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The Pros and Cons of Becoming Paperless

Should you make the move to become paperless?

Paper is a great thing. We use it every day, and it does not run out of battery, lose data, and it is easy to access. But with technology is becoming easier to access, you may be wanting to make the move to become paperless. You can buy a scanner to scan it all in, or download an app on your phone or tablet. Below are some pros and cons of becoming paperless.

> Pros

  • You will have less to carry around, as it will all be on your phone, laptop and tablet.
  • You will never lose it – it could be stored on the cloud, locally or using a service such as Evernote.
  • It can be searchable – if you use a service such as Evernote or OneNote or any other service which has OCR, you can search and find all your docs with your search terms on.
  • It can’t be damaged – if you’ve ever experienced spilling a drink on some important work, if your paperless, you won’t have to experience it if you are paperless.

> Cons

  • Running out of battery – if you have no battery, you would not be able to access your docs
  • Hard drive crash – if you store all your data locally, and experience a dreaded hard drive crash, you would lose all your scans. This is why you should use something you can use on all devices.
  • Accessibility – would you really want to walk around a risky city with your phone or tablet in your hand? In some places, you will not (or won’t want to) take your device out.
  • Being offline – if you store your notes in the cloud, you might not be able to access them if they are offline. If you use Evernote, you can only access your notes offline if you are Plus or Premium.

So, as seen above, there are both pros and cons off becoming paperless. If you decide to become paperless, make sure you have chosen an area to save your scans that can be accessible on every device you use, and that your scans can be saved for offline use (if required). If you want them to be searchable, I recommend you try out Evernote.

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TCG: Beat your opponents with Seviper!

Seviper is a Pokémon which can add an edge to your game.

This card can be found in the EX Power Keepers. It is number 23/108. It is a Rare card.

Seviper has 70 HP, a grass type and a basic Pokémon. It has no Poké-Body. It is weak to Psychic type Pokémon, and does not have a resistance.

> Moves

Seviper’s first move is Sharp Fang. It does 10 damage. This move is not amazing, but its good to use when building up energy for Seviper’s next move, Toxic. Toxic poisons the opponent, and instead of adding one damage counter to the opponent’s Pokémon between turns, two are added. Therefore, after poisoning your opponent, you might want to retreat Seviper to your bench (keep in mind that this will cost you an energy card).

Seviper is a great card that can prepare your stronger Pokémon for a quick kill, or if you are on your last legs. Try it in your deck and see how it goes!

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Customize Your Desktop with Rainmeter

Rainmeter is a free tool for desktop customisation.

Rainmeter is a free application for Windows which allows you to customise your desktop. You may think that you can do this with the Gadgets which are built into Windows, but Rainmeter allows you to go far beyond these basic tools.

You can download hundreds of free skins, and you can combine them or choose a layout.

You can have gadgets showing the weather, your unread emails, feeds, the music you are playing and many, many more. You can have it simple or complex. Most themes can be found on deviantArt, but here is a full list of them.

The most popular skins are Enigma and Elegance. If you would like to know what skins I have used, feel free to comment!

All in all, Rainmeter is a great tool for making your desktop look better and be more functional.

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Feel free to comment below with your opinion!

Pokémon in the Spotlight: Goomy!

Gloomy is a pile of goo which looks like a slug. It is widely considered as the worst Dragon type Pokémon, which is one of the reasons I chose it! Goomy is a Dragon type.
Goomy evolves into Sliggoo, which then evolves into Goodra.

> Strategy Guide

     – Stats

Goomy has high Special Attack and Defense stats. This means that it is well-rounded in the ‘Special’ area.
At Lv. 50At Lv. 100
105 – 152200 – 294
49 – 11294 – 218
36 – 9567 – 185
54 – 117103 – 229
72 – 139139 – 273
40 – 10176 – 196
Total:300  Thanks to Bulbapedia!
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVsIVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.

