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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Easy Windows Editing in Windows 10

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  1. Right click on the video and choose open with Photos. 
  2. Once Photos is open, click on the upper right "edit and create." 
  3. Choose "trim." 
  4. Drag the left handle to the starting place. (Leave the pin alone)
  5. Drag the right handle to the ending place. 
  6. What's in between will be your movie.
  7. Click "save a copy."



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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Solved! Quicken Premier CC-503

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Valley Bank was having intermittent outages, announced o ntheir site, wherein I could not get into my Valley Bank online account. Meanwhile, Quicken One Step Update was putting up a box saying the credentials were incorrect and also throwing a CC-503.

I waited a day until the Valley Bank online account was stable, but One Step Update was still failing. I tried all the usual:

  1. Inputting the password again
  2. Resetting
  3. Running One Step Update account by account

Then I got into a chat with Quicken here: https://www.quicken.com/support#windows and after going over all the usual steps from above, he told me to do this:

Launch Quicken and go to Tools > Password Vault > Add/Edit Passwords
-Click on the account in the Password Vault
-Choose Delete Password for the account
-Complete a One Step Update, you will be prompted to enter the password manually
-Type in the password (the same one used on the bank's website) and check in the box marked Save next to the password field
-Click Update Now 


So I followed those steps. After the last step (-Click Update Now) it still appeared to fail with the same error box. But then I tried putting the passwords in yet again, and it worked.

 

I belong to a private, fee-based group of Pythonistas.

If you would like to know more about PythonistaCafe, where we share thoughts, ideas, fixes, and a sense of courteous community, look to Dan Bader, who started it all. He also offers free tips by email. Oh, and if you take an interest in good marketing writing, read his stuff for that reason too. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Four Literary Devices to Perfect Your Content Writing

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Content Writing has Two Phases:

Phase One is the writing and slight tweaking of your paper

Phase Two is the heavy editing phase. This phase should double the time you just spent. 

So it took three hours to write? It should take at least another three hours to edit. If you plan for this doubling and expect it, you'll write a paper your readers will love.

Why should it take so long to heavy edit?

Because there's plenty to do.  
  1. Make sure your conclusion is clear 
  2. Put extra care into your first and last paragraphs. They are attractive window dressing
  3. Nouns are better than verbs. Verbs are better than adjectives.
  4. Remove all intensifiers such as "very," "extremely," and so forth. For example, replace "very capable" with accomplished. Replace "extremely scared" with "terrified."
  5. Take the time to do a lot of googling for synonyms, antonyms, and definitions.
  6. A piece of writing can make its point and yet fail at engaging the reader. A little extra effort can make the difference between utilitarian and captivating. In your writing, look for a sense of beauty, whether music or food help you.  Think of it as a piece of music in all its variety, designed to delight. Or think of an Indian dish with no spices. Now taste again with the spices. Your guests will now want more. Likewise, expository writing needs linguistic devices:
    1. Punchy words (choose words that need no intensifiers or qualifers)
    2. Parallel Construction (judicous repetition in structure)
    3. Snappy Sentences (mix sentence length)
    4. Rhythmic Phrases (read your words out loud -- you'll hear it or you won't)
    5. Transitional strategies (alert your reader you are moving from one idea to another) 
    6. Active Voice is almost always better than passive voice

Some Resources to study

  1. Eliminate Intensifiers with impactful words
  2. Use Parallel Structure
  3. Vary Your Sentence Length
  4. Use Transitional Devices and Transitional Words

Exercise One:

Analyze this very essay and answer these questions:
  1. What examples of parallel structure can you find in this essay? 
  2. What other linguistic devices can you find in this essay?
  3. What would you do to improve this essay?

Exercise Two:

Write an essay to persuade other college students that the heavy editing phase should double their writing time.

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

New solution for Code42 Crashplan fails



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Basic restart for all operating systems This works!


If you are able to open and sign in to the Code42 app, follow the steps below to restart the Code42 service.
  1. Open the Code42 app. (In Windows you can go to the menu and search for Code42 from there)
  2. Sign into your account
  3. Use the keyboard shortcut for your OS:
    1.  Windows: Ctrl+Shift+C
    2.  Mac: Option+Command+C
    3. Linux: Ctrl+Shift+C
  4.  The command-line area opens.
  5. Enter this command: restart
  6. Press Enter
  7. This closes the Code42 app, reauthenticates the Code42 app with the Code42 server, and then restarts the Code42 service.
  8. Note: In Windows, the system tray icon will disappear at this point. You can just go into the start menu and restart it.
 

I belong to a private, fee-based group of Pythonistas.

If you would like to know more about PythonistaCafe, where we share thoughts, ideas, fixes, and a sense of courteous community, look to Dan Bader, who started it all. He also offers free tips by email. Oh, and if you take an interest in good marketing writing, read his stuff for that reason too.