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January 27, 2009

Persuasive Writing Techniques

Filed under: Computing — rmay4 @ 9:28 am
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Ten Timeless Persuasive Writing Techniques

by Brian Clark

http://www.copyblogger.com/persuasive-writing/

persuasive writing

Want to convince your readers to do something or agree with your point of view?

OK, that was a silly question. Of course you do.

Persuasion is generally an exercise in creating a win-win situation. You present a case that others find beneficial to agree with. You make them an offer they can’t refuse, but not in the manipulative Godfather sense.

It’s simply a good deal or a position that makes sense to that particular person.

But there are techniques that can make your job easier and your case more compelling. While this list is in no way comprehensive, these 10 strategies are used quite a bit because they work.

Repetition

Talk to anyone well versed in learning psychology, and they’ll tell you repetition is crucial. It’s also critical in persuasive writing, since a person can’t agree with you if they don’t truly get what you’re saying.

Of course, there’s good repetition and bad. To stay on the good side, make your point in several different ways, such as directly, using an example, in a story, via a quote from a famous person, and once more in your summary.

Reasons Why

Remember the power of the word because. Psychological studies have shown that people are more likely to comply with a request if you simply give them a reason why… even if that reason makes no sense.

The strategy itself does make sense if you think about it. We don’t like to be told things or asked to take action without a reasonable explanation. When you need people to be receptive to your line of thinking, always give reasons why.

Consistency

It’s been called the “hobgoblin of little minds,” but consistency in our thoughts and actions is a valued social trait. We don’t want to appear inconsistent, since, whether fair or not, that characteristic is associated with instability and flightiness, while consistency is associated with integrity and rational behavior.

Use this in your writing by getting the reader to agree with something up front that most people would have a hard time disagreeing with. Then rigorously make your case, with plenty of supporting evidence, all while relating your ultimate point back to the opening scenario that’s already been accepted.

Social Proof

Looking for guidance from others as to what to do and what to accept is one of the most powerful psychological forces in our lives. It can determine whether we deliver aid to a person in need, and it can determine whether we muster the courage to kill ourselves.

Obvious examples of social proof can be found in testimonials and outside referrals, and it’s the driving force behind social media. But you can also casually integrate elements of social proof in your writing, ranging from skillful alignment with outside authorities to blatant name dropping.

Comparisons

Metaphors, similes and analogies are the persuasive writer’s best friends. When you can relate your scenario to something that the reader already accepts as true, you’re well on your way to convincing someone to see things your way.

But comparisons work in other ways too. Sometimes you can be more persuasive by comparing apples to oranges (to use a tired but effective metaphor). Don’t compare the price of your home study course to the price of a similar course-compare it to the price of a live seminar or your hourly consulting rate.

Agitate and Solve

This is a persuasion theme that works as an overall approach to making your case. First, you identify the problem and qualify your audience. Then you agitate the reader’s pain before offering your solution as the answer that will make it all better.

The agitation phase is not about being sadistic; it’s about empathy. You want the reader to know unequivocally that you understand his problem because you’ve dealt with it and/or are experienced at eliminating it. The credibility of your solution goes way up if you demonstrate that you truly feel the prospect’s pain.

Prognosticate

Another persuasion theme involves providing your readers with a glimpse into the future. If you can convincingly present an extrapolation of current events into likely future outcomes, you may as well have a license to print money.

This entire strategy is built on credibility. If you have no idea what you’re talking about, you’ll end up looking foolish. But if you can back up your claims with your credentials or your obvious grasp of the subject matter, this is an extremely persuasive technique.

Go Tribal

Despite our attempts to be sophisticated, evolved beings, we humans are exclusionary by nature. Give someone a chance to be a part of a group that they want to be in-whether that be wealthy, or hip, or green, or even contrarian-and they’ll hop on board whatever train you’re driving.

This is the technique used in the greatest sales letter ever written. Find out what group people want to be in, and offer them an invitation to join while seemingly excluding others.

Address Objections

If you present your case and someone is left thinking “yeah, but…”, well, you’ve lost. This is why direct marketers use long copy-it’s not that they want you to read it all, it’s that they want you to read enough until you buy.

Addressing all the potential objections of at least the majority of your readers can be tough, but if you really know your subject the arguments against you should be fairly obvious. If you think there are no reasonable objections to your position, you’re in for a shock if you have comments enabled.

Storytelling

Storytelling is really a catch-all technique-you can and should use it in combination with any and all of the previous nine strategies. But the reason why storytelling works so well lies at the heart of what persuasion really is.

Stories allow people to persuade themselves, and that’s what it’s really all about. You might say that we never convince anyone of anything-we simply help others independently decide that we’re right. Do everything you can to tell better stories, and you’ll find that you are a terribly persuasive person.

As I mentioned, this is in no way a complete list. What other persuasive writing strategies work for you?

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Links and Info on Writing and BLOGGING

This mostly a list of links that I want to explorer in my learning to blog. I thought I would publish it in case it helped anyone else as well.

 

Have a great day!

