Posted by Chris Van Dusen on November 14, 2011 ·
As an entrepreneur there is one thing that is both precious and hard to come by. Time. We make decisions all day that impact how much time we have for everything and everyone in our lives. We prioritize, make lists and try to accomplish all we can on a daily basis, constantly pushing forward and working to accomplish our goals. This is not inherently bad, however, sometimes we tend to spend all our time on business goals and sacrifice having a more balanced life. Look, I am not turning into a hippie, [...]
Posted by Chris Van Dusen on May 16, 2011 ·
Hot off the press this morning on the OC Metro blog How Its Done by Bryan Elliott.
How It’s Done is an inside look at the people in Orange County that are making things happen. From small businesses to the big guys, I write a little about how they go about their business.
Introducing Chris Van Dusen, Owner, i-FFICIENCY. Chris teaches entrepreneurs and business professionals to utilize new technology into their sales and general business processes. Their goal is to create a remote efficiency jedi [...]
Posted by Chris Van Dusen on April 11, 2011 ·
While my new iPad case may be Top Secret, the MyEdge case by M-Edge ($50.00) should not remain classified.
I realize after seeing the photo of my case that you might not have fallen in love. Truth be told, my design has not garnered great reviews from my friends and family as I am not a great designer. Nevertheless it is my design and isn’t that what i-devices are all about?
What I love most about my iPad is that nobody has one exactly like mine. If I pick up a friend’s iPad the form-factor [...]
Posted by Chris Van Dusen on February 18, 2011 ·
It depends on the user, right? Well, sort of… I spend the majority of my time on the road giving talks, meeting with clients and traveling, so for me the iPad is my mobile office. I use it for correspondence, writing blog posts, keeping up to date on social media, and the articles and books I read to hopefully become a better writer (I was an Econ major, not Journalism). I also play games.
The reason I brought up playing games is who are we kidding? The screen is large and beautiful and [...]
Posted by Chris Van Dusen on January 25, 2011 ·
I recently returned from a mini-vacation to Sayulita, Mexico, a small beach town just north of Puerto Vallarta. I spent 5 days away from my gadgets. No cell service and very limited WiFi access. This would be my nightmare; or so I initially thought. While I was away from the technology I am dialed into 24/7, I had a very profound realization – we need to plug-in to un-plug.
I do not mean we literally jump on our devices to unwind, but rather what we work so diligently for each day is to [...]
Posted by Chris Van Dusen on December 20, 2010 ·
Guest Post by Reggie E @oakleyOC
The past month I put the Philips Padded Easel Case for the iPad to the test. My iPad is always on the go, and needs that extra protection. However, for now I wasn’t ready for a titanium shield around it. The case’s exterior is smooth and is resistant to most palm marks, but once in a while some latent ones from lunch are easily wiped clean. The texture is friendly to decals, an opportunity to truly customize this case and make it an extension of me.
Posted by Chris Van Dusen on November 4, 2010 ·
The fine folks at ModulR were nice enough to send us their new ModulR iPad Case Accessory System. I don’t think I have been this excited to get a case since I first saw the Method Portfolio by M-Edge. The accessory system comes not only with an iPad case but also a cover, stand and wall mount ($99.00USD). I thought for many reasons this case was going to quickly transition into my full-time keeper, displayer and protector of my tablet goodness. The only problem with this vision is the [...]
Posted by Sara McKibben on November 2, 2010 ·
Blame it on the rain…or the iPad!
I use my iPad and iPhone all day for work and play. Combined they are the hub for connecting with my social network, sending emails, taking/revising notes during a meeting, sharing demos, watching TED Talks… But sometimes I want to embrace my inner wanna-be artist and create cool photos.
Since I am not a photographer or Photoshop wizard, I spend much of my time turning my very average photos into works of “art” – hey beauty is in the [...]
Posted by Chris Van Dusen on November 2, 2010 ·
As many of you know I am very active on Twitter (@ifficiency). I can’t help but set the record straight on the NEW and IMPROVED Verizon iPad. Most of the comments I have read on Twitter describe how “Amazing the new Verizon iPad will be” or “how service is going to be so much better.”
The Verizon iPad is nothing more than a standard Wifi only iPad you can buy at ANY Apple, Bestbuy, Target or Walmart. No difference! No bloatware, not faster connection speeds…nothing. [...]
Posted by Chris Van Dusen on October 28, 2010 ·
Chris Brogan recently spoke at a LinkedOC event I attended and confessed to us he does not use location based services. He stated “Foursquare is the AOL of yesterday. It is not the best, but its all we got“. Although I agree with Chris and have never really seen the merit of “checking-in” I am now a believer in their future.
I have spent the last few months testing location based services Foursquare, Gowalla and Whrrl on my iPhone 4. This post is not intended to be [...]