Blog posts

What and Where to Recycle in the Lower Mainland

There's a lot more recycling going on these days, and it's difficult to know who takes what.  Check out the list below and be amazed by what you can recycle!

Computer Hardware/Peripherals Recycling
Once you've had your fill of the blue screen of death or your machine spontaneously rebooting and have explored all the avenues of updating/repairing, there are a lot of local alternatives to trashing your hardware.

Dropboxing My Way Through Computer Backup

A couple of weeks ago I set up a new computer for our client.  We don't really do this much lately, so had to think about exactly what we'd need to do in order to move all of the data over quickly and efficiently.  I burned a backup disc and also dumped all of the files into the client's Dropbox folder, which we had set up previously with this backup of files in mind.  This client had mostly documents, so it was not a huge amount of data to move over.  This client was also using Google Apps, which meant lightning-quick email setup.

Putting Your Business on the Map

While looking up directions recently, I noticed Google has options for finding your business on Google.  There's a rating system for places you like personally as well, and both options start from here:  http://www.google.com/places

What's the point of having your business on Google Maps?  You can have current updates with information about products or promotions, photos, videos and people can even submit reviews about you.

How Do You Make Time For Your Company Website?

I studied social work for 8 years and received my Bachelor's Degree.  So why am I spending my days working on websites?  I missed my kids and didn't want to miss out on their pre-school years, so I quit to work from home.  We had no idea how things would turn out but Koji and I are compatible in our work ethic, passion for problem-solving and desire to make things as simple as possible for busy people.

Basic Website Testing Ideas for the Small Business Owner

Prior to having your new website made live, as a consumer, it is always a good idea to properly inspect the goods/service being delivered. This ensures the value and quality of work produced is in line with your requirements and expectations, and may be your last chance to squeeze out fixes prior to making your final payment.

Is Technology Leaving You Behind?

I ask myself this question every day - is technology leaving me behind?  When Intellect Solutions started off as a partnership back in the 90s, the focus was on selling computers.  We kept a few of those invoices to look back on, because it's phenomenal how much more the parts cost back then.  Today you can get a computer with decent speed for a few hundred bucks or a new 22"+ monitor for under three hundred dollars.

Greening Your Home Office

As you may have gathered from my various posts about recycling, at ISI we feel it's our responsibility to do what we can to decrease our environmental impact.  For our home office, this includes the following items which fit quite naturally in with our personal lives:

a) composting
b) recycling
c) reducing energy consumption
d) decreasing paper consumption
e) planting a tree

Project Management Using Insightly

A couple of months ago I posted about using Google Insightly.  Since then, it has become an almost daily tool to add emails, projects, tasks and opportunities.  This has become a good tool for both Koji and myself, as it allows better tracking of current projects and has made it somewhat easier to keep up with emails that are higher priority.

Email Efficiency in Small Business

Quick tips for getting through emails quickly from Merlin Mann:   http://www.43folders.com/2005/02/18/quick-tips-on-processing-your-email-inbox.

That's the short version.  I read my way through all of the original posts here:  http://inboxzero.com/articles.  My favourite part is likening email to medical triage - some will make it through the gauntlet, others can wait and the rest...well, you know.