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These apps and digital tools help reduce the time a solopreneur has to spend on mundane tasks.

Solopreneurs are in a class by themselves. Given all the typical pressure of an entrepreneur that they’re under, and the fact that they have little-to-no outside assistance, solopreneurs need tools to help them reduce the time they spend on mundane tasks.

Additional free time, after all, is a godsend: It allows solopreneurs to maximize their time and creative potential for tasks that actually help their businesses grow.

 

So, if you’re one of those besieged solopreneurs, here are some suggested tools:

1. WiseStamp

WiseStamp makes it remarkably easy to create a professional email signature that will show your picture and automatically give recipients all your contact information, including links to your website and social media pages. There are several ways to customize the process that are all entirely free. For additional options, the site offers a yearly subscription.

 

2. Workflow Max

Workflow Max offers everything you need in a single integrated platform. This tool can be used on the computer or on whatever smart device you prefer. You can handle everything from lead and client management, to invoicing and time sheets, job costing, purchase orders and more. There are more than 30 add-ons you can use to adjust the workflow as needed.

 

3. Zapier

Zapier lets you automate tasks easily by teaching more than 750 apps to work together. The free plan allows you to build individual connections and create basic automation, while the premium plan allows greater customization of the automation processes.

 

4. Shake

Shake by Legal Shield provides free templates that can be filled in with your specific information and sent to clients or collaborators to sign electronically and return. There is absolutely no cost when you use one of Shake’s free templates, or you can upgrade to the monthly plan to make extensive customizations. For most people just starting out, the free plan will be more than sufficient.

 

5. Square

Square gives you the ability to take secure payments anywhere you are and has zero fees to get set up. The company will send interested individuals the hardware that attaches to a smart device for free and then keeps 2.75 percent of any transaction that is completed. This gives solopreneurs the ability to accept debit and credit cards from wherever they have the opportunity to make a sale.

 

6. Adobe Spark

If you’ve read anything about using social media to grow your business, you already know how important it is to have high-quality graphics that are designed for the platform you are using. Adobe Spark lets you do this for free. The premade templates are sized appropriately for whichever platform you are designing for, and the site also gives you the ability to create stunning video with virtually no prior experience.

 

7. Hootsuite

Hootsuite makes managing all of your social media accounts as easy as delegating the process to a virtual assistant. The free version lets you connect three social media accounts, schedule messaging and see basic analytics information. Plans are available for people who need to organize more accounts and for those who already have a team.

 

8. GetResponse

Email marketing and connecting to prospective clients through those efforts is incredibly important to effectively grow your business. GetResponse helps businesses do this for as little as $15 per month and includes 1,000 subscribers. As the business grows, higher-tier levels are available within the service. Every company, no matter how small, can benefit from gorgeously designed functional email marketing. Plus, you get landing pages and marketing automation, too. Higher-tier plans include additional features, like webinars, Salesforce integration and campaign consulting.

 

9. Grammarly

Solopreneurs often begin by doing everything themselves, including writing their own copy for email, social media, website pages and advertising materials. This is an effective way to keep initial costs low, but not all solopreneurs have the requisite skill set to write beautiful copy. Grammarly evens the playing field by catching grammatical and punctuation mistakes often overlooked by word processor applications. The free version also allows you to check for plagiarism, to make sure nothing you’ve read for research accidentally makes its way into your finished product. The upgrade option catches more details.

 

10. WiseIntro

WiseIntro is a free way to build your online presence without any startup costs. As you gain traction and need more options, it is easy to upgrade to one of the tool’s monthly plans to unlock additional features. This is an especially good choice for solopreneurs. This is because of the strong visual component they have to their work and their need to show prospective clients exactly what they can do while still avoiding — at this early stage — having to pay a graphic designer to create a custom website.

 

11. Sighted

Sighted is an online invoicing tool perfect for freelancers and solopreneurs. The free plan is perfect for a small business, offering 20 invoices per month in multiple currencies, for up to 10 clients. As the business scales, paid plans (starting at $4.99 a month) allow for unlimited invoices, expenses and 100 or more clients. All plans feature the ability to accept online payments and include a profit and loss report to make tax time a little easier.

 

12. Evernote

Evernote is a place to store all of those ideas, pictures, mind maps and other assorted information that you want to remember. It can be accessed from a smart device or computer, and when you input something in one location, it will be available from all of your devices instantly. This is a great tool for any planning you do on the go, and it comes with a ton of free storage. If you find yourself relying on it as an extension of your own memory, you can upgrade to a plan with more storage.

 

13. Portent Title Maker

Everyone gets stuck with creating a catchy title for a blog post or article at some point. Portent’s Title Maker takes your keyword and turns it into an interesting heading to give you a jumping-off point for your next piece of content. This tool can even help generate ideas for newsletters, brochures and emails.

