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Bill Myers Tip of the Week – March 10, 2018
Easy, Automatic Backup
You’ve heard it many times, you need to back up your computer. If you don’t,
and your computer crashes, you could lose all your important files, photos,
projects and more.
It used to be that backing up your computer required you to get personally
involved. You had to remember to create the backups yourself. And you had to
do it often in order to back up the latest or changed files.
But that’s no longer the case.
With Windows, you can use the included backup tool to set up an automatic
backup schedule and Windows will do the work for you.
All you need is an external drive and about two minutes to set the backup
options. From then, everything is automatic.
To see how to do this, check out my article at
Bill Myers – fully backed up
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – February 24, 2018
One Minute Video Production
This past week has been free music week on bmyers.com. By that I mean I’ve
posted articles and videos showing where you can find high-quality free
music that you can use in your YouTube videos, DVDs, podcast and other media
Along with these articles, I showed why knowing about and downloading free
music before you need it, can save you hours when you start work on your next
And to prove it, I created a video showing how to create a great looking video
in less than a minute – as long as you have ready-to-use music tracks on your
You can view my ‘one minute video creation’ video for free at
Once you see how easy it can be, you won’t be afraid to give it a try. Plus you’ll
know where to find free music you can use in your projects without worrying
about copyright problems.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – February 17, 2018
Make a DVD
So you get a call from a friend asking you to send him or her a DVD with all the
videos you shot at the recent family reunion. Or maybe it’s a client calling,
wanting you to send them a DVD with the video home tour you shot.
Or maybe it’s a wedding video or old family movies. Whatever the video, you
want to put it on a DVD so you can watch it on the DVD player in your home or car or
motorhome. Or send copies to friends so they can watch it.
To do this, you’ll need software that can convert and prepare different
video formats into DVD spec and then burn the DVD.
There are several programs you could use to do this, but one of the easiest is
free, works on Windows, Mac and Linux, and is extremely easy to use.
The program is called DVD Styler and I’ve created a short video showing how to
quickly (in two or three minutes) convert any video into a DVD that can be
played on a DVD player or computer.
If you ever need to create a DVD, you’ll want to know about this program. See it
in action at
This is another one of those ‘free is good’ software packages.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – February 03, 2018
Knock out that background
If you do much work with photos or graphics, you’ll probably run into
situations where you need to extract an image from a cluttered shot or remove
While you can do this with Photoshop using the magic wand tool and inverse
select, it can take some time to get it right.
An easier solution is to use the free Background Burner.
With Background burner, you upload your image and it automatically removes
the background for you, leaving you with the foreground image which you can
It’s free, easy-to-use, and it does a good job of removing the background
from many kinds of images.
I’ve created a video showing where to find and how to use Background Burner
and you can view it at
Or watch it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/CTb4AjTo-UY
Next time you need to knock out a background, you’ll know the easy way to do it.
Feel free to share the YouTube video with anyone who might find it useful.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – January 27, 2018
Life without Photoshop?
As you probably know, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements are the go-to tools
for graphic designers and photo editors. Both of these powerful image
editors open up new worlds of creativity.
But not everyone can afford or wants to invest in Photoshop or Photoshop
Elements. Adobe’s new plan for Photoshop can get expensive and if you fail to
pay the monthly fee, Adobe will cut you off.
Even if you just want Photoshop Elements, it’ll cost you $75 or more for the
But until recently, there was no option. If you wanted to create or edit
Photoshop .psd files, you needed to pay for Photoshop or Photoshop
But now you don’t.
Now there is now a free and easy solution to creating, editing and saving
Photoshop .psd files.
This means you can use any of the tens of thousands of free Photoshop
templates to create professional graphics, edit photos or share .psd files
with colleagues and friends.
In a recent video, I show why you’ll want to know about this free Photoshop
clone and how to use it to expand your graphic capabilities.
Even if you already have Photoshop, you might want to take a look. Check it out
Or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/FMuChl_217s
I think you’ll like what you see. And yes, feel free to share the YouTube link
with anyone who might find it useful.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – December 30, 2017
Preparing for the New Year
They say the new year is a like a blank page in a book, ready for you to fill with
adventures to come.
To make sure your new year adventures aren’t derailed, take time to:
* Verify and update your contact info at eBay, PayPal, Google, Amazon,
YouTube, Facebook and your affiliate accounts.
* Verify and update your contact info at your domain name registrar. And
while there, check to make sure you haven’t missed renewing important
* Verify and update your contact info at your web hosting account. While
there, make sure the credit card on file has a valid expire date.
* Verify that email messages from all your different web sites are forwarded
to your main email account.
* And finally, if you haven’t done so recently, do a full backup of your
Taking a few minutes to do the above will help keep your web empire on track in
2018 and position you to be ready for the adventures the New Year is sure to
Have a safe and happy new year!
Bill & Sonya Myers
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – December 09, 2017
Robots Taking Over
The ‘experts’ are warning us that robots and artificial intelligence will
soon take over the world.
And who knows, maybe they are right. Maybe the robots will take over.
But considering that robots are being designed by humans, many from the same
design and engineering schools that gave us the Ford Pinto, Windows ME, and
the Titanic, maybe they won’t be taking over. Maybe they’ll be more like
children that need us as babysitters.
In any case, sometimes a little robotics and artificial intelligence is
handy. Especially when embedded in complex tools.
For example, I’ve recently been testing an automated video editing tool
that can take your most boring video footage and quickly turn in into a
cinematic production, complete with background music, cuts, transitions
Using built-in artificial intelligence, the program scans your footage
and photos looking for interesting scenes and compiles them into the kind of
video you want.
You select whether you want action, romance, mystery or fun, and the program
does the work for you.
