Track your baby

When you have a baby, it can be helpful to keep track of their feedings, sleep habits, and diapers. BabyConnect is an extremely useful website and mobile app that allows you to track all of these things and more (pumping, medicines, doctor visits, weight, etc). It also has useful charts and graphs, and can be accessed by other members of the family and caregivers. You can enter data via the website, your phone, or iPad/iPod.

Check out BabyConnect

Organize your financials

Having trouble keeping track of your money? Here are a few pieces of software that will help organize your money and give you peace of mind.

  • Quicken Essentials for Mac – Show bank balances, import transactions, categorize spending, create budgets.
  • Quicken for Windows – Show bank balances, import transactions, categorize spending, create budgets.
  • Intuit’s Mint.com – From the makers of Quicken, this online service has similar features as its desktop software, but is free and accessible online.
  • Freshbooks – Fantastic software for small businesses. Includes invoicing, time tracking, expense management, and more.

Keep a journal

DayOne is my favorite app for keeping a digital journal. It has a simple interface and is very easy to use. Plus, you can use it on your computer or your phone/iPad. Here are some of its other great features:

  • Syncs with Dropbox so you can update it from different computers/devices
  • Upload photos with your entries
  • Tag your entries so you can easily search them later
  • Passcode lock to keep it safe and private
  • Reminders so you don’t forget to write
  • Write quick entries from your Mac menu bar

Check it out.

Convert scanned documents to editable text

OCRIf you need a physical document scanned and turned into text, don’t type it up yourself! Online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a free service that will convert PDFs and other image files (TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF) to editable Word, Text and Excel formats.

Just upload your file, choose the format you would like, and the program will convert it so you can download the editable version.

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Google Analytics

Google AnalyticsInterested to see how many people visit your website and where they are coming from? You can keep track of these statistics and many more with Google’s free analytics software.

Here are the steps to get started.

Want to learn more about how to use analytics to improve your business performance? Google offers a free fundamentals course with short videos on basics and advanced topics.

Confused or overwhelmed? Contact me and I can help you get set up with analytics on your website.

What is a website wireframe?

Wireframe for the homepage of my website.

Wireframe for the homepage of my website.

A website wireframe is a lot like a blueprint for a house. It’s a document that shows the framework of how the website might look or function. It will show things like navigational elements, form fields, and content placeholders, but usually does not show typographic style (fonts), colors, or particular graphics. The point is to show how the information will be displayed, the priority of the specific elements on the page, and particular functionality (how parts of a page will work).

If you’re interested in creating a wireframe, here are some great tools for the job:

Record your computer screen

If you have Mac OSX Lion (10.8) installed* you can easily make your own screencast (a video of what’s happening on your computer screen). This can be helpful if you need to demonstrate how to do something or illustrate a problem you are having to someone who isn’t with you.

Open up Quicktime Player (in Applications), go to File > New Screen Recording and then click the red Record button when you’re ready. If you click on the arrow button you can choose a microphone for audio input as well.

*If you don’t know the version of operating system (OS) you’re running, click on the apple icon in the top left corner of your screen and choose About This Mac. The OS/Version number is right above the Software Update button.

Restoring windows in Apple Lion

The latest Mac operating system (Lion) has a new feature that will either help or annoy you. Every time you open an application it automatically opens any window or document you had open the last time. This also happens when you restart your Mac, any application you had open will automatically start up again.

If you find this obnoxious (like I do), there is an easy global fix:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click on General
  3. At the bottom of the “Number of recent items” list, uncheck the “restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps”

If you hold down the option key while quitting an application, the system makes a note to do the opposite of whatever your general settings say when you start that application again.

Turn off sounds in AIM

If you’re using AOL Instant Messenger (or a similar IM program) in an office setting, be respectful of your co-workers and disable the notification sounds. Those noises can be really distracting!

Here are instructions for the latest version of AIM:

AIM on PC (v7.5): Click on Options in the upper-right corner of the AIM window, choose Settings. Click on Sounds and make sure all buttons are marked “Do not play any sound”.

AIM on Mac (v2.2): Click the AIM File menu in the top-left corner of your screen, and then click Preferences. Click on Sounds and then choose “no sound” from each dropdown menu. Close the window.

For help with previous versions, check here.