Are you looking for a Free LogMeIn replacement?
As you may have heard LogMeIn have decided to discontinue the Free version of their well known Remote PC Connection product, which was used by thousands of people worldwide.
There are a lot of individuals and small businesses who are looking for a lowcost or free LogMeIn replacement and there are now several companies who are providing their remote connection software free to Home Users.
Once company has also taken the Bull by the horns and decided to make their Computer Remote connection software free, for business with upto 10 PC’s is Usoris Systems with their Remote Utilities Product.
Remote Utilities is a very comprehensive product and will make an ideal free LogMeIn replacement for Small Businesses and home users who need occasional remote access to their home or office when away from their PC.
They even have Apps for Android devices and Apple IOS devices, so you can control your PC and pick up files etc from your iPad or iPhone.
If, as a business, you need to go beyond the 10 PC’s then they have cost effective pricing schedules for either a Per PC pricing (for unlimited users) or for a Per Operator pricing to manage unlimited PC’s.
Is email marketing dead?
Why not send Direct Mail Postcards straight from your PC, similar to running an email campaign but you send your information of a beautifully designed postcard instead.
Take a quick look at the video below and see how you could start sending out your own Direct Mail Postcards, without the need to stick stamps on. It costs less then you think and may even be less than the price of buying the stamps from the Post Office.
If you don’t like watching Videos then just follow the link and you can walk through the instructions to create your own Direct Mail Postcard.
Send Direct Mail Postcards Today
You can sign up for a FREE account today and you only ever pay for any Postcards or letters that you send using the service. Even better you get £1.00 of FREE credit to test the service at not risk – send yourself a postcard to see how it works.
If Direct Mail Postcards are not for you then you can use the optional Print Driver to send your letters and Invoices in the post without having to leave your desk.
Do you want to use a Direct Debit Service to take regular payments from your Clients? If you want to use Direct Debit but your Bank doesn’t offer Direct Debit as they are not a Clearing Bank then take a look at GoCardless
- If your Business Bank isn’t one of the Clearing Banks then they won’t offer Direct Debit as a Service to your Business. GoCardless is a Web based service offered to UK Bank Account holders, including Small Businesses.
- It cost less than PayPal - GoCardless charge 1% as a Transaction charge, up to a maximum of £2.00 per transaction. So if you charge a client £400 a month for a Service your charges are just £2.00
- Its all electronic and also integrates with accounting packages like Xero, KashFlow, FreeAgent, ClearBooks, QuickFile and Sage.
- There is also integration from WHMCS for Service Providers
Is GoCardless Direct Debit Safe?
- GoCardless is Registered with the FCA as a Small Payment Institution
- GoCardless access the Direct Debit Network through its Sponsor Bank RBS
- Transactions are covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee
- All details are RSA encrypted and communications is over Secure Channels
10 Reasons to Use GoCardless Direct Debit
- No more chasing Late Payments - Take control of when your customers pay by setting them up on Direct Debit for future payments
- Automatically reconcile your invoices – GoCardless integrates with accounting software , so there is no more digging through bank statements to see who has paid.
- Save Money on Payments – Keep more of your hard earned money. GoCardless charge just 1% and cap fees at £2.00 per transaction
- Customers love paying by GoCardless – No more writing cheques or manually sending Bank Transfers
- Flexible Payments to suit you – Take one off payments, subscriptions or variable payments from your customers via Direct Debit
- Peace of Mind – Your funds are protected in ring fenced accounts and GoCardless are registered with the FCA
- Your Customers are Protected – Your customers can pay with confidence. In the event of a dispute the Direct Debit Guarantee ensures they get refunded
- Fast easy setup – No lengthy application review. No talking to your bank. Signup online in minutes and start accepting payments today
- Keep Track of Payments – You get notified when customers pay, or if a payment goes wrong. No more wondering if you have been paid
- Risk Free & no Commitments – There are no setup fees or monthly commitments, you can try it completely Risk Free
Unlike other UK Direct Debit Services there are no fixed charges, or minimum commitments. You could start with a single £1.00 Direct Debit and pay just 1p in transaction charges.
