RETURN OF THE NATIVE

Dan Bricklin is perhaps the most famous programmer alive. Because he, with partner Bob Frankston, created VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet to run on a personal computer. It was 1979 and it ran only on an Apple II. Arguably it made Apple, because this was the first business program, and that created a reason to buy Apple, instead of the half dozen other desktops at that time. Before VisiCalc, most people in the business said the personal computer was a really a game machine, and would never be anything else. Visicalc changed that forever. The fact that it was written for the Apple and not some other computer was an accident. The two men were students at Harvard and initially started […]

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FREE IPHONE APP KEEPS ADDRESS BOOK UP TO DATE

“Addappt” is a free app for iPhones. It keeps your iPhone contact information updated, as long as your friends sign on. Download the app and request an invitation during the trial stage.

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ORGANIZING ON IPAD

Joy wishes she’d had something like Bento 4 years ago when she was creating a database for a women’s club with hundreds of members.

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CREATING BUSINESS APPS FOR THE IPHONE AND IPAD

A free iPhone/iPad app called “FileMaker Go 12” runs iPhone/iPad apps you can create with the Filemaker popular database. It’s been downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week.

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MAKING CONTACTS

Cardbrowser.com collects business cards at trade shows and makes them searchable online. They have 210,000 of them currently and thousands more each month. You can search by market, industry, tradeshow, title, location, etc.

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THE NEW GOLD RUSH

There’s a new gold rush. But it’s not for gold, it’s for data. Get your hands on the right data and you can build an important new website. Recently- available U.S. government data has resulted in these sites and apps…

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IPAD APPS

Tips for reading, watching video and getting organized.

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FREE TEMPLATES FOR THE MAC

Organize your beer collection, keep track of your scuba dives, and do any kind of database with these templates for the Mac.

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FILEMAKER TRAINING

The popular FileMaker database program runs on Windows and Mac computers and is a lot easier to learn and use than Microsoft Access. There’s a new training series for FileMaker 10…
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KEEPING TRACK

Thomas Jefferson was so good at keeping track of his expenses that we still have records of almost everything he spent, including the tips he gave out at inns. (George Washington, by the way, was also a meticulous recorder of his expenses.)

Expense tracking isn’t a magic solution to budgetary woes, but it helps.

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