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Unusual Gift Ideas Aired: 08/30/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We’ve all got those quirky friends that are so h more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We’ve all got those quirky friends that are so hard to buy gifts for or those friends that already seem to have everything.

Or how about finding that perfect white elephant gift for your next company party?

The next time you need to find an unusual gift for those situations, checkout http://www.perpetualkid.com and http://www.vat19.com

Giant gummy bears and three pound gummy worms, a hole-punch that will turn anything into a guitar pick and chalkboard coffee mugs are just the beginning.

Vat19.com even has hundreds of videos to showcase their quirky items so you can see exactly how the human slingshot works, for example.

Know someone that will love Tabasco flavored jelly beans or bacon flavored popcorn?

Your marshmallow bazooka and gourmet scented pencils await you at these crazy cool gift sites.

http://www.vat19.com
http://www.perpetualkid.com

90 Sec
UnlistMy.Info Aired: 08/29/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We all know that lots of online companies store more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We all know that lots of online companies store data about us, but did you know that in many cases, you can opt-out of these databases?

Remember when we could tell the phone company to keep our number unlisted? You can do the same thing online if you know where to find the instructions.

A non-profit website called UnlistMy.info has compiled a directory of over 50 sites that includes the instruction for each site if you want to be removed from their database.

UnlistMy.info is the actual web address and each of the sites on the list comes with links to online request forms to be removed or in some cases, by mailing a removal request and where to send it.

Unfortunately, there is no simple way to opt-out of all of them at once because they are all different databases, so it will take a little effort to accomplish.

Pop on over to UnlistMY.Info to get started.

http://unlistmy.info

83 Sec
CodeAcademy Aired: 08/28/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Every amazing web programmer that’s ever lived s more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Every amazing web programmer that’s ever lived started at the exact same place….the beginning when they knew nothing.

If you’ve ever thought about learning just a little bit about how programs are written so you’d be a little smarter about how websites are created, we’ve got a great place to learn.

Codeacademy.com is a simple do-it-yourself, learn at your own pace resource that can teach anyone the basics of writing code.

The site takes you through simple, step-by-step instructions to start to build simple code that anyone can follow.

If you know someone that has the curiosity but doesn’t know where to start, send them to CodeAcademy.com.

Want to see if your 9 year old is the next Mark Zuckerberg? Send them to CodeAcademy.com and you may just spark the inner geek in your child!

http://www.codecademy.com

83 Sec
Billguard Aired: 08/27/2013
Are you wasting money every month on grey charges? It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech T more...

Are you wasting money every month on grey charges?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Grey charges are those extra fees and hidden charges that can sneak into your credit card statement without you knowing if you aren’t paying attention.

It’s estimated that over $14 billion in grey charges were generated last year, so it’s big business.

One way to catch those grey charges is to watch your accounts like a hawk and a free iPhone app called BillGuard makes it easy to do just that.

Need help recognizing a company that appears on your bill? BillGuard can help. Need to report or cancel a suspicious transaction? BillGuard can help with that too!

It can even alert you of a charge on your account that others have flagged as suspicious, so it’s like a people-powered antivirus system for your wallet!

https://www.billguard.com

83 Sec
Workflowy Aired: 08/26/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you are a writer, team leader, teacher, train more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you are a writer, team leader, teacher, trainer or anyone that has to create outlines, we have a super simple, but powerful tool for you to explore.

It’s called Workflowy and it’s one of the coolest sites that we’ve ever found for those of us that need help staying organized.

This simple web app gets it’s power from easy to create ‘nested lists’, so you can start with a basic outline and end up with a fully fleshed lesson plan, user’s manual or training guide.

Teachers can use it to create a syllabus that can be shared as the lesson plan for all their students.

You can search, tag and filter lists, easily move or duplicate them, export and print your outline.

Want to give it a try? Just head on over to Workflowy.com and get organized!

https://workflowy.com

91 Sec
What's that mean? Aired: 08/23/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Rap music has often been characterized as urban more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Rap music has often been characterized as urban poetry and just like with poetry, if you understand the meaning, you’ve got a better chance of connecting with the artist.

A website that started as a way for people to understand rap lyrics, has morphed into something much bigger whether you care to understand rap lyrics or not.

