The Aceman Cometh

first_img 8 min read February 10, 2010 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. At first, it looks like any other middle-aged guy’s garage, only bigger. It takes a few minutes for the lights to come up, and the long buildup seems all the more appropriate as a museum of spectacles starts to reveal itself: old cars, vintage pinball machines, a collection of motorized bikes and go-carts juxtaposed against a single pink Dora the Explorer tricycle. The walls are like a timeline of a career that’s been quietly iconic. A life-sized high-school football picture gives way to TV and movie posters, all leading up to the piòce de résistance: the massive neon sign that once loomed over the set of The Man Show. This is Adam Carolla’s media empire–and it operates out of a warehouse in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley.It’s the perfect setting for a utilitarian like Carolla–unassuming and efficient. In less than 20 years, he’s gone from carpenter to cult hero, with a following not unlike that of another famous former carpenter, at least in terms of its devotion. A staunch atheist, Carolla would surely scoff at the comparison, but it’s reflective of his formula for lasting success. For Carolla, comedy is an entrepreneurial pursuit, and while other comedians are essentially products to be bought and sold, Carolla is more like a CEO, lording over a brand that’s easily identifiable–and profitable–in any medium or market. Like any successful entrepreneur, he’s got a healthy contrarian streak, and the more widely accepted something is, the more likely he is to tear it down. He’s also admittedly hyper-vigilant, to the point where he might start a story by saying something like, “Here’s why I have trouble enjoying life,” and absolutely mean it. It’s all part of the product he’s selling–his own sensibility–but it’s also a useful tool for running a business.”You notice things,” Carolla says. “You become a little bit of a perfectionist. You become detail-oriented. For me, as far as the hyper-vigilance and the business goes, you become sort of a student of people and of psychology and how people work, and that’s all business is.Gauging that in advance–how are people going to react to New Coke before New Coke comes out?–that’s all it is. It’s knowing something about psychology. It’s knowing something about the human process and thinking, ‘Are you going to piss them off? Are you going to alienate them? Are you going to anger them?’ And it’s never going to be that everyone’s pissed off or everyone’s happy. The lion’s share of the people–how are they going to react when we start asking them for money? Because we have a business to run here.”His latest study in how people work–and what they want–is uniquely his own. Last February, just three days after his morning radio show was cancelled in favor of Top 40 music, he began hosting the Adam Carolla Podcast. Within two weeks, the show had been downloaded 4 million times, and Carolla forged ahead even though he was legally prohibited from monetizing the venture and was paying thousands a month in bandwidth fees. The investment paid off, and when his contract with CBS finally expired late last year, he found a few sponsors and was officially in business for himself.”There are all these little plateaus and phases you want to get to in terms of your professional career,” Carolla says. “And then at a certain point, you go, ‘I want to get paid for doing what I want to do. I want to work with the people I want to work with. I want to do things I believe in.’ I want to follow my muse and get paid, which is kind of the ultimate.”While podcasting certainly isn’t anything new, Carolla’s model for creating a business from it absolutely is. With help and feedback from both friends and fans, it’s become a full-blown enterprise that loosely resembles something out of the music industry, with the podcast used to create a following that can be enticed to see Carolla and his guests perform live at various comedy clubs. Each tour stop features two shows, and in addition to the money made from ticket sales, fans tuning in from afar are given one podcast for free with the option of paying about $3 for the other.”The next thing you know, it turned into a little cottage industry for us,” Carolla says. “I never thought about doing live podcasts, and I never thought about that end of it. The thing that’s interesting in this new frontier here is that there are all these interesting possibilities creatively, and there are also interesting possibilities as far as revenue streams. I would’ve thought that you do a podcast and you get some listeners and you do a few live commercials and you make a few dollars and that’s how you do it. But we sold out the first show, and we’re working on the second show, and who the hell knew that would be a way for us to get some money in our coffers?”The podcast-for-pay model has also helped Carolla do more than his share of good for others. When Brian Bishop, who worked for Carolla on his morning show and who is a frequent guest on the podcast, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, Carolla held a benefit show that raised $130,000 in paid attendance and another $30,000 in downloads. He takes care of his friends, and he enjoys sharing in their successes as much as they’ve shared in his. He got his first break in radio through, in addition to his own tenacity, Jimmy Kimmel, who has become one of his closest friends and collaborators. He parlayed that into a long-running gig on KROQ’s nationally syndicated “Loveline” radio show–Dr. Drew Pinsky had heard Carolla’s earlier radio work and personally tapped him as his co-host. Even the original idea for Carolla’s current podcast came from lifelong friend Donny Misraje, who now works as the show’s executive producer, and who is just one of Carolla’s many friends on staff.”We’re doing it with a bunch of people who want to be here,” Carolla says. “We’re doing it with a bunch of people who believe in something. It’s a lot better than working with a bunch of strangers who are just here for the money, that’s for goddamn sure. And I guess it should be everyone’s dream to start a business and work with the people you want to work with.”For someone as successful as Carolla, such a dream might seem pedestrian. But in a landscape where the cart is all too often before the horse when it comes to fame and success, he’s chosen to stay above the fray–and it’s working. His old bosses at CBS are now backing K-ACE, an internet radio network that will air his flagship show alongside his automotive-themed Carcast and several new shows featuring friends and colleagues. The Parent Experiment, a mom-themed podcast starring Carolla’s wife, Lynette, and former morning show partner Teresa Strasser, recently debuted at No. 1 on iTunes. Two of Carolla’s closest friends have managed to navigate fame and stay grounded–Kimmel and Pinksy both have successful careers as on-air television personalities–but he’s opting for a mostly behind-the-scenes version of success.”It’s an interesting distinction because if you’re going to be successful, oftentimes you’re going to be famous,” he says. “And if you’re going to be famous, unless you’re a member of the Manson family, you’re usually going to be successful. It was always my plan to be successful, maybe fly under the radar a little bit, produce, do a late-night radio show, kind of do my own thing, do some writing, do some independent films, and not necessarily chase the buck. I wouldn’t really know how to chase the buck even if that was my plan. But I also know that if you do what you do and you do it well, there’s plenty of money to go around.”Regardless of whether Carolla chases the buck, at this point it seems bound to find him–just as it always has. Among the pursuits that can make you famous, comedy is the most entrepreneurial–true innovation is the goal, but gimmicks are often just as profitable, and while the competition is fierce, there’s also a certain degree of camaraderie. But above all, sometimes success means being satisfied with your place in the world and having faith in your own vision.”When you find out how much money Tim Allen has made, or Larry the Cable Guy or Jeff Foxworthy, you never stop throwing up,” he says. “Your innards would eventually come out of you [if] you [found] out how much money these guys make. On the other hand, I don’t have to swing a hammer anymore, I’m working with people I like, it’s easy money, and I’m getting paid to talk. How bad could it be?”center_img How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring an SEO Consultant

