Category Archives: Sector Reviews

David Salaguinto

Chris Stone introduced us to David Salaguinto in his June 26th blog post, Choosing a Top Banner.

David Salaguinto, a writer on the Office User Assistance team at Microsoft, gained internet fame through his Office Online Web Comic blog.

His witty cartoons are made using Microsoft Visio, a 2D-object drawing application used to create diagrams (most notably org charts). Although David has not posted a new comic in quite some time, his blog is a goldmine of chuckles.

Here’s a link to a free 30 day trial download of Visio 2010 – if you want to try your hand at making diagrams or even your own comic.

Indezine writer Geetesh’s blog post Office Online Web Comics: Conversation with David Salaguinto (February 8, 2008) offers insight into the genesis of David’s Microsoft Office comics as a learning tool for sharing Office Online information with customers.

I personally love the idea of infusing a banal topic such as Microsoft with humour – especially by using one of its own applications to do it!

What’s the most interesting learning tool you’ve seen an instructor use in class?

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communication,
Sector Learning Solutions

Free eBook on Social Media from Hubspot – Worth Reading

If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to revamp the visual elements of your Facebook or Twitter page, I’d recommend downloading Hubspot’s free eBook: 55 Brands Rocking Social Media with Visual Content.

The eBook is divided into four sections: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram – and offers 74 pages of photos depicting the distinctive ways that companies are successful marketing their brand visually through Social Media.

My favourite tip?
On Facebook, use infographics in your cover image to share facts about your business in a visually appealing way.

Kudos to Hubspot for keeping the “sale-sy” elements to a minimum – with the back page listing their services, and a follow-up email that offers a custom demo for their all-in-one marketing software. The reader gets an excellent piece of educational marketing without feeling pressured to buy.

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Social Media Workshops @ Sector Learning Solutions

Sector Eats : Kelsey’s Restaurant

Katie and I went for lunch at Kelsey’s in the Tillicum area on April 18th, 2012, and here’s what we had to say:

Katie ordered the French Onion soup for $6.99. She found that while the portion size was just perfect, she was unable to finish the bowl because the soup was incredibly salty. Behind the saltiness, there was definitely some flavour but the salt was just overpowering. The service itself was great – fast and friendly.

Katie: 2.5 out of 5

I ordered the California Clubhouse Wrap – “ancho-spiced” chicken, red pepper hummus, guacamole, double-smoked bacon, fresh spinach, lettuce, roma tomatoes and feta cheese in a grilled tortilla – with a side house salad for $12.49. It was everything I expected. I liked that the tortilla was grilled and not overstuffed – it made it easier to eat – no mess. The service was prompt – they also have Express Lunch options – ready in 15 minutes or it’s free!

Kelly: 4 out of 5

Sector says: “Excellent service, decent food”

Check out Kelsey’s at:

325 Burnside Road West Saanich
Victoria, BC Canada
250.978.5550
Menu

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions

Victoria’s SharePoint Users Group : April 26th Summary

Thank you to everyone who attended the Victoria SharePoint Users Group MeetUp on April 26th! For those who could not attend, here is a summary of what you missed (through the eyes of Sector Co-op student Benjamin Lloyd):

  • SharePoint Consultant Colin Phillips of itgroovestarted the event with a 60-minute presentation about Mega Menus – demonstrating how they look (some good, some ugly), the value they bring and explaining how they are made.
    • Sean Wallbridge of itgroove says “itgroove has recently employed Mega Menus – this navigational approach/style is truly a ‘game changer.’”
    • Mega Menus are drop down menus which are used to organize links to other pages on a website. Mega Menus differ from normal drop down menus in that they are usually very large and can contain pictures or headings that organize the menu into subcategories.
  • After the presentation, we had a break and discussed SharePoint stuff while eating pizza.
  • Sean opened the floor to the group for “Solution Collaboration Fondue version 2.0.” Individuals shared their SharePoint questions, issues and headaches with the group who collaborated to brainstorm ideas and solutions together.
  • Chris Stone volunteered me to show the group how to add custom action buttons into SharePoint ribbons and menus.
  • We played a rousing game of heads or tails to determine who would win the door prize – I won a Zamboni Desk Vacuum!

