Upgrade-Movie Review

June 14, 2020 — Jt Spratley

I watched this move twice before starting this blog. I’d watched it four times by the time I finished it.

Okay, Upgrade movie.

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Don’t Spread That Hoax!

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 17, 2015

If you ever get bored, check out “Nonprofit.net/hoax – Don’t Spread That Hoax” for some random trivia, entertainment, myths, IT fun facts, and plenty of useless knowledge.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 13, 2015

Thanks to the AT&T Upgrade feature, I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom for $40. But for that price and the quality of photos I’m able to capture (up to 10x Zoom), the S4 Zoom is definitely worth the few weeks it took me to get used to holding it. I can make fancy GIFs, photos up to 16 megapixels, and take awesome videos without buying a DSLR camera. A great phone case also helps for protection.

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Computer Hard Drives-Keep, Wipe, and/or Destroy

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 15, 2015

Whenever you sell a computer, don’t simply leave the hard drive with all your data easily recoverable. Ensure you keep the hard drive (HD) as a backup or external drive, wipe it properly so the data can’t be recovered, or destroy it completely with hammers, drills, and other manly stuff. I was on Craigslist earlier searching for a cheap laptop to buy so I can play with Linux. I found a guy looking to sell two laptops for ~$70 simply because his ex-girlfriend changed the log-in passwords. Hard Drives – Keep, wipe, and/or destroy it. But don’t simply give it, and all your information, away for free. Your credit score and mindset will thank you later.

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Ninite Base-line

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 17, 2015

In the past, I would use CDs to install software on a newly base-lined personal computer or roam the web to download necessary programs. With Ninite, I don’t have to worry about having the newest versions, monitoring multiple installs to minimize downtime, or CD reader issues. I can simply acquire a network connection, tether through my phone in the worse scenario, visit Ninite.com, select from some of the best freeware and shareware applications that suits the user’s needs, click “Get Installer,” and I have an executable file I can save including all the selected programs. The available application categories include virus scanners, developer tools, CD burners, and more. Check the feature image above.

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Microsoft Discounts for Service Members and Veterans

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 21, 2017

Though there are free alternatives for a lot of priced software the average person uses daily, many simply prefer to pay for such a product because of the brand. A house-hold brand offers security in valuable performance and customer support. Fortunately, Active Duty Soldiers can purchase the latest Microsoft Office from Slick Deals on AKO and the Microsoft Military Store offers discounts for Active Duty Service Members and Veterans. Free Open Office or $10 for product you know and use so much?

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You’re Probably On CCTV Right Now

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on June 18, 2015

I’ll just leave these links here. GO and ROAM may cause paranoia.

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Website Improvements-Privacy Policy

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on July 3, 2015

If I’m going to do something, I want to do it right. With the help of many domain scanners, I plan to achieve the standard of much fewer coding and regulation errors. My first step is adding a privacy policy that specifically states in a professional manner “I’m not invading your privacy.” Power Mapper pointed this out to me.

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Upscale Your Pictures a Better Way With Waifu2x

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on July 20, 2015

Before I found this site, when I needed a larger resolution photo to meet a width and height, I’d simply stretch the photo in MS Paint or PicPick. Since my Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom takes large resolution photos, I only have to do this with pictures I collect from other sources.

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Work Better At Night With Less Eye Strain With F.Lux

June 06, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on July 13, 2015

There are a lot of applications out there for your PC and smartphone that would make your life so much easier, but so few get the recognition they deserve. I bring you f.lux. It’s a small program that does only one thing – dims your screen as the day turns to night. But it doesn’t simply darken the screen. It changes the display color settings to the best preset for your environment. That’s great because when it’s late at night, you won’t get that bright white glare that makes you squint your eyes, lower the brightness on your screen, or distance yourself from the monitor.

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Start Your Own Blog

June 06, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on July 15, 2015

I just wanted to say thanks to Christian Personal Finance and Save The Student for providing me the needed resources to start this site.

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What’s Your GWAM?

June 06, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on July 29, 2015

Can you type well. . . correctly? Can you type without looking at the keyboard? Can you type fast? You can improve your typing skills and speed if you practice the correct technique enough. Learning the home keys and which fingers should type each key helps you remember where every letter, number, and special character is located. I took a keyboarding class in high school, and I’ve held a WPM (correct words typed in 1 minute) over 60 and GWAM (incorrect words are also counted) over 80 ever since. You should practice. Improve your ability to do the things you do daily.

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Language Translation Support

June 06, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 9, 2015

Thanks to GTranslate, you can read Go Live Lively in many other languages besides English. If there are any issues with the translation, please feel free to let me know. Thanks and enjoy.

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What is Your Computer telling the Internet Right Now? BrowserSpy Answers

June 05, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 10, 2015

If last weeks post spiked your interest in web security, privacy, and tracking, you should check out http://browserspy.dk/. Simply visit the site and the tabs (tests) on the left will educate you on what information your web browser is sharing.

