Category Archives: Tech

Making Facebook News Feed default sort to “Most Recent”

Posted on December 18, 2012 by

If you are one of those people who – like me – prefers sorting your Facebook news feed in Facebook in chronological order (aka “Most Recent“) instead of what Facebook considers “Top Stories“, I found this little tidbit at PCWorld to help make “Most Recent” that your default.

Simply use this url (uri…) to launch Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr

That will make it default to “Most Recent“.

You are welcome. 🙂

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Tired of watching social media pass you by? #learnsocial

Posted on January 16, 2012 by

Tired of watching social media pass you by as you sit on the sidelines? Interested in avoiding Social Media Stage Fright by learning what social media is and how you can use it to your advantage?

I am mentoring another offering of our “Understand Social Business” course with Sociallogical starting this weekend, and I can help you to become involved instead of being a spectator!

Our three week online course is limited to ten (10) participants, and is designed to walk you through the history of social media, how to use the tools, and will provide ideas on how you can grow a social business. There will be a minimum of three live online chats with all of us together, as well as continuous contact and feedback on progress.

To sign up for this course, navigate to http://learn.sociallogical.com and, when registering, use the coupon code CHRISLONDON.

Participants in the course will also be able to participate in our upcoming Uptown #Learnsocial Time Crunch on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 10 am – 2 pm. This special event is meant to make good use of your time to look closely at how you represent yourself online, how you plan to use social to grow your business in 2012, and connect you with others who can help mentor you throughout the year. The best part? This event is free for graduates and current students of the “Understand Social Business” course and will concentrate on the following areas:

• boost and enhance your online profiles,
• get honest critique and help improving your online social profiles,
• get answers to questions focused on personal and business use of social media, and
• refresh your headshot in a session with a photographer so you can refresh your online avatar (for a fee)

To sign up for this course, navigate to http://learn.sociallogical.com and, when registering, use the coupon code CHRISLONDON.

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Here are details about the course:

Course requirements

A decent comfort and ability to navigate and use the internet for daily needs.

Who teaches it?

Community Manager Mentors with demonstrated success and experience in building a network online and facilitating discussion and learning for others.

How hard is it?

If you can find what you’re looking for in an online newspaper or play a YouTube video, you’ll be able to work your way through this course.

How long will it take?

3 chapters planned for 3 weeks in total (15-25 hours).

Who is it useful for?

Entrepreneurs and business people, ideally those who can implement what they learn immediately in their businesses and functions.

There’s a basic understanding of what opportunities and risks social business creates that most people don’t yet understand. This course is meant to:

  1. provide anyone in business with a good understanding of social business.
  2. guide students through the creation of an online portfolio they can share to demonstrate proficiency.

To accomplish these goals, there are three main sections of the course, with live online class discussions, facilitated by the course mentor, after each section before proceeding to the next. This is a 3-week course that can be completed on your own flexible time (except for the 3 live discussions) in a total of 15 hours or 25 hours – depending on how far down the rabbit hole you wish to go with the recommended readings that support each section. The section titles are:

Chapter 1: How Did We Get Here? How Do I Start?

The impact and opportunities of social media, the importance of strong profiles and how to create them.

Chapter 2: How To Use the Social Media Tool Box

Overviews of the strengths and weaknesses of the main platforms for business: Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, and Facebook, as well as exposure to other useful tools. The lingo and behaviours found on each and how to get setup with these channels.

Chapter 3: How to Grow a Social Business

A look at all of the different operations inside a business and how social can have a powerful, positive impact on each. How to introduce these practices and tools to each function and exposure to analytics and driving business decisions based on powerful, live social data.

To sign up for this course, navigate to http://learn.sociallogical.com and, when registering, use the coupon code CHRISLONDON.

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Is your house as ‘hooked’ on the Internet as mine?

