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NetVU Nashville Goodies Giveaway

March 14, 2017

Music City Meetup

Team Archway is coming to Music City for NetVU this year, and if you’ll be in Nashville for the big event, now is your chance to win one of those fabulous whatchamacallits I’m always giving out.

Just stop by the booth to enter, and you can even visit with us a second time to double your chances of winning a Muse meditation headbandApple AirPods  and other tech toys I use and think more people should have.

Also, because I’m just such a gadget philanthropist, I’m opening the contest up to online entries as well…just fill out the form here, maybe play some country music while you do.

Home Sweet Office

More people than ever are working from home, and why not? The dress code is more relaxed, lunch is cheaper and the commute can’t be beat. Still, when you work at home, the fact is that you work at home…and funny things can happen when every day is “bring your family to work day,” as a BBC news reporter was reminded  in a hilarious clip that’s  circling the web this week.

What makes that globally televised moment so relatable is that everybody who has an office at home has probably experienced something similar,and this article from LifeHacker has some insightful things to say about minimizing these everyday disaster. I myself prefer the “ignore all of existence around me” method, and  these Bose QuietComfort headphones are amazing for the purpose.

Your Device, Tagged

If you’ve ever lost a smartphone, you know how much of a hassle teaching a new one to do its’ best imitation of your departed device can be.

That’s why I think this idea is pretty slick…since most people use a lock screen to greet anyone who isn’t the device owner, why not use the space for your emergency contact info?

It’s basically a return address for your phone. If you’ve left your phone in more train seats and coffee shops than you can count, think about it.

The Flying Library

Okay, so looking at the itinerary I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the air over the next few months.

Not only does that mean a couple of cran-vodkas to calm my nerves about the whole “5 miles off the ground in a flexible metal tube” thing, it also means I need a good selection of audiobooks to make those famous LAX delays a bit shorter.

I like Audible as a service, they give you three free audio books when you sign up and then one every month, which could come in handy for you frequent flyers. Best of all, if you don’t like a book, just return it…nice.

The Last Word

All right, that’s about all I have in the bag this week. Thanks as always for making time early in your day to check out this week of wonders…I’ll be back in your inbox in 6 days’ time, but until then I hope to see some of you at NetVU Nashville and don’t forget to enter the contest!

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