Free Online Excel Training

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I have just been pointed to an excellent free  resource for those of you who use spreadsheets or even those who don’t yet but would like to learn how to use them – a brand new website about Microsoft Excel!..

SpreadsheetO Video

 

Now I’ve been using spreadsheets for many years, I love them, I even use excel as my calculator because my arthritic fingers often hit the wrong button on a calculator but I don’t realize so get an incorrect total, but with a spreadsheet, I can see the figures I enter and I just have a formula at the bottom that works out the total for me..

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In my work with bookkeeping clients, I’ve created a spreadsheet to work out the split for  invoices with a mixture of tax and no tax items that have to be split into several cost centers – this was a real pain to do each time, but now it’s a breeze, all I need to do is enter invoice total, tax amount and % breakups and presto, the figures to enter are sitting there for me!

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spreadsheetOSpreadsheeto is all about depth. That means each topic get thoroughly explained, in an easy-to-understand manner. All of their content is free and up to date. So even though you’re not an “Excel-nerd” (like they are), you can learn to do some pretty amazing things.

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Even if this is not for you, if you know someone who has to use a spreadsheet, maybe for a club or organisation they belong to, pass on this link to this excellent  Excel training resource..

Here's the link to check it out yourself?
http:// spreadsheeto.com/free-excel-training/

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GoDaddy Promotion

 

Limited time cheap web offer – 5th March to 5th April 2014

Easily build your website. Just $1 per  month Website Builder™ with Free domain!

For anyone wanting to get a personal or small website going for very low cost, GoDaddy have a great offer going between 5th March to 5th April 2014 – for $1 per month you can get a website with unlimited pages, 1GB of disk space and 150GB bandwidth and this is plenty for a small site.

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In addition, if you select a 12, 24 or 36 months web plan, you can get a free domain for the same period (after that the domain will renew at the then-current price). This means that for $36 you could pay upfront for 3 years and get your domain name and website online for 3 years with nothing more to pay until after that.  What a great deal!  Check it out here.

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To help with building your site, there are 50 personal themes to choose from in the website builder.

 

The Humble Computer Mouse

The choice of computer mouse is a very individual thing and depends on many factors:

  • How many hours a day you work at your computer?
  • Is your primary computer a desktop, a laptop or notebook or even a tablet; but you won’t be needing a mouse if it is a tablet, will you?
  • How big your hands are.
  • Do you want/need to use wired, wireless or bluetooth?
  • Whether you use the scroll function or not.
  • Do you suffer from wrist pain?

In some of these instances, the cheaper type mouse that comes with your computer will serve your needs adequately, but if you, like me work for about eight hours every day, the comfort and functions of your mouse are particularly important.
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On the left below is a photo of the first mouse I paid in excess of $60 for and never regretted it at all. It was comfortable in my largish hands and I didn’t ever suffer any wrist pain even though I worked at my PC sometimes up to 12 hours in a day. The day I dropped it on the tiled floor and broke it was a very sad day for me.
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Luckily I was able to buy another different model  but with the same profile within a couple of days. That one too has died lately so I’m looking for a new one, the Kensington mouse on the right below might well be the one since I have had a word in Santa’s ear!
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The logitech 2nd from left has served as my laptop mouse for a couple of years – it does look a bit battered, doesn’t it? Very similar profile and quite comfortable. The third photo shows my big hands – imagine my right hand wrapped around one of these tiny mobile models! However, I do carry a retractable one around in my laptop bag, as a backup and the occasions when an extra mouse is needed to test someone’s computer.

 History of the computer mouse

Tracking Technology

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Did you know that the name mouse is derived from “Manually Operated User Select Equipment”? This makes the argument about whether more than one computer mouse should be called computer mouses or computer mice (as we do for the rodent variety). It seems there has been no absolute ruling and generally computer companies avoid the issue by calling them mouse devices. Probably mouses is technically correct, but it sounds awkward and people tend to use mice for the plural form.
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The original design for a mouse was mechanical; the mouse had a ball in a compartment underneath and embedded around the edge were some little rollers. These would clog up from the dust and dirt from the user’s desk and needed cleaning to keep the mouse running smoothly (I did this countless times when clients or friends complained that their mouse wasn’t working properly). There were also four sliding type feet that clogged up as well, but these devices were a boon when the alternative was just keyboard shortcuts.
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Along came optical technology and made our lives so much easier. A small LED on the bottom of the mouse translates the movement of your hand into movement of the mouse pointer. Laser mouse devices work the same way, but using a laser instead af the LED. Laser mice have a higher dpi (dots per inch) which means they are more sensitive. For general users this extra sensitivity is not really needed, but graphic designers and gamers often appreciate the difference and make a laser mouse their choice.

