Making the wonder of personal technology user-friendly for you!
Oh Wise One, as you have been on this blogging journey for longer than most of us, do you think that this is a phase? Will re return to the days when blogging was more social? I sense a malaise among bloggers, perhaps initiated or fostered by Google's wrath at us.
Tomorrow is another day. And another birthday for you. Enjoy your day!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Are You Burnt Out On Blogging?
Hi Lori, I wanted to be a writer since I was young, but I was told in my 20's that authors had nothing to write about until they were at least 40.
Congratulations on this new part of your journey!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on What Makes Your Heart Sing?
Hi Lori, The Side Notes are very cool. Thanks for being the guinea pig for us on this. I do like the ability to comment within the article but it will be interesting to see how it works.
Loved the GPS aspect to the article too. Very positive and affirming!
3 months ago on How to Create Your Personal GPS
You're right, rshin. My mother used to use that phrase ("This too shall pass") a lot to comfort me, though I realized that it applied to the good as well as the bad.
@TheJackB I eagerly anticipate your response.
I did have a guest post that wasn't about tech. So much fun!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on What Is The Most Dishonest Post You Have Ever Written?
Very cool. That would definitely make LiveFyre more attractive as a commenting system.
3 months, 1 week ago on WIll Livefyre Sidenotes Save Blog Commenting?
@Lori I think you take your cues from the natives. People in Moscow will stare at you but won't smile. It's disconcerting but perhaps you get used to it in time. Yes, when in Rome...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Do You Give a Little Love?
Hi Lori, Yes, I am very much a "smile at strangers" type of person. That can throw some people but usually my warmth is well-received. Josh is right, though. you do have to be careful. When I lived in NYC I learned to avoid looking people in the eyes. It's very creepy to make eye contact with strangers there and you have to be on your guard.
I remember once when I had recently moved to New York, I was headed home on the subway and a guy kept staring at me. I was creeped out so I got off at the next stop. He followed me and I hoped that I could make it up the stairs to street level before he caught up to me. He grabbed my arm on the stairs and i froze until he said, "Carolyn!" It turned out he was a friend from law school. If only I had returned his gaze I would have recognized him! But I was so well trained not to look directly at people that I didn't look at him directly.
I still avoided looking at people directly in New York. But I don't live there any more!
@glynisj Glynis, I am very sorry you are struggling with your disability. Have you ever met anyone, either online or in person, with your type of disability? Have you learned some coping tips from them or shared some of your own? I can understand your grief at the loss of what once was your fully functioning body. The daily struggles sound overwhelming and I wish you many blessings from afar.
Uh oh. I had no idea that I needed an invitation to visit The JackB. Oops... Silly me, I thought your hosting issues were why I couldn't read your blog last month.
I will tell Ashvini from Bangalore to stay away. He can be pesky at times. ;-)
I struggle with trolls too. I delete about 2 dozen spam comments a day but I stick with CommentLuv because I want to reward my commenters.
I use Stop Spammers to block email addresses and IP addresses of spammers. There is a form for legit commenters to request to be put on the White List so you can see if your besties were accidentally excluded.
Maybe you should try a new title for your blog: The JackB -- By Invitation Only. That could give an air of exclusiveness to serious readers and scare away trolls. Just a thought.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on What Should We Do About Uninvited Guests On A Blog?
I can't speak for all women, Jack, but I know for me size definitely matters. As I recall, you have one of the biggest and best, isn't that right?
I'm talking about your Samsung Galaxy Note 2... Isn't it always about tech?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Women Who Say They Don't Care About Size Are Lying
You didn't answer your own question. I was very curious to learn which one of yours you think is the least honest.
I would get skewered if I wrote a dishonest post at The Wonder of Tech. Plenty of techies who read my blog would call me out if I tried to put one over on my readers.
I have a dream of writing an anonymous guest post for a friend's blog so I could get really bold. I'm wondering if anyone would guess it was me from my writing style. Hmm...perhaps you could start a series of mystery guest authors and we all could guess who it was.
4 months ago on What Is The Most Dishonest Post You Have Ever Written?
Hi Lori, I think the older you get the more you realize how important feelings are. When you feel something isn't quite right, pay attention! Your gut can often tell you more than your brain can.
