Let’s start the new year with the best tip. I’ve told you guys about how to avoid spammer by using one-time disposable email services. That could really save you from a lot of email spammers. But what about telemarketers? It is quite annoying to receive a call from someone you don’t know and talking about the product you’re not interested at all. Yeah, nowadays, spammers are everywhere.
I’ve found a website called Numbr, which provide disposable US phone numbers. This service is very useful especially if you want to list your phone numbers in MySpace, Facebook or any other social networks.
I’ve no idea about their business model as they provide this service absolutely free. You can forward to any US landline or mobile phone no. After one month, your number will expire, but you can renew for free in your control panel. The best of all, their website states that your number will never be reused.
I’ve always enjoyed Firefox handy feature of saving login and passwords for web sites. But I’ve never aware that without using Master password, other people could easily view our stored passwords in plain text.
Go to Firefox Tools –>> Options.
After that go to Security tab, then click on Show passwords.
See? You can see all your stored passwords that simple.
How to prevent this?
You can set a Master Password by clicking Set Master Password. Remember by setting a master password, you need to provide your master password for every session of Firefox before using your stored passwords. Anyway, that’s a lot better than someone easily sneak away all your confidential.
I love Windows Vista and Office 2007. No matter what other people are saying, Microsoft introduces a lot of great new features.
Do you know that in Word 2007 you can mark your document as final so that other people could know that no editing should be done?
Here’s the step to do that. Yes it’s easy!
- First click on Office button and then go to Prepare.
- After that click Mark as Final.
- You will see the following dialog box telling you that the document will be marked as final and saved. Just click OK.
- After that you will see another dialog box telling you more about Mark as Final info. Just click OK.
Now your document has been marked as final. No more accidental editing could occur and your collegues could also aware that they shouldn’t edit the document anymore.
You can differentiate normal document and mark as final document easily as in Mark as Final document, you couldn’t type or edit anything. Also, if this any help, the Word Status bar also telling you as follow.
I hope this tip could help you make more productivity.
Do you know that you can resize the picture attachment in Outlook 2007 new mail before you send? Outlook 2007 has the option but that is hidden. I don’t even notice until my Jennifer pointed me out yesterday. Outlook 2007 buried this feature in their new introduction of Ribbon.
Resizing picture attachments before sending the mail is very nice to the people who use Outlook 2007 as their main mail clients (I know there are a lot of people including myself).
So here is the procedure.
First attach the pic as you normally would.
And then click the insert tab, after that click on the option button as in the following pic.
You will get the attachment options dialog box as in the pic below.
Choose the size you want to resize.
That’s it! No more Paint or Photoshop to resize the pic attachment and no more trouble sending big photos.
Microsoft has introduced new file formats in Office 2007. I’ve already told you guys about how to open docx files for those who still don’t have Office 2007.
But for me, as a Office 2007 user, sometimes I forget to save the file in Word97-2003 compatible mode and save it in 2007 new format and then send to my friends and coworkers, who are still using Office 2003 or older. After a couple of times happened, I’ve got to find a way to change Office 2007 default save file format. After a dozen times of accidentally sending a Word 2007 document to co-workers still stuck on Office 2003, I’ve decided to make Word save in the Word 2003 format by default.
Here is the procedure:
1. First click on the Office button and then choose Word Options as in the following picture.
2. After that Choose the save on the left column. And then from Save files in this format drop-down menu, choose Word97-2003 Document (.doc) as in the following pic.
After that click save. From now on, Word 2007 will always save file in Word 97-2003 format. No more incompatible format saving any more. As you can guess, even though I told you only about Word 2007, you can apply this tip in Excel 2007, Powerpoint 2007 and any other Office 2007 applications.
If you’ve ever tried to insert the Google Adsense code directly into your Blogger XML Template as you want ads between post (not in the widget sidebar or anywhere else), you’ll be stunned like me when you get the following error message.
Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly. XML error message: The processing instruction target matching “[xX][mM][lL]” is not allowed.
This is because Blogger uses more strict and standardized XML. The above error simply mean the Adsense code is not standardized XML. To solve this, we need to replace all the html character such as ‘<’ with ‘>’ ‘”‘ with ‘”‘. Check the example below: This is original code.
This is XML standardized code:
You can use your text editor to replace all the HTML manually. Hey why don’t you check out Blogcrowds HTML parser. It is very easy and convenient. Be warned that changing the ads might violate the TOS of your specific ads company. So be sure to check with them to play safe.
Now Firefox 3 comes into second beta phase. Previously, many people complained about the Firefox add-on compatibility on Firefox 3 beta 1. Now it is improved on Beta 2. Many popular Firefox add-ons added support to Firefox 3.
For incompatible add-ons, you can use Nightly Tester Tool to force them work with Firefox 3 and they work!
For me, I just want to try Firefox 3 without touching my old Firefox 2 setting. So that I download portable version and trying now. So far, Firefox 3 looks like it will survive memory leaking issue that killed Firefox 2.
With Windows Vista, noticably Windows+tab is 3D Flip cycles through opened Windows. There are many more shortcuts you can execute to make computing with Vista a lot faster. Here is the list.
|Windows + E
|Windows + D
|Windows + B
||Focuses selection to the first icon on the notification area, use arrow keys to navigate and Spacebar to select
|Windows + F
||Find Files and Folders (AKA Search)
|Windows + Tab
||3D-Flip cycles through your standard applications (only available for Vista versions with Aero enabled)
|Windows + Ctrl + Tab
||Launches 3D-Flip but stays on the desktop so that you can scroll in directions
|Windows + M
||Minimize all windows
|Windows + Shift + M
||Undo minimize all windows
|Windows + R
||Open Run window
|Windows + Pause/Break
|Windows + F1
|Windows + U
||Ease of Access
|Windows + Spacebar
||Displays Windows Sidebar (provided enabled)
|Windows + L
||Locks the computer (needs password to reactivate)
|Windows + T
||Tabs through applications on the taskbar
|Ctrl + Shift + Escape
||Launches the Task Manager
My daily work become faster after I’ve got used to the Windows shortcuts. Hopefully this list could help your life a lot easier too.
For the users of Windows XP, you may get the pop-up windows that appears every time some of programs crashes. You have the option to choose whether you want to report the error to Microsoft or not. We usually click No and the message disappears, and we get on with our work.
Well, I have always just clicked NO, and moved on. I never even bother to click YES. I just wanted to get on with my work, so that I find a way to stop the computer to avoid showing that popup. Well, now I’ve got the tip to fix the problem. It is a simple fix.
- Just right click on the My Computer and click Properties.
- Once the System dialog box is open, click the Advanced tab
- And then click the Error Reporting tab at the bottom.
- Check the box that disables Error Reporting.
That’s it. I never have to look at that annoying popup again!
We all got different error messages on Windows. We can get the solution by googling the error messages. The annoying part of that is we have to manually type the error message as we can’t select the text in the error message box.
But hey from lifehacker blog, I’ve got a much simpler way. Simply just make active the error message window and then press Ctrl+C. All the error message text including Windows title will be on the clipboard. Just paste it in the Notepad, select the message you want and then start googling. No more manual typing.