Is Your Company Based in New York State? Yes? Get Tax Free Computer Hardware

Just learned something pretty great after so many years of starting companies – if your company is based in New York State, then you can purchase all of your hardware tax free.

This is something that must have its origins in the early Dot Com days but it’s still in effect and you should take advantage of it if you can. Just bring the form to your local Apple or whichever store where they will surely look at you with a blank stare, and save hundreds of dollars per system purchased.

Form ST-121.3:1/11:Exempt Use Certificate for Computer System Hardware.pdf

I would like to think that there are equivalents in other tech heavy states (I am looking at you CA and TX)

Facebook Puts the Squeeze on Small Businesses

I’ve been tracking the decline in organic reach both through stories and reports, and my own pages’ performance over the last 6-9 months. I’d venture to say that < 2% organic reach is already a reality for lots of business.

My big question is whether small businesses that don’t want to or can’t spend much on paid marketing, do they suck it up and double down or just call it, end their FB page intiatives and find alternatives? Done properly, managing a FB page is a good amount of work, and that’s time that could be more efficiently spent elsewhere.

There are definitely still some scenarios where paying can be justified (eg app install ads for the time being) but paying to get your content seen on FB seems like a waste of time and money for small businesses that don’t really have it to spend. Time to really leverage your email lists, Twitter and other in product user relationships.

Facebook Puts Everyone On Notice About The Death Of Organic Reach.

Google Owns Us

This analysis from Jacques Mattheij was an eye-opening way to start my day. I’m not surprised in the least but reading this just felt like a punch in the gut.

Here’s the money quote for me:

You’d almost think that all those free and invisible services google provides have one goal: to get you to load something from google on every page that you visit.

His breakdown doesn’t even account for our willing use of market defining apps like Maps, Docs, Sheets, Chat/Hangouts, or Drive.

I have to wonder as an iPhone user are there benefits to fragmenting the data collection of me? Most likely not but I can pretend .

Google Web/Search History Disable does Absolutely Nothing via Jacques Mattheij

A Handy Dandy Paper Template Generator

Was looking around for something like and stumbled onto this. It’s still early but there are already 3 useful templates (lined, graph and blank) which I’ve already imported into Note Taker HD on my iPad and made good use of.

If you still make notes, draw things, etc. then you still need paper and I’ve got a new project you might like. It allows you to create that paper and print it right from your browser. It’s only in an alpha form at the moment (which means not all of the features are finished yet), but you can already put it to good use and print out several kinds of paper

via PaperQuik – You can try out my new project today |

Quick Hands On With OSX Lion

Messing around with Lion. So far so good.

Mission control might actually get me to use spaces and dashboard more than I currently do.

I’m going to reserve judgement on Launchpad since I am a huge fan of LaunchBar. That said I could see using it for apps I don’t use on a day to day basis since I can’t remember them all by name. Maybe as a multiple dock replacement

Finder has received some love with AirDrop integration and file arrangements in views (types, modified dates, app creators, size, labels,et al)

Full screen view feels odd as it’s a kiosk or windows paradigm, but I could easily see using it to stay focused. One thing at a time right?

Looking forward to upgrading in about a month once the dust has settled, all the upgrade woes are known, and all my apps are Lion friendly.

Hardware sidenote, I’d never played with the Bluetooth Magic Trackpad and I do like it more than a mouse – it needs more gestures though.