Are you patient enough to teach your own quirky speech patterns to a computer? Have you ever used Google Docs to collaborate on a project with someone in a different time zone? Do you insist on buying everything new, or will you make an exception for something used if the price is right? Here’s what we were talking about on LockerGnome.com and in our live YouTube stream today.
How to Sign Any Document with DocuSign Ink
You need to sign a permission slip, NDA, or contract agreement and get it back to your child’s teacher, your bank, or your client in a timely manner — except your child leaves the permission slip at home and your office is an hour away, or you lack the technology to scan and email the document back to the necessary person. Some documents can be emailed to you as a PDF that you can electronically sign, but even some of the most savvy of business professionals lack the resources to create these types of documents for you to sign and return. So how do you save the day and make sure your child can still go on the field trip of the year, which leaves in 10 minutes? With DocuSign Ink, of course!
Is Dragon Naturally Speaking Right For You?
Not a big fan of keyboards? Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition program that’s designed to help make everything from document creation to email to Facebook interaction easier. But do you have the patience to help it help you with maximum efficiency? Just like a house pet or a toddler, the thing requires a little direction in order to get it to behave as you need it to behave. If you can get past this guidance requirement as it learns your speech patterns, Dragon Naturally Speaking might be just the software for your voice recognition needs.
How to Collaborate with Google Docs
Google Docs, while being an excellent alternative to the Microsoft Office suite, has the added benefit of allowing users to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in the cloud with other users. This can obviously be quite useful to everyone from production team members pitching in on a single task from home offices across the globe to students on opposite sides of campus working together on a project.
Five Things You Should Buy Used
Thrift stores, online auctions, and antique shops are great places to browse for bargains because, let’s face it, not everything you buy needs to be brand-spanking new. Why pay top dollar for a shiny new CD or DVD, for instance, when someone who’s already gone through the trouble is probably just as eager to get rid of it as you are to buy it — for a tiny fraction of its original cost? Here are five things that you should buy used.
Five Things You Should Not Buy Used
To counterpoint five things that you should buy used, there are plenty of things that you’d be equally wise in investing just a little more money for being pristine and unused. A hard drive, for example, is cheap enough when it’s fresh from the manufacturer (and will be covered by a warranty) that saving a couple of bucks from some shyster on eBay who may have dropped the thing a couple of times just isn’t worth the price of your sanity. If you want to ensure that your purchases outlast the time it takes for money and goods to exchange hands, you should check this out.
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