Archive for March, 2010

Free Articles to Jumpstart Your Online Money Making Efforts

March 30, 2010 | By | Reply More

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Making money online if you may ask me has never easy. Even blogging for money or about money is no joke. It requires patience, tons of hard work and perseverance to achieve your goals but why do this statement below contradicts to what I believe?

“Making money from home sounds easy and it is, why do so many others find it so hard? Get this series to help take you from an initial or even no idea to your money making streams that send your future to your dreams.”

It sounds ironic though but as I understand it, having the right resources could somehow lessen the burden and make the journey of making money from home fun and enjoyable.

On a side note, one great thing to understand thou is coming up with realistic goals because making money online is not a get-rich-quick kind of scheme. In fact, more people fail in the first few months than those who make it after the 6th month particularly in blogging.

If from the very start you already find it hard to go on with your plans, what more could you expect if you’d like to be involved into internet marketing such as affiliate marketing or reseller hosting or something involving e-commerce?

The internet is a vast source of information and while there are a lot of free information that could help boosts the business plan you have been forming on your mind, why not take advantage of free course of articles from those people who had gone past the start-up stage and became successful?

I’m sure you’ll definite learn a lot from their experience like I do. Read a lot and do some research and soon enough you’ll find yourself knowledgeable and motivated because of the lessons you’ve learned along the way and somehow after your successes, you might utter the same line of statement that,

“Making money from home sounds easy and it is, why do so many others find it so hard? Get this series to help take you from an initial or even no idea to your money making streams that send your future to your dreams.”

Free Live Satellite TV and Radio Broadcasting Software

March 30, 2010 | By | Reply More

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Watching live TV broadcasts via satellite has always been tied up with additional costs in home cable charges especially with spectacular events on pay-per-view mode such as boxing matches and exclusively distributed movie viewing rights among others.

On the other hand, geographical locations sometimes hinder the benefits of viewers from certain parts of the world to enjoy television shows and series normally distributed in North America.

At this time of age, gone are the days when users at home has to pay for costly cable, satellite gadgets, and pay additional fees for added channels when TV viewing software finally came to the rescue. Although most television channels with exclusively distributed rights cannot be found on most live TV streaming software in the market, there are however some tools that completely standout.

Having said that, I think Readon TV Movie Radio Player outsmart most software of its kind with its vast range of channel options having thousands of them from all over the world aside from allowing users to watch live satellite TV, the latest movies and those from the not-so-distant-past through its “Movies on Demand” feature including Live Sports and Radio broadcasts.

Readon TV Movie Radio Player

Powered by a new technology called audio video over IP, this software requires no additional equipment like a TV card/tuner in order to show TV programs on your computer therefore giving you access to a brand new world of digital entertainment.

Readon TV Movie Radio Player software also allows you to record your favorite MTV and radio songs into MP3 audio files likewise TV shows into various video formats for playability on your iPod or Windows Mobile phone.

Like most live TV viewing software, genres are very much specified from the drop down options in its intuitive user interface (UI). It even includes readily downloadable plugins to enhance channel search and viewing pleasure plus inclusion of 3rd party TV, radio and video sources such as ShoutCast, SopCast, TVU player channels and YouTube playlist with search function.

Readon TV Movie Radio Player YouTube Playlist

These third-party media sources usually open as a pop-up window instead of opening your browser for uninterrupted viewing.

More than just bragging thousands of channels, it also included mature content on its huge line up but then responsibly setting the ability to password protect such feature for child viewing safety.

Auto-shutdown, control panel customization including color scheme selection and plugin installation are all integrated in the menu display are just some of the savvy features you can get of out this one-of-a-kind free software. Yes, you got it right, it’s free to use!

Go head and join me as we enjoy this great software without spending a dime. I couldn’t believe it was actually free but it was. You can actually donate as little as $1 for this project if you’re happy with it.

You might wonder why it’s free. There are actually some ads on the left portion of the player’s screen where the videos and mp3s will be played but these ads normally don’t show up on selected channels and generally do not obstruct the viewing experience at all.

It’s safe to download—adware and malware free and is legal. It doesn’t have extra toolbar or anything that comes with it. Supports Windows XP 32/64 bit, Windows Vista 32/64 bit, and Windows 7 systems and requires .Net Framework 2.0 or 3.5 for Windows 7, Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or above, Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, DIVX Web Player, and SopFilter.

