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I only watch movies online most of the time but whenever I get the chance to go out once in a while, I usually watch a movie that I find interesting on the spot even without reading something about it or its plot.
And since television stations in our locale normally shows only a small fraction of the full length movie trailer, I get used to watching movies on the big screen than watching its trailer first on YouTube.
There are movie buffs however who decides based on the impression or feedback of others and in this case I would refer to those who have watched the movie first hand.
Although I find it helpful especially if you’re the kind of person who wants to make sure that he gets what he paid for depending on the positive feedbacks a particular movie is getting.
Movie Reviews take the hassle out of choosing which movie to watch. In this regard, movie reviews play a vital role in shaping up a prospective viewer’s decision. I find these resources helpful in saving time and money but then again, like anyone else, I want to see it for myself and judge a film depending on my own criteria.
We have different tastes and appreciation of films that’s why movie genre exists. Movie reviews generally doesn’t affect much of my decision in whether to watch a highly budgeted screenplay or not.
How about you? Do movie reviews affect your decision in watching a film? Or are you persuaded by your own likeness of the actors starring on the film? Share your thoughts.
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As a software reviewer and blogger, among my biggest challenges is coming up with fresh, relevant, and helpful reviews and being first on new software releases is an accomplishment therefore beta testing is a significant part of my blogging routine.
Yesterday’s release of the new Foxit Phantom PDF Suite 2.0 has been much awaited for more reasons that one. The all-in-one PDF suite was the newest among Foxit’s business-friendly PDF software for creating professional quality PDF documents.
Foxit Phantom PDF Suite 2.0 leverages Foxit’s very own fast PDF rendering engine to come up with a much faster and ever reliable PDF software applications to date. The software was developed in response to the success of Phantom PDF Suite 1.0 with much promise. George Gao, Sr., Vice President at Foxit Corporation said,
“The Foxit Phantom PDF Suite 2.0 enables enterprises to cost-effectively, safely and securely use Foxit’s PDF technology to reduce paper handling and streamline business processes.”
The newest PDF suite is designed to address additional features such as converting multiple files to PDFs or merging into one single file, initial document creation, drag and drop interface using the files’ thumbnails for changing or switching pages, blank page insertion or those from the scanner, and PDF form creation and database interaction with Phantom ODBC support.
Having tested the software for a while, it was blazing fast and not resource intensive compared to Adobe Reader 9.2. The latter actually amasses 210.58MB disk space while the former only consumes 24.19MB. So, based on size comparison, you’ll determine which one’s faster than the other.
A review regarding similar Foxit software can be traced back in December 2008.
There are known issues regarding the new release that could be addressed in the future versions. Bug reports can be submitted via the comments below or via their website.
If you are interested in trying this great PDF toolkit, a 30-day trial is downloadable here.
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The amount of emails you receive within a week can amass up to 600 emails on average or even more depending on the impact of this medium of communication on your business.
Apparently, the more qualified emails you receive, the more it says about your business growth and its impact on your clients.
Spikes in the number of emails you receive are like web traffic however, this case can be a little tricky and requires utmost attention. The more emails you get, the more resource intensive it can be for your Microsoft Exchange Server which could possibly cause slows downs in the long run.
In spite of this probable challenge that may arise, technology has been responsive thus a smart email archiving solution was born to cater the need for—data storage space minimization concerning mailbox quotas and storage growth, handling Microsoft Exchange Server costs efficiently, faster physical backups or exchange backups and completion concerns, simple and easy disaster recovery solution including email restoration requests, e-Discovery or emails retention for litigation preparedness, and remote access for added productivity.
A Professional Archive Manager for email normally communicates with the Microsoft Exchange Server for archiving emails. Oversized emails and their attachments are directed away from the overused Microsoft Exchange Servers onto a separate yet efficient and inexpensive storage for ease of access via simple clicks. Overall, this software provides a faster email retrieval and restoration capability.
This email archiving technology uses a single instance storage or directory that ensures coordination between the corporate internal systems and the software.
Email archiving software addresses most of the major issues concerning corporate email management thus giving way for a more cost-efficient, productive and ever reliable communication medium.
After reading this post, does email archiving create an impact to you? Do you have any features in mind that you might want to add aside from those mentioned above?
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Having able to play your favorite audio and video files on any Windows PC is a normal requirement for all systems. However, there are instances wherein missing registry files associated with Windows Media prevents media files from not playing.
