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Sited and Blogged "Show Some Luv!"

A new site that is based upon the blog posts of some popular 'mom bloggers' is promoting Blog Luv during the month of February.

I have had it with rudeness and nonsense comments, so I have declared the February is Blog Luv Month. Anyone can join me
Here is how it works.

1. Copy and paste the code to the Blog Luv Button

2. Make a commitment to yourself that you will spread the luv by leaving a certain amount of positive comments per day. Make it 5 or 10 or 100 depending on how much time you have or how badly you want to do this.

3. When you see this button on another site, be sure to leave a luv comment as well.

4. Let's see how much we can all make a difference in the comment quality and luv around the blog world.

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Blogging and running an online business

Many bloggers also have online businesses or are thinking about starting an online business. Having a blog in conjunction with your online business is a good way to reach out to your customer base. A blog can help you promote products, send out newsletters, and more in a personal way. People are very receptive to this.

According to, even if you do not sell anything online, laws covering digital rights and online advertising may still apply to you.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the primary federal agency regulating e-commerce activities, including use of commercial e-mails, online advertising and consumer privacy. FTC's E-Commerce Guide provides an overview of e-commerce rules and regulations.

The following topics provide further information on how to comply with laws and regulations related to e-commerce.

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Your fans and their emails

Bloggers get a lot of emails from their readers. While most of these e-mails are legitimate readers, some of the emails may be questionable.

The IC3 has these prevention tips to check out.

Auction Fraud

* Before you bid, contact the seller with any questions you have.
* Review the seller's feedback.
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
* Ensure you understand refund, return, and warranty policies.
* Determine the shipping charges before you buy.
* Be wary if the seller only accepts wire transfers or cash.
* If an escrow service is used, ensure it is legitimate.
* Consider insuring your item.
* Be cautious of unsolicited offers.

Counterfeit Cashier's Check

* Inspect the cashier's check.
* Ensure the amount of the check matches in figures and words.
* Check to see that the account number is not shiny in appearance.
* Be watchful that the drawer's signature is not traced.
* Official checks are generally perforated on at least one side.
* Inspect the check for additions, deletions, or other alterations.
* Contact the financial institution on which the check was drawn to ensure legitimacy.
* Obtain the bank's telephone number from a reliable source, not from the check itself.
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.

Credit Card Fraud

* Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online.
* Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure.
* If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source.
* Promptly reconcile credit card statements to avoid unauthorized charges.
* Do your research to ensure legitimacy of the individual or company.
* Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited emails.

Debt Elimination

* Know who you are doing business with — do your research.
* Obtain the name, address, and telephone number of the individual or company.
* Research the individual or company to ensure they are authentic.
* Contact the Better Business Bureau to determine the legitimacy of the company.
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
* Ensure you understand all terms and conditions of any agreement.
* Be wary of businesses that operate from P.O. boxes or maildrops.
* Ask for names of other customers of the individual or company and contact them.
* If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


* Beware of individuals using the DHL or UPS logo in any email communication.
* Be suspicious when payment is requested by money transfer before the goods will
be delivered.
* Remember that DHL and UPS do not generally get involved in directly collecting payment
from customers.
* Fees associated with DHL or UPS transactions are only for shipping costs and never
for other costs associated with online transactions.
* Contact DHL or UPS to confirm the authenticity of email communications received.

Employment/Business Opportunities

* Be wary of inflated claims of product effectiveness.
* Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits.
* Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products.
* Be leery when the job posting claims "no experience necessary".
* Do not give your social security number when first interacting with your prospective
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
* Be wary when replying to unsolicited emails for work-at-home employment.
* Research the company to ensure they are authentic.
* Contact the Better Business Bureau to determine the legitimacy of the company.

Escrow Services Fraud

* Always type in the website address yourself rather than clicking on a link provided.
* A legitimate website will be unique and will not duplicate the work of other companies.
* Be cautious when a site requests payment to an "agent", instead of a corporate entity.
* Be leery of escrow sites that only accept wire transfers or e-currency.
* Be watchful of spelling errors, grammar problems, or inconsistent information.
* Beware of sites that have escrow fees that are unreasonably low.

