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How to Use Blogging to Advance Your Career

It’s no longer unique to have a blog. In fact, if you haven’t made the leap into blogging, it may be time to consider it. Blogging is a great way to explore hobbies and interests, get to know new people, and express your thoughts and opinions. If you are smart about it, you can even use blogging as a way to advance your career.

Think about it. Nearly every business leader has a blog or other online forum where they make their presence known and thoughts heard. Keep reading for some more insights into how you can use blogging to move up in your career.
 
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Expand Your Network of Contacts

Once you start writing content that is of interest to people in your industry, you will begin to develop a following. This may come slowly, but if you stick with it and write great posts, it will happen. Each member of this audience has the potential to be a future coworker, mentor, employer, or simply a friendly acquaintance with similar goals and interests.

Nurture these contacts. Engage with them, and value their participation on your blog.
 

Display Your Work And Accomplishments

In addition to being a space to share your thoughts and opinions, your blog can also serve as your professional portfolio. Use it to share pictures and other information on your work and to let your audience know when you have accomplished something noteworthy or reached an important milestone in your career.

Of course, you don’t want to be too self-aggrandizing. On the other hand, if you don’t announce your accomplishments, who will?
 

Develop Relationships With Influencers in Your Industry

Once you earn a decent following and have a solid collection of industry relevant posts on your blog, it’s time to reach out to the folks who hold some influence in your industry. You can start by following their blogs, sharing their posts, and commenting on their content. Eventually, they will take notice as will their followers.

Once you have created some mutual engagement, you can start to take the relationship a bit further. For example, curate some of their content with a bit of lead in the commentary of your own. Reach out to them via private message and let them know that you are sharing one of their pieces. Invite them to write a guest blog or even to provide feedback on something you have written.

These important relationships can be very helpful when it comes to reaching your career goals. They can also add to the quality of your blog and overall social media presence.

 

Establish Thought Leadership

This may be the most valuable part of starting a career related blog. It is your opportunity to show what you know, to state opinions, to make predictions, and generally let people know that you are on top of your game.

To establish thought leadership, focus on writing lots of posts that address important issues in your industry. Tell your story to let people know how you have made your way through the ranks and earned your mark. Engage with your followers and give advice. If it fits your niche, create lots of how-to content. You might even consider creating some video content or publishing some SlideShare presentations. Another option is to write posts about your career path.

 

Demonstrate Your Writing Skills

One useful byproduct of having a blog that you share with people in your niche is that it gives you the opportunity to show your soft skills. One of the most important of these is your ability to effectively get your thoughts across in writing.

 

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No matter what your career goals or which industry you are in, having great writing skills is always going to be a plus. To that end, pay special attention to the quality of your writing. Make sure that your spelling and grammar is impeccable. Then use visuals and links to data to make your writing even more impactful.

 

Link to Your Blog on Resumes And Social Profiles

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Once you’ve established a great blog, you want to get the word out. Don’t forget to include a link to your blog in the contact information on your resume. In addition to this, when you fill out your social media profiles, be sure you include a link to your blog there as well. This way, when people connect to you on social media they will also find your blog.

 

Make a Lasting Impression With Visuals

We touched on using visuals a bit above. However, this is important enough to warrant its own point. Use photographs, infographics, videos, and other visual content in your blog. You will find that these posts create more engagement, and drive more traffic to your blog.

 

Conclusion

When it comes to advancing your career, a well-written blog can really be a useful asset. Just be sure to produce top quality content, reach out to others, and show your stuff.


Author΄s bio: Diana Beyer is experienced, self-driven specialist and content editor at Alltopreviews who is passionate about writing. She is always seeking to discover new ways for personal and professional growth.

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How to Remove Safari Extensions on Your Mac

Initially considered as an Apple developer hack, extensions became a useful and standard way to provide a modular operating system to users. These extensions are small pieces of code which are used to extend the system’s functionality. Many important system services including USB and FireWire support are optional components implemented as extensions.

 

In Mac systems, Safari browser offers users a wide range of extensions to customize their Internet experience. It also allows optional third party browser extensions to be installed on your system to perform various tasks like social sharing, note taking, interface with different apps like 1password etc. These extensions are considered to be useful and nifty tools but sometimes they also create problems to browse normally. Certain outdated and obsolete extensions need to be excluded from the list to enhance the browsing experience. Let’s discuss a method to remove Safari Extension on a Mac from your Safari browser.

 

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Removing Safari Extensions on a Mac?

To do this follow these steps:

  • Open the Safari app in your system and go to “Safari” menu and select “Preferences”.
  • Click on “Extensions” tab, it will open the list of all extensions installed on Safari.
  • Select the extension you no longer want in Safari and click on “Uninstall”.
  • Confirm the removal in the pop-up window to remove that extension.
  • Follow the same method to remove other unwanted extensions on Safari.

Try deleting Safari Extension manually on your Mac: Above mentioned method is the most useful way to remove Safari extensions. Alternatively, you can try manually intervening from the file system to delete extensions from Safari. This step is useful when extensions in Safari are causing the problem to it and Extensions manager is not able to work properly. This situation is rare but it can happen when certain errant or incompatible extension refuses to remove itself. To remove these errant extensions, you need to go to where Safari extensions are located in Mac operating system. To do this follow these steps:

  • First Quit Safari on your Mac.
  • From the Finder on your system, press Command + Shift + G to open “Go to” folder (also accessible from the Go menu) and enter the following path “
~/Library/Safari/Extensions/” and hit “Go”.
  • Instantly you will be in the Safari Extensions folder on your Mac, remove any extension you want from Safari on your Mac.
  • Re-launch Safari when finished.

Remove Safari Plug-ins: Safari Plug-ins are different from Safari Extensions. Safari Plug-ins include better functionality and tend to be feature-rich media viewers like QuickTime, Adobe Acrobat reader in Safari etc. You can enter following paths to locate Safari Plug-ins.

