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I’m a recent convert to the Apple Community after having been a PC user for years. I recently purchased an iMac for a project I took on and I must say it is worth the switch. Although I still want to be in the loop when it comes to anything PC, Steve Jobs and Apple have really captured a market that is intensely loyal to anything that has the Apple logo on it. Why? Because they listen to their market.

Apple’s product line is a result of innovation and effective customer relations. Before you can even ask, they’ve already thought about it and incorporated it into the product. That’s my opinion anyway. Hence, the slew of laptops, desktops, audio and video gadgets that make you salivate like a rabid dog and head for the nearest tech store for that much-awaited 50%-70% off sale. Take for example the iPhone. Even before it hit the market, it was probably sold out virtually already. Why? Apple doesn’t just sell you a music player or a phone or a netbook. You are purchasing a “lifestyle” – it’s all about the experience and how it fits into your life. Who can resist an app-filled gadget that helps you find your way thru a city, even if you’ve never been there before? or even find a place to stay and at the same time enables you to do so many other things aside from being a phone as well. Of course, “lifestyle” purchases don’t always come cheap.  I don’t have an iPhone yet, but who knows? I’ll be on the lookout for the next big sale to enjoy that piece of “tech heaven”.

After almost a year of earning by blogging, the verdict is – it is absolutely TRUE. Yes peeps, it is true. I was one of those skeptic and wary bloggers who couldn’t believe that you could really earn from blogging until I finally caught the blogging fever from one of the forums I belong to.  It opened my eyes to the endless possibilities you can find online. It sounds so simple a lot of people find it unbelievable. There are a lot of resources out there to help you get started and for those who have been doing this for quite a while this information is actually quite basic but for those who are starting out I hope this proves helpful.

How does it work?

Well, first of all it starts with a blog. Your blog. You see, one cannot underestimate the power of the internet and a lot of people have used its ability to reach the widest number of people in a matter of seconds. Think about how fast news circulates around the globe as soon  it breaks. Unheard of 20 years ago, right? Today, as soon as your favorite celebrity gets caught in an ugly situation or a certain product gets blacklisted because of its harmful effects on consumers, news spreads faster than you can get it printed in tomorrow’s daily. And who does the spreading around? It’s folks like us who blog about it and who have become part of this online community in the blogosphere.

Advertisers recognize the power of this tool and see it as an opportunity to get the word out there about their products. Enter, the blogger. What used to be a simple online journal for a lot of people has turned into an additional or for some, an alternative source of income. Some do it leisurely while others have eventually turned pro and lease out “real estate” space on their websites. Nifty eh?

Where do I start?

So the next question you probably have is how do I do it? Where do I start? I have encouraged a lot of my friends to try this thing out and like myself, not knowing what to do or wondering whether I’m doing it the right way or the most important question I think they have on their mind is – Is this a scam? Hopefully after you read this post you’ll be a little more armed with information.

The first thing you really need is a blog and of course blog content. I started blogging online because I find it convenient to access my thoughts wherever I am and whenever I want. Convenience, that’s what it meant to me. I try to aim for useful quality content as opposed to just chatter in my posts as much as I can. Well, if not always, most of the time I do try. Take note, some paid blogging sites have specific requirements re how long you should have been blogging before they approve your blog. Most of them require your blog to be at least between 3 to 6 mos. old. Just so you’d know okay?

Next thing you need to look for is a tested and credible site that offers pay for blog posts. I have enrolled in more than a few and most of them I have found through feedback from other bloggers as well. Some of them have proved to be scammers but the ones I am part of right now I’m quite happy with. One of the more recent sites that I have found is Payingpost.com. I’m fairly new to this site and I still have to get my feet wet with them but so far it looks promising. They have a nice fresh look and the interfaces look simple enough to navigate around. They offer a lot of paid blogging opportunities that you can choose from. You might want to check them out.

The Bottomline

One thing that I have always said to my family and friends is that, if you are already spending  time on the internet surfing, chatting, googling around or just watching videos, why not make a little money on the side as well. You might as well earn back what you pay your internet service provider , right?

If you find this post useful and helpful and you would like to learn more in future posts, leave a comment and what you would like to know and I’ll try my best to post something worth reading.

Ciao for now!

What an ordeal it has been. When it rains it really pours, I guess. I had set my PC on Windows auto update and got this reminder that it was downloading the SP3 update. Of course, I thought it was just like those usual updates until a few minutes later. It had finished installing the update and  just like a little girl scout, I followed the prompt to restart. At first, I kinda noticed that it wasn’t booting properly so I restarted several times until it finally got through. Then things started slowing down. After a few minutes I got another notice that it had downloaded a subsequent update and had to restart again. So I clicked that little button that said “restart now” and BAM! On the restart, the screen just went blank and wouldn’t budge from there. Talk about major bummer! I had just installed a trial version of Trend Micro and was trying to find out if I had a nasty little virus that wouldn’t go away and it all went kaput! I don’t mind losing everything else except for family pictures and scrapbook layouts. The rest can all hang for all I care but to for it to happen all over again is not funny at all.  Good thing hubby just finished a certification course on CPR as my stress level had hit the roof that would not even register on a pulse oximeter. Well, just in case, waaah!

Imagine if you only had one computer at home and no way of knowing how to troubleshoot your PC or not even having a back up system for all your data files. Que horror! Good thing that I had backed up all that mattered –  a painful lesson I learned one laptop ago that cost me my kids’ pics when they were still young. Having been down that road before, the hubby and I just decided to reinstall the OS again. I am not a true blue computer geek as this is not what I was trained for but I have been forced to be one out of necessity. Crash course, literally. 

