From The Tips Box: Scanning Invoices, Parallel Parking, Android Searching

Readers offer their best tips for keeping track of your invoices, parallel parking in the city, and saving space on your Android home screen.

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Scan Invoices to Google Docs for Easy Access

Hunter Dyar tells us a great way to keep track of financial documents:

I have gotten into a habit of always scanning and then uploading my invoices to google docs. This could work for any sort of receipt you want to take care of, and has several advantages. It's secured online, easy to give to insurance, etc. Also, for RMA's, it is often needed to prove purchase—such as an EVGA RMA i am dealing with now. Having the invoice from Fry's already on the computer was a life saver. It is also easy to share the folder with family, so they know what you spent on what, and more importantly, what money they still owe you.

Use Large Windows to Help Parallel Parking in Tight Spots

jwander14 shows us an easy way to parallel park in a crowded street:

When I am parallel parking in front of a large plate-glass window (which is pretty common in the city), I use the reflection of the cars to determine how much room I have when backing up. This is much better than getting out of the car to check and you can pull off the job while onlookers are watching to make sure you don't hit the car behind you as you "casually" back up. Don't forget to feed the meter, though!

Save Space on Android by Deleting the Google Search Widget

Aarrrgh lets us know that the Google Search widget, which is on the home screen by default, doesn't need to be there:

Many screenshots show the search widget on the home screen of a Nexus One. This is a waste of space. The Nexus One has a dedicated search key, and you can long-press it for voice searches.

This actually applies to a lot, if not all, Android phones that have the search button along the bottom.

Motivate Yourself by Changing Your Browser's Home Page

Priper tells us a quick way to keep up motivation:

I recently changed my Home page from Digg to hundredpushups.com. This forces me to actually do the exercise, or at least feel guilty about not doing them


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