How To Be a Tech Hero

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I hesitate to post this.  Everyone who reads it will find out that I don’t really know much about computers at all.  I just know where to go to find the answer fast.

Hey, do you know how to download a youtube video?  How do you copy a dvd?  How do I get this weird video file to play?  Do you know how to edit a pdf?  How can I cleanup my computer and make it faster?

It doesn’t even matter what the question is.  Here’s the answer.

1) Ask this question.  Would a special computer program be able to solve my problem?  And does this program probably exist?

About 80% of the time the answer is yes and Yes!

2) Go to techsupportalert.com  or google gizmo freeware

This site is not very good for browsing, but it is absolutely incredible for finding a free program you can download immediately that does exactly what you want.  Use the search box or look at their categories.

Let’s say someone asks you to convert a .wmv video to .mp4 and you have no idea what that means.  Just pretend like you do. Go to techsupportalert and search for convert video. Look for an article that starts with the word Best, as in ‘Best Free Audio-Video Conversion Program’.  This page will give you a detailed description of four or five great programs that will do what you want for free. Drop down to their quick selection guide and pick the one they recommend the most. Download it.

Make sure you at least glance at the instructions.  These programs are always safe, but sometimes install other annoying programs you don’t need.  They will give you tips on how to avoid that.

In a few minutes you will have a new program, convert your friend’s video and you will be a Tech Hero!!  A Genius!  How do you know so much about computers?!

This simple strategy will work for tons of computer challenges. Use it to make friends. It can be especially useful when someone you have been on bad terms with is in a bind.

Be careful who you tell the secret to. Some people will love you if you do it for them, but won’t believe you if you tell them how.

by isaac whiting

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Five Reasons to Take a Day of Rest

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by Isaac Whiting

What is It?

It’s a day of rest or a Sabbath.  I’ve heard people call it a Stop Day. The rules are simple. One day a week we don’t schedule anything. No meetings, no errands, no school, no church, no work.  If someone invites us to dinner… maybe.

On our day of rest we try hard to do nothing. I am not saying we don’t do anything.  I am saying we do nothing. The kids have to fend for themselves in the kitchen.  We put our own dishes in the dishwasher, but slowly.  We read some Bible together and sing songs, but only for a little while. We do whatever we want as long as it is completely unproductive.  If it is on your to-do list or you feel the urge to get it done quickly it is off limits. Oh, and we also stay together.

Now, here are five things this has accomplished in my life.

5) Work Hard Without Being Hopeless

                Life used to seem like an endless stream of work and crises.  Work, get it done, kids yelling, too tired, go to bed, get up and do it again.  Now I know the cycle will end once every week.  When I feel too tired to keep going I know a day of rest is coming.

4) Gives Me Bursts of Power

                This is huge.  Sitting around and doing nothing seems like a waste of time.  But its not! All time is not created equal. We have days where everything clicks.  We have times of day where we can come up with amazing thoughts and solve problems quickly. When I take a day of rest every week I have more of these times and stronger.  How much is that worth?  It’s incalculable.

3) Rest Without Guilt

How else can you get rest without guilt?  Unless you have a day where you are not allowed to get things done you will always feel like you are wasting time.  Rest without guilt is true rest.

 

2) Your Family Will Love It

                If you have a family they will all love your rest day.  My children are more excited about this day than they are about video games, movies and candy. The night before a rest day they go to sleep with smiles on their faces.  How rad is that?

 

1)      You Will Love It

                Finally, you will love it. Taking a day of rest has tons of tangible benefits, but the best reason to do anything is love.  I didn’t love them at first, but now I love them. They are peace and joy and life and fun. What are you working for in your life?