RapGenius.com will certainly help you understand what JayZ and Justin Timberlake are saying about fame in their song Holy Grail, but you can also get down deep into Edgar Allan Poe’s meaning in The Raven.

RapGenius.com also offers Poetry Genius, Rock Genius and they even allow analysis of news via News Genius. This project allows anyone to add annotations to any string of text to help explain the meaning of the author.

The poetry genius section covers just about any kind of literature, so it’s a great place to dig deeper into everything from bible passages to Shakespeare to the preamble of the Constitution.

http://RapGenius.com - get your thinking cap on!

91 Sec
Delayed Mail Delivery Aired: 08/22/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip There are times when scheduling the delivery of more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

There are times when scheduling the delivery of an e-mail message can be very handy, like when you want to make sure you don’t miss someone’s birthday or anniversary.

Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail program has had the ability to schedule messages for years, but if you’ve migrated to the cloud and use Gmail now, you’ll notice that you lost that option.

That is unless you use Boomerang for Gmail, a free service that does much more than just schedule e-mail delivery.

The Send Later option makes it easy to start scheduling message delivery, but Boomerang for Gmail also helps you stay organized. It can take messages in your Inbox that you want to read later and schedules them to reappear in your Inbox as a reminder.

You can also track a sent message and get reminded if you haven’t heard back from the recipient so you can follow up in a timely manner in an efficient manner.

If you live your life in Gmail and want to be more productive, checkout http://Boomeranggmail.com

91 Sec
Traveling with dogs Aired: 08/21/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. If you have a dog and like to take your furry more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip.

If you have a dog and like to take your furry buddy along when you travel, you know you have to spend some time making sure wherever you are headed is dog friendly.

Dog friendly hotels are just the beginning of the research; how about do friendly restaurants or dog friendly public transportation?

How about finding local dog parks, dog beaches or dog friendly tour operators?

If you’re dog crazy and want to find a treasure trove of dog friendly travel information, check out http://dogfriendly.com

Their city guides will help you find pet friendly hotels, attractions, campgrounds, parks, beaches, outdoor restaurants and their highway guides will help you chart a cross country trip with all the pet friendly hotels along the way.

Need to learn what’s involved in domestic or international air travel for your four legged best friend? It’s all there at dogfriendly.com

Want to know which rental car companies are more tolerant of pets and which ones are more restrictive? Yep, dogfriendly.com…the name says it all

91 Sec
Quick Web Thumbnails Aired: 08/20/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip! If you’re responsible for creating reports or pre more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip!
If you’re responsible for creating reports or presentations that include website references, you’ve probably run into the need to capture a thumbnail of a website to add some pizazz to your information.

Screen captures and image editing tools can be used to accomplish the task but that’s lot of steps and time just to get the reference image, so we have a better way.

It’s called Thumbalizr.com and it’s super slick and easy. Just put the web address of the desired site in and decide whether you want a screen capture or the entire page regardless of the size.

Once you click the thumb it button, the site goes out and gathers up all the elements, assembles them in the desired view and creates a thumbnail image that can range from tine to very high resolution.

http://Thumbalizr is spelled T H U M B A L I Z R and is sure to make any presentation of information about a website more engaging than just a link.

91 Sec
The Wayback Machine Aired: 08/19/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip The Internet has become a pretty spectacular mul more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

The Internet has become a pretty spectacular multimedia environment with amazing creativity and imagination.

But remember when the Internet was full of sites that looked like a big bowl of hyperactive fruit salad?

Crazy color schemes, dancing images...we thought it was cutting edge back then.

Well, if you like taking a stroll down memory lane, checkout the Wayback machine at Archive.org.

Want to see what the company you work for looked like on the web 10 years ago? Just put the web address into the Wayback Machine’s address bar and get ready to be entertained.

This archiving project isn’t going to have every page of every site for every past year, but you can find bit and pieces like it’s a virtual archeological dig.

We found an archival bit of Data Doctors history going back to 1997 and boy is it embarrassing!

The Wayback Machine at http://Archive.org is a blast from the past and hours of fun!

