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timeforcake: Downloading & 5 cool links

Erin Pheil special to the daily

Over the course of the past few weeks I’ve found myself reminded of the fact that many people still find the concept of downloading to be mysterious and confusing. And so I dove deep into my article archives and found this June 2003 write up on downloads that’s just as accurate and helpful as ever. Enjoy …Today’s delightful discussion delves into downloading. Alright. So it’s not really a discussion; it’s more along the lines of me talking about it and you just reading about it but hey, I was feeling the need to start this article off with an alliterative bang.”Downloading” is one of those terms you hear quite often but may not feel quite sure what it means. I mean, you kind of know. Sort of. But not exactly. Allow me to clear the clutter and clarify the confusion. To download is “to transfer (data or programs) from a server or host computer to one’s own computer (or device).” Blah blah blah, glazed eyes, technical babble, that definition didn’t do anything for you, right? Well, since most of our download experiences deal with the Internet, I suggest you just think of downloading like this: Pulling something cool off the Internet and saving it onto your computer. That’s it! For general purposes it’s much easier to think about it that way.Okay, so you understand what downloading is. “Why should I care about it?” you cry. “Because,” I respond, “there are lots of really neat things sitting out there on the Internet just waiting to be downloaded. And many of them are free!” Your eyes just got wider when I said free. I saw it.When you want to pull something off the Internet and put it onto your computer, you usually need to save it in a specific location. Some people like to save downloads to their desktops, others like to save downloads into their “My Documents” folder. You should save your downloads wherever it feels right to you, just so long as you can find where you saved them! This way, once your downloads are transferred onto your computer, you can open them up and use them. After all, it would kind of defeat the purpose of downloading something if you couldn’t find the spot on your computer to where that something was downloaded.”Alright,” you say hesitantly, “but then what does ‘uploading’ mean? Is it any different?” Why I’m so very glad you asked! Uploading is, not surprisingly, the exact opposite of downloading. It’s when someone takes something from their computer and pushes it up onto the Internet. Webmasters create websites on their computers and when they’re done, they upload the website to the Internet. Unless you’re editing a website or are a filesharing maniac, you most likely don’t upload things on a regular basis. That’s why we focused on downloading today. And there you have it; you’re now an expert on downloading. Keep up the good work.

1) http://www.xtranormal.com – Warning: Do not visit this link unless you have a bit of extra time on your hands. The site’s premise is as follows: “If you can type, you can make movies.” And it’s true. You can make a movie in minutes with the sets, sounds and actors of your choice. You’ve got drag and drop animations and automatic lip-sync; this means you type, your 3D actor speaks. Anyone out there a bike racer? Or have a significant other who is a bike racer? Then you MUST MUST MUST watch this xtranormal video: http://tinyurl.com/yloevej. 2) http://tinyurl.com/ykdfedw – I know I’ve provided a link to food-related USB Flash Drives in the past – however – I came across these delicious cake USB Flash Drives and I thought…. Oooooh cake. It’s always time for cake, right? Cake Royale … French Mille-Feuille, Strawberry Torte, Black Forest….3) http://tinyurl.com/5gw663 – If you’re going to complain, at least do so in a manner that gives you a chance to benefit from your efforts. The purpose of drafting purposeful complaint letters, in a nutshell, is to artfully say “it will cost more to ignore me than to take care of my problems.”4) http://tinyurl.com/2k7rhz – Ahem. I give you: “Twenty-Eight Ways to Make Money with Your Website” 5) http://tinyurl.com/ygdfmho – “Help! My computer is full of spyware and I don’t know what to do?” Well, I can’t help you. We here at timeforcake don’t fix computers. That being said, I did find this fantastic blog post, and I suggest you either read it right this second (if your computer is currently full of spyware) or bookmark it (in case your computer becomes full of spyware in the future).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 erin@timeforcake.com.


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