Archive for the 'Tips & Tricks' Category

Hold on, let me Google that for you

March 19, 2013

One of my pet peeves is when people online ask stupid questions…but let me qualify what a stupid question is:  A stupid question is any question!  Come on people!  We have something called Google now, so if you want the correct answer to something just Google it!  Then if you still can’t find the answer it  means one of two things: you are either are totally useless at using Google or you have a legitimate question.

If anyone shares my intolerance for stupid questions, here is a funny response for the next person you come across posting one:

Visit http://lmgtfy.com/, type the stupid question into the search bar and hit enter or click search, then copy the link and reply to the stupid question using the link provided.

When the person clicks on the link it will take them to http://lmgtfy.com/ a search engine designed to look and act exactly like Google, except it types in their stupid question for them and asks them “was that so hard?” before pulling up their Google results.

I guess you need to be a little sarcastic to enjoy this trick.

Now here’s a funny video of a stupid fat kid stuck in a baby car seat:

I *Heart* Facebook!

March 26, 2012

I *heart* you so much that I wasted 45mins of my day coming up with this cute heart design made out of hearts.  You would be surprised how hard it is to make, or maybe you wouldn’t because after 5 mins you would probably realise it was a waste of time and quit, nevertheless I give you….

...........................
.....<3<3<3......<3<3<3
...<3<3<3<3<3..<3<3<3<3<3
...<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
...<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
....<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
......<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
........<3<3<3<3<3
..........<3<3<3
...........<3<3
............<3

I defy anyone to accomplish this in less than 45mins!

After you cut & paste this into your Facebook comments or status bar it should look like this:

Now I leave you with an elaborate Russian dance flash mob with a marriage and some army dudes set to Putting on the Ritz…to be fair they should have called it Putin on the Ritz…nevermind

Chrome Users Only!

March 26, 2012

What I am about to show you is going to revolutionize your Google Chrome experience.  There is a little known extension called Speed Dial that allows you to access the websites you visit much more easily – It’s called Speed Dial.

It has a lot of features that the old interface doesn’t.  For instance you can customise your thumbnails.  It has an exhaustive list of icons to choose from for popular social media platforms like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter etc.

It also allows you to customise how many thumnails you see.  I have mine set up at 5 columns wide but you can have as many as nine columns by nine rows.

Now depending whether you work on a Macbook or a PC it is very easy to add/remove/edit dials (as they are called).  On a PC you just right click to edit or remove a dial, and on a Mac hold Command + click.  To add a dial just hover over the + sign and click!

The options menu is located at the righthand top of the screen beside the address bar, click the little lightening bolt and select options from the drop down menu.  Here is an sample preview:

The Speed Dial Google Chrome extension is completely free just type Google Chrome extensions into your browser and click on their web store, then scroll down until you find Speed Dial.  Here is a link: SpeedDial

Also here is a very funny video of a cat:

How to Draw a Cat – By Gemma Correll

March 3, 2012

Source: thisisnthappiness.com via Sean on Pinterest

DropBox It Like It’s Hot

June 10, 2011

Hi Guys,

Did you know that you can play music directly from DropBox? DropBox has a service called…yep, you guessed it…DropTunes!

DropBox also has a nifty Google Chrome extension which allows you to access your DropBox with the click of a button from your Chrome toolbar.  The add-on also has a feature that let’s to see a snapshot of your recent DropBox activities.

One last tool to make you happy is the DropBox Screen Grabber that lets you capture your screen and save it to DropBox.  All you do is press Shift + F10 to grab your entire screen or Shift + F11 to grab the current live window.  It saves in two formats JPEG and PNG.

Also, did you know that you can get more space by either buying it or by going to www.dropBox.com/gs and completing five or more of the tasks. You also get more space by installing it on other devices, referring friends, and connecting it to social media platforms.

Have fun and enjoy this short baby video:

 

 

Adobe Photoshop But Not

May 9, 2011

Hi guys,  just a quick post to tell you about a great online photo editing program that can be downloaded and is better than Pixlr!  It’s called GIMP, short for GNU Image Manipulation Program.

GIMP has capabilities for detailed image retouching, free-form drawing, resizing, editing, cropping photos, photomontages combining multiple images, converting between different image formats, and it can also be used to create basic animated images in the GIF format.  Best of all… it’s free!

Check it out and have fun playing with it – see link below:

GIMP 2.6 http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Now here’s a funny video of a talking dog:

Pimp your Facebook Page

May 7, 2011

In March of this year Facebook made a significant change to its site.  It used to be that if you wanted to pimp out your Facebook page you had to write code in FBML which is Facebook’s own markup language.  Well they have disabled FBML (yay!) and you can now use HTML!

In addition to dropping FBML they have introduced iframes.  Iframes allow you to splice in “pages” on FB called tabs.

Here are some examples of how companies are using tabs on Facebook:

Coca Cola has added several tabs to highlight many initiatives and products & services:  http://www.facebook.com/cocacola?sk=wall

Toyota Fan Page tabs for Japan Relief and 100 Cars for Good: http://www.facebook.com/toyota?sk=wall

Kellogg’s uses tabs to highlight their products & services and charitable initiatives like Help a Child and Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation:  http://www.facebook.com/Kelloggs?sk=wall

If you want to make a tab on your page here are couple ways to do it.  If you know HTML you can write your own code and use Static HTML: iframe tabs, an app on Facebook to create iframes. Or, if you’re not able to write code, have no fear because there is a really cool free downloadable program called Kompozer  that you can use like a design program which will convert your designs into HTML code.

