A New Year, A New Look

Written: March 20, 2013

The largest annual festival in Tualatin is coming up this summer on August 9th and 10th, called the Tualatin Crawfish Festival. It’s organized by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce and the CEO, Linda Moholt wanted a fresh, new look for the web site this year. Valia Eskandari of Edge Graphics Company provided the graphical design, then I developed the site in WordPress so that the Chamber office can make their updates using a web browser.

Here’s the new look for 2013:

Tualatin Crawfish Festival

I’ve teamed up with Valia before, we combined freelance skills and created the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce web site as well.

I look forward to another fun year at the Tualatin Crawfish Festival, eating food on Friday night, walking in the parade on Saturday morning, and working the dunk tank as a fund raiser for the Veterans of Foreign War, Men’s Auxiliary.

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Software Update from Amazon

Written: March 17, 2013

Two years ago I bought my first e-book reader, the Amazon Touch, and have enjoyed reading books on this portable device. Many people today are asking if e-book readers are still relevant given the popularity of 7″ color tablets like the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire devices. Since I own both a color Nexus 7 and Kindle Touch, I can tell you that my immediate preference for reading is the Kindle Touch because of how easy the text is on the eyes with the Kindle Touch compared to the glossy screen of the Nexus 7.

Today my Kindle Touch had a new document from Amazon and it alerted me to a new software update from Amazon where they updated the software. I was impressed that Amazon even bothered to update a 2 year old device, because most companies never update their devices with improved software features, instead they hope that you upgrade devices to get the new features which is certainly most costly for us as consumers. New features include:

After I read the notice from Amazon and let my Kindle Touch go to sleep then the update started.

Software Update

Software Update

Next, the Kindle restarts:


Kindle Restarts

Kindle Restarts

Finally, we see the update User Interface with icons for Back, Buy, Search, Settings:

Updated Kindle UI

Updated Kindle UI

Opening a book and clicking the Settings show some new features, like how much time to finish reading the book:

New Kindle Settings

New Kindle Settings

I have to commend Amazon for adding new features to the Kindle Touch, they really do care about their customers and continue to support us.

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New Facebook Timeline = Google+

Written: March 7, 2013

I try just about every social media at least for a week or so, just to see how it feels and to learn something new every day. Well, today Facebook launched a new timeline and instantly I had deja vu, because I’ve already been using Google+ and it appears that Facebook copied the Google+ look. Enough talk, here’s a comparison and you can decide:


The similarities:


“Imitation is a kind of artless flattery.”

Joseph Addison, 1776

From a user perspective I find that more of my high-tech, geeky, Google-loving friends and professionals are attracted to Google+. My personal friends and family tend to be using Facebook. There you have it, both social media channels will continue to grow, innovate, imitate, and on occasion innovate.

If you want a visual treat, then give Google+ a try on your iPad or Android tablet, it is gorgeous with how the images are positioned on the display.

iPad version of Google+

iPad version of Google+

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Miller Insurance

Written: February 28, 2013

Ryan Miller really knows how to throw a party. On Tuesday they celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony after moving to a new location in Tualatin. We had Lou Ogden, mayor of Tualatin, Linda Moholt, CEO of the Tualatin Chamber and dozens more interesting business people in attendance.


I help Jim Ruiz at Miller Insurance with their WordPress web site questions.



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