Friday, January 30, 2009

The Master of Retouching: Christophe Huet

French retoucher Christophe Huet is a true Photoshop Master! His work is fascinating. He is the one who creates the famous advertising for PlayStation, but also some for  Nike, Motorola, Surfrider Foundation….

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Source: Trend.Land.

Starting Your First Blog? 29 Tips, Tutorials And Resources For New Bloggers From ProBlogger

Are you starting your first blog? Looking for some tips and advice for new bloggers?

There are literally thousands of posts in the ProBlogger archives for bloggers starting out - but these would be a good place to start.

Posts on Starting a Blog

There is a lot to think about before and during the process of starting your first blog. These tips and tutorials attempt to give you some questions to think about and some advice on how to practically move forward:

  1. 3 Factors to Consider Before Starting a Blog - Maintaining Blogging Momentum
  2. 9 Tips to Start Blogging Successfully
  3. Starting a New Blog? Start With a Mind Map (will help in choosing topics and categories for your blog)
  4. Crawl before you walk: 6 Step-by-step Instructions for Starting your First Blog
  5. 23 Questions for Prospective Bloggers - Is a Blog Right for You?
  6. How to Choose a Niche Topic for Your Blog
  7. Choosing a Blog Platform
  8. Choosing a Domain Name for your Blog
Writing Blog Content

At the core of every successful blog is great content - without it starting a new blog is almost pointless. How you define ‘great’ content will vary from person to person but I generally put it down to content that is unique and useful. Here are a few other tutorials and tips on creating this type of content on your first blog.

  1. Discover Hundreds of Post Ideas for Your Blog with Mind Mapping
  2. 21 Ways to Write Posts that Are Guaranteed to Grow Your Blog
  3. How to Launch a Blog and Have Fresh Content for Weeks
  4. How to Craft a Blog Post
Blog Promotion/Finding Readers

When starting a your first blog one of the most challenging things is that it is hard to find readers. We all want to be read - here are a few tips on how to make this happen and then how to keep those new readers:

  1. 13 Ways to Promote Your Next Blog Post
  2. How I’d Promote My Blog if I Were Starting Out Again
  3. How to Market Your Blog in 2007 (still very relevant)
  4. 19 Strategies for Finding Readers for your Blog
  5. 11 Ways to Find New RSS Subscribers for Your Blog
  6. A Secret to Finding New Subscribers for Your Blog
  7. 21 Ways to Make Your Blog Sticky
Making Money from Blogs

Not all bloggers choose to try to make money from their blogs (I think this is a good thing). But if you’re one that does want to make money from your new blog then here are a few tips and articles for you to start with:

  1. How I Make Money Blogging
  2. How Bloggers Make Money
  3. Make Money Online Blogs - Should You Start One and How to Choose a Profitable Topic
  4. How quickly after starting a blog should I put ads on it?
  5. How Much Should I Charge for my Advertising Space?
  6. A Reality Check about Blogging for Money
Further Reading and Resources on Starting a New Blog

If what I’ve listed above isn’t enough - here are a few other resources for those wanting to invest into starting out with a blog.

  1. ProBlogger the Book - This book (in which I am a co-author) was written for the beginner blogger. It contains up to date and logically ordered advice on starting new and profitable blogs.
  2. Training Programs - Two great courses/coaching programs for new bloggers are Blog Mastermind andBecome a Blogger. Blog Mastermind  is a paid coaching program that is one of the more comprehensive training resources going around. Become a Blogger is series of free videos and a great free report/roadmap. It also has a paid program which is ideal for those just starting out. Both of these courses are by Yaro Starak - a great blogger.
  3. Archives - there are a lot more posts that are relevant for bloggers starting their first blogs in the archives of ProBlogger. Another good place to find some of them is my Blogging for Beginners Series helpful. I’ve mentioned some of the posts in this series above but there are a lot more ‘beginner’ type tips and articles listed in it.
  4. Recommended Blogging Resources - lastly I’ve put together a page of tools and resources for bloggers. It covers blogging platforms, designs/templates, tools, training and monetization. I hope you find them useful.

I hope you find these articles and resources helpful!

Source: ProBlogger.

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Source: Ads of the World.

Some Inspirational Quotes From Steve Jobs

steve-jobs “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“…sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick, don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied, is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it. And like any great relationship it just get’s better and better, as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.”

“When I was seventeen I read a quote that went something like, ‘if you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right’. It made an impression on me, and since then for the past thirty three years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ Whenever the answer has been ‘NO’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Source: Lady LeeT.

