2015-03-23

Free Download - Project Time Sheet (Time Clock/Time Card) Spreadsheet - For tracking your projects



Project Time Sheet Overview:

Project Time Sheet is a time tracking spreadsheet designed for independent or personal projects. The time sheet automatically tracks your time for each project you are working on so that you can know how much time you spend on you different projects. This time sheet is especially useful for people who work from home, bloggers, Youtubers, independent contractors, photographers, musicians, graphic designers, web designers, etc.
  • Time Sheet is saved on Google Drive so you can access it from anywhere. 
  • Time Sheet automatically marks the date and time so you don't have to input it manually. All you have to do is press a button. 
  • Time Sheet automatically tallies the time spent on each project. 
  • Set goals and accomplishments so you can easily view the progress of your project.
  • Set how much money you have made on the project to see what your hourly wage would be.
Keep reading for the download links and usage instructions.

2015-03-14

How to personalize a mass (group or bulk) text message.



Imagine this scenario:
You are getting ready to move to a new home. You don't want to hire a moving company because of the price so you decide you will do everything yourself with the enlisted help of your friends.

You send a text to all of your friends. The text goes something like this. "Hey good buddy friend! I am going to be moving this weekend and I would love your help. Would you be able to come help me move Saturday morning at 9:00?"

So Saturday morning rolls around and guess what. No one comes. You see one of your friends a week later and ask why they did not come and they say something like "Oh, I am so sorry... I was busy that day and I thought all of your others friends would go there to help."

Classic. They saw that your text message went to about 50 other people and they assumed someone else would help.

If only there was a better way...


2015-02-14

Happy Valentines day 2015!

I hope everyone has a fantastic valentines day!














2015-01-24

10 tips for dealing with and getting past internet censorship in China (The Great Firewall of China).


If you are reading this, it likely means that you are planning on going to China or you currently are in China and have already found a way to bypass China's great firewall. If you are not in China but planning on going, these 10 tips will help make your life easier once you get there. If you are already in China, chances are you have already done a few of these things but it will be good to look through this list to see what you can still do.

Quick refresher on the internet in China: China censors almost all of the most popular websites common in the US. This includes, Facebook, Twitter, anything Google owned (Youtube, Gmail, Google search, Google Docs, Android services etc), and most blogging platforms. 

In order to survive in China, you either have to learn how to live without using these websites or you will have to get a VPN or proxy. 

Below I have listed 10 tips that will hopefully make your internet life in China a bit easier.

VPN Review - ShadeYouVPN


ShadeYouVPN has all the standard features you would expect from any good VPN service provider. With ShadeYouVPN you can connect using the usual protocols and can download custom software as well to make connecting a breeze. The service and fast and reliable.

The thing that sets ShadeYouVPN from all the rest is the price! At $2.17/month (with yearly subscription) ShadeYouVPN is definitely one of the cheapest VPNs money can buy. Aside from this incredible price, you can connect up to 5 devices at once. That makes ShadeYouVPN the cheapest VPN I have seen for the price per device.

2015-01-03

Tip of the Day - Check if your remote control batteries are working using your smart phone camera


Most nice remote controls have an LED that will blink when you use it. This lets you know that the batteries have a charge and the remote is probably emitting an infrared signal. So what happens when your remote does not have an LED and you need to know if the remote is transmitting a signal or not? Simple; point the emitter at a digital camera (like the one on your smart phone) and press a button. If it lights up, you are good to go, if not, you probably have a dead battery.

2014-11-19

How to bulk download Youtube videos from playlists or channels (Windows, Mac, and Linux).



While many programs have been created to help you download Youtube videos, most of these programs do not allow you to download an entire Youtube channel or playlist. It turns out that doing this is actually quite easy and only requires a browser you most likely already have (Firefox) and a couple of add-ons (BYTubeD and DownThemAll). Because Firefox is cross platform compatible, this means you can do this in any OS (which is great for people like me who use Linux).

2014-09-05

Create a Time-Lapse Video in Linux using OpenShot


Before I start this tutorial, I want to make one thing clear: I do NOT recommend you use OpenShot to make a time-lapse video. It is certainly possible, but far too buggy in my opinion. I have done another tutorial documenting how to do the same thing using Kdenlive, and it is MUCH easier to do. You can view that tutorial here.

