Techacker http://www.techacker.com Tech, Social Media and Entrepreneurship news, advice and resources. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:23:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Step by Step guide to install Android L on Nexus http://www.techacker.com/2014/06/step-by-step-guide-to-install-android-l-on-nexus/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/06/step-by-step-guide-to-install-android-l-on-nexus/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:23:47 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7932 Google announced a major UI refresh and system update for Android, currently called as “Android L” during Google I/O 2014 on June 25th, 2014.  Google also released a Developer Preview version of Android L.  The final release will be available by the end of 2014. Being as curious as I am, I happen to flash(...)

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Google announced a major UI refresh and system update for Android, currently called as “Android L” during Google I/O 2014 on June 25th, 2014.  Google also released a Developer Preview version of Android L.  The final release will be available by the end of 2014.

Being as curious as I am, I happen to flash it on my Nexus 7 (2013) successfully.  Below are the exact steps I took to install the Preview version of Android L.  If you have a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013) model, then you can also give it a try.  Follow along:

Step by step guide to install Android L on a Nexus Device?

Step 1: Making Device Ready for Install

Before you can install a new OS on your device, make sure it is ready for Developer Preview.  Also make sure that you have taken proper data back up of everything you care about on your device currently. To make the device ready, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Device Settings -> About Tablet (or Phone)
  2. If you have never enable Developer Option, then you need to tap 7 times on “Build Number” to activate Developer Options in settings.  By default this option is hidden.
  3. Developer Options should be enabled now on your device.  Tap on it and check on “USB Debugging”.

Step 2: Make your computer ready for installation

Now you need to make sure that the computer you want to use is ready for installing Android on your device.  You will need to download bunch of things and install in proper folder.

(Remember, this is a Developer preview.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing these things, please don’t. Wait for Google to release it for public use.  There is a big chance you can make your device unusable, if you don’t follow the steps properly.  The following steps assumes that you are familiar with Android app development or at least want to get familiar with.)

If you are reading further that means you want to give it a try… ;)  Well in that case:

  1. Make sure Java is installed on your computer.  If not, go ahead and download the latest Java Development Platform. JRE won’t work, you need JDK (Java SE Development Kit).
  2. Install Android studio from Google for Windows.  Follow instructions on this page to make sure it recognizes Java, else further steps won’t work.
  3. Assuming you went this far, now it is time to launch Android Studio.
    About Android Studio

    Android Studio

  4. Now go to SDK Manager and select the required packages for Android L preview as shown below.
    SDK Manager Platform Tools

    SDK Manager Platform Tools

  5. We need to also include the latest Google USB Drivers and other necessary packages from SDK Manager.
    SDK Manager Extras

    SDK Manager Extras

  6. So you now have the latest ABD and Fastboot application.  Confirm from the Android Studio install directory.  You will see two files adb.exe and fastboot.exe in platform-tools folder under sdk.

Step 3: Download Android L system image

Now that both of our devices (computer and tablet/phone) are ready for installation, we can now go ahead and download Android L system image.

  1. Go to Android L preview SDK release page and download the package necessary for your device.  For Nexus 7 the file is named as razor-lpv79-preview-d0ddf8ce.tgz.  Download this file for Nexus 7.  If you are trying with Nexus 5, then download the other file, not this one.
  2. Unzip the file to a folder.  Remember to unzip it to go from .tgz to .tar, then from .tar to .zip.  I used 7-zip application to unzip this file.  If you don’t have that application, download it for free from internet.  The final folder with all the files will look like as shown below.  Make sure you see an important file “flash-all.sh”.
    Android L System Image Folder

    Android L System Image Folder

Step 4: Finally, the time to install Android L preview

Well, now that you have come this far, Delhi is not too far then. :)  Follow the steps below to install Android L now on your Nexus device. The easiest way to install the required packages on your Nexus is by using Android Studio.