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowcenter_img If your website doesn’t show up on the first page of search results on Google, Bing or Yahoo, your potential customers might not even know you exist. Better search engine visibility can be critical to boosting visits to your website, which can lead to increased brand awareness and higher sales and profits.But what if you lack the time and technical expertise to improve your site’s search engine ranking? It might make sense to hire an experienced, reliable search engine optimization (SEO) consultant.Here are 10 essential questions to ask when considering prospective SEO consultants:1. May I have a list of current and past clients? A reputable SEO consultant should be open to sharing a brief list of current and former clients and his or her contact information, says Vanessa Fox, author of Marketing in the Age of Google (Wiley, 2012) and founder of Nine By Blue, a Seattle-based SEO software provider.These references can help you gauge how effective the candidate is, as well as verify that the person did indeed work on specific SEO campaigns. Clients may not provide specific analytics, Fox says, but they should be able to at least tell you if they saw a positive impact on their search ranking, especially in conversions and in gaining an audience, as a direct result of the consultant’s efforts.2. How will you improve my search engine rankings? Steer clear of SEO consultants who won’t freely discuss their methods in detail, cautions Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz, a Seattle-based internet marketing software company and co-author of The Art of SEO (O’Reilly, 2012). They should explain the strategies they would use to drive up your website’s search engine ranking, as well as estimate how long it could realistically take to achieve the SEO campaign goals you agree on.Make sure the candidate’s proposal includes an initial technical review of your website to weed out any problems that could lower your search engine ranking, including broken links and error pages. Consultants also should provide “on page” optimization, a process to make your website as search engine friendly as possible. It involves improving your website’s URL and internal linking structure, along with developing web page titles, headings and tags.Also, ask consultants if they provide “off page” SEO strategies to raise awareness of your content on other websites, often via blogs, social media platforms and press releases.3. Do you adhere to search engines’ webmaster guidelines? You want a consultant who strictly abides by Google’s publicly posted webmaster best practices, which specifically prohibit 12 common SEO tricks, including automatically generating spammy content and adding bogus hidden text and links. If a candidate doesn’t follow those guidelines, your website could be relegated to a dismally low search results ranking. Or, worse yet, Google could ban it from search results altogether.Bing and Yahoo also post webmaster best practices that consultants should confirm they follow.4. Can you guarantee my website will achieve a number-one ranking on Google, Bing and Yahoo? If the candidate answers yes, Fox warns, “Turn and run in the other direction as fast as you can.” Although it’s impossible to guarantee a number-one ranking on any search engine, she says, some unethical SEO consultants do make such bogus guarantees.Consider it a red flag if the candidate claims to have an insider relationship with Google or any other search engine that will get you priority search results rankings. Only Google, Bing and Yahoo can control how high or low websites appear in their search results.5. Are you experienced at improving local search results? Appearing in the top local search engine results is especially important to small brick-and-mortar businesses trying to attract nearby customers, Rand says. You’ll want a consultant who has expertise in local SEO techniques.If your website is optimized for what’s known as “local SEO,” it should appear when someone nearby is searching for keywords that are relevant to your business. To achieve that, a consultant should add your business’s city and state to your website’s title tags and meta descriptions, and get your site listed on Bing, Google and Yahoo’s local listings, which are online directories of businesses that cater to a specific geographical area.6. Will you share with me all changes you make to my site? Search engine optimization will most likely require a number of changes to your existing web page coding. It’s important to know exactly what adjustments the consultant plans to make and on how many web pages. If you would like the candidate to get your permission before accessing and altering your website code, be sure to say so.For example, will consultants add new title tags to your existing HTML code or modify the existing ones? Will they provide additional copywriting content highlighting your products and services to beef up the number of visible, on-page keywords relevant to your potential customers? And do they plan to redesign all or some of your website navigation or add new pages to your site?7. How do you measure the success of your SEO campaigns? To gauge the success of SEO efforts, you must track exactly how much traffic is being sent to your website and where it is coming from. Consultants should be experienced in using Google Analytics to track improvement in your site’s search engine rankings, the number of links from other websites driving traffic to yours, the kinds of keywords searchers use to find your site, and much more.Be sure to ask how often they plan to share these important analytics with you and how they would use the data to continually improve your search engine rankings and website traffic.8. How will we communicate and how often? SEO consultants’ communication styles and customer service standards vary. You need to find someone whose approach best fits your needs. Ask if the candidate prefers to talk in person or via phone, Skype, texting or email. And find out how often will he or she reach out to you with status updates.9. What are your fees and payment terms? You need to know how much you’ll be charged, of course, and also whether the consultant gets paid hourly, by retainer or by project. Project-based payments are the most common in the SEO consulting industry, and they can vary widely, depending on a project’s size and complexity. Most contract projects ranged between $1,000 and $7,500, according to Moz’s 2011 pricing survey of more than 600 SEO firms.The study also found that the most common retainers ranged between $251 to $500 a month on the lower end and $2,501 to $5,000 a month on the higher end, while the most common hourly rates ranged from $76 to $200. Fox said consultants who specifically serve small businesses often charge less per month and hour.Other important payment-related questions: How often are invoice payments due — every 30, 60 or 90 days? Is there an interest charge for late payments?10. What happens when we part ways? When your contract expires or if you terminate it early, you should still maintain ownership of all of the optimized web content you paid the consultant to provide, Fox says.Accordingly, you’ll want to make sure the contract states that when you part ways, consultants will not change or remove any of the content they added, modified or optimized on your behalf. You also should ask consultants whether they charge any fees for early contract termination, and if so, to specify them in the contract. last_img read more

