April 20th, 2009 — Announcements Tagged blogging, clients, Training, upgrade, wordpress
Clients of Aden Networks,
I will be updating Wordpress in the next 2 weeks. There are a ton of great new features available with the new version plus bug fixes. The biggest change you will experience is that the backend navigation is now on the left side versus to top, where you’re used to seeing it.
I am in the process of migrating your blogs and sites. Once I’m ready to make the final switch, I will send out an email and the change will occur over the weekend.
Existing clients of Aden Networks will receive a free hour of training on Wordpress 2.7 and be invited to a future workshop for a feature tour of Wordpress 2.7.
If you want to get a head start, check out the new Wordpress.TV video library.
February 7th, 2009 — Social Networking, Twitter Tagged 201, GTD, schedule, Twitter
Want to maximize exposure for your events through Twitter? Schedule your tweets to reach people throughout the day.
Twitter is a worldwide phenomena. People Tweet from home and work, from every continent and timezone including when they travel.
It’s important to target business hours if that’s your market as well as the weekends if you’re suggesting events for people.
I was checking my Twitter stream when I noticed a TON of tweets from the Hennepin County Library system come through all at the same time! This is a common etiquette issue for people new to Twitter.
Many people on Twitter get turned off by “busy” Twitter accounts or ones that seem to be running on automatic. People crave interaction. They want their questions answered and their ideas acknowledged on Twitter.
There are web based tools that will help you schedule your tweets in advance.
Tools for Tweet Scheduling
We designed Twuffer for anyone who has a need to schedule pre-written, post-dated tweets.
How is this at all useful?
We bet that you’ll invent creative uses for Twuffer. Here are a few off the top of our heads:
- tweet hourly/daily/monthly announcements
- appointment/milestone reminders
- run a time-based scavenger hunt
- notify subscribers about upcoming podcast or video episodes
Knowledge Is Power
Set up alerts and track keywords in the public Twitter stream. We will monitor the Twitter tweet stream and periodically email you a digest of the tweets that contain those keywords. You can also use this to track your @replies.
Don’t Miss A Tweet
Schedule tweets and keep your Twitter stream ticking over with new tweets even when you’re not in front of your computer. Publish tweets when your international followers are online and you’re asleep.
- Automatically autofollow new followers
- Use multiple Twitter accounts
Make Each Tweet Count!
Scheduling you tweets is a great start! A few other things you can do:
Links in your tweet
When including events, a link to more information about the event. Using a service like tinyurl.com to shorten website addresses will help as well.
Create a specific page for Twitter folks so they can get a “big picture” of your business or organization without having to click around. Tell your whole story here.
Calendar of Events
A general calendar for the organization is a great way to help visitors plan. It’s even better if they can add events directly to their email program (Major email clients are Outlook, Gmail, Apple Mail, Thunderbird)
RSS and Email Newsletter Updates
Make it easy for your visitors to stay up to date without the need to check your website page. An RSS feed will do just this. It’s often easy to combine RSS with newsletter notifications so do your research and find a tool that works for you!
January 7th, 2009 — Computer Deals, Features, Videos Tagged canon, printer, video adria richards, video post
Watch this video to learn how you can pick up a reliable printer this year and save money on ink cartridges.
Recommended Home and Business Printer for 2009
Canon Pixma MX700 Office All-On-One Inkjet Printer - $119 with Free shipping at Amazon 1/7/2009
Solid printer with good reviews. It is normally priced at $199. Best Buy (they are not a good place to purchase computer items from) had it for $170.00.
Print Speed (up to)
4″ x 6″ borderless photo: approximately 46 seconds
Black: Up to 30 ppm (as fast as 2.0 seconds per page)
Color: Up to 20 ppm (as fast as 3.0 seconds per page)
CompactFlash, microSD, SD Memory , SDHC, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, Microdrive, miniSD™ Card, Memory Stick Duo and Pro, RS-MMC and xD-Picture Card
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Card Slots, Ethernet
Best Place to Buy Ink For Your Printer
Abacus 24/7 Private Store
Here is where I have purchased my ink for the last 2 years. They sell both brand name and non OEM (generic) ink. What I like about them is that their prices are very competitive, the ink quality is good, they ship fast, have good customer service and often offer a flat rate for shipping. This link to their private store has prices lower than their public storefront and even better than their ebay auctions. Check them out.
Getting the Most Out Of Your Printer
Finding an affordable and reliable printer that can print, scan, fax and copy is a challenge. Often a printer will start out great and within a few month start to have quality issues with the ink, pulling paper or processing jobs. Often the cost of the ink is a surprise and people end up paying upwards of $25 for each ink cartridge.
Buy your printer based on the cost of the cartridge
This means doing your homework before and saying no to printers the come bundled with new computer. These printers are often low quality and contain some of the most expensive ink. Compare the cost for ink from both the manufacturer and generic sources.
Purchase a warranty on your printer
Once you make the investment into a reliable printer, it’s best to protect it so you can get help and support when you need it. Make sure you purchase your warranty directly from the manufacturer and not from a reseller like Best Buy.
Buy based on Quality, Reviews and Support
Canon is a great company for quality and support. HP has good quality but poor support. Avoid Lexmark printers at all costs. Spend time reading reviews on the internet to find out what people thought after they bought the printer. Amazon.com is a great place to do this research.