Category: Technologic

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Zoho Docs: An Honest Review

In early 2021, I decided to work my hardest at removing myself from the iron grip of Google and Facebook. I succeeded for a time. But the nature of my business is connecting with people, and therefore I returned to them briefly. The biggest step I could take personally as a user was to remove my content from Google's servers. Easier said than done. There's a ton of options for a comparable office suite (that isn't Microsoft). I went with Zoho because I liked what they had to offer. Cloud access is important to me because I move in between…

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Computer Love: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating

The Internet as we know it today was born on September 2nd, 1959 in a lab at the University of California, Los Angeles. The proliferation of personal computers that connected to the Internet became  commonplace in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Being connected to the World Wide Web allowed people to come together, regardless of their geographic location. One of the more notable niches to come out of the propagation of the Internet is online dating. The casual environment of a dating website allows users the leeway to control their love lives. Online dating is not for everyone. The…

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How to Use WordPress to Manage Your Fanlisting Collective

I recently closed all of my fanlistings because the Sunday Blues domain was expiring and I didn't have the emotional bandwidth to continue maintaining them. If you were approved for the listing after I closed it, let me know and I'm happy to share the members' list and codes with you. As it was maintained by WordPress and PDB, you'll need to know how to port it over to your preferred fanlisting management script, if you're not currently using either. However, I'll try to help where I can. That's why I kept this tutorial and put it here.Gill of sundayblues.net…

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Goodbye Facebook, Adios Instagram

I decided to remove myself from the vise-like grip of Facebook, Instagram, and Google permanently. It's Lent, and Catholics typically give up something for 40 days as a sign of sacrifice and to test our self-discipline, just as Jesus did when He went into the desert before His eventual death on the cross. I decided to take it one step further and do something that's been in the back of my mind for ages. Cybersecurity should always be a concern, especially in 2021. How many times have Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook - and by extension, Instagram - let us down? I'll…

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Create an Original Domain Name

I have been designing websites since 1998 when Yahoo! GeoCities was still only GeoCities. I learned how to code in HTML, all on my own. My very first website was *NSYNC Revolution, a fansite about the boy band *NSYNC. I was constantly at odds with my family because if someone picked up the house phone, I would be kicked off the Internet and I'd have to start all over again. Am I showing my age yet? I didn't invest in my own domain name until about 2000 when I purchased metal-idol.net. It was to be my first vanity domain name…

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There is No Shelter from the Storm: My Naming Convention for Pokémon Go

I picked up Pokémon Go on July 7, 2016, because I wanted to relive my childhood. I had to share a GameBoy with my kid brother, and I watched him defeat the Elite Four of the Kanto region back in the day. We couldn’t afford a separate GameBoy for me, so I played his saved files. I watched the first season religiously. I wrote fanfiction. We collected cards, but we didn’t get far because, again, we were poor. I learned the Poké Rap. I collected the soundtracks. I memorized types. I favored water and psychic types. Still do! I have…

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Disney Epic Mickey

Some spoilers. The pre-game storyline is engaging. After falling asleep while reading "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll, Mickey finds a way to walk through the mirror in his room. He sees a pot of paint and a paintbrush left behind by Yen Sid (the sorcerer from "Sorcerer's Apprentice"), who had departed for the night. Being the curious mouse he is, Mickey gets all up into it and messes up Yen Sid's creation. Yen Sid had created the Wasteland - with its clear nod to Disneyland - but for all the forgotten characters that the Walt Disney Company has…

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Tutorial: An Intermediate Guide to Social Media Hashtags and How They Work with Examples!

You’re here because you're someone who has a brand that encourages you to be active on social media, or you're biting the bullet and building yours from the ground up. If you’re like me, you post most of your content from your phone on the fly. Many big brands (and small ones, too!) use programs that allow them to post on a schedule. My favorite is Buffer (not an affiliate link). If you’re a one-person shop, don’t stress yourself and wonder if you need to have scheduled posts. You don’t. You've got enough on your plate! Whether you like it…

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Tutorial: Send and receive external emails through Gmail

One of my favorite features of Gmail is the fact that you can send emails from your other accounts without having to log in to them separately. I like to have vanity emails for all of my different projects. It helps me to categorize where my mail is coming from for all of my different domains, of which I have a fair few! My fanlisting emails are sent to and from fan@gpacheco.org. Any email sent to fan@gpacheco.org is forwarded to my Gmail account. When I reply to those emails, it appears as though it comes from @gpacheco.org and not Gmail,…

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How to: Make Your Own Instagram Puzzle Template

I'm excited to share this DIY tutorial with you because I learned it myself quite recently. I hope you enjoy it, and let me know if anything is missing! I know the trend is to rely on Canva to create stunning images for you to post on social media. I'm not knocking them. It works for a lot of people. But, I think it's contributing to the cookie-cutter look of graphic design nowadays. If you want to parrot everyone else's aesthetic, then more power to you. I'm a little old school; I use Photoshop. I don't even have a fancy…

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