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Make Money Online with the Shoemoney System

One of the motivator’s behind my starting this blog is Jeremy Schoemaker, who more commonly goes by the name Shoemoney. Along with John Chow, Jeremy is considered one of the top earning bloggers on the Internet today. Since late January Jeremy has been offering a course — called the Shoemoney System — on the methods he uses to earn money on the Internet promoting other people’s products and services along with his own.

I’ve signed on to a few of his programs over the past year and a half, and I’ve found his methods and expectations to be quite realistic and very, very useful. While other courses and programs of this sort try to tell you it takes “no effort at all” or that you can “make millions in your underwear”, Jeremy is honest enough to say that it does take work, and it does take effort. While others ‘promise’ you can make thousands a month, Shoemoney realistically points out you can expect to earn a few hundred dollars a month using his system. While other programs take a “cookiecutter” approach, Shoemoney shows you ways to tailor his system to fit your own style and interests.

Shoemoney (r), John Chow (l), and I (c)

Follow this link to check out Shoemoney’s introductory video for the Shoemoney System.

Or check out his daily blog, Shoemoney: Skills to Pay the Bills, which also offers insights into his techniques.

Another very useful blog you can read is JohnChow.com: The Miscellaneous Ramblings of a dot com Mogul.

You may remember reading in one of my posts last August how I had the pleasure of meeting both Jeremy and John in person at the Affiliate Summit East in New York City.

Registering Avast Home Edition AntiVirus

Back in February of this year I wrote an article, Free AntiVirus and No Catch, about the Avast Home Edition AntiVirus program. The article included a list of steps to follow when registering Avast.

Today, a client of mine from New York City emailed to ask me how to re-register Avast. The steps from the prior article still apply, but this time I’ve made a video demonstrating the registration process. Take a look. Consult the earlier article for additional information.

Monday, I’ll have a video demonstration on some recommended configuration settings for Avast! Enjoy the weekend, and, as always, feel free to send me your questions or comments.

Gestures with Windows 7

I’m sure you Windows Vista users out there had several gestures you used when Vista let you down, but with Windows 7 gestures are more productive.

Gestures refer to mouse movements on your screen, and how they affect objects on the screen. Today’s video demonstrates the new windows minimization technique, and the “Aero Snap” gesture.

Minimize gesture: Windows 7, as other Windows versions before it, allowed you to minimize a window and hide it from view by clicking the minimize button on the top right of the window’s title bar, but now with Windows 7 you can grab the title bar of one window with you mouse, give it a shake, and the other windows on your screen will minimize.  So, instead of minimizing each window seperately, you just shake the window you want to keep on screen to hide the other windows.

Aero Snap: This gesture involves dragging a window toward the left or right edge of the screen, or towards the top of the screen. When you drag a window towards the left edge, the window will snap into place and cover the left half of the screen once the mouse arrow touches the edge of the screen. Similarly, dragging the mouse to the right edge will cause the window to fill the right half of the screen. This makes it very easy to organize your workspace. For example, you might be reading a web site on the left side, while taking notes in your word processor on the right side.

Dragging the window towards the top of the screen with your mouse will cause the window to maximize and fill the screen. The previous methods of double clicking the title bar or clicking the maximize button still apply. Similarly, you can restore a maximized window to a smaller size simply by dragging the title bar away from the top of the screen.

It’s nice to see that gesturing at your computer will actually have an effect, and it will probably help you fel better at the same time.

Windows 7 and ClearType

This is the second post in a series of articles about the new Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft. You can read the first post about installing Windows 7 here.

An interesting feature of Windows 7 is ClearType. ClearType was available for Vista, but it has some enhancements for Windows 7.

ClearType is a technology developed by Microsoft for sharpening the appearance of yext on the monitor’s screen. Earlier versions didn’t work on every monitor, but those problems have largely been cleared up by now. As a matter of fact, monitor manufacturers can even label their monitors with the “ClearType” logo to indicate that it works with ClearType technology.

With Windows 7 there is an option in the Display properties for adjusting ClearType text so that it appears clean and crisp on your screen. Or “as you like it.”

Adjusting ClearType text with Windows 7

  1. Click Start >> “Control Panel” >> “Appearance and Personalization”
  2. Under “Fonts”, click “Adjust ClearType text”
  3. The ClearType Text Tuner appears onscreen
  4. Make sure the checkbox for “Turn on ClearType text” is checked
  5. Click “Next”
  6. Windows 7 will make sure your monitor is set to its “native resolution” or “out of the box settings”. If the native resolution isn’t correct, you may need to check your monitor’s manual to reset it.
  7. Now, click on each sample of text shown that looks best to you. Click Next after each selection to proceed to the next step. There will be 4 sets of samples to compare.
  8. Lastly, click “Finish” and you’re done.