 

For system level Safari plug-ins location (available for all users)

 /Library/Internet Plug-ins/

For user level Safari Plug-ins location (available only for current users) ~/Library/Internet Plug-ins/

 

Most of the times you don’t require Safari extensions or third-party Plug-ins as simpler Safari installation can deal with any difficulty with the browser on the Mac. If you have updated system software and removed cache and still facing problems like Safari crashes, then you should consider checking Safari extensions. It happens more often when some extensions or plug-ins have not been updated yet to be compatible with the latest version.

 

Summary: Safari extensions are a useful addition to the browser to perform numerous tasks. Though certain obsolete and unnecessary extensions become a problem for the browser. In this article, we can discuss the ways to remove Safari Extensions on your Mac.

 

About Author:

Yogesh Sharma is working as an SEO personnel and technical content writer for Systweak. He likes to talk about various threats to cybersecurity and cybercrime awareness in his blogs.

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How to Know the Birthday of a Person with Gmail ID?

Birthday is not a public piece of information that one can show off. It isn’t even displayed publicly on an internet profile unless the user wants to share it. So, this following technique is not actually a hack but a feasibility of the Google/Gmail technological interconnection.

 

Expected reader’s knowledge level: Smartphone users, Gmail ID account holders.


 

Everyone has an email ID today because of the smartphones. As the android, which takes the 80+ percentage of all smartphone users, need a Gmail account integration to work with the promised functionality. This integration is synchronizing the data onto Google clouds eventually.

 

So, keep that in mind as I walk you along the process of finding out the birthday of a person with Gmail ID.

 

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If you even wanted to know the birthday of a person and you know their email ID (Gmail), just add them to your contacts.

 

If you even closer to them and have rapport to communicate over email. Send them an how-about email and let it be added to your contacts automatically.

 

You don’t need to add them specifically if communication is established on both ends with that email ID. By this, their email ID will be added to your contacts.

 

Now, take your android phone and add the email ID of that person to his number in your contacts (if had any).

 

Go to sync settings and sync Google calendar with your native calendar app. This will synchronize all the important dates and birthdays onto your mobile phone calendar.

 

Now open the calendar app on your Android phone and check what has been updated. You would see new birthdays added to your calendar. If you had added the email ID to the phone number, it would be much easier to identify the birthday of that person. It will then show the birthday with the name that you have given in your contacts to him/her.

 

It’s that simple!

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How to Save More on Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale?

Amazon India offer great and exclusive deals during every festival seasons. There will be eye-popping discounts on every category of products during those days. The customers also spend a lot of time in front on their computers to grab the best deals in those days. Naming the deals festival ‘Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale’ Amazon bags double profits from the business they will have at that time.

 

Amazingly, there is a chance to SAVE MORE MONEY on those deals as you think you can. All you need is some patience and controlled excitement. Let me share you some tips to save some more money on the discounts.

 

Actually, the Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale would be for 5-7 days. That means you will have numerous deals in those 5 days where some of them expire in hours and some long last till all 5 days.

 

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Tip #1: When you are selecting a product, make sure to look at the deal’s expiry time/date. Do not overexcite even if you have only a few minutes to grab it.

 

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Overexcitement kills your intelligence. Take a couple of minutes, research about the original cost of the product and make your decision to buy.

 

Tip #2: Don’t just settle down with one best deal. Lookout for a better one in that category until you can. Add all the best deals to your cart and decide later.

 

This technique will save your time in deciding over one another like as judges in X-Factor auditions do.

 

Tip #3: Don’t go for EMI’s. Some EMIs sum up to the original price of the product at final. If you cannot afford the product at a time and want to choose EMIs, choose short time payments option. This will at least reduce the interest and save a few bucks.

 

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Tip #4: Choose to pay instantly from banks that give more cashbacks or benefits. Even if you can COD an item, don’t go for it. I understand that you are comfortable with COD as the paying money when the product arrives will be more gut-satisfying.

 

But, banks give very good benefits if their cards/payment gateways are used. You would better earn some cashback on the top of the best discount of your product.

 

For example, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (3GB, 32GB edition) is given 8% discount on its original price of Rs.11,999 i.e., it comes for Rs.,10,999 (Rs.1,000 off on total). If you use HDFC bank account for paying for it, you would get additional discount up to 15%. That sums up the Rs.10,999 to Rs.9,349. Hope you find the difference.

 

Tip #5: Products bought from mobile app will get better discounts and cashbacks from bank. HDFC gives 10% cashback if ordered from website and 15% cashback if ordered from the mobile app.

 

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Download and install Amazon app on your phone if you haven’t yet. Actually let me help you with the downloading. Follow these links to install Amazon on your phone.

 

Amazon App for Android

Amazon App for Windows

Amazon App for iOS

 

Hope that helps you save more money on this year’s Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale.

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Original Procedure to Replace Your Faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

So, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7s are officially recalled. That means you can get a replacement of your current (faulty battery) Galaxy Note 7 with a new one. You won’t need to spend another penny on this process. This whole process is taken responsibility by the Samsung itself for the sake of customer safety of their premium customers (after all they are the ones who survive a company from being turning down).

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Countries in which already got the Samsung Galaxy Note 7s sold will be getting the replacement in the late weeks of September and those which are yet to get it launched (like as in India) will be getting it with a little more delay. The pre-bookings will be getting a free Gear VR (latest version) along with the device as a compensation for the waiting.

The battery cell issue is not full detailed on the Samsung website but given a notice about the replacement call.

Don’t take exchanging of Galaxy Note 7 easily

It is not as easy as taking your device to the Samsung service center and get it replaced. There are certain proceedings you must remember. Before we go through the procedure, you better know that Samsung is speeding up the replacement all over the world by September 21st of this year. So gather up things that you need to carry along. Possible add the following in your list.

#1 Take the whole package of your Samsung galaxy Note 7 including all the accessories and the box as well.

#2 Take the invoice or the bill along with you. Bill is necessary of course.

#3 Take a backup of your data including the phone numbers, photos, calendar entries and documents at your home before you take it to replacement.