You're right, so often we are in a rush to find contentment that we suppress our feelings. But that's when we make mistakes. Our feelings can really guide us effectively if we let them.
4 months ago on Do You Run From Your Feelings?
Technology is like any tool, it can be used wisely or poorly. Technology is here to stay so it's up to use to decide how we will be using it. I wouldn't have met many of my friends, including you and the rest of the LFI group, without technology.
I also like the security of knowing that loved ones can get ahold of each other in case of an emergency. If you've ever left your phone at home when you headed out the door you know the fear of being out of touch. Yet we survived without cell phones just fine for years without fear.
It's a little like automobiles. We may rue the problems they cause but few of us could deal well in a world without them.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Technology: Are We Too Connected?
Hi Lori, I'm so sorry that happened to you. Do you know how you got hacked? Last week a hacker in Brazil tried over 1500 times to log into The Wonder of Tech. WordFence kept him at bay and notified me so I could block him from trying. The hacker used "admin" as the user name, which I got rid of years ago.
I would add #3 to your choices of figuring out why: that this was an indication for you to get better security for your websites. I know, major businesses and governments get hacked so we're losing a war against hackers. But just as you keep locks on the doors and windows to your home, you must try to get the best protection for your websites.
Again, I'm so sorry this happened to you. It's upsetting enough to get your email hacked, getting your website hacked is much worse! I hope the hackers stay far away from you in the future, Lori!
6 months, 1 week ago on I Got Hacked! What’s the Meaning of This?
@Jen Olney @wonderoftech So glad you enjoyed the article. I love sharing new and useful tech with readers.
8 months ago on Ginger’s Top 5 Blog Picks Of The Week – November 24th
Thank you very much for including The Wonder of Tech in this great list! I'm very honored to be included in this impressive list. I hope many people are able to discover new destinations with Pinterest Place Pins!
Unsubscribers take that butter knife, stab me in the heart and then twist it. I find out about unsubscribers because there is no button to push, unsubscribers have to email me and request to be taken off of my email list. So I feel your pain every time I get one of those emails.
How could they not want to relish every word of our stellar content? Certainly they have nothing better to do with their time than be enriched by our eloquence. What's so important that an email notification of a new article is an offense to them?
Perhaps they have been bodysnatched by aliens.
8 months, 1 week ago on Should We Care About Unsubscribers?
Great run down, Jodi. My daughter filed her first college applications last night! She is applying EA everywhere that has that option. She wasn't sure enough to do ED and many of her friends feel the same way.
EA has many advantages, as you said, there are more slots open than for Regular Action.
She is also considering putting in early applications to the schools that don't have EA or Rolling Admissions just to get them out of the way, as you suggested.
Do you think there is any admission advantage to filing an application much earlier than the deadline other than relief from having the process over? Any idea whether students would actually hear earlier if they file their application way before the deadline?
This is a stressful but exciting time! Thanks for your guidance along the way. :-)
9 months ago on Types of Admission Deadlines for Applying to College
@JodiOkun @wonderoftech Thanks, it's funny in the past week I've had three different college counselors mention not to put the name of the wrong college in the essay. That must happen a lot!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Don’t Look Too Common on The Common App
Good points. My senior is working on this now!
Congratulations, Barbara! You richly deserve the award. What a wonderful idea to bring attention to quality blogs such as yours.
I am very sorry about your loss. Losing a loved one is always difficult and a pet has a special place in our hearts. You're right, the losses help us to appreciate those we have around us.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Liebster Award
Hi Lori, Great debate. Josh is right, technology is a tool, it's up to us how we use it.
I recently wrote an article about The Cell Phone Challenge. http://www.wonderoftech.com/the-cell-phone-challenge-are-you-brave-enough/ That's an effective method of weaning yourself off of being absorbed with your phone rather than your dinner companion. It also works if your dinners companion is ignoring you.
I also agree with Barbara, technology can bring us closer together. I love our Hangouts where I visit with people from all over the world! Otherwise I would be at hone alone.
I first got started sharing my tech knowledge with ex-pats who were living far from home. By showing them tech, I opened up worlds to them so they could stay in touch with people back home for free.
My world would be a much lonelier place without tech. But I almost always use a clerk at the grocery store...
