Type Fast and Without Your Fingers

Writers--especially those who have carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or arthritis--rejoice. You may now type without your hands. Using a microphone, a computer and a software package called Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10, you will discover an easy and fast method of writing. Even better, there is not a large learning curve involved in using the software with your computer (see the film above).

Think about it! No longer will you have to wait for your fingers to catch up to your mind. No longer will you discover after typing a paragraph that your fingers were not on the home keys when you began.

Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Basic with Discount Coupon Code

I tried Dragon NaturallySpeaking, or its predecessor, when it was first released in the early 2000s. At the time I was developing training plans for teachers to use technology in the ESL/GED classroom. The teachers loved it! Two of the teachers wrote mini-grants to get the funds to buy the software and upgrade their computers.

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Recently, I have read many blog posts about how easy it is to blog with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.

Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Basic with Discount Coupon Code In fact, I have thought about purchasing Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10. As the great procrastinator, I am waiting for the last moment to make my purchase.

Luckily, if I purchase the software by 23:59 tonight, I will be able to take the deduction on my 2008 business tax return.


Blog Your Blessing : Earthrise

My brother worked at NASA 40 years ago. I remember when he brought home a picture of the first Earthrise. The engineers had designed a Christmas postcard featuring the Earthrise. I have tried to recreate it.

We must remember the magical time when we first explored space. How beautiful Earth looked from orbit. How glad we were to get home. The magic is still there. It is us who have lost our way. Let us journey spaceward again . . . after we have mended what we have done on Earth. This is my wish for 2009.

The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. Visit the blog, grab the blogroll code, add it to your blog, and leave a comment on Blue Panther Experience. Next Sunday, post your blessing. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on any Sunday as we blog our blessings.

What to Call a Fake Facebook Group?

Buzz Marketing Daily: Facebookgate #2013 Raises Great Points About Authenticity & Social Media in Higher Ed

College Prowler, whose motto is the ONLY college guides written by students for students, hired interns to create 250+ Class of 2013 groups on Facebook. There was a core group of members in all 250+ groups. Supposedly the members were high school seniors; however, when investigated, several of the members of the groups had already graduated from college.

There’s something going down on Facebook. Pay attention. | SquaredPeg

Brad J. Ward of SquaredPeg found the following ad on Craigs list (it has been deleted since).
Viral Marketing Internship (Spring Semester)
An internship that combines the addicting glory of facebook with viral marketing? It’s true. College Prowler Inc., the Pittsburgh-based publisher of the only complete series of college insiders’ guides written by students, is actively seeking an unpaid viral marketing intern who has a solid understanding of the web, social networking, and interactive marketing.
This is mind boggling to me. If the interns had spent the same amount of time setting up real groups and recorded a viral video, fun contest or giveaway, the social network would have worked.

Honesty is not optional and deception is always exposed. Ask Edelman, Zipatoni, McDonalds and Sony. All these companies have launched fake blogs, supposedly written by "real people."

What to call a fake Facebook group? Fooks? Fookers?

Google: No Support for Blogger.com

Update 9:44 PM. Evidently the squeaky wheels gets the grease. My Endangered Spaces blog is now allowing me to edit my posts. I still cannot export my blog, but I will settle for one miracle at a time.

I have been unable to edit posts on my blog, Endangered Spaces since 12/19. I also cannot export the blog.

I have been to the Help groups and reported the error (bx) code to http://groups.google.com/group/blogger-help/web/report-your-bx-code-bug-here. There are so many people having problems with these codes and no one is there from Google to help. There are some bloggers (God bless them!) that are trying to help, but they cannot handle Blogger issues.

I had a comment on one of my blogs about my profile being inaccessible. It was set to private. My profile has been public for four years. I have a link from everyone of my blogs to my profile. Then I noticed that in my profile, the ABOUT ME section was about someone else.

People with custom domains hosted on Blogger are also having problems. I hate to be a pessimist, but it is like Blogger is going to implode.

I would suggest that everyone who uses Blogger (blogspot) protect themselves:

Under BASIC SETTINGS there is a export blog function that has been added. I would advise everyone to backup their posts and comments using this option.

Under LAYOUT EDIT HTML, check expand widgets and copy and paste your complete template to a text editor (like notepad). Do not use Word for this.

VIEW BLOG and highlight your sidebars, one at a time. View SELECTION SOURCE (on browser menu VIEW) and copy and past your widget contents to a text editor (like notepad). Do not use Word for this.

If you do these things, you can recreate your blog if Blogger does breakdown. What a Christmas that would be, huh?

Anyone else having problems?

----------------------My BX code-----------------------------

We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.

When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help
Group, please:

* Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
* Provide the following error code and additional information.

