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Happy New Year 2021.

by Anura Guruge

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Perfect Background Music — A Bhajan At That — For Indexing A 500-Page Book.

by Anura Guruge

The YouTube video.

Click to ENLARGE. My Adobe PDF-based, unique indexing method.

When I am writing I need absolute silence. I have to focus. So, no music or other distractions, whatsoever, even in the background. Has to be quiet. Still.

Not so after I have finished writing. Often when I am completing the production of a book (and I am on my 31st, I think) I like some soothing music — to keep me going.

This is very true when I am indexing a book. I still index my books by hand. The so called automated methods are too cumbersome and unreliable. 40-years ago I, while working for IBM, I wrote an indexing program for computer program listings. If I was as good at programming as I then was, I could try and write one. But, for now I index using my own unique method.

I use the Adobe PDF search function. I already have the book as a PDF. So, there is no extra step here.

I use Adobe Search on each word I am going to index and just transcribe the page numbers kindly & conveniently provided for I by Adobe. See image above. So, per that example, I know that the word ‘Domus’ appears on page 4 of the book. Now it is just a case of banging that page number, viz., 4, into the index entry. Very mechanical, but tedious and time-consuming.

So, I like to have some soothing music to keep me going. What music I choose depends on the circumstances. Thirty years ago I have used Garth Brooks. Oliver Mtukudzi has served me well for more than one book. I have also known to rely on ‘Chant‘ music. An Indian version of ‘chant’ is ‘bhajan’ — a type of devotional music. It can be hypnotic an very relaxing. So, today I went looking in YouTube for Bhajans. Found this one, serendipitously. It is long, and it worked well.

I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.

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Tech Steps You Can DIY, And Tech Projects You Need Pros to Complete.

From ‘rawpixel’.

By Katie Conroy

“Katie Conroy writes about lifestyle topics and created where she shares advice from her experiences, education & research.”

Investing in tech can be a costly step for small business owners. So, if you are looking to squeeze the most helpful tech into a tight budget, it can help to know which tech steps you can DIY and which require a pro. To that end, we’ve put together a list to help you decide when to tackle tech projects on your own and when to leave those projects to more experienced hands.    

Business Tech Steps Anyone Can Complete

 Setting Up Dropship Sites and Secure Checkout

If you want to add products to your current website or even want to start a web-based business from scratch, choosing dropshipping services may be your best bet. That’s because dropshipping sites like Oberlo make it really simple for entrepreneurs to get started with this sort of web-based business model, and you never need to worry about finding additional space for inventory, which can include anything from electronics to home decor. Already have products and services that you want to sell online? If so, then another tech step you can DIY is to find secure payment systems that will allow your potential customers to use their credit cards or other financial accounts without worrying about their online security.

 Creating Small Business Social Media Accounts

Social media is still one of the most effective online marketing tools for small businesses, and it’s a tool you can use without help from pros. You can use social media to communicate with customers for both marketing and customer service needs. Best of all, managing social media can be a simple DIY task. You just need to spend some time figuring out which platforms are most likely to reach your target audience — everything else can be effortless.

Creating a Very Basic Small Business Website

When it comes to creating your small business website, deciding between DIY or custom-built can be pretty tricky. Building your own site is a great option if you are just starting out as an entrepreneur or if you need a very basic website and you need it fast. If you think a DIY website will work for your business, using free website builders can help you trim your startup budget. Plus, most free website builders are user-friendly, which can save you valuable time as well.

Protecting Private Business Data From Threats

If long-term success is a goal for your small business, then you need to be concerned about data security. Small business data security should encourage entrepreneurs to educate themselves around current online threats, but it should also implore business owners to institute best practices when it comes to preventing data and security breaches. One such practice is the use of two-step authentication, but there are other data security measures you can put into practice all on your own, such as deleting old data and creating a data breach response plan.

Tech Steps That Should Be Left to Professionals

Recovering From a Data Breach or Email Attack

Having a comprehensive data breach recovery plan is crucial for any small business owner, but completing the steps in that plan typically requires outside assistance. For example, if your business has experienced data loss due to a successful phishing attack or email scam, you won’t be able to recover that data on your own. It takes expert data recovery experience from companies such as Secure Data Recovery to correctly and efficiently tackle this complicated task. If you do not have an IT expert on your payroll, you will need to call a data recovery service in order to recoup lost data and get operations back on track.

