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Jan
05

33 Celebrity Twitter Accounts Hacked

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Several Twitter accounts have been hacked including Barack Obama, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, Britney Spears, and others. Hackers used these accounts to send fake messages. Twitter locked down the affected accounts and has since given control back to the original users.

“I am high on crack right now might not be coming into work today,” from Rick Sanchez’s name is an example of some of the tweets sent through hacked accounts.

The accounts were hacked through Twitter’s support tools. The hacker gained access and managed to reset accounts’ information. A post on the Twitter blog states, “These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses to help people do things like edit the e-mail address associated with their Twitter account when they can’t remember or get stuck.”

The company has since taken the support tools offline until they can adequately secured.

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Dec
30

Telecommuting – 5 Ways to Stay Focused

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I spend equal time between an office and telecommuting from my home. Although I did not know it at the time, telecommuting and working out of the home in general takes a lot of work to keep focused. Here is a little of what I have learned and I hope it helps other fellow telecommuters.

5. Do not change your dress and morning habits: One of the appealing things about working from the home is that you can go to work in your ‘jammies. You can also wake up just before work, you can decide not to take a shower, or not eat breakfast, or half a million other things.

Your morning is what primes your work engine. So get up at the same time you normally do, spend the commute time getting ready for work, plan out your day, work out perhaps, take a shower, etc. This was the hardest lesson for myself to learn. I noticed that when I began to actually take pride in my mornings the quality of my work started to increase. I also noticed that I was able to finish my work sooner. So, keep your morning routine and even take some of that extra time to refine it a bit.

4. Have set work hours: If you think that you can spend all day working… well you are right. Since you have all your work at home you can spend the whole time working if you wanted. Problems with this is it blurs the lines between work and home life. It destroys your focus and can make seemingly easy assignments take forever to finish.

3. Work time is work time: Telecommuters and work at homers have very flexible hours. If you have an emergency you get out and get it done. Which is an excellent perk, but easily abused.

With your set work hours you need to make sure that work is work and, conversely, not work hours are for not working. Keeping work and say house chores separate gives you a chance to recharge your batteries and not get sucked into work drudgery. I’ve had my own problems in this department. There have been days I have gone to get a cup of coffee and noticed the lawn needed mowing.

Instead of working I grabbed the lawn mower and mowed the lawn. Doing things other than work during your work hours leads to distraction, disrupts your workday, and forces you to work longer hours.

2. Keep your work environment work related: If you have an extra room in your home, make it an office. Make sure it has a door so you don’t have to think about it during your off hours. Your work computer should be for work, ie remove the games, the hobbies, and the non-work related social crud. Not only will it keep you focused on what you need to get done, but it gives you something to look forward to.

1. Don’t be a hermit! One of the biggest problems with telecommuting, well my biggest problem, is the disconnect between myself and my colleagues. There is a certain sort of creative energy and camaraderie that happens when you have a group of people together. So how to combat this problem? Cell, Skype, four different types of instant messengers, collaboration tools, video conferences, I go the whole nine. Previously, I talked about Jellies and if you have one in your area, check it out.

Well I hope this brief list helps in your own endeavors. Till the next time, Happy hosting!

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Dec
02

9 Ways to Make Your Vlog More Professional

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Video blogging can be used for a wealth of different things. They can be used to set up interviews, get customer recommendations, discuss topics, present news… well the list goes on. However, from what I have noticed video and sound quality is quite horrific and often times many vblogs instead of coming off as laid back and easy going end up taking a one way trip to Amateurville (which is right next to IHaveNoIdeaWhatIAmDoing City located in the State of Denial).

1. Stay focused and advance the topic. You only have so much time to make you point and be memorable. Don’t waste it.

2. Make it interesting. The last thing anyone wants to see is a video that is boring and the last thing you want to see is comments saying this wasted the viewer’s time. Keep it interesting. If you don’t know if its interesting enough have outsiders view before you publish.

3. Prepare Talking Points or a Script. In order to keep things focused an interesting preparing talking points and questions for interviews ahead of time is essential. If the vlog is a tutorial of some sort, do several walk-throughs of what you want to do before the camera rolls. If you are doing something such as a mini movie then have a script.

4. Quality Ingredients produce a Quality product. Camcorder, external microphone, lighting, get them.

5. Keep it Short, 5 mins or less. Keep it short and simple and to the point. 5 mins or less. If it is going to be longer break it up into segments.

6. Brand your vlogs. If you want professional then you should brand every one of your vlogs. Use a logo or maybe a small text block.

7. Use editing software. Editing software is essential to make sure the colors, contrast, brightness, and resolutions are solid. Also you should be editing you work, cutting out bad points, or errors, and splicing in corrections you might have filmed later.

8. Lighting lighting lighting. Lighting makes or break video. More lighting is better, you want to reduce the amount of shadows in your production. There are a lot of resources online and off on the use of production quality lighting. If you are serious about vlogging you should study them.

9. Don’t be afraid to cut stuff out. When it comes to video no one keeps all of the film to final production. For a five minute video you are looking at ten minutes of film, at the least.

Follow these rules and you too shall enjoy professional vlogs. Until next time, happy hosting!

A few good resources:

Life Hacker: 8 Ways to Shoot Video Like a Pro

BlogBloke: How to Make Professional Podcast Videos for Your Blog

MetaCafe: Production School

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Oct
06

How to Reinvent Your Online Wheel

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Interesting to note that this time of season seems to be filled with web sites where the powers that be have decided its a great time for a redesign. Unfortunately, it also seems to be a time where the users are screaming bloody murder and protesting the companies to change everything back the way it was.

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