     – Suggested Moveset

  • Dragon Pulse
  • Hidden Power (this would be Fighting type)
  • Rest
  • Sleep Talk
An Eviolite would be a good choice for Goomy, as it a NFE (Not Fully Evolved) Pokémon. The Eviolite boosts Defense and Special Defense of the holder by 50%, but only if it is a NFE Pokémon.
Dragon Pulse is Goomy’s major move, as it has 85 power, and can do good damage to other Dragon type Pokémon. Hidden Power is also another good choice, as it is Fighting type, which means that you can get good damage on Normal, Ice, Rock, Dark and Steel Pokémon. If you Goomy is low on HP, you can use Rest, which heals it, and also removes status problems. You can then use Sleep Talk to use a random move, which will make sure that Goomy is not helpless whilst asleep.

     – Type Defenses

If Goomy has the Sap Sipper ability, then Grass will not be effective.
Goomy is a great Pokémon if it has the right ability and moves. I would not recommend putting it in your competitive team, but it is a fun Pokémon to play with.
Thanks for reading!
Feel free to comment with what Pokémon you want next, and what you think about Goomy!

TCG: Strengthen Your Deck with Muk!

Muk is a Pokémon that can add an edge to your card game.

This version of the Muk is in the Platinum Series: 57/133. It is a uncommon card.

Muk is Lv. 49, and has a HP 100. It is weak to poison, and costs three energy cards of any type to retreat. To use Muk in your deck, you’ll need to obtain a Grimer.

> Moves and Poké-Body

Muk has two moves; Strange Poison and Strange Sludge. Both moves require at least one Poison energy card, and another energy card which can be anything. If you know how to use Muk properly, it could be a brilliant late game changer.

Muk’s first move is Strange Poison. It does 30 damage, and then a coin is flipped. If the coin lands on heads, your opponents Pokémon is poisoned. This means 10 health is subtracted every one of your opponents moves. If the coin lands on tails, Muk, your Pokémon, is poisoned. This may sound bad, but Muks Poké-Body will boost your health, and there is an even better advantage with having Muk poisioned.

Muk’s Poké-Body is Sludge Cell, which means that if Muk remains affected by any Special Conditions between turns, your remove two of the damage counters on Muk. This means that after your go, if Muk still has a special condition, you can remove 20 health from it. Therefore, it might be better having Muk poisoned then not poisoned.

Muk’s second move is Strange Sludge. This move does 50 damage, and does 20 more and confuses the opponents Pokémon if Muk is poisoned. Therefore, you might just want to have Muk poisoned.

All in all, Muk is a great Pokémon, and it’s even better poisoned! Muk is one of the Pokémon I included in my deck, and I would recommend that you try it out in your deck too!

Thanks for reading!

What do you think about Muk, and what Pokémon card do want next? Feel free to day so in the comments below!

Make Wikipedia Look Great with Wikiwand!

Wikiwand is a chrome extension to make Wikipedia look great.
What a page looks like when loaded

We all use Wikipedia (even if we’re not meant to). It’s a great source for researching for homework, essays or just for looking up things that interest you.

I was always slightly off-put when using Wikipedia due to its ugly looks. Some may find it fine, but I found it off-putting. Wikiwand changed that. It still allows you to access Wikipedia’s features, but it makes it look great. There is an easy to use table at the side, and the article is in the centre. You can still access links on the page, and access the Wikipedia tools. You also get the option to change it back to the normal Wikipedia view, and this can be done by clicking on the Wikipedia logo that can be seen on the bottom right.

All in all, Wikiwand is a great way to make Wikipedia look great, whilst retaining its functionality. I would recommend you try it out.

Feel free to have your say in the comments below, or contact me if you have any questions!

Pokémon in the Spotlight: Wailord!

I thought as my first post I would do my favorite Pokémon, Wailord! Please contact me if any info is incorrect, or if you want more stuff added to future posts!

Wailord is a large whale Pokémon, which appeared in the Generation III games. It is most well known for being the largest Pokémon; its height is around 14.5 metres.

Wailord evolves from Wailmer.

