Robert Weiner

What to Do When Technology Isn’t Your Problem

Robert Weiner

It may seem like the wrong tool was selected, it doesn’t do what it was supposed to do, or the instructions aren’t written clearly enough. Copyright P. Mueller [link]. Does it feel like you never find the right combination of technologies to just make things work?

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Firefox error: sec_error_untrusted_issuer

Robert Weiner

These instructions are for Firefox 3.6 I picked up some malware recently and one of the many annoyances it caused was problems with Firefox's security settings. When visiting secure (https:) web sites Firefox would say "the connection is untrusted." When I said I wanted to trust the site I would get a further error saying "sec_error_untrusted_issuer" (The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is not trusted).

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Lame spams of the day: Fake Amazon and PayPal receipts

Robert Weiner

Kurtis-Walls@ googlemail.com Instructions to seller. You haven't entered any instructions. firstname}{la}{_lastname}@{lb} instructions to {lc}. you haven't entered any instructions. I got a big batch of these today.

Lame spams of the day: ADP Notifications

Robert Weiner

Follow the instructions on the screen. Follow the instructions at the end of the renewal process. I've been seeing a variety of these recently. Since I don't use ADP it's obvious that they're spam, but others may fall for them.

Lame spam of the day: IRS notices

Robert Weiner

You can obtain the rejection details and re-submit your appeal by using the instructions in the attachment. I got two spams this week claiming to come from the IRS. They look like different schemes -- one is trying to get me to call a 900 number at $4.79/minute, the other includes a link.

Lame spams of the day: More people sending me money

Robert Weiner

THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY NOTIFY YOU THAT WE ARE STILL WAITING TO RECEIVE YOUR MAIL.PLEASE RECONFIRM BACK TO ME TO AVOID ANY IRREGULARITIES AS YOUR PAYMENT IS NOW READY TO BE RELEASED TO YOU BY TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER(BASED ON THE INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED THIS MORNING FROM THE CREDIT DEPARTMENT THAT THIS FUND HAS BEEN AWAITING COLLECTION FOR OVER 3 YEARS WITHOUT ANYBODY COMING UP FOR THE CLAIM.). Even more people want to send me money.

Lame spam of the day: Acquire new EIN

Robert Weiner

link for instructions: [link]. This one seems both farfetched and lazy. They didn't bother with graphics or try to disguise the sender's email address or the destination of the hyperlink. And how many people would think they need an EIN (Federal employer ID) in the first place, much less a new one? I'd hope that accounting staff would see right through this, but I guess one should never underestimate people's gullibility.

Lame spam of the day: U.N. natural disaster victim payment

Robert Weiner

After the board meeting held at our headquarters, we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific, which is the instruction given by THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL (BAN KI MOON).

Lame spam of the day: Fictitious Business Name Renewal Center

Robert Weiner

Some are from people who paid the fee (it used to be $100, now it's $150) and in exchange received the freely available form and instructions about how to renew your FBN. It's novel to get the snail mail equivalent of spam. This one came via U.S. mail from the Fictitious Business Name Renewal Center in Sacramento, CA. My business is required to register and publish a Fictitious Business Name (FBN, aka DBA or Doing Business As) every 5 years.

Lame scam of the day: Fictitious Business Name Renewal Center

Robert Weiner

Some are from people who paid the fee (it used to be $100, now it's $150) and in exchange received the freely available form and instructions about how to renew your FBN. It's novel to get the snail mail equivalent of spam. This one came via U.S. mail from the Fictitious Business Name Renewal Center in Sacramento, CA. My business is required to register and publish a Fictitious Business Name (FBN, aka DBA or Doing Business As) every 5 years.

Optimize Your Web Pages

Robert Weiner

If this sounds intriguing, check out the detailed instructions posted on the Wild Apricot blog and read Matt Howes' description of some of the pitfalls you might encounter (such as testing 41 shades of blue) and tips on how to avoid them. Do you know about Google's Website Optimizer ?

Lame spam of the day: Notice from WesternUnion) : Account Deactivate.

Robert Weiner

Please download the form and follow the instructions on your screen. This one is kind of funny. First, there's what looks like a reversed smiley face in the subject (maybe it was supposed to be a copyright symbol). Then there's the tortured grammar in the first sentence. The friendly footer looks like it might be from a real Western Union message, inviting me to send comments.

