Last week I overheard a co-worker saying she had an incident with her cuppa Joe and keyboard. The first thing I thought was, phew - glad that hasn't happened to me! Sure enough, I was enjoying my morning tea the next day and with a quick clumsy move (blame it on the geekiness), my tea tipped over. When I realized what was happening, the me-oh-my kicked in and I was able to grab the cup before it spilled everywhere. If you ever find yourself in this situation (knock on hard wood you don't), here are some tips to help you save your keyboard (or laptop)!
Unplug the keyboard immediately and turn it over so that the keyboard can drain and dry out for at least a day.
Remove the small key 'caps off' with a screwdriver (don't remove any of the larger keys).
Clean the keyboard with a wet cotton swab and put the keys back to their original spots.
Plug back in when you are absolutely sure things have dried off. And fingers-crossed, your keyboard will be back in tip-top shape!
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Planning a movie date in the near future and wondering what shows are playing nearest you?
Go to Google and type in 'showtimes' followed by your zip code or location. You can also search for a specific film like the one shown here. Example: Shrek The Third 94104. Even if you don't know the full name of the movie, you can use abbreviations or shortcuts to find film info. For instance, movie: Camera Diaz with Mike Meyers, or movie: talking donkey. Enjoy the show!
I still remember the day I realized putting quotation marks around my search terms would produce better results. It was my sophomore year of college (sadly) and I was writing a 200-page journalism project and combing through thousands of Congressional bills. Let's just say, those quotes saved me a lot of research time. Dharmesh Shah recently put together a great list of 12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert and if you haven't already put them to action, I suggest you do. My favorite tips include:
Explicit Phrase: Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing. Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes. Example: “internet marketing”
Site Specific Search: Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:somesite.com” modifier. Example: “internet marketing” site:www.smallbusinesshub.com
Phone Listing: Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature. Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).
So you're on vacay, taking lots of stellar shots with your new digital cam. The only problem is you decided to go gadget less on this trip - no BlackBerry and definitely no laptop. If your only access to technology is a computer in the internet cafe beside your hotel, you just might be in luck. Now there are a slew of free web-based photo editing programs that will let you crop, cut, resize, rotate, change contrast, adjust color, sharpen, brighten and add borders to pics - from anywhere! Get your images picture perfect instantly without needing special software or gadgets. Here are some of my fave free online pic editing programs: PicnikSnipshotPixenateFauxtoPicture2Life
Looking for a way to correct the color saturation and lightness in a picture? If you are a PhotoShop junkie, this video tutorial will show you step by step how to use the new adjustment layer icon hue/saturation feature, so you can fine tune the color in your digital pictures.
This Infinite Solutions video may look like a blast from the past 80's video, but I assure you- it's anything but that! If you're away from your home base and want to connect to an unprotected wireless signal, this short video provides some great tips to help you do this.
By using your cell phone, laptop, an ethernet cable or a salad bowl with aluminum foil, you can increase network availability and extend your wireless range. Now I can finally go set up shop with my laptop in that beautiful park near my house! Yay!
This one comes straight from the geniuses over at Lifehacker and one of those tips everyone needs to know.
When you are reading a message in gmail, press the # key (Shift+3) and that message will instantly move to Trash. Alternatively, select one or more email messages in the gmail list view, press the same # hash key and all the selected gmail conversations will be deleted in one batch.
Didn't that just change your life? If you want more gmail shortcuts and tips check out the keyboard shortcuts list online.
Tired of just playing games with your Miis and want to liven them up a bit? Why not try having a Mii race on your Nintendo Wii? Here are some steps to help you get your Miis running their little fannies off!
For my guide on how to make this work, read more
We've had alot of people asking us how to get the nasty dust and dirt out from under their Motorola Razr V3 screen. We understand how traumatic it can be to not see your caller ID properly, so in efforts to assist, here are some tips to help you combat those pesky Razr dust bunnies!
Get a pin with a sharp head. You can use a sewing needle.
Wedge the pin under the top corner of the screen.
Apply pressure, and lift up the corner of the thin plastic screen (it is usually stuck down with a bit of glue). If you just so happen to break the screen, because you're overly excited about cleaning your screen, you can find a cheap replacement screen at a cell phone store.