Find your lost phone by Googling it

Self driving cars and Wi-Fi bearing balloons are all well and good but Google’s latest feature is one you can actually use. Now you can locate your (Android) phone simply by typing “find my phone” into the main Google search page. If you find that it’s nearby you can also make it ring to help locate it.

A couple of caveats: Your phone must be running the latest version of Google Search and you must be signed in to the same Google account that your phone uses when you do your search. You may also be asked to enter your password again before the location is displayed. Here’s my phone:

Find my phone

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New SBDC Digs in Sonora

When I’m working as an Small Business Development Center consultant, I often meet with local clients. Until now our Tuolumne County office space has been shared with the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, in downtown Sonora.

Starting January 1st, we are moving to the Innovation Lab, at the site of the old Tuolumne General Hospital. This facility is the only thing of its kind in Tuolumne County. It includes blazing fast Internet, a networking center, meeting rooms, video studio, electronics lab, training area and maker’s lab. It’s ambitious goal is to be the hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the foothills.

If you have a new or existing business and are in need of free business consulting from working professionals,  check out the SBDC website and get in touch. And maybe we’ll meet up at the Innovation Lab.

Content Battle Plan

Owner logoYou know you need content: blog posts, podcasts, e-books, and all the rest. Before diving in (or after, if you’ve already started) you need a plan and advice from someone who knows what works. Chris Brogan’s webinar How to make more business with content marketing (affiliate link) is a 1-hour Content Battle Plan to help you create effective content.

Watch it live Wednesday, November 5th at 4:00 PM (PST) or recorded at any time. Cost is $20.

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50th Anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer

Moog Modular SynthesizerOctober 12, 2014 marks the 50 Year anniversary of the unveiling of the Moog modular synthesizer at the Audio Engineering Society’s New York convention. Unlike today, there were no robotic assembly lines. These were completely analog instruments. Each one was hand crafted, with every electrical component soldered to a circuit board. Modules were fitted into wooden cabinets with screws. But more important were the new sounds, which could be combined in infinite variations. In many ways, Moog defined the sound of late 60s and early 70s rock.

This mini documentary follows the company’s reproduction of the modular system built for Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and delivered in 1969. It includes interviews with a Moog engineer, Moog historian and Bob Moog himself.

Below that, take a listen to Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s Welcome Back My Friends, which holds up surprisingly well over time.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan

I’ve been learning about business, communication, online marketing and more from Chris Brogan since 2011. His one hour webinars are a great introduction to longer courses, such as The Owner’s Heart, Digital Business Mastery, Love Letters and Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group (OMFG).

Chris’ next webinar is Success in the Time of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Economy. Tuesday, October 14, 7 pm (ET) or watch the recording at any time. Cost: $20.

Please take a look and let me know if you find it valuable.

Full disclosure: If you click on any of the links above and sign up for a course, I get a referral fee. But I’d be recommending these courses even if I weren’t. I am currently enrolled in Brave, The Owner’s Path and OMFG. If you are too, make sure and say hello.