Bibiano Wenceslao http://bibiano.io UX, Social Media, Customer Support & Workflows Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:17:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 Quotes from the book “A Purpose Driven Life”http://bibiano.io/a-purpose-driven-life-quotes/ http://bibiano.io/a-purpose-driven-life-quotes/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:23:52 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1991 Original Post: Quotes from the book “A Purpose Driven Life”

I recently started with Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?”. I’m not going to write any long intro about the book (you can google for it) but you can check it out on Goodreads.com. I’m not much of a religious person, but I do have this belief in […]

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Original Post: Quotes from the book “A Purpose Driven Life”

I recently started with Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?”. I’m not going to write any long intro about the book (you can google for it) but you can check it out on Goodreads.com.

I’m not much of a religious person, but I do have this belief in someone or something much bigger than us or this life.

Enjoying this book doesn’t require you be a Christian, nor to have a religion, nor accept a god — heck, some atheists could pick this up and say “not bad”.

It quotes the bible a lot, but not in a fanatical “love Christ or rot in hell” way. Not like that.

I consider it as more of a meditative book — one you can pick up, read, and ponder on for just a few minutes everyday.

Anyways, here are the quotes that I really liked. All are by Rick Warren, unless otherwise stated.

We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.

Resentment always hurt you more than it does the person you resent.

The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.
— Myles Munroe

More to come!

Have you completed the book? What are your thoughts about it? Are there similar books you can recommend? Feel free to let us know in the comments section down below.

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I hate most ads but I don’t block them – here’s whyhttp://bibiano.io/hate-ads-but-dont-block/ http://bibiano.io/hate-ads-but-dont-block/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:53:09 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1967 Original Post: I hate most ads but I don’t block them – here’s why

Most ads are annoying. You see them pop up on TV, right when the scene’s getting intense; they load fast on Youtube, then the actual video is slow as a dying turtle; you go to some sites and they are plastered all over the page. Ads are cousins to spam emails, but not all of […]

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Original Post: I hate most ads but I don’t block them – here’s why

Most ads are annoying. You see them pop up on TV, right when the scene’s getting intense; they load fast on Youtube, then the actual video is slow as a dying turtle; you go to some sites and they are plastered all over the page.

Ads are cousins to spam emails, but not all of them are evil. Some are actually helpful, and a few deserve to be loved.

Block all the ads?

In the first few years of my online life, I was introduced to ad-blocking, particularly with using a browser extension to block ads on sites I visit. It was life-changing, considering how much extra time it takes to skip or wait through auto-playing video ads and website popups.

It wasn’t until I started sinking my toes in digital marketing that I realized how important ads are — at least the well-crafted ones.

Ads are the lifeblood of content makers

In case you weren’t aware, advertisers pay content makers and free service providers (e.g. TV networks, Youtube channels, social networks, websites, mobile games, etc.) to promote their products.

If no one saw the ads, advertisers will have a hard time selling their products which could result into them not having the money to pay the content makers. If no one pays the content makers, they’ll be forced to look for other sources of income — that could likely include not creating content for you anymore.

If something is free, you are (likely) the product.

Sure, there’s truth in that, but that’s how this whole system works — that’s how the free product or service continues to be free for us. As Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s creator, recalls:

I literally coded Facebook in my dorm room and launched it from my dorm room. I rented a server for $85 a month, and I funded it by putting an ad on the side, and we’ve funded ever since by putting ads on the side.

Ads help us find what we’re looking for

Ever wonder how when you were viewing this one product at Amazon and then saw it advertised on Facebook?

Magic!

No, seriously, it’s what the marketing folks call “retargeting”.

Simply put in a non-technical way, you saw this product but didn’t buy it, yet Amazon thinks you’re interested in buying it some other time so it hints Facebook to advertise that specific product to you.

Well, it does feel like magic — yet creepy. It’s a technological sorcery termed “tracking“.

As sinister as that might be, if done right the relevant ads could actually make you find the same product easier once you’ve decided to purchase it. Heck, there are ads that could get you huge discounts and freebies.

(Some) ads are creative and fun

The internet is 50% ads.

OK, I made that number up, but have you ever wondered how ads have evolved over the years? They’re actually smarter now, some even running on A.I.-ish algorithms, showing you just the highly relevant ones right when you need them.

