Christmas, Christmas and after Christmas, but I hadn’t access to the Internet, so send it now. Taken in GIMP.
For those interested in – soon ‘will post a list of tutorials, which I used.
I like to test software, because – I want to do some things faster, better and just – like try new things.
Once I was looking for some program to making screenshots. My siblings sent me free software (ZapGrab – quite good&quick), but I found something too on my own. It was trial version of Ashampoo Snap 5.
And I was pretty surprised. This program made not only screenshots. Firstly I could choose if I want to capture the entire screen, the selected piece, website, video or maybe record what I’m doing on computer etc. After making “a snap” I could work on it – add some text, lines, shapes… all in interesting to me colours. Besides I could decide about some effects like shadow or transparency. I attached pictures, so you can see menu of this program.
For now I’ve found only two defects. Still I have problems to do a snapshot of website. Maybe it’s depends on its content – photos are not welcome – if they are process of capture is interrupted. And second one: the shortcut “ctr+c” doesn’t work. If you forget about this, you will lose all changes which you’ve already done – the edit window will shut down.
However – maybe those problems have been resolved and they do not exist in new version of this program?
What happened after time for testing trial version? In automatic message I got a very good price. It was something like 5 eur or 8 usd. So I decided to buy it. I’m using it still and I can recommend it.
One of the most beautiful songs…
Probably this curious mystery was solved.
A group of scientists put young people through a “battery of test”.
What kind of test and about their result, you can read on the National Geographic site.
This time I want to share with you one of my “discoveries”.
I needed some simple software, which will allow me to do back-up of some files or folders.
I was looking for something, which will not slow down computer work and the current work on ‘backed-up’ file/-s (for some time I used to this purpose DropBox, but opening and saving such kind of files – almost – drove me crazy).
And I found – IDrive! At start you are getting 5 GB free cloud storage space. All you have to do is to install a small program, select files and/or folders for which you want to make back-up – and – it’s starting to make your’s files safe! Every time when you’re making some changes with files, this soft automatically makes new back-up. What’s more – after log in to your account on it’s website, you can see history of changes and download older version of your file/-s. Of course if you need, you can log in from other computers onto your’s account and get your files. Isn’t that great? ;)
Now something about the storage space. As I wrote – at first you’re getting 5 GB. But, if you will recommend others this soft via link - you and this person will get 1 GB. In this way you can get up to 50 GB. Thus – if you are interesting in and want to start using IDrive BackUp with bigger storage space, you can click here: http://www.idrive.com/?uid=N5M7V6O5H7 ;)
Ps. This company created a new software - IDriveSync, which is very similar to DropBox – you can drag-and-drop to folder IDriveSync;) files/folders which you want to share with your friends. Now at start, after signing in you are getting for free 10 GB cloud storage space. I’m wondering, if – like DropBox – we will have here in the future some ways to get more free space. It would be nice ;) More about it you can read on their blog.
Now it’s time for my another review of book. Its title is “Emotional Intelligence“.
In my conutry this book has been sold as a “guide”. When you are looking for a “guide-book”, what you’re looking for? I was looking for some advice.
I wanted to know what the “emotional intelligence” is, how it is “formed” (what has influence on it, when parents should “take under control” such kind of development their child to make it a good person and who will cope with life). But as I don’t think – I don’t have problems with an empathy and with “beeing a normal-sentient person”, I thought I’ll learn more about emotions. How to “recognize”/name them. Because this is an emotional intelligence. And when you are able to name what you are feeling, you have greater chance to keep your emotion and instead of f.e. overreacting – behave normal.
F. e. “why I’m starting to overreact? He/she didn’t do anything, for what I could be so angry. I had a bad day, but it’s not his/her fault”. It helps to not go mad. Like in situation, when you are waiting in the queue and after time you think you will “explode” (especially when you’re in a hurry). Try then to think – “no one knows about it, and probably not only I am in a hurry”. Many situations are independent from you and you can do nothing. So why to going mad and spoil your good mood? It’s something like “awareness” of what and why you feel like this in that moment and what can feel others i.a. in response to your words or “deeds”. Thus – when you stop and realize this all in a right moment, probably you will don’t hurt anyone.
That’s what I wanted to know more. And I didn’t. From that reson I will not recommend it as a guide.
