This week I found a tool to capture all those video clips that you want to save but are having difficulty with getting the job done. I have some prime examples: 1.) The super teaching material that can be found alongside the sales page for Costco pharmacy drug prices genericsOnline order sildenafil vardenafil price in canadaGeneric accutane cheapResell Rights Fortune , a product from Socrates Socratous. There are 4 videos on the right side of the screen which have some strategies that sound like they are easy to implement. The threat of losing access to them prompted me to look for a way to save them for posterity and hopefully prosperity. 2.) The next one I wanted to save came in an email from John Thornhill inviting us to “Copy My Quarter of a Million Dollar Business”. This tool also made short work of that one as well. The name of it is CamStudio 2.0 and it is actually a group of four programs: Player, PlayPlus, Producer & Recorder. Another great quality of it is the fact that the license reads as follows:
This product is FREEWARE and you are free to duplicate and distribute this software through the internet or any preferred media.
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
Here are just a few ways you can use this software:
You can use it to create demonstration videos for any software program
Or how about creating a set of videos answering your most frequently asked questions?
You can create video tutorials for school or college class
You can use it to record a recurring problem with your computer so you can show technical support people
You can use it to create video-based information products you can sell
You can even use it to record new tricks and techniques you discover on your favourite software program, before you forget them
The Forum is a meeting place to look for solutions to bugs that you may find in newer versions of the program.
I repair, upgrade, sell, and support PCs for a living as well as a major part of my life. Many times, a problem can be handled fairly easily and quickly by phone. I service mainly within a 75 mile radius of where I reside in the North Eastern corner of Ohio. I can see that as computers become an even larger part of our lives, it becomes ever more critical to our homelife if our computer runs into difficulty in reaching the internet. More often than being a problem with our supplier of the connection to the internet, the problem lies with either the software or hardware on which we have chosen to do our kids’ homework, store our addresses, connect to our banks, pay our bills, and I’m sure you can add to this quick list of growing dependence on the PC and it’s connection to the outside world. With the advantage of having worked with computers since 1965, I think we can all use some help at times as bumps or potholes appear in the onramp to our own piece of the Information Highway. Lately, many complaints reach me of the slowing down of a machine which could be gradual or appear right before our eyes. In the last couple years, it has been due to “spyware” or “adware” more than viruses. Whatever the cause, it can certainly be frustrating when we become the latest victim. I found a great, free, solution to many of these ills lately in the piece of software called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.43. A quick click on the link in my list of my “Recommended” will hook you up with the latest tool in my bag of tricks trying to keep your system running at it’s best. See the link in “Recommended” to the right side of this blog. Or you can download it by simply Clicking Here
Run it once a week or so and stay ahead of the bad guys. Feel free to post in this blog your latest problem or fix for the betterment of us all. Or come back for other tips as they become available.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Twolost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; anotherhad two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardshipsof the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, andtheir sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Elevenwere merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; menof means, well educated, butthey signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be
death iftheywere captured.
CarterBraxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader,saw his ships swept from the seas by the BritishNavy. He sold his home and properties to payhis debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British thathe was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family waskept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him andpoverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton,Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle ofYorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that theBritish General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson homefor his headquarters. He quietly urged General GeorgeWashington to open fire. The home was destroyed, andNelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. Theenemy jailed his wife, and she died within a fewmonths.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill werelaid to waste.
For more than a year he lived in forests andcaves, returning home to find his wife dead and his childrenvanished.
So,take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silentlythank these patriots.
It’s not much to ask for theprice they paid. Remember: freedom is never free!
I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many peopleas you can, please.. It’s time we get the word out that patriotism isNOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics,firecrackers and baseball games.
In speaking to my circle of friends and customers, I am amazed how few of them have ever heard of Clickbank. I have always been one who could lose a couple of hours very easily at a bookstore at the mall. I find Clickbank’s website is equally interesting. With over 10,000 different items, there is something for every interest. Here’s a little video that will introduce you to a way to get some advertising income from your website and it can co-exist with Google AdSense. You can get more information by clicking Here
After spending much time and many hundreds of dollars, I finally connected with an organized, step by step, plan for putting up a serious online presence on the internet. In the past, I tried to do the whole thing on my own. I lined up a number of domain names that I have renewed for at least the last three or four years; I then built a couple of beefy machines which could be used as a server; I then tried to learn a sufficient amount of knowledge of Windows Server; then progress would grind to a halt as I would suck in on another “next new plan” which would make x number of dollars a month, all while sitting in your kitchen in your underwear.
Unfortunately, I had to get dressed and go pick up my bills and handle my hardware service business and lead my real life. Several weeks ago, I started a serious, 36 week course designed and presented in a step by step fashion by a credible, successful, guru named John Thornhill. I had made several very satisfactory purchases from John in the past and how can you question the credentials and abilities of someone with over 16,000 positive feedbacks from eBay? I am very happy with his clear video and audio presentations with simple steps which have already taken me beyond any previous online efforts of mine. So stop back to my site and follow the growth as I learn once again the basic truth that regardless of cost, education is much cheaper than ignorance.