If you have two or more monitors on your computer, the process will repeat for each of your active monitors. This allows each monitor to have its own individual “best” settings.

Play your PC’s Music, Photos, and Video on your TV

I don’t know about you, but I am still waiting for the TV and the PC to come together without having to go out and buy a new television. In earlier articles I have discussed ways to connect your PC to your TV, and though wireless is popular, I prefer wire whenever possible.

WD TV HD Media Player

WD TV HD Media Player

Photos and Videos naturally lend themselves to television, but how, oh  how, to get them from the computer to the TV without having to burn a new DVD? And, as earlier, without having to buy a new TV with some of this capability already built-in.

Enter the “Western Digital TV Hi-Definition Media Player” or the “WD TV HD MediaPlayer” for short, and Buy.com is selling Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player – Refurbished units this weekend for only $85 with free shipping! Regularly this media players goes for $125 new.

HDMI Connector

HDMI Connector

Composite A/V

Composite A/V

This little box connects to your TV via HDMI (left) or Composite A/V (right). If you have an HDTV you may already have a HDMI connector. HDMI allows you to connect audio and video with one cable. If you don’t have HDMI, then you can always use the Composite A/V connections on your TV. Most TVs sold in the last ten years have this connector. You’ve probably seen a composite audio-video cable before with its familiar yellow plug for video, and the red and white plugs for audio sound.

Next you can take an external USB drive with any digital music files, digital photo files, or digital video files on it, and connect it to one of the two USB ports on the WD TV HD Media Player. If you’ve got more than one USB drive, then go ahead and connect one to each of the USB ports. If you have more than two, then you can always switch drives at will to access the content on each of the drive. Western Digital says the media player works best with their own ‘My Book’ and ‘My Passport’ external USB drives, but will work most any USB storage device for that matter.

screen-videoOnce you turn on the media player (and your TV, too) then you will be presented with some beautiful navigation screens to access the media files on your drives. Thumbnail images are shown of your files as shown in the picture at right.

Western Digital has also included some software to convert your photos and videos to a format that works best with the media player. Don’t worry about altering your files. Just connect your external USB drive, and have the software create optimized copies of your files on the external drive while leaving your originals untouched.

And its easy ot navigate through your files with the WD TV HD’s included remote control. And who doesn’t need more remotes in their TV room? … 😎

The box supports full high definition 1080p image presentations through the HDMI connector. When connected to your TV with the composite A/V cable you’ll get standard, non hi-def video playback. Plus, you can play non-HD digital content, too. (Digital and hi-def aren’t synonyms.)

As you can see the box is quite small, and can easily be transported from room to room or place to place, so you can take your media anywhere you go.

You can read more about the WD TV HD media player on Western Digital’s web site. Have I sold you on this device? then go to Buy.com and get your Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player – Refurbished now! I’ll be there getting mine, too. Check back with me if you’re interested in my opinion.

And if you don’t have an external USB drive for your files already, then check out these USB drive deals from Buy.com, too: Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive – Cool Silver ($80), or the Western Digital 250GB My Passport Essential USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive Refurbished ($60).

Google Android Will Update This Week

It’s been a while since I discussed Google Android on this site, Sept. 16, 2008 to be exact, but I have been keeping an eye on it. (I bought one in February).

Currently, the only phone using the Android operating system is the T-Mobile G1 manufactured by HTC.

Last week T-Mobile announced they would start distributing the long awaited “Cupcake” or v1.5 update. (An update was previously released in February 2009). Here’s an excerpt from their announcement:

T-Mobile is delighted to announce the upcoming release of Android 1.5 with ‘Cupcake’ coming soon to the T-Mobile G1,” T-Mobile wrote in a statement late last week. “We plan to begin sending out the update starting the end of next week. As with previous software maintenance releases, the update will be randomly sent ‘over the air’ to T-Mobile G1 customers. We expect everyone will have their update by the end of May.