Readon TV Movie Radio Player is a marvelous piece of software definitely worth having.

So download it now and see for yourself. Get back here and tell me what you think.

Shop Wiki for the Appliance Savvy

March 29, 2010 | By | Reply More

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Buying electronic appliance can be confusing and gruesome especially if you have a lot of features in mind yet you’re not sure which one to buy that would really satisfy your needs and budget.

Researching information on the web could actually help however in cases wherein electronic appliances are concerned, Wikipedia couldn’t help that much but a ShopWiki will.

ShopWikis primarily provides information about products you’re interested in per category like for example, if you’re looking for a Home Theater for richer sound experience, a Blu Ray Disc player for watching movies or when choosing from among the many brands of Plasma Televisions in order to satisfy your viewing pleasure.

Each item under a category are compared one after another to give you a better insight on which ones to buy plus valuable links that would direct you for additional information and other related buys.

Purchasing electronic appliances somehow needs thinking and research so that you’ll get the best value out of your hard-earned cash and a great shopping experience.

Intuitive Social Network Updater Powered By Mind Mapping Technology

March 28, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More

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The power of social media equally challenges the leading search engines and online businesses in keeping abreast with the rapid changing pace at which people interact in social networks in many different ways unprecedented.

People are genuinely into conversations and these conversations started growing and spreading virally across boarders inexplicably in a rapid fashion. In this regard, I have come to a question that says,

“If you were responsible for producing the next revolutionary technology, what would it be?“

Consequently, I came up with the idea of a social network updating service (which I would call Instincto) that is based on mind mapping technology that gathers contextual information from the contents of your mobile phone via a mobile application, online activities via a toolbar or browser add-on, emails and instant messenger interactions.

Social Network Updater Powered By Mind Mapping Technology Diagram

This unique social networking service automatically updates your status messages on your favorite social networking accounts without the need for you to login on your respective social networking accounts like Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace. It auto-fills the status field with the most likely frame of thought you have even when you’re logged out from the service. When you’re logged in however, you still have full control over the messages you’d like to broadcast manually or automatically to your friends and followers based on your carefully selected keywords, say for example, you only want to share happy thoughts and not those awkward feelings you have toward your office mate or hate thoughts about your job or boss.

The service then uses keywords as the primary working data for this mind mapping technology as taken from your mobile text messages, phone calls via speech recognition technology that are translated into speech-to-text for keyword analysis for providing a much deeper insight on your feelings and thoughts, online browsing activities such as the websites or web pages that you visited or run across which means you don’t have to search for any “share this” icons or add a “digg this” toolbar on your browser because the service does that automatically for you in a natural fashion, emails you’ve read and sent, and instant messenger interactions.

The analyzed keywords will then serve as a central framework to link ideas and thoughts in order to determine a state of mind. It will then create sensible, accurate, more personal, intuitive, engaging and response hungry status updates for your social networks definitely because words most of the time speaks out what’s in the mind, therefore bringing out the best in you and your personality thus allowing people to get to know you better since social networks are there for you to basically socialize and mingle anyway.

This service is ideal for those users who have a lot of social networking accounts yet have too little time to communicate, people who most of the time runs out of something to say, a great way to prevent spammy looking messages, an intelligent help to avoid redundant and repetitive phrases to achieve a more professional demeanor and to effectively sell your ideas which people often fail to do on almost every social engagement on the web.

Based on the above features of this service, therefore an application for just about any device platform like Android, iPhone, Ovi, Blackberry, JIL, or Bada would be helpful and at the same time, add-ons for the most widely used web browsers like IE, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera will generally complete the mind mapping technology to work in different platforms.

Should this innovative idea come into reality, I’m sure that people will most likely become masters of social media and therefore relationships on both personal and professional level will have a deeper meaning unless the brilliance of an online time clock will be put into play towards this undertaking certainly because online services that caters to social media are not just resource intensive but are very challenging as well in terms of manpower management and labor cost that’s why keeping in track of working hours and project completion deadline is crucial while equally giving importance on the dependability and performance of servers, efficiency of software application, security of database and web framework, usability of the service and the potential value it will bring to the general public.

What do you think of this idea? Your comments are absolutely welcome.

