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College Advice

If I had a nickel for every time I was asked this question, I’d have paid off my student loans 10x over:

My Name is Daniel, but go I by the name Nico. Everyone asks me how i got that nickname but i honestly do not know why my percents started calling me that. I am Filipino, currently living in the Philippines, and a senior in high school. I’ve been watching your videos for a long time now, and what you do really interests me. I, like you, love technology.

I am going to the US for college to take up industrial design. I’m emailing you because I was hoping you would be able to give me some advice. My parents are spending almost double for my college tuition than what they spent for my older siblings for their college education – and I really want to figure out a way to help pay for it, or find a way to pay them back eventually. There will be added costs as a need to purchase a laptop, hopefully a Mac, for the major I’m planning to take, and I think I’m going to constantly buy materials for my classes. I really, really want to pay for as much of all of this as I can.

One thing that I think I have some talent with is photography, and this may be a way I can generate some money. I am very passionate about photography. I post some of my photographs on my flickr. I take photos of almost everything. I’m heavily involved with my school yearbook, both as a photographer and a layout editor, and the school magazine. I’m hoping to eventually make some money with my photos, but don’t know how to start. It would be great if you could give me some tips on maybe starting my own website and how to generate some money out of it. Any other advice on selling photographs online would be great. I’m not expecting to make tons of money, and I don’t expect it to happen overnight, but I am willing to work hard and be patient for it.

Let me first say that I’m impressed with your ability to communicate in a fairly coherent fashion; 90% of the emails I receive from U.S. students are sloppy (not to mention, beyond illegible). I’m not sure if English is your primary or secondary language, but your literary skills will be what spells success in your initial and continued endeavors.

Hell, most American adults can’t even grasp the concept that Apple’s “Mac” computer isn’t written as “MAC” (which is a store brand for cosmetics).

That, and your personal responsibility for finances should also be a lesson to the lazy.

You likely have a certain set skills which are valuable to others. It’s now your responsibility to find the intersection between what you can do and who can pay you to do what you do. You’ll figure out the “how” after seeing what works (and, more importantly, what doesn’t work).

There are near-infinite ways for you to make a Web site and countless opportunities to sell your photo work. Remember, however, that tools are merely the means to an end – and you’re not the only person using them to achieve your goals.

The information is out there on how to do anything – but nothing will ever teach you as much about a task as figuring it out for yourself. If I have a single tip for you, it’s simply: DO IT.

You’ll figure “it” out.

Of course, I’m sure people will have specific recommendations for you – but good advice is relative, and (still) only valuable if you apply it to your set of circumstances.

iPad or Touchscreen Laptop Computer?

So asks Andrés Pizá:

After following your “coverage” of the iPad launch with the pass of the hours during your extensive review, a slight idea came to my mind: buying an iPad. I haven’t tried any Apple device enough to self-declare myself as a Apple fan, but I used to like their offerings. I thought about how I could use the iPad, primarily for schoolwork / classes. Then, I remembered a video I saw about using OneNote from Microsoft Office with a touchscreen laptop. It seem to look good, as you could sync notes with your main computer and extend them.

My dilemma, as I’m going to buy an iPad or a touchscreen laptop very soon: which one should I get?

As a Windows user, I have Office on my desktop (Windows 7). If I buy a touchscreen laptop, I could use all the software on it. On the other hand, if I buy an iPad (the Wi-Fi version), I also have to buy a case, all the apps I could need, etc.. So, it would mean additional costs to the iPad itself. I think the iPad is easier to carry and is more discreet – especially for use in class.

When the iPad is launched in Spain, I know a friend who will buy one, so I could try it then. If I go to any store, I could also try a laptop with touchscreen functionality.

What should I do?

Difficult question to answer, really. Touch seems to be YOUR killer feature, so based on that, let me first share a few truths:

  • Windows 7 wasn’t designed for touch experiences, top to bottom.
  • Most Windows software wasn’t designed for touch experiences, top to bottom.
  • Apple won’t allow viruses or spyware into the App Store.
  • Not all “touch” screens are built alike.

Yeah, I’ve yet to see a Windows computer work well with touch – and that’s based on my own practical experience. NOT to say it won’t work – it just won’t work very well, and you’ll wind up working with a mouse / keyboard anyway.

If you go the touchscreen PC route, you’re better off getting a notebook with a capacitive touch screen. This won’t be cheap, but it will also decrease the chances for mis-taps and re-taps (which happen all-too-often with devices that try to provide a touch experience). That is, if any exist – and if they’ll fit your budget.

Is the iPad, then, the option for you? Nobody can effectively answer that question for you. Pick one up, play with it, borrow it for the weekend. Try it with an external keyboard. Look at what software is available, free or otherwise.

Forget the cool factor of any device – it’s “which one fits” you that’s most important.

A Quick Way to Save Your Marriage in Three Easy Steps

Geek!This is Mark Medina’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

A marriage is a sacred bond that makes two people in love share their whole lives forever. However, it’s not always sunshine each day and there are sometimes rains, storms, and even thunder that occurs in a marriage life. Keeping it alive helps the couple understand each other well. They must have respect, patience and the will to survive any problems they may encounter.

In many marriage situations, money is one of the problems that can cause couples to fight. Sometimes the love cannot be found when you are both feeling angry or mad. You have to cool down things first before confronting your husband or wife. Sometimes it’s better to sit down together and hold each others hands. Look straight in his/her eyes, and feel the love you have for each other. When you feel the passion and love inside, you’ll both realize that you don’t need to quarrel about such problems. By looking in each others eyes, you’ll see how you both tell each other that “everything’s going to be alright”. It really helps save my marriage because every time we had money problem, it’s all we do to lessen the problem instead of adding another.

Another expert said that it takes both partners to agree on a set priority. Do not make it something like forcing her to go along the flow that you like. It will make your partner feel less important, not worthy or disregarded because of such a thing. Many people who had troubles with things like that in their marriage say, “One of the simple things that really helped save my marriage was giving my utmost respect to my partner. She feels loved and important because I always let her know what I think, and consult on everything with her”. We all know that as humans, we have equal rights that the other must respect. The boat should always keep its level above the water to prevent it from sinking.

The third quick way to save a marriage is keeping an honest line of communication open with your partner. Always check on her if you are encountering any problem. It’s a bad idea to just let her guess how you feel. And it’s also very bad for him/her to know your problem from another person rather than you. The trouble will be sure to rise every time it’s like that. Another person who has gone through a marriage problem speaks of her experience and how she had coped with it, saying: “We are living with my in-laws and sometimes I don’t like how they treat me and our little son regarding his traits. I told my husband and it had help save my marriage.”

I wish you the best of luck with your relationship problems. Saving a marriage isn’t the easiest thing to do, but with the right know how and advice, it can be! Don’t get a divorce, learn how to save your marriage today!