#4 Note down the IMEI number of the current Galaxy Note 7. You can dial *#06# for checking your IMEI number or you can find it in Settings.

#5 After taking backup, factory reset your device and make sure no personal data exists on it anymore.

How to identify the replacement?

It is important to make sure that you got the correct replacement for your faulty Galaxy Note 7. In order to identify the new Galaxy S7, check for the following icons and symbols on the package as shown below.

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A valid replacement will have the following details on the package.

#1 A blue ‘S’ mark

#2 A small black square

#3 Unique IMEI number

Samsung fears Apple iPhone 7

The fact why Samsung is taking this very prestigious is that the Apple has already introduced the new iPhone into the market, the iPhone 7. As the buzz for iPhone 7 is not that vibrating, this might benefit Samsung to hold their Galaxy Note 7 customers till replacement.

Hope that helps!
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How to Install Windows Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Manually?

The most awaited Windows anniversary update is rolling out. Not all Windows 10 PCs are getting it at a time. Many interesting features are introduced to Windows with this anniversary update. Taking from the UI to the added functionalities, the Windows 10 with this update is quite interesting to use.

 

If you cannot wait till it shows up in your regular update notifications, you can install the anniversary update manually. It is a simple process and need no advanced knowledge. I will walk you through the process step by step. Follow on.

 

Things you must remember before upgrading Windows 10

 

Windows 10’s anniversary update is the second major update that is released in the one year of its release. The first one was released in November 2015 with some minor updates and stability fixes. This update adds more features to the operating system and brings major changes to the user interface and functionality.

  • You should have a fully activated Windows 10 installed on your PC. If your Windows is not yet activated, check these possible solutions
  • Check if you have disabled the automatic updates. This will not show you pop-up notifications of any updates to be received.
  • The New Windows 10 after upgrading would be totally new with re-shuffled options. Only upgrade if you are okay to adapt the changes. If asked, I would suggest to upgrade.
  • All the features that are promised to bring to Windows 10 might not work on your PC due to hardware availability and incompatibility. So, do not expect the most the new features if yours is a older PC.
  • You may revert back to older version (10586) if you don’t like the anniversary update (version 14393). I always recommend to have the latest updates installed unless you face any software or hardware problems while working.
  • After the update is downloaded as shown in the Step 4, it might take up to 90 minutes to update the PC. If you are in some serious work and cannot afford that much time, better restart it later.

Installing anniversary update manually

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Step 1: Go to Settings > Update and Security. Under ‘Looking for an info on latest updates?’, click ‘Learn more’. The web browser will open up Windows updates page showing information about the Windows anniversary update.

 

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Click on the ‘Get the anniversary update now’ button. It will download a small Windows 10 update assistant application to perform the update process.

 

Step 2: Run the application (generally named as “Windows10Upgrade28084.exe”). It will open the window as shown below.

 

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Step 3: Click on the ‘Update Now’ button. Then it will check the compatibility of the device for the update. If your PC is compatible, it will show the ‘Ok’ status beside CPU, Memory and Disk. Click on the ‘Next’ button to download the update. You may minimize the windows and resume your work.

 

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Step 4: It will ask you to save your current status of the work to restart and start upgrading process. Click ‘Restart’ to get the update installed. Before restarting, you will be shown a notice about Windows update assistant signing out your current login in order to install the update.

 

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Don’t just enjoy the new features for yourself. Share your experience with us in comments below.

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Make Your Child Dreams True with Pokémon Go

The next reality era of gaming entertainment has started with Pokémon Go. The augmented reality game developed by Niantic Inc. is fulfilling the child dreams of youngsters today.

Pokémon was one of the best Japanese animated cartoon series that took children into separate world. Children of that times lived a secret life in leading character Ash and his friends’ Misty and Brock. A large stock of merchandize was being marketed at those times. Later children grew up and Pokémon merchandize was stopped. That led everyone into disappointment.

After a decade of bidding a goodbye, the Pokémon series now re-entered in the form of a augmented reality game. In this game, you will be exploring the Poke world with your phone just like the real Ash, Misty and Brock, catch Pokémons on the way, have fights, exchange Pokémons, badges and live that second life again, but in reality this time.

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You can create a profile and character associated with it, customize the apparel. The character will be shown on the Poke world map (normal GPS map makes into Poke world map). It moves along with you just the tracker moves on the regular maps. You can open the camera and see the augmented objects and Pokémons roaming around. That means you will see the Pokémon world only through your camera that open in the game application.

You can throw Poke ball to catch the Pokémons wandering around you. You may challenge or be challenged by the other Pokémon Go players in your area.

Pokémon Go totally changes the mobile gaming with the introduction of the augmented reality into it. Know if your region has availability to this game, download it from Google Play and start playing.

Gotta catch ‘em all! Gotta catch ‘em all.
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How to Remove Trotux Malware from Your Browsers

Trotux is one of the malware programs that hijacks the browser settings and occupies the homepage and search. This malware program comes with some free software. This would actually be installed with the free software that you download with or without being noticed.

 

Trotux infects the 3 major browsers, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It hijacks the browser shortcuts on the desktop and hijacks the browser settings by not allowing you to change/remove anything.

 

The confusing thing is that you won’t find any extensions installed in the browser settings. You may not even find the malware in the program files or even existed not with the same name. In such cases, it is better to contact the expert user. Because, a technician might bring up service bill to stars in the sky. No! I’m not serious. You may reach out to a technician if you are really serious about it.

 

But, before that, try this out.

 

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The actual Trotux that I’ve encountered is on my cousin’s computer. When I asked about it, he said that he was trying to download the IDM (Internet Download Manager). He ended up download the fake IDM setup with the uninvited guest of Trotux malware.

 

Removing Trotux malware from browsers

Step 1: If this happened to your own computer, find the program or file that you have recently downloaded and remove it first. Yes, the setup file I mean.

 

If this happened to your friend’s or family system, ask them what did they do and when was the last time they used it in good health. Find any malware program or files and remove them manually.

