Friday, November 16, 2012

how to use google for hubpage

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Four Tools I Use When Writing Hub Pages

List of Tools I Use

The Hub articles I write are written offline, each residing in its own folder where I keep all related files: the main document, images and text notes related to each image and, occasionally a mindmapping file (more about this later). I think I'm a file hoarder, but I can't help it and it lets me sleep at night.
I use a set of free tools that I thought might be of interest to fellow writers looking for alternatives:
  1. LibreOffice – a suite of office software (word processor, spreadsheet, etc).
  2. NotePad++ - NotePad on steroids.
  3. IrfanView – an image viewer/editor.
  4. FreeMind - a “mindmapping” tool for brain-storming and organizing thoughts.


LibreOffice is an open source productivity suite similar to Microsoft Office, but doesn't cost a pfennig. Microsoft Office (Home version) costs $120. Six applications are included:
  1. Writer – word processor (similar to Word)
  2. Calc – spreadsheet (similar to Excel)
  3. Impress – presentations (similar to PowerPoint)
  4. Draw – business graphics
  5. Base – database management
  6. Math – formula editor
If you know how to use Microsoft Office, you shouldn't have much problem with LibreOffice. I have to admit the only applications I use on a regular basis are Writer and Calc , but they alone are well-worth the price of admission. Both will open Microsoft Office files, but be warned that heavily formatted Word and Excel files probably won't convert exactly. That's never been a problem for me, but it could be a deal-breaker for those who want want to edit fancy business files from work at home. I don't use the other four applications (Impress, Draw, Base and Math), but it's nice to know they are there.
I use Writer extensively (even at work for my personal technical notes) and have rarely been disappointed with its capabilities. I think the main thing I miss compared to Microsoft Word is the ability to split a document view and see two different areas of the document. Otherwise, I'm golden. As a matter of fact, I still waste time trying to figure out Microsoft Office's “ribbon” which replaced the straight-forward toolbars and menus. I can only imagine they decided to revamp the whole user experience so we would feel like we got something for our money.
Hub Tip: I discovered that, when copying text from Writer and pasting into Hub text components, the bold, italics and other formatting is maintained-- including hyperlinks. I assume this holds true for Microsoft Word as well, but I can't be positive.
LibreOffice vs OpenOffice
Many of you may be familiar with OpenOffice. LibreOffice was OpenOffice. Let me explain. OpenOffice was owned by Sun Microsystems, but when Oracle bought Sun, they also got OpenOffice. Many of the key OpenOffice developers were dissatisfied with Oracle's heavy-handedness and decided to take the OpenOffice codebase that was open source and created LibreOffice. You'd be hard-pressed to see much difference between the two and their documents are completely interchangeable since they are based on the same XML standard. I chose LibreOffice because 1) I intensely dislike Oracle and 2) The developers are adding functionality to LibreOffice (Oracle has no desire to improve OpenOffice).
Update 2012: Oracle has released OpenOffice to Apache OpenSource, which addresses both of my objections to OpenOffice. That is, it is no longer controlled by Oracle and it is being actively upgraded once again. At this point, the differences between LibreOffice and OpenOffice are so slight (and document files can be created and read by either one) that it's tough to say one is better or worse than the other. So, use either and enjoy.
Download LibreOffice here.
Download OpenOffice here.
A LibreOffice document (showing this article in progress).
A LibreOffice document (showing this article in progress).
Source: Own Work


Sometimes you just want to paste some text or write quick notes, etc and you don't want to wait for your word processor to load up. That's why every Windows machine comes with NotePad. So, why would you bother installing yet another notepad-type tool? Trust me, NotePad++ will blow your socks off and it's quick to load and easy to start banging away on. Well, it blew my socks off, anyway. When I write my articles, I always have image files. Each image file needs associated information (caption, source, license information, etc) so I create a text file with the same name and, using NotePad++, paste and type the info. Sure, I could use old NotePad and this usage doesn't even begin to scratch NotePad++'s capabilities but I can have multiple open files and NotePad++ is just as easy to use. All my text-type files are associated with NotePad++. I don't miss NotePad at all-- but don't take my NotePad++ away. Here are some of its capabilities:
  • Open multiple documents
  • Fantastic search capability
    • Search current document
    • Search all open documents
    • Search documents in directories/files
  • Move/copy text in windows side/by side
    • Synchronize scrolling of multiple windows
  • Much, much more.
If you are a technical person, NotePad++ shows hex dumps, color-codes various languages, etc. Plugins are available to extend its capabilities even further.
Download NotePad++ here.
A NotePad++ text document with four opened caption text files.
A NotePad++ text document with four opened caption text files.
Source: Own Work


IrfanView is my image viewer/editor tool of choice because of its ease of use, capabilities and quality. When I do a screen capture or copy an image for a hub article, I open IrfanView, paste the image, crop it to my liking, adjust the final size and save it with my other hub article files. If I want to create a map image with countries colored, I can do that because I downloaded an IrfanView plugin which allows drawing on the image. I plop the map into IrfanView and color and text away. Another thing I use IrfanView a lot for is to convert from one image format to another. It's a great tool that I've used for years. Here are just some of its capabilities:
  • View
  • Convert
  • Optimize
  • Print
  • Slideshows
Download IrfanView here.
An IrfanView image showing a NotePadpp screen-grab.
An IrfanView image showing a NotePadpp screen-grab.
Source: Own Work