If you want to see the program in action along with some videos I created with
it, go to https://www.bmyers.com/public/
I think you’ll like what you see.
One more thing – if you are truly concerned about robots taking over, don’t
watch these two videos on YouTube. They might scare you.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – November 18, 2017
Your Black Friday Shopping List
As you probably know, the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, is
just a few days away.
Just about every retailer, whether bricks and sticks or online, is cutting
prices and offering special deals on deeply discounted products.
For example, Amazon is offering a 32″ HD TV for $69. Not to be out done, Walmart
is offering a 39″ TV for $99.
If those screens are too small, Best Buy is offering a Sharp 50-inch 2160p 4k
Ultra HD for $179.
Some of the best deals from Amazon will be on their Kindle readers. You’ll be
able to get the new Kindle Fire 8 HD tablet for $49 (it’s a full-featured
tablet, one of the best on the market). If I didn’t already have one, I’d be all
over this deal. http://amzn.to/2yTQBjL
Leading up to Black Friday, Amazon is offering daily deals on some of its more
interesting products. You can find these deals at http://amzn.to/2hy8WMg
(deals change daily so check often).
My Black Friday shopping list is pretty short. I’ll be looking for deals on
I won’t be going out to the stores though, it’ll be online shopping for me.
Whether you decide to participate in the Black Friday craziness or not, have
a safe Holiday weekend. Spend it with friends and family if you can.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – December 02, 2017
Add a some Chrome
If you’re one of the millions who picked up a new Amazon Fire HD tablet when
they were on sale recently, you may be discovering what I found out when I
It’s a really, really nice tablet. Great for surfing the web, keeping up with
email, watching videos, listening to music, and yes, even reading Kindle
The Fire HD tablet is quick, virtually indestructible, and easy-to-use.
Hard to believe you can get such a powerful handheld computer for under $50.
But even with all it’s goodness, the Fire tablet is missing something.
The Google Chrome browser.
Yes, the Fire tablet does include Amazon’s Silk browser. And while it isn’t
bad, it isn’t as fast or easy-to-use as Chrome.
The good news – adding the Chrome browser to a Fire tablet is easy. You can do it
in two minutes. No special skills needed.
I show how in my video at
Watch it and you’ll be able to add some Chrome to your Fire or other Android
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – November 11, 2017
Drones, Phones and Gimbals
Want to create cinematic quality video? The kind that can get you millions of
views on YouTube?
Or maybe you want to shoot real estate videos. Or travel or cooking videos. Or
TV commercials or work for corporate clients.
Whatever the reason, you can up your game and make videos that’ll wow viewers
by knowing about and using these three tools.
Drones, Phones, and Gimbals.
Fortunately you don’t need a big budget or any special technical skills to
excel with these. All you need to know is which ones to get and how to use them
once you have them.
I make that easy in my latest article, Drones, Phones, and Gimbals, which you
can read for free at
It’s an easy read and has videos showing why you’ll want a drone, phone and
gimbal combo, no matter what kind of video you shoot.
Read it and you’ll have your Christmas wish list ready to share with your
significant other as well as tools to help you shoot cinematic quality
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – November 04, 2017
I don’t have a Fax machine. Not one that you’d recognize.
What I have is my computer. And even though it’s not connected to any phone
service, I can send (and receive) faxes with it.
Of course, these days I don’t have the need to send many faxes. Probably fewer
than five a year.
But when I do need to send a fax, I create the document on my computer, save it as
either a PDF or .doc file, and send it using a free eFax service that works via
The service is free, works instantly, and confirms your fax has been sent and
You probably wouldn’t need to use a service like this more than a few times a
year. But if you don’t have a fax machine and need to fax a few pages to someone,
knowing about this free fax service can save you a trip to whether they do have
a fax machine.
You can send fives faxes a day, up to three pages each at no charge. If you need
to send longer faxes (up to twenty-five pages) they are $1.95 each (via
So if you don’t have a fax machine, but need to send an occasional fax,
https://faxzero.com could be the easy solution.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – October 21, 2017
Silence is Golden
A few weeks back, the city started a construction project outside my office
window. It’s a small project which they expect to finish soon. But in the
meantime, they are running a noisy generator to power their tools.
The noise makes it difficult for me to concentrate, something I need to do
when I write articles or work on my novels. So when I saw a set of
noise-canceling headphones in one of the daily deal emails I get, I was
Most noise-canceling headphones are expensive. The ones from Bose are
almost three hundred dollars. But the set in the sales flyer was under $30.
And at that price, I couldn’t resist.
I ordered the headphones and they arrived a few days later.
They seemed to be well built, were comfortable to wear and according to the
instructions, could be used to listen to music or stand-alone to block
The next day, when the workers cranked up the generator outside my office, I
tried the headphones in noise canceling mode. Amazingly, they worked! The
noise was replaced by the sounds of silence.
So if you have a need for noise canceling headphones and don’t want to break
the bank, I recommend giving these a try – the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC50iS
QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – October 07, 2017
Turn Photos into Art
At a recent family reunion, I was asked, “Do you know of an easy way to turn
photos into watercolors or line drawings or oil paintings?”
The person asking the question had Photoshop on their computer, but wanted
something easier. Something that was basically point and click.
Fortunately, I knew exactly what they needed. A free Windows and Mac program
that can transform photos into art automatically!
With its 20 different point and click styles, including pencil sketch,
watercolor, oil painting, pen & ink and cartoon, a user of this free program
can create amazing transformations with a single click.
