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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

View mobile version of website with desktop computer

Blogger now gives the option to bloggers using their platform to opt for mobile template so that when it is detector is a visitor using mobile devices comes along, they will see the mobile version.

Also, before you actually enable mobile template, you can preview it by clicking the preview link. Also, you if have Adsense for that blog or website, Adsense ads will be displayed either at the bottom or at the top of the page.

However, after enabling mobile template but you don't have a mobile device handy with you, how can you view that mobile version with a desktop computer to verify that actually Adsense ads are actually displayed?

The solution is pretty simple. For example, the URL for this blog is

http://tools.bloggertipsandtricks.com/

All you need to do is to add ?m=1 to the end of the URL so that it become

http://tools.bloggertipsandtricks.com/?m=1

Mobile template has been enabled for this blog. Try for yourself and click this:
http://tools.bloggertipsandtricks.com/?m=1
and satisfy yourself that this technique does actually works.

This is particularly useful if your blog or website is a directory like Damansara Uptown Directory. To verify, click the link below:

http://www.damansarauptown.com/&m=1 Alternatively, go to iphone4simulator.com, slide to unlock, then type in the URL to view mobile version.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Google Adsense Privacy Pollicy generator

If you have Google AdSense ads in your blog or website, it is a requirement that you have comply to their Adsense privacy policy requirements.

The easiest way that I know of creating is to use a generator and the one I have been using so far and found satisfactory (other than it displaying my email address and exposing it to email harvestors) is to use SERPRANK adsense privacy policy generator.

To overcome the above mentioned display of email address, one of the way is to copy the generated privacy policy into Notepad and then go to
Menu bar > Edit > Replace
and use Notepad replace myemail@email.com with myemail[at]email[dot]com

Alternatively you can create a graphic email address and then make a clickable picture/image to replace the email address with the clickable graphic email address

Sunday, May 22, 2011

20 Tools Every Blogger Needs to Save Time and Energy

As an aspiring blogger, you may find yourself somewhat overwhelmed by the process of setting up a blog platform, finding and editing a theme, choosing graphics, and creating content. These things, especially at the onset, can be incredibly time consuming. The following are a series of tools you should familiarize yourself with. All will make your life as a blogger much easier.

The Right Blogging Platform

Blogger. There are several blogging platforms to consider as you plan the launch of your first blog. The two that are most popular are WordPress and Blogger. Blogger, a product of Google, is a free blogging platform hosted on the blogger.com server. The blogs are highly customizable and the back-end consists of quite a bit of drag-and-drop formatting. In the end, what you see is what you get. You can choose to purchase your own URL and redirect it to your Blogger blog as well.

WordPress. WordPress is probably the most popular. You have two options when it comes to this platform. The first is to start a blog as a subdomain of wordpress.com. You'll have to follow the WordPress rules but you won't have to pay for hosting. Most professional bloggers opt to simply go to the WordPress.org site and download the blogging platform to upload onto their own servers. Many hosting providers will install WordPress automatically, saving you quite a bit of work.

Blog Themes

Regardless of the blogging platform you choose, you may want to have your own theme (template) customized or created. That's fine – if you have the time, money, or expertise to do so. If not, you may need to start looking around for some free or premium themes to use.

BTemplates. BTemplates is a growing website full of free templates for those who have chosen to use the Blogger platform. The site gives you a wide variety of styles, ranging from 1-4 columns, and features a number of theme layouts adapted from WordPress as well. The site offers detailed instructions on how to get your new theme onto your Blogger blog.

BloggerThemes. BloggerThemes is another great source for free Blogger templates. They range from colorful and bright to plain and minimalistic. The site also features a few extra tools and widgets you can install once your theme is up and running.

Premium Blogger Themes (PBT). Premium Blogger Themes doesn't have much but what it does offer will help to turn your Blogger blog into a gorgeous portfolio gallery. Costs for these templates range from $15 - $20 USD.

Wordpress.org. Wordpress.org is really the best place to start looking if you'd like a free theme for your WordPress blog. All of the themes listed here are approved by WordPress, meaning they're free of bugs, hidden codes, and other issues. You'll find hundreds to choose from.

Premium WordPress. Premium WordPress is one of the best sites available for premium WordPress themes. The site indexes themes from a wide variety of contributors and features a series of different styles, including magazine styles, business styles, and video-oriented styles. Prices vary.

