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How to print a document in book format with Adobe Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Pro and a standard printer.

The following tutorial shows you how to print a book that is half the size of a sheet of paper in length and will print on both sides of the paper. Note: You will need a book stapler to bind them together. However, you could sew them together from the center if the book is not too thick. Step 1. Open up your .pdf document. Step 2. Print the document to a new .pdf file. Choose the following settings… Printer = Adobe PDF Pages to print = All Page Sizing & Handling = Booklet Leave the rest at default and save the new .pdf (suggested name could be “my new book in print format”) file to your desktop or somewhere where you will find it. Step 3. Open your newly saved file. You will notice there are 2 pages per each page and that they are now turned sideways. Step 4. Check your front and back cover! Note: If you do not care about a back cover skip this step and go to step 5. Select File-Print and Size under Page Sizing & Handling. Now look in the preview area to check and see if your book displays the front and back cover on the first page of the new document. If both are there, go to step 5. If not, press cancel and insert a blank page so that both are on page 1. Note: To create a blank page file to insert, simply create a new word document and print to a pdf file. Check to make sure both front and back covers are on page 1 and then proceed to step 5. Step 5. Print all the front side pages. Choose the following settings… Printer = Your injet or laser jet printer you will be using Pages to print = All More options = Odd pages only Page Sizing & Handling = Size Leave the rest default Step 6. Take the printed front side papers out of the printer the same way it came out. Put it back in the feed tray without flipping it over or turning it around. Step 7. Print all the backside pages. Choose the following settings… Printer = Your injet or laser jet printer you will be using Pages to print = All More options = Even pages only and select Reverse pages Page Sizing & Handling = Size Leave the rest default (read more...)

SD card problems on Android phones, how to test them, and recover files using your computer when everything else fails

