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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

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If you liked the previously mentioned DIY IKEA charging station but wanted a more energy-efficient solution, another user at howto web site Instructables details how to add individual switches to each charging unit. When you're done, you've got a clean, self-contained charging station that saves energy by selectively switching on and off each charger so you're only sucking up power when you need it. For a quick glimpse at the original, check out the video after the jump.

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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Your spreadsheet contains a huge table of data you want to slice and dice on the fly? You need the AutoFilter feature, which works like a database query builder—or for the non-bitheads, iTunes Smart Playlists. Select the criteria of the data you want to see, and AutoFilter will show you only the rows that match without actually changing any of the data (like sorting it would). The Productivity Portfolio weblog explains in detail, with helpful screenshots.

Excel AutoFilter | Filter Excel Spreadsheets

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Telephony geek Brian Aker controls his entire home phone system using the free, open source Asterisk software which does some crazy stuff, like IM's him whenever the phone rings, sets custom MP3 hold music, and—my favorite—forwards annoying telemarketing calls to the very loud sound of monkeys screaming. Hit the play button to hear Brian's recent five minute presentation at the Ignite Seattle tech event. Thanks, Brady!

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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.

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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

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Sleeping and flying to some people might seem to be an impossible feat; however, search directory Mahalo's got a good list of tips that can help you grab those elusive z's. For example: booking the right seat plays a huge part in getting your best sleep, as does avoiding alcohol (yes, really) and wearing loose clothing. I've found that wearing headphones with comforting music and bringing my own snuggly to cuddle with does the trick...that and reading anything by Tom Clancy (kidding, kind of). What's your secret sleep tip on a plane? Let's hear your ideas in the comments.

How to Sleep On a Plane

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Runner Baron VC says things he learned while running apply to life in general:

Focus on Small Victories, the War will Follow: If you're going to stick to a program you need to know your limits. The classic "good pain" versus "bad pain" is one. If you don't listen to your body right (and that includes being too lenient) you make mistakes.

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Clever web developer Rafael describes how he used the Live HTTP Headers Firefox extension to download the MP3 behind a Flash player:

What the liveHTTPHeaders extension does is show you the browser's http requests. I use it a lot in web development work to make sure that Flash is requesting data correctly. This tip will always be handy when you come across a site that obscures media through flash.

Rafael used Live HTTP Headers to grab the MP3 from a Flash player playing the theme from Californication, but in theory this will work for other players (a cursory test on YouTube and MySpace didn't turn out much, though).

Californication Theme and how to get the mp3

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Most online businesses are stringent in educating customers about how to transact securely, but it seems many companies are letting their customers down in the way they handle plain old telephone interactions. Recently I received a phone call from someone claiming to be from my credit card company, who asked me to provide security information about myself before the call could proceed. I repeat - a stranger called me, asking for information which could be used to access my credit card account. I declined to proceed with the phone call. I've heard from a few different people lately that all sorts of companies who should know better - including banks, credit card companies and ISPs - are using the same methods to contact and "verify" their customers as a scammer would use to try to steal their information. I contacted the ACCC to get their advice, and they helped out with some tips for protecting against telephone identity theft. Follow the link for the details.

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Professionals often feel buried under their email, but time management experts say there are ways to avoid feeling swamped. Getting Things Done author David Allen tells the Wall Street Journal you should take immediate action on any messages that require two minutes of your time or less. Other advice includes disabling new email alerts that interrupt your workflow and unsubscribing from email lists you don't really need. What are some tips you've used to reduce the inbox clutter in your life? Share it in the comments.

It's Time to Stand Up to Your Email