 

Step 2: Scan your computer for malware with the anti-virus software. At most cases, anti-virus software might not detect such stealth malwares on the system. Even the official Chrome malware cleaner tool cannot identify Trotux hijack. This is not to scare you but the fact.

 

Step 3: Download Malwarebytes on to your computer and install it. Make sure it doesn't flag any incompatibilities with the existed software on your computer. If Malwarebytes shows any incompatible software, remove it first temporarily and run Malwarebytes stress free.

 

 

Step 4: Scan the whole system with Malwarebytes and let it list out the threats. When finished, remove the shown threats.

 

Step 5: Restart the computer. Open the bowser and check now for the Trotux. Good if it is not visible. If it still shows up, better consult a technician for the sake of your data security.

 

Share this solution to your friends and help them get rid of Trotux browser hijacker. Comment below if you need any further verbal assistance regarding this. I’ll be happy to help at my knowledge level.

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How to Use Twitter Dashboard as a Blogger or Business Owner

Twitter launched a new dashboard for the sake of small businesses, internet marketers, freelancers and bloggers who try to engage more traffic on to their content. This article will be talking about the complete Twitter dashboard features and how they workout for bloggers and businesses. Read on!

 

Business or blogging is all about networking. And Networking is all about sharing, telling stories, support and educate things on a platform. Any blog or business will look for more readers, traffic and conversions.

 

Twitter has been a great platform to interact, communicate and share things with the customers and readers in short and sweet snippets of text. With mentions and hashtags, a revolution in the field of communication has been established in very short span of time. Companies are even proving the technical support through twitter and responding to the @ mentioned tweets quicker than to the emails.

 

What is Twitter Dashboard?

Twitter dashboard is created for businesses, that includes the bloggers too. It helps to connect with customers and readers more effectively right from the timeline. You can access the tweets in which you were mentioned and take quick actions quickly.

 

Twitter Dashboard is a powerful tool designed to help businesses connect with their customers and community. – Says Noa Pepper, Product & Engineering Manager, Twitter on the Twitter Blog.

 

The mentions are notified as more of a re-actionable tweets than just a informative of who and what is tweeted at your @ notice. Let’s look into the features of Twitter dashboard more precisely.

 

Using the Features of Twitter Dashboard

Twitter dashboard offers some nice features that business owners, marketing managers and bloggers were looking for in 3rd party tools. From the scheduling tweets to the glance of analytics, twitter has included all needed features to manage the promotions and maintain the communication with the followers.

 

The new tweet schedule option

As a blogger or an internet marketer, how many times have you tried to schedule your tweets according to the most engaged times, on-going trends and special events?

 

You might have seek the help of some 3rd party tools that connect your twitter accounts to them to gain the posting permissions when you want.

 

Using 3rd party tools always is not a wise choice in terms of security for not just the twitter account but also for the business.

 

Twitter dashboard added a new option to the Tweet button in the ‘Create’ (compose new tweet in normal twitter website) i.e., Schedule Tweet.

 

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You can schedule tweet to any time in future by selecting the date and time and clicking the ‘Schedule Tweet’ button. All your scheduled tweets will appear right under the tweet composing area sorted in a queue according to the date.

 

How to use ‘Schedule Tweet’ as a blogger or business owner?

You can schedule your promotions and tweets on highly engaging times and event dates just as you were doing it by using some other 3rd party software. As twitter dashboard allows you to track your own tweets on the dashboard homepage, it would be easy to monitor and respond to your customer/reader queries right from the same window.

 

Newly organized tweets

The ‘Home’ page is organized well with tweets under 3 tabs, ‘About You’, ‘Your Tweets’, ‘Timeline’.

 

The ‘About You’ section shows the tweets with the keywords, phrases and mentions that you have mentioned while setting up the dashboard.

 

The ‘Your Tweets’ tab shows all the tweets that you have tweeted in a timely fashion.

 

The ‘Timeline’ shows all the tweet activity from your followers just like on the normal www.twitter.com homepage.

 

How to use organized tweets as a blogger or business owner?

Maintaining a good network is always responding to the messages and mentions in the right time. You cannot ignore a single customer’s tweet and respond to it after the end of earth. Because the mouth canvasing works the best yet. Any bad feedback can be fatal to your business trust.

 

The situation is the same with being a blogger. the authority build by engaging in the conversations readers earns more reputation and more loyal traffic to your site. The readers who are satisfied with your concern over their link sharing and mentions will turn into human promotions themselves.

 

In both the blogger or business cases, the ‘Your Tweets’ tab will have the list of all tweets sent by you. You can refer them anytime and keep track of your past activity while monitoring the strategy stats. I hope you got my point.

 

Quick love and retweet buttons

The new twitter dashboard tool comes with another time saving tool. You can just respond to the tweets that you were mentioned in right from the ‘About You’ tabbed tweets. You can quick like and retweet any tweet by not opening any lightbox window.

 

The normal retweet will popup a lightbox window that allows us to comment while re-sharing the same short message.

 

How to use quick love and retweet buttons as a blogger or business owner?

When it is blogging or business, time is money. You cannot waste an extra second for simple retweetables. If you supposedly retweeted 60 tweets through a normal twitter page, it would take you 60x2=120 seconds where as in twitter dashboard it takes only 60 seconds or less. If it sounds silly to you ask, successful people about their spending time on social media.

 

Analytics at a glance

The twitter dashboard have the summarized panel of analytics that shows the number of tweets, media tweets, replies, mentions, new followers, profile visits and views and tweet impressions. They are not as interactive as they are available on https://analytics.twitter.com

 

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Though, they are useful in making marketing and promotional decisions quickly. You can view these stats by week, 30 and 60 days intervals.

 

How can you use quick analytics as a blogger or business owner?

As I said before, the analytics that are available weekly, monthly and bi-monthly fashion are useful in making quick decisions. If you are promoting something, it should not take you much time to analyze the analytics data to compose and schedule some few targeted tweets.

