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Helen Crozier
Sydney
I transform technology into productivity.
Interests: photographer, foodie, explorer,movie & book lover trying to learn 4 european languages
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via www.microsoft.com Warning: this may be perceived as a rant! Apologies in advance - I try to keep these few and far between on Keyboard Karma! The new version of Microsoft Office for Mac with Outlook (home and business) retails for $279AUD. I have been waiting patiently for the release of this product as many of my business clients feel as if I have somewhat abandoned them since I changed over to my MacBook Pro in January. Outlook wasn't possible - the closest thing to it - Entourage was clunky and buggy so I was left with using Mail, iCal and Things for my tasks. For me this never felt quite right. This solution lacked the solid integration I was used to with other business software such as MS Outlook and Lotus Notes. Reviews for the new version of Office for Mac were initially mixed but I was determined to test it for myself so that I could then decide whether or not my fellow entrepreneurs/freelance colleagues would benefit from a more professional mail/calendar and tasks system. I installed the software without drama and was pleased to see that after a few initial hiccoughs my email folders via google apps... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 3, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
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via www.mymarketsvic.com.au In their words "All the Victorian Markets in one easy to use iPhone app. Find out which craft market or farmers market is on today and where." Seriously enough to make me want to MOVE to Victoria. NSW developers please do one for us? Would love to hear comments from anyone using this app as I can't test it out but on first appearances it looks to be a fantastic informative and social resource for foodies. Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 19, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
yes it looks that way!! i dare you to get one!! would be a great story :-)
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via www.looxcie.com I'm sure if I was caught wearing one of these sci-fi items I would be bagged terribly but the concept is out of this world don't you think? How could this device be used to make you more productive I wonder? Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 11, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
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I collected my new iPhone two months ago and am so pleased to report that it's still a 'winner' for me. My top five reasons why I'm mad keen? 1) It's faster - it seems that everything I do is faster, emails, web surfing, anything. 2) It's smarter - so a phone call interrupts something? Press the home button and it takes you back to what you were doing. One situation where multi tasking really works! 3) It's sharper - the 'retina' vision or whatever it's called is sensational. Crystal clear, easy on the eyes.... you can't imagine a clearer experience. 4) The camera is amazing - loving the flash and depth of definition, focus etc. Haven't really even played with the video or facetime - those joyful experiences are still to be indulged!! 5) Batttery is better - yes far better... I'm less anxious about using it now for fear of running out of juice..... it's all good. So for me I guess it's the thumbs up for productivity and ease of use! Very smart which is to be expected! What do YOU love about the latest iPhone? Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
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I've had great success with kick starting clients into action with regard to moving their businesses forward by using all the new (and not so new) innovative tools available to them. My October consultations are very nearly full but a few positions remain. Sign up for an intial personal consultation with me in person or on the phone/skype and receive an understanding of where you can go next with your learning. We will focus on the top two areas that will make a difference but leave the others on the list as part of your strategy. I provide a 15 minute check in call two weeks after the consult to see how you are going and you also receive 30 days of email support covering the subjects discussed in the intial consultation. Please don't miss out on this opportunity to be 'transformed'. I understand you are too busy running your business and life to KNOW there are ways you can be getting things done smarter and faster. That's my job and I love helping you! Pay by midnight tomorrow to take advantage of my special 'technology wish' offer. You may pay by credit card via my website or ask me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
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This compact bluetooth keyboard for the iPhone/iPad will be a huge productivity boost for those not so quick on the built in keyboards. Not available until early 2011 I'm hoping the Apple store will stock this very useful looking gadget as shipping costs for these items can sometimes be as high as the price of the gadget itself! $79US is the preorder price available from jornostore. Hands up who wants one? Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
Thanks for the link Brett!
