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Why and How to Blog Or Write Comfortably With A Simple Attractive App Starting In Minutes!

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Why Blog/Write at all? I know this is not for everyone. But the power of marketing and advertising speaks for itself. Maybe you are not a Copywriter or a novelist, but even the average Internet Marketeer is better equipped to market products and services than another which is not. Look at it from another perspective. Let’s say a search engine such as google. Everyday, everyone buys stuffs and searches for information. Any decent search engine will most likely index and presents at the top searches the most relevant, valuable and unique content that someone has to say on a certain topic, as opposed to only be shown duplicated, spin content, sales content of little real value, or simply useless outdated information. “A real well-informed reader or buyer will look for information and reviews beyond the pretty painted surface” Which is why there is a huge market for people looking for information and reviews. Google searches alone runs in the billions if not trillions and more. Basically, as a successful business person or entrepreneur, we bring supply to demand. Of course, people are looking for original, unique and honest information and reviews written by others, to save them pain and frustrations and better their purposes. For example: Ask yourself, would you rather read pages after pages of useless sales pitches or just get to the point of whether is this an honest product or service of true said value? Truth is, people are more likely to just move on and stop wasting time reading the the offers or information once they know it is a scam, useless or plain valueless, of course other than scammers and the likes. How to Blog with THE App –  Review and Recommendation of the Free or Trial Blogging or Writing Desktop App When hunting for a good blogging or writing App, the feel and flow is important, just as the font and look. It comes down to a personal choice it seems. “I like a simple and yet modern look with clear fonts.” I am basically looking around for free App or software, as opposed to just typing in Blogging or Website directly. My current recommendation for Journalist Desktop App, so just go ahead and download, start to write in minutes in you like :- Funnyrealm.com Sorry this only has Mac and iOS versions. But there are other free alternatives, though the feel and looks are different. Test it out to see which you like best. Online Solutions? If you have an iCloud Account, please login to iCloud and your may have Pages ready to help you write. Did you know that iCloud notes can sync with your Google notes found in Gmail accounts?  No iCloud? Consider Evernote to save your notes for long term purpose and usage too. Remember, the importance of backing up important documents and all your good writings.

Alternatively, docs.google.com Other Desktop Solutions? Yes… LibreOffice OpenOffice Hope this saves your time! And to your Blogging and writing success!

Update: 20 April 2015

FocusWriter Font Increase

Unfortunately,  Journalist Desktop App looked to have been discontinued.  After looking for some others, well there is FocusWriter for Mac/Linux/Windows, You can download for free, though they encourage donation. The good things: They have a minimalistic look, an Old School theme with black background for those whose eyes are sensitive to brightness, a typewriter sound if you prefer, a timer to help your Butt-In-Chair writing goal and word count to help keep track and even a daily progress function. When starting, enable automatically save changes under preference and you might want to consider duplicating the Old School Theme and Edit for larger font. I know, they don’t have fonts function for direct access. But it’s a working simple and free distraction-free software. And do consider donating if you find it useful and profitable in your endeavours. Happy writing 🙂

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Photo Auto Backup App

Just the other day, I was looking for this photo….

I was hoping to quickly find it and get whatever I need done.
Ever got the same feeling, hopefully it was backed up automatically where I can find easily?
And I was not ready to spend a fortune on a backup software. Preferably free and few Gigs for backup.

And the Solution?
Google + Auto Backup!

Heck, it even backup all my desktop photos automatically!
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Back up your cameras, phones, & storage cards
https://support.google.com/picasa/answer/4392268?p=gpautobackup&rd=1
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The complementary free photo software is Picasa for photo organising, edit and sharing!
http://picasa.google.com

If you prefer and need more space for general files and documents,
there is of course

1. Google Drive – http://drive.google.com
2. Dropbox – http://www.dropbox.com
3. Microsoft Onedrive – http://www.onedrive.com

Hope this helps and nice day!

Please feel free share with anyone who may benefit.