 

http://feeds.copyblogger.com/Copyblogger

http://www.copyblogger.com/how-i-hijacked-copyblogger/

http://www.copyblogger.com/saturday-night-link-fever/

http://www.copyblogger.com/the-structure-of-persuasive-content/

http://www.copyblogger.com/the-5-immutable-laws-of-persuasive-blogging/ /

http://www.copyblogger.com/copywriting-success/

http://www.copyblogger.com/how-to-be-a-persuasive-conversational-blogger/

http://www.copyblogger.com/find-blog-post-images/

http://www.copyblogger.com/no-links/

http://www.copyblogger.com/how-to-stop-being-invisible/

http://www.copyblogger.com/increase-blog-subscribers/

http://www.copyblogger.com/the-two-most-important-words-in-blogging/

http://www.copyblogger.com/cool-stuff-for-new-bloggers/

http://www.copyblogger.com/blogging-writing-guide/

http://www.copyblogger.com/blogging-high-school/

http://www.copyblogger.com/copywriting-101/

http://www.copyblogger.com/seo-copywriting/

http://www.copyblogger.com/landing-pages/

http://www.copyblogger.com/keyword-research/

http://www.copyblogger.com/copywriting-course-reviews/

http://www.copyblogger.com/grammar-writing-mistakes/

http://www.copyblogger.com/5-simple-ways-to-open-your-blog-post-with-a-bang/

K9COPY

Filed under: Computing — rmay4 @ 9:27 am
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K9Copy – a Linux DVD shrink

K9Copy is a free, open source DVD backup and DVD authoring program for Unix-like operating systems such as GNU/Linux and BSD.

http://www.getdeb.net/release/3366 for Ubantu

Ubantu ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloading?release=desktop-newest&mirror=http%3A%2F%2Fmirrors.cat.pdx.edu%2Fubuntu-releases%2F&arch=i386

http://www.mythtv.org/

http://www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm

http://wordweb.info/free/

http://lifehacker.com/software/texter/lifehacker-code-texter-windows-238306.php

http://lifehacker.com/tag/downloads/

How to send text messages to any phone for free

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/email-to-sms/

http://lifehacker.com/software/sms/geek-to-live%E2%80%94power-texting-tips-130532.php

text from email http://lifehacker.com/software/cell-phones/send-sms-from-email-127033.php

FoxGlove http://lifehacker.com/5097728/

http://lifehacker.com/399895/top-10-conversation-hacks

http://lifehacker.com/398153/top-10-modern-life-survival-skills

http://lifehacker.com/364054/top-10-ways-to-get-cables-under-control

http://lifehacker.com/400292/top-10-how-to-videos

http://lifehacker.com/350405/top-10-bittorrent-tools-and-tricks

http://lifehacker.com/5054947/top-10-ways-to-stay-energized

How To’s

Filed under: How To,Tools and Projects — rmay4 @ 9:26 am
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Free alert service Exactfactor tracks search engine results by key words, and can email anyone interested in how any web site is doing in the battle for the top Google, Yahoo, or Live.com spot.

http://lifehacker.com/5100332/exact-factor-alerts-you-when-your-search-rank-improves

Google OS

http://www.thinkgos.com/gos.php

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Bath-Bombs/

http://lifehacker.com/software/diy/budget-bathroom-spa-293403.php

http://lifehacker.com/399649/how-to-make-a-scented-candle

http://lifehacker.com/5099743/make-your-own-bath-bombs

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-best-online-sources-to-play-learn-chess/

http://lifehacker.com/software/gaming/get-good-at-chess-198514.php

http://www.chessproblems.com/

http://www.flashchess3.com/

http://lifehacker.com/5100044/declutter-your-home-with-the-suitcase-test

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-10-blogger-hacks-and-tips/

http://lifehacker.com/software/wallet/wallet-hacking-roundup-251206.php

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/07/17/100-things-to-do-during-a-money-free-weekend/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Wallet-made-from-Tyvek-mailing-envelope/ http://www.thesimpledollar.com/

http://lifehacker.com/5072716/

http://lifehacker.com/5098944/

http://lifehacker.com/5087956/

http://lifehacker.com/5100226/gladinet-mounts-web-storage-apps-as-virtual-drives

http://lifehacker.com/5101347/skydrive-upgrade-goes-live-with-25gb-of-space

http://lifehacker.com/5101097/toucan-syncs-and-backs-up-your-files

Power Point

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2007/06/creating-web-20-graphics-in-powerpoint/

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2007/05/5-quick-tips-for-a-better-powerpoint-presentation/

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2007/05/do-you-make-these-mistakes-with-powerpoint/

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2007/05/powerpoint-that-sticks/

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2007/05/powerpoint-made-simple/

How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 (How to Do Everything) (Paperback)

by Ellen Finkelstein

Goalsetting

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2007/02/goal-setting-success/

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
By David Allen

25 Ways to Win with People: How to Make Others Feel Like a Million Bucks (Hardcover)

by John C. Maxwell

The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset (Hardcover)

by John C. Maxwell

The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset (Hardcover)

by John C. Maxwell

The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset (Hardcover)

by John C. Maxwell

http://www.easyweb20graphics.com/

http://ajayksh.wordpress.com/tech-attack/web-20-style-text-using-powerpoint/

http://www.alaska.net/~clund/e_djublonskopf/Flatearthsociety.htm

http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/fe-scidi.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_is_Flat

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Paperback)

by Rolf Potts

http://vagabonding.com/

http://www.vagabonding.net/

http://ultravagabond.blogspot.com/

http://www.gadling.com/2007/04/27/talking-travel-with-tim-ferriss/

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2006/11/goal-setting-the-12-plus-1-solution/http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2007/01/goals-create-the-gallery-of-your-life/