90 Sec
Unique Accommodations Aired: 08/16/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you travel often, you’ve probably developed a more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you travel often, you’ve probably developed a collection of go-to resources for finding great deals on placed to stay.

All the usual suspects like Priceline, hotels.com, expedia and kayak are probably on your roster, but have you ever tried http://AirBnB.com?

This unique marketplace lists rooms, apartments and even entire villas that you can rent for by the day, the week or even by the month.

Think of it as a way to connect with a local that’s willing to open their home to you; it’s not a traditional BnB, just a way to find an empty room at a bargain.

I recently booked an entire downtown one bedroom apartment in DC for less than half what any of the area hotels were offering on any discounted site.

The reviews from previous guests help you easily find something that will fit the bill and save you money.

OR, If you’ve got an empty room in your house and want to make a little dough while meeting new people, check out the details at airbnb.com

90 Sec
Community Recycling Aired: 08/15/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip When you have an item that’s in good condition t more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

When you have an item that’s in good condition that you no longer need, you always want to find someone that can make use of it, instead of tossing it in a landfill.

Finding someone you know that can use it can be a hassle, so lots of you will put it out on the side of the road with a sign that says, take me, I’m free and usually its gone by the end of the day!

Well, that’s the concept behind an awesome community giveback website called http://Freecycle.org … a virtual way to get those items into the hands of someone that could really use it.

With nearly 10 million members, this free site is on a mission to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills.

This non-profit web-based re-use community makes it easy to gift your usable items to someone in your community that could really use the help.

If you know someone in need or someone with items to give, have them join this amazing environmental web community at http://freecycle.org

90 Sec
Expand Your Vocabulary Aired: 08/14/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Thanks to the Internet, vocabulary seems to be s more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Thanks to the Internet, vocabulary seems to be something that is slipping away from way too many of us.

Abbreviations, made up words and sloppy grammar are more common than ever, but you don’t have to be one of the crowd.

We love bombastically flamboyant wordsmiths and if you want to sharpen your vocabulary skills, we’ve got a really fun place to do it!

Its http://vocabulary.com and we must warn you, it’s highly addictive.

Regardless of your education level or age, you can’t help but learn lots of great words and how to use them with the challenge quiz that awaits you.

If you sign up for a free account, they can build a model of knowledge based on what it predicts you don’t know based on what you get wrong during the quizzes.

If you’re a word nerd, you’ll love the vocabulary lists and blog posts that celebrate the magnificence of a well-rounded vocabulary.

Vocabulary.com…make sure you have the time before you visit and don’t say we didn’t warn you!

90 Sec
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you know someone that’s about to get married, more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you know someone that’s about to get married, video of the special day is always on the list.

Paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars often times just isn’t in the budget, so there’s a crowdsourcing option that costs less than $50 you may want to tell them about.

It’s called Switchcam and it makes it easy for the guests to capture the memories for the newlyweds.

According to Switchcam, on average 41 videos and 62 photos will be taken by the guests of the wedding so why not make it easy for all of them to contribute to the memories.

It takes about 5 minutes to setup and the best part is that Switchcam will e-mail the invitations explaining how the guests can join the camera crew.

Wait, there’s more: after the wedding, an experienced video editor at Switchcam will help take all the raw footage and create a slick memento of the special day for them.

Crowdsourced wedding videos now showing at http://Switchcam.com

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’ve ever had to sit in a presentation watc more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’ve ever had to sit in a presentation watching someone read off a bunch of PowerPoint slides for an hour, you know how excruciating it can be and why they call it Death by PowerPoint.

So the next time YOU have to make a presentation, do us all a favor; chuck the boring Powerpoint slides and use Prezi.com instead.

This free web-based service allows you create a dynamic presentation that’s simple to lay out on their virtual canvas and presents your information in a much more engaging manner.

You can even import those old boring PowerPoint presentations so you don’t have to start from scratch and because it’s web-based, it’s instantly shareable with your audience.

One final tip; instead of having a bunch of text heavy slides, use images and bullet points to help you deliver your information in a more conversational way. Talk to your audience not to your slides!

http://Prezi.com ….that’s P R E Z I.com…your audience will thank you!