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Home Learning

Love Home Learning! With internet, tons of educational materials can be found.
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Quality,  excellent or good learning
Below courses or sites are recommended because of the quality of software, information and/or delivery.
IT
  1. Udemy.com – Many video courses. Some of which are free. Of course, not all courses are of equal quality. However, recordings are usually high quality resolution and delivers well on desktop and iPhone (can be downloaded for offline viewing). Please read the reviews before decide to sign up.
  2. Blender is a free open source quality content creation suite. e.g make 3D models and animation movies.
  3.    GameSalad for free easy, cross-platform, modern, rapidly drag-n-drop, quality game creation.     Udemy courses on game salad are available.
  4. Gimp GNU Image Manipulation Program. e.g photo-retouching.
  5.    Canva – Free online graphic design tool. Design posters, Facebook covers and more, some elements are free while other images may just cost $1.
  6. Ubuntu is a free, open source and popular operating system for desktops, servers, netbooks and laptops.
  7.    Codeschool and Treehouse are modern online videos or interactive coding environment that teachings programming with rewarding batches. Diveintopython offers good, free python (a free and powerful programming language) learning. May find both python and Ruby fun; Free or GPL, concise and productive. Heard of Ruby Language? “A dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write”. Have fun at shoesrb.
Others ; Art etc…
  1. Fivepencilmethod.com is a high quality pencil drawing course. The free online course is taught by a professional and sincere artist. Amazing beauty!
  2. Wikipedia – the free, web-based encyclopedia comprising millions of articles.
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Beginner IT books easy on readers
Still publishing new books of an older but of simplified, tutorial style is the Sams Teach Yourself series. On learning from modern books, esp. IT, there are some interesting trends of new writing ways for learning. For example, there are the Head First Series sold at Amazon.com that are filled with pictures and materials presented in casual style, the friendly-looking getstartED with friendsofED series, the Cookbooks (O’Reilly) series that lists questions or problems and the and the solutions, rather like the FAQ style.  Then, there are the LiveLessons that teaches from videos in DVDs, accompanied with thin booklets (IMHO, learning from these DVDs can be a fast help for beginners or as refreshers). On purchasing books, depending on your location, Amazon and Barnes & Nobles are excellent for U.S customers. Worldwide readers may consider Kobobooks. Retailmenot sometimes offer discounts for Kobobooks.
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Free Certification
  1. Homeandlearn.co.uk – Free Tutorials, exams and certification.
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Notes
Of course, if you just wish to blog or publish some stuffs online with good visual themes & some basic widgets yet without the hassle of the concerns of hosting and costs, WordPress may indeed be the answer. WordPress can also host your domain name for a fee. Enjoy!
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Edubuntu

If someone were to ask me which linux or ubuntu variant to take or start, I would probably say Ubuntu. Having tested with quite a number of linux for years, I do have certain expectations and preferences. Despite the years, I still prefer ease, simplicity, clarity and less technical burden on the user.

There are a number of reasons why I prefer Edubuntu.

First, let’s start with the philosophical view. Born of Linux, being free and only wishing to give others, then gradually maturing into debian and Ubuntu – ‘Humanity’, and blossoming into Edubuntu – The ubuntu variant that offers free linux and educational games to kids, teenaagers and adults alike.

Secondly, in terms of technicality, not only can it give new life to old and lower-specs laptops and PCs, it is relatively problem-free upon installation and new software addition, at least in my case.

Thirdly, the eye candy and ease factor. This has one of my highest vote. The Unity-2D allows a large search and results box to display upon the top left-hand corner click. The auto-hide left-hand side large icons for shortcuts and running programs is pleasant.

A few recommendations to install via Ubuntu Software Center

  • Docky – The floating icons below
  • Uget – Downloads resume
  • Chromium Web Browser – A pleasant browser
  • Calibre – Ebooks Library Manager
Some shortcut keys :-
To copy highlighted text : Ctrl + C
To paste after copying : Ctrl + V
To switch between programs : Alt + Tab
To search or show available programs: Press Windows key and start typing to search
To switch between the four available work-spaces : Press Ctrl + Alt + the arrow key
Other website/s to note or bookmark:
Sky.fm – Free, stable internet radio of acceptable quality and various genres.
If Edubuntu does not work out for any reason, the Dream Studio may be a good option for the better PCs and Notebooks that can support it or the Peppermint OS, light weight and Cloud/Web Centric.
Piano Booster – If you are adult beginner interested in learning piano and have a USB piano keyboard (maybe virtual keyboard may work too), this small, good and free software may just be what you need to get started and begin playing within minutes after download and installation.
Good Luck and have fun!
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Simplifying with Linux

If you have read  Install, Learn or Use Linux or Applications before written couple of years back, it is probably time for an update of  more on using or better, albeit probably a shorter write-up, with updates as and when.

In this post, we’ll look a different ways Linux can help simplify our life and ease on daily usage..

Education

What about using Linux as an educational tool for kids and teenagers? Well, there is the Sugar Labs and Edubuntu. This helps to make learning fun and easier.

Apple Inc. Mac OSX Machines

Just a little side-track  on The “brother” of Linux?  Wait, what if you want  a customized Unix-based system running on dedicated, proprietary hardware?  That will be the very popular Mac systems running on Mac OSX. Well, why would we want that, one may wonder. For a few reasons at least.  For one, stability as a result of a more complete compatibility of of both software and hardware. And two, the beauty of a total concept and outlook; a white, clean and simple image in the case of Mac products. Third, probably ease of use. If one has own a Mac product before, chances is he will agree that it is quality built to last. There is quite a bit more about Mac products to just a conventional system, for example :-  ipod, ipad, iphone etc.

Android

Now, let’s say we want a small, free or open source operating system that  anyone can use or have fun & develop? Here comes Google’s Android – based on Linux kernel. Like the iphone or ipad, it is like having a mini operating system in your pocket or jacket on the road or travelling e.g. Samsung Nexus S and Galaxy Tab.

 

Business

Is there a more serious side to Linux? Definitely! There is the Ubuntu Advantage and Ubuntu Home Support for those who needs it. There is also the more graphical Linux small business server, ubuntu-based Zentyal offering different subscription packages, and even the ClearBox Hardware with clearOS server, network and gateway capabilities.