Like I said, the program is free, is available for Windows and Mac and is
If you shoot many photos, this is a must-have program. Read about it and see it
in action at
Then start making museum-quality art from your photos.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – September 30, 2017
Sites you can trust
I’ve signed up for a number of email tips-of-the week. Some for business,
some hobby related, and some just for enlightenment.
One I look forward to each week is from Gary North. He always has something
interesting to say and more often than not, I learn about things I would have
otherwise have missed.
For example, in a recent tip, Gary wrote about ScamAdvisor – a free service
that uses a number of factors to determine the risk level of a website.
With ScamAdvisor, you enter a website address and it’ll show you how the site
rates on the risk scale, whether it can be trusted or not, who owns and
operates the site and how long they’ve been in business.
ScamAdvisor is a useful tool and one you should use to check the rating of
sites you plan to do business with, as well as your own sites to see how they
To see a video showing how ScamAdvisor works, check out my article at
Then use ScamAdvisor to check the risk level of your own sites. You might be
surprised with what you see.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – September 23, 2017
Food for thought
Quick question: What’s the one thing that everyone on the planet thinks
about several times a day, every day of their life?
Whether preparing, eating, stockpiling or avoiding, every person on the
planet thinks about food every day.
Many of the people thinking about food are among the one billion connected to
the web, and they often go to YouTube and search for food-related videos.
For example, this short video showing how to peel boiled eggs has gotten over
25 million views.
And it’s not the only food video that has gotten lots of views.
Many food-related videos on YouTube have millions of views, and that means
if you are looking for a topic that can generate a nice income on your
monetized YouTube channel, food preparation and food hacks is a good
To get started, make sure you have turned monetization on in your YouTube
channel. That way, YouTube pays you for every view you get. The more views
your videos get, the more you get paid. Figure about ten dollars for every ten
If you had posted the egg peeling video with over 25 million views, YouTube
would have paid you more than a hundred thousand. And yes, you could buy a lot
of eggs with that kind of money.
To read more about this and see examples and suggestions for your own food
videos, see my article at
And then think about food.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – September 09, 2017
In the path of a hurricane
My wife and I live on the west coast of Florida where we enjoy year round
tropical weather, spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the Gulf of
Mexico, and the occasional tropical storm or hurricane.
As I write this tip, our home is in the direct path of a category five
hurricane. Expected sustained winds of 150mph or more.
Hopefully, the hurricane will veer out to sea at the last moment and we’ll all
But just in case, we’ve stocked up on the essentials – food, water,
flashlights, batteries, portable radio, medicines, first aid kit, full
tanks of gas, pet food, portable cook stove, waterproof containers, and a
‘go bag’ of personal items.
The other thing that we do, whether hurricanes are headed our way or not, is to
have our computers set to automatically back up all our important files to
the cloud as well as to external drives we can take with us should we need to
While you might not live where you have to worry about hurricanes, chances
are good you do have to worry about other kinds of potential disaster –
earthquakes, floods, tornados, snow storms, Tsunamis, and maybe even a
The point is, no matter where you live, you should prepare for potential
You want to be ready so you don’t want to become a victim or a refugee.
To see how to set up free cloud backup, check out the short video at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – August 26, 2017
Get paid forever
If you look at the list of the wealthiest people alive today, you’ll see that
many of them built their wealth by following the business model of ‘do the
work once, get paid forever’.
Current examples include music recording artists who get paid a royalty
every time their song is bought or played on the radio. They created the work
(the song) once, and get paid for it forever (or until their copyright
Same goes for some actors. They perform in a movie and get paid every time
someone buys a ticket to see the movie. They also get paid when the movie
appears on TV or on DVD. They did the work once (act in a particular movie), and
get paid for that work forever.
Top TV stars and show producers often get paid the same way. They earn a
residual payment each time a show they worked on airs (even twenty years
after the show was recorded).
Book authors also get paid forever (in most cases) for a book they write once.
The more books they write, the more each earn over their lifetime. Write it
once, get paid forever.
Inventors, patent holders, and many others in the creative fields are often
rewarded via the ‘do the work once, get paid forever’ business model.
If you can structure your business and your life to follow this same
strategy, you’ll find that as time passes your income and wealth will build.
Read more about this in my article,
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – August 19, 2017
Do you think like a Cat? Or a Dog?
If so, maybe you should try writing a book from that perspective – as a dog or
Doing so could be your path to success, and no, I’m not kidding.
Small publishing empires are being built by people who write books with
titles like ‘I can chew on this’ and ‘Sorry I slept on your face’. The first one
from a dog’s perspective, the second, a cat.
Both are pretty good sellers, and due their popularity, now have spinoffs
including calendars, note cards, t-shirts and wall posters.
I know it sounds crazy that books supposedly written by dog and cat authors
sell well on Amazon.
But they do.
You can see proof of it in the short video I posted at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – August 12, 2017
Heal Your Brain?
They say that ‘Music hath charms to soothe a savage beast’.
I don’t know if that holds true in every case, but I do know that in our house
when my wife tunes our XM radio to the Spa channel (music you can relax to), our
normally rambunctious two-year-old male cat, will settle down in front of
the speakers and nod off to sleep.
Me, I prefer the soothing strains of Pink Floyd. Especially when I drive.
But a lot of people, millions it seems, like to listen to what’s being called
‘mind wave’. Music that is supposed to heal the brain, relieve stress and
You can see evidence of this on YouTube, where videos with titles like ‘Heal
your brain fast’, get tens of millions of views.
Whether these videos with their mind wave audio tracks can actually heal
your brain is debatable. What isn’t debatable though, is the number of views
they get. Some have close to a hundred million.
The thing is, these mind wave videos are easy to create – no video camera or
special equipment needed. In fact, it took me less than ten minutes to create
one of my own.