I’m sure you’ll be surprised.

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Unshorten that Tiny URL with UnShortening Tools

June 05, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 21, 2015

Have you ever been on Facebook or Twitter and seen a short website address provided by a source that’s not completely professionally verified? For example, https://bit.ly/2AvtgLn. Called shortened or tiny URLs, it can save space anywhere, but it also hides the origin of the source.

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Hashima Island

June 05, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 28, 2015

Would you like to see Japan’s abandoned Hashima Island up close? Google Maps

Tags: asia, japan, IT

Future Me

June 05, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on October 12, 2015

Would you ever want to send a message to yourself in the future? What about to others? FutureMe.org

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Handling Bad Hard Drives (HDD or SSD)

June 04, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 30, 2015

When you’re experiencing computer issues due to a failing hard drive, you have options:

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5 Things I Learned from Using Google Ads

June 03, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 19, 2016

Adsense / Google Ads

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4 Reasons to Use Microsoft Bing Search Engine

June 03, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on December 1, 2016

I no longer recommend Bing for anything. I recommend DuckDuckGo, Swisscows, and searching within websites you trust.

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5 Websites For IT Training

June 03, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 21, 2017

Here are 5 websites with great free IT training.

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Why Distro Watch Rocks

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 15, 2016

Distro Watch is a user-friendly site where you can find info and reviews for over 100 Linux and BSD distributions. There are four reasons why this is awesome:

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Web Development Improvements in 2019

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on December 30, 2019

I’ve only written one IT blog here in 2019. But I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to improve the GoLiveLively.com and JtSpratley.com websites. Most of these changes don’t affect the average user experience (UX) noticeably, but they help my personal brand overall.

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User-Friendly Jitsi Meet for Mobile Video Chat

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 27, 2020

I covered using the Jitsi Meet web app in 2017. Recently, someone asked about an easy way to video chat on mobile. Instead of WhatsApp, LINE, Kakao, etc., I recommended Jitsi. But I haven’t used the app yet. So when I was asked how to use it, I had to learn. It’s easy to use.

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Syncthing for Syncing Phones and Linux

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 7, 2016

When I made the transition from Windows to GNU / Linux, the one BIG issue I struggled the most with was the inability to connect my smartphone to my laptop to transfer photos and ringtones. I prefer to create my own ringtones. Since I didn’t want to use Google Drive or Dropbox (because popular apps and weird me), I had to find another alternative. Somehow, probably from Podnutz, I found out about Syncthing, and I’ve been using it ever since.

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Shutter for Linux Screenshot

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 21, 2016

For Linux distros, XFCE4-Screenshooter (or Screenshot) seems to be the norm based off the few distros I’ve used. It does what the average user would need it to do – in the GUI or CLI.

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Podcasts and Education

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 16, 2015

Anyone with iTunes should download podcasts – educational, recent news, reviews, comedy. Podcasts are great alternatives to music while you’re driving. However, you don’t need iTunes to listen to podcasts. If you’re going on a long drive, the FREE informational podcasts I recommend below can defeat the boredom caused by hearing the same music over and over that you’ll probably drown out while daydreaming anyway.

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Linux Ubuntu Server Vs Windows Server

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 21, 2017

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Linux 2015

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 21, 2017

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Free or Open Source Software Starter Pack 2016

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 6, 2017

Continuing the trend from 2015, this late list is specifically for Linux users. I published the Windows list months ago.

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Open Source (Read “FREE”) Software Starter Pack 2015

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 16, 2015

Are you hesitant about jumping into Linux but enjoy the idea of using Open Source Software? Check these apps out.

Libre Office – This software suite is capable of just as much as Microsoft Office, excluding Microsoft Outlook. I donate sometimes to show gratitude for the product. Oh. . .

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November 2017 SITREP-Performance

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on December 4, 2017

November 2017 was an unexpected growth spurt in many areas of my life.

I’ve applied some skills learned from work including Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Cloudflare Content Delivery Network (CDN) configuration for higher security and speed. My GTmetrix score still sucks, though.

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My Plans for 2017

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 23, 2017

I asked IT professionals from the Rallypoint community what topics I should cover in future Linux and FOSS related podcasts. I got great suggestions involving security:

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My 5 Most Popular Blog Posts(2015-2017)

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 29, 2017

Its good to look back at your performance over the years and analyze how you can improve in the future. The Go Live Lively blog is just over two years old. Below are my six most popular blog posts as of today.

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Music Production Lessons Learned 2019-1-Archive-1

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 4, 2020

I learned some really important music production lessons in 2018. I spent most of 2019 continuing to release extended plays (EPs) that show my versatility and blogging about them here:

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Linux For the Rest of Us Help

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 29, 2016

For immediate help, contact me using the form below.