Zero Gravity Space Pens

Other Fisher Space Pen products

Bullet Space Pen

Other Fisher Space Pen products
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reviewHistDU.setHandler(‘/gp/customer-reviews/common/du/recordHistoPop’, ‘sd’);
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reviewHistDU.cacheResponses(false);

Hipster PDA

http://radio.weblogs.com/0114670/categories/hipsterPda/2005/06/14.html

http://www.douglasjohnston.net/weblog/archives/2005/06/11/diyp2_hipsterpda/http://www.douglasjohnston.net/weblog/archives/2005/06/11/diyp2_hipsterpda/http://www.43folders.com/2005/01/08/organizing-your-hipster-pda

http://www.43folders.com/2004/09/08/getting-started-with-getting-things-done

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/category/goal-setting/http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/category/downloadable/http://rosasay.typepad.com/talkingstory/2004/12/the_daily_five_.htmlhttp://www.lifehack.org/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-resources-for-beginning-freelancers.html

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/management/how-to-create-a-home-personnel-folder-%E2%80%94-and-why-bother.html

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/the-humble-spreadsheet-a-tool-for-the-true-lifehacker.html

http://feedproxy.google.com/12habits/oEuJ

http://feedproxy.google.com/successbeginstoday/BHWQ

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2006/01/quadraphasic-living/

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/2007/01/paint-by-number-goals/

http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress/category/12-habits/

http://unclutterer.com/2008/07/14/work-life-creeping-into-personal-life-try-a-battery-only-weekend/

http://successbeginstoday.org/

http://www.smartproductivity.com/firefox-tip-easily-copy-your-bookmarks

http://www.simpleproductivityblog.com/

What does Thanksgiving Really Teach us?

I grew up an abused member of a horrible family that believed in hard work, personal responsibility, sharing and self sacrifice, and… O.K., it was not that bad. I remember when I joined the Navy my first promotion came mainly just becuase I would work without being micro managed. I did not realize it was that unique. Later in life I was to hire and train someone to replace me while I moved up into a management position. I thought it would be easy. It was not. We now have a job that was one persons split between 4 differnet people becuase no one person would just step up and own it and make a go of it. It has taken me halk a life time to realize that common hard work is not so common. I recently read this post and remembered my Grandpa, he is fianlly on vacation. He loved to quote “him that does not work, let him also not eat”. He meant it too!!!

Also found (here) and (here)

(SOURCE)

The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson
November 25, 2008
Benjamin Powell
Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Advocate-Messenger, Hillsdale Daily News, Current-Argus

Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest. But few understand how the Pilgrims actually solved their chronic food shortages.

Many people believe that after suffering through a severe winter, the Pilgrims’ food shortages were resolved the following spring when the Native Americans taught them to plant corn and a Thanksgiving celebration resulted. In fact, the pilgrims continued to face chronic food shortages for three years until the harvest of 1623. Bad weather or lack of farming knowledge did not cause the pilgrims’ shortages. Bad economic incentives did.

In 1620 Plymouth Plantation was founded with a system of communal property rights. Food and supplies were held in common and then distributed based on equality and need as determined by Plantation officials. People received the same rations whether or not they contributed to producing the food, and residents were forbidden from producing their own food. Governor William Bradford, in his 1647 history, Of Plymouth Plantation, wrote that this system was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. The problem was that young men, that were most able and fit for labour, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. Because of the poor incentives, little food was produced.

Faced with potential starvation in the spring of 1623, the colony decided to implement a new economic system. Every family was assigned a private parcel of land. They could then keep all they grew for themselves, but now they alone were responsible for feeding themselves. While not a complete private property system, the move away from communal ownership had dramatic results.

This change, Bradford wrote, had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been. Giving people economic incentives changed their behavior. Once the new system of property rights was in place, the women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability.

Once the Pilgrims in the Plymouth Plantation abandoned their communal economic system and adopted one with greater individual property rights, they never again faced the starvation and food shortages of the first three years. It was only after allowing greater property rights that they could feast without worrying that famine was just around the corner.

We are direct beneficiaries of the economics lesson the pilgrims learned in 1623. Today we have a much better developed and well-defined set of property rights. Our economic system offers incentives for us-in the form of prices and profits-to coordinate our individual behavior for the mutual benefit of all; even those we may not personally know.

It is customary in many families to give thanks to the hands that prepared this feast during the Thanksgiving dinner blessing. Perhaps we should also be thankful for the millions of other hands that helped get the dinner to the table: the grocer who sold us the turkey, the truck driver who delivered it to the store, and the farmer who raised it all contributed to our Thanksgiving dinner because our economic system rewards them. That’s the real lesson of Thanksgiving. The economic incentives provided by private competitive markets where people are left free to make their own choices make bountiful feasts possible.

Introduction to Wild Foods

I have been wanting to do something like this for a long time to help improve upon what I know; even beyond my childhood Daniel Boon days. Ha! Cheryl (who will be putting on an herb walk for us someday) suggested this outfit that teaches such things about wild foods. This event would cost about $20 to attend. It is a local event in Mt. Tabor Park where they will teach us essentials of wild food use and study, the best books to reference, other resources, and field guides. They say they will be able to teach us how to be a successful forager early on. We will sample plants, and be able to get advice. This is a core workshop that helps provide a deeper understanding for all other workshops that they put on which the AG (Adventure Group) will likely schedule more with them throughout the year. We can also do a few things on our own to test our skills together! You know, practice, practice! Anyway, this is the earliest affordable class that they have in the year. Anyone interested in learning about wild foods with a serious mindset will benefit from this basic information.