This has happened to me some time ago and the worse is, I cannot even update to the latest Windows Media Player version. Now, what happens if you came over to a friend’s house and this is the situation you’re into? You can use alternative software for download but what if your friend’s internet connection is down?
Alright, you brought with you a thumb drive and you badly needed those audio files on his computer for a project. What would you do then?
Enough with the thinking and let me make your life a little bit easier. Simply download the portable SE-MediaPlayer into your USB device, extract the zip file and run the program. A media player window will open which will allow you to readily play the media files such as MP3, MP4, OGG files among others on the computer or the ones on the removable drive if there are, including CDs and DVDs.
The software has its own built-in audio and video codecs for managing your files which means it doesn’t depend on the existing codecs on the computer.
If you ever used a USB with an existing copy of SE-MediaPlayer that doesn’t execute and renders an error dialogue that the software can’t initialize with code 0xc0000135, that means a serious registry corruption was found on the PC and it has nothing to do with the program. This error needs to be fixed using a registry cleaner or correction tool otherwise you can’t run the software no matter how many times you try.
SE-MediaPlayer offers player customizability features, playlist management and language support.
A truly innovative and free portable media player designed for today’s flexibility hungry technology enthusiasts.
I’ve been test driving this software for days and I can really tell that you can be satisfied with it too. Download it now and tell me what you think.
This post is sponsored by our friends from SE-Soft.com, makers of free portable software for Windows. All opinions are 100% mine.
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There is nothing new with moderating comments to avoid spam and being linked to bad neighborhoods. However, for supportive communities utilizing KeywordLuv and dofollow plugins, leaving a comment can be tricky.
The essence of leaving a comment on other blogs can be attributed to engaging in a conversation and developing relationships thus putting your best foot forward through your comments can make or break your reputation.
Your first comment on a blog creates a lasting impression of the kind of person or blogger you are so if you want to come out as professional and trustworthy, it’s best to polish your commenting skills or otherwise forget about the idea and move on.
Why do some people fall for these mistakes repeatedly? Do they really know what they’re getting into or they’re just simply lazy and arrogant to even bother learning some simple netiquette?
The real story behind comment moderation varies from blog to blog. Some blogs that have been long standing moderate comments to filter spam and retain only those comments that add value to a particular conversation or post. Once approved, succeeding comments are automatically published on the blog as a result of trust while others moderate all comments regardless if a previous visitor’s comment has been approved.
Understanding simple rules of conduct and demeanor can provide lasting results on your efforts. Blogs have existed long before social media entered the scene and to this day still exists giving viral power to published content.
As administrator of this blog, I have long been moderating comments since I started this site in 2008. I started blogging since 2004 back in the days when Friendster was still a fad.
I’ve had my fair share of experiences when it comes to moderating comments and it was not until today that got me inspired to write this post about the most common pitfalls people make when commenting on blogs.
Your words speak about your motives when writing a comment. Whether you sugar coat it or not, ulterior motives come out like pungent odor trying to escape from a trash bin. SEO-driven comments are like hungry predators trying to find a prey with their lousy keywords and obfuscated links pointing to questionable sites. Do follow or not, these links are followed by Google and linking to bad neighborhoods can drastically affect SERP and pagerank of particular pages where the bad links reside.
Determine what you want to accomplish with each comment you make on somebody’s site—to connect with the author, add to the conversation or establish yourself as an expert in your field. This way, you wouldn’t fall into the trap of coming out as lame link baiter.
Dishonesty and Insincerity
If you think you can get away with “great post”, “nice post” kind of comments. Think again. The trend right now with VAs (virtual assistants) being paid to comment on blogs (esp. on do follow ones) is that they bombard you with endless praises that are full of flowery words just for their comments to be approved. If you’re the kind of blogger who’s not used to flattery or a newbie waiting for some recognition about your post, you’re definitely fall into their booby trap thus injecting your blog comments with nasty links.
Sincerity goes a long way and honesty will work to your favor. If you don’t know something, go ahead and ask. Pretending will just make you look awful and desperate.
While it’s fine to have off-topic comments sometimes, please be mindful that you’re swaying away other readers from the context of the post. Why not search for the “contact page” and leave your personal intentions where it should. A little consideration can work wonders and leaving a message via the site contact form most of the time reflects professionalism aside from the fact that you have a bigger chance of actually engaging with the author on a more personal level.
Rudeness and Disrespect
There are instances that you may not agree to what an author has said on his article and since you think you are more intelligent, you bash him for being stupid. While this may get to the author’s moderation, prepare for being tagged as a spammer for total ban with your comment being trashed. Such actions only show mental incapacity and lack of manners.
