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Lifehack Deals: Win The Mac SuperBundle!

Lifehack Deals: Win The Mac SuperBundle!


    Looking to power up your Mac — and to do it for free?

    Well, Lifehack Deals has another great giveaway lined up for you — as in we’re giving 1 lucky winner The Mac SuperBundle!

    The apps in this bundle can help you in a wide variety of activities, from converting and managing digital media with Roxio Toast to searching for files more efficiently and effectively with Houdah Tembo to keeping track of your home inventory easily with Compartments.

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    All 9 apps would normally retail for $453 on their own!

    Here’s what’s in this latest Lifehack Deals giveaway:

    1. Roxio Toast 11 Titanium

    Completely redesigned from the ground up, the best-selling Roxio Toast 11 Titanium features a new user interface that’s up-to-date, innovative and intuitive! With newly refined workflows, built-in video tutorials and much more, Toast 11 is the ultimate digital media toolkit for newcomers and experienced users alike. From capturing audio and video to converting media to copying, sharing, burning and more, Roxio Toast 11 quickly and easily gets you the media you love…wherever you want it! Regular price: $100

    2. RapidWeaver 5

    RapidWeaver 5 gives you the easiest yet most powerful tools available to create stunning websites on your Mac! With Code-Free creation, 11 built-in page types, 45 flexible design themes, including 6 new themes from world-renowned designers and built-in support for FTP & SFTPuploads, you’ll be creating and publishing an incredible website in no time at all. Whatever your website needs, a slideshow, company site or personal blog, RapidWeaver 5 lives up to its name – fast, fun and complete! Regular price: $80

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    3. Panorama Maker 5 Pro

    Whether you’ve got landscape or city skyline digital photos or nature or vacation experiences on video, Panorama Maker 5 Pro offers a simple and easy way to turn your photos and videos to amazing panorama masterpieces. With a complete set of auto stitching tools, five different stitch modes, powerful media file management, photo editing and a built-in online print service; Panorama Maker 5 lets you produce stunning panoramas photos just like a pro! Regular price: $80

    4. Disk Drill Pro

    Designed by Mac users for Mac users, Disk Drill PRO is the way to recover important lost data in almost any situation. With patented technology that deep scans your hard drive; Disk Drill PROfinds files you thought were gone forever. Disk Drill PRO is the data protection and recovery app you need to protect your music, photos, import files, presentations and more. Offering Quick Scan & Recovery of HFS/HFS+, FAT and NTFS and Deep Scan & Recovery for any or no file systems, Disk Drill PRO is the perfect investment in your data’s safe and secure future. Regular price: $89

    5. Hallmark Card Studio

    Great for all occasions including birthdays, holidays, weddings – or just to say hello. You also get 10,000+ clip art images to complement your cards and projects. Hallmark Card Studio for Mac makes selecting photos for cards and projects easy. And, there’s no better way to personalize than by importing your own photos from iPhoto or an iSight camera. Regular price: $40

    6. Houdah Tembo

    Make finding files as easy as possible with Houdah Tembo – the efficient search tool that’s based on the Spotlight engine! Get search results grouped by categories and then drill-down for real search power – up to 2500 search results within each group! Context filters, including subject, sender and recipient, help you refine your results. With Tembo you’ll get more than just a file search tool – it even works as an extension to Apple Mail to locate messages or to Safari to search browsing history, bookmarks and more. Regular price: $15

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    7. Musicbox

    It’s easy to download songs from your favorite music websites with Musicbox! Just paste or drag a URL with an audio or video player onto Musicbox for fast download and conversion into a native mp3 format that can be imported into your iTunes library. With Musicbox you can listen to your favorite web audio on your iPod, Mac or iPhone — anytime and anywhere! Regular price: $15

    8. Font Explosion 500 Volume 1

    Font Explosion includes five hundred 100% royalty-free, sensational TrueType® fonts for home, school and office. Each font is fully-scalable to any point size and easily integrates with your favorite applications like Microsoft Word, Pages, Keynote, Adobe® Photoshop® and more. With each font family fully compatible with all popular inkjet and laser printers, the Mac SuperBundle Font Explosion software makes print jobs a breeze! Regular price: $20

    9. Compartments

    Compartments is fast and effective home inventory app for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. Its beautifully laid out user interface ensures that you don’t have to spend hours entering your home inventory information. Access every category with keyboard shortcuts, enter dozens of your personal items in seconds with the Quick Add feature or select multiple items and tag them with Quick Apply, plus add photos and generate PDF reports. With Compartments you can even keep family members up-to-date with automatic data syncing via a free DropBox or MobileMe iDisk folder. Keep your valuables organized and protected with the easiest to use home inventory software available today. Regular price: $15

    How to Win

    The contest ends on April 30th at 11:59PM PST, after which we will select the lucky winner (The winner will be notified directly). To check out all of the official rules and regulations, head over to this page.

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    Once you’re done that, go here and enter and give yourself a chance to win a bundle that will stack your Mac!

    Best of luck!

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    Last Updated on August 20, 2019

    Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

    Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

    Most of the skills I use to make a living are skills I’ve learned on my own: Web design, desktop publishing, marketing, personal productivity skills, even teaching! And most of what I know about science, politics, computers, art, guitar-playing, world history, writing, and a dozen other topics, I’ve picked up outside of any formal education.

