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Need a Free Email Marketing Tool?

August 5th, 2013 No comments

mailchimp.comIf you only have less than 2000 subscribers, you can get a free email marketing tool through mailchimp.com.  It is easy to set up, and did I say it’s free if you have less than 2000 subscribers?

Note that the free version even allows for 12,000 emails per month.  It’s free forever!

Free Cloud Storage Everywhere!

June 18th, 2012 No comments

Cloud Storage (photo credit: Forlanda)

I’ve meant to write about this for some time.  Now is as good a time ever, especially with the recent release of Google Drive.

As of this writing, you can get several Gigabytes of cloud storage for free.  Yes “FREE”.  Everyone likes free, and this article will list several places where you can get anywhere from 2GB to 7GB of free space.

These sites offer free storage in the “cloud”:

There is another cloud storage solution called the Adrive  which provides 50GB free.  This is not a typo, it is 50GB of free storage, web interface only though with ads.  There is an app for it on Android OS, but it’s not free.

Each solution below supports the following platforms:
  • Dropbox:  Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Apple Mac, Android OS
  • Skydrive:  Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Apple Mac
  • Google drive:    Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, Android OS
  • Amazon cloud drive:  Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Apple Mac, Android OS
  • Apple’s iCloud:  Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Apple Mac
 Sign up for cloud storage now if you don’t have one.

Word of advice…only put files there that aren’t confidential in nature, or information you cannot afford to lose.  Also backup your cloud files to a separate external USB drive.  It will help ensure you aren’t caught unprepared if your cloud storage provider all of a sudden dissolves.

Are you using other cloud storage solution?  If so, please share.

Free Online Training: Grovo.com

February 5th, 2012 No comments
Grovo.com course tracks

Tracks available on grovo.com

In today’s technology rich world, there are many tools available to everyone.  Yes, everyone is using it, but not to their full potential.  Tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube are some of the more well-known Internet tools or applications out there.  You can learn them on your own by buying a book, or simply doing your own experiment by hunting and pecking at the various options there.  Or you can go to a site like grovo.com and get free online computer based training.

I opt for grovo.com.

Here’s why:

  • It’s free (or you can upgrade to a premium plan, but free will serve most people’s needs)
  • It’s always available and it tracks your progress.
  • They have course tracks which are groups of courses designed to help you in a particular area of interest (e.g. blogging, social networking, beginning Internet, and so on)
  • Include quizzes to test what you’ve learned.
  • Best of all, it’s free!  Oh yeah, I already mentioned that.

The courses are accessible from any computer or tablet.  I didn’t notice any apps for the android or iPad, but I’m sure that isn’t very far behind.

I’m not trying to sell Grovo.com, but I like anything free.  Check it out.  Right now I’m in the Twitter track.

Are you using Grovo.com to improve yourself?  If so, which track are you in?

Free Tech Support? Absolutely!

January 22nd, 2012 No comments
techguy.org

techguy

I found a web site that provides absolutely free tech support.  The site is called techguy.org.  They’ve been around since 1996, and they seem to have a large membership group of around 450,000.

The free part comes from the fact this site is sponsored by ads and is mainly supported by people like you.  Through forums, people with various issues can post their  problem, and another user who may have the answer posts their answer back.

Since they’ve been around since 1996, they have amassed a lot of problems and solutions that may be applicable to your situation.  Be advised though since technology changes at an extremely rapid pace, having been around the Internet that long may not give them the advantage.

Their strength really comes from the large membership.  For example, I did a search on “fake antivirus”.  The search result came back with over 5000 results.  I checked one of the responses and most of them are pretty detailed.

Give their site a try.  I know I will on occasion just to see what I can find.

Evernote, An Awesome Cloud Tool

December 13th, 2011 No comments
Best note taking app

Evernote, Best note taking app

I’ve use a lot of note taking tools in my life, including the tried and true notepad and pen.  Nothing have come close to the perfection of Evernote.  Why do I say this?  Well, read on and find out.

What’s wrong with traditional note taking apps and tools?  The very biggest problem with them is that they cause your data to be in one physical location, vulnerable to being lost.  The other problem is that sometimes, you never really have access to that same tool; then, your notes become fragmented and out-of-order.  The next thing is that trying to find an old note can be a big challenge.  Lastly, you are limited to what you can write or type.

Evernote comes close to perfection when it comes to solving your note taking challenge.  Why?  Because it addresses each and everyone of those problems.  And guess what?  It’s free!!!

