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Attention Travelers! How to Go Online for FREE

So you're traveling and you want to go online? But wait, you say you just don't want to pay those crazy internet access rates, and you would prefer to surf for free. No problem!

Here are some tips on how to SURF FREE!


Visit a restaurant or coffee shop with free WiFi

More and more cafes and restaurants now offer free wifi.

McDonald's offers free Wi-Fi at nearly all of its restaurants across the USA.

Panera Bread also offers free Wi-Fi at its restaurants.


Starbucks will soon offer free Wi-Fi nationwide,

The best news is: no registration required, no account required, and no time limit!

The new Starbucks Free WiFi program does away with any sort of registration, so forget your AT&T account info or your Starbucks card, you won't need them anymore.


Sign up with a Free ISP

When you surf the web you have so many freebies to choose from. But free internet access providers are not that common.
Here are some free ISPs in the USA. Note that most no longer offer free, unlimited usage. And these providers should not be used as a primary connection for your business.

Use them to get online when you're on the road, or as a backup service for when your primary provider is down.

Lists of Free ISPs:

http://www.thefreesite.com/Free_Internet_Access/

http://www.all-free-isp.com/

http://www.wififreespot.com/

NetZero (10 hours per month FREE)


Visit a Library

Many libraries now offer free internet access for their patrons. Hoorah for public libraries!


Visit other Stores with free WiFi

That would be places such as Barnes & Noble and other bookstores. Computer and electronic stores too.


Visit Other locations with free WiFi

Some airports, hotels, motels, resorts, rental properties and even campgrounds offer free wifi. Check before you leave the office!

Piggybacking

Internet connections are everywhere and your laptop can easily piggyback on unsecure wireless connections. The issue here is whether you are using that service with or without the subscriber's knowledge. This is legally controversial.

The process of sending data along with the acknowledgment is called piggybacking. Piggybacking is distinct from wardriving, which involves only the logging or mapping of the existence of access points.


 

 


Support AB1998 for a CA Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

Every year I help in cleanup activities and I see how many plastic bags are littering our community. Plastic bags and plastic bottles are a primary source of trash in our environment.

Nothing we use once and then toss should be littering our sidewalks or swirling around in the ocean for hundreds of years. Plastic litter harms wildlife, hurts tourism, and with all the alternatives available it is absolutely unnecessary.

 

 

So I am very happy to announce I just added my business, Kahl Consultants, to a petition urging CA state senators to support AB 1998, a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags.

I recommend that you add your own business to the petition too!

Do it at the Environment California Web site.


How to fix and add Spaces in Wordpress

WordpressHave you noticed that Wordpress automatically edits out multiple line spaces? In fact, Wordpress has a pretty tough time with a variety of spaces that work just fine in regular text editing software.

This is because normal HTML text simply does not accept multiple line returns or multiple spaces.

For additional line spacing, you have to use some form of HTML coding or a workaround.

But don't worry, here are some ways to trick the Wordpress Editor;

  • Make a universal rule for all paragraph (p) tags in CSS to increase the spacing between all paragraphs.
  • Insert a blank spaces gif image
  • Add code to create a space
  • CSS tricks
  • Additional HTML tricks


HTML TRICKS:
All these should be used when you are in the Wordpress Dashboard in the HTML post editor.

A) Vertical Spacing in Wordpress

1. Blank lines:
add this code:

<div style="height:12px;"> </div>
Or:
<div style="visibility:hidden;height:12px;"> </div>

2. Line spacing ("leading"):
add this code:

<p style="line-height:1.4;">
PUT_ONE_LINE_OR_PARAGRAPH_HERE
</p>

 
B) Horizontal Spacing in Wordpress

3. Single space:
add this code:

&nbsp;

NOTE: This trick is adjustable - it can be used it more than once in succession.
 