Now for the quirky tool-- quirky in the sense that it helps organize thoughts. FreeMind is a “mind mapping” tool. It helps you brainstorm by graphically letting you enter ideas and associating other thoughts in a hierarchical manner. You can quickly reorganize and regroup your thoughts and expand on them. The key for me was spending a few minutes mastering a few control keys so I could then just type my thoughts in and create the necessary graphic bubbles and links without having to constantly use my mouse. This is a lifesaver with a laptop. This is a Java application and it requires that you have at least Java 1.4+ installed. If you don't, there is an install package that includes Java on the install page or you can just install Java yourself. If you're not familiar with mind mapping software, I'm afraid my brief overview is not very helpful, but I encourage you to investigate-- mindmapping can be very helpful to researchers and writers. Like the other tools, FreeMind has many additional capabilities besides those mentioned.
Download FreeMind here.
A FreeMind session used to start this article.
A FreeMind session used to start this article.
Source: Own Work


These tools all have one thing in common: they are easy to install and start using, but have many additional layers of capabilities that will amaze you when you start digging into them. Come to think of it, they have something else in common: they are all high quality applications. And I suppose the third thing they have in common is that they are all free to download and use.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Learning Basics To Use Digital Camera

If you are new to using a digital camera,some basics are always to keep in mind for
best results in the photographic arena.The first point is how to hold your camera
when shooting.A proper position is to hold the grip steadily with one hand and hold
the bottom part of the lens with the other hand.If you wish to adjust the "joom ring",
hold the camera firmly with your right hand and turn the knob with your left hand.
The right way of holding the camera ensures maximum stability,which allows you
to take clear and defined pictures.It also optimizes the operational performance of
the camera.
After you are done with proper holding,next comes viewing.For viewing most of the digital camera provides two options.Optical view finder and lcd display.To view using optical view finder,secure your stance with your feet shoulder-wide apart. Tuck your elbows lightly against your body.

Monday, November 5, 2012

All black,can't take photos

There is a very typical problem with digital camera of all black screen display
when you are trying to find front view images in lcd display in camera mode.
However,in play mode you can still see your earlier captured images without any
trouble.The black screen appear in camera mode because of lens shutter not opening.
Of course if you look at the lens cover from outside,it will be found open but actually
this external cover is only for dust and other possible external demage like scratch on
lens surface,finger print the lens mechanism there is light barrier
called IRIS which controls the amount of light to be passed to convert light energy to
electrical energy.This light energy then get converted to electrical energy by
CCD and finally this signal is sent to lcd display as image.
So if this problem appear only dark screen is visible as no light can pass through IRIS
means internal light barrier not open.
 There is a possibility of CCD failure also.As already said CCD converts to electrical
singnal.If it is a CCD failure,it's need to replace CCD imager.
Whatever may be the cause ,to fix this problem you have to replace either complete
lens unit or CCD imager by expert service personal.

memory stick error C:13:01 blinking

I am writing this post for memory stick error C:13:01
This error is basically related to memory stick.I hope below information
will help you to fix this problem if you already have this error with your
sony digital camera.
The root cause may be one of the below listed reason-

1.The internal memory has experienced a media error.Required measure to correct
   this, "Turn the set power off and on again".

2.The internal memory has experienced a format error.Required measure to correct
   this,"Format the internal memory."

3.“Memory Stick Duo” is unformatted. Required measure to correct   this ,
   format the “Memory Stick Duo”.

4.“Memory Stick Duo” is broken.Required measure to correct   this ,
   replace a new “Memory Stick Duo”.

5.“Memory Stick Duo” type error Required measure to correct   this ,
   insert a supported “Memory Stick Duo”.

6.The camera cannot read or write data on the “Memory Stick Duo”.Required measure
  to correct   this, turn the power off and on again, or taking out and inserting the
  “Memory Stick Duo” several times.

What does "for infoLithium battery only"

Do you ever get this message "for info Lithium battery only" while trying to power on
your digital camera? If you have this problem, then read this post.Info Lithium is actually combination of two words.
Information and Lithium.A lithium battery with information inside the battery itself is called Info lithium battery.
A microchip is planted inside the battery with some per-defined data and this date is cross checked by the camera system processor to determine it's remaining charging level, time duration for operation with the battery so that user can estimate how long the battery will continue to work without failure.
If by any cause this chip gets damage or its data corrupt, then camera can't read all this information and display this massage. You can try with another battery to confirm where from the problem coming.If the problem is from battery then trying with another one will fix it.After trying anotherbattery problem is not solved them it's your camera fault and need to be repaired at product brand service center.

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Sony Car Audio Reset Problem

You are having entertainment by listening songs from your sony stereo system
and want to change the album disc by ejecting already playing one.You tried to
load a new disc to your stereo and found a problem of not getting loaded to the
system mechanism.After trying for some time you get a message "reset"in front
display and you have no choice but stop your car stereo.
This problem occurs from cd loading tray switches.
Two push-type switches are used to detect cd loading and eject.Indise the sw
metallic contact is formed during push in and out.As carbon forms in between
this contact,proper contact is failed and system found some error and shows
"reset" error message.If you going to repair it to fix the problem,I hope
this information will help you not to be cheated by asking you a high repair cost.
Actual part for this problem is only 2 push switches that cost only Rs.14/- per unit.