Using your iPad to go Paperless

May 31
2011


Alaska Airlines recently announced that they intend to replace over 2.4 million pages and 50 pounds on every flight by allowing their pilots to go paperless (see Engadget.com article here)

The article goes on to state that they intend to use one of my favorite apps – Goodreader for managing their documents.

If you have an interesting in going paperless – this article from the CCIM institute gives you an idea of the technology and process you need get started.

A 3D scan of your face?

May 28
2011

Trimensional is a new app in the iTunes App store that does one simple thing – it takes a “3D” photo, converts that photo to a series of data points and into an animated graphic.

Although I have not yet found a lot of practical applicaition, it is a lot of fun to play with.

I realize, I will most likely only be able to keep this post up a day or two before it drives us all nuts!

Recommendation of iPad apps to install for the iPad class on 5/24

May 25
2011

Goodreader – porting PDF files around
iBooks – showcasing listings/assignments/reports in PDF
Pages – similar to Microsoft Word
Numbers – similar to Microsoft Excel
Keynote – similar to Microsoft PowerPoint
Quick Office – (similar to above)
Wikipanion – research using Wikipedia.org
Discover – packages Wikipedia into a nice format
HootSuite – managing social networks
BAO (demographics)
QR Scan – reading QR Codes
Loopnet – finding listings
Photosynth – assembling cool photos in collage format –  requires iPad2
Magicplan – measuring space (requires iPad2)
10bii cash (calculator)
WordPress (for updating our websites and blogs)
Dragon Dictation for taking dication
Word lense translated foreign language signs
Airport remote for viewing the departure/arrivals at any airport
FlightTrackPro for tracking flights
Square Reader for taking credit cards
and of course, my prefered book reader is Kindle.
and a review of the projector I showed can be found here

Not necessary to have, but might be interesting:
And the app we wrote for property taxes in Bernalillo County – Taxessor

And an interesting app that shows the potential of what your own app could like.

A betterway to accept credit cards – on your iPhone

May 23
2011

I recently signed up with Square for their SquareUp credit card service.  Square sends you a small reader device that plugs into your iPhones headphone port.

Thursday of this week, I tested out this system when I accepted 4 credit cards during the course I was teaching on “Understanding NM’s Property Tax System“.

The hardware/software system could not have been easier to use.  One fast swipe of the client’s credit card

Followed by entering an amount, the client’s email address and having them “sign” with their finger and Viola!

An email recipt was sent to the client and I, and on mine, I could see the amount, the location of the sale, and the client’s email address.

Many of us know, the easier you can make it for someone to pay you, the more likely you are to have additional sales – and the Square system could not be an easier – and it looks very cool!

The social network Universe

May 22
2011

TechCrunch has this fabulous infographic on the size of the social networking universe.

AMong the many trends it shows, one of the most startling is the number of mobile devices that access the internet (5.3B) which is more than double the number of computers that do.

is your iPhone broken?

May 19
2011

My wife’s iPhone stopped charging and wouldn’t sync.  Apple wanted to reset and if that didn’t work, sell us a new phone.

While a new phone to replace her 3Gs is a nice idea, the problem is she hadn’t backedup her phone in ages.

Fortunatley, we found Fullbars on Albuquerque’s westside.  In less than an hour and for $75 they had her back up and running- thank you Fullbars!

Which of the telecomm companies is the dumbest?

May 14
2011

Just when I think no telecommunications company can oust Qworst from the most difficult in custome service, along comes along Sprint.

Sprint who required that I sign up for paperless billing when I ordered my Overdrive internet device. The same Sprint that won’t give me my login info to update my profile, so I can login, unless I can verify my info from a bill, that is tied up behind their webserver, which I need a login to see…and of course, when I call them they want the same info.

Back to writing letters to solve this ridiculous technology/customer service issue.

You want to do what to my main computer?

May 14
2011

Windows 7 would like an update…why doesn’t it speak the truth “my updates are more important than the work you are trying to get done AND there is a 15% chance, that I won’t reboot after I install these files”

Latest Tech column from IREM’s Journal of property management

May 11
2011

IREM’s latest Journal of Property Management Gadget column has 3 must have devices – A tiny HP printer that is iPad compatible, a case with built in charger and battery for your iPhone and a pocket sized paper scanner from Fujitsu.

My must have list of Apps for my iPad2

May 07
2011

Goodreader – porting PDF files around
iBooks – showcasing listings/assignments/reports in PDF
Pages – similar to Microsoft Word
Numbers – similar to Microsoft Excel
Keynote – similar to Microsoft PowerPoint
Quick Office – (similar to above) –
Dropbox – for accessing files on the road
Pogoplug – similar to dropbox, but it physically exists in your office
Wikipanion – research using Wikipedia.org – HootSuite – managing social networks

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hootsuite-for-twitter/id341249709?mt=8

BAO (demographics)

QR Scan – reading QR Codes –

Loopnet – finding listings –

Photosynth – assembling cool photos in collage format –

Magicplan – measuring space (requires iPad2)

10bii cash (calculator)

WordPress (for updating our websites and blogs) –

Not necessary to have, but might be interesting:
And the app we wrote for property taxes in Bernalillo County – Taxessor
And an interesting app that shows the potential of what your own app could like –