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What Do Subwoofers Do? | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497106-What-Do-Subwoofers-Do-Car-Audio Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. Today I am going to be sharing my knowledge of car audio and mobile electronics. In any musical environment there are highs, mids, and lows. Highs are considered treble. Mids are usually vocals and snares and things like that. And then lows, that is where your subwoofer comes in. Now bass is not directional, which means that anywhere that there is bass you can hear it from. So often times to add bass to a car stereo we put what is called a subwoofer in to the trunk of the car of the car. From the trunk it sounds like it is coming from everywhere inside the car. Unlike the little speakers that are up in your dash, tweeters, or the woofers that are your door. Installing a subwoofer can help lighten the load on your car stereo speakers by letting you play them flat and using the subwoofer to pick up on all of those really low frequencies. Subwoofers come in all shapes and sizes. There are small subwoofers that you can fit under a seat. There are big subwoofers that take up the entire trunk. And there are subwoofers that are everything in between. If you just want a little bit of bass in your car you can add an eight inch subwoofer or a ten inch subwoofer. Some people get two twelves. Obviously the bigger the subwoofer the more power you are going to need to make it move. Amplifiers are always going to be needed when you add a subwoofer. If your car came with a high end sound system chances are you have a small subwoofer built right in to it. You can usually tell if you look in your doors, your front doors, and if you see if there are speakers in all four and you have some extra ones in the rear deck. A typical car stereo is going to break up if you turn up the bass too much. So often times the best option is to leave the bass flat and add a small subwoofer to pick up the extra load. This way you can turn the car stereo up without your music distorting and the subwoofer is going to pick up all the bass. Because subwoofers are big and they move a lot of air they can easily produce bass and give you music impact. It is going to make everything sound a little bit louder and it is going to make your speakers job a little bit easier because they are not going to pick up those low frequencies that they are not designed to handle.
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HTML Tutorial: Publishing Your Website
 
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Watch more HTML Tutorials videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/496276-HTML-Tutorial-Publishing-Your-Website Hi, I am Daniel Davis. I am a certified computer expert and tech guru. Along with having one of the top tech channels on youtube, my work has also been featured in textbooks, software guides, and hundreds of popular tech blogs. And today I am going to be talking to you about HTML. Put it up in a web browser. So now that you have a web page how do you share it with others. Well, in order for people to access it on the internet, you have to actually upload it to the internet first. Doing that requires finding something called a hosting provider that lets you upload your website files and gives you a web address so that people can connect to it. There are many different hosting providers out there, some are free and some are expensive and the one you choose depends on your needs, so be sure to see what different hosting providers offer. A really good hosting provider for beginners is 000webhost.com. They are free, they have a good amount of features, and they don't put any ads on your web page. Select a free version and fill in the required information. They will send you an E-mail containing your registration information and you can use that to log into their site and use it. So, how do you use it. Well, after logging in you will see your signed domain name. A domain name is what people will type into their web browser to view your site, so go ahead and write this down, then beside your domain name click go to see your panel and scroll down to the files section, double click on the another file manager icon. This takes you to the file manager for your site. You should see a folder called public_html, anything that is put inside this folder will be added to your website. So double click on it and click on the upload file icon and browse for your index.html file, click open and then click okay. You should see it appear to the right, continue uploading files until you have uploaded every file that is a part of your webpage including pictures. Whatever page is named index.html or index.pagep is what is going to be the default page that shows up whenever somebody visits your site. Okay, now you can visit your website by typing in your domain name that you wrote down into the browser address bar and it should pull up your website live on the internet.
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How to Tune a Car Amplifier | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497184-How-to-Tune-a-Car-Amplifier-Car-Audio Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. Car amplifiers have a lot of switches and dials on the side. And a lot of the time when we see do-it-yourself installations, we see all these dials and knobs turned all the way up. This is not the proper way to tune a car amplifier. The proper way, is to first turn the gain down, turn all of the filters to off. Then, turn up the car stereo 'til it starts distorting, then back it down a little bit. Then, turn on your high pass filter, adjust it, and then go back and repeat the process. This seems to work for me, gives clear sound, makes sure the gain's at the proper level. If you turn the gain to the wrong level, you can introduce all sorts of noise to your car stereo system. We have people who come in and they step on the gas pedal and there's a whirring sound out of their engine from the speaker. That usually happens when either the amplifier is not grounded properly or when the gain is just turned up way too high. Now the way you adjust the amplifier is gonna vary depending on what type of amplifier you're using, what type of speakers you're using and what type of stereo you're connecting it to. But generally, if you use that same method, you're gonna achieve good sound in the end. Depending on your combination of amplifiers and head units, tuning the amplifier is gonna be slightly different. Some stereos you're gonna have to turn the gain up a lot. Some stereos you're not gonna have to turn the gain up more. Remember that more gain doesn't necessarily mean more volume.
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Guide to Speakers | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497186-Guide-to-Speakers-Car-Audio Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. When choosing a set of speakers for your car, the first thing that you're gonna wanna check is the size of the speakers. Depending on the opening of the old speaker that you're removing, you're gonna wanna get a speaker that's exactly the same size. If you have a factory car stereo with low wattage, you're not gonna want to get a big high end speaker because it's gonna take a lot of power to push that speaker, typically an external amplifier. If you're using the amplifier that came with your car, you're gonna want a high efficiency speaker, and typically these are cheaper than low efficiency speakers. Low efficiency speakers are high end, they take a lot of power to push, they sound great, but you need a big amplifier for them. Another thing you're gonna wanna check on your speakers is the RMS power rating. This is how much power the speakers can handle, day-in day-out. If you have a 30 watt RMS speaker, it means you can pump 30 watts into the speaker all day and it's gonna be fine. You don't wanna over-power it and you don't wanna under-power it. Depending on where you're mounting the speakers, you may want a coaxial speaker or a component speaker. A coax speaker, as we call it, has a woofer and it has a tweeter built into the same speaker. Typically, the woofer makes up the main part of the speaker and the tweeter will poke through the middle. These are great because they play all the frequencies that your stereo can output very efficiently all in one small package. Ideally, you're gonna want to install component speakers, specifically in the front of your car. Component speakers have separate drivers, a woofer in the door and a tweeter up on your dashboard. What this is gonna do is it's gonna bring the sound stage up. With component speakers it's gonna sound like all the sound is coming from up high because the treble, which is the really directional part, is gonna be mounted on your dashboard going right to your ears. Component speakers typically come with a better crossover than a coaxial speaker. Usually the crossover on a component speaker is about this big. It's very high quality and has a lot of circuitry to make sure that the sound is separated properly between the tweeter and the woofer. In a coaxial speaker, usually the crossover is nothing more than a small compositor about this big that's mounted to the speaker. They sound pretty good, but nowhere near as good as component speakers. Component speakers are gonna give you much better imaging and much better sound.
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How to Put Together a Portfolio | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509239-How-to-Put-Together-a-Portfolio-Graphic-Design So, as a designer, you don't exist unless you don't have a portfolio. Now, one of the hardest things to do is to figure out what even goes into your portfolio. Especially if you're a motion designer, how does your portfolio look? Or a graphic designer, how should you show your print? How should you show your website designs, if you're a website designer? Should you put it on a computer screen and show the computer in the portfolio? All of these different formats are very good questions and it really all depends on what it is that your brand is and what it looks like. Again, it's really good to look at other people's portfolios to see what it is that they're doing, and maybe how you can simplify yours. It's best to not show all of your work, like all 40 pieces that you've done like through school and without. If you can, try not to show anything from school because a lot of clients will ask, or a lot of future employers will ask, "What is this from? Is this a concept project, or is it real?" When you actually admit that it's a school project, they kind of glance over it because it wasn't done in a real environment. So you want to make sure that you can get as much real work as you can, in your portfolio and show how you did it. Show the concept. If you have less than ten items, it's good to show the process. If you have videos that you want to show, instead of showing ten five-minute videos, try to have a two-minute reel. If you have different disciplines that you're good at, in which case, my portfolio that I had before I started my company, I wanted to show that I was good at website design and mobile application design. So, what I did was, I basically reached inside and reached in my brand. And at the time it was very black, and grey, and a little bit of pop color here and there, so my portfolio showed the same thing. And I did little quotes here and there, and then showed my website design in a very 3-D type of way. So I showed different designs, what I did, branding and website and then I did a brief description as to what the actual website looked like. Another thing that I did was, if it was live, provided a link for them to see it because they want to see that these projects aren't just concept ideas but actually live and working. In the second area, I showed mobile application design. And it's good to show multiple states of the screen, and not to just show one screen for each page, but just like a whole bunch of screens for all the pages, and letting people see, again, your thought process. I'm also in info-graphic design, so I also would show different things that I did in that respect. So one of the things you can do too, even in the front, is show what you're good at, show the table of contents, show that "This is what I'm going to show you", explain it and then make sure to always provide a way to be contacted, which sometimes we forget to do. So, in my case, I had Facebook, Twitter, call me, visit my website, check out my blog, email me. All in all, I put my personality in it and is also showed it in a way that was clean, that wasn't too overbearing, that didn't show too much work or too little, but then also provided enough information for them to know what type of style I had and how diverse I was in my skill set.
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How Much Should You Charge Clients? | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509242-How-Much-Should-You-Charge-Clients-Graphic-Design The question of how much to charge your clients is always one that I come across a lot. Mainly because people are very reserved in how much they charge because they don't want to lose out on a client, or they don't want to lose out on work, or they feel like maybe their work just isn't good enough. I actually wrote a blog post on this, on the top five reasons not to raise your rates as a freelancer. Which of course, is my sarcastic way of saying that you should raise your rates, and often, and continuously do it. Just as the gas prices go up, so should your prices. There's a really handy calculator on freelanceswitch.com called the Freelance Switch Hourly Rate Calculator. And this is usually where I like to start because it asks you, what's your annual office rent, all the way down to, what's your insurance cost. And even calculates your personal costs like, what are your daily expenses? What's your rent or mortgage? How many days do you want to work per year? How many available hours can you actually have per year? And how much profit and savings to you want?' When I first did this like 4 years ago, when I was only charging like $15.00 hour, it said that my rate should be 30 an hour. And I was like, oh my G**, that's too much. That's crazy. Of course now, I charge a whole lot more than that and it's only because of the fact that I am able to know how much I'm worth, based off of this calculator, which I had updated and the hourly rate was higher. And then also seeing what the competitive rates are. But, again, design should never be something that's a competitive rate. If you ever get a client that says, "Well, Joe Schmoe over here is only doing it for $2.00", then let Joe Schmoe do it. Because there should always be a barrier as to what you are able to do, as far as how less you're going to charge, and how more you're going to charge. Or what's the most that you'll be able to charge. And then also, because each project is different and each website is different, or each whatever you're doing is different, it's best to know how many hours you think it'll actually take you. Once you've done a lot of work, and once you've done different types of work, you're able to gauge. Like if someone was to walk up to me now and say, "Hey, I have a really simple site. I have all the content. I want to do a five page site." I already know, in my head, how many hours that's going to take and what to charge them, and anything else will just be add-ons. So, it's good to know that, which will help you to not only not be underpaid, but also to know your value and start basically acting in a way as such, that you do know your value. One trick of the trade that I've learned is that the cheaper the client, the more the problems you will have. And I'm sorry to say that for all the clients out there that really do genuinely have a good heart. But, a lot of the times, like if you have a free client, they're going to have the most complaints, and if you have a $20,000 client, I very rarely have any complaints from them because they know what they want, they know their goals and then you're able to react accordingly. And they've done so much research on you anyway, because of the fact that they're spending so much, that the project, is not painless, but it's a lot easier than it would be, rather than you knocking yourself over your head for accepting that $200 website client. So, the question of what to charge a client varies. And you have to make sure you do your research and you stick to your guns, and that you continue to just know your worth and do as such.
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HTML Tutorial: Adding & Styling Images & Text
 
