Nexus 7 Making Funny Noise

One of my favorite items that I use for information consumption is I use my Nexus 7 for social interactions, initial research on a topic or idea, and reading the vast amount of information I can get my hands on. Whether it’s from a book, pdf, or websites that I use Pocket to read.

I love it. However, there have been a few times when I’m using the tablet and I get a weird noise. da-da-da-da in decreasing pitch is the best I can describe it. This video does a better job of sharing the sound my tablet makes.

Before I would just turn off my tablet and hope it would go away, but today even when I power cycled the tablet, when I turned it back on, the noise was still there. Then I read in the comments of the Youtube video that it’s the NFC trying to read a chip close by.

Ohhhhh…A light went of

I had my tablet on the latest book I’m reading. This was a physical book that I got from my library (just because I love reading on my tablet doesn’t mean I don’t love checking out books from my library!) My library uses RFID stickers to check in and out books.

So my tablet was picking up the RFID signal with the NFC turned on.

So How Do You Stop It?

Best way is to just remove the tablet from the area where it’s picking up the information.

To do this go to settings

nexus tablet settings










Then click on More under the data

nexus tablet more










Finally, Deselect the NFC checkbox.

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On the flip side, you can find a free NFC app on Google play, install it and let it “read” whatever chip your tablet is coming into contact. Because I’m a geek, I did this and found out how big the memory on the chip is and the manufacturer.

nexus tablet nfc scan results











How About You?

Have you had this issue? Did you know what it was and what to do?


Creating a Membership Site

MemberSite2014 is turning into the year of the membership sites because I’ve had 3 people approach me so far to create on for them and one local business that I frequent just set his own up.

So what’s the big deal about memberships sites? Well, the biggest attraction is the ability to increase your audience without having to travel. If you have a particular field that helps people learn or do something, then an online membership site can reach farther and wider because everything is online.

This is especially exciting for local business owners like Tai Chi instructors, dance instructors, basket weaving teachers, even IT consultants can have a membership site.

The other fun part of creating a membership site is that ideally you create the videos or how-to’s just once, and you get paid for them every month. Hopefully you can set up a growing list of customers who continue to learn from you for several months.

Now as fun as it sounds to get a bigger following, you want to decide how you want to structure your membership because you have to decide if you will be charging for the information or if you are looking for other ways to monetize. Or if you just want to the share the info without charging–that’s another consideration.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll walk you through how to set up a membership site by covering what I’m doing for a local pole dance/Pilates instructor. At the end of this series you should feel pretty good about setting it up yourself OR realizing it’s too involved and get help with your project.

All the Pieces

To setup a membership, you want to have the following

  • a topic that you can talk about in detail
  • a topic that you have some experience with
  • PayPal account (or other payment methods)
  • domain name
  • website
  • email list
  • plugin to create a members only area
  • content, content, content. This might consist of articles, videos, podcasts, interviews, etc.

Over the next few posts, I’ll go in detail of how to set each piece up and let you look over my shoulder as I set them up myself for her site.

What About You?

Do you have an idea for a membership site that you’ve wanted to get off the ground? Share in the comments below and lets see if we can get you going for 2014.

Migrating Your Access Database to a Web Application

When I worked as an employee Database Migrationfor companies, one of my favorite things to work on was creating databases and migrating old, flat file systems to online web applications.

The last two months, I’ve been reminded of my evil fondness for data when I had two separate clients come to me with needs to move old, dying Access databases to an online version that can be more easily accepted.

How to migrate them online

There are so many solutions out there from in house custom coding to taking something off the shelf and customizing it to work for you. I’m a big fan of the latter. When you pay someone to create a custom solution for you, the cost goes way up and you are effectively stuck with that one person/agency because they are the ones who made it. You also have to think about security updates, enhancements down the line, and maintenance issues.

I’ll share with you the two solutions I’ve come up with for each of my clients.

SharePoint 2010 Lists

For one of my clients, the data is really straight forward, but the information was in a cumbersome Excel sheet and it wasn’t optimized at all so the data was just one big blob on the front sheet.

I analyzed the data and saw how straight forward it is. They aren’t doing any crazy calculations or extensive queries so I took the Excel data, split the components into four logical “tables” and built everything in SharePoint as individual lists.

Why SharePoint 2010?

Well the big reason is that they have all their other data in SharePoint so it just made sense to add this there too. I wouldn’t recommend a small business just go out and buy SharePoint, but if you are a larger organization that already works in SharePoint, then there’s some great functionality there.

The first 3 tables/lists housed generic business information. One list had all the employee data. The next list I added, let’s call it products. There was a third list which dealt with notes associated with the products, but I wanted it in it’s only table.

The magic happened with a fourth list where I created lookups to the other lists. This is where I could bring in employee, product information and not have to duplicate the data. This also helps keep the data normalized or broken down to the lowest needed data points.

Zoho Creator

For my next client, they need to move their Access database online because they have people in different areas of the world so right now the data isn’t accessible to everyone. For them, I’m analyzing the data and found a great inexpensive service through Zoho where you can essentially create a private web application from scratch or use their Microsoft Access migration tool to bring all the data online.

I’m still in the planning phase for this client, but I will still need to normalize their data before moving it to the cloud.


So why even go through this process and deal with migrating? For my clients their data has gotten to the point where the database crashes often, not everyone can access the data, and reporting on the information is non existent or a nightmare. For them, the cost is worth the migration.

Online Marketing for Noobs

noob-guide-to-online-marketing From Unbounce
online marketing

Do these 3 steps to find out why you aren’t getting more customers

  1. Go to your favorite search engine: Google, Bing, or Yahoo
  2. Type in the service or product your business offers and the city you live in: painting gainesville, fl
  3. look for your business on the first page of the results.  Are you there?

Most people searching the web won’t go past the first page of results. Do you? Which search result do you usually click on? 40% people click on the first entry and never go past that. If your customers can’t find you online, to them, your business doesn’t exist.

Read some of my Case studies on how I’ve helped other companies and call me today so I can help you too.

Pressure Works Online Reputation Case Study


Mark Wishin, a local Gainesville, FL painting and pressure washing contractor has been in business since 1991 and decided that 2011 was the year his business was going online. He has great rapport with his customers, many of whom contact him several times for various projects on their houses, but Mark was ready to expand his client base and saw that being online would be the best way to acquire new clients.


To help Pressure Works’ new website get higher in the rankings and get seen online for search terms like “pressure washing Gainesville, fl“, we performed on page optimization for specific keywords as well as submitting to top local search engines such as Google Places, Yahoo Local, and Bing. We also submitted proper listings for top local directories.

Our optimization program for Pressure Works included:

  • Competitive analysis
  • SEO strategy
  • keyword analysis and research
  • content optimization
  • ongoing link building campaign
  • ongoing content marketing
  • social media content promotion
  • web analytics reporting
  • Customer review strategy


As a result of Penzai’s Local Search optimization, link building and customer review submitting efforts, Pressure Works website has 7 top ten rankings on their main keywords for their business on Google and other major search engines and over 42% of traffic comes from search terms, which result in customers calling for quote and requesting work from them. Pressure Works states that they typically ask new customers how they found them and are happy to hear several responses are from search results on the web, providing them with increased monthly sales.


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