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Archive for July 2007

July 31st, 2007

Tweak Firefox for widescreens and make it stay in the background when you want it to

Have a widescreen monitor?  Chances are if you have a newer laptop you do.  Even lots of desktop users are jumping on the widescreen bandwagon.  Well, funny thing is that applications haven’t caught up with this change in monitor size.  Fear not, though, help is on its way.
I found this from GHacks a long while […]

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July 31st, 2007

Outlook 2007 Sucks

Outlook continues to drive us all batty.  I’ve just upgraded to a newer machine and while it might not be the speediest beast on the planet, the 2 gigs of RAM makes everything run better including Outlook.  But I digress.  Outlook 2007 is trying to make our e-mail more secure, but it’s junk mail filtering […]

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July 28th, 2007

Vista Battery Saver Goes Open-source

I talked about the Vista Battery Saver tool in May when it was first launched in beta.  I tried it for a little while, but I think something about my machine didn’t like it.  Doesn’t really matter though, because everyone else liked it so much so that it’s been release as an open-source app:
Project DescriptionThis […]

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July 27th, 2007

Backpack gets refreshed by 37Signals

Something for all you Backpack fans…
37Signals relaunched their Backpack service today. The app’s back end code was completely rebuilt from scratch, according to Jason Fried, and the service also got a new UI to match some of 37Signals’ other recently updated products (such as Basecamp). The design still feels very familiar to any 37Signals app […]

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July 27th, 2007

Want your question answered? Ask it last.

My friend Ben Yoskovitz laments a common problem we all have faced dealing with folks via e-mail…not getting a critical question answered:
And that’s frustrating. You can’t keep asking the same question over and over, and presumably you’re asking the question because you really want an answer.

Tip: The last question you ask in an email is […]

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July 26th, 2007

Vista SP1 delayed for two years!

 This is not the news or rumour I wanted to read this week:
Valleywag reports that “Microsoft has apparently told executives at one of the world’s largest PC makers not to expect a formal release of Windows Vista SP1 — the first major set of upgrades and bug fixes to its Vista operating system — until […]

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July 18th, 2007

Best advice for using your laptop outside

It’s summer, well in the Northern Hemisphere at least, and some of us might be tempted to use our laptops outside occasionally.  Web Worker Daily has a few tips for this and this one is my favourite:
Give up, have a beer, and decide that the summer sun is more important than work. You probably need […]

By Tris Hussey -- 4 comments

July 17th, 2007

Make technology suck less-Do your part to save energy

Folks always wonder why the monitors are off in my house (at least asleep).  I do keep CPUs running, but printers are all on power-save mode.  Why?  Because I try to save energy with my tech gadgets.  Lifehacker has easy energy saving tips for tech.
Frankly, not much else needs to be said…just do it.
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July 16th, 2007

Online storage has come a long way, worth another look

Sometimes you just need to stash a file somewhere.  Somewhere online, where you can get to it on another computer, or share, or back it up.  Lots of reasons.  Storage costs have dropped so much that online storage solutions have been getting better and cheaper.  That and our Net connections faster and faster.  I have […]

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July 13th, 2007

And it all started with a :)

We all use emoticons in IM and other electronic conversations.  They’ve just become a part of how we express additional feelings.  How did they start?  Who was the first … here’s your answer:
That originated in a conversation posted to a CMU message thread dated September 16, 2020. Fahlman suggested the sequence :-) as a way […]

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