Where Most Employees at Facebook Google Apple and Other Top Tech Companies

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. From Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates, a number of big-name tech entrepreneurs were college dropouts. However, don’t be fooled by these successful leaders. Today, major companies such as Facebook, Google and Apple employ thousands of college graduates to fill the needs of their organizations. And graduates who land gigs at some of these high-paying companies make big bucks.Related: Bet You Can’t Guess the Number-One City for Recent College GradsOnline career website Paysa analyzed more than 286,000 resumes of people around the world who work at the top 100 companies in the tech sector. Paysa uncovered information about where most tech employees attended college, the educational diversity of employees at tech companies, the average salaries of graduates and more.If you want to land a job at a place like Facebook or Google, you may want to consider going to school out West. The University of Washington was the most common college found on tech employees’ resumes, with Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California also in the top five. For those who prefer the East Coast, coming in second to the University of Washington was Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn.Proximity to companies gives students an edge in forging connections that lead to jobs. At Seattle-based Microsoft, 6.5 percent of employees are graduates of the University of Washington. Meanwhile, 5.4 percent of Googlites are Stanford grads.Stanford alumni also make up much of social media company Snap Inc.’s workforce — in fact, a whopping 16.1 percent of employees at Snap went to Stanford. And many employees at San Francisco-headquartered Yelp hail from another competitive California college: Eleven percent of Yelp employees graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.Out of all 100 companies surveyed, Google, Microsoft and Amazon had the highest proportions of graduates who came from the same schools and even the same graduating classes. At Google, an employee can expect an average of 9.2 fellow alumni from their class to join them in the workplace. It’s almost the same case for Microsoft and Amazon — there are typically around eight employees with the same alma mater at these companies.Related: Stop Chasing College Graduates Away: Instead, Employ These 4 TipsPaysa found that while these major companies employ graduates with similar educational backgrounds, employees at smaller companies such as Optiv, Prosper Marketplace and Zillow come from a diversity of educational backgrounds. On average, only one employee will have attended a given college at each of these organizations.So, which colleges’ grads reap the most money from their employers? Turns out the highest-paid grads working at tech companies aren’t from the most prevalent college backgrounds in the industry.Graduates from Seattle University and the Pacific Lutheran University who work in tech are raking in an average $265,000 a year. (They went to school near the headquarters of both Microsoft and Amazon.) Of course, high-paid workers live outside of the U.S., too — former students of the University of Cambridge in England and the University of Toronto are among the top 10 highest-paid groups of tech employees. A Cambridge alum working in tech makes an average salary of $252,645, and the average salary of a former Toronto student in the industry is $252,639.Related: How to Find the Right Tech Talent (for the Non-Tech Entrepreneur)  3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img June 20, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