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Watch more HTML Tutorials videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/476886-HTML-Tutorial-Adding-and-Styling-Images-and-Text Hi, I am Daniel Davis. I am a certified computer expert and tech guru. Along with having one of the top tech channels on youtube, my work has also been featured in textbooks, software guides, and hundreds of popular tech blogs. And today I am going to be talking to you about HTML. HTML is the coding language that webpages are written in. To create a basic webpage, all you need is a text editor, such as Notepad and Windows, or Text Edit in Mac, and a web browser. HTML is characterized by using markup tags to classify and group different parts of a webpage. Tags are denoted by angled brackets that enclose the tag name, and they generally come in pairs, one before the object and one after. The closing tag having a forward slash. A basic webpage has 2 sections, a head and a body. The body is where the visible content of a webpage goes. To add text, you wanna use the p tag to show that it's a paragraph. If it's header tags, you can use the preset header tags. These go from H1 to H6. Each one being a different text size. Other format tags include B for bold, I for italicized, and U for underline. To preview it, save it as index.html using the file type of all files in Notepad or webpage in Text Edit, and open it up in a browser. Another way to style your tags is through text is through tag attributes. An attribute adjusts the parameters of certain tags. For instance, if I wanted to align the text to the center of the page, I can add the align attribute to the P tag and set it equal to center in quotes. If I add a font tag around my text, I can then add font attributes such as size, face, and color. Using tag attributes, you can also add pictures to your webpage. But before we can do that, you'll need to find a picture that you wanna use and place it in the same location that you saved your webpage to. Then add an image tag where you want the image to appear in the body of your page, and add the SRC attribute and set it equal to the name of the picture. To align it to center, you'll need to add some center tags around it. Now save it and refresh your browser to preview the page.
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Subwoofer FAQs | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497129-Subwoofer-FAQs-Car-Audio Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. Because subwoofers are such a popular item, we have a lot of people coming in asking the same questions. Subwoofers are misunderstood. Because subwoofers get a bad reputation a lot times, because people play them so loud. A lot of times people say, "Is my subwoofer gonna sound like that? Is it gonna rattle my trunk?" And the answer is, "Yeah, if you want it to, but if you don't want it to, it's not." A properly installed and adjusted subwoofer, is it gonna blend in with the rest of the sound in your car, and you're gonna love the way it sounds. It's only gonna improve the way your car stereo is. If your objective is to drive down the street and be heard for blocks, then we can put 2 12-inch subwoofers in your car, and a 3,000 watt amplifier and good for you. But in most cases, we're gonna make it blend in with the car stereo that is being integrated with. We often get asked, "Do I need an amplifier for my subwoofer?" And the answer is yes, always. Subwoofers will always need an amplifier. Whether it's a self-powered amplifier with an amp built into it, or it's your standard subwoofer that gets screwed into a wooden box. Subwoofers are big, and yes, they need an amp. The great thing about subwoofers is their versatility. They can be added to just about any car stereo system, just the way it is. If you get a car right from the factory with a great sound system and you want a little more impact, we can add a subwoofer right onto it. If you're having your entire system redone, we can custom build a subwoofer right into the system to meld in with all the other speakers. We get asked about subwoofer sizes a lot. If you want deep bass, you get a 12-inch. If you want kinda normal bass, you get a 10 inch. If you want tight punchy bass, you get an 8-inch. A lot of that's gonna depend on the amount of space that you're willing to give up and the type of bass that you want. Because a lot of people have the preconceived notion that a subwoofer is a big clunky object that's gonna take up tons of space in the trunk. A lot of times people ask, "Can I hide the subwoofer?" Well, first of all, there are a lot of custom built boxes that are made to fit your specific vehicle. It'll look like it's part of the side wall of the trunk, or sometimes it replaces a part of the car like an arm rest. There are self-powered units that can be hidden right underneath the driver or passenger seat. These self-powered units are no where near as big and no where near as loud as most subwoofers, but they get the job done and they fit in tight spaces. A lot of people ask us, ""If you're putting the subwoofer in my trunk, then how am I gonna hear it?"" Well, the great thing about bass and the sound that subwoofers produce is that it is not directional at all. If you put a subwoofer behind you, in front of you, to the left of you, you can't tell where the sound is coming from. Bass is omnidirectional. We like to think of bass as water, and we like to think of treble like pins and needles. Pins and needles are not gonna be able to make it through walls, but water is. It goes through everything. The bass that comes from subwoofers is the same way. We usually face it towards the back of the car in the trunk and you can't tell where it's coming from.
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SUM, AVERAGE, MEDIAN, MAX & MIN | Microsoft Excel
 
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Watch more How to Use Microsoft Excel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/487225-SUM-AVERAGE-MEDIAN-MAX-and-MIN-Microsoft-Excel Hi, my name is Shir and I'm the founder and CEO of shirconsulting.com where we focus on converting the existing data from your business into massive savings and extraordinary profits. Today we're going to learn the basics of Excel. Let's get started. So now let's talk about some common Functions that EXCEL has for us. They are SUM, AVERAGE, MEDIAN, MAX and MIN. Let's go through each one. SUM is simply the total of all of these numbers put together. Notice the "=" sign in the beginning, the name of the Function (SUM), the open parentheses - "(" and the closed parentheses - ")" and then the actual CELLS that are being referenced. I'm going to hit ENTER. And there it is. This is the total of all of those. I can simply COPY and PASTE that Formula across here and widen the COLUMNS so that I can see everything. And the same Formula is going on over here and over here but with the right data. Let's do the AVERAGE function. "=" AVERAGE, open parentheses "(" - I want to take the AVERAGE of all of these. And notice the colon - ":" - in between these two CELLS to show in between, to show selecting all of these, closed parentheses - ")" - hit ENTER. This is now the exact AVERAGE. I'm going to COPY this over and PASTE this over here as well. Notice that if I change any number, it automatically updates. That's the beauty of using Functions. Let's go to MEDIAN. "=" the MEDIAN or the number that's in the midpoint of all the numbers in the data set. And here we go. So out of this whole range the most middle point is 101,126. And with these sets of data over here. Let's do the MAXimum number which is out of all the numbers, out of all the CELLS that I'm choosing what is the highest valued CELL and it is this one right here. Same concept. Let's apply it over here. We can do the same exact thing. "=" MIN and it gives us the lowest valued CELL and returns that. And again it will also automatically update. And there you have it - total or SUM, AVERAGE, MEDIAN, MAX and MIN functions.
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How Much Power for Good Subwoofer Bass? | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497150-How-Much-Power-for-Good-Subwoofer-Bass-Car-Audio Learn how much power it takes to get good bass from a subwoofer in this Howcast car stereo video with expert Movin' On. Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. Often times we get asked how much power you need to get decent bass from your subwoofer, and the answer is, depends on the subwoofer and depends on how many subwoofers. A good place to start is to look at the specifications of the subwoofer that you plan on powering. An easy way to check is to check the RMS rating of the subwoofer that you plan on powering. If the RMS of the subwoofer is 300 watts, it means that that subwoofer can take 300 watts continuously. In order to find an amplifier that's gonna power the subwoofer properly, the best thing to do is to find an amplifier that's either 300 watts RMS or higher. If you're using a 500 watt amplifier to power a 300 watt subwoofer, you're gonna have plenty of headroom and the amplifier is not going to have to work very hard to push that subwoofer. But you have to be careful not to turn the gain on an amplifier too high because you could blow the subwoofer. If you under-power your subwoofer, that is using an amplifier that's not as powerful as the RMS of the subwoofer, the amplifier may overheat, or play distorted. Typically, we recommend going with an amplifier that's the same RMS rating as your subwoofer or higher. The power of amplifiers is also rated in RMS and really what it stands for is the amount of power that that amplifier can produce continuously without overheating. If you go with a more powerful amplifier than the subwoofer, you're gonna have plenty of head room, you're gonna have a happy amplifier that's running cool.
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How to Pitch Ideas to a Client | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509240-How-to-Pitch-Ideas-to-a-Client-Graphic-Design The best way to pitch to a client is to know what you're talking about. So the biggest thing is knowing exactly the key points that they wanted you to solve, all the problems that they had, all the questions that they like sent over to you late in the night, and then also being able to visually display how you understand and translated everything that they gave to you into a presentation. So pitching an idea can be anything from pitching a concept, whether it's hey, you want to do a commercial or you want to do a website and you want to have three different people do this website and pick your favorite one, all the way up to, "Hey, we've finished your project and now we want to pitch it to you and show it to you through our eyes." The worst thing that you could ever do is just send something over to a client without any explanation whatsoever and then just ask, "Do you like it?" You want to make sure that you become one with the project, become one with the presentation, and then also ask, "Hey, can I go over this with you as you look through it? Let me tell you why I felt this style," or "Let me tell you why I chose to do this" or "Why I decided to do that." This is important because without any of these explanations, the client's interpretations can get lost very easily and so can what you wanted them to take away. So the best way to do a presentation is really just to make sure you outline everything that you need to show and show it the best way that you feel comfortable, whether it's through a PDF that's interactive, or not, or whether it's through Keynote or a PowerPoint presentation and making sure that it's not your typical Keynote and PowerPoint presentation, that it just looked like you popped up a theme and put some words in it. There's a lot of great resources out there with templates that are already designed or that you can design on your own. And then last, but not least, and certainly not the last thing that you can do is a video presentation, whether you're doing it through After Effects or even just talking into a camera and telling the person, "Hey, this is what I want to do. This is my pitch and what do you think?" At the end of it you really want to make sure that your needs have been met, the client's needs have been met, and both of your expectations are met as well. Always make sure that you get all the questions from the client and that you also make sure that you get all of your questions out so that any iterations that come about can be answered in your next presentation. So, it's all about communication.
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Time Management Tips | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509243-Time-Management-Tips-Graphic-Design So how does one effectively manage their time. It's something that I know I have a hard time with, and most of the time, I'm always trying out a new technique or a new tool. But one thing that I have realized is that the human body needs to move. So one of the things that I have I guess taken on is the Pomodoro Technique, which is 25 minutes of productivity, 5 minute break; 25 minutes of productivity, 5 minute break. Four cycles of that and then you get a 30 minute break. Now sometimes I'm really into something, and my hyper-focus is turned on and then, I will literally just be in it for however long it takes. Whether it's two hours, but still making sure that I have timer's that are set. So a timer that I use that's online is Harvest and Harvest is a monthly service that you have to pay for. But the cool part about it is, not only does it track your time on your computer as well as on your mobile device, but you can also, with the time that it does track, you can easily turn into invoices that can be sent to your clients, as well as setup reminders for those clients, so that they'll pay on time. So you can send a two-day reminder, every two days remind this client that they owe me $1000, or every 15 days. Something else that I use is a site called Egg Timer and you can actually set how much time you need to spend on a particular item, and it's just like egg.timer.com/slash the time that you need. Then there's like a big bell that rings that lets you know, "Stop whatever you're doing." A lot of the times, we can get so wrapped up into stuff that we spend so much time. The good thing is to know, "Okay, this shouldn't take me anymore than 25 minutes, so let me do it in 25 minutes." If you see yourself stalling or going into other things, then you can kind of see where your productivity is basically being attacked. Rescue time is also something that's really good. That lets you know what you're actually spending your time on. So it'll say, "Hey, you're on Facebook for like, two hours. Maybe you might want to cut that out." So there's a lot of really cool tools that help you to, not only keep track of your time, but also to keep track of your anxiety about the time, and help eliminate. Also, then help with focus and concentration to make sure that time management is not only effective, but efficient.
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Best Alarms for Expensive Audio System | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497185-Best-Alarms-for-Expensive-Audio-System-Car-Audio Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. Today I am going to be sharing with you my knowledge on car audio and mobile electronics. When you are getting a car stereo for the first time you want to ask yourself what you are looking to get out of that stereo. Are you looking to play a form of media that you could not play before, like an iPod? Are you looking for better sound? Are you looking for more bass? A lot of times it is easy to just replace your head unit, which is the main part that you put the CD in and plug iPods into. But often times it is not really possible. You are going to want to go to a local car stereo shop and consult with a professional. You need somebody who has experience to look at your car, determine what can be changed, how it can be changed, and how it is going to be done properly. If you plan on doing it yourself you are going to want to do proper research and maybe even go to a car stereo shop to ask what type of parts you are going to need. For instance if you are going to want to play your iPod, there are interfaces that we can add to make it play. If you want more bass, we can add a subwoofer and amplifier. And if you want better sound, we may be able to replace your speakers or add an amplifier or a sound processor without replacing the head unit at all. When you are looking to change a stereo, you may want to ask yourself what are you looking to gain by that. Is it better sound? Is it more features? Do you want to be able to play your iPod? These are all things that can potentially cut your cost in half. You may not need to change every single component in your car stereo just to give it a little more bass. Changing your speakers isn't always the answer. Sometimes changing the head unit is a better idea. Sometimes adding an amplifier with a little bit of bass will give you that extra impact that you need. A lot of people will jump straight to the big box store because they know the big box store has a big selection and that they have lots of sales people and help that is readily available, but I tend to recommend the local car stereo shop because typically you can have more dedicated professionals with a lot more experience. You are going to get better work done to your car, you are going to get better advice, and a lot of time you are going to have higher end brands to choose from.
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How Much Do Graphic Designers Make? | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509230-How-Much-Do-Graphic-Designers-Make-Graphic-Design "How much do I make?" is a question I usually get asked a lot. How much do designers really make? That really all depends on a few factors. One, your location. So people that live, not even necessarily work, but that live in New York, San Francisco, L.A. are going to make more money than people that say that they live in Oklahoma. Why? Because of the cost of living and because if they're from New York then they're getting all the talented skills that they need and it's definitely going to show in their work which is why I'm going to pay them $100 an hour. It's really hard to always determine also without knowing your level. Are you a junior, are you a mid-level, are you a senior? In one agency you can be a senior designer and in another one you can be a junior designer and your salaries will fluctuate as such. The best websites I think I've ever seen in breaking that down is freelanceswitch.com which actually did a report on how much money freelancers were making in general ranges. As well as looking up the titles that you are interested in like on Glass Door or any other salary comparison site. Of course, with all the technology that's out there the production designer will make significantly less than the UX designer. So a production designer, for instance, may make like $20-$30 an hour where as a UX is going to make $60-$80. It's a big difference and that's why it's always important to know what's in demand because also a lot of people are looking for people that there's a lot of them of. So it's like okay, well I'm going to get a website from you and I can get one for $200 from the high-schooler down the street. So you have to know how to position yourself, where you market yourself, and then compare your rates to others. If you ask a designer, sometimes they'll tell you how much they make, sometimes they won't. But it's just good to keep raising your rate until you don't have any clients anymore. No, it's good to keep raising your rates so then that way you can kind of get a feel as to exactly what your worth.
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How to Move a Cell Around | Microsoft Excel
 
