Posts Tagged ‘Mac’

Top 6 Productivity Tools for Students and Professionals

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Posted 23 Sep 2014 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville, Technology

Keeping your life organized is supposed to be easier with technology but sometimes it can be very overwhelming instead. We’ve put together 10 web and smartphone tools to help you stay organized and keep you on your toes.

Calendar – The first thing needed for organization is a calendar. In addition to a trusty paper calendar (never needs charging!), we highly recommend Sunrise. It is free and syncs with your existing calendars and several apps such as Asana and Evernote. They recently implemented real time sync with Google calendar. The web calendar and the apps are easy to use and are nice to look at too. Sunrise for iOS Sunrise for Android Sunrise for Web

Mobile Apps for Teachers and Students

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Posted 15 Sep 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School

We love to play with apps and utilize them for being more productive. We also love to share what we think about them with you. Today we have about 25 apps that are perfect for students, teachers and parents to keep track of everything and help you through the school year. We’ll recap a couple we’ve covered here before (new features!) and bring in a few we haven’t covered before to bring you what we consider the best of. If you want more productivity apps or other great apps in general, feel free to go back through our archives. Enjoy!

Free Software Pack – 2013

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Posted 18 Aug 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Geek Girl, Reviews

For several years we have provided you with recommendations for really cool software. Our annual software pack represents a solid set of programs that we think everyone should own for every day work and pleasure.  This software is good whether or not you are a student, faculty, parent or someone who is just trying get things done on a budget. Let us know in the comments how you like these and if you think we should have included something else.

Happy Father’s Day!!

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Posted 16 Jun 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Featured

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Creative Commons License photo credit: amslerPIX

Today is Father’s Day!! We’re hoping all the folks that fill the role of Dad have had a great one! We’re sure you all did something great for your dad figures, but especially since we’re coming up on the first day of summer, why not plan ahead to give Dad a whole summer of awesomeness? Here are a few of our ideas starting with the technology:

Free software pack – 2012 edition

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Posted 10 Feb 2012 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Featured, Reviews, Technology

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We all need to use different types of software in our day to day whether it’s to check email or type a paper or keep track of paper references. What about organizing and editing all those photos you took last weekend? Check out our 2012 edition of free software recommendations. I recommend keeping a download of all of these on a disc so you never have to  be in search for them again!

Belarc advisor – Windows only – Ever want a complete list of ALL the software on your PC? Belarc will give you a list including install keys so you can more easily get your system back in shape if you ever need to re-image the hard disk.

How To Use Evernote…A Step By Step “Aah Help Me!” Guide

Posted 28 Jan 2012 — by HarriMac
Category Featured, Geek Girl, Soulville, Technology
I absolutely love Evernote. I’m really glad I came across the software. There are plenty of other apps and websites to keep track of your documents, pictures and audio notes but for some reason, the absolute simplicity of Evernote is what makes it stand out for me. I use it to keep up with recipes, fraternity notes, bookmarks, news articles I want to read later, travel info, addresses, etc. I keep thinking of new uses all the time. Maybe it’s the ease of using the website, using the desktop application, or using the iPhone app (or all 3) to keep up and be productive that makes me love it so. There are plenty of tutorials all over the net about specific things to use Evernote for and even some cool videos on their site, but sometimes that info can be overwhelming. Let’s start simply.
1. Where are you when you want to pull up your info? I’m always on the go and not always on a device that belongs to me but I do have an internet connection. But when I’m on a device that belongs to me, I want the info there too. If you use Evernote at work or a public place or even on a friend’s system, you’ll definitely at least want access to Evernote via the web. If you have a smartphone, you might want to have a free Evernote app on that device. And if you have a personal computer (or more), there are free desktop applications. The phone and desktop applications allow you to sync your notes from other places and allow you to work “offline” then sync once you’re connected to the internet again.

Do you want access via:
B) Phone (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and WebOS currently supported)
C) Desktop (Mac OS X, Windows; Also supported for Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome)
D) Combination?

They are all free for regular users (premium costs), so mix and match and choose away! But really, pick at least one so we can continue with the tutorial. Download

2. Now that you’ve picked one, you have the urge to make a note, right? Well, more on that in a second. First, let’s talk some Evernote lingo. There are notes (duh) and then there are notebooks. If you’re familiar with your computer setup or current email setups, you’re allowed to have folders to organize your materials. Well that’s what the notebooks are – folders. And of course you can have notebooks within notebooks and even have tags (or labels) to track items within notebooks or between notebooks (if you’re like some of us who are ultra organized).

