May 21

The Remote Party Has Ended the Connection :: AT&T Blackjack

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in General Tips, Tutorials

If you keep getting the annoying error “The Remote Party Has Ended the Connection” while browsing on your mobile phone then keep reading on for a quick fix to stop getting this error.

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On the main screen go to:
Start > Settings > Connections > GPRS > AT&T IMS (WM5 will be cingular IMS)

Make sure the AT&T IMS settings are as follows

Connects to: The Internet
Access point: wap.cingular
User name: should be blank
Password: should be blank
Authentication Type: CHAP
Primary DNS: 0.0.0.0
Secondary DNS: 0.0.0.0
IP address: should be blank

After the settings match the above, click Done (the left soft key) and you are good to go! No more annoying error message.

Hope this helps!

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Jan 26

10 SEO Tips [that work]

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 in General Tips, Marketing, Web Design

Here is a list of SEO methods I find help crack the magical SEO challenge of getting your website higher up in the rankings.

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Title Tags:

  • Your title should contain important keywords.
  • Use a different title on every page.

Links need titles too:

  • Add a title tag to every <a> tag and give a short description (5 words) what the link is about.
  • Tip: Be honest and don’t just cram random keywords into this section.
  • EX: <a href=“about.html” title=“Come find out more about us”>About Us</a>

Image Alt:

  • Add the Alt attribute to all of your images.
  • EX: <img src=”gnomes.jpg” alt=”A bunch of happy gnomes” />

Be standard:

  • Validate all of your work.
  • Search engines / Spiders like websites that are created properly.
  • Validate your site via w3c – Validate Now

Use common tags:

  • Be sure to use the <H1>, <H2>, <P> and other common tags.

Link around:

  • Make sure you have links coming in to as many pages as possible.

SiteMap:

Submit your site:

  • Submit your site to Google and Yahoo
  • You only need to do it once this is just to be safe.

Local business center:

  • If you type in “restaurants 92106″ into google maps it will give you a listing of local restaurants around the area code 92106.
  • To get your site to do this, add it to Googles Local Business Center Click here to add your site

Helpful tips:

  • Get the word out by adding your URL to any account you have online (facebook, myspace, youtube account…)
  • Help people out on forums (people wit questions) and have your URL in your signature, Don’t spam. Help and they will come.
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Jan 20

Quick Real Estate Photography Enhancement with Photoshop!

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in Photography, Tutorials

We will learn how to take the dark gloomy non attractive interior photo and turn it into a light and bright inviting home with a few simple steps in photoshop. Below is the before (left) and after (right).

Before After

Open up your image in photoshop and Let’s get learning!

1. Let’s make the dark areas lighter and the super bright areas a little darker.

  • Goto Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight…

-Shadows: Takes all of the dark areas and makes them lighter.
-Highlights: Takes all the light (blown out) areas and makes them darker.

Play with the sliders until your photo is looking like you would like it (Don’t over do it). Generally Shadows +30ish and Highlights +5-10. Then click OK.

2. Let photoshop do some work with auto adjustments:

  • Goto Image > Adjustments > Auto Levels
  • Goto Image > Adjustments > Auto Contrast
  • Goto Image > Adjustments > Auto  Color

3. Let’s brighten up the picture.

  • Goto Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast…

Generally raise the brightness +30 and to give the image some dynamics slightly up the contrast +10. Again play with these numbers to best fit your photo. Press OK.

4. Let’s make the colors really POP!

  • Goto Image > Adjusments > Hue/Saturation…

The only slider you need to worry about is the saturation (middle) one. Raise the levels to best fit your photo, generally +20-30. Click OK.

5. Let’s sharpen this puppy up!

  • Goto Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen Edges

This will make the image a little more crisp without overdoing it!

Vuala, now you have a more inviting light and bright photograph!

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Jan 19

Getting those little marks above letters [Acute Accent Marks]

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 in General Tips

So what letters are we talkin’ about?

Á á É é Í í Ó ó Ú ú Ý ý (ex: resumé)

How do we make these letters?

For MAC users just hold down the Opt key and type the letter! So simple.

Windows users have it a bit more difficult. To get these letters Hold down the ALT key and then type in the follow codes on the keypad (numbers on the right of the keyboard) to create the accent mark.