I’m not going to cover every little thing about Evernote here, but I will highlight its key features:

  • Your notes go to the “cloud”; now it doesn’t matter what happens to your electronic device; it breaks, just get another one and you still have your notes.  If you lose your electronic device, it doesn’t matter, you still have your notes; thus you can never lose your notes (unless Evernote disappears from the face of the earth; which is not very likely considering the success they are having )
  • With Evernote, you can take notes with your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and through simple texting means.  Most of the time, you’ll have your phone, and as such, you can still take notes.
  • The search function within Evernote is great.  You can search using key words, or through tags; nothing can be easier.
  • With Evernote, you aren’t limited to taking notes by typing; you can add other forms of information like:  audio, videos, images, and photos.  You can’t beat that!
  • Last but not least, it is FREE!
Let me know if this information is useful or if you have more information you would like to share.  Comment below.

Free Article Spinner

November 25th, 2011 No comments
Free Article Spinner

Free Article Spinner

It seems to be a well know fact, at least to those who do niche sites or serious blogging, that one of  the keys to top standing in Google’s organic search results is getting back links to your site or article.  All you have to do are:

  • Write lots of articles with back links to your site or article
  • Find sites to post the articles, then post them
The latter is easy to do.  As a matter of fact, the back linking page at forlanda.net lists a few of them.  The challenge is writing many articles.  There are at least a couple of ways to approach this.  One of them is to buy an article spinner.  Some of them might cost you a one time cost of around $100.  Other ones will cost you in subscription fees–around $77 per year.
If you aren’t ready to dole out that kind of dough, try a free article spinner at forlanda.net.  This article spinner is free.  As a matter of fact, it is just work in progress; so it is very primitive; however, it does the job.  It is free after all.
If you don’t know the syntax for article spinning, then this short explanation on article spinning syntax should help.

Ge.tt: Sharing Big Files in the Cloud with Ge.tt

October 7th, 2011 No comments

Sometimes files are just getting way too big to email.  When they do, you can always use Ge.tt to temporarily store your large file (2GB max) in the cloud so that others who you wish to provide access can reach it via some unique URL.

Just recently, my mastermind group recorded a meeting which I wasn’t able to attend.  The video file was over 100MB in size.  They uploaded it to Ge.tt.  One of the group members emailed us a very short URL.  That link provided us access to download the large 100MB plus video file.

So if you ever find your self in a bind, Ge.ttspace for it.

ge.tt

source: ge.tt

101 Websites worth seeing before you die. Really? (part 4 of 4)

September 27th, 2011 No comments

This is it.  The last post that will complete the 101 websites that may be worth seeing before you die.  Here you go:

  1. http://savethewords.org/ - Yes.  An interesting site which looks like a massive board with thousands of words posted on it.  The idea is to save words that no longer are used by adopting a word and spreading the word.
  2. http://notpron.org/notpron/levelone.htm - No. This is just a remake of some adventure game or something similar using the power of the Internet.
  3. http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-twitchy-online-game.html - No.  This is just another video game.  Video games generally can suck precious time from your life.  So, go on…skip this on.
  4. http://webdocs.cs.ualberta.ca/~chinook/play/index.html - No.  If you like playing checkers against a computer, then maybe “yes.”
  5. http://enigmasand.com/ - Yes.  Neat experiment on sand dynamics.
  6. http://inception.davepedu.com/ - No.  Useless.
  7. http://www.xrez.com/yose_proj/yose_deepzoom/index.html -  Yes.  A good way to check out Yosemite.
  8. http://www.dearjohn.com/generate.php - No.  Simplistic.  Don’t need it.
  9. http://www.phonespell.org/phonespell.html - No.  Don’t need this site to come up with words for your phone number.
  10. http://stereomood.com/ - Yes.  An easy way to find music to your mood.
  11. http://moodstream.gettyimages.com/ - Yes.  Another way to help find the right music and image mood.
  12. http://lab.wx3.com/defender/ - Yes.  Neat little game and good background music to boot.
  13. http://www.asdfjklsemicolon.com/ - No.  This is a totally useless site.  It is as good as the previous site–twocansandstring.com (also made by the same person.  I’m not sure how it even made it to the Maximum PC article.  Go figure.
  14. http://www.twocansandstring.com/ - No.  Looks boring.  It’s a way to chat anonymously.  You can ask questions and answer people’s questions.
  15. http://www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com/cgi-bin/seigmiaow.pl - Yes, if you are into cats and Hitler.
  16. http://kevan.org/proce55ing/zombies/ - Yes.  You need to see this one so that you know that if we actually had a zombie infection, how fast that infection would spread.  Fortunately there is no such thing as “zombies.”
  17. http://www.dontevenreply.com/ - No.  If you are like me, you have enough emails to read.  This site has email thread archives of some communication exchange.  I suppose it is supposed to be humorous and entertaining, but not in this format.  It feels too much like reading email for work.
  18. http://alpha61.com/primenumbershittingbear/ - No.  Absolutely no.  Don’t even waste your time clicking the link.
  19. http://marriedtothesea.com/ - No.  It is somewhat entertaining, but you could probably live not even visiting this site.  They seem to be focusing in selling you their merchandise.
  20. http://theoatmeal.com/ - Yes.  Very entertaining.  Some pages are explicit, so it may not be good for kids to see.
  21. http://www.wordle.net/ - Yes.  You need this site to get the gist of the underlying message of any written communication.  This site will create a world cloud from an input of text.  Try doing this on President Obama’s job plan speech (last 9/8/2011) and you’ll see that what stands out are the following words:  right, now, tax, jobs, Americans.
  22. http://htwins.net/scale/ - Yes.  Absolutely yes.  This site gives you a good perspective on how insignificant we are in the universe, and how massive it is.  If this doesn’t prove there is a god, nothing will.  This site has a slider that allows you to zoom in or out to see various objects with their relative size and scale.
  23. http://www.sealandgov.org/ - No.  This is just a web site for Sea Land.  If you are into royalty, this may be the site for you, but definitely not me.
  24. http://graphjam.memebase.com/ - No.  No big deal.  The site seems a bit busy.  It does have some interesting graphs.
  25. http://bit.ly/eBk8rq - shows all of the above links.  If you wish to save time trying to find all the links, this is definitely a site to see before you die.
I’m not sure about you, but I think there are other sites out there worth looking at before you die.  If you have one to suggest, please comment below.

