Solve Your Technical or Content Needs

guru Have you ever run into a situation on your site where you need a quick technical fix but don't know how to do it?  Do you have a great idea for a new site design or web app?

It can be a pretty daunting task to get that kind of thing done.  Some people are lucky enough that they happen to know someone with some tech skills.  So you toss them $50 bucks and have them solve the issue for you.

For the rest of us, what do you do?

Luckily, there are freelance sites out there that can solve these problems for you, safely and securely.

If you're the adventurous type, you could go to Craig'slist and post a gig.  You'll surely get a flood of interested freelancers.  But there's always that "what if" factor.  What if the person screws up your site and walks away?  What if they take your money without finishing the job?  What if?

So using a site like that can be a little risky.  Personally, I've used Craiglist for small technical gigs, and they've worked out fine.  However, I have heard dozens of nightmare stories.

There are better alternatives though.  Sites like Guru.com and RentACoder.com specialize in this type of work.  It's almost like eBay for tech geeks.

Basically, you post the "job" or task you have on the site, then the freelancers get to bid on your job.  While they are bidding, you can see that user's profile, job history, and rating.  So right away, you already know a lot more about the person's reputation than you would with Craigslist.

Once you negotiate and select a freelancer, the Guru or RentACoder holds your money in escrow for you.  That way, if the freelancer were to drop of the face of the planet or not deliver on what was promised, you won't lose your money.

They have customer service reps that arbitrate these disagreements on behalf of both parties.

From the freelancer's perspective, they know if they do the job as promised, they will get paid.  They don't have to worry about getting stiffed.

All of your conversation with the freelancer happens through the website so there is a detailed log of your conversation history.  That way there's no finger pointing.  Everything is out in the open for the arbitrator to see and evaluate.

So if you have a small or large technical job, you should check one of those sites out.  Could save you a lot of headache and money!

Wordpress 2.5 is Here!

The brand spanking new Wordpress 2.5 "Brecker" is here, and just hours old. The crew over at Wordpress just cut the newest stable version loose, and of course we installed it immediately. It is awesome.

Wordpress 2.5 Write ScreenThere's a ton of new features, bells, and whistles. However, I must say, my favorite thing is the new design of the back end from a cosmetic point of view. It is very clean, simple, and easy to navigate.

It's also very BRIGHT! You actually feel lighter when you write. A very airy feel to it that makes it enjoyable to work.

The new "Write" screen also has built in tools for adding media such as YouTube videos, you own images, pdf's, audio clips, and other media. You can even toggle to full screen mode, which makes the writing a little easier when you are working on those big posts. It blows the writing area up to the full width of your browser, which then makes it look/feel like you are working inside MS Word or similar word processing software.

After typing in your headline, you also get a preview of what your permalink will look like for that article. It is placed in a clear area for you to see. I'm hoping this encourages users to think about their slugs and urls a little more. The smarter you write your slug, the better your SEO will be.

If you write a blog with more than one person, there's new features for you too! Now, you don't have to worry about being inside a post and having your partner save over your edits. Once you open a post, it will keep other editors out while you work on it. That way you aren't both working on it at the same time and saving over each other.

Tons of great features. iCast Limited is offering our professional services for this upgrade. If you would like to have us upgrade your Wordpress blog for you, it will cost you just $29.95. Contact us if you are interested in this offer.

Don't have a Wordpress blog? It is very easily to migrate your current blog over to this platform. We offer those services too.

100% FREE Professional Wordpress Blog Installation

Free Professional Wordpress Installation ServiceYou may be thinking that Blog Craving has lost its mind. Maybe we have, but it works our great for you! Blog Craving is offering 100% FREE Wordpress setup and installations on your servers. It is completely free, no strings attached!

If you've been toying with the idea of hosting you blog on your own servers so you can have a) More control over the look, b) use cool plugins, c) place ads on your blog, or for any other reason, now is your chance.

A Blog Craving Wordpress expert will professionally install Wordpress on your servers, on any host (provided they meet the Wordpress specs), setup the databases, and do preliminary quality assurance testing for absolutely ZERO cost.

Blog Craving is not selling you the Wordpress software. You can go get it yourself for free from Wordpress.org! However, for the someone who's not tech savvy, installing a blogging system can be intimidating. That's where our free services comes in. You don't have to worry about it, we will.

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More Smokin' Gossip Blog Design

Jeanette's Celebrity Corner is one of the latest gossip blog designs that we've launched.  It's a complete overhaul from what the blog used to have as a template. This client wanted to elevate the blog's profile, and make it an even bigger player in the gossip blog community.

