Fun with my favorite PICO Projector

Tired of paying those exorbitant rental fees for an LCD projector?  Well, now for less than the rental cost, you can have your own pocket sized projector for small meetings and board rooms.  I've been using my Cinemin Swivel with great success.

It comes with all of the connectivity you need for your iPhone, iPod or iPad and you can get an optional cable to attach to your PC, too.  I use my Cinemin Swivel with an iPad and the Keynotes App.  Works great, and it fits easily into my computer bag. 

I bought mine at Brookstone ($279.95).

Here is a video with more information.

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Flip Video Bundle: Two 1-Hour HD Video Cameras and One Tripod

Techsoup is offering a Flib Video Bundle to qualifying organizations for a $175 admin. Fee.  The Flip Video camera is one of the easiest to use, pocket sized cameras in HD.  I use the Flip to record on the fly video testimonials, capture clips of presentations and more.  It is easy to learn how to use digital storytelling to your advantage in this Learning Center article, Digital Storytelling: A Tutorial in 10 Easy Steps.


This donation is available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries. Public libraries must either have valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database.


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Group Collaboration Anyone? Good-bye Google.

I love technology, and in the worst of moments, I hate it too.  Sound familiar?  One of my recent frustrations is that Google has discontinued "Pages" on its group sites.  Care to guess how many groups I have setup in Google?  Clue: Way too many!  Another challenge with Google is getting the less tech savvy group members up the learning curve of creating a Google account. Yes, believe it or not, there are people who don't 'belong'.

So, along comes Wiggio.  Created by two Cornell grads, this site puts and end to the multiple sites and configurations for managing groups.  And you can invite people to your group without them having a Wiggio account.  Multiple groups?  Simply toggle between the groups.  Multiple calendars?  Consolidate the view so that all of your group activities are shown in one calendar.

Communicating?  You have email, text messaging, voice and post-it note options.  Virtual meetings and conference calls?  No problem.  Check it out, you'll love the intuitive user interface, too.

I'm so excited I won't be able to sleep tonight!  Good-bye Google….well Google Groups, anyway.

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Getting the Most out of Your Professional Network

I've been using Gist for a few months now and I'm really getting to the point where I find the information that it provides invaluable.  If you haven't used Gist, you may want to check it out, and I'm providing you with a brief video overview which may help you understand the program more effectively than I can put in words.

What I like about the program is that it creates a side-bar for MS Outlook and also plugs into gmail.  It provides you with a real time synopsis of how you are connected with the individual and if they are using social media, it provides you with their latest updates.  If I get an inbound email from an individual, the latest information about that contact is immediately displayed in the side-bar. Your website account allows you to add details to your imported contacts and create annotations, groups and more.

I can really impress someone who is on the phone when I call up that information with a simple click.  It is also displayed when I start typing an email address in a new mail message.  How cool is that?

And of course, there is an app for that.  Gist has just announced a new i-phone app that you can use to help develop your memory when it comes to names and faces.  It will randomly call up the faces of your contacts (pulled from their social media sites) and quiz you to see if you can match the face with a name.

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I’ve Been to the Future and There is No Google

I've been to the future and there is no Google.
(Gasp!) For some reason my computer clock decided it is 7/30/7075. Of
course the windows calendar doesn't think that far ahead but it did calculate that the Google security certificate was out of the computer's
date range and so my email wouldn't download from gmail.

At first I didn't notice that my clock was incorrect.  It was when I went to setup a reminder in Outlook 2007 that I noticed the year was set at 2099 (the end date range for the windows calendar).  As I went exploring I noticed that my sent emails were dated in the year 1601. 

It wasn't that hard to correct, other than in order to reset the clock I had to scroll back through the years.  Trying to synchronize with an online clock didn't work.

Well, so much for a look into the future.  It wasn't that exciting. 

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Build a Community with LinkedIn Groups: New Look!