Misleading and false ads will exist for a while, but newer trends of advertising are creative and fun. They don’t feel like ads at all and even adds up to the entertainment value of the content.

Ads are OK

I used to loathe them, but their absence kind of made the internet boring for me. I also learned a lot from observing them and have applied these lessons in different aspects of my daily life. You’ll be surprised how many ways a person can be convinced (and how one fails to).

Ads are here to stay. Let’s learn to accept them, learn from them, and use them to our advantage.

What do you think of ads these days? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below.

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A different (and faster) kind of 3D printerhttp://bibiano.io/clip-3d-printer/ http://bibiano.io/clip-3d-printer/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:34:41 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1959 Original Post: A different (and faster) kind of 3D printer

What most commercial 3D printers can produce in about 5 hours, this thing can do in approximately 6 minutes — it’s that fast. The process is termed “Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP)”. Simply put, as imgur user HelloToe explained: UV light triggers photo polymerization and oxygen inhibits it. By carefully balancing the two, CLIP grows […]

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Original Post: A different (and faster) kind of 3D printer

What most commercial 3D printers can produce in about 5 hours, this thing can do in approximately 6 minutes — it’s that fast.

The process is termed “Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP)”. Simply put, as imgur user HelloToe explained:

UV light triggers photo polymerization and oxygen inhibits it. By carefully balancing the two, CLIP grows objects from a pool of resin.

Source: imgur.com & carbon3d.com

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Pacaponghttp://bibiano.io/pacapong/ http://bibiano.io/pacapong/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:23:53 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1956 Original Post: Pacapong

A game of Pong and Pac-Man … and wait — what?! with Space Invaders too?! Hahaha amazing concept. Source: @dickpoelen

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A game of Pong and Pac-Man … and wait — what?! with Space Invaders too?! Hahaha amazing concept.

Pong + Pac-Man + Space Invaders

Source: @dickpoelen

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Louis C.K. on boredomhttp://bibiano.io/louis-c-k-on-boredom/ http://bibiano.io/louis-c-k-on-boredom/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:30:05 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1951 Original Post: Louis C.K. on boredom

“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m […]

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Louis C.K. on boredom

“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.”

Louis C.K.

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Solved: How to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET (This webpage is not available) browser problemhttp://bibiano.io/solved-dns-probe-finished-no-internet/ http://bibiano.io/solved-dns-probe-finished-no-internet/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 06:45:42 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1926 Original Post: Solved: How to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET (This webpage is not available) browser problem

Did your browser just suddenly had this issue: This webpage is not available DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET Worry not, you’re not alone. I’ve had the same problem. I’ve tried googling for the right solution but there’s just not one single post out there that details the whole procedure. After some trial-and-error testing of all suggested fixes I found, here’s what worked […]

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Original Post: Solved: How to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET (This webpage is not available) browser problem

Did your browser just suddenly had this issue:

This webpage is not available
DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET

Worry not, you’re not alone. I’ve had the same problem. I’ve tried googling for the right solution but there’s just not one single post out there that details the whole procedure.

After some trial-and-error testing of all suggested fixes I found, here’s what worked for me that should work for you as well.

Skip to:
Preliminary check
Option 1: Flush the DNS cache
Option 2: Switch to a different DNS server (if option 1 doesn’t work)

Preliminary check

Before anything else, make sure you actually have internet connection and data is passing back and forth. Here’s a few examples of how you can verify:

  • You can access some (but not all) websites using your browser.
  • Some apps & games that require internet connectivity works.
  • You can access websites and use connected apps on other devices like your phone or tablet, or on another computer.

For all instructions here, here’s what I’ll be using:

  • Browser: Chrome
  • System: Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Flush the DNS cache

A DNS (Domain Name System) service maps IP addresses to domains. For example, this website’s bibiano.io IP address is 188.65.114.122. There’s a number of ways you can get a website’s IP address, but we don’t need to know more about that for this purpose.

Your computer holds a record of DNS entries to save looking them up on the next visit. These records are stored in the DNS cache. Every time you revisit a website, your browser gets info from the cache, quickly serving you the webpage without having to cycle through a chain of DNS servers (including yours) on the Internet again to find out what IP address is associated with the website.