Getting RSS Feeds Via Email

Robert Weiner

However, I found a way to do this even for feeds that don't offer email delivery by playing with these instructions for setting up a Google FeedBurner subscription for one's own web site: [link]. FeedBurner's instructions are designed for someone posting an RSS feed link on a web site. There are a few RSS feeds I don't want to miss. I have an RSS feed reader but I often go for days without looking at it.

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The continuing saga of the new T400S

Robert Weiner

I solved that by following the instructions for solving Error # 0 problems at [link] Now I have a second program ( Microsoft Installer Cleanup utility) to forcibly uninstall uncooperative software. I tried the instructions to install and run Microsoft's SubInACL program, but that didn't fix it. The continuing story of my new Thinkpad T400S laptop. I finally feel like it's starting to come together, particularly the upgrade to Windows 7. Here's the story so far.

Feed My Inbox — RSS feeds by email

Robert Weiner

I also think that www.feedburner.com (now owned by Google) will do this, but I found the instructions impenetrable. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks: I like to get information by email. I prefer listserves over online forums and email to IM. And I don't like having to look at a web page/feed reader every day to find out whether anything new has appeared on an RSS feed. I want information to come to me -- I don't want to seek it out.

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Phishing Scam: Habitat for Humanity fundraising

Robert Weiner

To apply, Kindly forward the following info: to our Human Resource Department at the email listed below for further instructions. I received the following phishing email today. It's a variation on the "your email inbox is too large" scam I posted in June. It plays Habitat's name, Haiti relief, and pure greed -- it claims you can earn big tax-free commissions as a fundraiser. There are so many things wrong with this pitch. Fundraising (at least in the U.S.)

Security in-a-Box

Robert Weiner

It also provides a collection of Hands-on Guides, each of which includes a particular freeware or open source software tool, as well as instructions on how you can use that tool to secure your computer, protect your information or maintain the privacy of your Internet communication. The Tactical Technology Collective and Front Line have released Security in-a-Box , which was designed to meet the digital security and privacy needs of advocates and human rights defenders.

Creating bookmarks and hyperlinks in Acrobat Pro 5

Robert Weiner

I removed PDFMaker from the Word startup file according to these instructions and no longer get error messages. Word 2003 and Acrobat Professional 5 aren’t on speaking terms. As far as I’ve been able to tell, PDFMaker, which provides 1-click integration with Word, is incompatible with Word 2003 and higher. I can still use Acrobat Distiller as a printer to create PDF output, and use Acrobat Pro to edit the output.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially digital technology and social media related. ” ADDIE is an instructional design method that stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.

Daily DoGooder: How to Stop Homelessness: An Instructional Video

See What's Out There

Change the world, one video at a time.How to Stop Homelessness: An Instructional Video | 2:46 Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness Some great, quirky choreography drives this video, which gets to the basics of stemming homelessness—providing homes.

Upcoming Webinar April 30: Public Tech Instruction for Online Job Search Assistance

Tech Soup Blog

Eastern), Public Tech Instruction: Online Job Search Assistance will offer helpful information about providing job seeker assistance using innovative services and tech savvy tools. Do you help job seekers at your library or nonprofit? Supporting job seekers is a critical service provided by public libraries and community based workforce organizations. This free webinar on Wednesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m.

Wikis for Curriculum Development and Instructional Materials

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have a project coming up where I'm thinking through a collaborative design for say - curriculum development, a repository for existing instructional materials,and to leverage knowledge from a group of practitioners online (aka SME) to add to the curriculum/knowledge sharing. I've mostly used wikis as a personal portfolio and have participated in community or collaborative wikis facilitated by others.

Upcoming Webinar March 26: Public Tech Instruction - Internet Safety

Tech Soup Blog

essential skill to include in basic digital literacy instruction, but. Internet safety instruction doesn’t have to be difficult, though! This session, Public Tech Instruction: Internet Safety , this Wednesday, March 26 at 11 a.m. Indiana) about the types of Internet safety instruction they have been offering, and how they approach teaching this topic. highlighting public technology instruction. How does your library address questions about Internet safety?

