Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Make Professional Looking Brochures & Flyers

Bill Myers does a short video tip of the week here.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How to UnZip Files.

3rd partiy utilities.  7Zip he recommends. 
Once the file displays, right-click and select EXTRACT ALL.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Chat Light
Benefits of Chat Lighting
They're not cheap.  $30 but they appear to definitely improve the lighting on your image.  And that can't hurt anyone.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Regarding SEO . . . 

It starts with having the right things on a web page and in the right places.  Failure to do this is the number one reasons some sites are never found using a search.

I cover some of that in these articles:

Since search engine optimization usually requires a whole site make-over, it isn't something to take lightly.   Html and design skills are required.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Create an A-store and start selling online with Amazon.  See this article.
Basically all you can do is customize an Amazon store.

Build an e-commerce site on Amazon.  And more.  

Need Files Converted to PDF Format (West Hollywood)

The offer opened with this, "We have the following 4 files:"

1) 117 GB
2) 678 MB
3) 507 MB
4) 97.9 GB

Each of these electronic files contain different types of document formats, i.e. Outlook E-Mail Messages, TIF, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and TXT, we need someone to convert these file from their original formats to PDF, on a flat fee basis. Each file varies in that some have lots of Outlook email messages and less Word or WordPerfect documents, and others have more TIF and TXT files. Also, each file contains a large number of documents. In the end we want all document/file types to be in PDF format. 

If you are interested in this job please email an invoice to include your fee and the work you did, for example: 

WORK: converted different file types into PDF format. 

TIME: XX days/weeks

FLAT FEE:$?????

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Centered!  Yeah!  <div align="center">

Apparently, everything in this guy's videos was created using Adobe After Effects.

Very cool drone and drone video.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Not all coffee shops are created equally.

Coffee Bean has a terrible Wi-Fi connection.  Doesn't matter if it i crowded or not, the connection drops frequently.  So I use my phone's network.

Though the main reason I come to Coffee Bean is because they have the best-tasting coffee of all the commercial brands--Starbucks, Peet's Coffee & Tea, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  The local, boutique coffee shops don't seem to make the best coffee. They're often flavored coffees but don't have that density in flavor that Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has.  Starbucks burns their bean. Peet's is pretty good too.  It's coffee flavor is dense.

IMO, pastries at Starbucks are the best but I just don't eat that stuff any more.  Pastries at Coffee Bean look like they've been taken out of shoe box.

The folks who seem to make the most genuine, friendly efforts are Coffee Bean and Peet's.  I was at one Coffee Bean.  They took my order without realizing that they were out of the house blend but they didn't say anything to me.  I sat at a table with my laptop waiting.  After about 5 minutes I got up and looked around, thinking that maybe I'd missed the call for my coffee but then realized mine was no special order and the barista didn't ask for my name any way.  Then I stepped over the cashier, and that's when he realized that he didn't relay to me that my coffee was being brewed. He knew that I would appreciate the fact that they were brewing a new pot and so didn't say anything because he really didn't need to. When I picked up my coffee, he handed me a $5 gift card.  I said "No, no, you don't have to do that."  But his insistence was very friendly, so I accepted.  So on friendliness, I would definitely pick Coffee Bean.

Peet's is a close second.  They've got competent people at Peet's. Thoughtful people.  Their store that I visit on occasion is in Pasadena's Hasting's Ranch, a neighborhood that once held some prestige in Pasadena for its theaters and its Sears store.  Today there are so many eateries there it seems impossible.  But I like Peet's.

Starbucks hires punks.  Managed by punks and mini-Mussolinis with $.69 authority.  I have caught attitudes from the young folks at Starbucks, which I did not enjoy.  


This one is a tough category.  Recently, I've been spending too much time inside coffee bars.  I go there to work on my computer, where I try to station myself next to a power outlet.  And that's when the trouble begins.  It's not bad.  It's just that I suddenly become an eye sore, a blight on the restaurant ambiance though the place could be empty.  I get clues.  10 to 20 minutes after sitting down, I will get a clue.  An employee will come by my table with a sweeping broom and pan, spot cleaning dirt from the floor.  And they tend to find an extra piece of dirt at the far corners of the floor around my table.  And if there is only a single piece of dirt, it will be something remarkably difficult to reach and they will try and try and reach and reach a second, a third, a fourth, and fifth annoying time to collect a single wadded piece of something.  Another form of non-verbal messages to scoot I get is that if I am sitting next to a window a barrister will come directly to my window with towel and spray bottle: squirt, squirt, mist, mist, and then circular wipes. Going in circles for minutes.  Didn't realize the window was that dirty, was so dirty.  Got to get that dirt!  So I get clues. Clues to pack up and leave.  Yet there are tables throughout the coffee bar.  In the bar I am currently in there at least 12 tables and a few leather chairs with end tables next to them, so there's plenty of space for people to read, sit, talk, whatever.  They even have a few books McCallister, the Eagle's Legacy by William Stone.  Never heard of him, which means nothing at all.  

