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How to Set Up a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes Using BlueHost – Exact Instructions & Screenshots

This free tutorial gives specific instruction on setting up your blog with the webhost called Bluehost. I host some of my sites with Bluehost and it couldn’t be easier to get started with them! I am very pleased with their hosting, dashboard, customer service, and of course great pricing: $4.95/month – can’t beat it! – Plus they will give you a free domain URL too! Continue Reading →

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Computer Screen Goes Haywire and Shuts Down – How to Fix

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This happened to me the other day.  My son’s laptop computer screen suddenly went haywire like this image. It was also blinking and flashing. At times the image looked like a strange digital plaid. It kept happening even in safe mode. I’ll spare you the long boring story and share the solution which saved me from the fate of having to buy another computer. Here’s the solution and why you should read this even if this isn’t your problem today.

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How to Add a Favicon to Your WordPress Blog

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What is a Favicon and Why Should Your Blog Have One?

A favicon is short for “favorite icon.” It is the little image you see in your browser tab next to the name of the website you are viewing. All favicons are the same size: 16×16 pixels. The one for Life Learning Today blog is:

The reason why you want to have one is for branding purposes. People will get to know your favicon and can quickly switch to your site on one of their browser tabs simply by recognizing your favicon. They will also be able to quickly spot it in their list of bookmarks. So now that you see the value in doing this the next step is how to get a favicon image. It’s really easy and free. Here’s how:

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VitaMix 5200 Review: Should You Buy One?

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Bottom line: yes, I do recommend buying a VitaMix 5200 blender. I bought mine 2 years ago. and I use it almost everyday! Why? Because:

  • it saves me money on food that I can prepare cheaper than store-bought
  • it makes me healthier – because it makes eating healthy food so easy and delicious
  • it saves me time – most recipes take only seconds to process and clean-up takes only seconds also
  • it’s so easy to use!

If you buy one, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this extremely valuable and easy to use tool. I love it so much, I bring it with me when I travel to visit family. They all love the yummy, healthy treats I make with it, and I can’t stand to not use it while I’m away from home.  Let me share with you some of the details of this amazing blender.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3: Best Digital Point & Shoot Camera with Super Zoom

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3: Best Digital Point & Shoot Camera with Super Zoom

I am writing a review of this camera, which I bought this summer, because it is a truly amazing small high powered digital camera. How will this improve you life? If you’re in the market for a new camera, it will save you on research time so please read on. If you’re not looking for a camera at this time, bookmark this for when you are because you’ll want to read this when you are searching for a great new camera. I wish I had read a review like this at when I started my search!


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3S (The S is for Silver)

Is This The Right Camera for You?

If you are looking for a small super zoom camera with 10x optical zoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is in a class by itself. Not only is it the smallest in the 10X Optical class of digital cameras, but it has the added bonus of having a wide angle lens (28mm – 112mm Leica-branded lens with image stabilization). For those of you who are like I was, the 28mm lens is better than a 35mm lens which is more narrow. The wide angle lens is a pretty awesome feature. You’ll be able to get much more into your pictures creating both spectacular panoramas and exquisite close up portrait shots.

Any of the other 10X optical zoom cameras will be big and bulky and they don’t feature the wide angle lens that the Lumix DMC-TZ3 has. This camera features 7.2 megapixels and if you purchase through Amazon, it is priced at around $300 with free Super Saver Shipping. (Anywhere else you’ll pay about $350)


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3K (The K is for BlacK)

Other Things I Love

  • Fits in pocket or small purse easily.
  • 3.0″ View Screen.
  • Turn Dial for choosing between settings.
  • Quick shots, extremely low lag time between shots.
  • Video: can shoot in 16:9 widescreen format or normal.
  • Battery: Long lasting rechargeable.
  • On/Off button is an easy switch.

The Only Downsides

  • No zoom during video although you can zoom in before starting to shoot the video.
  • No viewfinder, but this is a small camera so you make up for this in small size.