FTP Tools

Once you've decided to use your own domain and server, you'll need to upload your blogging platform, theme, and possibly some other plug-ins and pieces. The easiest and fastest way to do this is by using a FTP software program. Using an FTP tool will save you the time and energy associated with uploading directly to your hosting provider, file by file.

Core FTP. Core FTP is a Windows based software program perfect for the novice FTP user. This particular program is free and allows for drag and drop support, the editing of files, and the creation of custom commands.

FileZilla. FileZilla is another free FTP program and is considered open source software. The program is free to download and the main website features quite a number of updates regarding installation, new version releases, and bug fixes.

Image Sources

When choosing images for your blog, it is important to make sure you are not violating the copyright of the person who created the images to start with. While it's always best to take your own pictures or create your own graphics, this isn't always feasible. Blog owners need to ensure the images they choose are free for use and, if running a commercial blog, that they are free for use on commercial sites.

Google Images. Google Images is one of the first places you should look when in need of images. With a huge selection from across the web, it is easy to conduct an advanced search for specific keywords. The advanced search will also help you to find images that are earmarked for commercial use.

Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons is full of images that are absolutely free to use. You must, however, read the permissions that are set by the author. Some have limitations regarding editing, sharing, and attribution.

Flickr. Flickr is now owned by Yahoo! and is another excellent source for images. It is important to remember that many of the artists posting on this site are not offering their images for free. You must conduct an advanced search for images that are labeled as “creative commons” or “creative commons for commercial use.” If you want to use an image that is not marked as such, you'll need to contact the owner to make arrangements (and possibly payment).

iStockPhoto. iStockPhoto is one of the web's premiere image galleries. While you will pay for images on this site, based on a credit system, you'll find an endless stream of ideas to choose from. Bloggers who want to present the most professional face possible will use this site frequently.

Content Creation

Of course, before you can add images to your posts, you'll need to write them. All of the blogging platforms have text editors but you may find these difficult to use. Typing your post in Word or another program works, but sometimes requires additional formatting. There are some programs you can use to create your post completely and then paste it into your blog with the proper HTML formatting.

Windows Live Writer. This incredibly handy tool makes quickly writing a blog post as simple as possible. Set-up includes adding your WordPress website information into the software. You'll then create a post, add your images and features, and let Windows Live Writer do the rest of the publishing. This is a great tool for those managing multiple blog sites.

BlogDesk. This tools is similar to the aforementioned in that it allows you to edit a myriad of blogs. The neat part about this tool is that you can translate your post in up to 14 different languages and you can add pictures without editing them in an outside tool first.

Ecto. This incredibly popular blog editor has garnered the attention of some of the pros. The drawback to this system, which offers the use of plugins and editing on a number of platforms, is that you must pay $17.95 to use it. A small price to pay for so much functionality.

Google Alerts. Once you're ready to write, you'll need to find a topic. While you may find coming up with niche topics easy at first, you'll eventually find the task a little more daunting. All you have to do is enter your main keywords or phrases into the Google Alerts system and choose how you want to receive your updates. You'll be notified hourly, daily, weekly, or in an RSS feed when new items are published on the web that pertain to your niche.

Other Time Saving Add-ons

CoffeeCup. CoffeeCup is a great tool for those who know very little about HTML and CSS. If you need to edit something in you blog's code, this tool will help you to find what you are looking for so that you don't accidentally edit the wrong line.

Comment Sniper. In order to build your name as a blogger, you'll need to be an active participant in the comments section on other blogs. Comment Sniper is a great tool that will let you know when top blogs within your niche (you'll index them) add new posts. These notifications are great for helping you to be amongst the first to get to the post and leave a comment, leading the conversation and garnering some attention.

Blogging is an artform and, at the end of the day, there really are no rules. All of the above tools are designed to make your life a bit easier and there are dozens of others to choose from. Do a little bit of research and you'll find exactly what you need to run a successful blog.