The following quoted paragraph explains how a DNS caching issue may occur (and how it might be your case). It’s a bit technical to understand (you can skip to the next block) but is good know:

If you are in a network that uses an internal DNS server as the first point in this chain of servers, that DNS server’s IP address is going to be a more or less permanent resident of your DNS cache. So what happens if that server changes or goes down? Even if there is a backup, your system still has the original IP address in its cache, and will check that address first whenever you type in a request for a web page. Obviously, querying a non-existent DNS server is not going to get you far. Unfortunately, even if you change the address of the DNS server to a valid one in your network connection settings, your system will ignore it in favor of the entry in the cache. This can lead to much frustration. (Foat T, Yahoo Answers)

By flushing (clearing) the DNS resolver cache, your system will default to rechecking its settings again to see where it should be going to get DNS addresses.

Here’s how you do it:

1.  Go to the Start menu, search for the Command Prompt app, right-click on it and select “Run as administrator”. If a notification appears, choose “Yes”.

Run Command Prompt as administrator

2. In the Command Prompt, type in ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.

Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter

If done correctly, it should display the following message:

Windows IP Configuration
Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

3. Reboot your router.

  • Turn off the router using its power button.
  • Unplug it from the power source.
  • Press and hold on to the power button for about 10 seconds.
  • Plug it back to the power source.
  • Turn it on using the power button (if it doesn’t yet).

4. Restart your computer.

If flushing the DNS cache didn’t fix your problem, then proceed to the next section.

Switch to a different DNS server

By default, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) has their DNS server. If clearing the DNS cache didn’t work for you, it’s likely that the issue is with your DNS server, not with your computer.

Fortunately, you can switch to a custom DNS server besides your ISP’s. Two most popular and free ones are Google Public DNS and OpenDNS.

Here’s how you can set a custom DNS server on your connection:

1. Go to the Start menu, search for Control Panel and open it.

2. Under Network and Internet click View network status and tasks.

Control Panel > Network and Internet > View network status and tasks

3. The Network and Sharing Center window should open up. On the left section, click on Change adapter settings.

Change adapter settings

4. The Network Connections window should open. Select and right-click on your connection (Ethernet if your computer is connected through a cable; Wi-Fi if wireless) and choose Properties.

Network connections

5. In the new window that opens, while in the Networking tab (by default), find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) in the list and click on it to highlight, then click on the Properties button.

6. In the new window that opens, IPv4 Properties, select the “Use the following DNS server addresses” radio button and enter DNS server addresses listed below. Both Google Public DNS and OpenDNS will work, but one may improve or decrease your connection speed than the other depending on your location. Switch to the other one later if you want to test.

Google Public DNS
8.8.8.8 (Preferred DNS server)
8.8.4.4 (Alternate DNS server)

OpenDNS
208.67.222.222 (Preferred DNS server)
208.67.220.220 (Alternate DNS server)

Click on OK to save your changes.

IPv4 Properties > Use the following DNS server addresses

7. Restart your computer.

Some ISPs have also been known to use crappy DNS servers (some even blocks certain websites/IPs), hence switching to another might also improve your overall internet connectivity and browsing experience.

Last options

If the above solution didn’t work for you, try using Google Chromebook’s connectivity troubleshooter: Fix Internet connection issues

If in the end nothing really fixed your problem, it might be best to contact your ISP about it.

Hope this tutorial fixed your problem as well. If you have questions, encounter other issues or have an alternative solution, let us know in the comments section down below. Everyone would appreciate it.

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Is Lazada legit?http://bibiano.io/is-lazada-legit/ http://bibiano.io/is-lazada-legit/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:40:47 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1884 Original Post: Is Lazada legit?

Yes. In case you need a short and direct answer. Lazada is absolutely legit. Is Lazada a scam? Definitely not. Here’s my experience with them.  Like you, probably, I was at first skeptic about purchasing anything from Lazada, as with other online sellers like eBay.ph or simply buying anything online in the Philippines. I had […]

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Original Post: Is Lazada legit?

Yes.

In case you need a short and direct answer. Lazada is absolutely legit. Is Lazada a scam? Definitely not. Here’s my experience with them. 

Like you, probably, I was at first skeptic about purchasing anything from Lazada, as with other online sellers like eBay.ph or simply buying anything online in the Philippines.

