Category Archives: Applications

Easily and Quickly Resize Images in Windows

When I want to quickly email or upload images in Windows I would rather not have to load a full software package. The easiest way that I have found resize images in Windows is Image Resizer for Windows.

Image Resizser for Windows Context Menu

You really can’t get any easier than Image Resizer for Windows. After installing Image Resizer all you need to do is select the image that you want to resize in Windows Explorer. That will pull up the “context menu” and you will see a new option that says “Resize pictures”. After clicking on “Resize pictures” you will have see the following options pop up.


You can then easily choose what size you want to scale the image to and click on “Resize”. You can then see the new image that has been created, usually under the original image.

It really doesn’t get any easier than that, so there you go. Just download Image Resizer for Windows and you are ready to go …

Best Alternative for Google Reader – Feedly

After spending the better part of my morning trying to find a web-based alternative for Google Reader I have finally settled on Feedly.

Feedly is available on the web phone and tabletFeedly is available for use on the web as well as on tablet devices. If you get in before Google Reader shuts down on July 1 then Feedly allows you to automatically sync with your Google Reader account, making the transition relatively easy. Actually the developers over at Feedly have been planning for Google Reader to shut down for a while now and have a plan already in place.

There are a few reasons that I decided to go with Feedly as my replacement for Google Reader. They include:

  • Availability on the Web, iOS devices and Android devices
  • Integration with other services

One of the main things that I do with Google Reader is use it to save and share information with other services. Feedly integrates in with many other services that I use including:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Evernote
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Buffer

The main one that is missing that I wish was there was integration with IFTTT (If This Then That). Because it doesn’t integrate in with that I will need to modify my workflow a bit, but I should be able to get around it.

So if you are looking for an alternative to Google Reader I would recommend checking out Feedly for yourself.

Some other RSS readers that I looked at, but that fell short of my needs were:

  • RebelMouse
  • Netvibes
  • FeedDemon (desktop app)
  • FeedReader

Google Reader to be Retired July 1, 2013

When logging into Google Reader this morning I got this warning box:

Google Reader will be retired July 1 2013

Google Reader being closed as of July 1, 2013 kind of sucks! It is one of the online tools that I use significantly for my news gathering for the YWAM News Podcast I produce every week…

I’ll be having to look for alternatives for Google Reader starting today and I will let you know what I find …

Read the Google blog post about it here.

Login failed in Outlook connect for Salesforce

Salesforce has a plugin for Microsoft Outlook that is fantastic to use – called Outlook Connect. However when I first set it up – the login would fail and lock the user out.
In order to prevent this happening you not only need to enter the correct password into Outlook Connect but it needs to be followed (without spaces) by the security key.
The Security key should have been emailed to you by your administrator along with your password to login. However you can reset your security key by going to setup>My Personal Information > Reset your security token.

This will send an email to your email address with the security token that you can then copy and paste into Outlook Connect and it should work.

Editting tabs in Salesforce

I have just started using Salesforce (and i LOVE it!) and will be writing little tips about how to do certains things. There are good resources on the salesforce site – but some of the things I will write here I have found it hard to find in their help section.

If you want to change the tabs that you can see when you login to salesforce you need to go to setup (a link on the very top of the page), then click on My personal Information and then you can customize your tabs and related lists. It is a simple proceedure – but as I have been finding with Salesforce – some of the simple things to do are buried under several layers.

VOIP client for iPod Touch

Truphone is a VOIP client that can save you money on your mobile phone calls. Using Truphone over WiFi (WIreless) connectivity your iPhone can make phone calls to landline and mobile numbers. The BBC technology website comments that the Truphone developers plan to implement the ability to also receive phone calls on iPhones. Wi-Fi calls to other connected Truphone users are completely free of charge.

Truphone is available for a few different devices, the iPod Touch, the iPhone, Nokia and Blackberry. Other devices like LG, Sumsung and so on are on the list for future availability. You can register your interest in having the Truphone on your mobile device on their website – .

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