10 months ago on Is Technology Making Us Antisocial?
Hi Babara, I'm so glad my article was helpful to you. Thanks so much for your kind words.
Yes, early adopters often pay a price but sometimes the excitement of shiny new tech is worth it. The developers of apps may be working hard on an update or may have already submitted it to Apple and are waiting for approval.
The best course is to contact the developer. They may not be aware of the glitch you are experiencing so can be alerted to the issue. Too many people fire off a bad review on iTunes without letting the developer know about the issue.
Good luck with Camera Pro Plus. I hope the developers release the update soon. The last update was in July of this year so I predict an update for iOS 7 will be coming soon.
10 months, 1 week ago on A Day In The Life … Early Bird Or Late Bloomer?
@KenMueller @wonderoftech Good thing I hung on to my platform shoes and tie dye shirts...
10 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Old Words and Phrases We Need to Start Using More
Uh oh. What if I had never stopped using these?
Hi Patrick, I wear watches too so since I have something on my wrist, why not have it do more than tell time?
I have been wearing my Pebble watch for about six months and I can honestly say that if I don't have it on, I miss it. The watch alerts me to calls even before the phone rings. If I have my phone on silent, I would miss calls except for the vibration on my wrist. If I'm in meetings, I can quickly check my watch if I receive a text to read the text. Pulling out my phone in those meetings just wouldn't be cool.
Granted, my Pebble doesn't do as much as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but it doesn't need charging as often either. Every so often I plug in my watch overnight and I don't have to worry about running out of a charge. I like your idea of a self-charging watch though!
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Biggest Reason I’m Not Interested in a Smart Watch
Hi Brian, Yes, this is a great feature of Kindle books, that you really can read them from anywhere. You can also read them on a browser on a mobile device so even if you don't have the Kindle app installed, you can still read a Kindle book. Very cool!
11 months, 1 week ago on Another Way to Read Kindle Books...in Your Browser
I am a lawyer, Josh, and I advise that you not drive a car as you are risking liability. Don't have anyone over to your house either. Too risky. Don't speak to anyone either, for fear of a slander lawsuit. Don't write anything down either in case of libel.
Pretty much anything you do carries risk. The best way of dealing with many types of risk is to minimize risk rather than avoiding it.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on The Conflict Between Attorneys & Bloggers
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Thanks so much, Josh. That means a lot coming from you. :-)
1 year ago on 69 Ways Technology Makes Your Dumberer
Looks great. Hey, you never know when excitement will creep into your day. Well done, I like the blue on the side.
1 year ago on Oops, I Broke The Blog…Again
If tech were easy, I wouldn't have a blog. If tech were tougher, I wouldn't have a blog either. I broke my blog too. Thank goodness for Kim Castleberry. I locked myself out, even my dashboard was a white screen.
I have a post written on this topic that I plan to publish soon and continue the conversation. In some ways tech has made us much smarter. In others, well, not so much...
Jayme, I expect that some day you will find a Killer App, one that hooks you and makes you wonder how you lived without apps.
You shouldn't have to learn apps. A good app should be useful and intuitive. You should be able to understand clearly what to do without an instruction book. If you can't, that's not your fault, that's the fault of the app developer.
A good app makes your life easier, not more complex.
My Killer App was Google Maps. I was headed home from my daughters' school in England and was stopped in traffic for two hours on the motorway because I didn't have a smartphone to check traffic on Google Maps. If I had known, I could have taken the backroads and have been home in about 20 minutes.
Another time our family was traveling up I-95 in the US and got caught behind a motorcycle procession headed from DC to New York. They were traveling very slowly, and traffic was backed up for miles. We checked Google Maps, got off on a side road and were able to see where the motorcycle procession started. We got ahead of them and had smooth driving the rest of the trip.
I hope you find an app that is extremely useful to you someday, Jayme!
1 year, 1 month ago on I Am App Challenged
@Soulati | Hybrid PR Wow, thanks so much, Jayme! I truly appreciate the kind words of praise and support!
1 year, 1 month ago on The Happy Friday Series: Thriving Or Surviving?
@Mark_Harai So well said, Mark! You're exactly right, by helping others in the community we help ourselves as well as everyone else. Thanks for sharing those insights with us, Mark.