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Watch more How to Use Microsoft Excel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/487222-How-to-Move-a-Cell-Around-Microsoft-Excel Hi, my name is Shir and I'm the founder and CEO of shirconsulting.com where we focus on converting the existing data from your business into massive savings and extraordinary profits. Today we're going to learn the basics of Excel. Let's get started. So now let's talk about moving CELLS around inside of the WORKSHEET. I can do it in a number of ways. I can use the mouse to select the CELLS I want and as soon as I hover over the edge of the selected CELLS, I get four diff, four directional arrows. If I click and drag that - I'm physically moving all of those. I tend to stay away from that. I am just hitting undo to go back which is CTRL+Z. I like to do instead a CTRL+X which is a CUT and then click where I want to move it to and hit CTRL+V to paste. This CUT and PASTE will always work and that's why I recommend using it for all moving needs. You can also INSERT new CELLS in between current data. So if I want to move everything down and move some stuff around that way - I click on the CELL that I want, I right click and then I do INSERT. It then asks me in this little window - do I want to shift the CELLS to the right or down? I want to try shifting them down. I can do this all at once across these five by doing, by selecting all five, right clicking on it, hitting INSERT and shifting the CELLS down. I can do the same thing with vertical CELLS. I select all these, I right click on it, I hit INSERT and I shift them to the right. And now I have new CELLS over here. The best method to move CELLS around is to select what you want, hit CTRL+X to CUT, click where you want to PASTE it, and then hit CTRL+V to PASTE. Another important reason to do that is to maintain the CELL references. We'll go over that later but that's a very important concept. And that's how you move CELLS around in Microsoft EXCEL.
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HTML Tutorial: Navigation
 
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Watch more HTML Tutorials videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/496277-HTML-Tutorial-Navigation Hi, I am Daniel Davis. I am a certified computer expert and tech guru. Along with having one of the top tech channels on youtube, my work has also been featured in textbooks, software guides, and hundreds of popular tech blogs. And today I am going to be talking to you about HTML. Now that you know the formula for creating a webpage, how do u link multiple pages together to create a website? You can do that through a process called 'hyper linking'. You can create a hyper link by using the 'a markup tag' and what ever u put between these tags, whether it be text or or images is what will be linked. Then to create the actual link add an 'href attribute' and set it to the link destination. These can be a link to external web pages or links to pages within your own web site. Now if you save this and test your result in a browser, you'll see that clicking on a link takes you to a different page.But what if you want the links to open up from within your web page without leaving your website; thus creating a navigational menu? Well, one of the simplest ways to do that is by using 'frames'. To create a frame navigation, you'll need to create three different web pages. We already have this one so lets save it as navigation.html. Then lets create a new web page and instead of head and body markup tags, we'll add frame set markup tags. In our frame set we'll create two different tags. We'll set the first frame equal to our navigation.html page and the second one equal to one of the links we added to our navigation.html page. Then we need to give the second frame a name. we can just call it 'my content'. Now we can add a column size attribute to the frame set tag setting the first frame to 25% and the second one to 75%. Then save it as 'index.html'. Now before we preview it, we need to add one last thing to our navigation.html links- a 'target attribute'. This target attribute tells it where to open the links so we'll set each other of the links equal to the my content frame that we created. Now save your page and open up index.html to see if it works. Congratulations! You just turned your web pages into a website.
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Become a Graphic Designer w/o School | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509233-Become-a-Graphic-Designer-wo-School-Graphic-Design So you don't want to necessarily go to school, but you do want to become a designer? One of the biggest things that you need to do is learn exactly what it takes to become a designer, or even what type of designer that you want to be. There are many different resources out there now, from Smashing Magazine to just looking up on Dribble different designers that are out there, seeing what it is that they're doing. Are you interested in packaging? Are you interested in website design? Mobile application design? Or maybe you have your eyes set on a particular company that you know that you want to work at. One of the biggest things that helped me when I was coming out of school, and I probably didn't even need school to do it, was to go on informational interviews. It's very easy to ask different creative directors or principals of companies to tell them, "Hey, listen, I'm interested in becoming a web designer," or, "I'm interested in web design". Maybe you have a portfolio and you can show them, and they'll basically let you know through the informational interview what more skills you need to be hired there, if you're not going to be hired there already. The good thing about that is that not only do you get information as to what you need to secure and land a job, or how much more work that you need to do, but you also gain a contact and a network, and that person knows a lot of people and the people they know know a lot of people. So, a lot of the jobs I received were from word of mouth, because I interviewed with them, or I had a talk with them. They didn't have work for me then, or they followed up with me to make sure that I was growing as a designer while having my portfolio on Behance or Coroflot or Krop, and in doing so kept an eye out on me and then referred me to other people. So, your best bet is to get out there, know exactly what is is that you want to do, and try to meet as many people as you can, and make as many networks as you can.
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How to Create a Good Resume | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509236-How-to-Create-a-Good-Resume-Graphic-Design So as a designer, how should your resume look? Should it be a photo of yourself with a couple bullet points of what you do, or should it be that typical, horrible resume that you usually see that's like the template from Word? The answer is neither. It should be a happy medium. One of the things that you could always do is see what other people are doing out there. Like, what's going to make your resume like stand to the top? Whenever I get resumes in for people that want to be a part of CHD Collective and I get that Word template, it makes me shiver. And I always hate to pre-judge a designer based off of that, but to me, you know, if you're trying to brand yourself then you need to show so accordingly and do that accordingly through your resumes. And make sure that you can show me how creative you can be on one sheet of paper, not three. So one of the things that I'm showing here is actually a resume that I redid for one of our contractors that basically just has a little bit more life to it and a little bit more icons. This is when infographics really come into play and this is when a lot of agencies and potential employers or potential clients really want to like see how you shine and see what it is that you've done, and what type of personality that you do have. There's a lot of good resources out there, even if you can't think of one yourself. If you go to graphicriver.net, there's a lot of different resume templates. And this is actually one that I got from them and then tweaked it a little bit and changed the color around. And it made the resume pop a lot more. So the best way to do a resume is to only focus on what's important. Only focus on what's important to the actual job. Tell me why you like doing like what it is that you love doing. Make sure you have a portfolio. Tell me something quirky about you, like maybe you like knitting socks for cats. Like, this is something that you can actually put on your resume. It's not like you're applying for an accounting job, in which they would throw it away for you not being serious. This is, like, being a designer is a chance for you to show yourself in many different ways. So whatever it is, try to make sure that you don't be boring through the resume. Try to stand out and let your personality shine.
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Degree Needed for Graphic Design Career | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509229-Degree-Needed-for-Graphic-Design-Career-Graphic-Design Oh, so you want to know what degree you need to become a designer? So, the first thing that comes to mind is money, right? So, it's like "Oh, no. How much money is it going to take to be able to learn all these awesome skills needed so that I can be the best designer of the world"? Or maybe you just want to know how to use Photoshop? Depending upon what it is that you want to know depends upon the degree that you want to get. I always would urge against everyone getting a four-year degree. Why? Because it shows people that you're dedicated. It shows people that "Hey, I stuck to something for four years." But then, that's kind of like an outdated way of thinking. Because nowadays, whenever you're looking for a job, yeah it may say, especially in the design field, it may say "Yes, we need a bachelor's of arts in fine arts or an understanding of fundamental art like, whatever." Or "We need a master's in psychology or human and computer interaction to get a UX job." At the end of the day, well, out of those job transcriptions translate into, is that we just want to know that you have enough experience to know what you're doing. One of the things, that, I come from a background of a bachelor's in psychology. I have an associate's in liberal arts. I have like a ton of different certifications in IT. And then, I also, I went to Creative Circus for their programs. One of the things where what really shines is your portfolio. What really shines is your presence when you go to talk to a client or when you go talk to a potential employer. What really shows is just who you are and how well you've branded yourself. And how well you're able to show "This is my thought process." What people want to know is how you think and how well you're able to articulate that thinking into something that's like visually appealing. Does that take a degree? No. Does it take an awesome portfolio? Yes. Can you get a job without a degree? Yes. Can you get a job without a portfolio? Maybe not. You can get an internship which can help and then the way to do that is to really, again, show that you know what you're doing and what you're talking about. So, can you teach yourself design? Yes. There's many different schools that you can even check out and you always make sure that even if it may not be something that you're initially interested in, that you're making sure that the school is going along with the time. So, if they're just going to teach you print, it's probably not the best school to go to. If they have an offer to teach you interactive, especially in this world right now, then that's something you should really look into. So, the question, I feel like the best way to answer this question is that if you need a degree is to decide, which branch of design you actually want to do. Find a mentor or somebody that you really, really admire in that field and see what they did. And see if maybe you can even be their apprentice or see what it takes to get into that field. The best way is always to learn by doing.
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How to Convert Old Photos to Digital
 