Acer Aspire E 15 vs Asus VivoBook S15 FaceOff

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Asus VivoBook S15Acer Aspire E 15 CPU8th Gen Core i58th Gen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 ColorsSilver Blue with Yellow Trim, Gunmetal Grey with Light Grey Trim, Firmament Green with Aquamarine Trim, Starry Grey with Red TrimObsidian Black RAM8GB6GB, 8GB However, it’s hard to ignore the VivoBook’s slim design and gorgeous color options, not to mention this laptop’s brighter display. The VivoBook S15 also has a faster CPU. Overall, the VivoBook S15 is more portable and attractive, but the Acer delivers more bang for your buck.Credit: Laptop MagPorts GuideScreen GuideUSB Type-C FAQ Value and Configs (10)86 Design (10)59 Storage Drives256GB SSD1TB 5,400-rpm HDD; 256GB SSD Acer Aspire E 15Asus VivoBook S15 The Acer Aspire E 15 and the Asus VivoBook S15 are both high-quality 15-inch mainstream laptops that are perfect for anyone on a budget. They each pack a powerful 8th Gen Core i5 processor, but the VivoBook has a much more colorful design, while the Aspire is outfitted with a discrete GPU.It can be hard to judge how much of an advantage one has over the other in terms of the little things when you’re staring at an Amazon store page, so we compared the two machines side by side to declare a winner.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46  Starting Price$699$379 Size14.22 x 9.58 x 0.7 inches15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches Keyboard and Touchpad (10)86 DesignThe Acer Aspire E 15 is lathered in a black, faux-aluminum cross-stitching, accompanied by a glossy, silver Acer logo. The interior is more of the same, with silver accents around the touchpad. While it has a somewhat premium aesthetic, the design isn’t exciting.Meanwhile, Asus’ VivoBook S15 crashes the party in style, with four distinct colorful designs: Silver Blue with Yellow Trim, Gunmetal Grey with Light Grey Trim, Firmament Green with Aquamarine Trim and Starry Grey with Red Trim. The VivoBook’s lid also has a brushed-aluminum design with Asus’ logo smack in the middle, while the side of the laptop has a feel-good grainy texture and the interior has a cross-stitching pattern.MORE: Best Asus LaptopsIn terms of size, the VivoBook is lighter and thinner, at 3.7 pounds and 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches, than the Aspire, which is 4.9 pounds and 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches.Winner: Asus VivoBook S15Buy ASUS VivoBook S15 on Amazon.comPortsThe Acer Aspire E 15’s left side features two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA port, an RJ45 port, a security lock slot and a USB Type-C port. On the right, there’s an SD card slot, one USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, a DVD-RW double-layer drive and the power jack.The Asus VivoBook S15 packs two USB 2.0 ports and a microSD card slot on the left side, while the right features one USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, one USB Type-C port and a headphone jack. This machine also has a fingerprint reader embedded in the touchpad.Because the Aspire has a wider variety of ports, as well as a DVD drive, it takes this round.Winner: Acer Aspire E 15Buy Acer Aspire E 15 on Amazon.comDisplayThe Acer Aspire E 15’s 15-inch 1080p display didn’t impress us much in our lab testing. The panel covered 74 percent of the sRGB color gamut while emitting a measly 200 nits of brightness. And it doesn’t help that the laptop’s bezels are a bit chunky.The Asus VivoBook S15 isn’t any better in terms of color, hitting a low 68 percent of the sRGB. However, what it lacks in color, it makes up for with a solid 257 nits of brightness, as well as its ultrathin bezels.Winner: Asus VivoBook S15KeyboardThe Asus VivoBook S15’s thin design doesn’t leave much room for a comfy keyboard. We measured just 1 millimeter of travel, which is below our 1.5 to 2.0mm comfort range. But, the keyboard still passed our 60-gram minimum actuation force, with 69 grams.In this case, being thick put the Acer Aspire E 15 at an advantage, as its keys offer 1.5mm travel and require 71 grams of actuation force.MORE: Best Acer LaptopsThe Aspire’s keyboard itself looks bland, while the VivoBook’s keyboard has a stylish font and rounder keys that are more well-spaced. Still, you can’t beat deeper travel.Winner: Acer Aspire E 15 PerformanceThe Asus VivoBook S15 and Acer Aspire E 15 are outfitted with nearly identical specs, like an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The only difference is that the Aspire is armed with a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU with 2GB of VRAM, while the VivoBook has integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics.On the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, the VivoBook nailed a score of 12,163, which left the Aspire’s 9,278 in the dust (31.1 percent difference). The gap was much smaller on the HandBrake test, as the Aspire took 25 minutes and 15 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p, while the VivoBook took 25:38 (1.5 percent difference).On our Excel test, the VivoBook matched 65,000 names and addresses in 1 minute and 4 seconds, trading blows with the Aspire, as that machine hit a slower 1:30 (40.6 percent difference). When both laptops copied 4.97GB worth of data, the Aspire registered a speed of 150 megabytes per second, beating the VivoBook’s 124 MBps (21 percent difference).Winner: Asus VivoBook S15GraphicsThe Aspire’s Nvidia GPU gave it a big leg up in this round. On the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark, which measures the overall graphic performance, the Aspire scored 122,144, which is nearly double the VivoBook’s 65,313 (87 percent difference). And on the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, the Aspire soared with 3,260, while the VivoBook couldn’t break 1,000, scoring 961 (239.2 percent difference).Winner: Acer Aspire E 15 Battery LifeOn a test that involved continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the Asus VivoBook S15 lasted 8 hours and 23 minutes, while the Acer Aspire E 15 endured a longer 9 hours and 26 minutes. While both laptops could last a full workday, the Aspire has better endurance.Winner: Value and ConfigurationsThe Asus VivoBook S15 ($699) has only one configuration, with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel UHD 620 GPU. But you do get the choice of four different colorful designs.Meanwhile, the Acer Aspire E 15 has multiple configurations. The one we tested in this face-off costs $599 and comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce MX150 with 2GB of VRAM. We also tested the base model, which costs $379 and drops down to an Intel Core i3-8130U CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB and 5,400-rpm HDD, and an Intel UHD 620 GPU. The most expensive version sells for $799 and comes with an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU.MORE: The Best Laptops for Business and ProductivityWhile the VivoBook certainly looks nicer and offers a more petite body, you can get a discrete GPU in the Aspire, and it’ll save you $100.Winner: Acer Aspire E 15Overall WinnerWhile it was a tight race in terms of points, the Acer Aspire E 15 beats the Asus VivoBook S15 in this face-off. The Aspire offers more ports, a comfier keyboard, a discrete GPU and longer battery life — all for less than the VivoBook. PortsTwo USB 2.0, one USB 3.1, one USB Type-C, HDMI, headphone/mic, microSD slotTwo USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one USB Type-C HDMI, VGA, RJ45, headphone/mic, SD card slot, security lock slot Overall (100)6864 Battery Life (hrs:mins)8:239:26 Performance (10)68 Display (15)79 Keyboard Travel1mm1mm Weight3.67 pounds4.9 pounds Ports (10)96 Battery Life (20)1715 Graphics (10)85 GPUIntel UHD 620Intel UHD 620, MX150 2GB Diplay15.6 inches (1920 x 1080)15.6 inches (1920 x 1080)last_img read more