Posted on October 28, 2011 by

At any one time, I have the potential for the following devices connected to the internet:

1 x iMac,
1 x MacBookPro using WiFi,
2 x Dell work laptops using WiFi (it’s drudgery using these… ;-),
2 x iPod Touches using WiFi,
1 x Netbook using WiFi,
1 x BluRay DVR with WiFi, BD-Live and Netflix,
1 x Wii with WiFi and Netflix,
1 x iPhone using WiFi, and
1 x BlackBerry using WiFi

To be truthful, we are not a house full of techie nuts. Well, OK, I am… But the reason we have so many differing devices is due to a ‘Brady Bunch’ situation – my girlfriend and I each have 2 of our own children, and we have semi-adopted one of her daughter’s friends, so we likely have more devices than most families should.

It is really hard to believe until you start listing the sheer number of devices that utilize the Internet…

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Internet tethering workout session?

Posted on October 2, 2011 by

When connected to Facebook with my MacBookPro in Saint John, New Brunswick via iPhone tethering (through Telus), my active session identifies as originating in Calgary, Alberta… That’s funny!

I can just imagine all those electrons screaming across the fibre over NB, Quebec, Ontario, and the prairies into Alberta, only to come screaming back across Alberta, the prairies, Ontario, Quebec and NB to display my Facebook pages… They must get awfully tired! 🙂

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(Picture screen captured from Google Maps)

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FOLLOW UP: Bose Quiet Comfort QC 15 Headphones (with Mobile Communications Kit)

Posted on March 7, 2011 by

This is a follow-up to my review of the Bose QC15 active noise reduction headphones, titled Bose Quiet Comfort QC15 Headphones (with Mobile Communications Kit)

A reader named Mark contacted me and asked for some more details, including sound quality of the Mobile Communications Kit in varying, less than ideal conditions. So, I decided to go for a short walk and get some outside background noise, and then also grab an equivalent memo indoors. It was very windy outside, so it was a great opportunity to test the microphone’s abilities in the wind. In both cases, the in-ear audio remained superb (I listened to music). As for microphone quality? Listen and make up your own mind.

Here is a sample of an iPhone voice memo, recorded Indoors, with very little ambient noise.

Here is a sample of an iPhone voice memo, recorded Outside, with significant ambient wind noise.

Hope these help give you a better understanding of call quality during ambient and windy conditions!
Chris

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LaCie did this one right – Desk Rack

Posted on September 21, 2010 by

One of the things about being a bit obsessive compulsive about tech gear is that you tend to get a bit squirrelly when things are not perfect. Take my external hard drives as an example. I have numerous external hard drives for numerous tasks. One is for photos, one for media (music and movies) and another one is for backup. I have been a fan of LaCie drives for a while, with their combination of reliability, affordability, and great design. My latest favourites have been the LaCie d2 Quadra. It is a bit more expensive than your typical drive, but for me, worth it.

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I love the multi-interface – it has connections for USB2, FireWire 400 and 800, and eSATA. I personally use the FireWire 800 to connect the drives to my Apple iMac at home, and the data transfer is nice and fast. The problem is, because they aren’t supposed to be stacked higher than 2, they ended up taking up a lot of desk space and the cables are all over the place.

But when I found out that LaCie makes a Desk Rack that mimics the type of rack-mounted setup found in data centres and is designed to work with the d2 Quadra drives, I got goosebumps! (I told you I was a geek/nerd, didn’t I?)

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It was very easy to set up – all you need is one (1) Phillips screwdriver – that’s the one with the star for the tool-challenged readers out there! 😉 – and ten (10) minutes of your time. The rack stores up to four (4) external drives, and because of the multi-interface, the drives can be daisy-chained together, so no need for USB or FireWire hubs. Mine arrived the other day and I just set it up tonight. It is stable, fits perfectly on my desk, and looks great.

If you are looking for a great-looking and compact solution for multiple external hard drives, I suggest you give LaCie and the Desk Rack a look.

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