ScribeFire – A Browser Based Blogging Editor

August 17, 2014

This past week I decided to completely do a Windows 8 OS re-install on my PC (HP m8100n). My computer is over 7 years old, is used extensively on a daily basis, and has been through the Windows Vista, 7, and the 8 operating systems, without doing anything really major; other than replacing the power supply a couple years back and recently upgrading to a hybrid Seagate drive. I ended up doing a re-install due to an annoying problem I ran into that was literally driving me crazy and I could not figure out (which will be in an upcoming blog article).

After I re-installed the Windows 8 operating system and performed the upgrade to Windows 8.1 I ran into a second problem that was driving me bonkers. As a matter of fact the original problem I had (which had been driving me crazy) was still there (which I did eventually resolve), so now I had two very annoying issues. After I re-installed Windows 8, I could not install Windows Live Writer, which was the blogging editor I use to publish my blog posts on WordPress. What I discovered is that Windows Live Writer needs Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5  installed in order for it to install (and run).

After many hours of research and trying all of the advice and procedures out there, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 would not install. I actually could write an article just on that topic. I finally came to the realization that Microsoft Live Writer is now Microsoft Dead Writer and figured, “if Microsoft was serious about keeping Microsoft Live Writer alive, they would not require us to jump through hoops just to install it on a new operating system”.  At this point, I started to look around for another blogging editor and discovered that there are quite a few out there; but, what caught my attention is that most of these editors have not been updated in several years. Is this a sign that blogging is going to the wayside???

What I did come across, that I believe is going work for me, is a blogging editor that is actually a browser extension, called ScribeFire. As a matter of fact, this article is my first using ScribeFire. I like the idea that I can draft an article in my browser and that the extension is available for different browsing platforms (Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari browser). In my case I use Google Chrome; therefore, I installed ScribeFire from the Chrome Web Store. The initial setup was very, very easy (and fast). After entering my login credentials for WordPress my recent posts, categories, tags, etc…; all fell into place.

  Chrome Web Store – ScribeFire

With ScribeFire you can post to blogs from WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, Xanga, LiveJournal, or any other blog that supports the MetaWeblog or MovableType APIs. From what I can see so far, everything I need to draft and post a blog article is there. You can edit and update existing posts. You can schedule posts for the future (if your blog allows that). You can delete posts. You can save drafts. You can tag and categorize. You can upload images. You can edit visually, or you can use HTML or Markdown. You can post to multiple blogs at once. My biggest obstacle, right now is learning to navigate around.

If you decide you want to save your article as a draft, simply click on “Save Progress”; then go to WordPress to put on the final touches using the WordPress editor OR if you want, click on “Publish Post” and the post will be immediately published.

If you have any other recommendations for a blogging editor, I would love to hear them. In the meantime, I am going to give ScribeFire a try and maybe a few others.


Repost: A Browser Zoom In and Zoom Out Tip

August 15, 2014

Have you ever visited a web site where the text size is to small to read or you are finding that your eyesight (like mine) is going downhill, and reading certain elements varies from page to page?

Here is a “little known and little used” computer tip for you internet users… By holding down the “Ctrl” key and moving your “mouse scroll wheel” you can “zoom in and zoom out” on a web page.  You can also do the same thing, without using the mouse or “Ctrl” key, by hitting the “+” (plus) and “-” (minus) keys on the numeric keypad, located on the right side of your keyboard.  Give it a try! It will not permanently change any default settings. If you find that you need to return to the normal default (original) setting, simply hold down the “CTRL” key and hit “0” (the number zero). This works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and probably all of the browsers.  Give it a try!

Mouse Wheel to Zoom In and Zoom Out

The “zoom in and zoom out” tip, using the “Ctrl and Mouse Wheel” will also work with other applications as well, with varying results (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, many graphic viewers/editors, pdf readers, etc…).  For example, in Microsoft Word, when working on a mult-page document, you can “zoom out” to the point that it will tile (show all) your pages on the screen.

Added Tip: Was helping someone today on a small computer screen complete a task online in their web browser and toggled to full screen. They were astonished and asked “How did you do that?”.  Simply hit“F11” on your keyboard to toggle back and forth from full and normal screen.


Give Panda FREE Antivirus A Try

August 14, 2014

Couple years back I had tried a FREE antivirus software product called Panda Cloud Antivirus. At that time I was impressed that Panda used the cloud (the internet) to scan and analyze files (in real time); however, I felt it just was not there yet in terms of reliability.

Today, I am back giving Panda a try and must say that I am really impressed. Not only has the name changed from Panda Cloud Antivirus to Panda Free Antivirus; but, the new metro look and Panda’s ability to rank up there with the best of them (in real-world protection) is worth giving Panda a try.

Panda FREE Antivirus

The only negative that I can see at this point is during the installation. Make sure, during the install, that you opt out of making Yahoo your default search engine and opt out of making your homepage MyStart.  Other than this annoyance, Panda FREE Antivirus is definitely on the right track to being a top contender.


ORICO Super Speed USB 3.0 HDD Hard Drive And SSD Docking Station

August 13, 2014

I have one of these drives on order and thought I would share this with my readers.

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If you have any SATA drives laying around, the ORICO external docking station is an economical (and easy) way to put those drives to work. I plan to use the spare drives I have to perform backups.

  • Tool-Free installation for 2.5 – inch & 3.5-inch SATA , SATA II, SATA III HDDs and SSDs
  • Super Speed USB 3.0 data provides transfer rates up to 5Gbps , backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 connections
  • No installation of drivers required for Windows XP,Vista ,windows 7 ,windows 8 , 8.1 or Mac OS X 10.2 and above
  • Build in Power Control Switch , Ready for Hot Swap , Plug & Play under Windows or MAC or Linux PC
  • Premium 12V 2.5A Power AC Adapter & Double Foil Shielded and Twisted Paired 3.3ft USB 3.0 Cable Included

The ORICO Docking Station has great customer reviews and can be found HERE.


How to Disable Specific Windows Updates So That They Will Not Be Installed

August 13, 2014

You probably are asking, “Why would I want to block a Windows Update?”.

I had numerous Windows Updates hit my PC yesterday and one of the updates would not install.  As a result, the computer ended up into a tailspin where every time I booted, the update appeared to be installing; then, it would fail; and, then uninstall itself.  After identifying what update it was, I needed a way to disable the update from installing, until a fix could be found.

What I found is that in Windows 7 and Windows 8 you can disable updates from installing by hiding them. Keep in mind, it is important to capture all updates; however, as in my case, there are those occasions where an update will break the machine.

To disable or hide the update I did some research and found that the web site Windows SevenForums has a very nice tutorial description (with graphics) on How to Hide or Restore Hidden Windows Updates in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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By following their tutorial, I was able to easily hide the update that was causing me the issue. Once I find a fix, I will unhide the update so that it can properly install. Thank you Windows SevenForum


A Super Post On Robin Williams

August 12, 2014

One of my fellow bloggers put up a post this morning simply called “Robin Williams…” that I invite you take a look see. There was something there with this great person that just hits home with us all…  Check out Izaak Mak’s posting HERE

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A FREE Windows 8 Downloadable Quick Reference Card

August 12, 2014

If you are new to Windows 8, I came across this FREE downloadable (PDF) Windows 8 Quick Reference Card, from Custom Guide Interactive Learning, that may be of great help.  CLICK HERE to get it…

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