I once read a blog post on a friend’s site (where I’ve also left a comment on) a certain SEO blogger/internet marketer who happens to have written several comments that are four or five times longer than the author’s post combined. How’s that for a takeover?
Keep your comment short and succinct. It shows that you’re intelligent and emotionally balanced.
Typos, Caps Locks and Grammatical Errors
The presence of spell checkers on major browsers leaves almost everyone online no excuse for typographical errors. Grammatical errors on the other hand can be corrected by using document writers.
It isn’t that hard to type on MS Word then pressing F7 and copy pasting your comments on the comment field of a post. Doing this will ensure that there are no loopholes in your writing and it shows that your taking the time to genuinely contribute to the blog post and share what you know.
Doing things right is a choice, not an option. It only takes a minute for a habit to be formed than an old way to be straightened out.
Learning to follow simple rules like a comment policy is not too much to ask unless you would want to be treated the same way.
The way we project ourselves online are the only means where people can get a grasp of who we are and formulate their thoughts about us so let’s make it work in our favor and stop going against it if we want to achieve something.
If you think I’ve missed something important or you would want to add your insights regarding this topic, let’s talk it over at the comments section.
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Most McAfee users were tremendously devastated Wednesday when an update or a signature definition file also known as DAT was released, DAT 5958 in particular, caused massive interruptions in industries worldwide on computers running Windows XP as clearly identified by CITES.
The said update turned into a false positive detecting svchost.exe, a Windows system file commonly used by legitimate programs running on a Windows system, as a virus.
Although malware usually injects itself into the process, anti-virus software that would mistakenly flag this process could cause system errors such as endless reboot and the presence of the blue screen of death, the same thing that happened on the recent havoc caused by a faulty McAfee update.
McAfee as a result came out with a new update, 5959 DAT file release which can be downloaded from here:
Complete instructions on how to fix the false positive from your PC can be found here.
“We all know that part of taking care of our computer is by keeping our antivirus software updated as often as possible to keep us away from potential security threats at all times however, unforeseen cases like these are inevitable.”
Who would’ve thought that an update from our trusted security company could turn into a potential threat far worse than a virus and create massive disruptions?
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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Nexx Inc. All opinions are 100% mine.
Paying for expensive web hosting can be a thing of the past. With the rise of various virtual space providers and the stiff competition that comes along with it, industry players are gearing up to get a cut however small it is from the ever-growing internet consumers.
Attractive packages come in handy and most of them almost have the same features offered by Nexx web’s Unlimited Web Hosting such as a free .COM domain, unlimited disk space, bandwidth, email plus tons of other features but the only difference is it only costs $10 for the entire first year. Yes, you’ve read it right.
Choosing a reliable web hosting provider is extremely tough that I had to try four of them myself within a year since I started blogging. Uptime and excellent customer service determines a web host’s effectiveness.
Nexx however with its Director of Marketing, Suat Alaybeyoglu said, “We’re committed to providing customers with affordable solutions to establish and grow web presence. At just $10 for the first year, this unlimited hosting package provides a great opportunity to those who have not yet experienced our state-of-the-art technology and top quality customer service.”
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These are big words and I believe that you can be dealing with a really serious business. The offer is indeed very tempting so I’m certain that start-ups would really grab this opportunity. There’s a money-back guarantee anyway so why not give it a try, would you?
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Regular readers of this blog have always been graced with free genuine software licenses every time there’s a giveaway and newsletter subscribers always have the advantage of getting them as perks for being avid fans.
This time, Mac users will surely love WinX DVD Ripper for Mac by Digiarty Software, Inc., an all-in-one DVD ripper software designed to make perfect 1:1 DVD copy to hard drive so you can rip your DVD movies on Mac OS to iTunes, MOV, MP4, FLV, etc. for playability on iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple-TV, PSP and many more.
WinX DVD Ripper for Mac also supports extracting music from the DVD files allowing you to save it in MP3 format. Another best thing about the WinX DVD Ripper is that it enables users to rip DVDs of new generation copy protections in the fastest possible speed.
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The corporate environment is probably one of the toughest places to dwell yet one of the best places to grow and develop your full potential as an individual. The current economic downturn has indeed shaken even the most stable amongst businesses but despite of these, some continues to thrive by means of implementing strategies to completely assess their workplace and keep the best guys in.