About Author

Dona Collins is a blogger, infographic artist and when she is free you can find her writing articles for CreditLoan.com and Creditloan blog.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

How to change mouse pointer - Windows XP


This post is an detailed expansion of an old post - Change cursor (mouse icon) which lacked details. To change the mouse icon or pointer to something different from the default for Windows XP:

Step 1: Click on the start button then click on control panel

Windows XP Start button control panel

Step 2: In the control panel, click Printers and other hardware which contains a mouse button (see screen shot below):

Windows XP Printers and other hardware options

Step 3: In the next window, click the mouse icon (see screen shot below):

Windows XP select hardware icons or tasks

Step 4: In the resulting pop-up, click the POINTERS tab and then select the pointer you desire, scrolling down to see more options if required (see screen shot below):

Windows XP select pointers

Monday, February 14, 2011

How to get GPS Coords from Google Maps

If you frequently publish location maps, it will be useful to include the GPS coordinates of a place. Here is how you can get the GPS coords of a place without a GPS device and without been actually at the place but merely use from Google Maps to find the GPS of a particular spot in the map:
Update. An easier way is to surf to www.map-gps-coordinates.com/, type in the address in the search box, and presto, you get the GPS in 3 different modes - (h ddd.ddddd°), (h ddd° mm.mmm') or (h dd° mm' ss.s'')

1. Open Google Maps to the vicinity of the location
2. Right click on the mouse button and select "center map here" from the drop down button.
3. Paste this javascript code that I keep saved somewhere convenient on my computer into my browser's URL address window.

javascript:void(prompt('',gApplication.getMap().getCenter()));


4. Click the "go to the address in the location bar" button usually to the right of the address.
5. A popup appears showing the coordinates of the center of the map like this: (3.1373986968592757, 101.62799835205078)
6. Right click on the coordinates the copy and click either "OK" or "Cancel" or "copy"
7. Paste the coordinates into google's "search maps" text box, remove the parenthesis and click "Search Maps"
8. A popup appears with a marker for the centered spot. The popup has the coordinates in both Decimal Degrees and Degrees, Minutes, Seconds.
9. I refine as and if necessary and I have my way point for inserting into my GPS.

I hope some of you find this useful. I know I do.

Best Regards,
David B. Robert founder of ProximityCast.com

http://forums.gpsreview.net/viewtopic.php?t=3632

Monday, January 10, 2011

QR Code (Quick Response Code)

A QR Code is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR Barcode reader and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

Common in Japan, where it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types

Monday, January 3, 2011

How to resize image with GIMP

Menu bar:
FILE > OPEN (to open image to resize)
IMAGE > SCALE IMAGE (to open popup with fields for width and height)
Type width in WIDTH field
Click SCALE button and HEIGHT will automatically change to keep aspect ratio constant (keep image undistorted)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

50 great tips and shortcuts for bloggers

Google Apps has as one of its applications the very useful Google Spreadsheet which may be useful to bloggers in some of the tasks they need to perform to enable content for their blogs and the list of 50 Fantastic Google Spreadsheet Shortcuts produced by Online College may be just the thing for bloggers to speed up what they need to do:

If you're a busy college student, the more ways you have to accomplish things quickly, the better. That's where things like keyboard shortcuts can come in handy, especially when you're trying to enter data efficiently and professionally into a spreadsheet, like those offered on Google. Here are some shortcuts and tips you can use to improve your Google spreadsheets skills, get homework over with, and go back to having fun, just being a college student.
Features
Here are some amazing features that you might not have even known were offered through Google Spreadsheets.

1. Fill themselves in. Using Google Forms, you can email questions and data to others and it will automatically fill in your spreadsheet, making it very easy to collect information.

2. Revert to an earlier version. If you're sharing access to a document in Google spreadsheets, you might want to go back to an earlier version before someone made changes. The program makes that simple. Click on File and then revision history to make changes.

3. Chat while editing. Because Google has many integrated features, you can chat with your classmates, research subjects or professors while you chart data.
Insert a formula. Formulas can make you life a whole lot easier, allowing you to perform functions on a cell or a group of cells to better organize and analyze your data.

4. Spice it up with gadgets. Why stick with a boring old spreadsheet when you can spice things up with some gadgets? Try out a few to make your data much more visually appealing.

5. Track your finances. If your spreadsheet is related to the stock market, then Google makes things pretty simple by integrating Google Finance with Google Spreadsheets.

6. Google search inside a spreadsheet. Think of a question while you're working on your spreadsheet? Get answers without ever leaving it with a feature that lets you use Google search right within your document.

7. Color code it. If you want to better organize your data, colors can be a big help. With Google Spreadsheets, it's simple to color code and highlight just about anything you want. If you want to get fancy, you can have these colors automatically change within a given set of guidelines.