You can check out “Wild Food Adventures” website if you like at: http://wildfoodadvent…

Wild Food Adventures Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Foragables John Kallas, Ph.D., Director, Educator, Researcher
4125 N Colonial Ave, Portland, OR 97217-3338
Phone: (503) 775-3828e-mail:
mail@wildfoodadventures.com
You are here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com

Tools for Bloggers by Bloggers

Filed under: Computing — rmay4 @ 9:23 am
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This is going to be a post about a research prjoect I am doing to locate sources that can help me in an endeavor to be a better blogger for my company blog. It will start out mainly as a list of links and we will see where it goes from there.

Good Luck!

http://www.bloggrz.com/

http://www.nirmaltv.com/2008/10/22/create-a-search-engine-for-your-blog-with-quintura/

http://www.nirmaltv.com/2007/04/16/the-best-google-tools-for-bloggers/

http://www.nirmaltv.com/2007/06/12/make-money-online-with-smorty/

http://www.stumbleupon.com/

http://digg.com/

http://www.nirmaltv.com/2007/09/02/5-tips-to-increase-traffic/

http://www.nirmaltv.com/category/wordpress/

Portable USB Apps…

Filed under: Computing,Portable Apps — rmay4 @ 9:21 am
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I know there have been tons of post written on portable apps that are designed to run on a thumb drive and have no need to be installed on a computer to run. So what, I am going to do another. Part of the reason is to make this available to whom ever wants to know. The other is record my own notes and things I find valuable in a place that I can find it easily. Here are link to the major sites that seem to have a lot of really good portable apps. There is no way in the post I will be able to list or give locations to all the individual app pages and download sites. I may do that for a few that I find really important.

Have a good time clicking through this and I hope you find some tools that make life easier for you.

Of course one of my favorites:

http://portableapps.com/

http://www.theinfobox.com/index.php?title=Portable_USB_Apps#Individual_Application_Info

http://www.pendriveapps.com/

http://yerdenizden.blogspot.com/ (All Portable)

I really like the different sites makeuseof.com finds

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/portable-software-usb/

portablefreeware.com has an email that you can sign up for and daily updates on news apps and newly updated apps as well.

http://www.portablefreeware.com/

http://nedwolf.com/

http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/

http://freewarelist.net/portable-apps.html

http://freewarelist.net/

http://www.xtort.net/

http://www.app-stick.com/

http://www.getusb.info/55-portable-apps-for-making-a-usb-super-stick/

http://www.xtort.net/office-and-productivity/floppy-office/

Lifehacker has done done fantastic reviews on portable apps.  I have found them to all be worth the reading time.

http://lifehacker.com/tag/portable-applications/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/portableapps/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Portable_Software

http://usb.smithtech.us/onmydrive.php

http://www.portablesoftware.us/

http://www.lucersoft.com/freeware.php

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/09/02/24-killer-portable-apps-for-your-usb-flash-drive/2#comments

http://weblogs.asp.net/lhunt/archive/2006/05/09/445852.aspx

http://www.nirmaltv.com/2007/09/05/10-free-portable-applications-for-bloggers/

http://www.nirmaltv.com/2007/09/05/10-free-portable-applications-for-bloggers/

http://www.digalist.com/list/4375

http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/03/13/top-ten-portable-applications/

http://appaholic.wordpress.com/2007/10/21/portable-apps-suite-the-best-portable-apps-all-together/

http://appaholic.co.uk/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/category/portable-apps/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2008/02/09/q10-my-new-favorite-text-editor/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2007/10/29/portable-wordpress-tutorials/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2007/04/03/spacejock-free-portable-apps/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2007/03/26/floppy-office-an-app-collection-under-2-mb/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2007/02/07/tiny-full-screen-editor/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2007/01/16/procrastination-help/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2007/01/21/portable-text-to-speech-software/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2006/10/16/portable-app-collection-from-winpenpack/ http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2006/09/03/portable-app-collection-released/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2006/07/20/ebook-lovers-another-terrific-portable-ebook-reader/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2006/07/08/top-5-places-to-find-portable-apps/

http://baara.com/q10/

http://www.spacejock.com/

http://www.spacejock.com/DownloadsSJ.html

http://www.codealchemists.com/jdarkroom/

http://www.appsapps.info/instantboss.php

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/2006/09/03/portable-app-collection-released/?referer=sphere_related_content/

http://sylvaron.wordpress.com/2008/08/26/applications-for-your-usb/?referer=sphere_related_content/

http://www.winpenpack.com/main/news.php

http://www.featheroffice.com/

http://no-install.com/

http://www.snapfiles.com/features/ed_usb_software.html

http://www.kikizas.net/en/usbapps.html

http://thediseasedrepublik.blogspot.com/

http://sourceforge.net/

http://www.goosee.com/

http://www.download25.com/

http://www.download25.com/

http://flashdrivefreak.wordpress.com/links/?referer=sphere_related_content/

http://sylvaron.wordpress.com/2008/08/26/applications-for-your-usb/?referer=sphere_related_content/

http://www.dirk-loss.de/win-tools.htm

http://files.filefront.com/Evezip/;2543935;/fileinfo.html

http://shellcity.net/?egg=a

More reviews from Lifehacker.  Again almost always a good read.

