Making IT Happen–Recordium

The free app Recordium, which hit the IOS market on May 25, instantly soared to the top of tech round-ups all over the web. We admit, we were intrigued, but would it really color our world? Our basic rule for an app to remain on our devices is that it must be more than cool. It must serve a purpose, and serve it often. Forever skeptics, we doubted that this would be something more than another amusing app with little practical use to most people, but there was only one way to find out. We downloaded it immediately, and began to conjure up ways to apply it to everyday life, daring Recordium to prove its worthiness, or end up in the trash bin with so many other fad-apps.

For those who share our app-mantra, which clearly states “If you aren’t going to help me, get off my IOS,” this is one app that you will want to keep, no matter what your lifestyle demands. When we began using Recordium in May, we applied it to every aspect of our world. We found more reasons to use it the more we took advantage of all it offered, such as:
• Highlighting important places in the recording
• Taking snippets of the important portions of the recording to be placed in a separate file
• Audio format options such as AIFF, WAV, CAF and MP4
• Audio Quality options
• File sharing options
• The ability to make annotations associated with a specific section of the recording

Yes, the tech-angels were singing, and we danced to every beautiful note. We could find no aspect of life that Recordium couldn’t improve upon.
For example:

  • The text of an email can now be replaced with an easily recorded message playable on any device. Emotions no longer needing to be relayed with emoticons and creative punctuation. This brings business and personal relationships to a whole new level.
  • Soldiers stationed in foreign lands, far from familiar faces, can play back the message at any time and find comfort in the familiar voice of a loved one.
  • Colleagues can reduce the chance for miscommunication that occurs with the written word, without waiting for a time all parties are free to hold a live conversation.
  • The voicemails that some keep for legal purposes, or because they hold sentimental value, can now be played and recorded through Recordium for eternal preservation.
  • The meeting that one knows from experience is going to be, yet another, painful 90 minutes, can now be discreetly recorded and edited later for the only 15 minutes of content that really matter. With the aide of some acting talent, other work can be accomplished while the presenter drones on, reading slide after slide. Participants need only to set the recording, and APPEAR to be listening intently through strategic use of the occasional eyebrow raise, appropriate chuckle, and obligatory head-nod every so often. Presenter is none the wiser, and participant need not suffer any more. Yes. We know. This thought alone brings tears of joy to the eye. Please take a moment if you need it, but only a short one.

There are many reasons to download this app, but none we could find that justifies waiting to do so.

NOTE: If you haven’t downloaded it yet, be aware that this “free” app, was scheduled to be available at a cost as of June 1, but has yet to have made the switch.

LinkedIn: It’s a PROFESSIONAL Networking Site, People

LinkedIn is a professional networking site. It’s not Facebook and it’s not Twitter. It’s meant for one thing – Business Networking. LinkedIn is NOT the place for personal pictures. A profile picture should be a simple headshot – not a family photo, not a crazy face, not a vacation shot and not even your beloved pet. Just you, looking professional. This is all. I love my cat, too, but our pics are on Facebook, not LinkedIn.

Once your photo is set, it’s time to review that profile. Your profile should basically be a condensed version of your resume and any good employer or recruiters will verify this, so make sure your dates and positions match up. Things that should not be in your profile would include ad hoc commentary about your past positions. Potential employers/recruiters do not to see your opinions on why you left, what you liked/disliked about the company, etc. There’s a place for this commentary and it’s called – LinkedIn is not the place for this unless you want to discourage folks from considering you for positions!

Now that we’ve covered a lot of what LinkedIn is NOT, let’s look at what it is. LinkedIn is a great place to show off your professional chops! All those compliments you get from past colleagues/manager? LinkedIn is the place to display them – ask for a recommendation and post it to your profile! LinkedIn is the place to provide just enough professional info to attract recruiters and to enable previous colleagues to track you down. Ever heard the saying “it’s who you know”? That phrase is absolutely accurate and you want the folks you know to be able to find you when they want to work with you again! LinkedIn is where they’ll look, so don’t disappoint them by having an unprofessional profile.