-summary by Benjamin Lloyd,
Co-op Student,
Sector Learning Solutions
(introduction by Kelly Marshall)

Top 5 Free Smartphone Apps : April Edition

1. GasBuddy

GasBuddy is a community of users who work together to find the best prices for gas. The idea is that users will report what the gas price is at gas stations around the city so that users can see where the cheapest gas is in their region.

  • Available on Blackberry, iPhone, and Android.

2. Dell Voice

This free App lets you phone any phone number  in Canada for free as long as you have internet access. Dell Voice is like Skype except that Skype charges money for phone calls to actual phone numbers. Gmail has the same function but its calling function is not available in Canada yet.

Dell Voice uses 1 MB of data per minute so if you have 200MB of data that is equal to 200 minutes of call time.

When making calls to phones outside of Canada it costs 2 cents per minute.

  • Available on Android, iPhone, iPod touch, and Windows PC.

3. Shazam

Shazam identifies the name of songs. Just open the App on your phone and it will tell you the name of the song that is playing currently. One could even hold the phone up to their mouth and try to sing the song (but this never works for me).

  • Available on Blackberry, Nokia, Android, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mile 6, iPhone, iPod Touch,  iPad, and Android.

4. Waze

Waze helps you avoid traffic. If one Waze user slows down it will signal all other Waze users that something is slowing down the movement of vehicles at their location and offer an alternative route to take.

  • Available on Blackberry, Nokia, iPhone, and Android.

5. Wifarer

Wifarer is an indoor positioning system (a GPS for buildings) that gives you information on the different regions of a building’s mini map as well as on the objects inside.

For example, at a museum when looking at a big wooly mammoth you could use your phone to get information about that wooly mammoth. Think about the possibilities while traveling. There will be no need for a guide to tell you about the significance of an artifact because all of the information is available in English on your phone. When I was studying in Istanbul I would of loved the ability to know of sales or special offers at malls.

Also, Wifarer makes a portion of their revenues from marketing. For example, at a mall you will see if there are any coupons available through Wifarer for the store that you are shopping at. These coupons are only available through the Wifarer application so all you need is to show your phone to the retailer for the coupon to be redeemed.

The problem is that Wifarer is not functional everywhere yet. They need to create partnerships with companies in order to be used in their facility.  Fortunately Wifarer is located in Victoria so they are relevant to us Victorians. Wifarer is currently usable at the BC Royal Museum and Uvic.

Wifarer  is compatible with Google Maps so you don’t have to switch from a global positioning system to indoor position system.

  • Available on Android and will soon be available on iPhone.

-Benjamin Lloyd,
Co-op  Student,
Sector Learning Solutions

Source: Image: Watcharakun/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Sector Eats: Pizzeria Prima Strada

Katie and I went for lunch at Pizzeria Prima Strada at the Bridge Street location on March 28th, and here’s what we had to say:

Katie ordered the Diavola – calabrese salame, tomato, mozzarella, parmigiano, red onion for $14. She found her crust a tad overdone and was at a loss for how to eat it – it was too messy to eat by hand, yet too rubbery to cut with a knife.

She did find the sauce very tasty and the ingredients really fresh. Overall it was a decent tasting pizza, but she found the crust ruined her dining experience.

Katie: 3-1/2 out of 5

I ordered the Napoletana – tomato, garlic, anchovies, oregano, olive oil for $12.50. I loved the thin, crispy crust and ample amounts of fresh tomato sauce – molto autentica! I was very pleased that they offered several cheese-free options as well as mozzarella di bufala – for those of use who don’t do the moo.

Kelly: 4 out of 5

Sector says: “The food was delicious, but we’re not full.”

Check out Pizzeria Prima Strada at:
2960 Bridge Street
Victoria, BC Canada
250.590.4380
Menu 


Photography by the talented Deddeda Stemler | © Pizzeria Prima Strada
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