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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

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

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!

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

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!

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

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

NSFW - Not Safe For Work Aired: 08/01/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip The Internet is bursting with abbreviations and more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

The Internet is bursting with abbreviations and acronyms and not knowing what they mean can sometimes cause you major embarrassment.

This Internet lingo started back when text messaging was charged by the character, but now its just part of the vernacular.

If you’re on the Internet at work, here’s one you absolutely want to know N S F W.

Whenever you see this abbreviation next to a link in an e-mail, on a video or on any social media post, what they are telling you is it’s NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

Clicking the link could bring up any number of items that could get you in big trouble in a work environment, so don’t do it!

Another tip for minimizing your embarrassment at work, is make sure your speakers are always turned really low just in case you land on one of those irritating websites that auto plays some obnoxious video or music.

OK, YOU are now Safe For Work

Duck Duck Go! Aired: 07/31/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip In the wake of the Edward Snowden security leaks more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

In the wake of the Edward Snowden security leaks, many of you are thinking about your online privacy a lot more.

If you’re looking for an anonymous way to search the Internet, lots of people are touting DuckDuckGo.com

This relatively obscure secure engine is getting a lot of attention because it promises that it doesn’t do what most search engines do: track anything.

It doesn’t save search history, dates or times, info about your computer or any other type of tracking data that’s commonly collected by virtually every website that you visit.

DuckDuckGo certainly does excel on the privacy front, but it’s not as powerful as Google, so don’t expect to get the same customized results you may be used to.

If you’re curious about the differences, do your own tests using the same search phrases so you know what you’re giving up in exchange for the privacy.

http://duckduckgo.com

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’ve got a school age student that struggle more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’ve got a school age student that struggles with math, science or history, we’ve got a sight that may make learning a whole lot easier for them.

It’s the Khan Academy, that’s K H A N Academy.org and it brilliant http://khanacademy.org

This completely free web learning system is great for students, teachers, parents or tutors because it presents the information in easy to digest short videos.

But it’s much more than just a bunch of slick videos, there are interactive challenges, badges for accomplishing goals and assessment tools to see how your child is progressing.

This self-paced system is designed to teach our kids in a way that they want to learn…they can start with 1+1 and work their way into calculus.

All the step-by-step help that they ask YOU for, is also just a click away.

Moms and dads, bookmarking this site is a no-brainer: K H A N Academy.org

Laptop Tracking Options Aired: 07/29/2013
It’s time for a Back-to-School Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re about to send a child off to more...

It’s time for a Back-to-School Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re about to send a child off to college, an expensive laptop computer is likely to be part of the mix.

That shiny laptop is also a highly targeted item by thieves, so before you send junior off, make sure you install a location tracking program.

One of our favorites is Prey, that’s P R E Y and it’s a free download from http://preyproject.com

Once installed, Prey can track the location, take a picture of who’s using it, capture what’s on the screen and even lock down the system if it goes missing.

The only downside to using this freebie is that you’re on your own to figure out how to recovery it.

If you want tracking with recovery assistance, install LoJack for Laptops instead (http://www3.absolute.com/lojackforlaptops/home) It’s only $40 for two years and all you have to do is file the police report…they do the rest!

Flight Stats Made Easy Aired: 07/26/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you travel on a regular basis, you know how v more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you travel on a regular basis, you know how valuable it is to know the ins and outs of certain airlines or airports.

Flight delays, weather and on-time performance rankings are just the beginning of the research to make sure you choose the best options.

Whether you want to track a flight in real time or see a visual map of the current delays around the country,
http://FlightStats.com does a great job of providing a real picture of what’s going on.

In addition to all of the resources on their website, you can download helpful apps such as the interactive terminal Airport Zoom app for the iPad or the Traveler app for Android devices.

You can also setup flight alerts for upcoming flights so you are made aware of any delays, diversions or cancellations or get an arrival notification when a flight that you are tracking arrives.

http://FlightStats.com has compiled just about every bit of data that concerns airlines and airports, so check it out before you book your next flight!

Take a Note Aired: 07/25/2013
Hey Brandon, take a note because it’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re still more...

Hey Brandon, take a note because it’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re still using a #2 pencil and a legal pad to take meeting minutes because you just haven’t found the right system for doing it digitally, have we got a suggestion for you!