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The blog included widget integration, logo design, and banner placement.

Is Your PC Healthy?

Due to popular demand, here are a variety of highly recommended programs that will vastly improve your computer performance. Have a Mac? Ignore everything here because your computer already kicks ass.

Pop ups? Slow internet? No internet? Homepage keeps resetting itself? Congratulations, you have spyware!

To get rid of said spyware, download and run the following tools:

Adaware SE

Spybot

Spyware Doctor

Download and install EACH of these programs. After installation, each program has an update feature that must be run. Then run the scans. Each will find a variety of spyware programs on your computer and clean them off. Don't be lazy!! Download ALL of these programs and run each of them. Non of them are perfect, and they miss things. But if you run all three, you should be in better shape.

Have an annoying virus that Norton or McAfee won't get rid of? Not sure what you have? Think you might have a virus? Well, you probably do have a virus.

Well, if you don't already have antivirus software...GET SOME RIGHT NOW. Personally, I prefer Norton, but McAfee is good too.

However, there is a nifty little program out there that is free that does an amazing job. It will find stuff that the other antivirus programs won't.

The program is called Anti-Vir. It can be downloaded at FreeAv.com.

Download and install this program. It is FREE. Get it running. If it beeps, that means it found something. It will clean it off. Internet acting unusually slow? Want to find out how fast it actually is?

Go to PC Pitstop and run the speed test. There are TWO separate tests. One tests your upload speed, and one tests your download speed. Check them out and compare your speed over time.

Have the program called "Webshots?" Yeah, you know that little program that changes your picture on your desktop and what not?

GET RID OF IT. Webshots = Bad News. While the program itself it not too bad, it allows a lot of other spyware crap to get on your computer. And actually, it takes up a ton of network resources.

"But what am I going to use for my pictures?" Use Yahoo pictures of Shutterfly. But never download one of those online picture sharing programs. BAD.

Weather Bug. Sorry....bad news too.

However, it can be controlled. Do NOT run Weatherbug at all times. You may think the program is closed, but it really isn't. Usually, it parks itself down near the time on the lower right of your desktop. You need to make sure that Weatherbug does not open automatically on start-up. If you want to check the weather, open the program, and then exit out of it. Make sure it is not in your task bar!

Otherwise, Accuweather.com and Weather.com do just as good a job as Weatherbug and they won't cause problems on your computer.

NOTE: Weatherbug will attempt to auto-install itself with AOL Instant Messager. Uncheck the option to install it when you are installing AIM.

Kazaa. Holy mother of God.

If you have Kazaa, get rid of it right now. You WILL get tons of viruses/spyware if you use this program.

Kazaa Lite: Not as bad, but still not good. Sure, you won't get as much spyware, but these days there are a lot more viruses on it. Because of Kazaa Lite's growing popularity, there have been more and more virus spread with it.

Instead, use LimeWire. This program was originally designed for Mac but is now available for PC. It has a special feature that will detect corrupt files or potentially virus infected items. Plus, there are generally fewer viruses out there being spread though LimeWire.

However, ANY P2P program can transmit viruses.

Also, iTunes works particularly well with Limewire. Get iTunes and you will no longer need WinMX, Real Player, or Windows Media player to play your personal music collection. iTunes also has an amazingly simple CD Burning component.

AIM Virus?

That's easy. 1) Be careful when you click links in profiles. 2) Use run this quick tool, and it will be gone.

Firefox

How could I have forgotten? Thanks, Dan, for reminding me.

If you are looking for a superior, 3rd party browser...get Firefox! Let's face it, Internet Explorer can be pretty crappy. Firefox = WAY BETTER. You can used tabbed browsing, regular browsing, and its more or less spyware free.

Bust out of the box and try some Firefox. (wow...they rhymed.)

And for the love of God...

Run your Windows Updates!!!!!!! You know that little bubble that pops up and says "Updates are available for your computer" ...? Yeah, guess what. THAT IS NOT A SUGGESTION. That little bubble can be annoying, but it is important. Those Windows updates fix the problems in the operating system that let viruses and spyware onto your computer in the first place.

Not running your Windows updates is as risky as leaving your car doors unlocked in Harlem. So don't be lazy, and run your updates. You aren't sitting in front of your computer every second of the day. So, when you get up to leave, start the updates. By the time you get back, they will probably be done. You don't have to sit there and babysit the thing the whole time.

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