This article applies to the following situations: SD card can’t be formatted or mounted SD card is listed as "blank" when inserted in phone SD card does not display when connecting phone to computer SD card does not display in My Computer when connected directly SD card shows data but cannot be accessed or shows errors A week ago, I noticed my phone was acting up when I tried to update data on my SD card through one of my apps that was stored on that card. I kept seeing a message “can’t save to card” but then tried again and it was able to save the changes. It was at that time I should have backed up everything on my computer while I still had the chance but never did. Then a few days ago, I tried to access the card and through extensive troubleshooting (spending two whole days), I have discovered that the card is defective and all the data is permanently inaccessible. If you are experiencing problems accessing your SD card, you may still be able to retrieve all your files if the card is not defective. The only way to know for sure, is to try and repair the card and then run some tests if the recovery fails. This article will explain everything there is to know and what you’re options are. These instructions apply to Windows Vista, 7, or 8. Directions may vary for earlier versions of windows. Follow the below troubleshooting steps in the order listed… 1. Connect your phone to your computer. Does the card show up or just the phone’s internal files? If the card doesn’t show, go to step 2. 2. Turn the phone off and take out your SD card. Be sure not to touch the metal contacts on the underside and this can possibly make the card unreadable. 3. Place your card in your computer’s SD slot using an adapter if necessary. If using an adapter, be sure the little white slider tab is in the “unlocked” position. If you do not have an SD slot on the computer, you will need to purchase a USB card reader and then connect to the computer’s USB port. 4. Look in “This PC” or “My Computer” for the SD card. If the card has no issues, you will be able to see the device with the amount of data it contains. In my case, I am using a card reader and know that the SD card slot is drive letter L. If the card was readable it would have information listed like Local Disk (C:). My card is not showing it is inserted into drive L. If yours does not display, follow step 6. If it does display, follow step 5. 5. If your card displays in “This PC” or “My Computer” but you have trouble when you try to opening it, try to repair the card using the “chkdsk” command along with “/f” for fix. To open up the command line, click start and in the search box type “cmd.” Once the dialog box opens, type “chkdsk (your drive letter with a colon) and then /f” as shown below… In my case, the drive letter is “L:” for my SD card. Press enter after typing in your command. If everything is running properly, you should see something like this after the scan. As in my case, the chkdsk function will not work because the disk is in RAW (unallocated) format. 6. The first and most simple solution after attempting chkdsk or if your card does not display in “My Computer” is to download and install a third party recovery software. If you have already tried recovery software, proceed to step 9. If you have not tried recovery software, I highly recommend “EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.” I have used “EaseUS” in the past to recover critical lost files on my computer. To download the software, go to The following step walks you through using the “Data Recovery Wizard.” 7. Once the Data Recovery Wizard is open, select the type of files you would like to recover. I recommend keeping the default settings. 8. See if your card is listed. Look under “Hard Drives.” If there is nothing listed there, look under “Lost disk drives.” In my case, my card was listed under lost disk drives. I know it was my card because it said 14.63 GB for the file size. Select the lost drive and click “scan.” If you’re card has recoverable data, the results screen will display those files and the result file should look something like this. In my case, the card displayed 0.00 KB. Which means something else is wrong. If there is no recovered data at this point, proceed to step 9. Notice the results show that the lost partition has (RAW) next to the name. This means the disk is unallocated. 9. Look for your SD in the “Computer Management Console.” To open up the console, click on start, right click on “This PC” or “My Computer”, and click “Manage.” 10. Once the Computer Management window is open, click on “Disk Management” under “storage.” Look at all the drives listed. Your SD card will display here even if it didn’t display in “My Computer.” Notice my SD card showed up under Disk 3 and is marked as “Unallocated.” I know this is my card because of the file size. Also notice under “Disk 3” in the left hand column it says “Removable (L:).” This confirms that the drive letter of my SD card is L. Because my drive is “unallocated”, the disk needs to be cleaned and re-partitioned in a small windows utility called “Diskpart.” If your disk is listed and shows as “Healthy” you can format from within the Computer Management window. If not (as in my case it shows “unallocated”), follow step 11. To format a healthy disk from within the Computer Management window, right click your disk number and click format. Click “yes” when prompted that all data will be lost. Above 2 photos courtesy of sandisk. Reference article If you were successful in formatting your disk in the Computer Management window, proceed to trying to recover your data using a third party recovery program (such as EaseUS). 11. Open up the “Diskpart” utility in windows. Click on start and then type “diskpart” in the search box and press enter. 12. Once you press enter, windows will ask permission to open. Click “yes.” When the program first opens, it will take a little while to load. Wait for the DISKPART > to display in the window. 13. Once DISKPART > is displayed, type “list disk” (without the “). Notice my SD card is listed under “Disk 3” as it is 14 GB (the same disk number listed in the Computer Management window). It also shows 14 GB as free but we know there is data on it. 14. Type “select disk” (without the “) and your disk number. In my case I would type “select disk 3.” Once you select your disk number, everything typed past this point will be performed on that disk number only. 15. We will now prepare the disk to be formatted starting with the “clean” command. Type the word “clean” (without the *) and press enter. This will clean everything off the disk. As you can see, the clean command was unsuccessful for my SD card. If it was successful, I could have gone to the partition command then formatted the card. If your card throws an error, proceed to step 18. If you are successful, you will see the following message and can proceed to step 16. 16. Partition the drive so it can be formatted. Type “create partition primary” and press enter. If you were able to successfully clean the disk, this step should work too. 17. Format your disk so it can be ready to use. Type “format fs= fat32 quick” press enter. Type “active” press enter. Type “assign” press enter. Type “exit” press enter. Type “exit” press enter. See below picture: Once you successfully format steps 12 through 17, you should be able to access your disk and see it listed in “This PC” or “My Computer”. You can try your recovery software (such as EaseUS) to try and recover your files at this point. At the very least, you will be able to use the card again even if all the data is permanently deleted. 18. If DiskPart did not fix your problem, try doing a surface test on your SD card using a third party software. In this demonstration, I am using a program called “Testdisk.” It is a freeware program that can be downloaded at Download this software and follow the next step. 19. Once your Testdisk software has been downloaded, unzip the entire folder to your programs folder or your root C: drive. Double click testdisk_win.exe from within the unzipped folder. When the program starts, it will ask if you would like to create a log file. Leave “Create” highlighted and press enter. Wait for the program to create the file. 20. After the log file is created, a list of available drives will display. Select the item identified as your SD card and press enter. As you can see, my SD card is listed twice. Once under Disk/dev/sdd - 15 GB/14 G1B and again under Drive L: - 15 GB/ 14G1B. In this instance, I selected the first listing. 21. Select “Intel” and press enter. 22. Select “Analyze” and press enter. Wait for the program to process and see what the results show. If the disk has a chance of being repaired, it will be repaired from within this program and you can proceed to try and recover your files from within your third party data recovery software. In my case, I received a “read error” message. After pressing enter, and enter again for “deeper search”, I got “No partition found or selected for recovery.” Upon checking my log from within the Test Disk log file, the following message appeared “The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.” Whatever caused the program to fail, you need to look at the log and read the error message then research what that message means then search for a solution to correct the error. When an error does occur however, in many cases it is an I/O device error. I strongly recommend trying all the steps listed in an article called “I/O Device Error” which can be found here If you are able to successfully correct the error, try running Testdisk again. If it still comes up with an error and there is no solution, chances are the card is defective and data cannot be recovered. One last thing you can try is to clean the contacts on the card itself. You can use a soft pencil eraser or purchase some contact cleaner spray at your local electronics store. Cleaning the contacts did not work on my card but it could be a solution for your card. In conclusion, SD cards are very delicate and can become damaged easier than most would think. Always synchronize your data to the cloud and or do a monthly back up to your computer to prevent data loss. If you have an Android phone, you more than likely had to set up a google account in order to use it. To properly set up synchronization, go to Google and search “backup google plus images” or “backup google drive images.” After setting up synchronization. Take a couple of pictures on your phone then sign into your google account from your computer and check to see if they are there. (read more...)