  1. Launch Android Studio and connect your device to your computer over USB.
  2. Go to your Computer – > Device Manager.  You should see that one of your device (your Nexus, in fact) needs a driver.  Right click on this device and follow instructions on this page to update Nexus driver to the required version.  (Don’t miss this step, else the system won’t recognize your device for installation.)
  3. On the top menu, select Tools – > Open Terminal.  It will give you the terminal on the bottom of the screen where you can enter the necessary commands to flash your device.  Enter the following commands and follow instructions on your device screen.
  4. Enter “adb reboot bootloader”.   That will reboot your device and show the bootloader with big Android robot in the center.
  5. Now enter “fastboot oem unlock” in the command terminal.  The device will now show a confirmation screen. Select appropriate action.  The device will not reset and erase all data on Nexus.
  6. Go back to terminal and now navigate to the folder where you downloaded and unzipped the system image files in last step of step 3 above.  You need to use simple commands like cd \ and cd <directory name>/…<folder name>
  7. Once you are in this folder, pass the command “flash-all” to execute the script.  This script will install the necessary bootloader, firmware and Android L operating system on your Nexus.
  8. It will generally take 5-10 minutes and after that your device will reboot.  Check the device setting and about tablet/phone, you should see the following information.
    About Tablet - Android L

    About Tablet – Android L

  9. Enjoy Android L preview version on your Nexus.

If you ever want to go back to the factory version, follow the same steps but this time select the appropriate factory images from here.

Hope this tutorial was easy to follow and I provided all the necessary information and instructions.  If you faced any issues along the way but figured out a way, please add the steps in the comments so others can also benefit.   I will also get a chance to update this tutorial.

Share with your friends who may want to try Android L too.

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Win $15,000 with #ItsAmazingOutThere Photo Contest http://www.techacker.com/2014/06/win-15000-itsamazingoutthere-photo-contest/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/06/win-15000-itsamazingoutthere-photo-contest/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 21:31:09 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7900 Amateur and pro-photographers can share their most spectacular work for a chance to win $15,000. The Weather Channel in partnership with Toyota has started this photo contest.  Photographers can submit their photos in one of the three categories: Living World – Photos should capture the wonders of The Mother Nature. Adventure – Photos that portray extreme(...)

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Amateur and pro-photographers can share their most spectacular work for a chance to win $15,000.

The Weather Channel in partnership with Toyota has started this photo contest.  Photographers can submit their photos in one of the three categories:

  1. Living World – Photos should capture the wonders of The Mother Nature.
  2. Adventure – Photos that portray extreme sports, outdoor activities or anything that shows a sense of adventure.
  3. The Elements – Photos that capture the power and beauty of nature – thunderstorms, tornadoes and other beauties of weather system.

Essentially the contest is looking for submission that showcase a passion for The Mother Nature and capture its beauty.  Share your photos with hashtag #ItsAmazingOutThere and till your friends and followers to vote for your photos starting June 16th to July 13th, 2014.  However, the contest is open for submission till June 15, 2014.  THe winners will be announced after August 7th, 2014.

The judges – Adam Ravetch, Steve Winter, Neil Katz and Dave Mayhew will select the grand prize winner who will receive $15,000 and other promotional goodies.  Learn more about this contest by clicking the link below:

It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest 2014.

Good luck!  Don’t forget to share with your photographer friends…

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Discover new movies with friends using Movienr http://www.techacker.com/2014/06/discover-new-movies-friends-using-movienr/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/06/discover-new-movies-friends-using-movienr/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 14:23:23 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7886 How do you discover new movies to watch? For me, it is mostly friends recommendations. Or the decision is based on news and advertisements. Other than that there is no real way to know which movie to watch next?  Is it? A decision to watch movie shouldn’t be a painful experience. Many times it happens(...)

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How do you discover new movies to watch? For me, it is mostly friends recommendations. Or the decision is based on news and advertisements. Other than that there is no real way to know which movie to watch next?  Is it?

A decision to watch movie shouldn’t be a painful experience. Many times it happens that we browse Netflix queue for hours but can not decide on a movie. By the time we pick a movie, the interest is gone.

Are you tired of searching for a new movie to watch, let your friends help you? If you are in the same boat, then you will be happy to know that there is new service in town – Movienr.

With Movienr, you can discover new movies, get personalized recommendations based on movies you have watched and engage with other movie addicts.