If you want to see what mind wave videos are and how to create them, check out the short video I posted on my site. I’m not promising what you see and hear will ‘heal your brain’, but it might.
You can watch it at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – August 05, 2017
Stop Windows 10 from Spying on You
If you have a Windows computer, you know about Windows 10. This latest OS from
Microsoft is the fastest, most secure and most reliable operating system
they’ve ever offered.
And if you’re like a lot of people, you took advantage of the free offer from
Microsoft and have Windows 10 on your computer (or you should have).
But even with all its advantages, Windows 10 has some default privacy
settings that most users wouldn’t like if they were aware of them.
Things like sharing your location, allowing 3rd party apps to access your
email contacts, giving apps access to your microphone and camera, just to
name a few.
Fortunately, Windows 10 makes it easy to adjust your privacy settings to
protect your data and your computer activity. And while the privacy
settings are not hard to find, some of the options and wording can be
But have no fear, I’ve created a short video showing how to quickly lock down
the privacy settings in Windows 10 so you have maximum security and privacy,
without affecting the programs you rely on.
If you use Windows 10 or plan to in the future, you’ll want to see the video.
It’s free and you can view it at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – July 29, 2017
Fake News Generators
As more and more people are finding out, a lot of things reported in
newspapers, magazines and especially on the evening news turns out to be
Many of the stories are simply made up. Whether due to poor reporting or
wishful thinking, many of these fakes go mainstream and are never exposed as
being totally untrue.
Part of the problem is that anyone with internet access can write a fake
article, include fake photos, even post fake magazine covers and fake
newspaper articles which can quickly be reposted by others. By the end of the
day, these fakes can be believed to be true by millions of people.
While I wouldn’t advocate you get in the fake news business yourself, there
are some free tools you can use to create your own fake news in the form of
magazine covers, newspaper headlines, and newspaper articles.
Using these tools you can put your own photo and headline on popular magazine
covers, front pages of newspapers, or in believable news article
I show where to find and how to use these fake news generators along with
samples I’ve created at
Please understand that these free tools should be used for your amusement
only – not to post fake news on the web.
But they are fun to play with and I think you’ll like seeing the fake magazine
covers I created using my own photos at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – July 22, 2017
Setting up Conference Calls
Let’s say you want to speak to a group of people who are dispersed all over the
world. It could be for any reason. A workshop, sales training, consulting,
or simple conference call.
Some of the people involved will be on their computers, others have access to
smart phones, while still others only have land line access. And you want a
free and easy way for everyone to participate.
So what do you do?
The easy answer and the one my wife uses when having group meetings with her
clients is to use Free Conference Call HD.
As the name implies, Free Conference Call HD’s specialty is providing the
services to set up and manage conference calls.
Using their web page, it’s easy to set up a conference call where people
you’ve invited can join in via phone or Skype. You control how the call works
and who can speak and who can’t.
This free conference call service is used by life coaches, professional
speakers, trainers and others who conduct group calls (for free or for a
fee). As call manager, you can download an HD audio file of the call after it’s
over. Then if you choose, you can give or sell it to those who missed out on the
So next time you need to set up a conference call, whether it is between you and
just one other person, or up to a thousand, you might want to give
My wife uses them for the weekly conference call she sets up and says that for
her purposes, they are the best. Read more at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – July 15, 2017
Advertising on Facebook
Facebook – where hundreds of millions of people spend too many hours a day
being entertained by message posts and photos from people they don’t know
and probably wouldn’t like in real life.
Still, because Facebook has so many daily visitors who can be identified by
their interests and desires, advertisers are drawn to the site like house
flies to honey.
See, an author I follow said that every dollar he spent on Facebook ads for his
book, returned three dollars in book sale profits.
A claim like that can’t be easily verified, but if it were anywhere close to
the truth, it might be worth looking into.
So I decided to test it by running a few Facebook ads for my book, Road Cash.
I was surprised by the results. I think you will be too.
You can see the ads I ran along a cost breakdown and the results at
If you’ve ever considered advertising on Facebook, you’ll want to read my
article first. It could save (or make) you money.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – July 08, 2017
Quick and Easy Speech to Text
If you need a quick way to convert an audio recording of a speech, sermon or
conversation into a text file, you’ll want to know about this free tool.
It’s easy-to-use, no software to install and instantly available.
No special microphone or voice training required, nothing to download, and
no ads to clutter up your computer.
Rather than write about this amazing speech to text tool, I created a short
video showing how it works.
You can view the video and see the speech to text tool in action at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – July 01, 2017
Let it rain
There are all kinds of videos on YouTube that get millions of views. Some are
funny, some have music or TV stars in them, and way too many feature cats.
But not all viral videos have humor, stars or cats. Some just have rain.
It’s true, some of the top videos on Youtube, some with millions of views, are
nothing more than the sound of a gentle rain.
And the reason these ‘rain’ videos get so many views?
Sleep – or the lack of it.
See, with our always connected, always on the go society, a lot of people have
trouble falling to sleep.
Their minds are amped up from a hard day of work (or texting or Facebooking or
playing games), and they use these rain videos to help them wind down at the
end of the day or in their yoga classes or whenever they need to relax.
If you want to see examples of some of the most viewed rain videos and see how to
create your own (to upload to your monetized YouTube account), check out my
article at https://www.bmyers.com/public/
I promise it won’t put you to sleep.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – June 24, 2017
Make it 3D
If you want to create 3D product cover images (or mockups), it used to be you
either needed a dedicated 3D cover generator like Quick 3D Covers (which is
no longer available) or have some proficiency with Photoshop or Lightroom.
But that’s no longer the case.
These days, you can use a free online tool to quickly convert any product
image (book, report, DVD, whatever) into a realistic 3D image.