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Great Amazon Must Haves for Digital Photographers: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6: http://amzn.to/1XhdDsk Professional Cleaning Set for DSLR Cameras: http://amzn.to/1L5NuU1 Think Tank DSLR Battery Holder: http://amzn.to/1IKmh7J Joby GP8-BHEN GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X bundle: http://amzn.to/1LV3RIK Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera Backpack: http://amzn.to/1fVAyHE Transcend USB 3.0 Super Speed Multi-Card Reader: http://amzn.to/1EzCmSf Watch more Digital Photography 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/191199-How-to-Convert-Old-Photos-to-Digital Buying a digital camera doesn't mean your old prints, slides, or negatives are obsolete. You can easily convert them with a scanner to bring them into the 21st century. Step 1: Organize your photos Before scanning, organize your photos – and slides and negatives, if you have them – into logical groups. This will make renaming and labeling them much easier later on. Step 2: Clean your photos Using a soft photography or makeup brush, gently clean your photos. Any dirt or smudges will be visible in your scans. Step 3: Clean the scanner Using isopropyl, or another cleaning agent that won't leave residue or streaks, and a lint-free cloth, wipe any dust, smudges, and fingerprints off the scanner's glass bed. Tip Turn on the scanner's light to reveal any overlooked smudges, fingerprints, or dirt. Step 4: Select your DPI based on your image use For images you intend to print, a DPI (or dots per inch) of 300 is recommended. Slides or negatives need a DPI of at least 2,400. For use on the Web, a DPI of 72 is acceptable. Step 5: Scan your old photos Using the software that came with your scanner, scan each photo into your computer. Step 6: Rename your digital scans Your scans will likely have numerical names that tell you nothing about the content of the scanned image. Rename each file. Step 7: Edit your images Using photo- editing software, view each image, cropping out bits you don't want, straightening slightly crooked images, and using color correction where necessary. Step 8: Backup your images Photo library software makes organizing and viewing photos on the computer simple, but you should also burn your scanned photos to a CD, DVD, or an external hard drive for safekeeping. You can typically save about 1,200 images on a CD and close to 7,000 on a DVD when you save them as JPG files. Did You Know? You can get a scanner the size of a ballpoint pen, meant for scanning single lines of text.
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One 12" or Two 10" Subwoofers? | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497123-One-12-or-Two-10-Subwoofers-Car-Audio Learn which hits harder -- one 12" subwoofer or two 10" subwoofers -- in this Howcast car stereo video with expert Movin' On. Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. So what produces more volume, two 10-inch sub-woofers or one 12-inch sub-woofer? This is the age-old question. The truth is the more surface area you have, the more area you move and the more volume you have. So all other things considered equal — equal amplifier, same brand sub, same model — two 10s are going to be a lot louder than one 12 because they have a lot more surface area. However, there are plenty of 12-inch subs that, as a single unit, can produce a lot more volume than two 10s, but you're going to need a bigger amplifier and a higher-powered sub. Also, 12s and 10s produce completely different types of sounds. 10s are going to be punchy and 12s are going to be boom-y. Also you're going to have to consider the enclosure these speakers are in. If a 10-inch sub is in a vented enclosure, it's going to give a boom-ier, deeper sound. If you have a sealed enclosure, it's going to be tight. If you brings subs down to something even smaller like an 8, it's going to be even punchier. Taking all these variables into account, all things considered equal, two 10s are going to be louder than one 12.
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HTML Tutorial: Page Formatting
 
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Watch more HTML Tutorials videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/480438-HTML-Tutorial-Page-Formatting "Hi, I am Daniel Davis. I am a certified computer expert and tech guru. Along with having one of the top tech channels on youtube, my work has also been featured in textbooks, software guides, and hundreds of popular tech blogs. And today I am going to be talking to you about HTML. Html is the coding language that webpages are written in. To create a basic webpage all you need is a text editor, such as notepad in Windows or Text Edit in Mac and a web browser. Html separates the different sections of the webpage using what's called markup tags. These are characterized by angled brackets. Within the website you'll see a head section and a body section. The body section is where the content of the webpage goes. To add text to your webpage, you can use the p markup tag for paragraph. Add your text and then close off the markup tag like this. In order to align the text to the page you need to add what's called an attribute to the p tag that reads align equals center or right or left depending on how you want it align it. By adding a font tag you can add size and color attributes to change the size and color of the font. Anytime you want to preview your webpage just save it as an html file and open it up in a web browser. Likewise to add a picture, you can add an img markup tag and use the src attribute to set it equal to the image location. You can use the center tags to align it to the center of the page. By adding attributes to the body tag you can change the settings for the entire page. For instance you can set the background color , the background image and the text color from here. When it comes to formatting pages, the basic approach would be to add page breaks like this which breaks the content into separate lines. Or you could use horizontal rules like this, which separates content using a horizontal line. A more advanced way though would be to use tables. To create a basic table you start by adding the table markup tags, then in between them you can add the row markup tags. You can add an opening and closing row tag for however many rows that you want in the table. Then in between each row tag, you want to add the data cell tags which will create the columns. If I add 2 columns to the first row then to keep the table even, I need to add 2 columns to each of the remaining rows. It's in between these td tags that you'll place your content. Like with all the other previous markup tags, you can add attributes to change the look of the tables, such as the background color, the border size, cell padding and alignment. If you want the table to be invisible, just set the border size to zero. Another option you have for organizing your content is through using lists. There's 2 types of lists, numbered or organized listed denoted by the ol markup tag, and bulleted or unorganized lists denoted by the ul markup tag. Each item in the list will be surrounded by li markup tags to show that they are list items. So that should get you started with getting your webpage data formatted and organized. "
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How to Use Paste Special | Microsoft Excel
 
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Watch more How to Use Microsoft Excel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/487232-How-to-Use-Paste-Special-Microsoft-Excel Hi, my name is Shir and I'm the founder and CEO of shirconsulting.com where we focus on converting the existing data from your business into massive savings and extraordinary profits. Today we're going to learn the basics of Excel. Let's get started. So now that you know how to do a regular COPY and PASTE, let's take it to the next level with PASTE SPECIAL. First thing we're going to do is select the data we want to COPY, we're going to do CTRL+C and we're going to do - instead of a regular CTRL+V PASTE - we're going to do CTRL and ALT and V which brings us to PASTE SPECIAL. We have a whole bunch of options here. I'm going to give you the most valuable ones which are Formulas, Values, and then we're going to do Paste Link and Transpose. You can check out each one of these and see what they do on your own. And there'll actually pretty cool. For now, let's go through Formulas. If I choose Formulas what happens is instead of PASTING the entire contents and Formatting, it just takes the Formulas. So now I have this exact same Formula that was in here but I have it over here with a Reference change which we'll go over later. Let's take another example and we'll go instead of just the Formulas, let's take the Values. I'm going to do CTRL+ALT+V and I'm going to PASTE only the Values. And that brings us just these numbers. I'm going to hit ESC to get out this. So as you see there's no formatting whatsoever with this which is pretty useful if you want to take these numbers which are actually Formulas and use the Values somewhere else. Next, we'll do some Transposing. We'll copy this information over here and we're going to click our desired PASTE spot - CTRL+ALT+V - and Transpose a horizontal arrangement as opposed to a vertical one. I'm going to expand the selection and AUTOFIT the COLUMN widths so we can see all the numbers. I'm going to hit ESC to get out of that. So if you have a huge list of vertical numbers that you want to make horizontal or vice versa, you can use the Transpose option. You can do the same thing here. Copy this and if I want it to be vertical I click anywhere else - CTRL+ATL+V - and I hit Transpose. I can also use the ALT+E to get to this shortcut and then I can hit OK or press enter on the keyboard which brings me to the vertical list. Last but not least let's do - I'm going to ESC out of this - last but not least let's do the PASTE LINK. I'm going to take all this information over here. Copy it. Move to a completely different WORKSHEET. Do a PASTE SPECIAL and I'm going to PASTE the LINK. So now what's going to happen is not only are these numbers here but there also linked back to the previous WORKSHEET. So if I change a number here from 101 to a bunch of 9's that will show here as well. So it's linked together. And those are some things you can use PASTE SPECIAL for in EXCEL.
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Should You Work for Free? | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509244-Should-You-Work-for-Free-Graphic-Design Should you work for free? As a freelancer, we always ask this, or maybe someone just getting out of school, you're asking this. The best way to build up your portfolio is to do those projects that you may not be getting paid top dollar for, and you may have to work for free. Now the school that I went to always said don't ever work for free, and I can agree with them on some cases, because you will be burnt out very quickly. So you have to know when to walk away, Which is why I think one of the best websites out there is Catchafire, because they're not only doing something for a really good cause and organization, but is structured, so they allow you to do it, or they tell you up front, hey, you're going to spend five hours on this, are you cool with that, good, let's do it, and then you have three months to do those five hours of work. So it's a really good place to start. When I first started out, I answered a random ad on Craig's List, and did a whole bunch of logos for free, because it was like an internship. Once I learned that I was doing someone else's work, I easily walked away, and then started basically telling myself that I can do these things, and I started advertising myself as a designer, and as a junior designer, or as an intern designer, because even interns do get paid, or at least get a stipend. So, it's a really hard question to answer, like can you, should you work for free. As actually Jessica Hische, she's a very awesome typography and logo designer, actually has a flowchart asking if you should work for free. Like is it for family, probably you shouldn't work for free. Is it for, you know, like a big company that you know has money, but just wants to do like a design contest, then you probably shouldn't work for free. There's a lot of things that, of course, you're going to have to sacrifice at first, but once you actually know your worth, and this can be something too, ask a mentor, ask somebody that's doing a design that you want to do, ask them, do you think I can get paid for my work. Don't try to keep everything inside thinking that your work isn't good enough. At the end of the day, if you're going to work for free, work for a good cause. Or if you're not going to work for free, then find out what you can charge, even if it is a little bit. So make sure you know your worth, and then do so accordingly, and just be consistent and have fun along the way.
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Graphic Design with Chanelle Henry | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509245-Graphic-Design-with-Chanelle-Henry-Graphic-Design My name is Chanelle Henry. I am a UX Mobile and Web Design Consultant, and also founder of CHD Collective, which is a virtual design agency and consultant agency that's based in a few different locations, ran by awesome contractors and talented designer-developers, creative storytellers. I was always interested in art, since I was a little kid, I always used to draw. So I've always had this interest in creative endeavors, as well as I love technology, so my first computer was the MacIntosh Plus at the age of seven. So I've always been involved in technology and art. My undergraduate degree from Easter is actually in psychology, so I got to really study the mind and study how people interact. After that I went to another school called New Horizons and got certified in Computer IT. Actually it was from South by Southwest that I learned that I could do this, without the help of anybody, in terms of I didn't need to be in a full-time job. I could do what it was I actually wanted to do, which was to make beautiful things, with awesome people, and do it on my own schedule. So that's when I started CHD Collective, which is my agency. It's a cooperative, interactive design and consulting firm, based out of New York. I manage a lot of different people that want to know, "How can I do what you're doing? How can I learn? How can I design? How can I manage clients? How can I get my ideas out there?" Because a lot of what I do is try to make great products and not just design things. The best way to see my work is to probably ask me, just because I represent myself through my company, it's hard just to show my work. Because then companies just want to hire me. But I want to them to hire us as a collective, because that's what we are. Together we create awesome stuff, so the CHD Collective is at chdcollective.com.
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What Crossover Point Should You Pick? | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497158-What-Crossover-Point-Should-You-Pick-Car-Audio Learn what crossover point you should choose in this Howcast car stereo video with expert Movin' On. Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. When using multiple amplifiers or a multi-channel amplifier, you're going to want to choose a crossover point. Now this is the point where the speakers are going to pick up where the sub left off. In other words, the speakers are going to play from this frequency and up and the subwoofer is going to take over every frequency below that point. Choosing the crossover point is going to depend on what type of speakers you have and what type of subwoofer you have. You should look at the user manual of your subwoofer and your speakers and see what frequencies they're capable of playing and what the manufacturer recommends. The main thing is you don't want any holes in the frequency. For instance, if you're crossing over your subwoofer at 80 Hertz, you want your speakers to pick up at 80 Hertz. In fact you may even want both points to overlap just a little bit to make extra sure that you're not leaving out any holes in the frequency. In other words, cross over the speakers at 80, maybe cross over the sub at 90, so they're playing the same frequencies right here. To determine the proper point to cross over your sub-woofers and speakers, you should check the user manual to see what frequencies they're capable of playing. A speaker may be capable of playing down to 60 Hertz but that doesn't necessarily mean you should be running it at 60 Hertz and above. Typically I would cross over the speakers first because they're going to be more sensitive to distortion when they get lower. Once I find a good crossover point where they're not distorting, I'll base whatever I cross the subwoofer at on that.
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HTML Tutorial: What Is HTML?
 
