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Simple as Possible Information Technology Instructions

SD Card Data Recovery

Last week I was tasked with recovering some data from a faulty SD card. A few years ago I had used some random tool to do the job. I’d been able to recover pics accidentally erased from old floppy disks before. I knew I could do it, I just had to find the right program to do the job. I found a good one so I decided to share the one I liked best.

After browsing around cnet, I downloaded a few program programs but found the best success with one callled Zero Assumption Recovery which promised to be able to recover data from FAT16 file systems like the one on the photo card I was working on. This program worked like a charm!

 

First, I chose Image Recovery (Free).

 

 

Next I chose the Disk I needed to find accidentally deleted photos. You see it highlighted here.

 

 

When you click next you see the the data fragments being searched and interpreted. . . This part didn’t take long for a 2 gig SD card but it recovered.

 

 

It recovered 1024 files. Really, I only needed it to recover the last 50 which had been corrupted by using it in three different cameras creating their own DCIM and MISC folders.

 

 

Chose the right destination and press the “Start copying the selected files” so that the rescued files get copied into the folder.

 

Represent Your Business BETTER on Facebook

Facebook Business Page Updates February 2011

Kena posted these messages on the Virtually Assisting You Facebook page last Friday:

  1. As an Admin on so many pages…this is awesome as well with the new Facebook upgrade –> Get notifications(email or instant) when fans interact with your page or posts!
  2. With the new upgrade on Facebook Pages. You can now make comments as your page on other pages.

I was so excited to checkout what Facebook was calling An Upgrade for Pages, but I didn’t have enough time to look into it until I just took the time today. I had to write about how EASY it is to do these things and more!

Click on any instructional image to enlarge it.

1. Use Facebook as Your Business Page

  1. Click on “Account”.
  2. Then click on the “Use Facebook as Page” option in the drop-down.

2. Your Facebook Page Profile Will Look Like Your Personal Profile

  1. See how many new people “Like” your business. This # shows up like your profile shows how many friend requests & suggestions you have.
  2. See how many interactions your page has had since you were there the last time!

3. Still Want to Communicate on Facebook as Yourself?

Don’t it look odd when you want to comment or like something on any page you are an admin on? It looks like you are “liking” your own stuff right? Well, Facebook fixed that too. (If it was fixed prior to this update, I didn’t realize it or I would’ve posted about it.)

We’d been waiting on this option for a long time.

1. Go to your Business Page on Facebook and click on the “Edit Info” button at the top.

2. Then click on “Your Settings” on the left.

3. Uncheck the top box about commenting on your page as your page. :) I’ve been waiting on that check box for a long time. Thanks Facebook!

It’s time to get out there and represent your business better on Facebook! If this was helpful, I love to hear that so let me know!

Have fun, Amber

User-Friendliness: 5 Basic Website Rules

A couple of weeks ago I started talking about good navigation and promised to write about making sure that your websites and blog sites are user friendly.

This study is of Human Computer Interactions (HCI).

So, here is a break down of the 5 most basic (and too often ignored) rules to building a user-friendly website.

1. Find the Perfect Color Scheme

Readability is key for all content on your website. If you chose to use dark fonts with dark backgrounds or light fonts with light backgrounds, then you are breaking a cardinal rule.

Of course, you know what your article says, but you don’t want your visitors to have to highlight your text just to be able to read it do you?

You always want it to be as easy as possible for your visitors to find and read more.

It is best to choose monochromatic (different shades of the same) color schemes. Just ask Apple or Microsoft.

If you already have more than one color, make sure that they go well together. Use a color wheel, or try this web tool if you have the html color code for a color to find it’s complementary colors.

2. Show Em What You’ve Got

The first thing anyone should be able to find when they get to your homepage is a “list” of what else they’re going to find on your site. Make sure that you have a navigation bar at the top or page list on your sidebar pointing to your main web pages or categories.

Gray Area: I’ve heard mixed reviews about placing the navigation bar above the logo vs. below the logo. I read somewhere once that most people don’t read any of the content above the logo. And yet many many websites (including Google) place their menu bars at the very top.

