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timeforcake: Software, biz topic and more

Erin Pheil
special to the daily

As typing takes time and as time is money, perhaps TextExpander can save you a good chunk of cash.

Going about our days we type the same things over and over and over – from signatures to boilerplate contract wording, from credit card and billing information to standard responses for common business inquiries. We even have a tendency to regularly repeat the same typos.

Enter TextExpander, the fantastic tool that gives you instant access to those so-often-repeated snippets of text, lets you fill in forms with the click of a button, auto-fixes your typos as you go, allows you to quickly type special characters without having to launch a special characters palette, and so much more. I mean that: so much more.

Unfortunately for PC people; this software is available only for Mac, iPhone and iPod touch users. Learn more at http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/.

If your company has a Google Places listing, let’s take a quick look at the phone number displayed within it.

Tip #1: If you’re using a 1-800 number in your listing, change it to your local phone number. Google wants to know you’re actually local.

Tip #2: If at all possible, make sure the phone number in your Google Places listing is consistent with the phone number associated with your business on other websites (such as your company website and review sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor).

Tip #3: Make sure you’re not displaying a phone number that sends people to separate microsites or landing pages.

In sum, use your primary, local phone number if possible. Very simple.

1. http://tinyurl.com/39fyl2w – Glasses-free 3-D TV? Why yes, Apple just won a patent for that.

2. http://dropitto.me – Yet another service that allows you to quickly receive large files online. It’s secure, it allows you to receive files from anyone at all, it’s secure, and it’s free. The one requirement is that you have a free or paid DropBox account (which is a very easy thing to setup if you don’t have one). I recommend having a look at the two-minute demo video on the site if you’d like to quickly learn more.

3. http://greenmountainenergy.com – Accurately calculate and reduce your business’ impact on the environment. Determine your carbon footprint on the “Carbon Calculator” page, then learn how to offset your carbon footprint on the “Green Mountain Offsets” page.

4. http://ReadItLaterList.com – One reading list, everywhere you go.

5. http://tinyurl.com/27azvbc – Monitor Craigslist posts in your area with the help of Google Alerts. Be the first to know if someone decides to sell those sweet bindings on Craigslist so you can snatch them before anyone else does. If you’re currently visiting Craigslist every day in hopes of finding a specific item (or items), make sure you read this short article. Implementing the strategy offered could very well help you locate what you’ve been looking for with much less effort.

erin pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a Web design/development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.


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