> Strategy guide

     – Stats

Wailord is a offensive Pokémon, with its Attack and Sp. Attack stats higher than its Defense and Sp. Defense.

At Lv. 50At Lv. 100
230 – 277450 – 544
85 – 156166 – 306
45 – 10685 – 207
85 – 156166 – 306
45 – 10685 – 207
58 – 123112 – 240
Total:500  Thanks to Bulbapedia!
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVsIVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.

     – Suggested moveset

Wailord would be most strong with these moves:
  • Water Spout
  • Ice Beam
  • Hidden Power (this would be Grass type)
  • Surf
I would give Wailord the Choice Specs as its item.Remember that the Choice Specs raise Special Attack by 50%, but they lock the holder into one move. I would choose Surf as that move, as it damages both of the opponents. You might want to choose Water Spout as that move (as it has 150 power), but you must remember that it only has 5pp and that it becomes weaker the more damage your Wailord takes.
If you don’t want to use the Choice Specs, you can always use Leftovers. Leftovers give you small amounts of health during the battle, but in the long run they might make the difference between you winning or losing.

You can also damage other water type Pokémon with Hidden Power, which means your Wailord might have a chance against Pokémon such as Blastoise.

     – Type defenses

All in all, Wailord is a great Pokémon, and it is very underrated. Try one out in your team and see how it goes!
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Pokémon Appear on The Nerdy Student!

Hello there!
You may have seen that I recently added a survey, and that was to decide whether stuff about Pokémon would be added to The Nerdy Student.
I am happy to announce that the results were in favor of Pokémon being added!
Pokémon in the spotlight and Pokémon Cards are what people want to see most, so you can expect to see posts on this topic.
If you don’t like Pokémon, do not fear! The normal productivity posts, software reviews and reviews (and more) will still be added.
I am planning to post Pokémon related stuff every Wednesday, and continue posting the usual stuff every Saturday.
I hope you enjoy the new changes!
Tell me what you think in the comments below!

IFTTT: Automate Your Life

IFTTT: Put the internet to work for you

IFTTT is a great tool for putting the internet to work for you. You can automate things such as saving all your favorite tweets into a note in Evernote, switching your alarm on when you leave your house and switching your phone to vibrate when you enter school.

The IFTTT logo

I perform many tedious tasks, and there are many things I want to automate to make my life quicker, easier and more simple. With IFTTT, you can set up ‘recipes’ (which are actually macros) to automate many things.

My favorite recipes can be found below.

IFTTT Recipe: Video archive to Evernote connects youtube to evernote

IFTTT Recipe: Put your Dropbox files into OneDrive connects dropbox to onedriveIFTTT Recipe: Siri to Wunderlist connects ios-reminders to gmail

IFTTT Recipe: Notability to Evernote connects dropbox to gmail

IFTTT Recipe: Remind myself to read my @Pocket articles with @Wunderlist connects pocket to gmail

Using IFTTT will smooth up your work flow, and probably increase the amount of time you have to do things. Keep forgetting to switch your alarm on or off? Set up a recipe so that when you leave a location your alarm is switched off. Got a new follower on Twitter? Thank them. Want to add your notes from Notability to Evernote, with three taps? Do it all automatically with IFTTT.

IFTTT Recipe: Arm Scout Alarm when I Leave the House connects ios-location to scout-alarm
IFTTT is integrated with loads of services (called ‘Channels’ in the IFTTT world). You can find the full list here.

All in all, IFTTT is a great way to save time, and its kind of fun to set up, and see you recipes in action. Its massive amount of integrations mean you will be hard pushed not to find the service you want on it.

IFTTT have recently released the DO apps, and they are another way to smoothen your life out at the tap of a button.

You can find all of my recipes here.

Do you use IFTTT? Do you like it and why? Feel free to comment in the comments section below!

Have Your Say in the Future of The Nerdy Student!

Hello there!

I have been considering whether to add Pokemon to this blog, Please take the 10 second survey below to have your say in the future of The Nerdy Student!

Thank you very much!