I don’t know about most of my audience, but I plead “Guilty as Charged” for failure to start this online endeavor not weeks or months ago, but YEARS ago. I consider myself an expert at fixing and supporting the hardware end of small computers. (Small meaning not mainframes). I have a excellent counterpart who knows software even better. And as I stated in my previous post, I have had this gnawing in the pit of my stomach telling me that there is a huge need for information products and offering to deliver them online. I dabbled in computer services since 1985, having purchased my first 8088 PC in 1982 or 83. But I was the proud owner of a new IBM 286 system in 1985 ($6200.00) and an Epson dot matrix printer (another $1000.00) and I was in business printing food labels for a vendor friend of mine. But from that little starting point to the existence of the internet lay many years. When we had to solve problems with attaching products, we would literally have to beg the support staff at the other end of a ‘long distance call” (does anyone remember them?) to copy a scrap of code to a 5 1/4 inch diskette and mail them to us. At that time a high density diskette was $9.00 so it wasn’t about to be quick or free. The world of computing has changed so fast and come so far that I suffered from “information overload” from all the slick offers being made and buying the next new program that was supposed to make it “easy” to build an online presence. Maybe it’s “easy” or at least “easier” the second or third or tenth time, but trust me, the first time can be terrifying.
For at least the last four or five years I have had the dream of selling information on the internet. I think it started with a service call at one of my customers and friend’s small business. I was using my American Express card for two purposes. I wanted to renew his subscription for his well-known payroll tax updates and second, I was buying him an update for the bookkeeping program from the same software company. The total bill for these two updates came to well over $500.00. This is no small sum for a business with 8 to 10 employees. Now think about this… You used to be able to buy a license for a program and it was yours to use for life. Not anymore !!! These greedy so and so s now want to sell you a subscription so that they have you set up as a cash cow for life. Be that as it may, This purchase was set up as two separate transactions on my credit card. And since it was late in the day, these transactions were posted on two separate dates one day apart. And they were 10,000 invoice numbers apart !!!! And it was all handled online. I then started mentally comparing this online business with what it would take to handle this volume of business in a regular software store. How big a building, and how big a parking lot, and how many cashiers, and how about liability insurance for 10,000 customers per day in this litigious society which we have built? So for certain products, online is the only way to go.
I have another good customer with an auction business who is now able to handle online, real time bids, at the same time as bidders are bidding in his auction house. This has to be able to raise the value of his services over that of an auction house that has not taken the plunge into this level of technology. You can visit his two sites by clicking under “Recommended”.
The Rocky Mountain News, a Denver CO paper printed its last copy Feb 27th,2009. The reason that it was a bigger deal than most is that it survived 150 years of good times, bad times and everything in between only to end up folding like too many other newspapers have. Blogs like this are a part of changing times. There are so many sites online that can distribute bits of knowledge and happenings almost up-to-the-minute for free that companies, even as big as E.W. Scripps have trouble turning a profit. But more than just individual company failures, it is a change of an industry.
When I moved in 1968 to the small town where I now reside, there were hundreds of manufacturing jobs that now no longer exist. But there was one old company called Ashtabula Bow Socket which has a story which makes my point. Unlike the complaints of many who say “We are sending all our jobs to Mexico” , like the folding up of the newspaper companies, Ashtabula Bow Socket lost their product to history. You see, they started out by manufacturing “bow sockets” which were the attachments several generations earlier for the bows which held up the roof of buggys. Then as the market changed and shrank, they made the bows for convertible tops on cars. Then during the 60′s to 80′s they made bicycle cranks and frame parts. My point is that no matter how good a job they did at making bow sockets, their doom was written twenty or thirty years before their eventual demise.
And so it is with the changes in the way we get and produce our news today. You can look on many stories on Fox News, or MSNBC or any of their clone sites and see stories updated “30 minutes ago”, or “2 hours ago”. So I think we can continue to see newspapers disappear. Even those with 150 years of history behind them. Done in by TV, the Internet news sites and yes even blogs.
Hello World is a good title for this post. It is my first post. It is also the first time I have entered any comments in a blog. I am presently starting a new endeavor in starting this blog ( www.raymondott.com) in connection with filling a massive void in my knowledge of how to bring a “brick & mortar” business, or at least some aspects of it, online. Many of you who may stumble upon this site are aware that my life experience has centered around repairing, upgrading, supplying, and generally supporting PCs. I started out with a strong electronics background with the compliments of the US Air Force. It is my personal belief that too few of our young men and women miss a great opportunity of which more of the older generation seemed to take advantage. It takes a raw youth from where ever “home” was and teaches self sufficiency and respect. All the while they see that you don’t starve and also give you a look at how other people live. In my case, after almost a year of electronics training, I was stationed at a base in England for two and a half years with a short time in France on a temporary assignment. So I credit that experience and training with preparing me for a successful career at IBM. I will leave my excited readers with that look at the story of my background and how it has shaped my life… More to come.