Helping Strangers Participate through Instructions: Deconstructing the MP3 Experiment

Museum 2.0

The MP3 experiment is an exercise in following instructions. He explains that you will have to follow his instructions to have “the most pleasant afternoon together.” How can you use specific yet evocative instructions to invite visitors into complicit acts of exploration and art?

Apricot Chat: Using YouTube For Wild Apricot Support

Wild Apricot Blog

customization event registration instructional video Membership management Videos Wild Apricot YouTubeDid you know? Our support team regularly prepares videos to further assist in explaining some of the most common questions asked by Wild Apricot users, which we upload to our YouTube channel! read more ).

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Instructional Media: My Tagging Screencast at NTEN!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I hope to share some simple and fun ways to create "shoulder-to-shoulder" instructional media for the panel on Screencasting at NTC I'm doing. Next cut and paste the URL into the Feedburner tool and follow the instructions. and follow the instructions.

When all else fails, read the instructions

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Her instructions: Each session post you make on your blog should trackback to two posts on the BlogHer site: a/ The post on the Blogher blog describing where to find the live-bloggers : (This is the track back url I will need to cut and paste.). I'm live blogging at blogher and in about an hour and half, I'll be attending a training on how we're supposed to be tagging our posts and some points about writing style, etc.

When all else fails, read the instructions.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I got a cheap Olympus Recorder (WS-200) after reading Andy Carvin 's and Brian Russell 's posts. I did my first recording with a Thai Dancer who speaks Cambodian, along with my son. It's here: Download firstpodcast.mp3. My big mistake was that I neglected to make sure the recorder was turned off while transferring the files to the computer. The files were corrupted! Lost the fantastic interview! So, I told my tale of woe into the recorder. It records in WMA format (Windows Media Audio).

How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training: NTC 2016 Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Whether you are facilitating a session with your board, staff, or hundreds of folks in a room, you’ll find ways to design instructional content that interests, engages, and inspires action. Instructional Design. How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Training.

Advance Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy to the Next Level

Frogloop

Noting that 62% of survey respondents have no digital strategy or dedicated digital team, this year’s report focuses on step-by-step instructions to help nonprofits level up their digital activities We have some exciting news for you.

7 Social Media Toolsets for 2016 by @jeremycaplan

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve never met him face-to-face, but I’ve learned some much from reading and using his curated instructional materials. Jeremy Caplan is the Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center Entrepreneurial Journalism and an amazing teacher.

Social Media Trainings: How do you use pre-workshop data about your participants effectively to shape effective instruction?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have a chance to reflect now on the data I've collected and think about the instructional design. I wondered about a creative way to use already collected burning questions without taking up instructional time to rehash them again through an icebreaker.

Nice Instructional Video on Filtering and Processing a Network of People

Network-Centric Advocacy

I like this overview. We do some of this in Demystifying the Web presentations. . I use different tools (blog,rss,google reader,listsenves) but the logic behind it is good. You let the network filter and clean the web for what is important to you. Small groups filter and discuss. (I I let the indicaiton of discussion tell me something is interesting.) I focus my "filter value" on the networks issues. I also like the technique at the end for Q&A.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Peer Instruction and the flipped classroom is a research-based, interactive teaching method developed by Eric Mazur at Harvard University in the 1990s.

Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Posts Are Likely Not Appearing on News Feeds Anymore

NonProfit Hub

This 2-step instruction is the easy part. A good first step would be a simple post that includes instructions and an image: I would love to hear of other creative ways that nonprofits are dealing with these new algorithms.

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Trainer’s Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Classroom style with desks puts a barrier between the students and the instruction, especially when people are using laptops or tablets to take notes.

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How to Design Your Nonprofit Website for Better User Experience

Connection Cafe

If you haven’t already set it up, go ahead check out this Google Analytics page for instructions. I bet most people you know have made some sort of a New Year’s resolution and are excited about executing it (at least for a while…) I am one of those people.

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially technology related. Classroom style with desks puts a barrier between the students and the instruction, especially when people are using laptops or tablets to take notes.

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Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I love all aspects instructional design and facilitation , but being a good trainer also means being a good content curator and resource librarian. ” So, I like to share a few of my favorites that I have inspired me in my instructional/training practice.

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How to Add Social Media Links to Your Google Search Profile

John Haydon

Google recently published instructions for adding code to your nonprofit’s website so that your social media profiles will appear […]. When supporters search for your organization on Google, you want them to see the best possible results on page one.

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