How to convert text to mp3's for free

If you are an avid Ebook reader, chances are, you have a lot of books stored on your computer but not enough time to read them. There is an easy way to convert your books to mp3 format so you can listen on the go using your portable devices 100 percent free without too much trouble. Here are the steps to convert your books to mp3 format... 1. Go to and download two programs.  Lame Front End and Spesoft Free Text to Mp3 Speaker. Install Lame Front End first then install Spesoft Free Text to Mp3 Speaker. 2. Open up your pdf, word document, email, or text file you want to convert and select all the text. Select "copy" from the edit menu. 3. Open up Spesoft Free Text to Mp3 Speaker and paste the text. 4. Select the voice you want to narrate the text. You can choose an American male or female voice or a British male voice. Enter a title and author and then from the drop down box of output format, select mp3. 5. Click the button "record and create audio file." You will be prompted to select a folder to save it to. Wait for the program to convert your text (it will take a while). Note: If for some reason you get a prompt telling you the program needs to find "Lame.exe" to encode your file, select "browse" and open up your programs (x86) folder, then open up the pazera-software folder, and then the Lame Front End folder. Lame.exe is located in that folder. 6. Once the file is converted, transfer to your mobile device for on the go listening. A final note on text formats. If you have books in kindle or mobi format and want to convert those to mp3's, you will need to first convert the file to another format. There is a great program out there called Hamster Free Ebook Converter that can be used to convert them to pdf or text format.  This software can be downloaded from or from Hamstersoft's website. Once converted, you can then copy and paste them as normal in the Spesoft Free Text to Mp3 Speaker. If you have problems using the software, you can go to the Spesoft website for support and more detailed information. Have fun listening to your books on the go :) (read more...)