Help Me Laptop Whats the Best ThinkPad Replacement

first_imgLaptops get refreshed almost every year and sometimes even months after the last update. Of course, you don’t have to go out and replace yours with every new version, but after 10 years, you might notice some slowdown.Member tbarb enlisted us to help find them a laptop within the $900 to $1,300 range to replace their 10-year-old Lenovo ThinkPad. The user wants the machine to have at least an 8th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, and an SSD and HDD combo. Their primary focus would be using Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and TradeStation.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 They also requested a laptop with a DVD drive, but to be honest, that’s very uncommon on premium laptops nowadays, and we suggest getting an external one. So, tbarb, here are the laptops we recommend to replace your ThinkPad:Dell XPS 15You can get the Dell XPS 15 (4.2 pounds, 0.7~0.5 inches) for $1,329, and it’ll come with a Core i7-8750H processor, a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.We tested a version with 16GB of RAM, and it transcoded a 4K video to 1080p on our HandBrake benchmark in 10 minutes and 12 seconds. For graphics performance, it ran Rise of the Tomb Raider (Very High, 1080p) at 22 frames per second.This machine’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is incredibly vibrant and vivid, covering 115 percent of the sRGB spectrum and emitting 371 nits of brightness. It has a low-travel keyboard, at 0.7 millimeters (we prefer travel between 1.5 to 2.0 mm), but the keys feel bouncy and relatively comfortable to type on. However, the keyboard does not have a number pad.MORE: Best Dell and Alienware LaptopsIf you plan on using the Dell XPS 15 on the go, you should find some comfort in that it lasted 11 hours and 53 minutes on our battery test. The machine isn’t cheaply made, either, as it sports a sleek aluminum exterior and a sturdy carbon-fiber interior.Lenovo Legion Y7000If you want to stay in the comfort zone of Lenovo land, then the Legion Y7000 (5.3 pounds, 1.1~0.9 inches) is a great option. It keeps the price down to $1,099 and comes with beefy specs like a Core i7-8750H processor, a GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 1TB 7,200-rpm HDD.This speed demon crushed our HandBrake benchmark in just 9 minutes and 24 seconds. It even ran the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark at 37 fps, pushing above the 30-fps playability threshold.The Legion Y7000’s 15.6-inch, 1080p display is surprisingly colorful, too, hitting 153 percent of the sRGB color gamut. But it could be just a little brighter, as it averaged 277 nits. True to Lenovo’s standards, this keyboard is satisfyingly clicky, with 1.4 millimeters of travel.MORE: Best Lenovo LaptopsHowever, in comparison with the XPS 15, this machine’s battery life is subpar. It lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes on our battery test, which is technically good for a gaming laptop. The Legion Y7000 also has an aluminum top-cover, but the interior is plastic.Alienware m15Like the XPS 15, the Alienware m15 (4.8 pounds, 0.8~0.7 inches) leaps slightly out of budget, at $1,329, but it comes with a Core i7-8750H CPU, a GTX 1060 GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hybrid drive.Our review unit was slightly more powerful than that. Its 16GB of RAM carried it through the HandBrake benchmark in 9 minutes and 51 seconds. And its GTX 1070 hit 49 fps on the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark. We imagine that the GTX 1060’s performance will be closer to the Legion Y7000’s.The Alienware m15’s 15.6-inch, 1080p panel isn’t the brightest or most colorful screen out there, but it boasts a smooth 144-Hz refresh rate that’s hard to resist fawning over. The display covered 150 percent of the sRGB spectrum and registered 277 nits of brightness. This machine’s keyboard delivered enough feedback to be comfortable to type on, despite its 1.1 millimeters of key travel.MORE: The Best Gaming LaptopsThe GTX 1070 version had an impressive 6 hours and 25 minutes of battery life, and presumably, the GTX 1060 model will last slightly longer. The Alienware m15’s chassis is made mostly of anodized aluminum.Bottom LineIf you’re more interested in value for performance, the Lenovo Legion Y7000 is a great choice, but it has a larger profile. The Dell XPS 15 is a slimmer and sexier alternative, with a much more discrete chassis. However, you might not want to miss out on the Alienware m15’s smooth 144-Hz panel. Hopefully, this response helped you in your quest to replace your ThinkPad! Let us know what you decide to go with.Credit: Laptop Mag As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Author Biocenter_img Rami Tabari, Rami Tabari, onlast_img read more