The earlier update many fixed some problems, but added few new features. The new “Cupcake” update will have several new features — some of which, like a virtual keyboard, are highly anticipated by owners of the device. Here is a list of new features to be found in the update:

  • On-screen soft keyboard
    • Works in both portrait and landscape orientation
    • Support for user installation of 3rd party keyboards
    • User dictionary for custom words
  • Home screen
    • Widgets: Bundled home screen widgets include: analog clock, calendar, music player, picture frame, and search
    • Live folders: Allows viewing of SD card contents without opening an application.
  • Camera & Gallery
    • Video recording
    • Video playback (MPEG-4 & 3GP formats): Previously only possible via a free Android Market download
  • Bluetooth
    • Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP and AVCRP profiles)
    • Auto-pairing
    • Improved hands free experience
  • Browser
    • Updated with latest Webkit browser & Squirrelfish Javascript engines
    • Copy ‘n paste in browser
    • Search within a page
    • User-selectable text-encoding
    • UI changes include:
      • Unified Go and Search box
      • Tabbed bookmarks/history/most-visited screen
  • Contacts
    • Shows user picture for Favorites
    • Specific date/time stamp for events in call log
    • One-touch access to a contact card from call log event
  • System
    • New Linux kernel (version 2.6.27)
    • SD card filesystem auto-checking and repair
    • SIM Application Toolkit 1.0
  • Google applications
    • View Google Talk friends’ status in Contacts, SMS, MMS, GMail, and Email applications
    • Batch actions such as archive, delete, and label on Gmail messages
    • Upload videos to Youtube
    • Upload photos on Picasa

Additional features include a more refined user interface, animated window transitions, keyboard clicks or vibrates if desired, and an accelerometer for rotating applications onscreen. The camera will have a faster startup time, and faster shutter speed (image capture), while the GPS features are supposed to have faster response times. (GPS navigation wasn’t suitable for driving, and the route didn’t recalculate if you changed your course. Improved GPS functionality was available from third parties such as Telenav.)

Google has released a video highlighting the improvements and enhancements (shown at top) found in the Cupcake update. T-Mobile has released an Android 1.5 with Cupcake video as well. Many G1 user videos can be found on YouTube.

And in case you were wondering, Cupcake is a codename for the update, and the codenames are alphabetical. The next update will start with the letter “D” and some, like Rob Jackson at Phandroid, are speculating it will be called “Donut” to be followed by “Eclair” in keeping with the dessert theme.

Save 30% on all TV remotes and home theater in a box

Now you can save 30% on all TV remotes and home theater in a box with coupon code 0907K09NFD9Z0N from now until March 12, 2009. This offer is brought to you by Dell.

Remotes

harmony88You can save on remotes such as the Logitech Harmony 880 (shown). The Harmony 880 features plug-and-play USB connectivity for easy programability and setup, 53 top-mounted hard buttons and 8 on-screen activity buttons, and an interactive display which keeps you  informed of what is going on. You can use the 8 On-screen activity buttons with Smart State Technology to watch movies, listen to music, or enjoy your favorite TV shows. You can also integrate up to 15 devices including HDTVs, DVR Systems, DVD, CD players, VCRs, PVRs, cable or satellite boxes, speaker systems and more. It also includes a sleek docking station that keeps the remote fully charged.

Home Theater in a Box

Assembling the parts for a home theater system can be a daunting task., but Dell simplifies the process with their Home Theater Selector tool. It takes you step by step through the process. It starts by asking what room will your theater system be in, what are the lighting conditions, and where will the screen be. The it shows you some component recommendations based upon your answers.

Where is my Nokia N97?

n97I’m in the market for a new phone. It’s time to upgrade my “phone only” phone.  Okay, it does have a camera, but when I bought it all I wanted was a phone with a good speakerphone, but now I am in the market for something new and up-to-date.

One phone I have in mind is the Nokia N97due out in late March ’09.  Nokia gave a demo of the phone at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2009) in Las Vegas. This is being touted as Nokia’s new flagship phone, but they prefer to call it “the world’s most advanced mobile computer”.

Let’s check out the details…

Tech Features

The N97has a 3.5-inch, 640 x 360 pixel, 16:9 aspect ratio, resistive touchscreen display with tactile feedback and a slideout QWERTY keyboard.  It has a wide range of connectivity with HSDPA (or 3.5G, half a step up from 3G), WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.  It also has a 3.5-mm headjack.

What impressed me was its storage capacity.  It has 32GB of onboard memory, and that can be expanded to 48GB through the use of a microSD Flash card.  The onboard memory alone is double that found in the iPhone 3G (16 GB).