4. Creating space by using invisible characters:
add this code:

<span style="visibility:hidden;">PUT_CHARACTERS_HERE</span> INVISIBLE_CHARACTER

NOTE: This trick is adjustable by the number of characters typed in.
 

5. Distance between letters ("kerning"):
add this code:

<span style="letter-spacing:6">PUT_TEXT_HERE</span>

6. Distance between words:
add this code:

<span style="word-spacing:32">PUT_TEXT_HERE</span>

NOTE: Tricks 5 and 6 are adjustable: "span" is meant for words or phrases within a paragraph; for a single complete paragraph you use "p" instead.


C - Copy and pasting text that is preformatted (NOT RECOMMENDED)

<pre style="font:inherit;">
TEXT_HERE
</pre>

This code is supposed to retain the original formatting of any copy and pasted text. But usually it only retains some elements and not all formatting details. Therefore it is not recommended at this time.


I want my Music

Aquarela, Philippine based Brazilian Jazz group
You know you like that song but just don't know where to find it. You know it should be available online but don't know where to begin searching. You could also be researching for your composition, like professional music producer Lloyd Barde, but don't know where to begin.
Well, here are some easy ways to find, listen, and download those songs from your favorite artists. And a lot of these ways are FREE!


It doesn't sound like a music library, but it is. Archive.org has a great free collection of videos AND it is the home for the WAYBACK MACHINE, where you can see what a website looked like in the past. 

On top of that archive.org tons of FREE music that you can listen to and download. The songs here are primarily LIVE performances by a large variety of bands and artists - so search for your favorites and listen to a live rendition of your favorite songs! 

Pandora.com

Music Band 2Pandora.com allows you to listen to your favorite tunes online for FREE. Searching by song or artist is a breeze. It also allows user account creation so you may be able to save your playlist and favorites! Sorry no downloads, just plenty of free tunes matching your taste.

Right now this site is only available to listeners in the USA. Other similar sites may be available in other countries. 

Try checking out a similar music site at slacker.com



BITTORRENT

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data - such as music. 

If you're a bit computer-savvy and familiar with how peer-to-peer file sharing works, bittorrent is an great tool for you. Basically you download small "starter" files in torrent format and then run these to download the actual files you want. 

Bittorrent is a great distributions system for downloading ANY kind of file, from software to videos and of course for music fans there are lots and lots of tunes! You can get songs, entire albums, even entire artist catalogs - from the most popular to the rarest vinyl releases. All you need is bittorrent software and some bandwidth.

Get started:

  1. Download a Bittorrent Client (for example www.utorrent.com
  2. Install Bittorrent client
  3. Visit a website with torrent files. Some torrent website are:
  1. Search for your artist/song/album.
  2. Download and Run the torrent file. The torrent client (e.g. utorrent) will open. Click OK and take note of the download folder location. This is where your files will be saved on completion.
  3. Open your music files in a player appropriate for your music. VLC is a good free media player.



GOOGLE SEARCH

Another method of getting free music is with an advanced google search. You can search for specific files on a specific website - say to find a song by your favorite artist. A good place to look is on file sharing websites. 

The advanced Google search string basically comprises of your artist or song name plus the file-sharing website name. Anything inside quotation marks tells Google to look for that exact string. Example:

"artist name" site:whatever.com
"song name" site:something.com

For example: "amazing grace" site:megaupload.com
This would lead you to a variety of versions of the song Amazing Grace

Those search strings tell Google to search for "artist name" and "song name" specifically on a specific site. 

Some file sharing sites to try:
megaupload.com
rapidshare.com
mediafire.com
sendspace.com
zeropaid.com


Google is also good for so many other even more complex searches. If you are looking for something specific and not having any luck then you might want to experiment with more detailed search strings, for example:

* -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:"index of" +"last modified"
+"parent directory" +description +size +(wma|mp3) "Nirvana"

Just substitute the term "Nirvana" for any artist or album you might be looking for. Your search could lead you to open indexes that contain downloadable music files.

Now go rock!


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