Saturday, January 2, 2010

Movie:Julie and Julia

Now I'm not into cooking really, but this movie was quite funny and I highly suggest watching it if you are a blogger or enjoy cooking.

If you are a blogger you will notice a lot of similar issues and things that real bloggers face.
  • keeping at it - This is probably the most difficult challenge to blogging.
  • Personal Deadlines - this is something many bloggers do to make sure they keep at it.
  • lack of user comments and lack of hits - many people are discouraged by this, and it causes them to stop, keeping at it.
  • Personal Blogs - the most abundant type of blog, usually fail, but alot of people create this type of blog because they want to do a diary, but they hate writing in journals. Also it's a psychological thing that people write diaries with the secret subconscious desire for someone to read them.
  • Encouragement - Blog readers tend to leave encouraging posts to your blog, sometimes they will send you money, gifts or information to help you with your blog.
  • Learning - blogging is usually a learning experience, regardless of whether you have a successful blog or not. Especially if you have a focus for your blog.
  • Relationships - sometimes bloggers can become obsessed with blogging and put off things with family and friends because of it.
  • Success - Meeting your blogging goals is possible, and when you meet them, you feel great!
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Commit Social Network Suicide!

A company designed a site that allows you to basically commit Social Network Suicide. (Don't commit real suicide)

On all of your social networks from Twitter and Facebook, to Myspace. You can essentially commit suicide, basically how it works is you enter in your login details for Myspace Facebook and Twitter then you enter your last words, and click "Commit", this will send the last words message to all your friends, and your accounts will be deactivated basically, the app will remove all information about you and unfriend all your friends and rename your account change your password(so you can't give in to temptation) this will cause your account to become inactive and get deleted(thats if there is no delete my account option on the social network)

Why would you want to do this?
  • Remove your personal information from the internet
  • Start your new life, disconnected from the cyber world, go and meet real people.
  • spend more time outdoors, discover new passions.
  • Maybe you don't want to quit the social network craze, you can use this site to get rid of your current accounts and start new ones. Be Reborn on the web!
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Twitter for the Elderly and those in need of constant care

My family and I recently had some scary things happen to my grandpa, he's currently living in his own home and we want him to be able to do so till he departs, however he needs someone to be with him 24/7 because he's in bad shape. He has Colon Cancer and a few other conditions.

Anyways, I recently had to stay with him, and I did so for 2 days, those 2 days were very scary, the night before christmas eve, christmas Eve, and Christmas day I was with him, it was scary because he was in kind of critical condition, his blood wouldn't clot if he got injured, which would mean he could bleed to death. We brought him to the hospital to get some tests done and the entire thing was an emotional roller coaster, through the whole thing I was using Facebook to update my family and friends on his condition, I continued to post this every time something eventful happend, the whole time my family was going through the rollercoaster with us staying up to date on what was happening.

I learned from that experience that the internet is much easier to keep everyone up to date with than calling and texting everyone every 5 minutes.

So here's the part of the post you've been waiting for.

I have set up a twitter account for the people staying at my grandpas, basically whenever something eventful happens regarding my grandpa and his health, they post it on twitter, this is easy because you can instantly update the whole family and his friends just by sending one little text, or using your mobile browser or laptop!

I highly suggest doing this for your family if you have a loved one that's in a similar condition.
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Google failing to meet it's own motto? "Don't Be Evil"

Google has been upset with website Groovle, for the similar domain name to Google, Groovle is a search engine site that uses Google's own Google Custom Search, to create a search site where you can pick designs for the home page of the site.

Google basically created it's own competitor and now they want to shut it down, Google argues that users may confuse Groovle with Google. Groovle has made significant steps to try to appease Google without shutting down. Groovle has made their logo stay different from the Google logo, and they have added a disclaimer stating they are not affiliated with google.

So I have one question to you, is Google being evil here?
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Google to unveil Nexus One(Google's own Android Phone) at press conference

Image representing Nexus One as depicted in Cr...Image via CrunchBase

Many people now know about the Nexus One and can't wait to try it out, Google allowed it's employees to test drive the Nexus One and as soon as they did they tweeted about it and blogged about it, Tech bloggers like myself went nutz over it.

Google has released Information that there is a press conference about Google Android to be held January 5th.

For more information on the Google Nexus One click here.

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The Sims Online: Tirnua

Recently I was at my brothers, I played the classic game, The Sims, Iremembered how addicting that game was and thought to myself, why don't I find a free game that basically is the same as The Sims.

The Sims OnlineImage via Wikipedia

I started my Google conquest to find such a game.

Searching with terms such as "The Sims Online" "Life Sim" "Browser Based life game"
to no real avail.

