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Defeat The Virus

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

I have been hearing all day even the last couple of days so much information about a new viral flu. I know that you have been listening to this too. I can’t help but feel that so much attention to it with fear as its impetus can in fact create a panic.

Fear can be a horrible thing in people who have just enough information to make it dangerous. Precautions are simple. Wash you hands often. Stay out of crowds if you have sniffles and especially stay home if you have a fever. Germs seem to be something people spread without thinking.

Viruses on the Internet can spread just as quickly and often in what seems to be a benign. Viruses can be attached to email containing images. Viruses have been known to be attached to greeting cards sent via the web. A virus can be added to a site through forms that are not protected against accepting certain strings of information.

Before anything is sent from you, or received by you be sure that it going through an email scanner. Delete anything in question no matter who it is from.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Today

My wife said, “Whatcha doin today?”

I said, “Nothing.”

She said, “You did that yesterday.”

I said, “I wasn’t finished”.

Thought for Today:
“I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
-C.S. Lewis

Tips and Techniques

Of all the virus software out there the one that keeps winning prizes at least as far as I am concerned is AVG. The free version does a great job. I believe that I have used all of the major software products and have always gone back to AVG. Just like good handwashing is essential a good virus software is your first line of defense.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Everyone knows, success is not an accident. Neither is failure. Both are a direct result of consistent activities. The trick is to learn as quickly as possible which activities lead to success and which ones don’t..

But just how do you know which road to take? In this era of technology we are no longer guided by the stars or even a golden compass. We now have a GPS system and the Internet. It is surprising that people don’t hardly even talk to one another they text! We are back to writing only now it’s so much faster.

But writing isn’t even writing. You see things like LOL, or BFF. What about IRL! Can you understand all of these shortened shorthand that is used on line and in texting? I found a great site that is a dictionary for all of those little acrynoms that will help you to understand all of those terms. Be cool and even get adept to using them yoursefl. OK Carolyn, stop talking and just give em the link. Well, here it is..

http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/s/shorthan.htm

Have fun

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Abbott and Costello Routine

Searching in my library for two books by communications expert Deborah Tannen turned into an Abbott and Costello routine.

“What’s the first book?” the librarian asked.

“That’s Not What I Meant,” I said.

“Well, what did you mean?”

“That’s the title of the book,” I explained.

“Okay.” She looked at me a little skeptically. “And the other book?”

“You Just Don’t Understand.”

“Excuse me?” I got both books. Eventually.

Thought for Today:
“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.”
~ Julia Alvarez

Tips and Techniques

Another day to wake up to bad news. It seems that I have been suspended from Twitter. Why, because Google said that winassoc.com had bad ware attached to it. We got the notice at the end of March that the site had in fact been hacked. It was cleaned up within 24 hours to make it perfectly perfect again, but getting the warning off the site is taking its toll. It is the website owners responsibility to make sure a site is safe and does take constant alertness to these gremlins that like to invade other’s property. The net is no different. We are doing everything possible to get this alert off the site. It is clean and it is safe.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

One of my favorite stories is Peter Pan written by author James Barri. The story as you know is about a boy that refused to grow up. What fun is there is growing up? What excitement is there in growing up?

Not everyone can be the story teller that James Barri was, but everyone does have stories to tell. Everyone has memories. Everyone has parents and grandparents who may remember things differently.

Such stories and memories make for great content for blogs and family web sites. Such stories can knit families together. I am talking about families that have been separated by geography.

Talk to your parents, talk to your grandparents write the stories down. I can guarantee they won’t be around forever. Some of the exciting things you can do is video, audio and story telling. It is so easy with the technology we have today that all it takes is a bit of imagination and a love of history – documenting family history.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Name

Some friends were hoping their second child would be a girl, and they even had a name picked out. The ultrasound didn’t reveal the baby’s sex, though, and since the expectant father had orders from the Navy to ship out before the due date, he told his wife, “We’d better pick out a boy’s name, just in case.” But when it was time for him to report for duty, they still hadn’t decided.

At sea a few weeks later, he got notification that his son,
Justin Kase, had been born.

Thought for Today:
“God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.”
-James M. Barri

Tips and Techniques

Blogging is one of the fastest and easiest platforms to master in developing a site on line. The steps are even easier.

1. Get a domain name: try http://www.cheapdomains.com
2. Get hositing (I will give you hosting for as little as $60.00 for a year and even install your blog for you.)
3. Using Fantastico you can have your blog installed and ready to go in about 15 minutes.
4. Write a post every day. It doesn’t have to be a lot. A memory or two a day will help you get started.
5. Invite other family members to contribute.

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Challenge

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

I never thought that I would look forward to listening to the news, and you are right for most of it I am not, but there is one segment in the news that I look forward to listening to and that is simply the good news that does in fact happen.

