The Webby Awards 2019… too much awesome

Every year when The Webby Awards are announced, I promise myself that I’ll just spend a few minutes finding the highlights to share with you. The awards highlight everything from great newsletters to fun games. I search through the hundreds of winners and nominees to find great stuff for productivity, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and more things we talk about …

Up your video game with these fun tools

As you guys know, I’m creating a new half-day course and guide to teach people how to make cool videos. Here are three of the new resources I’m writing about in the guide this week. Create Fake Texting Stories Since texting is so much a part of our lives, making an eye-catching video of a texting conversation is a great …

How I almost got hacked and how I avoided it

If you don’t want to read this post, here’s the spoiler: OMG stop reusing your passwords!! Ok, now I can start. This morning I was logging into Skype because I had a podcast interview, and Microsoft asked me to verify my identity. This is not unusual because I hadn’t used this computer or Skype in a while. But when I …

Showcase Your Images with Easy Mosaics

This week I had too much fun playing with mosaic tools. These are the programs that will take hundreds of your photos and morph them into one giant photo. Mosaics are great for… Family photo montages Showcasing a related group of images, such as images from one location or a timeline of shots over the years Engaging viewers with an …

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive calls itself “a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more.” It’s the home of the Wayback Machine, a search engine that lets you hop back in time to see any website as it appeared years ago, such as the humble beginnings of this site: But the site goes way, way beyond …

Envato Elements: My new favorite stock image site

I’ve updated my list of free stock photo resources here, but if you regularly need graphic content for your small business, you have to check Envato Elements out. For about $200 a year (~$17 a month), I have access to hundreds of thousands of all kinds of content that a small business might need: Images Video footage Illustrations Presentation templates …

Can You Guess the Top 100 Passwords?

I always sigh when I see SpashData’s yearly Top Worst Passwords, but I sleep better knowing none of YOU use any of these! But I can bet you know some of them. 🙂 Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the top 100 (from 2017’s list). Tip: 10 minutes is a looong time. When you have guessed all you …

Your Passwords Are Not Safe

“The Mother of All Breaches” “Biggest EVER collection of breached data” “An astonishing 773 million records exposed” “Ooh, this is a big one.” Do any of these headlines get your attention? The site HaveIBeenPwnd discovered a cache of emails and passwords called “Collection #1.” The data included records from previous hacks as well as millions of data points that had …