Solved: HP OfficeJet 6500 with Windows 7 Woes

I recently ordered an HP OfficeJet 6500 Wireless printer (E709N) from Newegg.com.  I really like the printer, great price point for all the features it offers.

I read a lot of the reviews on Newegg prior to ordering the printer.  A lot of people seem to have problems with configuring the networking portion of the printer.  Even more concerning though, were the reports of problems installing the printer via the network with Windows 7. Continue reading

E-mail Etiquette

I’m not a big fan of e-mail.  Yes it can be convenient and sometimes effecient but it is often impersonal and can be mis-read or misunderstood.  I found a couple of great articles that discuss proper e-mail etiquette and would like to share them with you now.

Collaborative Management for the Win!

There was a recent article in the New York Times that really struck a cord with me.  It was brought to my attention by upper management during a time which I was not in a management role.  The article talks about collaborative management versus the traditional top-down  approach.

I really feel this management style can be extremely effective.  Most notibly I feel that a manager should always deliver positive critiques when dishing out negative criticisms.

You can read the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/business/17corner.html

New BBQ Sauce Recipe

My wife bought a Crock Pot for Christmas and I finally used it the other day for the first time.  I decided to slow cook some pork ribs — is there any better way?

I knew that I wanted to cook them in BBQ sauce, however I also knew that I didn’t have enough BBQ sauce to fill the large crock.  So I started digging through my pantry trying to find anything that would mix well enough with the BBQ sauce and that would also fill the crock pot.

I ended up mixing a bottle of Head Country’s Hickory Smoke BBQ sauce along with a bottle of KFC Masterpiece’s Honey Teriyaki marinade and 1 cup of water.  It was incredibly delicious!

Planning Your Business

I recently read an article that Fortune 500 companies often spring up during recessions.  I think this is often a result of individuals having to re-invent how they do business and doing so with less money.  After all, less is more.  So theoretically, there is no better time to start a busienss than the present.  Let’s get started.

A great resource for planning in the U.S. Small Business Administration website which offers step by step instructions for Planning Your Business, Starting Your Business, Managing Your Business and even Getting Out.  I think the Getting Out part is often overlooked, but it is a vital part of doing business.  Getting Out can be the result of either a successful or unsuccessful business.

Google Sync your iPhone

Google has licensed Exchange ActiveSync from Microsoft and now provides the ability to sync your smart phone with Google services such as Gmail, Google Contacts and Google Calendar.

The real power of this feature is apparent when using Google Apps for business which allows you to share calendars amongst other users in your Google domain.

The only real downside to this, is that most, if not all? smart phones can only synchronize with one Exchange account.  So if your phone is already configured to sync with an Exchange account you won’t be able to take advantage of Google Sync simultaneously.

Read more about Google Sync.

Apple Time Capsule vs Other External Hard Drives

Apple advertises the price of its Time Capsule device as “Starting at $299″, which seems like a lot of money considering the cost of storage devices is dwindling and the smallest size Time Capsule is 500 GB.  What some people may not realize is that non-Apple external hard drives ARE compatible with Macs … especially after they’ve been formatted. Continue reading