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Producteev Thinks That I Am a Geek!

You know you’ve created a decent online presence for yourself when people use your content and images without permission. It’s flattering in a way, honestly. In the case of Producteev, I cannot help but grin at their use of my logo. Producteev is a site that helps you manage your tasks. You can receive badges for organizing and completing tasks, turning the mundane into something fun and social. If you take a look at the Geek badge, you’ll see a familiar little icon.

Community member David Marriott alerted me to this amusing oversight on the part of Producteev. I don’t ever mind when someone wants to use one of my videos, some of my content or any of my photos. However, give credit where credit is due, people. One should never simply use content created by others for their own gain without asking permission or giving proper credit back to the originator.

From the looks of the above screenshot, I’m thinking that David has earned himself a Geek badge! According to the site, this badge is awarded to someone who is “always available, surrounded by a cloud of email, tweets, IMs, tweets and text messages.” It asks “Do you ever sleep?” at the end of the badge description. Way to go, David! I think that’s a good thing, right?

Well – at least they completely nailed who and what I am.

Pause for a Cause

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Wicket and Pixie wanted to help me pass along a message. We want you to head over to SurveyForGood – Pause for a Cause to create a video related to your favorite non-profit or charity. Upload it to that website, and you’ll have a chance to win a trip to Africa. I happen to be one of the judges – but don’t think that I will play favorites!! What charity or non-profit do you support? Let us know.

Not only will the winning entries be used as Public Service Announcements around the World, there are some seriously cool prizes to be won!

  • Grand Prize: Trip for Two to Africa – One grand prize winner and a guest will receive a trip to Africa ($6,000 value) to contribute to charitable efforts in the field, while being introduced to tribal customs, encountering spectacular wildlife, and engaging in an unparalleled social and educational experience with the Freeplay Foundation.
  • The Jury Prize: A Trip to New York City and Portfolio Review – Two runners up will each receive a trip to New York ($1750 value) and an opportunity to showcase their portfolio in front of the creative heads of some of the largest advertising and media companies in North America.

What better (and more fun!) way could there be to promote the message of your favorite charity than this? This is a chance for you to show your creativity – your passion – and your loyalty.

Good luck to everyone. I sincerely hope to see a lot of entries, and a lot of charities being helped through the support of the communities.

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How to Keep Your Mac Safe, Clean, and Organized

Geek!This is Mike Mejer’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

This series of suggestions is likely to appeal to newer Mac users.

I am sure many of you understand the concept of making folders. Use them! It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways of keeping your files organized. Apple already includes a ‘Downloads’ Folder, and a ‘Documents’ Folder. Don’t always save files and documents onto your desktop – you might, one day, clean it up and files may get deleted on accident. Keep those files in folders elsewhere, so it is easier and quicker to find the items you are looking for. Yes, it does take some time when you get a new Mac, but in the long run, it saves you a great amount of time and stress. Same holds true for keeping documents in the “My Documents” folder on a Windows computer.

Macs hardly ever get viruses, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible for them to get infected! Yes, a Mac does run on a UNIX core, but there will always be one nasty file that slips through the security gates. How do you take extra precautions to ensure your Mac doesn’t get a virus? Be aware of what you are downloading! Make sure that if you download things from the Internet, you know what you’re getting, and if the source is a reliable one. If you have never heard of a site before, aren’t too familiar with the file, and something seems to good to be true, it means: don’t download anything. Download music from reputable sources, not illegally from unknown users. Anti-Virus software is not necessary for OS X at this time – if you follow these steps. If you don’t download illegal files, monitor your activity and traffic on the Internet, then you should remain okay and virus free!

I have been asked how I organize my Dock a few times. The way I look at it is: if you use an application often, keep it there. For instance, I constantly use Pages, Mail, iTunes, iMovie HD, and Activity Monitor. So I keep those applications in my Dock. Now those weren’t all of the applications that are in my Dock; I have a total of 18 apps and 2 Stacks on my Dock. I try to keep it as organized as I possibly can. So, I keep the applications that I constantly need (and are constantly in use) in my Dock. My Stacks contain files which I often need to access quickly. I tend to put a few apps in them every now and again, but every week I do a “maintenance” job (as I like to call it) and sweep out the cruft. Organizing your Dock can be easy. Simply make a list of the applications you use often, then drag them onto your Dock. If you find yourself not using an app, drag it away and it leaves the Dock.

Stacks are folders which can be placed on the Dock. There is generally nothing on my desktop other than the devices connected to my Mac. So, I have two folders which I need to access quite often, so I keep them on my Dock. Stacks generally work the same way as applications do on a Dock. That is really all you need to know about keeping your Mac’s Dock organized and un-cluttered.

That’s how you can customize your Mac to give you quick access to often used apps and folders, keep your Mac virus free, and nice and organized. Any questions? Leave a comment for more tips on which you may be curious about.

Top 5 Reasons to Use Evernote

Geek!This is Tyler Tufte’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

What is Evernote? Evernote is a free, cloud-based note taking and organizational tool. It is beneficial to those who use multiple computers, travel or those who are sick of their desktop being cluttered with sticky notes (physical or software based).

  1. All your notes are just a couple mouse clicks away from anywhere in the world. A simple login to http://www.evernote.com will give you access to view, edit, or create notes. Windows and Mac users will also enjoy the benefit of using the client based software which will give you access anytime, online or not. If you are a Firefox user, you will also be able to select text and/or images on a website and click a toolbar shortcut to save the selection directly to your account.
  2. Creating notes is as simple as typing in a document. You can customize your notes with fancy fonts and colors. Organization of the notes is also a breeze. Notes can be grouped into customizable “Notebooks”. They can also be tagged with user-defined words. This is useful if the subject matter has multiple descriptions or key words. Just tag it with whatever words best describe the note. Then you can filter through all of your notes by tags. Of course you can always type in the search bar to search through any text (tags, OCR, text within notes, etc).
  3. Say you are at lunch with some business partners and the napkin becomes the destination of all the important decisions. Now what do you do? Retype everything? What about those great diagrams? Problem solved. Just use an iSight Note. This uses Mac’s built in iSight camera to snap a photo of hand written notes, business cards or any other information that you do not want to loose. Best off all, Evernote’s servers will do OCR text recognition on the image and automatically index any words it recognizes so they will be searchable. All those who use Windows Mobile, an iPhone or an iPod Touch will be able to take advantage of Evernote’s mobile application. Your notes will be with you all of the time and you can even utilize your camera to snap notes directly from your device or even make voice notes.
  4. Another feature of Evernote is the ability to share information with anybody. Say this Christmas you decide to build your Christmas list in Evernote. With a simple checkbox, you can make any note accessible to anyone via a public URL. The cool thing is that your note becomes a downloadable PDF for anybody to enjoy, as long as they know the correct URL.
  5. If security is a top priority for you, then you can upgrade to the premium service for a small monthly or yearly fee. Now, your account will be protected with SSL encryption and will have more monthly allotted bandwidth for all of you power users out there.

I have been using this service for several months now and I can honestly say that I would be lost with out it. The ease of use made my transition from an ad-hoc mess of papers, software stickies, and plain text files to Evernote an enjoyable one!