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Monday, 23 January 2017

how to stop deleting as you type

You can toggle between these two modes by pressing a key; if you don't think you'll ever use the over type mode, you can also permanently switch it off in Microsoft Word. Press the "Ins" key to toggle over type mode off. Depending on your keyboard model, this key may also be labeled "Insert."

If you have a small child, you will know how they can somehow change the settings on you pc, tablet and phone. My little one makes us laugh every time she changes some setting on the TV that we did not even know existed. 

The other day she almost order something from ebay. 

But my laptop keyboard is her favorite. She loves sitting with me and "work". So when she some how changed all the settings on my keyboard it took me a while to figure out some things. One being how to stop deleting as you type when trying to correct or change your spelling. 

I tried the above by selecting the "ins" on the top roll of my keyboard but nothing happened. After some very annoying typing and re-typing, I noticed that my keyboard also have "ins" under the zero key of the number keypad. And it work!!

Problem solved and you do learn something new everyday. :-)

Subpals

If you have signed up to subpals and no longer want to use their services, the first thing to do is do make sure to remove access to your google account:


search for SubPals and Press "Revoke Access"

When your youtube channel is new, you want to get views and subscribers fast, it's easy to fall on the trap of sub for sub. Especially now that youtube does not allow users with less than 100 subscribers to choose a custom URL for the channel. 

So last week I searched on goggle ´how to get more subscribers on youtube` and Subpals was the first in the page. I got super excited when I saw their claims and the site. In retrospect it looked to good to be true. And usually I was research other peoples reviews first before signing in for something new, but for some reason this time I did not. 

I signed up for the free package where if you like and subscribe to 10 youtube pages then you get 10 subscribers in 48 hours. 

It seemed easy enough, but their site is so slow... also for some reason many of the pages loaded as video not available on youtube. And per my own count, I superscribed to 13 users as the page kept reloading and telling me I still was pending one subscription. 

After I did all that none sense work, then I decided to search on youtube about subpals and found complaints and warning not to use it. Many claim that the site has been abusing their access to peoples youtube accounts and hijacking peoples profiles when they unsubscribe to the channels later. 

I did get 10 subscribers pretty much straight away. The next morning I had already lost 1 subscriber, and after one week I lost another 5 subscribers, today I lost one more. 

Furthermore I have not noticed any significant change of views for the recent videos posted. 

I have not unsubscribe to any of the 10 or more channels (most of then kids playing minecraft) but neither have I watch any more of the videos they posted. I am just a dead subscriber to them as some people are to me. And that is actually a bad thing.

Apparently these can be very bad for my youtube channel, as youtube will be recommending my video to my subscribers but they will not watch the videos, this tells the system that my videos are not wanted by my own subscribers and youtube will stop recommending  my channel and videos to others. I believe this to be true, as years ago I did all the sub for sub in another channel and got lots of subscribers but my videos got less and less views as time went by. 

One of my youtube channel that only have a few subscribers but never had sub for sub, and get way more views and most of those videos don't even have proper tags.

This review is based on my own experience using subpals and sub4sub. 

I have decided not to use subpals again neither to ask random people to sub for me if I sub for them. I does not do anyone any good. And to think that someone people even go as further as to pay for subscribers on youtube and likes on facebook. IS FAKE!!!! In the end of the day you don't really have followers to your work.

So instead I will keep posting my videos and let my channel grow organically! 

Have you used subpals or sub4sub?? Tell about your experience in the comments below.





Monday, 2 January 2017

Free Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Creative Suite

Software like Adobe Creative Suite are amazing, but also very expensive. So if like me you want to learn things like animation, video editing for youtube, or you just want to edit some holiday photos for facebook or instagram, would you pay for these very expensive packages???

Luckily there are plenty of free open source alternatives. 

I have researched, downloaded and tried some of these softwares to replace Adobe Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator. I was also looking for an audio software. But not only do I want a free to use software, I was also looking for something that have plenty of tutorial videos on youtube. 

No point having a free software if you don't know how to use it. 

These are the free open source software I am using and recommend:

Inkscape
This software replaces Illustrator and its very easy to navigate. As it supports advanced Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) features, I would say it is perfect for beginners. These can be used for animation, websites, creating graphics for apps, and creating digital art.  

GIMP
To replace photoshop, the best free open source software is GIMP. But I also like this software to make digital paints using the brushes features instead of using Inkscape, and I also prefer using GIMP for creating the background on my videos.

The background for the video below was created in GIMP, the cat was done using Inkscape.


This is for the channel I created, please Subscribe to Mia Kids Songs on youtube


Blender

An amazing software and highly recommend. 

I am still using adobe flash, but I am determined to use blender for all my future work. Not only can this software handle 2D animations, but very good tool for those learning 3D animations. 

You can also edit videos and audio files, and there is a good selection of tutorials available on youtube.

Below is my first 3D animation, the tutorial was easy to follow on youtube and very fun to make as well. But it took more than an hour to render a few seconds of video. So for learning Blender its OK using my laptop and it runs fine, but if I want to actually start making and publishing 3D videos I will need a hardware update.


Audacity

I am still figuring my way around Audacity, but its worth mentioning here for those looking for a audio software. 

At the moment I am using no copyright songs available for youtube, but considering creating my own soundtracks so having a free audio software is a great start. 


Last updated: 09 March 2017