I had bought stuff before from an online seller through Facebook, and payment was made using a local money transfer service. I was referred by a close friend to that seller though so trust wasn’t an issue.

Lazada is a different case. I had the same questions as you in my mind, and have searched for answers to the following using Google:

  • Is Lazada legit? Is lazada.com.ph legit? Is Lazada Philippines legit?
  • Is Lazada safe? Is Lazada Philippines safe?
  • Is Lazada Philippines reliable?
  • Is Lazada trusted? Can we trust Lazada? Can I trust Lazada?
  • Is Lazada good?

Even folks from neighboring countries had raised eyebrows regarding the Lazada online shopping store equivalents in their locations, and have searched for proof like any review of Lazada Indonesia, or asking “is Lazada Malaysia safe”?

Searching for proof

To verify, I used Google Search and tried searching for good and bad reviews about Lazada. There are definitely mixed reviews about the service.

Now be reminded that oftentimes it’s the dissatisfied customers that post (negative) reviews online — meaning, there’s probably a whole lot of satisfied buyers as well that just didn’t bother to leave reviews about their purchases.

This left me still undecided whether or not I should buy something from them.

Safe, sure way

Out of curiosity, I checked their website again and tried ordering the item I was hoping to buy.

To my surprise, they allow cash-on-delivery (COD). That means you’ll only have to pay for the item once you already have it. Country-wide door-to-door shipping/delivery is also free for orders worth Php 1,000 and above.

It was then that I realized that I had nothing to lose if the package arrived or not, and made my order — a low-end gaming keyboard that comes with a free mouse.

Lazada is fast

Even considering that it was during the peak holiday season that I made the order (December 21), surprisingly the packaged arrived in just a week (December 27).

To ease my waiting for the package, Lazada has an order tracking page that details the status of your items. Here’s how it looks (click on the image to view it in full size):

Lazada Order Tracking

On the day the package was about to be delivered to my door, the delivery crew called me first in the morning to confirm that I was available to receive the package and asked for a location sketch.

Around 2:00 PM they called again informing me that they’re on the way. They arrived a few minutes later. I paid for the amount and signed a few papers to confirm that I paid for the order and received it.

The package was securely packed with bubble wrap. The boxes were sealed. There were no dents nor any indication of mishandling. The items inside had no scratches nor cracks, and worked 100% when used. Below are some photos (click on each thumbnail to view the image in full size).

Prolink Volans Illuminated Gaming Keyboard with free Evotis Gaming Mouse (Black) Prolink Volans Illuminated Gaming Keyboard Evotis Gaming Mouse

Over the next few months, I’ve ordered other items from them — all COD. Instead of Lazada’s own delivery crew, my newer orders were shipped via 2GO. Either way, I’ve been happy with how fast the orders arrived, and with the way they handled the packages.

Here are photos of the in-ears I ordered:

NuForce NE-600M In-Ear Headphones with Microphone (Black) NuForce NE-600M In-Ear Headphones with Microphone (Black) NuForce NE-600M In-Ear Headphones with Microphone (Black)

Just last month, I ordered a phone case (photos below) and a 32gb micro SD (not pictured).

Imak Air Case for Asus Zenfone 5 (Clear) Imak Air Case for Asus Zenfone 5 (Clear) Imak Air Case for Asus Zenfone 5 (Clear)

Final thoughts

I haven’t really tried ordering something fragile or easily breakable from them so I guess that could have been a different case.

Nevertheless, if you’re ordering something that’s likely to break when put in a box or wrapped in plastic, and moved around it might be wiser to just buy it from a local/walk-in store.

Again, if COD (cash-on-delivery) is available as a payment option, always go with it. Also, nationwide shipping/delivery seems to be free when your order total is Php 1,000 and up so if it’s slightly below that minimum amount (e.g. 800+ to 900+), add another item that you think you’ll be using too just to reach the minimum for free shipping. Otherwise, there’s about Php 150 as shipping charge.

So, will I order again from them in the future? Yes, I surely will. I even recommend them to my family and close friends.

If you haven’t tried buying something online before, you should get started with Lazada. Like me, you’ll realize how easy and actually fun it is. Also, once you get good with finding deals (hint: subscribe to their newsletter), you’ll get to save more than buying the same item from nearby stores.