This post is in response to a blog contest sponsored by ClockSpot and co-presented by FuelMyBlog.

Free Laptop Sources On The Net: Are They Trustworthy?

March 27, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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Getting free gadgets on the internet is basically one of the best things that you could experience especially these days when almost everyone have had a bad experience in dealing with scams online out of curiosity and carelessness.

However, there are still a few ones that are legitimate and definitely provides free stuff like Free Laptops especially branded ones like Apple, Dell Adamo, or Sony VAIO. In fact, a website discussing the ins and outs of getting a Free Laptop caught my attention. It was indeed very detailed and provides a clear insight on how to figure out which ones can’t be trusted.

Of course, not all stuff online that are tagged as “free” are “totally free”, in most cases you may have to complete some offers similar to what Trial Pay does on some e-commerce sites. There are however some clear-cut guidelines on how you could get these free featured items so better be mindful of those while at the same time vigilant in dealing with websites on the internet.

While they always say that the best things in life are free, in the online world, not all good things are free so be careful. Share your stories at the comment section.

HOW TO: Export Bookmarks Between Web Browsers Easily

March 27, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More

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If you’re the kind of user that navigates the web using different browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, or Opera aside from the usual Windows default Internet Explorer, you certainly have experienced a time wherein you may have newly bookmarked some webpages on Firefox however it’s not possible to pull it up on Chrome unless you open both browsers and copy one from the other. Am I right?

Exporting bookmarks from one browser to another doesn’t have to happen only during fresh installations. This traditional way limits our accessibility to those pages that are valuable to us because we are restricted by the browser we are currently using.

Using Transmute will make it possible for us to convert and export our existing bookmarks from one major web browser into another with so much ease giving us the ability to try out different web browsers, synchronize bookmarks between systems, organize and convert bookmarks for use in bookmark managers and share them with others.

 Transmute

Transmute is available both as an installable and portable software. The free version is actually usable enough to convert your bookmarks between major browsers aside from its auto backup feature though the Plus and Pro version offers a wider variety of functionalities that would certainly blow you away.

I’ve given it a go since I use 3 of the major browsers mentioned above so that I could access my saved pages anytime between the three. Go ahead and download it now and see for yourself. Share your opinion about this software below at the comments section.

Maximize Your Social Media Efforts with Facebook Analytics by Webtrends

March 25, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More

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Determining your online success is most of the time attributed to your online efforts and these inputs are more often than not measured in terms numbers and value called analytics.

Google Analytics is a primary example of an analytical measure of a website’s performance and success. The webmaster being in charge of administering the site knows well if his online efforts are bearing fruit or is consistently generating some reasonable or expected return or ROI (Return on Investment).

When Social Media entered the scene, businesses have indeed jumped in then started to mingle and network with people to keep their presence and continue to execute their business plans among which includes social networking giant, Facebook.

Webtrends, a leading analytics software provider developed Facebook Analytics as an add-on or stand-alone tool aimed at capturing transactional and user-level interactions on virtually every Facebook component and that includes custom tabs and Flash animations in order to measure the effectiveness of social media campaigns.

Facebook Analytics Ecosystem

Facebook Analytics can be integrated on websites or blogs, other digital marketing data and can also be used offline for data archiving.

Facebook Analytics has made possible to capture the detailed statistics coming from these points of interaction such as custom tabs, custom apps, flash, links, advertisements, e-mail sign ups, pop-ups and content sharing.

Given the above advantages, Facebook Analytics can really help a lot in optimizing your social networking efforts to cater to the needs of your audience as determined by their reactions based on click-through rates, shares, sign-ups and other metrics.

HOW TO: Remove Fake Antivirus Software

March 24, 2010 | By | 11 Replies More

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I have mentioned on my post about rogueware attachments on Facebook support emails that I’ll be sharing to my readers how I was able to remove the fake antivirus in minutes without any complicated steps or registry editing involved so brace yourselves because this article answers that.

The rogueware or fake antivirus is most likely in this file format (as other files may vary), Facebook_details_348.exe, an executable file which when opened would initiate a fake scan in progress that is quicker than a legitimate antivirus scanning process which when completed normally shows a scan results popup screen showing non-existing threats on your system deceiving you to purchase a license in order to get rid of the malicious threats.

