Tag: Tutorials

Why #FollowFridays are Broken and How a #TuesTorial Will Fix Them

Sharing the Best Tutorials on Twitter

tuestorials on VitaminCM.com If any of you are Twitter users, you’re probably aware of the #followfriday phenomena. The original theory to tell the people that you follow about other Twitter users who regularly post interesting, useful tweets. This is a great concept that helped me find a bunch of good people to follow.

Recently #followfriday seems a lot more like an artificial, obligatory way for everyone to pump up each others follower counts.

I still do post the occasional #followfriday tweet using the following guidelines:

  1. They are someone whose tweets regularly add value to my experience.
  2. I can provide a reason for why I’m recommending them. (for example, #followfriday @abc123 They have the best information on #letters and #numbers anywhere on the web)

This serves two important purposes: It lets you know why you might care and the #tags give a little “twitter-wide” credit to the person being recommended. (Help the follower and followee; good idea, right?)

My Variation on the #FollowFriday Theme

VitaminCM.com is all about helping you learn how to do things. So I came up with the a twist to the original idea that will hopefully help pass on useful information. I’m calling it #TuesTorial.

During the week, I’m going to bookmark any good tutorials that I come across. Each Tuesday I’ll tweet the ones that I think are particularly helpful. If you would like to see my suggestions, just follow me on Twitter.

They will also be posted here in the sidebar widget.

Here is the format that I will be observing:

#Tuestorial – Great video showing how to do #XYZ – link.url/12345

I promise not to shamelessly promote any of my own articles, just other people’s work that I think is excellent.

If you want to see my suggestions follow me on Twitter. (They will also appear in the Twitter widget to the right.)

Your Call to Action – Please Join In the Fun

If you really like the idea of sharing helpful tips, please join in. I really want to see the tutorials that you recommend, so put your @Twitter name in the comments below so that I can follow you.

Who knows, if your tweets are any good, I might just #FollowFriday you. ; )

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Tutorial Roundup – My Most Useful How To Articles

The Best of VitaminCM

Here are some of my favorite, most useful tutorials that have appeared on VitaminCM.com.

Reusing an Old PC as a Server Part 1

Using Free Software and Equipment that you Already Own

Goal: Provide instructions to turn an old computer into a server that you can control remotely and use for various handy purposes.

Assumptions: You have, or can an old computer that is no longer used and a basic router for your home network.

let’s say you hit the technology jackpot and score yourself a shiny new
super computer. (OK, maybe just a plain old new computer.)
Congratulations! Now, after you get over the initial euphoria of
setting up your new workhorse, you might start wondering what to do
with your faithful old friend. (OK, annoying old dinosaur.)

Should you…..

Let’s take that doddering old codger and breathe some new life into it.

Reusing an Old PC as a Server (Part 2)

Putting Your New Server to Work

Goal: Use the server that you set up in the previous article
to perform helpful tasks such as backing up computers on your network,
storing media files in a central location, share one printer with every
computers computer in the house.

In the previous article you
learned you to set up the VNC software to remote control your server
from another computer. Now that you have your basic server up and
running, here are some of the fun things that we’re going to learn how
to do:

  • Share files between computers
  • Run backups of the computers on your network
  • Function as a print server so that all of your computers can share one computer
  • Operate as a dedicated BitTorrent server to download and upload files
  • Configure a Professional Testing Server for Web Development
  • And a few other ideas

See How to Upgrade Your Career in a Recession Using Technology

Use Software, the Web, and Social Networking to Ace your Job Search

you’ve been living in a cave for the last month or so, you’re probably
worried about your job. Blue chip companies are falling into the
deadpool or getting taken over on a daily basis.

You either
just got laid off or you’re worried that you could be. If that’s not
the problem, then you probably just need more money (welcome to the
club). with the job market so tight, how do you compete?.

Let Technology be your not-so secret weapon to find all of the best jobs even in a tough market.

You can use software, social networking, and dead-simple techniques to make the whole process painless and successful.

How to Upgrade the Memory in your Netbook

Give your Netbook a Little More Pep by Adding Extra Ram

GOAL: You will be able to add extra memory to a netbook or laptop in under 10 minutes.

Boost Google Reader’s Productivity

Increase Google Reader’s Productivity Using Greasemonkey Scripts

I use Google Reader to read through 200+ feeds that contain mountains of information. Google Reader does a great job helping me manage this tall task. If you do a little tweaking, you can turn Google Reader into an amazing productivity tool. Firefox allows you to add extensions to increase functionality.

You can Create the Web Operating System Today

See How You Can Bring the Web Operating System to Life

Every so often I read about the Web OS or the Cloud OS, “When are we going to see the Web OS arrive?” In my mind, it’s pretty much here (with a few caveats).

Can you create a portable desktop environment using a collection of entirely web-based applications and services that can do (just about) anything from anywhere in the world?