I like the new look and functionality of LinkedIn Groups.  LinkedIn Groups can be an excellent tool to build community amongst association members as well as help promote your association.  My recommendation is to keep a group "open" to non-members of your association so that they can get involved at a "subscription level" before signing up for a paid membership. 

The template feature allows you to provide an auto-response email when you approve a membership in the group so that you can explain the group etiquette, purpose and tell a little bit about how the group membership works vs. paid membership in your association.

Here is a great tutorial video on how to use the group to build and brand your association and its members.  The video also helps group members learn how to use the group productively:

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Cloud Computing Up in the Air

With the recent announcement by GHOST that they are discontinuing their free cloud computing space on short notice, it is a strong reminder that getting too married to free internet services could be detrimental to your organization, if not your personal peace of mind.  This also signals that the Cloud Computing technology will likely see further consolidation and change as companies developing the technology come to grips with the reality of creating a business model that is profitable.

GHOST sent the following notice to their users on March 4, 2010:

We hope you have been enjoying our free Ghost service. Regrettably changes in the marketplace mean that it is no longer economical for us to host the Ghost service and we will be closing down the service on or around March 15. We will instead be focusing on licensing or selling our technology to larger companies.

We advise you to migrate ALL important folders, files and emails to another secure place before March 15. You might like to consider Google Docs or Microsoft SkyDrive for files and services such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail for email.

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ASAE Technology event goes Unconference after snow cancels event

The ASAE technology conference scheduled for Washington DC this week has been canceled due to the snow and related weather issues making it next to impossible for local and out of towners to get safely to the event.

A group of exhibitors planned an Unconference event that has already gained over 160 attendees (at time of writing).  The team then used social media and created a hashtag for the event to share event information — #untech10. This combined with traditional marketing efforts from many industry suppliers has helped spread the word to their followers.

Watch a Canceled Conference go Unconference and Learn

1.  Follow #untech10 on Twitter

2.  Join the UNTECH10 Conference™ 2.0 event community

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Microsoft To Release Security Bulletin related to Cyber Attacks

Microsoft has announced one out-of-band security bulletin
that they plan to release today. The
bulletin will be for Internet Explorer to address limited attacks
against customers of Internet Explorer 6, as well as fixes for
vulnerabilities rated Critical that are not currently under active

According to Yardena Arar  at Windows Secrets, "The sophisticated
"Aurora" exploit is delivered through common file attachments or
links — typically in e-mail or other messages that appear to come from trusted
sources — but proven security measures and a little common sense can negate all
such threats."

The security issue is related to cyber attacks that prompted Google to threaten withdrawal from China.

For more
information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification.

To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins are issued, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications.

Microsoft plans to host a webcast to address customer questions on the out-of-band
bulletin on January 21, 2010, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US &
Canada). To Register for the live webcast: January 21, 1:00 PM Webcast. Afterwards, Microsoft plans to make the Webcast available on-demand. For more information, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summaries and Webcast.

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Appetite Increases for Mobile Tools Among Business Travelers

Business travelers have been showing a growing interest for mobile travel services according to the Sabre
Global Trends Survey released last November. A high majority of
corporate travelers interviewed (69%) possess a smart phone, both
young and older passengers, and want their phones to give them flight
notifications, e-check-in, hotel locations or city guides.

The air transport IT provider SITA also
points out that 78% of airlines intend to adapt their websites to work
on mobile phones by 2010. They also created a mobile workforce
innovation focus group to define industry requirements for a common-use
context-aware platform at airports. Virgin Atlantic began the trend by
launching master classes to maximise the use of Blackberries. More
recently, the airline proposed the unusual Flying without Fear course
on IPhone that should help people to overcome their fears, anxious of
travelling by plane.

Hotel chains are also part of the process: Hilton, Best Western, Choice
Hotels, Accor, Four Seasons have strongly been developing dedicated
applications for smartphones. The German Sixt Ag was the first rental
company to provide its clients with a free of charge application on
IPhone, to meet the new mobility demands.

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