Archive for February, 2009

How To Blog Without a Computer

By Gloson On February 20, 2009 6 Comments

Have you ever thought of blogging without a computer? Well, whenever we write a post, we usually write using computer. But when you are on vacation, or waiting for someone, in a bus/train station, or anywhere without a computer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t blog.

Instead of letting time fly, why not blog?

All you need is a pen/pencil and some paper, or a notebook (not the notebook computer :P ).

In this post, I will share with you some tips on blogging without a computer.

Write points first

Firstly, write all the points of your post, not details. Write the points first. Points are more important than details. Only then you write the details.

For example,

Paper A
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|                                    |
|   Point A                      |
|                                    |
|   Point B                      |
|                                    |
|   Point C                      |
|                                    |
|   Point D                      |
|                                    |
|                                    |

Paper B
___________________
|                                    |
|   Point A                      |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|   Point B                      |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|                                    |

If you have something extra to say in the middle of a sentence, don’t erase it and write it all over again with the extra text! Make a mark like * and write the extra thing to say somewhere else, with that mark. This saves time.

Example:

Paper A
___________________
|                                    |
|   Point A                      |
|   …………………..       |
|   ……… * …………..   |
|   …………………..       |
|   Point B                      |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|                                    |

Paper B
___________________
|                                    |
|  *………………….       |
|   ………………….       |
|   ………………….       |
|                                    |
|                                    |
|                                    |
|                                    |
|                                    |
|                                    |

Write in shortcuts

You could also write in shortcut, like:

You – write – long story – make – exciting – readers – not sleep.

Simply write all the important and necessary words, make a dash, and move on. When you’ve got access to your computer, you can type in the complete version.

You could also write long stories, but make it exciting so that your readers wouldn’t sleep.

This could save you a lot of space and time.

Write fast

Remember, you can write in whatever way you want, as long as you can understand it. You don’t need to care auobt simpel mispelings. After all, you would need to type the words in the computer later. That’s only where you have to care auobt mispellings. *about misspellings.

About grammar, make changes by simply crossing a word and adding another word on top. Do not erase it and rewrite. It wastes time.

You don’t have to write in a proper way, making sure every letter is beautiful. This is not school. This is just temporary writing.

Oh dear, the curve in the ‘D’ is too big? Never mind. As I already told you, you can write in whatever way you want, as long as you can understand.

Why should you write fast? Simple. It saves time.

Conclusion

Writing articles takes time. When you are outdoors, without a computer, if you blog while you are waiting for something, you save time.

Sometimes, when there are no lessons at school, I write articles. It simply saves me a lot of time sitting there dreaming.

This is also handy if you are out on a vacation without a computer.

Oh, and remember that you can write in whatever way you want, as long as you can understand it.



My Cute and Funny Cats: 8

By Gloson On February 18, 2009 4 Comments

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Orange: Hi there! Welcome to episode 8 of the cats series! In this episode, I’m gonna smile all day long!

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Orange, the smiling cat.

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There he goes again!

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And again!

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How To Use Labels in Gmail

By Gloson On February 18, 2009 No Comments

If you use a Gmail account, do you want your mails to be more organized? If so, you should use labels. They are like email tags, or categories.

How? Why?

Don’t worry. This post will explain everything.

Why

The main reason is to make your mails more organized. And, this is how they help to organize it.

They help you to see an mail easier
For example, you subscribed to Mashable, a highly popular tech blog, using Gmail. You could create a label named ‘Mashable’, and apply that label to all Mashable updates.

You could edit the ‘Mashable’ label so that it becomes blue. When you see a blue color label, you know it’s from Mashable. You would know that is a Mashable mail in the middle of many other mails is about at first sight..

This is how a labeled mail would look:
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At first sight, you would probably know where the email came from, and you wouldn’t have to carefully read the titles.

They help to group emails.
Is it easier to find a nail in a box of marbles, or a box of nails itself?

If you click a label, you will be brought to a page where all the mails with the label are. That would help you to be more organized.

How

Automated labels
Yeah…I guess, if you explore Gmail you might know how to apply labels. Select an email and then click apply label, “the label’s name”.

But do you know that you can create a filter that automatically applies labels to those incoming mails? Here’s how to set up labels.

(You click on ‘settings’, then ‘filters’. This is where you can manage or create filters.)