This tutorial will cover how to use a GNU/Linux Operating System, also known as Linux distribution or distro, for free without overwriting any data. I’ll be assuming you’re currently running Windows for this tutorial but that affect most of the steps.

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Evolving with Open Source Software at Syracuse University

May 30, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 15, 2017

I decided to do some guest blogging for an IT blog since I’ve already done two military-related for RallyPoint. Over the last few months I’ve done two for Syracuse University iSchool (school of information studies) InfoSpace blog. My first post explained 5 applications I think everyone should use. My second InfoSpace post – Evolving with Open Source Software at the iSchool – explains how I found ways to use open source software in six IT courses.

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DuckDuckGo

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 27, 2015

If you’re one of those people that are against privacy intrusion and unwanted tracking of your web browsing, replace Google with DuckDuckGo as your primary Web Search Engine. Simply go to DuckDuckGo.com and select the link at the bottom of the homepage. Read more about safeguarding your online activity below.

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5 Reasons I Enjoy Linux Distro Hopping

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 7, 2016

DistroWatch.com lists over 200 operating systems, or distributions (distros), built on top of the Linux kernel for many different purposes – older and smaller laptops, multimedia production, data rescue, security, and more. “Distro hopping” refers to whenever a Linux user switches from one Linux distro to another – same concept as ditching Windows for an Apple computer but you don’t need to buy new hardware, you have more options, and its free. Linux users distro hop for many reasons. I have five.

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10 Things To Do After You Install Linux Deepin 2015

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 2, 2016

Click here for my latest review – deepin 15.9

Many deepin fans were anxious about the release of Deepin 2015. Continuing the trend from my deepin 2014.3 review, here are some recommendations for after you install Deepin 2015.

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10 Things To Do After You Install Linux Deepin 2014.3

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 13, 2015

Click here for my latest review – deepin 15.9

Deepin is a beautiful Ubuntu-based distro originated in China that uses HTML5. These are my “non-expert” top five recommendations for after you install Deepin 2014.3.

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Links for Your Career Progression-IT, LG, HR

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 16, 2015

If you’re a motivated IT guru, you yearn for sites like LandWarNet, and Global Knowledge. If you’re really serious about the craft, you’ll dig into Lynda, Professor Messer, AAC, FreeComputerBooks.com, and Alison. Lynda and Alison sound so feminine, but these sites offer a lot of info for free. Soldiers, you should already know how beneficial Skillport can be when preparing for a Microsoft or CompTIA certification, especially since each course is promotion points.

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10 Things To Do After Installing deepin 15.9

May 27, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 6, 2019

A couple months ago I realized I’d only published one IT blog in 2018. But I posted it on Syracuse InfoSpace. Since my deepin blogs are my most popular, I decided to check out the newest version at the time – deepin 15.7 – but never published a blog.

Months after focusing on distributing music (yes, I’m on Spotify) and music blogs, I wanted to fix this ASAP. So I installed 15.9 (15.10 is available for download as of May 3, 2019) and edited this blog.

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10 Things I learned from Using Google Analytics

May 27, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 1, 2016

Google Analytics was the first analytics service I used on my blog. Keep in mind I’m not an experienced professional in any relative field and this is NOT meant to sway your opinion of the analytics service . . . much.

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10 Things I Learned From Using Clicky Analytics

May 27, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 5, 2016

While looking to switch from Google Analytics, I found Clicky from somewhere I don’t remember.

Note: I’m no experienced professional in any relative field and this is NOT meant to sway your opinion of the analytics service . . . much.

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5 Reasons to Try Project Wonderful

May 24, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 14, 2016

As stated in Music Production Lessons in 2018, Project Wonderful shut down in 2018. There are alternatives listed on SaaSHub.com. Please tweet @GoLiveLively if you find a good alternative.

I found Project Wonderful while reading the Questionable Content web-comic a few months ago. Once I learned a few valuable lessons from using Google Ads, I wanted to find something better. I had Project Wonderful ads to use in three short steps:

  1. Create a profile with what your website is about
  2. Make a few ad “boxes” with specified size options and tags you want to apply to individual boxes
  3. Copy and paste the HTML code into the site

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5 Interesting Companies I Found while Job Hunting

May 24, 2020 — Jt Spratley

Last updated on January 1, 2020

Here are 5 really interesting companies I came across while networking and roaming career fairs.

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5 Directories Linux Users Should Back Up

May 24, 2020 — Jt Spratley

Last updated on March 28, 2017

It’s always good to know what you need to back up before wiping a hard drive, whether you’re upgrading to a newer version of a distro (generally safer) or distro hopping (which I have 5 good reasons for doing a lot of).

Here’s a cheat sheet to help ensure you don’t forget anything.

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