is a real time collaboration tool for developers | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles
· Monday, November 5th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 1 Comment is a real time collaboration tool for developers.

They help developers work on awesome stuff without any hassle. Now it doesn’t matter if you code alone or if you are 10 people coding the same file – They make it easier for you and your friends to play with programming languages together as they believe that one can learn and make better stuff with friends. is currently in Beta.
But you can signup today using this link.

Want to Try the New Gmail? | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

Google is testing a new Gmail format that is supposed to make it easier for users to reference previous emails without closing the draft.

The new email layout puts drafts in a small chat-sized popup (read: modal) window.

This layout has not been completely rolled out, but any non-Enterprise Google Apps user can test the feature and roll it back to the current layout if they don’t like it.

How to Try the New Gmail

1 Open a new email draft via the Compose button.

2 Click on “Try out the new compose experience“.

What’s Great About the New Gmail

  • Profile Pictures in Contact Lists
  • Adjustable Draft Window Size
  • New Mail visible while in Draft mode

shoptawk will connect you with the businesses you love | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, October 12th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 2 Comments

shoptawk is now in Beta!

shoptawk is an awesome new way for you to connect with businesses you love!

shoptawk offers you a new way to connect and stay engaged with your favorite restaurants, bars, stores, brands and more! Now you will be the first to know when your favorite local business has a live event, exciting specials, a sale or even great offers. You can receive notifications on your iPhone to stay up to date with what’s happening at your favorite businesses at locations closest to you.

I’ll be even more excited when crumbs cupcakes registers and those updates hit my phone! ha!

How-To: Create a Desktop Shortcut for Google Chrome Safe Mode | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

Now, let me just start by saying that…

Google Chrome Incognito Mode and Google Chrome Safe Mode are two different things as far as safety, security, and CPU usage are concerned.

Google Chrome Incognito Mode is all about private browsing, security and protecting your data. Any sites that you visit, and files that you download while in incognito mode are not recorded in Chrome’s browsing or download history. And all cookies that were added, are deleted as soon as you close the browser window.

Google Chrome Safe Mode is all about temporarily disabling all of the Extensions you’ve added from the Google Chrome Store. Firefox, and even old ( insert curse word here ) Internet Explorer have Safe Mode. I’m not quite sure why Google Chrome doesn’t.

When we’re streaming movies from my laptop to the flat screen using the HDMI port, it can sometimes be frustrating when I know that the experience could be so much smoother and faster if I could just disable all of the extensions that I’ve downloaded by simply opening a different instance of  Google Chrome. The normal process of disabling extensions is irritating because I have quite a few installed, and disabling and enabling them can be quite tedious. After searching, I realized that the Google Chrome installer does not unpack a shortcut for Google Chrome Safe Mode, and that someone had created an extension – to disable extensions – one by one even. ( side eye )

Sorry, but we shouldn’t have to do all of that. Firefox gets the edge on that one.

So I followed some old support threads and created one myself.

All you need to do is:

  1.  Create a Google Chrome Shortcut on your desktop by right clicking on the current Google Chrome icon.
  2. Once you’ve “Sent it to Desktop (Shortcut), right click on the newly created icon and select “Properties”.
  3. In the “Target” field, place your cursor at the end and add the following:

Disable Extensions in Google Chrome


However, if you got to this post while trying to find Incognito Mode, here’s some information on the Google Support site.

The code to create a shortcut with Google Chrome Incognito mode is actually quite similar to the one I posted above for Google Chrome Safe Mode Shortcut. However, instead of “disable-extensions”, you would type “incognito” after the program location.

Incognito Mode Shortcut for Google Chrome


Hope this helps someone else.
It’s definitely made my music and video streaming much faster, and my working in Adobe Photoshop less of a time suck.

Angry Birds for Google Chrome: Season’s Greetings | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 in Apps and Software · 0 Comments

Rovio released the Angry Birds Season’s Greetings for Google Chrome last week.

Awesome. Something else to lose track of time with.

If you’re like me, you’ll probably have to play for a few hours to get it out of your system, and then delete the Chrome Plugin.


You actually have to delete it to get back to work.

Good luck with that.