Identity Theft

* Ensure websites are secure prior to submitting your credit card number.
* Do your homework to ensure the business or website is legitimate.
* Attempt to obtain a physical address, rather than a P.O. box or maildrop.
* Never throw away credit card or bank statements in usable form.
* Be aware of missed bills which could indicate your account has been taken over.
* Be cautious of scams requiring you to provide your personal information.
* Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you make the call.
* Monitor your credit statements monthly for any fraudulent activity.
* Report unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company as soon as
* Review a copy of your credit report at least once a year.

Internet Extortion

* Security needs to be multi-layered so that numerous obstacles will be in the way
of the intruder.
* Ensure security is installed at every possible entry point.
* Identify all machines connected to the Internet and assess the defense that's engaged.
* Identify whether your servers are utilizing any ports that have been known to represent
* Ensure you are utilizing the most up-to-date patches for your software.

Investment Fraud

* If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is.
* Beware of promises to make fast profits.
* Do not invest in anything unless you understand the deal.
* Don't assume a company is legitimate based on "appearance" of the website.
* Be leery when responding to invesment offers received through unsolicited email.
* Be wary of investments that offer high returns at little or no risk.
* Independently verify the terms of any investment that you intend to make.
* Research the parties involved and the nature of the investment.
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
* Contact the Better Business Bureau to determine the legitimacy of the company.


* If the lottery winnings appear too good to be true, they probably are.
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
* Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or contest.
* Be cautious if you receive a telephone call stating you are the winner in a lottery.
* Beware of lotteries that charge a fee prior to delivery of your prize.
* Be wary of demands to send additional money to be eligible for future winnings.
* It is a violation of federal law to play a foreign lottery via mail or phone.

Nigerian Letter or "419"

* If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is.
* Do not reply to emails asking for personal banking information.
* Be wary of individuals representing themselves as foreign government officials.
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
* Beware when asked to assist in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts.
* Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your cooperation.
* Guard your account information carefully.
* Be cautious when additional fees are requested to further the transaction.


* Be suspicious of any unsolicited email requesting personal information.
* Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal information.
* Always compare the link in the email to the link that you are actually directed
* Log on to the official website, instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited email.
* Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify if the email
is genuine.


* If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is.
* Beware of promises to make fast profits.
* Exercise diligence in selecting investments.
* Be vigilant in researching with whom you choose to invest.
* Make sure you fully understand the investment prior to investing.
* Be wary when you are required to bring in subsequent investors.
* Independently verify the legitimacy of any investment.
* Beware of references given by the promoter.


* Be cautious if you are asked to ship packages to an "overseas home office."
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
* Be leery if the individual states that his country will not allow direct business
shipments from the United States.
* Be wary if the "ship to" address is yours but the name on the package is not.
* Never provide your personal information to strangers in a chatroom.
* Don't accept packages that you didn't order.
* If you receive packages that you didn't order, either refuse them upon delivery
or contact the company where the package is from.


* Don't open spam. Delete it unread.
* Never respond to spam as this will confirm to the sender that it is a "live" email
* Have a primary and secondary email address - one for people you know and one for
all other purposes.
* Avoid giving out your email address unless you know how it will be used.
* Never purchase anything advertised through an unsolicited email.

Third Party Receiver of Funds

* Do not agree to accept and wire payments for auctions that you did not post.
* Be leery if the individual states that his country makes receiving these type of
funds difficult.
* Be cautious when the job posting claims "no experience necessary".
* Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.

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The beta version of Windows 7,

The beta version of Windows 7, Microsoft’s next-generation PC operating system, can be downloaded today by MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet customers. Consumers who want to test-drive the beta are able to download it at

Dell Inc. In February, to offer a comprehensive experience for consumers to connect, share and personalize their content, Dell will offer preloaded Windows Live Essentials (a free suite of applications for instant messaging, e-mail and photos that complement Windows Live on the Web) and Live Search on a majority of its new consumer and small-business PCs globally.

Facebook. In the coming months, Facebook users can choose to share content they post on Facebook, including photos, directly into Windows Live.

