all over the Internet and read it all in one place.  My friend’s situation made me wonder if a Craigslist …

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