Hold down ALT and type the code for the accent you want:

  • 0193 (Á)
  • 0201 (É)
  • 0205 (Í)
  • 0211 (Ó)
  • 0218 (Ú)
  • 0221 (Ý)
  • 0209 (Ñ)
  • 0225 (á)
  • 0233 (é)
  • 0237 (í)
  • 0243 (ó)
  • 0250 (ú)
  • 0253 (ý)
  • 0214 (ñ)
  • 0153 (™)
  • 0169 (©)
  • 0174 (®)
  • 26 (→)
  • 27 (←)
  • 1 (☺)
  • 3 (♥)
  • 7 (•)
  • 9 (○)

Hope this helps out!

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Jan 15

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STRUCTURE

Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 in Video

This formula has been applied to short 5min movies and more often than not 2hr Hollywood blockbusters new and old. If you have seen a movie that has a galactic ending battle sequence (showdown) between the good guy and bad guy or where the main character faces a huge set back and all hope is lost toward the end of the movie or the stakes always seem to get higher…Well that’s almost every movie out there, below is a break down of how this classic formula is structured.

Final Showdown Godzilla

THE SETUP (0-10%)

  • Capture the audience (Hook)
  • Show the everyday life of the hero (main character)
  • Establish your hero’s identification (sympathetic, likable, funny…)

TURNING POINT 1 (10%)

  • Present an opportunity that creates a visible desire (does not necessarily define story’s concept)

NEW SITUATION (10-25%)

  • Reacts to a new situation presented
  • Hero gets acclimated and Formulates a plan for the new situation

CHANGE OF PLANS (25%)

  • Transform original desire to an easily visible goal with a defined end point (rescue the dame in distress)
  • Hero is extremely motivated

PROGRESS (25-50%)

  • Hero takes action to achieve goal
  • Things seem to be going as planned (everything is going their way)

POINT OF NO RETURN (50%)

  • Hero had an opportunity to turn back to their life before this goal, but now is fully committed to goal

COMPLICATIONS AND HIGHER STAKES (50-75%)

  • Achieving the goal becomes far more difficult and now has more to lose

THE MAJOR SETBACK (75%)

  • With goal insight (nearly there) a new obstacle presents itself making it seem all is lost (impossible)

THE FINAL PUSH (75-99%)

  • Beaten and battered the hero dives in head first to give everything he/she has left
  • The pace is accelerated and everything is working against the hero (counting down bomb)

THE CLIMAX (99%)

  • Hero faces the biggest obstacle/bad guy
  • Hero determines own fate
  • Goal is resolved (hero has reached goal)

Chuck Norris Bruce Lee Final Showdown

THE AFTERMATH (99-100%)

  • Now that the hero has achieved their goal what is he/she going to do with this new life

When writing a script keep in mind to stay true to your story and add elements on top of the main story line, not the other way around. Many student films I’ve seen were funny or moving but there was no point to what was going on. If you have clear goals and take the main character on a journey physically or emotionally you will end up with a great movie! Again, have fun, stick true to who you are, and don’t be afraid to work outside the box (outside comfort level).

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Jan 12

Stand Up Comedy [Getting ready tips]

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 in Comedy

  • Don’t hang out with Debbie Downers before you go on, or anytime for that matter.
  • Before you go on think of a time you were super funny and bring the confidence to the stage.
  • Work the Crowd – Ask a crowd member a question about a topic you have material on (have them set you up for a joke).
  • Timing – Let the crowd go up and down. Let them come down them hit them back up before they get to the bottom.
  • Don’t try to GET laughs but GIVE laughs.
  • When you tell a joke have a stand on whether it makes you Happy, Angry, Sad let the crowd know how to feel and what they are laughing at.
  • Open up with an energy getting “How’s everybody felling!”, “Ready to have fun!”, or “Everybody ready to have sex!”
  • Watch various comics on youtube or any other medium. Don’t just watch your favorites.
  • Look at jokes as Trial and Error. Test then adjust.
  • REHEARSE practice in front of a mirror and video camera (if you can). Watch yourself and make changes where needed.

If you have fun and enjoy what your talking about, it will show through.

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