Personal Systems Admin

I did some sys admin work, last night: transferred the recovery partition on my HP Envy X2 to a USB drive, deleted that partition, and used the Windows Store web installer to install Windows 8.1 Preview. Belarc Advisor gave me my Windows Key. When 8.1 RTMs, I’ll probably have to re-install 8.0 from that USB to get the final 8.1.

I’m hoping the version of SkyDrive that comes with 8.1 will allow me to sync a micro SD. I may have to make some symbolic links to fool the OS into thinking that additional space is on this 64GB hard drive.

I’ll probably change my Office 365 subscription from P1 to Small Business Premium. I’ll, then, be renting Office from MS. Next year, I might rent Windows (with Intune) too.

Lowering of Content Monetization Overhead

Today, I bumped into 3 innovative content monetization services/companies that are making me wonder if we’re seeing a trend in the lowering of the barriers to creating  profitable content. Skimlinks is creating affiliate links within/for Pinterest. Videola makes it easy to monetize your video. Gumroad makes it easy to sell your stuff. Seems like there’s new opportunity in these services.

Switched To Office 365

I finally switched my own site, email, and intranet to Office 365. The Exchange is a little better than my previous version. For instance, it has full task syncing. The integration into my Windows Phone is a little better. Email flagging on the phone is nice.  When my domain approaches its expiration date, I may transfer it to a different registrar and move my site to WordPress.

Activism 201: Achieve Your Goals – Getting the Right Publicity

A friend of mine had been sending around emails of this research he’d done on some potential corruption. It seemed like good work that wasn’t getting its due. I asked him last summer asking how he’d feel if I posted his research on the web.

I put up and customized a $15 a year WordPress site, wrote an About page, forwarded the research emails to it, and cleaned up the formatting on the posts. That was 3 hours. I cleared it with the friend, mentioned it a few times to associates, wrote a few teaser posts, and eventually started tweeting when there was a new post. 3 months in, I designed and printed a few fliers and bought them to a meeting where I knew I could ask some journalists questions about the issue in the site. Continue reading “Activism 201: Achieve Your Goals – Getting the Right Publicity”

Slaps Self in Forehead

I finally got some real worth out of LinkedIn. When looking for a very specific geek skill, I searched my LinkedIn Contacts for the name of the technology and constrained to my geographical region. Up popped a few candidates and mutual Contacts to ask for a reference. Forehead Slap Thought: I really out to Connect with all the people in my address book to make these searches better. I’ve also started using LinkedIn Groups and am getting some value out of that.

Non-Profit Software Shopper

I spend a lot of time analyzing the capabilities of software. One, clients expect you to know that stuff without you billing them for it. Two, I live in fear of assuming a piece (or combination) of software won’t do what I promised. It also can be fun – as window shopping can be.

I bumped into the analysis Gareth Tucker did for a super-small business, yesterday. Here’s another for larger businesses (prices seem to be in New Zealand Dollars). Here’s a concerted effort to serve a business’ complete needs with Google Apps.

A friend showed me Bellstrike a silly-simple website building platform for non-profits, today. This is all good stuff that I wanted to give mention. Think strategically before making these choices or bring someone in who’s trained to do so.