Our friend Jennifer Mathis just started a great decorating & renovation business…Blue Bowl Interiors (and exteriors) http://ht.ly/1Kf9C
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The tools pull pictures, tweets, flickr accounts, facebook feeds of the people you’re emailing directly into your email sidebar. Have only a vague recollection of someone that contacted you 6 months ago? And now they’re reaching out again. No problem. Rapportive Raplets+BatchBook help you bridge the mental gap.
The integration is so awesome that I’m looking forward to versions 2.0 and 3.0.
Here are some features I’d like to see:
- Allow me to manually enter the look up email address for a person while looking at an email.
Example usage: I get emails from VRBO.com (the vacation rental website) about houses I rent on Dewees Island, Charleston, SC. The from address that the BatchBook Raplet (“BBR”) tries to look up is firstname.lastname@example.org. That does me no good. What I really need BBR to lookup is the email address for the lead that VRBO is referring to me. Then I might remember that John Smith contacted me just last week about this same house.
- Automatically scan through the email header and body for additional email addresses and allow me to tab through them until I see the information on the person (people) I need to respond to. The tab functionality could work similarly to the tab function on Facebook when you’re selecting what picture should go with the link you’re appending to a post.
- Ability to add to dos, deals, contact info to my BB account for this contact. There’s already the ability to add notes, why note let me add more information to my database
- Allow me to click a button in the sidebar to add this email conversation to my BB activity log for this contact. I can do this manually by bccing my BB email address, but that’s several steps. Let me hit a single button to track important discussions.
- Show recent activity from the activity log. Wouldn’t it be great if I could see that my partner logged information about this client yesterday that pertains to the deal we’re discussing today!?
I could easily go on with more feature requests. The potential is awesome.
BB contact me if you want more ideas.
Third quarter report cards are out in Charleston County, SC. Teachers get a comment section on the computerized form with far fewer than 140 characters (Twitter’s limit). They resort to banalities like,
- a pleasure to teach, or
- good effort
Wouldn’t it be refreshing (horrifying?) if teachers said what they’re really thinking. Here’s a starter pack of ideas:
- did you drop this baby on its head at birth?
- needs to learn to say, “do you want fries with that”
- needs help, lots of it
- can’t recommend your child too highly
- bright, but still eats crayons in 10th grade
- the only child left behind
- breaths in and out with proficency, or
- this grade was a gift
Got better ideas? Post them here or on Twitter or Facebook.
Dropbox rocks – it’s file sync and sharing made easy. http://ow.ly/1dE2t Dropbox should also be scanning for viruses
To be even better, Mozy should add virus detection. Mozy says its “Safe, Secure, Affordable Online Backup” http://ow.ly/1doPA So protect me.
Today, a friend of mine asked,
What’s the best blogging site?
I thought others might be interested in my answer, with a few additional points. So here it is:
WordPress is the unrivaled champ.
You can use it either at WordPress.com or on your own website using the stuff from WordPress.org.
I suggest you start with WordPress.com because it’s so easy to get started and it’s FREE. Link to it from your own website. As you get more familiar with WordPress, you can move to WordPress.org stuff on your own site if the situation warrants.
Hosting your own blog will eventually allow more flexibility, but it’s got a steeper learning curve.
Lot’s of successful websites use WordPress.com. My personal favorite is CharlestonWaterkeeper.com. Watch the URL address bar in your browser as you click on the link. You will be silently redirected to CharlestonWaterkeeper.WordPress.com. Notice that WordPress shows up in the middle. This redirect is simple to do and it makes it easier for you to tell people the address for your website (or blog). You simply say, “the address is XYZ.com,” instead of saying, “the address is xyz.WORDPRESS.com.”
I hope this helps everyone. Feel free to leave feedback.
BTW, I just launched a Dewees Island, SC Vacation Beach Rental web site that’s built entirely on WordPress.org stuff. That should give you some idea of the power of WordPress. You don’t need to start with something that complex. WordPress.com make it very easy to get started.
The new iPhone 3G S sounds cool. But what I really want is to be able to smash my iPhone together with my Canon SLR camera. In particular, I want my SLR Camera to know the GPS location and direction for every photo I take. I know there are some add-ons, but geeze, they’re not integrated. They’re a hassle to use. So usage is low. The iPhone adds GPS data to photos seemlessly. Why can’t my $1,000 Canon do the same?
So much of American foreign policy at the moment seems to be done looking in the rearview mirror. The news is focused on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Cuba. As a country, we should be much more focused on China and Mexico and other areas of the World. Hopefully, we can be friendly competitors with China for eons to come, just as we are friendly competitors with England and Germany.
The situation with Mexico is much more complicated. During the Bush years, we’ve spent billions “getting tough” by erecting a wall / fence between our southern states and Mexico. We’ve spent billions more unsuccessfully trying to staunch the flow of drugs across the border. The effect is to keep pushing our neighbor to the ground. Why don’t we try the opposite approach? Let’s extend a hand to Mexico and put the country and it’s provinces, if they want to be, on the path to statehood.
In the process, we would gain access to the huge oil reserves in Mexico and help our neighbors. After a transitional phase, it will become easier to control our borders, as the border between Mexico and it’s southern neighbors is much shorter than the one between the U.S. and Mexico.
The biggest threat is the rampant corruption in some parts of the Mexican economy. In addition, there would have to be some sort of phased in approach to wellfare benefits, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and so forth. It’s only right that Mexicans help pay for their benefits.
If Canada wants to join the fun, so much the better. A United North America would be a formidable force in the world many natural resources, creative people, and positive cultural, educational and legal institutions.