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Archive for November, 2008

How to Add New Fonts in Windows XP

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Windows XP by default already have fonts installed, but if for some reason you would like to install new fonts that are compatible with XP, know that it is possible. There will be situations in your life, when you will want to install new fonts. This will happen, if you are bored with the already existing fonts, and would like to try something new, if you want to install fonts for foreign languages, and many more. Installing new fonts is always a good idea, as there are so many fonts available on the Internet. Why should you be limited to a few most popular fonts, if you can experiment with newer, more innovative ones? This is the question that you should always ask yourself. Before you start the installation, make sure that you are logged in to your computer with administrative rights. Just follow these steps:

1. Go to Start menu and press Run option.
2. After doing so type %windir%\fonts. Press OK.
3. Go to File menu and Install New Font. Select the place where new fonts are located.
4. Select the fonts you wish to install and then choose the option “Copy fonts to Fonts folder”. Press Ok when necessary.
5. Enjoy your new fonts as you keep discovering them while using your Windows XP.

Need Motivation to Blog?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Everybody needs some motivation to make everyday decisions. Whether it is money, pursuit of fame or love, our actions are determined by many factors. When a blogger launches a new blog he is driven by something that he wants to achieve. Without proper motivation, there is no blogging. If not motivated in any effective way, a blogger can eventually stop spending time blogging and might quit the amazing world of blogosphere. In this article I would like to present a few small, but important things that keep my blogs running and make me want to spend my time blogging rather than doing something else. Here they are:

  • Seeing the progress of my work. Blogging involves numbers and this is what I like about it. Whether it is data on the number of visitors provided by Google Analytics that helps me see the increase of number of bloggers visiting my site, or other ways to see progress like Alexa ranking, I really like it. To me, maintaining a blog is like practicing for a marathon race where you constantly get better: stronger, faster etc. I like to think that my strength are my loyal visitors, and my speed are various rankings. To back up this point, I would like to give an example of how I am motivated right now to blog. I recently got more motivated to blog, as I am receiving more traffic, which in turn makes me spend more time writing articles.
  • Seeing other bloggers progress with their blogs. Nobody wants to stay behind, including me. However, I do not view blogging as a competition, but rather a social activity additionally bringing me satisfaction, way to spend my free time and money. If everybody goes ahead, then there must be some good reason for blogging.
  • EULA’s

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

    Computer users by this time probably got used to end-user license agreements. They basically tell you what you can do, and what you cannot do with the software. However, there are a lot of unfair EULA’s and as consumers we shouldn’t tolerate that. As a matter of fact, this year a UK consumer group has asked the Office of Fair Trading to investigate over a dozen of software companies on the grounds that their product license agreements were both confusing and unfair to consumers. How about you, did you ever read a EULA that would be confusing? I tell you the truth I don’t think I read one that was not confusing, because they are usually many pages long and written in a complicated way. Another problem is that many programs do not mention that you need to accept the EULA to install the software. In other cases the EULA is difficult to find, so you have to actually install the product, but after you do so you cannot return the software, even if you find out that the EULA is unfair. Let’s hope that the Office of Fair Trading will force software developers to make some changes which will benefit all of us.

    Pinging With Feedburner

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008

    Did you know that pinging can take no time at all? Pinging is a great way to notify search engines of any new content published on your blog. This way you can receive more traffic, and your articles will be more popular in the blogosphere. Feedburner can help you achieve this without slowing down the publishing of new posts. Secondly, while it gives you customizability, you will have to monitor and manually add update services and in case they change you will have to update the list yourself. A way to avoid it, and in my opinion, the best way to manage the pinging of your posts is to use PingShot. To enable it, log in to your Feedburner account, select your blog’s feed, go to publicize and ultimately to PingShot and after customizing it, activate it. As I indicated it is tied to Feedburner and it is a way to automatically ping various content aggregators as soon as the content changes, but additionally this list is going to be kept and maintained by PingShot, which means that all of the work will be done automatically. This is what I meant that pinging will not take you any time at all.