Do you use Wikipedia? I use it daily.
What is Wikipedia
Although it has been around since 2001, it wasn’t until about a year or two ago that it unintentionally became a new way of searching for me. Wikipedia typically has the best description and details about WHATEVER you are looking for. Rather than search the Internet in general, a typical search for me often includes the word “wiki”.
Wikipedia is user contributed content. I find it often offers the best answers in a format and consistency I prefer.
Or, Google, “wiki rome”. Wikipedia’s full of details for all information concerning the city. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome)
Or, try “wiki miracle fruit” for an interesting bit of information I learned the other day.
Rather than wade through unknown sites for information, try adding wiki in your search to see if you can quickly get exactly what you’re looking for.
Archive for June, 2008
As you advance your computer skills you will prefer less interaction with the mouse. There are tons of shortcuts you can use on your keyboard to limit back and forth from keyboard to mouse. So you can work more efficiently, here are a few shortcuts I use daily.
Spacebar – When browsing the web, use the space bar to go down a page
F2 – With a file selected use F2 to quickly rename it
PrtScr – This button will copy the entire screen. Use the Edit menu and Paste the picture to an email or image editor for a fast screen shot
CTRL + C (hold the CTRL button and tap C) – Will copy text for you to paste elsewhere (text must be highlighted first)
CTRL + V – Pastes your copied text to the area you have selected
CTRL + F – Find text on a page
ALT + TAB – Cycle through your open programs
Windows Key + D – Minimizes all screens so you can see your desktop instantly
ALT + F4 – Closes the open window
Delete – Everyone uses backspace, but do you use the delete key? It does the same thing as backspace but from the left side of the cursor instead of the right. Try it!
Windows + L – Quickly lock your computer
Wal-Mart, OfficeMax, and Radio Shack probably all have them. I found several suppliers online for less than $5. Here are some links if you prefer to shop from home:
(There are also some that convert a 110 home power outlet to a USB charger. That’d be great for traveling / hotels.)
Take a picture of things you need save. A receipt, a note, directions, another picture, etc. Snap it, then throw it away. Email the picture to yourself.
This might also work to reduce sentimental things you might collect. Taking a picture can still retain the visual memory, without the actual item. Use your camera to photograph the item, and then let it go. This is a great way to really clean house.
I heard about this cleaning method a while back but it wasn’t until recently I put it into practice. I don’t have my scanner (wow do I scan everything!) and my wallet was getting jammed with receipts and notes. I use my camera phone to snap (or “scan”) and then toss the paper. Easy!
Did you know you can create a desktop shortcut to make logging in to
1. Login to your account.
This will only create a favorite’s link. Right click and cut this
If we support your computer, you probably already know what LogMeIn is. But do YOU use it? LogMeIn is a remote desktop application that allows you to login and access your computer from anywhere. Just like you were sitting in front of it. Browse files, send email, use any application on your computer. Best of all, it’s free!
From the office, access your home computer or visa versa. Traveling? Login to your computer from any Internet cafe. Need to help a friend with their computer? LogMeIn! It now works on Macs and the iPhone.
Signup for a free account at www.logmein.com. Just click the large green, “Download LogMeIn Free” button and follow the few simple steps. It’s extremely simple, fast, and it’s secure.
LogMeIn is an invaluable product for us. We use it daily.
They do have a subscription service available that allows remote printing, audio, file sharing, network services and more. Great company.
Turn your webcam into a surveillance camera. HomeCamera software allows you to automatically record, get stills or videos from your webcam from any browser, including your cell phone, and a host of other features. Motion detection options can even alert you by email. Currently the beta is free, but they plan to always have a free version along with a full version at $14.95/yr.
I found a few other sites that are completely free but I don’t know the details on them. If you’re interested in this project, you might check these out as well:
Not the email, the real stuff (more on SPAM soon). Do you get too much? Below are some useful resources for reducing your solicitations. I’ve read some have had great success, almost cutting it out entirely! All links are legit and can be trusted:
Request Mail Hold Online
You can also change your address, or have your mail forwarded using the USPS’ website.