Tech Tip: Modify laptop power settings for longer battery life

By Nathan Vidal,

Tech Tip Save Battery

Laptop Battery SettingsGone are the days of the domination of desktop computers as laptop and mobile computing has become more popular than their predecessor. One of the main advantages of a laptop is that you can use it on the go and it’s battery life determines how long this convenience can last without needing an external power source. Fortunately you can tweak your laptop’s power settings to conserve your battery. This tip shows you how to change power settings in Windows 7 but the process is similar for other versions of Windows.

  1. Battery IconClick the battery icon in the taskbar and click on  More power options . Alternatively, click on the Start button then click on the Control Panel. You can find Power Options in the Systems and Security or Hardware and Sound section of the Control Panel.
  2. In the Power Options window  click on Change Plan Settings to modify your power settings.
  3. In the Edit Plan Settings window you can modify settings for when your laptop is on battery power and when it is plugged in. The lower your display brightness and power saving settings the longer your battery life will be. Set these settings to the lowest levels you are comfortable with  on battery to maximize the amount of time you can use your laptop without it being plugged in.

 

 

SeizerStyle Designs Newsletter: September 2014

By Nathan Vidal,

September Newsletter v.2014.09

The last quarter of the year is when many businesses want to finish the calendar year strong and get ready for the holiday season. SeizerStyle Designs is no exception and we want to help other small businesses promote their products and services effectively.  Preparing in advance is key to getting your business in the minds of customers, not only for the end of the year, but also well into the new year. Our calendar offerings, website design services and digital marketing strategies can help you get the most of the this opportune time of year.

Calendars Galore

Order 2015 Calendars EarlyWhat better way to finish the calendar year strong than with your own customized clendar? As customary, SeizerStyle Designs creates a variety of calendars that are free to download and use. We also design personalized calendars for individuals and businesses.

  • Want a special anniversary calendar?
  • Want to capture your child’s precious childhood moments in something more than a photo?
  • Want to promote your business in a graphic that is useful for the entire year?

Whatever the case may be we can help. Although most of our digital calendars are single page designs we also design calendars using one page per month, or any combination you would like. The choice is yours.

SeizerStyle Designs In My Circle 2015 Calendar Hustle Forever Calendar 2015: Red Lion Isle Cloud 2015 Calendar

What does your content say about your business?

Add ContentYour website is the online voice of your business. It is where people go voluntarily to find out more about your products and services or your business in general. Is your website portraying the right image about your business or is it outdated? There are quite a few ways that you can make your website content appropriate to your business:

  • Use the right tone for your type of business and your business personality
  • Keep your content updated and relevant
  • Integrate your website with your social networks
  • Encourage people to visit your site and use it as a marketing tool for your company

Your website has a better chance of attracting visitors if you provide content that your target audience would be interested in. Relevant content also helps your rankings with search engines so people will find your website easier through popular search engines like Google and Bing. Websites with good content are also more likely to be shared and word of mouth marketing is an important tool in gaining new customers.

We help you promote your business

Social MediaWe design both traditional and digital marketing material for individuals and businesses. We design posters, brochures, business cards and other printed promotional material for traditional marketing campaigns and distribution.

Multimedia is becoming increasingly more important to appeal to customers who are stimulated by sights and sounds rather than simply written words. Social networks have also become some of the most popular media for consumers and represent a market that should not be ignored. We can help you to create exactly the right visual to appeal to the specific audience which you would like to target. Feel free to contact us to explore your marketing opportunities.

 

 

Ponder Pocket website

By Nathan Vidal,

Ponder Pocket

Design of the week (September 28 – October 4, 2014)

Ponder Pocket website

 

Ponder Pocket is a website designed for sharing thoughts and expressing yourself in a safe environment. The website allows you to join the community by registering or contribute anonymously right away. You can post a confession, poem, article, quote or random thought. You can also share your bucket list. The strength of this website lies in its ability to operate as an isolated social network where users can contribute the actual content.

 

Design type: Website

Client: Ponder Pocket
Designer: Nathan Vidal

Tech Tip: VLC media player plays various video formats

By Nathan Vidal,

VLC Media PlayerWhen it comes to playing videos on your computer VLC media player is a popular option due to its wide support for various video formats out of the box. Unlike other media players, including those that come bundled with your computer,  it can play most common digital video formats without the need to download additional video codecs. This makes it a great video player for those who just want to start watching the video without having to worry about configurations and third party software.

