If you’ve ever wanted to write your own how to guide, TokenUser shares these excellent tips with the community. If you have any tips or top five lists that you’d like to share (perhaps using these very helpful guidelines), please send them my way! Before writing a guide on how to do something, there are a couple of questions that you need to ask yourself: do you know the subject well enough to explain it in simple terms, and can you write a concise set of instructions based on that explanation? If you are good to go on these questions, the best how to guides follow an age-old and simple principle: KISS — Keep It Simple, Stupid, or (in this case) Keep It Stupidly Simple. This will enable someone to more easily follow your instructions. I’m hoping to help you write better how to guides with this guide of my own… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of How to Write a How to Guide here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
Since we talked about 4k screens the other day, it occurred to me that some people may not even know where to begin when trying to decide on a regular old HDTV purchase. It seemed like a perfect time to revisit the advice that Matt Smith (no, not Doctor #11, but The Matt Smith!) once shared. While this was written a few years ago and some of the details may be out of date, most of this excellent advice holds true today if you’re not yet committed to going 4k. [$5+ patrons can read the rest of Top Five Things to Look for When Buying an HDTV here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
Let’s face it: our home offices and workshops tend to smell a bit stale at times. A lot of hardcore geeks don’t spend as much time on personal grooming as polite society deems… polite. We have better things to do with our time than to worry about how pleasing our surroundings smell, right? Wrong! Imagine how much happier you would be at work if your surroundings didn’t smell quite so rank! What happens if you meet someone who could turn out to be your significant other were it not for the odd stench that clings to you from spending so much time in a sanctuary of stink? Even if you’ve succeeded in shedding the telltale wake of foul odors, maybe you’d like to invite this possible romantic interest over. Do you really want your office to smell like an old shoe — or worse? It only takes a few minutes to help freshen things up, beyond opening up the windows, that is. Here are a few quick ways to make your home office (or workshop) smell better… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of Ways to Make Your Home Office Smell Better here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
A while back, mutley had discussed his lack of fitness and his poor lifestyle choices as a young geek. I stumbled across his old post today, and thought it was quite relevant even now: I would consider myself as living somewhat of a ‘geek lifestyle’ in that I’m indoors a lot and on the computer or on the console. It is something I want to change, however. I want to get a bit healthier, so I’m improving my diet by eating healthier and trying to cut my calorie intake. It isn’t easy to do with this lifestyle. I’ve bought a treadmill and I’m doing a short amount on it each day on an incline to burn some extra calories and to ease my way into exercising. What I want to know is how you stay healthy and in shape when living a lifestyle that largely revolves around physical inactivity? Are there any tips you can share on how to shed some weight or maintain your weight without having to sacrifice the lifestyle you enjoy, at least to a point? I get you. Boy, oh, boy do I get where you’re coming from. Most of my time is spent being sedentary, […]
“Harry” (name changed per request) is a Patron who is trying to find himself a date and asked my advice. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! Time to ask a question well outside of the bubble of tech, yet still incredibly important to life: geek dating. I’m sure I am not the only one out there, but I am a geek who has trouble meeting women who share common interests. I’ve tried online dating and let’s just say that’s been less than successful. All I want to do is find a common interest female geek in my area. It shouldn’t be that difficult. Any tips? Well, it isn’t as difficult to find someone as it is to maintain a relationship. Be yourself. Join “real” groups; stop using dating sites. Get involved in things that interest you. Go to events; get out of the house. Find others with similar interests. And, jeez… don’t be shy about what you want. Only you know what you want, and if you don’t tell someone you might want to be with that you’re interested… they’ll never know. “No” isn’t the end of the world. Plenty of fish in […]
Sam is a Patron who is curious about what went on just a few years ago when I was a wee lad! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! What is your best childhood memory, and why is it important to you? I don’t know if I’d say it’s a single memory, but I used to love the first few days of summer vacation before the age of 14. From that point forward, I was working during the summer months and at school throughout the rest of the year. I’ve been working for a while, eh? I suppose that remains important because it reminds me of a time when I didn’t really have the same stressors. Homework was simple in comparison to the worries that face me now as an adult approaching the mid-way point. My continued fascination with Star Wars, LEGO, et al remains a connection to the past in my present and future – if only to serve as a constant reminder that I can still enjoy my adulthood through my own childhood memories.
Riquochet is a newer Patron who is curious about my search habits. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! When you search the Internet for information, would you rather whip out your wallet and get your hands on what you’re looking for quickly, or spend time searching around for a ‘free’ answer? After all Time = Money. If I want it, need it, and know it fits the bill… I’ll pay the bill. I think it’s asinine to hear people whine about how they got their computer infected with malware because they downloaded a movie through less-than-proper channels. That’s hilarious, really. People spend more by trying to avoid spending money. Free doesn’t always mean totally free. An hour of my time is worth more than minimum wage.
Patron Zamira is curious about affiliate marketing and whether it’s worth the time and effort. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! How do you feel about affiliate marketing? Is this a good area to get into? Why or why not? Have you had any good successes being an affiliate? Likewise, do you have any horror stories (without naming company names, I know)? I believe I’ve actually written about this before, and my thoughts haven’t changed much on the matter. I am not a fan of affiliate marketing for many reasons. Case in point? If I ever recommended a product that you bought on Amazon (based on my recommendation) without going through my designated link, I don’t get the credit. Yikes. People who don’t deal with my type of business don’t understand just how outlandish – and unsustainable – that is for someone in my position. That’s about as horrific as it gets. I believe that the only true winners with affiliate programs are the people who operate them. To that end, I’ve longed to figure out a unique product I could sell and find affiliates to sign on as resellers.
