Archive for September, 2006

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had problems in the past losing my USB key drives. The problem is that they are handy, but they are too dang small! You can misplace them, and never find them again, until of course, that time when you don’t need it. They have ones you can wear as a necklace, but c’mon, I am not going to geek out like that.

But this USB key drive by Lexar has solved my problem with the red Lexar Sport model. Basically, they put a rubber case AROUND the whole key drive, and at the tip, you can put a key ring, so that you can carry it around with your keys, and not look geeky at the same time.

Also, if you want one for a good price (I got my 1GB one for less then $45) do your usual froogle.com, amazon.com, or buy.com check. Even better, search in www.techbargains.com once in awhile b/c they track deals for you.


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Do you have a lot of electronics with big blocky power cords that take up too much space on your surge protector? I mean, you plug one in, but it hides the other one under its huge box, andyour other outlet slot has gone to waste! Surpluscomputers.com has a nifty and simple little thing that might fix your problem called the “power strip liberator II”.

power strip liberator

I haven’t tried it myself, but I don’t see why it won’t work. Those of you who get it, let us know how it worked out.

Here is the direct link to that product

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I didn’t know too much about mind mapping until I read this book about photoreading. Photoreading – I won’t go into that today, because I’m not sure if it works. Anyways, then a friend told me about mindmapping software. Basically mind mapping is just creating bubbles that represent ideas and then linking them together with other ideas, so that you can visually see the relationships between them. It looks something like this:

Mind Mapping

I have tried it once myself for a presentation, and believe it or not, it really did help me. It’s more useful than an outline b/c it’s not linear.

The problem is that the mind mapping software is usually pretty expensive. Mind Manager comes to mind.

But there is a free, open-source one out there you might want to try, called FreeMind (available for windows, Mac and Linux). Give it a whirl for yourself. You might find yourself being a clearer thinking and presenter.

Check out FreeMind

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Bad grammar is often my pet peeve.  During my working career, I have heard people use this word – irregardless.  It’s not a word people!   It’s simply ‘regardless’.

This is from http://www.answers.com:

ir·re·gard·less (ĭrĭ-gärdlĭs)
adv. Nonstandard.


USAGE NOTE   Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir– prefix and –less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.

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If you’re like me and have friends and relatives you want to send pics to directly, but the total pics size is too big to send via email (like 125 mbs!) then you can benefit from yousendit.com.

Basically, www.yousendit.com is a website that lets you upload a file to its server, then gives your sender(s) a link to that file to download on their side. I know there are several sites like this, like rapidshare.com, etc, but I don’t like those as much, because they make you wait several seconds before a download for their free service. You have to pay to avoid those.

Yousendit.com lets you send up to 1gb for free with no wait time, and if you sign up for their premium services, the link stays valid for over the standard free service’s typical 7 days limit for your friends to download. I also think they provide better upload/download speeds if you sign up for their pay service. But the free version does well for me.

A good way to send a bunch of files together in one file is to zip it first. Remember that tool I talked about before, www.7-zip.org. Download their free zip tool that lets you zip up multiple files into one file to send. I even taught my dad how to zip and then use yousendit.com to send me his pictures!

Good luck!

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Just a random thought – the 80s seem to be clearly in. Dukes of Hazard as a movie? Transformers the movie in the near future? 80s songs playing at the mall?

But will the kids start pegging their pants again? You know, roll the pants bottom to the side, and fold up?

peg pants?

I’ll be bold and predict it right here. Yes, they will, give it 2 to 3 years. Guys might start wearing tighter jeans, and then the stoop down, push pants to the side, then roll up will come back. It might not last long, but hey, I don’t lose anything if my prediction is wrong.

(update 12/28/06):  Just checked flickr for “peg pants” and came up with quite a few pics! 🙂


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If you’re still using the Internet Explorer that came with your PC, you’re so outdated! 🙂

Actually, one of the things that annoys me most on the internet is the overabundance of ads that try to fill my brain. Is there a free solution for this? Yes! Use the Firefox browser, and a plugin that goes with it, called “adblock plus”

You can get them both free here:

1. Download Firefox

2. Download AdBlock Plus

If you’re completely new to firefox, don’t worry, functionally, it’s almost the same. Except with firefox, you can do a few more nifty things like have tabbed multiple browsers open, and also change the skin of the browser. If you use it for nothing else, just use it for AdBlock Plus. Then compare using IE versus Firefox on sites like cnn.com. You’ll notice some pictures missing at times, but no worries! You were just saved from yet another ad begging for your money and attention!

It’s not perfect (sometimes it misses some, but rarely), and it might make the webpage load a slight bit slower, but it’s all worth it for me.

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