Push notification example in Chrome

How to Change Chrome Notifications

Do you find you're seeing more browser push notifications? Some of these are quite useful, but others are a result of me clicking to allow something in my haste. This week, I hit the tipping point. Each time the little box would push out from the right side of Chrome, I'd want to smack it. While that might make me feel good, the better solution was to change my browser settings.
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Speed Up Learning With Audacity

Speed Up Learning With Audacity

Ever feel you’re at an audio buffet table and you’ve loaded up on too much content? This recently happened to me with some audio courses and podcasts. I didn’t have enough time to hear all the lectures and conference calls. I needed to find a way to shorten the listening process. The solution was easier than I thought using the free sound editor and recorder called Audacity.
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My Big Stretch custom reminders.

Use Big Stretch Reminder to Manage Your Attention

Are you creating busy work to avoid focusing on important items? That’s a question asked in the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. As much as I enjoy browsing the web, I’ll admit that it is not always productive. With constant online availability comes constant distractions. One way I regain focus and manage my attention is to use a simple reminder pop-up tool that rotates through two questions.
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The Value of Saying No

The Value of Saying No

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.
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How to Add Image to Outlook Signature

How to Add Image to Outlook Signature

One way to personalize your email or promote your corporate identity is with email signatures. Often I find people either don't know how to create or edit these signatures in Outlook. This is unfortunate as the Signature area is a useful feature that can be used for many scenarios.
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How to Fix Web Pages Where Text is Too Wide

The web is a wonderful place, but sometimes the pages don't work for me. It's not the content, but how they display. I'll find a site where the text is very wide or even full screen. On some monitors, this works well. Other times, the width makes it harder to read the page. Your eyes have to span the full screen and it's more tiring. But, with the use of your browser and a couple of tweaks, you can fix pages where the text is too wide.
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connected apps to your Google account

See Which Apps Access Your Google Account

We’re living in an interconnected world which offers a lot of conveniences. We can use Google, Facebook, OAuth to connect us to online services and apps. The downside is that there are more “bad actors” trying to trick us and gain access to our info.
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Using Browser History to Find Elusive Pages

Ever had the situation where you need to go back to a web page you visited but can’t recall the URL or site? This happened to me this week. I knew the site name, but not the specific page. My attempts to find it using the site’s search didn’t work well. I couldn’t recall the right words and got too many results. And then I remembered I could find the page using my browser history.
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Limit Costly Data Charges with Windows 10

In my desire to get the new Windows 10, I failed to check some default settings before heading out. I learned an important lesson and paid the price.
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bogus security warning message

Watch Your Typos

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.
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