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Quick Tip

Work Offline With Google Drive

One of the big concerns many users have about cloud-based storage is that they won’t have access to their documents when they’re offline.  But that’s not the case with Google Drive. In fact, it’s simple to set up offline access.

You will need to use the Chrome Browser  and be logged in under the same Gmail account as the drive to activate this feature.  Open your drive and choose settings.

googledrivesettings

Choose General and then check the box next to Offline that reads, “sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawing files to this computer so that you can edit offline. Click Done and you’re done! Simple as that.

~ Cynthia

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Monthly Wallpaper

April Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for April is all set and ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Carter Shield's Cabin With Dogwood

This is Carter Shield’s Cabin in the Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove area. I snagged this shot one spring evening when I was out looking for bear. I drove by and just couldn’t resist the dogwood tree blooming with the cabin. Even though it was starting .…(More)

King Of The Log

I found this red squirrel near the Lava Creek Picnic Area in Yellowstone National Park. I know, some people probably think it’s a waste to go to Yellowstone and spend time photographing a squirrel, but the truth is, even the smallest creatures can be a lot of fun to observe and work with. I found him while attempting..(More)

Wagner Falls

This is probably my favorite Michigan waterfall. Sure, there are bigger and taller falls, but none quite as charming if you ask me. The hike to this falls is grueling. You have to battle steep rock climbs, treacherous hills, biting insects, and a score of wild animals just to get to the thing. On our way to this one, I was horribly maimed by a ferocious black bear, butt...(More)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


REVEALED: My Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography!

Would you like to become a better wildlife photographer? My new e-book, Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography is 290 pages of all my best tips, techniques, tricks, and advice for putting award winning wildlife images on your memory cards.

In the book, I thoroughly cover the artistic and technical aspects of wildlife photography - as well as giving you all the techniques you need to bring it all together.

Check it out at the link below - and get ready to grab some killer shots!

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/secrets-to-stunning-wildlife-photography/


Photography Tips - Step By Step Videos!

Is it time to improve your photography? Check out my YouTube channel - loads of helpful photography tips with more added monthly (more or less).

http://www.youtube.com/user/backcountrygallery

 

 

Announcements

*SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Hey guys, due to the high demand for this mouse we where able to get a few more of these scanner mice at the discounted rate! So, order yours today - if you haven't already!

 

 

WOW!

I can’t remember the last time I was THIS excited about a product!

Hey everyone, Steve here and I’m totally geeked out on this one! In fact, I’m so excited I’m personally taking the reigns today to tell you all about it – I almost can’t stand how much I love this thing! Wait till you see it!

Pretty much the most convenient device ever invented and the ultimate one-two punch!

Forget bulky scanner / printer combos – this takes it to the next level!

Now, I know what you’re thinking – how the heck can I scan with a mouse? It sure the heck doesn’t cover an entire page of paper!

Don’t worry – this actually covers LARGER documents than most desktop scanners can handle!

You simply scan by swiping multiple times over the document and the amazing (included) software assembles the final scan in your computer! We have a video demo at the site that covers everything – it’s sooooo cool. Here’s a warm up though:

(Note the document that was scanned above actually did have a blue gradient)

Told ya it was cool!

I kid you not – every single person I’ve shown this to was totally impressed – and then promptly ordered one from me! It’s a good thing I didn’t show this around too much or I wouldn’t have any left to sell to you!

As I hinted at earlier, this can do much larger documents than a traditional desktop scanner.

Think about it – the scanner isn’t restricted to a flatbed and the software assembles the scan as you swipe across your document.

Now you can EASILY (finally) scan large pages, photos, or drawings – even magazine or newspaper articles you want to keep!

Hey, and you don’t need some big bulky scanner taking up room on your desk anymore!

YES!

As if there wasn’t already enough to love about this scanner and mouse combo get this - it doesn’t lock you into just one scanning resolution! You can choose between 320DPI high res scans, 200DPI medium scans, and 100DPI low res scans!

Plus, this is super simple to use. The software is easy to install and is so user friendly I half expect it to make me a cup of coffee while I scan!

And the scanning itself is easy – just watch the video to see. If you can move a mouse, you’re qualified!

Speaking of documents – this ALSO includes incredibly easy to use OCR software! OCR (optical character recognition) basically turns your scanned documents into text you can EDIT! (It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?)

You read that right…

In fact, the software allows you to do a TON of stuff. Scanning, editing, sharing, printing, it’s all covered!

Oh I almost forgot!

This amazing mouse wasn’t just some afterthought. We’re talking a full-featured LASER mouse here! Oh, just wait till you try it – it tracks better than any optical mouse you’ve ever used!

You can kiss jittery mouse movements goodbye when you upgrade to a laser mouse!

On top of all that, the mouse is crazy comfortable too – your hand will thank you!

After switching to this setup, I quickly realized the mouse was so nice I would love to use it even without the scanner!

