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Best of – Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

An amazing resource for anyone who uses Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop

When it comes to graphic design, Adobe Photoshop is usually the first option to consider. However, the software itself is a quite tough nut to crack — and definitely extremely hard to master. For instance, the concepts are not always intuitive and it’s not always clear when to use what tool and how to use it effectively. In fact, in Photoshop it usually takes pretty much time to achieve something you have never done before.

However, you don’t need to muddle through numerous Photoshop features and extensions for every design problem. You can use professional suggestions instead, e.g. professional step-by-step tutorials which provide excellent results and thus can save you a lot of time.

View list of Adobe Photoshop Tutorials (Best Of)

Microsoft – Bill Gates Announces His Retirement Plans

Bill Gates has announced his retirement plans at Microsoft. Hard to imagine Microsoft without a Bill Gates at the wheel, but this video is pretty hilarious!


Video: Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip

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Guitar being played with 4 hands

Rondo All Turka: Turkish March

Here’s a great tune being played on a single guitar with 2 musicians.

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Jott It!

Yesterday I wrote a post that went into how great Jott was in combination with Xpenser. Today, I will tell you why Jott is one of those “gotta have it” tools on the web and the best part about this is, that it’s all free!

Jott™ is a revolutionary new service that automatically converts your voice into e-mail and text messages—anytime, anywhere, with any cell phone. Jott™ makes you more productive and efficient by capturing your ideas, notes to self, tasks, and more without using your keypad.

I’ve found Jott to be extremely helpful in a couple different situations:

  • It’s much easier to Jott someone a response instead of texting when you’re in the middle of driving / riding / running around.
  • You are out and about and need to remind yourself of something for later.
  • It’s great to track expenses with Xpenser using Jott!
  • You can use it to blog a post!!
  • You can use it with Twitter, Jaiku, Blogs, Zillow, Yahoo Groups, 30 Boxes, Remember the milk, Tumblr, and the list goes on and on! Look here!

If you are like me, it takes me way too long to text someone a response or have conversations using texting on a cell phone, Jott makes it easy, and that I can appreciate!

Did I already mention that it’s FREE?
Check out Jott for your everyday use!

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Xpenser – Track your expenses!

Xpenser is a super easy way to keep track of your expenses. I have found it very useful in keeping track of my daily business expenses and catching up either at the end of the day or week.

We were fed up with how painful expense reports and tracking were. After many experiments we found a workable solution: record expenses as soon as they happen and forget about them.

Xpenser lets you do just that – record expenses via whatever means are available to you quickly and painlessly. Send them in via Email, SMS, IM, or voice (call a number and say your expense). Use the Web interface to edit and finalize them, and be done with them. No more forgetting your cash expenses, no more half-day expense entry sessions.

It’s one of those easy to use “Fire and Forget” tools that make it a super tool for me. You don’t have to tinker with too much to put down your expense and move on. Xpenser gives you several ways to insert your data quickly and painlessly including Twitter, Aim, Jott, SMS and email!
Xpenser - Keep track of expensesXpenser - Track business expenses easily
Now, without going into too much detail, what makes this a ultra cool tool is the fact that I can use Jott to submit my expenses to Xpenser on the run by cell. The combination of these two awesome resources makes it a must have for anyone who wants to track expenses. I’ll get into Jott on my next post.

Keep track of your expenses using Xpenser!

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