http://lifehacker.com/375764/stay-productive-on-your-thumb-drive-with-tiny-usb-office

http://lifehacker.com/391067/fedora-9-puts-your-desktop-on-a-usb-drive

http://lifehacker.com/5078308/sharepod-frees-your-ipod-from-itunes

http://lifehacker.com/5082810/jarte-is-a-portable-wordpad-based-powerhouse

http://lifehacker.com/5087262/softmaker-office-is-a-fast-and-lightweight-office-suite

http://www.getusb.info/10-million-flash-drives-and-still-going-strong-super-talent/

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

http://www.techsupportalert.com/guide-to-portable-applications.htm

http://www.techiesouls.com/2008/10/30/15-most-useful-and-best-portable-apps/

http://www.emergingtechs.com/posts/18-portable-apps-that-every-tech-needs/

http://www.technobuzz.net/portable-apps-usb/

http://freewarelist.net/portable-apps.html

http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/07/21/15-portable-apps-to-help-troubleshoot-pcs/

http://portableapps.com/blogs/stevelamerton/

http://softwareportables.blogspot.com/

http://www.blogtoplist.com/software/blogdetails-5163.html

http://www.trajiklyhip.com/blog/index.cfm/2006/11/11/Portable-Applications-You-Can-Take-Anywhere

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Color oh Color, Where Art Thou

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Since I work with the onilne presence for my company and know nothing about it, I find myslef working with graphics and such as well.

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Some are web2.0 graphics as well.

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A list of hikes done in or near Portland Oregon

Huckleberry Picking/ Hiking Indian Heaven Wilderness

Notes are from a Sept Hike:

We will be driving up to Hood River and crossing the bridge then up to Trout Lake were we turn and head up into the National Forrest. We will then go to the Junction Lake Trail head. We have two choices – we can hike in from this trail head, or we can drop of some vehicles and proceed to the Cultus Creek trail head further up and then hike one way back through the wilderness and thus have a one way shuttle with the cars we dropped off earlier. I will need to to check the distance and see if we have time to do this one way hike. I spoke to the rangers this past week and the Huckleberries were very late this year so if the weather stays nice we should be arriving when the berries are ripe and sweet. I will be calling this week again to check.

You will want to wear appropriate hiking clothes and be prepared for extreme weather changes as this is a high elevation and storms can roll in and temperatures drop rapidly. (Night temperatures may be freezing – not that we plan to sleep there but you want to be prepared.) Everyone should carry extra non-cotton clothes, a jacket, a flash light, sufficient water (a filter system is great too). Of course wear sturdy shoes – hiking boots preferred. Bring bug spray. There is not normally mosquitoes from August on but this year due to the late snow melt the mosquitoes have lingered – although the cooler nights probably have knocked down the numbers by now.

Bring containers for huckleberries and food for to eat along the way.

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Silver Star/ Indian Pits

11001 NE 189th St
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Meet in the west parking lot at the Meadow Glade SDA church at 1:00 pm. If all goes like clock work, we will be ready to caravan up the road by 1:15 pm.

This is a fantastic hike for everyone. The open ridge and rock outcroppings along this hike allow for great views along the entire hike. Even those who don’t go all the way to the top will enjoy spectacular views. The Indian Pits are a rarely visited site featuring stone structures that were built by Native Americans. This is a very special place to visit.

The following link and description come from NW Hiker… I have made some additions as necessary.

http://www.nwhiker.co…

Length: 5.2 Miles round trip (to summit and back, add another 1.5- 2 miles for the Indian Pits)
Elevation Change: 1400′ Elevation gain
Season: Late Spring thru Fall
Difficulty: Challenging (I would say easy to moderate)
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required (Signs were removed a couple seasons ago and never replaced)
Features: This northern approach to Silver Star Mountain via a trail called Ed’s Trail, is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The trail head is at the end of Forest Road #4109.

The hikes up Silver Star Mountain almost all follow old road beds that were in place for logging and for access to the fire lookout facility that used to be on the top of the mountain. This hike is a partial exception to that rule.

The begins a moderate climb and after a couple switchbacks follows one of the old roads for a short distance. Then the trail leads away from the road bed and becomes a stand alone trail referred to as Ed’s Trail.

Ed’s Trail is a delightful hike up the east side of the Silver Star Mtn ridge line. In June this hike is a floral garden. Anytime the weather cooperates you have exceptional views of the Cascade Volcanos, such as Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, Mt Hood, and even Mt Jefferson.

This trail runs parallel to the road bed trail that you can use on return for variety. At times the trails are only a few hundred feet apart. Ed’s Trail takes you along the east side of the ridge and through a free standing arch. Right after the arch, the trail becomes very steep and challenging. However, it never seemed dangerous to me. (there are some drop offs along this trail, but less intimidating than most of the gorge hikes, just keep children under control through this section)

At about 2 miles this trail connects with the road bed trail that will take you to the summit of the mountain. As you approach the top you will notice that Silver Star appears to have 2 summits. The one on the north is obviously the higher. Both summits are worth the time and effort.