How Movienr can help you discover new movies?

1. Discover new movies based on genres

Just select the genre you  are interested into and Movienr shows you movies only in that genre.  You can further drill down to specific countries or year range etc.

Movienr - Discover new movies based on genre

Discover new movies based on genre

2. Discover new movies using interest filters

Movienr came up with a new way to filter movies – based on Theme, Place, Period or Origin.  There is also a section for New Movies.

Movienr - Discover new movies using filters

Discover new movies using filters

3. Discover new movies using Curated Movies Lists

It doesn’t get any better when you can discover movies like – “Set in/on the water”, “Prehistoric Movies”, “Romantic Comedies”, “Set in High School” and “Political Movies” etc.  Just browse any list and watch movies based on the recommendation.

Movienr - Discover new movies by curated lists

Discover new movies by curated lists

4. Discover new movies Socially

In the era of Social networking, how can movie recommendation be without social twist.  Go to the feed section and check out what movie addicts are watching and recommending.

All listings have trailers right next to them, so don’t believe the ratings, watch the trailer and decide.

Movienr - Social Feed

Movienr – Social Feed

5. Rate more movies to get better recommendations

More movies you rate, the better the recommendations get.

Movienr also creates an infographics called “movienraphics” based on your ratings automatically.  With this infographics you can quickly see which kind of movies you like the most.  It is an interesting way of showing your movie interests nonetheless.

Movienr - Infographics Anurag

Movienraphics – Movie Infographics Anurag

Since the service is still in beta, there might be some issues once in a while.  But in my test, it worked smoothly.

What is still missing?

  1. I would love to bring in my Netflix and Flixster ratings so that I don’t have to rate movies again in movienr.
  2. If I like something I want to watch, there should be a link to either Netflix, Hulu etc.
  3. It would be a value addition to the service if I can also buy tickets directly if the movie is in any nearby theater.

Movienr is a great service and I am sure people who struggle to discover new movies to watch will love it.  Check it out and let me know in comments what you like and don’t like about it.

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Exclusive Interview ReadingPack Founder Yuval Shoshan http://www.techacker.com/2014/06/exclusive-interview-readingpack-founder/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/06/exclusive-interview-readingpack-founder/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:53:53 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7835 Today, I am delighted to present an exclusive interview with ReadingPack Founder Yuval Shoshan.  Yuval was so kind to spare some time for this interview from his busy schedule and provide valuable insights about ReadingPack and its development. Below my question are in BOLD and his answers are quoted for easy reading. Exclusive interview ReadingPack(...)

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Today, I am delighted to present an exclusive interview with ReadingPack Founder Yuval Shoshan.  Yuval was so kind to spare some time for this interview from his busy schedule and provide valuable insights about ReadingPack and its development.

Below my question are in BOLD and his answers are quoted for easy reading.

Exclusive interview ReadingPack Founder Yuval Shoshan

Will you please introduce yourself.

Hey, I’m Yuval Shoshan, an entrepreneur from Tel Aviv (Israel). ReadingPack is my second startup that I’m building.

Yuval Shoshan - ReadingPack Founder

Yuval Shoshan

Please introduce ReadingPack to our readers.

ReadingPack is like a regular reading list, but social. ReadingPack offers a centralized place to save, discover, and share interesting articles.

Articles you recommend in ReadingPack will be in your shared reading list, which anyone can see. You can follow other people’s lists, and discover recommended articles you haven’t read yet.

ReadingPack also prioritizes what shows up in your pack (articles you saved for later) based on what is most highly recommended within people you follow.

It’s a new way to consume content — by creating a vibrant community of readers and sharers.

How did you come up with the idea of ReadingPack?

ReadingPack Logo

ReadingPack

I used Pocket for a long time and had a long and never-ending reading list of articles I wanted to read, although I was reading every weekend (like most of us, I guess).

At the same time, I kept searching for new articles on Twitter, Flipboard, Feedly and other apps. I wasted a lot of time on “not missing” what’s happening and reading not interesting articles that I saved (how do you decide what to read in a list of 500 articles?).

