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Missing out on Magazines?

With the expansion of the Internet into our homes, our lives, our thoughts, we end up knowing that we can’t know everything.

We can’t read everything, we can’t learn everything. In part because there is only so much time in a day before we crash and sleep, in part because some of us simply can’t afford buying ever single magazine that fancies our interest.

In comes http://www.issuu.com, a freely available cornucopia of books and magazines available at the tip of your mouse, in various languages.

Choose from any of the 18 different categories, or simply search for the title of a magazine, or any subject you fancy, there is a big chance Issuu.com can help you satisfy your need for information.

If you register, you can create your own stacks of magazines to go back to on a later date.

And, last but not least, if you are an aspiring writer, and like to share your creations with the world, publish it. Your book might get read by millions.

Filing Cabinet of your mind

A fellow blogger mentioned a while ago the need for a filing cabinet in their mind to keep any odd thought save and secure for later use.

For each and every way to deal with stray thoughts, there is a filing cabinet that can work for you.

Leave a memo block near your bed, your chair, in the kitchen, in the car, okay maybe not in the car. Don’t forget to add a pen or pencil to each block.

Use the recorder on your smart phone, to record every bit of idea you want to save.

Give Evernote a try, or read up on GTD by David Allen.

And then there is my personal favourite : Personal Knowbase from Bitsmith Software, a freeform notes database application that can hold any idea, any thought, any suggestion. I use it to keep track of my stories I write, the characters, the places, the plot, etc. It is incredibly versatile, and can be used in a myriad of ways. For an old program as this ( it has been around, in various versons, since 1998 ) it only seems to have one flaw : It is only available under Windows.

If you like to give it a try, go here : http://www.bitsmithsoft.com/

There are many ways to create a filing cabinet of the mind, let me know in a reply to this post how you created yours.

Smileys

Smileys.  Often,we use them without even thinking about them. And not just on the screen.

We all know the ones integrated into computer use in 1982, namely :-) and :-(.  We can thank Scott Fahlman for that.  But conveying emotions into something like a smiley can be much older than just last century.  Some still debate if smileys were used in a speech as old as 1862 given by Abraham Lincoln.  Or what to think about abbreviations used in Morse code to convey an emotion as basic as love and kisses.

Smileys. We can’t seem to live without them, and we can’t seem to stop inventing more than just the basics.  Swapping eyes for glasses, or for winking or being drunk, everything is possible creating them using two things: Your keyboard and your own imagination. For the curious (or the lazy) ones  [ 8-) , ;-) ,  #-) ].

Here are some of the ones I use and what I aim to express with them:

(-:    Recalcitrant smiley

;-p or ;-b Winking while sticking your tongue out to the left (p) or right (b)

:-Þ   Sticking your tongue out in the middle.  ( Þ can be created by holding the ALT key while typing 0222 on your numpad)

:-) :-( :-) :-( :-) :-( :-) :-(     Manic Depressive

*<|8o(~~~~     This one takes some explaining : Clown wearing hat and glasses and a big nose, looking sad while drooling.

Feel free to show your creativity in reply to this post, and dazzle all of us with your very own smileys.

 

 

 

Browsers

Most of us stick to what is already installed on the computer when we buy it. Nothing wrong with that, but, what if there is a browser better equipped for your specific needs? Something that Firefox or IE or Chrome can’t do for you?

There are dozens of different browsers available to try out. You can choose to look for better looking ones. Others are faster in loading or showing pages better. Some are keeping their resource needs to a bare minimum. Every once in a while you may find one that integrates Social Media into the browser, or you can look for one that includes a mail agent.

Whatever your needs or wishes are, as specific or as outlandish they may seem to others, there is a browser out there for you.

All you need is a little nudge to get you searching.  And that nudge is coming up …. now.

Here are some browsers you should look up. Use your favourite search engine to find more information about them and see if you like what you read.

It is safe to say that most have heard of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox.

But have a look at these : Safari, Seamonkey, Sleipnir, Avant, K-Meleon, Iron, Opera, Waterfox, U-browser.  Each one of these has different capabilities that you might like.  And remember, the best way to find out what is best for you is not to read about it, it is to test them out yourself.

Did you get curious what is out there, yet?  Perhaps a comparison of the different capabilities of the browsers might whet your appetite. One can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_browsers#Browser_features.

Go on, give one a try. And let us know here what you found, and which one you love to use.

 

 

 

Upside down? ¿uʍop ǝpᴉsd∩

˙ɯnɹoɟ ɐ uᴉ ƃuᴉɥʇǝɯos ʇsod oʇ ɹo ‘lᴉɐɯ ɹnoʎ ɟo sʇuǝᴉdᴉɔǝɹ ǝsɐǝʇ oʇ ʇɐǝɹפ

˙ɥʇoq ɟo uoᴉʇɐuᴉqɯoɔ ɐ ɹo ‘uʍop ǝpᴉsdn ɹo spɹɐʍʞɔɐq ʎɹʇ ‘ʇxǝʇ ɹnoʎ oʇ sʇɔǝɟɟǝ ppɐ uɐɔ no⅄

/ɯoɔ˙ʇxǝʇuʍopǝpᴉsdn˙ʍʍʍ//:dʇʇɥ sᴉ ǝɹǝɥʇ ʍoN ¿ʇxǝʇ uᴉɐld ʇsnɾ ƃuᴉsn ɟo pǝɹᴉʇ ƃuᴉʇʇǝƃ sǝɯᴉʇǝɯos noʎ ǝɹ∀


Okay, enough fun with text. Don’t turn over your monitor, or find that life size mirror to look at the text I just added at the top. Here is the text, and the link, that helped me turning my text upside down and backwards.

Are you sometimes getting tired of using just plain text? Now there is http://www.upsidedowntext.com/

You can add effects to your text, try backwards or upside down, or a combination of both.

Great to tease recipients of your mail, or to post something in a forum.

 

 

ColorPic, The Desktop Colorpicker software

A few days ago I needed to know the specific RGB numbers of the colours of a logo. I could find the logo online, take a screen shot of it, and find Photoshop to load it to find the codes that way. But, there is a simpler way. In comes ColorPic from Iconico.

The program is small (less than 450KB), fast and, for its size, quite versatile. Did I mention it is free? I can explain here in detail how it works, but, frankly, half the fun of these little gem is finding things out for oneself.

Image of ColorPic software from Iconico

So, give it a try. More information can be found at the download site of Iconico: http://www.iconico.com/colorpic/

About

Old Farts University, a place for tutorials and explanations on Social Media, Internet in general and every other subject we sometimes all struggle with.  Although nobody might say they are an old fart, neither are we all dummies or idiots and there are books for those, too. So, why not a blog for old farts.

Don’t expect fully fleshed out reviews. As with everything in life, you won’t get it all on a neat plate, ready to devour.  Instead, here at Old Farts University, your interest will be tickled to look further, to explore the page and the links provided.  Reviews on software will give you the link to where to find the programs, and at times where to find other reviews, but above all, it will show you what you might have missed, what is available out there.

But, as the saying goes all work and no play makes of Jack (of all trades) a dull boy.  Naturally we won’t forget that next to finding great reads on all that makes the world turn, there needs to be some time set aside for pleasure. We will find you interesting games and puzzles, tools that make your life a little more fun, your work a little easier.

So, do come back, whenever we have something new up and running.

This blog started out as a training exercise for the WordPress U. workshop Blogging 101, class of January 2015.