But if you are looking for something what will show you what is the “emotional intelligence”, how it is “forming” and what “can happen” if you or your child has problem with this – you can read it. What you have to know is that a first half is quite interesting and wrote in a good way-for-reading. But the other half – in my opinion – read worse and it’s more about experiments which were done.
In summary – I “perceive” it rather as a book more for psychologists or sociologists than for people interested in a self-development.
Today I have listened to their album called “Torches“. I know, it came to light closely one year ago, but I don’t have much time for listen to the music.
Going back to the album – I have to admit, that in my opinion is very successful. Truly – only one song I didn’t like so much. But whole album I added to my playlist and I will back to it often.
And now something “fresh” (?). Have you listen Ruby ? It’s very calm and pleasant. Maybe it’s to their new album? Will see.
Yesterday I saw calendar of evolution of Mercedes-Benz from 2009. Pictures were so good, with excellent saturation and… in a incredible interior! It was Natural History Museum in London. I’m impressed of it’s architecture.
I’ve found some photos – you can watch them here: 1, 2, 3, 4.
This time I started to learn Inkscape. It’s an open source vector graphics editor. More about Inkscape and a download link you will find on Inkscape website.
I think it’s very friendly for user, but – if you are a beginner, then I think – maybe you will need some lessons at start and for it I recommend this video-tutorial. It’s explain everything and you can make something funny, like I did (I hope ;) ).
Passion(in good meaning) “hidden” in many feelings and in a lot of activities. Can you imagine Love without Passion? And hobbies… or even Love without Passion? We can tell, that Passion and Love are similar to some extent and if we are talking about good passion – we can even say, that Passion and Love are connected. They can’t exist without each other. That’s why Passion and Love are synonymous and Passion is one of these “things” we need in our life to feel and live better. Without it we feel some kind of void.
Now, think of what you can call your passion? Do you have a passion? Or a hobby, if you prefer. Take a breath, close your eyes and think about it for a while.
If you have a Passion, does thinking about it made you happy? I’m sure it did. And you are lucky.
But if you feel the lack of something, think, what do you like to do? or what you did what made you pleasure, but you stopped? What’s stopping you to do it?
If your answer is, that you don’t have time then think – on what are you spending your free-time. Do you read or watch these kind of things in magazines, Internet, TV, which do not develop you in some way and don’t make you better? Walking on galleries without interesting of buying something or just lying on bed, because you don’t know, what to do? Why don’t spend a part of your free-time not before f.e. TV, but on doing something what you like?
And maybe you think you need a company? When I was younger, I used to think, that if I would go alone for a walk/ ride a bike or jog, my neighbours will stare on me (I’m living in a block and probably like in many this kind of places, I have many neighbours who are too interested with others life) and gossip. So I didn’t going out unless I had an aim or with who. But everytime when I gave up from doing what I wanted, my mood get worsened. And I was doing nothing.
In high school I met a boy. He said me very simple thing – that if he want to do something then even if he has no one for company, he just does it. If you compare your mood after doing something alone, but what you wanted to do in that moment to your mood after doing nothing, because nobody was interested/had no time to do it with you – guess: which will give you energy, fun and satisfaction? And which will makes you feel bad? When will you do nothing even until the rest of the day? Thus – when do you lose more? And when you have nothing to lose and even you can gain something?
So if you think, you need somebody to do something – you’re wrong. What you really have to do is – overbear yourself. “Eat a frog”. Do it alone and I’ll bet that you will feel satisfaction!. And if you want to do something, what’s dedicated for twos or more – even then start with yourself. You have many options and possibilities. Find groups which are doing it and join to them!
What I can tell is that, that I stopped artificially restrict myself and started to fill my life with passions. F.e. during study I “fulfilled” my childhood dream: for sport lessons I choosed karate, climbing and capoeira and I earned some money to do scuba-diver license. No one from my friends went with me. Now I’m learning by myself play on guitar (I started with a borrowed guitar), in spring and summer I dive (I had to earn some money to do a scuba-diver license) and ride a bike (alone or with friends). From time to time I’m searching some tutorials for GIMP, to learn something new and make something nice. I started to learn Inkscape. Even I started to run in my area! And I’m very happy of it.
So – do what you want and do it with a passion!