 

First time on Twitter Dashboard? Here is how to setup

Probably, you might have not activated your dashboard on Twitter yet. The first time landing on the twitter dashboard page will leave you confused a bit (if you are not much of a internet user). Follow this one-time setup process to activate your dashboard.

 

Step 1: Go to https://dashboard.twitter.com and login with your credentials.

 

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Step 2: Click on the ‘Try Twitter Dashboard’ button to start the setup process.

 

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Step 3: A window with the short information of twitter dashboard will be shown. Click on ‘Let’s go’ button to proceed to next step.

 

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Step 4: The real setup process starts from this step. From this step, you will have to go through four steps to complete this one-time setup process.

 

Select the type of business that you operate with your twitter account. Choosing an appropriate category will help you with relevant tips and what to tweet in right times. You will also have to choose the number of employees in your company.

 

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Choose number of employees and click ‘Next’.

 

Step 5: In this step, you will have to choose the keywords and @mentions that you want to monitor about your business. Click on the ‘Next’ button on the top to add the keywords and mentions.

 

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Click ‘Next’ when you are done adding the phrases, people and hashtags.

 

Step 6: All terms will be shown as added to your feed. Click on ‘Save Feed’ button to finish the setup process and start using dashboard.

 

Unleash the power of twitter dashboard features as discussed above an enjoy better returns.

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How To Find Printer Ink For Old Laser Jet Printing Systems

Buying a new printer is always very exciting, but after a while you run out of ink. Finding out exactly which ink cartridge you need to replace and where you can find it is often a difficult and frustrating journey.

 

Then, the process of replacing the cartridge itself can be challenging. You may also find that a replacement ink cartridge can cost almost as much as a new printer. Read on to learn how to find printer ink for old laser jet printing systems and avoid getting frustrated with your printer system.

 

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The Problem With Ink

Many consumers are frustrated with the methods profitable printer companies use to force consumers to purchase ink, whether it’s more expensive, incompatible with your printer model, or simply inefficient and quick to deplete. For example, many may have experienced that after purchasing a new printer the included cartridges last for only a few prints before expiring. Subsequently, refill cartridges are sold for nearly the same cost, if not more, than the printer itself.

 

Another business tactic that many consumers have encountered is the requirement to have all ink colors filled before printing, even if they’re only printing in black and white. Some believe these are schemes to make printing companies more money. However, a few printing giants, like HP, have claimed that they have spent years trying to lower the cost of making new cartridges.

 

Replacement Ink or a New Printer?

Inkjet printers are becoming more and more affordable, while new replacement cartridge prices are staying the same. The gap between the cost of a printer and the cost of ink cartridges is becoming exceedingly wide.

 

If you have an old laser printer, you may be wondering if you should just buy a whole new printer rather than track down the specifics of your cartridge. Before you choose the very impractical route of buying a whole new printer, consider the alternatives.

 

Check the Box

Many new printers come with a fresh ink cartridge stored in the box as part of the printer purchase. Check to see if you still have the original box—you may find a backup cartridge there. If you have the instruction manual, you can find the model numbers for the ink cartridge you need.

 

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Call the Printer Company

Calling or emailing the company who made your printer is always a good place to start. You can inquire about where you can find a new cartridge based on the specifications of your printer. The key in this first step is to get the proper model number on your cartridge. Without this information, you may find it exceedingly difficult to properly replace your ink.

 

Compare Prices at Third-Party Vendors

The problem of expensive replacement cartridges comes about primarily when you try to buy officially branded ink from the same maker as the printer you own. Buying a replacement cartridge from your printer company is like taking your car back to the dealership for a tune-up—it’s going to cost a lot more than what smaller retailers will charge.

 

Online vendors have a deep inventory of ink cartridges that match many laser jet printers. There’s no reason to toss your old printer just because it’s out of ink and you’re not sure where to get more. Check the stocked inventory of any reputable vendor to keep your faithful laser printer running for another few years.

 

Although printer ink is a giant industry, it can be difficult to find the right cartridge to fit your model. However, with the right amount of research and insight, it is possible to effectively save on costs, avoid poor quality cartridges, and fulfill your printing needs.

 


Author Bio: Albert Krav is a software developer and IT technical support officer, working with other technical experts at 1ink to find the best solutions to all printing issues. Over the last decade, he has helped to effectively make printing at home or in the office a smooth and effortless process. During his free time, he loves to research about new technologies and write.

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How to Grow Your Business Using Mobile Coupons?

These days, big companies are trying to promote their products indifferent ways like online campaign management, through SMS on mobiles, on television, banner ads and offline advertisements. As much as we know, the companies who promote products by offering promo codes through mobile SMS, get more benefits.

 

Actually, Mobile Coupon Marketing is the most convenient way to reach to customers. Not only you will target your customer but also can also target many type of mobile marketing strategies. And a very good thing about mobile coupons or promo codes marketing is: if you want to target local business then it is the suitable business strategy for your business.

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Through SMS, e-commerce and branded companies give the coupon codes for best offers to targeted clients. What’s the main reason: why these companies prefer the mobile discount coupons marketing strategy? Do you have any idea about that? Read more to know.

 

5 Main Reasons to Use Mobile Coupon is:

1. Companies can directly reach their customer and benefits them.

2. Customers can easily use the discounted offers

3. Brands can target easily the local business

4. As Customers get more benefits, they love to purchase more and more products

5. Easiest way for brand promotions.

 

In these days, each and every famous e-commerce companies like Paytm, eBay, Jabong, Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Shopclues and all food and beverages companies, interior-exterior companies are offering promo codes.

 

In this 21st century, marketing strategy is very complicated to handle. So, small scale business owner should nurture their skills in such a way so that they can compete with the competitive market.

 

Are you a small or middle sized business owner? If so, then you can start with the mobile coupon marketing tricks to grow your business. Hope this article will be helpful for those owners who want to see their companies at top level.