Verizon Wireless. Under a new five-year relationship that covers mobile search and advertising, Verizon subscribers in the U.S. will be able to use Live Search to search for local business and shopping information; access maps and directions; perform general Internet searches; and find ring tones, games, wallpaper and other online mobile products and services.

Together with Internet Explorer 8, currently in beta and releasing soon, Windows Live helps make the things people do most on the Web (searching, sharing and communicating) faster and less complex with fewer clicks, logins and customizations. Windows Live is now available for download at, or automatically via Microsoft Update for current customers.

Windows 7 Features

New features and key improvement in Windows 7 based on listening to the needs of customers. Windows 7 is designed to do the following:

Work the way consumers want. With Windows 7, Microsoft paid special attention to performance, reliability, security, compatibility and battery life. The company is on track to deliver a great experience that will allow customers to spend more time doing the things they want to do, without the operating system getting in the way.

Make everyday tasks faster and easier. The more streamlined and intuitive design of Windows 7 is intended to simplify the things people do every day on their PCs. Desktop improvements make using the PC easier and provide immediate access to the applications and files people use most often through features such as Jumplists, Previews and the new Taskbar. The new Home Group feature makes it easier for consumers to connect multiple home PCs together to share printers and access files, music, photos and videos. Device Stage makes connecting and working with devices easier than ever with a single interface to manage devices and run common tasks. New multitouch technology in Windows 7 will enable people with touch-screen monitors to use multiple fingers to interact with their PC screens in a more intuitive way.

Offer a better entertainment experience. Consumers today have access to more digital media and are increasingly using the PC as the hub of their electronic experiences. The “Play-to” feature in Windows 7 allows easier streaming of music, video and photos to devices in a home network. Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center in Windows 7 have built-in support for more media formats so people can use their PC to play more media content and sync it to a broader range of devices. As an alternative to monthly digital video recording (DVR) fees, Windows Media Center, available in some editions of Windows 7, with a TV tuner and improved user interface, makes recording TV free and easy.

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Follow the Pope on YouTube

The pope is trying to broaden his audience by joining the crowds on YouTube. In his first YouTube appearance, Pope Benedict XVI welcomed viewers to this "great family that knows no borders" and said he hoped they would "feel involved in this great dialogue of truth."

"Today is a day that writes a new page in history for the Holy See," Vatican Radio said in describing the launch of the site,

The Vatican said that with the YouTube channel, it hoped to broaden and unite the pontiff's audience — an estimated 1.4 billion people are online worldwide — while giving the Holy See better control over the pope's Internet image.

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Cool sites to check out

Maps! Maps! Maps!

The WWW has many excellent sites which can provide maps, driving directions, and other valuable information to help you plan personal or business trips or deal with that homework assignment. We've provided links to several that we have found useful:

Google Maps
Mapblast - MSN Maps and Directions


Is it going to rain tomorrow? Whether you are a weather junkie who can't get enough data, or you are tracking the latest hurricane approaching the coast, or just want to know if you'll need the umbrella later today; the WWW has a weather site for you. Check out the links below:

Intellicast USA Weather Pick your city and get the 4 day forecast and be sure to try the radar.
The Weather Channel
NOAA's Geostationary Satellite Server Look at the Earth from 22,000 miles up.

One of the great things about the web is that the answer to almost any question is out there somewhere. All you have to do is find it. Listed below are a few sites that have proven useful to us in answering tough questions: connects you with hundreds of real world experts, ranging from astronauts to zookeepers. These experts have volunteered to answer your questions for free!
Microsoft Encarta Online Query the abridged online version of this popular software product.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
OneLook Dictionaries Search 675 dictionaries at once
Roget's Internet Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases is a collection of resources related to calculators with a nifty online calculator for scientific and engineering calculations.
Interactive Units Converter
Use the conversion tables at this site to convert just about anything to anything!

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Sited and Blogged

Tomorrow is the launch of a promising site.
Sited and Blogged.

Sited and Blogged is a great one- stop reference point for blog readers.
The contributors to the site are well-informed and very popular bloggers.
The site seems very promising considering the list of contributors.