After feasting on the vistas and floral displays, you can return on the alternate route via the road be trail that takes you back to the original trail where you began the hike.

Venturing further south another 0.75 – 1 mile on a faint track will reward the hiker with a journey back in time to some rarely visited Native American ruins referred to as the Silver Star Indian Pits.

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Dry Creek Falls and nearby Pinnacles

This hike is located in Cascade Locks, OR immediately off Bridge of the Gods. It’s a fairly easy hike, first to a stunning waterfall and then to some unusual pinnacle rock formations. Distance is approximately 7 miles round trip with a gentle elevation gain of 800 feet.

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Devil’s Rest Hike #5

This is a fairly well known and frequented hike in the Gorge that can be started at the Angel’s Rest trailhead. That’s where we will start it. It’s about 7 miles long with an elevation gain of 2300 ft. I would describe it as mostly sheltered and moderate in overall difficulty level. It has several pretty views.

Carpooling will require that we first meet at the Gateway. Then we’ll proceed east on the 84 and get off at Exit 28. Once off the exit, proceed east a short distance to the Angel’s Rest parking lot(on the right side).

Bring plenty of water, your trekking poles and hiking boots.

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15 mi. hike in Forest Park

let’s do an in and out 15 mile round trip hike in Forest Park. We’ll meet at the Viet Nam Memorial, hike to the Birch Trail, eat lunch/snacks and return. Parking is available very close by at the Zoo and I believe there is parking even closer to the memorial. We’ll meet at the memorial at 8 AM. And as it stands at the moment, it’s supposed to rain and so dress accordingly. Expect some mud. Gaters are recommended.

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Dog Mtn.

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Hamilton Mtn.

Hamilton Mtn. is located on the Washington side of the Gorge very close to Beacon Rock. To get there I recommend you cross north over the Columbia on the 205 and head East on the 14 about 15 miles past Washougal. To access the trailhead, you will see a road on the left directing you to a campground. Park at the lot that you will come to on the right hand side. NW Forest Pass is not required.

I consider this hike to be an easy moderate. At this point, we’ll be covering a little more distance. It is 8 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 2400 ft. It contains a steep section of about 1/3 mile. The rest is not bad.

Scenically, it has a stunning waterfall, and 2 knockout scenic views.

TIP ABOUT TRYING ON NEW BOOTS: Besides checking for fit, overall comfort and support, when buying new boots, you should also double check that your feet don’t slide inside the boots. If you come down a very steep section and your feet slide to the front of the shoe, you stand an excellent chance of smashing your toes and cause them to bleed under your nails. It can be very painful, especially, if you then keep on hitting the bones on the tip of your toes.
Good outdoor stores will have some inclined surface for you to check for sliding. Don’t decide on a pair until you check for possible sliding.

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Dog Mtn. #4

Steep hiking begins with this one ; consequently it’s a huffer and puffer. We will gain an altitude of about 2700 ft. Distance will depend on our return route.

I would rate this one no more than a difficult- moderate hike. If you’ve never done it before or are not in shape, it will seem more difficult than that.

If we luck out with consistent warmer temperatures, we could start seeing the wildflowers bloom. But even if we don’t, the last .7 mi are scenically quite stunning.

All previous requirements apply(pay particular attention to your essentials). Trekking poles are highly advisable particularly should we hit some snowy spots(unlikely). AND NO COTTON. This is were it becomes more critical. You will sweat. We will lunch at the summit. Bring lots of food.

You will notice that we are meeting at Gateway a litttle earlier. Should the wildflowers be in bloom, the parking lot at the trailhead will fill-up with cars quickly.

This would be a good one to follow-up with a soak at Bonneville. Think about it. We don’t have to decide right now. Just bring a bathing suit and a towel. I will join you if some of you would like to do it. The cost is $15.00/person.

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Backpack on the Salmon River

Join us for a short backpack and camping along the Salmon River at the Rolling Riffle campground. It’s 2 miles and a moderate gain from the parking lot / trailhead on Salmon River Road to the campground. From there we can try day hikes along the river and possibly up Hunchback Mountain, depending on snow conditions. The Salmon River is a beautiful, fast-moving white water river and the forest here has a lot of old growth trees.

The weather is warming but we may still encounter some snow and/or mud on both the road and trail. The campground elevation is 1950 feet. Wear waterproof boots, gaiters and consider bringing yak-trax if you have them. Bring a pad or small tarp to sit on. If we climb up Hunchback Mountain to Kinzel Lake we will definitely hit some snow, but there are other nice hikes along the river.

Directions: To get there, we drive out to Mt Hood on Highway 26. Just before Mt. Hood in the town of Welches, we follow the Old Salmon River Road in about 5 miles. There’s a parking area near the bridge.

What to bring:

Lightweight tent
Sleeping bag
Gaiters
Waterproof boots
The ten essentials.
Stove
Food
Camera
Water filter or purifying tablets
Warm clothing! The forecast is good, but we will be at almost 2000 feet and we may hike higher.
Small tarp – the ground may be wet or snowy.

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EAGLE CREEK #3

Eagle creek is a 12-14 mi. in and out hike with a spread-out elevation gain of only 1000 ft. There is no snow on this trail. What we will loose in conditioning by elevation gain, we will make-up for with the distance covered. I plan to take us past Tunnel Falls. We’ll stop for lunch just past these falls and then turn around.