Next Steps with Direct Debit
Take a look at the GoCardless Service, just follow the link to GoCardless if you signup after following the link you will also get the first £50.00 of your GoCardless transactions fees waived.
Need to Manage Multiple WordPress Sites?
If you manage multiple WordPress Sites, either for your own business or for your clients, then you know how much time this can take up. ManageWP is a great tool that lets you carry out all of the essential Blog Management tasks on Multiple WordPress Sites from a single admin console.
Its completely FREE for 30 days and if you have fewer than 5 sites then it continues to be free forever.
ManageWP Intro Video
Watch the introductory video below and see how ManageWP can transform your WordPress management.
Manage Multiple WordPress Sites
This is one of the best WordPress Plugins I have come across and is a huge time saver.
If you like the introduction to the ManageWP plugin then watch the New User Introduction Video below and you have a Virtual Training course to be up and running in 5 minutes.
If you like what you have seen then pop over to the ManageWP.com and sign up for your FREE Trial account and start Monitoring, Managing and Optimising your WordPress sites.
Sparkol Videoscribe lets you create your own Hand Drawn Video for your website.
You can use your hand drawn Video on your website, or post it to YouTube. You don’t need to be able to draw to use it to create your own hand drawn video, you just need a good idea and a bit of imagination.
Hand drawn Video is a great attention grabber on your website, take quick look at the one below as an example.
You can use your own images,or import them from the web. If you want to use your own hand, or a custom pen, in the video you can import photos of your hand. You can even get Sparkol Videoscribe to draw your logo for you and use that as part of your hand drawn video.
Get your free 7 day trial of Sparkol Videoscribe and you can create your own hand drawn video today. It works on PC’s, Mac, Android and iPad
Why do you need a Free Website Monitor?
Get your FREE Website Monitor – You have spent a lot of time, effort and money to get your website looking good and ranking highly on Google for your chosen Keyword Phrases. So you want to keep it at the top of Google and make sure that customers click through and buy your products and services.
If your site is down when they click through from Google you are not going to get any business and your Google Ranking is likely to drop due to lack of traffic and feedback. Good Website monitoring does not need to be expensive, in fact you can get it completely free by just clicking on the image below.
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On vacation, asleep, or just running errands, you will now have peace of mind. You will know instantly should your Web Hosting provider has a network issue or if your website itself is offline…. and it’s totally FREE.
Public and Email Reports
Reports on hand when you need to show your superiors or your IT staff. Of course, all of this detailed information is available within the portal any time you require it. UptimeSpy.com has nodes around the world to ensure your website issues are pinpointed. Just because one node reports your site is down, does not mean it is offline.
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Ever had that heart stopping moment – I can’t find my laptop!
Most of us have those moments of panic when we loose our laptop, you start thinking “When did I last use my Laptop, did I leave it somewhere?”
Did you know that every 50 seconds a laptop goes missing.
Every day hundreds know the panic laptop theft brings.
Find my Laptop with LoJack for laptops
See how Lojack for Laptops can help find my Laptop when I loose it. To find out more about LoJack for laptops and how you can find your lost or stolen laptop quickly and easily just click on the image on the right and you will be able to start protecting your laptop within minutes.
When your computer is stolen, you can feel powerless, but you don’t have to. LoJack® for Laptops by Absolute® Software gives you the power to remotely locate,lock and delete the data on your computer before it falls into the wrong hands.
Most powerful of all, only LoJack for Laptops has a dedicated Theft Recovery Team that works with local law enforcement to recover your stolen laptop and return it to you.
Map Your Laptop’s Location
Is your laptop really stolen? Or did you leave it on a business trip? Using Wi-Fi geolocation, LoJack for Laptops can map and display your laptop’s current and past whereabouts. So you’ll know whether it’s simply left behind, or something more serious. Even when your laptop is safe and sound, you can see that LoJack for Laptops is on the job.
