Highlighter & post-it notes, bookmark & archive. All-in-one research tool.
Here is what your account page would look like…
More than just bookmarks
It has the organizational qualities that Evernote offers, along with many other user-friendly options such as a highlighter, sticky note, tagging options, and snycs across all your devices.
Diigo offers several add-ons or apps to help make bookmarking easy too. You can install a bookmark-let in your web browser or enable a “Read Later” option in your right-click menu (to name a few of the options available).
And one of my favorite features is Diigo groups. This allows others to subscribe to your bookmarking channel. But what I like about this is Diigo has an option to auto post new entries into a blog post. I have a small WordPress site where I do just this – Bookmarking Babe.
What is you favorite way to save websites? Do you use a bookmarking tool like Diigo? Which ones are your favorites?
- Storing Bookmarks on the Web (phscomputerapplications.wordpress.com)
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If you own a computer, you have heard of “RAM” before.
RAM stands for Random Access Memory.
RAM in a computer is similar to your brain’s short-term memory–it’s fast, small and ephemeral.
It is what programs use to run and store program files, so the more programs the more RAM being used. When the RAM becomes low you may have too many programs running and/or installed.
Need more RAM?
Uninstall unneccessary programs you don’t use. Still need more RAM?
Adding more RAM is a low-cost solution for a significant boost in performance.
You don’t have to buy a new computer.
You just need to buy RAM chips.
Or swap chips from an old computer that is no longer functional.
Google search for RAM chips to find out where to purchase them. I will guide you through the steps to change them.
How to swap RAM chips…
If you are novice computer owner, you should be able to install your own RAM with no problems. It’s really quite simple.
Here is how I swapped RAM chips from my old desktop computer (1 GB RAM) into my functional desktop computer (originally 700 something MB RAM):
1. TURN THE COMPUTER OFF & UNPLUG THE COMPUTER.
2. Start by taking off the side cover panel on your CPU. You may have to unscrew it or it may have a locking system that pops out.
3. Once you have successfully removed the cover you want to start by taking a look inside. It’s probably quite dusty… now is a good time to clean some of that up! A flashlight will come in handy here.
4. Locate the RAM chips, usually in a pair of two or a set of four. Here is what one of mine looked like…
5. To remove your RAM chips locate them in the CPU and pop the levers (mine were white) outwards. The RAM chip should slide out easily once the levers are moved. Do the one in front first, then the one in the back.
6. Once removed or if you’re just installing new ones you have bought take the cover off your main computer station as described in steps 1-5 above.
7. Insert new RAM chip(s) and make sure the levers snap into place on both the top and bottom of the chip. Wait to put the cover back on, but go ahead and plug your computer back in and start the OS.
8. If you hear beeping, don’t be alarm. Unplug the computer – you do not have the chip insert properly. Make sure it is correctly inserted, into the notches that allow the lever to click into place.
9. One you have the chips inserted you can put the cover back on and continue to work as normal.
10. Right click on my computer – then select properties and you will see that your amount of RAM has been indeed upgraded.
- Find the Best Deals on Computer Parts without Coupons (helpdeskgeek.com)
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Want to incorporate your Tumblr blog into another website?
Good news, you can… and I will share with you just how easy it is.
Finally, after a week or two of searching, I have found a way to embed a tumblr blog (or any blog’s posts) in a self hosted WordPress site. Without knowing any coding.
(Special thanks to simply Christian for finally steering me in the right direction.)
It’s actually quite simple to execute…
You will need two plug-ins.
#1 A tumblr plugin that features a widget for your Tumblr or blog posts. An easy one to use is “Tumblr Widget” and it is the one I used initially
#2 The plug-in “Widgets on Pages”
After you have both plug-ins downloaded and activated the rest is a cake walk.
* Configure your Tumblr or blog post widget how you want it by dragging it to the very last widget area on the bottom right of your screen. You may have to scroll down depending on your theme.
