Living a Lifestyle I Can Afford

Most of my friends and family live paycheck to paycheck. They believe that they need to spend their money straight after they earn it. Some of them do not have any choice because they owe money to somebody and they need to pay their money back.

When it comes to me, my situations definitely changes and depends on many factors. I am still struggling with a few credit card payments, but I am planning to get rid of my credit cards completely in the future. It has to happen eventually. It just makes me feel so much better knowing that I do not spend more money on things that I cannot really afford. This is such a relief to know that I pay for anything with my own money, not with the money that my bank lent to me.

Large Companies and Indie Game Developers

During the last two decades it was becoming more and more obvious that creating a game that has a chance to achieve a massive success requires to invest as much money as possible. While the cost of production of games was not that high 20 years ago, nowadays many games have a multi-million dollar budget. While this results in high quality graphics and cinematics for the consumer, independent game developers were feeling more and more endangered. Currently, there is just a handful of big players, but there still is a chance for indie game developers. Major consoles such as Xbox and Wii are allowing independent developers to create and distribute games through their marketplace. This may be a great opportunity for those who have great ideas for games, but lack a distributor and money.
It is hard to compete for independent developers with a company like Electronic Arts, which is a top video game publisher. The recent strategy of EA was to focus on quality of games rather than minimizing the cost of developing games. While generally that was considered to be a good strategy, some say that the drop in stock prices suggests otherwise. The shares recently fell a few percent and analysts suggest that this is due to their emphasis on quality. Unfortunately, developing a very high quality product requires a lot of money and time as we can see, for example, in the case with Warhammer Online, which was delayed a few times. More and more money is required for producing games, and that is a reality that we have to accept.

Removing Dates from Posts

Do you want to remove dates from your posts? There are advantages and disadvantages of such decision. I have seen a few bloggers doing this, and this made me wonder what effects will such decision have on their blog.

Advantages include:
1. Your articles will not seem outdated. This is only th case of the content of your article will not get outdated easily.
2. Your article is more likely to be linked by others, as people in general like to link to something new, and your article might look like it is quite new, even though it is not.
3. You might get more comments as your articles will seem to be less outdated. Some bloggers do everything they can to have more comments.

Here are some potential disadvantages:
1. Most readers might actually prefer to know when an article was released. Why make it a secret? Some argue that the true motivation behind removing dates is that a blogger does not want his readers to know that he does not update his blog on a regular basis.
2. Not including dates does not change the order of articles. Those posted earlier might still seem to be outdated, even though there will be no date on them. That is why removing dates on posts might be quite pointless.
3. The whole idea of removing date is quite new, and might not be accepted well in the blogosphere. After all, hiding the article date is quite deceitful, and such a decision is usually not made to benefit visitors themselves. Bloggers should always put visitors first.

I think that the biggest disadvantage is that not displaying dates along with posts will make many posts no longer useful. This is especially true in case of news posts, or those posts that were describing a situation that is likely to change. This includes the topics of politics, technology, and the Internet among others.

Choosing Your Clients

While most businesses cannot be picky when it comes to choosing their clients, I can say from my personal experience that there are simply some clients out there I love working with and some that I like less working with. There must be a reason why there are people out there who are my less favorite clients. It really helped me to think what it is that makes me like working with somebody. I made a list of my clients where I clearly stated why I like working with them. It turns out that I like working with those who buy from me more. I know the reason this happens. Those who buy more often from me and in larger quantities are not those who waste a lot of my time. I do not usually like to deal with people who waste a lot of my precious time, so this is probably I enjoy dealing with only those who are going to buy from me for sure.

Working from Home

More and more people discover the benefits of working from home. One of the first advantages of working from home is that those who do it do not have to get up early in the morning. I know at least a few people who do not like getting up early in the morning even though their work requires them to do so. They dream about Saturdays and Sundays hoping to get some sleep during those two days. If you work from home, you do not have this problem anymore. You can wake up at the hour that suits you the most. You can take a break whenever you want and you can eat at hours that suit you the most. You do not have a boss and you do not have anybody to tell you what you can do and what you cannot do.