So I can't always tell what the business model is for these coffee bars.  There is no theater within walking distance to this bar. There is a grocery store, Sprouts, and a Japanese restaurant/sushi bar.  But I'd like to hear their rationale for not wanting customers sitting at tables working on their laptops or tablets.  I see that as a smart set of folks who like to produce, but I guess that computers are still seen as forbidden communication that leads to excessive consumption.  And that is absolutely disgusting.  I don't know.  I don't know why these coffee shops would frown on this.  Maybe the frowning is toward a certain group of folks.  I am almost 60 and white.  In today's Obama society, that itself is a crime.  Saw this movie last night, called White House Down, that had a who's who of Hollywood cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Jason Clarke, Joey King, and Richard Jenkins.  Channing Tatum, an Alabama-born kid who moved to Misssissippi, plays a White House police officer, who it turns out has special-agent type martial arts skills, where he takes all and every security detail that James Woods' character, Martin Walker, head of the president's security detail, can throw at him.  I mention this movie only because I see the writing on the wall.  This new generation is biased against older folks.  But was I any different as a teenager?  There was one older man who came into Steamboat Fried Chicken with a pair of shoes.  I was the assigned manager and I would follow orders or protocol or some authority.  He came without a nickel to his name except for the pair of shoes.  He placed the shoes on the counter in front of me, asking if I would consider taking the shoes in exchange for a chicken dinner.  I said no.  What kind of a monster was I?  I could have simply taken his shoes, paid for his chicken dinner, kept the shoes as some kind of lucky pair. He would have been fed, and my soul would have been fed.  Does that sound quirky?  Too Chicken Soul type of smarmy ethics? Sometimes smarmy is all you can hope for.

The other tactic that coffee bars pull is that they play music that they know would offend an older audience.  If the content of the songs doesn't work, they'll raise the volume.  Loud!  I mean so loud you'd think you were in a nightclub.  It is terrible.  It is deliberate. It's all non-verbal stuff.  When you go to the counter and order beverages, they're all smiles and happy as pie, bending over backwards to serve you.  But when you go rogue with laptop, well, that's just pure evil.  You're not to use their shop as your work shop.  


Starbucks has the worst music.  And if you get a manager who doesn't really like people or their collective noise or the silence from a lack of noise, then he just might ratchet up the volume to deafening levels.  And the selections they play are so over-the-top politically correct that they torture the listener with the hopes of pulling you down into the depths of despair.  I referred once to their music that it was like listening to Tracy Chapman on Quaaludes.

Starbucks is the best in this regard.

Coffee Bean is pretty good, except for a few stores.

Peet's has only a few.

McDonald's, though not a strict barista does serve coffee and does have W-Fi.  But no power.  Something happened to their coffee.  When they started serving the Arabica Bean, McDonald's customers were stunned by how good it was and how fresh it could taste.  Today, or maybe at certain stores, their coffee has dramatically declined.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

This may be important. Certainly selling T-shirts seems like a way to go.

Successful Amazon Merch account that is doing awesome selling T-shirts? 

I'm trying to make an extra $500 a month and thought this would be a great place to start. I do have a couple t-shirts up but I think I need some more guidance. Is there anybody out there who's selling t-shirts also - I'm super curious to see if you're spending money on promotions, etc.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Case #: 1326928961
Resetting password:
Driver comp
Connection with a LAN cable
Compatibility with the drivers.
Update for the driver or the driver itself. 
1)  Update > settings > update > security options.
2)  Device manager 

Model Number:  Inspiron 5737
Categories:  Portable PC.
The Wireless Driver registered under "Device Manager" on my laptop is Dell Wireless 1705 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHZ).  That wireless driver can be found here

What is EGREAT_TVBOX7029
Model:  YunTVPlayer
Model Number:  1.0
Categories:  Digital media renderer.
Description: unavailable.

