Monday, February 27, 2012

Download Link - Which Is Which?

I was googling for a decent audio file converter this morning. After skimming through blog articles and user reviews, I came across Super ©, a free media file converter. The comprehensive documentation about the freeware on their site made the product seemed legit to me so I decided to go for it. What annoyed me a bit though was how they had to - for the lack of a better word - "partially cover" the real download link and instead made it look like the ads (which leads you to a different website that paid for the advertisement) were the actual download links.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on February 27, 2012.  

As someone who happens to have some basic knowledge with online paid advertising, I understand why they had to use ads to profit due to the fact that they're not asking for any payments for the software they've created but then the way the ads were presented was just too misleading. From the landing page (the web page the Google result that you clicked directs you to), I had to scroll to the bottom until I see the "Start Downloading SUPER ©" link. To my surprise, it's just another page with somewhat the same documentation content and again with the conspicuous ads. I had to scroll down a bit again until noticing the "download and use" link and clicking on it. *sigh* Again, it's another page - now a some sort of an options info page - but where the actual f--- is the real download link? I had to scroll to the bottom of the page AGAIN, and thank heavens it's there - "Download SUPER © setup file". Just about a hundred pixels right below the ads. Well, so much for an unpleasant user experience. I know I'm not alone on this. *Heh* I'm yet to use the software and probably might make a tutorial about it.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Browse Faster With FastestChrome

"What's the fastest web browser today?" Google Chrome. Seriously, setting bias aside (because I'm a Google fanboy, and based on my personal experience), it's the best browser there is. Haters gonna hate, but I've tried other popular browsers before I ended up with Chrome. So why go Chrome? To answer that, here's a quick roundup of my personal (note the emphasis) displeasure with the other browsers.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on February 25, 2012.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Password-Protect Your USB Drive In 2 Easy Steps

Today I learned something new - how to password-protect a USB flash drive without using any software/installations, or coding stuff (and it's free of course). As long as your PC runs on the Ultimate or Enterprise editions of Microsoft's Windows Vista or Windows 7 desktop operating systems (as well as on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 server platforms), password-protecting your thumb drive is no rocket science.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on February 23, 2012.  

The process is called BitLocker Drive Encryption - a drive encryption security feature introduced by Microsoft but ONLY comes with the aforementioned operating systems. Simply said, it provides protection against data theft or exposure on computers (drives, specifically) in case they get lost or stolen, or to avoid unauthorized alteration or deletion of data (see FAQ here).

It's been more than a year since I bought my laptop (runs on Windows 7 Ultimate) and it actually came as a surprise to me that the operating system includes this security component. The specific feature that we are going to make use of is BitLocker To Go since were performing the drive encryption procedure on a removable drive.

Before diving in, here's what you need you need to know about BitLocker To Go:

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Earn Money Online at oDesk (Work-from-home Jobs)

Howdy! In this post, I'll be talking about how to earn money online through work-from-home jobs at oDesk. To better understand how I ended up with my wonderful job right now, I'll spill some things about myself:

I'm a graduate of a bachelor's degree. I have passed the licensure examination for teachers. My recent employment is in some (if not most) ways unrelated to how I've had my four years in college. People who initially didn’t know about my academic background would often ask if I’m an IT graduate, or if I took Computer Engineering in college. But then no, I majored in Math – with a obvious inclination for professional education. Recently though, the analysis aspect of the subject proved to be very useful in the practice of my profession even if I was then trained to become more of a teacher than be a marketing analyst.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Infographic: How To Get The Most Out Of Google

This is just one of the more infographics I've scrape from all over the web that I'll be sharing here. Now, you've probably been using Google Search ( since the first time you've laid your hands on a computer keyboard. What you don't know though is that you haven't actual utilized Google Search's full functionality which would have really saved you time and headaches in the past. The image's quite lengthy so I had to truncate this post to avoid filling up the blog's home page. Just click on "Read more" to proceed to the post.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on February 08, 2012.  

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Top Google Chrome Extensions

Being an internet buff myself (let's just say my Google Chrome browser is always up for at least 8 hours daily), I've always valued the art of automation and keeping everything at my fingertips (and mouse cursor) - shortcut keys, form auto-fillers, bookmarks, etc. It could be a case of OCD. *lul* Or maybe I just can't deny this need to have things well-organized thus avoiding waste of time, unnecessary effort and headaches. Trust me, looking for one life-changing-and-needed-at-the-moment needle in a haystack is an absolute nightmare and an impending frustration. Been there. Done that.

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