Create Quick Appointments with Outlook 2007

Create Quick Appointments with Outlook 2007

Outlook users: Instantly turn your Outlook 2007 tasks into appointments by dragging and dropping tasks to your To-Do Bar calendar. Doing so creates a new appointment with most of the important information—including date—already filled out. You’ve been able to generate new appointments by dragging and dropping emails or tasks to…

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Popular online liquidator Woot is in the middle of one of their famous Woot-offs, so grab one of these Woot helpers and find yourself some deals.

What Conversation Topics Make You a Bore?

Blogger Gretchen Rubin lists seven topics of conversation to avoid if you don’t want to be a bore. She writes: Unless you get a truly enthusiastic response from your interlocutor—which is possible—be very wary of recounting… 1. A dream. 2. The recent changes in your child’s nap schedule. 3. The…

Save a Slow System with Damn Small Linux

Save a Slow System with Damn Small Linux

All platforms: Pen drive-sized operating system Damn Small Linux—the savior of old PCs, non-booting systems and efficiency-minded users everywhere—released its 4.0 version this week. Notable changes include: New drag-and-drop capabilities in the file manager Improved Wi-Fi support (through ndiswrapper, madwifi, and other modules) New GUI interfaces for changing system preferences,…

GIMP 2.4 Offers New Features, Improved Interface

GIMP 2.4 Offers New Features, Improved Interface

Windows/Mac/Linux: Open source image editing suite GIMP version 2.4 is now available and features a host of new goodies and long-awaited improvements. Chief among the new features are scaling for all kinds of brushes, intuitive selection and crop tools, a new object alignment guide and advanced tools like perspective cloning…

Faceberry

RIM has announced a mobile Facebook application for the Blackberry. The mobile application will let Blackberry users upload photos straight to Facebook and send and receive friend alerts. Yes, but can they play scrabble?

11 New Security features in Leopard

Apple says the latest iteration of its OSX operating system, Leopard, boasts 300 new features, including 11 security features. You can read all about them here (and browse the other 289 features while you’re there). Or CNET has written a roundup of the security features here.

Make YouTube Better with Greasemonkey

Make YouTube Better with Greasemonkey

Programmer and blogger Jane Kasprzak rounds up five simple Greasemonkey scripts that combine to make for a much better YouTube (one might even call it a Better YouTube, *wink*). From resizing videos and stopping YouTube from autoplaying videos (a la

GCal

Google Calendar lovers can expect offline access with Google Gears sometime in the near future. That crazy Google might really have something here!

Unschedule Your Workweek and Enjoy Your Free Time

Unschedule Your Workweek and Enjoy Your Free Time

Relieve work-related stress and overcome procrastination by “unscheduling” your workweek—that is, “instead of scheduling work you have to do, you fill in everything you want to do.” Weblog LifeClever suggests that with your calendar completely unscheduled, not only will you ensure you get regular breaks to avoid nasty work-related injuries…

Create Custom Cookbooks with TasteBook

Create Custom Cookbooks with TasteBook

Want to gather grandma’s treasured recipes into one tome but lack the DIY drive? Web site TasteBook, now open in public beta, lets users upload their own recipes, grab choice dishes from Epicurious.com and other sites and compile them into a professional-looking book. The drag-and-drop interface is a nice touch,…

What Gmail IMAP Means for You (and Your iPhone)

What Gmail IMAP Means for You (and Your iPhone)

As reported late last night, some Gmail users are seeing IMAP support appear in the settings area of their account. This morning Google confirmed: IMAP just launched, and if you’re not seeing it yet (like we’re not, boo-hoo!) you will soon, as they are “rolling it out to everyone in…

What Do You Take With You During an Evacuation?

After two days of living on the verge of evacuation in wildfire-ravaged San Diego, I’ve had lots of time to think about what stuff to grab and go in case the fire comes my way. Of course the computer, a hard drive or two, irreplaceable photo albums, jewelry like wedding/engagement…

Wired’s “Test” issue free on PDF

The Cool Tools blog has a nice offer for it’s readers today – a free downloadable PDF of the new issue of Wired. It’s the “Test” issue, which means loads of product reviews – 125 pages worth of them in fact. If you’re a tech nut, I imagine you’ll find…

Twine – knowledge management with social search

Twine – knowledge management with social search

Web app Twine (currently in closed beta) attempts to bring social search and bookmarking tools to the wiki, which sounds like an interesting combination. The app offers personal or group knowledge management for sharing, organising and searching for information, includng bookmarks, images and videos. Web Worker Daily wrote about Twine the other…

Ask MetaFilter Roundup

Can I recover my deleted digital photos? Is there any software that can convert a PDF to Excel? Do I have to cover my absent roommate’s rent? Is downgrading my iPhone worth the risk? Where are people going now that Oink is gone?