101 Websites worth seeing before you die. Really? (part 3 of 4)

September 24th, 2011 No comments
Best Websites

source: Salvatore Vuono, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This is part 3 of a 4 part post regarding the February 2011 issue of Maximum PC which touts 101 websites you need to see before you die.  In this article, I will continue to post my opinion regarding another 25 websites.

  1. http://hatsproductions.com/organtrail.html - No.  I would only recommend this site if you have time to kill, because this website page is basically a video game using graphics and technology based on 1970′s technology.
  2. http://machinarium.net/demo - Yes.  Even if you aren’t a computer game aficionado, you’ll at least appreciate the artwork and interesting puzzles here.
  3. http://www.playauditorium.com - Yes.  Great eye and ear candy for a different angle on puzzle games.
  4. http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/ - Yes.  This is a site which promotes data visualization, especially ones that look beautiful.
  5. http://tokyoplastic.com/dm.html - Yes.  Awesome animation and sound!
  6. http://experiments.instrum3nt.com/markmahoney/ball/# - Yes (just once though).  This is another Chrome experiment.  It illustrates how multiple browser windows can inter operate through the use of a bouncing ball.
  7. http://www.chromeexperiments.com - Yes.  You’ll need WebGL capable display card to view these visual array of artwork.
  8. http://www.kokogiak.comYes.  This guys has some interesting projects.  I won’t mention what they are.  Just go and check it out.
  9. http://seaquence.org  - Yes.  This is an interesting way of composing and presenting music.
  10. http://failblog.org - Yes.  This is one of the most well known sites (especially on YouTube).  It is very entertaining because it is so much like America’s Funniest Videos.
  11. http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/play/snake-oil-supplements - Yes.  This ought to help you decide which vitamins to get at Costco.  The visual data representation and the ability to filter on areas of concern make it easy to determine which one really is snake-oil.
  12. http://www.verbatim.jp/senshuken/ - Yes.  Very addicting game!!! Be careful.
  13. http://virtual-bubblewrap.com - No.  Not quite as good as the real thing.
  14. http://www.youtube.com/trivialpursuit - No.  Unfortunately I don’t speak Spanish.  So, this site is a definite NO.
  15. http://www.kongregate.com/games/pastelgames/the-trader-of-stories - Yes.  This is like reading an interactive comic book.  The game is an adventure.  There is no real time graphics, but between the sound and the awesome artwork, it makes for an entertaining play.
  16. http://www.yourethemannowdog.com/ - No.  Useless.
  17. http://www.willitblend.com/ - Yes.  This is an interesting way to promote an awesome blender.  I could use a blender like that.
  18. http://www.icanhascheezburger.com - Maybe.  If you like cats and burgers, just maybe you’ll love this site.
  19. http://amzn.to/7whhld - No.  This link appears to be dead.
  20. http://armorgames.com/play/4309/this-is-the-only-level - Yes.  You’ll be entertained by the game at this site for a little bit, but you’ll soon realize there is only one level in this game.
  21. http://periodictable.com/ - Yes.  I wish they had this when I was taking chemistry during college.  It sure would have given me a better sense of what all these elements were.
  22. http://firstpersontetris.com/ - No.  This is just a tetris game where rotating the falling block isn’t what you do.  Instead, you rotate everything else to make the block or shape land the way it needs to be.  It makes you feel like you are in space doing tetris in zero gravity.  This is very disorienting.
  23. http://www.kongregate.com/games/icylime/multitask - No.  This is a waste of time.  If you like to torture yourself with useless multitasking activities, go for it.  At the end of the day, it changes nothing, except maybe that you may think how uncoordinated you might be.
  24. http://www.conveythis.com/translation.php - No.  This site is a translation site.  You don’t need this.  Google has its own translation function.
  25. http://www.amiblind.com/ - No.  Totally useless.
Please check out the last posting on this subject matter.  It is the last 25 websites.

