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Finding Big Ideas with Philosophers Notes

Today, many of us are time-starved. We have too many things to do coupled with too many distractions. This can be a hindrance to learning. It’s at these times that we look for solutions that help us stay even or ahead. One problem area for me was reading. I didn’t want to give it up, but I felt like I didn’t always have time to complete a book, let alone process it.

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Keeping it Simple with Momentum

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by task managers or to do applications, you should check out the Momentum extension that works with Google Chrome or Apple Safari. It provides a simple dashboard with changing images and quotes. Includes a short video that highlights the key features.

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Snagit Software Captures Screen Prints and Your Imagination

Snagit is an exceptional and reasonably priced screen capture program that works on many platforms including mobile. It fits the sweet spot between simple graphic programs that don’t allow enough features and very expensive programs that add overhead and expense.

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Printing Text in Reverse

Sometimes it’s the little things that trip you up like figuring out how to print text in reverse. I’m not trying to imitate Da Vinci and his mirror fonts. Instead I was trying to do a t-shirt transfer with a quote. It seems there are many ways to solve this problem. You could also use this technique to baffle your boss with backwards emails.


Copy File Path and Name

This week I was working on a project where I needed to embed file names into a document. Typically, I open the File Properties dialog on Windows and grab the name. I couldn’t see the whole path and my mouse skills weren’t up to norm. It’s during these times that you look for Plan B. Sure enough, I had forgotten – copy as path.

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Find Lost Items With Tile

Have you ever experienced the frustration of losing your keys and spending precious time looking for them? Instead of getting stressed, try one of these new Tile devices. They are small enough to fit on your key ring and communicate location information to your smart phone.

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Relaxation Training with Pzizz

When I was young, I got into trouble for not taking naps. It was one reason I was dismissed from kindergarten. Years later, I look forward to my naps. This isn’t your average nap, but a short energizing power nap. Rather than having some teacher standing guard, I rely on software for my cell phone.

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Reduce Computer Eye Strain & Sleeplessness with Flux

Are you finding yourself in front of the PC too many hours at night or when it’s dark? Maybe you’re doing work or just catching up with friends. The problem is the bright light from the display may be impacting your sleep and causing eye strain.

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Clean Your Gmail Autocomplete List

Back in the old internet days, people rarely changed email addresses. Today is a different story with people changing jobs and having multiple email addresses. Sometimes email programs don’t want to let go of the old addresses and keep displaying them for us, which can present problems. I’ll skip the embarrassing parts and show you an easy way to remove stale addresses from the Google’s auto-complete list.

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Create a Letterhead Template with Word

Printed letterhead is nice, but can be costly. If you don’t print a lot of letters, you might be interested in creating your own letterhead. It just takes a few minutes using Microsoft Word to create a template file with your address and logo.