XP Smart Security Virus

Once you fall into this trap, these scammers will then take your money as you pay or could be worse, steal your financial information like credit cards and even your identity.

Xp Smart Security Alert

Along side the fake scanning screen, you’ll be bombarded with endless dialogue boxes and pop-ups on your screen and if you’re a little panicky seeing these unrelenting messages bothering you that something horrible is happening on your computer, you’ll eventually fall into their scheme so you better calm down.

Xp Smart Security Balloon Alert

The known fake antivirus or anti-malware that I’ve encountered and was attached on two of my email accounts was the XP Smart Security 2010. How did I get rid of this rogueware?

Removing XP Smart Security 2010

In order to remove this threat, a Trojan to be exact, always make sure that your antivirus software is running on your system tray all the time and is activated at Windows startup. This will ensure that whenever a virus or malware may attack the system, you can immediately run a virus scan without any problem because if your antivirus is not running during your computer sessions, chances are high that when a fake antivirus software attacked, they will immediately take over the Windows Security Center settings of your PC thus deactivating your virus protection before you could even run it while at the same time holding your Windows Firewall helpless.

My personal antivirus software (AVG 9.0 Free version) was running at the system tray together with Spybot Search and Destroy when XP Smart Security 2010 initiated the unwanted attack. It immediately held hostage the Windows Firewall and the Virus Protection settings in Windows Security System by turning it off.

Turning them on will not be possible thus your only option is to get rid of the fake antivirus before everything goes back to normal.

I was able to do a quick search about XP Smart Security 2010 online before the virus has disabled all browsers on my computer. Many write-ups about it are available online but the presentation is vague and often times promotional with affiliate links to software vendors so what I did was to trust my instincts and my antivirus.

Since my AVG 9.0 is running at the background, although it wasn’t able to block the execution of the rogueware before it could even initiate changes in the registry which could have been better but I guess it was one of the drawbacks of having something for free when real-time protection is not guaranteed but nevertheless, I was able to run AVG while the malware is doing its dirty trick.

AVG was able to immediately track the threats however due to some power failure, my computer suddenly turned off and since I have no power supply backup on my desktop, I simply waited for the electricity to resume and when I rebooted the computer, the fake antivirus was gone as well as the annoying pop ups.

See the attached screenshot of the scanned threats (Trojan horse) from AVG and notice the “Reboot is required to finish the action” remark.

AVG Scanned Threats on XP Smart Security 2010

The file locations correspond to the registry entries being overridden during the attack based on my screenshot taken from Spybot Search and Destroy, my favorite anti-spyware.

XP Smart Secuity effect on registry as detected by Spybot Search and Destroy

There are definitely a lot of fake antivirus lurking on the web acting like predators waiting for their next prey so be vigilant and learn from this real life security tip.

Summary of the Tips to Keep your PC Protected from Fake Antivirus Attacks

  1. Keep your antivirus software running on the background at all times while your computer is on.
  2. Be mindful of everything you download online. Be it attachments from emails or any other files that would be stored on your hard drive. Scan these files whenever possible after every download since Firefox does it during the downloading process however in the case above, attachments usually zipped files are sometimes overlooked by Norton Antivirus on Yahoo mails or in any email providers including paid ones so be careful when extracting them on your folders if you’re not sure what it was especially executable files or filenames with .exe as extension, don’t open it.
  3. Choose the best antivirus software and spyware for solid protection. Free ones like AVG 9.0 and Spybot does a great job in protecting my PC for years. You might also want to try downloading Remove Fake Antivirus 1.63 here although I really cannot vouch for this one because I’ve never really tried using it unless I’d encounter another rougeware in the future.
  4. Finally, always check your antivirus for updates so if anything happens in the future, you know that your software can handle any trouble.

I hope that you’ll like this post and hopefully would love sharing it with your friends and family. If you have similar stories and tips, please share them here. I would appreciate it.

Get HD on Demand with Charter.net

March 23, 2010 | By | Reply More

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Virus Alert: Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Support Message Attachments

March 22, 2010 | By | 15 Replies More

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There had been a lot of reported incidents this week about Facebook password reset confirmation emails containing an attachment which was an executable file that once opened would trigger a Trojan attack on your computer thus running the rogueware or fake antivirus, anti-spyware or anti-anything software for purpose of deceiving an alarmed user by showing non-existent threats from scan results and endless popup or balloon messages to make them pay for a license in exchange of a trouble-free system.

