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Archive for September, 2009

Art Gallery

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Art is something that makes our lives much better. Pictures we see in art galleries allow us to realize how beautiful the world is. Russia is home to some of the greatest artists in history such as Vladamir Kush. Kush was born in Moscow in 1965. From his early childhood, he developed skills that allowed him to become a great painter. His father was a scientist and he always inspired him to follow his skills. He had a huge influence on him. Today, you can find Kush’s paintings in many famous galleries all around the world. One of such galleries is Paragonfineart.com. A quick visit to the website will give you a chance to make yourself familiar with what this gallery can offer you. If you like the paintings created by Kush, you can purchase them right there. A home is not complete without beautiful paintings. This is why so many people decide to decorate their homes with paintings that reflect the world in which we live. Before you visit the gallery, be ready to spend plenty of time on its website. The paintings it offers are fascinating. Looking at them might take you a long time, so be prepared for it.

BlogRush and Traffic?

Friday, September 25th, 2009

You might have heard about BlogRush in the past. The website promoting BlogRush is closed now and the program no longer exists. Many people referred to BlogRush as a scam, and probably they were right to do so. BlogRush allowed people to put widget on their blog displaying the top posts from the blogosphere. If you implemented this widget on your site, it displayed links to other people posts, but in turn other people would display links to your posts. It sounds good, but in practice, you would probably not receive a lot of traffic. If you would not have many referrals, you would probably receive 0-2 visitors per day, while having many referrals could increase this number to 5-20 visitors. The only problem is that this is a very similar system to pyramid schemes, where the people with the most users below them benefit the most. So if you would plan on acquiring many referrals, this program might have worked for you, but otherwise you would not receive a lot of traffic with companies like BlogRush. BlogRush is a history now and no wonder that it ended. Even though it does not exist anymore, beware of other types of programs similar to this one, which will cost you a lot of time and effort. You might not even realize it, but participating in such opportunities like BlogRush might cost you plenty of time which could be used while doing something else.

Red-Eye in Digital Pictures

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Let us say that you have a great picture that features your loved one in the perfect angle and lighting, but unfortunately it has the dreaded red-eye. This can be really frustrating, but fortunately there is a solution to this problem. This can be easily fixed using Picasa and similar types of software. I think that using Picasa is convenient so that is why I am going to present you with this solution. However, keep in mind there are other programs capable of doing the same tasks as well.

• Download and install Picasa from picasa.google.com/download
• Run the program and select “Basic Fixes” from the left side.
• One of the basic fixes is conveniently named “Redeye”.
• Hold and drag your mouse around each eye to get rid of the redeye. It is important to select the pupil area, and not the whole eye.

Now you know why I said it can be easily fixed. Remember that there is no need to get rid of a perfectly good picture just because of such minor problems. Of course, there are many other ways you can edit your pictures, but removing red-eye is probably the most useful thing to do.

Check Spelling

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The spelling feature in Microsoft Word is a blessing to many bloggers. Since we are required to post our posts without grammatical and spelling errors, it is good to do some spell checking before you submit your post. In my version of Word I usually do not have to check spelling manually. Word does it for me and corrects me immediately if I write something in a wrong way, or if I write a word that is not recognized. If you have an older version of Microsoft Word, you might need to activate an option to check your grammar and spelling. You can do it by either going to Tools in the upper menu and then selecting Spelling and Grammar, or simply by pressing F7 on your keyboard. Of course, spell checking is not perfect and you have to spot some mistakes by yourself; however, it should not be a problem if you are a careful reader of your posts. Recently, I noticed that the WordPress platform allows bloggers for spell checking while they are writing their posts. From what I remember, this useful feature was not available in the past. Before this feature became available, many bloggers had to write their posts in Word document and then copy it to WordPress, and then publish it. I am very happy that a feature like this exists.

Spelling and Grammar

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Microsoft’s Spelling and Grammar option in Office applications is a very helpful feature. However, sometimes it can be quite annoying. For example, if you write your text in English but use many foreign names or words, you might end up with a lot of text being underlined in red color indicating that you have just made an error. Similarly, the green color suggests that you have just made a grammatical error, and Word will want to correct it. If you would like to switch your spelling and grammar options off, there is a way to do it. If you use word just go to Tools->Options->Spelling and Grammar tab. Generally, the Spelling and Grammar feature is quite useful, but there are times you may want to switch it off.

Google Supplemental Index

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Google supplemental index is a place where Google stores pages that it deems to be less important. Such pages never rank very high in the search results. Some people even say that it is where Google puts the trash. Fortunately, if any of your pages are stored there, there is a chance that Google will restore them to the main index, as such cases have been reported. The main reason for Google supplemental index is the fact that there is a lot of duplicate content on the Internet. In my opinion, the best way to avoid being listed in the supplemental index is simply not to have duplicate content . There is a lot more to the index that I discussed, but those are the most important facts to remember.