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Get an inside peek at Google's data centers and the people who keep them operational.
October 17, 2012, at 2:08 P.M. EDT
Though many large enterprises may choose to keep information about their data centers private for security and competitive advantage reasons, Google has opened their doors at the site "Where the Internet Lives".
For those interested in Google's inner workings, this website offers a gallery of images focusing on technology (routers, water cooling pipes, cables), the people behind the data centers (fixing cooling systems, diagnosing computer issues, maintaining power generators), and the locations (including Ohio, Oregon, and Finland)....
Tired of jarring photos on websites? Replace them with cat pictures.
October 16, 2012, at 9:21 A.M. EDT
Tired of seeing pictures of overpaid athletes, pandering political candidates, or egotistical reality "stars" on the web?
Meowbify takes website images and replaces them with static and animated cat photos. If you're the kind of person that thinks the Internet needs more pictures of cats (sites like LOLCats are not enough), then you may be interested in Meowbify....
Display listings of Google's presence on blogs and social networks.
October 15, 2012, at 2:43 P.M. EDT
Google maintains a wide variety of blogs on various subject such as the Google Chrome web browser, Gmail, YouTube, and other subjects. Their social network presence includes Twitter accounts containing Google puzzles, information on accessing Google for those with disabilities, and updates from Google office locations around the globe. They maintain Facebook accounts regarding their products for nonprofits, using Google Maps, and information about the daily life at Google.
With all of these ways to see what is going on at Google, as well as via Google+ accounts and YouTube videos, how can one see it all or find what they are most interested in? The "News from Google" page offers all the above information, as well as updates from the official Google blog. Instead of hunting through links from one Google-related Twitter account or Facebook page to the other, find the lists of all Google accounts in one easy-to-access place....
While navigating through worksheets in Excel 2010, pressing slash on the keyboard shows the ribbon shortcut keys. Learn how to prevent this from happening.
October 11, 2012, at 9:37 A.M. EDT
While navigating through cells in a Microsoft Excel 2010 worksheet, have you ever seen letters and numbers appear next to options in the Ribbon like the below screenshot?
If so, you may have accidentally pressed the slash (/) key. Doing so activates the menu to satisfy compatibility with Lotus 1-2-3 users, who would normally press this key to access menu options. However, many younger accountants and computer users barely remember this program, if at all, and do not need this 'feature' occurring when their fingers slip pressing arrow keys. To disable this:...
Show boxes inside Google Chrome when a Flash, Shockwave, Adobe Reader, or other plug-in wants to run, allowing you to click to play them.
October 10, 2012, at 9:08 A.M. EDT
If you are concerned about the privacy, security, and system stability implications of running plug-ins such as Flash and Shockwave inside Google Chrome, you may have thought about completely disabling plug-ins. Unfortunately, doing so makes some websites difficult, if not impossible, to access.
One option is to have Google Chrome show you when it wants to run a plug-in, but not actually do so, giving you the ability to selectively turn on a Flash widget, play a Shockwave game, display a PDF file with an external viewer such as Adobe Reader, etc....
Right-click on a web page and choose to print or print preview the page with the QuickPrint extension.
October 9, 2012, at 8:54 A.M. EDT
Do you frequently print web pages viewed in Mozilla Firefox, sometimes accessing the Print Preview feature to make sure your hardcopies look as intended? If so, you may find it frustrating to go through Firefox's menus or use the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut to access these features.
If you prefer using the context menu (right-click on Windows, Option-click on Mac), consider the "QuickPrint" plug-in. Just right-click a webpage and access the "Print" and "Print Preview" options from there. It's that simple!...
Send a copy of an e-mail via Blind Carbon Copy so all recipients are not shown.
October 8, 2012, at 2:43 P.M. EDT
Have you ever sent an e-mail to someone and needed to send a copy to their supervisor, coworker, or family member, and did not want the original recipient to know everyone to whom you are sending a copy? Or do you need to send e-mail to dozens or hundreds of people, such as an ad hoc mailing list you manage, and do not wish everyone to see each other's e-mail address?
Most e-mail programs support a feature called BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy, allowing you to send e-mail to a person or group of people and keep those recipient addresses hidden. Microsoft Outlook 2010 has such a feature as well, but you need to know where to look......
Windows 8 will attempt to defragment current and newly-connected drives on a schedule - learn how to turn this off.
October 5, 2012, at 9:38 A.M. EDT
By default, Windows 8 will attempt to defragment, or optimize, your hard disks and partitions every week, an often useful tasks that can speed up your computer by moving data around.
You might determine that certain external hard disks should not be optimized on a schedule, instead choosing to optimize them on an as-needed basis. Also, defragmenting a solid state drive is not recommended and can actually shorten its lifespan. Thus you can configure the Optimize Drives tool to ignore certain drives or not optimize every new drive connected to the machine during the regular maintenance window....
If you prefer not to use keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint 2010, stop showing them in the pop-up ScreenTip help.
October 4, 2012, at 9:25 A.M. EDT
As you move your mouse pointer over various on-screen icons and other elements in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and see popup ScreenTips appear, you may have noticed keyboard shortcuts shown occasionally. If you're used to pressing CTRL + S to save a document or CTRL + P to print one, you may find these reminders useful.
However, some people rarely venture far from the mouse, preferring to click buttons, navigate menus, and never worry about memorizing combinations of letters and modifier keys. If you fall in this latter category, you may wish to ditch these shortcut reminders....
Prevent Outlook 2010 from interpreting an accidental CTRL+ENTER as a request to send the current e-mail / message.
October 3, 2012, at 9:06 A.M. EDT
You may be used to CTRL+ENTER placing a page break inside a Microsoft Word 2010 document. However, this does not work in Microsoft Outlook 2010. The first time you hit it, Outlook 2010 displays a dialog box warning you that pressing this keyboard combination will actually send the current message. If you are the type of person who skims through dialog boxes (ahem), you might accidentally check the box saying that you don't want to be warned again, and then click the "Yes" button. Or you might do this intentionally at first, thinking it is a useful feature, allowing you to send a message without having to take your hands off the keyboard.
... and then later, disaster strikes when you are composing an e-mail while still in the Word 2010 mindset. You may start typing a draft message, press CTRL+ENTER thinking that you are inserting a page break, and oops! Outlook 2010 sends your draft message! And you know that e-mail is just about impossible to recall once sent. So if this scenario has happened to you, how can you get the dialog box to come back, or better yet completely disable this "feature" altogether?...
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