 

14. Assistant.to

Just because you are a solopreneur doesn’t mean you want to do every single task for yourself. Most businesses owners would agree that having a secretary to take care of details is essential. Unfortunately, it isn’t affordable for everyone just starting out. Assistant.to sets up your appointments by working with your email recipient, automatically adjusting time zones and even rescheduling meetings if something comes up.

Companies have found that by offering a limited version of their services to small businesses and solopreneurs, they are able to develop lasting business relationships that will grow over time.

Then, as their business demands increase, loyal users are more willing to pay for services they have begun to depend on. Take advantage of this marketing tactic yourself, and put it to work for your business today.

Using web service is one of the good solution when you try to consume 3th party or integrate your system with other system without knowing how their internal logic.

When you try to call the web service for the first time, CF actually will chace the web service by using the web service description (WSDL) that response from the target server to create a java proxy/stub based on that, than it will be reused for the following call from CF to the same web service again.

CF doing that is actually try to improve the performance for the web service calling, but it come with some disadvantage when the target web service being changed by adding a new require parameter or return an extra parameter, your script will trigger an error message, this is because your CF have no knowledge about the new changing make on the target site. It will continue to use the older cached proxy/stub.

To resolved this problem, you may need to manually refresh the cache that created by the CF in the early call to inform CF to refresh it’s cache of that proxy stub.

There are more than 1 way that you can doing that, the following are the sample 4 difference way to achieve the same result:

I. ColdFusion Administrator

CF-Admin-Web-Services-Refresh

 

II. Programatically:

In ColdFusion 8, you have two options:

i. Cfinvoke’s refreshWSDL attribute:

<cfinvoke webservice="#wsdl#" method="method" returnvariable="rv"<br />refreshWSDL="yes"><br />	<cfinvokeargument name="arg" value="1"/><br /></cfinvoke>

 

ii. Cfobject’s arguments structure

<br /><cfscript><br />    wsargs = structnew();<br />    wsargs.refreshwsdl="yes";<br />    somevar = createobject("webservice","http://[server]/webserviceurl]",wsargs);<br />    ...<br /></cfscript><br />

In ColdFusion 7, however, you can use the following solution:

<cfset wsAddress = "http://your.web/service/url.cfc?wsdl"><br /><!--- CF7 ---><br /><cfset createObject("java", "coldfusion.server.ServiceFactory").<br />XmlRpcService.refreshWebService(wsAddress) />

 

 

window server 2008

This is the first time that I actually come into deep on Microsoft Window Server 2008 RS Enterprise Edition setup after the fresh installation done. There are about 10 new machines that I need to configure with, so initially I plan to come out with my own checklist, but finally manage to found out the following check list which help me to save up my time.

The list focuses on windows server 2008 as its relatively new but can to some extent apply to older windows 2003 servers. The following checklist is very simple and you can always use this as your guideline to kick start your configuration after the fresh installation of Window Server 2008.

Network Connections

  • Set IP
  • Subnet Mask
  • Gateway
  • DNS

System Properties

  • Change computer name and description
  • Performance – Set visual effects to “Adjust for best performance”
  • Remote – Enable Remote Desktop

Date and Time

  • Check servers date and time zone.

Windows Update

  • Download and install the latest windows updates
  • Configure automatic updates
  • Download and install any optional windows update software.
  • e.g. .Net Framework 3.5 SP1

Server Manager

  • Check “Do not show me this console at logon”
  • Configure IE ESC – Turn off IE Enhanced Security Configuration

Taskbar properties

  • Lock the taskbar – Enable/Disable
  • Task buttons – Always combine or Never combine on the taskbar
  • Notification area – Select which icons and notifications appear in the taskbar. Note: Notification icons on the desktop can have fairly expensive refreshing mechanisms. Generally, it is best to disable unnecessary notification.

Start Menu Properties

  • Customize how links, icons, and menus look/behave

Screen Resolution

  • Set your preferred screen resolution

Screen Saver

  • Normally set to blank with “On resume, display logon screen” checked.
  • If the server is a virtual machine you might want to disable the screen saver entirely to save some CPU resources. For further detail refer to the VMware KB articles Disabling the Windows logon screen saver

Sounds

  • Disable sounds on the server. Select the “no sounds” scheme in the control panel. Alternatively, disable the sound card completely in the bios.

Desktop Icon settings

  • Configure which icons are shown on the desktop. Depending on which version of Windows 2008 your using this setting can be hard to find. Just type “desktop icon” in the start menu search box and you should see “show or hide common icons on the desktop“.

