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Clouds, Squares, QR’s, Garagebands, & Other Techie Words

Techie Words You Need to Know

Do people keep talking about things that you kind of understand, but not quite?  I hate that! — it makes me feel so…..behind….so insignificant.  So stuck in my own sty!  So I have collected all the words my friends have sent me, and…. 

This is Part 2 of my “Grown-Up’s Guide to Strange Techie Words When You Don’t Have a Teenager to Explain Them,”  or something like that.

If you didn’t read Part 1, maybe you would enjoy it – just scroll down below this post — and it explains podcasts, links, blogs and social media in terms that even I can understand.  So now, watch for the important red and green words:


Pig showing Picture

Here is a really great picture of me showing my version of The Cloud

I read in the paper that health care systems are running out of space to store all our digital (computer-generated) MRI’s and EKG’s and all of those other tests that they are running on us, so they are going to try a new and less expensive solution to save/archive them.  Instead of saving them on their own computers, they are going to use “CLOUD storage.”

Cloud storage vendors like Google have many huge remote data storage sites in places that are cheaper than downtown New York to maintain, and if you want to use it, you don’t have to have any special software – you just go to their site and log on.  You can upload any amount of data, and you can retrieve your data from anywhere in the world.  They do all the worrying about security and firewalls and all that stuff, and that’s why so many people and companies are using it.  They give individuals like us some free storage, and if you need more, you pay very reasonable fees.

Sooo, when you’re traveling to Hawaii or Berlin, you always have access to your data.  Plus, you can use the cloud to back up your data, too; because the cloud is off site (definition: not on your computer or in your office), if something happened to your computer, your data would be okay.


Square on phone

Here’s the Square on my phone.

So you’re selling your pickles at the Farmer’s Market, you plug in the Square to your smartphone, your customer swipes her card through the Square, and up comes the info on your phone’s screen, making it look just like a cash register.  You fill in the sales amounts, it figures tax, they sign their name with their finger, the money goes directly into your bank, minus the 2.75% that they keep for their fee.  So slick!  The Square is the smartest little device!  I hope Jack Dorsey, the man who came up with Square (and also Twitter) will get even richer!  Here’s what to do:
1. You go on line to https://squareup.com/ and order a Square FREE.  They mail it to you.
2. When it arrives, you log onto to their site and register, filling in the bank account info where you want the money to go.  That’s it!   Watch this 30 second video to see it in action:


QR Code

This is my own QR code for this Adhelper Bizpig blog.

These little square postage-stamp-looking-things with strange black designs on them started in Europe and have been around for a couple of years. Actually, that screwy black design is a computer-generated code that tells your smartphone or other mobile device where to go on the web to find the information about whatever the QR is advertising.

How to Read a QR

If you want to read the QR and get to the website it is aiming toward, you download a free QR reader app onto your smartphone/ipad, then point your phone/ipad at the QR just like you would point a camera.  The QR will come into focus, your device will “capture” it like a photo, it will read the address that is coded in there, and immediately take you to that web site.  Another really slick way to get people to your website!

Far-Out Ways to Use QR’s

If you want to get a QR for yourself, you can get them free at several sites like Kaywa or Pitney Bowes.  Then watch this incredible video – it has 37 of the coolest ways imaginable to use a QR to advertise almost anything, including yourself if you’re single.  (Not recommended for married people – that tattoo is a no-no.)

That’s it for today – I am tickled pink that you are still studying so hard, and so next time I am going to reward you with some really fun stuff that will take up lots of your spare time.  (a piggy joke – no one has spare time; I know that.)  

Hey, do you play spider solitaire??   Doesn’t it just make you crazy??
And you can download the Garageband app for your ipad for just five bucks!   Watch these incredible guys and try it out!

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