Here is an example using my site:
Image hosted for free at CtrlV.in This widget area directly above this text is where you
need to put your blog post widget.
* Save the widget changes
* Create a new page or edit the page your want Tumblr or blog posts to appear
* Type the shortcode [widgets_on_pages] and any other content you want on the page.
* Publish your page and VIOLA! Magic.
And you can also add any widget(s) you want to a page with this handy plug-in. If you didn’t notice, on Hopes Are High I also have a Quote widget displayed right before my posts. VERY EASY & adds a great amount of interactivity/engagement to your website!
Any questions or comments? Let me know!
Try this plugin – I use it for every post on WordPress… they published a video so I’m sharing with ya’ll. If you need help backlinking or are just pressed for time give it a try! Been a satisfied user for about six months now 🙂
Amazon is great, but there is still a way to get free music online. I’m sorry it may be illegal in some ways, but by listening to the artist‘s songs, they are still being promoted. If you want free mp3 downloads, listen carefully.
Download this program.
I have recommended the following program to all my friends, who love it as much as I do. As with anything use discretion when downloading. I only recommend downloading music because I have had virus and malware issues with other music downloaders such as Lime Wire years ago with videos in particular. I cannot be held responsible for any problems you encounter with this program – I have yet to know anyone personally who has so I’m confident you will be just fine 🙂 1. Go to http://www.mp3rocket.me/ 2. On the far right center of the page is a big green “DOWNLOAD” button. Click that to get started. 3. Once the installer downloads click on that and you will be able to install the program on your computer. – pay attention during installation. You will be asked if you want to install Ask.com internet search bars. This stuff is irrelevant to the program and I suggest you opt out. It just slows your browser down. Garbage. 4. Once it installs you’re ready to start downloading music! 5. Type a song, artist, album, whatever in the search box in the middle of the page. 6. PREVIEW SONG (by clicking green play button) so you can verify the song is the one you want and it doens’t have any other defects 7. Click download next to the song and note where it says it will download to. You can chqange destination here. I download to My Music folder into a special MP3 Rocketfolder so I can later move music into the correct folder (I organize music by artist).
8. Questions? Ask below.
Enjoy this program and pass along to your friends too.
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Just Another Cloud Drive.
I would have just used Google Docs or Box.com, my two regular cloud drive picks, but I found a site that would automatically copy each post I made on Blogger or WordPress directly onto Dropbox. Automation of these tasks is available through IFTTTcom. Definitely worth checking out.
That was a few days ago. Today my buddy mentioned Dropbox as a means to access some of his files I wanted to check out. I gave him the email I signed up with, but apparently I need his and I go into his drive to get said files.
I had a thing or two to learn about Dropbox, but it seems pretty straightforward.
(The following contain modified excerpts from Dropbox.com)
What is Dropbox?
“Your life’s work, wherever you are.”
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website.
Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you’re a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Have no fear! You can relax knowing that Dropbox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.
Dropbox works hard to make sure that all your files are the same no matter where you’re working from. This means that you can start working on a computer at school or the office, and finish from your home computer. Never email yourself a file again!
Download Dropbox for your phone to simplify your life even more — flip through all your photos or review that spreadsheet even while on the road. Dropbox lets you work from any computer or phone with the confidence that you’ll always have everything you need.
Dropbox makes sharing so easy that you’ll be amazed at the things you can do. Invite your friends, family and teammates to any folder in your Dropbox, and it’ll be as if you saved that folder straight to their computers. You can send people links to specific files in your Dropbox too.
Even if your computer has a meltdown, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox is like a time machine that lets you undo mistakes and even undelete files you accidentally trash. Your Dropbox is always ready for action from the Dropbox website too!
People around the world rely on Dropbox to help them with many tasks. Dropbox simplifies your life.
Lots of benefits but does it compare to other similar programs? In terms of free space, Dropbox offers 2 GB of space, with ways to earn more by completing various tasks. CNN.com reports:
The most limiting factor of the majority of cloud storage and collaboration services isn’t the total amount of storage — it’s the limitations on upload size.