Wired Connectors

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The early mice (see above) had a serial connector plug, see picture below. Serial ports were the original standard for interfacing any device with any other device on a computer. Later, a smaller 6 pin Mini Din was introduced by IBM on their PS/2 personal computer and this led to the connector type being called PS/2. For many years PC’s had PS/2 connectors for both keyboard and mouse.
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Some computers still come with two PS/2 ports, but more commonly they just have one, the USB (Universal Serial Bus) being the most common type of interface on all computers, whether PC or Mac. All USB ports look the same, but there is the original USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 which allows much faster (almost 40x as fast) or increased delivery capabilities. The ports are backwards compatible, so you can plug an old USB 1.1 device into a 2.2 port and it will still go.

Wireless

Originally the mouse device was connected to the computer by a cable using one of the technologies above, but nowadays you have the choice (an increasingly common one), to go with wireless. The early hassles of wireless connections seem to have been ironed out and wireless usually works very easily on any platform. Yay! So much more freedom.

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Radio Frequency – this is the most common type of wireless interface. A generic mouse operates on th 27MHz frequency and the mouse is powered by batteries. More expensive models can come with rechargeable batteries or charging docks for the mouse. They may use higher frequencies and have a longer range.
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Bluetooth was useful for lower speed devices like a mouse and was common on early laptops. They are also battery powered and use the 2.4GHz radio frequency to communicate with a receiver/charger supplied with the package or some other Bluetooth adapter...
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RFIDRFID (Rapid Frequency Identification) technology uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data to automatically identify and track tags, which for a mouse is movement. Developed by a company called A4Tech, the mouse must be used in conjunction with the included mose pad, but the advantage is that it is wireless and no batteries are needed.
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Wheels and Buttons

Nearly all mouse devices nowadays have three buttons, with the middle button also being a scroll-wheel. This scroll wheel is essential in my opinion to navigate up and down your screen and on web pages. Any other buttons, typically on the left hand side for a right handed mouse or on the RHS for a left handed mouse, can be programmed by the user to carry out different functions.

 

Buying a computer mouse

A quick search on eBay will show just what a variety of choice there for buying a new mouse – some are fun, some are fancy, some for serious gamers and some ergonomic models for users like me. So how do you choose?

Narrow down the options with these requirements:

  • Do you want wired or wireless?
  • Do you need laser or will Optical suit your needs?
  • What size – full-sized, medium or small (also called compact,  mini, mobile, laptop etc)
  • PS/2 or USB? USB is more common but if your computer does not have many USB ports, but does have PS/2 ports, using a PS/2 mouse (or keyboard) will leave an extra USB port available for other peripherals.
  • Scrolling – do you need left and right as well as up and down?
  • Buttons – does your work (or play) require advanced features?

A great place to see what is available is on eBay, even when you want to shop locally. The wide variety of mouse devices listed there will give you a good idea of all the functions and help you narrow down your choice.
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I have a mouse collection on eBay, just for the fun of it – see some of my pics

See my Collection here http://www.ebay.com/cln/plfbus/Fun-Fancy-Mouse-Collection/66866785015

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Achieving Financial Freedom

Nowadays, the concepts of time and money are being redefined and”Financial Freedom”, is one such Financial-Independence-smlterm that has gained much importance in the changing financial scenario.

A popular definition of “Financial Freedom” is that an individual has the freedom from continuous financial responsibilities through a planned management and allocation of assets. In other words, a person is free from back-breaking work by giving him or herself a steady source of income for life.

To really understand the concept of ”financial freedom” you need to look outside the traditional ideas of income and expenses.

We’ve been taught that time spent on hard work generates money. ”Financial freedom” opposes this concept of time-for-money swap and lets the money work for the individual instead. However, in spite of this advantage many professionals find it difficult to work without a fixed routine.

Thus, to achieve financial freedom we need to change our old mindsets and develop a new attitude towards earning money. We must realize that money is simply the means to achieve ends.

We must also remember that a person cannot be judged by the money he or she possesses. Unless these misconceptions are cleared the entire purpose of financial freedom is defeated since satisfaction is the keyword to financial freedom.

Financial Freedom is Time Freedom – get your copy of “How to Achieve Your Own Financial Freedom” FREE from this link.

