Silly & Serious in Sweden

Silly & Serious in Sweden

Why a blog?

Why not? I know I like reading about other people's ideas and thoughts - whether silly or serious - and also video blogs - aka VLOGS - on YouTube and such. I'm not going to do anything super fabulous here - merely keep a diary of sorts, show you my favorite links, what makes me laugh or what makes me upset...you know - the usual stuff. I hope you will enjoy! AND I hope you feel like jumping in an commenting on occasion!

Media Players...

Links, Tips & Tricks!Posted by Gun Brooke Mon, March 02, 2009 23:33:28

I confess - I'm a geek! I'm a geek and I'm proud of it.

My latest tech toys are, a new laptop (had to give my old'ish one to my son's who's away at school in the weeks because his died) a Western Digital HD Media Player, and a 1 TB LaCie desktop hard drive, to go with the media player. I'm in tech heaven, so that compensates for me not feeling so tip top these days. Nothing like a toy to take away aches and pains, eh? *grin*

What is your favorite tech toy? Your laptop, your phone, your iPod, Zune or what? I do love my Zune - I listen to audiobooks before I go to sleep - and I swear I have listened to most of them subliminally at least five times before I actually hear them properly. LOL! So - another tip in this section is to get yourself an mp3 player if you don't already have one, check out www.audible.com and then listen to books while you drive or cook, or when you fall asleep.

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Skype

Links, Tips & Tricks!Posted by Gun Brooke Fri, February 27, 2009 12:08:42

To be completely frank - Skype has saved me TONS of money. I used to have such horrible phone bills - mostly from calling my dearest friend in Texas - but since Skype made flaterate available world wide, I'm in good shape! I pay 12 USD per month and can call virtually limitlessly to most western countries and then some. I can also have forwarding to my home phone if I'm offline on Skype, which also falls under the flatrate.

Skype has superior sound quality, unless there's a glitch, but if there is a sound issue, usually you can fix that by hanging up and dialling back. It's easy to maintain your address book, and naturally it is free to call computer to computer. You can also choose to pay in advance and have a pay-per-minute rate (really cheap compared to some providers).

You can also do a four-way conference call, video conferences, and play games together if you're so inclined. There are tons of secondary programs, created by other people than Skype (but usually authorized by Skype) that can be really useful. Sharing documents etc, for instant.

If you haven't tried Skype yet - I strongly recommend you give it a chance. It doesn't matter if you use Windows XP, Vista, Mac, Linux, Ubuntu, Windows Pocket PC...they have versions for almost any operative system.

And just so you know - LOL - NO, I don't have stock in the company, nore do I get anything for plugging Skype. It's merely a question of wanting to pay the good stuff foward. *smile*

So - if you're interested - click below and go explore a good way of staying in touch with friends - whether your next door neighbor or your good friend on the other side of the planet.

Photoshop - link tip!

Links, Tips & Tricks!Posted by Gun Brooke Tue, February 24, 2009 12:25:16

I've watched quite a few film clip tutorials for stuff to do with Photoshop lately since making a few graphic that I had planned turned out to be much harder than I thought.

One page that I found that was a treasure trove of information and tutorials, is this one:

Photoshop Talent

It's free to register and participate in tutorials and competions - or just browse and be inspired and amazed. smiley

My next endeavor when it comes to doing something with Photoshop from scratch is this tutorial - I dunno, it just looks so cute and cool, I think.

I'll post my version here as soon as I have something worth showing! *grin*