Hope I’ve cleared your doubts and answered most of your questions. If you have anything specific to ask, let me know in the comments section down below.

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The 3 best value-for-money upgrades I did for my laptop (that you can do too)http://bibiano.io/best-value-for-money-upgrades-for-laptop/ http://bibiano.io/best-value-for-money-upgrades-for-laptop/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 16:58:31 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1852 Original Post: The 3 best value-for-money upgrades I did for my laptop (that you can do too)

Unlike desktop computers, there’s really not much you can do when it comes to doing hardware upgrades on your laptop, but there’s a few notable ones that you can. Before you decide to give away your ailing notebook or sell it at a terrible fraction of the original price, I’m sharing with you the 3 best value-for-money […]

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Original Post: The 3 best value-for-money upgrades I did for my laptop (that you can do too)

Unlike desktop computers, there’s really not much you can do when it comes to doing hardware upgrades on your laptop, but there’s a few notable ones that you can.

Before you decide to give away your ailing notebook or sell it at a terrible fraction of the original price, I’m sharing with you the 3 best value-for-money DIY hardware upgrades I did (that you too can do) to increase my laptop’s performance making it absolutely better than when I had it on the first day.

1. Replace the hard disk drive (HDD) with a solid state drive (SSD)

Files (photos, movies, docs, etc.) in your laptop are stored in a drive. Low to mid range laptops bought in the past years mostly come with HDDs — mine is, so is yours, probably. To be sure, try googling for your notebook model’s specs to confirm if it’s using an HDD or an SSD already.

SSDs on the other hand are drives on steroids. They’re crazy faster than HDDs — laptop boots up in just a few seconds, apps open instantly (if not almost), and transferring files are blazing fast. After switching to an SSD, I don’t think I’ll ever be going back to an HDD as primary drive.

To quickly learn about their differences, here’s Linus comparing them as fast as possible:

To get started with upgrading to SSD (and before buying one), check out Laptop Mag’s comprehensive guide on upgrading your laptop’s hard drive to an SSD. You might also be able to find specific instructional videos for your laptop’s model on Youtube e.g. taking it apart, assembly, drive cloning, upgrading to an SSD, etc.

I upgraded mine with a Crucial MX100 256GB SSD which I’ve bought locally. You can also purchase one directly from the manufacturer via Amazon: Crucial MX100 256GB SATA 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive (CT256MX100SSD1) 

2. Add more RAM

Ever had those times when you’re opening a lot of tabs on your browser and suddenly it starts to freeze? It’s likely your laptop running out of memory — Random Access Memory (RAM) to be specific.

When you use your laptop, apps (e.g. Google Chrome) use data in processes. These data are temporarily stored in the RAM so it’s faster to access them when needed. When there’s no more room in the RAM, excess data is forwarded to the drive storage making them slower to access. As a result, the app you’re using slows down and sometimes just freezes completely.

If you’re not sure whether you need to upgrade RAM or not, here’s Linus again to enlighten you:

Knowing which type of RAM is compatible with what’s in your laptop requires a bit of research (as I did), but here are the most important info you’ll need to know before buying one:

  • Upgradability – Does your laptop have extra memory slots? Google about it or open the memory compartment. Up to how much RAM can it be upgraded to? If it supports up to 8gb and has an extra slot, and it already has 4gb, you can just buy another similar 4gb card (if you need a total of 8gb). If it has no extra slot, your only option is to replace the current one with an 8gb card.
  • Compatibility with existing RAM – It’s important to get info first about the RAM that came with your laptop if you are going to add another one to supplement it. You can check for the specs from the manufacturer’s website, or better open the memory compartment, get the card and take note of specific details. Lifehacker has a post what you need to know about compatibility when upgrading RAM.

When working I usually have on average at least 10 tabs open in Chrome along with about 15 extensions installed, about 3 other applications open (e.g. Photoshop), and 10+ apps/services at the system tray running in the background.

My laptop came with a Kingston 4gb RAM, but that wasn’t enough so I added an 8gb stick that I purchased locally to make it a total of 12gb — somewhat an overkill because these days I rarely cap at 6gb when working or gaming. You can grab one from Amazon too: Kingston ValueRAM 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (PC3-12800) Non-ECC CL11 SODIMM Notebook Memory (KVR16S11/8)

3. Replace DVD optical drive with an HDD in a caddy

Remember the HDD I replaced with the SSD earlier? Of course it’s not going to be a little useless as an external drive. It actually became more useful — as a purely storage drive.