 Customizing an Engaging Small Business Website

If creating a one-of-a-kind website is a must for your business, or if you simply do not have the time to take on this task yourself, you should consider hiring a web developer. Hiring website help can be costly, so think about what’s most important for your website and your business needs; that way, you’ll know whether to hire a developer or a designer.

Knowing when to DIY and when to get help from the pros is crucial for keeping tech costs low. It can also keep you from wasting your time on complicated tech tasks. So, keep this list handy to make the most of your budget and your time!            

‘Zeblaze THOR 5’, Another Intriguing Chinese Smartwatch — With SIM, GPS & Camera — For $160!

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Zeblaze THOR 5 product page.

Click to ENLARGE and study here. Amazing specs.

That is a LOT of watch for that price. You will also notice that the packaging, icons and even the User Manual look very Garmin. SMILE.

It runs Android. So, Android on your wrist.

Appears it is not waterproof. That is a liability. I am now so used to showering with a smartwatch on … never mind the swimming.

But, I wanted to bring this to your attention.

Worth checking out.

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‘Amazfit GTR’ With 24-Day Battery Life & Premium Fashion Look Will Be Available In The U.S. In August 2019.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access original. Google ‘Amazfit GTR’ for more.

The Amazfit GTR with the leather strap, titanium-body and high-end looks reminds me of the Garmin MARQ Expedition I wear — though there is an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE difference in price!

Functionally, other than the incredible, 24-day battery-life and water-resistance to 50-meters, it, with the trademark bright AMOLED display (with 326 pixel resolution), appears to have functionality similar to the quite impressive Amazfit Verge (e.g., GPS/GLONASS, 12 sport modes etc.). There is NO MENTION, as yet, of an ECG/EKG capability. But, that might come.

I have been told that it will be available in the U.S. in August 2019. I have not got an exact date yet. I will work on that.

Looks a nice watch. I might get one and put my Garmin MARQ Expedition away (to ‘appreciate’ in peace (SMILE)).

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by Anura Guruge

‘Amazfit Verge II’ Is Announced With ECG & e-SIM, But Just In China For Now ($190).

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access a pretty cool, and information-packed site, though I do NOT think it is an official ‘Amazfit’ site.

Click to access ‘Android Central’ coverage.

Amazfit continues to AMAZE with the Verge, one of my favorite smartwatches.

Apple Watch 4 like ECG/EKG capability, in an AMOLED display watch, with a snappy ‘Snapdragon Wear 2500’ processor, for ~ US $190. That is CRAZY.

Bad news, not announced or available (officially) in the U.S. Only in China to begin with. That might also mean that there is NO English support on the watch as yet.

With the eSIM, in 4G mode, the battery life is rated at 28-hours. That means it needs to be charged every day. Folks are already complaining.

U.S. announcement is expected later in 2019.

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The ‘Amazfit Verge’ Is Pretty Amazing, The ‘Verge II’ Might Be Even Better!

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the ‘TECHRADAR’ coverage.

I really enjoyed running with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. It has the BEST display I have yet to encounter on a smartwatch, and I say that as somebody who OWNS a $1,750 Garmin MARQ Expedition. Yes, I wear a Garmin more than I do the Amazfit Verge, but that is only because I am a sucker for all of the Garmin value-adds such as performance, body battery, stress, sleep analysis eyc.

For a smartwatch under $200 you just cannot beat the Amazfit Verge. I freely tell that to any and all that ask me for smartwatch recommendations and I get asked quite often.

From the little I can gleam the Verge II, at a minimum will sport a faster chipset (though it was pretty fast to begin with) and will have a SIM slot which will enable it to do even more functions without a smartphone in close proximity.

Right now we are not sure of U.S. pricing and availability. Rest assured, I will keep you posted. This is just a quick heads-up.

I am excited. This could be a gamechanger.

Amazfit continues to AMAZE.

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Starting Your Own Business: How To Turn A Career Setback Into A Positive — By Larry Mager.

Starting Your Own Business: How To Turn A Career Setback Into A Positive

— By Larry Mager (of ‘Ready Brain‘)

Photo from ‘Pixabay’.

