Many of you use Google Maps on your website. You may receive a scary sounding email about the new Google Maps Platform and fees.
Here is a cool site with lots of answers and lots of suggestions for you on all things tech – phones, online banking, Alexa, speakers, etc. The content ranges from simple “What is a platform?” to more complex “How to buy the right laptop.”
And it’s FREE!
- Updates your WordPress software
- Updates your WordPress plug-ins (These are the apps that do things on your site like a Calendar, scheduling, etc.
- Daily backups on the GoDaddy server which are kept for 30 days.
- Monthly backups stored on Dropbox which are kept for 3 months.
Have you ever considered switching over and using Office 365? This video gives an overview and examples of how Office 365 could benefit you.
Smartphone addiction is a real thing and while this article talks more about the younger generation, its not limited to them as I have seen some of my clients and friends with the same addiction. You know who you are! I encourage you to use this suggested method to break your addiction!
I completely believe we check email too often and put pressure on ourselves to respond instantly. What moments are we missing by putting this pressure on ourselves?
An excellent book on better email processes is “The Hamster Revolution” by Mike Song. Good, practical processes to spend less time on email and more time on the important things.
New technology confuses all of us! This is not knowledge we are born with. It doesn’t seep into our brains as we sleep. So don’t let it get the best of you. Don’t feel like you’re the only one who struggles with new technology. Keep learning! Take a class! Watch a YouTube video. And most importantly, keep laughing!
The answer is “A lot!”
Go to MyAccount.Google.com
Google will walk you through the settings and help you choose your preferences.
Or look at the individual sections to change your preferences.
Change each setting for your preferences.
Google follows what you search for and develops a “profile” for you. They narrow down your search results then to fit your profile. If you do a search that gets strange results, you can delete it from History to keep your profile more clear.
You can turn off tracking or delete your history.
It is worth your time to check the Google settings. You want to give enough info to have good search results but not enough to display your whole life to the Internet.
- Change the brightness of your monitor screen to match the light level of your room. EX: If you’re working with the lights off in the office, dim the screen. Or the reverse, brighten the screen when the sun is shining in the windows and adding to the florescent lighting.
- Adjust the monitor and/or your chair until your eye level aligns with the top of the monitor. We naturally look downward by about 10-15 degrees. Next best option: Align so you are looking at the center of your monitor. Do NOT look up at your monitor! That’s bad for your eyes and your neck.
- Increase the font size of your Windows displays and of your software programs. Use at least a 12 point font. You can even use a larger font later in the day to help with eye strain.
- Be wary of the colorful background designs offered by Windows, Firefox and other software manufacturers. Yes, they are entertaining but they are harder on your eyes than a simple design where the contrast between the background color and the font is greater.
- Take frequent breaks. No, not to play solitaire! Blink your eyes. Look out the window, across the room, somewhere in the distance. Do a couple of easy stretches sitting in your chair or standing at your desk. Close your eyes and take some deep breathes.