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Comcast's new digital TV delivery requires digital boxes on all TVs.
Families with children eligible for federal free lunch benefits at school qualify for low cost internet service if they are in a Comcast service area.
Comcast is now offering up to 100MB internet service in the Visalia area.
Comcast Launches Netflix Competitor
Free Excel training online.

The Gmail Notifier generates a pop-up when you have new e-mail similar to Outlook notifications. You can also install Google Talk, which includes notifications for new e-mail. The Gmail Notifier isn't compatible with the Google Toolbar.
Free scanning tools – If you suspect your computer is infected, try these: Microsoft's Safety Scanner, Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware, Trend Micro's HouseCall, and ESET's Online Scanner.
Smartphone sales surpassed those of PCs for the first time during the fourth quarter of 2011.

doubleTwist.com – iTunes for PC and Android.
Astrid.com is a portable cross platform task list app. Another is Wunderkit.com
Workflowy.com is a simple but powerful task organizing tool.
Trello.com is a project manager – tracking lists of lists.
Asana.com integrated project management with email and a portal for multiple users.
Teamlab.com provides a portal for working together on a project, including document storage with version tracking. We are experimenting with using this for our Web design projects.
More online task and list managers.
ifttt.com is an if then engine for online tools – link data from one site to cause an action at another.
Springmetrics.com provides Website analytics and targeted offers based on browsing history at your site.
When signing up for online services, think carefully about the safety of your data, and be sure you have a way to back it up so you have your own copy.  Although Online services can be wonderful, it is a moving target. Here are some recent announcements:
Gowalla, a service that lets users announce their whereabouts, is set to close down in weeks. In October, Google canned its social network Google Buzz. The Web’s first major social network, Friendster, was overhauled in June to focus on video games. Questions surround the fate of the photo albums created by its 75 million Kodak Gallery users, as Kodak struggles. With Megaupload's financial assets frozen and unable to pay its bills, the hosting companies storing the data may begin deleting the data.
Indigo Sells Interest in Kobo Ebook Reader to Rakuten, Inc. – Yet another web service undergoing change.
Google search has gotten a lot of publicity for changing it’s policy to take advantage of information about you multiple Google sources to customize your search results.
As you know, we are fans of LastPass, a web based password management program.  It is gaining momentum, with tips showing up in multiple places:
The How-To Geek Guide to Getting Started with LastPass
How to Build a (Nearly) Hack-Proof Password System with LastPass and a Thumb Drive
Amazon announced today that Kindle books are coming to more than 11,000 U.S. libraries. The digital book distribution company OverDrive will handle the loans, as it does for most libraries.

A Stanford Project to help you make a change in your habits using technology. Their top 10 list.

More than a hundred interviews and podcasts with the leading thinkers in the world from Management Consulting News.
Office 2019” video – what the future might look like.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 releases March 7th. SQL is the database used in many Microsoft programs, and some accounting systems. 

Windows updates were released Tuesday Feb 14th.  Pass on the .NET updates for now, install all the rest.  Internet Explorer 9 will be offered – be sure to uncheck it or have us help you block it if you have web applications that are incompatible.
Abobe Flash and Shockwave - updates need to be installed when prompted.
A number of our clients have had problems printing using the latest Adobe Acrobat reader updates, 10.01 and .02.  You can work around it by selecting print as image in your printer’s advanced settings.  Consider Installing Foxit pdf reader instead.
Firefox Browser has had 2 updates this month, current version is 10.0.2. If you are using Firefox, upgrade to the latest version.
VLC Media Player 2.0.0 – Update if you use it.

Web Applications: Gear up for productivity
12 - 1 PM | Thursday, March 15th

Moving Online - Web applications to improve your bottom line.

Learn new tools you can use on the web.
Enhance productivity and make your work easier.

Productivity Tools:
  • Password Management
  • Task and time management
  • Project and document management – Sharing data with vendors, partners, and clients.
  • Web sites and software tools you could be using daily
  • Google Apps / Office 365
Managing Communications:
  • Getting control of your inbox
  • Smart phone Apps
  • Best practices
Managing Information:
  • Accessing what you need, when you need it.
  • How to have the right information come to you, rather than you finding it
  • Searching and Filtering tools and techniques
Who should attend:
  • Home office / small office users – Improve your effectiveness.
  • Busy Executives – Learn how to be more productive.
  • Salespeople – Make better use of your time and resources.
  • Anyone who values their time and uses a computer to get things done
Free Visalia Chamber Lunch Bytes Thursday March 15th, 12-1PM. Bring Lunch if you wish. RSVP with the Chamber at 734-5876 or call our office at 733-1940 to reserve a seat.


Tim Torian
Torian, Group, Inc.

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