    This is not to toot my own horn at all; if you stop to think about it, much of what you know how to do you’ve picked up on your own. But we rarely think about the process of becoming self-taught. This is too bad, because often, we shy away from things we don’t know how to do without stopping to think about how we might learn it — in many cases, fairly easily.

    The way you approach the world around you dictates to a great degree whether you will find learning something new easy or hard. Learning comes easily to people who have developed:

    Curiosity

    Being curious means you look forward to learning new things and are troubled by gaps in your understanding of the world. New words and ideas are received as challenges and the work of understanding them is embraced.

    People who lack curiosity see learning new things as a chore — or worse, as beyond their capacities.

    Patience

    Depending on the complexity of a topic, learning something new can take a long time. And it’s bound to be frustrating as you grapple with new terminologies, new models, and apparently irrelevant information.

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    When you are learning something by yourself, there is nobody to control the flow of information, to make sure you move from basic knowledge to intermediate and finally advanced concepts.

    Patience with your topic, and more importantly with yourself is crucial — there’s no field of knowledge that someone in the world hasn’t managed to learn, starting from exactly where you are.

    A Feeling for Connectedness

    This is the hardest talent to cultivate, and is where most people flounder when approaching a new topic.

    A new body of knowledge is always easiest to learn if you can figure out the way it connects to what you already know. For years, I struggled with calculus in college until one day, my chemistry professor demonstrated how to do half-life calculations using integrals. From then on, calculus came much easier, because I had made a connection between a concept I understood well (the chemistry of half-lifes) and a field I had always struggled in (higher maths).

    The more you look for and pay attention to the connections between different fields, the more readily your mind will be able to latch onto new concepts.

    With a learning attitude in place, working your way into a new topic is simply a matter of research, practice, networking, and scheduling:

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    1. Research

    Of course, the most important step in learning something new is actually finding out stuff about it. I tend to go through three distinct phases when I’m teaching myself a new topic:

    Learning the Basics

    Start as all things start today: Google it! Somehow people managed to learn before Google ( I learned HTML when Altavista was the best we got!) but nowadays a well-formed search on Google will get you a wealth of information on any topic in seconds.

    Surfing Wikipedia articles is a great way to get a basic grounding in a new field, too — and usually the Wikipedia entry for your search term will be on the first page of your Google search.

    What I look for is basic information and then the work of experts — blogs by researchers in a field, forums about a topic, organizational websites, magazines. I subscribe to a bunch of RSS feeds to keep up with new material as it’s posted, I print out articles to read in-depth later, and I look for the names of top authors or top books in the field.

    Hitting the Books

    Once I have a good outline of a field of knowledge, I hit the library. I look up the key names and titles I came across online, and then scan the shelves around those titles for other books that look interesting.

    Then, I go to the children’s section of the library and look up the same call numbers — a good overview for teens is probably going to be clearer, more concise, and more geared towards learning than many adult books.

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    Long-Term Reference

    While I’m reading my stack of books from the library, I start keeping my eyes out for books I will want to give a permanent place on my shelves. I check online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, but also search thrift stores, used bookstores, library book sales, garage sales, wherever I happen to find myself in the presence of books.

    My goal is a collection of reference manuals and top books that I will come back to either to answer thorny questions or to refresh my knowledge as I put new skills into practice. And to do this cheaply and quickly.

    2. Practice

    Putting new knowledges into practice helps us develop better understandings now and remember more later. Although a lot of books offer exercises and self-tests, I prefer to jump right in and build something: a website, an essay, a desk, whatever.

    A great way to put any new body of knowledge into action is to start a blog on it — put it out there for the world to see and comment on.

    Just don’t lock your learning up in your head where nobody ever sees how much you know about something, and you never see how much you still don’t know.

    3. Network

    One of the most powerful sources of knowledge and understanding in my life have been the social networks I have become embedded in over the years — the websites I write on, the LISTSERV I belong to, the people I talk with and present alongside at conferences, my colleagues in the department where I studied and the department where I now teach, and so on.

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    These networks are crucial to extending my knowledge in areas I am already involved, and for referring me to contacts in areas where I have no prior experience. Joining an email list, emailing someone working in the field, asking colleagues for recommendations, all are useful ways of getting a foothold in a new field.

    Networking also allows you to test your newly-acquired knowledge against others’ understandings, giving you a chance to grow and further develop.

    4. Schedule

    For anything more complex than a simple overview, it pays to schedule time to commit to learning. Having the books on the shelf, the top websites bookmarked, and a string of contacts does no good if you don’t give yourself time to focus on reading, digesting, and implementing your knowledge.

    Give yourself a deadline, even if there is no externally imposed time limit, and work out a schedule to reach that deadline.

    Final Thoughts

    In a sense, even formal education is a form of self-guided learning — in the end, a teacher can only suggest and encourage a path to learning, at best cutting out some of the work of finding reliable sources to learn from.

    If you’re already working, or have a range of interests beside the purely academic, formal instruction may be too inconvenient or too expensive to undertake. That doesn’t mean you have to set aside the possibility of learning, though; history is full of self-taught successes.

    At its best, even a formal education is meant to prepare you for a life of self-guided learning; with the power of the Internet and the mass media at our disposal, there’s really no reason not to follow your muse wherever it may lead.

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