All you’ll need is your flat 2D image and about a minute of spare time.
To see what I mean, check out the short video at
If you need to create 3D images of your book, DVD, or report covers, you’ll
like what you see in the video.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – June 10, 2017
Best free video editor
The market for video editing software is getting pretty crowded these days.
Lots of products are available and they all compete for the same diminishing
pool of consumers.
A few video editing programs are free, but most aren’t. Some of the free ones
aren’t worth the time to download. Other free ones are full featured, but
have a very steep learning curve.
That’s why I was excited to find the free VSDC video editing program.
Not only is it free, it has a small file size (under 40 meg), is extremely easy
to use, has lots of automatic filters and effects, and includes some useful
features not found in even some of the most expensive video editing programs
– like live screen capture and live webcam capture.
The VSDC editor also includes audio effects, video effects, masking,
chromakey, animation, transitions, titles and text, fast and slow motion,
and a whole lot more.
Rather than bore you with the details, if you are looking for an easy-to-use
full featured video editing program for Windows, you’ll want the VSDC
You can read my review and see it in action on my site at
After you see what it can do, you’ll probably want to add it to your software
library. It’s free, so there’s no excuse not to.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – June 03, 2017
Remove the protective cover
In anticipation of a week-long trip to do some gem mining along the Emerald
Trail in North Carolina, I upgraded the dashcam in my Motorhome.
After doing much research, I chose the VIOFO A119 with the GPS attachment. It
shoots 1080P-60 HD video, records to a microSD card and can store several
days of travel video automatically.
Among its other features, it has a 160-degree wide angle rotatable lens and a
G-sensor that locks the video in the event of an accident.
It’s small enough to be hidden behind the rearview mirror and the package
included everything needed to set it up (except the MicroSD card).
The best part was the price – just a year ago a dashcam of this quality would
easily cost over three hundred dollars. But prices have gone down. Right
now, the VIOFO A119 can be found on Amazon for $89 without the GPS mount and $99
I ordered from Amazon and installed it in my motorhome. Took less than ten
minutes. I set it to start recording automatically as soon as I started the
engine, and to stop 30 seconds after I turned it off.
On my seven day trip, it recorded forty hours of video of my drive, starting in
Florida, up through Georgia, into Alabama, then on to Tennesee. From there
it recorded my drive through Knoxville, over the Great Smokey Mountains to
Asheville, NC, and then to the gem mine in Hiddenite. And finally, it
recorded the eight hundred miles back to Florida.
When I got home, I checked the video and it was super high quality. But all the
clips had a blueish tint.
That’s when I discovered my mistake.
The factory had placed a tiny, blue-tinted plastic protective cover on the
dashcam’s lens. I had failed to notice the cover and hadn’t removed it. So all
the video recorded during my roadtrip was shot through this plastic cover.
Amazingly though, the video came out looking great, just slightly off
I’ve since removed the protective cover and expect future videos will be
If you are planning a trip by car this summer, I recommend getting a dashcam
before you go. It’ll record everything you see on the road and can be a great
way to review a trip or have video evidence in the event of an accident.
The dashcam I recommend is the VIOFO A119 – which can be found on Amazon at
If you want to read about my experiences digging for emeralds at the gem mine,
check out my article at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – May 27, 2017
Sometimes, smaller is better
One of the great things about today’s cameras and smartphones is they can
shoot high-resolution images.
The only problem with this is that the file size of photos from your camera or
smartphone will be huge. Most will be at least two megabytes, some will be
These large files are great if you are sending the photo off to have poster
size prints made. But you if you want to put the photos on your website, or need
to upload them to eBay, Craigslist or other sites, the file sizes are going to
be a problem. They’ll eat up bandwidth and take forever to load and view.
To avoid this problem, you’ll want to compress your photo files before you
upload them to the web or share with others.
The good news is there are many programs that can do this. And one of the best,
the one I use, is free.
It can quickly reduce the size of a photo file by as much as 90% without
affecting image quality. This means the photo will load quickly on the web,
is email friendly, and can be shared without fear of eating up bandwidth or
exceeding data limits.
To see where to find this free program and how to use it, check out the short
video I posted at
After you view the video, scroll down the page and you’ll see some of my photos
that started out with huge files but were compressed to be web friendly.
I think you’ll be impressed with the image quality this free tool delivers.
See it in action at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – May 20, 2017
Easy Protection for Windows Users
With all the recent malware activity on the web, including the latest
ransomware attack, it’s a good idea to take a minute or two to make sure your
computer can recover if an attack is successful.
The best way for Windows users to do this is to create a Windows Restore point.
It’s easy to do, takes less than a minute and gives you a way to get back to a
clean, uninfected version of the Windows operating system.
To create a restore point, click the Windows search icon, and search for
‘create restore point’. Then click the result, and on the ‘System
Properties’ page, click ‘Create’.
That’s all there is to it.
Windows will create a restore point (usually takes less than two minutes),
and it’ll be available should Windows becomes infected or unstable.
The process is easy, but for those who like to see how to do things, I’ve
created a short video showing the steps. You can view it at
Create a restore point today. You’ll be glad you did if you ever need to get
Windows running again. (And of course, create full disk backups often).
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – May 13, 2017
Social Media Investigation Tools
In a recent tip, I wrote about one of the tools used by Social Media
Investigators. It could quickly find personal photos posted just about
anywhere on the web.
But compared to another tool used by investigators, that one was a real
There are far more powerful tools that can help an investigator find anyone,
anywhere in a matter of minutes.
One of these can locate a person just by knowing their name and any city
they’ve lived in, and it can show that person’s friends, acquaintances, and
sometimes, people they are romantically involved with.
