Tablet Owners Beware

Written: September 6, 2013

Every day I use my Apple iPad and Google Nexus 7 tablets, side by side, mostly for email, calendar and social media like:

The Apple iPad uses an operating system called iOS, while the Google Nexus 7 has the Android operating system. Both tablets are useful, reliable and have plenty of Apps to make my work and play life more productive.

Beware that you think that either table is perfect. As an example, when I upgraded the Nexus 7 operating system to Android 4.3 it suddenly became so sluggish, like 20 seconds to do anything, that it was unusable. A quick Google search revealed that many other Nexus 7 owners had the identical experience. The fix for me was quick and simple – reset the device. The down side of reseting a tablet is that you have to:

I’ve owned the iPad for a couple of years and also had to reset it after an OS upgrade, so it was the same issues that took my precious time to get the tablet back working again.

Yes, I’d buy another iPad or Nexus tablet again. Just beware that you will have to reset the device to fix an upgrade, sooner or later.

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Beware of LinkedIn Phishing Scams

Written: August 20, 2013

I use LinkedIn every week to keep in touch with business contacts and network with other freelance professionals. Today I received an invitation to connect on LinkedIn and it looked 100% legitimate:

LinkedIn Phishing Scam


Without even thinking about it I clicked on the link: View Profile

This link went to some scam site in Russia.

I had been fooled by an official-looking email that looks 100% legitimate, like a real email from LinkedIn. Had I taken just a second and hovered my mouse over the link View Profile, then I would’ve discovered that this email was instead a spam:

View Profile scam


I love being connected by email and LinkedIn, but I don’t like wasting my precious business time by clicking links to Russian spam sites.



Meals on Wheels

Written: August 7, 2013

In my networking at the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce I met a business owner from Lake Oswego who introduced me to the Meals on Wheels of Lake Oswego, a volunteer group that feeds seniors and community members during the week. This is a very worthy cause, so I offered to setup, design and develop their first web site pro-bono.

Meals on Wheels

We used 1and1 for our web hosting and domain registration services because they offer good uptime, low prices, and excellent service.

Next, we setup a PayPal account so that this non-profit could start accepting donations on their site.



There’s a blog feature, plus a contact page that sends out an email message without revealing their email address.

To make updates easy, we used WordPress as the Content Management System. Their volunteers use a web browser to maintain and update their new web site.

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When Electronic Devices Fail

Written: July 23, 2013

My son recently bought his first MP3 player from Eclipse that is packed with useful features:

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He’s been visiting the library to check out music on CD, then we import the CD on my MacBook Pro to iTunes, and finally copy it over to his MP3 player with a USB cable. It worked well for a few days, then all of a sudden it would no longer connect with the USB cable.

We tried connecting his MP3 player to another computer, same failure to connect by USB. Then we tried another USB cable, that was it, the original USB cable simply failed on us. I’d like to think that products made in China are becoming higher quality, however this was another example of poor quality with, “Made in China”.

I was kind of glad that it was something simple that failed like the USB cable, instead of the actual MP3 player itself.

In our connected world we rely greatly on devices like this for both entertainment and business, so when they stop working we lose much productive time and effort.

Our family has used other devices from Apple, Amazon, HTC, Samsung and Google without any failures like this recent device. What devices have you used, and how reliable are they?

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