Explorer Folder Options

  • Some common configurations:
    • Always show menus – checked
    • Display file size information in folder tips – unchecked
    • Show hidden files – checked
    • Hide empty drives – unchecked
    • Hide extensions for known files types – unchecked
    • Hide protected operating system files – unchecked
    • Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items – unchecked
    • Show preview handlers in preview pane – unchecked
    • Use sharing wizard – unchecked
  • Click “Apply to folders” when finished
  • The desktop.ini file on the desktop can be deleted

Internet Options

  • Launch IE and configure first time run options
  • Set Home Page – set to blank or other
  • Advanced – Enable page transitions – uncheckedAdvanced – Reuse windows for launching shortcuts – unchecked
  • Advanced – Show friendly HTTP error messages – unchecked

Drive Indexing

  • Open the properties of the C Drive and uncheck “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties
  • When prompted apply changes to the root of the drive only and not to subfolders

Remote desktop sessions host configuration

  • Run tsconfig from a command prompt (or find it in start-admin tools-remote desktop services menu) to configure the default options for all remote desktop connections to the server. You can mandate RDP client settings for colour depth, drive, printer and com port redirections etc..

Power Plan

  • Microsoft recommends leaving the power plan on balanced but this is something you will have to decide based on your server’s role and application requirements.
  • An extract from Microsoft’s Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows 2008
    • “The default power plan for Windows Server 2008 is Balanced. This plan is optimized for maximum power efficiency; it matches computational capacity to computational demand by dynamically reducing or increasing CPU performance as workload changes. This approach keeps performance high while saving power whenever possible. For most scenarios, Balanced delivers excellent power efficiency with minimal effect on performance. Microsoft highly recommends using the default Balanced power plan, if possible.”

Hibernation

  • To disable hibernation and delete the large hiberfil.sys file from the C drive open a command prompt as admin and type: powercfg -hibernate off

Pagefile

  • Microsoft recommends placing the pagefile and operating system files on separate physical disk drives. Place the pagefile on a drive that is not fault-tolerant. Note that, if the disk dies, a system crash is highly possible. If you place the pagefile on a fault-tolerant drive, remember that some fault-tolerant systems experience slow data writes because they write data to multiple locations.

Defragmentation

Last but not least most admin like to defrag the C Drive after they’ve finished optimizing everything. Before running a defrag you might like to set the paging file to “no paging file” and reboot your server. After the defrag is complete you can re-enable the paging file and restart. This will allow for a full defrag of the C drive and the creation of a nice fresh pagefile on reboot.

This list is by no means a complete list of all the configuration and performance optimizations possible for Windows 2008. Please feel free to share if you have any idea about the configuration or anything that can make the server perform better and more secure

How to download music from Baidu?

By on November 24, 2013

Kuwo just implement the policy to blocked all the user from outside of China to download any music from their website but still allow the user to stream the music to liste. Here is an alternative way if you still want to download any music from China website and keep in your local computer.
 

You can download the music from Baidu Music through the China Proxy Server. You can refer to the post How to Enter Proxy Settings in Firefox to enter the China Proxy Server IP and port into your Firefox browser before you download it.


 

Step 1 - Baidu Music Home page

Step 1: Go to http://musics.baidu.com using firefox (Make sure you already enter the proxy setting in your firefox)

 

Step 2 - Click on download to start download your song

Step 2: Search or browse for your favorite song from Baidu website and click on the download button from top of the page

 

Step 3 - Select the music quanlity and file site to download

Step 3: Select the music quality from the pop up window and click on the download button, this page only will appear if you already enter the China Proxy Server IP into your firefox

 

Music download page blocked

You will see this page if your IP is being detected as outside of China which they don’t allow you to download any music

 

Step 4: Save the file to your prefer location in your computer

Step 4: Save the file to your prefer location in your computer

 

Step 5: Music is downloading and waiting to complete

Step 5: Music is downloading and waiting to complete

 

Step 6 - Enjoy your local music using your prefer music player

Step 6: Enjoy your new download music from your local computer/folder


 

Merging Two Structs in ColdFusion

By on November 26, 2012

The following script showing how to merge 2 ColdFusion structure into one. The following sample showing 2 difference structure which each has two keys

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<!--- Struct1 have 2 key: FirstName and Last time --->
<cfset struct1={firstname="Adam" ,lastname="Presley" }>

<!--- Struct 2 have 2 key: FirstName and age --->
<cfset struct2={ firstname="Michael" ,age="33" }>

<!--- Using a nifty ColdFusion method we can mash the two together in a single line of code. --->

<cfset structAppend(struct1, struct2) /> <!--- <cfset struct1.putAll(struct2) /> --->

<cfdump var="#struct1#">

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Notice the commented out version. That is the underlying method to do the same thing as StructAppend.

