Money management is top priority when running your own business. But if you’ve ever been stuck trying to figure out whether or not it would be better to lease than own new equipment or how much longer until you’re a millionaire or how much that Starbucks habit is costing you, there is a calculator for it.
Over at the Bootstrapper you can find a list of 100 calculators to figure just about any financial number you may need. The calculators are divided into categories: Business Operations, Loans, Debt Management, Investment, Taxes, Personnel, Personal Finance and Miscellaneous. If there is something you need to calculate, odds are the tool to help you is listed.
One of the most difficult task working in the digital world is managing passwords. The easiest way is to have one password for everything, but it leaves you vulnerable. If someone gets it, they have access to EVERYTHING. So you have to have different passwords for all your log ins. But how do you remember them all?
One trick is to have a base keyword that is part of all your logins and is tweaked slightly for each program. For example, your base keyword could be mypassword (no don’t use that. This is just an example). Your eBay password could then be something like mypasswordeb or ebmypassword. This creates a separate password for everything that’s based in a single root word. The trick of course is remembering how you choose the specific variant for each program. Again you want to be creative. If you use the initials for all of them and someone figures out your base word, they’ll be able to figure out your specific logins as well.
Perhaps the best option is to store all your passwords. The problem with that is if someone gets your PC information, they will have your password information as well. Unless you use a program like KeePass. KeePass is a software that stores all your passwords in a safe, secure, encrypted file that is accessed with a single password. You can store all your login information including username, password, URL and details about the login. You can even group them by categories you designate.
KeePass is free and easy to use. The trick of course will be to remember the login information you create for the program.
I’ve had a Droid for nearly two years and have really enjoyed it. But I’ll admit, the new iPhone was looking tempting mostly because of the Siri app. The idea that I could tell my phone what I wanted was appealing. Not that Droid didn’t have voice apps. I used Vlingo for awhile, but it didn’t have the scope of features that Siri had.
And then I discovered SpeakToIt, a Siri-like assistant for Android and I’m thinking I don’t need an iPhone at all. Like Siri, my SpeakToIt assistant can answer questions, perform tasks like make a call or Tweet, get information, keep track of my events, and even tell jokes. In fact, I like Sam’s (the name of the SpeakToIt assistant) jokes better than Siri’s.
Sam doesn’t always understand what I’m saying and like other voice recognition programs, it needs a little training. But for anyone who wants a Siri-like app, it’s a viable choice.
You can find SpeakToIt in Google Play on your Android phone or visit SpeakToIt.
Do you have a few pounds to lose? Looking for ideas and support on how to lose the weight. There is no shortage of books, programs and gizmos designed to help you lose weight, but instead of spending a fortune on weight loss information and advice, why not visit Traineo.com? Traineo is a free resource that will help you set your weight loss goal and track your progress. It has a community forum and groups, plus you can identify “motivators” who will receive information about your progress so they can help you stay motivated.