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Watch more HTML Tutorials videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/474912-HTML-Tutorial-What-Is-HTML Hi, I am Daniel Davis. I am a certified computer expert and tech guru. Along with having one of the top tech channels on youtube, my work has also been featured in textbooks, software guides, and hundreds of popular tech blogs. And today I am going to be talking to you about HTML. Computers use language to communicate just like people do and the way computers communicate with the internet is through a computer language called Hyper Text Markup Language or HTML. Hypertext is the process of linking objects to each other so that when one object is clicked the linking object can be viewed and the Hyper Text Markup Language was created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 so that the hyper text could be used through the internet. Making webpages doesn't make you a programmer. Instead the hyper text markup language contains a series of markup tags that are used to classify and group elements in a webpage. A web browser then reads these markup tags and translates them into what we visibly recognize as a website. Most web browsers allow you to view the HTML code for any webpage. For instance, in Firefox you can hit CTR+U on Windows or command+U on Mac to bring up the webpage source. You'll probably notice some words surrounded by angled brackets. These are the markup tags. All webpages must consist of certain markup tags before they can be legitimately considered webpages. These are the HTML tag which tells the web browser that its reading an HTML page. The head tag, which contains scripts, the page title, and meta information for search engines and the body tag which contains the visible webpage content. For the most part each tag has a corresponding closing tag so that the web browser knows when to stop reading the tag. Tags can also have attributes that add extra parameters to the element--like styling attributes such as color, alignment and things like that. These are generally denoted by having the attribute name, and equals sign and the the attribute value in quotations marks. There are many options out there for creating websites. Some are free and some are very expensive. Programs such as Dreamweaver allow you to drag and drop what you want where you want it without ever having to see an ounce of code. These editors are called "WYSIWYG" or "what you see is what you get" editors. But to code websites from scratch all you need is a text editor such as notepad for Windows or text edit from Mac and a web browser, and that's it. So that's pretty much the basics of what HTML is all about.
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How to Generate Ideas | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509225-How-to-Generate-Ideas-Graphic-Design You've hit a block or you just don't really know where to go next or what to do or how to design a website, or maybe you've even forgotten how to turn on your computer. This happens a lot. It's called designer block, or block for any purpose that you may have. A lot of the things that I believe that really helps someone to generate ideas is to get out of your own head. That can be by taking a walk, as cheesy as it sounds, or just taking pictures while you're going on your walk. Even taking a break and watching some TV, or watching a good movie. If it actually comes to something where you need to actually come up with a strategy for something, the best thing to get out is pencil and paper. Obviously, there are some ideas that are laying in you that you have to get out of you. There's a lot of good books that actually help you to get out of the creative writer or to even come up with techniques. One technique that I've learned is a web. If I was doing a design for office chairs, I may put office chairs in the middle of the paper, and then start spawning off of that. Office chairs. They're comfortable. They can come in rolly or they're stationary. They're made of wood. They're made of this. From that you can start generating different ideas. Some other approaches that I do is also going to different boards, like designer boards. There's one called Forrst, F-O-R-R-S-T. It's a group of designers and developers just talking about stuff, whether it's like new designs that they've made, questions that they have, or just different resources that they need to know. They'll bring it here, and then ask the design community, "Hey, what do you think? Do you like it? What do you think I should do?" Dribbble is another awesome community. It's very hard to get into, invite only. It's Dribbble with three bs, and you're able to look at what other people are posting up. The screen shots have to be within 320 by 400 pixels. It has to be really small, and you're basically again asking and seeing what other people are doing, what other designers are doing. You're getting really good ideas just from looking at other people's inspiration. "Smashing Magazine" is also another wonderful site that just starts telling you, "Hey, what's going on in the world? What can I learn about today?" Whether it's design or marketing or development. Also, Creattica is an online resource for design inspiration and also Freebies. Maybe you're having a hard time designing a button. You don't have to. You can download a freebee, and use that. It's OK. I think one of the biggest things is to just not be hard on yourself. Once you allow for your creative inspiration to come in ways that you didn't think of, like maybe going to a bar and not getting drunk. Just having a beer or two, and then having a talk with somebody that you maybe normally have spoke to before. You can start to get ideas and generate new ideas that you wouldn't have necessarily got at your office desk or in your house.
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How to Set Up a Business | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509232-How-to-Set-Up-a-Business-Graphic-Design So you want to set up a design business. How do you do that? What are the steps? First, you need to ask yourself, "Do I want to have a business of my own?" Because it's a lot of work. Not only will you be a designer, but you'll also be the bill collector, you'll be the marketing person, you'll sometimes have to be the project manager, the developer. You might have to learn other skills that you weren't necessarily ready to do. I think the good question to ask yourself is, "Is this something that I really want to do? Do I have the means to do it and can I do it?" All of those, of course, the last one is yes. You can do it. But it's really about getting the right knowledge beforehand before making such a hasty decision. The first thing I would do is, there was this wonderful book that I read called "How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul". And this book really breaks down a lot of different things about setting up, how to find a job, being a freelancer, setting up your own studio, running the studio, winning work, and the creative process, clients, and self-promotion. Like it really goes all around to basically tell you this is what to expect if you're running your own company and if you're running other people. Another book is called, "Design is a Job". This is a beautiful book, too, that also basically points to the fact that a lot of designers are taken advantage of sometimes because it's just pretty design at the end of the day. But, when in reality, as a job, is business and you have to make sure that you have not only your tax paperwork ready which you can find out everything on startupnation.com or also on freelanceswitch.com. You also have to decide your rate, you have to decide what type of corporation you're going to be, if a corporation at all. Are you're going to be just a contractor. So you're learning basically Business 101 before you even start designing and trying to set up those systems in place so that everything can be done in a productive and organized way. From billing your clients to emailing your clients to having a consistent brand to having consistent, even email template and business cards. So the decision to be a business is a big one. So do your homework.
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What Does an Equalizer Do? | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497099-What-Does-an-Equalizer-Do-Car-Audio Learn what an equalizer does for your car audio in this Howcast car stereo video with expert Movin' On. Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. An equalizer can help improve your sound by compensating for the inconsistencies in a car. You have wind. You have road noise. And then you have the interior of the car. Grills over the speakers. Improper locations of speakers. You have to deal with these whether you like them or not. For instance, if a speaker is mounted down in the door with a grill covering it, it's gonna drown out some of the treble and mix. By boosting up the treble a little bit, you'll bring your sound stage up and it'll make it sound a little better. You can compensate for the location of the speaker. Most car stereos come with a two band equalizer at the very least. The two bands are bass and treble. If you get an after market car stereo, chances are it's gonna come with at least three bands; bass, mid, and treble. As you go to higher end stereos, you're gonna have five band equalizers, ten band equalizers, twelve and more. The higher end the car stereo, usually, the more complex of an equalizer it will have. By using these equalizers, you can compensate for all sorts of challenges in your listening environment. Some equalizers are built into complex sound processors. Sound processors will actually monitor the sound in your car with a microphone, and make the adjustments in your car automatically to compensate for your vehicle's interior. If you start at the left side of the equalizer, you have low frequencies. The right side of the equalizer is high frequencies. By adjusting a specific equalizer band, you're adjusting the prevalence of that frequency. The more you turn up the ones at the bottom, the more bass you're gonna have. The more you adjust the ones at the top, the more treble you're gonna have. Adding an equalizer to your car is not really as easy as it sounds. Usually it's gonna involve replacing your car stereo. If you have an after market car stereo, chances are your gonna have an equalizer built in. But a digital equalizer can be added with the addition of a sound processor. If you have a factory car stereo, you really can't add much of an equalizer at all unless you start adding amplifiers and things like that.
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How to Create a Grassroots Movement Using Social Networking Sites
 
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Watch more Client Videos videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/88596-How-to-Create-a-Grassroots-Movement-Using-Social-Networking-Sites Step 1: Lay out the movement’s basics Figure out the story you’re trying to tell. Make sure you can articulate why people should join your cause. Step 2: Pick a name Decide on your movement's name and motto. It should be short and self-explanatory. Consider whether it will be easily understood in other languages. Tip If you or a friend is skilled at graphic design, create a logo as well. Step 3: Choose your site Choose which social-networking site to use. If you’re a member of several, pick the one where you have the most connections. Tip Use tools that search your address book and connections to help expand your network. Step 4: Design a group page Create a group with its own page on the social- networking website, and include pictures, videos, and an area for interactive comments. Explain the movement as clearly and briefly as possible. Don’t exaggerate--let the facts tell the story. Tip A valid emotional hook can pique people’s interest. Step 5: Build a website Create a stand-alone website dedicated to your cause and provide a link to it on the social-networking site’s group page. You’ll be able to offer more information here, as well as attract anyone who isn’t a member of the social-networking site. Step 6: Invite your contacts Include as many different social and professional circles as you can in your network. Then, invite your contacts to join the group. Personalize the invitation with a message that emphasizes the importance of your cause. Tip Tailor the invitation message to different people by appealing to their interests and backgrounds. Step 7: Promote discussion Encourage discussion and debate on the group page's discussion board. You might get new ideas from recent members, and you can also (politely) address any detractors. Step 8: Publicize Don't limit yourself to online publicity--promote your cause on the ground. At a party? Steer the conversation to your movement. Meeting someone for the first time? Don't be shy about bringing it up. Tip Distribute fliers, business cards, T-shirts, iron-on transfers, or baseball caps with your cause’s name and logo. See if a local retailer or manufacturer will donate any goods. Step 9: Use IM and microblogging Augment your reach by linking to the group page in your instant-message or microblogging status update. Step 10: Take advantage of momentum As your cause gains steam, take advantage of the momentum. Contact media outlets for press coverage, seek support from political and cultural leaders, and plan an event, like a rally, to increase exposure. Step 11: Start locally; think globally The fastest way to start a grassroots movement is in your local community. But don’t limit yourself to the surrounding area--thinking in global terms will help you reach more people as your movement builds. You never know how big you can get! Did You Know? On a single day in 2008, 12 million people around the world protested the FARC, a Colombian rebel group. The movement started on Facebook.
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How to Add & Delete Rows & Columns | Microsoft Excel
 
