My 10 favourite free utilities

Ok, the picture above has nothing to do with my 10 favourite free utilities, it is in fact part of a campaign that United Utilities held in 2011, they provide water but it’s a lot more interesting than the picture I was going to put up here 🙂  It’s a ploy to get people interested that’s all, did it work, I dunno, perhaps you’ll let me know or tell me off or something!?

When I came to write this and I looked on my computer I realised that I didn’t use that many utilities so I struggled to get to the 10.  Perhaps that means that at least the ones I do have are useful, I don’t know.  Anyway they may or may not be the most cutting edge ones available but they do the job and that’s what’s important!  I have some others but I hardly use them. READ MORE

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I don’t like techy stuff, it drives me nuts! Some tips

Techy stuff, it drives me nuts!

Actually I do

Actually I do like techy stuff but then I spent 20 years working in IT as a programmer, analyst etc. so I’m comfortable with it.  Even so, sometimes I get stuck with techy stuff too and have to ask for help.  Sometimes when I look at some instructions my eyes glaze over in the same way as they do when I look at a tax form (I find everyday accounts intensely boring but unfortunately necessary).  Mostly though I ok with it.

But most people don’t

Most people in my experience don’t like techy stuff and would rather put pins in their eyes than configure a router or grapple with some HTML on a web page.  “Computer; make your way to ground floor via the window as fast and as hard as possible!”  But don’t blame the computer it actually does an amazing job despite the frustrations and yes I know, there can be a lot of frustrations.  Sometimes you can spend a day or two just trying to make it work but most of the time they actually do work ok. READ MORE

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10 Things I like about the Six Figure Mentors

10 Things I like about the Six Figure Mentors

There are loads of “how to make it on the internet” websites and systems out there.  Some of them are just giving you information, some of them give you a system and some include tools to help you on your way, some of them are good, some of them are average and no doubt some of them are probably rubbish.

Why pick one over the other … why did I pick the Six Figure Mentors?

I had already looked at some few of these systems but to be honest I took interest in the Six Figure Mentors because it was recommended to me by someone I trusted and by someone who had already spent some time and money looking at various systems.  That isn’t to say I signed up straight away, I looked into it and watched quite a few videos, read some reports and checked out what other people on the internet had to say about it.  I checked for scams and complaints, apart from the odd malcontent the overwhelming majority of people including those in the know gave it an excellent review.  Overall I was impressed and had no doubts so I signed up, and it has so far been a really good decision. READ MORE

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Useful stuff for making videos and a bit more (some free)

Videos

As videos are clearly flavour of the month at the moment I thought I would list out some of the useful tools etc. that I have gathered up recently.  It’s not everything, not by any stretch of the imagination but useful nonetheless I hope.  All links were good at the time of writing.  The list is not tooooo long but it took a while to put together so I hope you like it.  Some of them are free.  Here we go …

Note: It’s July 2012, the information below was/is up to date at the time of writing. READ MORE

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How I make my videos

Videos

A few people commented on the quality of my first video so I thought I would tell you what I used to make videos which is really simple.

I don’t have a web cam at the moment because my old web cams don’t work with Windows 7 which I use now. I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40 digital camera which we bought a few years ago for £99.  It takes 12mpx photos and HD videos.  It’s nothing fancy.  It sits on a small tripod and I use the angle poise lamp that sits on my desk for lighting.  It produces .MOV files which are too big to upload to Youtube really so I convert them to .WMV videos which are smaller using Windows Movie Maker which is free. You could use FormatFactory or whatever you like.  I use default settings, I don’t do anything clever! READ MORE

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