Additional information
blogID: 18857559
host: www.blogger.com
uri: /posts.g

This information will help us to track down your specific problem and
fix it! We apologize for the inconvenience.


Blog Your Blessing: Christmas Season

During the coming Christmas season,
May you be blessed . . .

With the spirit of the season,
which is peace,

The gladness of the season,
which is hope,

And the heart of the season,
which is love.

The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. Visit the blog, grab the blogroll code, add it to your blog, and leave a comment on Blue Panther Experience. Next Sunday, post your blessing. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on any Sunday as we blog our blessings.

Internet Explorer Has Major Security Flaw

Security experts have disclosed a major security flaw in all versions of Internet Explorer from IE5 to the latest beta of IE8. In fact, this flaw exploiting a problem in the Internet Explorer(IE) software which has existed from the day it was launched.

You should switch to another browser, like Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera, as none of them are affected.

Currently, 10,000 gaming websites are infected with the code needed to take advantage of this flaw in IE, which infects your computer with a trojan. It is just a matter of time before the code propagates across the Internet.

Microsoft suggests you set your Internet security settings to high and other workarounds that DO NOT WORK.

You should switch to another browser, like Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera, as none of them are affected.

Read more at The Daily Telegraph or BBC

Need Web Hosting? Ask the Geeks!

Are you looking for web hosting for your blog or website? There are so many choices for hosting that it is almost impossible to compare them all. Fortunately, WebHostingGeeks.com has done most of the work for us.

They list the top 10 web hosting services, with independent reviews by webmasters and customers of the best web-hosting providers. The website compares services like multiple domain hosting and free domain names, as well as the free advertising and free marketing credits included.

Also on the site, you may find out which host won the award for best budget hosting, best blog hosting or best forum hosting. Alternatively, which host has the best Unix hosting, best Windows hosting or best PHP hosting. They also have selected the top providers of unlimited domains on one account (BlueHost) and green web hosts, where alternative energy runs the servers (HostPapa, GoodAvocado).

Business customers will find reviews of the best e-commerce hosting, VPS hosting and email hosting. Read the reviews of customer service, uptime and technical support, issues that are important to all hosting customers, but can sound the death knell for a business.

I like the customer reviews. After you select and use a hosting provider, you may come by the website and write a review. The items that are reviewed are technical support, customer support, software, traffic, reliability and uptime, space, price, quality and user-friendliness.

WebHostingGeeks has a selection of articles that provide solid information on topics like how to choose the best web hosting service. I have bookmarked this site and will return again when I need a web hosting provider. This is, by far, the most comprehensive guide to web hosting and the site is easy to read and understand.

Update on Blog Traffic Exchanges

Bloggers are different from webmasters. There is a sense of community that builds around blogs that cannot be duplicated for commercial sites. It makes sense that blog traffic exchanges would be different. My favorite is Blog Explosion just for the fun you may have there.

Blog Clicker was one of the first blog traffic exchanges several years ago. It disappeared when the owners lost control of the domain name (lesson for everyone). BlogClicker is back online. You may want to check it out if you are looking to marketing your blogs.

Blog Advance

Blog Advance is a free manual blog surf exchange community offering 1:1 ratio and free forum.

Blog Explosion

BlogExplosion is very different. You my rent your blog space for credits or enter your blog into the Battle of the Blogs and win (or lose) credits! Other options are BE Radio, Blog Rocket, statistics, blog directory, podcasts, banners and links.

Blog Soliders

Blog Soldiers offers 2:1 surf ratio, blog directory, text links, banner exchange as well as blog traffic exchange. Blog soldiers has a wonderful education section that provides video instruction on adding your blog, links and banners; assigning and converting credits. Upgraded memberships available.

Blog Your Blessing : Women Who Change the World

There are women who make things better... simply by showing up.
There are women who make things happen.
There are women who make their way.
There are women who make a difference.
And women who make us smile.
There are women of wit and wisdom who--
through strength and courage--make it through.
There are women who change the world every day... women like you.

Ashley Rice
(Copyright Blue Mountain Arts, Inc.)

Women Who Changed the World

More women heroes may be found on MyHero.com.

The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. Visit the blog, grab the blogroll code, add it to your blog, and leave a comment on Blue Panther Experience. Next Sunday, post your blessing. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on any Sunday as we blog our blessings.

Web 2.0 : Where Will It Go in 2009?

8 Experts Predict How Web 2.0 Will Evolve In 2009 | Radical Tech | Fast Company

While the Fast Company article makes a quick read and links to the eight experts' blogs, not much new information was purveyed

Chris Brogan, Mary Hodder, Charlene Li wants to see portable identities across networks, as I posted in Neglecting Your Networks?
Tara Hunt posits a shift in how marketing should be more about customer interaction and empowerment and less about the message.

