3 Great Black Friday Deals From Best Buy

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As a tech guy, I have always loved shopping at Best Buy. Best Buy is offering some great “Black Friday” deals…here are three of my favorites:

$100 off on all iPad Air 2 models

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Maybe it is time to upgrade you tablet? The $100 savings from Best Buy makes this a great Christmas gift for that someone special.

Beats Solo headphones for $79.99, a savings of $90

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Beats is without question my favorite brand of headphones. I have a pair and use them ALL OF THE TIME! The ability to save $90 on a pair makes this a great deal and one worth consideration for this holiday season.

Panasonic 50” LED 1080p HDTV for $199.99, a Best Buy exclusive

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Time for a new TV? Well for $200 this appears to be a fantastic deal.

There are many more “doorbuster deals” that Best Buy is offering but those are my three favorites. Interested in the other deals from Best Buy? Check them out here:  https://corporate.bestbuy.com/best-buy-doorbuster-deals-start-at-5-p-m-on-thanksgiving-and-at-8-a-m-on-black-friday/

One item of note, I am not a fan of stores opening on Thanksgiving. Seriously that should be a day off for everyone. It should be a day of giving thanks and spending time with family and friends.

Here are our local Best Buy store locations: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat12092&type=page&_requestid=4920

Have a happy Sunday. No Ravens game today, they play the Saints tomorrow night.

Scott E

TPMUF Instrument Drive – Today!

The Pick Me Up Foundation is holding their instrument drive today in the Kings Contrivance Village Center between 8am and 3pm. If you have an unused instrument laying around and collecting dust, please consider donating it to this great foundation.

Here is a little more information:

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Over the past week The Pick Me Up Foundation has been featured in the Baltimore Sun, WBAL 1090, ABC 2 News and Fox 5.

I will say it was pretty nice to see the website shown in the ABC 2 News broadcast. The website has gone through some pretty fun changes over the past couple of months with more updates coming soon!

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Click to view the website

I will get out and visit with Brian today and try and snap some photos of the tent and various instruments collected. I really hope this is a successful day for the foundation!

Stay warm out there…it is pretty chilly this morning.

Scott E

Social Media in TV Commercials

If you watch TV at all, I am sure you have noticed all of the social media mentions in TV commercials. It seems like most advertisers have adopted the strategy to promoting their social media as part of the TV commercials. Here are a few examples (screen shots of the end of various commercials):

Subway promoting Twitter and Facebook:
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Kay Jewelers promoting Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:

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Auburn University did something a little different, they are promoting the hashtag #ThisisAuburn:

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Wendy’s promoting Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:

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And lastly there is Staples. They are promoting five social media accounts in their commercial; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn:

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The point of all of this is to show you how some major brands are using their TV commercials to promote their products as well as their social media accounts. Are you using every opportunity in your ads, flyers and other promotional materials to let the public know about your social media accounts?

Hope you all have a wonderful (and hopefully warmer) day today!

Scott E

Netflix Recommendation – Helix

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I somehow missed this show on the Syfy channel but I came across it recently on Netflix. I am only on episode number 3 (titled 274) but I have to say this series has pulled me in and I am guessing it will not take me long to get through all of season one.

A little more about the show:

Helix is an American science fiction thriller-drama television series that premiered on Syfy on January 10, 2014. The series follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who travel to a research facility in the Arctic to investigate a potential outbreak of disease. While there, they find themselves stuck in a life-or-death situation that could decide the future of mankind.

The first season consisted of 13 episodes. On March 28, 2014, it was announced that the show was renewed for a 13-episode second season, slated for an early 2015 premiere.

Here are a few photos from the show: (Click on the photo to see larger image)

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In my research I found that IMDb rated this show 7 out of 10 and TV.com rated it 7.6 out of 10.

If you have seen this show, let me know your thoughts about it in the comments.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Scott E

Baltimore Sun Mobbies!

I hope you all have enjoyed the Technology Outreach Scorecards. The Baltimore Sun’s annual MOBBIES (Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs) award competition has announced its 2014 nominees.

We are nominated in the following categories:
  • Best Suburbs Blog
  • Best New Blog
  • Best Twitter Account
  • Best Facebook Page

vote for my blog in the mobbies early and often

There are other great blogs that I read that are worthy of your vote also:

HoCo Connect, HoCoBlogs in the Community, HowChow, UK Desperate Housewife USA, The Unmanly Chef, Village Green/Town Squared, HoCo Rising, Spartan Considerations, The 53, 2 Dudes Who Love Food and MissZippy1.  I am sure there are others on the list I am missing (sorry)…

You can vote once a day through Nov. 13.
Click on the MOBBIES logo to vote.

Best of luck to all of the nominees!!!
– Scott E

Nottingham’s – A Distinctive Tavern (Repost)

This article was originally posted on the ScottE Software Development website “News” section. I thought It would also be a good post for this blog site.

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Nottingham's

One of my favorite places to visit in Columbia is Nottingham’s. It is a nice place for happy hour during the week and a GREAT place to watch NFL games on Sunday’s. In my opinion, they have the best staff of any location in Columbia.

A little bit about Nottingham’s:

Providing Entertaining Distractions for nearly two decades…
Live Music, all NHL & NFL Games, Outdoor Tiki Bar & Patio, Comedy Club,
Billiards, Darts, Shuffleboard, Keno Bar, Big Screen Wii, Private Party Room,
as well as weekly and monthly Special Events. Enjoy!

Earlier this year ScottE Software did some social media consulting with the Nottingham’s staff.

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Nottingham’s can be found online at the following locations:

Website: http://www.nottinghams.net/

Nottingham’s social media links:

facebook Twitter Instagram

Need directions to Nottingham’s? Click on the map!