Every good article that I read I shared “back” to the sea of Twitter and Facebook (like all of us) – and guess what, my friends in FB and Twitter always missed it.

So I built a place that combines recommendations from people who interested you, your friends and articles you saved for yourself. It’s called ReadingPack :)

How long you have been working on this idea?

I released the first version of ReadingPack in August 2013 (after two months of hard work), and I’m working on it every second since then. It’s never ready.

What problem does ReadingPack solve that other products in the market today don’t?

A shared reading list

ReadingPack lets you share what you’re reading in a shared reading list, so anyone can follow your recommendations (you can see it as Instagram for articles, for example).

What’s worth reading in my list?

ReadingPack prioritizes what shows up in your pack based on what is most highly recommended by the people who you follow, and that’s truly useful.

Why people should use ReadingPack? What differentiates Reading Pack from services like Pocket, Readability and others.

I believe that all our reading experience should be social. Now we’re using our friends and other people to discover good content (w/apps like Nuzzel, digest from Twitter etc), but all of this data is gone once you save an article to Pocket or Instapaper.

Why can’t we help each other prioritize our own reading lists, for example? How will we know which articles should we read now? ReadingPack knows how to do those connections between people and content. This is only one way we’re changing the way people are reading.

ReadingPack Home Screen Demo

ReadingPack Home Screen Demo

What is your business model? How do you plan to make money?

We’re in a very early stage so I can’t relate for now.

Do you have any funding? / How big is your team?

Not yet — Bootstrapping for around 8 months, with a very small team (3 people).

How does the current growth look like?

We just launched our Channel in IFTTT, so we have a pretty good growth now and it’s very exciting. You should try it out: http://ifttt.com/readingpack.

How will you define ReadingPack to be a success? What will you do if doesn’t get that success?

Success would be to change how you consume articles in the web – to let you read interesting stuff from people with similar interests, without using three or more different tools/apps for that (discover -> save -> share).

If it doesn’t get that? That’s easy. We’ll work harder.

What keeps you up at night? What are the potential risk you see and how do you plan to mitigate some of these?

There are a lot of challenges in different aspects (product, development, growth). Therefore, I need to make many significant decisions along the way: which features to develop now or later (and most importantly, which not), how to make it scale fast (both in product level and development) with a small team and limited resources, etc. I’m thinking about it every day.

Would you like to give any suggestions to Techacker readers and beyond?

Don’t hesitate to share your feedback with the products you’re using. For good or bad (especially), it’s always helpful. Thanks for all ReadingPack’s users for sharing their ideas and thoughts with me!

What would you like to suggest like-minded entrepreneurs?

I really like this quote by Dennis Crowley (Foursquare): “Stop sketching. Start building”. That’s all.

Thanks you!

My heartiest congratulations to Yuval for conceptualizing this idea and launching it as ReadingPack.  I, on behalf of Techacker readers, would like to wish you and your team a great success.  I would also like to extend my appreciation to Yuval for his time and valuable insights regarding this great service and its development.

For those who have never heard of ReadingPack, please do check it out and try it yourself.  It’s simplicity is its power – Yuval and his team has carefully picked the most necessary features to make reading what’s important, fun.  Below are some other screenshots to help you get started quickly.

My Pack - ReadingPack Reading Feed - ReadingPack Anurag Bansal's Shared Reading List - ReadingPack

ReadingPack is also available for Android.  Download ReadingPack from Google Play.

Feel free to share this article with your friends who might be interested in this new service.  Let us know in comments if there is anything else you would like to ask Yuval.

Disclaimer: “Apple, the Apple logo and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.”

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How to easily compare two Excel Columns http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/easily-compare-two-excel-columns-using-vba/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/easily-compare-two-excel-columns-using-vba/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 13:38:15 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7779 How to compare two Excel columns for differences? How to highlight the differences? Many times I find myself wanting to compare and see what changed between two excel files with similar content. Case 1 I got a file in an email from a co-worker that made some changes to a file I was working on?  Doesn’t(...)

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How to compare two Excel columns for differences? How to highlight the differences?