The recent attack was coming from Facebook’s email database that was sent to thousands though I’m not sure with the statistics but it’s amazing to know that even my domain email which is not at all connected to Facebook also received the same email below (copy pasted as is):

Dear user of facebook,

Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.
You can find your new password in attached document.

Thanks,
Your Facebook.

With the actual email screenshot shown:

Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Support Email with Rogueware Attachment

It’s pretty clear though that it’s not a legitimate email because of the lack of appropriate heading and salutation but surprising because it wasn’t marked as “Spam” by Yahoo Mail and my hosting email. If you aren’t careful enough or if curiosity hits you, you’ll be tempted to download the attached zip file. Please note that the above email’s addressee wasn’t mine but this email landed on my rocketmail.com email account.

Normally, the file name is Facebook_details_348.zip. The built-in Norton Antivirus scanner on Yahoo Mail wasn’t able to detect it as a virus yesterday but when I’ve tried downloading it today, it was no longer the case. Perhaps, Norton already knew what it was.

If I’m not mistaken the executable file enclosed was Facebook_details_348.exe (since .exe files cannot be uploaded on most emails due to risks associated with this type of file) which when opened or executed will initiate the rogueware, XP Smart Security 2010 but may change its name depending on the OS it finds on your computer e.g., if you have Windows Vista on your system, it would be Vista Smart Security 2010.

I certainly have direct experience on this scenario so I’m sharing it now to all my readers. My PC is in good condition after the untoward fake virus attack. I did nothing special about it so if you want to know how I was able to remove the fake antivirus in minutes without any complicated steps or registry editing involved, stay tuned-in by subscribing to this blog via email or RSS and watch out for my post about it.

Updated 24 March 2010

Here’s my follow-up post regarding this incident, How To Remove Fake Antivirus Software.

Flaunt Your Writing Prowess on ArticleZoom.org

March 21, 2010 | By | Reply More

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of ArticlesZoom.org. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Google-certified Ad Networks: To Enable or to Disable?

March 18, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More

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Google-certified ad networks are finally available to all publishers after its first inception on publishers located in North America and Europe. Google decided to allow third-party ad networks to display and compete on every publisher’s ad space that will potentially lead to higher earnings for its users in terms of revenue generation.

Google will then show ads in the system that will generate the most profit, whether they’re from Google-certified ad networks or from the AdWords program. Google however specifies that all Google-certified ad networks are required to adhere to their standards for user privacy, ad quality, and speed. They even set-up some requirements on third-party ad servers to make sure their compliance with Adsense’s policies.

As most third-party ad networks use tools similar to Google’s interest-based advertising to show more relevant ads to site visitors, the former was not permitted to collect data from publisher’s sites for the purpose of subsequent interest-based advertising. Google also allows Adsense publishers to opt out of receiving ads based on user interests from these certified networks which still embodies Google’s understanding of it’s users by giving more control on the choices they make. As Google continues to certify additional ad networks, they have reminded everyone that changes will not immediately take place on ads and earnings.

Publishers definitely would have different opinions on this recent change and eventually this will bring in more speculations, doubts, or fears aside from the more positive outlook of acceptance and promise for this new addition.

We all know that Google Adsense is the largest ad network online and it makes sense to me that they’re really trying their best to deliver greater benefits to their huge user base which is good however with this recent move, it came into me that it’s becoming a one-stop-shop since it would hold a more diverse ad network aggregate which might eventually decrease the number of independent signups on third-party ad networks because after all, Adsense has them so why bother signing-up for ValueClick Media or Chitika when you can find them showing ads on Adsense?

Monopolistic as it may sound but it seems that it might lead into something like it but I’m somewhat interested on how these third-party ad networks would take advantage of their Adsense presence while at the same time increasing or keeping their user base and their advertisers.

Will Google eventually buy ad networks close to bankruptcy just to keep these ad networks’ clients and put greater control over them?

Is Google trying to eat up its competition by gradually introducing smaller ad networks into their trap and eventually taking control over them without them knowing it?

Google Adsense will ultimately become a big ad network aggregating machine when its third-party ad network certification is completed. In the hopes of getting more revenue and higher returns on ad spaces allotted by publishers on their sites, Adsense is truly by far on a winning streak so to speak.