Nottingham's Directions

I hope you take the opportunity to visit the tavern in person as well as learn more about them online.

#HoCoFood

Election Recap – Part 2

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In part two, let’s look at some of the other races important to Howard County residents.

Governor:

  • Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan was named the Technology Outreach Leader and won by receiving 51.5% of the vote in this race. Larry’s Change Maryland Facebook page was the best social media account in this election cycle that I reviewed.

Meeting with Larry Hogan at the 2014 HoCoFair

Meeting with Larry Hogan at the 2014 HoCoFair

State Senate – District 9:

  • Gail Bates

Gail Bates was named the Technology Outreach Leader in this race and received 65.9% of the votes.

State Delegate – District 9A:

  • Trent Kittleman
  • Warren Miller

No big surprises here with both Republican candidates winning easily. Warren Miller was named one of the Technology Outreach Leaders in this race.

State Delegate – District 9B:

  • Bob Flanagan

Bob Flanagan won with 55% of the votes. Ok, I have to admit I was totally shocked by this result. I really thought Tom Coale would take this race. Tom was without question one of my favorite candidates this election cycle and I hope to see more from him in the future. 

State Senate – District 12:

  • Edward J. Kasemeyer

I pretty much expected this result in this race. Ed Kasemeyer won with 58.6% of the vote.

State Delegate – District 12:

  • Eric Ebersole
  • Terri L. Hill
  • Clarence K. Lam

All three winners were named as the Technology Outreach Leaders in District 12. I will note that Joe Hooe had a very nice showing on the Republican side of this race.

State Senate – District 13:

  • Guy J. Guzzone

Guy won this race handily by taking 62.2% of the votes. Now if I can just get him to correct some of the social media mistakes going forward…

State Delegate – District 13:

  • Vanessa Atterbeary
  • Shane Pendergrass
  • Frank S. Turner

This was by far the most disappointing race in terms of technology outreach. I will note that Vanessa Atterbury was named one of the Technology Outreach Leaders in this race. I can only hope that we will see much more outreach from Pendergrass and Turner at some point in the future.

Interested in the full results of all races throughout Maryland, check them out here:  http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2014/results/general/index.html

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 5.19.42 AMI hope you enjoyed the Technology Outreach Scorecards during the 2014 election cycle. I hope you will consider voting in the 2014 Baltimore Sun Mobbies and consider this blog in the Best New Blog category (or any others you think we are deserving). Click the logo to vote.

Scott E #HoCoPolitics

Election Recap – Part 1

I Voted

In this two part series, I will review what happened earlier this week on election day/night. I want to start with the local results for Howard County:

Howard County Executive:

  • Alan Kittleman

Great campaign gathering 51.4% of the vote and named a “Social Media All-Star” earlier this year.

Shelby sporting the Kittleman t-shirt in Ellicott City

Shelby sporting her Kittleman t-shirt in Ellicott City

Howard County Council:

District 1:

  • Jon Weinstein

Jon was named the Technology Outreach Leader in this race and won by a slim 420+ votes.

District 2:

  • Calvin Ball

No surprise here as Calvin Ball received just over 60% of the votes. Calvin also had a significant technology outreach advantage in this race.

District 3:

  • Jen Terrasa

Ran unopposed

District 4:

  • Mary Kay Sigaty

Ran unopposed

District 5:

  • Greg Fox

A commanding win with over 70% of the votes going his way. Now if we can just get him on social media to engage with his district…

Board of Education

  • Cynthia L. Vaillancourt
  • Sandra H. French
  • Bess I. Altwerger
  • Christine O’Connor

OK, I never did a technology outreach scorecard on the HoCoBOE race but I did give a shoutout to Christine O’Conner. It was great to see her Twitter posts. I hope to see much more from her and the other BOE members in the future.

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Interested in the full results of all of the local races here in Howard County, check them out here:  http://elections.state.md.us/elections/2014/results/General/gen_results_2014_2_by_county_140.html

Coming soon in Part 2 – I will look at the Governor’s race as well as various State Senate and Delegate races of interest here in Howard County.

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 5.19.42 AMI hope you enjoyed the Technology Outreach Scorecards during the 2014 election cycle and will consider voting in the 2014 Baltimore Sun Mobbies. You can vote for the ScottE Software Blog in the Best New Blog or any other categories you think we are deserving. Click the logo to vote.

Scott E #HoCoPolitics

General Election…Make Sure To Vote!

General Election

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Today is the big day that all of the candidates have been building up to for months. If you were not able to get out to the polls during early voting, make sure to get out today.

Still not sure who to vote for today in Howard County? Here are a few resources for you:

Social MediaAre you ready for the social media tsunami that is going to happen today? If you are following candidates, expect a HIGH volume of posts on Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+ and Instagram designed to get out the vote (#GOTV). For the candidates that have built, cultivated and grown their social media accounts, this will be a great tool to remind your followers to vote today. For those candidates that did not do a good job with social media, well we just have to chalk this up to a missed opportunity for you today. As for me, I will have posts about the local Technology Outreach Scorecards posting every hour on the hour.

I expect these to be some of the more popular hashtags used today (#GOTV, #MDPolitics, #HoCoPolitics, #MDREPS and #MDDEMS). I am sure there will be many more popular hashtags used today. If you see something trending, let me know in the comments.

I have had the opportunity to meet a number of great candidates (Republican and Democrat) this year. I wish you all the best today and look forward to watching the results come in tonight. Not sure where I am going to be to watch the results tonight…any suggestions?

I hope everyone has a fantastic day!

Scott E #HoCoPolitics