StackEdit

stackedit verticalSo funny! I thought the name was, “Stacked IT!” – but I see now it is, “stack edit” – so the laugh’s on me.

I’m always happy to make you laugh, even at my expense. Here’s the thing, though. This product has a free version, which I’ve connected to Google Drive.

All I needed was some simple way to back up some WordPress code for the new Save A Pet Website. What I found was so much more! This wonderful tool is a full featured HTML editor that can connect to your website, save your files in Google Drive and/or DropBox, and publish the same document to a bunch of other sites, including Blogger pages and WordPress. Pretty cool, huh?

Yes, I could go on about this, but you’ll just have to see it for yourself. If you need some help getting it set up for yourself, come on into my website, call me and we’ll set an appointment for computer support. I’m always happy to make things work for you.

 

Wait Time

online stopwatch screen captureThis information was created to discuss the answer to the question: “How long will you wait?” I’ve done a bit of research – trying to find the fastest host for websites. This is somewhat self-serving, as I am frustrated by having to wait for my page to update when I am creating content for a website, or for my own blogs (like this one, hosted on Bluehost).

There, I just clicked the, “Publish” button and waited 7 seconds for the page to come back to allow edits. Multiply that by a couple of hundred or thousand updates and eventually, you are wasting hours. There, I just clicked, “Update” and waited 10 seconds to get back to editing. Sickening, it can be, if you do this and allow it to get to you!

So, I don’t have the answer.
And, I’m just wondering what yours is.

That’s all I’m going to say.

 

Creating the New Save-A-Pet Website

petsntheirpeopleCollectionI’ve been so fortunate to have connected with Save A Pet in DHS.
Along with this great ride, I’ve met a fantastic pet photographer.

One of my many talents is website creation, which I truly enjoy.
Shameless self-serving plugs, included!

Click the image to the left and you’ll land on PetsNTheirPeople website.
If you love your pets, you will love their photos. Photo sessions at PetsNTheirPeople!

This blog post was created for the purpose of demonstrating live links to key phrases and images.

If you have no pet, or only have one, go to SaveAPetOnline, to enhance your life….

Enjoy!

Why Blogging Works

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As a result of a recent blog, I was contacted by an old friend I have not seen in over a decade.

Interestingly, when you posed your question about how to engage people in conversation and truly show genuine interest, it reminded me of a section of my forthcoming book where I actually address this topic. (see more on that below). To me, the secret sauce for successfully connecting with others begins with simply being Curious. Teach your team to ask questions and then follow up with them. – See more at: http://www.davidbradford.com/the-world-class-communicators-greatest-gift-curiosity/#sthash.NQ9MsCld.dpuf

My contention is simple. When you blog, you provide an opportunity to connect. The example above made me realize (again) the value of blogging and I wanted to share this post with you. So, enjoy!

Dining For Desi

I attended a meeting this morning hosted by CVEP at the UCR Palm Desert Campus and I heard about this little girl. An announcement was made by the owner of Slice Pizza – they will donate 20% of all proceeds at their restaurants on the 19th of May. So, you have to eat…. make it pay off for a little girl and her family, they need your support.
https://www.facebook.com/Believingfordesi
News Story on KMIR6

Dining4Desi

One Last Thing

header dataBefore I turn in tonight, I’m going to post. Since I made time this afternoon to record another video for my YouTube channel, I thought I should write a bit to promote it.

This new video will show you how to examine the header data of an email message in Outlook. It’s a bit technical, but that’s easily ignored. Confirming your suspicions is what counts!

 

Content Creation Tools

This article details the virtues of a few tools I often use and the content I create with these tools.  **Now that I’ve written this very long post, I realize I’ve left out WordPress – the ultimate tool for content creation! **

Each image below links to something useful – so click away and enjoy!

Here, in no particular order, are the tools:

IrfanView main website

IrfanView – A Basic Image Editor

IrfanView is a very useful image editing tool. If you don’t have the time or patience to learn something more powerful, like Adobe Photoshop, this might be your best alternative. I’ve recorded a video on how to use this tool. I’m going to record a new version and record another video to show you where to go to get this great piece of software. Hint: Ninite is the ultimate collection of free stuff and it is the one resource I use for such things.

Mousehelp At Rouzell on YouTube

My Channel on YouTube

OK, you probably don’t need me to tell you how great YouTube, or any other Google service is, so I won’t do that here. For me, it is still a new frontier, as I still like writing and don’t record new videos as often as I should. Maybe I need to add this to my calendar as a recurring task – yeah, I’ll do that next! Watch my channel for updates, please. Thanks, again to Laura Roeder, for telling me how to record to YouTube, using my Webcam and Google plus.