3. Have Attention Grabbing Subscribe / Submit Buttons

Orange buttons are definitely “in” right now. If you see a request for information form on a well-designed website, many of them are changing their “Submit”, “Check it Out!”, and “Download” buttons to orange.

I’ve always considered the color orange a very cheerful color. According to many sources, the color orange increases your metabolism (which gives you an energetic feeling) and activates some kind of social center part of the brain.

4. Don’t Make Everything an Emergency

YOU’VE SEEN IT. WEBSITES WILL HAVE PAGES FULL OF CONTENT IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE THEY ARE TRYING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION! DID YOU KNOW THAT IT IS MORE DIFFICULT FOR A PERSON TO READ A MESSAGE THAT HAS BEEN TYPED OUT IN ALL UPPERCASE?

Just follow the most basic rules for using capital letters. They are to be used for acronyms, the first letter of a proper noun, and the first letter of the first word in a sentence.

Just because you can hard-code this css code: “text-transform: uppercase; ” into your stylesheet doesn’t mean that you should.

Gray Area: Some higher profile websites do use all capital letters for navigation menus (e.g. – msn) and section headers (e.g. Yahoo!). Use this sparingly. You probably don’t want to have all nav menu items in caps and all section headers in caps. Maybe just use one or the other.

5. Don’t Have Broken Links

This one can be very difficult especially for those of us who have gobs of content or people who comment with links attached to their name etc. This one is important for your human visitors and your search engine spiders that crawl your site to index content. I wrote a lot of good information about finding and fixing broken links in my article called: 4 SEO Rules That Are Here to Stay.

Moving WordPress Content

WordPress couldn’t really make moving content much easier. These are the instructions for importing and exporting WordPress blogs (or sections of blogs) from one location to another. Click on any image to see enlarged.

1. Export your old blog. Login to the Dashboard. Go to “Tools” (on the left), and then “Export”.

2. Decide which content you wish to export. (You can see in this photo I chose all of the posts that were written by me for now.) Then press the “Download Export File” button. Pay attention to where you save the file.

3. Import content to your new blog. Login to the Dashboard. Go to “Tools” (on the left), and then “Import”. Choose “WordPress”.

4. Click browse and find the exported file from your old blog. It should be a .xml. Then press the “Update file and import” button.

5. Then you have to choose a user to be the “author” of this content. I chose myself. Remember to check the “Download and import all attachments” if you have a lot of pictures and stuff.

(For some reason, I had to import this twice in order for it to download my pics and stuff.)

HTML Color Code Chart

This list is an adaptation with html/hexidecimal #’s of each color as listed on Cooltext.com‘s http://cooltext.com/Color-Picker. It looks like they might be phasing this list out. (They are now using a popup color picker which gives you more control over different shades of the color you are working with.)

In case, I decided to go ahead and save a copy of their list (and add the html code#’s to it) as a quick visual reference. :) And then I decided to share it with you.

WP Redesign Continues

I am still working on my website redesign. However, this week I am having issues with my hosting provider and wordpress running too slowly. (In case you didn’t already notice.)

I’ll get it worked out by next week. I am also going to start using DISQUS a commenting service that will help me weed out a lot of the spam comments I get.

Stay Tuned!