I truly believe that most people want to be good. I believe that most people have respect for their neighbors. I also believe when the times get tough that is when the good in people shines through.

Times that are tough as it has been said, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” There are times when we just plain have to stop and look at things and I do believe that life gets tough just to see how tough we are, don’t you? Challenges are just as important to our life as the good times. Challenges make us appreciative of the success.

I thank God every day for the challenges because every one of them made me the person I am today. I didn’t like it when some of them were happening. I still don’t like it when I see people having to struggle, but I also know you can’t help the butterfly out of the cacoon, he has to struggle his way out or his wings will never be strong enough to fly.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

VCR Skills

While reviewing math symbols with my second-grade pupils, I drew a greater-than (>) and a less-than (<) sign on the chalkboard and asked, “Does anyone remember what these mean?”

A few moments passed, and then a boy confidently raised his hand. “One means fast-forward,” he exclaimed, “and the other means rewind!”

Thought for Today:
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans Rogers

Tips and Techniques

When was the last time you sat down and sincerely counted you blessings? When you are feeling like nothing is going well, try it. I have never ever found anything that gives a quicker resurgence of energy and ambition than to be truly greatful for everything I already have.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

OnGuard Online
http://www.onguardonline.gov/default.aspx

I stumbled on this site created by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the OnGuard website “provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.” No matter what I do to protect my computer, things manage to get through. The point is you can never learn too much about safety.

I found when I got there not only an attractively put together site, but it’s the three main sections from the homepage include “Topics”, “Games”, and “Videos”.

Visitors should start with the “Topics” area, which includes interactive features on proper computer
disposal, cross-border scams, email scams, and identity theft. Within this section (and all of the other sections), visitors will find a quick quiz that will allow them to learn about a number of topical issues. Moving on,
the “Games” area features hands-on activities that include “Invasion of the Wireless Hackers”, “Invest Quest”, and “Phishing Scams”.

Finally, users shouldn’t miss out on the “Tools” area. Here they can find helpful software and applications related to online security and also sign up to subscribe to receive cyber security tips.

Security is so so important in our cyber world. It is the guy that thinks, “It will never happen to me” that leaves himself vulnerable.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
A Cat’s Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep,
The king-size bed looks soft and deep…
I’ll move right into the center groove
So my humans can hardly move!
I’ve trapped their legs,
they’re tucked in tight
And here is where I pass the night
No one disturbs me or dares intrude
Till morning comes and “I want food!”
I sneak up slowly to begin
Then nibble on my human’s chin.
They wake up quickly,
I have sharp teeth –
And my claws I will unsheathe
For the morning’s here
and it’s time to play
I always seem to get my way.
So thank you Lord for giving me
These human beings that I see.

Thought for Today:
“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.”
– Victor Hugo

Tips and Techniques

In my humble opinion AVG- Free is still the best security measure you can take. I got away from it and tried others that came recommended highly, but in the last 6 months I have had to wipe out the c-drive and start over 3 times. Not such a recommendation for the products I was using. In the years previous that I was using AVG, I never had to wipe out the hard drive until they had to be replaced because of wear.

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How To:

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Everyone has a book somewhere inside. Someone else wants to learn something that only you know. It is getting the book out of your head and into the hands of the people who want to know that make up the boom in this means of communication called the Internet.

Never before has the flow of communication been so International or so personal. But you know that or you wouldn’t be reading this newsletter right now.

If you didn’t have the dream of making a living from your business on the Internet you probably wouldn’t be advertising on this or other eZines.

Making a living on the Internet requires some very basic purposes

First is the desire to be your own boss
Second is good computer equipment
Third is a way to connect to the Internet
Then you need an idea. It doesn’t have to even be a brilliant idea, but a way to present what you know so that it will appeal to those that want to know what you already know and do well.

In this economy whether it is good in your world or bad in your world the basics never change. Yes I did say never. You must SELL something to SOMEONE if you are going to EARN anything.

The key question then becomes what can I sell? What should I sell? Whether you are selling yourself as a consultant, your own product or other people’s products alignment to your basic purposes and values is going to help determine the who, what, where, when and how. Ethics, immagination and creativity. That is what is going to get you where you want to go.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Deer

The Wednesday-night church service coincided with the last day of hunting season.

Our pastor asked who had bagged a deer.

No one raised a hand.

Puzzled, the pastor said, “I don’t get it. Last Sunday many of you said you were missing because of hunting season. I had the whole congregation pray for your deer.”

One hunter groaned, “Well, it worked. They’re all safe.”

Thought for Today:
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, never give up then, for that is just the time that the tide will turn.”
-Harriet Beecher Stowe

Tips and Techniques

Writing a statement of purpose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statement_of_purpose

One of the first actions you should take if you want to be successful in a business of your own even before you begin your business plan is to write your statement of purpose.

Happy designing!

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