HTML-Kit Tools

The full version of HTML-Kit Tools is $59.00.

There must be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ways to edit websites. I’ve settled on this one. Again, a comparison to an Adobe product – DreamWeaver – is appropriate here. If you need a lightweight, easy to understand, Internet connected website editing tool, this might be the one for you, too. You can use their free version, or purchase the full version for fifty-nine bucks. You can get a reduced price, if you cannot afford the cost. Their support site is kind of quirky (matches my needs) and I’ve just found their blog while creating this post! You are welcome to spout off with what you think is the best HTML editing software.

Mousehelp at Rouzell YouTube Video on Snipping Tool

Click to watch my YouTube Video on Snipping Tool

Here we go…. Everyone (well, many people, at least) who uses snipping tool learns to love it. There are other utilities you can get that have more features – SnagIt comes to mind – but for something that is free and has been built into Windows since Vista, this little tool is hard to beat. If you used it for nothing other than capturing images, it would be useful. But, it offers some features that make it much more than basic. You can highlight, annotate, and play with colors, framing, etc. The did leave out something simple, though. It would have been nice to have a typewriter tool, with font styling, so you could write directly on the images, but alas, it is not so. Free, it is, however!

Trying Something New With YouTube

Laura Roeder (of LKR Social Media) says: “If you want an easy way to share a video message/instruction with your team or clients, go into youtube, record from webcam, mark as unlisted. Done and done!”

Let’s see. I need a shave and a haircut, but I’ve put on a nice shirt and… “Action!”

OK, it took a bit of poking around and verification of things before YouTube would work with me. Then, I was taken to Google+ Hangouts On Air, to record a session. I’m still not clear on how it will look here.
_____________Cut. _______ That’s a wrap! _______
You get to be the star and the director in this exercise.

Well! That turned out to be pretty easy. Now I see the need for lighting adjustments and setting the stage. Next time, I’ll do something useful with this and actually demonstrate some “how to” thing on my computer. That will require a bit more planning, prior to sharing my desktop! I just love that play button right on my nose!

IE Exploit and Windows XP

Here’s my grateful shout out to Dominique Fruchtman, of Desert Cow Computers, for alerting me to this new exploit!

Take your pick of sources on this report. It is, as the title suggests, a major security hole in Microsoft’s web browser, made worse by their discontinuing support for XP.exploit IE

So long ago, I wrote an article where I recommend a simple solution: Stop using IE. Standards based browsers (Chrome or Firefox) are simply better for users and programmers. Recently one of my clients showed me an online application they use that will not run in other browsers. This application will only run in IE 10, with compatibility enabled! Why anyone would program anything to run with IE in the first place is a mystery to me.

Back to the subject problem…. Using IE on Windows XP is not enough to cause you to get infected or hacked; you have to actually go to a website that hosts the malicious code, or open an email attachment or link that produces the same result. The problem is; you won’t know something is wrong until it’s too late! The same rules apply as always, don’t talk to strangers, know who sends you email, and watch for obvious signs of spam and scam email messages. Here’s something I wrote four years ago now, about how easy it is to get a virus. A brief update to that piece would be; don’t allow anyone from “Windows Support” to remotely access your computer.

One last word: You really should be leaving XP and moving on to Windows 7 (or 8, if you must), so you can get Windows Updates from Microsoft. The majority of their updates are created to plug security holes. Without their updates, you are left to wonder and worry about the vulnerability of your computer. Also, switch to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, avoid IE as a rule.

Call your local computer support professional and upgrade to a new computer.

OK, seriously, the last word: Here’s a link to a cheeky article from the register, with a catchy title and a dire warning.

18K+ Unread Emails

This is what happens when you use an email address as your “sacrificial lamb” for subscriptions and any other, “sign up to get this” call to action. You end up with a bunch of stuff you’ll never read. Google gives you a ton of storage space for your email inbox, so you don’t have to worry too much about cleaning it up, unless you let it go on for years, as I have.

Going through this history does provide some perspective on where you’ve been, how far you’ve come, and the many paths you’ve explored on the way to where you are today! One thing I did glean from a recent review is that Google is pretty good at identifying spam and scam emails. I found a couple of great examples of well-crafted scam messages that might trick an average computer user into taking action.

My original intention in this post was to share some details about scam emails with you. Instead, I’m going to farm this out to Kim Komando and her post about scams that come around again…. logo-kim[1]
http://www.komando.com/blog/250091/copycats-bring-back-the-netflix-tech-support-scam

May I simply say, if something smells *PHISHY*, it probably is! Do you know why they call it “phishing?”