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The structure result after merge


Facebook is the world most famous and most interactive social networking medium online, other than sharing information and photo, now you can also able to chat with your friend via text, voice or video conference. To use the chat function from Facebook, just log into your Facebook account and at the bottom right hand side have the chat bar, just click on that bar and you can easily chat with your friend.

 

Many of you may be wondering how to delete Facebook chat history (or) clear chat history in Facebook page. To delete the chat history of any Facebook friend, just follow the few simple steps below:

  1.  Login into your Facebook account and check Facebook chat box at bottom right.
  2. Click ‘Chat’ button on the chat bar to expand it into box.
  3. Then click on setting icon on the top right hand side on the chat box.
  4. Click on clear window to delete the history

 

You can delete chat history of different Facebook friends using above procedure and clicking ‘Clear Chat History’ link in respective chat boxes. Please note, this will not delete Facebook chat history if you were chatting using desktop client software for Facebook chat instead of Facebook website.

 

The default wordpress add post page is very clean with only minimum of form display. The visibility of custom fields on the post edit screen is controlled on the post edit page. There’s a button called “Screen Options” towards the top of the screen.

 

 

 

 

Clicking that button will display all of the available boxes and panels for the edit page. If custom fields is not visible here, then either your theme or a plug-in is disabling the feature.

 

 

 

If everything ok, than you should see the new added custom field form appear at the page of posting as per following.


Shortcut Keys for Google Reader

By on April 17, 2012

Google Reader is one of my favorite feed readers that I use it almost every day on my computer, iPad, as well as iPhone. Google not only provide a single window for all updated contents from your favorites websites/weblogs, but it also having the innovative features such as sharing, tagging, auto-sorting etc.

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To make the product more user friendly, Google Reader come with a long list of shortcut key to save your time when browsing the feed. The most common use shortcut keys that I use are J, K (to navigate forward and backend) and V (to open the original source for the article in new window).

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Here is the list of useful shortcut key come with Google Reader:

Navigation
j/k item down/up selects the next/previous item in the list
space/shift-space page down/up moves the page down/up
n/p scan down/up in list view, selects the next item without opening it
shift-n/p navigation down/up selects the next/previous subscription or folder in the navigation
shift-x navigation expand/collapse expands or collapses a folder selected in the navigation
o open/close item in list view, expands or collapses the selected item
enter open/close item in list view, expands or collapses the selected item
shift-o navigation open subscription opens the subscription or folder currently selected in the navigation
zoom out decreases the font size of the current item
= zoom in increases the font size of the current item
 
Acting on Items
s toggle star stars or un-stars the selected item
l toggle like likes or un-likes the selected item
shift-s toggle share shares or un-shares the selected item
shift-d share with note shares the selected item with a note
v view original opens the original source for this article in a new window
t tag an item opens the tagging field for the selected item
m mark as read/unread switches the read status of the selected item
shift-a mark all as read marks all items in the current view as read
e email item opens the email form to send an item to a friend
 
Jumping
g then h go to home goes to the Google Reader homepage
g then a go to all items goes to the “All items” view
g then s go to starred items goes to the “Starred items” view
g then shift-s go to shared items goes to the “Your shared items” view
g then u go to subscription allows you to navigate to a subscription by entering the subscription name
g then t go to tag allows you to navigate to a tag by entering the tag name
g then f go to friend allows you to navigate to a friend’s shared items by entering the friend’s name
g then shift-f go to all friends’ shared items shows all of your friends’ shared items
g then shift-t go to trends goes to the “Trends” view
g then d go to feed discovery shows the recommendations page, or the browse page if there are no recommendations
 
Application
r refresh refreshes the unread counts in the navigation
f toggle full screen mode displays reading list in full screen mode
u toggle subscription list display hides or shows the list of subscriptions
1 expanded view displays the subscription as expanded items
2 list view displays the subscription as a list of headlines
/ search moves your cursor to the search box
a add a subscription opens the “Add a subscription” box in the sidebar
? keyboard shortcuts help displays a quick guide to all of Reader’s shortcuts

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How to increase your wifi signal

By on February 3, 2012

Increase Wifi Signal Using Beer Can easy method. How To Increase your WiFi signal strength by a good two to four bars.

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Beer cans can give your WiFi signal an energy boost too! By simply cutting a beer can the right way, you can increase your WiFi signal by a good two to four bars.

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Today I need to rename a batch of file about >100 file from .jpg to .png for the testing of application purposes. Google around and found this free solution which make my life easy.

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Select the folder where the file where the extension to be change and press Shirt and Right-click on the folder, and than select Open Command Window Here

You will now see a Command Window with the current folderdirectory open. Now type the following command line,

ren *.(current extension name) *.(extension you want)

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Since I want to change the extension from .jpg to .jpg, in my case the command line would be,

ren *.jpg *.jpg

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Now all the files inside the folder will change to the extension you want. It’s that simple.