Oh, and of course it’s totally portable too. Pop it into your laptop bag the next time you’re traveling and you’ll be able to scan anything you need – including gas, hotel, and dining receipts! Genius!

I know, you’re worried about the price  - especially when you see how much this type of mouse can set you back (And those prices are good - this retails for $79.99)

 

But don’t sweat it! This is the best scanner deal we’ve ever seen!

We’re talking just $29.97 and US shipping is FREE! It’s impossible to get a good scanner for this price and even a good laser mouse would be a stretch – and you get BOTH in one handy unit! (And yes, these are brand new and factory fresh - no refurbs)

The bad news is out supplier doesn’t have a ton of these and at this price they’re bound to sell FAST! Grab your RIGHT NOW!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10315 

PS – I know I’ve said things like this before, but this really, truly this is the biggest no-brainer of all time! Even if you don’t need the mouse, it’s STILL one of the coolest ways to scan I’ve ever seen (you can use it with your existing mouse if you like)!

Don’t hate yourself for missing out!

~Steve




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Computers 101

Backup Your WordPress Site

If you’re a blogger or website owner, then you know that backing up your website is essential, especially when your website is also a source of income. Having your website down for long periods of time can be a huge problem and it can affect your business in a negative way. 

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms used today and that is why I decided to focus on back up solutions for WordPress websites. . Fortunately, you don’t have to be a tech-savvy to work with WordPress, so there are lots of easy to use plugins which will do the job for you. 

There are two ways you can backup your WordPress website. You can either do it manually, or easier, you can install a backup plugin and let it do all the work for you. 

1. Manual backup

Method 1 : Make a Database Backup via MySQL

  1. Login to phpMyAdmin and select your WordPress Database.
  2. Click on the “Export” tab.
  3. Choose gzip method of compression, as this one is recommended, and click Execute.
  4. Download the archive on your computer. 

Method 2: Use cPanel Backup method

  1. Login to cPanel.
  2. Click on “Backups”.
  3. Scroll down to “Download a MySQL Database Backup”
  4. Select database and download the backup.

2. Automatic backup

For automatic backups you will use WordPress plugins. You can use free or premium plugins. For smaller websites I recommend free plugins, however, if your website has a lot of traffic and it is an important source of income for you, you should invest in a monthly paid premium backup plugin.

Here I will show you three of the best WordPress backup plugins you can use for free. 

BackUpWordPress

backupwordpress plugin

BackUpWordPress backs up your entire site with the complete database and files. You can set up schedules. Also, you can exclude files and folders from your backups. This plugin is very easy to use, has very good support and it is also free.

BackWPUp

backwpup pluginWith this plugin you can schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress website. You can also choose to store backups on external cloud services like Dropbox, for example. It also has an option to check and repair the database and also optimize it. 

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

wordpress backup to dropbox

This great plugin will help you keep your WordPress website backups with all the media and databases backed up to Dropbox. You can easily backup your website in minutes and store all the backups on your Dropbox account. You can also schedule automatic backups. 

~Ruxandra Micu

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On The Move

Microsoft Wants Universal Apps For Windows 10

Microsoft has said that it sees the future as mobile-first and cloud-first, but the features of the upcoming Windows 10 operating system show that they have no intention of leaving desktop users behind.

Microsoft has one clear message for app developers: They want universal apps that work equally well on the desktop, tablet, smartphone or Xbox. They have a vision of One Microsoft with the experience across all devices being seamless.

universalapp

At the recent Mobile World Congress, the company unveiled their Windows 10 Universal App Platform to developers. Developers who have signed up for the Windows Insiders program can get to work right now creating apps to appeal to all users.

universaloffice

As an Office user, I have a desktop version of Office 365 installed on my PC, I use the Office 365 Android App on my phone and separate apps for Word and Excel on my tablet. Under the Universal App concept, only one app purchase would be required and that app would work on my desktop, phone, tablet or even my Xbox gaming console if wanted to view some documents on my television. If Microsoft’s vision proves true...

Click here to learn more about how universal apps will work.


From The Archives

Instagram 101: Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I showed you how to sign up for the popular social photo sharing and editing app Instagram and gave you a quick tour of the basics. In part 2, we’ll look at how you take a photo.

There are two options for Instagram photos. You can use images already on your phone or take the picture within the app. I prefer to take the photos using the controls on my phone’s camera. That’s just because my phone has a very good camera that offers me a lot of options for picture modes and I like having that control.  To take a photo, tap the camera icon in the middle of the menu.

Your screen will now display whatever the camera is pointed at, whether it be a beautiful sunset or your shoes. (or the Happy Meal toy on my desk.)

You have a few options for the camera within the Instagram app. Tap the grid symbol and you’ll see a grid that helps you choose your shot. This is important for this app, especially when you first start using it. Photos in Instagram are cropped to a square. Your camera takes nice wide rectangular shots, so you’ll only be able to use a portion of the shot. So it’s important that you frame the shot so that you can...

