Phrase Express: Phrase substitution for any occasion using Macros

Creating Input fields

Last time we introduced PhraseExpress as a text substitution application that can save time in writing and repetitive typing tasks by using short cut strings. Today I want to build on that and introduce a way to create even more useful phrases.

Remember the example from our first phrase attempt:

“Thank you for your email.

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Saving time at the keyboard with PhraseExpress


I do quite a lot of writing and emailing of repetitive content both at work and at home and have tried any number of methods to reduce the work needed to complete these things. Using dictation software is alright, but still leaves out the writing experience for me. Somehow fingers on keyboard works best for me and while it may not be the fastest method of getting things on the page it’s just my way.… Continue Reading


[ControlNow] Keeping networks secure for remote workers

Many times security is extremely important in an organization and is something that employees in all areas are reminded about everywhere they turn. Strong passwords, frequent password changes, smart cards, etc. However many companies think more about security for those that work in the office, many times leaving remote workers out in the cold.Continue Reading

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[ControlNow] Keeping Data and the Networks it Traverses Secure

With all of the breaches that seem to be happening at major retailers, banks and now movie studios there is more reason than ever to be concerned about security.  In a recent blog post for Control Now, I was asked to take a look at security and things that should get a lot of attention when it comes to data security. Doing your best to ensure that your data is maintained in a secure way is all you can do in today’s technology first society.… Continue Reading

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[Control Now] Working from Anywhere, the Blessing and the Rest of It

Working from wherever you can get connected sure sounds like the best thing ever. From your home office, the library, your best friends couch, the coffee shop… you get the idea.  As long as you can get email and all the resources (or most of them) needed to do your work, why not right?  Read my post over at Control Now and think about the good and the bad of working from anywhere before jumping on board.… Continue Reading

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Blogging at Control Now

Recently I was asked to start contributing to a blog at Control Now covering any number of technology topics.  This blog was built in the creation of a new company by GFI called LogicNow that handles their cloud based practice.  Having written content for GFI in the past I am excited to start posting for the new blog.  I am hoping to be a regular contributor there and will post links to those posts here to help grow readership.… Continue Reading

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SyncMate Review: A custom synchronization solution for Mac

Syncing devices, computers, and data in the cloud is a common occurrence today.  Virtually every device we carry is connected to every service or computer used regardless if the device is for work or personal use.  Out of the box, the sync solution on the Macintosh is iTunes, which is alright some of the time, but not a perfect solution even in an all Apple environment.… Continue Reading

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Deploying Modules with Windows Installer and PowerShell Studio 2014

I have been messing around with the trial of Sapien’s PowerShell Studio 2014 for some time and have found the tool to be huge and very much fully loaded in terms of features and helpfulness when working with PowerShell.  This will in no way be an all encompassing review of the product, while I would love to find the time to do one, right now I am just not there.… Continue Reading

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Manage Deployments easily with PDQ Deploy from Admin Arsenal

Deploying software is a fact of life for IT employees, especially since the introduction of UAC and the enforcement of (or supposed enforcement of) limited or standard user accounts in Windows.  Since it is somewhat difficult for corporate computer users to install applications due to these new restrictions, many times IT is called to visit the workstation to put in the correct credentials and move the process forward.Continue Reading

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I think I have a learning problem

I am coming to believe that I have a learning problem.  It isn’t a bad thing other than it is pretty impossible to keep up… the issue is that I haven’t enough brain power and time to learn all of the cool technology products that I come in contact with.  Yes I realize chunking up the learning, getting through the applications one at a time would probably solve these issues, however that is no fun (or at least, slows down the process).… Continue Reading

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