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There's a lot of Drupal work happening in Government these days. It's continuously increasing and that is great news. I like to think that I made a small impact on that with my efforts over the years.

Drupal, an open source content management system, is an amazing technology. The learning curve is quite steep but the rewards are well worth it. When I think of the web technology needs of government, I can't help but think that Drupal is by far the best fit.

Share and see what happens

I write this blog in the spirit of sharing. The topics I write about are mostly focused on web technology and its application to small business, but they generally revolve around making sense of the Internet and all the wonderful things it allows us to do.

Through this blog, I will share what I learn in the hopes of:

  1. Helping people
  2. Validating my thinking
  3. Meeting new people
  4. Documenting things I learn
  5. Learning even more

Hope you enjoy, Jayson

Sending an e-mail to a cell phone TXT service can be a very powerful tool for any small business or organization who's target audience is relatively young, as the new generation use texting as their preferred and primary method of communication.

With Gmail, you can send SMS messages to any cell phone number in the US and many other countries, but not Canada (yet). Who knows if and when it will be available in Canada. Until then, here's how you can do it.

Most cell phone providers offer an e-mail system that will turn the e-mail into SMS Text and send to the person's phone. Here's the e-mail address formats for each carrier:

The latest version of Microsoft Office has introduced new file formats with an "x" in the extension. This poses a major problem for anyone who doesn't have the latest version of Office, as they cannot open the document.

To get around this, you need to convert the document to the older format, but you simply just can't rename the file - that won't work. You need to do a proper conversion. For example, if you have .docx file, you need to convert it to a .doc format.

Here's a nifty little hassle-free website that can do file conversions for you in just a few seconds: http://www.convertfiles.com/

Here's a nice site, offered by Google, with videos to help parents (and other non-techies) learn about computers and the web. I love this idea, and I think this could be very helpful for all us techies out there to better server our non-technical family members and friends :)

Send your parents a tech support package: https://get.google.com/tips/

Mashable write-up: http://mashable.com/2010/12/13/google-teachparentstech-launch/

This post is about a feature available in Firefox 3.0, Clear Private Data, that allows you to delete all or part of your saved history. The feature was updated in Firefox 3.5 and is now named Clear Recent History. This feature is very useful because it allows you to clear all or part of your saved history items and specify how much of your history is cleared such as the last hour or everything.

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Here's an awesome video about workplace motivation and it's so true, many people just want to do good work to make the world a better place. Enjoy:

If you're like me, you've created a Twitter account and then got stuck. You tried to use it once or twice, but felt it was a lost cause. And now you just feel weird and confused about it... Well, that's because you don't have a social media strategy. You need a game plan, you need to know why you're using it and what you hope to gain from it. Otherwise, nobody wants to know what you had for breakfast this morning ;)

Here's the story of mint.com told by its founder, Aaron Patzer.  He gives some insight into the early days of the startup and then outlines the tactics he used to grow the company, obtain financing, launch and scale, and then sell the company for $170M!  This interview is very captivating and well worth watching.

That's the power of Dropbox, it allows you to easily and automatically synchronize your files across multiple computers and it's all free of cost! As long as you are satisfied with 2 to 8GB of space; they allow you to gain 250MB more space for each referral you make on top of your initial 2GB allotment.

Here are some use cases that the web application can help you with:

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