Thanks so much for including me in your Happy Friday series, Jayme! I'm thrilled to be here at your wonderful blog!
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes A very wise man (named Josh Wilner) once said, "I blog at the speed of me."
You have to fit blogging into your life, otherwise it becomes a dreaded chore. Who needs another dreaded chore?
Hajra, I'm glad you are taking some time off and truly hope you'll be back. You'll be welcomed whenever you decide to return to the blogosphere.
PS Is it purely coincidental that you're taking time off immediately after getting your first smartphone? I'm guessing it's not... ;-)
1 year, 1 month ago on Will I be back
Color me your guinea pig. I just had to try each of your commenting systems! It looks like readers go with the default commenting system or perhaps they just like Google+ the best? Time will tell...
1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://matttalkstech.com/2013/06/20/3-best-wordpress-plugins/
Congratulations on your big move! I hope you enjoy WordPress and the control that it brings. I've never used Blogger, I was guided to WordPress from the beginning. My biggest problem with WordPress is trying to rein myself in on the plugins. It's easy to go overboard!
1 year, 1 month ago on Blogger vs WordPress: Why I Made the Switch
Hi Lori, What a treat for us! Your poetry not only described the island, it evoked the mood of the place. Which island were you writing about? The one in Greece?
I haven't written poetry, but I used to write song lyrics in college. We had a competition between classes and my lyrics won two years.
I hope we see more poetry here, Lori!
1 year, 1 month ago on Are You a Poet?
Wow, Gini, this is very helpful. I had been meaning to look into setting Google Analytics goals but now I don't have to. You explained this clearly and I followed you every step of the way, setting up the three goals. I look forward to seeing the analytics tracking results.
Do you assign a $1 value to the goal to see instantly whether a goal has been reached?
Thanks so much for this, Gini.
1 year, 2 months ago on Three Data Points to Measure Your Blog Efforts
This is so great! Thank you, Betsy and Stan! I am honored to be not only included among this esteemed list of colleagues, but also to be a potato. I've never actually been a potato before. :-)
Great job with the article and the wonderful potato portraits.
1 year, 2 months ago on 12 Most Potatoey Portraits of Social Media Goodness
Hi Patricia, How great to see you here at Lori's place. You're right, the relationships we make through blogging is one of the greatest benefits of the medium. I would enjoy blogging tremendously even without the relationships, but with the relationships, blogging seem like less of a lonely journey.
1 year, 2 months ago on The Connected Life of a Blogger
@JoyChristin How cool to live on a sailboat! What a wonderful way to welcome people into your life through blogging.
@Sean McGinnis @wonderoftech I like your ideas, Sean. Doing a keyword search to see what the competition is makes a lot of sense. Just because there's quantity doesn't mean there is quality.
You're right, people who are looking for fireplaces probably won't be return visitors to my site, but it is ironic that "fireplace" is number one for my Google Analytics keyword results.
1 year, 2 months ago on Finding Keywords: The First Step to Blogging Success
Excellent suggestions, Sean. I use all of these except for Google Trends. I will have to give this a try.
What are your thoughts about going for most searched keywords versus more obscure keywords. Yes, we have less competition for obscure keywords but also we have fewer opportunities to appear in search results.
The most popular keyword that brings people to my blog, according to Google Analytics is "fireplace". On Christmas Eve last year I wrote an article about virtual fireplaces that became quite popular. But there is only so much I can write about fireplaces in a tech blog...
@RyanKBiddulph This has happened to me too, that people I don't know well have endorsed me for skills I don't claim to have. Any thoughts on paring down the endorsements, Megan?
1 year, 3 months ago on LinkedIn Endorsements and Why they are Important
@Julie | A Clear Sign I've had those types of dreams too that coincide with Earth's events. Isn't it amazing to think that we have a window to what's going on in the world?
1 year, 3 months ago on Have You Ever Had a Recurring Dream?
I often have "Raiders of the Lost Ark" dreams where it's as if I'm in some sort of action movie, being chased by the enemy and have to perform heroic maneuvers to escape their clutches. I usually wake up exhausted.
@Late_Bloomers I've read that when you feel as if you're falling in a dream or right before you go to sleep, it's your mind telling you that you feel as if your life is out of control. After I learned that, I have to say it seems to fit for me.