Google has an impressive 10GB limit on files or folders. This is significantly more than the 2GB limit imposed by most cloud services. Only Dropbox’s desktop apps for Mac, Windows and Linux do better. With Dropbox, the only limitation is the size of a storage plan.
Task Management for the Internet Era
I have always been a writer. I literally have a collection of notebooks that include everything from stories to poetry and always lots of lists, especially to-do lists. I love to procrastinate and tend to be forgetful, so these little lists are alifesaver. In an effort to get myself “more digital” I have attempted to put many of my once written documents online.
I have used more than one “productivity” application, both on the computer and my Android phone, with no success. After using it once or twice, I forget it even existed. And here I am joining a new task management app, hoping this will be the one for me.
And the winner is..
Wunderlist – TASK MANAGEMENT tool
What is it exactly?
(from their official website)
Organize everything – Start boosting your daily productivity now
No matter what needs to be done, from shopping lists to projects and to-dos, Wunderlist can manage it all.
Use it everywhere – Manage your tasks while you‘re on the go
Share with others – invite your friends and colleagues to join.
Share your tasks and lists by email, or share them directly through Wunderlist with anyone who is already on board.
What I like about Wunderlist..
- Very cool so far, can be used both online and off, downloadable for every device you have (no excuses!)
- Great design and customizable background
- Keep track of what you want, how you want – today, weekly, monthly, no due date
- Check off tasks as you finish them
TASK MANAGEMENT tool + social networking = awesome!
Okay, the social network sold me. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes.
Check out my profile on Wunderkit here.
I also found a method to reinforce my new behavior with a points system from this website.
If this doesn’t keep me on track, I’m going back to the old school pen and paper method.
And if all else fails…
Tricks of the trade can benefit even the most avid internet pro. The’re always room for anyone to learn more. Who doesn’t want to make life easier? I know I do.
Would you like to make more efficient use of you time?
– A calendar or planner is key.
Everyone will forgot something somewhere, no matter how good your memory is. Did you know when you write something down it actually encodes it more effectively in the brain? This holds true even if you keep track of your daily to-do on the computer. It’s not the act of writing or typing per say, but by doing so you are putting what you are writing in your short term memory.
It is easier to retrieve this information later on than if you just said to your spouse, “remind me to feed the dog later”.
– Going on the last trick discussed, writing stuff down in general will make your life easier.
Now don’t go putting everything on paper, but keep a notepad (actual or virtual) handy. A great virtual notebook to consider is Quick Note. It opens with a simple right click on the mouse and it saves everything you type automatically – no need to worry if you forget to.
And if you need to copy something from a website or email it have a super easy copy and paste feature. And if that hasn’t sold you yet, you can even sync it to your Google documents account.
– Google documents.
If you haven’t tried this one yet, you need to. It will not only save you time, but money as well because it does everything you would most likely need Microsoft Word to do. Not to mention many other websites you use sync with it, such as Box.com, saving you the effort of uploading everything.
– Create a weekly schedule of computer maintenance to keep things running smoothly.
I know most of us forget about the actual health of our computer systems, but they need check-ups too. If we get in the habit of doing check-ups on a schedule, doing so will become part of our daily routine.
For example, if every Monday you decide to scan your registry for errors, your brain is more likely to associate Monday mornings with scanning for registry errors, which makes the likehood that you will forget. Even if you think these types of scans run automatically or in real-time, they don’t with most free-ware programs.
– Free software is great.
There’s no point in paying for something when getting it for free does the same job if not better. It’s like the non-profit of the computer world. But be careful and download with caution. Not every free program out there is safe, but there is a pretty fool proof plan to find out if it is.
When downloading off the internet, keeps these tips in mind:
#1 Don’t assume that just because it comes from a trusted source or has the “trusted seal of approval”, that it is indeed safe to download.