Until recently, you’d have to pay to use a powerful people search tool like
the one mentioned above. Or you needed to be a member of law enforcement.
But not anymore. Now, anyone can go to the web and use a free people-search
tool to instantly find the current home address, email, phone numbers and
more about any other person.
I used it to search my name and was amazed at what it found – it knew where I lived
twenty years ago, as well as where I live today. And it knew a lot of other
things as well.
If someone is looking for you, and they use this tool, they will find you.
I’ve posted a short video showing how the search works and what it can reveal.
You can view it at
After you see it, you’ll understand why there’s no such thing as privacy
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – May 06, 2017
Social Media Investigation
Lately, there have been a lot of job openings for Social Media
These are people who are paid to use social media sites to conduct background
checks on new employees, spouses, politicians and maybe even you.
If you are applying for a job, going through a divorce, seeking a business
loan, being sued, or searching for a new dating or business partner, chances
are good you will be the subject of some sort of social media investigation.
The investigation can potentially reveal a lot about you, including who
your friends are and what you do in your private moments as well as what your
web profile looks like.
Social media investigators use a number of search tools, but most start
their search with a free one from Google.
You might want to to use the same search tool to see what can be found out about
your life and activities.
I’ve posted a short video showing how the search works and what it can reveal.
You can view the video at
After you watch it, you might be more careful about what you post online. And
you may want to remove some of the things you find.
Feel free to share this tips with your family so they become aware that their
private lives are not private on the web.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – April 29, 2017
Did you hear about the latest craze? The one that Nordstrom and other
high-end fashion retailers are trying to cash in on?
Maybe you’ve seen pictures or read about their new dirty jeans. The ones that
are priced at $425.00 a pair.
They are described as having a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows
you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.
Yes, you read right.
The jeans are sold with a caked on muddy coating to make it look like the person
wearing them actually works for a living.
That’s crazy, right? Paying $425 for a pair of worn looking jeans?
But maybe not.
Maybe $425 is on the low end of the price range. At least for real authentic
vintage distressed jeans.
As I show in a recent article on my site, people on eBay are shelling out
thousands for vintage Levis. The more worn, the better.
These are often the kinds of things you can often find at your local yard sales
for a few dollars – if you know what to look for.
To see examples and to learn what to look for, check out my article at
Best case, you find a pair for five and sell them for five hundred. Worst case –
you have another pair you can wear yourself.
Check out the article and photos at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – April 22, 2017
Where in the world?
If you want to be impressed, try the new Google Earth. No downloads needed. It
runs on the web and will work on your desktop, tablet or phone.
You can find it at https://earth.google.com/web/
When you get there, click the ‘fly to location’ icon in the lower right of the
screen (it’s next to the little man icon).
After the screen zooms in, hold down your shift key and scroll your mouse up
down and left and right.
I think you’ll be impressed with what you see and maybe a bit frightened to
learn Google Earth knows where you are.
Again, the link is https://earth.google.com/web/
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – April 15, 2017
Find the Needle in the Haystack
Let’s say you have thousands of documents on your computer. Text files, MS
Word files, HTML pages, program files.
In that huge haystack of files, you need to find the one that has a specific
word or phrase in it. You don’t remember the file name, you just know that it
has a certain word or phrase in it.
So what do you do?
You could go through the lengthy process of manually opening and searching
each file. But that could take days – maybe even weeks.
Or you could use a powerful ‘search and replace’ program that can search the
contents of thousands of files in seconds to find the one you are looking for.
That’s what I did this week when I needed to search for and change a text string
in more than two thousand files.
Using the free FNR program, it took me under a minute to accomplish the task.
FNR (Find & Replace) is the kind of program everyone who has a computer should
have. And right now, you can get it for free. No strings attached, no
To find out more and see it in action, check out my video and article at
With FNR on your computer, you will be able to find the needle (of text) in your
haystack of files.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – April 01, 2017
Kindle template for nonfiction book
If you’ve been putting off writing a how-to or nonfiction book for the Kindle
publishing platform because you were worried about how to properly format
the book, you no longer need to be concerned.
I’ve created a free pre-formatted template for nonfiction books for Kindle
that works with OpenOffice Writer, LibreOffice Writer and Microsoft Word.
The template has the elements you find in a typical nonfiction book
including chapter headings, a clickable table of contents, subheads,
bullet and number lists and images.
To use the template, just open it in your writing program, save a copy and
follow the guides in each of the template chapters.
To download the template or see how to use it, go to
It’s free, easy-to-use, and will create properly formatted Kindle non
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – March 18, 2017
Free 3D Product Graphic
Want to create a great looking graphic promoting your book, DVD, or website,
but don’t want to hire a graphic designer to do it for you?
Using one of several free 3D templates, you can quickly create custom 3D
graphic ads for your product without needing any special software or having
to struggle with a steep learning curve.
In most cases, you can build your own great looking custom 3D graphic ad in
less than two minutes.
If you have a book, DVD, or any other product you want to promote, you’ll want
to give this a try.
It’s free, and I think you’ll be impressed with the results.
See what I mean in my video at
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – March 11, 2017
In one of the free Giveaway of the Day emails I get, the highly acclaimed Black
& White photo effects software was offered for free. This software normally
sells for $99 so getting it free was a deal I didn’t want to miss out on.
I downloaded the file and started the install process. The first step
required me to go to the company web page and get the free registration codes.
And that’s where the trouble began.
The software is from a German company and the registration information on
their website is in German. That means unless you can read German you might be
out of luck when it comes to registering your free copy.
But with the Google Chrome browser, there is an easy solution. Just right
click and choose ‘translate’, and all the words on the page will be
translated into the language of your choice, almost instantly.