Follow these simple tips (they may seem like common sense, but take it from a person who spends more time on LinkedIn than you can imagine – they bear repeating) and you’ll have a profile that will make employers want to contact you!

Making IT Happen-Google Admin App



With its launch at the end of May, Google Admin for Android gave “Super Administrators” (those with API access) the ability to exercise their power from anywhere, with little effort, a feature even Superman would envy.  Less than one month ago, suspending the employee gone rogue meant Super Administrators had to stop what they were doing, power up their laptop, and deactivate the former employee who posed a potential threat. This generally takes place at a time when most people are done work and beginning to relax for the evening. Now that Google Admin for Android has been released, all that is required is a brief pause to access the app and shut the user down with a few swipes on a smartphone.  Happy hour need not be disrupted; neither tights nor a cape is required.

Managing logins and passwords, adding users, and viewing audit logs and domain settings has never been easier.  The app even has a feature that allows administrators to call and email the users directly.  If needed, contacting support is just as effortless. Google continues to dominate by knowing what users want before the users even have a chance to recognize the need and ask for it.  Just weeks after revamping the console and launching the new Admin SDK, Google Admin for Android was put to market, strengthening the power of Super Administrators everywhere.  “The Man of Steel” never had it so good.  He was often required to leave Lois Lane at the most inopportune times to exercise his power for the good of the whole. Imagine how different the story would have been if only Google had been around with “an app for that.”  Thankfully, Google Admin has arrived, changing the story for Super Administrators everywhere and anywhere.

Making IT Happen–SlideShark


The jaws on this app are sure to devour any inferior app in its wake, and we haven’t seen anything like it.

Our spotlight productivity tool of the week swam up to us at a tablet conference last week in NYC. Born of the cutting-edge company BrainShark, the appropriately named SlideShark, offers ease and flexibility never seen before in presentation applications.

Offering off-line and on-line access, for iPhones and iPads (don’t fret Droid loyalists, we are told that Android functionality is forthcoming.) This impressive software is not bound by the restrictions of its predecessors.

It offers:
• 100 MB of online storage free, with options to buy more, or earn more through its referral program

• File management with your own secure, cloud-based account, plus option to import from leading cloud storage providers

• iPhone remote control and laser pointer capabilities when projecting from your iPad “Presenter Mode” – see your slide notes, timers, animation counter and next/previous slides when presenting from your iPad

Test the waters today.

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Technology, Education, and the Future of Employment

Children are so easily distracted, but put something interesting in front of them and they’ll have your full attention.  I wouldn’t expect it to be any different in a classroom setting.  Thinking about it now, as a young student, my teacher would have the full attention of my class whenever it included computers.  Those lessons were most memorable and fun. So why are many people afraid of technology taking over the classroom setting?  The way I see it, this could transform the employment world.

I recently read that although IT and engineering are first to recover from unemployment, many Americans do not have the required skill sets for these positions. How do we begin to fill these positions or even make sure Americans have the appropriate skills needed? Well, the classroom is a good place to begin changing the scheme of things. It’s probably one of the best places to build interest and skills for technology.  So thank God for Mike Zamansky, a computer coding professor at Stuyvesant High School, who was behind the idea and creation of what will soon be NYC’s first software engineering specialized high school.

Most preparations are starting even with elementary students.  Is there anything wrong with the combination of an 8 year old and a tablet?  Not at all if you ask me.  Teachers are using these items, or the apps that come with them, to grasp student’s attention and create a fun, effective, and memorable learning experience. But beyond that, it’s also prepping a strong generation of technological leaders and innovators.  Why not inspire them while they’re young and help build interest, strong knowledge, and a possible career path in technology. What’s the worst that could happen, closing some gaps in employment in the near future?

Erick Schonfeld, writer for TechCrunch, says,

“I think technology can help lead the way by creating new jobs and redefining employment” Find article here

And needless to say he is absolutely right.  There are endless advantages and opportunities in technology.  So instead of fearing “gadgets” entering the classroom, we should focus on the “possibilities” that the “gadgets” can create.  So let the revolution of technology continue.


Writer: Judith Sully: Follow Me on Twitter @JudithSully

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