Performance drives businesses and through the aid of Enterprise Performance Management Software that assists the delivery of strategic and operational goals of a company, managing employee or system performance is efficiently facilitated.
A Balanced Scorecard Software as a strategic performance management tool then provides a detailed report based on a pre-designed method and automation tools to project whether a certain performance meets the aligned expectations either on the aspect of a process or an employee’s productivity index.
There are basically a lot of metrics nowadays that companies use to gauge their employees on how they perform on a certain task or area within the scope of their job. Most of the time, these findings are indicators used to determine promotion or success within the organization however with all these automation and criteria, employers still has to treat their employees as humans with shortcomings.
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The Vietnamese phrase, “Biet tin gi chua, vao day coi di” may not sound familiar to you but once you get this message from one of your Yahoo Messenger contacts, then it would have been right if you’ll inform them that there was a virus sitting on their computer sending you this message automatically without them knowing it.
Yes, you’ve read it right. It was a virus and I got the same message via my messenger client and into my mobile phone as a text message when I was offline.
Biet tin gi chua, vao day coi di through Google Translate in English means, “Know what sour news, the day regarded mobile” although I’m not sure if it was the correct translation, only native Vietnamese speakers can actually make the correction. Whether the translated phrase literally makes sense or not, technically it does because you have to advice your contact that he needs some serious PC disinfecting job to do.
It’s weird that this issue can be traced back 2 years ago yet it still comes back to this day hunting innocent users.
If your ever received this message which normally comes with a link to a certain website, don’t fret because your PC is safe (unless you didn’t click on the link) but your contact’s isn’t.
Let them know that they need some total computer scanning to do but may have to update their antivirus first. If the threat isn’t detected after the scan, they may have to edit the registry although I don’t recommend doing it. If you’re not sure of what you’re doing, you may do it at your own risk so be extra careful.
A certain forum cited some steps however the language is in Malay so I opted to translate the text through Google and here it is:
Firstly to remove the virus: –
»Disable System Restore
»Try to update anti-virus scan online or in www.bitdefender.com (use internet explorer)
»Complete virus scan if still available …then reboot in safe mode computer press F8.
»Go to Start» Run »type regedit» OK
navigate to this value: –
find and delete the value.
HKEY_ALL_USERS »Software» Microsoft »Windows» Current Version »Run [last directory]
see the right value »” Yahoo Messenger “=” C: WINDOWS system32 SSVICHOSST.exe “
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE »Software» Microsoft »Windows» Current Version »Winlogon [last directory] see the right value»
“Shell” = “Explorer.exe SSVICHOSST.exe”
note: SSVICHOSST.exe <- worm
then .. restore the default registry value ..
HKEY_ALL_USERS »Software» Microsoft »Windows» Current Version »Policies» System [last dir] »set value” DisableTaskMgr “=” 1 ”
HKEY_ALL_USERS »Software» Microsoft »Windows» Current Version »Policies» System [last dir] »set value” DisableRegistryTools “=” 1 ”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER »Software» Microsoft »Windows NT» Current Version »Policies» Explorer [last dir] »set value” NofolderOptions “=” 1 “
exit regedit .. »Restart PC ..
I already remove this on windows XP… to make it easier for you when you open regedit use ctrl + f then type regedit SSVICHOSST.exe
See if you got this file or not … then follow the instructions.
The above instructions are copy-pasted “as is” with minor word editing for coherence.
Another word of advice, make sure you’re using a separate spyware program other than an antivirus for tougher protection.
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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Madacy Entertainment. All opinions are 100% mine.
Musical collections for kids need not be expensive in fact it should be affordable, why? It’s because kids deserve nothing but the best for them at a cost that’s friendly for their parents’ growing budget.
Kids are the very least among the music consumers in the market. As they grow older, their likeness to sounds changes thus, they are gradually introduced into different musical genre they hear around them which means that children who are exposed to loud music at an early age are most likely to be attracted to rock music.
There are many factors thou that could affect every child’s musical preference however, the best thing that moms could do is expose their kids to healthier types of music that are free of hate words and violent lyrics.
No mother would ever want their toddlers speak of hate at their early stages of learning new words or else that’s going to be a nightmare.
So, why not expose them to lullabies and nursery rhymes? I’m sure they’ll definitely learn the ABCs and how to count especially when you buy them the Ultimate Countdown Kids Collection: 200 Sing-A-Long Favorites which features the timeless ABCs And 123s, Jack And Jill and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Ever got a nursery rhyme in your head? Let’s talk it over.