What do you think is its impact on ad network competition? Will you still bother joining in other ad networks aside from Google given that the other ad networks might consequently reject your application for lack of traffic, page views or quality compared to Google which promises more revenue especially with its third-party ad network addition?

Who wouldn’t want more revenue anyway? Publishers may sway in its favor however, ad network competition may dwindle but I’m hoping that third-party ad networks won’t loose sight of keeping their own users.

For the mean time, I might enable the service and see what happens hoping that soon a click would be worth a dollar or two although that might seem too much to ask but at least a cent per click should be gone. I wonder how ad optimizers would respond to these changes or if there’s anything special or an algorithmic change that would happen as well.

To disable the service would mean no chance of experimenting and knowing the real score behind this new scheme.

Will disabling the service help improve the performance of non-participating third-party ad networks to remain competitive in their rates and service?

I’m interested to know what’s in the mind of those non-participating ad networks.

I will not be surprised if in the future, non-participating ad networks might impose exclusivity within their system leading to banning Adsense ads on its members and applicants if the consequence of their participation leads to something unfavorable.

As an Adsense publisher, will you enable or disable Google-certified Ad Networks? Share your views.

Tony’s Pizza’s Bowling Bonanza

March 17, 2010 | By | Reply More

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Tony’s Pizza. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s not everyday that you get a free bowling offer along side the enjoyment that your favorite signature pizza can bring more than Tony’s Pizza can.

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Life in Taborea: The World of Runes of Magic

March 17, 2010 | By | Reply More

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Have you ever dreamed of a place so beautiful and evergreen with trees that almost touch the heavens as seen on daytime while the stars shimmering light brightens the skyline during the night?

A place where mankind lives peacefully and harmoniously with the rest of all the existing life forms on earth unharmed and breathing fresh air and plunging into the waters so clear?

I have.

As long as I live, my high hopes of living a better life while making this world a better place as it was in the olden days remain an aspiration.

Taborea

The Taborea, or the book of Ayvenas, holds a record of the world’s beginning and the origin of all life. Having some similarities to the book of Genesis though with a different twist, Ayvenas, the God of gods’ created the book but then destroyed it into pieces when everything he had created drowned in turmoil leaving his creation in charge of their own fate and the world they live in.

This happened to the promised land of Taborea, then a haven of love and peace but now a challenged piece of earth where every earthling fights for himself for survival.

Like most MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game), the Runes of Magic highlights the characters of the medieval ages—of castles and dungeons, knights and royalties, nymphs and dragons, wizardry and potions and everything in between.

Visual appeal is impeccable in all aspects plus it’s free-to-play. An Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or equivalent PC with 512MB RAM and 5.2GB hard disk space with DirectX 9.0c compatible with 128MB RAM graphics card, plus a keyboard and Mouse and a decent internet connection speed are required to run the program.

The Runes of Magic is a game of tactic and wit. Survival of the fittest as its theme implies taking risks and making the right move in different situations just like in real life.

Our decisions shape our future and our actions mold our well-being. Massively multiplayer online role-playing game can also teach us something that we haven’t figured out ourselves that maybe we just need some time to think closely.

Its vivid graphics may sway us from the reality but judging from our actions as we go along in each level as we play in order to attain our goals and gather additional armory teaches us ways to improve our play and strive harder in the game. Big things that we shouldn’t forget to apply in the real world we live in.

I’m not a hardcore MMORPG gamer but I do believe that the best way to win in any quest in the land of Taborea is to be patient as progress doesn’t come in a snap which is the same in real life, persistent because true fighters never quit, and aspiring because those who have goals and are willing to work for it can achieve it.

Whatever role we choose in this multiplayer game, our best bet is to give it all we’ve got and bring justice to that role because in life, we also have our own roles–be it a brave knight that fights for justice and peace, a selfless priest that guides those who are going astray, or a fierce warrior that battles with everyday life’s challenges.

The real magic is within us and life in Taborea is not all that bad because each level you reach is a smile worth the keep. So, play the Runes of Magic and learn life. Download it now!