Financial Independence

Review of SureFire Wealth Membership

I’ve been a Gold member of Jeremy Gislason’s SureFire Wealth membership site since 2009 and I consider it to have been one of the best investments I’ve made to access resell rights products.

Initially I was a free member then received a free silver membership from someone I’d purchased from as a thank-you gift. When the opportunity came to buy a Gold membership at a firesale price, I grabbed it and have never regretted that decision. It was a one-off purchase (no monthly or annual payments that are so common for membership sites) so you know where you are with your cashflow.

New products are added regularly, at least every month and if you receive an email letting you know the details of what has been added and to which level of membership. Jeremy always seems to have the latest resell right products as soon as they come out, sometimes even before they come out, so it’s a good idea to check in there before you go and buy anything.

Most of the products have resell rights, i.e you can resell or give away, though there are some for your personal use only. The following is a quick summary of the different kind of rights you get:

Resale Rights (or normal resell rights) mean that after you buy the item you will be allowed to sell it to your customers. There may be limitations, such as that you can only sell the product for a specific price. When a product comes with resell rights it means that you can sell the product to just about anyone and keep 100% of the profit. The product you sell though should only include the PUO (Personal Use Only) right, in other words, you can NOT give the resell rights when you sell this type of product

Master Resale Rights – When you acquire master resell rights, you sell the product/service to your customers, and you may also grant your customers the right to sell it. You can also pass master resell rights  to your customers, if you are in possession of transferable master resell rights. This allows your customers to also sell the product with master resell rights.

Private label Rights (PLR) – perhaps the most valuable as you can change anything you like from text to graphics and then sell as your own (note that although you can claim authorship, you do not receive copyright). There may also be some restrictions on what you can do with these works, e.g., not sell on auctions sites, not add to free membership sites, not giveaway for free. All these restrictions do not apply in all cases (there is always a copy of exactly what the rights are with your purchase) but when they do apply they are to protect the value of people’s purchase.

Most of the products available in Surefire Wealth include reseller kits with reseller website that you can use to market the products and this can save you a lot of time. For PLR products, you can change the graphics to get a whole new look when you market these under your own name.

Click here to check out SureFireWealth.com and the free membership now.

 

 

 

 

WordPress Profits Theme

How much time and money do you spend designing and creating sites?

If you’re like most marketers, you’d spent ages and incurring expensive costs to design and create your sites.
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Here’s what’s happening (correct me if I’m wrong):

1. You either try to design and create sites yourself

2. Or you outsource them to a designer and/or programmer

#1 typically results in poor quality, since you’re not a designer or programmer to begin with.

#2 usually costs you quite a bit of money.
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Both #1 and #2 takes quite some time to finish. You might say that #2 is fast since you outsource the work to professionals who know what they’re doing. Problem is – you are not their only customer; they have a dozen other customers to serve, plus the back and forth communication between you and them means it’s going to take some time for your site to be completed to your liking.

So what’s a marketer to do?

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There is a faster and cheaper solution…

One that can create protected, multi-level membership site (can drip-feed content), product launch pages, one-time-offer pages, sales pages, squeeze pages, legal pages, thank you pages, and more in mere minutes…
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Hit this link to check out Profits Theme & discover how you can create these full-blown profit sites in mere minutes, and save you a lot of money in the process.

Best wishes

Trish

World Traffic Summit coming very soon!

World Traffic Summit is 3 days of easy-to-understand teaching on the subject of how to get loads of traffic (visitors) to your website – no matter what you sell.

The World Internet Summit team are bringing in the world’s best traffic experts to show us all how they get people to their websites. Meaning you’ll know how you can do it too. They’ll make their lessons quick, simple and practical for you, even if you’re a beginner.

Which all means, that you’ll know how to get traffic to your website as soon as you leave the event!

You’ll discover the latest and greatest techniques … including a ton of FREE strategies … for:

· Video marketing

· Article marketing

· Social media like Twitter and Facebook

· Blogs

· Search engine optimisation (SEO)

· Paid traffic

· Joint ventures

· Traffic harvesting

· Affiliate marketing secrets, and more
If you are struggling with getting visitors to YOUR website, check out the World Traffic Summit here.

Bing Search Engine

Bing, Yahoo and Google

Now, while Google still has by far the greatest amount of traffic at approx 62%, the agreement by Yahoo & Bing (Microsofts new search engine) to share resources, means that when their respective search shares of approx 19% & 13% is combined, it will provide much bigger opposition to google.