 

101 Websites worth seeing before you die. Really? (part 2 of 4)

September 21st, 2011 No comments

This is a continuation of a posting (101 Websites worth seeing before you die.  Really? (part 1 of 4)) regarding an article I read on the February issue of Maximum PC.  In the article, it listed 101 websites that they say you ought to see before you die.  I beg to differ on some of the ones listed.  What do you think?

  1. http://demoscene.tv - No.  For some reason the videos on this site would not play.  I tried three different browsers.  If it actually worked for me, I might have a different opinion.
  2. http://www.pbfcomics.com - Yes.  Good entertaining short comic strips.  Look at a few and you’ll get a quick laugh.  A little laugh here and there is always a good thing.
  3. http://handdrawngames.com - Maybe.  If you like tower-defense like video games, you’ll like this.  WARNING!  This game can get addicting; you can end up wasting precious time playing this game.
  4. http://zombo.com - No, absolutely not.  A waste of time.  It seems just babble on and on about you being able to do anything at their site, when in fact, you can do nothing at their site.
  5. http://lparchive.org - No.  Seems to be an archive of old games, information about the, and some videos that show the look and feel of the game.
  6. http://tvtropes.org - Maybe.  If you are a fiction writer, this could be a good resource for you.  This is a wiki site, and it definitely has tons of information to spark writing ideas.
  7. http://autotopsy.ca - Yes.  Gives one a very good idea of circumstances anyone of us can be in before an unexpected collision.  The visuals and video are knit together to form a very cohesive presentation.
  8. http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie - Yes.  You don’t have to physically travel to see the world.  This Google map-based web application allows you to virtually teleport and view the world.
  9. http://games.sticky.tv/cyrkam_airtos - No.  Lots of novelty here, but not enough to hold my attention.
  10. http://www.fasco-csc.com/works/crimson/crimson_e.php - Yes.  If you aren’t from the generation that was fortunate enough to see the birth of the personal computer age, this site will give you an appreciation for how that generation of programmers created mysteries, puzzle, and adventure games.
  11. http://www.tomscott.com/weather/starwars - Yes.  If you are a Star Wars fan, this is definitely where you will want to tune in for weather.  The site provides weather and temperature information that it tries to associate with the weather at a comparable location or planet.
  12. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwh/buildingmaker.html - Yes.  This allows you to see buildings from models created on Google maps by fellow browsers.
  13. http://maddox.xmission.com - Yes.  This is an entertaining blog of someone who claims he’s got the best web page in the universe.  If you are a sensitive or very politically correct, you can skip this site.
  14. http://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver - Yes.  This is an interesting blog by a caver.  If you read the logs and look at the pictures and images, you will almost feel claustrophobic.  If you don’t like tight places, I don’t recommend this.  The bad this about this log was that it was never finished.  Could it be that the caver perished?
  15. http://www.thefuckingweather.com - No.  I wouldn’t waste my time trying to get weather information from this site.
  16. http://www.ilovebees.com - NO.  The site is supposedly about some person who loves bees.  However, the site appears to be messed up. I hope it isn’t infected with some sort of mal-ware; and I hope my computer didn’t get infected.
  17. http://www.ugo.com/games/superhero-generator-heromachine-2-5 - Yes.  If you have ever thought of designing your own super hero, this site has templates and parts you can put together to create your very own super hero.
  18. http://www.photosynth.net/ - Yes.  This is actually a Microsoft site.  It allows you to get a 360 degree view of locations and objects.  The content are actually a synthesis of multiple photos to give one a panoramic view of the subject matter.  It is awesome, and it allows you the opportunity to contribute to the content.
  19.  http://recordtripping.com - No.  This site is a game.  I’m not quite sure what its objectives are, but the animation and audio sound pretty good.  Nevertheless, it felt like a waste of time.
  20. http://www.incredibox.fr - Yes.  This is an interesting way of composing a virtual church choir.
  21. http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com - Yes.  It is a good site to visit one time.  After the novelty wears out, you’ll just get tired watching the firm it automatically generated for your using the address you provided.
  22. http://balldroppings.com/js - Yes.  This is an interesting play on physics and sound.  Here you can control the rate at which the balls drop, the gravity, and the walls that the balls will encounter as they drop and bounce.
  23. http://doritoslatenight.com - This site is now closed.
  24. http://gettheglass.com - Yes.  It’s about milk.  The 3D animation board game can get addicting.  The kids will surely love playing this game.
  25. http://hotel626.com - Yes.  Check in to Hotel 626.  As the name implies, they are only open from 6pm to 6am.