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TECH TIPS

Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

~ July 2010 ~

PLUGS A PROBLEM?


Easy to use plugs with computer equipment, fax machines, cell phone plugs, and more are often cumbersome and hard to use.  Check out this plug that is easy to use and get out of the wall.

The Hug-A-Plug Dual Outlet Wall Adapter increases the amount of sockets into which you can plug your appliances, it flips the outlets through 90-degrees so you can use them easily, even when hidden awkwardly behind furniture. The best news is that it is only $5. 

Bonus feature: the rounded ridges up top make a great thumb-grip for when you need some purchase to yank out a cable.

Read more at http://www.cyberguys.com/product-details/?productid=42678#page=page-1

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VOLUNTEERS AT WORK ON FLICKR

Flickr is free site to post pictures of volunteers at work.  Mary Merrill, a pioneer in using various social media, encouraged people who worked with volunteers to get “savvy” at using all the forms of electronic communication that could enhance the program.  She was a woman ahead of her time.

Flickr is one of the oldest  sites for storing and grouping pictures.  Webmonkey recently reported that Flickr has new features that make it easier to use.

Because the Flickr folks know how well adults welcome change they have made it possible to move seamlessly between the old Flickr and the new and improved Flickr.  If you are someone who already posts to Flickr you can test the new look.

The new look aims at streamlining navigation and tools while “embiggening” your photos (as Flickr refers to it).

If you are not using Flickr ( or a similar site) visit http://www.flickr.com/

Flickr’s official blog post has more details if you’re curious. http://blog.flickr.net/en

Additional detailed information at Webmonkey at http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/06/new-flickr-is-bigger-wider-and-uncut/#more-47789


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