Futuristic Gadget Designs By Massimo Marrazzo

The electronics market today is more and more concentrating in designing products that are not just good to look at but also possess other features like, being light weight, thin, wire less, water proof and also shock resistant. This technology is termed as nano-technology which surely puts the old adage that good things come in small packages, hence this technology which is still in its nascent stage as there is still research happening and more features being added and developed, it will be good for 3 to 4 years before we can actually see the technology affecting our daily lives.

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Massimo says :
Electronics should be user-friendly and eco-friendly, cheap and standard. Some products will have only 2 dimensions. If you want 3rd dimension is possible use packaging technology (boxes) or glued printed electronics sheets or print directly on surfaces of 3d objects. Philosophy of product designer is going to be more near to fashion designers or graphic designers: products think as dress, using ribbons and sheets.

Transparent and thin means not only invisible electronics but you can also customize it with your creativity. Help and tutorial “how use it” are visible on the products’ surface. With “artificial muscles” inside is possible move, vibrate or open printed sheets. Using surface’s treatment like gecko’s paws is possible shape or attach devices everywhere. Solar nano-cells recharge devices by sun or infrared rays. Without wires for electric energy is possible use it everywhere. Neither fall nor water can damage our precious electronic friend.

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foldable nano technology

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foldable nano technology

foldable nano technology

foldable nano technology

foldable nano technology

foldable nano technology

Designer : Massimo Marrazzo

Source: Tuvie - Design of the Future.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sony Bravia ZX1 - Only 9.9mm

Sony's newest TV is only 9.9mm thick. Incredible, isn't it?

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Picture source: SkyNews.

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Dock Drive: Turn Bare Hard Disks Into Floppies

If you've upgraded the hard drive in your laptop or desktop machine, then you've got a naked, homeless hard drive sitting around in one of your drawers. Put that puppy to use by plugging it into ThinkGeek's External USB SATA Drive Dock and boom, you've got extra storage without the enclosure.

At $39.99, buying a Drive Dock (and naked hard drives to go into it) is way cheaper than going the conventional enclosure-bound route, and it takes up less space on your desk.

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Source: Core77.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Will The Netbook Disappear?

IntelAMD Advanced Micro Devices' chief executive predicts that Netbooks will eventually disappear. This thinking, though obviously favorable to AMD's strategy, isn't completely at odds with Intel's.

"The distinction between what is a Netbook and what is a notebook is going to go away," AMD CEO Dirk Meyer said Thursday in the company's earnings conference call. "There will be a continuum of price points and form factors," he said.

"Given the way Netbooks are configured today, consumers who want a notebook at those kind of (low) price points have to compromise and as a result don't enjoy a full PC experience, particularly around the graphics and media capability of the machine," Meyer said. "And likewise people who wanted a thin and light machine had to pay a lot of money, typically well over a thousand dollars."

Upcoming inexpensive ultra-thin notebooks will meet the need for a small, thin, lightweight laptop that is more powerful than a Netbook, Meyer said.

This sentiment is actually backed up to some extent by Intel's recent behavior. Intel CEO Paul Otellini, in that company's earnings conference call last week, spoke oddly of Netbooks in the past tense. He said the buzz around Netbooks at the Consumer Electronics Show "validates our view that (the market) had a high potential for growth and it was an exciting segment, in particular in this kind of economic environment." (Emphasis added.) Otellini did add, however, that he expected Intel "would do very well in the Netbook market in the course of the next couple of years."

Whether his use of tense is just a way to refer to the Netbook market to date or a Freudian slip tied to Intel's intention to bring out new mainstream Core architecture chips for inexpensive thin notebooks later in the year, is not clear. This chip platform could potentially suck a lot of the enthusiasm out of the Netbook market.

And Intel has small plans for its Atom processor in 2009. Aside from a tiny increase in processor speed and a slight improvement in graphics, nothing big is slated for the platform. Is the demise of the Netbook market as we know it today something both AMD and Intel agree on? We'll see.

Source: CNet.com

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Bracelet Cell Phone

This new device is an electronic wrist watch and a mobile phone at the same time. It works on the both touch screen and voice recognition technology and the phone may be activated or deactivated via the green or red line given in the device. It also has a built in scrolling function that allows the user to move between various functions that is available on the device. It also has a built in camera which enables the users to click pictures and be able to send the same in real time.

Well must say that it’s quite a chic product!

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stm speak to me cell phone

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stm speak to me cell phone

stm speak to me cell phone

Designer: Nicolas Nicolaou

Source: Tuvie - Design of the Future.