Microsoft Could Soon Reveal a DualScreen Surface Report

first_imgDual-screen laptops are coming, and Microsoft won’t be left behind.The software giant reportedly showed employees a video with new Surface devices and dual-screen hardware, according to a report from the Verge. Codenamed Centaurus, the mysterious dual-screen product has reportedly been in development for around two years.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Intel’s Twin River conceptWhile we don’t know what form-factor Microsoft has settled on, we do know that Centaurus will be similar to the long-abandoned Courier laptop, and less like the long-rumored Andromeda “pocket PC.” Centaurus will form the basis for the upcoming laptop and tablet hybrids and is expected to be the first device to run on Windows Lite. Another long-rumored project, Windows Lite is expected to be a lightweight version of Windows designed specifically for dual-screen devices and low-cost Chromebook competitors. While Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the OS’ existence, all signs point to an official announcement sometime this year.MORE: Intel’s Vision for the Future? A Bizarre Dual-Screen Fabric LaptopThat could coincide with the unveiling of Centaurus, which is expected to occur within the next six months, according to the Verge’s report.Rumors of a foldable or dual-screen Surface laptop/tablet hybrid have been floating around for years, and Microsoft even confirmed that it was working on a pocketable Surface. However, that project collapsed and the company was beaten to the punch by Asus and HP, both of which revealed their own dual-screen laptops last month.  At Computex, Intel revealed concepts for dual-screen laptops, showing laptop makers how they can expand into new form factors. After several years of iterating, companies are now venturing into new territory, with dual-screen devices and laptops with foldable displays. Whether you’ll be compelled to replace your traditional clamshell laptops with one of these strange gadgets is unknown, but there’s no denying that this is an exciting time for laptops.World’s ScreenPad Plus Debuts on Asus ZenBook Pro Duo Phillip Tracy, Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Phillip Tracy,center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoForbes.comSerena Williams Definitely Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Author Biolast_img read more

Vivaldi 18 browsing history redesign

first_imgVivaldi 1.8: browsing history redesign by Martin Brinkmann on March 03, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: June 27, 2017 – 19 commentsVivaldi 1.8 will ship with a new browsing history design that is easier to use and offers additional information that users may find useful.Browsing history pages are boring in most browsers. They offer a chronological listing of pages visited in the browser, and a search / filter option.Most list the visited sites as text, while some prefer to display them as thumbnails instead.The most recent version of the Vivaldi web browser, version 1.8.770.9, a development snapshot of the upcoming Vivaldi 1.8 Stable browser, introduces a redesigned browsing history page.Vivaldi 1.8 History redesignVivaldi 1.8 does not reinvent the wheel completely though. You still get the trusted chronological listing by default when you open the browsing history in the web browser.You do so either by selecting Menu > Tools > History, with the shortcut Ctrl-H, or by loading vivaldi://history directly. Please note that the history panel remained as is.You may notice that the new history page has more to offer than just a search box and the chronological listing though.First thing you may notice are stats displayed on the right side of the history listing. You find data on your browsing activity, link types, and top domains listed there in the new version.Browsing Activity lists the number of page views and pages visited in three hour chunks.Link Transition Type the ratio of pages that were loaded using links, and typed in directly in the browser’s address bar.Top domains shows the sites that you visit the most in the selected period of time.A click on the i-icon hides the panels on the right, another shows them again.You can change the view from day to week or month at the top with a click. Vivaldi switches to a calendar view mode when you select week or month instead.The weekly and monthly listings highlight the views and pages visited on a given day, and the top sites below that.The days are color coded; green days saw light browsing, while yellow or orange heavier use throughout that day.The month view lists the entries sorted chronologically as well on the right. You may only see that listing however if you hide the informational panels first. This depends on the browser width.The top features forward and backward buttons to go forward or back in time based on the current selection. If you have selected day for instance, clicking on one of the buttons goes back or forward a single day. Week and month do the same, but do so in larger steps.You may also click on the today/this week/this month button at any time to go back to today’s, this week’s, or this month’s browsing history listing.A right-click on any item in the history, and the selection of deletes enables you to remove any item from the history. You find the usual options to open the link again in the browser as well as other options including site filters there as well.The filter works by searching for the domain name. You can run these searches directly, or by using the right-click context menu. Any site that does not match the query is hidden from the history.Vivaldi notes that it won’t collect any history data.You can download the snapshot from the official website. There you find additional information and a list of all fixes in the new Vivaldi development snapshot.Now You: What’s your take on the redesigned browsing history of the Vivaldi browser?SummaryArticle NameVivaldi 1.8: browsing history redesignDescriptionVivaldi 1.8 will ship with a new browsing history design that is easier to use and offers additional information that users may find useful.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Firefoxs upcoming bookmark sync improvements address longstanding issues