It's nice to see a blog site that promises to give humor and education on a level whic appeals to readers. Kudos to the editors and contributors.

This is a site to get to know if you've got something to promote or want to increase your own readership.

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Even Google Feels the Cut Backs

Google Inc. is giving up on selling print ads in newspapers .

It is is part of a cost-cutting campaign aimed at boosting Google's profits.

Under the program, potential advertisers were allowed to bid online to fill unsold space in the participating newspapers, leaving it up to publishers whether to accept the offers.

But Mountain View, Calif.-based Google concluded that its online expertise wasn't paying off in print, prompting management to pull the plug on its newspaper program effective Feb. 28.

The decision affects about 800 U.S. newspapers, up from the 50 publications that had initially enlisted Google's help.

Without providing specifics, Google pledged to help newspaper publishers find other ways to make more money, presumably by driving more traffic to their Web sites and helping them sell more Internet ads.

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5 Great Rules for a Good Blog Presentation

By now, you know what turns you on and what turns you off when you visit another site.
Here are 5 Great Rules to consider if you want to stay out of the "turn off" category.

1. Load Time – This can make you or break you. Load time refers to how long it takes your site to be fully viewable to your visitors. Things that can slow it down are lots of things to load. The biggest culprit- large images!

2. Overall look which includes Colors and Space. Empty space is important between content. Colors can portray a mood. If your unsure about colors, check out what sites you like and the colors they are usung.

3. Banner/Logo/Branding - the first thing your visitor sees when they enter your site. Think of it as a first impression.

4. Layout -Again, open space as opposed to chaos.

5. Advertisements- Find the line between overwhelming your visitors, as this is more than obvious, and satisfying your advertisers.

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Sleeper Virus

A new sleeper virus that could allow hackers to steal financial and personal information has now spread to more than eight million computers.

Widespread Infection of Win32/Conflicker/Downadup Worm

US-CERT says that it is called the Win32/Conflicker/Downadup worm. This worm exploits a previously patched vulnerability addressed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067. This worm attempts to propagate via multiple methods including removable media.

US-CERT strongly encourages users to review Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 and update unpatched systems as soon as possible.

Additionally, US-CERT recommends that users take the following preventative measures to help mitigate the security risks:

  • Install antivirus software, and keep the virus signatures up to date.
  • Review the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog entry for details regarding the worm.
  • Review the Using Caution with USB Drives Cyber Security Tip for more information on protecting removable media.

Experts say a single infected laptop could expose an entire network to the worm.

The Downadup or Conficker worm exploits a bug in Microsoft Windows to infect mainly corporate networks, where it potentially exposes infected PCs to hijack.

It is a complicated worm most likely engineered by a group of people who have spent time making it very complicated to analyze and remove.
The worm does not spread over email or the Web. However if an infected laptop is connected to your corporate network, it will immediately scan the network looking for machines to infect. These will be machines that have not installed a patch from Microsoft known as MS08-067.
The best way is to get the patch and install it company-wide. The second way is password security. Use long, difficult passwords -- particularly for administrators who cannot afford to be locked out of the machines they will have to fix.

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BlogPulse may be what you need to fully market your site. is a blog search engine that also analyzes and reports on daily activity in the blogosphere. features the following:
  • A Search Engine for blogs
  • A set of Buzz-Tracking tools that are applied to blog content daily to track blog activity on key issues, people, news stories, news sources, bloggers and more
  • A fun look at real-world Trends as reflected through blogs
  • Daily blog stats that measure activity in the world of blogging (number of blogs identified, new blogs created, number of blog posts analyzed)
  • A Trend Search that allows you to create trend charts comparing buzz in the blogosphere on up to three specific topics
  • A Conversation Tracker that follows and captures the discussion, or conversation, that emanates and spreads from individual blogs or individual blog posts
  • Blogger Profiles that identify top-ranked blogs and analyze their blog presence, activity and relative influence in the blogging world
  • You can ensure that your blog is represented in their index
  • Try their search engine to see who is talking about topics of interest to you and to find out who links to your blog actively through other bloggers' own blog entries, and in what context
  • Check out their Buzz-Tracking and Featured Trends tools to see what's current or "bursty" (meaning it bursts onto the discussion scene) in the blogging world on any given day
  • Use their Trend Search to chart buzz on specific topics of your interest. You can also use the Trend Tool to chart links to specific blog posts, blogs or web sites over time
  • Use their Conversation Tracker to map the flow of the conversation on specific topics across the blogosphere
  • Visit their Blog Profile section to see if you rank among the top bloggers or to determine the relative activity and influence of other bloggers.