VLC is open source so it is free to use and its simplistic interface also makes it easy to use. The VLC media player is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and can be downloaded here.

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Isle Cloud 2015 DRWH Calendar

By Nathan Vidal,

Design of the week (September 21 – 27, 2014)

Isle Cloud 2015 DRWH Calendar

The Isle Cloud DRWH Calendar is a high contrast calendar featuring bright text on a dark background. This drives attention to the content of the calendar with colours that match the Isle Cloud logo. This is another example of simplistic design that says volumes without many distracting elements. Look out for the Isle Cloud brand in 2015.

Design type: Calendar

Client: Isle Cloud Web Hosting

Designer: Nathan Vidal

Tech Tip: Hide paragraph marks and formatting symbols in Word

By Nathan Vidal,

Hide Paragraph Marks

Have you ever seen a Word document containing strange distracting symbols that do not disappear no matter what you try? If you have experienced this then Word is probably showing paragraph marks and other normally hidden formatting symbols. Don’t worry though, these marks can be hidden so that your document displays normally.

Paragraph Marks Screenshot 1

You can toggle whether paragraph marks are shown by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 8 or clicking on the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph group of the Home tab in the ribbon. If you do any of these unintentionally the paragraph marks and hidden symbols may become visible when you don’t want them to be shown. Simply repeat the step to hide them again.

 

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Hustle Forever 2015 Calendar: Red Lion

By Nathan Vidal,

Hustle Forever 2015 : Red Lion Calendar

Design of the week (September 14 – 20, 2014)

Hustle Forever 2015 Calendar: Red Lion

Single page Hustle Forever 2015 Calendar: Red Lion

This single page calendar promotes the Hustle Forever brand and features a simple but powerful design. The Hustle Forever logo is prominently placed in the top left of the calendar with a red lion design placed in the top right corner. The entire header of the calendar symbolizes boldness, strength and perseverance which are the qualities that the Hustle Forever brand stands for. The calendar itself uses red text on a white background with month labels highlighted by a bevelled khaki bar. Local holidays were intentionally omitted from this calendar since it is targetted at a global audience.

Design type: Calendar

Client: SeizerStyle Designs

Designer: Nathan Vidal

Client websites updated to WordPress 4.0

By Nathan Vidal,

WordPress 4.0

WordPress 4.0All of our client websites that utilize WordPress have been updated to version 4.0 of the content management system. This latest version of WordPress, codenamed “Benny”, boasts of a more convenient writing experience, better media  gallery management and improved plugin management. You can find all the changes made by this version of WordPress on the WordPress 4.0 release page.

All client websites have been tested with this new release and over the past week there have been no noticeable problems caused by the update. If you would like to know how a content management system such as WordPress can help your business feel free to comment or contact us.

Tech Tip: Follow topics of interest with Google Alerts

By Nathan Vidal,

Google Alerts TEch Tip

Google AlertsYour time is precious and it is difficult to follow all the topics that interest you with so much information available on the web. Google Alerts can help you by sending email alerts when information  about the topics you choose become available. Think of it as your own personal assistant doing Google searches for you and emailing relevant results to you so that you do not have to waste time doing the searches yourself.

You can get email notifications any time that Google finds new results on a topic you’re interested in. For example, you could get updates about a product you like, find out when people post content about you on the web, or keep up with news stories. – How Google Alerts Work

You use Google Alerts the same way you use a normal search engine by entering a search term. You then enter your email address so that results will be emailed to you. By clicking on the Show options link you can configure the frequency of these emails, limit the sources of information, choose language and region, and choose whether you want to receive all results or only the best ones. Finally, simply wait for the alerts to start coming to your email in accordance to the options you set.

SeizerStyle Designs Calendar 2015 – In My Circle

By Nathan Vidal,

Calendar 2015 - In My Circle

Design of the week (September 7 – 13, 2014)

SeizerStyle Designs Calendar - In My Circle

Single page calendar design (8.5″ x 11″ landscape)

Design type: Calendar

Client: SeizerStyle Designs

Designer: Nathan Vidal

The first design in our series of 2015 calendars is the SeizerStyle Designs “In My Circle” single page calendar. This calendar fits on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper with a landscape orientation. It’s simple design makes it easy to read with a backdrop of SeizerStyle Designs branding adding flavour to the calendar. At the top of the calendar is a list of the public holidays in Dominica for the year 2015 and icons for the social media  sites where you can find SeizerStyle Designs.