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Jacinta you make a valid point - I shall be encouraging businesses to take advantage of foursquare - the metrics provided to venue operators are incredibly useful. Great to hear there is a growing band of users in Far North Queensland! Do stay in touch. Helen
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Hi Leanne Thanks for dropping by! I think we should start importing those plastic pomodoros don't you? I really like this version though - let me know what you think. Helen
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The pomodoro technique has been talked about by many over recent months. Invented in the 90's it is suddenly becoming popular again possibly due to the fact that we are feeling more and more scattered with so much digital work to be done. Social networking sites for all their benefits do seem to contribute to pseudo attention deficit disorder so it's a wonder much gets done at all. I've been looking for the proper kitchen timer to use but have not been successful in finding one. This iPhone app however seems to do the trick and overall is probably better than the retro plastic ticking tomato! Manually crank the dial around to 25 and listen to the ticks while you work on your chosen project or group of tasks. You can even write what you are focussing on right on the timer itself. Today I had a chaotic day and only achieved one pomodoro using this app. I did however truly focus on the most important things and despite a disruptive headache was able to tick off 6 stubborn tasks from my list. After trying a few other pomodoro apps this is definitely my favourite. What system do you use... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
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Today a client apologised to me for not being 'very technical'. This happens to me quite frequently and I always have to say 'please don't apologise, I'm not very "a, b or c' which of course relates to THEIR vocation. We are good at what we are good at and usually or hopefully that ends up being where we make our daily living. I am blessed with a bit of a technology 'gene' for which I am eternally grateful in today's world but not everyone has that or maybe they do have it and it has just been hidden. Who should apologise? Anyone in the technology area who doesn't give the very best information they possibly can to business people trying to make a living and relying on some technnolgy 'nouse'. This client like many others was not using software she already had on her computer that would really help her business fly. I find it difficult to believe that anyone would not have passed on information to her that would have really made a difference! By the end of our next session together this client will be a changed woman.... she will have the bones of a system that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
Thanks for your comments Catherine - my arch rival!! I actually uncovered a few interesting examples in my research for the presentation but you are right unless businesses get on board it will be a bit of a fizzer. Great analytics data is available for venues however, to me that would be incentive enough! Helen
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Foursquare is a location based social networking game played using a free app for your smartphone. While I've been a member since February this year growth has just started to accelerate with a jump from 2 million to 3 million users in just two months. Remind you of any other social networking tool? I don't use it for my business because my location is not fixed in one place too often. I do however participate reasonably regularly in the 'game' aspect for fun. I am also using it to understand how it might benefit my clients in the future. Foursquare is not to be ignored I feel. Like Twitter the longer you use it the more value it appears to provide. Like Twitter I initially thought it was 'silly and a waste of time'. Now I thoroughly enjoy participating and if the numbers are to continue to grow any hospitality or retail business would do well to make themselves aware of what this application is and how it works. Join me tomorrow (14/09) at 12.30pm Sydney time for a 45 minute free webinar including an overview of how businesses are using Foursquare internationally and in Australia. This webinar is part... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
Hi Annabel If you lived close to her you could sync it to one of your computers perhaps but that's not possible being so far away. Video skype not possible as there is no camera. We will get one for my in-laws in the UK but they have a laptop which is really required for set up unfortunately. It's not really a standalone device yet - wish it was! Best Helen
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Let me know how it goes! Helen
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Because I'm a 'knowledge worker' who teaches productivity I feel as if I'm somehwhat forced to use more sophisticated task applications than 'Do It Tomorrow' however when I downloaded this app I fell in love with it so I just have to share. What's to like? 1) The moleskine like cover 2) The ease with which you can postpone tasks to tomorrow (just click on the arrow to move to the next day!) 3) The cute coffee stain on tomorrow's page? (see if you change your mind you can move the tasks back to 'today'. 4) The sweet hand-written font? 5) The fact that it's free? As much as I'm totally addicted to Things I look forward to the day when my life will only need to sheets of digital notebook such as offered by this delightful task application. Download from iTunes here and enjoy the simple life if that is what you have! Hands up if you think we are going overboard with features when simple will actually do? Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
