Welcome to the 355th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is your first
issue, I'm sure there will be something for you. If you give me two or three
issues, I know that you will come back for more!
Well, today marks the end of our Poll of
the Week section. I've been thinking of dropping it for a while, but
I wanted to hit a milestone. There were 200 polls that people participated
in. Unfortunately, the level of participation was always quite low. I rarely
had 100 people vote, and lately I was lucky to have 80 people vote. And I
was definitely running out of things to ask about! We're thinking of some
new things to include in the newsletter, and hopefully we'll have something
firm in the coming weeks.
I saw PGA pro John Daly today. As I mention
in my AccessNiagara.com blog posting, he was doing a fundraiser for the
Boys and Girls Club of Niagara Falls and had a cigarette hanging out of his
mouth (he wasn't even holding onto it with his hands)! There should have
been some PR Rep around telling him to smarten up.
My parents held a huge garage sale at my house this past weekend. It was supposed
to start at 8 am. My Dad was here just after 6 am to setup, and people started
to come shortly after. Probably the busiest part of the day was between 6:30
am and 8 am, when we weren't even supposed to be going yet. Some people really
like to get there early for the deals!
Your legs may not seem all that smart, but they're pretty good at letting
you walk without having to think about what you're doing.
That hasn't been the case with artificial limbs, which have long required
wearers to put a lot of thought and effort into a simple stride. Now, though,
a newer generation of prosthetic devices is making use of chip technology
to make walking a more natural act for amputees.
No doubt about it - Apple's announcement that it's selling a four-button,
scroll-wheel-bearing USB mouse is big news. Not in the earth-shattering kind
of way that you'd greet the announcement of a new Mac or iPod. It is, after
all, just a mouse.
But the Mighty Mouse marks the end of 21 years of Apple's one-button mouse
policy. In that way, it's a little bit like the Berlin Wall coming down.
Except, y'know, with mice.
The nation's public schools are rushing to reconfigure scores of traditional
courses from basic composition to calculus so students can take them via
the Internet. One of the unlikely new offerings in this vast experiment is
Sound like an oxymoron? Not in Minneapolis, where a physical education course
joined the school district's growing online catalog in the spring and already
has a waiting list.
Broadband Internet surfers in North America watch two fewer hours of television
per week than do those without Internet access, while those using a dial-up
connection watch 1.5 fewer hours of TV.
The data come from a Forrester Research study released Tuesday that uses
what it calls the longest-running survey of its kind, counting nearly 69,000
people in the U.S. and Canada as participants.
Broadband Internet users watch just 12 hours of TV per week, compared with
14 hours for those who are offline, according to the study, "The State
of Consumers and Technology: Benchmark 2005."
The July 29 issue of the TechRepublic Windows
XP tips newsletter I get had a listing of a bunch of documents they
have showing shortcuts for various programs:
Speed up regular tasks with these keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Office
All users -- including IT professionals -- have repetitive tasks that
they do over and over again in Windows and Office. One of the best ways
to get more efficient with your work is to learn the keyboard shortcuts
for those tasks. You can download and print these time-saving keyboard
shortcut lists and post them near your keyboard for at-a-glance help. You
can also share copies of these documents with your colleagues and your
end users to help them become more efficient as well.
25 keyboard shortcuts for moving faster in Windows XP
The point and click interface has made computers accessible to the masses.
However, IT professionals know that it's much faster to use keyboard
shortcuts than to point and click. Here are 25 useful keyboard shortcuts
that can help you navigate Windows XP faster than ever.
30+ keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft Internet Explorer
This list provides more than 30 keyboard shortcuts to help you work faster
in Microsoft Internet Explorer, including how to quickly organize your
Favorites, refresh a Web page, view recently-visited pages, and much
Microsoft Word 2003 keyboard shortcuts
This handy, two-page table lists 80 keyboard shortcuts and their corresponding
functions for Microsoft Word 2003. This download provides at-a-glance
help when you need to format text, work with tables, print and preview
documents, and apply styles.
Excel keyboard shortcuts
Get lots of valuable Excel keyboard shortcuts. Try this one-page sample
chart from our Quick Reference: Microsoft Office Pak.
80+ keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft Outlook
This list provides more than 80 keyboard shortcuts to help you work faster
in Microsoft Outlook, including how to quickly send messages, schedule
meetings, organize your calendar, manage your contacts, and much more.
50+ keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft PowerPoint
This list provides more than 50 keyboard shortcuts to help you work faster
in Microsoft PowerPoint, including how to quickly add new slides, format
side text, modify a slide's design, start a slide show, and much more.
70+ keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft Access
This list provides more than 70 keyboard shortcuts to help you work faster
in Microsoft Access, including how to quickly create a new table, open
the Visual Basic Editor, invoke a Builder, sort data, and much more.
And for those of you who are still infatuated with the mouse, you'll
also enjoy this download:
34 timesaving mouse tricks for Word users
Some users sneer at the mouse and consider it clumsy compared to the keyboard
for executing quick actions. But like any tool, the mouse can expedite
your work if you know how to use it effectively. The techniques listed
here are easy to remember and lightning-fast. Most just involve a simple
double-click in certain places within a Word document window to bring
up options for tasks like page setup, text formatting, and object editing.
I'm sure many of you are familiar with Wikipedia,
the online free encyclopedia. A "wiki" is
a community project. In the case of Wikipedia, anyone can add/edit an entry.
Well, Wikispaces lets
you create your own project.
Wikispaces is a place where you can easily build web pages with other
people. Signing up and creating your own wiki space is fast, free, and
What can I use Wikispaces for?
Wikispaces is great for any kind of group website. It's for families, classrooms,
sports teams, community groups, book clubs, fan clubs, party organizers,
wedding planners, and more.
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