Gaan kry ‘n eBoek

eBoek-lesers of “tablets” is ideaal vir die lees van boeke. Dit is deesdae nie meer nodig om stapels boeke in jou huis te laat stof opgaar nie. Ek verhuis binnekort en ek moet sê dat die helfte van alles wat getrek moet word, basies uit bokse vol boeke bestaan.

Ek is baie lief vir boeke, die tekstuur en die reuk van ’n nuwe boek kan nie sommer vervang word nie, maar gerieflikheidshalwe en om ’n paar bome te red, sal ek verseker die boeke wat ek net koop om vinnig te lees met elektroniese weergawes vervang.

Daar is ’n groot getal nuwe eBoek-lesers beskikbaar op die mark en daar is werklik een wat almal se sak sal pas, jy moet net rondkyk. Die belangrikste ding is dat jy groot getalle boeke op hierdie lesers kan stoor en sonder om baie spasie te vat, altyd jou boeke by jou kan hou vir ingeval jy ’n kans kry om ’n stukkie te lees.

Hierdie is natuurlik ’n ideale geskenk vir ouer mense wat reeds afgetree het, en ek sê dit net omdat ek die afgelope ruk gereeld gehoor het dat van my vriende vir hul oumas, oupas en familie wat reeds afgetree het, van hierdie lesers wil koop en dan vir my raad gevra het. In daardie stadium kon ek nie baie Afrikaanse boeke opspoor wat op hierdie tablette gelees kan word nie, maar ek is baie bly om te kan sê dat ek wel nou gesien het dat Leserskring baie eBoeke op die web beskibaar gemaak het.

Ek is ook seker dat die pryse van hierdie boeke mettertyd en soos hul gewildheid toeneem, sal daal sodat dit almal se sakke sal pas.

Besoek www.leserskring.co.za en kyk bietjie rond. Maak net seker dat jou leser die boeke wat jy koop, kan vertoon.

Drop it in the Box

Every now and again a tool, item or service comes along that makes you wonder how you were able to live without it in the past.

I again realised this week that Dropbox is one of those tools that will change your life and the way that you interact and share documents with friends and family. Not only sharing, but also the way in which you edit and syncronise your important documents.

Allow me to introduce you to Dropbox.com. First of all the basic service is free. The idea is very simple. After you register on Dropbox.com you can download a small file and install the software on your computer. You will then immediately notice a new folder on your hard drive as well as a new small icon next to your computer clock on the bottom left (or right) of the screen. This new “dropbox” folder is where you are now able to store your important files. You can create many folders under that specific folder.

Here is the important bits of information. First of all the files that you copy into that folder will automatically be uploaded to the Internet into your own personal and private folder. This may serve as a backup system for your vital documents. The second great thing is that you can now also create different folders which you can share with your friends or family. You simply create the folder online and invite friends and family to join the folder. After they register on the website and install the software they will see a new shared folder on their computer. All the files that you or they copy into that shared folder will be synced. You will both have the same files in the two folders. If you change a file, the file will change on both computers. The same will happen if they change or delete a file.

If you are doing research or you collaborate on a document, or if you want to share photos or videos with friends, go download it now. Remember you can even share those big files.

Punch a fork into it

Oh, how I love it when the year is winding down and Christmas is just around the corner. The ‘problem’ with Christmas is the fact that it is just a week before most of us return to work or return from holiday to face reality.

But before we get there, let me rather look at the part of Christmas that we all love – Christmas lunch or dinner! Every year we prepare the same food as last year. Why not explore new and exciting recipes this year? You can find so many

new ideas online. Most of the newer recipe websites will include some type of mobile app for you to access wherever you are.

Recipyfy.com is a place where you will be able to explore recipes from all over the world and also easily upload and share your own recipes and creations.

Punchfork.com is a great website if you want to look for something new. Each recipe has a photo, rating and other information that you may need. I personally love the scrolling and auto-loading function on the front page of the website.

There are hundreds of new recipe websites, more than I can possibly mention!

And do not forget to install the Foodspotting app before you leave on holiday this year. You may need to find a restaurant in a hurry and then you need to know what is available to you.

 

Make money with your pics – EdenExpress

You want to share your photos, but would also like to make some money? There are many ways in which you can make money with your photos. You can sell your photos in the form of prints which you sell on your own website or you can even sell them as stock photos on websites like iStock.

If, however, you are one of the more creative types, I would recommend that you take the route less travelled in South Africa. Remember when you are on the Internet, the whole world is your customer base. The self-publishing website Lulu.com is one of the easiest platforms for you to sell your photos. There is a number of ways to make money on Lulu. You can publish any type of book, but the one I want to focus on is Photo Books.

Here is what you can do. Design a photo book that you think people would like to buy. You can include short descriptions, poems, thoughts and the like. After you have done the design, you can upload the book to Lulu.com. Decide how much profit you would like and just follow all the steps. In Lulu.com you will have your own “shop” to market your book. All the selling will be handled by Lulu, you just get the profits. You do not need to pay for any of the printing in advance. This is a great way of making photo books available and the most cost-effective way for you to get your photos published. There is a large number of these self-publishing websites, so search around on the web.

Wie weet wat van jou?

Die afgelope twee tot drie jaar was ekonomies ’n aaklige tyd vir mense oor die wêreld heen. Om deur so ’n ekonomiese traumatydperk te kom vat baie werk en baie opoffering. Daar is heelwat opsies om natuurlik deur so ’n situasie te kom, soos kredietberading en die beste is natuurlik deur doeltreffende beplanning en opoffering. Ek gaan nie vandag te veel skryf oor hierdie deel nie.