This week I performed a quick but essential renovation to my business site's home page www.businessproductivitygenius.com/ Annabel Candy, social media marketing and blogging expert, kindly critiqued my site and I had to agree with her. The landing page didn't really send the reader in the right direction - instead it sent him/her off in many directions but not particularly the 'place of buying'. I've renovated slightly and placed two fresh testimonials down each side with the centre column outlining my latest offering - the technology wish package currently providing support to small businesses or individuals not just looking for a quick fix. Next on the list is how to improve this blog and I know exactly who I'll be turning to for that advice! Head over to Annabel's brilliant blog for some really excellent articles on this subject and more. What impression does your home page give? Is it earning it's keep by bringing you business? Please let me know in the comments. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Helen Crozier's Keyboard Karma
I think I have one of those airport express adapters in my big 'tech box'. I didn't know you could use it for that! What a brilliant idea. I am going to test it out this weekend. Helen
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Thanks for your detailed explanation with this question Philip. I have just started to notice the 'universal' apps appearing eg photoshop express now works on both ipad and iphone.... cheers Helen
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Thanks Leonie I'll treat this as question 1 in it's entirety! 1. Would the iPad be a wise business investment? For someone in your business I feel it would be. The portability and premium showcase-ability being my top two thoughts. IF you have another computer that is relatively new/working well then yes I believe if loaded with the right apps it would be a wise business investment. 2. Do you find it limited with not having a card slot or a way to increase memory? I don't store the 'world' on it nor do I have a lot of music or movies. As a business machine I use it for the business apps, email/calendar/tasks and reading. That said I have the 60GB version and have only used 8GB!! I have a long way to go before I would be concerned and 60GB really should be enough to run your digital world. 3. Do I need a Mac to sync it to? or would my PC/Laptop work as well as it does with my iPhone? You will be able to sync it to a PC/Laptop - I have not done so because I converted to MAC in January but they were made to sync to PC's just like the iPhone yes! 4. How does it compare to the 10" netbook/laptops on the market. It's a completely different animal. You can't compare. If you find the iPhone Apps useful for your business/life then having them larger than life on the iPad is fabulous. If you have some software program that you can't live without then yes you need a windows tablet like the TEGA perhaps. I enjoy the lightweight, take anywhere, super battery life that I have not experienced on any other small device. 5. Is there a similar or better product on the market that might suite me better? Hard to give an unbiased answer to this as I'm still 'infatuated'. i don't think there is. Everyone who has bought one that I know cannot give enough praise. New tablets are on the way and yes they may have more holes and slots but I suspect they will lack the 'wow' factor. Going into an Apple store doesn't always give you the full experience. It's great to find one loaded with all the best apps to have a play with to get the true feel. 6. Are there any issues with it at all? any drawbacks you've come across? I've not experienced it but some have traveled to areas either overseas or extreme rural areas where there is no 3G or wireless access. This could prove problematic depending on where you are located and where you travel to. Telstra 3G gives super coverage which is why I use them. Hotels without wireless but with ethernet cables - should be rare so I would check before hand and if so send everything up to the cloud! Hope this helps but would love other opinions on Leonie's questions. Helen
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Hi Robin Thanks for your question. Defer if you wish - more features will come in the next version without a doubt. These may or may not include a camera - what do others think will be included in the NEXT iPad? I can't think of any 'bugs' that need to be ironed out. What do other iPad owners think? By the end of 2010 sales are predicted to be 250,000 in Australia. I shall ask this question for you on twitter but I think the answer might be "what are you waiting for?" best wishes Helen
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Thanks Rose for your enthusiastic response! I totally agree about using the iPad to get the 'busy work' done and doing the proper income earning work on a different machine! It makes the 'busy/admin' work feel like fun! Reeder is brilliant. It was mentioned in the webinar too. I love Flipboard but am so glad I trimmed down my list of people I follow so that my 'magazine' is filled with comments and links that I really want to read. best wishes Helen
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Another great question Leanne! I only know of two people who have purchased ipads to go for wifi only and they both had TWO - one for inside the home and the other with 3G for outside. I know that you travel a bit so Im inclined to suggest 3G with Telstra prepaid. I have been preached to about the speed and strength of Telstra Next G by a friend who works for them but I was so unimpressed with their customer service I thought I would never go there. The reliability of such a super connection for me has won me over and I have now changed my iPhone provider to Telstra. There will be times when you will be so GLAD you have a connection that I think the extra amount is worth it. if you arent using the 3G with prepaid you can just stop until you need it again. wishing you the best with your decision! Helen
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