Many times I find myself wanting to compare and see what changed between two excel files with similar content.

Case 1

I got a file in an email from a co-worker that made some changes to a file I was working on?  Doesn’t it happen all the time…?  Now I don’t know what changes he/she made.  So either I reject my changes or I run the risk of losing his/her changes.

Case 2

I saved a file in two different locations and forgot which one has the latest changes.

If you happen to fall into similar circumstances, you should definitely continue reading this post.

Surprisingly, Microsoft Excel (2007-2013) doesn’t provide a way to compare two excel files like it is available in Microsoft Word.  I created my own simple way of comparing two columns in Excel using VBA.  There will be many ways you can do that, but it is my version of comparing two columns and highlight the changes.

Below I have written a Microsoft Visual Basic Code (VBA), a macro, that you can freely use for yourself.  Just copy/paste the code below and save that as a macro file.  If you want you can create a ribbon shortcut so you can get to it quickly…(something I could explain in a future post.)

VBA Code to compare two excel columns

Option Explicit
Dim i As Integer, j As Integer
Dim Col1 As Range, Col2 As Range
Sub ExcelComparison()
'Prompt for first column range selection...
Set Col1 = Application.InputBox("Select First Column Range to Compare", Type:=8)

'Check if the range is only 1 column...
If Col1.Columns.Count > 1 Then
Do Until Col1.Columns.Count = 1

MsgBox "Please be certain to select only 1 column range."
Set Col1 = Application.InputBox("Select First Column Range to Compare", Type:=8)
Loop
 
End If
 
'Prompt for second column range selection...

Set Col2 = Application.InputBox("Select Second Column range to Compare", Type:=8)
 
'Check if the range is only 1 column...
If Col2.Columns.Count > 1 Then
Do Until Col2.Columns.Count = 1
 
MsgBox "Please be certain to select only 1 column range"
Set Col2 = Application.InputBox("Select Second column range to Compare", Type:=8)
Loop
 
End If

'Limit the range sizes to 10000 rows of the active sheet, but this number can be changed depending on your needs

If Col1.Rows.Count > 10000 Then

 Set Col1 = Range(Col1.Cells(1), Col1.Cells(ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows.Count))
 Set Col2 = Range(Col2.Cells(1), Col2.Cells(ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows.Count))

End If
 
'Perform the comparison and set cells that are the same to yellow
'First Run based on Number of Rows in Column 1
 
For i = 1 To Col1.Rows.Count
 For j = 1 To Col2.Rows.Count
 If Col1.Cells(i) = Col2.Cells(j) Then
 
 Col1.Cells(i).Interior.Color = vbYellow
 Col2.Cells(j).Interior.Color = vbYellow
 
 End If
 Next j
Next i
'Second Run based on Number of Rows in Column 2, assuming there are more rows in Column 2 than in Column 1
For j = 1 To Col2.Rows.Count
For i = 1 To Col1.Rows.Count
If Col2.Cells(j) = Col1.Cells(i) Then

Col1.Cells(i).Interior.Color = vbYellow
Col2.Cells(j).Interior.Color = vbYellow

End If
Next i
Next j
MsgBox "Thank you for using this code from @techacker. Your comparison is highlighted."
End Sub

Please let me know if you find any issues while using this code or if there are any suggestions to improve it and make it simpler. Your suggestions are much appreciated.
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Slice is the ultimate shopping companion you’ll ever need http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/slice-ultimate-shopping-companion-youll-ever-need/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/slice-ultimate-shopping-companion-youll-ever-need/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 13:10:08 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7820 Slice is the ultimate shopping companion you’ll ever need to keep track of your purchases and save money after your purchases.  The beauty of Slice is that it works in the background. Once you authorize your emails (Gmail or Yahoo etc.), it will Manages all your purchases – know what, when and from where you bought(...)

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Slice is the ultimate shopping companion you’ll ever need to keep track of your purchases and save money after your purchases.  The beauty of Slice is that it works in the background.