Copy Code Next to Color Name

COLOR CODE
Snow #fffafa
GhostWhite #f8f8ff
WhiteSmoke #f5f5f5
Gainsboro #dcdcdc
FloralWhite #fffaf0
OldLace #fdf5e6
Linen #faf0e6
AntiqueWhite #faebd7
PapayaWhip #ffefd5
BlanchedAlmond #ffebcd
Bisque #ffe4c4
PeachPuff #ffdab9
NavajoWhite #ffdead
Moccasin #ffe4b5
Cornsilk #fff8dc
Ivory #fffff0
LemonChiffon #fffacd
Seashell #fff5ee
Honeydew #f0fff0
MintCream #f5fffa
Azure #f0ffff
AliceBlue #f0f8ff
lavender #e6e6fa
LavenderBlush #fff0f5
MistyRose #ffe4e1
White #ffffff
Black #000000
DarkSlateGray #2f4f4f
DimGray #696969
SlateGray #708090
LightSlateGray #778899
Gray #bebebe
LightGray #d3d3d3
MidnightBlue #191970
NavyBlue #000080
CornflowerBlue #6495ed
DarkSlateBlue #483d8b
SlateBlue #6a5acd
MediumSlateBlue #7b68ee
LightSlateBlue #8470ff
MediumBlue #0000cd
RoyalBlue #4169e1
Blue #4169e1
DodgerBlue #1e90ff
DeepSkyBlue #00bfff
SkyBlue #87ceeb
LightSkyBlue #87cefa
SteelBlue #4682b4
LightSteelBlue #b0c4de
LightBlue #add8e6
PowderBlue #b0e0e6
PaleTurquoise #afeeee
DarkTurquoise #00ced1
MediumTurquoise #48d1cc
Turquoise #40e0d0
Cyan #00ffff
LightCyan #e0ffff
CadetBlue #5f9ea0
MediumAquamarine #66cdaa
Aquamarine #7fffd4
DarkGreen #006400
DarkOliveGreen #556b2f
DarkSeaGreen #8fbc8f
SeaGreen #2e8b57
MediumSeaGreen #3cb371
LightSeaGreen #20b2aa
PaleGreen #98fb98
SpringGreen #00ff7f
LawnGreen #7cfc00
Green #00ff00
Chartreuse #7fff00
MedSpringGreen #00fa9a
GreenYellow #adff2f
LimeGreen #32cd32
YellowGreen #9acd32
ForestGreen #228b22
OliveDrab #6b8e23
DarkKhaki #bdb76b
PaleGoldenrod #eee8aa
LtGoldenrodYello #fafad2
LightYellow #ffffe0
Yellow #ffff00
Gold #ffd700
LightGoldenrod #eedd82
goldenrod #daa520
DarkGoldenrod #b8860b
RosyBrown #bc8f8f
IndianRed #cd5c5c
SaddleBrown #8b4513
Sienna #a0522d
Peru #cd853f
Burlywood #deb887
Beige #f5f5dc
Wheat #f5deb3
SandyBrown #f4a460
Tan #d2b48c
Chocolate #d2691e
Firebrick #b22222
Brown #a52a2a
DarkSalmon #e9967a
Salmon #fa8072
LightSalmon #ffa07a
Orange #ffa500
DarkOrange #ff8c00
Coral #ff7f50
LightCoral #f08080
Tomato #ff6347
OrangeRed #ff4500
Red #ff0000
HotPink #ff69b4
DeepPink #ff1493
Pink #ffc0cb
LightPink #ffb6c1
PaleVioletRed #db7093
Maroon #b03060
MediumVioletRed #c71585
VioletRed #d02090
Magenta #ff00ff
Violet #ee82ee
Plum #ee82ee
Orchid #da70d6
MediumOrchid #ba55d3
DarkOrchid #9932cc
DarkViolet #9400d3
BlueViolet #8a2be2
Purple #a020f0
MediumPurple #9370db
Thistle #d8bfd8
Snow1 #fffafa
Snow2 #eee9e9
Snow3 #cdc9c9
Snow4 #8b8989
Seashell1 #fff5ee
Seashell2 #eee5de
Seashell3 #cdc5bf
Seashell4 #8b8682
AntiqueWhite1 #ffefdb
AntiqueWhite2 #eedfcc
AntiqueWhite3 #cdc0b0
AntiqueWhite4 #8b8378
Bisque1 #ffe4c4
Bisque2 #eed5b7
Bisque3 #cdb79e
Bisque4 #8b7d6b
PeachPuff1 #ffdab9
PeachPuff2 #eecbad
PeachPuff3 #cdaf95
PeachPuff4 #8b7765
NavajoWhite1 #ffdead
NavajoWhite2 #eecfa1
NavajoWhite3 #cdb38b
