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Build Your Own PC

Tech Pages with tutorials on their website

The also host in-store clinics on specific subjects

MicroCenter has both online sales and store locations with free tech assistance

http://www.microcenter.com/

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http://www.macysinc.com/

Macy’s Inc. Page with interesting facts, pictures and request for comments

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http://www.entrepreneur.com/startingabusiness/howtoguides/index115868.html

Start Your Own Business – Building Your Business Guide – How To Guides for Small Businesses

Research Your Business Idea
Your brilliant idea may indeed be brilliant–or it may need some work. Here’s how to find out whether you’re ready for startup.
More Starting How-Tos:





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Asheesh Advani: Startup Financing

3 Honest Ways to Raise Startup Money

Create a healthy foundation for your business by combining enthusiasm with honesty.
By Asheesh Advani   |   September 23, 2008

Develop financial projections that are rooted in verifiable assumptions
Venture capital firms and angel investors typically want to see financial projections that shoot up like a hockey stick. Entrepreneurs often feel compelled to exaggerate projections to look like their businesses can reach a billion dollars of market value in a few years. There’s no point in just fabricating a set of projections that aren’t based on reality.

Write paychecks that don’t bounce, but increase as the business grows
One of the most difficult tasks for entrepreneurs is to convince talented employees to join the team and stay on the team before their company is profitable or stable. As a startup business owner, you’re faced with a choice:

{very interesting}

Get your clients to compete to be first
Successful entrepreneurs love to tell stories about how they got their first client. While working out of a closet or a garage, they print up business cards with a prestigious address and fancy logo and close the deal. That’s what it takes to sell. Exaggerating the stability or size of your enterprise to secure your first client is the stuff of legend. Even if your product isn’t ready, you can use a similar approach to raise money for your business by getting investors and business partners–who can provide financial support–to compete to be first. There’s a certain prestige in being part of the first group of investors, partners or customers to help launch a business. Create the feeling of exclusivity. Require an invitation to use your beta product. Generate buzz about your product plans and your team among blogs that investors read. There’s less need to exaggerate if you can set expectations that your product is still being tested among early adopters.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/money/financing/startupfinancingcolumnistasheeshadvani/article197224.html

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Look Like a Multimillion Dollar Brand

Five ways to look like you make a lot of money without spending a lot.
By Scott Gerber   |   April 16, 2009

You may have a great product or service, but to be taken seriously, clients need to believe that you’re on the same playing field as the bigger guys. Even if you’re a consultant that works from a home office, you’ll need to position your company as a polished brand that touts confidence, experience and quality.

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Website

Vanity Numbers

Automated Phone Systems

Virtual Offices

The Business Card

http://www.entrepreneur.com/startingabusiness/youngentrepreneurscolumnistscottgerber/article201308.html

“Now you have a slick website, a jingle-worthy toll free number and a captain-of-industry street address. It’s time to combine all of those elements into a single tool. The business card is a vital part of the first impression experience and an instant reflection of you and your company’s work.”


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Outlets for getting free-lance and contract work –

Elance.comGetACoder.com and Freelance.com

http://guru.com/

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Planning for a Successful Start

The old adage goes: failure to plan is a plan for failure. Your business plan does not need to be complex or convoluted, but it is necessary. If you are having a hard time pulling your plan together, our experts can help.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/startingabusiness/howtoguides/index115868.html

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Finding Customers

Without customers, it doesn’t matter how great your product is, how well you branded you are, or how well funded your start-up is. Learn how to get your product to market, target your audience and build a customer base.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/startingabusiness/howtoguides/index115868.html

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http://designyourowncard.com/

Design your own card.com prints raised- or flat-ink business cards, letterhead, envelopes, and invitations using the layout that you design online with our exclusive editor. You can pick from dozens of templates; enter your text in a wide selection of fonts; and then move, resize, and rotate it. Upload your logo or pick from thousands of pieces of clip art at no extra charge. We carry a variety of paper, most of which is recycled. We also offer traditional mounted and self-inking rubber stamps and custom laser-engraved signs. We offer quick turnaround. Most business card orders are shipped the next business day.

