We’re in the beginning stages of movies. It’s mad nuts around our house as we declutter and start the process of packing. Surprisingly, the whole decluttering process has been pretty painless, because well – the wife handles tbat… (she approves of this message – I don’t declutter – I save.) My task, was the man cave, aka my office. Let’s just say that “we” have a major problem when it comes to our office desk. The desk is a mess. I put things on the desk, thinking they will be magically taken care of without further thought.
Going paperless is something we’ve done with all of our bills – but there are still things that come in the mail. Going paperless now is more important than ever. I hate wasting time looking for that one odd document that is buried in who knows what box!
This time around, rather than having to worry about which box a certain paper is in, we will be able to get on our computer, open up Evernote and find the document we are looking for.
If you are thinking about going paperless – I’ll show you how we are doing it. Here is How to Go Paperless:
How to Create a Paperless Office
Setup an Evernote Account
If you don’t have an Evernote account, set one up! My wife introduced me to Evernote and I’ve come to appreciate how it neatly organizes docuements and makes them easy to find on all of my devices. That being said, using it for our paperless office, is a must.
Get a Scanner
We recently received a ScanSnap iX100 from Fujitsu. Previously we had an all-in-one printer scanner. While it worked, it took work to scan something. To create a paperless office, you need to be efficient and able to get your items digital QUICK and orderly. This ScanSnap scanner does just that.
The ScanSnap iX100 is light, just 12 ounces. It scans in paper as small as an inch, up to 34 inches long (and it scans plastic!). It’s USB powered and portable. It’s small enough to stick in your bag and can be used with both PC and Mac. All you do is insert a page and it scans in just a few seconds. It creates a searchable PDF file with the touch of a button and can scan to Evernote for easy categorization.
Using your scanner, start scanning. Make sure that you are saving your files in Evernote. We have started scanning as much as possible with the ScanSnap. It’s so easy, we’ve enlisted our 11 year old to help. While ideally everything that is needed in your office is scanned in, start small. We focused on our desks first. All bills, paperwork, IDs were scanned and stored in our Evernote account.
As we were cleaning out the office closet, we came across our kids art box. The SnapScan came to the rescue. We chose the art that resonated most with us and scanned those in. (Confession: I did end up keeping some of the more memorable works of art.)
Throw away everything that you have digitized. I know, sometimes paper is just so hard to let go of, but keep your eye on the prize – a CLEAN and PAPERLESS desk!
As you move forward, keep on top of scanning documents and don’t let stacks of papers eat your desk alive! The SnapScan is super thin and can fit easily on your desktop or in your drawer and it will help keep you accountable to paperless living.
Star Wars LEGOs? We’ve got them! Say what you will about LEGOs. Yes, they hurt like all hell when stepped on. Yes, kids never leave ONE LEGO out, it’s usually 5024 different LEGOs. Yes, they tend to be THE toy that is everywhere in the house, but the spot you want them to be.
All that said, LEGOs are the bomb. Your kids get to use their mind and stretch their imagination, while developing awesome engineering skills while creating crazy LEGO masterpieces
Every year, I buy the kids a big box of LEGOs at Walmart or Target on Black Friday. They are super cheap and they are one toy that my kids can’t break. They build masterpieces with the random bricks and can spend hours and hours building. Last year, my sister bought our oldest son Star Wars Lego sets. We had never gotten into sets, because well – I had always bought the random. My kid LOVED that set and our other son got involved in building out the Star Wars LEGO set as well. They read thru the instructions and built them as such, making modifications where they saw fit.
After their creations was complete, the next thing I knew – the boys were asking for MORE LEGO sets – “Not the random ones, mom! I want the set!” We only really buy toys on Christmas and birthdays and with Christmas right around the corner…. guess what my kid is getting? That’s right Star Wars Lego Sets!
If your kid is like mine, loves Star Wars and LEGOs – combine their 2 loves with one of these 10 Star Wars LEGO sets!
The YouTube VR App released today and I don’t know about you – but WOAH this virtual reality thing is now bigger than anything I could imagine. Virtual Reality has gone mainstream, something I never thought possible.
