A recent survey shows that being friends with your coworkers can help you get more done at the office: "Employees who have buddies at work are more eager to come to the office and enjoy their workday, which translates to higher productivity."
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US-centric: If your cell phone bill is giving you the flutters, then mobile enthusiast jkOnTheRun can (possibly) help you out with their list of employer and educational discounts.
Just find your carrier (links are all provided) and figure out if you are eligible. Because I'm self-employed, I don't qualify for diddly, but if you find out you scored some savings please share in the comments. How to score a discount on your monthly cellular bill
Last week we told you about Microsoft's student pricing for Office 2007.
Microsoft kindly got in touch to confirm that the cheap pricing is available in Australia too. The student price is $75.
We've covered hundreds of tools to capture and manage your digital "stuff" over the years: to-do lists, email systems, calendars, photo managers, web clippings, passwords, bookmarks list. But after the parade of the new dies down, you stick with the system that works best for you. So we want to know: where do you store your digital stuff? What are your trusty shelves for stowing away the bits of information that run your life? Let us know in the comments.
You can access your Internet Explorer bookmarks with a quick registry hack and the about: command in the address bar. The gist of the hack shown at the Technoworld weblog is to manually add your bookmarks to the registry so you can quickly navigate to them by putting about:YourBookmark into the address bar. You can access your bookmarks from the dropdown menu, but as you know, mouseless navigation can do wonders for your productivity. Couple this hack with an "about:" entry for Texter, and you can put together a pretty handy ad-hoc mouseless navigation scheme for Internet Explorer. I wouldn't recommend setting up shortcuts for URLs shorter than six characters (the length of "about:") but it would be very handy for complicated URLs that you visit frequently like "about:bank" or "about:gasprices"—you get the picture. It is about as close as you can get to keyword navigating for Internet Explorer.
Trick : Make use of "about" pages for fast navigation and security in IE
The Martin Ankerl weblog performance-tested many popular terminal applications on their text through capabilities (the time it takes to load and display the full content of a very large text file) to find out which terminal application is the fastest and which is best for low performance PCs. The terminal apps tested include the Windows Command Prompt, PuTTY, gnome-terminal, konsole, aterm, wterm, xterm and Eterm. Spoiler alert: The fastest terminal benchmarked was gnome-terminal (followed closely by konsole). PuTTY came in at a distant 30th place and the Windows Command Prompt rolled in at disappointing 35th.
Comprehensive Linux Terminal Performance Comparison
The Unofficial Google Web Desktop (not created by Google) brings some of the look and feel of the traditional desktop to the web by integrating with Google Docs and Spreadsheets and creating a drag-and-drop desktop interface for your documents. Launching a document opens Google Docs and Spreadsheets on top of your desktop with some ajax-y flash. Right now it's in major need of some sort of folder structure (specifically the structure you've set up in Google Docs), but if you prefer the look and feel of a desktop, the Unofficial Google Web Desktop may come in handy as it develops. Thanks, Joe!
Unofficial Google Web Desktop
eBay's testing out new features, including better search results and product listing email alerts.