This same ‘right click to translate’ trick works with all web pages and
Gmail, which means you can read emails sent to you in languages you may not
understand and you can write emails in your native language and translate
them into the language the person you are sending to, can read.
Translating from or into any language is easy – if you know the right click
I show how it works in the free video at
With this easy translation trick, you’ll be able to read all the messages you
get from deposed Uzbekistan rulers who need your help getting their money
out of the country. Won’t that be great?
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – March 04, 2017
Free Meme and Pie Chart Generator
Three months ago, my wife planted orchids in our front yard. She’s carefully
watered and cared for them and was recently rewarded when they bloomed with
pretty orange flowers.
But a few days after the bloom, somebody or something snipped them, leaving
just bare stems.
My wife was distraught. She figured someone had noticed the blooms and
decided to take a few. A real life orchid thief.
I thought they were probably taken by one of the many squirrels we see in our
To add a little humor to our disagreement, I used a free meme and pie-chart
creation tool to build funny images supporting my side of the argument and I
sent these to my wife.
The images made her laugh but didn’t change her mind about the squirrels. But
seeing her laugh, was worth the effort.
If you want to see the images and learn about the free tool I used to create
them, check out my video at
After you view it, you’ll know what to do next time you have a disagreement
with your significant other – create something to make them smile.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – February 25, 2017
Best free photo and image editor
A question that comes up often on our forum is, “What’s the best free photo
My answer is usually, “There are many to choose from, but most of the free ones
won’t have all the features you’ll need (like the ability to add text or save
for the web). The paid ones have these features, but have steep learning
curves making them overly difficult to use.”
Then I recommend PhotoPad – a free and easy-to-use photo and image editing
program that has just about every feature you’d need when editing photos or
Not only does it have image resizing, cropping, photo effects and color
filters, it also has photo retouching options and text overlays.
While PhotoPad isn’t a Photoshop replacement, it is a great tool for those
looking for an easy way to edit photos and images. And yes, it works on
Windows, Mac and even Android.
To find out more about PhotoPad and to see how to use it, check out my short
video at https://www.bmyers.com/public/
If you need an free photo or image editor that is easy to use, this is the one you
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – February 18, 2017
The OCR text scanner in your pocket
So I found a page of text in a book that I wanted to copy and save to my computer.
But I didn’t want to have to manually type all the words from the page. I wanted
to use a flatbed scanner and OCR software.
But I couldn’t, the book page wouldn’t lay flat on my scanner.
Fortunately, I found an easy solution to the problem. One that didn’t
require me to buy a new scanner or pay for expensive OCR software.
I installed a free Photo OCR app on my phone and shot a photo of the page I wanted
to convert to text. Surprisingly, the app did a great job – it got all the words
right, the only things it missed were two commas it saw as periods.
The high degree of accuracy of the OCR app means that those of us who have smart
phones (and who doesn’t these days), can have a photo to text scanner in our
There are several free OCR apps for phones, and I show two of the best in my
article and video at
If you ever need to scan an article or page from a book and convert it to text,
you’ll want one of these OCRs apps. They’re free and very easy to use.
Check out the video and you’ll see why you’ll probably want one of these apps
on your phone.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – February 11, 2017
Viewing the world in 3D mode
As someone who travels the country in a motorhome, I use Google Maps a lot.
Mostly to get close up views of the places I plan to visit or camp so I can get a
better idea of how difficult it might be to get in or out of.
For example, while planning a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s
Complex in Titusville, Fl, and I used Google Maps to get a better idea of the
size of their parking lot and the area set aside for RVs and motorhomes.
But rather than just using the map, street or earth view in Google maps, I used
3D view – a new and pretty amazing feature Google recently added.
With 3D view, it’s like having control of a drone as you fly over a location and
explore it from different perspectives and angles. You can zoom in between
buildings, tilt and rotate the view and get amazing close-ups.
The 3D feature of Google Maps is free and if you want to be wowed or want to wow
your friends, you’ll want to take a look at it.
See where to find and how to use 3D mode in my video at
In that video you’ll see me fly in 3D mode around buildings in New York City as
well as around a popular beach bistro in Florida.
After you see how easy it is to use, you might want to try viewing your home,
birthplace or famous landmark in 3D mode. I’m pretty sure you’ll be
impressed with what you see.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – February 04, 2017
Downloading videos from the web
There are more than 80 million videos on YouTube and chances are you won’t
have time to view them all. But there may be a few that you want to save for
Maybe a favorite Ted talk, a collection of funny cat videos, or a how-to
showing how to fix your car.
To view these web videos offline, you have to figure out a way to download them
from YouTube or whatever site the videos are on.
To do that, you’ll need to either install a browser plugin that may or may not
work and might have a virus, or use the free download site I show in the article
There’s nothing to buy or install. Just visit the site, sign up for a free
account and then enter the URL of the video you want to download. The site will
download the video as a mp4 file direct to your computer.
So if you’re looking for a way to download videos from YouTube or other video
sharing sites, look no further. Just use the free site I show in the video at
You’ll be able to quickly download your favorite videos and watch them
without needing to be connected to the web.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – January 28, 2017
A novel idea
It wasn’t too long ago that if you wanted to get your book printed, whether it
was a how-to or a novel, it would cost you an arm and a leg.
You’d have to pay a pre-press set up fee, a printing fee, and order a minimum
number of copies. No matter who you used to do this, it’d almost always cost
you several thousand dollars before you’d see your book in print.
But these days, you can get your book printed for free. No pre-press fee and no
minimum order required. Yes, there will be a small fee for each copy printed,
but it’s deducted from the sales price, so there are no out-of-pocket costs
Customers can order your book from Amazon, your own web site, even
bookstores, and it’ll usually arrive within three days.
