27 06 11

A simple step to proof reading your own copy is to read from the end to the beginning. This small step will help your eye catch misspelled and misused words that reading beginning to end would not.

A short while back I posted an article to demonstrate how the eye is accustomed to word patterns. The letter x replaced the letter e in several words.

Example: Thx lxttxr x rxplacxd thx lxttxr x in sxvxral words.

If you are speed reading the words are familiar enough to skip over.

Proof reading is at its base a matter of speed reading. You are seeking misspelled words, grammar errors, not checking for accuracy at this point. Or not always. Some authors will combine the tasks into one proof reading task. Mistakes are missed when this happens, not intentionally. Well, here are a few words that get missed.

Form = from
For = four
read = read 🙂 had to do that.
bear = bare

You get the idea. Don’t you?

To ensure you do not miss these common mistakes, read from the end of the paragraph to the beginning. Hence this paragraph would read:

read would paragraph this Hence . beginning the to paragraph the of end the from read ,mistakes common these miss not do you ensure To

Get it? Use to hate it when I first began practicing proof reading my articles, homework, and yes, even my journal. After a time you get faster and more accustomed. Do not get to fast, again accustomed becomes missing those errors mentioned earlier.

Hope this helps for now. Become your own proof reader. Actually very simple indeed.

Thank you and look forward to meeting again.

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16 05 11

Well, after nearly a week of sitting here I finally fixed all the posts to both my blogs. Asked for help and thank you GVO Tech team for all your hard work and patience in answering my questions.

I have to say thank you to the hackers, by placing their bogus links around my posts I had the opportunity to clean house. Dump the useless ones, the ones with old affiliate links for programs I no longer belong to and correct my spelling and grammar in a couple of places.

Plus I got to see how much I have grown in my business sense and writing skills, as well as my focus over the past two to three years. I have improved.

The problem with hacking gave me more to learn, at first it was argh, like I need to learn anything else right now, but…. I have made changes to my blog for security’s sake.

Here are a few things I learned:

The wp_config file is readable and hackable. The permissions needs to be changed so no one but you can write, read or execute. Then there are some code lines to add. Plus it is suggested to move it from the WP root, above this file.

Many of your trusted plug ins have issues that make them hackable. If you want to find out which ones there are a couple of plug in security checkers that are excellent. Once installed and ran, copy and save to a text file. Then email the vendors to let them know, sending a copy of the text line. Hopefully all vendors are open to hearing about the bugs.

Install the WP firewall. I did not white list my IP so I could find out if my computer was the issue. It had been once before because of spyware or adware. This time it was not. YEAH.

Which brings me to another good point. The adware, spyware, or what ever you wish to call it, transmits your computer information back to the creator. Those cookies that are left when you visit sites, install toolbars, addons to your browser, and installed software from some vendors. These collect and track your movements on your computer, internet activity, then transmit it back to the creator. Keep only those you know and trust. The rest delete them. Clean your computer, run a scan for all virus, cookies, and temp files. Regularly.

Keep your computer and network firewall up to date. Stay in communication with your host, ask for “their” assistance, check with them about their firewalls, security measures. They are there to serve you, you are paying them for the service. If you are not happy with that service, or cannot resolve those issues, time to find a host.

Which by the way I am very happy to recommend. GVO not only has a great tech team, but loads of services to help you build your web presence, make videos, conference software, affiliate income, a full service C Panel with loads of software. Host one or unlimited blogs, web sites, business sites, or personal video site. The limits are yours to set.

There are a few great plug ins to help with security and spam protection. But I am not willing to make the ones I am using public as this is another issue.

A very important part of installing WordPress is to remember to remove the install files as well as the readme.html file. It would not hurt to remove the txt ones either. You can download them to your computer and save them for later reference. But they are not a necessary part of the WordPress function.

Do not forget to check the permissions on your files. No one but you should be able to write to any of them. Check with WordPress.org for more installation and configuration information. I do not want to rewrite their work here.

This is the best resource for learning how to “Harden WordPress” Courtesy of the GVO Tech team.

Happy Blogging.

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23 04 11

Do you need insurance if you work from home? Even home operated businesses can use some protection. The articles at Entrepreneur will help you with the basics, like how to decide on what type of insurance, how much to spend, and what needs you should cover.

I find Entrepreneur especially helpful with research and insight into working from my home. I know you will as well.

Stay tuned more to come as I travel the road of working at home information.

Is there a topic or information you could use researched? Drop me a line and I will check it out. Go to my contact page and select how to contact me.

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20 04 11

Another great insight and article from Entrepreneur Online magazine.

Insights into designing your business card. First impressions do count when that first impression is your business card.

Business cards are one of many marketing tools. Ask around at your local shops, doctor’s office, tax person, or other places you frequent about leaving about 50 cards for their clients.

Need a card holder, use card stock to create a small holder and imprint with your logo using your favorite photo software.

Use your imagination and there are limits.

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15 12 10

Welcome to another installment of free software available for instant download and no registration or fees to worry about. There are several sites available to download free software, a few have been mentioned. Today this list will increase with a few more sites, plus a couple free programs you can download today, now.

OpenOffice.orgThis suite of software includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, drawing, presentation software, and a math program. The programs are similar to Microsoft’s Office suite. You are able to open, edit, and save your documents in other extensions compatible with Microsoft, Corel, and other similar programs. Write, create presentations, mail merge, develop databases and spreadsheets then save using the Save as command. Free, no licensing, registration is optional, but with the registration you are kept up to date on improvements, additions, and other news from Oracle.

PDF to Word Converter This program will convert pdf documents to a word document. Designed to work with Microsoft Word or Windows WordPad, however, once converted the document will open in you have OpenOffice.org Word. The only pdf documents this program cannot convert are those scanned as a pdf. Otherwise you can edit and save as a new pdf.

Free Download Manager This little program manages all your downloads in a batch or individually. The program monitors browser activity taking over when you click to download anything from the internet, software, documents, videos, and MP3s. The program is user friendly, easy to find your way around, nearly self explanatory. You can see what you have downloaded, where the program is in the download process, stop, start and pause the download. If you change your mind cancel it and start over. Flash video downloads are easy, schedule when you want to download software, videos, or other information.

Free Software Download Site

UBER Downloads boasts being the #1 free software download site. The software available includes business programs, games, audio, video, education, and developmental with other categories. Explorethis site to find what you may use in your own life adventure.

Thank you for taking the time to check this out today. If you have a software program or free site you would like to feature, please contact me. I will be happy to review and share. A link exchange is always welcome.

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