NavajoWhite4 #8b795e
LemonChiffon1 #fffacd
LemonChiffon2 #eee9bf
LemonChiffon3 #cdc9a5
LemonChiffon4 #8b8970
Cornsilk1 #fff8dc
Cornsilk2 #eee8cd
Cornsilk3 #cdc8b1
Cornsilk4 #8b8878
Ivory1 #fffff0
Ivory2 #eeeee0
Ivory3 #cdcdc1
Ivory4 #8b8b83
Honeydew1 #f0fff0
Honeydew2 #e0eee0
Honeydew3 #c1cdc1
Honeydew4 #838b83
LavenderBlush1 #fff0f5
LavenderBlush2 #eee0e5
LavenderBlush3 #cdc1c5
LavenderBlush4 #8b8386
MistyRose1 #ffe4e1
MistyRose2 #eed5d2
MistyRose3 #cdb7b5
MistyRose4 #8b7d7b
Azure1 #f0ffff
Azure2 #e0eeee
Azure3 #c1cdcd
Azure4 #838b8b
SlateBlue1 #836fff
SlateBlue2 #7a67ee
SlateBlue3 #6959cd
SlateBlue4 #473c8b
RoyalBlue1 #4876ff
RoyalBlue2 #436eee
RoyalBlue3 #3a5fcd
RoyalBlue4 #27408b
Blue1 #0000ff
Blue2 #0000ee
Blue3 #0000cd
Blue4 #00008b
DodgerBlue1 #1e90ff
DodgerBlue2 #1c86ee
DodgerBlue3 #1874cd
DodgerBlue4 #104e8b
SteelBlue1 #63b8ff
SteelBlue2 #5cacee
SteelBlue3 #4f94cd
SteelBlue4 #36648b
DeepSkyBlue1 #00bfff
DeepSkyBlue2 #00b2ee
DeepSkyBlue3 #009acd
DeepSkyBlue4 #00688b
SkyBlue1 #87ceff
SkyBlue2 #7ec0ee
SkyBlue3 #6ca6cd
SkyBlue4 #4a708b
LightSkyBlue1 #b0e2ff
LightSkyBlue2 #a4d3ee
LightSkyBlue3 #8db6cd
LightSkyBlue4 #607b8b
SlateGray1 #c6e2ff
SlateGray2 #b9d3ee
SlateGray3 #9fb6cd
SlateGray4 #6c7b8b
LightSteelBlue1 #cae1ff
LightSteelBlue2 #bcd2ee
LightSteelBlue3 #a2b5cd
LightSteelBlue4 #6e7b8b
LightBlue1 #bfefff
LightBlue2 #b2dfee
LightBlue3 #9ac0cd
LightBlue4 #68838b
LightCyan1 #e0ffff
LightCyan2 #d1eeee
LightCyan3 #b4cdcd
LightCyan4 #7a8b8b
PaleTurquoise1 #bbffff
PaleTurquoise2 #aeeeee
PaleTurquoise3 #96cdcd
PaleTurquoise4 #668b8b
CadetBlue1 #98f5ff
CadetBlue2 #8ee5ee
CadetBlue3 #7ac5cd
CadetBlue4 #53868b
Turquoise1 #00f5ff
Turquoise2 #00e5ee
Turquoise3 #00c5cd
Turquoise4 #00868b
Cyan1 #00ffff
Cyan2 #00eeee
Cyan3 #00cdcd
Cyan4 #008b8b
DarkSlateGray1 #97ffff
DarkSlateGray2 #8deeee
DarkSlateGray3 #79cdcd
DarkSlateGray4 #528b8b
Aquamarine1 #7fffd4
Aquamarine2 #76eec6
Aquamarine3 #66cdaa
Aquamarine4 #458b74
DarkSeaGreen1 #c1ffc1
DarkSeaGreen2 #b4eeb4
DarkSeaGreen3 #9bcd9b
DarkSeaGreen4 #698b69
SeaGreen1 #54ff9f
SeaGreen2 #4eee94
SeaGreen3 #43cd80
SeaGreen4 #2e8b57
PaleGreen1 #9aff9a
PaleGreen2 #90ee90
PaleGreen3 #7ccd7c
PaleGreen4 #548b54
SpringGreen1 #00ff7f
SpringGreen2 #00ee76
SpringGreen3 #00cd66
SpringGreen4 #008b45
Green1 #00ff00
Green2 #00ee00
Green3 #00cd00
Green4 #008b00
Chartreuse1 #7fff00
Chartreuse2 #76ee00
Chartreuse3 #66cd00
Chartreuse4 #458b00
OliveDrab1 #c0ff3e
OliveDrab2 #b3ee3a
OliveDrab3 #9acd32
OliveDrab4 #698b22
DarkOliveGreen1 #caff70
DarkOliveGreen2 #bcee68
DarkOliveGreen3 #a2cd5a
DarkOliveGreen4 #6e8b3d
Khaki1 #fff68f
Khaki2 #eee685
Khaki3 #cdc673
Khaki4 #8b864e
LightGoldenrod1 #ffec8b
LightGoldenrod2 #eedc82
LightGoldenrod3 #cdbe70
LightGoldenrod4 #8b814c
LightYellow1 #ffffe0
LightYellow2 #eeeed1
LightYellow3 #cdcdb4