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Spend less time on Facebook

How to Avoid Wasting Time on Facebook

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Some people love to use Facebook to keep in touch with friends. However, Facebook seems to be set up to try to draw you in and spend (waste) more time there, and to get your friends to spend more time there. If you just want to use it to keep in touch with people, renew contact with old friends, and just maybe do some networking, here are some ways to avoid wasting too much time.


  1. Ignore requests. When someone sends you a request, you may not be able to see the full details of the request. You may wonder if it's important, or interesting. But if you really just want to check out the networks and not get completely into the more frivolous activities (playing vampires and werewolves, for example) then don't feel you have to respond to those requests. They do take time.
    • Leave a note (in your status, on your "wall...") that explains you often won't reply to most requests.
    • Remember, a lot of Facebook applications send requests to all friends by default, so your friends may not really be expecting you to respond.
    • On your "confirm requests" page, you don't have to click "ignore" on every request. Scan the page, see if there's anything of value - e.g. any old friends you're happy to heard from - and after you've approved them, click "Ignore all" near the top right.

  2. Stop the constant emails:
    • Click settings (top right) and choose Account settings, then the Notifications. Switch most of the options to "off". You may have to click Show more at the bottom to select for all applications, and you may need to do this again when you add new applications.
    • Alternatively, use an email filter so you don't get distracted by frequent emails from Facebook. Just go to the site regularly enough to catch stuff that you are interested in. Check the requests and notifications on the site itself - if you're a few days late it generally won't matter.
      • Simple filter example: filter out anything from E.g. if you use Gmail, make a filter and for "From:" enter, and in the next step choose "Skip the Inbox (Archive it)".
      • You might make an exception for emails for certain types of notifications, e.g. with the text added you as a friend on Facebook, if you don't want to risk missing friend requests. E.g. in Gmail, when you're setting up the filter, for "Doesn't have:" enter "added you as a friend on Facebook". (You can add more than one phrase using OR and putting quotes around each complete phrase.)

  3. Avoid games and third-party applications (apps). Playing games, decorating your profile, and rating your friends will suck up your time before you know it.
  4. Bring a timer with you to the computer. Whether it's the timer on your watch, or an actual kitchen timer that "dings" when the time is up, make it a habit to start the clock as soon as you get on Facebook, and get off as soon as your time is up. Fifteen minutes might be a healthy amount of time to spend on a Facebook session.
  5. If all else fails, quit Facebook.



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Take pictures for Wiki

How to Take Photos for wikiHow

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

In a how-to manual, there is no question that a picture is worth a thousand words. Good photos can even mean the difference between a featured article that is easy to understand and a sea of incomprehensible text. Imagine doing origami or braiding hair for the first time without the guidance of images. Here are some pointers for making those photos the best they can be.


  1. Go step-by-step. Just as in the article, take a photo corresponding to each step, or at least to each important step. If a step involves multiple, distinct actions, take multiple photos or break up the step.
    • Use your judgment about which steps need photos. If you're not sure whether to include an image for a particular step, it is probably best to include it, anyway. For instance, it's probably not necessary to include a photo for "let the glue dry thoroughly." On the other hand, even something as apparently simple as "turn the paper over" might warrant a photo to show which way to turn the paper.
    • Do the real project. As much as possible, really do whatever the article states (or will state). Avoid simulating, mocking up, or approximating things. Make the photos and the text that goes with them both as accurate as you can.

