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Project: TechDems WordPress Help team

There are nearly 100 local Democratic party organizations in the state of Washington.  Some of them include an abundance of leaders with significant technology skills.  Others have volunteers who are just getting onto the Internet.  Thanks to a Facebook comment from Robert Kangas from the 11th LD Democrats I’m helping to start a project to connect local Democratic and progressive organization leaders with WordPress experts.  Here’s how it works:

WordPress Help Team member experience:

  1. Join a listserv with other WordPress power users who want to help Democratic and progressive organizations
  2. Occasionally get emails from local organization leaders seeking help or advice using WordPress
  3. Reply to help when you can; ignore or delete when you’re busy
  4. Also learn from other WordPress power users by getting CC’d on their replies

Local organization leader experience:

  1. Send an email to a list of WordPress power users who have volunteered to help
  2. Get advice promptly because you’re reaching-out to multiple volunteers

If you would like to get involved as a member of the WordPress Help Team, you can join at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TechDems-WordPress-Helpers/

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Filed under: Technology

At $1,500 $GOOG Glass is an “I’m Rich” App :(

One of my tech industry colleagues purchased a developer version of Google Glass and I got to try it a few months ago. Combining a smartphone operating system, heads-up display, camera, and and microphone into a head-mounted unit is an exciting idea in wearable technology. Unfortunately, Google’s offering this to the public for $1,500 as was announced on Tue, 4/15 makes this a fashion accessory similar to the old Apple iOS “I’m Rich” app which sold for $999 and had minimal functionality beyond proving that the owner had deep pockets. I hope that Google (or other wearable and smart device manufacturers) bring their pricing closer to the cost of components and democratize this technology instead of creating another way for people with excess cash to declare themselves wealthy “glassholes.”

Filed under: Technology

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