Mfg.:  Microsoft Corporation
Model: Windows Media Player
Model Number: 12
Categories:  Digital Media Player
Description:  Unavailable.

What is UPnP?

PlayPoint Properties:
Model:  Local Player.
Model Number 1.0
Categories:  Digital media renderer.

PlayPoint USB
Mfg.:  Packet Video
Model: Twonky Server
Model Number 7.0.10
Categories:  Digital Media Server

Mfg.:  YoukuDIna.
Model:  YoukuMediaRenderer
Model Number:  Unavailable.
Categories:  Digital media renderer.

Wireless router
Mfg.:  NETGEAR, Inc.
Model: RangeMax N300 Wireless
Status:  Not connected.  

Mfg.:  Dell, Inc.
Model:  Inspiron 5737
Category: Portable PC

Network Adapters:
1.  Dell Wireless 1705 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHZ)
2.  Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller

Some troubleshooting tips here and here here.  

To know which PCI card was installed in the system and to download the drivers for that device, follow the steps from this link:
If you are finding it difficult in searching the drivers for PCI card, follow the steps from the above link and please send me the Vendor ID and Device ID of the PCI card or you can also send me the Hardware IDs as you did earlier.

Dell only has the 64 Bit drivers listed available for your specific model
Intel HD Graphics 4400 Driver here:
Intel however provides the 32 bit Drivers for Windows 8.1

Dell charges $129 to fix any issue.  Express Service Code:  34732915273.  You might get some help from Dell Support Forum.  Phone number is 800-624-9896.  That number is good 24/7.  Product was shipped on April 23, 2014. Service Tag: 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Getting 1 Million Views from a YouTube Video

Monetizing videos.

To review, it requires:
1)  Review high-end items/devices [cameras, RVs, automobiles, computers, phones, computer hardware, etc.]
2)  Devices that "a lot of people are interested in and costs enough money that consumers will do a little research before they buy."
3)  Show "the most amazing or annoying feature of a popular consumer product."

Bill Myers adds 10 tips on how on the types of videos that make money.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I’ve been a wild advocate for the Internet since the beginning, and I still believe in it as a massively liberating technology… but not in the current, popular form. The Internet that we know has been recaptured by the power mongers with a massive assist from hucksters. It is, to be very honest about it, all but finished. And considering the massive inertia and mindless obedience of the dominant 9/11 culture, it won’t be saved.
So, we need a Plan B. Many people don’t want to think about such a thing, and while I understand their hesitation, I can’t endorse anyone taking the ‘ostrich position.’
That being the case, I’ll start right out with the naked truth.

Big Brother is now called “Internet.”
Using the existing Internet, as most people do, involves Big Brother reading your mind and sticking his fingers into your brain. And that’s not something that is ‘coming soon’; it is something that is here NOW… and it’s getting worse all the time.

I’ll pass up the details in this article; I’ve covered them repetitively in the past. Whoever doesn’t want to believe me is entitled to his or her choice.

Plan A2
Plan A2 is the one I’ve been talking about for a decade or more: protecting your Internet traffic. I should warn you, however, that this gets harder every day. And that means that fast, easy, and cheap is not possible. To be clear: If you’re using cut-rate protection, you’re not protected.

Yes, I have a dog in this fight – I manage the Cryptohippie Service – but what I’m writing is true all the same. Cheap privacy services are not going to protect you these days. You need professional systems (with their own private key infrastructure, multiple hops, DNS, etc.).

You can still protect yourself (see this guide) but it’s real work… as in spending hours of focused effort, and consistently.

Beyond these things, you MUST stop using free services, especially Google and Facebook. They are the tele-screens from 1984 and are in some ways worse. Like it or not, that’s the truth.

The problem with Plan A2 is that you have to pay for it. It does still work (which is why Big Brother’s operators would like to outlaw anonymity services), but it isn’t free.

Plan A2 flies in the face of the triumphant Internet hucksters who have conned nearly the entire planet into believing that there really is such a thing as a free lunch. And reason be damned, the planet has fallen for it.
Ah well.

Plan B
Plan B is far simpler and easier than you’d guess: It’s to build our own networks. Here are the two major pieces: 

Meshes are local networks built with standard Wi-Fi components. They are cheap and fairly easy to build, especially after the first one or two. And they can cover large areas. In fact, a rural mesh network in Spain connects some 30,000 users. Here’s a list of mesh networks around the world. 

