C. Daniel Chase

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IT Essentials for Small Business

I am beginning to outline the contents for a forthcoming book on IT Essentials for Small Business. It will contain a compendium of my diverse IT & web knowledge as applied to small businesses. Larger businesses and other organizations may find the core knowledge useful, but I will be focusing on the scale of small businesses that don’t usually have a dedicated IT staff. All the important things you should keep your eyes on when working with IT in your business.

The outline will lead to related posts here on this blog in the coming days. Once I have sufficient content, the blog postings will be republished in book form and available from the usual sources in both print and electronic form, in addition to the posts here. Posts may or may not be in the order of the proposed outline and the outline may be reorganized prior to publishing. I will tag posts to collect related content items.

I highly encourage posting comments in order to make corrections or enhancements to the content prior to publishing. Feel free to ask me to cover a particular area that you feel should be included if it is not in the outline. Good ideas are aways welcome!

Proposed Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Security
  3. Office Computers
  4. Software Applications
  5. Networking
  6. Telecommunications
  7. Domain Names
  8. Email
  9. Web Sites
  10. Marketing
  11. E-Commerce
  12. Web Applications
  13. Summary

I’ll provide a mini-outline for each of these areas as I flesh them out in more detail. Feel free to comment with suggestions on other major areas that might not be included above.

Posted on June 14, 2010August 29, 2015Categories BookTags Leave a comment on IT Essentials for Small Business

Forget Windows vs Mac

Over the years, I’ve used many different personal computers and their related operating systems. The long-running debate between Microsoft Windows in it’s various versions, and Apple’s Mac OSX is no longer meaningful to the everyman. For a sample of the debate, see Olivier Prud’homme’s Windows vs Mac commentary on Chris Pirillo’s blog.

When choosing a personal computer you only need to focus on what you want to accomplish with it. You can do the most common functions with either, Windows or Mac OSX.

There are four primary uses of personal computers:

  • Web Browsing
  • Email
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets

There are good applications on both platforms (Windows or Mac) that do more than the average user could ever require. So, if the only thing you ever expect to do is in this list, what type computer you choose is unimportant.

If you expect or know you have a special need, now or will have in the near future, focus on finding the software application you need first. While a version of it is likely available for either platform, it might not be. Or, you might like how one works on Windows versus on the Mac. Your software choice must come first.

Today, you can actually eliminate choosing based on the top four applications listed above and choose based on the top one–the web browser you like most. Email, word processing and spreadsheets are available as web-based applications. But, again it comes down to what you like. You may not like the web-based applications or they may not provide the functionality that you need!

Do your research on applications first. Once you find what you like and works for you, look at computers to support it.

Posted on March 8, 2010August 29, 2015Categories ComputersTags , Leave a comment on Forget Windows vs Mac

Chase – Anderson Genealogy

As I begin to reorganize this site, I’m am adding information on my family history and genealogy research. Be sure to checkout my base page for genealogy.

Posted on February 20, 2010August 29, 2015Categories GenealogyTags , Leave a comment on Chase – Anderson Genealogy

Respond vs. React

Most of us go through life reacting to our environment. Whether that is our physical surroundings, interactions with other people, or even to ourselves! All of our actions are driven by external influences. You may think you are making a choice when you take an action, but are you really?

Responding is about seeing those external influences, but not letting them make the choice for us in what action we take. Awareness of our environmental influences is essential, reacting to them is not.

In responding to an environmental influence we are aware of it’s impact on us, but we evaluate internally how we choose to act in relationship to it. That may be not acting at all! That too is a response!

To make a response we consider our goals and other influential factors, taking all the time to think we need to consider all alternatives before making a decision on how to respond.

A response comes from an internal blend of thought and emotion. A reaction is purely emotional.

Reacting is can be good in emergency situations–a car accident, a burning building, etc. Where there is a need to act extremely quickly.

Responding is even better as it allows the application of emotion as appropriate, tempered by the thought of what is the complete picture of the situation. Even in the above situations of a car accident or burning building, responding to the situation rather than reacting may save your or another’s life! Applying your knowledge of driving, you may be able to avoid an automobile accident, or in a fire you may prevent the fire from spreading or getting out of a building in a manner you would not normally consider.

Yelling & screaming in either of the above events is reacting… does it help? Responding is what will save your life. In every day life, we may not be dealing with life-threatening events, but the principle is the same.

The more practice you get in responding to daily events, the quicker you will be able to apply the same skill in an emergency situation–avoiding the need to react, while staying calm and helping others to do the same. It will save your life, but on a daily basis, it might save a career or relationship.

Always respond, instead of react.

Posted on November 19, 2009August 29, 2015Categories CoachingTags , , Leave a comment on Respond vs. React

Passion

No, not that passion. Passion for your own life!

Do you love about your life? Your work? Maybe. Your family? Probably. Your hobbies? Much more likely!

Most people seem to be more passionate about their hobbies, than they are their work & family! Why is that? There is absolutely no reason you can not hold the same passion for your work as you do your hobbies, and love your spouse or partner and family the same as you did when you first met them or first felt the wonder of a new child in your arms.

Close your eyes and think for a moment about how you feel when you are engaged in your favorite pastime. Go ahead, I’ll wait…

How did it feel? You feel good don’t you? Come on, admit it! Wouldn’t you like to feel that way more? You can! You just have to choose to live in the passion, and let go of the other feelings. Recognize that feeling passion is an emotion. What usually holds us back and blocks that passion is not the lack of passion, but the covering up of that by other things that get in the way.

What gets in the way are only the events of the day–not other emotions! If you let your experience drive your emotions of the moment, you are reacting to your environment instead of crating the environment you desire.

For example at work, you might have tasks to perform that you do not enjoy, or work with people that you don’t enjoy. These are simple examples of external influences that you let influence how you feel about your work and colleagues. Recognize how you feel is a choice! You choose your emotional response to your environment!

Why not choose to feel passionate about your work? You probably were when you first started in a career or job. Close your eyes and think back to those times. Think about the things you enjoyed then, or maybe the parts of the work you still enjoy. You can bring back the passion you once felt simply by choosing to live in the passion. Then perform your tasks and interact with people from that state of mind. You will feel better about what you are doing. Don’t be surprised if you have an effect on how others perceive you and your relationships with them improve! They will start wondering why you are so happy all the time!

The same applies to relationships with a spouse, child, parent or sibling. Don’t let what they do bother you–that’s their choice. You get to choose how you feel about them! Don’t let external influences drive your emotions! That is what is referred to as reacting. Choose to respond based on your emotional state of mind, not on theirs! Again, you will have them asking why you are smiling!

Sounds great doesn’t it?

Choose to be passionate today!

Posted on November 19, 2009August 29, 2015Categories CoachingTags , Leave a comment on Passion

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