Email Your Calendar with Outlook 2007

Email Your Calendar with Outlook 2007

If you’ve ever wanted to share your Outlook calendar with a friend or coworker via email, the How-To Geek weblog details a simple feature of Outlook 2007 that allows you to do just that. Just click the Calendar button in the sidebar and then the “Send a Calendar via E-mail…”…

Archive All Your Cell Phone Calls with SmartJournal

Archive All Your Cell Phone Calls with SmartJournal

Windows only: Freeware application SmartJournal archives your Windows Mobile cell phone’s call history—including incoming, outgoing, and missed calls—with Outlook’s Journal, a lesser-known feature of the popular email client. After you’ve installed SmartJournal (which is in German—though that shouldn’t affect any operation, since its actions are all behind the scenes), the…

Monitor Food Expiration Dates with Best When Used By

Monitor Food Expiration Dates with Best When Used By

Track your perishable food’s expiration dates and receive reminders days before the food goes bad with web site Best When Used By. If you’re in a pinch to put those edible treats to good use while you still can, the site also features a recipe search to help you make…

Seven Things That Keep Us From Getting Home on Time

We all face productivity killers each day when we’re trying to get work done. The Lifehack.org blog lists seven common ones – including procrastinating instead of making decisions and moving on, web surfing disguised as ‘research’, disorganised meetings, and team members not meeting their commitments on time. Chatting with colleagues…

Track Amazon for Falling Prices with PriceDrop

Track Amazon for Falling Prices with PriceDrop

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Keep an eye on the price of any item on Amazon and get alerts when prices fall with the PriceDrop Firefox extension. After it’s installed, PriceDrop automatically adds a link to any Amazon product listing that—when clicked—starts tracking the item for drops in price and alerts you via…

Enable Firefox Address Bar Auto-completion

Enable Firefox Address Bar Auto-completion

As you type a web site address into Firefox’s location bar, by default a dropdown with suggestions based on your history expands, and you can use the down arrow key to select one. For more aggressive URL auto-completion, head on into Firefox’s about:config area and set the browser.urlbar.autoFill value to…

Unpacking Mac OS X Bundles

Unpacking Mac OS X Bundles

Mac users, that file you’re trying to copy might actually be a bundle of multiple files—which is why your copying isn’t working. The Pain in the Tech weblog schools us on Mac OS X bundles, how to browse inside them and manipulate them, using GarageBand and Pages files as examples,…

Get Lost in Translation Sites

Get Lost in Translation Sites

The web makes it possible to search for documents written in every conceivable language, but what if you don’t actually know the language you find that special somethin’ written in? No worries—there are plenty of online translation services that can give you anything from just a good idea to a…

Free downloadable box templates

Free downloadable box templates

Italian website Idee Montabili has a few box templates you can download, print and cut out to make your own boxes. Some of them look suitable for displaying items in a retail setting, but a couple of them are for.gift boxes. I’d print out the template, then trace the template…

Put your iTunes Library on a diet

Put your iTunes Library on a diet

In the old days, a music collection was a pile of records or CDs (or tapes, or 8 tracks, depending on how far you want to go back!). I look back to those old days with some envy when I think about the the four different computers my household’s music…

Keep Your Computer Cool By Checking The Vents

Keep Your Computer Cool By Checking The Vents

If your computer is running too hot, one of the easiest initial things to check for is if your vents are blocked (where these vents are located depends on the make of your machine; check your manufacturer’s manual if you’re unsure). Vents that are clogged by dust or blocked by…

Take Small Steps to Achieve Huge Goals

Take Small Steps to Achieve Huge Goals

Many of us have a couple of really big goals that seem virtually unattainable. However, financial site The Simple Dollar suggests that writing down small steps necessary to achieve these goals can be extremely helpful. The key is to be as detailed as possible: time commitment, how you’re going to…