first_imgFirefox’s upcoming bookmark sync improvements address long-standing issues by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2018 in Firefox – 11 commentsMozilla introduced Sync functionality in Firefox a long time ago. Sync came in the form of the add-on Mozilla Weave first but was integrated into the Firefox web browser later on to provide all users of the browser with sync functionality.Mozilla changed how Sync works in Firefox with the release of Firefox 29 by switching over to a new account system that allowed authentication using an email address and password opposed to keys that the previous version of Sync required.While the current version of Sync in Firefox works reliably, for the most part, some data sets proofed to be more error-prone than others in the past.Firefox users who sync bookmarks may notice a number of issues associated with that.Firefox bookmark syncing issuesAn upcoming update to bookmark syncing in Firefox addresses the following issues that may occur when syncing bookmarks using Firefox Sync:Partial downloads — The current Sync in Firefox applies records to the database one at a time. Interruption, for instance by the dropping of the Internet connection, could lead to issues such as items showing up in the wrong folder or out of order.Changes made during sync operations — Changes that are made during a sync operation won’t be included until the next sync run as bookmark syncing pulls changes once on start and not during the run.Out-of-order downloads — Bookmark children may be uploaded or download before parents which may lead to all kinds of issues, for instance that bookmarks get stuck in the “other bookmarks” folder as it is used by Firefox Sync as a temporary storage during the sync process.Deduping — Sync flattens the “local tree into a map of bookmark attributes” and uses it to detect and ignore bookmarks with similar attributes but different IDs. This map is not updated when bookmarks are changed during a sync, and it does not differentiate between local and server records.Mozilla’s solutionChanges to bookmark syncing address the issues listed above. The solution uses a mirror copy that matches the server so that data is not added to the database directly anymore.Mozilla notes:Structured application helps mitigate corruption caused by changes made during a sync, partial downloads, and out-of-order downloads. Instead of inserting downloaded bookmarks directly into the database, we store them in a “mirror” that matches the server.We then walk the local tree and the mirrored remote tree, produces a new merged tree, and update the local tree to match the merged tree. Finally, we stage locally changed records in an outgoing buffer, upload the records, and update the mirror again to reflect what we just uploaded.You can follow the bug on Bugzilla, or this bug which tracks when the feature is enabled by default in Firefox.You can set the preference services.sync.engine.bookmarks.buffer to true to enable the functionality right now. I suggest you backup your bookmarks regularly if you do as this is still a work in progress at this point in time.Closing WordsIf you experienced issues with bookmark syncing in Firefox, especially issues such as bookmarks syncing not working reliably, bookmarks landing in the wrong folders or out-of-sync issues with bookmarks on different systems, you can expect that things will be better once the update lands.Now You: Do you use Firefox Sync or your browser’s sync solution?Related articlesAbout Sync: Firefox Sync troubleshooting add-onFirefox 53: Bookmark Syncing reliability improvementsFirefox Passwords can’t be synced if you use a master passwordHow to set up a new Firefox Sync serverSummaryArticle NameFirefox’s upcoming bookmark sync improvements address long-standing issuesDescriptionMozilla plans to improve bookmark syncing in the Firefox browser soon by making the syncing more reliable and less prone to errors and other issues.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

