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Using Google Calendar to Organize the Family

For many families (and some busy individuals), getting a handle on one or more calendars can become taxing. If you don’t use a calendar at all and you still find that you are more effective than most then it’s time to look at publishing your own best-seller. The truth is, most of us don’t have the mental capacity to keep all of that information in our heads and remember it with any sort of success rate.

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That’s where using Google calendars can become invaluable. I am both cursed and blessed with something called ADD. For those who are familiar with it that means there are flashes of brilliance mired by terrible follow through. Having a family calendar help get everyone on the same page and keep them there. While I have issues with the way that Gmail can work sometimes, the calendar feature is has been way more useful to me. Everyone is going to use it differently so I’ll provide the links I’ve used in the past when tweaking things instead of reinventing the well.

I’ve included some resources below that should prove helpful. I didn’t want to reinvent to wheel. When it comes to getting things working smooth with your iPhone or mobile device then that can be a different issue and if there’s interest in that I’ll be glad to point to some resources for that. Hopefully, this will give you enough information to want to check out that Google calendars has to offer. And hopefully you will take it to the level of sharing a calendar between more than one person (spouse) and improve coordination.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/12/12/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new-set-up-a-truly-useful-calendar/
http://blog.fosketts.net/2010/04/18/how-to-share-google-calendar-caldav/
http://www.ehow.com/how_4550316_manage-family-schedule-google-calendar.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_4752900_organize-whole-family-google-calendar.html
http://lifehacker.com/5611457/use-multiple-google-calendars-to-balance-your-college-life

Updated 12/05/13:

Another handy link: https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/151674?hl=en&ref_topic=13950

Comments { 0 } Posted on April 2, 2012 in Blogging, Google, Productivity

Facebook Fan Page as a Professional Outlet

I have given in to fighting the urge any longer. I’m pretty strict about trying to keep my personal and private life separate and I will continue to keep that balance in the future. Typically, Facebook is thought of more as a personal outlet and that is true for the most part. But if you were a business wouldn’t it make more sense to go to where your customer is already at, instead of expecting them to only come to your blog or website?

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In the past it has been as simple as using Facebook for personal and family needs, while using Twitter and LinkedIn for professional purposes. There are plenty of articles out there about the dangers that one can encounter with their employer while using Facebook, and I am sure you have seen the recent news about employers requesting passwords…legally or not. I have finally broken down and added a fan page to facebook. I have seen Pinal Dave (Blog | Twitter) and Brent Ozar (Blog | Twitter) use it successfully so I thought I would give it a go as well.

Hopefully, it can be another useful tool in forming my online brand and interacting with peers and potential clients. It’s also like anything else that we choose to invest time in, and we have to weigh the benefits to see if it helps us to reach our goals. I intend on writing more about how you can use facebook in this way for your business or freelance work (what I do), but I will sit back and enjoy the view for a bit and see how useful it can be first.

Have you used Facebook fan pages successfully? What do you wish you would have known when you set it up the first time? Feel free to offer any resources you’ve found helpful in the comments. Be sure to click Like on my Facebook fan page if you’d be so kind.

Comments { 0 } Posted on March 25, 2012 in Blogging, facebook, Social Media

T-SQL Tuesday #028 – Jack of All Trades, Master of None?

This is my first time to participate in the T-SQL Tuesday so take it easy on me. I really do come in peace.

It’s funny to me that this is one of the key things that drove me into the SQL world. I blogged about this last year explaining how I “Cheated on SQL Server”. Things have kept going uphill from that point and there are no regrets, but I don’t guess I will ever go from Jack blogger to Master blogger. Sounds like I should be in a guild or something.

Seeing Argenis Fernandez (Blog | Twitter) post on Leaving DBA-Land it resonates with how I feel about the leaving the SysAdmin world. I’m not sure if you ever really leave it all behind. I find myself needing to know more than ever about storage (like SANs) and how it pertains to SQL. I find myself needing to learn more about networking and the bandwidth that matters when you are discussing how SQL talks to its friends (or enemies).