AirWolf asked: What PC game of old would you like to bring back from the grave, give a fresh start and re-release (or just be able to play!) – and why? Oh, man… you just can’t replace the classics! If I could do anything, I wouldn’t reboot or update a favorite game – but bring it back to its last “best” state. I think a good game plays well forever, and that (too often) newer versions can destroy what made a game work so well for you in an earlier edition. So, I just found out about JummMan Forever the other day – and I’m thrilled that it’s a project that’s actively shipping code to platforms (with more major platforms coming). I loved Jumpman Jr. on the Commodore 64, and have played it through emulators over the years. The developer is doing a great job at bringing back what he loved, but while I appreciate some updated graphics coming down the pike… I wouldn’t mind seeing and playing with the “old graphics” either. I am so grateful I was around for the classic home video games – because I think they’re all timeless. Not all simple, not all perfect, but […]
ClosetFuturist asked via Facebook: I’ve been trying to stay aware of trends that are arising in the technological revolution. I’ve been researching it through Documentaries, Keynotes, and even scientific papers. I see a number of discoveries and innovations that could have moral and ethical dilemmas attached under the current system. Some are already occurring. There’s also the reality of biological interfacing that is already happening. Are there any aspects of the tech revolution that has you concerned or even a little creeped out? It’s pretty much as you laid out, there. I’m concerned that while technology may be advancing at a rapid rate, the human condition is still operating in the dark ages. No, seriously. We have all these great tools around us that are here to make our respective lives better (and, for the most part, I’d say that the quality of life has improved thanks to advancements in high tech and Internet access outright). But the same tools that can build can also destroy, and if we don’t accept responsibility for what we do with technology… it’ll destroy us altogether. Let’s illustrate the problem with a simple tool: Twitter. It’s easy to send a tweet that uplifts, inspires, […]
Patron George Barrett is interested in kids and their early gaming years. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! When you introduce your child to gaming, will you show him/her the classic games from the NES era, or let him/her discover them for his/herself if it develops as a personal interest whilst playing the current games? This is actually an easy one to answer, George. I’m sure that at a very early age, Baby Pirillo will start being introduced to educational games. There are so many great ones out there that teach little ones everything from hand-eye coordination to counting to reading and back again. Once s/he is old enough, our child will be allowed to choose their own path with most everything in life… including gaming. That’s not to say Diana and I won’t provide guidance, of course. It’s not like the child will be given free reign to do things that are simply not appropriate. But I would never “force” my child into doing things that I prefer instead of what they would choose. Yes, of course I’ll show off the old-style games. I’ll also help him or her check out the […]
SnackPack asked: How do you deal with anger? Is there anything in particular you do — or anything you know to not do? We all tend to get angry at times, some of us more so than others. Knowing how to cool down and manage these emotions is critical to relationships with others and how you perceive yourself, even. Anger that is uncontrolled can turn very physically dangerous. For me, I am lucky; when I lose my cool, I’m able to get over it quickly. Sure, I’ve been known to rant — y’all have seen video evidence of that. But that’s just it… I rant. I don’t direct my anger at anyone. I simply spout off about whatever it is I’m pissed about in a healthy way and then get over it. I don’t let it get to me, you know? I’ve also been known to walk away. That helps me detach from whatever the situation may be, think about it rationally and calm down so that I am able to go back and deal with things. Sometimes, you just have to back the hell off before you say or do things you may later regret, or which may seriously […]
GadgetSuperHero asked: What do you use the Internet for? At first, I wasn’t going to answer this one. My initial reaction was that the answer should be obvious. However, I realize that there’s far more I do online than what all of you see. I’m sure that’s how you are, as well. Obviously, I use the Internet to work. I stream live to video twice per day on weekdays, write blog posts, post to social media, answer emails and upload the vlogs. That’s definitely far from the sum total of what I “do” when online. I listen to music through streaming services. I catch up on television shows the same way. I handle many of our household bills and finances online. I do research for shows and posts online. I shop. I read. I learn. When you stop to think about it, we do so many different things online every single day that it would be hard – if not impossible – to go without it. Yes, impossible… because we rely so heavily on the Internet to get things done, we’d be at a complete loss/standstill if that connection were suddenly taken away. What about you? What do YOU do […]
Madison is curious about her education options: Are online classes and degrees just as good as a traditional classroom setting? It really depends on the school and the person. There are many excellent online programs from reputable schools. When looking for one, do your research and be sure they’re accredited and have good feedback from others. As far as you – there are many people who have thrived in online classes. You have to be intelligent, of course, and easily able to grasp the content without the benefit of one-on-one instruction. You also have to be highly disciplined in order to make yourself study and complete assignments when you should. With online classes, students have a lot of temptation to blow off what they should be doing for classwork to do any number of other things, either around the house or out in the world. Make a decision as to whether you feel YOU are prepared for the challenges of online classes. If you are convinced you are, then look for a reputable school that has the program you’re looking for. Good luck!
Interesting question, MogStayshuns! What, in your opinion, is the difference between a fanboy and a follower? What makes someone a fanboy (the type with negative connotations)? You DO realize that I could drone on about this all day, right? This blog post would end up being far too long to then be classified as a “quick answer” post! I’ll do my best to keep this short and sweet, okay? A fanboy – the type you mention that has negative connotations – we all know what that means without me having to define it. They drive us all nuts and make us want to scream or punch things. It’s annoying as hell to deal with people like this, for sure. However… I have to admit that having fanboys is also an ego-booster. Think about it: someone thinks highly enough of you to want to copy what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, where you’re doing it and even the environment you’re doing it in (copying my workshop). Of course they aren’t going to do it exactly the same as I do – they aren’t me! But that doesn’t mean it isn’t flattering to me to recognize that I have had that […]