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End Your PowerPoint Presentation with Movie Credits!

b2ap3_thumbnail_ppcred400.jpgEverybody loves a pat on the back, especially after contributing to a great project. When you end your next PowerPoint presentation, don't just list your sources, give thanks to those who helped you in your research by epicly animating their names, movie credit style!

This post will guide you through the steps of creating an animated movie credit style thank you list using PowerPoint 2013. Let's get started!

First, create a new slide in PowerPoint with a Title and Content layout. In the title, enter something like "Thanks!" Next, enter the names of the individuals who contributed to your presentation. You'll also want to double space these names.

The next step is to get rid of the bullet points that are attached to the names. You will do this by highlighting all of the names and selecting the Bullets button in the Paragraph group at the top of the screen. Now, center both the title and text of the slide.

After this is complete you can change the look of the slide to resemble movie credits.

  • Highlight the names, and make them a larger font, like size 32. This will probably make the names hang off the bottom of your slide, but don't get worried, that's exactly what we want.
  • Press [Ctrl]+A to select all of the text on the slide, then change the font color to white with the font tools at the top of the screen.
  • Right click on the edge of the slide, and select Format Background. A menu will pop out on the right side of the screen. Change the background color to black.

Now that we have our slide looking good, the next step is to add some animation.

  • Press [Ctrl]+A again to select all of the text on the slide.
  • Click on the Animations tab at the top of the screen, then select Add Animation in the Advanced Animation group. This will activate a drop down box, where you'll select More Entrance Effects. Under the Exciting group, choose Credits, then click OK.
  • Click Animation Pane in the Advanced Animation group. Select Title 1, which activates a popup menu. In the menu, select the Timing tab, and enter in a two- second delay. Click OK.

All that there is left to do is to go back to the Animation Pane, collapse the names by clicking the upward arrow button highlighted in gray. Select the Content Place... and enter in a two-second delay by following the same steps we did for the Title.

You are now ready to watch the movie credits you've created! Press F5 to view your work!

Using this method of public recognition will go a long way in thanking and maintaining a relationship with the people that helped you put your presentation together.


Your own Private Storage in the Cloud

Though you could use a Cloud storage service for your files, you also have the option to have your own remote storage.These solutions require you to purchase and set up the equipment and keep your network running to access the data. These solutions are basically broken down in to two types.

A subscription based service that’ll provide an interface path into your own hard drives.

The other, you provide your own interface portal to your hard drives.

You can stream files, share and manage access, download directly to them or mirror your files from different locations as a backup and a means for recovery. Some allow printers to be attached for network sharing and to transfer camera files as well.

Here are three solution providers you can look into

1. Pogoplug 2. GoFlexNet 3. Ctera.com


The Smartphone and Digital Camera MASH UP

Does this make a Smart Camera or a Smarter Phone?

As the smart phone’s camera megapixels increase and the LED flash becomes brighter, and the touch screens becomes the interface of choice, gradually, the point and shoot digital camera will not be as necessary to have. Phones are always with you, you will not need a cable to save your images. You can email them as you shoot away, fast and convenient, they are ready for sharing with a friend, yourself or a relative.

Remember the PDA’s (Personal Digital Assistant) of the 90’s?  They displaced the paper based Personal Planners of the 80’s. But, then the Smart Phone came along, and the PDA merged into the cell phone. I see the digital camera following a similar path. Actually, PDA’s are still in use, just in specialized applications, though. And the professional digital cameras will always have their place.

So enjoy your photo and video taking filled summer of activities.


When browsing the internet, it should be a concern that the information shown to you may not be exactly what it looks like. You may have heard of phishing, but what is it?

Phishing is a scammer’s attempt to look like a legitimate business or service that you subscribe to. A scammer will make a web page that looks identical to the real website. When you try to connect to that business, it will take your username and password and provide it to the scammers running the racket.

Here’s a scenario. You receive an innocent looking email from your bank that tells you need to change your password for security purposes. You click on the link in this email; and it sends you to a website that looks exactly your bank’s real website. You type your username and password, and then scammers have access to your bank account. Not good.

It’s not just an email that may contain a redirect to a nefarious page; it could come in the form of an answer on yahoo answers, or even a banner ad on any page, to name a few.

When you log into a website, just about all of them will require a https connection. This just means that the data is encrypted, and deciphered on the server side. In this system it is not feasible for a hacker to have enough processing power to decrypt these data packets.

This means that when you go to a website to log in, look at the web address. If it says for example, https://www.bankofamerica.com, then it is very unlikely to be a scam.If it says just http://www.login.yahoo.com beware!! Look for the https://...

When you receive an email, it can be possible to have a link that may say https: but this may really just be a trick. An easy way to avoid this is to right click a link and click copy, and then paste the link into the address bar.