In order to get started, you just need a Daydream-ready phone like Pixel and the new Daydream View headset and controller.
What is Daydream View?
The Daydream View headset and controller is designed for an easy, comfortable viewing experience. The Daydream view headset is lightweight and is made to fit over most eyeglasses. You can even wash it.
The Daydream controller lets you interact with the virtual world. It has smart sensors that understand your movements and gestures and an adjustable volume button that lets you turn up your experience.
Using the Daydream View is simple. You just drop in your phone and you’re ready to go.
Daydream View does require a Daydream-ready phone. Currently the only Daydream-ready phone is the Google Pixel.
The YouTube VR app was designed to give you a more immersive way to experience YouTube. This new standalone app was built from the ground up, optimized for VR. It will let you view 360-degree videos in a whole new way.
The videos on the YouTube VR app stay front and center. You can just lean back and enjoy your favorite videos and creators without needless movement. The video screen can be repositioned for the most comfortable experience possible. You don’t need to stand and spin to take in the entire 360-degree VR experience – just grab the screen and move it to experience it.
Ready to take it all in? Here are a view videos to check out – after you download the YouTube VR app (or, just use the navigation on the upper left if you are viewing elsewhere.)
Mr. Robot: Virtual Reality Experience – 360°
Gorillas in the Congo: A Jump VR Video
GoPro VR: Tahiti Surf with Anthony Walsh and Matahi Drollet
While online safety for my kids has always been a priority, I never felt like I needed to babysit everything they do on the computer, tablets, etc. That’s until as of late. The 10 and 8 year old have discovered the world of Google and to say the least, Google ain’t always pretty.
Gone are the days that I could simply ground them. My daughter uses a school issued Chrome book. Telling her no computer means no homework. *sigh* The joys of technology in the classroom. Now it’s just my job as her mom to make sure she understands the internet, how to act on it, what it can give you – both good and bad and how to be safe online.
Kaspersky recently sent over some information about kids online which is good information for anyone who has a child on the internet (which let’s face it, is most of us parents with kids over 3.)
Almost 1 in 5 parents have lost either money or important personal data due to their childrens unmonitored computer use, according to a recent survey carried out by Kaspersky Lab.
The survey also found:
27% of parents feared their children had been at risk on the Internet at least once over the last 12 months
11% of parents reported that their children had faced inappropriate content
7% of parents reported that their children had contact with strangers
How to Keep Kids Safe Online
So what can us parents do to keep our kids safe online?
Click Carefully. Dont click links from unknown senders. If you dont recognize the sender, it may have been sent by a cybercriminal.
Take Care to Not Share. Do not make any private information publicly available or send it to strangers, especially your contacts, addresses, your school, etc. Strangers could mean any people of any age you dont know in real life.
Too Good to Be True? Dont trust tempting messages of any sort free stuff, discounts, increasing your reputation/likes/stars on some site, etc. Just delete such messages and dont click any links.
Protect Your Passwords: Use a different password for each different online resource. Make sure your passwords are complex with at least 23 characters in a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and special characters.
These results show that children and their parents face serious risks on the Internet. Luckily, Kaspersky Labs Parental Control function, available in Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac provides the measures parents need to protect their children from these risks. Here are some Parental Control features:
Block websites with inappropriate content and delete them from search results as well as to implement restrictions on the information which can be posted on social networks and other sites.
Control the amount of time your children spend in front of the screen, whether its on social networks or playing games.
What Else Can Kasperskys Parental Controls Do To Protect Your Kids?
Parental Controls can be set at different levels for different children. Its not an on or off switch think if it more like a dimmer switch. You can set tighter controls for your younger kids, and allow your older children to have more freedom.
Monitor as much (or as little) as you want. If youre concerned your child is having inappropriate conversations, or perhaps becoming a victim of cyber-bullying, parents can easily monitor email and Instant Message conversations. Either have full transcripts of each chat saved for your review, or have certain keywords automatically flagged to your attention.