Tag Archives: software

Now Darlene Has Started A Blog

There seems to be a pattern here lately! As well as my other two friends, my friend, (a former co worker) Darlene, started a blog recently, and asked me what I think she should use for software. I told her to get a WordPress blog, since they are the best, in my opinion. She almost spent money on a type-pad blog, but decided against it after I showed her how cool my blog was.

If her blog is anything like she is in real life, it will be worth reading over and over again, and I am looking forward to reading her thoughts on her blog – as should you at DarleneMackenzie.com.

Small Business Details

My son in Alabama is beginning to understand that starting up and running your own business is full of pesky little chores that take up a lot of your time and need to be handled in a timely manner, such as balancing the different business bank accounts so your employee’s checks don’t bounce and keeping a paper trail of disciplinary actions with a problem employee so the Department of Labor doesn’t get on your back.

I told him about a nice software package called “Manager Assistant” that can help him get better organized and stay on top of those HR and manager details. I like the feature that let’s you schedule and manage employee reviews because I am a firm believer of constant feedback and working with employees as a team, with common goals and measurable progress. But this program has many different modules to help you with many different kinds of management tasks.

It is about time we started entertaining the thought of advertising online. I have offered to help as much as I can with the limited knowledge of online advertising. I really like what CozyWinters is a great option that I will talk to him about in person. I still prefer eye contact when I have a conversation!

My goodness, my son has a lot to learn! But glad I’m here to help and glad to do it. I have no doubt he’ll end up being a great boss and make his business a great success.

Voice Processing Technology

Last week my kid sister had the opportunity to meet Dr. Harold (Andy) Hildebrand, known better as Dr Andy who was a research scientist before he submerged himself in the music industry studying music as well as music composition. His work then led to the invention of the Antares software that she was looking at earlier today with me. Much like the avid brand software that I was gazing at online today at Guitar Center.

Today’s professional sound designers are so very grateful for his work, which led to quickly become the premier looping tool, something that was deemed impossible for so very long. I am so jealous that I wasn’t along with my kid sister. At the last minute she asked me to join her. but I don’t do “last minute” very well. It takes a good amount of time, work and energy to put my face on, having my hair clean and shiny, and clothes that fit, that flatter my figure, which isn’t always easy to pull off.

Critical Data Always At Hand

Years ago, I was running a small real estate office and was responsible for the computer system, among one hundred other things. The principal broker was a fanatic about the contacts database. Keeping the database updated and maintained was her number one priority. How I wish we had access to an Online Backup Storage method back then. I used to spend hours every week performing manual backups onto mixed media, with a strict rotation schedule and a second backup stored off site at all times. It took four hours every Friday to back up the entire computer system to the zip drive and to make a second archive copy.

My first hands on experience with a commercial computer system was all the way back in 1970. I worked on an IBM machine and a Univac, and have been involved with computers my whole life. I have used every kind of backup system they ever created, from 8 inch floppy disks to Zip Drives, thumb drives and now the Cloud. Trust me when I say that the Cloud is the best way to store all your data, graphics, audio and video files.

Just now I looked around my desktop and found 3 thumb drives and two diskettes. I really need to get rid of all of these and just use the internet to handle all my backups. If I upload all my files from my desktop at work to an internet based backup account, then I can access all that same information from anywhere in the world. This is what modern computing is becoming – accessibility and convenience for the user.

Classic Video Game Revival

Isn’t it amazing that in my lifetime we had no video games at all when I was a child, to the invention of video games machines that attached to your home television set, then they made video game machines found in arcades, and now games on the internet.

I remember playing Pong on the TV in our living room. My dad was a technology geek and would buy anything new as soon as it first came out. He bought a calculator, a color TV, a cassette tape player and all kinds of electronic devices and shared with with us kids. I remember buying the first Nintendo game system and having to rent the games from little fly by night businesses so that my own kids could play the latest games with their friends.

And, of course, we would go to the new arcades several times a month to play on the pacman arcade machine. I loved the arcades and would spend hours on the pacman game while my kids played on nearby machines. I bet they were embarrassed in front of their friends that their mom was playing arcade games, but I liked the games and I liked being there with my kids so they were supervised and not getting into trouble.

Hard to believe how this basic black and white game entertained millions and started a fad that is still earning billions of dollars without any sign of stopping any time soon.

totally thrilling

Pong -The two paddles return the ball back and forth. The score is kept by the numbers (0 and 1) at the top of the screen.