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Watch more How to Use Microsoft Excel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/487047-How-to-Add-and-Delete-Rows-and-Columns-Microsoft-Excel Learn how to add and delete rows and columns in this Howcast Excel tutorial with expert Shir Moscovitz. Hi, my name is Shir and I'm the founder and CEO of shirconsulting.com where we focus on converting the existing data from your business into massive savings and extraordinary profits. Today we're going to learn the basics of Excel. Let's get started. So now let's talk about how to add and delete ROWS and COLUMNS in EXCEL. If you want to create more space to work with in between certain CELLS that you're working with - instead of moving them around you can simply go to the ROW, go underneath the ROW that you want to INSERT, right click on it, hit the INSERT option and everything slides over one. You can then type away over here. We can do the same exact thing with COLUMNS. If you do a right click and hit INSERT - it will always appear before where you did that. So same with this - with the ROW - it will INSERT before that ROW. You can do this a little bit faster if you want to multiple instead of doing one at a time. You can select a bunch at once and it will always INSERT that many - which is five now - to the left. So let's try that. Click INSERT and we get five new COLUMNS. Another useful trick is to do - let's just delete these - another useful trick is to do one at a time but a little bit faster. Let's do right CLICK, INSERT and now we use the keyboard shortcut of F4 which repeats the last action. That actually works for a lot more then just INSERTING COLUMNS. It works for Formatting as well. And we can keep hitting F4 to get as many as we need. Another cool trick - let's delete these - is to move some of these COLUMNS around. So if I right click on this COLUMN and I copy it or hit CTRL+C with the keyboard, I can then right click over here and INSERT the copied CELLS. So I have another COLUMN now with the same exact data. If I don't want to make a copy and I hit undo I can simply select this, hit CUT, right click and hit CUT or hit CTRL+X on the keyboard. I can then right click over here and INSERT CUT CELLS and it re-ordered the COLUMNS. In order to add and delete ROWS you can do the same thing. You can simply click over here, right click, INSERT and you get more. You can do the same COPYING and PASTING the INSERTED CELLS like that or you can CUT and INSERT the CUT CELLS. A really useful trick also with the keyboard is to select the entire COLUMN by hitting CTRL+SPACE and then using the keyboard shortcut CTRL and SHFT and then the + sign which inserts a new COLUMN. You can do the same thing using the keyboard, hit SHFT and then SPACE to select the entire ROW and you can do CTRL, SHFT, + . If you want to delete a ROW, you hit CTRL and then the - sign. If you want to delete a COLUMN, you must first select the COLUMN, CTRL+SPACE bar, and then hit the CTRL and - to delete that COLUMN. And that's how you add and delete ROWS and COLUMNS in Microsoft EXCEL.
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How to Position Floor Speakers | Stereo Guide
 
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Watch more How to Buy a Stereo videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/483776-How-to-Position-Floor-Speakers-Stereo-Guide My name is John Zimmer. I'm the owner of Sound Representation, which specializes in the sales of high end audio equipment. I really learned everything that I know about high end audio from working at this store that we're sitting in right now, Stereo Exchange. I'm gonna teach you what to look for when you wanna shop for a stereo. Positioning loudspeakers in a room is actually quite a feat. And it really is kind of an art form, because every room is different, and every speaker responds differently to different rooms. The main idea is that there's a bass suck out region, which is 12 to 24 inches from your back wall, where your speakers are placed. There's 2 ways to combat this. You can do what's called a near field placement, where you're gonna have a speaker very close to the back wall, before that suck out happens. Or you're gonna do a placement where the speaker is far enough out in the room where it clears that bass suck out. So play a song that you know really well, move the speaker back and forth. And you'll hear where the bass starts to drop out. So if you have a smaller speaker, and you're not getting the bass that you're looking for, putting them really close to the back wall, you're gonna get a lot of reinforcement, so you're gonna get more bass. So if you're looking at the speaker, and the speaker is turned to your left, that toe in. A speaker that is toed in is gonna sound warmer and richer. If it's turned to your right, that's toe out. Toed out is gonna sound more defined and more detailed. You wanna find the right balance. Rake angle is the vertical tilt of your speaker. Basically, what you're trying to do is get the tweeter to be firing right at your ear level. And getting that locked in is crucial to getting a really nice 3 dimensional soundstage. And that's what you're really going for with speaker placement.
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How to Troubleshoot Dead Sub Amplifier | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497148-How-to-Troubleshoot-Dead-Sub-Amplifier-Car-Audio Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. One of the most popular add-ons for a car stereo is a subwoofer/amp combo. Because of that we have a lot of people coming in with problems and they want to see why their subwoofer is not playing. If you have a sub/amp combo that is dead, one of the first things that you should check is the fuse under the hood. Pop the hood, look near the battery, and there should be a big power cable coming off of it. Usually red or blue or some easy to notice color. Often times it is going to be covered with wire loom, which is usually black. Check for the fuse, which is usually going to be six to twelve inches from the battery, and see if the fuse is blown. You can usually tell if it is blown because the piece in the middle is going to be split apart. If this fuse is blown, it means that there is a problem back by the amplifier, or you might have just played it too loud and it overheated and drew too much power. If your fuse is not blown, the next thing you are going to do is check the amplifier itself. Usually there is a protection light on the amplifier that is going to go on and put the amp into protection mode if there is something wrong with it. Usually it is labeled on the side of the amp what color this light should be if the amp is in protection mode. If there is a short at the amplifier, often times the fuses on the amplifier itself will blow. This is not to be confused with the fuse that is underneath the hood that powers the amplifier. The fuses that are on the amplifier protect the amp from a shorted subwoofer. If you check these and they are blown you are going to want to check your subwoofer next and make sure that it is not shorted out. Another good thing to do is check your grounds. The ground is the black wire that comes off the amplifier and gets screwed into the chassis of your car. If the ground is not good, you are going to have a problem. You can usually check a ground with a multi-meter or just use a factory ground. If you have another subwoofer that is available, you can simply plug it in to the amplifier and see if it plays. If that subwoofer plays and the other one doesn't, then there is something wrong with the subwoofer. Sometimes you can unscrew the subwoofer from the box, look inside, and check for a bad connection. Sometimes the subwoofer is not blown or dead — it is just that it is not connected properly.
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What Is a Style Guide? | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509224-What-Is-a-Style-Guide-Graphic-Design So what is a style guide? A style guide is a guide made by designers, usually for either other designers or other people within an organization to know how to use the assets that have been designed for that company. In which case, now we'll take a look at Skype's branding guideline. So, a guideline or a branding guideline, also known as a style guide, also known as an asset guideline. There's so many different names that it has, but what it does is it actually tells a story. It tells you how the logo came about, how to use their logo, what not to use their logo on. So, for this one, Skype says the dos and the don'ts, where don't put red behind it because there's no red in the Skype logo. Or don't change the orientation. Don't put a drop shadow. It also tells you what typefaces they use. They use different ones like Arial, Tahoma and on Mac they use Helvetica and Lucida Grande and then they also tell you which colors that they also use as well. A style guide is important because it helps keep your brand consistent. It lets your customers know that you care and it lets your designers know also that you care about the work that you've done for them. That means not stretching their logo or not putting it against like, a flashing background, or not using the colors that were specifically chosen for your organization from your branding strategies. Style guides are really important because sometimes the same designer won't remain on for the project and the new designer needs to know how to treat certain things or where to find the files to do certain things that the website may need. It's important to include a style guide in your design because it shows that you're thinking ahead, and it shows that you have really put like, the thought and the care that goes into branding a company and making sure that you not only explain it, but respect it.
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How to Install a Nintendo Wii
 
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Watch more Gaming Console Hacks & Tips videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/206962-How-to-Install-a-Nintendo-Wii A few simple steps will help you quickly install your Nintendo Wii so you can spend more time playing games. Step 1: Decide if you want to store the console horizontal Decide whether you want to store the Wii console horizontally or vertically. Attach the console stand if you will store it vertically. Tip Have at least 3 feet of space between where you will be playing and your TV. Step 2: Connect the AV cables Connect the AV plug into the connector on the back of the console. Insert the colored plugs into the proper input connectors on your TV. Step 3: Connect and mount the sensor bar Connect the sensor bar plug into the connector on the back of the console. Mount the sensor either on top of the TV or just below the TV screen. Tip Be sure that the middle of the sensor bar is aligned with the center of the TV screen. Step 4: Attach the AC adapter and plug it into an outlet Attach the DC part of the AC adapter to the back of the console. Plug the other end into a standard wall outlet. Press the Power button on the console to turn the Wii on. Step 5: Synch the Wii remote Synch the Wii remote by pressing and releasing the Synch button located under the batteries. The lights on the remote will flash. Step 6: Finish synching the remote Press and release the Synch button located under the panel on the front of the Wii. When the lights on the remote stop flashing, your remote has been synched. Now you're ready to play! Did You Know? Did you know? The original Nintendo Entertainment System was introduced in 1985.
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How to Use Facebook: Friend Lists, Unfriending, and Blocking
 
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Watch more How to Use Facebook videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/488672-How-to-Use-Facebook-Friend-Lists-Unfriending-and-Blocking Learn how to create friend lists, unfriend someone, and block people in this Facebook tutorial. If you'd like to make your profile a little more private, it's pretty easy. You're going to go to your account over here on the right. Go to privacy settings. An it's gonna give you a few different options. And you're gonna say "Customize Settings." And here's where you can say "Everyone," meaning all of Facebook can view posts by me, or just your friends, or customize. And you can create a list, or say only me, and you can even hide it from specific people. For example, I wanna hide posts from Howie. So I simply click "Save Settings." So you can do that with all the things that you share on Facebook—family, relationships, even your albums. If you would like to edit your friend list, it's pretty simple too. You're just gonna go to edit friends here under "Account Settings," and click "See All Friends." I don't have that many at the moment. But say I wanted to un-friend Howie. All I'd have to do is click this X and click "Remove Friend." But if he was really bothering me, and I wanted to completely block him, which not only cuts your friendship but also eliminates him from being able to see anything. You'd click "Report/Block This Person." It's going to give you the option to un-friend, like we already saw. To completely block him, and then it's going to ask you why. Let's just say that he's annoying me. Continue. Great. So now Howie is blocked from me. So now say you wanted to change your block list. You've reconciled with Howie. You're gonna go to account settings once again. Privacy settings. All the way down to the bottom where it says "Block Lists," "Edit list of people blocked." And right here, here's Howie. And I decided I wanted to be friends with him. So I'm gonna unblock and confirm. So once you've unblocked them, it doesn't mean that you're friends yet. You actually have to go back to their profile and friend request them once again. Rather than un-friending people that you don't want to interact with, maybe you just want to interact with them a little less on Facebook. And you can do that. All you're going to do is go to "Find Friends," it's gonna bring up all the friends that you have, and create a list. So I'm just gonna say that I want to create a Howcast list. I'm gonna select Ben for it. Great. Using lists is a great way to control what kind of access certain people in your life have. For example, you can control what your work sees on your profile, what your family sees, and what your friends see. It's a great way to privatize, without having to de-friend everyone in your life.
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A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509231-A-Day-in-the-Life-of-a-Graphic-Designer-Graphic-Design So a day in the life of a designer or even an art director or even a creative director; what does that look like? Whether you're a freelancer that's traveling from different agencies or whether you're an independent contractor that's at home and you set your own schedule, or whether you are being managed by a multitude of people and you're a production designer, every day looks different, no matter what job you do. You may be working on one project for three days in a row or maybe even a month in row, or you may be working on nothing for a week if you're an independent contractor, and you're wondering "Where's my next dollar going to come from?" The feast of famine. The way that my day works is very... It goes all over the place. Because I have a lot of clients on the West Coast, I don't get up until 11:00, so I usually get up and then I check my to-do list for the day, that I usually set the day before. Then I'll check base camp to see if there's any pressing to-do list items for me. I'll check email and try to do an inbox zero. I only try to check my email twice a day. I think that's important for anybody, whether you're in the office or out, to cut down on the amount of distractions that you can. Because those that are in the creative field are more prone to have problems with attention, so you have to make sure that you set these systems in place to have a day that's a little structured. Days of designers are not really structured at all and it can be very taxing, but also very exciting if you don't like mundane, and then also, if you're an independent contractor you have to find your own clients. You have to figure out what type of campaign am I going to do today or what networking event am I going to do today? Who am I going to meet? What am I going to say? What work am I going to work on? So it's really up in the air as to how each part of your day will go, but it's always an exciting one and at the end of it, you still feel like you haven't done enough. The part that I really hone in on the most, is project and time management. Because our brains are wired in a couple different ways. One, you can't do two things at once, you can't multitask. No matter how many times we can convince ourselves that we can, we can't. Then the second thing is that even though you may like to do something different every day, your brain craves structure. So it's one of those things where "Okay, I have to decide what days do I want to do this? What days am I going to look for clients? What days am I going to actually do work?" One of the things that I had to figure out was how much money do I need to make in a month and how many hours does it take for me to do that? Once I came up with that magic number - let's say it's four hours a day, four days a week, so that leaves a lot of time to do a whole lot of other stuff that could get me clients. That I could use to get myself more organized. I could become more healthy. I could become more social. So I use a lot of different tools to make sure that I'm spending the right amount of time on certain things. I use Harvest as a time tracking tool, which also allows me to bill my clients straight from the platform. I use AnyDO, which is on Android and iPhone and a Google Chrome extension, that allows you to make a to-do list for today, tomorrow, this week and later. So it allows you to put it in four different areas, so as to not fill up a whole year of things that you need to do, because you can easily become overwhelmed. Another good thing to know about the brain, that's taken from the GTD method on getting things done, is that your brain needs to empty itself out often. So even if you're not going to do it today, let's say "Oh, no I really want to make a T-shirt that says 'Smart Guy' on it, so I'm going to write that down. So that my brain isn't thinking about what that T-shirt's going to look like." So there's different tools and methods and again everything works differently on everyone. But once you find that sweet spot; and it's not going to be overnight and it probably won't even be a year; you're going to be continually changing, but you just have to be patient with yourself and then also appreciate, like the project management process and time management process of others that are like you in your community.
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How to Understand Formulas & Functions | Microsoft Excel
 