Once you authorize your emails (Gmail or Yahoo etc.), it will

  • Manages all your purchases – know what, when and from where you bought the item.  It also stores your receipts so you can easily find them later.
  • Track your orders – after you buy, Slice will keep an eye and follow packages in one place.
  • Tracks price drops – receive alerts if the item you bought is reduced in price.  So you could potential get a price adjustment or get a discount.
  • Shopping analysis – know where you are spending your money.

Example of one such price drop alert is what I received in my email today -

Slice - Price Drop Alert Email

Slice – Price Drop Alert Email

In the example above, the item was FREE after rebate with an original price of $9.99. It seems like that original price is now reduced to $4.99 without a Mail-in rebate.  I didn’t actually got any savings as the item I bought was FREE after rebate.

But as you can see, the alert email provides all the necessary information you need to get a price adjustment. You may however order another one of these items at a cheaper price.  Pretty cool feature, if you ask me as Slice got my back for any price drops.

[Related: Use ‘Invisible Hand’ to always get the best deal while shopping online]

Slice also has apps for iOS and Android devices.  Below is a demo of how Slice works:

Slice was introduced to Techacker audience two years back – here is our complete review of Slice.

Feel free to share this tip with your friends and help them save some money on online purchases.  Women shoppers will specially love this ultimate shopping companion as it makes shopping easy to manage and organize the purchases.

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Master the art of BBQ grilling with this cheat sheet [Infographics] http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/master-the-art-of-bbq-grilling-with-this-cheat-sheet-infographics/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/master-the-art-of-bbq-grilling-with-this-cheat-sheet-infographics/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 22:56:00 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7795 What are your plans for memorial day weekend? BBQ.. Grill and beer, right?  I guess so. Well, if you plan on grilling this weekend or any other weekend for that matter, this cheat sheet I got for you will be the only thing you would ever need to make sure the meat is cooked right(...)

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What are your plans for memorial day weekend? BBQ.. Grill and beer, right?  I guess so.

Well, if you plan on grilling this weekend or any other weekend for that matter, this cheat sheet I got for you will be the only thing you would ever need to make sure the meat is cooked right and the veggies are not burned.

Column Five created this amazing one pager graphics that could solve all the mystery. Only thing besides this you would need is a timer and meat thermometer.

The guide offers average times and temperature required to properly cook the food on a grill.  Take the guess work out from your next barbecue party.  You will soon remember all these by heart anyway.  As you can see there is a big difference in the cooking time between boneless chicken and with-bone chicken.  Seafood and veggies generally take less time to cook as against beef and chicken with bone.  Corn with husk takes around 30 minutes to cook.  Most meat and vegetables require direct heat whereas chicken with bone require indirect heat.

Basically this image will help you understand at what temperature and in what time frame you would expect your food to be ready to eat or serve.  Your guests won’t complain about under cooked meat or burned vegetables.  The clues about direct and indirect heating are also worth paying attention to and easy to ignore.  Remember, not all food are the same.

Keep this infographics handy when you plan for a BBQ party and master the art of BBQ grilling.  Your guests and friends will thank you.  Don’t forget to bring meat and marinate properly in all that excitement. ;)

Below is the infographics you were waiting for to master the art of BBQ grilling:

Art of BBQ Grilling - Infographics

Art of BBQ Grilling

 

(Source: Hack Your Grill from Column Five and referenced from Cool Infographics)

Have a great Memorial day weekend!

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15 Sentences that can change your life [Infographics] – Updated http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/15-sentences-that-can-change-your-life-infographics/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/15-sentences-that-can-change-your-life-infographics/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 13:18:35 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7748 Some quotes have so much impact on our mindset that they may influence our decisions down the line.  And some are just great to bring up once in a while during conversations. 15 such sentences and quotes I have collected overtime that I think can change your life.  These deep understanding sentences are worth reading(...)

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Some quotes have so much impact on our mindset that they may influence our decisions down the line.  And some are just great to bring up once in a while during conversations.

15 such sentences and quotes I have collected overtime that I think can change your life.  These deep understanding sentences are worth reading nonetheless.

15 Sentences that can change your life [Infographics]

15 Sentences that can change your life

Please share some interesting quotes you love and want to share with us in the comment section.  If you like this infographics, don’t hesitate to share with your friends as well.