The battery life is also pretty impressive because it can play up to 1.5 days of continuous audio (those are your music files or podcasts), or it could playback 4.5-hours video.

It has a built in 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, and DVD quality video capture. Looks like I won’t be needing my digital camera and camcorder for much longer after the N97 hits the market.

Software and the FaceBook app

facebook_picThough Nokia isn’t saying much right now, there is going to be additional software available for the N97, but the phone is still in development at this stage, and there are some features that haven’t been finalized yet.

One thing that is being discussed though is the Facebook application that is being integrated into the phone. You’ll be able to have a full screen view of Facebook so you can keep up to date with your friends while you’re on the move. This is an application for the phone that can be used in addition to actually visiting Facebook on the web over it 3G or WiFi connection. The N97 is designed so you can have immediate access to this feature whenever you’re connected.

Release Date and Pricing

The N97 is scheduled for a late March release in the UK. Pre-orders are already being accepted.  No date has been set for the US, nor has any provider partnerships been mentioned, but there is talk that an unlocked version will be released in the US.  The price is expected to be similar to that of the current N96 which retails from $650 to $900.

Envelopes and Labels

I’ve been receiving a lot of question about printing address labels and envelopes using a contact list or address book. So I’ll be starting a series of articles today on various printing methods relative to the questions I’ve received.

One of the simplest methods for maintaining an address book or contact list is with Microsoft Word.  The two most commonly found versions today are Word 2003 and Word 2007, though some people are still using Word XP (2002).  Word XP (2002) and 2003 are very similar to one another and their preceding versions, but Word 2007 is very different, and will most likely “put off” anyone familiar with the older versions. If you’d rather stay with the familiar, plenty of used and new copies of Word 2003 can be found online through Amazon or eBay.

Simple Contact Management with Word 2003

There are several methods you can use for storing addresses in Microsoft Word. The easiest method works best if you only print one address label or envelope at a time.

To store your contact information just type a list of addresses as you would if you were addressing an envelope. Place the first and last name on one line, the street address on the next line, and the city, state, and postal code on the thrid line.  Additional information such as phone numbers and email addresses can be entered beneath that.

Skip a line between each individual person or business on your list.

Some may ask, “How do I sort this list?” Well, there’s no easy way to do that with this method, you have to do your sorting by hand, either by cutting and pasting to rearrange items, or by dragging and dropping.

The easiest way to make your way around a long list of names is to use CTRL +F on the keyboard, or select “Find” on the “Edit” menu. Then you can type a name or some piece of information that you’d like to find.

Printing Single Labels or Envelopes

This contact list is very easy to use when printing single address labels or envelopes. All you have to do is highlight a name and address in the list. Then click Tools > Letters and Mailings > Envelopes and Labels.

  • If you’re printing a single address label, click the Labels tab, then click the “Single label” option. If you’re reusing a sheet of labels, specify the “column” and “row” for the label to be printed on. You can use the “Options” button to specify which label product and size you are printing on.
  • If you’re printing an envelope, click the “Envelopes” tab, fill in a “Return Address” if you wish, and specify the envelope size with the “Options” button.

Envelopes and Labels Tool

Envelopes and Labels Tool

Come back tomorrow for more methods on managing address lists and printing envelopes and labels. We’ll be working our way up to mail merges for mass mailings, and I’ll show you some other printing tools and software packages along the way.


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Excel’s Fill Handle

Friday evening I was meeting some friends for dinner. One of the worked at a law office on Seventh Avenue, so I met them at their office beforehand. They were performing some calculations on an Excel spreadsheet at the time, and as they were copying and pasting a repetitive formula, I showed them this trick which I am now sharing with you. This technique works with Excel 2003 and Excel 2007.

Sometimes you may want to use a formula or function repeatedly. In such a case you can easily copy the formula from one consecutive cell to another by using the fill handle of the active cell. The fill handle is the small square that appears in the lower right corner of an active cell.

To Copy A Formula With The Fill Handle

  1. Activate the cell that contains the formula you want to copy. (This typically done by clicking on the cell).
  2. Use the mouse to grab the fill handle. (Move the mouse close enough to the fill handle so that the mouse turns into a small black cross. When you see the small black cross, hold down the left mouse button.)
  3. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the mouse down for as many rows as you would like to copy to. Then release the left mouse button.
Fill Handle Usage

Fill Handle Usage

That’s it! The references used in the formula will be updated to match the new rows, so that the answers will be correct for the new rows.


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