Another way to produce the iframes for your FB page is to use a site called FaceItPages.  FaceItPages has a free version that is quite limited but for $29 a month you can get 12 iFrames custom pages and 15 tab pages per iFrame (for linking to any external website or blog).  You can upload video, photos, music and many other things including links to your social networks.  also, included in this price is the option to remove all Faceitpages branding for a more professional look.

Have fun pimping your FB Page!

Now here is a semi-disturbing video of a squid baby:

Importing Facebook Contacts to LinkedIn and Gmail

April 3, 2011

 

It used to be that the only way to import your Facebook friends contact info into Gmail was to do it manually.  Now you merely have to jump through hoops. Luckily Yahoo! has a Facebook import function, unlike Gmail.  Facebook however, recently removed application tabs like LinkedIn from User Profile, but they do permit it on Page Profiles.  So unfortunately importing to Gmail and LinkedIn requires that you first import to Yahoo!

From Yahoo select Contacts > Tools > Import > Facebook

Now your Facebook contacts are in Yahoo you can easily import them to LinkedIn:  From LinkedIn select Contacts > Add Connections and enter your email address and password.

Now to get them into Gmail:  From Gmail (slightly more tricky) select My Contacts > More Actions > Import.  A window will open asking you for a CSV file extension.  To get this you must go to Yahoo! and select Contacts > Tools > Export.  A window will open and several options are listed, select: Yahoo! CSV and click Export Now.  A CSV file will download to your PC Downloads folder.

Return to Gmail and select the Yahoo CSV file from your Downloads folder. Then tick the box asking if you want to add the imported contacts and select either Facebook or My Contacts or New Group.  If you select My Contacts your Facebook contacts from Yahoo will merge with your existing Gmail contacts, if you select the FaceBook option your FB contacts will save in a separate file called FaceBook, or you can give it a different name by selecting the New Group option.

Now here’s a soon to be YouTube Classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yWLBA77Mic

Google Wave Bye Bye

March 30, 2011

Wonder what ever happened to Google Wave?  I remember hearing about it from a friend as we stood on the street chatting.  It felt really clandestine cuz he practically whispered when he told me about it.  It was like a secret cabal that required an invitation – I recall waiting in anticipation for it to arrive in my Gmail inbox.  

When it finally did arrive I was ready to start using it but it wouldn’t import my contacts from Gmail, instead I was given 10 invitations to send out to friends.  I dreamed about the amazing extensions Google would come out with and the possibilities for integrating it with other social media platforms…but it was all in vain because no one, and I mean no one, used it.  I was sure that when it finally launched everyone would get on board, but the launch never happened.  Eventually myself and ostensibly everyone else forgot about it…

…the results of today’s fact finding mission that took me all of 30 seconds produced the following explanation for Google Wave’s failure to launch.

Status of Google Wave

As we announced in August 2010, we are not continuing active development of Google Wave as a stand-alone product, but have been working hard on the open source Wave in a box project and on making waves accessible through Google Docs.

We wanted to let you know that we will keep wave.google.com running past December 31, 2010 until a suitable replacement to host all your waves is available. In the meantime, you can now use the export feature to download a zipped version of up to ten waves at a time.

Additionally, Wave in a Box, the project to make it easy for anyone to host their own wave server, has made significant progress on both functionality and community growth. Just last week, the Apache Software Foundation accepted Wave into its incubator for new projects.

Thanks yet again to all our users for giving Wave a try with your schools, businesses and organizations and to the developers who are working on the next steps for the open source project!

Now here’s a video funny video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRJBgIO–rE

Totally Epic File Syncing, Sharing and Storing App

February 26, 2011

DropBox is software that links all of your computers together via a single folder so you can back up and sync files between computers.  Transferring data between computers can be a hassle and usually involves sending emails with attachments to yourself and others. But not any more!

The DropBox App software watches a folder and syncs any changes to the web and your other computers.  The DropBox Website allows you to access your files on any computer from a web browser.

You can also use the DropBox website to share your files or folders with others.  DropBox for mobile devices allows you to connect to your DropBox from your pocket, so you can take your files with you wherever you go. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device, native DropBox applications are available for free. To install DropBox on your mobile device, visit: Http://www.dropbox.com/anywhere.

How secure is DropBox?  All transport of file data and file metadata occurs over SSL. All files are encrypted with AES-256 before being stored on the DropBox backend. These are the same standards that banks and the military use to protect their data!

Dropbox photo galleries allow you to share photos with anyone (even non-DropBox users). These photos will be presented in a photo gallery that is viewable online at:  Http://www.dropbox.com/photos

The Public Folder lets you easily share single files in your DropBox.  Any file you put in this folder gets its own internet URL link so that you can share it.  All you do is paste the link into e-mails, instant message conversations, blogs, etc…

Now check out this totally epic new video by Pip Skid:

 

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