Video Chow: A New Video Learning Series

The tagline is: “Free WordPress video tips delivered to your face.” The folks at WordPress Advantage have created a new video series called Video Chow, which delivers short, rapid-fire videos on focused topics. I’ve always been a big fan of video tutorials. But I find the pace of most of them just too slow. Even the fine video tutorials at are often too slow. In fact, one strategy I’ve developed for watching these videos is to double the speed. The only problem with this approach is that the resulting “chipmunk” voice becomes tiresome after 20-minutes or so. The videos […]

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Judge Decides Samsung Galaxy “Not Cool”

Samsung won the Apple patent suit in court. But it may wish it hadn’t. A judge ruled that Samsung was the victor in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Apple. Apple filed the suit claiming that Samsung had copied it’s iPad and iPhone designs in their Galaxy tablet. But the judge in this case determined that Samsung Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” and therefore the “overall impression produced is different.” Samsung’s products are simply “not as cool” as Apple’s. Ouch.

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MicroSoft Surface: Déja Vu All Over Again

MicroSoft is building their own tablet? Really? I almost don’t even know where to begin here. Does anyone remember the Zune? That epic hardware fail and “Johnny come lately” approach should’ve been a proper lesson for the folks in Redmond. But apparently not. Balmer has been at the helm since 2000 and has learned nothing. I have to admit, I wasn’t crazy about the name “iPad”. All feminine napkin jokes aside, it was still a weak name. However, I’m not sure that a more shallow name could have been conjured up than “Surface”. Add to that the fact that MicroSoft’s […]

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Sharing Content Wirelessly From an iPad

I’m using my iPad2 more and more for business. I haven’t found the additional features of the new iPad compelling enough to buy one. Since Apple dropped the price of the iPad2, I find these to be even more attractive for most folks. The new iPad’s faster chip and higher resolution display may be more targeted towards gamers. But I don’t often use my iPad for games. I do find that I’m using the iPad to do more presentations in meetings. Often in these meetings, several people have iPads and want to present referenced content to an HDTV in a […]

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Visualizing Market Trends with StockTouch

I received a review copy of StockTouch a week ago and thought I’d quickly share some of my thoughts about this iPad/iPhone app. First, while I do trade online, I am by no means a professional trader nor do I pretend to offer any financial advice. With that said, I can also admit that I’ve seen a large number of tools and techniques for trading stocks over the 15 years that I’ve been trading online. But up until now, I haven’t seen this type of visual data approach to stock trends like StockTouch before. A quick glance gives you a […]

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My Top 5 Tools of 2011

Happy New Year! 2011 was a particularly busy (but good) year for me. I finished a WordPress ebook (and then wrote a second edition this month), started and registered an online training company called Novo Learning LLC, and started a new video tutorial project that should be complete sometime in 2012. And through all of this, I managed to juggle 23 websites. Since most of my work in 2011 was around website development and video production, I thought I’d share my Top 5 Tools of 2011. Here they are in no particular order: 1. WordPress My inclusion of WordPress will […]

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