Suffering a career setback can be devastating; not only can it affect your ability to move on and focus on the task at hand, it might even make you rethink your entire career. You may be feeling a blow to your self-esteem or be worrying about what your next move will be, and that’s completely normal. However, it could be the best thing that could have happened.

Rethinking your career may seem like a huge leap into the unknown, but it could be the jumping off point for an entirely new phase in your life. No matter how old you are or what point you’re at in your career, the solution to your problems could lie in starting your own business. And while it takes a lot of planning and hard work, it might be the best way to gain your confidence back and take your life and career in a new, more fulfilling direction.

Read on to find out how to get started if you’re serious about working for yourself.

Think about what you love

Making a career out of something you’re passionate about could be as easy as turning one of your hobbies into a business. Think about what you’re good at and what you could offer your community; are you artistic or do you teach yoga on the side? Just remember — the business you choose must be something that you’re going to want to do even after a lot of hard work. Starting a business is never easy, and there will likely be a few setbacks, especially in the beginning. With a good plan, however, you can make the process as smooth as possible. You may even experience some healing along the way.

Think about finances

It’s best to start the process of building a new business while you still have a job. That may sound like a lot of work, and it will be, but it’s best to make sure you’ll have the financing to cover your bills and other needs while you’re preparing.

You’ll also need to think about financing for your business; will you need investors, or do you have startup cash? Most new businesses don’t make a profit for the first year — sometimes longer — so you need to be prepared to layout cash in the beginning. Consider saving on overhead by working from home, but be sure to set up a dedicated home office where you can work free of distractions. Or, if you prefer to work outside the home, consider co-working in a shared, community space.

Do some homework

Look around online and in your community to see what the need is for a business like yours. If there are competitors, take a look at how they do business and what their customer base is like. It’s imperative to get active on social media, not only to help your research along, but to assist you in building your business once you get up and running. Having access to millions of potential customers will ensure that you’ll be able to draw people in without having to do so much of the legwork.

Consider your options

Going into business for yourself doesn’t necessarily mean opening up a storefront to sell products or services; you can become self-employed and set your own hours while making quite a bit of money. For instance, real estate agents enjoy a lot of freedom and are able to work with people to make their dreams come true, a job that many different kinds of people can enjoy.

If you’d like to set up an online store and work at home from your computer, there are a number of products that have spiked in popularity over the years. In addition to selfie drones and wireless earphones, people have made a considerable amount of money selling beard oils, cat-eye sunglasses, women’s shoes, men’s backpacks, artificial flowers, throw pillows, and night vision cameras — and that’s just scratching the surface. The trick is to find a niche that’s neglected by other businesses and connect with people who want the product.

Starting a business — or becoming self-employed — comes with so many things to think about, not the least of which is how to become a success. However, with a good plan and some help from advisors and family to support you, making a bold career move might be the best thing to ever happen to you.

Click to access ‘Ready Brain’.

The Already Amazing ‘Amazfit Verge’ Will Now Include Amazon ‘Alexa’ Integration.

by Anura Guruge

The ‘Amazfit Verge‘, as I raved about a few months ago, has to be THE VERY BEST sub-$200 smartwatch. I thoroughly enjoyed having it on my wrist and going running with it.

Now Alexa integration. Wow. Keeps on getting better.

It is very popular outside of the USA.

I am hoping that it will catch on in the US.

Check it out.

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‘Huawei Watch GT’ An Attractive GPS Smart-Watch Not Officially Available In North America.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access ‘Huawei’ product page with their video.


Click to ENLARGE.

Like the ‘Amazfit Verge‘, which I am currently evaluating, this is another impressive Chinese GPS smart-watch with a compelling AMOLED display. It is not Huawei’s foray into smart-watches but it is by far the most feature rich, in that it includes: GPS/GLONASS/Galileo, continuous heart-rate, VO2 max, sleep monitoring etc.

That it is currently not officially available in North America is rather frustrating. Yes, there are folks selling it in the U.S. — and it is available on eBay — but there is no U.S. warranty and Huawei is very explicit that it is not available in the U.S.

From the specs., I think it is more capable than the Amazfit ‘Verge’. But, the ‘Verge’ is now available in the U.S., even from Amazon, whereas the ‘Watch GT’ is not. That is a shame.

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