22 Most Useful Free Applications for your PC

Use your Computer, Not your Wallet

The recession is hitting everyone hard and money is tight. That doesn’t mean that can’t get the most out of your computer. There are so many great free applications that can help you do just about anything. I’m going to take a look at 22 applications that I use all the time with wonderful results.

Master Online Information Through the Magic of RSS Technology

Use RSS Technology as Your Border Collie on the Web

Goal: Explain how RSS is used to Organize and Deliver Content over the Internet. Then, show some interesting ways to find, create, and use information with RSS.

This is Part 1 of a Three Part Series on RSS and the things that it can do. This article will cover what RSS is and how you can use it to read news and updates from your favorite web sites.

Part 2 will cover getting RSS data feeds from static sites that do not provide RSS feeds.

Part 3 will cover Putting RSS data into your web pages.

Create PowerPoint Presentations Like a Pro

Basic Workflow for Quickly Creating PowerPoint Slide Presentations

Creating an effective PowerPoint presentation tends to be difficult and take a long time for many people. However, if you follow a basic workflow, you can make the entire process much quicker and easier that you may think.

Here is the process that I use to build professional presentations in a short amount of time.

Awesome Adobe Acrobat Alternatives that Will Make Love to your Computer

Keep the PDFs, Lose the AcroCrap

Goal: Provide a list of FREE applications that will allow you to do e
verything you want with PDFs while avoiding the annoying, expensive problems of Adobe Acrobat.

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is great for a number of reasons however; Adobe Acrobat (the de facto standard application) is a horrendous piece of garbage. The Acrobat Reader (Free) is painfully slow to open, has more bugs than a porch light, and love to crash browsers. The Acrobat Writer (Standard $299 or Professional $449) applications are ridiculously expensive.

Here is a list of applications that will let you get the most out of the PDF format with none of the issues:

You can use this combination of free applications to do just about everything that you would ever want from Adobe Acrobat.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Applications: Part 2 Mozilla Thunderbird

Turn Thunderbird into an Organizational and Communication Powerhouse

Goal: Take Mozilla’s Thunderbird and turn it into the digital secretary that you have always wanted.
If you don’t like (or want to pay for) Microsoft Outlook, you can still have a powerful, feature-packed communication / information organizer. Mozilla’s Thunderbird is a program that handles basic email needs superbly. While it’s pretty basic to start, it can be extended to do just about everything that Outlook can do, along with a few things Outlook can’t.
To replace Microsoft Outlook, you’ll need the big three features: Email, Contacts, and Calendaring.

We’ll do the following things with these features:

Email – Thunderbird does a great job of handling email, but you can tweak it into an email juggernaut by doing the following:

  • Combine Outlook’s folders with Gmail’s tags
  • Search the full text of your emails with the power of Google
  • Spell check and look up definitions of email text
  • Automatically zip file attachments to shrink email size
  • Create emails and schedule when they are automatically sent

Contacts – Thunderbird handles contacts, but they’re not integrated as seamlessly as Outlook’s. Until you do the following:

  • Set up an integrated Address Book that can be used for emails, calendar appointments, and more
  • Sync your Contacts with web services like Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, and more

Calendar – Thunderbird does not come with a built in calendar, but we’

  • Install an integrated calendar
  • Sync your calendar with web services like Google Calendar, Yahoo, and more
  • View and share online calendars from your friends and popular web services

Let’s do some customizing.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Applications: Part 1 Microsoft Outlook

Make Outlook the Information Hub at the Center of your Life

Outlook Syncing with Everything vitamincm.com GOAL: Provide a list of free plug-ins that will extend the power of Outlook far beyond even Microsoft’s wildest dreams.

Microsoft Outlook – The ubiquitous Email/Calendar/Organizer tool. Some love it, some hate it (try Lotus Notes before you complain) but millions use it. For many people, Outlook is the hub for their communication and personal information. We’ll cover several ways to extend Outlook’s organizational powers past the desktop, to the web, your portable devices, and beyond. You’ll see how to make it interact with Gmail, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, IM, SMS, plus your iPod and phone.

Let’s dig into some serious organization and productivity magic.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Software with Third Party Add Ons

Extend Your Favorite Applications

Six Part Series on Extending Your Favorite Software with Add Ons


GOAL: Provide a list of add ons to help you turbo charge some of your most commonly used applications.

Even though many of the applications on my computer are great, I always feel like there are just a few things missing. Fortunately, a lot of frequently used applications allow third party Add Ons, Plugins, and Extensions to fill some of the voids left by the manufacturers.

Put your applications on some serious performance enhancing drugs that won’t get detected on any test.

We’ll wring every last drop of juice out of the following applications:

  1. Microsoft Outlook
  2. Mozilla ThunderBird
  3. Skype VOIP Software
  4. Apple iTunes
  5. Mozilla Firefox
  6. The Best of the Rest

What I will be covering for each application:

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