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Rainy Mood on Demand Aired: 08/09/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you spend all day on your computer, you may f more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you spend all day on your computer, you may find that music helps you focus and maybe even allow you to be more productive.

But music can also be distracting depending upon what’s playing so you might want to try something more soothing instead; something known as ambient noise.

For instance, If you find the sounds associated with a gentle rain storm to be soothing, checkout http://Rainymood.com.

There’s nothing to do other than land on the page, and listen the high quality recording of distant thunder and a gentle rain storm that loops over and over again.

If the sound of the ocean, a rainforest waterfall or birds in your garden are more your cup of tea, checkout http://calmsound.com

If you like what you hear, you can even download an entire album of nature’s soothing sounds

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Screencasting made easy Aired: 08/08/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Today’s tip starts with a little geek speak beca more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Today’s tip starts with a little geek speak because were going to talk about screencasting

Screencasting is essentially digitally recording what appears on your screen and is an awesome way to teach others how to do things on a computer.

http://Screenr.com makes screencasting a snap because it’s entirely browser based.

There’s nothing to install, it works on Macs or PCs, the screencasts can be viewed on just about any computer or mobile device and it’s absolutely free!

Think of it as a DVR for your screen that allows you to add voice annotation as you go.

If you or anyone you know is in charge of teaching anything to anyone, they’re going to love you for telling them about Screenr.com, that’s S C R E E N R.com.

90 Sec
Free Online Faxing Aired: 08/07/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. The fax machine is quickly becoming a communic more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip.

The fax machine is quickly becoming a communications relic, but on occasion, you’ll run into someone that insists that you fax them a document.

Generally speaking, scanning the document and e-mailing it should suffice, but if they insist on you sending it to their fax machine and you dumped yours years ago, we’ve got a solution for you

It’s http://FaxZero.com and it’s free if you have 3 pages or less to fax and don’t mind an ad on the cover page of whatever you are sending.

If you have a larger document, they charge a dollar ninety-nine for up to 15 pages or you can send it in pieces for free.

Simply upload Word files or PDFs, enter your receiver’s info, type what you want on the cover page and off you go

http://FaxZero.com, the perfect tool for those moments that require you to transmit old-school!

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Free E-books from Amazon Aired: 08/06/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip! E-books are a great way to read on our digital de more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip!
E-books are a great way to read on our digital devices, but it can become an expensive habit if you’re not careful.

The good news is that lots of free e-books are available for you phone, tablet or computer if you know where to look.

Amazon, for instance, offers free e-books all the time, but the challenge is finding them without spending an eternity scouring all the categories.

If you like e-books and you like free, checkout http://hundredzeros.com because they track all the freebies Amazon offers for you!

You can browse by subject, book title or just take a look at the latest stock of books that have become free to download.

You can even sign up for their newsletter which will give you a daily digest of new titles as they are added to the freebie library

http://hundredzeros.com – all they have are free e-books!

90 Sec
Sending Huge Files Aired: 08/05/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’ve ever had a large file to send to someo more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’ve ever had a large file to send to someone, say like a video, you know that e-mailing it isn’t an option because it’s too big.

This problem has been solved by many web transfer services like http://TransferBigFiles.com that are free as long as your files don’t get too big.

But if you ever need to send a really large file via the Internet and you want to do it for free, give http://pipebytes.com a try.

There are no file size limitations and your file is never stored on the Internet because it’s a direct peer-to-peer connection with your recipient.

There’s no software to install or registration required, just send your recipient the code to start transferring the file directly from your computer for the ultimate way to securely transfer any file of any size!

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Online Image Editing Aired: 08/02/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We love digital photography and are always on th more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We love digital photography and are always on the lookout for tools that make editing and managing your precious memories easier.

One of our favorite tools is http://PicMonkey.com, that’s P I C monkey.com, because all you need to use it is a browser.

There’s no software to install, or registration required to get started, just upload your picture and start editing!

The dozens of editing tools range from the basics like cropping, resizing and rotating to adding text, effects, frames and a whole host of touch up tools.

You can even create your images in a collage without having to bounce back and forth between the editor.

If you’re an old pro, stick to your expensive editing software, but for you casual photographers, PicMonkey makes advanced photo editing a snap!

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