All I ask is that if you reuse this infographics on your blog, please link back to this post.

{Thanks to Rajeev Lahoty and David Moore for correcting me on the duplicate quote issue.}

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These 10 Most Interesting TED Talks will blow your mind http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/10-most-interesting-ted-talks-will-blow-mind/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/10-most-interesting-ted-talks-will-blow-mind/#comments Sat, 17 May 2014 14:33:50 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7742 TED talks is a place to learn, hear and see what the experts have to say.  It offers deep thoughts, incredible speeches from so many interesting areas – tech, statistics, education, environment and culture.  Whenever I get time, I watch some recent talks on TED.com.  (You should too…) In today’s post, I have collected 10 most(...)

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TED talks is a place to learn, hear and see what the experts have to say.  It offers deep thoughts, incredible speeches from so many interesting areas – tech, statistics, education, environment and culture.  Whenever I get time, I watch some recent talks on TED.com.  (You should too…)

In today’s post, I have collected 10 most interesting TED talks ever since 2006 to 2014 that you should watch today.  In no particular order, here is my collection of TED talks:

1. The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology – Pranav Mistry

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.”

2. How great leaders inspire action? – Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”

3. How schools kill creativity? – Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

4. The puzzle of motivation – Dan Pink

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

5. 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm – Mary Roach

Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (Viewer discretion advised.)

6. The surprising science of happiness – Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

7. How to live before you die? – Steve Jobs

One of the greatest leader and entrepreneur of our times, late Mr. Steve Jobs, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks – including death itself.

8. How to spot a liar? – Pamela Meyer

On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

9. Why we do what we do – Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone.

10. The power of introverts – Susan Cain

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

It is my belief that once you watch a couple of TED talks you will hooked on to it because of the deep insights these experts provide on the related subjects.  I would say instead of killing time on YouTube, better watch TED talks.  TED is available on almost every platform – Android, iPhone, iTunes and even Netflix now has TED talks section.

Always remember to share with your friends….

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How to set up a Photography Website? Help Me! http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/how-to-set-up-a-photography-website/ http://www.techacker.com/2014/05/how-to-set-up-a-photography-website/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 01:40:23 +0000 http://www.techacker.com/?p=7738 How to set up a photography website using WordPress, that has a portfolio and a blog section? Don’t be surprised, I am seriously asking for help here.  Sometime you gotta help me too. I am planning to set up a photography website.  I have the domain, hosting and I know I will be using WordPress.  So the(...)

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How to set up a photography website using WordPress, that has a portfolio and a blog section?

Don’t be surprised, I am seriously asking for help here.  Sometime you gotta help me too.

I am planning to set up a photography website.  I have the domain, hosting and I know I will be using WordPress.  So the basic understanding is there.  Since I have set up several other websites earlier, so I also know how to install WordPress and other necessary stuff.

What I need?

Everything I mentioned above is true.  What I am not able to understand is how should the site structure look like – I mean from sitemap point of view.  Here is what I have in mind…

  1. Make my main domain as my Home Page – say www.anuragbansal.com.  That will be a home page showing latest images in a slider.  There may also be some static content (feed) from the blog section.
  2. There will be links to other pages in the menu and one of them will be “blog”.  Should the link be blog.anuragbansal.com or anuragbansal.com/blog???
  3. Now when I go to “Blog” section that will be setup like a blog where I can post various articles and update regularly.
  4. Rest all pages will most probably be linked to the home page and will be something like anuragbansal.com/portfolio, anuragbansal.com/contact and all.  Is that right???

Question for the experts?

Now the real question I have for the experts out there is, “Do I need to install WordPress two times – one for anuragbansal.com and one for anuragbansal.com/blog.  Or can I just install it once and have all blog posts linked to anuragbansal.com/blog?  Please help.  This is the main point I am kind of lost.

I really appreciate your help.  I know Internet is the best place to ask such a question.  Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that before I pull the plunger someone will try to answer my query.  I have also put this question on Quora, if you wanna post the answer over there.

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,

Anurag Bansal

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