What’s special about Design your own card.com? We’ve been online since 1999 and in business since 1993. We print your order “short-run” on a printing press using the solid ink colors and paper you specify. We do not use “digital printing” (which uses toner, not ink) or the four-color process (which makes all colors out of small dots of four primary colors). You can choose from dozens of papers (not just glossy or matte) and your layout is sharp and clear, not made up of fuzzy “built” colors. And we never put our logo on your cards.

http://designyourowncard.com/

(very nifty – let’s you design it online)

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http://www.developerfox.com/19-photoshop-tutorials-to-design-a-own-business-card/480

AMAZING

http://www.photoshopnerds.com/creating-a-business-card.htm

Creating a business card First of all, what you should know is that the standard measures for a business card are these: Width: 3.75 inches and 2.25 inches Height. Be careful not to forget to put a 300DPI resolution, the minimum DPI for printing purpose. So let’s create a document with these specifications.

Now go to Image > Mode > CMYK Color (this is the color mode that is used for printing.

Now let’s create guidelines: make the first guidelines to 0.125 inches from the margins. The outermost lines are called cut/trim lines. The cut lines show where your design will be cut away from the much larger sheet of paper it was printed on. This ensures color all the way to the very edge of your cards. This method is called full bleed. The innermost lines are called the safety lines. Anything outside these lines run the risk of being cut off. Although the cutting machines are very accurate, staying inside of this area ensures that important text/graphics won’t be chopped off. It also helps make your card more readable. Keep all your non-background text, logos, pictures, etc. inside of these lines. These lines should be 0.250 inches from the margins.

USING These Pages Walks Through – every step of the process showing the expected screens and commands to use in photoshop – AMAZING –

[Find all the choices these pages will help you create – on this page:]

http://www.developerfox.com/19-photoshop-tutorials-to-design-a-own-business-card/480

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19 Photoshop tutorials to design your own business card

Posted By Admin on November 18, 2008 | Filed under: Photoshop Tutorials, Web Design

If you need business cards we recommend business-cards.com

Everybody or every company like to have a beautiful unique business card, but if you aren’t  going to outsource it, this post is your chance to learn how to make your own professional business card using these awesome Adobe Photoshop tutorials.

Also if you need inspiration take a look to the links blow:
10 Brilliantly Creative Business Cards Ideas
Cool business card designs

1- Making a Print-Ready Business Card Using Only Photoshop

2- Create Stylish Business Card in Photoshop
3- Creating a Business Card

http://www.dtptutorials.com/photoshop-tutorials/create-a-stylish-business-card-in-photoshop

[and others]

4- Custom Sim Cards Tutorial
5- Blue-Grey Visiting-Card
6- create a new Business card
7- Cardboard And Torn Paper Business Card
11- Make business card in Photoshop
11- Make business card in Photoshop

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12- Making a grungy business card

business_12

1- Making a Print-Ready Business Card Using Only Photoshop

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http://www.developerfox.com/19-photoshop-tutorials-to-design-a-own-business-card/480

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BYOPC
Reference
BYOPC Checklist (PDF)
BYOPC Glossary
BYOPC Worksheet (PDF)
Choosing a PC Case Guide
CPU Cooling
Hard Drive and RAID Glossary (Word)
Heatsink Installation
IDE Hard Drive Installation
Intel Desktop Cooling
Overclocking
POST Inside of System Case
POST Outside of System Case
Tech Articles
Art Nouveau Case Mod, Part 1
Art Nouveau Case Mod, Part 2
BioShock Deco Case Mod
BYOPC Chapter 1: In Pursuit of a Processor
BYOPC Chapter 2: Storage and Video
BYOPC Chapter 3: The Final Pieces
BYOPC Chapter 4: An Ounce of Prevention
BYOPC Chapter 5: Case Prep
BYOPC Chapter 6: SATA Drive Setup
BYOPC Chapter 7: Special Effects
BYOPC Chapter 8: Lighting Technologies
BYOPC Chapter 9: Adding components to a motherboard Part 1
BYOPC Chapter 10: Adding components to a motherboard Part 2
Comic Challenge Case Mod: The Stark IMD
Dualing Video Cards
Egyptian Mod Case
Extreme Case Modding Part 1: In The Beginning…
Extreme Case Modding Part 2: The Outer Hull
Give Your Old Hard Drive New Life
Intel Dual Core Pentium Processors
Intel Goes by the Numbers
Introduction to Overclocking
Make Your PC Into a Gaming PC
Mostly Harmless – A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Case Mod
OS Assimilation
Put Water In Your Case
The Quetzal Case Mod, Part 1
The Quetzal Case Mod, Part 2
Two Brains Are Better Than One – Intel Core 2 Processors