I rarely use the DVD drive on my laptop. After one friend shared how it can be replaced by a storage drive, and knowing I have a spare HDD imprisoned in a sluggish USB-connected enclosure, I bought a drive caddy specific to my laptop’s model from a seller on eBay. There’s one on Amazon as well: Generic 2nd Hard Drive Hdd/Ssd Caddy Adapter For Asus K55 K55v

A drive caddy is designed to be the same size as your laptop’s optical drive, and has a compartment where the HDD or SSD goes.

Installing the caddy was fairly easy. My laptop detected the drive instantly. It works significantly faster than when it was still in the external enclosure. I also bought a USB adapter to use with my now-removed optical drive though I’m not really sure if I’ll ever be using it again.

What else?

Not really as an additional upgrade but after having done all three above, the next best thing you can do is to get organized with your app installation and file storage routine:

  • All installations happen on the SSD (primary). This makes it insanely faster to open these apps.
  • All files (photos, videos, downloads, game saves, etc.) go to the HDD in the caddy (secondary). You’ll increase your SSD’s life by not using it to move files around. Let the HDD take the beating — you’ve already been using it for years anyways.

Also, regularly keep your laptop clean:

  • Buy some compressed air (in a can) to get rid of the dust. If you can or know how, take apart the back cover and the keyboard for a thorough clean. Leave it off in a warm, dry location (NOT under direct sunlight) for a few hours before reassembly and turning it back on. Do NOT use any type of vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dust.
  • Also, keep it away from sources of dust and other minute debris.
  • Do NOT eat or drink anything right in front of your laptop. Have mercy on it. If you have to, buy a desktop keyboard and mouse.

Hope that helps! If you have questions, or have other suggestions, let me know in the comments section down below.

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The life we createhttp://bibiano.io/the-life-we-create/ http://bibiano.io/the-life-we-create/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:13:26 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1829 Original Post: The life we create

Source: Zen Pencils We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer. — Joseph […]

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A cartoonist's advice - Bill Watterson

Source: Zen Pencils

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.

— Joseph Campbell

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jQuery smooth scroll to idhttp://bibiano.io/jquery-smooth-scroll/ http://bibiano.io/jquery-smooth-scroll/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:36:15 +0000 http://bibiano.io/?p=1814 Original Post: jQuery smooth scroll to id

Here’s a script that you can use to allow smooth-scrolling to sections on your website by assigning ids to them and then hash-linking to the ids. As a demo, click on this link to smooth-scroll down to the comments section. Don’t forget to scroll back up here. :) 1234567891011121314151617<!-- jquery smooth scroll to id's --> […]

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Original Post: jQuery smooth scroll to id

Here’s a script that you can use to allow smooth-scrolling to sections on your website by assigning ids to them and then hash-linking to the ids.

As a demo, click on this link to smooth-scroll down to the comments section. Don’t forget to scroll back up here. :)

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<!-- jquery smooth scroll to id's -->  
<script>
$(function() {
  $('a[href*=#]:not([href=#])').click(function() {
    if (location.pathname.replace(/^\//,'') == this.pathname.replace(/^\//,'') && location.hostname == this.hostname) {
      var target = $(this.hash);
      target = target.length ? target : $('[name=' + this.hash.slice(1) +']');
      if (target.length) {
        $('html,body').animate({
          scrollTop: target.offset().top
        }, 500);
        return false;
      }
    }
  });
});
</script>

Where to place it

If you’re using WordPress, insert the code in your theme’s footer.php file right before the closing body tag </body>.

If you have no access to the theme files, you can embed the code right inside the post/page editor (you must be editing the post in Text mode) or on a Text widget that will load up on all pages.

If you’re using any other CMS or just HTML, you can insert the code in a section that loads up on all pages right before the closing body tag </body>.

How to use

In the links you’re creating, simply use the hash symbol # along with the target element’s id.

In the demo, the link was <a href="#comments">this link</a> and the target element (comments section) was <div id="comments">…</div>

Hope this worked for you as well. If you have questions, encounter issues or have an alternative solution, let me know in the comments section down below.

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