Live Radio, Podcasts, and Audiobooks

On January 1, 2013, my 25 year relationship with the local news and talk station abruptly ended when ClearChannel pulled Rush, Sean, and Glenn from KMJ 580 AM and moved them to a station they own. This crumbling of a dynasty got me thinking about the future of terrestrial radio and how technology is changing…

Stay in sync with Google Calendar

When I was young, the first week of every January I would go with my father to the auto parts store to get his copy of the annual Parts Pup Calendar. I remember this well because Napa’s calendar provided more than just the days of the week. Nowadays we live in a world that is…

Telling your story with Social Media

“Dairies are nothing but factories that torture animals and pollute the environment for profit!” Have you heard this before? Have you read statements like these on websites? How does it make you feel when you read or hear misinformation about your business? Do you get mad and feel like there is nothing you can do…

Customizing the news

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” ― Mark Twain This seems like an odd quote from a man who spent much of his life as a newspaper journalist, but there is a decent amount of truth to it. In the 1800’s, people had few sources of…

Making Strong Passwords

One of the best things about living next door to my mother is the joy of providing her with 24 hour tech support. Recently she gave her Yahoo Mail username and password to Nigerian internet pirates. These clever Nigerian fellows took control of her email, sent a virus to all her friends, and then deleted…

Remember everything with Evernote

I am pretty convinced at this point in my life (age 43) that my brain is full. I have noticed that with each new piece of information, something old disappears. Sort of like culling cows. Low producing information gets culled to make room for fresh information. The problem is, I don’t have control over which…

Your digital tool box

Like a boy scout, a dairy farmer must always be prepared, and having access to the right tools at the right time is essential. That’s why in my right front pants pocket I carry a knife, a pair of needle nose pliers, scissors, four screwdrivers, a saw, and most importantly a bottle opener and cork…

Getting things done with Remember The Milk

If you are anything like me, you are a very busy person. Each day you have a long list of things to accomplish on the dairy, in the fields, at the office, around the house, for the church, school, farm bureau, dairy trades, and the list goes on. I used to keep track of all…