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Archive for February, 2012

The Candle Lighter Awards

Posted by foreualways on February 25, 2012

Note: I had meant for this post to have been up something like 5 days ago. That wasn’t going to happen, for my very precious grandson was coming to spend the week and nothing fills my heart with love and joy as much as he does! So I’ve been kind of busy, spending time with this handsome 6 year old! it not that often that I get him for a week! Beside the fact that I’ve been serious sick the last few days. It wasn’t all that fun, he understood that we couldn’t go for a bike ride to the playground and the same day I started getting sick was the day we where suppose to go. I knew that familiar feeling coming over me and although I took my meds and did what I would normally do when I catch it in the start. Nothing was going to change that….I was sick! Well he went home the other day and I promised we do it his next visit. I was sadden by not being able to do that with him, but I am glad I didn’t make a promise on that one! The reason being is I do not break my promises to him!

So now my head is still cloudy and windy a bit and I have a very sore throat still, but most everything else is better!

So I will see if I can get this up today!

Recently I received a “Candle Lighter Award”, and I don’t feel I really deserve it as I don’t see where I have contributed anything to the WordPress community!

I will except it though and display the award/picture to the right with a link back to who nominated me! Quirky, yes I know!

I haven’t been honor with any kind of award before other then my GED a few years ago and I still have yet to display it on the wall within a few pieces of wood, behind a piece of glass.

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I wanted to say thank you to Abandonbarns (y’all hop over and give him some love now) for nominating me for a Candle Lighter Award:

The Candle Lighter Award is an award for a post or blogthat is positive and brings light into the world.  The Candle Lighter Award belongs to those who believe, who always survive the day and who never stop dreaming, who do not quit but keep trying. There are no rules. If you wish to, simply accept it and you are done! You are also free to decline or ignore it.  Recipients can pass it on to as many nominees as they wish and as often as they wish.

The rules for the Liebster Blog, Candle Lighter, and Sunshine Award are as follows:

  • Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. (which I think is what I did above if there is more to it let me know please)
  • Reveal your top picks for these awards and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

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I decided to copy his for the most part and changed what I needed. Sneaky and lazy I know! WinkSmile with tongue out

So here my list of people I pick for this award…

Abandoned Barns – So many women wanting to know where the good guys are and so many throwing them a way!

Divorced & Angry – I too am Thankful for his blog and wish he didn’t have to go though what he has and is!

Am I A Good Husband – I would say, “YES, he is!”

Lesley Carter – On a different note, she plenty happy and bring a lot to this WordPress community with your love for life and travel!

Photobotos – For bring such wonderful and beautiful pictures to the community.

Ahhsome – Now here a very active community blogger and she has some good reads as well!

My Unique Life In Windows Live Space – Jeff is worth the read, especially some of his “Fiction Friday’s” with “Wicked”

Technograns – Now she may be getting close to 80 yrs, but she really knows her stuff. Sometimes I think she actually younger then she claims! But if you want to find out the latest news, tips and tricks for Windows, W7 Phone, Google, etc follow her she all over the place!

 

There are so many more I could include and hopefully next time around I will be feeling better and get to include them as well!

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A QR Barcode Reader –

Posted by foreualways on February 14, 2012

If you go to my twitter account, you’ll see I have a QR Barcode as my profile picture. Now if you have a QR Code reader on your mobile device or desktop / laptop, you can go ahead and scan my profile picture in, it will give you my name and email, as well as a link to my WordPress blog.
Note: That if you have any of the a kind of apps that I refer to, or you just already know how to do this then you can scan any of the QR Codes I this article, well except for the small one in the second picture. I believe it too small….

Here a picture of a portion of my twitter profile….

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You can go ahead and scan the QR Barcode if you have QR Barcode app on your cell phone. I made that code with a app for Google Chrome, called http://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/. This app can be used in any browser, well actually it just a link to a website that will generate the code for you, then you can download it, share it, etc!

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Now you can go ahead and click on the Generate button and you get this….

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I then downloaded it to my computer then uploaded it to my profile on Twitter!

I have since found a desktop QR Code reader / generator that I like. Note that I am using Windows Vista 64 bit, and I didn’t change / set up / or do anything that they suggested for Vista or Windows 7. If you go to the link then you will see a version for iPhone, Windows 7 Phone, Windows, Mac, Browser Extensions and Android. Along with a few other mobile os’s. I didn’t a version for Linux, or any variation of it, I also didn’t see a Blackberry version as well!

Here the link……http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/downloadMain.asp.

I have this desktop software, as well as the Android version of it and it works nicely! So far….Fingers crossed

Here the screen captures for the Quickmark software mentioned above. If I did it right they should explain themselves along the way!  

This is for reading QR Codes from your desktop computer~

 

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Step 1) Get the QR Code in your computer ready! I used Windows Explorer, click on Views, then select Extra Large Icons.

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2012-01-30_035917 Step 2) Now be aware, that as scary as that picture is – it is me! OK now, that the webcam on my laptop. Just click where the blue arrow is pointing! You can check the other buttons out later.
Now once you click the Screen Capture Mode button (where the blue arrow pointing), you will drag the grey box over the QR Code to be read / decoded!
2012-01-30_041524 Step 3) Now when you drag this grey window over the QR Code, you should have it aligned up like in the picture to your left. Once you do that you can click the grey button – with the orange circle, underneath the code. It call the Decode button.
Clicking the camera button will take you back to the screen in Step 2 (note: that it should be your mug in the frame this time, not mine! Nyah-Nyah
2012-01-30_042614 Step 4) The last step – well depending what else you do with this, but the last step for this little tutorial. If you did everything right you will see that the QR Code has been decoded, er read!
Now this is the code I made, with the first link way back at the top!
This program here can do the same thing! As in Step 2 and click the Generate button to create your own code!

Well have fun and see what else you can create code for!

I am using this software as well as their Android counter – part, I also use Google Goggles, Barcode Scanner and ScanLife.
I like trying out multiple apps / software that serves the same purpose.

Security & Concerns

I should warn you there are some concerns when using a QR Code reader. Some people will scan a code and not realize that it will take them right to a negative/hacking/malicious websites!
The desktop software in the link above does not take you to a site. It show you the given information embedded in the QR-Code and if a link is there, you have to click on it to open your web browser!

Scanlife, will automatically open your web browser on your now Google Goggles, Barcode Scanner and Quickmark (the mobile version of the Quickmark desktop software shown above are all safe! They do not go to your web browser unless you press on the link.

Where to get the software/apps

  1. The Quickmark desktop and mobile app for Android, Win7 Phone, iPhone, etc can be found at the link above as well as the link here….http://www.quickmark.cn/En/basic/index.asp.
  2. The Barcode Scanner can be found here…https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.zxing.client.android.

Your App Store

Android Market – https://market.android.com/search?q=qr+code&c=apps
Windows Phone 7 – http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/search?q=qr+scanner&x=0&y=0
iPhone – I don’t know, I am NOT downloading iTunes to find out! But I am sure there has to be some there beside what I mentioned already!

Well I hope you found this useful!

Have a great day!
Michael

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Twitter / Mike Flint: #summer on it way! Despite…

Posted by foreualways on February 10, 2012

foreualwaysny (Mike Flint)

#summer on it way! Despite the hot weather I can’t wait!

8:24 AM Feb 10th via twicca
http://twitter.com/foreualwaysny/status/167962067129733120

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