http://www.microcenter.com/understand_tech/index.html#byopc

Digital Imaging
Reference
Capture and Edit Video with Windows Movie Maker (Word)
Digital Camera Features
Digital Image Processing Glossary
Import Images into iPhoto
Photo Printing for Macintosh
Photo Printing for Windows
Photo Tips (PDF)
Printing Basics (PDF)
Sharing Pictures with Macintosh
Sharing Pictures with Windows
Storing Pictures with Macintosh
Storing Pictures with Windows

Transfer your VHS to DVD (Word)
Video Capture and Editing (Word)
Windows Media Encoder (Word)
Windows Movie Maker (Word)
Tech Articles
Be Your Own Movie Producer with iMovie, Part I
Be Your Own Movie Producer with iMovie, Part 2
Camera Tips
Capture Old Movies
Color Profiles in Photoshop
Copyrighting your Photos using Photoshop
Digital Camcorders Go from MiniDV to DVD
High Definition Video Capture under Vista
Image Editing in a Cinch: Using Photoshop Actions
Micro Four Thirds
One Lens To Shoot It All
Photo Printing 101
Photography Workflow With Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
PVR
Sony Alpha 100 DSLR
Take Better Photos of Smiling Faces
TV + Laptop = Multimedia Fun

[and other stuff]

Computer Ergonomics or… How to Exercise at Your Computer

PC Troubleshooting Part 1: 5 Steps to Solve Common Problems
PC Troubleshooting Part 2: A Real-world Example
PC Troubleshooting Part 3: Network Troubleshooting

Blogging Tools

OpenOffice.org

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OpenOffice.org

Geek Candy
OpenOffice.org
by rob

http://www.microcenter.com/random_access/newsletters/08_newsletters/0308/geek_candy.html

Office programs are essential for productivity, not only on the job but at home. But not everyone has $400 to throw down for a copy of Microsoft Office, especially if it’s for a second or third PC. What do you do if your budget can’t handle the price tag? No, you don’t install a single copy on multiple systems. There is another way. This month we’ll look at a replacement for Microsoft Office’s Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. The best part? It’s free!

OpenOffice.org is a free open-source multi-platform suite that includes the core office productivity programs Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentations) and Base (database). Other office applications in the suite are Draw (vector graphics editor) and Math (mathematical equation editor). There are versions of OpenOffice.org for Windows, Mac OS X (through X11), and Linux (for which there is no Microsoft Office version).

Writer
Writer

Writer
The look and feel of Writer is very similar to that of Microsoft Word, with familiar layout, icons and toolbars. You can import a long list of document types including Word, RTF, WordPerfect, MS Word StarOffice and the OpenDocument text format. Your documents can be saved into these formats as well as exported to PDF directly from within Writer. Like other word processors, Writer has a built-in spell checker but it lacks a grammar checker.

[and a description of the others, CALC, IMPRESS, BASE, DRAW, MATH, MACROS, and how support is available for them)

Math

Math

Math
Math is a program for creating and editing mathematical formulas and equations similar to Microsoft Equation Editor (which comes with Office). These equations can be embedded into Writer or Impress documents.

http://www.microcenter.com/random_access/newsletters/08_newsletters/0308/geek_candy.html

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