BE AWARE that immediately past Tunnel Falls there is a 10-20 yard section of trail that falls off dramatically
on one side. If you have difficulty with such a situation you might seriously consider skipping this hike. Alternatively, you can turn around and not proceed through Tunnel Falls(anyway it’s fairly close to the end). Also, along the way there are a bunch of narrow stream crossings.

Eagle Creek is located off exit 41 on the 84. Follow the signs. There is a fish hatchery nearby. You will need your NW Forest passes to park.

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Wyeth Trail #2

The Wyeth trail is located in the Gorge just west of Mt. Defiance. It is approximately 11-12 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 3700 ft. on the way up. It is not particularly steep and the trail is fairly wide most of the way. If conditions permit, we will lunch at North Lake.

The parking lot is located off the 84 at Exit 51.

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Angel’s rest in the Gorge #1b

Angel’s Rest is generally considered an easy hike. It is 4+ miles round trip with approximately 1300 ft. elevation gain. Very pretty with a stream on the way up and a beautiful overlook of the Columbia at the summit. To get to the summit, however, you do have to do an approximately 8 ft. high scramble over some rocks(easy).

We will be carpooling from the Gateway. Angel’s rest is a relatively short distance from the Gateway and is located off exit 28 as you proceed east along the 84. I’ve scheduled to meet at Gateway at 8 AM because the parking lot at Angel’s Rest fills-up real fast in the Spring(though parking along the road is quite common).

This is the perfect time to begin talking about issues in hiking. For now, I will talk about ESSENTIALS that you MUST take along with you and for that purpose, you must have a backpack. The essentials are:

First aid kits(everyone must carry one; go online for recommendations on what to include)
Sunglasses
Sunscreen(though I only put it on when hiking in extremely exposed trails)
Extra clothing(including gloves and a warm headcovering; even in May, it can get mighty chilly at the higher elevations)
An extra pair of socks( in case we get unpredictably rained on)
Snacks(I’ll talk about food some other time) and lunch for longer hikes
Plenty of water
Something like a Swiss Army knife or at least a plain small knife

and if the worst occurs: matches or a firestarter, a headlamp and/or flashlight and extra food.

Though we will be hiking on well delineated trails that I am familiar with you might consider taking a compass and trail map.

AND OH YES: NO COTTON CLOTHING. I WILL DEFINITELY TURN YOU AROUND AT THE GATEWAY. You might be able to do this hike with trail runners but hiking boots would be preferable.

I’m not placing an upper limit on the number of people that can attend because we can always break down into smaller groups.

Some people wimp out because of rain. Unless there’s a monsoon(and I have experienced some of those in the Gorge), I will not cancel. This is the NW–get over it! And besides some rains really enhance the beauty of the trails. Don’t let the rain deter you from hiking!

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Exploring a New Trail in Forest Park: Cannon Trail

The other day I was driving down to the 30 along Germantown Rd.( for those of new to Portland, it is located in the hills immediately west of the NW industrial area and is close to the St. John’s bridge). At one point I noticed a trail called the Cannon Trail(which, I believe, was designated as a new trail). It had it’s own parking area. I’ve never hiked so far up in Forest Park and do not have any information on this trail. I’d love to explore and do it with you folks.

I propose that we meet in front of the Lucky Lab on NW Quimby at 10 AM to carpool. I will lead the way to the trail in my car and provide all the other drivers with directions.

At the moment the long-term forecast calls for rain with temps. in the mid 40s(imagine that, rain in Portland)
DO NOT WEAR COTTON. I WILL REFUSE YOU TO JOIN US. If you wish, bring an umbrella. I would also recommend boots over trail runner/ running type of shoes. BRING WATER.

I will do my best to get some further info. on it before we meet but none may be available. Does anyone who is very interested in coming have a set of maps of Forest Park? If so, please bring it along with you.

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Oneanta Trail to 2800 ft. elev.

carpool to the Triple Falls Trailhead( just east of Multnomah Falls). There are several waterfalls along the lower part of our destination. Once we pass Triple Falls, we’ll be hiking on the Oneanta Trail and the elevation gain will pick-up. It’s been quite a while since I’ve hiked on the upper part of this trail and I don’t remember much about it. If we’re up to it, we may connect with the Franklin Ridge Trail for about an extra 2/3 mi or so.

Does anyone have an up-to-date guidebook that covers this hike? Could you bring it with you and possibly make a couple of copies of the map?

The drive from Gateway to the Trailhead is simple: proceed east on the 84, off at Exit 35, turn west towards Ainsworth State Park and proceed about 1.5 mi. to Triple Falls TH parking lot. Needless to say, dress warmly. Don’t forget your gloves, extra socks and bring your gaters. Bring snacks, lunch and lots of fluids(including lots of water). And oh yes, treking poles. If you have yak traks, bring those as well.

This will be an in and out hike and the distance, depending on how far we go, will be 10-12 miles.

Let’s hope for acceptable weather.

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Cowlitz River Canoe Trip – Vader to Castle Rock, Washington

This is a fun and mild canoe trip. I did this last summer. There is some nice rive bars and islands to goof around on and a tributary that is fun to paddle back into for lunch which has a hard interesting sandstone bottom. This was a camp area at one time for the Cowlitz Indians.

