The Latest on Booster Shot Info, Online Reputation Management, Paper Document Reference and Organization Products

John Vrooman | September 15, 2021

John Vrooman

This month’s COVID-19 “authoritative information” page is the CDC’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot” webpage. Since many (particularly older) Realtors were vaccinated early on, and now there is a lot of talk regarding “Booster shots” and “third doses,” I thought now would be a good time to point everyone to a CDC.gov webpage that discusses these and other related topics. The following link will redirect you to the CDC.gov’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot” webpage…www.tinyurl.com/yhhck6ec

The following is a list of COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot topics that the above webpage discusses as of Sept. 1, 2021. (The webpage is date stamped, so you can see when it was updated last.)

• When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

• Who will be the first people to get a booster dose?

• Why is the United States waiting to start offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters?

• Can people who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine get a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine?

• Will people who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine need a booster shot?

• If we need a booster dose, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

• What’s the difference between a booster dose and an additional dose?

Want to view the latest New York State Department of Health COVID-19 related information? If so, here is a courtesy link to the department’s COVID-19 homepage…www.tinyurl.com/zhav7ezr

One unspoken goal of my including links to authoritative COVID-19 information is not just to shed light on the primary discussion topic(s), but to also increase the chances that some of you will explore the website(s) further and gain personal and shareable knowledge that can help to further educate oneself and others on COVID-19 related topics.

Is it time to Google yourself? (Again?)

You perform Internet searches all the time, right? Have you searched for/Googled yourself recently? If not, maybe you should. (Who knows what you might find when you do.) What can you do if you come across something you would like to be removed from the search results page? I recently came across an article at askbobrankin.com titled “Have You Googled Yourself Lately?” Within the article, there is information about what you can do if/when you come across a Google search engine result that you want to be removed. I cannot vouch for how easy, well, fast, etc. the article’s tips work, but what is mentioned looks promising. If this topic interests you and if you want to go deeper, try Googling “online reputation management.” When you do, the search will surface relevant information and services that relate to maintaining and improving your online reputation. Here is a courtesy link to the above-mentioned article…www.tinyurl.com/k695z9m9

Watch the Latest Apple Event

On September 14th, Apple held an event where it announced its latest crop of new/updated products. If you are curious about what was announced and would like to learn more (and watch a recording of the event), simply visit the following link…www.apple.com/apple-events.

Reference Document Organization and Storage Solutions

If you, or others in your office, would be interested in identifying and evaluating some desktop document organization/reference solutions, the following link will lead you to some vendors of some higher-quality reference/filing/etc. products…www.urlbun.ch/~yIlu72

How to Keep Computers with Solid State Drives from Slowing Down Over Time

Hopefully, your computer has some sort of Solid State Drive (aka an SSD). If it does, you are likely enjoying significantly faster computing speeds than those who are still using a computer that has a traditional “spinning disk” Hard Disk Drives (HDD). Unfortunately, even SSD drives can slow down over time and in certain conditions/situations. If your computer does have an SSD drive, a pureinfotech.com article titled “Why solid-state drive (SSD) performance slows down as it becomes full” is a worthwhile read if you wish to keep an SSD drive operating at peak performance levels. The following link will take you to the article…www.tinyurl.com/4vtp97sa

Thunderbolt 4 Docking Stations

Docking stations are most often used to conveniently connect laptop computers to a wired (ethernet) network and peripheral devices such as printers, monitors, scanners, speakers, microphones, external storage devices and more. Best of all, with a docking station, you can connect to all your devices through a single cable that connects your computer to the docking station. Depending on your needs (what devices you have and want your computer to be able to connect to) there is typically a range of docking stations with various configurations to choose from in the marketplace. To help you identify some Thunderbolt 4 capable docking station options, I would like to direct you to a thunderboltlaptop.com article titled “8 Best Thunderbolt 4 Docking Stations June (2021).” Here is the link…www.tinyurl.com/rjswkjk

If you would like to learn more about Thunderbolt 4, pcmag.com has an article titled “What Is Thunderbolt 4? Why This New Interface Will Matter in PCs in 2021” that does a good job of highlighting the benefits of Thunderbolt 4 compared to earlier versions of the technology. Here is the link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/zy39r65f

If you have any comments, suggestions, tips, or questions, you can e-mail John at john@johnvrooman.com.

John Vrooman
John Vrooman keeps an eye out for cool new hardware, software, apps, gadgets; SaaS solutions; social media developments, trends as well as personal/SMB productivity and related solutions. He gathers information for his column from a diverse range of resources and he enjoys sharing his discoveries with others. He has been authoring this column since August 2000 and welcomes feedback from his readers.