 

Author Bio:

This article is written by Ameeta Mohanty, a professional blogger who love to write different kind of articles from several categories like travel, technology, health, shopping and news. Apart from her profession, she loves singing, dancing and enjoy life to the fullest.

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How to Transfer Music to Samsung Galaxy S7 from Computer

Samsung took the best features of their Galaxy S5 and S6 and molded them together to come up with the Galaxy S7. When you look at the sleek design of the phone, it reminds you of the S6; in fact, many people say that it should have been called the S6S. However, the changes in the phone necessitated the S7 branding, because they are immense; this is not just a simple upgrade of the S6, but a completely new version.

 

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The Galaxy S7 borrows a lot from the S6 when it comes to the exterior design. It also borrows from the S5 with the addition of a Micro SD slot. The sound system is great and this is good news for people who love to listen to music on their phone. With MobileGo, you can now move your favorite tunes from your PC to the phone, to listen to when you are on the move.
 

Step by step guide: Import music to Samsung Galaxy S7 from PC with MobileGo

Step 1: Connect your phone to your computer

Using your USB cable, connect your Samsung Galaxy S7 to your PC. You can also scan the QR code on MobileGo to connect your phone to the PC via WiFi.
 
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Step 2: Go to the Music tab

Go to the “Music” tab on the left side of the screen, and click on it; you will be presented with a list of all the music files stored on your phone. At the top of the screen, you will see an “Add” button; click on it and in the dropdown menu, select “Add File”. You can also “Add Folder” if you want to import a full music folder to your Samsung Galaxy S7.
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Step 3: Choose the music files or folders to add

A pop-up window will be launched, from where you will select your music files or folders.
 
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Step 4: Wait for the file to be transferred to your Samsung Galaxy S7

Your music file or folder will be added to your phone. You will see the file or folder listed in your default music listing on MobileGo.
 
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Conclusion

It is wonderful to plug your headphones into your Samsung Galaxy S7 and listen to your favorite music when you are travelling or away from your computer. With MobileGo, you can import music files and folders to your phone with just a few clicks of the mouse. The playback on this flagship device is crystal-clear; another of the features that contribute to the success of this phone in the market.

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How to Crop Content on PDF Files & Save as Separate File

Portable Document Format (PDF) files are the most convenient to carry document format. The reason to use PDF files is that one cannot easily modify or manipulate the content on the PDF files like as they do with .doc or .docx files. This article will teach you of how to crop the particular section of the PDF file and save it as a separate file.

Just like we need a tool to view PDF files, we need a tool to edit and modify them. It is not possible to edit documents with the normal Adobe Acrobat Reader as it has limited functionality. You need to purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro to edit PDF document. An Acrobat Pro subscription costs $12/month for standard subscription and $299 for standard full license. For Mac users, it costs $499 for a standard license.

If you are a business owner and an individual, it is quite not affordable to buy the software for a simple purpose.

Affordable Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro

Wondershare PDFelement is the affordable piece of software that I found as an alternative for Adobe high cost PDF software. Wondershare offer this software (Windows) for $69.95 and Mac version for $99.95 with lifetime license and support. You can even download the trail version (Windows | Mac) of this software before purchasing.

Trial version of Wondershare PDFelement will only exhibit limited features and lays an watermark on the saved documents. If you want a serious PDF editor, better buy it (Windows | Mac) one time and use it forever.

Cropping content on PDF files with PDFelement software

After installing the software on your computer, run the program.

Go to File > Open > Select a PDF file and open it into the Wondershare PDFelement program.

Not go to Pages > Crop.

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Then select the area on the PDF page that you wanted to crop and hit Enter.

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A ‘Crop Settings’ window will popup where you can adjust the Crop Margins and Page Range. After setting these options, hit on ‘Crop’ button.

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Now the selected page(s) will be cropped and shown as shown below.

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Right-click on the cropped page and select ‘Print’ option. Choose the PDF printer and print it to PDF.


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That’s it. That’s how you can crop content on PDF files and save as separate file.

 

Watch the video tutorial demonstrating how to crop PDF files and save as separate file:

 

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How to Monitor Sexting with the Help of a Software?

According to Google “Sexting” is a term that usually refers to “sending (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via cell phone.” Sexting is something that has not always been there. It is one of the many gifts of technology that we have to put up with no matter what. The fact that tons of people are sexting today in order to keep their sexual lives interesting is not as horrifying as the idea that hackers are actually putting quite some work and effort into getting hold of such pictures illegally.
 
Remember the iCloud scandal? Where the iCloud was hacked and pictures of countless celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, etc. were leaked onto the internet. Sounds like the worst thing to happen ever, doesn’t it?
 
Ever since its rise in popularity, more and more people are turning towards it. Not because they actually have a reason to send a sext, but because it is the “IT” thing now and they are the trend chasers. According to a recent study, there are three major types of sexting, which are:
 

Type 1: People in a Relationship

This class of people refer to exchange steamy message with the people they are in a relationship with. These messages may include anything at all – a picture, a video, a sound clipping, a text, etc. Such a sexting relationship exists between a husband and a wife, or a long distance (or otherwise) girlfriend and boyfriend, etc.
 

Type 2: Cheaters

This group basically comprises of individuals who are in relationship with other people but at the same time they like to sext with others who are not their partners. People who are bored of their monotonous lives tend to follow this path, with most of them just looking for a steamy short-lived affair that could add some spice to their lives, without the knowledge of their current partners.
 

Type 3: The Hopefuls

This group includes that class of people who are looking to be in a relationship and have someone in their sights they’d like to be their other halves. Therefore, they exchange such raunchy material in order to attract the other person.
 
We have already mentioned how chasers “sext” trend just because it is the new thing to do. Such sexters usually include children. Children i.e., teens who are not yet of legal age and who can be legally tested by law as adults if they are found in possession of such explicit material for possession and distribution of child pornography, even if the picture is their own. Therefore, not only those partners whose other halves are cheating on them but concerned parents need to invest into spy applications to ensure their own protection and the protection of their loved ones.
 

Why Use Spy Applications?

