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Technology update

Here’s my latest technology update that helps me in life, ministry, mission, etc.

– I’m on google chrome (their new browser), right now.  It rocking so far.  You can read the comic book they released describing what’s behind it here

– A new google picasa v3 is to be released today as well, with synchronization and facial recognition.

– I’ve switched from using Microsoft OneNote and Google Notebook, to evernote.  It doesn’t have onenote’s snazzy tabs, but it allows me to sync my laptop, desktop, and online notes finally.

– In preparation for the event, I researched online ticketing and discovered brown paper tickets, eventbrite, and money transfer through paypal.  All with a lot of potential, but I was too cheap to succumb to the 2-3% cut the services take.

Facebook Events… somewhat works.  I was feeling really about about the response rate for my event, but then looked at many others, and it looks like there’ really only a 5-10% response rate.  I know I’ve rarely responded to mine, but a great easy start for building some buzz.

Skype – I’ve began doing marraige counseling through it for some friends out of town, but I’ve found it’s almost as good even with local meetings, saving gas and travel time.

– Google phone – I don’t know how many years I’ve been waiting for this one, but rumours are it’s coming along to be released by the end of this year.  Some pics here.  One day I’ll be cool.

WordPress, absoutely rocks.  I created the event page with it.  And lightbox plugins bring photos to a whole new level.  

Starbucks wifi – This one applies to Canadians too for once, 2 hours of free wifi with an active starbucks card.  And no, you don’t have to be a bell canada customer.

After a long while, I just received my first hundred bucks from google ads, but text-link-ads pay out is probably 3-4 times more on average I find.

– Search – through del.icio.us bookmarks and my own blog. I can’t describe how many times I’ve depended on archived clippings and personal writings I’ve long forgotten for talks and ideas.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Sam. September 3, 2008, 4:33 am

    I’ve just started using Evernote, mainly because of the correlating iPhone application. Really liking it. Very useful.

    Just test running Chrome too…hope they get a Mac version out soon!

  • Carley September 3, 2008, 12:06 pm

    Psst.. Brown Paper Tickets wouldn’t take a cut! You set the ticket price, you keep 100% of it. Ticket buyers pay $0.99 plus 2.5% of the ticket price.

    Good luck with your event! (:

  • Lon September 3, 2008, 8:06 pm

    Hey Carley, brown paper tickets does sound good… except for smaller scaled events i didn’t find it was suitable. I was doing a charity event, and whether it’s charged to me or to the purchaser, it’s still potential money lost by someone. I was looking at $10 tickets, the flat .99 makes it a 10% cut already… I’ll definitely consider it for larger events though.. thanks for commenting!

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