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Watch more How to Use Microsoft Excel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/487215-How-to-Understand-Formulas-and-Functions-Microsoft-Excel Learn how to understand formulas and functions in this Howcast Excel tutorial with expert Shir Moscovitz. Hi, my name is Shir and I'm the founder and CEO of shirconsulting.com where we focus on converting the existing data from your business into massive savings and extraordinary profits. Today we're going to learn the basics of Excel. Let's get started. So what are Formulas and Functions? Before we can explain what those are, let's understand what Operators are. An Operator is simply a calculation that can be performed on a number. So here are the examples of Operators: We can do the basic ones such as +-*/. We can do the ampersand (&) symbol which is CONCATENATE which means you combine things together. We'll do the equal sign (=). We'll do the not equal sign which is a greater than and less than symbol (‹›). We'll do the less than, less than (), greater than or equal to (s lots more and I encourage you all to search for them and find out what EXCEL can do for you.
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How to Calibrate Your Kinect | Kinect for Xbox
 
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Watch more How to Set up and Play Kinect for Xbox videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/496789-How-to-Calibrate-Your-Kinect-Kinect-for-Xbox So right now I'm going to show you how to calibrate your Kinect for Xbox 360. So, here we are on our Kinect Hub and we want to get over to our Kinect Tuner. Xbox: Kinect Tuner. Now, we're actually going to need our controller for this. The first thing we have to do is hit the A button. Here we are, this is where we do our tracking, our audio and for our purposes calibration. So we're going to select calibration, and here we go. With your copy of a Kinect, you're going to receive a calibration card. So, we have our card, which is great. So we're going to select that because if we don't have our card we cannot continue. So what we're going to do is we have to take this card and line it up. Here I am, see, and this is what's going to happen. The Kinect is going to make us move forward or back depending on where it is and what image is showing. So, I'm probably going to have to move forward for this guy. Here we go, back it up, here we go. And there you go, you're going to go through a series of these so don't calibrate unless you absolutely have to. But you know, it's recommended from time to time if you feel that your Kinect is acting a little wonky. So, that's how you calibrate for the Xbox 360 Kinect.
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How to Deal w/ Distorted Speaker Audio | Car Audio
 
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Watch more Car Audio 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/497100-How-to-Deal-w-Distorted-Speaker-Audio-Car-Audio Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com. Many people ask us, "Why are my car speakers distorting?" Well, sometimes it's as simple as a blown speaker. Usually if you pull up to a local car stereo shop, they can take a listen and tell you whether it's blown or not. When you're on the highway, or you're in a loud driving environment, people tend to turn up the bass to compensate for all the noise. The bass is what gets drowned out most. By turning up the bass, you're causing your speaker to move more to create the sound. When it moves more, it introduces more distortion. Because speakers are not designed to play those low frequencies, they make unnatural sounds and they make the music sound muddy. Factory car speakers and factory car amplifiers are usually not designed to create all that bass. By adding a small sub woofer to the car, you can take the strain off of you're car speakers, leave your bass on flat, and then use your sub woofer to play these frequencies. By replacing your speakers with more efficient or better speakers, you may cut down on distortion a little bit. A simple set of fifty dollar speakers are gonna perform much better than the speakers that came with your car, assuming you have a basic car stereo system. But a lot of times the problem lies in the amplifier. By replacing your stereo with an after market head unit, sometimes you can up the power of the amplifier a little bit and prevent the distortion. First of all, they come with a much more comprehensive equalizer to make the most out of your speakers. And second of all, they have a more powerful amplifier than what came with your car. The more powerful amplifier creates a cleaner signal and less distortion. If you don't mind spending a little bit of money, you might want to invest on a bigger amplifier, a brand new head unit, and four speakers. This is gonna cut down on the distortion tremendously because you're starting with a clean signal, a good powerful amplifier that's not gonna overheat, and speakers that can handle the extra power. If you compliment this with a sub woofer, you'll have a full car stereo system, distortion-free.
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HTML Tutorial: Coding a Website in Notepad
 
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Watch more HTML Tutorials videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/476895-HTML-Tutorial-Coding-a-Website-in-Notepad "Hi, I am Daniel Davis. I am a certified computer expert and tech guru. Along with having one of the top tech channels on youtube, my work has also been featured in textbooks, software guides, and hundreds of popular tech blogs. And today I am going to be talking to you about HTML. HTML is the coding language that web page is written in. In contrary to the popular belief, you don't need any special software to create a web page. All you need is a text editor such as notepad in windows or texted in Mac and web browser. So, using the text editor of your choice we will start making the web page. Now, the code of HTML widens its use of mark-up tags. These tags classify in group different parts of a web page, so the web browser knows what it is looking at. All web pages start with the HTML tag. Tags are characterized by angle brackets enclosing the tag name. You also want to add a closing HTML tag, so, the web browser knows when to stop reading the tag. These are characterized by a forward slash. In between these two HTML tags is where all the code for the web page will go. A web page is divided into two main sections, the Head denoted by Head tags and the Body denoted by Body tags. To keep the HTML code organized, it is common practice to indent tags that are nested. This makes it easier to read and makes it easier to make changes later on. Let's take look at the Body tag first. Whatever you put between these two tags is what will appear on the web page. This is where we will put our text. The text itself has its own tag which is ""p"" for paragraph. Now go to file, save as and call it index.html and change the file type to All files in notepad or webpage and textedit. Then, just open up your web page in a web browser to view the results. Now, let's take a look at the Head Section. The Head section of a web page contains matter information for the page, such as the page title. Search Engines use the Head information to determine how to list your website in search results. So, let's give our page a Title using the Title tag. Then go ahead and save your page and refresh your browser. At the top of the browser you should see that the name has changed to your page Title. Congratulations, you have just made your very first basic web page. "
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How to Know If Your Twitter Account Has Been Hacked
 
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Watch more How to Use Social Media videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/432529-How-to-Know-If-Your-Twitter-Account-Has-Been-Hacked Step 1: Look for tweets you didn't post Look for any tweets from your Twitter account that you didn't post. Hacked accounts may post unwanted tweets to your followers. Step 2: Check your direct messages Go to your direct messages and click on the Sent tab. Look for any messages from your Twitter account that you did not send. Step 3: Look for unapproved behaviors See if your Twitter account has you following, unfollowing, or blocking people, or any other account behaviors that you did not set up. Step 4: Check e-mail Check your e-mail account. Did you get a notification from Twitter that you changed the e-mail address on your account when you haven't changed it? This would indicate that your account has been hacked. Step 5: Remember if you gave away your password Think about if you gave your password to third-party sites or applications. If you gave your password to a malicious third-party, there is a good chance your account has been hacked. Tip Know that Twitter will never e-mail you asking for your password. Step 6: Correct the problem Correct the problem. Change your password. Go to your Account Settings and click the Connections tab. Revoke access for any third-party applications you don't want. Follow the safe tweeting suggestions provided by Twitter to keep your account protected in the future. Did You Know? In 2010, the United States Library of Congress began archiving all the tweets on Twitter as part of the historical record of technology based social networks.
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How to Understand Error Messages | Microsoft Excel
 
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Watch more How to Use Microsoft Excel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/487212-How-to-Understand-Error-Messages-Microsoft-Excel Learn how to understand error messages like DIV, REF, and NA in this Howcast Excel tutorial with expert Shir Moscovitz. Hi, my name is Shir and I'm the founder and CEO of shirconsulting.com where we focus on converting the existing data from your business into massive savings and extraordinary profits. Today we're going to learn the basics of Excel. Let's get started. So as you're working on your EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, you might notice a few error messages that pop up. Don't worry we're going to go through each one and show you what they mean and how to solve them if they show up. First, let's start with the pound signs (#) which is not actually an error message at all. It simply means the COLUMN is not wide enough to show all the data. All you have to do is click between the two COLUMNS and stretch it out and there you go. The data shows very very nicely. So if you ever see that, you can just expand the COLUMN to make it more visible. The #DIV/0! error is simply a message saying you have tried to divide a number by 0 which we all learned in fifth grade is something that you simply cannot do so stop trying. So if we double click on this CELL, we see that the Formula is J2 which is right over here divided by D2 over here which is a 0 results in an error message. If I simply change the number here to a 1, we don't have an error message, we have a number. Next up we have the #N/A error message which usually occurs when we're trying to look up a value that's not available. SO here we are with a lot of names in a list over here and a VLOOKUP Formula which we'll go over in a later video which looks up the different values here and results in a different value based on that. So if I type in a name that does not exist in this list, it will say #N/A or not available. If I type in a name that does exist, it'll bring me the value that corresponds to that. We'll go over all that later but for now all you need to know is that if the item is not in the list, it'll say #N/A. The #NAME? error message simply means that you've used an invalid name fora Function. For example, the SUM Formula/the SUM Function is not spelled with an "O," it's spelled "S-U-M." And if we change that, we get the correct value right there. So make sure spelling is correct because in EXCEL spelling counts. The next error message is the #REF! error. So if I were to delete these CELLS, all of a sudden any CELL that was referencing that CELL that I just deleted shows up as an error message. If I undo or CTRL+Z, I get that back. So whenever you're deleting CELLS make sure that nothing is referencing to it and if you do, simply hit undo which is also possible over here or with the keyboard using CTRL+Z. Another error message is the #NUM! error message which means you tried to calculate a value that's way too big or way too small for EXCEL to handle. So all I did here was - I took H12 which is right here, a rather large number, raised to the 1,000,000,000 power. That is quite a high number which EXCEL doesn't even bother trying to calculate cause that will take too long so it tells you the number is way too far in one direction. So simply change it to not ask for such a big number. If you do a multiplication instead, that we can see as a scientific notation or we can simply change it to a different value and get it to be more reasonable over here. Another error message is the #VALUE! which means that you used the wrong data type for a Function. So here we have the wrong data type and it says the AVERAGE of EXCEL IS AWESOME = a weird value. Now while I agree with that statement, it's actually not going to work because we need to put a number in here as opposed to TEXT. So if we do an AVERAGE of the range of CELLS in COLUMN H which I'm going to select right now and it's inside the parentheses over here, I will then get a number that actually makes sense. And those are all the different error messages in EXCEL that you might encounter and how to solve each one of them.
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Absolute vs. Relative Formulas | Microsoft Excel
 
