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On my Mac/Windows PC…FollowShows

FollowShows Despite the fact that most of "TV" viewing occurs via my Internet link (YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc) there are still a few shows I like to catch on broadcast television. Since my viewing is so sporadic, I have been looking for a site like FollowShows for a long time. It does exactly what I wanted. What do I want? I want a site to remind me when my favorite shows are bring broadcast, when it is a new episode and place those reminder right into my Google Calendar so I don't have to check yet another site. Much like the reason I subscribe to so many RSS feeds, I want this information to come to me instead of having to go out an find it. That is exactly what FollowShows does -- and it does it well. What more could you ask? Sign up for a free account, add your favorite shows and away you go. Visit the calendar page and you will find a link to add whatever FollowShows finds directly to your online calendar. I use Google Calendar and it works very well, even pla

On my iPhone…Over text overlay app

Over for iOS An app that does one thing really well -- allow you to overlay text -- in a variety of fonts -- over your iPhone photos. I didn't have much use for this until I started doing a blog series entitled Garden Alphabet. In this series -- and hopefully an upcoming poster -- I highlight a plant or flower and overlay the name on the photo in an artistic fashion. I started with the free version of Over, entitled Overgram. This free app adds an Overgram watermark to each image and limits the number of fonts you can use, so once the series became a regular feature, I upgraded to the paid version. Here are 3 samples... You can crop your photos into the square format desired by Instagram or you can use the full frame photo. Annotated pictures can be saved to your camera roll (and then to your computer) sent via email of forwarded off to Instagram and other services for  further use. Over is a an app for very specific uses, but if you have those needs, it is an excellent choic

Video: TechIQ First Impressions 3: Image Editing Web App

Who needs Adobe Photoshop or other expensive image editing programs when you only really need or use a few basic features. image editing web apps give you much the same functionality but for free and available from any web browser. Check out Pixlr in this First Impressions video from TechnologyIQ. Link: Can't see the video above? Watch "TechIQ First Impressions 3: Image Editing Web App " on YouTube Download " TechIQ First Impressions 3: Image Editing Web App " - iPod Ready Video Watch all my TechnologyIQ Videos Please Like and/or subscribe to my channel.  It directly effects how often this video is suggested to other YouTube viewers. Follow TechnologyIQ on Twitter Like TechnologyIQ on Facebook Circle TechnologyIQ on Google+

On my Mac/Windows PC…Pixlr Image Edtiing Photo Editing Services

Pixlr Image Edtiing Photo Editing Services Not everyone needs -- or can afford -- the high powered image editing suites by Adobe and other manufacturers. For myself, I find that I most often need to resize pictures, overlay text and crop images to be used on my blogs. Amazingly, Pixlr provides all these features, and more, in a smooth functioning and feature-rich web took. If you were to hide the web browser menus, you might think that you were using a native application on your Macintosh or Windows PC. If you have ever user Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements, most commands, menu choices and tool palettes are right where you would expect them to be, making Pixlr and easy transition. As a computer consultant, having a good, free, tool to recommend to people with some basic image editing needs is great and I am sure I will also be using Pixlr a lot in the coming weeks and months. From the Pixlr web site... Pixlr is the creator of online, mobile and desktop image tools and utilitie

On my iPhone/Android…Any.Do To-Do list Manager

Any.Do for iOS  |  Any.Do for Android A good to-do list manager is a helpful tool for anyone and there are thousands of different apps available for your smartphone. Any.Do is a good looking, good operating to-do list manager that also works on your desktop computer to allow for easy entry and maintenance. From the iTunes App Store... Millions use Any.DO every day to remember all the tasks they want to-do and make sure they get them done. Key benefits: Seamless cloud sync, Speech recognition, Alerts, Any.DO Moment, Snooze tasks, Google Task Sync, Notes, Sub tasks, Amazing Widgets, Repeating / Recurring Tasks, Missed call, Auto complete, In app actions, Gesture support & much more! Get the most out of Any.DO: Beautiful & Functional - Any.DO is beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. Always there when you need it - Any.DO syncs seamlessly with the cloud so you can stay on top of just about anything across all your devices. Any.DO puts the power in your ha

Video: Tip - Creating a Perpetual Garden Calendar Journal using your computer calendar