New Pandora Player – Unlimited Listening! | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, September 23rd, 2011 in Apps and Software · 0 Comments

Around the same time Facebook made some major updates, Pandora made some as well.

You probably weren’t paying attention because you were too busy b*tching about Facebook. *smirk*

The “New Pandora” boasts the same personalized radio experience you’ve enjoyed for years, wrapped in a new HTML5 look that makes it more responsive, easier to use, and better integrated with the friends and music lovers in your life.

Of the few new features that have been added to the New Pandora, the only things I really care about are:

  • Discovery of Music with Friends
  • Simplified Station Creation
  • And Unlimited Listening – No more 40 hour cap!

As with all of the latest web applications, they’ve finally added the Facebook API, allowing you to connect with your friends and see what they’re listening to.

I’m guessing you’ll like the updates Pandora made more than you’ll like the updates that Facebook has coming next week.

Buckle up, folks! Social media is about to get even more interesting!


Using 43 Things for Goal Setting in the New Year | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Saturday, January 1st, 2011 in Apps and Software · 1 Comment

Last year was an interesting year for me. I learned a lot about my health and myself. I learned about the things I do like, as well as the things that I don’t like; whether it was about myself or the people around me.

I’m not setting a New Years Resolution. It never works for me. I end up selecting either one bad thing or creating a list of things that I won’t do, instead of things that I will do. The list of “wonts” just never works for me.

So, I’m doing things a little differently this year. I’m setting some goals that I’d like to meet this year. And then I’m going to make the strides to reach them. I’m creating my list of goals in my 43 Things ( account. And I’ll be checking in each week to either check a goal off, add a goal, or remind myself of the goals I’ve set.

I like 43 Things because I can check the list from the web or from my BlackBerry and iPhone. I can even modify that list on the go. I’m even able to write notes on each goal and receive comments and cheers from friends on Facebook. My notes will be the steps I’ve taken as I’ve taken them. I can even edit a progress slider to indicate how far I’ve gotten in reaching each goal. 43 Things makes goal setting much easier.

My goals will be short term goals that I can reach; goals that I can see and almost touch. Ya see, it’s easy for me to set the goals and get things in motion, but I have a hard time with the follow through. The largest goal that I have set by far is to follow through on the goals that I set in motion.

This year will be better.
I’ve got a primer now.

Let’s go.

How-To: I Love CCleaner. | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 in Apps and Software · 1 Comment

I love CCleaner from Piriform.

CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure.

It keeps my computer clean. I try to run it about once or twice a week; especially if I’m downloading new and testing new programs.

Registry Utility

I use the built-in registry cleaner to clear out the crap that I don’t need. The registry retains a lot of information when you’re installing and uninstalling programs. Sometimes when you uninstall a program, it can leave a lot of crap behind. The registry cleaner in CCleaner clears out that crap.

Startup Utility

Quite a few programs like to load on computer Start-Up. That can be a headache to wait for. Removing the programs that you don’t use often from the computer Start-Up can speed up your computer. It’s a great feeling when you can start your computer and you can do what you need to do without waiting long.

  • Grab CCleaner here.

Things to do: Sign up for TeuxDeux | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, December 11th, 2009 in Apps and Software · 2 Comments

TeuxDeux-Online-To-Do-ListIf this isn’t easy… I don’t know what is.

TeuxDeux is an online To-Do list designed by swissmiss and developed by Fictive Kin.

If you’re like me and you usually have a long list of things to do each day and usually are only able to mark off HALF of those things…unless you have ADHD *hangs head*, then chances are…you’re just forgetting what you’re supposed to be doing.

Well, TeuxDeux makes it a little easier to remember.

One of the cool things about TeuxDeux is that – if the due date of a task is today and you don’t complete it in time (read: ADHD), it will automatically be added to your next day’s pending task list.

Something else to think about: You can manually drag tasks and pending items to any future date. Buuuuuut…your pending tasks will always be… pending.

I mean… it’s just a list… and sometimes…that’s all you need.

I’m still a huge fan of Google Calendar…mainly because it syncs with my Blackberry and my Outlook…remotely…without having to be tethered to my laptop / desktop.

But TeuxDeux might be something you want to look into if you just need a random list without required times.

hmmm. it’s just a list. just a thought.