The trip is about 13 miles in length and takes about 5 hours not including time to goof around and have some packed lunch along the way. Considering the drive which is about 1 hour north of Portland and stopping to rent canoes and gear, it will be a full day. We will need to start early for this.

Logistics:

– We need people that have vehicles that can be used for shuttling and
can carry a canoe or two. Mine can carry two canoes. Please let me
know in your RSVP.
– If you have a canoe that can be used for this, please let me know also.
– Reservations for the canoes are nessesary.

Cost will be posted here later. The more people we have the cheaper.

Let’s see how many are interested and then we can tighten up the details from there. This could be combined with a camping trip, but I think it will likely just be a day event. – Ken

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Tieton River Rafting Trip & Camping

Tieton River Rafting Trip & Camping

Caroline Rose has suggested this rafting and camping trip. It sounds like a lot of fun! Please contact her for arrangements.

Wet Planet is a locally based company that does incredible white water rafting trips around the Pacific Northwest. In September only, they offer a special 15 mile, half-day trip on the Tieton River.

“When most other rivers in the Pacific Northwest have run out of water, the Tieton River provides an excellent ‘season finale’. The yearly release of water from Rim Rock Lake each September turns the Tieton River into a big wave, class III+ roller coaster. With steep gradient and guaranteed water, the Tieton offers non-stop whitewater action from start to finish. Each September, the Wet Planet crew heads to the Tieton River for this incredible late season whitewater event. The typically gorgeous fall weather found on the eastern flanks of the Cascades, ponderosa pine forests, spectacular basalt gorges, and guaranteed high water all combine to create an incredible whitewater experience. The action on the Tieton is fast paced, stopping spots are rare, and the rapids are continuous. Rafting enthusiasts looking for great water levels in the fall won’t want to miss this trip.”

This will be on the weekend of September 22nd + 23rd, as it’s the last weekend they offer this trip. The Tieton River is located 3 hour outside of Portland. We would drive up to the river on Saturday (carpooling can be arranged), camp at their campground Saturday night, whitewater rafting trip on Sunday morning, and drive back to Portland Sunday afternoon.

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in this trip and I will make arrangements with Wet Planet.

The cost is $75 per person [$70 if we have 8 or more / $65 if we have 18 or more] which includes a BBQ lunch and all the equipment you need (wetsuit, booties, life vest, helmet, waterproof jacket etc.) to enjoy this incredible adventure.

Like all event with all events of the Adventure Group ? you are responsible for your own safety and well being. Have fun!

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Lewis River Trail #31

I’ve never been on this trail but over the past several years, I’ve heard a great deal about it. The trail cuts through old growth forest and meanders along the Lewis River. It’s full of spectacular waterfalls that apparently rival Eagle Creek. Apparently, it has mild grades full of ups and downs. A literal visual cornucopia. Overall, the level of difficulty seems to be moderate.

It’s located south of Mt. St. Helens and east of the Swift Reservoir. Driving time should be 1 1/2-2hrs.

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Hike to Soda Peaks Lake in WA

This hike is located at the Southern end of the Gifford Pinchot in WA. It is a steep hike(at least some of the sections) to a beautiful swimmable lake. It’s approximately 8 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 2600 ft.( doesn’t sound like much but take my word for it, it is steep). If you want to swim in the lake, wear your suit or pack it and change in the forest. The water will probably be cold but will feel great after all that perspiring. Take a towel as well.

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Salmon Butte Hike

I just learned that part of the roadway to Salmon Butte was washed away during the winter and is closed. I am therefore changing this event to a trail in Washington.

What I have in mind is one of two possible trails: Bluff Mtn. or Soda Lake. Bluff Mtn. is a 12 mile almost totally exposed trail with beautiful views; Soda Lake is a 7-8 mile steep hike to a beautiful lake that you can swim in if weather permits.

I’ve been to both. Both are wonderful. I just need to get some info. on trail and nearby road conditions and then let you guys choose the trail.

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Hike on the Wyeth Trail to N. Lake

This is an 11.5-12.5 mile rt hike with a 3700+ elevation gain. The trail is fairly wide in many spots with a couple of nice viewpoints on the way up; but the reward is N. Lake, our destination. I find alpine lakes to be quite beautiful. Did I mention that this trail is located on the OR side of the Gorge?

I was there 3-4 wks. ago. There was a fair amount of blowdown but only in about 5 spots was it annoying to get over. As the trail plateaud, there was a 1-2″ layer of snow. Because of the snow, the trail became indiscernible and I never made it to the lake. It was also a bit chilly up there.

How would I rate it? Something inbetween Dog and Hamilton except significantly longer. Not recommended for beginners. Bring lots of snacks, lots of water and a nice lunch. It is a bit high so I would definitely take additional clothing. If you like real chilly water, pack a bathing suit.

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Hike for Beginners to Horsetail Falls

Originally, in an email to the membersip, I asked if those staying in town for the holiday weekend would be interested in doing the Wyeth trail to North Lake on 5/28. Out of the 3 that responded, 2 indicated they were looking for a beginner’s hike. The Wyeth Trail is not exactly a beginner’s hike. Therefore, instead, we’ll do Horsetail. It is about 4-5 miles long with an approximate elevation gain of 500 ft. A very nice trail to a beautiful waterfall on the Oregon side of the Gorge.

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