Be careful when downloading from trusted websites

Recently, my computer became infected with malware when I downloaded a free video conversion program from Cnet (also known as Cnet has been around for years and even had (or still have) their own show on cable. When I downloaded this software, it required using the Cnet downloader. Shortly after installation, I started getting pop ups on my web browser's home page, periodically on searches, and in my Facebook newsfeed. At this point, I realized I had some kind of malware and figured it was from the video conversion program. I uninstalled it and still had the same problem. I went to Add/Remove programs and found a program called "coupon companion" which was never there before. When I tried to uninstall it, it installed another program called "basic seek." It didn't give me the opportunity to refuse the installation. I currently have AVG and Iobit Advanced System Care (both are really good programs). After scanning, AVG found 2 items and put them in Quarantene. After running all the diagnostics, I still had problems with pop ups on my web browser which told me the problem had not been taken care of. I searched running processes, running applications, and still could not find the problem. I searched on google hoping to find an answer and came across my savior! It is a program called Spybot - Search and Destroy. I downloaded the program direct from their website ( I then did a full computer scan and it found 59 problems. There were 5 main programs causing the problem. The culprits were "selection links", "MTC.MakeMeSearch.Com", "Yontoo.PageRange", "Widgi.Toolbar", and "Burstmedia." I selected to repair, restarted my browser, and still found pop ups. At this stage, I was determined to follow up all the way and researched each one of these programs on google. It turns out that "selection links" and "Yontoo.PageRange (actually called Yontoo)" were installed toolbars on my computer. Selection links is a mozilla add on and Yontoo is part of Yahoo. I had to go into my browser and disable the extension/add-ons then I had to remove the actual programs. After uninstalling selection links and Yontoo, I fired up my browser one last time and presto! no popups!! There is another issue I wanted to share, when using Spybot - Search & Destroy, be careful when choosing for it to run at bootup if you have other diagnostic tools. Because I have an Antivirus program and a computer repair program, it was in conflict and wouldn't allow windows to finish loading. I had to restart in safe mode, select start, typed "run" in the search box, then typed msconfig to bring up the startup settings. I deselected Spybot and windows started just fine. Spybot was still in the system tray protecting the computer even after deselecting it at startup. In summary, if you do download a program, watch all the messages on your screen and decline extra software installations. If you do end up with malware, I highly recommend Spybot. It may have not fixed everything but it sure pointed me in the right direction. There is great article I found on the Cnet downloader and coupon companion. I definately recommend you give it a read... If you can find a way to download your desired program without using a download client and you can trust the source, I recommend doing it directly. Thanks for reading :) (read more...)

Gain exposure for your business by posting comments on other websites

Just about any topic you can think of has some sort of web presence. One of the quickest ways to gain exposure for your business is to visit other websites or webpages that have related content and leave a comment. Here are four great places to start... If you are a reseller, chances are Youtube has a video from your manufacturer showing products that you sell. You can add a comment letting people know you have that item for sale. Maybe there is a good "how to" video and you offer similar training on your website. Note that Youtube only allows people with user accounts to comment. You should create a Youtube home page telling people about yourself and add links to all your websites and a couple of videos about your business if they should decide to click on your user ID prior to doing your comments. The possibilities are endless. I know this sounds crazy, but Amazon is really a great place to do some marketing. You may be looking at a "how to" book on some topic and have written one of your own. You can write reviews about products and people can rate your review. The better the ratings, the more people will be inclined to look you up. You can add your website address to your public profile on your Amazon account. There is also a discussion board, you could start or participate in a customer community, make a favorites list using listmania, or you could write a "So you'd like to.." guide. You can earn badges that can move you up in rank when people are searching for topics. For more information on these opportunities, please see Amazon's Community page. Ehow is a large "how to" website that covers just about any topic you could imagine. Ehow uses Facebook for their comments section. Create a Facebook page for your business and comment using the Facebook business ID. If people like your comment, they will look at your Facebook page then in turn will visit your website. Use Facebook (this goes without saying). Create a Facebook page for your business. Get more exposure than just using your friend's list. Visit other public Facebook business pages and leave comments using your Facebook business ID. Each one of these websites offer so much more than just adding comments. I will dive into the features of each one in future posts. In the meantime, do a search on Google for websites similar to yours and start adding comments. Just remember, the more informative your comments are, the better chance you will have for someone to check out your site. (read more...)

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