LightYellow4 #8b8b7a
Yellow1 #ffff00
Yellow2 #eeee00
Yellow3 #cdcd00
Yellow4 #8b8b00
Gold1 #ffd700
Gold2 #eec900
Gold3 #cdad00
Gold4 #8b7500
Goldenrod1 #ffc125
Goldenrod2 #eeb422
Goldenrod3 #cd9b1d
Goldenrod4 #8b6914
DarkGoldenrod1 #ffb90f
DarkGoldenrod2 #eead0e
DarkGoldenrod3 #cd950c
DarkGoldenrod4 #8b6508
RosyBrown1 #ffc1c1
RosyBrown2 #eeb4b4
RosyBrown3 #cd9b9b
RosyBrown4 #8b6969
IndianRed1 #ff6a6a
IndianRed2 #ee6363
IndianRed3 #cd5555
IndianRed4 #8b3a3a
Sienna1 #ff8247
Sienna2 #ee7942
Sienna3 #cd6839
Sienna4 #8b4726
Burlywood1 #ffd39b
Burlywood2 #eec591
Burlywood3 #cdaa7d
Burlywood4 #8b7355
Wheat1 #ffe7ba
Wheat2 #eed8ae
Wheat3 #cdba96
Wheat4 #8b7e66
Tan1 #ffa54f
Tan2 #ee9a49
Tan3 #cd853f
Tan4 #8b5a2b
Chocolate1 #ff7f24
Chocolate2 #ee7621
Chocolate3 #cd661d
Chocolate4 #8b4513
Firebrick1 #ff3030
Firebrick2 #ee2c2c
Firebrick3 #cd2626
Firebrick4 #8b1a1a
Brown1 #ff4040
Brown2 #ee3b3b
Brown3 #cd3333
Brown4 #8b2323
Salmon1 #ff8c69
Salmon2 #ee8262
Salmon3 #cd7054
Salmon4 #8b4c39
LightSalmon1 #ffa07a
LightSalmon2 #ee9572
LightSalmon3 #cd8162
LightSalmon4 #8b5742
Orange1 #ffa500
Orange2 #ee9a00
Orange3 #cd8500
Orange4 #8b5a00
DarkOrange1 #ff7f00
DarkOrange2 #ee7600
DarkOrange3 #cd6600
DarkOrange4 #8b4500
Coral1 #ff7256
Coral2 #ee6a50
Coral3 #cd5b45
Coral4 #8b3e2f
Tomato1 #ff6347
Tomato2 #ee5c42
Tomato3 #cd4f39
Tomato4 #8b3626
OrangeRed1 #ff4500
OrangeRed2 #ee4000
OrangeRed3 #cd3700
OrangeRed4 #8b2500
Red1 #ff0000
Red2 #ee0000
Red3 #cd0000
Red4 #8b0000
DeepPink1 #ff1493
DeepPink2 #ee1289
DeepPink3 #cd1076
DeepPink4 #8b0a50
HotPink1 #ff6eb4
HotPink2 #ee6aa7
HotPink3 #cd6090
HotPink4 #8b3a62
Pink1 #ffb5c5
Pink2 #eea9b8
Pink3 #cd919e
Pink4 #8b636c
LightPink1 #ffaeb9
LightPink2 #eea2ad
LightPink3 #cd8c95
LightPink4 #8b5f65
PaleVioletRed1 #ff82ab
PaleVioletRed2 #ee799f
PaleVioletRed3 #cd6889
PaleVioletRed4 #8b475d
Maroon1 #ff34b3
Maroon2 #ee30a7
Maroon3 #cd2990
Maroon4 #8b1c62
VioletRed1 #ff3e96
VioletRed2 #ee3a8c
VioletRed3 #cd3278
VioletRed4 #8b2252
Magenta1 #ff00ff
Magenta2 #ee00ee
Magenta3 #cd00cd
Magenta4 #8b008b
Orchid1 #ff83fa
Orchid2 #ee7ae9
Orchid3 #cd69c9
Orchid4 #8b4789
Plum1 #ffbbff
Plum2 #eeaeee
Plum3 #cd96cd
Plum4 #8b668b
MediumOrchid1 #e066ff
MediumOrchid2 #d15fee
MediumOrchid3 #b452cd
MediumOrchid4 #7a378b
DarkOrchid1 #bf3eff
DarkOrchid2 #b23aee
DarkOrchid3 #9a32cd
DarkOrchid4 #68228b
Purple1 #9b30ff
Purple2 #912cee
Purple3 #7d26cd
Purple4 #551a8b
MediumPurple1 #ab82ff
MediumPurple2 #9f79ee
MediumPurple3 #8968cd
MediumPurple4 #5d478b
Thistle1 #ffe1ff
Thistle2 #eed2ee
Thistle3 #cdb5cd
Thistle4 #8b7b8b
Gray11 #1c1c1c
Gray21 #363636
Gray31 #4f4f4f
Gray41 #696969
Gray51 #828282
Gray61 #9c9c9c
Gray71 #b5b5b5
Gray81 #cfcfcf
Gray91 #e8e8e8
DarkGray #a9a9a9
DarkBlue #00008b
DarkCyan #008b8b
DarkMagenta #8b008b
DarkRed #8b0000
LightGreen #90ee90