  2. Find a neutral, plain background. Even if you don't have a light box, find a plain background against which to take your photos. Try a table or tablecloth, desk, workbench, floor, counter, or even a sofa cushion, plain bedspread, or blank piece of paper.
  3. Zoom in. Get close to your subject or use the zoom to get as clear a photo of your subject as you can. Not all cameras do a great job of close-ups, so take some experimental shots with different settings and conditions to see how close yours can go.
  4. Use your macro mode. If your camera has a macro mode (often indicated on buttons or displays by a little flower symbol), try turning it on whenever you are close to your subject.
  5. Use contrast and color. If you can choose the color of your material or your background, choose a visible combination. This may mean using brightly-colored materials or it may mean putting something that is bright or light-colored on a darker background or vice versa.
  6. Get plenty of light. Natural daylight is best. If you're working indoors, work during the day near an open window. Bring the subject closer to the light or the light closer to the subject. Turn on the lights. Use your flash if you need to, but be aware that it will create glare and bright spots.
  7. Get the entire subject in the picture. Don't cut off half of what you're trying to photograph or describe.
  8. Take photos of your subject, not yourself. Go ahead and photograph the hand holding the screwdriver, but think twice about uploading a photo of your smiling mug. There are two reasons for this. You want your subject to take up most of the image, especially since your image will appear first in a small thumbnail view. Also, before you upload a recognizable image of yourself, remember that thousands of people might see it.
  9. Take multiple photos of each step with various angles, positions, and settings. Then, choose the best shot for each step. It's much easier to shoot several photos for each step than to go back to the middle of a process to take another photo of something that came out blurry. The article Make Jam shows about 20 photos, but about 120 were taken.
  10. Get help. Many tasks require at least two hands to perform. If you can't set up the shot and then take it, ask someone else to help you take the photo while you demonstrate the action. Alternatively, place your camera on a tripod and use the timer setting.
  11. Edit your photo. Even a simple photo editor should help you with some basics.
    • Crop out unnecessary background. Remember that your photo will appear in a small thumbnail on the page. Sure, folks can click to zoom in, but try to make your subject take up at least 75% of the space of your image. An expanse of empty tabletop (or worse, unrelated background clutter) is not informative. Cropping can also help to center the subject in the frame.
    • Brighten up the image. Try adjusting the brightness and contrast if your image is dark. If your images are consistently too dark, work to get more light on them, in the first place. By far the most common correction needed is "adjusting the histogram." Most photo editors have a button that will do this for you. For example, in Picasa (Google's free photo editor), the button is "Auto Contrast." In Microsoft Digital Image Editor, it is "Levels Auto Fix." However you do it, many or most digital photographs are missing their brighter pixels and need their contrast range expanded.
    • Rotate your image so that it is right side up.
    • Don't reduce the size of your image, or at least not too much. If your digital camera puts out so many megapixels that the image overflows your screen, consider scaling it to 75% or 50% of the original size, provided that no detail is lost in the process. Don't make the image a thumbnail size, though. Let wikiHow's site do that. The maximum image size you can upload at wikiHow is 2MB.
    • Add an arrow or circle a relevant part, but only if it will inform beyond the original contents of the photo, as in pointing out a small or subtle detail or the direction of motion.
    • Don't add text directly to your image, since the article might be translated into many languages. Text is also very hard to read in small thumbnails. Instead, use numbers or numbered arrows to indicate items and put the details into the caption, where they can be changed easily if the article is translated.

  12. Name the file with a descriptive name; the more specific, the better. If your article has many photos, it helps to name them as a set; for example oil_change_1, oil_change_2, oil_change_3, and so on. Even if the numbers don't correspond one-to-one with the steps in the article, it will help you keep track of them, and it will help anyone translating the article to keep track and keep your images with the right steps. See Put a Photo in a wikiHow for more details.
  13. Upload the photo with an appropriate free license.
    • The best choice is for photos that you, yourself took is "I made this myself. I hereby license it CC-by."
    • Be sure to provide some description of the photo.
    • Add in the description that you took the image yourself and supply a date, either today's or the date you took the photo.