I hate code by the way, never will I specialize in writing code. I will leave that to other Jacks and Masters because I really don’t want anything to do with it. Some people’s minds just don’t work as well when it comes to that. I’ll just stick with beating you in the 40-yard dash (based off my high school time of course). I tend to gravitate towards the Database Administrator side of things with Performance and Standards. It’s kind of cool to be dogmatic about at least one thing in your career, so master the “art of saying NO” to those developers who want too much access, that way you can sleep at 2am.

What is wild is that while we are always talking about specialization, the DBA certifications are trending more towards the developer (at least they were in 2008). Crap…I don’t want to be a developer. Anyway, hope you have fun getting just a little bit closer to being a Master or Jack of some trade so that you can pay the bills.

Comments { 1 } Posted on March 13, 2012 in Blogging, Networking, SAN, SQL General, SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication, Tech

WordPress Google XML Sitemaps Plugin Fix

One of the more popular blogging  platforms is WordPress, and you probably already know that there are plugins which can greatly enhance the functionality of your blog.  If you care anything about letting others know about the information you are sharing on your blog, then you probably already know about Sitemaps and how they help search engines index your site.  Google XML Sitemaps is a great plugin that will get your sitemap out there for the search engines to see. Don’t let the fact that Google is in the name fool you, as it’s also effective for Yahoo and Bing.  I’ve been using this plugin for sometime, but at some point it stopped updating the sitemap when a new post was made. The only way around it was to do a manual update. The latest stable release of the plugin is 3.2.4 at the time of this writing, but that doesn’t seem to play well with WordPress 3.0.4 and a few releases below that as well. I had been searching for a  fix for some time and I finally found one that worked. A little further down the page from the latest stable release, you’ll find the following comment:

“This release is not compatible with the new multisite feature of WordPress 3.0 yet. The plugin will remain inactive as long as this feature is enabled. If you are using this feature, try out the new Beta version which fully supports multisite mode as well as network activation!”

Credit to tylercruz for the fix.

If you currently have 3.2.4 installed, you can’t install the beta without deleting your current plugin. I made a screenshot of the settings beforehand, but it looks like all the settings stayed in there so that was nice.  Hopefully someone will find this bit of info useful.

Comments { 0 } Posted on January 27, 2011 in Blogging, Education, Tech, WordPress

Setting up Technorati for a New Blog

My claim token came back as HGUMK49EHZRU, and this post will satisfy their requirement of having a blog post with that token included. Since I’m going through the process of cleaning up things so they’ll work like they should, I’m going to document things here so that I can refer back to them in the future.

There’s also the added benefit that you get to look at them as well so they can help the community.  Hopefully, this process won’t be too drawn out and I can get caught up rather quickly.

One of the first recommendations I’ve found is that you should set your blog up with technorati, so that’s what we’ll do here. As you’ll see in my first paragraph, I had to make a post with the token that was emailed to me. So now that I’ve got that part out of the way let’s go ahead and go through the process of submitting our blog to technorati so that it can be included in their directory.

From what I’ve gathered, technorati isn’t what it once was but it still warrants registering your blog there in order to cover all of your bases. You’ll need to follow the steps below in order to get going:

1. Register for an account at http://technorati.com/account/signup/.
2. You should get an email with a token for you to put into a new post on your blog so they can identify you.
3. Update your profile on technorati and make sure your feed is setup and working correctly whether you use Feedburner or another method.
4. Submit your blog post with the token and check to see if things complete successfully (not sure on the time frame, but I’ll update)
5. Look at related blog listings and see what they are doing that you can implement as well.

I will update my findings after my listing gets added and make sure that I didn’t leave anything valuable out.

Update #1 : Technorati is having the toughest time picking up the feed. I have a couple theories and I’ll update this post when I figure out what’s going on.

Comments { 0 } Posted on January 3, 2011 in Blogging, General, Tech