8. Track changes. Whether you're working with a group or on your own, it can be useful to track your changes as you go. You can see them in a list or receive emails each time a change is made.

Basics
These keyboard shortcuts are essential to working with Google Spreadsheets.
9. Ctrl+A: Hit these keys and you'll select all the data in your spreadsheet.
10. Ctrl+S: While Google Spreadsheets has an autosave function, you'll still want to save using this shortcut as well.
11. Ctrl+W: When you're done with your work, hit control and the W key to close the document.
12. Ctrl+Shift+S: If you need more than one copy of your spreadsheet, this combination of keys will let you easily make a duplicate.
13. Ctrl+O: To get started with work, use this shortcut to open an existing document.
14. Ctrl+P: Sometimes you just need a hard copy to look at. Hit these keys to print one.
15. Ctrl+N: Start a new project by using this shortcut which brings up a new document.
16. Ctrl+Z: Made a mistake? No problem, simply undo the changes using these keys.
17. Ctrl+Y: Want to undo that undo? Hit control and Y to redo any action again.

Alignment and Formatting
Want to make your data easier to read or more visually appealing? These keyboard shortcuts can help.
19. Ctrl+B: Give your data intensity by putting it in bold with this shortcut.
20. Ctrl+I: This combination of keys will help you italicize the proper words.
21. Ctrl+U: Whether you want to draw emphasis or acknowledge a title, these keys will help you underline your work.
22. Alt+Shift+&: If you need some borders around your data use this to add them. If you want to get rid of them, use Alt+Shift+_ to do the job.
23. Alt+Shift+T: Say you only need a border around one side, however? This shortcut has you covered, adding borders to the top. For borders on the right, bottom and left, simply substitute R, B or L for the T.
24. Alt+Shift+5: Want to negate data without removing it? This will let you strikethrough whatever you have in a particular cell.
25. Ctrl+Enter: If you need a line break in your document, use this shortcut.
26. Alt+Enter: Similarly, if you want a new line in the same cell, this shortcut will help.

Editing
27. Clean up and refine your spreadsheet data by using these great shortcuts for editing.
28. Ctrl+C: To copy data, use this common keyboard combo.
29. Ctrl+V: Use this to paste any information you've cut or copied.
30. Ctrl+X: If you want to do away with some information or data, use this combo to cut it out.
31. Ctrl+M: Make a comment about your spreadsheet using these keys.
32. Esc: If you have a change of heart about entering data into a cell, simply click escape to cancel.
33. Shift+Spacebar: To edit an entire row of data, use this keyboard shortcut. It will highlight an entire row at once.
34. Ctrl+Spacebar: Similarly, these keys will highlight an entire column.
35. F2: Make it simple to edit the active cell by hitting F2.

Getting Around
Move all around your spreadsheet and between different documents using these shortcuts.
35. Ctrl+Home: Move to the top of your document using these keys.
36. Ctrl+End: If you need to go all the way to the bottom, just hit these keys instead of scrolling.
37. Arrow keys: With the arrow keys, you can move up or down, left or right one cell at a time.
38. Tab: The tab key will help you move the active cell one to the right.
39. Shift+Tab: Go back to the left one active cell by using these keys.
40. End: With this shortcut, you'll move to the end of a row.
41. Ctrl+Backspace: Hit this combo to scroll to the active cell when multiple cells are selected.
42. Ctrl+Shift+PageUp/Down: If you've got multiple spreadsheets open, use these shortcuts to switch sheets.
43. Ctrl+Arrow Keys: These keys will let you move to the top, bottom, left or right most cell in a given row or column.

44. Other
Still need more shortcuts? These will help you do everything from add the time to insert a hyperlink.
45. Ctrl+K: Insert a hyperlink into your data using this handy shortcut.
46. Ctrl+F: Can't find what you're looking for in your data? Use these keystrokes to open a search box.
47. Ctrl+': If you're not sure what formulas you can use on Google Spreadsheets, use this shortcut to open up a list.
48. Ctrl+;: Insert the current date with this shortcut.
49. Ctrl+:: This will help you to insert the current time.
50. Ctrl+/: Having trouble with the keyboard shortcuts? This will open a help window.
51. Ctrl+Shift+Enter: Try out this combination to change a wrap formula to an array formula.

Source: With kind permission from 50 Fantastic Google Spreadsheet Shortcuts for Students