Ek wil skryf oor die deel net nadat jy deur so ’n slegte tydperk gegaan het. Hoe weet jy dat jy weer jou kredietwaardigheid teruggekry het? Hoe weet jy of jy nie dalk by die een of ander kredietburo as ’n swak betaler
gelys is nie?

Ek dink die eerste stap is om ten minste te weet of jy gelys is of nie. Jy kan jaarliks ’n gratis verslag by een van die kredietburo’s aanvra. Jy kan jou net by www.mytransunion.co.za registreer en dan stuur hulle vir jou ‘n gratis verslag. Jy kan ook inteken om vir ’n baie lae bedrag deurlopend toegang tot jou verslag te hê.

Die ander diens wat jy kan gebruik, is www.credithealth.co.za. Jy kan hier ’n aantal dienste bekom, maar ek dink die heel beste diens wat hulle lewer, is ’n uiters volledige verslag oor jou en jou kredietrekord.

Hierdie verslag is nie gratis nie. Hulle verskaf al jou inligting wat deur drie kredietburo’s gelys word. In jou verslag wys hulle ook of jou kredietrekord verbeter of versleg. Hoe beter jou rekord, hoe beter sal jou rentekoerse vir lenings wees. Jy sal verbaas wees oor hoe baie inligting die buro’s oor jou het.

Dis tyd om beheer te neem en die eerste stap is om te weet hoe sake staan. As jy weet hoe dinge staan, is dit makliker om dit reg te stel.

Bring out the artist in you – ClickKliek – BloemNews

I AM one of those people who love art, love to draw and who would love to be able to create either great paintings or maybe draw caricatures.

I am able to draw a decent picture, but because of the cost of painting supplies I have never really been able to experiment with oil-paints and watercolours or even pastels to the full extent of my curiosity.

The question is how much should you spend to figure out if you maybe have a talent to take up a hobby like oil-painting, not to mention to figure out if your children have these talents.

I have a solution for you, especially if you have an iPad.

The artApps (applications) that are being developed on the iPad and other mobile devices are mimicking the art experience or products better and better as time progress.

From waterpaints blending on the screen much like it would blend on a piece of paper to the way the texture of paper would influence the way in which a pencil line is made on a piece of paper.

If you have an iPad I can recommend one or two art Apps that I have played around with and which I really find to be both quite well developed as well as highly addictive.

The first one is Zen brush which is based on a mono-colour drawing kit.

The second App I enjoy is Paper. With this App you get a number of writing and drawing tools. You will need to buy some of the additional tools, but the cost is very low and worth the price.

The final App I want to mention is Art Set.

This App includes a huge number of writing tools from pastels to paints and any amateur, and maybe even professional, should have hours of fun.

Why not play around with some of these Apps and un- leash your creative side?

DSTV Reshuffles Channels – JuicyBrain – EdenExpress

Last week DSTV announced that the channel offering that is currently available will be increased and also be reshuffled on the system.

Premium subscribers will have access to a number of new channels from 1 October. The channels that will be added include a number of new movie channels and the upgrade of some of the channels from standard definition to high definition. This will include two of my favourite channels, Studio Universal and Universal channel, moving to high definition.

Another major change is the fact that the movie channels will change from general movie channels to channels with specific themes. These channels will have the following themes: Premier channel, Drama and Romance, Comedy, Family, Action+ and Showcase. These channels will be available in standard definition as well as high definition. I believe that these new channels will add to the viewing experience of viewers in the sense that you will actually be able to find movies to suit your specific mood. I have had days that I really feel like watching a comedy and then all I could find was action or drama.

The second change is the re-organisation of the channels to enable easier navigation on your decoder. The upgrades of the channel index on your decoder or PVR will happen automatically and should not cause any problems for you.

All these changes are made available because of DSTV’s migration to the new satellite (IS-20). The satellite will improve the service offering and quality considerably and is a huge step forward.

I am sure there will be many people that complain about the changes and the fact that they will need to learn where to find the new channels and also adapt to the regrouping of the channels.

All I can assure you is that it will be worth the effort.

Secure your computer – JuicyBrain – EdenExpress

One software program that you need on your computer is an anti-virus program. Many users choose to venture online without an anti-virus and you should know that if you have spent time online without it, chances are about 99% that you will have a virus of some type on your computer.

There are a number of different infections that you could have on your computer, some that can cause you to lose all your work, while others may make use of your computer as a spam distributor without you even knowing it.

I know that one of the reasons for not having an anti-virus may be the fact that most of the main stream programs that are available may cost you a pretty penny. It is even worse if you have a number of machines at home onto which you need the software to be installed.

You do not need to spend a lot of money to secure your computers at home. There are a number of free anti-virus programs available for you to use. I would however recommend that if you have a new computer, you first download the software on another computer and install it on the new machine before you go online the first time.

Use Google to find the direct links to the downloads. The two programs that I would like to recommend are Avast and AVG. They are both available for free for home use and in the 12 years that I have been using Avast, I have not had any infections or problems. All you need to do is install and register for free.

Every day the virus database will be updated and you can relax!

There are many options available and if you do not trust a free anti-virus, you are welcome to buy another software package. Just make sure that you have an anti-virus on you computer before you browse the Internet.

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