Example 1: I have a notebook called “Public Health References”. I have notebooks within this – “Epidemiology” “Biostatistics” “Citations” “SAS” “Articles” “General”.

Example 2: I have a notebook called “Recipes”. I didn’t subdivide this one since I personally just like scrolling through the recipes to find what I want. Instead, I can use tags to get a better idea of what is in it. If I tagged all my cheesecake recipes “cheesecake” then when I search for that tag or click on that tag, I see everything that matches, regardless of what folder it’s in.

Another term to know is “clip” or “clipping” (saving different sources in whole or part from files or websites). You can use a browser extension or, if you installed the desktop client, you can highlight a website or just right click on a website and choose to add to Evernote.

What notebooks do you think you might want to start with? You can always add notebooks and delete notebooks (or even combine notebooks), so don’t feel constrained by what you choose now.

3. This is a good point to practice making a note. No matter which client you’re using (web, desktop or phone), click “new note” or the + if you see it. Give your new note a title. For this exercise try “Notebooks I’d like to make”. In the text area, make a list of all the notes you’d like to make. Evernote has some formatting capabilities similar to products you may be familiar with such as Microsoft Word. You can make bulleted or numbered lists, you can bold, underline, strikethrough, italic, etc. You can also change the font and text size, etc. You don’t necessarily need to test all these features now, but if you want to, do it! Playing is always fun. Once you’ve made a list of everything you can think of to make a notebook right now, try making a few.

4. Not only can you make text notes in Evernote, but you can also make audio notes (requires a microphone), webcam notes (requires a webcam), and ink notes (hand write a note in evernote. works best if you are really good with a mouse or have a stylus handy. awesome if you have a touchpad). You can also add photos or files to your Evernote notes. Say you’re working on compiling all your addresses in one place. You might type some in, but if you get a letter from someone, take a picture of the return address, attach it to a new note with the name of the person and bam! you have the address in your Evernote.
Or say you’re working on a statistics project and there is SO MUCH DOCUMENTATION (yes this is a real experience). Save the PDFs, drag and drop (or attach) them to a note and you’ve always got that documentation with you for quick reference. Now speaking of that documentation, you want to search and find out what all in your Evernote you have about “linear regression”. Type that in the search field, hit enter and Evernote will search the text of your documentation attachments as well as what is in your notes (at least PDFs). How cool is that?!

5. The last cool feature I’ll show you how to use in Evernote is to share your notes. You can share notes via email, twitter, facebook, or copy note urls to the clipboard. If you share a note, let’s say via email, it will email the content of the note. If you share a notebook, you can choose to share it with the public or share with specific individuals. This can be helpful if you’re working on a project together. You can always change these settings. I haven’t shared a notebook yet, but I have shared individual notes.

I hope this tutorial broke down enough of Evernote for you to get started. Let me know what you end up using it for or if there is another tool that works better for you!

More (yes MORE) free and great iPhone apps!

Posted 04 Mar 2010 — by HarriMac
Category Featured, Reviews, Soulville, Technology

It seems like I’ve been writing a lot of iPhone app posts lately. Probably because I have been. But I’ve had plenty of time to test some really neat free ones that I think you all will like. Check ‘em out and let me know what you think!!

More Free iPhone Apps for the Holidays!!

Posted 22 Dec 2009 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

Hello readers! Very sorry this academic semester kept this column from being as regular as expected. My infinite apologies. As a gift, here’s a list of more free iPhone apps that you might find increase your productivity or your relaxation in your downtime during the holidays.

Chorus – A pretty neat application I came across that works far better than the standard App Store. It works like a social networking application and you find applications based on your interests, your friends interests, or just by a regular search. When you find an app you like, Chorus lets you know what apps are similar that you might find interesting. Just like the regular App Store, it lets you search through paid and free apps and even gives you friends to start with as you build your friend base in the program.

Sync Android Phone with Mac

Posted 13 Dec 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

google androidI just got an Android phone – the Samsung Moment to be exact – and I wanted to sync my phone to my MacBook just like PC users could. However, it was easy and fast to figure out how to connect my Mac to my Android phone, and I can now sync files between my MacBook and Android phone! Here’s how:

  1. Restart your Android phone. (This step may be skipped by some users; others will find the computer doesn’t recognize the phone’s SD card without a restart of the phone.)
  2. Plug your USB cord that came with the phone to the phone, and connect to the Mac.