Some More Specs

 

  • W 4.1″ X D 1.5″ X H 2.3″
  • ISO: 100,200,400,800,1250,3200, Auto
  • Digital Zoom: 4X (so a total of up to 40X with the Optical factored in)
  • Optical Zoom 10X (12X at 5MP, 15X at 3MP)
  • Special Effects: Cool, Warm, Sepia, Vivid, Neutral, Black & White
  • Colors: Silver, Black, Navy Blue
  • Digital Video: Quick Time: 640×480, 320×240, 848×480

Where to Buy

I researched this fully and the lowest price is with Amazon. I bought it through them for $306 with free shipping. That’s a savings of $46 over the average retail price anywhere else. It has a 4.5 star (out of 5 stars) rating on Amazon with 136 reviews.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3K 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3A 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue)


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3A (The A is for NAVY BLUE)

 

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Have You Been to Truemors Yet?



What is Truemors?

This is a cool, new, online, information sharing medium, co-founded by Guy Kawasaki, Will Mayall, and Kathryn Henkens. If you like Digg and similar sites, but would like a little less negativity, you’ll probably want to check out Truemors. It’s like a cross between Twitter and Digg, but so far without the nastiness that you see on Digg. They are looking for true rumors or stories that will democratize the spread of information.

Here’s how they describe themselves: “Truemors is a web site that enables you to “tell the worldâ€?—within the bounds of good taste and the law anyway. You can post your rumors, news, and sightings, and anyone with web access can read and rate them within minutes.” They are not looking for “crap” (although they do have a heading for it). The crap they don’t want is defined as “profanity, pornography, bullying, libel, slander, and advertising….(and) gossip.”

The content they are looking for is “true rumors that is relevant, helps you make sense of the world, and also possibly entertains you. Gossip, by contrast, is less urgent, less useful, and almost always deals with people’s private lives.” Gossip is not what they are looking for.

Truemors for Friends (TFF)

This is being tested on Facebook currently if you want to check it out. They are looking for beta testers. It sounds pretty cool. You can share information with just your friends, and only the ones you select. The information on TFF won’t post to Truemors.com which is for “sharing with the world.” TFF is for “sharing with your friends.”

Here’s how to get started with TFF:

  1. Sign-in to your Facebook account.
  2. Go to Truemors for Friends and click on Add Application.


Usefulness Value

You can browse or search for new information in the following categories: Auto, Business, Crap, Entertainment, Food, Gaming , Health, News, Odd, Politics, Science, Sex, Sports, and Tech. The information on this site currently seems to be living up to it’s name. Information here seems to be reliable. The idea is that if it is true, it will get voted on more. And if stories are real “crap,” not the category “Crap,” then anyone can email them to notify them of that it should be reviewed.

You can post your own information that you discover by phone, email, text message, or online form. You don’t have to register to post a truemor. But if you want to register you can and then you’ll be able to add pictures and videos too.

Entertainment Value

There is a high level of entertainment value with this site. You can discover many interesting stories and bits of information to mentally chew on. Here are some examples:

The Final Verdict

Head on over there today! This is a cool place to share information that is true. Since Truemors is so new, as a contributor you have a chance to make a name for yourself with the truemors you post. As a commenter you can share your opinion and leave a link to your website. As a reader, you can pick up some cool new information without the hype and negativity you might see on some other information sharing sites.

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What do you think of Truemor? How do you use it? What would you like to see changed on Truemor? All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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100+ RSS Feeds: How Do You Eat an Elephant?


How Do You Eat an Elephant?

Of course the answer is one bite at a time. If you find yourself with too many RSS feeds in your feedreader, as I have lately, you have two choices. You can either pare it back or try to manage the list somehow. I am a bit of a pack rat and RSS feeds are no exception. When I find a great website or blog that I want to come back to I add it to my reader.

What follows is a list of ideas on how to manage your RSS feeds to make it more manageable. As you implement these, I recommend doing some pruning of RSS feeds that no longer hold your interest. Keep in mind as you read this, that this is for people who want to be able to read all their feeds, but need a way to manage it. If this seems like too much work for you, then by all means, purge and simplify!

Days of the Week

With this idea create a folder for each day of the week. Go through your feeds and put them into these folders. Then each day read just the ones that are in that folder. If you like to make comments this will be a little more efficient too you’ll get all your comments in for each blog on that one day.

Numbers

Here you can use the same idea as days of the week, but you can lengthen out the time frame to say 2 weeks or 1 month. For example if you want to spread out your reading over 2 weeks you could have folders numbered 1-14. Or for monthly reading you could have folders numbered 1-30.

