Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How To Use Windows Software on Mac - Tutorial

Since the release of my first two software, ED Chance Calculator and ED Pro Tools, I've received tremendous feedback from the community. All of them were positive and/or constructive, which I'm very grateful for because I put a lot of time and energy into these projects. For each program, there were several suggestions by Mac users to create a version of the software for Mac OS.

As much as I'm willing to do so, I'm simply not able to. In order to create a version of the software for the Mac OS, I would have to create said version on a Mac. Since I don't yet have a Mac, I won't be able to grant this wish.

Don't let this discourage you. There's still a way for Mac users to run the Windows software I create. It's simple, easy, and free.

Simply download Darwine to your Mac and use it to run Windows programs. If you're the cautious type, like me, you can also watch this great tutorial video on how to use Darwine.

If that doesn't do the trick for you, there are also other software out there for you to choose from. One of which is Mono, a versatile tool that can either be used to run applications or create them.

Hopefully one of these will help you (Mac user) be able to use the software I create in Windows. It will prove useful when future software are released!

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

How To Recover Your Artix Account

Despite all warnings and common sense, many players continue to either share, trade, and/or sell their accounts - only to get it stolen by dishonest people or worse...scammers! Even so, sometimes the problem is as innocent as forgetting your password or the email/pass you used to register your AE account. Well, before you go and rip your hair out in a raging panic, keep calm and continue reading about how to recover your Artix account.

Firstly, if you need to recover your account, go to your BattleOn Portal and click the Help & Support link in the top right hand corner. Obviously, you can follow the links I provide if you don't feel like doing 5 seconds worth of typing. Just click the "skip ad" button that appears. There, on the help page, you will see a number of links. Click the "How do I recover my Account?" link at the top of the list. There, you will need to follow the instructions pertaining to your case.

If you're a PAID PLAYER, meaning if you've ever purchased Artix Points or membership, you will need to focus on #1 that states:
  • Step One - "Find your Payment Confirmation Email. This email contains your transaction ID. You can search your email using the words "Artix Payment, "AQWorlds Payment," etc."
  • Step Two - "Write down or type your transaction ID and payment method for the next step."
  • Step Three - "Fill out the Automated Recovery Page. Please note, auto-recovery can only be used with certain payment methods. SMS payments are not proof of purchase for recovering accounts!"
#2 discusses how to recover accounts for FREE PLAYERS. (See instructions)
#3 details how to recover passwords for various AE games.

And please, for the sake of your ancestors, read #5! It gives some fundamental tips on how to protect your account as listed below.
  • Do not give out your password to anyone!
  • Do not give out your Artix Account name either!
  • No REAL Staff member will ever ask you for your password! This includes anyone pretending to be a Staff member on any social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook or someone emailing from a non-Artix email.
  • Do not fall for scams such as:
    I'll give you a free upgrade.
    Who wants a verified Guardian/Dragonlord/StarCaptain on their account?
    Want to Trade Accounts?
    Who wants Free In-Game Currency?
  • Report any user who asks for your password or who uses scams the ones above. For AQWorlds, type /report playername and /ignore playername.
  • Use a password that is at least 8 characters long that is alpha-numeric and case sensitive and that is something difficult to guess. Don't use a password such as password, computer, 12345, qwerty, god, dog, mom, etc.
  • Do not leave yourself logged in on a public computer such as at a school or a library.
  • Do not save your user name and password on a public computer.
  • Do not enter your account name and password on any other website but an official Artix Entertainment site! You can report scamming/phishing/hacking sites via our Copyright Violations Email Form.
  • For more information on how to keep your account as secure as possible, here is our How do I keep my account secure? Help Page
If you found this helpful, share it with your friends. Especially with victims of scammers.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Why You Shouldn't Invest Money In New Trends

Whether it's the latest income opportunity (a.k.a. "get rich quick scheme"), the new marketing software your professional contacts are raging about, or the new game that was released and is being praised by the same company that developed it, it's often a bad idea to invest your hard earned money in these new trends.