A Tech Tip from my gardening blog, a Gardener's Notebook... Use Google Calendar (and others) to create a perpetual garden calendar journal to remind you of what blooms when from year to year. What's happening in your garden? I'd love to know! Leave your questions and comments here or on any of the web and social media sites linked below! Can't see the video above? Watch "Tip - Creating a Perpetual Garden Calendar Journal using your computer calendar " on YouTube Watch the "A Gardener's Notebook" Playlist for all related videos Please like this video and/or subscribe to my channel on YouTube. Your LIKES directly effect how many others will see this video. Follow A Gardener's Notebook on Pinterest Follow A Gardener's Notebook on Twitter Like A Gardener's Notebook on Facebook Circle A Gardener's Notebook on Google+ Subscribe to A Gardener's Notebook podcast via iTunes

On my Mac/Windows PC…Google Drive

Google Drive    Google Drive is Google's answer to a wide variety of productivity issues. First, it provides web-based word processor, spreadsheet and presentation applications. Since these are based "in the cloud" your documents are available from any computer or mobile device wherever you have an Internet connection. Over the last several years, I have transitioned over to using Google Docs almost exclusively for my writing and other data processing needs. Where before I used Word and Excel, today finds me using Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Since the documents are in the cloud, they are great for editing and collaboration. When I am working on shared projects, such as CareerCampLA and other unconferences, most of our work is accomplished within Google Docs with changes being reflected in near-realtime. Version control is also available allowing you to see what was changed, when, and by whom. I also use this feature when handing off my writing to my wife for editing.

On my iPhone/Android…Feedly RSS Reader

Feedly for iOS  |  Feedly for Android With the coming shutdown of Google Reader -- of which I have always been a huge user -- I went looking for alternative RSS readers for my Mac, my iPhone and, in this case, my Kindle Fire. Luckily, the first app I tried seems to be working out quite well. Feedly was originally developed to tie into Google Reader and present a nicer window into the data store there. They have already committed to developing their own backend data strategy when Reader closes for good, so I am pretty confident that I will stay with it for the foreseeable future. The program also provides and even better reading experience than Google Reader, which is a very pleasant surprise.  Previously in "On my iPhone/Android…": Sleep Time by Azumio Angry Birds Seasons Trickle Passive Twitter Client Pinterest Stitcher Radio - Podcast management and playback imo Kindle Reader iMap Weather Radio LinkedIn LiveStrong CalorieTracker Skype Flipboard YouTube

On My Mac/Windows PC…XBMC Open Source Media Center

XBMC   So much of the media we consume these days comes from our computers rather than the television. I have had my computer connected to my television for many years now, so that I could show YouTube, DVD's and other videos on the larger screen. XBMC makes it realtively easy to get many of the computer-based video services onto your big screen TV using whatever computer you have at hand. In my case, I am using a new Mac Mini which has an HDMI port that plugs into my 46" LCD TV. When I run XBMC on my Mac, it presents a large, clean interface that allows me to browse videos from a number of sources and also show pictures, play music and more. On most days, I am watching many YouTube videos based on the channels I have subscribed to there. Most channels produce videos in 720p HD and above, so the content looks sharp and watching it from my easy chair is so much nicer than huddling over my laptop or desktop computer screen. My laptop, iPhone or Android phone can function as

On my iPhone/Android…Sleep Time by Azumio

Sleep Time for iOS  |  Sleep Time for Android As I have gotten older, I have had more issues with my sleep. Perhaps it stems from the fact that I am a night owl where my wife and son are both early risers, but it seems like wake up more frequently during the night. There is also this odd issue where both my wife and I wake up around 4am nearly every night. We have never been able to find an exact reason for it and it seems to occur regardless of what time we got to bed in the evening. I have been looking at various sleep tracking technologies lately, including the FitBit, but they seemed a little pricey to casually purchase them. Recently, though, I have been introduced to a series of iPhone apps by Azumio that track variety of health related information relatively inexpensively. I first tried out their Heart Rate app , and more recently their Stress Check app, both which were recently available for free due to a promotion. Both of these apps use the iPhone camera and flash to reg

My Favorite Technology Things for March 2013 - Douglas E. Welch

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. -- Douglas Technology / Daily iPhone App: Climate Clock lets you know what you need to wear every hour of the day | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog Technology / Breathe New Life into an Old Smartphone This Weekend Technology / 'Video Games Do Not Cause Violence,' According To Former FBI Profiler | Techdirt Technology / Evernote issues site-wide password reset after hackers access user details Technology / CloudKafé Indexes All of your Content in the Cloud Technology / Large-format photos of NYC's past Technology / SoundGecko Reads Articles Out Loud to You, Almost Sounds Like a Real Person Technology / Strut app tasks you with exploring the planet, ranks your worldliness Technology / Screenhero Collaborative Screen Sharing for Mac. Windows coming soon. Multiple Mouse Control. Technology / WeatherCube - Intuitive Weather App Is Lovely and