The Combo Platter

If you really want to customize things you could have the following folders:

  • Daily Favorites Folder– for your top 5-10 A+ blogs that you like to read daily.
  • Weekly Folders – M,T,W,T,F,Sa,Su. This would be for your B list blogs to be read weekly.
  • Monthly Folders – Folders numbered 1-30 for your C level blogs that you would read monthly.
  • Quarterly Folders – Folders labeled Fall, Winter, Summer, Spring for D-list blogs that you’d like to check in on less frequently.

How to Keep Up with the Combo Style

  1. You don’t have to keep up! Your feed reader is for your entertainment, education, leisure. If you have ones you must read for work or some other obligation, then create a “Must Read” folder.
  2. Whenever you feel the desire to check your reader, only go to the folders for the day you are in. For example if it was June 21st of this year, you would read the following folders only:
  • “Daily Favs”
  • “Thurs”
  • “21”
  • “Summer”

Important Success Tips

  • File as You Go. Every time you add a new RSS feed file it in the appropriate folder(s).

  • Purge as You Go.  Every time you read through a folder, if there is a feed you don’t like anymore, unsubscribe. If you’re a real packrat and you can’t make the cut, then change it to a folder called “Six Month Purge” that you check twice a year.

  • Make It Actionable. If you want to do something with the information you’ve read then find a way to capture that idea now. Some suggestions:
    1. Star the item. Be sure to have a routine in place to remember to check these items either during daily planning or weekly review.
    2. Write it down in your Capture notebook.
    3. Enter the action directly into your electronic calendar or to-do list.
    4. Use Google Notebook. (Add the Google Notebook Firefox extension first or you could add Google Notebook to your Firefox Sidebar ) Google Notebook can be used for GTD implementation. Here’s what you do: As you read your feeds, highlight the part of the article you want to clip, then click on the Google Notebook extension in the lower right hand corner of your Firefox browser. Click on “Clip” inside Google Notebook. The highlighted text will appear. Then you can add a “add a comment” with the action you want to take. Once you’ve done that then unstar the item.

  • Scan and Read Later. If you only have time for scanning during the day, then create a folder called “ToRead” that you can read on your commute (bus, train, or car if you’re the passenger!) or that you read when you have time later in the day or evening

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Complete iPhone Links: Apps, Hacks, and Reviews


Complete iPhone Links: Apps, Hacks, and Reviews

I have a new guest post over at Lifehack.org.

If you have an iPhone and want to find all the latest applications and hacks or if you are considering buying an iPhone and want to find all the best reviews on the iPhone, head over to my article. It has links to everything you’ll need.

Lifehack.org: Complete iPhone Links: Apps, Hacks, and Reviews

iPhone

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The Ultimate iPhone Decision Tool


The iPhone – You Know You Want One…Or Do You?

The iPhone launched just over a week ago, and the dust is starting to settle. This article will present a look behind the hype curtain to help you make a decision about whether or not to buy an iPhone. This guide will give you the features that the iPhone has and the ones it is missing.

iPhone: What It’s Got and What It’s Not!
Below are the main menu items from the iPhone detailing what is useful and what is missing.

Phone 
GOT:

  • AT&T is the carrier. You can check AT&T’s coverage level is in your area. In my area it is good and better than Verizon which I was pleasantly surprised about.
  • Sound clarity is excellent.
  • The headphones that come with the phone are excellent too. They have a little toggle switch on the mic that allows you to switch between calls and music.
  • The phone has bluetooth for a use with a wireless headset which I haven’t tried.
  • Visual Voicemail allow you to see a list of all your recent voicemails. You can go to anyone by just tapping on it. It works very nicely.
  • Add Call feature is handy because it is so easy to use.
  • Cost is not bad. Basic package is $59.99 for 450 monthly rollover minutes, 5000 weekend/night minutes, unlimited web data, and 200 text messages.

NOT:

  • Not available with other wireless phone carriers, and this will hold true for at least the next 2 years.
  • $36 non-refundable activation fee.
  • You can return your iPhone to the original point of purchase within 14 days for a full refund, but there is a 10% restocking fee if the box has been opened.
  • Not Cheap: $499 for 4GB version and $599 for 8GB version.