Blogging Platforms

There are a couple of popular blogging platforms out there. Blogspot is one of them and it is a completely free platform. Having a blog hosted on Blogspot can be a useful thing as Blogger improves the capacity of this platform with new features quite often. Some time ago for example it released a new button especially for Blogger’s users that you can use to upload videos from YouTube directly to your own blog. Once you set up the appropriate button, you will be able to upload as many videos as you want with just one click.

Anyone having a blog hosted on Blogspot should in my opinion back up the html code of their site. The reason for this is that most bloggers on Blogspot do not actually have any copy of their blog on their PC. That is why If something would happen to the html code of their blog, they would lose all of the customized changes they made, including customized sidebar. It also might happen that a blogger might by accident modify the code in such a way that the blog will not be displayed correctly. Fortunately, Blogspot provides a way to restore your blog’s template, but at the cost of all of the changes you made to the blog. If you would restore your blog this way, you would lose a lot of data including all of the links, scripts, widgets etc. Anyway, here is how you can backup your html code:

-Log in to your blog account the regular way and go to Template.
-Next go to Edit HTML. This should display the HTML code. Select all of the code with ctrl+a and copy with ctrl+c.
-Paste it to your favorite text editor with ctrl+v and save the file.

If anything happens to the code of your blog, simply replace it with the backup copy that you copied to the text editor. I recommend that you take advantage out of it and tell others about it, because losing the template of a site can be one of the most unfortunate things that can happen to a webmaster.

Original Content and Blogs

When it comes to blogging, bloggers want to have the most interesting articles and information posted on their site. While there is a lot of cooperation between bloggers, you can sometimes feel some tension. This is especially true when a blogger feels that some harm was done to him. This is often the case when it comes to copying and pasting articles from other blogs and posting it on your own. Writing an article is not an easy task, as it requires time, focusing on your task, ideas, and so on. Nobody wants to have his articles posted all over the Web without his permission, and this includes technology blogs. That is why I encourage bloggers to write their own articles, which they can be proud of. I am aware of the fact that many people prefer to spend as little time on their blog as possible, yet they want their blog to be very popular. However, I strongly believe that if a blogger chooses to copy and paste posts from other blogs, he is not going to be respected in the blogosphere. Soon other bloggers will start noticing that he is stealing posts, and they are going to take some action against him.

Be a Healthy Geek

Spending a lot of time in front of a computer can cost us a lot of health problems in the future. Are you doing anything in order to prevent from any future pains and aches? Is it even possible to avoid health problems in the future? I think that only the time will tell. We are the very first people who started a new era in the history. We are the people who have entertainment in front of their computer, contact with other people via computer, and do many other things while sitting in front of our computers. I cannot really imagine life without computers, as they changed the way we live. Even if some of us are going to suffer from back pains in the future, I think that inventing computers was definitely worth it.

Should I Purchase from Any Website?

I like to be able to buy all sorts of things on the Internet not only on eBay or Amazon, but also on many other websites that are usually not that popular, but still offer good prices.

One of the reasons I like to buy online is that online stores usually offer better prices. Of course, I want those stores to be legitimate. After all, I want to give them my credit details and I do not want to be scammed while doing so.

I discovered already some time ago that legitimate online stores have good customer services. If I want to know if a website is legitimate, I can call their customer service and ask them anything.

What Is It about the Internet?

What is it about the Internet that makes it such a great source of entertainment and business opportunities? I guess there must be something about it since every day, millions of people worldwide choose to use the Internet to take advantage of everything that it offers.

Honestly, I don’t know what I would do were it not for the Internet and everything that it has to offer to me as a person. I am really thankful that the Internet is so popular these days and that it is so easily accessible, because every time I need some piece of information or I need to contact somebody, I go straight to the Internet to be able to do that.