Great Gadgets: Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station

Published on May 31, 2010   //  Gadgets

Chances are that you have multiple computers connected to your network, so how do you go about sharing the various accessories and resources between these computers? You could set up print servers for your printers and make use of network-attached storage (NAS) enclosures for data, but the Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station 34779 is so much simpler than that.

Instead of fumbling through that much configuration and several different products to achieve the different kinds of functionality you need, you can just use the iConnect Wireless Data Station. It can connect to your network, either wired or wireless, and effectively share any USB-connected device with every computer connected to the network.

The natural utility here is to connect USB flash drives and external hard drives, providing access to those files to any computer on the network. Going even further, this data can be even be accessed over the Internet by a remote computer should you choose to configure the device to work in that way. It can also be used for USB printers and other USB peripherals. The iConnect is compatible with Apple Time Machine too.

For more information, check out the product page on Amazon.ca, where the Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station currently sells for $108.18, including free shipping.

BlueFur Customer of the Week: Leonard Rooney

Published on May 30, 2010   //  BlueFur Customer of the Week

Many creative types call BlueFur home and this includes all sorts of designers and artists too. One such individual is Leonard Rooney, who you can find at LenRooney.com.

He is a graphic designer, website designer, illustrator and artist based out of Vancouver, BC Canada. If you go to his website, you are immediately treated to several works from his expansive portfolio. His work includes everything from CD covers to website designs.

But who is Leonard Rooney? According to his bio page, he was born in New Zealand in 1960, emigrating to Canada with his family at the young age of eight. He spent seven years in Ontario before finally moving to Vancouver in 1975, where he has resided since. He studied at Emily Carr and worked as a commercial artist and graphic designer.

For more on Len, who he is, and what he can do for you, head on over to LenRooney.com, his home at BlueFur and on the Internet.

Showcase Saturday: 300 WP Theme

Published on May 29, 2010   //  Showcase Saturday

Is this madness or is this Sparta? If you were a big fan of the epic Hollywood movie or you simply want a WordPress theme that is fitting for an icon-clad warring state, the 300 WP Theme just might be the right fit.

Clearly inspired by the movie of the same name, the 300 theme is made mostly with a black and red color scheme, evoking the same kind of aggression and emotion that we got during the action scenes in the film. The theme also comes with custom icons that are fitting to the overall style of the site as well.

It features two columns of fixed width and the Cufon custom font has been enabled. There is integrated Flickr support, a built-in options panel, a footer section outfitted with social networking widgets, and a jQuery slider for highlighting different articles.

This theme is certainly dark and different from many of the other “airy” themes you may find elsewhere. For a screenshot, features list, and a live demo, hit up the developer’s site at 3oneseven.com.

In the Sphere: Ebert, Kodak, and Chow

Published on May 28, 2010   //  In the Sphere

It’s the end of yet another work week, so it’s time to sit back, kick up your heels, and enjoy some of the best posts that the blogosphere has to offer.

Damien Riley starts us off with a brief discussion on how Roger Ebert helped him use Twitter. From the outside looking in, it can sometimes be difficult to understand how to best use Twitter. Thankfully, the well-respected movie critic leads by example.

RT Cunningham attacks a more controversial topic, asking what is wrong with gays in the military. I don’t see how a person’s sexual orientation factors into their ability to serve their country, per se, since they are just as able and qualified to carry a gun. Some may disagree.

John Biehler went to enjoy some sun and some surf, recording the entire adventure with the Kodak PlaySport ZX3. This HD video camera happens to be completely waterproof, making it great for all kinds of vacation shots both in Hawaii and elsewhere.

Claudia and Sergio Olivos remind us of the importance of friendship and what we can do to nurture these most valuable of relationships. Are you calling on their birthday? Are you staying in touch every month? Do you acknowledge their milestone achievements?

Free Money Finance takes a moment to review Make Money Online, the new book written by Vancouver webtrepreneurs John Chow and Michael Kwan. The book exclaims the importance of quality content, good marketing, and the maximization of revenue.

Marketing 101: I’m a Mac, I’m a PC

Published on May 27, 2010   //  Marketing Tips

It’s quite clear that the people behind Apple commercials are pretty great at what they do. The dancing silhouettes for the iPod commercials are very catchy and bright, whereas the iPhone commercials do a great job at highlighting the different apps that are available for the popular handheld.

On the computing end of the equation, one of the most popular ad campaigns in recent memory has to be the one that featured Justin Long and John Hodgman as the “Mac Guy” and “PC Guy” respectively. In the “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” television commercials, we are provided with some fun side-by-side comparisons of the two platforms, showing off the strengths of the former while showcasing the weaknesses of the latter.

How much truth and credence you give to these claims is up to you to determine, but it is clear that these TV spots were memorable, fun, and effective. However, as you may have heard, this campaign has now come to an end. You might ask why Apple would stop with this campaign when it is still quite popular.

Well, it could be that they want to leave that campaign while it is at the top, leaving a positive memory and impression behind for future generations to consider. How Apple will about topping this monumentally successful campaign remains to be seen. If you were heading up the marketing team at Apple, what would be your pitch for the next major ad campaign?

WordPress Wednesday: Facebook Comments

Published on May 26, 2010   //  WordPress

This has become an increasingly common issue among bloggers, both casual and professional. Many of us syndicate our blog content, in some form or another, onto Facebook. This can be a great source of traffic and continued brand presence, since many people log into Facebook every day and they may or may not visit your blog directly.

This is true whether you only use the “share a link” feature on Facebook or your import your entire blog posts in the form of a Facebook note. The trouble is that many Facebook users will then proceed to post a comment on your post, but from the posted item inside Facebook alone. These comments do not, then, appear on your blog. You want to extract that value, right?

That’s where the aptly named Facebook Comments for WordPress can provide some reprieve. While it can’t pull the comments from Facebook onto your blog, what it can do is allow users to leave comments on your blog using their Facebook profiles. This integrates the Facebook commenting system into your website.

Comments can be shown in either chronological or reverse chronological order and it is possible for users to post their comments directly to their Facebook profile page. This helps with integration and expanded visibility of your blog on the popular social networking site.

For screenshots, more information, and the download link, head over to the WordPress Plugin Directory.

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