Windows Live Writer – follow-up

Well, Windows Live Writer worked OK. (Yes, I know – forgot to categorise my post, but I’m keeping this one the same too.)

I think the main benefit will be if you have several blogs to keep up. As I plan to have more than just this one, which is just a starter, then Live Writer may well be very useful as I won’t have to keep logging in to separate places to write for them; as I can add my accounts in one place.

It was really qucik to get started. I popped the shortcut onto my desktop, added the other account I have then off I went.

Unlike WordPress (this blog host) which has the tag box just below the posting window, Live Writer has a drop down. But it seems to pretty much do everything that WP does, so I’m going to try it a few more times to see how I like it. (I’m actually writing this not using LW.

That’s it for this post – I’m busy with my ebook right now and need to get on with it before I fall any more further behind with John Thornhill’s Coaching program.

gxis la revido (that’s ‘au revoir’ in Esperanto)

–Lynda

Windows Live Writer

Now, this is an experiment.

I received the latest copy of Windows Vista Magazine today and as usual I have read through it and turned down corners for things I want to look into. One of them is using Windows Live Writer to post to my Blog. So here we are.

Here’s a snap of what I’m doing right now –

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– just before I did it.

It’s picked up all my categories and has an option to schedule a publishing date, which may be useful. It’s checked my spelling and there are lots of other menu items too.

Next step is to see if it pops onto my Blog OK – so I’ll either ‘see’ you there – or I won’t.

If you’d like to try it out for yourself, pop over to the download page here. It’s free and allows you to post to the major blog services by just adding you login details. There are also other services on offer, but I only wanted this one.

So, here it goes…

until next time

–Lynda

Online Safety

We all know to be careful and look out for ‘phishing’ emails – those unscrupulous scammers who make out they are the real company, but just want to get our login details so they can rob us.

I’m always wary when I receive messages from my bank, eBay, Paypal and any other big company. First rule is never to use the link in the message to go into my account – I don’t even use ‘reply’ in eBay’s messages.

Today I had a message from Paypal. I made the usual checks, the first being that they used my name so it was likely to be genuine. It wasn’t asking for login details either. I hovered my cursor over the image link and it wasn’t taking me anywhere strange. It was also about how to protect myself from phishing – so off I went.

It took me to this PayPal website – click here – and towards the bottom are two links to test your online safety knowledge. Have a go. You won’t be able to beat me as I got 100% on both, but it’s always worth testing yourself – and following the recommendations should you fail one or two.

I haven’t looked at the Get Safe Online website before. It’s very good. So good that I’ve popped a link to it here and will keep it in my permanent links section on this blog.

I know of someone who received a phishing message purporting to be from his bank. He followed the link through and logged in. I happened to have received the same phishing email at my desk (we worked together) so piped up something like, “That’s a very good phishing message about (nameleft out) Bank. None of you are with them are you?” My friend turned purple and immediately phoned the bank – and so started the tedious process to change login details for all of his accounts (which took days and days and days).

So, be warned. 

Until next time…

–Lynda

Ebay action day

I was buying something on eBay today (a new mobile phone – one needs to be VERY careful buying these on eBay [article theme!!!]) and came across something else I need so went to my Auction Sniper account to set up a bid in case I can’t do it ‘live’. I’ve put in a maximum bid, and I won’t be too worried if I don’t win this as there are other listings and sources – eBay isn’t always the least expensive.

I actually enjoy the thrill of bidding live. Getting the timing just right so that no-one else has time to beat me (unless they too are using something like Auction Sniper). Anyway, this time I decided to automate the process as the listing finishes over the weekend and I’m likely to be busy.

While I was in Auction Sniper I checked out a couple of their links and came across Auctiva. This is a FREE program which makes the job of listing items on eBay not only easier and prettier, but also has a lot of features FREE for which eBay charges a fee.

What I’m looking for is a quicker and more effective means of listing lots of items. TurboLister is very good, but I keep thinking there must be a better way. (I was even thinking of developing my own database to suit my purpose – but why re-invent the wheel?) I’ll let you know how I get on with Auctiva once I’ve found time to get started.

The few things I have found which look very useful are free hosting of images, lots of templates and a linked domain name with email support for just $6.95 (£3.50 approx). I chose to go with www.acme-ebooksstore.com 5 minutes ago so it isn’t working at time of writing as it still needs to be set up by them.

If you pop over to the Auctiva website, go into the products tab and you will see more details and the help pages include a tutorial. So that’s where I’ll be headed this weekend.

Until next time…–Lynda