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Lauren L Perfors owns and manages Lawton Digital Marketing, a digital marketing and development agency in Denver, Colorado. WideSmiler.com gives Lauren a playground for personal musings from iOS tech tips to her newest adventures.

The Perfors Mansion

The Perfors Mansion

It Starts at 6am, Before Coffee It’s 6am and the sun is shining through the completely transparent, doily-style lace blinds. Day 4 in the Perfors Mansion has begun. My husband stands over me in his undies holding a wrench asking for my help. I’m about to discover the gushing water leak (which was my fault, a post for another day) in the only fully functioning full bathroom. You see, we went from 1000 or so square feet to 2,600. Did you know that 1,000 square feet worth of STUFF can fill 2,600? We just found that out. Another important detail – our beautiful new dream home was built in 1896. Yep, before smartphones, there was Earth, and they even built houses back then. They also built wiring that liked to set on fire, plumbing that crumbled (in it’s defense, it has had shit running through it for over 100 years), and no air conditioning. But that’s ok! We love old stuff. We love the 120 year old doorknobs, and the teeny little secret staircase leading up to the full-height attic (where the fire-happy wiring lives). And don’t worry, we threw a smoke detector in the attic, so if the wires burn the house down, we’ll be able to get out in time to watch our beautiful mansion light up in flames. All jokes aside, we’re getting the wiring fixed. Like, stat. We just found out 12 hours ago, and since then we also had to rip up the floor after water started gushing through 2 stories from the 120 year old claw foot tub. It’s a Beautiful Old Victorian,... read more
iOS8 Install Preview & New Features: Tips for Newbies

iOS8 Install Preview & New Features: Tips for Newbies

Step by Step Instructions to Get You Through the iPhone Upgrade to iOS8 Plus Tips on How To Use New Features! If you want to see what iOS8 looks like before taking the plunge, here are the upgrade details and instructions to talk you through it! Plus some of the new features that you will like the most and how to use them. The install is self-explanatory. On your iphone, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update –> Install Now. You will have to deal with clearing out space on your iphone (get your whining out now…). The download and install takes a while. For the best reliability, keep your iphone plugged in to a charger while downloading and installing the ios8 update. Here are the screens you will see after the install has finished. They are self-explanatory! New to iOS8, here’s a few tips and for how to use new features! ios8 Tips & New Features 1. Don’t switch on iCloud Drive Give it a polite and courteous “no” if you use iCloud to sync your photos or documents to your MAC computer. If you’re not sure, hold off until you have OSX Yosemite on your MAC. Yosemite is the soon-to-be released operating system update for MAC. If you MUST turn on iCloud drive, stop for a second to make a copy of your pages, numbers, and other iCloud files on your computer first. Then turn it on and have fun! 2. iMessage (texting on iPhones) now lets you send and receive audio messages! They can be received by those slowpoke iPhone users who have not updated to... read more
2 Huge DropBox Flaws

2 Huge DropBox Flaws

I have been a DropBox fan for years, using it to share everything from family photos to business documents. Now, as a full-time business owner using DropBox heavily for client interaction and file sharing, here are the weaknesses to the tool that have me searching for alternatives: 1. No URL shortener Come ON, DropBox, you let OneDrive (Microsoft’s file sharing tool) BEAT you to this feature (shown in screen shot)? Are you truly going to make me switch to a Microsoft product because you can not keep up with innovation? Ouch, DropBox. When I send URLs to clients in an email or include them in a document, they are long and look messy! I want my URLs to look neat and tidy, so that my correspondence with clients is concise and easy to follow. 2. Sharing Links Break When Files Are Moved Ok, this one is a doozie for me. I absolutely need a scalable solution. As my business and subsequently my client folder grows, I will need to occasionally move files around to stay organized, creating subfiles, archive folders for clients to hold old files, or even just realize a folder structure I chose was inefficient and move things around. Am I anal retentive on organization? Absolutely… sure does impress clients though, so if you make fun of those who are, maybe you should spend that time getting more organized instead! If a sharing link breaks every time I move a file, with my organizational tendencies, I will continuously have clients (it’s already happened) saying “ummm… this link is broken” making me look like an idiot rather than... read more
Do Your Work *and* Save the World, Here’s How

Do Your Work *and* Save the World, Here’s How

What if your next conference call ended up helping to feed refugees in war-torn Syria? Or  helped to care for children with cancer? Maybe it’s not saving the world, but you’d take up that opportunity, right? Well an awesome conference call service we found will allow you to do just that. UK based Smartercalls.com sets you up with a clean and simple conference call sytem, and provides you a free web application to share files, tasks, and even collaborate on a shared whiteboard. So you have to pay a little more for all this, right? Nope, 5 cents/minute (4.3p UK) per person is all you pay, a very reasonable rate. Through their foundation EveryMinute, Smartercalls.com donates 50% of the revenue from your calls to one of a select number of organizations, ranging from Syria focused Save The Children, to the Marine Conservation Society. This is money that through any other provider would probably go to a multi-billion dollar telecom corporation, why not channel it instead to charity? Signing up was a breeze for us, and after logging in we were brought to a hub page that contained all the info we needed to easily connect over phone and the smartercalls collaboration app and tools to improve your conference: Smartercalls has great international coverage as well: If you are interested in signing up, or if you are a charity wanting to join in, visit smartercalls.com at… well, you know. Image Credit: JD Hancock... read more