Lesson learned, turn off automatic updates and manually check each update before you decide to install it. Next, always back up your files on an EHD or burn it or save immediately onto a disc. Better “saved”  than sorry.

But every cloud has a silver lining and although this has been one major extended headache that’s been going on for a few days now, I discovered a neat little store that has become my favorite already. Hubby brought me to HMR Envirocycle Surplus shop here in Sta. Rosa and it had all these “garage” sale finds like laptops, desktops, tech gadgets etc. where we were able to buy an LCD Monitor and a 40gig laptop at half the price of what it costs in the regular store. Plus of all things to find, I found a Raspberry Polka Dot AMM Tote-ally Cool Tote with matching Mini-Tote sitting all lonely by itself waiting to be brought home and loved by me! lol Almost $40.00 worth altogether that I got for just P900 pesos. How cool is that?  Who says shopping isn’t therapeutic? huh?

So, if you guys were wondering where I’ve been, that’s the story. Now I have to go back to tweaking my PC and I’ll catch you all later. Let’s all have a great week, y’all!

Ciao!

I’ve been having computer issues for the past few days because of a suspected spyware/malware that got into my HD from hubby’s usb. It keeps turning on the brightness/contrast option as if it were sending and using my connection as a portal. So I’ve been trying to limit my online time to test it out. I checked my ZoneAlarm list and I found this: Au_.exe – a file I’ve never seen before. grrr! I’ve googled and read about it a bit and I ‘killed’ it using ZoneAlarm and so far the brightness/contrast screen hasn’t popped up ever since. I still have to do a complete scan all over again and make sure I wipe it out completely.  I’m going to scour the net for a reliable virus scan budget software or not just to get rid of this thing. I can’t afford to lose all the data I have in this one. I’ll be back, folks.

Ever wonder what HDMI is all about? I learned a lot more about it at the How stuff works website and here’s what I found;

If you’ve shopped for an HDTV, a PlayStation 3, or an HD-DVD or Blu-ray player, you’ve probably heard about HDMI. It can seem like just one of many connections on televisions or home-theater receivers. But HDMI is more than a port on the back of a TV (and the often expensive cable that fits inside). It’s a set of rules for allowing high-definition electronic devices to communicate.

…. the HDMI standard is a set of guidelines for creating high-bandwidth connections between digital devices. With the right setup, HDMI can make a significant difference in a home-theater system. The current standard can carry 1080p high-definition signals, and it supports eight channels of uncompressed audio, enough for a 7.1 surround-sound system. HDMI can cut down on the number of cables required to connect components, and it can even reduce the number of remote controls needed to watch a movie.

But there’s a catch. In order to take advantage of everything HDMI has to offer, all of the components of a home theater have to be compatible with them. Some of the features HDMI touts also don’t yet exist in the consumer marketplace. In addition, there’s a limit to how long an HDMI cable can be, and some users complain that the limit is too short to support convenient setups.

Now I know a bit more about HDMI and how it can enhance even a home theatre system – well we don’t have one yet but who knows, eh? If you want to learn more about how other things work aside from the above check out the How stuff Works website, it is quite fun.

… well not in my brain actually but in my PC. I’ve been having frequent memory problems because of all the apps I use at the same time and they are all memory hogs and it is sloooowing my computer down. I’m seriously considering getting something to augment my RAM although I hesitate to buy another EHD because the last one we bought was a Maxtor and it crashed on me – I really felt bad because all of my kids’ earlier photos were stored there and now pffft. Nada. We’ll probably scout around for something because the kids are also going to need a computer for school work soon. So next time we go to the malls we’ll do a bit of window shopping for something to fit my non-existent budget . For now I have to be content with one or two apps at a time… (sigh)

… I don’t know if it’s just my connections or it’s this ‘puter. The cable guys who came last time to check it couldn’t help but notice the “washing machine” sound my cpu was making while they were fixing it. One of them actually said that I needed to bring it to the shop for a maintenance check up. I told them that the shop where I bought it was too far and I couldn’t just stick it in a backpack and go ( yup, I’m “steering wheel” challenged and feel like a hotdog when I get caught between two monster trucks on the super hi-way…commuting is my preferred mode of transport LOL). Another option would be to find someone who does Home Computer Repair and give my little desktop some TLC. I found this company online, Fastteks.com and I think they offer a wide range of computer services including the ones I need. I do have a teeny tiny dilemma though… my postal code isn’t within the US of A and I don’t think that taking a 12 to 16 hour flight to Asia coupled with a 2 to 3 hr ride all the way to our house to get rid of the dust bunnies in my ‘puter is an economical idea. Hmmm…maybe I’ll just look for hubby’s mountain climbing backpack, stuff my CPU inside and start walking…

I was expecting my sister to come early this morning to stay over for the weekend but unfortunately they arrived after lunch. That was quite unusual because they had left early morning and it normally takes only an hour and a half or a maximum of two hours to get to our place. The reason being, they had rented a van and the driver was not the same one they usually get so being unfamiliar with the normal route they take, in short he got lost. In the words of my niece, he was “directionally challenged”. They spent the whole morning going around in circles, avoiding all the traffic they saw and ended up being in a bigger one.  In the end they had to go back to where they started and use the NLEX which they should have done in first place. Hay, naku! They probably could have avoided all that stress and wasted time if only they had a gps tracking system installed.  I think they should have stuck with the old driver.