So should this concern you? Probably not unless your business uses search traffic to make sales. Lets assume for a moment that it does. And did you know that facebook search is powered by Bing?

What can you do to increase search traffic to your sites from Bing? Well first of all, you can submit your site to Bing here and submit a sitemap here.

Bing has just released their updated Webmaster tools, not as comprehensive yet as google’s webmaster tools, but definitely a step in the right direction. Open an account to access these tools using your Windows Live ID (or create one if you don’t already have one).

To see how Bing crawls and indexes your pages, you can add your sites to your account. How to do this is set out quite well in the section “Add a Site to Your Account” under “Sites List”. You can only add your own sites and you must verify ownership before they can be added – you don’t want other people looking at your results!

The only hitch I encountered was adding verification to a wordpress blog that didn’t reside in a public_html folder so meant I couldn’t just upload  the xml file, as suggested in Option 1. Using Option 2, I had to search around my blog admin section to find the file containing the <head> tag. In fact, it didn’t have one just like that, but it did have an </head> in the file header.php, so placing the <meta> tag just before that worked fine .

If you need more details, proceed as follows:

In your wordpress admin area, click on Appearance, then on Editor. This will bring up an open file with the html code showing. Go to the list on the right hand side under Templates and find Header (header.php) & click on this file. Now, have a look in this file for  </head>  something like this:

<?php wp_head(); ?>
</head>

Now paste the meta tag code copied from Bing in between these two lines and then click the Update File button at the bottom. Go back to Bing webmaster tools now and verify your site.

Newly added sites will take up to three days to begin showing data, assuming they are getting some traffic, of course.

Hope this helps someone.

Regards

Trish

A-Z of terms used in Windows XP

For computer beginners and other learners as well:

How many times do you read or hear a term used relating to computers and have no idea what it means? Still happens to me and I’ve been using them for more than 20 years.

Growth in this industry is so fast that it’s a real challenge to keep up with every development,

Read more

Starting Your Own Blog

What is a blog and why would you want to start your own?

Firstly, a blog is often a mixture of what is happening in a person’s own life and what is happening on the web. It is usually in the form of  a  frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects,  there are as many unique types of blogs as there are people.

Blogging is part of the general trend of putting everything on the web, regardless of whether we are talking about business, hobbies or personal stuff. It can just be a means of communicating with friends, with others who share your hobbies or interests, or it can be a business tool. Of course it can also be a combination of these things.

So perhaps instead of asking why you would want to have your own blog, ask instead if you want to, or have a need to communicate with others. The great advantage of social media is that you don’t need to know people personally to communicate with them and for this reason it is ideal for bringing interaction with others into the lives of folk who may otherwise feel isolated.

Is this you or somebody you know? Don’t think that it would be too hard to learn how to blog, because it is in fact quite simple and there are dozens of free videos and help pages to show you exactly what to do. There is no need to have fancy looking pages, but if that is what you would like, you could soon learn how to spice them up a bit.

Generally speaking blogs tend to have a few things in common:

  • A main content area with articles listed from the lates backwards.
  • Articles are usually organized into categories.
  • There is an archive of older articles.
  • There is a way for people to leave comments about the articles.
  • A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll” is often included.
  • There can also be one or more “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files. (A Feedreader accesses other sites automatically looking for new content and then posts updates about that new content to another site).

Blogs can be stand-alone (self-hosted) or externally hosted. If you wish to host your own blog, you will be able to choose your own domain name, but you will be up for the cost of that domain name and your hosting at a minimum.

Externally hosted blogs are usually free but will often have limitations on what content and customisation you can have and perhaps also whether you can monetise it so if you want your blog to make some money, it is best to start out hosting your own. It is possible to change platforms later, but you would probably have to change the blog domain and that might lose you some readers. (For a more extensive discussion on the choice of blog platforms, go to  blogger.com

Some of the most popular free hosted blogs are listed below. All are very easy to set up and get you going quickly. Have a look at each one to see if it does what you want your blog to do, for example upload photos, videos, podcasts, run discussion boards etc.

wordpress.com
thoughts.com (as distinct from wordpress.org which supplies the platform for self-hosting)
weebly
yahoo 360
Windows Live

Problogger – Tips for Beginners

If you sign up to my blog this month you will get access to free ebooks about blogging (if you are already subscribed, you’ll be sent the link).

For more information, check outbecomeablogger.comProblogger – Tips for Beginners & becomeablogger.com for free video tutorials on how to create your own blog.

Blogging is an easy and economical way to share with family, friends and busuness associates alike. Make it fun!