Why?

More often than not, new trends that are hailed as the next-best-thing almost always FAIL! At the very least, fail to live up to their expectations, but typically they go bust within a few years, if not months. During which time, that trend will be milked dry as all cash cows are (making somebody, who is not you, RICH!) before succumbing to it's inevitable fate.


I've been around the block a few times in my decade(s) of adulthood and I've seen many promising upstarts go out of business, leaving many people in a state of shock as they watch their investment(s) go down the drain.

For example, do you remember Yuwie? If you have to Google it, then you've made my point.

Yuwie was a popular social networking "experiment" that paid claimed to pay it's members for using it. The website was designed based on a pyramid scheme and functioned accordingly. Although it was free to sign-up, there were several features that members had to pay for, but most of the revenue earned "by" the website came from advertisements. Sometime during 2008, long before I became known as King Drekon, I joined Yuwie with the intention of expanding my network and income. Before then, I used Myspace to connect with people since I didn't join Facebook until 2009. Long story short, I soon realized that this latest trend would crash, burn, and die but until then it would be milked dry down to the bones. Even though I met some wonderful people on Yuwie and made many great friends, some I'm still in touch with to this day, trends like Yuwie should be avoided and I'm glad I didn't spend a penny on it. Today, the website is no more. All those members, all their friends, photos, comments, groups, earnings, everything is gone!

More recently, in 2011, I got involved with several other websites that seemed legit. One you may remember from the post entitled "Alternative Ways to Earn Free Varium for EpicDuel" as RylcoLikes. Yeah, not many people read that post after it was archived, even though it was linked and highlighted at the bottom of my most popular tutorial. Well, RylcoLikes was nothing to praise unconditionally, but it did have it's perks. Members would earn money ($0.01 - Really?) each time they Liked a Facebook page that was being advertised by people dumb enough advertisers inexperienced enough to pay money for it. I soon realized that the formula being used to make money for the website was not sustainable. Primarily because it relied on a constant stream of advertisers willing to pay for something they could get for free with other services like GrowSocials. It was inevitable that their advertisers would realize this and stop using the service. Before you know it, the website is down and out of business. As with Yuwie, all the earnings I acquired through RylcoLikes were lost!

As an internet marketer, I've utilized many online tools to increase my revenue. Not too long ago, I invested a lot of money with a service called AdBrite. If you're not aware, AdBrite was an ad exchange service similar to Google's Adsense. As an advertiser, I'd spend X amount of money to have my ads run on various websites. Conversely, as a publisher, I'd have AdBrite ads placed on my website - earning revenue. And as you might suspect, it was revenue that I never received! Why? Because AdBrite went out of business and all my earnings were lost! And I'm not the only one, many other people lost their earnings as well.

There are numerous other examples that I can give, but you get the gist of what I'm saying, right? If you don't, let me summarize it.
  • Use/Request all earnings for any service you participate in or you may lose it.
  • If you're not getting anything out of it, you're wasting time, energy, and money.
These can be applied to many aspects of life that can be assessed on a cost-value basis. Sometimes it's the latest fashion trends that would have you buying skinny jeans when you're 5'7, 195 lbs and look absolutely ridiculous wearing that thing. Other times it may be when you buy into the hype of the latest gaming trend and purchase games/items because of the cool graphics and are later disappointed because the gameplay is horrible, the lag is insane, and there are no refunds.

So take it from me, spend your money wisely. Don't fall for the scams nor the hype. Most importantly, don't waste your time with something while others get rich off of you.

It's possible that someday, you may wake up and my Blog, YouTube channel, Twitter account, Facebook page, Faction website, and EpicDuel character, no longer exists. Even so, at least you received a lot of helpful information (tips, tutorials, etc.), hopefully made great friends, and had a blast!

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