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Windows only: Sick of accidentally hitting the Caps Lock key when you never intentionally use it? You can disable the Caps Lock key entirely with a free Windows utility called SharpKeys. The How-To Geek explains that instead of having to edit the Windows registry yourself to disable and remap keys, SharpKeys does it for you with a convenient interface. You can even add key combinations that map to functions and applications, like Print or your default email client. SharpKeys is a free download for Windows XP and Vista.

Map Any Key to Any Key on Windows XP / Vista


It's a phone, it's an iPod, it surfs the web, and it finds the closest restaurant serving fried calamari. If you hack it, you can install killer third-party applications. But in addition to all of that, the iPhone is also a killer remote control. You could spend hundreds of dollars on a multimedia remote with a touchscreen interface, glorious album art, and all of the fixings, but if you've already got an iPhone, you really don't need to. Today I'll show you a number of ways you can use the iPhone to remote control everything from iTunes playback to your Windows or Mac desktops.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Writing things down helps you remember them, claims The Positivity Blog. That's because our memories alone are usually not dependable, and external systems are needed. Write things down so that you can think clearly, define your goals, track your achievements, and of course, get the unnecessary stuff off your mind. Isn't that what self-improvement is all about? Of course, if pen and paper isn't your thing, you can also try journaling. Readers, how do you stay on top of everything?

Why You Should Write Things Down


Wired's written up a guide on how to outsmart ISPs which throttle BitTorrent traffic. Tactics include encrypting your traffic, changing the default port number, changing the way the protocol behaves, reducing the amount of one-way traffic, or hiding your traffic within an encrypted tunnel. I've commented before that Australian ISPs have been fairly cagey about admitting whether they shape BitTorrent traffic or not. There's so much user generated content being shared online these days (hello YouTube!) that it's just bogus for ISPs to pretend that throttling P2P traffic is just punishing pirates. Clarity is really needed on the issue - if ISPs wish to shape traffic, they should expressly have to tell their customers that.

Optimize BitTorrent To Outwit Traffic Shaping ISPs


Developer David Heinemeier of 37 Signals has come up with an innovative way to get down to paper mail inbox zero status:

Enter the tag team of organisation: The Fujitsu ScanSnap document scanner, a shredder and a solo Highrise account. The beauty of the ScanSnap is its utterly brain-dead simple mode of use. You feed it a document, click the scan button on the device itself, and a PDF lands on your desktop. No continuous configuration, just one-click-straight-to-PDF goodness. After the document is PDF'ed, it goes straight to the shredder. No clutter, no pile, just the pleasurable sound of paper I don't have to worry about any more. The final step is upload to Highrise—online billpay.

It's certainly better organised than my current system, which is everything in the basket and sort it out later. What's your paper mail sorting system? Please share in the comments.

Going inbox-zero on your paper mail