Rebecca Moore has an original idea to use mapping in times of natural disasters, and points as social mapping as a collaborative tool for grassroots organizations.

Nate Ritter sees technological innovation coming to the foreground as venture funding dries up, believes location based and aggregation tools will be refined as well.

Richard Yoo thinks it is still about trying to figure out what users really want and what they find most important. He also sees a shakedown of web2.0 companies.

Finally Free Internet

In an unprecedented action, the outgoing FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is pushing to offer free, pornography-free wireless Internet service to all Americans, despite objections from the wireless industry and some consumer groups.

Read the article here: Free Web Plan Being Pushed by FCC Head - WSJ.com

So, nine years after The National Digital Divide Summit, there finally may be Internet for everyone. Now, if we can just have jobs, benefits, good health, clean air and water, life could be good in the USA once again.

Blog Your Blessing : Recovered Blessings

Jesus and baby
Jesus and children

Jesus playing with childrenJesus and the children

The images above were sent to me with several others back in 2002. Recently, I found myself thinking about these images of Jesus and the children. In fact, I felt called to find them and share them before Christmas.

The images were left on the hard drive of a computer that cratered years ago. I found the hard drive, purchased an USB2.0 IDE hard disk drive enclosure on the Internet and recovered the images. These are my recovered blessings. I hope they bring you joy.

The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. Visit the blog, grab the blogroll code, add it to your blog, and leave a comment on Blue Panther Experience. Next Sunday, post your blessing. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on any Sunday as we blog our blessings.

Opt-In, Opt-Out of Behavioral Marketing

Behavioral Marketing Targeted by ATT&T

The AT&T-backed think tank Future of Privacy Forum launched a campaign warning consumers how search engines store their queries and marketers use online cookies. AT&T favors an opt-in model for behavioral advertising, which serves advertisements to people based on their Web-surfing activity.

MediaPost Publications - Delete Cookies, Says New Privacy Forum - 12/01/2008
The group goes on to instruct people about options to enhance privacy. The advice includes directives to delete cookies and use Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser -- which includes a feature that can block the cookies that track users across sites for ad-serving purposes. The organization also suggests that searchers use IAC's Ask Eraser, which deletes some log files tying search queries to IP addresses.
To Protect Yourself

I have set up my browser to delete all cookies and privacy information when my browser closes.

Some adware programs automatically opens Internet Explorer, so make sure you clear your information out of IE if you use it at all.

Software Helpers

Make sure your computer is secured with a firewall, and protection against viruses, spybots and malware. Make sure you set the programs to automatically update or you should manually update them 2-3x a week.

I use ZoneAlarm, Spybot Search & Destroy, Ad-Aware, and Norton Anti-Virus. These are direct links and the download are free of any type of trojans or tracking cookies.

Give Yourself a $250 Gift Card


Would you like to receive a prize for giving a gift? How about being entered to win one of forty-five (45) free Xbox systems for giving a gift? What if the gift was something you really wanted? Would you gift yourself? Well, you better decide quickly, as this offer is only good through December 5, better know as cyber Monday.

Gift Certificate and Entry into XBox Giveaway

If you sign up for The Ultimate Bundle with Charter for $165.97 per month (for 12 months) between black Friday and cyber Monday (December 5, 2008) you will receive a $250 gift certificate and an entry in the Xbox sweepstakes. Select the gift certificate you want from over 17 popular restaurants, name brand department and specialty shops.

What exactly is The Ultimate Bundle?

10 Mbps High Speed Internet
Telephone with Unlimited Calling
Charter Digital Cable®, including:
  • Charter HDTV™ - wide-screen format and Dolby® Digital surround sound.
  • Charter DVR™ - play, pause and rewind live TV while you are recording.
  • Charter Expanded Basic Cable TV - 70+ channels,watch new releases and cliassic.
If Charter provdes service in your area, you may want to check out this deal and all the deals being offered by Charter before Monday.


Automakers must give up corporate jets!

Auto executives will travel from Detroit to Washington DC in their own fuel-efficient cars rather than corporate jets to ask for the $25 billion bailout from the Federal Government. When it was discovered that all three CEOs had flown in separate corporate jets to ask for the bailout dollars in November, it was a public relations disaster.

The bigwigs of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler will drive 500+ miles from Detroit to Washington to secure loans to help their companies through the recession and the worst sales downturn in 25 years. Hearings are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Do you sometimes feel that these CEOs do not live in the real world? Someone should check their hotels. I am sure they are not staying at the economy hotel that serves the best continental breakfast. Also, they could have carpooled.

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