Then I stumbled upon a site called Tirnua, Tirnua is essentially The Sims Online, it was created by one of the developers of the Sims Online, Many users now know that The Sims Online is dead now, EA Games took it down to work on other projects.

Tirnua is very simalir to The Sims in the fact that you can create a character and customize it like a Sim, build your own house and interact with objects in it, get a job, earn money, and also interact with other players, the game is currently still in development but it's still a fun game so far.

Working in the game is different from the Sims, in the Sims your character goes off to work, somewhere in some unknown location. In Tirnua, you have to complete kind of like a puzzle, in order to collect your paycheck.

Also like the Sims you have to manage your Sims Needs, social, health and fun type needs.

To try or check out Tirnua click here.

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Tech Support Jokes

A friend of mine whose twitter account is LinuxLLC has been posting a series of Tech Support Jokes on Twitter, and I thought I would share them with you because I personally thought they were hilarious.

Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

Tech support: What’s on your monitor now, ma’am? Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at the 7-11

Tech Support: "Ok, please click on 'Start' and move the mouse up to 'Settings'." Customer: "Oh, you're asking too much of me now!"

Tech Support: "What seems to be the trouble?" Customer: "Well, my monitor is going out. Does that have anything to do with my hard drive?"

Customer: "It just comes up with a message and says, 'Click OK.' Now what?"

Tech Support: "Click on the computer icon on the left side of the screen." * Customer: "Is that your left or my left?"

Tech Support: "What type of computer do you have?" * Customer: "A white one."

Tech Support: "No, sir...clicking on 'Remember Password' will NOT help you remember your password."

To see more of his twitter posts, check out his Twitter account linked to above.

If you have any good ones, I encourage you to leave me a comment with them! :D
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Monday, December 28, 2009

How To make Firefox More like Google Chrome

Firefox the most customizable browser out there, has some cool tricks to make it appear like it's cousin Chrome.

If you are a Google Chrome Fan, but not yet ready to give up Firefox entirely because of what Chrome is currently lacking, you can Chromify Firefox with a few add-ons!

The picture is a side by side comparison of Firefox and Chrome, can you spot the differences?
Aside from the Google Logo on chrome and the addons I have on Firefox you can hardly spot the differences.

A true chrome fan can spot the differences but it's still a pretty good attempt at mimicing Chromes GUI

The Addon I used to Chromify Firefox was Chromin Frame, I decided not to use it myself after trying it, simply because I like the look and feel of my customized Firefox. :)

But I hope if anyone else likes chrome that they'll check it out and Enjoy

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Brizzly Review

I just started trying out Brizzly, and I have to say it's a handy tool for Twitter, it allows you to see info on the top trending topics(why they are trendy or interesting) it also allows you to use multiple twitter accounts at the same time! This is a very neat feature!

Brizzly is also able to connect to Facebook, and grab your news/live feed. However as I see it the Facebook part is pretty limited, it basically just shows you what you would see if you were logged in to Facebook. and allows you to do everything you would normally when commenting posts to the live feed.

If you have multiple Twitter accounts I highly recommend Brizzly, however if you don't use Twitter don't even bother with it.

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Facebook Dislike Scams

lately there have been alot of scams on Facebook telling people that if they INVITE all their friends to use an app, or to join a group, a Dislike button will appear.

The sad part is almost half the users on Facebook have fallen for this scam.


There are a few REAL dislike button addons out there, here is one (for Firefox)

The image at the top of this post, is a real screenshot(of me using the add-on linked to above.), I just covered up the names and profile picture to hide the people's identity's :)

So far I'm loving this app because of 2 things, it adds a dislike button, and it also posts a dislike message, so if someone doesn't have the app, they will see *dislike* then the web address to get the add-on.

Yes unfortunately it is advertising basically that gets added in, but you have to okay the comments(if you choose to leave the comments)

How Dislike Add-ons Work:
  1. after each news item a link to dislike a post is available
  2. when a user clicks the link, it sends data to a server, allowing the server to identify which posts were "disliked"
  3. All other users of the app when they see that news post, instantly see that that news item was disliked
  4. Some Add-ons, like the one I linked to earlier, actually allow you to post a comment saying you disliked the post.
Facebook Apps for dislike won't work and cannot work to do this, also Facebook Groups cannot do this either.

Help me help others crack down on the scams, Post this url on facebook, to tell your friends that they can have the Facebook dislike button, but they can't get it without an add-on.(the URL is to this post)

Enjoy and stay safe on the Social Web!

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Last Minute Gift Idea for the unofficial family Tech Support to Give

Here's a FREE easy gift you can give if you are the techie sort.

Make your own Holiday Card(you can find cards online and just edit them to have your words.) and add that you will be their Free Tech Support for the whole year, you will also update their web browser and take care of their anti-virus stuff.

It's FREE for you, easy, and helpful!