The name spy app sounds notorious to people with delicate sensibilities but it is the only solution to keep a close and keen eye on your children and partner because of its various features, a few of which are:
 

Stealth Mode

Since spy applications mostly work on stealth mode, this way you can monitor your child or your spouse easily without their knowledge. Additionally, with remote access you do not even have to access the target device physically. All you have to do is login to your account and access all their activities in real time.
 

Text Message Monitoring

Monitoring messages is always in your favor because this is where teens and potentially cheating partners conduct most of their communications. It is also the primary source of sending and receiving sexts.
 
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Additionally, monitoring texts with cell phone spy can also let you know:
  • Who your child or partner is sexting?
  • Who is Sexting them?
  • What is the time frame of sexts being sent and received?
  • What is their frequency?

Email Monitoring

Another way your teen or your partner might be sexting somebody is through email. It is another discreet form of messaging that gives you information about the person sexting and vice versa as well as the timeframe of the sexts.
 

Access Browsing History

If your other half is visiting websites like Tinder, J-date or match.com, or your child is visiting inappropriate websites, then their browser search history may present the evidence to it all. Therefore, keeping a close eye on it will always be in your best favor.
 

The Bottom Line

Technology is indeed taking over the world, but the intention behind its creation was pure. No matter how off the tracks it uses have gone in the recent years, only technology can help combat it. Therefore, use of spy apps to keep sexting at bay is not only good for you and your family from a legal point of view, but from a moral and psychological point of view as well.
 

Author Bio:

Brooke fill in as tech and digital parenting expert. She is managing technical content at TheOneSpy cell phone spy software to track location, listen live phone calls, and monitor social instant messaging logs. Follow her on twitter @brookechloe78
 

*This is a guest post. The opinions and views expressed in it need not to be those of the this website owners or other authors.
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How to Install Xamarin to Microsoft Visual Studio

The announcement of third-party mobile application development platform, Xamarin as open source is buzzing around the .NET developer forums and discussion boards now.

This mobile application development platform can be used integrating with the Visual Studio IDE of Microsoft for free now. There won’t be any trial period to expire or it won’t ask for commercial license to continue in any future. All you would need to have is the latest version of genuine licensed Visual Studio IDE software installed on your computer.

Installation of Xamarin will be executed in three phases. They are,

1. Installation of Java JDK
2. Installation of Android SDK
3. Installation of Xamarin libraries

1. Installation of Java JDK

In this phase the Xamarin installer will download and install the latest version of the Java JDK which is needed for the Android app development.

Java is platform independent and it will be installed with out any intermediator interpreters on Windows.

2. Installation of Android SDK

Installation of Android SDK is the 2nd phase of installing Xamarin to Visual Studio. Android development is all managed by this Android SDK from Google. To develop the android apps with Java, you would need to download and install complete android studio but as we are aiming to develop the android apps using .NET technologies like C# and F#, we only need the core layer, the Android SDK.

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This android SDK will integrate into the Visual Studio allowing us to develop right from the VS IDE itself. This is another reason why Android SDK don’t need another IDE (android studio) for developer interface coding.

3. Installation of Xamarin libraries

Xamarin acts as intermediator interpreter for .NET technologies C#/F# and Java. The coding conventions of .NET will be translated into Java native coding using the Xamarin libraries. This is the third and last phase of installing Xamarin to Visual Studio IDE.

Let the Xamarin installer install the libraries needed for the integration with Visual Studio.

After installation, open Visual Studio > File > New Project. You would find the Android and iOS project options to continue. Go to Xamarin University and learn how to program with Xamarin on Visual Studio with .NET technologies.

That’s it! Enjoy Android and iOS app development from Visual Studio.
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Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10 & Save Bandwidth

Windows 10 is claimed to be the best operating system ever developed by Microsoft. Unfortunately, it bagged haters more than the fans with forcible restrictions like incompatibilities with the old hardware (even of 2 years old) and no control over the options like operating system updates.

Hardware incompatibilities might be because of the advanced technologies that are used to build this operating system but the customization is what people carve for when it comes to the software. Microsoft is known to be signing up deals with the computer manufacturers to make the future computers compatible with only the Windows 10 but not down-versioned operating systems if Microsoft.

One of the uncontrollable options that Microsoft Windows 10 has is the control over the automatic updates. Windows users are wondering why this option is not made user controllable.

There are two obvious reasons why Microsoft would have made the automatic updates essential. One is that they might have afraid of losing their subscriptions if automatic updates are allowed to be disabled. The second reason relates to the security of the operating system.

Are automatic updates bad?

Any update the a digital device gets from the vendor is not bad at all. It might have bugs but the motive of that update would be to improve the user experience and enhance the security.

The automatic updates will keep your system patched with missing functionalities, security updates and improve user experience. In fact, it is always better to keep the updates to download and get installed automatically.

Then why disable automatic updates?

The top 3 reasons that I found in my experience to disable the automatic updates are,
  1. Frequency of updates
  2. Updating while working
  3. Consumes all bandwidth
1. Frequency of updates – It would be great to get updates weekly or monthly. But, Microsoft sends updates to Windows 10 daily (including Windows Defender virus definitions). The update frequency of Windows XP. 7 or 8 and 8.1 were not used to happen this often.

2. Updating while working – Updates are supposed to get downloaded and installed while the system is left idle. It would be distracting and interrupting to get updates while working. The whole computer might lag or or the piece of software that we are working on might not respond properly. It would sometimes leads is to restart the computer which might cost the loss of unsaved work done.

3. Consumes all bandwidth – It is the major problem an average windows 10 operating system user would face with updates. It consumes all the bandwidth to download the updates always and halts the programs to install them sometimes.

Countries like India are ranked last in internet speed in a recent survey. According to the survey report generated by Akamai Technologies Inc., the average speed of the internet in India is just 2.8Mbps. If it comes from a ISP like BSNL, the speed would be the 10% of the promised. That means, if they promise you 4Mbps, you would get 400Kbps only.