Instead of taking the notes by hand and then going back to your desk to type them into your computer to share with everyone, checkout http://Minutes.io for your next meeting.

It a super simple put powerful note taking web app that can be used to track attendees, assign to-dos, document decisions or collect ideas during the meeting and quickly distribute the notes at the end of the meeting.

It’s tablet friendly and can even store the notes in your browser if you don’t have an Internet connection.

If you’re the one tasked with taking meeting minutes, Minutes.IO can make this mundane but important chore a snap to execute and make you look like the most organized person on the planet!

I’m Ken.

And I’m Brandon

Want more productivity tips?

Check us out at DataDoctors.com/radio

It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. We all have lots of online accounts: Facebook, more...

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

We all have lots of online accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, DropBox, Gmail, Amazon and the list goes on.

These resources are awesome, but they don’t talk to each other so we are missing out on interactions that could be really cool.

For instance, wouldn’t it be cool to automatically make a copy of every photo you upload to Facebook to your Picasa account?

Are you searching for something on Craigslist that requires you to constantly check back for new postings? Wouldn’t it be great to setup an e-mail alert whenever a new item was posted?

Well, if you live your life online and you’d like to create some automated interactions, checkout http://IFTTT.com

If This then that is a site that allows you to create triggers and actions based on all your online accounts.

Want a copy of any Facebook photo that you’re tagged in to get added to your DropBox account? There’s a recipe for that!

Check it out at IFTTT.com If This Then That.com; the possibilities are endless

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

Want the link to this tip?

It awaits you at DataDoctors.com/radio

Turn YouTube into a Jukebox Aired: 07/23/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip! If you love music as much as we do, you probabl more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip!

If you love music as much as we do, you probably already use sites like Pandora and Grooveshark, but did you know that one of the best places to find great music is actually YouTube?

YouTube has over 100 hours of video uploaded to it every minute of every day and that means lots of unique music from your favorite artists awaits you.

The problem with using YouTube to find all that great music is that you have to do a lot of work, unless you get smart!

Instead of having to manually click on videos or manually build a list of videos to watch, try this little trick out: got to http://YouTube.com/disco and type the name of one of your favorite artists into the system.

This music discovery project will compile a huge list of videos from that artists and start playing them like a jukebox.

Not sure what you want to listen to? Click on the Top 100 link and discover what the rest of the world is watching and listening to on YouTube and discover something new!

E-mail Reminders Aired: 07/22/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We all have calendars, to-do lists and reminders more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We all have calendars, to-do lists and reminders for ourselves via our smartphones, but what if you want to remind someone else of an event or task?

You can use shared calendars or a whole host of other complicated schemes or you can use Alertful.com and make it simple.

Getting a timely e-mail is one of the best ways to make sure you don’t forget something and Alertful.com makes it really simple to schedule e-mail reminders.

Whether it’s a one off reminder, once a day, week month or even year, you can set it and forget it!

Birthdays, to-dos, appointments, renewals, shopping lists, meetings or just about any kind of reminder you can think of can be scheduled for you or your forgetful significant other.

If you or someone you know needs a little extra help remembering things, see if the free and easy http://Alertful.com can help

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

Want more tech tips like this?

Check them out at DataDoctors.com/radio

Make Your Own Custom Maps Aired: 07/19/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Google Maps are an awesome resource for getting more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Google Maps are an awesome resource for getting directions or finding nearby stores and restaurants, but when you want to share a map with others, it sometimes lacks some vital information.

The next time you need to create a map for your backyard BBQ or for a gathering in a remote location, why not scribble your personal notes on the map itself!

A great free tool at http://ScribbleMaps.com allows you to do just that! You can add text, place markers, custom images and overlays to any Google map.

If you’ve always wanted to create customized maps like you see news organizations showing off, checkout ScribbleMaps.com

Need to explain to your guests where to park for your party, no sweat!

Want to trace the exact path of your last hike and add the pictures you took along the way? Git er done!

ScribbleMaps.com simply loads these tools into any standard browser and start scribbling!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

Want a link to the site and a video tutorial?

Pop on over to DataDoctors.com/radio

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