Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Facebook Addiction: The Life & Times of Social Networking Addicts Book Review

Facebook Addiction: The Life & Times
of Social Networking Addicts
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On my Kindle for iPhone, I entered the search words, "Facebook addiction." I certainly wasn't expecting to find a book called "Facebook Addiction." And the book is written so simply and honestly that I read it in a few hours. I commend pioneers--honest people--like Nnamdi Osuagwu, whose writing will perhaps save more peoples' offline lives (in more ways than one). As a result of reading his book, I posted the following blog on [...]:

I'm Paul Aaron, and I'm a social networking addict. And instead of getting on Face-book first thing this morning, I'm grateful that I downloaded N. G. Osugwu's book, Facebook Addiction: The Life and Times of Social Networking Addicts. It was available through the Amazon Kindle application for iPhone.

I first created my Face-book account shortly before admitting defeat again to drug abuse. I went to a rehab, stayed in touch with many of the people I met there, and continue to have a strong support group in Narcotics Anonymous. I've been clean from drugs for almost six months now. I have not been clean, however, from the drug that has taken over my life in place of the drugs I was taking before: SNEAKING. My Face-book addiction was not out of control at first, but--like other types of addictions--was insidious and got worse over time. At the peak of my SNEAKING, I was ignoring phone calls; ignoring my partner of ten years; having Face-book-chat-sex; posting new profile pictures--on average--every twelve hours; feeling guilty and unfulfilled after a morning or night of SNEAKING--it was as if I could never get enough; making myself unavailable to the people I serve at work because I was continually on Face book via iPhone application; obsessing over what my next status update would entail; obsessing over what shocking thing or image or video I could post next, the primary goal being to get the most "comments" in return; deleting any status update or picture or link that did not get an immediate responses from my "friend" pool; and going to bed every night and waking up every morning with Face book.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do now. I know that something needs to be done. I've only gone on Face book once today, but it was enough to set the wheels turning. It's all I think about; it's all I day dream about; it's all I dream about, period, anymore, and that frightens me. I'm not opposed to deleting my account completely. People with predispositions to addiction of any sort seem better off when they give up the drug completely.

Like a narcotic, Face-book allowed me to be in a constant trance, disconnected from everyday reality. I really think my love affair with it has ended, but I've grown as a result, and I'm just glad I didn't lose anyone or hurt anyone--too badly--as a result of my active addiction.

Thank you all for your support.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year 2013
Happy New Year 2013
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year
Open a new book today.
Forget all your worries and welcome 2013!
A new year has come with
New Expectations,
New Opportunities,
New Challenges,
and a whole new way of delighting people related with you

Have a happy life ahead!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mayan Doomsday Prophecies: A Hoax

Mayan Prophecy (Image via Social Network Asia)
21.12.2012 MAYAN PROPHECIES A HOAX !!! Though the Mayans were very advanced and made solid astronomical observations, there was never any doomsday prophecy made. This has been confirmed by genuine Mayan scholars. The Mayan calendar (like all calendars) had to end somewhere. Not only does it end, but it begins again in a new cycle, just as your calendar ends on December 31 and begins again on January 1.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium Mac Review

Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium
Mac (Image via Amazon aStore)
If you're serious about production and design for the web, then the Adobe products are pretty much where you can expect to spend your life. Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium is a good balance of capabilities for the price, including Dreamweaver, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Flash, InDesign and more. Thanks to Amazon's absolutely fantastic pricing, I was able to get off the month-by-month rental Adobe offers, and take ownership of my own copy.

The software is quite large and needs a fairly heavy-duty machine to work best. My 27" iMac with a 3.4Ghz quad-core i7 processor, 1TB solid-state drive and 16GB of memory is blindingly fast with most apps, but only "okay" with some of the more complex PhotoShop filters. Some of the blur and sharpen algorithms can take 15-20 seconds on my system. I do a lot of serious photography, and driving my Epson R3000 with PhotoShop seems to produce (very) slightly better looking prints than any other app I've used, including older versions of PhotoShop - I guess this makes all the resources worth it.

I tend to use PhotoShop and Dreamweaver more than the other apps, and the CS6 upgrade was a major difference for me and definitely worth the upgrade from CS5. I admit to having a bit of a "love/hate" relationship with PhotoShop - I know what it can do, but I tend to spend way too much time searching for just the right tool and outcome I want. No different from previous versions of PhotoShop, for all the power of these products, Adobe certainly could use a few lessons in user-experience design.

There's a whole community of add-on apps for PhotoShop, and I'm happy to report that most of the ones I tried, especially the Nik Software ones, worked flawlessly with CS6. To me, this would have been a deal-breaker, so I'm glad things just seemed to work.

To be clear, while these are some of the industry's most powerful apps for web design, they aren't really best for the casual user. It can take months to master each of the capabilities in this suite, and unless you're willing to put in the time, you'll probably find yourself overwhelmed. Adobe has a very good trial program where you can try before you buy - definitely take advantage of it if you're not sure what you're getting into.

Still, with the right commitment, the rewards can be stunning, world-class web sites, beautiful photographs, compelling documents and so forth...

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