In that sense, how good is to get updates while working on the internet? It would not only slow down the process of loading websites, but also wastes a lot of time.

How to disable automatic updates on Windows 10?

Disabling automatic updates on Windows 10 is a bit tricky. You won’t be finding the option straight on the update console. Take a look at the screenshot below if you want.

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But, still you can access the controls to enable or disable the automatic updates from ‘Local Group Policy Editor’.

Go to Windows Search, type Edit Group Policy and then navigate to the following path.

Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update and double click on ‘Configure Automatic Updates’.

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Set the option ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’ and click ‘Apply’, then ‘Ok’. Restart the system once and you are now relieved of automatic bandwidth eating updates on your Windows 10 computer.

Get Windows updates manually

If you want to get the updates manually, open ‘Configure Automatic Updates’ and select ‘Enabled’ from the configuration options and select ‘Notify for download and notify to install’ option from ‘Configure automatic updating’ settings.

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Watch the following video for the live instructions:

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How to Remove Your Phone Number from True Caller Database?

Being identified is not good every time. When it is on True Caller, it is more frustrating. True Caller, having the major database of phone number identities serves better at sometimes and stealing privacy at most of them.

Its purpose, to find the details of unknown number owner is fulfilled when it comes to cyber threat and related cyber cases. When it comes to privacy, it scores almost zero. Let me tell you some story lines that will make you understand why True Caller is a total loss of privacy - Mr. Somebody who is a popular guy in his town who is often getting unknown calls from both the love and hatred. He bared this non-sense for a month and he thought can’t take it any more. So he decided to change his most liked and chosen number 9988776655. He was happy after changing his number and two months passed. He got some new contacts along with the new ones this time. The unknown phone calls increased and finally made him quit using a mobile phone.

The solution for such a problem is not the quitting using mobile phones, but quit being listed in True Caller database. True Caller allows to find people by name or phone number. This feature not only annoys famous one, but also individuals who wants to hide their phone number details. What if it happens in case of a girl? what if someone could easily get her number and start teasing?

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As the number of True Caller app users are increasing day by day, protecting our numbers from being recorded into their databases is impossible. So it is better to remove it ourselves. True Caller officially allows users to request for the removal of their numbers from their database. Let’s see how to.

Requesting a removal

To request a phone number removal,

Step 1: Open the link http://www.truecaller.com/unlist in another tab.

Step 2: Enter your phone number that you wanted to be removed and enter the capcha code and click ‘Unlist’ button.

Step 3: That’s it you’re done! Just wait for another 24 hours from now on and check it in True Caller search after that.

If anyone searches for your number, they would get ‘0’ results displayed. Isn’t it simple?

Note: On the good side, Truecaller is a very good app that helps us know who is calling. We actually don't pick up everycall everytime due to some busy-ness but, some calls are yet to be answered anytime. Hope that explains everything on teh positive side of it.

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How To Change Album/Cover Art In VLC Player

VLC player is powerful and easy-to-use software to play media. This software maintains a metadata associated with the media your are playing. One of such metadata feature is that showing album art of the media clips you are playing. Sometimes, VLC player can't find the album art or shows the incorrect image that is totally interrelated to the playing media.


Here is way to change the VLC album arts. Just follow the instructions,

1. Open 'VLC player.'

2. Click on 'Media' and choose 'Open File' option from the menu. Browse and open the media clip you want to change the album art for.

3. Right-click the media that is playing in the VLC window and select 'Download Cover Art' from the context menu. The correct cover art will be downloaded into the media clip's metadata.

Sometimes it might not change because of the VLC's cacheed data. Clearing it would solve the problem and will take the correct album art there by reducing the efforts to update it to all the media.

To clear the VLC cache, go to Media > Recent Media menu and click 'Clear' to delete the cache.

Remember: Clearing the cache will also clear your recent played lists. So, better do it in full consciousness.

See you next time!
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How To Recover Data From a Crashed Hard Drive

In addition to 'daily backup', I prefer to do a 'weekly backup' every weekend. You should use one directory on your portable computer for "long-term backup". Particularly if you often download a software and don't have any physical representative of it.


Re-arrange the directory structure on your desktop computer , creating one primary root directory, with a sub- directory for every application you use to work with. The subdirectories under the root "Own" are only to take the data files associated with Winword, Eudora or any other programs that create output.

Whenever you create or modify a file (whatever the file type), be sure to write/update the current date in a comment line near the top.

Finally, let's not forget that, especially in computing there is hardly anything bad that wouldn't have any positive side effect. Over time a lot of the "scrap" will assemble on your hard drive. Nowadays that's not much of a problem, just some wasted storage space. But remember the performance is diminished when the operating system has to struggle with a lot of complicated entanglements.

Follow These Steps To Recover Your Hard Drive

1. First, turn off the computer. If the computer continues to restart after the Windows logo appears without giving a chance to access the desktop and a blue screen flashes for a split second, it is most likely a registry problem, virus or hard drive fail.

2. The impending loss of important documents and files is a sickening feeling, but there is a way to recover them before reformatting the computer. For an affordable price, external hard drive cases can be bought at any retail outlet specializing in computers. After the case is purchased, carefully remove the hard drive from the computer by detaching the connected wires, plug the hard drive into the case and it will act as an external USB drive.

3. Once this is completed, attach it to another computer and hopefully it will show up as another drive. If this works, simply drag and drop the important files onto the computer and back them up onto a USB stick or DVD disc. If this doesn't work, the hard drive has either failed or it's not connected properly.

4. Now that the files are safe, it is time to reboot the computer. Ideally, when a computer is purchased, the user will make a back up disc of the operating system in case of a meltdown. If you don’t have the disc, contact the company that makes the computer and perhaps they will supply one.

Bonus Tip: It is better to keep a cloud backup of your important files. Cloud space providers like Google is giving 15GB of free space on the drive which can be expanded on extra credit. Even if the hard drive crashes completely irrecoverable, the cloud backup helps you restore the file back on to the new hard drive or computer.
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