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Type the email from which your subscription is sent. Or, type keywords to be more precise. Then, click ‘Next Step’…

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…and you will be taken to this page. Select “Apply the label”, click choose the label which you want your subscription to be in.

When your subscription arrives at your inbox, the filter will apply the label you have selected to it. Pretty good, eh?

Colors

Different labels are more visible when they have different colors. By default, labels are set to gray. In the left side of Gmail, there is a tab called labels. Click on the color of the label, and click the color you wish to apply the label.

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How I Found Out Labels

Gmail is the best web mail, according to me and many others. And here’s why. Its labels and filters are some of the main reasons I like Gmail. So, I decided to write a post on it.

When I first discovered labels, I thought they are some kind of categories. I started applying them to some of my mails, until I got tired of manually applying them. I stopped using labels then.

One day, in the ending months of 2008, I stumbled upon a post on the security meltdown in Gmail.

The security meltdown of Gmail lets hackers to secretly create a Gmail filter, which sends some emails, including the ones that tell you your username and password, to the hacker.

The post told me to check my filters to see whether any unexpected filters were created. That’s what I did. That got me into experimenting with the filters. That’s how I discovered how to automatically apply a filter.

Ever since I applied this method, my mails have been more organized and easier.

Now, I am a fan of filters.



View and Control Your Friend’s Computer With TeamViewer

By Gloson On February 12, 2009 18 Comments

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to control your friend’s computer from overseas?

TeamViewer made it possible to do that. (In fact, you could control any other computer in the world, as if you are sitting in front of it.)

Why it is useful

Team Collaboration
Your friend wants to redesign his blog. But he doesn’t know how to. This is where TeamViewer comes in handy. In case you do not know, TeamViewer also lets you chat with your friend (You could also use an instant messenger).

After you have gained access to your friend’s computer, you help your friend redesign his blog. At the same time, teaching him. You can also discuss if you have a suggestion for your friend.

It would be like virtually sitting next to each other.

Training
If your friend does not know how to use Photoshop to edit a picture, you could use TeamViewer to teach him how. When you are editing the picture, your friend could see what you are doing, and learn.

File Transferring
With TeamViewer, you can transfer a file from your computer, to your friend’s. You can transfer it to exactly where you want it to be, too.

How

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After you install TeamViewer, you would get an ID number. Each time you open TeamViewer, it automatically generates a password. You can also create your own password.

So, how does it work?
Firstly, ask your friend for his ID and password. Your friend must leave TeamViewer on in order for you to gain access to his computer. Then, select ‘Remote support’ and type your friend’s ID. After connecting, TeamViewer will request your friend’s password. After you’ve entered the password, a window showing the screen of your friend’s computer will open. Then, you can control your friend’s computer.

Of course, your friend would have the highest priority. Once your friend controls, you wouldn’t be able to control.

To disable you from controlling his computer anymore, your friend would have to click the small window near the taskbar, and then the X button.

Presentation
If you want to ‘show off’ your presentation to your friend, this feature is for you. To use this feature, select ‘Presentation’ before clicking ‘Connect to Partner’.

But this is different. Instead of seeing your friend’s screen, your friend would see your screen. Your friend can not control your computer. Instead, a big blue mouse would appear in your screen. When your friend clicks on your screen, the the big blue mouse would move there.

In this feature, the quality of the partner’s screen is enhanced, to make the presentation clearer.

File transfer
You can also transfer files from your computer to your friend’s using TeamViewer. To use this feature, click ‘File transfer’ before clicking ‘Connect to Partner’.

Your friend would then receive a message, asking him whether to let you transfer files to his computer, or not. He has 10 seconds to approve. When the time runs out, the request would be denied.

If your friend accepts the request, you will see the directory of files and folders in you and your friend’s computer. You can transfer your file to wherever you want in your friend’s computer.

How I Use Teamviewer

I use TeamViewer for team collaboration.

Sometimes, my friend from overseas need help with his blog. But I am not the administrator of the blog, so I couldn’t help him. Fortunately, he has TeamViewer, too. I then gained access to his computer. He is already logged in to his blog as the administrator. I then helped him with his blog.

One day, I wanted to show to my friend a powerpoint presentation. So, we logged in to Teamviewer and he could see the presentation.

Download

If you want to download TeamViewer for free, go to its website, Teamviewer.com.

If you already use TeamViewer, how and why do you use it?

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