Instant Mobile WordPress Blog with WPtouch - Turn your existing WordPress Blog into a Mobile optimised site in just seconds with WPtouch. WPtouch is a WordPress Plugin which optimises your WordPress site for various Mobile platforms including; iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Some themes are Responsive and adapt well to Mobile devices, others don’t adapt quite so easily, how would you like to provide your mobile viewers with an an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog, optimised for their device?
How do you get an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog
WPtouch works by detecting devices like iPhones, iPads, Android Phones and Tablets and more, then serving its optimised themes instead of your regular desktop theme. Mobile visitors can switch between the Mobile or Desktop theme if they choose, so that they are not forced to view the Mobile site if they don’t want to.
Site with Mobile Optimisation
Viewing the ComputerSpot site on a Samsung Galaxy S3 normally looks like the image on the left, you can see the mobile optimised version of the same pages below:-
Viewed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 you can see that the ComputerSpot website looks very similar on the standard (Android 4.1) mobile browser as when it is viewed on a standard Desktop browser, like Google Chrome or FireFox.
Install the Free version of the WPtouch WordPress plugin and your site immediately starts to look different on a mobile device. Even before you start changing any of the WPtouch Settings you have a Mobile Optimised version of your site.
The Free Version of the WPtouch plugin optimises for generic mobile devices, Learn more about WPtouch Pro » and you can see that the Pro version then adds specific optimisations for the iPad and the iPhone 4 Retina Display.
Some of the other differences between the Free version and WPtouch Pro include:-
- Create mobile sites as Web Apps
- Use of WordPress 3 Custom Menus
- Multi Level Menu Support
- iPhone Retina Display Support
- Select different Themes
- Skeleton Template included
Instant Mobile WordPress Blog
As you can see the original site (above) and the mobile optimised site on the right look very different. Click on either image to see them full size in a pop-up lightbox window.
The Instant Mobile WordPress Blog on the right is using the default settings from the Free version of WPtouch. So even with the Free version you instantly get a professional looking mobile WordPress blog site.
Adding the WPtouch Pro Plugin to your WordPress site to get an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog is much quicker and simpler than changing your existing WordPress Theme for a Responsive Theme. It also means that your current Desktop Users will continue to see your established theme, they will only see the Mobile Theme if they view it from a Mobile Phone, Android Tablet or iPad.
If you use the WPtouch Pro module then you have full control over how the site will look, so if you run a WordPress Blog and want to attract and keep mobile visitors with an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog then WPtouch Pro is the best option available.
Switching between Views
By default the Mobile Optimised site will be offered up to all mobile devices.
Are you waiting for JellyBean (Android 4.1) for your Galaxy S3? Well its available in the UK now from most of the major mobile phone providers.
If you have checked on your Galaxy S3 for the latest Android update (Settings > About device > Software Update >Check for Updates) and you get a message similar to the one below then you should be able to jump the queue of people waiting for the Over The Air update to JellyBean.
Updates are being issued to users in the order they applied, please try again later
Then your Mobile Phone company have issued the upgrade to JellyBean and you just have to wait in the queue.
How to jump the JellyBean for Galaxy S3 Queue
If like me you don’t want to wait and are fed-up with checking on a regular basis then you can jump the queue for JellyBean using this simple and safe method.
- Go to the Samsung Website and download Kies
- Install Kies on your Mac or PC
- Connect your Galaxy S3 via USB
- Kies will then detect that there is a ROM update available for your phone
The update will then be downloaded and installed on your phone.
Thats it you have now installed JellyBean for Galaxy S3 and are up and running with the latest version of Android on your phone. From start to finish, including installing Samsung Kies, the whole process took about 10 minutes.
Benefits of JellyBean for Galaxy S3
Well the phone certainly feels snappier and web browsing etc all appear to be faster. I am not sure if this is just wishful thinking on my part or if it has made a difference. The next few days will tell.