Searching For Some Home Business Tips?

Has the decision to start your home business been made? You can enjoy the freedom and control that comes with this. Never forget that it’s a real business, though. You’ll be able to have a stress free job if you’re prepared in the right way.

Starting a home business can be exciting, but it also takes a ton of initiative and a burning desire to bring your dreams into reality. There are regulations that specify what kind of building an office can be located in, so keep this in mind when finding somewhere to host a business. This is also an excellent way to maintain appropriate and clear boundaries between work and home.

Make it so that there is a clear wall of separation between work life and personal life. Set work hours and stick to them. Set a specific time after which you will no longer accept business calls. Make space for family, friends, and personal time to yourself.

Actively seek the support of others in home businesses that are similar to yours. It can be a good idea to set up your own home business network to easily communicate with other businesses. Even though some of the people will not be in the same type of business, you will share with them the dedication and drive to make your home business a total success.

An office is a must for a home business. You can use a small space if you’d like. Just make sure it’s someplace you want to go. Your office needs to inspire you and enable you to operate as effectively as possible. Do not worry too much about the size because you can work it well with planning.

The ideas that are offered along these pages may prove beneficial when starting a home business. Running your own business is just like anything else: planning and preparation are key. Get started on your business plans or look for ways to improve your current business!

Microsoft’s Games Gold Promotion: Xbox One

For the record, I love my Xbox 360 and one of the reasons why is the Games with Gold promotion where I can get two free games each month as long as I’m an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. For those getting an Xbox One, fear not for this promotion will carry over. While those who are remaining with their Xbox 360 (like me), Microsoft will extend the promotion as an “ongoing benefit” for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

According to Xbox Live director of programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, details on how Microsoft will implement Games with Gold on Xbox One are coming “later in 2014.”

Sony offers a similar service through its PlayStation Plus membership, giving subscribers free access to downloadable games and discounts on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. This promotion will be available on PlayStation 4 starting this week, giving subscribers free access to downloadable PS4 games Resogun and Contrast.

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What’s the best HDTV for gaming?

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Roger wants an HDTV that he can use for gaming, and he needs it to have low latency. Leo says that the key feature is response time. Old style TV sets had a response time of virtually zero, which is why they’re still the best option. LCDs are about 4 milleseconds, which isn’t bad, but it does give some motion blur. Latency has to do with connectivity. If he can turn off processing, he’ll get better performance.

The chatroom suggests going over to DisplayLag.com to learn more about specific TVs and what they’re display lag is. They also have a great article called The Best HDTVs for Gaming. The best overall is the 2013 Sony KDL-55W900A.

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Massively Minecraft – Learning with Little Miners!

Massively Minecraft is a Guild based learning community for kids aged 4-16 who are interested in developing digital media skills, exploring their creativity and developing online social skills using the video game Minecraft.

Our guild is a social-enterprise, founded in mid 2011 for parents, teachers, schools and researchers as players in an open world to learn together, using game-theory and our experience of developing process networks in virtual worlds.

from Apps for Kids 46: Nimble Quest

Apps for Kids is Boing Boing’s podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.

In this episode, we review Nimble Quest. It’s $2.99 in the iTunes store and free in Google Play.

Our Minecraft contest deadline has been extended to October 11 at noon PT! email us a screenshot or YouTube link of your Minecraft creation and we’ll pick a winner to join us on an upcoming episode of Apps for Kids!

If you’re an app developer and would like to have Jane and me try one of your apps for possible review, email a redeem code to appsforkids@boingboing.net.

Jane and I love to get your emails with questions about game, gear, and tech. What’s your question?

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by Mark Frauenfelder

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How to Make a Cracked Minecraft Server

  1. Download the server software from Minecraft.net. When you are at the main page of Minecraft.net, underneath the big “BUY NOW” logo should be a link that says “Download”. Click on that link. When you have done that, look for the link that says “Minecraft_Server.exe”. Click on that link and it should download the server software for you.

  2. After you have downloaded the server software, make a folder on your desktop named “Minecraft_Server” and moved the download into there, because when you run the server for the first time a lot of files are gonna be made.

  3. Once that is done, run the server software for the first time. You may see lots of “FAILED” things on the server interface. It’s ok, as the server has only been run for the first time and is missing a lot of files. When the spawn area loading thin is at 100%, in the little chat box down the bottom, type “stop”, without the quotation marks and the server should shut down after saving all of the chunks.

  4. Now, open the Minecraft_Server folder again and the server_properties file is the one you want to look for. Once you have found it, double-click on it. Once that is done, click “select from a list of installed programs.” It will then show you a list of programs; select Notepad, or another text editor if you will.

  5. When that is completed, look through the list in the properties file to find where it says “online mode=true”. Now you want to change the “true” part to “false”. This will ensure that your usernames are not chosen from minecraft.net.

  6. Once done, you will need to port forward. If you do not know how to do that, go to portfoward.com. The port you guys need to use is 25565. The i.p. you will need to use is your IPV4 address. You can find it by opening up your Command Prompt and typing “ipconfig” then pressing enter.

  7. Once that is done, open the server_properties file again in notepad. Look for this. “server i.p=”. After the = sign, put your IPV4 address, the one you used when port-forwarding.

  8.  Then you should be done! You will need to open the server software in order to get on to your server. Open it up, then go onto Minecraft. Click Multiplayer, then “Add Server”. Call it what you want, but in the server address bar, put the i.p you used when port-forwarding. Click on “Ok” or whatever the confirm button is and there you go! You should be able to get on to your cracked server.

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