Why Buy Ink Cartridges Online from Resellers

March 15, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More

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Buying Ink Cartridges online can be a little tricky especially if you’re budget constraint but want the genuine ones for your printer but then you feel like being obligated to buy from the manufacturer’s site instead of some third-party sites or resellers perhaps just to save you time looking for deals that could save you some bucks or mainly because you’re too lazy to do some searching.

If you really feel like wanting to save more, there are really crazy advantages at buying from third-party sites or resellers compared to the manufacturer’s sites. Some if not most ecommerce sites are relatively cheaper for most well-known brands like Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Konica-Minolta, Lexmark, Pitney Bowes, Xerox and a lot more which can definitely allow you to keep more of your hard-earned cash to spend for something else especially when buying in bulk as most will include free shipping to go along with your purchase.

Some retailers not only showcase genuine ink cartridges, toner cartridges, and laser toners but also remanufactured ones for a lot bigger savings. However, like any other online transactions, make sure that you’re on a secured site when you type-in those credit card numbers and all the other important information about you. Research about the site and make sure that they are legitimate businesses. It pays to be vigilant these days.

Donate Widget for Haiti Relief

March 11, 2010 | By | Reply More

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I should have written about this earlier this month but I still believe that getting the word across still matters and I’m sure there are still a lot out there who haven’t given their share of fortune to lend a hand to those who were devastated by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti a couple of months ago.

Posts of these kind isn’t new here in Software Critics since it has become a part of my public service efforts to give a lift to those who are in need. The same kind of post debuted on this site when Typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines in September 2009.

It was during the Vancouver Winter Olympics local coverage that I became aware of this online endeavor that was put up to help Haiti through a collaboration of artists and musicians singing “We Are The World” which was popularized by the late Michael Jackson was aired on TV in between commercial breaks.

“We Are The World 25 for Haiti” was recorded as inspired by the same idealism 25 years ago which embodies the true spirit of giving thus the We Are The World Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie who then invited Wyclef Jean, Paul Haggis, Randy Phillips, Peter Tortorici and Ambassador Luis Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank to join them on their endeavor.

Share of the proceeds for the download of the song on iTunes are waived on the first months of the campaign for the greater benefit of the foundation’s recipients.

If you haven’t done your share, now is the right time to do so. Nothing is too late. You can still help.

I also hope that something like this would come up for the benefit of the Chilean people following their catastrophic earthquake experience recently.

If you’d like to extend your help and support to this online endeavor, you can place the same widget below on your sites or blogs.

Chitika Select Ads to Boost Publisher Revenue Starting March 8th 2010

March 5, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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Chitika’s Publisher Ad Network has added a boost on this site’s revenue since its inception in October 30, 2009. It was only recently though that I have finally confirmed that search engine traffic combined with Chitika ad placement based on a US demographic does work best.

With Software Critics’ 60% search engine traffic, monetizing using Chitika has been a challenge at the beginning however, with the right ad placement, positive results could be achieved.

Chitika Ads does not violate Google Adsense ToS so basically both can be integrated on a page without any issues.

The 14.5% revenue share of Chitika for the month of February is indispensable thus it’s definitely staying for good and with the most recent addition of Chitika Select Ads which promises a 5-10% boost in additional revenue for publishers aside from search revenues, this only means that they are really into finding bigger avenues for income generation for small and medium sized online publishers.

If you haven’t joined the Chitika bandwagon, I must say that you’re really missing out on a bigger opportunity for income generation.

Chitika Premium publisher accounts will get an automatic upgrade into Select Ads starting March 8, 2010. Using click-prediction technology, Chitika Select Ads will be shown on your site whenever there’s a higher chance for an ad to be clicked.

Chitika Select Ads

Although there are doubts about how the ads would look like compared to the regular search driven ads, publishers still have a way to disable Select Ads from showing up on their site which is pretty much giving its users a choice so there’s no need to panic in case you don’t want additional graphic ads to show up on your pages.

Overall, Chitika has been a great addition to my online revenue generating efforts and will definitely be using it and promoting it to fellow online publishers who haven’t tapped its potential.

I can only look back on those days I have wasted when I was still not using it, I’m glad I joined.

Don’t miss it. Chitika pays out as little as US$10 compared to Adsense’s one hundred. What’s your Chitika story?

Updated: 12May2010

Chitika is having some major problems rendering ads on their publisher’s sites thus resulting to revenue losses for the latter and tons of complaints.