Click here to learn how to take pictures with Instagram.

 

Today's Feature

700,000 Routers Hit By Security Flaw

Nearly 3/4 of a million modem/routers that various Internet Service Providers provided to their customers have a major vulnerability that means hackers could take control of the router and steal sensitive data. This affects ISP customers in 12 countries. In the United States, most of the routers appear to have been sold in stores and not supplied by Internet providers.

This flaw was brought to light by  Cisco security researcher Kyle Lovett. The issue is in the firmware of the router. This flaw means that hackers could take control and direct you to fake sites instead of where you want to go on the Internet.

It looks as if many of these routers have hidden passwords that are pretty simple to guess. Crooks could then get into the memory and steal things like your credentials for logging on to certain sites.

sitecomrouter

Many of these devices were handed out by the Internet Service providers, but some were available for sale in stores.   The affected devices include but are not limited to...

Click here to learn more about which routers are in danger.

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Amanda's Coolsite

Stress Management

March has been super stressful! I can’t say I’m not going to be glad to have it over with.

Between being responsible for a huge event at school, waiting on pins and needles for graduate acceptance/rejection letters, working on my thesis, attending classes, getting an issue of the journal ready to go print, and a family health scare, I’m well and truly over March.

That sent me searching for sites with advice on managing stress and I really liked this one so I thought I would share it with you all.

The tips and tricks come from a non-profit resource called  Help Guide. Navigation is really easy just scroll down the page.

You’ll start with identifying the thing triggers of your stress. As you can see I’ve had a lot this month. Then you’ll look at how you’re currently coping with stress. I’ve been using Calm.com’s new app for my smartphone and working through some guided meditation. It’s helped a lot, but I felt like I needed more support this month.

I took the advice of the article and started a stress journal and I think that has helped immensely. I also checked out this support article about anxiety, because I’m a champion worrier.

I hope you’ll take a look at this site and it can help you manage your stress levels! 

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal



 
Hey everyone, Steve here and ohhhhhh, do I have a deal for you this morning! 
 
One of our suppliers just landed a jaw-dropper of a deal on some 8 foot HDMI cables! And you are just not going to believe your price - so low...
 
First - remember, in order to get actual HD out of your HD TV, your ONLY choice is to connect it via an HDMI cable. 
 
Period.
 
 
All you need is this simple cable - one end into your Cable or Satellite box, the other into your TV...
 
 
Now, the biggest drawback for HDMI cables has always been price.
 
Just head to your local big box store and you’ll feel like they are trying to assault your wallet!
 
They try to “trick” you into thinking that you need some gold-plated rip-off in order to get the best quality picture on your TV.
 
Not true - test after test shows there is no perceptible difference between this type of cable and the $100 cables. 
 
None.
 
 
Try THIS:
 
We have a LIMITED NUMBER of HDMI cables available to us today for just $2.97
 
Told you it was an amazing price!
 
However, I can only promise the $2.97 price through today. So, grab ‘em while you can:
 
 
PS - At this price, I’d buy a couple if I were you. You KNOW you’ll need an HDMI cable down the road - but you could be STUCK paying 10X as much! Don’t miss out!
 
Limit 3 per customer PLEASE!
 



 

Monthly Wallpaper

April Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for April is all set and ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Carter Shield's Cabin With Dogwood

This is Carter Shield’s Cabin in the Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove area. I snagged this shot one spring evening when I was out looking for bear. I drove by and just couldn’t resist the dogwood tree blooming with the cabin. Even though it was starting .…(More)

King Of The Log

I found this red squirrel near the Lava Creek Picnic Area in Yellowstone National Park. I know, some people probably think it’s a waste to go to Yellowstone and spend time photographing a squirrel, but the truth is, even the smallest creatures can be a lot of fun to observe and work with. I found him while attempting..(More)

Wagner Falls

This is probably my favorite Michigan waterfall. Sure, there are bigger and taller falls, but none quite as charming if you ask me. The hike to this falls is grueling. You have to battle steep rock climbs, treacherous hills, biting insects, and a score of wild animals just to get to the thing. On our way to this one, I was horribly maimed by a ferocious black bear, butt...(More)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


REVEALED: My Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography!

Would you like to become a better wildlife photographer? My new e-book, Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography is 290 pages of all my best tips, techniques, tricks, and advice for putting award winning wildlife images on your memory cards.

In the book, I thoroughly cover the artistic and technical aspects of wildlife photography - as well as giving you all the techniques you need to bring it all together.

Check it out at the link below - and get ready to grab some killer shots!

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/secrets-to-stunning-wildlife-photography/


Photography Tips - Step By Step Videos!

Is it time to improve your photography? Check out my YouTube channel - loads of helpful photography tips with more added monthly (more or less).

http://www.youtube.com/user/backcountrygallery

 

 

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