Try right clicking on that “trusted program download button”. You can save it to your computer can’t you? And even if you can’t you can’t still easily get a screen shot and doctor it up to look like the real deal. Looks can be decieving.
And these trusted download sites can’t be held responsible for every program. The do a great job and personally I’ve never had a problem with my favorite site. But you can never be too careful.
#2 If possible download from the programs actual source.
That just means if you need to download Google Chrome, try and do so from Google.com. If it is not a repetuable company like Google, find a good well-known and used site such as Download.com or Filehippo.com.
#3 These sites offering free downloads make a lot of money from the ads on their sites.
They are pretty slick in their tactics, but they have to make money somehow. Make sure before you click “run” or “save as” before the actual download process that it is indeed the program you originally intended to download. I know it sounds silly, but it happens.
#4 But before downloading anything from a trusted site, get to know that program.
Google it, read reviews outside that site, ask your friends, whatever. If no one has heard of it or have bad things to say about it, then maybe you should give that particular program second thought. No matter how safe you think it is, shit happens. The more educated you are, the less stress you will encounter down the road.
#5 So you’ve found a great program and all the reviews are good.
Ask yourself how the program will benefit you. Seriously. Most people who complain about their computers running slow are looking in all the wrong places for the answers. They download a program to speed things up and it works for a while, but soon things are back to how they were before.
More programs = more RAM used and less RAM = slower processor speed.
And just because you “uninstalled it” through your control panel does not mean it’s gone. Well for the most part.
#6 Windows (I’m not sure if Mac or Linux is similar in this fashion..) is notorious about leaving shit behind. One of your must have programs is a good uninstaller. It will not only uninstall a program, but also scan your computer for any left over traces of it. An easy to use and effective such program is Advanced Uninstaller Pro. It can do so much for your systems health and more.
Keeping your computer maintained will ensure you will have a healthy hard drive which also means that your computer is running at a god performance level.
What maintenance does my computer need?
It varies from person to person depending on what you use your computer for. Let’s say you can use the internet and you surf around, check e-mail, chat, etc. you are going to want to take a few different actions. Websites leave tracks behind on your computer, many times without any notice. What to delete and how can be confusing, but don’t worry there are easy ways to keep on top of these issues.
CCleaner is an application that optimizes your computer and is one reviewed as one of the most effective privacy and cleaning tools available. And it’s totally free to download.
What does CCleaner do?
It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. The whole process is quite fast, and is a program you definitely need to add to system maintenance list. I am a heavy internet user and will run CCleaner daily before starting internet browser. You will notice your internet will now run faster depending on the age and condition of your computer.
What specifically does it clean?
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat files.
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history, form history.
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history, form history.
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history.
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, form history.
Other Supported Browsers
K-Meleon, Rockmelt, Flock, Google Chrome Canary, Chromium, SeaMonkey, Chrome Plus, SRWare Iron, Pale Moon, Phoenix, Netscape Navigator, Avant and Maxthon.
Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files, Log files, Clipboard, DNS Cache, Error Reporting, Memory Dumps, Jump Lists.
Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more…
Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Windows Media Player, eMule, Google Toolbar, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more…
100% Spyware FREE
This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.
How to use CCleaner
On the screen you are first brought to select ANALYZE. This will check for files or items you do not need. Once it has finished you can hit the other button RUN CLEANER. Let it work it’s magic and once it has finished you will see everything that has been removed.
This just scans Windows. If you look to the top left of your screen you can also run the cleaner for your applications.
Here is a video to show you in more detail how to install, run, and configure CCleaner if you are having issues with it:
How often you run the cleaner is up to you and how much you use your computer. Since I am on the internet a lot I typically run CCleaner before I use my computer everyday, or at least three or four times a week.
You should notice a pretty nice change in speed if you have never cleaned your computer this way. Check out the other tools the CCleaner program has to offer… I use the Registry tool about once a week, it is definitely worth checking out.