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Watch more How to Use Microsoft Excel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/487231-Absolute-vs-Relative-Formulas-Microsoft-Excel Hi, my name is Shir and I'm the founder and CEO of shirconsulting.com where we focus on converting the existing data from your business into massive savings and extraordinary profits. Today we're going to learn the basics of Excel. Let's get started. Absolute vs. Relative CELL reference - What is it and why is it important? Well first off a lot of people get this wrong so pay close attention so that you are the smart kid on the block who knows what's going on. A reference to a CELL can either be Relative or Absolute. So what that means is - as we see here in Net Salary it is referring to F2 which is this CELL right here minus the taxes right here which is G2, G2. That's a Relative reference. So when I take that and I copy it over and I put it down over here the Relative reference is carried over. So now in this CELL it now refers to the two CELLS to the left of where I Pasted not to these two that were up here. If I were to instead make this an Absolute reference which I can do by simply adding a "$" in front of both the COLUMN letter and the ROW number just like that and the same thing over here. I'm going to anchor those or make those Absolute references, hit ENTER to make it take effect, CTRL+C to COPY it, go down here to CTRL+V or PASTE and notice that the value is still the same because it is still referencing the same exact CELL. And no matter where I COPY and PASTE this to it will always reference those CELLS. I'm just going to expand it so you can see what's going on. Same value because it's the same FORMULA at all times. So let's go through an example of saving a lot of time using the correct principles of Absolute vs. Relative reference. So here we have a list of Gross Salary. Now if we wanted to do this incorrectly, I could simply take the value from here - the Gross Salary - and multiple it by the Tax Rate which is down here and then hit ENTER. So this happens to be correct because it's referencing the right spots. As soon as I take this and COPY and PASTE it down, it doesn't work and it doesn't work because now it is referencing some CELL down here which is not what I wanted and some CELL over here which is what I wanted. So instead I'm going to delete these because these are wrong. I'm going to anchor or make an Absolute reference out of the Tax Rate which is B12 - also a great vitamin. Let's add a currency symbol here and here to anchor that spot. And now when I COPY and PASTE it down, it will stay exactly where it needs to. Each of these Formulas reference the same Tax Rate while still relatively moving down to match the right Gross Salary. With this one, I need only a Relative reference. So I'm going to take the Gross Salary minus the Taxes and I need a Relative reference so that it goes all the way down and COPIES each Formula Relative to the right spot. And that's the difference between Absolute and Relative CELL reference. It's a really small change that makes a huge difference.
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How to Take Online Education Classes
 
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Watch more How to Use Internet Search & Web Browsers videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/186317-How-to-Take-Online-Education-Classes You don't have to sit in a classroom to further your education or earn a degree. Study in your own home, on your own time, by taking courses online. Step 1: Find a legitimate program Make sure the institution is legitimate by verifying that it's both accredited and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Many online schools claim they're accredited, but the only agency accrediting them is the one they've invented! Find a list of accredited online universities at "chea.org":http://chea.org. Step 2: Consider a hybrid Consider a program that mixes online courses and classroom instruction, known as a "blended" or "hybrid program." "Low residency" is another option: You mainly complete coursework at home with a few visits to campus. Tip Know the warning signs of a diploma mill: A post office box or suite for an address; tuition based on the degree, not the courses; and school names that are similar to well-known universities. Step 3: Start slowly If you're not sure you want to pursue a degree, consider starting slowly with an online course or two. Tip Research suggests that employers more highly regard degrees from traditional schools that offer online programs than those earned from online-only institutions. Step 4: Know what's involved Know what's involved. You will have to commit between 10 and 20 hours a week – watching lectures, reading course material, writing papers, and taking part in online discussion groups. Some classes require that you work on projects with your online schoolmates. Step 5: Beware diploma mills Beware of schools with too-good-to-be-true tuition; that's the red flag of a "diploma mill." You'll get your degree, but it won't be worth anything coming from an institution that is not properly accredited. Tuition for reputable online programs is comparable to what you'd pay to attend school in person. Did You Know? Instructors who taught the same course three different ways – in the classroom, online only, and using a blend of both – found that the online-only students received the best grades, according to one study.
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Essential Formatting Tricks | Microsoft Excel
 
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Watch more How to Use Microsoft Excel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/487214-Essential-Formatting-Tricks-Microsoft-Excel Hi, my name is Shir and I'm the founder and CEO of shirconsulting.com where we focus on converting the existing data from your business into massive savings and extraordinary profits. Today we're going to learn the basics of Excel. Let's get started. Alright, let's go through some really cool tricks for formatting in EXCEL. As you'll see here on the top ROW, some of the text is currently hidden. Let's fix that by going with the mouse in between ROWS 1 & 2 and until we see that icon that shows an up and down arrow. When we click and drag there and scroll down, we can get more space. If we want to get more space on a COLUMN, we can do the same exact them between the COLUMNS. Now let's say we want to get all of these to show it exactly the right spot without doing it manually. So let's select all of these COLUMNS and double click between any one of them and automatically it sizes the COLUMNS to the right width. This is called AUTOFIT. We can also go back to WRAP text format and then we can make it a little bit smaller so that we can see what's going on without too much trouble. Next, we're going to talk about the Format Painter. The first step to the Format Painter is to select the CELL that has the formatting that you want, then you're going to click here on this Format Painter button and then you're going to click on the CELL that you want to apply the Formatting to. And there you have it. We can go one step further by starting again and instead of clicking once, we're going to click twice and now we can apply that Formatting anywhere we want just by clicking on any CELL. And we still see that Paintbrush meaning it's still in Format Painter mode. To get out of this mode, we can click again on the Format Painter button or hit the ESC key on the keyboard. Let's do that. We can also take more than one formatted CELL at a time. Let's choose all these four and hit the Format Painter button twice and as I click here it takes all four items at the same time. Notice it borrowed not only the CELL shading but also the Font Color, the Italics and the Border as well and the Strike Through feature. Everything get's borrowed along with it. I'm going to hit ESC to get out of that mode. And there we are. Another useful trick is to Format the data type without having to use CTRL+1 to get to here. Or you won't even have to use this area over here to choose Formatting. We can do it with the keyboard. So here's the trick. We can select the data that we want, hit CTRL then SHFT and then ~(tilde) immediately to the left of 1 on the keyboard. This makes it a general number format. We can hit CTRL+SHFT+1 to get a generic number format with two decimal points and a comma for the thousand dollar mark. CTRL+SHFT+2 brings us Time Mode. CTRL+SHFT+3 is a Basic Date Format. CTRL+SHFT+4 is Currency which is easy to remember because it's the Currency symbol on the keyboard. CTRL+SHFT+5 is Percentage - also the Percentage symbol on the keyboard. Lastly, We have CTRL+SHFT+6 which is Scientific Notation. And those are some useful EXCEL Formatting tricks.
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What Is Digital Photography? | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509218-What-Is-Digital-Photography-Graphic-Design Canon, Nikon, Fuji, like which camera is right for you? Being a designer, coming form a designer point, what camera, if any, should you, you know, be familiar with? I started out using a Nikon, and it was mainly just because I wanted to take my own photos. A lot of the times when we do stuff for, whether it's sketching or concepting or anything in the design field, we want to be able to utilize our resources. Sometimes we need stock images, sometimes we don't want to pay for stock images, and sometimes we're able to take those photos that we need ourselves, which is why it's always good to learn a little bit of the basics for digital photography. I switched over to a Canon about a year ago when I wanted to do more video, but there really isn't a preference. As long as you know a little bit about ISO, a little bit about exposure, exposure time, your shutter, shutter speeds, you don't have to have 17 different lenses and millions of classes and millions of lighting. I started out actually just taking photos outside, because it was just easier to work with the sunlight than to work with my own lighting. A really good book that I would recommend is understanding exposure, and it's a really thin book. It teaches you how to focus on exposure to make your images come out good. It's one of those things were it could help you in the long run, not only for stock images, but for making images for your own portfolio. But it can also help you to kind of maybe have a hobby when you don't want to be in front of the screen, or maybe take photos of inspirations, which you can also do from your iPhone or any other similar device. But it's really good to know the basics of photography, and you can take a quick class off of Skillshare, and maybe even just a quick tutorial, just to see if that's something that you want to do. Photography again is a vast subject, but it can help in the long run.
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What Is Graphic Design? | Graphic Design
 
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Watch more How to Have a Career in Graphic Design videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509203-What-Is-Graphic-Design-Graphic-Design Graphic design in its simplest sense is the ability to create design on multiple different mediums. So, the traditional sense is that a lot of people know it by print design. Maybe you're designing a brochure or an annual report or a flyer, a club flyer, or maybe you're doing like a website design or mobile application design which was more into interactive design. But the actual term graphic design just basically means that you understand the fundamentals of like color, color theory, typography, how it all lines up on a grid, following a grid, not following a grid, and being able to visually express what it is that you or your client or whoever is hiring you or whoever you're partnering with, that you're able to express their idea in the best way visually. So, that's really like the best definition, for now, of graphic design. It spans so many different areas. So you see it all around you. Graphic design can be the signs that you see outside of the store. Also, book cover art. Like that has a lot to do with knowing how to represent the book and how to make it look, how to make it appeal to this target audience. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that whatever or whoever you're designing for will get the message. So, if you're designing for seniors, you can't have small print. It's just being very conscious about the way that you visually express things. So when you're looking at programs or schools or different jobs, you'll always see that the main thing is understanding and an ability to communicate not only verbally, but visually.
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How to Build USB-Powered Christmas Lights
 
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Watch more Christmas Trees & Decorations videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/315053-How-to-Build-USBPowered-Christmas-Lights If you have an unused USB port on your computer you can put it to good use and add a touch of flair to your workspace. Warning Working with electricity is very dangerous. Completely disconnect your computer from electrical outlets before you begin. If you have any doubts, contact a professional. Step 1: Strip USB cable Cut the USB cable and strip a small section of the outer sheath to expose the red and black wires inside. Tip Cut back and ignore the data and grounding wires -- they won't be needed. Step 2: Prepare lights Unpack the Christmas lights and cut off the battery pack. Strip the sheathing to expose a small portion of the wires. Step 3: Match red and black wires Locate and match up the positive-charge red wires and the negative-charge black wires on the string of lights and the USB cable. Tip Use a multimeter, an electronic measuring device, to make sure you are matching up the wires correctly. Step 4: Solder Use your soldering iron to connect the two sets of wires. Tip If you don't have a soldering iron, you can twist the wires together and wrap them with electrical tape. Step 5: Wrap wires Wrap a piece of electrical tape around the bundle of wires for protection. Step 6: Plug in and turn on Plug the USB-powered lights into your computer. Now you have mood lighting for the holidays or any time of year. Did You Know? In 1882, Thomas Jefferson's associate, Edward Johnson, became the first person to electrically light a Christmas tree.
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