Display archivesAll-You-Can-Read from Amazon for only $10

July 18th, 2014
Amazon just introduced the Kindle Unlimited service: all you can read for $10/month, including audio books. The service works with any Kindle or device that has a Kindle app. There’s a catch or two, which you may or may not care about:


  • You don’t get to keep the books. This is more like a library, where you get to check out 10 titles at a time.
  • Amazon carries millions of titles, but Kindle Unlimited applies to “only” 600,000 of them. That’s a lot, but if the books you want aren’t among the available titles, the number might as well be zero.


This isn’t Amazon’s fault. Publishers in general don’t like offering unlimited deals, and although Amazon twists arms very hard (just ask Stephen Colbert), there’s only so much arm twisting they can do.



Display archivesLinkedIn is rolling out a publishing platform

July 14th, 2014
Last week, LinkedIn announced a new publishing platform for its members. So far, it’s by invitation, only – probably to members who have posted a certain amount or length of updates on their profiles. If you didn’t get the invitation, you can request one here. Eventually, it will be open to everyone.


This is a good opportunity to share your expertise with the general public, and hopefully with people who can give you business or hire you. The mechanics of writing an article is mostly the same as writing a regular post, except you aren’t limited to 689 characters, and you can use basic formatting:


However, the system is rough around the edges. It doesn’t accept HTML or CSS formatting, all images wrap text around them and you can’t change it, and even if you insert a small image, the system forces a large amount of padding around it. The result can cause a mess like this (from my first post: Calculating percentages of a total using Excel), and you can’t fix it:


Maybe because this service isn’t fully released, there is no link on the menu bar to get to your posts or create a new one. You have to know the URL: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/author/createArticle


I sent these concerns to LinkedIn, and they said “When many of our members ask for the same improvement, [the developers] try their best to get it done. However, due to the number of suggestions they receive, they usually don’t provide a timeline.” So we’ll see.


In the meantime, write some articles! It will help establish or burnish your professional credibility. And happy Bastille Day!



Display archivesUsing Advanced Web Search Techniques

June 12th, 2014
Search engines do a lot more than immediately meets the eye. If you’re getting results that aren’t relevant, if you’re getting too many results, if you want to find something on a particular web site, or if you just want to do a quick calculation or measurement conversion, there are some pretty cool tricks that you can do. Some of these techniques will work in any search engine, but the coolest features work only on Google.


Get the full tutorial article and screencast for free on TutsPlus.





Display archivesHow to Format Excel Sheets Using Styles

May 21st, 2014
When you want to format cells in Microsoft Excel, you can do it manually, by selecting fonts, font color and size, background colors and borders, or you can do the formatting quickly and automatically using styles. If you used styles in other programs, you’ll be familiar with the concept: a style is a mixture of formatting that you can apply over and over, like paint.


Get the full tutorial article and screencast for free on TutsPlus.





Display archivesHow to Host Your Own Webmail with Roundcube

May 5th, 2014
If you have a custom domain for your website, chances are you’d like to have a professional-looking email address, like myname@mycompany.com. It used to be free and simple to use Gmail or Hotmail with your own domain, but you’ll now have to pay $5/month for Gmail with your domain and you can no longer use Outlook.com that way…


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Display archivesHow to create a table of contents in Microsoft Word

April 28th, 2014
When you’re editing a long document in Microsoft Word, you’ll probably have to create a table of contents. That might sound like a chore, but fortunately, you can do it in just a few clicks. Then, if you change the document, Word can update the table of content instantly. Best of all, Word includes hyperlinks to the various sections in your table of contents, so it isn’t just a visual aid for printed documents, but also is perfect to make easy-to-browse online documents and PDFs.


Tutorial article and screencast published by TutsPlus.