Productive Convergence of Technology and Life

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Automatically Blog Your Life with SWURL

Posted by conducivetechnology on July 5, 2008

If you are like most people you find yourself managing multiple blogs and social networking site then SWURL is here to help provide a one place stop for your readers.  Swurl is FREE and supports the following site integration:

What’s nice is that Swurl will retroactively seek out all your old posts and filter them in.  Each post is set up by your day of activity, so if you didn’t add anything to any of these services there simply won’t be a post. One of the most usable features is you can also view your entire stream of activity in a large calendar, called a “timeline.”
An easy yet highly customizable feature is that it allows you to drop your own custom css to tweak the colors, style and look of your SWURL.

Post a link to your Swurl below and tell us how you like it.


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Little known Phone tips, fun, and hacks Part 1

Posted by conducivetechnology on June 24, 2008

Grand Central

Dream up a phone with the following features:

  • 1 number that never changes and that rings all your phones
  • Screen callers
  • Listen in on a call before picking up or listen while voice mail is being left and jump in.
  • Record calls on the fly and access online
  • Block unwanted callers
  • Email or SMS voicemail notifications
  • Have 1 number that rings different phone numbers based on whos calling
  • Personalized greetings
  • Personalized ringtones
  • Ability to have someone call you through a webpage without showing your number
  • Switch phones in the middle of a call
  • More, more, more

Grand Central which was aquired by Google is your answer and its FREE!  Still in beta if you are able to get in is well worth it allowing you ro regain the simplicity of one phone number while retaining the features you enjoy.

Magic Jack

For those still paying for landline phones I ask why oh why oh why?  One of the best VOIP (Phone through your internet) solutions is Magic Jack.  Unlike its competitors Vonage, & Sunrocket it is only $20 a year… no that wasn’t a typo its $20 a YEAR!  It is a rather clever device that offers unlimited VoIP calling over the Internet in North American for $39.95 for the first year and $19.95 for subsequent years, and includes voice mail, 911 support, caller ID and free 411 service.  The magicJack is a USB dongle about the size of a box of matches. The phone jack on its side allows a connection to regular telephone handset. Windows XP and Vista are supported, and also a beta firmware for OS X.

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Conducive Technology-Productive Convergence of Technology and Life

Posted by conducivetechnology on May 31, 2008

Laura, my wife has always been a getting things done (GTD) Goddess.  She likes to call it obsessive-compulsive behavior, but her drive to set goals and tasks, then follow through with them is a rare trait that can be found in most successful people who are truly happy with their lives. It is no fluke that those who set goals to accomplish things are able to achieve great success and seem happier with their lives. Personally I have viewed it as a burden to set and follow time limits on accomplishing things. I have always been one to get things done up to the point I don’t feel like doing it anymore.  To not plan things out and to just live day to day.  Sure I have aspirations, wishes, wants and needs.  But those without concrete planning are just what they are and no more closer to reality.  As I plan my life and create goals to accomplish those dreams I have come across various tools, software, and technologies that have caused more work and some that have been conducive with my life allowing me to be more productive.  I have developed this blog mainly as a way of sharing with those interested the things that have made my life easier and more productive.  Most topics will focus on software, tools, and technologies that will be conducive with my life as a father, husband, and in my job role as an IT Tech.  Other topics will focus on life’s thoughts, events, and ideas.

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