1. Decide what you want to accomplish (e.g. build cars)
2. Decide on the final action of your accomplishment (e.g. move new car into lot)
3. Decide the starting point (e.g. have factory and parts)
4. Refine objective (e.g. assemble cars from supply of parts)
5. Simplify (e.g. build just one car)
6. Decide on step just before last (e.g. start engine & put into gear)
7. Decide on step just prior to that (e.g. put gas into gas tank)
8. On each step decide what is needed to do that (e.g. gas pump inside factory)
9. Write down each step going back to beginning, along with what is needed
10. Go forward from beginning to end and refine steps
11. When in doubt about a step, visualize and improvise
12. Due diligence: consult experts who have done it successfully
There is a new page in eTekHelp. Its buttons access some of the most popular websites. The idea is to download this page to your computer and use it as your browser’s local homepage. It should save you time.
If you know your way around HTML you can customize it to suit your own needs, which should save you even more time. Or, you can let us do it inexpensively.
Anyway, the page as-is is absolutely free. And we won’t even require your email address for you to download it. Check it out at http://www.etekhelp.com/quickpick.html.
Oh, and by the way, its design is responsive too!
If you have a need to send out bulk emails, such as a monthly newsletter, to an existing list of email contacts (whose permission you have to contact them), there is a great way to do so.
I have tried a number of different programs, but I have found the best one, by far, to be Mailchimp. If the size of your mailing list is less than 2000 emails, it is totally free. You can upload your list of names, import the newsletter from your website (or create one from scratch, using heir templates) and away you go. You can send to the entire list with the push of a button.
You can have multiple lists for different audiences, or split your list into different segments. It can automatically create a text version from an HTML file (for people who have text-only email). Of course, both HTML and text versions can be reviewed and edited.
What’s more, if you have a blog, you can get a customizable double opt-in email sign-up form to go into your WordPress blog, so readers will be notified whenever you add a new post and you benefit by getting to expand your mailing list that way, without any effort on your part.
Not only does Mailchimp provide a fantastic service, I found it easy to use as well. They have a slick user interface and their informational messages are upbeat and humorous. A big thumbs up for Mailchimp!
Let’s say you are working on a new Web page and you want to know how it will look on the Web, but you are not ready to release it yet.
You know that search engines have these little things called robots or spiders that constantly ‘crawl’ across the Web, looking for new stuff. How can you prevent Google and other search engines from finding your page and prematurely making its search results available to he public?
Actually, there is a simple remedy. You include a meta tag in the head section of your page as follows.
<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>
The search engine spiders may still find your page, but they will ignore it.
You may also want any links inside the page to be ignored. In that case, include the ‘nofollow’ directive:
<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, nofollow”>
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” This concept is what Thomas Jefferson added to the American Declaration of Independence. These are noble aims, for sure, but something is awry with these words. I appreciate having my life and liberty and being able to pursue happiness, but that is rather self-centered. It is about flowing in. What about flowing out to keep things balanced? I believe that usefulness to others should be what I deliver in exchange for these perks.
We are constantly bombarded with advertising, day in and day out. It becomes too much and we tend to tune out those messages. It’s not just advertising, though. The news media are merchants of chaos; they shower us with stories about wars, murders, mayhem; disease and disasters. Seldom do they tell us about good people doing good things. Instead, they specialize in making us feel bad and insecure.
But useful information is something else. That’s the idea behind this blog. Its purpose is to provide information you can apply to gain new skills; to provide technical tips and tricks that help you get results. But we are not limited to technical topics. No reason to exclude other information that may improve your life in some way.
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