French adoption agency official suspended after gay comments

first_imgSeine-Maritime assembly thrown into spotlight on gay adoption treatment.The region’s president has now ordered an urgent inquiry into how the adoption agency in the Seine-Maritime region of northern France is managed.Pascale Lemare was head of the adoption service in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy, in northern France. She made the shocking comments during an interview with French radio station France Bleu.Twitter reaction: One follower posted photo of Lemare.Lemare said that same-sex couples were more likely to be offered children who had health, mental or physical issues, including disabilities.‘Children that no one wants. There are people who don’t want to adopt children who are too damaged, too psychologically damaged, too big, or handicapped,’ she said during the interview.‘There are parents who correspond better to the required criteria,’ she said.‘Not a gay couple, then?’ asked the interviewer.‘Well, no,’ Lemare said, adding that same-sex couples were ‘a little atypical, you might say, with regard to social norms and biological norms’.Same-sex adoption was legalised in France in 2013, the same year the same-sex marriage was also legalised in the EU country. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… An adoption agency official in France has been suspended for suggesting gay people were given the most difficult children when applying to adopt. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Gay couples will have a hard time adopting in Georgia if this bill passesGeorgia could face Hollywood backlash over anti-gay adoption billThis gay Israeli is protesting the government’s regressive adoption lawsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Seine-Maritime adoption head said gays were lower in pecking order. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) President orders urgent enquiryPascal Martin, president of the Seine-Maritime region, said Lemare’s comments were completely out of step with the values of the regional assembly, which is based in Rouen.Regional president Pascal Martin ordered enquiry.‘I requested that an external audit of the service concerned be undertaken to verify its operating procedures which, until now and to my knowledge, have never been in default.‘At the same time, as a precautionary measure, I decided to relieve the head of the department from today, Wednesday, June 20th.‘I hope this will shed some light on the reasons that led her to make such comments.’Lemare’s comments prompted furious reactions from French gay rights activists.‘We are extremely shocked by these comments,’ said Alexandre Urwicz, head of the Same-Sex Parents’ Association (ADFH). News24 reported the group had filed a complaint over the comments.Geraldine Chambon, a gay rights activist living in Normandy, said she was ‘scandalised’ and similarly considering a lawsuit.‘We had heard things about the region’s adoption policy, but it was just rumours,’ she said.See also:Bill making it legal to ban LGBTI people from adopting passes in Oklahoma GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Alex Strangelove follows confused and confusing teenagers

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Grace defends the homophobia and biphobia represented in Alex Strangelove | Photo: Alex Strangelove trailer After seeing numerous Instagram advertisements for the Netflix film Alex Strangelove I decided to finally watch it. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Netflix’s edgy gay teen sex comedy is delightful but unbalanced It was a beautiful movie. It accurately depicted high school relationships and questioning yourself, while struggling through internalized homophobia and social pressure.But then I noticed lots of online hate for the film.Dell’s biphobic remarks infuriated some. Others were upset at Claire’s supposedly homophobic comments toward Alex after he comes out as gay to her.Most, however, felt cheated by the movie because Alex decided he was gay instead of bisexual or biromantic. They were upset that the movie would therefore not giving bisexual people the representation they deserve.Firstly: as unfortunate and sick as it may seem, many high school students resemble Dell so much it’s frightening.In high school, every boy I knew said ‘no homo’ when they’d brush another boy’s hand.Many who complain about Dell feel he should’ve been left out of the movie altogether.But wanting to leave out the realistic aspect of LGBTQ+ hate would undermine the serious struggles of LGBTQ+ youth.This movie thrives because it doesn’t romanticize high school nor fetishize homosexuality.‘This movie follows confused and confusing teenagers’Dell’s character arc also seemed quite positive! We watched him go from making biphobic statements in the beginning to celebrating after seeing Alex kiss Elliot.Setting up the LGBTQ+ teenagers watching this movie to think they’ll get no homophobic remarks or hate directed at them is, unfortunately, unrealistic and damaging to them and their understanding of their sexuality.More people should recognize that Dell is not the antagonist in the story. He’s simply a representation of an average, closed-minded teenager.Claire’s homophobic questions to Alex and stating gay people should ‘just know’ their sexuality upset many viewers.However Claire’s reaction felt fitting to the situation. The person she loved most told her he didn’t love her and had never been capable of it in the first place.Honestly, my reaction would resemble hers quite closely. Note how she also asked questions in an attempt to better understand Alex and his struggle. Most conflict over this film has been over whether or not it is guilty of bi-erasure and bi-baiting.Remember, this movie follows confused and confusing teenagers.Obviously, bisexuality is a sexuality on its own and not just a stepping stone into homosexuality. But many questioning people feel safer identifying as bisexual or biromantic for a while in order to become more comfortable with their sexuality. This is what Alex seems to do in the movie.I definitely agree there should be much more bi/lesbian/pan/ace/etc. representation in mainstream media and film. But there also needs to be more gay representation.‘Every bit of representation… is a huge victory’The Hollywood film industry is so widely dominated by heterosexual, cisgender relationships that every bit of representation for the LGBTQ+ community is a huge victory.We’ve already progressed far enough to get cheesy, family-friendly rom-coms such as ‘Love, Simon’ that show healthy LGBTQ+ relationships (not to mention a gay, Jewish love interest who is also a PoC).This is as well as serious yet lighthearted teen films such as Alex Strangelove and ‘Call Me By Your Name’ that revolve around the concept of sex and sexuality.Normalizing the production of LGBTQ+ movies in various genres may also lead to more iconic examples of well-made LGBTQ+ stories that include varying sexualities.I agree that we should get more variety in our representation but I am still beyond excited about Alex Strangelove. It’s a beautiful LGBTQ+ movie that shows a realistic story of figuring our your sexuality. And all the while, brawling with internal (and external) homophobia. Hundreds of queer youth around the world relate to that.This movie and its tone will doubtlessly reach many LGBTQ+ children and teens and show them their struggles and internal debates are valid and normal.Read moreAlex Strangelove director on complicated gay characters: ‘We are dirty, messy people’ Netflix’s Alex Strangelove was never ‘erasing bisexuality’Alex Strangelove portrays bisexuality ‘simply as a stepping stone’Why this young bi woman has an issue with Netflix’s Alex StrangeloveRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more