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Facebook Hoaxes and Identity Theft

There are some of you who refuse to use Facebook and that is certainly your prerogative. Many of us get enjoyment, connection and business marketing from Facebook along with much more. Those of you who were active on the service were no doubt seeing people posting two hoaxes repeatedly in …

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iXCC Dual USB Fast Travel Charger

We all have devices that are charged via a USB cable. These devices never last as long as we would like on a single charge. Even when we plug in the device to charge, it never seems to charge fast enough. Loyal readers know I’m a big fan of having …

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Thousands of Hours of Video Training For One Low Price

Most loyal readers are already aware that my days of creating CorelDRAW training videos are over. I’ve also been asked over the years about providing training on other software products. While I won’t say it isn’t possible, there are no plans to create anything. That doesn’t mean you can’t get …

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Introducing Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14

Software companies often give a press briefing before software is launched. I got just such a briefing on the newly released Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Adobe Premiere Elements 14. With mature products, many of the improvements are minor. One new feature really stood out and that was the haze …

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Shooting A New Promotional Headshot

It seems like I look in the mirror every day and something has changed about my face. Either that or I just have a bad hair day every day. Since it had been a couple of years since I took my last promotional headshot, I thought it was about time …

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Speed Up Your Graphics and Run at 4K with Gigabyte GTX 970

I’ve talked many times about the importance of a good graphics card. Cards are often promoted for gamers, but they are also a key piece of hardware for anymore working with digital graphics. As monitors have moved to 4K resolutions, you need more power to push that huge numbers of …

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Should You Be On Instagram?

I admit that I haven’t been a person who embraces the latest social media platform immediately. Even when I have created an account on a social media platform, I took my time before becoming active. Things were different with Instagram. I created my account (follow me @fostercoburn) earlier this year …

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Is It Time to Move to Windows 10 Yet?

A loyal reader recently asked if the time had come to move to Windows 10. That is truly a decision that you have to make for yourself. I’ll share a few of the reasons that I’ve not yet made the jump and don’t expect to make the jump in the …

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Email Template Math Doesn’t Add Up

I was preparing an e-mail blast for a client recently and it was decided to switch to a different template. A preview of that template is shown below. As a designer, I love that the exact widths of the various sections are clearly defined. But when I first saw the …

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USB Cables For Most Phones, Tablets and More

A realtor friend was holding an open house in my neighborhood last weekend and she has various Apple products. She mentioned needing more USB connector cables as some had gotten lost or broken or both. I’m a huge fan of having plenty of charging cables. I’ve always got at least …

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Securing E-Commerce Sites With SSL Certificates

At the end of last week’s post Perform a Security Audit, Use Stronger Tools, I mentioned we were in the process of adding SSL certificates to three of our sites so that we could accept credit cards directly. SSL certificates are now in place on all three sites and we …

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Not Just Another Brick In The Wall

Any time I hear something about a brick wall, I think back to my youth and listening to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Of course there is also a movie The Wall that goes with the music. To go with the music and movie, we have a new collection of seamless …

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Fonts Unleashed Free Fonts Coming To An End

Loyal readers have probably noticed the last of “Font Friday” posts for the last several Fridays. I certainly didn’t forget to post new fonts. Unfortunately the value of our server space and my time in adding fonts far outweighs the benefits. There will be no new fonts added beyond what …

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Google Provides Web Fundamentals and Best Practices

Whether you have no Web design experience or you are an experienced developer, there is always something to learn to improve your skills. Part of the learning involves the tool or tools used to build a site, but there is also a lot of knowledge about making a site that …

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New Wacom Intuos Tablets Give Designers Creativity

Loyal readers know that I believe all designers should have a graphics tablet as an input device. I wrote Everyone Should Have a Wacom Tablet, Here Are The Two Best Options last fall giving the reasons and two great options. Just to clarify, we aren’t tablet about tablets running iOS …

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Perform a Security Audit, Use Stronger Tools

I’ve written about various maintenance issues in the last ten days. From a design standpoint, I wrote When Did You Last Polish Up Your Portfolio? as a portfolio is a very important tool to show off your work. There were also two posts on tools for keeping your computer running …

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When Did You Last Polish Up Your Portfolio?

Most artists have some sort of a portfolio that shows off the work they’ve done. I have a book of what I consider some of my best photos. But the latest portfolio I’ve been building is online projects. The page is still a big work in progress, but the Web …

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