software: Cool Technology: LibreOffice - as good as Microsoft Office...but free - 02/15/12 06:54 PM
Are you working on a budget?  Do you have better things to do with $400 than spend it on Microsoft Office?  Then take a look at LibreOffice!  It has an entire suite of applications with functionality similar to Microsoft Office but it's entirely free.  The latest release of LibreOffice is a solid product that will give you the features you need without the cost and hassle.
For most of the functionality that agents want or need in a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation software, LibreOffice is a good alternative to Microsoft Office.  The biggest advantage is that it installs on your … (6 comments)

software: How do I use my smartphone to connect to the internet for free? - 10/07/11 03:00 PM
You have a smartphone, right?  Many agents do.  Are you also paying for a separate card or device to connect your laptop or tablet to the internet?  How much is that costing you?  $20, $40, $60?  Ouch!  Well, never fear, Bryan's here with a hot tip to save you money.
I'm not a big fan of greedy corporations and especially the cell phone companies who charge excessive fees to use the data bandwidth on my phone.  I rarely download much beyond email so I'm not using much of what I'm paying for.  I get 2GB per month to download and I … (15 comments)

software: Do you need a quick, FREE, easy way to edit PDF files? - 08/12/11 05:22 PM
As REALTORS® we spend a lot of time scanning documents into PDF files to shuttle them off to clients, title companies, lawyers, etc.  The irony is that often times we only have the ability to create a PDF file and seldom the ability to edit them.  While I love the Adobe PDF file format, I can't stand Adobe Acrobat because it's "bloatware" - massive software that eats up lots of memory and disk space.  So, I tend to find solutions that cost less than Adobe and work better.  Here's my hot top of the day...
There's a website called PDFescape that … (48 comments)

software: Want to master photography, here's the perfect tool. - 07/07/11 07:35 PM
Want to master photography, here's the perfect tool.
If you're planning to build a collection of local photos to go along with your hyper-local blogging efforts, I'm sure you've invested in a nice point-and-shoot camera to take pictures.  While most of those cameras can do fine in their "automatic" mode, you'll find that going to manual mode is ideal for certain situations.  With little time to take a class, you just need a tool to try the results of changing settings such as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.  Instead of playing with your real camera which could alter amny settings you … (13 comments)

 
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