timeforcake: Customized screensavers & more
Here’s an easy step-by-step walkthrough for all you Windows XP users who would like to make a screensaver from your favorite photos in your computer. Let’s begin.Step #1: Make sure all the photos you’d like to have in your Screensaver slide show are sitting in one folder in your computer. It doesn’t matter what folder they’re sitting in, as long as you know where they are!Step #2: Now go ahead and right-click on an empty spot on your desktop.Step #3: From the menu that pops up, click Properties, then the Screen Saver tab.Step #4: In the Screen Saver dropdown box, select My Pictures Slideshow, then click the Settings button.Step #5: Set the speed at which you’d like your photos to transition, as well as what folder your slideshow’s photos should be pulled from.Step #6: Click OK to exit, and you’re all done. Enjoy!Wasn’t that easy?
Looking for a way to pack a punch with your website … without spending a bundle? Adding genuine testimonials to your business website is a proven method of boosting your company’s credibility – but proceed cautiously, as you can actually increase negative perceptions of your company through testimonials if youfail to consider the following points:- Inclusion of nothing more than your testimonial-givers’ initials can make your testimonials seem fake. No names? No location? No business affiliation? Who ARE these people – and are they real?- If you’ve decided to include photos of your testimonial-givers, make sure they’re not all TOO professional-looking (i.e., professional/business/expensive portraits or glamour shots). These types of photos can come off looking like stock photography – which again makes your testimonials appear fake and deceptive.- Remember: people don’t read text on the web, they skim it. If you post full-page “thank you” essays from your customers, the vast majority of your site readers are going to skip them completely.- Fake comments from fake customers usually sound … fake. We actually created a website for a company that eventually made up their own testimonials and put them on their homepage, much to our horror. Honestly, does “‘It is easy to navigate your website and your low fees are great.’ – New Customer” … sound genuine to you? What are your perceptions of a company that would put this “testimonial smack dab on their homepage?
1. http://www.shopgoodwill.com – eBay isn’t the only online auction house in town! Revenues from Goodwill’s auction site fund their education, training and job placement programs for people with disabilities and other barriers. Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind items, various supplies, clothing, estate pieces, surprise finds, and more — all at reasonable (and sometimes ridiculously low) prices.2. http://www.ItemNotAsDescribed.com – A downright hilarious website that literally caused tears of laughter to stream down my face. Granted I was reading through the posts at two in the morning after a bit of sugar, but this site is categorically funny, nonetheless. So what’s on this site? Witty commentary that accompanies actual free listings people have put up on Craigslist. Anyone interested in a severely stained but “still usable” twin mattress? Perhaps you might be interested in a few mystery oil drums that may or may not contain toxic liquid? All free – you pick up…3. http://gizmodo.com/tag/cake – Tech and cake, so perfect together. (Because it’s always time for cake.)4. http://tinyurl.com/oqmfko – Jennifer Khoshbin’s amazing, beautiful book-manipulation artwork.5. http://www.rankforest.com – Not solely for authors and publishers, this site can track just about anything off of Amazon.com, if you’re interested.eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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