Photo Credit: Microsoft Image Stock: Bunch of Color Pencils

Uses: These codes can be used anywhere you can edit font, background, or other content box colors. They can be used for websites, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and even social network profiles like where you are asked for myspace color codes.

4 SEO Rules that Are Here to Stay

Get found SEOThere are some search engine optimizations rules (the rules search engines use to figure out when and where your website is supposed to show up after someone types in relative keywords) that are probably not going to change.

Changes like the new rules for the Google search algorithm are inevitable. Now we have geotagging, search engines boasting that they are decision engines, and are connected to more people (and their opinions) than ever before.

This is the golden opportunity to share your information. However, this also means it will be easier for good content to get lost in the shuffle.

Here are some SEO rules that are foundational and certain to keep your site high in the search results (and easier to navigate for your visitors):

  1. More links to your website from other well-structures websites will equate to a better search result ranking. The 2011 way to get links to your website will largely be done by writing great content and then hoping it is shared virally via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linked IN, and then whatever other smart social network service they can come up with that will consolidate all if them. :)
  2. The older a website is and the longer a website is registered for is very important. (I registered darkbluesun.com in 2003 and it doesn’t expire until 2015 – So, I won’t have to mess with this one for my redesign.) Why would they want to make a site that is going to expire in less than a year a priority to index?
  3. The links that you have to other websites are also very important. Broken links prove that your site is unkempt. My blog is older, so some of the links that I shared have become obsolete and some of the websites that were posted with visitors comments are also broken.
    • Google’s Webmaster Tools will show you most of your internal and external broken links. However, it does miss some especially the ones included in the comments. So what else can I do?
    • There’s a program called Xenu Link Sleuth that I downloaded a while back. It will run a report for you on your entire website that will show all of the links that are broken, working, or redirected. It does other nifty things too.
      For more info on this detailed (older still) blog post from seomoz.com: Xenu’s Link Sleuth – More Than Just A Broken Links Finder it gives a lot of good detail on what this program can do.
    • More quality content on your website also gets attention. The more quality content, the better chances you’ll have to get the search engines like Bing! and Google to trust your website as a reliable source.

Next week I will share SEO rules for all of your written content keeping good anchor text for links, tags, labels, and categories. For now, I am going to continue cleaning up broken links and minor fixes on the site this week.

Update 4/17/2012 – I found another very good article about SEO from the site “Say Notes” called What Web Designers Need to Know About SEO