Mail
GOT:

  • Automatically add Yahoo, Gmail, .mac, AOL mail. You can add other email too such as Earthlink, that falls into either IMAP, POP, or Exhange categories.
  • Push email. Email is delivered to your iPhone at your chosen frequency.
  • Email viewing: very easy to read.

NOT:

  • Can only delete one email at a time. If you get a lot of junk email this is a pain.
  • No corporate email.

Web
GOT:

  • WiFi and EDGE network. WiFi is fast. You can view almost any web page.
  • Safari browser. You can view full web pages which you can zoom in on by “pinching” the screen with two fingers and move around with one finger. Works very well.
  • Bookmarks sync with those on your computer (for windows, only I.E., not Firefox)

NOT:

  • EDGE is not fast, however in my opinion it’s not as bad as has been reported. I used web via wireless connection before, and it seems about the same speed as Verizon.
  • Some websites can’t be viewed on Safari, either they don’t format well or can’t view them at all. This doesn’t happen that often.

Music
GOT:

  • All the iPod functionality including music videos.
  • New Album browsing functionality. While listening to a playlist you can turn the iPhone horizontally and see the album. Tap on the album and you can see all the other songs from that album that you have whether they are in the current playlist or not. From there you can jump to any song on that album.

NOT:

  • There is no headphone that allows you to control your music from the headset say when you’re exercising.
  • If you have a lot of music you will need to pick and choose playlists as the memory fills up fast!

SMS
GOT:

  • Text messages.
  • Display is easy to read and use

NOT:

  • Can’t include photos. Have to send via email. This stinks if you like to share photos with friends this way.

Calendar
GOT:

  • Syncs Calendar and Contacts with Outlook in Windows and iCal for Macs.
  • Easy to read display especially compared with Windows mobile.

NOT:

Camera & Photos
GOT:

  • 2 megapixel camera that works nicely.
  • Enlarging feature by “un-pinching” the image on the touch screen.
  • Move picture around with finger touch.
  • Scroll through album pictures with finger touch.
  • Can sync photos from your computer to the iPhone.
  • Can upload photos from iPhone to computer.

NOT:

  • No Video capture! Bummer. Not sure if this functionality can be added with software upgrade or you’ll have to wait for next generation of iPhone.
  • Sending pictures via email can be a problem. If you have two email accounts set up and the first one is turned off, it won’t automatically use the second email account.
  • Emailing pictures: problem choosing from your contacts. It only shows the contact’s name. It doesn’t let you see the email addresses if the contact only has one email address.
  • Can only delete one photo at a time.

You Tube
GOT:

  • Built in You Tube application. Works great.

NOT:

  • Can’t upload videos, but the camera doesn’t take videos so this is not really a problem.

Stocks
GOT:

  • Unlimited(?) stock and mutual fund watch list.
  • Graph. Choose between 1d, 1w, 1m, 3m, 6m, 1y, 2y views.

NOT:

  • No complaints, except that there are many things I’d rather have than this. (memo notes that sync, voice dial, voice memo, video camera

Maps
GOT:

  • Can view by Map, Satellite, or for directions, by the list of driving steps.
  • Directions will take you step by step along your route with pictures and text. Very useful.
  • Visual Traffic reporting via color coding on the map. Nice feature.

NOT:

  • No GPS functionality.

Weather
GOT:

  • Can have multiple cities. Displays today and next 5 days of weather: high, low and picture of sun, clouds, etc. Can view in Celsius or Fahrenheit.
  • Quick link to Yahoo! for more information on that location including weather, events, city guide, and more.

NOT:

  • No real complaints.

Clock
GOT:

  • As many World Clocks as you want. Once set up, you can see them all in a list.
  • Alarm that you can choose the alarm sound from your ringtone list. Snooze feature available.
  • Stopwatch with multiple lap times.
  • Countdown Timer. Easy to set the time with scroll wheel for setting hours, minutes, seconds.

NOT:

  • No complaints.

Calculator
GOT:

  • Basic

NOT:

  • Can’t add other higher functionality calculators. Workaround:
  • Calculator bugs. Not a big deal, but something to be aware of.

