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Wanna limit the time you spend goofing off online? Ask MetaFilter user myrrh created a timer that counts down a certain number of minutes in your browser title bar (or background tab) and pops up a browser alert dialog when it's done. Run a timed work dash or limit your Facebook break without installing any extra software—the magic all happens in this page's Javascript. Hit the link to give the timer a try. Thanks, Iron!

Title bar timer

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.

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Ever have one of those dragging days? The Happiness Project suggests you can get an instant short-term energy boost simply by going outside:

Go outside into the sunlight; light deprivation is one reason that people feel tired. Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning.

This is especially important for those of us who spend our workdays behind a computer screen; natural light not only can energise you, but it also saves your eyeballs from getting too tired.

This Wednesday: Nine tips for giving yourself an energy boost in the next TEN MINUTES.

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If you're looking for new and exciting ways to share your pics with friends and family, you'll want to check out Animoto, a site that lets you create professional looking video slideshows. You can import your pictures from online or from your computer, as well as choose music, which images to feature, and lots more. A full-length video costs a measly $3 or you can buy an all-access pass which gives you unlimited full-length videos for an entire year for $30; however, I found that the 30 second shorties served my purposes just fine.

Animoto

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A couple of weeks ago we told you about a cool feature on using geotagging to link photos to locales. Well the author behind that story, Stephen Shankland, has written a follow up in which he goes through some of the traps he encountered while using geotagging, and how he got around them. He also talks about the newer, high end cameras with GPS interfaces, and riffs about how he'd like to see this technology develop.

My geotagging trials, travails and triumphs

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For those of us who aren't quite the moleskine ninjas that we aspire to be (yet), Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project suggests one scratch paper a day.

I have a "scratch paper for the day." I keep a pad of paper by the phone, and anytime I have the urge to make a note to myself, I discipline myself only to use that pad of paper. At the end of the day, I toss the piece of paper, after copying anything I need to keep.

Since I'm a compulsive note/list maker, this method appealed to me, mostly because it's so dang easy to implement. How do you keep your notes organised? Please share in the comments.

A simple, easy, cheap way to fight the clutter that appears on your desk.

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Web site Treedolist hierarchically organises your to-do list, notes, bookmarks, RSS feeds, and pretty much anything else you can think to drop into it. At its most basic, you can think of it as a simple to-do list with the ability to add structured and nested lists and then filter your lists by due dates, labels, and a number of other useful methods. It gets interesting, though, when you realise that you can also add more information, like RSS feeds, and share branches of any tree with other Treedolist users. And—like any good online to-do list—Treedolist has several useful keyboard shortcuts.

Treedolist

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It's only when you've scheduled automatic tasks for your computer to do for you that you have true reign over your silicon gadget minions. Weblog Of Zen and Computing lists what jobs your computer can do for you, like spam filtering, Google Alerts, and image batch resizing. I'd add backup, downloads, hard drive cleaning and spyware/virus scanning to the list. What do you automate on your computer? Do tell.

Time Saving & Automation Round-up: Let the Computer Do the Work

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Google's updated its advanced search operator options to make finding pages by date a lot easier. Recently the big G's gotten a whole lot faster at adding new pages to their index, and now you can search for pages that Google's found within any number of days, weeks or months. Hit up the advanced search form to use a handy (but limited) dropdown, or go beyond defaults using URL parameters like this.

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Search the contents of every web page you've ever bookmarked with del.icio.us using a dynamically built Google Custom Search engine from deliGoo. Just point your browser to the deliGoo homepage, enter the username and optional tag you want to search, and then enter your search terms and click Goo. deliGoo will analyse your del.icio.us account and create a Google Custom Search Engine, then use it to search the contents of every site for a match. If you're a prolific bookmarker and you've run into a situation where you know you've bookmarked a page, remember what it was about, but can't find it using your tags, a deliGoo search might be just what the doctor ordered.

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Mac OS X only: Share more than just your user folder on your Mac using the SharePoints preference pane. You already know how to access your Mac's files from your PC, but OS X's default Windows sharing only shares the user folder. To share other folders, grab SharePoints, which offers a graphical interface for configuring Samba (Windows sharing) as well as advanced AFS (AppleFileServer) properties. SharePoints is a free download for Mac only, donations requested.

SharePoints 3.5.4

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The minimalist Wine Wedge creates a cheap, space-saving wine rack of any size anywhere and any time you need one. The two rubber wedges that make up the Wine Wedge actually look a little on the flimsy side, but according to the NYT review, "The Wedge may not look very robust, but it works surprisingly well." If you've had problems with frail wine racks in the past, the $9.95 Wine Wedge is a cheap and sturdy alternative.

Wine Wedge solves need for traditional wine rack

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Windows XP and Vista only: Dual monitor utility DisplayFusion can set different wallpaper images for each of your desktops or stretch an image across desktops. Choose one of your own images or search and browse Flickr photos for new wallpaper images right inside DisplayFusion. (I recommend searching for "panoramic" images and setting one to stretch across both monitors.) DisplayFusion was a little crabby on my PowerBook Bootcamp'ing Windows XP, but the concept is spot-on and much-needed. Can't understand why Windows doesn't have better built-in dual monitor support like this. DisplayFusion is a free download (donations requested) which requires the .NET 2.0 runtime to run.

DisplayFusion

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I'll be a guest on Melbourne community radio station RRR's computer show Byte into It on Wednesday, 19 September. Hosted by Phil Wales, the show is broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8pm.

If you're not in Melbourne, fear not. You can listen to RRR streaming online, or download the Byte into It podcast. More information here.

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Few skills are as useful for a Friday afternoon as the rewarding power nap. The Ririan Project introduces 10 benefits to power napping and details four styles of power nap: nano nap (10 to 20 seconds), micro nap (two to five minutes), mini nap (five to 20 minutes), lazy man's nap (50 to 90 minutes) and the traditional power nap (exactly 20 minutes).

Contrary to popular opinion, napping isn't for the lazy or depressed. Famous nappers have included Bill Clinton, Lance Armstrong, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison. The moral of the story: to be ultra-productive, just rest your head. You snooze, you gain.

For more, check out this guide to power napping. For a double-whammy energy boost, check out the caffeine nap.

10 Benefits of Power Napping, and How to Do It

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TechCrunch tells us that Twitter has added search and GMail import to its service, and launched a toolbox called "Explore" where they'll list tools people can use to interact with Twitter offsite. They're also releasing a visualisation tool called Twitter Blocks. New Twitter Visualization Tools Coming: First Is Twitter Blocks

CNET's reported that Netvibes has gone mobile - for real this time. Users no longer need to create a 'mobile' tag to push content to their phones. There are two new mobile apps - one lightweight one for Windows phones, another more fully-featured for Apple's iPhone.

Netvibes goes mobile, for real this time

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In a welcome but long-overdue change, you can now edit the layout of your iGoogle tabs directly from the edit menu to display anywhere from one to four columns with varying widths. (Of course, the one-column option gives you the equivalent layout of no columns.) In order to edit your tab layout, select the tab and choose the "Edit this tab" option from the drop-down.

Edit iGoogle Tab Layout