  14. Try the multiple upload feature. If you have several images to upload for the same article, the multiple upload form is for you. Make sure to choose an appropriate license for your work from the drop-down menu at the bottom. It will automatically be applied to all the images you upload.
  15. Add the image to your article. Copy and paste the link from each image into the appropriate step. Remember that the image link goes at the beginning of the step, just after the # and that there should be no line break between the image and the step. Don't forget to change the caption.
  16. Check how your image looks with the preview button and make any adjustments.


  • Especially if you are taking photos for an existing article, don't be afraid to rewrite the steps so that they match up better with the photos. Reorder them if it's appropriate, combine them, or break them up.
  • Watch for reflections, shadows, and bright spots. You may need to change the angle of the light, subject, or camera to avoid glare.
  • Use a cell phone camera to take photos only if yours does a particularly good job of it. Many cell phones are secondary to cameras and take low-quality, low-resolution photos; others are much better. It's best to use a digital camera.
  • This article is about taking your own photos for wikiHow. If your article could use a more general photo as illustration (a picture of a tree, somebody wearing a hat), try the Find Free Photos link on the left side of every page. It will help you find, select, and upload appropriately licensed images.
  • Try the in use template if you will be editing an article extensively. To use it, add {{inuse}} to the top of an article, then save the page. It puts a notice at the top of the page telling other editors to leave things alone for awhile. Don't forget to remove the template when you're through editing.
  • Take photos of the same setup in the same light, whenever possible. It will help to lend the page a consistent appearance throughout.


  • Think twice before uploading a recognizable photo of yourself to wikiHow. Remember, thousands of people will see your picture. Instead, show just the action or the hand performing it.
  • Always license your images appropriately. Unlicensed images cannot be used on wikiHow.

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Google's free code-hosting Web site for developers is being used to distribute malware, accordin to a security researcher.

Google Code is a place where programmers can host projects and code. Along with the legitimate code are links to fake videos that direct users to download a missing codec.The codecs turn out instead to be password-stealing Trojan horses and programs geared toward stealing financial information for identity fraud, he said.

A Google spokesman said the company has removed malware-distributing projects from Google Code and search results.

The problem is similar to one that was found to be plaguing Microsoft's MSN Spaces site a year ago and continues to occur there, according to a McAfee Avert Labs blog posting.

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Basics- How and why to go online

The National Consumers League created this guide to help answer these questions and give you the information you need to "make the connection" to the Internet. A glossary is included to help you understand some basic online terms.

Why Go Online?

You can save time and money, communicate with people quickly and easily, get information you need, and have fun on the Internet. Here are just some of the things you can do:

+ Exchange messages, photos and documents with friends and family;

+ Shop for all kinds of products and services, from airline tickets to antiques, rental cars to real estate;

+ Keep track of your finances and pay bills;

+ Plan trips, get maps, even find out what the weather will be at your destination;

+ Buy and sell stocks;

+ Contact government agencies and other sources of information and assistance;

+ Get information and advice about health issues; and

+ Discuss your hobbies or other topics with people who have the same interests as you.

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Think of the Internet as a tool that you can use as much or as little as you want, any time, from anywhere. You can learn how to do new things gradually – it's not necessary to be a computer expert. You don't even need your own equipment and Internet access; you may be able to go online free at your local library, school, or community center.

Is It Safe To Go Online?

Going online is a lot like going for a walk, using the telephone, or answering a knock on your door. The same common- sense precautions apply.

8 Common-Sense Online Safety Rules

  1. Guard your online account numbers carefully so no one else can use them pretending to be you.

  2. Don't give your address or other personal information to strangers you "chat" with online or who send you email.

  3. Don't believe promises of big profits, risk- free investments, easy credit, or valuable prizes.

  4. Do business with companies and charities you know and trust, and check out unfamiliar ones with your local or state consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau.

  5. Find out how personal information you may be asked to provide will be used, whether it will be shared with others, and how you can control its use.

  6. Look for explanations about how your financial and other personal information is safeguarded when you send it and in storage, if it is kept at the other end.

  7. Be wary of documents attached to emails from unknown sources or computer programs offered by unfamiliar Web sites; they may contain computer viruses.

  8. Don't assume that the people you communicate with online are who they say they are; it's easy to mask your true identity on the Internet.

