Let’s be technical in this post, I’ve been receiving emails about what gadgets, software and social media widgets am I using to keep track of my online activity. As much as I wanted to own a Macbook but I am pretty happy and contented with my netbook. This has been my labor of love, and my “lappy” yes I always name my things. My lappy has been with me through good times and bad times from Bangkok to Cebu with real love.
I own a netbook from MSI, contrary to some reviews this netbook has withstand all pressure and heavy downloads of music, photos and stuff but it never failed me. I know some of you doesn’t believe if I say I edit my videos and photos here, I download music and movies plus blog and open a lot of tabs in this netbook. So today I would like to show you some softwares and items that I usually use in blogging. Check out how I survived using a mini netbook with all the resources I can always count on.
As a technical representative before in the Philippines I have learned and gained generally knowledge in computers, I am not an expert but I learn easily. I started loving the art of browsing and solving computer problems in high school. A manual and specific instructions are enough for me to solve an issue, until I finally passed the Apple Genius training in Cebu. That makes my general knowledge of windows and mac a little bit higher compared to the rest of the beginners in technical know hows.
For photos I use Photoscape to edit my pictures, using their pages and GIF program, I get to edit my photos at a faster pace and in batches. The great thing about this program is that if there is no layering or brushing that needs to be done in your images then Photoscape is the right tool for you. I totally dislike some bloggers who always rely on photoshop to show their outfit posts and photos. I would like to quote this from a friend “Only Photoshop can touch his/her skin.” Get the idea? I have my flaws and imperfections but I do not like to hide them to my viewers, its just like making a second rate copycat of the glossy magazines we receive every month right?
Another editing program I use is Photoshop CS4, like WOW!!!! How was able to put and save the software without my netbook hanging up or crashing. Well its the magic of the portable applications. I installed the Photoshop CS4 in compatible with my netbook, it has the same features as the ordinary one except its not using a lot of space in my system. I got it from PortableAppZ and most of my programs came from them. Their applications are safe and helps you minimize the big consumption in your file storage in regards with some programs. Trust me you will learn to love the site just like I do. I use photoshop for my header, posters, banners through layering and altering other stuff for my blogs promotional purposes. Again I do not do brushing and photoshop beautification with my photos. 🙂
Aside from those programs, I use Destroy Twitter for my desktop twitter application. I just started using this since I have used Tweetdeck, Digsby and Seesmic but sad to say they all of them crashed in my system. Destroy Twitter has been the most user friendly and not annoying with their updates. The file size is great as well, it does not take a lot of load in my small system.
To keep me up to date with my todo lists, I have installed a Sticky Note application just like what you usually see in a MAC computer and the Windows Vista and 7. I love the accessibility of the notes because I can just shut down my computer without worrying about the things that I have listed without saving them. I would definitely say they are my favorite tools in blogging.
Since my netbook has a small storage to keep all my 10,000 photos and hundreds of videos. I was very fortunate that my dad gifted me a Western Digital Passport Hard Drive when I was in college. I used it to saved all my photos and videos in my Mass Communication class, say goodbye to burning a lot of data CD. The HD has been dropped several times but since 2007 it never crashed on me, I never even had the experience of restoring it. Thank Goodness for it’s firm and shock protector case.
And lastly, I keep track of my blog and site through my Blackberry phone and Apple iPod touch if I am on the go. I am a blackberry user and an itouch lover. My Blackberry has kept tabs of apps like Twitter for BB, UberSocial, WordPress, BBM, Facebook for BB, YahooMessenger, emails and Google Talk. While my itouch carries most of my premium apps like Instagram, LomoLomo, Pocketbooth, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Formspring, Yahoo, Games, Zinio, Twitter and the Secret Quotes.
Of course I would continue to share my blogging secrets in my upcoming posts. I have learned so many things in blogging, the importance of the social media platforms, copyright issues, wordpress installation, site maintenance, community integration, marketing, fashion trends and style, my knowledge in photography and videos were both enhanced in so many ways. With the span of almost two years I have grown to become not just a technical agent who helps solves problems over the phone but I have become a fast learner in knowing the detailed things about the world wide web.
I told you I am not expert but this is the best tools you can use if you want a hassle free blogging life.