Quite the contrary…

I seem to have not been able to write anything for this blog of mine this week, but I did start a seperate more personal blog of mine which I call Omgsplosion!!!. It’s where I write down my thoughts on world issues, fighting for ponies and completely random stuff that doesn’t really deserve to be on this blog. Hehe, I did write though a bit on the issue of celebrity bashing and some other things involving celebrities, and if that bores you just view the parody videos of Chris Crocker’s “Leave Britney Alone” video.

Blog Action Day – Be more productive and save energy.

Now when I say energy, of course I mean save electricity as well as save your own supply of whatever you run on (doughnuts, coffee, candy, etc.), so since today is Blog Action Day I have already scoured the internet for a few useful tips and wrote some I discovered on my own so you can better organize and speed up your blog, your website, or your own life. 🙂

For the Blogger-
Creating a Blog Maintenance Start Page with Netvibes – Most Bloggers should agree, going through dozens of websites to keep track of your blog’s community, your email inbox(s), and more can be very annoying and time-consuming. This is where creating a Blog Maintenance Page is handy. But you can do more than just what is mentioned in this post. How about using Netvibe’s tabs to your advantage by using the “Web Page” widget under “External widgets. Simply create a new tab, insert one of these, click on on the top-right side of the widget and insert the url of a web page you need to visit frequently. Repeat as many times as need, and now instead of having several windows open, you can have only one window with several tabs within one page. Yeah I know, that doesn’t make much sense, but look at it this way, all you will have to type afterwards is “netvibes.com”, and all of the web pages will be right there, no further typing necessary.

Create a Tag Cloud to put anywhere, no javascript needed – Ever wondered where I got that awesome Tag Cloud on my “Newcomer?” page? Well thanks to Engtech (pronounced Enj-Tech), I can make one uing his FREE software. Isn’t that awesome?

The Web Designer
30 Usability Issues To Be Aware Of – Pretty much sums up the whole philosophy of how to make a great website. Quite a long read, but at least now we have a pre-made guideline to use.

Save your readers ink and paper by using a special “Print Style Sheet” – Don’t you just hate it when people don’t do stuff like this and all of your money goes down the drain buying more ink cartridges?

Other tips-

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My Short Yahoo Mash Review

yahoomashbeta.png*Yawn…*

Well, its a mix between Facebook and some other social network who’s name I can’t remember, but if nobody else is around to annoy you by removing your favorite “modules” (little widgets on your profile), theres nothing left for you to do.

As for customizing it, you’re limited to changing your profile’s background, the module’s colors, and their border. The HTML used to make the web page is more organized, but I have a hard time figuring out which piece of code id which and how to customize it using CSS. Maybe people who have done CSS for 10 years might have an easier time than me though. Luckily though they teach you for free on their blog how to customize your profile page more. You can see all the posts on that here.

Other than that, you can add little “modules” to your web page and choose to let your friends add more, remove, or edit your own modules. You can also edit everything easily without having to visit another web page, just click over an area that seems like it would let you edit it, for example the area that says what country you’re from., and then type in something and you’re done.

But for now, I’m gonna say try later when its no longer in Beta and open to the public, because right now Yahoo Mash is just like a Mosh pit at the Supreme Court in the way everyone will be asleep, or just not there.

You can see a screenshot or check out the suggestion board for Yahoo Mash too.

Trying to install Ubuntu, but lack the know-how? Try Wubi!

Update: Install at your own risk. Read more.

Not long ago, I downloaded Ubuntu, and as the 600 Mb file was being downloaded I waited eagerly and happily until it finished. As soon as it finished, I opened the folder, and checked if there was an installer within the files. Imagine my surprise when I failed to find one. Even worse, I remembered I had no idea how to create a partition. Luckily, I came across Wubi, which solved all my needs and more for free. It does all you need for downloading the most recent version of Ubuntu, customizing the size of and creating the partition for it, installing Ubuntu without the need to create a CD, and uninstall it afterwards in case I don’t like it. Heres a Before-and-After sequence to show you what I mean. To skip it click here.

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Firefox User? PC Slowed Down Completely? Fix That without a restart!!

Whenever my Laptop slows down, it seems to always be Firefox’s fault. Why, I’m not sure. Possibly from overusing Firefox, or a bug in Firefox. Maybe because of something to do with the Java Applet. It could even be because I use Vista. But if you are a Firefox user and all of a sudden your computer seems to screech to a halt after taking it out of hibernate or something similar, heres what you should do. (Take note that this can happen both when you are and aren’t using Firefox but were using it recently. First, press the key’s Alt, Ctrl, and Del. This will open up a menu that has Task Manager manager on the bottom if you use Windows Vista. That is what you should click. And in Windows XP and earlier, the Task Manager will open up automatically.

In case you don’t know what Windows Operating System you have, click on the below screenshots to see bigger screenshots of Vista and XP below. The first is Windows XP, and the second is Windows Vista.

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Bloggers: Get rid of horrendously long category menus!

I’ve noticed that almost everyone who puts in a Category widget (also known as a Page Element at Blogger, etc) into their sidebar ends up with a horrendously long menu that ends up being usually a third longer than the page itself, which may already be rather long. Myself, I have never even bothered looking through these long lists because I just don’t want to bother. So to help people use shorter category lists that I will actually read, I went ahead and wrote some basic HTML for everyone to use.

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Quick Blog Update

If you used the categories menu, don’t worry about Books as well as several other categories not being there, I moved them to the “Random” category since they weren’t a part of my blog’s mainstream.