jamiedolan writes "I need your help deciding if I should keep my Sprint phone service, I have 6 days left in my return period. I upgraded my old phone to the Samsung Galaxy SIII. With my old phone I assumed many connectivity issues were problems due to the phone. When I still had problems after getting the SIII I quickly found out based on some simple speed tests that it was in fact Sprints network that was slow. I've also had no signal in many areas that clearly showed there was coverage. Sprint continues to promise 4g coverage; but not yet in my area. Sprint employees have told me 4g will solve all my access woes (slow speeds and lack of coverage) and encourage me to wait it out, however of course I am skeptical. Should I keep the 2 year contract and hope Sprint pulls through with 4g service or find a new provider? (Important to note; Sprint is significantly cheaper than other providers in my area, but that does me little good if it isn't fast enough to use)" top
What do you get for $7 when you promote a post on facebook?
jamiedolan writes "I have a small business; most of my clients are on Facebook and many are connected as friends, though some just through the fan page. Data on existing clients tends to get spread across multiple platforms, gmail, Gdocs, and BigCommerce. Unfortunately Facebook doesn't have even the most basic address book / contact manager features, so something as simple as taking a note about a clients interest in a product has to go elsewhere. When I need to look up something about a client or potential client I might have to search in 3 or 4 places trying to find the info. It quite honestly is very overwhelming and time consuming. I'm familiar with the old style desktop contact managers like Act, I used it for years. However if I set myself up with something like that, I fear that I would have no end of copy-paste work to keep all of my info in Act current; which would likely be no less overwhelming than my current setup.
The only automated solution I have found are products like the advanced social package from salesforce. They have solutions that tie all of this stuff together from gmail to facebook and keep everything in sync. The problem is that at more than $100 a month, their solutions are out of reach for many small businesses, including mine.
What can a small business owner do for a reasonable cost to keep all of their customer data organized and accessible without excessive manual data transfer from one platform to another? I'm not opposed to paying a reasonable fee for a service (up to about $20/mo), I could also purchase and run software locally or on my server if that was an option." top
jamiedolan (1743242) writes "I've managed to consolidate most of my old data from the last decade onto drives attached to my main Windows 7 PC. Lots of files of all types from digital photos & scans to HD video files (also web site backup's mixed in which are the cause of such a high number of files). In more recent times I've organized files in a reasonable folder system and have an active / automated backup system. The problem is that I know that I have many old files that have been duplicated multiple times across my drives (many from doing quick backups of important data to an external drive that later got consolidate onto a single larger drive), chewing up space. I tried running a free de-dup program, but it ran for a week straight and was still "processing" when I finally gave up on it. I have a fast system, i7 2.8Ghz with 16GB of ram, but currently have 4.9TB of data with a total of 4.2 million files. Manual sorting is out of the question due to the number of files and my old sloppy filing (folder) system. I do need to keep the data, nuking it is not a viable option. Thanks. Jamie Dolan" top
jamiedolan writes "I am holding an online class and need to play quality video during the class. Most webinar systems allow me to share my desktop, but this is too slow for quality video. To eliminate the constraints of my Internet connection, I tried ruining a Webinar off of a VPS node at Amazon and the video still didn't look very good (choppy, pauses). Right now I need to support up to about 25 people, but being able to support more in the future would be ideal. The system needs to be friendly for the end user, as my audience is not very technical. Support for both VOIP and call in via phone would be preferable, but we could get by with a VOIP only solution. I also need the ability to record the Webinars. Though I would prefer not to have the videos public, I could put them on YouTube if there was a tool that would allow me to control the playback of the videos on users screens during the presentation. (i.e. YouTube would have the resources to play the video on many peoples computers at the same time, but I need to control the start and stop of the videos) Thanks in advance for any suggestions."