You'll find many easy- to- use online tools to help you protect your online privacy and security. For example, your own computer browser may show whether the information you're sending to a Web site is being securely transmitted. Special software can alert you to computer viruses. And there are many ways to control who tracks your movements on the Internet and determine if a Web site's privacy policy is satisfactory. Your Internet service provider (ISP) may be a good source of information and other resources are listed at the end of this guide.

How Do I Get Started?

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Most people go online using a computer with a modem, which is either built-in or a separate item. The modem plugs into the wall outlet for your telephone and dials a number to reach the service that you have chosen to connect you to the Internet. If you're going to be online a lot, consider getting a second phone line or ask your local or long distance telephone company about other options. For instance, new technology may allow you to connect by telephone without tying up your line.

Depending on the service that's available in your area, you may be able to connect to an Internet service provider (ISP) through your cable television wire or by satellite as an alternative to a telephone line. And instead of a computer, you could go online using equipment such as your television, a cellular phone, or some other wireless device. Technology is changing fast and there are more and more choices for how to go online, so take the time to explore all the possibilities.

No matter what you use to go online, your Internet service provider (ISP) is the gateway. Telephone and cable companies may provide this service, and there are many other companies to choose from as well. Some provide just the basics – email and access to the Internet. Other providers offer extra benefits such as their own online shopping "malls, chatrooms, and customized services."

7 Things To Consider In Choosing Your Internet Service Provider (ISP)

  1. Ask your friends and relatives what providers they use and if they're happy with the service they receive.

  2. If you plan to connect through a phone line, choose a service that has a local number to dial in so you won't have to pay toll-charges while you're online.

  3. Look for companies you can reach both online and offline (by a local or toll- free number) if you need help and that have customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  4. Find out what features different providers offer and decide which are most important to you.

  5. Compare prices. Some providers charge flat monthly fees; some charge by the minute; and others may give you a choice or combination of both. Some even provide free service, but you may have advertisements appear on your screen in exchange.

  6. Know the provider's privacy policy. Find out what information is collected about you, how that information is used, and how you can control your personal information.

  7. Pay attention to security. Find out how your personal information is protected from inappropriate access by others outside and inside the company.
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Some Internet service providers (ISP) offer discounts if you sign up for a long- term contract and pay in advance. But things change quickly, and companies come and go. It may make more sense to sign up for service that gives you the flexibility to change to another provider easily if you choose.

How Can I Find Out More?

There are lots of good books, newspaper, and magazine articles about going online. Basic Internet classes may be available at local schools, community centers, libraries, or senior centers. Once you go online, you'll find information about privacy and security and other helpful advice from many sources, including the National Consumers League. So get connected, and have a wonderful time!

Basic Online Terms

Browser: A computer program that helps you find your way around on the Internet.

Chat: A live discussion with people who gather at a particular place (called a chatroom) online and type messages that others who are there can read and respond to immediately.

Cookie: A bit of electronic information that can be placed in your computer when you visit a Web site to track what you look at there, recognize you when you return, and in some cases, track where else you go on the Internet.

Email: An electronic message that is typed and sent to a specific person or group of people.

Encryption: A method used to scramble information such as a credit card account number so it can be transmitted securely and unscrambled only by the person for whom it was intended.

Hardware: A computer, screen, keyboard, and other equipment.

Internet: A global system that allows computers to communicate with each other.

Internet Service Provider (ISP): A company that provides access to the Internet and may also offer other online services to members or subscribers.

Newsgroup: A place where you can post messages for others to read later.

Software: A program that tells computers how to do specific things.

Spam: Unsolicited email, sometimes referred to as "junk email."

Virus: A computer code that can damage your files or disrupt your computer system. Special software can warn about viruses and sometimes fix the damage they cause.

Web Site: A place on the Internet that is made up of one or more "pages" and may be created by an individual, an organization, a government agency, a school, or a company to offer information and, in many cases, to allow interactive communication with visitors.

Basic Online Resources

National Consumers League

Center for Democracy in Technology

Electronic Privacy Information Center


Federal Trade Commission

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Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

U. S. Federal Government Resources


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