Category: Advice (page 1 of 3)

Gary Vaynerchuk on marketing in the year we live in

People’s internet consumption now happens on mobile, and the thing people do the most on mobile is use social media platforms. That is the internet now. If you don’t understand this, you’re behind.

— Gary Vaynerchuk

This. 

I found myself nodding along with this little piece from Gary, and it’s frustrating to see how many don’t seem to be getting it. Still.

Stop Marketing Like It’s 2012

Being average

Once you accept the premise that a life is only worthwhile if it is truly notable and great, then you basically accept the fact that most of the human population sucks and is worthless.

Interesting read from author Mark Manson on what it means to be ‘average’.

In Defense of Being Average

Quick Tip: Display the Degree / Celsius Symbol on the iPhone

iPhone keyboard - Degree symbolEveryone loves to talk about the weather. It seemingly bonds us all in a common yet mundane dialog.

Recently I was trying to tell someone via text what the temperature was, and I couldn’t easily find the degree symbol quickly.

It turns out it’s really simple to get it to show up, you just need to know where it is.

All you have to do is hold down your finger on the ‘0’ (zero) key and a little alternative degree ‘°’ symbol pops up. Tap it, and you have what you need.

Oh, and for those wondering it’s 4° today. 

iPhone Problem – Any Advice?

My iPhoneI finally joined the masses and grabbed myself a 32GB iPhone about two weeks ago. Ever since then I have been hunting around for the best apps and downloading a fair few, especially game and utility apps.  I will probably do a round-up post detailing the apps I have soon, offering my recommendations.

However, this blog post is to ask the question – Is there a way of running a diagnostic on my iPhone while at home? The reason I’m asking such a question is due to a recent problem I had with my new phone:

I recently took the phone out of my pocket only to find the device was turned off. This struck me as odd, as not only does the iPhone require a button hold in addition to an on-screen action in order to turn it off, but the battery was also showing a 60% charge around two hours prior to this happening.

After several failed attempts to power up the device I was somewhat concerned. Luckily, I was in Liverpool for the weekend visiting family, and an Apple store was close by. I popped in to seek advice and was told by the stores staff that the new phone “looked fine” and that I should try plugging the device into one of the many charging stations in-store. Having done this, and failing an Apple employee repeated the process in another charger, this time to some success. The device powered up, however it took over 3 minutes to reach the home screen, it had worryingly also lost around 30% of it’s charge.

The helpful Apple staff at the Liverpool One branch suggested that a rogue-app may have been the cause of the problem, adding that if this (currently isolated) issue was to happen again that I come in to have the iPhone checked.

So do any of you guys know of a way to run a diagnostic check on the iPhone, at home? I would like to see if any of my apps are sapping away my battery or causing my phone to crash. Any comments or emails on the issue would be highly appreciated.

How To: Use Multiple Signatures In Gmail

As you may know I’m an avid fan of using Gmail’s web interface, despite peoples best efforts to get me using Mac OS-X’s Mail application. One thing I have been envious of for a while is Mail.app’s ability to insert a signature of choice at a click of a button.

Gmail

Thankfully, there is relatively simple solution to using multiple signatures in Gmail! You may be asking why I would need a magnitude of different email signatures? Simply put I use my Gmail account to send and receive email from over ten email addresses. So for example if I’m replying to a work email, I would like to use a more work orientated signature, including with it my work email address, where as when replying to personal emails I will want to use another signature, possibly with a link to my own site.

How to get it done

  • Head over to the Settings page, in your Gmail account. Then open the ‘Labs’ tab,
  • Enable the Canned Responses feature. (CTRL or CMD + F to find it quick!)
  • Once activated, go and compose a new message.
  • In a blank email write out your signature.
  • Use the Canned Response menu to save your signature. Giving it a name such as ‘Personal Signature’ is advised.
  • Repeat this process for each signature you desire.
  • When writing emails, simply select the signature you would like to use from the drop down Canned Responses list.
  • Done!

This is something that had been bugging me for a while, so I was pleased to find such a simple solution.

Notify – Cool Gmail Notifier

Yesterday a friend pointed me in the direction of Vibealicious’ Notify, a really neat clean alternative to Googles own Notifier. The application Notifyis for Mac users only, and all you need is a Gmail account.

Notify works in a very similar way to the official Google Notifier, but has some added touches that sets it apart for me. It has Growl notifications built in, along with support for multiple accounts via a tab interface, and an overall better user experience for quickly getting a glance at whats in your inbox. You can set the the app to check for new mail at a number of set intervals, and I have mine set to check every minute.

Of course a lot of Mac users will opt to use the Apple app ‘Mail’, but for those that just can’t break the habit of using Gmail on the web then Notify is a slick solution to knowing when you’ve got mail. If you give it a go, be sure to let me know your thoughts.

WooThemes offer – 4 for the price of 1

This ain’t no April Fools. WooThemes, the creator’s of fine premium wordpress themes are for one day only offering an additional three free themes when you buy one. So you get four great WordPress themes for the price of one, and amazing offer, but for only one day!

WooThemes have added a lot of great new themes to their portfolio recently so be sure to check it out when making your choices.

Amazing Mac application offer!

MacHeist are well known within the Mac community for offering amazing deals on a range of third party software for Apple computers, and their most recent offer is no different. The third MacHeist software bundle, once fully unlocked, will offer over $900 of software value, all of which can be yours for an amazing $39 USD.

The latest bundle includes the following software:

  • iSale – eBay manager
  • Picturesque – Image editor
  • SousChef – Cooking assistant
  • World Of Goo  – Puzzle game
  • Phone View – iPhone history
  • Little Snapper – Image sharing
  • Acorn – Photo editor
  • Kinemac – 3D animation
  • WireTap Studio – Recording utility
  • BoinxTV – Video production
  • The Hit List – Task management
  • Espresso – Web development

In addition to all of the above great software, the first 25,000 thousand customers will get Big Bang Board Games too! And to make this deal even more sweeter 25% from every sale goes to charity, and you get to choose which charity see’s your cash. So if you are using a Mac, be sure to check it out.

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Don’t forget to move your Feedburner feeds

Google aqquired Feedburner back in July of 2007 and since then the search engine giant have slowly being making changes to the web feed management service. The most recent highly discussed of these changes being the migration of feeds from Feedburner to Google’s own feedburner.google.com.

Google posted an update on their ‘AdSense for Feeds‘ blog on Monday detailing more reasons as to why moving over to Google was important, and why doing it sooner is better. For example, the post details:

“February 28th, if you have not moved your feeds to a Google Account, the traffic to your feeds will not be cut off or terminated, but you will not be able to view or manage your feeds until you have moved to a Google Account”

Some people are having difficulties in completing the migration, although personally I had very few troubles. One major problem for many seems to be subscriber counts altering upon moving to Google. Have you transfered your feeds, if not be sure to, and if so, has your subscriber count suffered?

WooThemes Update – Permanent 2 for 1!

I haven’t blogged about WooThemes in a while, but the wordpress theme club has gone from stength to strength offering free themes, having superb promotions and even giving away premium themes in a magazine here in the UK.

WooThemes - Premium WordPress Themes Club

Over Christmas they offered 4 themes for the price of one, and due to it’s deserved success, and to celebrate the new year, they have now recently announced that all future purchases at WooThemes come with a ‘2 for 1’ deal included. Buy any theme, get any them free. This new deal is permanent, and is no doubt a sure fire way to encourage more people to snap up some of their superb premium wordpress themes. Give them a visit today!