Create Amazing Presentations

27 Mar

Are you looking for a new way to dazzle your next presentation? Do you want to break out of the PowerPoint monotony? I discovered Emaze, a free way to create striking presentations in minutes. It reminds of the presentation style of of Prezi, but give you more tools. One issue I see with tools like these is once you create your presentation and you want to make an update, you need to login back into the tool to make a change. Also, for free you get a couple templates, but if you upgrade you get more.

http://www.emaze.com/

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Carsoup For Automobile News & Recalls

25 Mar

Is your car acting funny? Did you recently hear on the local news that your vehicle may possibly have a factory recall? I discovered that CarSoup has the most up-to-date information regarding not only automobile news but recalls too. If you need some quick information about your car or you are looking to purchase a new vehicle consider stopping here first. You can explore their blog, read tips & advice, check out their top 10 lists and see reviews & previews.

http://buyersguide.carsoup.com/news/

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Online Calculators & Conversion Resource

21 Mar

Most computers come with built in calculators but sometimes you just want to stay online and calculate. I found this site that features seven different types of calculators and four different ways for conversions. The website is old school but it works.

Calculators:

  • The scientific calculator
  • The statistics calculator
  • Extcalc
  • The simple calculator
  • RPN calculator
  • The Abacuses
  • Bitcoin mining calculator

Conversions:

  • Length – Convert between units of length (distances, heights, widths).
  • Area – Measurement units that measure areas are derived from the units of length.
  • Weight and Mass – Convert between units of weight.
  • Temperature – Units of measurement for temperature: Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin …

http://www.alcula.com/

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Disable Pop Up Blocker Please

20 Mar

Recently I ran into the issue where my pop up blocker was holding me back from  seeing content on a website. I kept loading the page and then realized the pop up blocker was the culprit. Pop up blockers are there to help cut down on SPAM but sometimes they get in the way. I went to turn off the pop up blocker in settings but it moved from where I knew it was last time. In each browser and version, the location of turning it off is in a different place so remembering doesn’t always help.

So how do you turn it off? I found this up-to-date FAQ on the GeekSquad website on how to do it. If you ever need any help, check out this site.
http://www.geeksquad.com/do-it-yourself/tech-tips/disable-pop-up-blocker.aspx

Remember: You can turn it off, you should just always turn it back on when you are done. By default, pop ups are blocked by most modern browsers.

 

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Have You Created Your MeetMe Page Yet?

14 Mar

LHTT has discussed Doodle in the past. Doodle allows you to send out a poll to group and gauge what times work best. You select the dates you want the group to choose from, send them the link to the poll and make a decision from your results. If you have a date in mind, you can schedule the date and then send a poll out to the best times to meet on that date. Doodle saves the guess work of when a group is available.

Now you can make your own Doodle page so people can schedule time with you. They call it a MeetMe page. You create an account (or login to existing one), create the page, choose a vanity URL and off you go. It’s sort of like having your Outlook schedule public and allowing others to meet with you.

https://doodle.com/account#meetme

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Amazon Product Shopping Cart Helper

9 Mar

Let’s say you are shopping on Amazon and you have $1.95 left after spending your $25 gift card. Why let it go to waste? Have you tried the Filler Item website? You just type in the value you have left on your card and it connects to Amazon showing you items that match the amount. Each time I shop on Amazon and I have something leftover I use this site.

Filler Item finds extra items to add to your Amazon cart.
1. Type in amount left over
2. See item links to products on Amazon
3. Add items to cart

http://www.filleritem.com/

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529 This Year?

25 Feb

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions saving for your kids college? Many say by March most resolutions are out the widow but the truth is it’s never too late. 529 is the way to save money wisely for your children’s future. Learn what a 529 is and why it’s important.

Whatisa529.com

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No Selfie Sticks Allowed

22 Feb

Have you ever been somewhere and you had to ask a total stranger to take your picture? You have to hand your phone to them and then they have to struggle to find the snap button. Now you don’t have to do that anymore! The art of taking a picture changed last year with the invention of the selfie stick. The selfie stick holds your phone so you can hold it out in front of you and snap a shot.

However recently many museums and other establishments have been banning them because they say the stick is a hazard. The stick can accidentally trip or clothesline guests causing injury. I can see their point because it causes a legal situation for the establishment. What do you think? Should sticks be banned? I think establishments need to adjust to technology and make rules and special areas to embrace the selfie stick. Could users of selfie sticks sign waivers when they enter? I also think users should be aware of their surroundings and be courteous of others too. It’s a two way street and the reality is personal mobile phones aren’t going away and either are selfie sticks. People like to take pictures of themselves.

Here’s some examples:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=selfiesticks

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The Art Of A Screenshot

19 Feb

A picture says a thousand words. I have found through the years that in almost any conversation when you are trying to explain something online a screenshot helps clarify it.

How do you take the perfect screenshot? How do you in that matter take one at all? If you always forget how to take a screenshot and you are looking for some tips on how to make the best one, check out this site.

http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/

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Avoiding Teenage Battles

15 Feb

Dr. Geoffrey Putt from Akron Children’s Hospital says your relationship with your teen doesn’t have to be a battle. Here are some ideas that may help.

10 ways to avoid teenage battles
1. Defined rules and consequences – eliminates arguments
2. Avoid escalation – stay calm
3. Set limits – them approach you appropriately
4. Avoid harsh punishments – take a step back
5. Have empathy – listen to what they are saying
6. Make a solution together – learn problem solving
7. Give teens leeway – freedom in rules
8. Take a time out – cool off
9. Set a good example
10. Recognize positive interactions – let them know

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