Save the Date: Sam’s Day 2012 at NorthPark

To donate now, go to my Sam’s Day Ambassador Page.

Who: You, Your Family & Your Friends

What: Sam’s Family Fun Day

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 from Noon to 3 pm

Sam, age 10

Where: CenterPark at NorthPark Center (8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225)

Why: Sam’s Day 2012 at NorthPark is an opportunity to help raise funds to benefit the research programs of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and to help people of all ages learn about muscular dystrophy and living with disabilities. Our goal is to help give kids with Duchenne muscular dystrophy a chance to do the things that kids are supposed to do.

Sam’s Day was started in 2005 by friends of Sam Killian. Sam is a 10 year old boy from Rockwall, TX that was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2005. With your support, we are having an impact on this disease, and how it affects the 150,000 boys around the world with Duchenne MD.

To learn more, go to

How to Make Your Bookkeeper Happy When Buying Products Through Order History

If you order a lot of equipment, office supplies, etc through it can be difficult for your bookkeeper to figure out how best to categorize those items unless you automatically send them a copy of each invoice.

For physical products, there is a way around that by downloading your order history.  NOTE: This does NOT work for digital downloads at this time unfortunately (I’ve put the request into

  1. Go to and log in
  2. Click on Continue Reading

7 Tools Every Small Business Owner Should Use On Their iPad

I’ve recently gone to the dark side and finally broken down and purchased an Apple iPad after having tried out a notebook and a kindle. All my other devices are either PC based or Android based so it has taken me a little while to get up to speed, but I am really liking and learning to like the iPad even more each day.

As part of my adventures, I’ve been testing out various apps and below is a list of the top seven (plus a bonus app) that I think any business owner would Continue Reading

Interesting View about Math Class

My mom, who is a teacher, forwarded me this great presentation by Dan Meyer titled “Math Class Needs a Makeover”.

This video struck home as I have a freshman in High School who I’d love to see his critical thinking and thirst for knowledge continue to be a life long passion.  But it all starts with a strong foundation.  The way Mr. Meyer is teaching is the way some of my best mechanical engineering professors and teaching assistants taught, especially in labs.  But now he’s got the advantage of so many cool technologies that make it that much easier.

I look forward to seeing more of Mr. Meyer’s work.

If you’d like to learn more about Dan Meyer or his work, go to his website at

Customer Support: Kayako Blackberry App

For those of you on the go a lot and have decided to use Kayako’s support suite and have a blackberry, Craig Brass created a nice little blackberry app for Kayako that I’m testing out.  I don’t always receive the support notification emails so this is a great way to quickly and easily respond to customer support questions and affiliate questions.

To check it out, go to Cool App Lab.

Click here to view basic installation instructions.

If you are looking to download the trial on your blackberry without connecting to your computer first, open your blackberry browser, then go to to download the over the air version.

Once installed, you’ll need to open the Ticket Client for Kayako on Continue Reading

WishList Member with Full 1ShoppingCart Integration

If you use 1ShoppingCart and WishList Member and were disappointed when you found out that the WishList member integration with 1ShoppingCart was only Simple Integration, you’ll be happy to hear that with the new release to WishList Member v2.5, they now offer Full Integration with 1ShoppingCart.

What does that mean?  You no longer have to manually unsubscribe someone as a member when their credit card fails.  This is a huge time save.

A big thank you to the WishList member team!!

They still do not offer a directory plugin…so time to find one that integrates well with this new version.  If you have any suggestions on a good WordPress Directory Plugin, let me know in the comments below or via my contact form.  Thanks!

Is your Microsoft Outlook 2007 running slow?

Back on December 14, 2010, Microsoft had an update for Outlook 2007 that was a major “fail”.  If you are looking for a solution, Microsoft has a post on their blog with instructions on how to uninstall the update.  Also, if you use Gmail or a similar email provider, you should be sure to check that the SPA box is unchecked.  I waited several days to look online to find the solution.  Hopefully this post will help a few other people and to get the word out farther.

Microsoft’s Blog Post – Issues with the recent update for Outlook 2007

Here’s an excerpt of the solution but would be a good idea to read their full blog post to see what all is affected.

Uninstalling KB2412171 on Windows 7 or Windows Vista

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs, and then under Programs and Features, click View installed updates.
  3. Click the entry for KB2412171, and then click Uninstall.

Uninstalling KB2412171 on Windows XP

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs, and then make sure that the Show Updates check box is selected.
  3. Click the entry for KB2412171, and then click Remove.

Sam’s Day Moves to NorthPark Center

After 5 Years at White Rock Lake, Local Outreach Effort and Fundraiser Moves to a Larger Stage

Dallas, TX – October 4, 2010 – John Killian, Chairman of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), and his wife Stefanie Killian, announced today that the 6th Annual Sam’s Day will take place on October 30, 2010 from 11am to 5pm at NorthPark Center in Dallas. Sam’s Day is named for the Killian’s son Sam (8 years old), the youngest of four children, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in early 2005. Sam’s Day was started in October of the same year by Continue Reading

Buzz: How to fully disable Google Buzz

So by now if you have a gmail account, you’ve probably been introduced to Buzz. Google automatically created an account for you in your gmail account.

If you want to turn it off, it takes a little more effort to find. I went into my gmail settings thinking they’d have added it there, but no settings for Buzz were to be found.

At the very bottom of the gmail window in the footer is a link where you can turn off buzz.

When you go to Google’s FAQ section here is their instructions:

Turning Buzz off

If you don’t want to use Buzz, you can disable it. To completely remove all of your participation in Buzz, follow all of these steps in order:

1. Delete your Google profile. Here’s how.
2. Block all of the people following you. Here’s how.
3. Turn off Buzz at the bottom of Gmail. Here’s how.

Read more about Disabling Buzz.

To read the full article go to Google Buzz: User Control Features.

Did you know Google also allows you to create a user profile that is publicly viewable?  Be careful of what information you share!