Finding Big Ideas with Philosophers Notes

example Philosophers Note video

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.

Keeping it Simple with Momentum

momentum dashboard in Chrome

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.

Printing Text in Reverse

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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.

Watch Your Typos

bogus security warning message

This is an example of going on a wild ride as a result of misspelling a domain. Instead of getting the desired site, I got a security warning. And if I tried to repeat the scenario, I got a totally different site.

The Value of Saying No

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Last night, I attended an event where several speakers stressed commitment. While many in the audience nodded in agreement, I cringed. The reaction had nothing to do with the speakers, but how I think the word has lost value. The problem is we often say we’ll do something, but fail in the execution.

Copy File Path and Name

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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.

Find Lost Items With Tile

my key ring 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.