Connecting networks can be accomplished by any number of means: fibers, radio links, phone lines, and so on. The one method that I particularly like is packet radio.
All sorts of things can be added to this base. Here are two that I like.

These are individual nodes (computers) that connect to both a mesh and the big Internet, ferrying data between the two: emails, page updates, etc. 

FidoNet is a system for sending and receiving messages. But unlike the standard Internet, it doesn’t require real-time transmission. In other words, it is perfect for a mesh network that synchs with remote email servers only four times per day, for example. (This breaks the Big Brother Internet’s ability to correlate traffic… to read your mind so easily.)

You could easily go far beyond my short list, but this is a strong start. The External Links section of the Wikipedia mesh page would be a great place to start looking for further information and ideas.

The leading edge and the oppressed are already getting busy with mesh networks. This is where intelligent and ethical energies need to be spent, because the existing Internet is all but gone for anyone who wants some distance from Big Brother.

If you’re looking to start doing something that matters, I can barely think of a better area in which to start. If you have any technical skill at all, you’ll find it accessible. Building mesh networks requires fairly little cash and it is of major importance.

So, I recommend that you jump in and start building and start communicating with other people who are doing the same thing.

Then, once you understand what you’re doing, start innovating.

This is a line of work that’s worthy of your time and energy.

Paul Rosenberg
Tech Help for Windows & Dell Computers

You mean I can run an entire operating program on a computer with no internet?

I need this page for new drivers. 
You need to go to the Dell web site, actually. This is the page you need:
If you have a USB stick, you can do this on a computer that actually has working Internet access.
If you don't see the WiFi icon, you may have a driver problem and need to install your wireless drivers.

It starts here.

Power to Do More, Dell Computers.
Official Microsoft Windows Forum: Technet forums
Windows Forum: Windows Forum

Okay, I've tried a few of the sites mentioned above.  Not too helpful.  They start off helpful, but if a glitch or further question arises, you don't hear from them.  I am referring to HowtoGeek and Tom's Hardware.  I signed onto Windows Central, asked a question but got no reply.  They post on their landing page that you'll get an answer in 5 minutes.  So far it's been 45 minutes and no answer yet.

The 4th site I will try is  I don't know who owns this but will check it out.

There is an other place I had not thought of trying and that's Reddit.  Try their techsupport forum.
Here were some replies:

1)  There are MANY!! In fact, I almost answered by saying "Google". And that answer would not be a joke or sarcasm. "Just Google it" is always the best answer. Yes, always.  But if I must pick only one website among hundreds, the best place I know for general computer help and knowledge is HowToGeek.  For Geeks, By Geeks.  And if by some stretch of imagination you cannot find what you are looking for by Googling it, and the Geeks haven't written about it... You might try Quora.

2)  Actually there is no specific website that can provide all the solutions for a problem. Problems which arise with a PC are most commonly individual problems which all the users may not suffer from, in most of the cases. So you can't find all the solutions of a problem in a single tin. However, I can provide you with some of the best websites that help you troubleshoot your problems.
Official Microsoft Windows Forum: Technet forums
Windows Forum: Windows Forum
Apart from the above forums, I have a personal blog in which you can post your queries and I'll typically reply in a hour or 2 with helpful videos and screenshots too:
3) Google is the best site to help troubleshoot any PC. Search the error codes, type in what is happening on your PC finds it all.  Generally though you will not have many hardware errors (unless strange things happen like a cat nesting inside the PC) so you are most likely to get help that is useful from Microsoft's forums for your OS and from Dell Official Site - The Power To Do More or for your driver errors you might experience.

Alternatively if you have a Radeon or NVidia graphics card you may want to check their sites out for driver and troubleshooting support as both manufacturers have some pretty good answers on their forums and drivers with updates for their hardware.

There is no one place to go and find the right answer, but in general the manufacturer of the hardware or software with issues will be the one with the right solution to the problem.

4)   I'd say Google, Microsoft user community, Tom's hardware, etc.

With all of he troubleshooting that I've done I should probably list those things that I have done and state whether they have worked at all. Here is what I followed to solve the problem of the Diagnostic Policy Service not running.  It was running before I watched this video and it is running after.  In his video, it reads "Started" under the STATUS.  In my list of Services, it reads RUNNING.  

And here is what I have done to solve the problem of