Create a Time-Lapse Video in Linux (or Mac) using Kdenlive


Time-lapse is a fun thing to do. Whether looking at clouds, plants, or in my case, cooking food, time-lapse is a way to make things a bit more exciting. Fortunately, it is quite easy to do in Linux.

2014-09-04

SecuriTales (Internet Freedom) Review



Over the past few months, I have been very happy to use SecuriTales service to bypass "The Great Firewall of China." SecuriTales is unique in the fact that unlike a VPN or Proxy, you don't have to install or configure anything on your computer.

SecuriTales is super simple and just works.

2014-08-23

How to install Freegate in Linux using PlayOnLinux


I have already talked about how much I like Freegate. Basically, if you are in China and would like to access Facebook or Youtube (for free) then you should be using Freegate.

In the past I have used Wine in Linux to install Freegate, but lately I have been having problems installing it. Today I decided to install Freegate using PlayOnLinux (which to be clear is still using Wine) and was very pleased with how easy it was and how well it works. I had a bit of trial and error but have documented all of the steps below so you don't have to struggle like I did. (Note, I used PlayOnLinux version 4.2.4)


2014-05-05

VPN Review - VyprVPN


Vyprvpn is unique from other VPN services in that they have their own in house protocol created by their developers that allows users to defeat VPN Blocking via Deep Packet Inspection. You can read more about their "Chameleon" protocol here. This is especially useful for users in China or other countries where websites (and VPN services) are heavily monitored by the government.

2014-05-01

The Best Free VPN and Proxy Services


While almost all VPN and proxy services have a fee, there are some ways to use a VPN or proxy for free. Warning to the wise: these are still companies who need to make money somehow. Some depend on donations while some (or all) may make money selling your browsing information. I am not saying this is the case, but I am saying you should certainly exercise caution.

How to make powdered sugar using your blender and granulated sugar.


Well. That is basically all there is to it. Add granulated sugar to a blender, blend it up, and you get powdered sugar.

2014-04-01

Homestarrunner is back!


After more than three years, Homestarrunner.com has finally updated with a new toon!

2014-03-17

Freegate Logo (Free proxy for Windows, Linux, and Mac)


Freegate is a free proxy that can be used in China to bypass the "Great Firewall of China." I use this software in Linux using Wine. Because I can only use it in Wine, when I add the icon to the toolbar, it shows up as gears and I must manually select an icon. Doing a simple Google search for "Freegate logo" brings up some less than stellar results. So I decided to make my own logo (so hopefully next time when I do a Google search, I can at least find this logo).

Below are the icons I created if you would like to use them. I created them in Inkscape, and included the SVG (Inkscape) file here as well.

2014-03-16

How to make your ownCloud server sync 5-10 times faster



I have been running my ownCloud server for just over a week, and for the life of me I could not figure out why on earth my syncing speeds were so slow. Here is the answer:

Don't use a SQLite database, USE MySQL.

Sorry for the use of caps and bold, but I just wish that someone had mentioned that before I set it up. If you have already set up ownCloud and are using a MySQL database, you can now commence your laughter and finger pointing at my naïvety and move on. If however, you have not yet set up ownCloud, it might be worth your while to read on.

2014-03-13

VPN Review - IPVanish


IPVanish is a multi-award winning VPN service with hundreds of servers throughout the world. IPVanish offers all of the standard features of your typical VPN service provider, but offers greater speed, selection, and reliability than most others. IPVanish has their own Tier-1 network to enable the fastest speeds on the market. If you are looking for something reliable and fast with no hassle, look no further than IPVanish.

2014-03-10

How to use Bitcoin to transfer money from one country to another while making money (China to USA)



Ever since I have lived in China, I have been looking for an "easy" way to transfer money from China to the US. I also have been looking for a way to do this without paying excessive transfer fees, conversion fees, or withdrawal fees. This month, I found out how. Not only am I not paying fees, but I ended up having about $600 MORE just by transferring the money.

2014-02-19

How to make pancakes from scratch the lazy (and delicious) way



Because I live in China, I cannot go to the supermarket and buy a pancake mix so I have to make it from scratch. After using various recipes for the past few years, I decided that I would make my own recipe that was easier to make, remember, uses fewer cooking tools, and tastes delicious!