All this, thanks to CreateSpace, an Amazon owned print-on-demand company.
I use CreateSpace to create print copies of all my books and have to say the
setup process is fairly easy with zero out of pocket costs.
No matter what kind of book you have, whether it be a children’s book, a
coloring book, photo album, novel, biography or how-to, CreateSpace can
have it in print in less than three days, again with zero cost to you.
Just this past week, I used them to make sure my latest novel, Mango Blues, is
available in print format. You can see what it looks like on Amazon at
If you’ve got a book and want to see what it takes to get it in print using
CreateSpace, check out my short video at
After you view it, you’ll know how to make sure any book you write is available
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – January 21, 2017
Use a black background to make photos pop
If you’ve visited a jeweler or coin shop and asked to see an expensive item,
you may have noticed the merchant almost always places a piece of black cloth
on the counter and then places the item on top of it.
This is done to draw your attention and to showcase the true color or
brilliance of the item while blocking out background distractions.
You can do the same thing with your product photos. It’s easy to do and the
results can be quite impressive.
To see what I mean, check out the tips and photo examples I include in the
article at http://www.bmyers.com/public/
You’ll see a Rolex watch, diamond necklace and even a house pet all
photographed on black backgrounds.
After you check out the article and see the examples, you’ll know why
shooting against a black background can work in your favor and you’ll know
how to do it so your products look their best.
Check it out, I think you’ll be impressed.
Recent articles posted at Bill Myers Online:
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – January 07, 2017
Your New Year’s Resolutions
If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to come up with your new year’s
resolutions. Here’s what I suggest.
1. Write down a list of things you want to accomplish in 2017. Not monetary
goals, but specific things like ‘write a book’, ‘upload 100 videos to
YouTube’, ‘lose 40 pounds’. The more specific the items on your list, the
more likely you’ll actually achieve them.
2. Develop and pursue a ‘template of success’ to achieve your goals – Search
out others who have succeeded at what you’re trying to do and use their steps
as your own roadmap to success.
3. Specialize in something – If you want clients and customers beating a path
to your door, specialize in a skill they’ll need and likely not have
4. Start thinking about the long term – Ask yourself, “Where do I want to be
five years from now?” Then ask, “What do I need to start doing today in order to
reach that goal?” Whatever your answer, start following a plan to get you
where you want to be.
5. Be ready to adapt to changing conditions. – Life is full of unexpected
surprises – some pleasant and some not so pleasant. Hope for the best,
prepare for the worst and be adaptable as the world changes around you.
6. Never forget that life is for living – Don’t let the pursuit of money or
possessions cause you to lose your family, your health, or your personal
freedom. Keep things in perspective. Value your family and relationships,
build for the future and don’t let life pass you by.
Have a great 2017!
Bill & Sonya Myers
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – December 31, 2016
Start the new year out right
As 2016 ends and we prepare for new adventures in the coming new year, it’s a
good time to do a little year-end business housekeeping.
Spending a few minutes to take care of the things on the checklist below can
save you the headache of dealing with problems later on.
Your easy end-of-year business checklist:
* Verify and update the contact info on your eBay, PayPal, Google Adsense,
Amazon, YouTube and any affiliate accounts. Do this to make sure you don’t
miss out on important emails or affiliate payments
* Verify and update the contact info at your domain name registrar account –
do this so you don’t miss any domain renewal notices. And while at your domain
registrar, check to make sure you haven’t missed renewing important domain
* Verify and update the contact info at your web hosting account – do this so
you don’t miss any important messages that affect your websites. While at
your web hosting account, make sure the credit card on file has a valid expire
* Verify that email messages from all your different websites are being
forwarded to your main email account. Do this so you don’t miss any offers to
purchase your domains, buy your products, or requests to pay for ads on your
* And finally, if you have a copyright notice on your web pages (and you
should), change the copyright date to 2017. This makes the site look fresh
and cared for.
Taking just a few minutes to do the above will help you start 2017 on the right
And from all of us, Happy New Year!
Bill & Sonya Myers
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – December 17, 2016
Put those typos to work
Often, when in a hurry to visit a website, I’ll mistype the domain name. For
example, when trying to get to screencast.com, I’ll enter screenast.com,
leaving out the ‘c’ – which takes me to a “page not found” error.
Rather than live with error pages at the mistyped domain names, I usually
check Godaddy to see if the misspelled name is available.
If it is, I register it and use the domain forwarding option at Godaddy to
forward the domain to my site (bmyers.com).
That way, if I or anyone else mistypes the domain name, they end up on my site.
Registering common misspelling or typos of popular domain names and
forwarding them like this can be a low cost way to help new visitors find your
So next time you mistype a domain name and end up on my site, you’ll know why.
If you end up on an error page, consider registering the domain name
yourself. Or tell me about it and I’ll register it like I did with
www.screenast.com and several other domain name misspellings.
Bill Myers Tip of the Week – December 10, 2016
Automatic Video Creator
Let’s say you have a lot of photos from a recent event. Maybe a family reunion,
a wedding, an anniversary or something similar.
And you want to make a video out of those photos and share them on the web. But
you don’t have a video editing program or don’t have the time to use the one you
So what do you do?
The easy solution is to use a free online video creation tool where all you
have to do is upload your photos and they’re magically converted into a nice
These tools do exist, are free, and do a pretty good job. They make it easy to
quickly convert photos into videos and share them on Facebook, YouTube,
Twitter, and even on your own web pages.
To see where to find and how to use one of the best of these, check out the short
video I posted at
I think you’ll be impressed and maybe even amused at what you see.