Notes
GOT:

  • Cute notes. Yellow legal pad look. Comic Sans type font.
  • To share you must email it. No syncing. 

NOT:

  • No Syncing with anything! Workaround: Use Plaxo to sync your notes (and tasks, contacts, and/or calendars) from Outlook, Yahoo and more to Plaxo’s online service. This is free and you’ll be able to see your memo notes. You won’t be able to sync them into iPhone notes.
  • No Clipboard, No Copy & Paste.

Keyboard:
GOT:

  • Virtual keyboard that shows up when input fields are tapped on. I think it’s fine, but this is a personal preference thing that you should try out at an Apple store or AT&T store if you think it will be a problem for you.

NOT:

  • No actual keys on the keyboard.
  • No Stylus, but you don’t really need one.
  • No graffiti capabilities. Not really a problem, but it could be a nice option for those who don’t like the virtual keyboard.

Other:
GOT:

  • 4GB or 8GB of memory.
  • Wallpaper: 19 built in choices, but you can use any of your own photos.
  • Airplane safe mode turns off unapproved features for use when in the air.

NOT:

  • There is no general search feature for finding information on your whole iPhone database.
  • No memory expansion. 8GB is a lot for a phone, but not for a phone with music, photos, videos, email and more.
  • No Games. Workaround: several web based games that cater to iPhone: macmost, iPhoneAppsManager, iWhack, iGiki.
  • No Voice Dialing.
  • No Voice Memos.
  • No Switching of SIM cards.
  • No Clipboard, No Copy & Paste.
  • No GPS.
  • Battery Replacement will cost $86 plus 3 day turnaround. Will this be improved? I think so.
  • iTunes can eat some or all of your music when you upgrade to iTunes 7. Solution: if you still have your songs on your iPod, you can use iPod Access for recovering songs from your iPod back into iTunes. I used it and it works. Free trial. Purchase is $19.99.
  • No application add-ons. Workaround: keep an eye on iPhoneAppsManager for links to online iphone applications. You can bookmark this on your iPhone.
  • No sketching tool.
  • No internal back-up in the case that you are traveling without your computer.

Hopeful

Hopefully many of the features, accessories and capabilities it is missing will be added soon in the next firmware upgrade. There are some workarounds for games and applications via web based solutions, but what if coverage is low or out? It would be nice to have these right on your phone. Can video, voice memos, and voice dialing be added with a software upgrade? If you know, please share in  the comments below!

References and Other Information to Check Out

Engadget Article on iSwitchers and iReturners. There are multiple comments on this post regarding readers’ opinions on the iPhone.
iPhone Hacks. Blog on latest on iPhone.

Cool Web Sites for Your iPhone

Plaxo for syncing your notes and tasks to view online. (Can also sync calendar and contacts from multiple sources.)
Google Calendar – if you use this calendar instead of Outlook reminders will come to you via SMS text message.
Google Notebook – Can view, but can’t update.
Google Docs – Can view, but can’t update.
Zoho Suite mini – Can view, but can’t update.
Ta-Da Lists – free online To-Do list application.

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Help Me Choose a Smart Phone


I Love Gadgets! Do You?

I currently have a Palm Treo 600 that is 2+ years old. I would like to get a new smartphone that has WiFi capability and a QWERTY keys. I’m open in terms of these features:

  • Palm vs. Windows Mobile vs. Other OS
  • Edit attachment documents capability vs. View only
  • Touchscreen vs. Non-Touchscreen

What’s In It For You?

Here’s your chance to share your knowledge. For sharing your comments you will receive a link to your website. (As long as it is in line with my comment policy.) This will probably be a popular post in which visitors will read the comments section, so hopefully you’ll get more than a few visits in return for sharing your knowlege.

Which Smartphone Do You Recommend?

  1. Which smartphone do you recommend?
  2. Which features do you love/hate about the phone?
  3. Which features do you wish you had?
  4. Which features do you hardly ever use?
  5. Which OS do you prefer and why? (Palm or Windows Mobile or Other)
  6. Which cell phone service provider do you prefer and why?
  7. Any special hacks or add-ons that you love?
  8. Other comments?

If you can answer any/all of these questions, I will be very grateful! After a week I will post the summary results and link to the top reviews.

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