Kevin on March 7th, 2011

Voicemail:  can’t live with it, can’t track down the guy who invented it to kill him.  Just kidding. Voicemail is wonderful, until you find yourself wasting time listening to someone’s lengthy VM greeting, lengthy messages left on your voicemail, or messages in which the caller didn’t bother to leave a callback number. Here are a […]

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Kevin on January 31st, 2011

I usually subscribe to that old maxim, “You get what you pay for,” but in the case of free software, you can get powerful, fully developed programs that are in many cases superior to packaged software – at no cost. Many of these programs are open source software, meaning that they’ve been developed in an […]

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I use Soluto and it works. Installation requires a few minutes and a reboot, and from there it’s simple to optimize your PC’s boot process.  You don’t need to be a geek or even a semi-geek! If your PC is taking minutes and minutes to boot, you definitely ought to check out Soluto.  It’s software […]

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Kevin on November 8th, 2010

Have you ever fumbled between PowerPoint and a web browser during a presentation? Every once in a while I’ll need to demo a redesigned website or an online catalog during a PowerPoint presentation, and have always toggled back and forth between the two – or, perhaps even worse – just put an image of the site into my PowerPoint presentation.

A few days ago in a rare moment of lucidity, I thought, “There must be a better way.” And of course, there is, and it’s free. (That sound you hear is my right palm slapping my forehead.)

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Kevin on October 27th, 2010

AutoHotKey is a free, open-source piece of software that enables users to easily automate repetitive Windows tasks with just a keystroke or two!

To get started with AutoHotKey, visit its website and click on the Downloads link at the top of the page. Once there, download the “Installer for AutoHotKey Basic” file.

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Kevin on October 18th, 2010

About 45% of Practical Hacks visitors use Firefox, so it’s clear I’m not alone in my enthusiasm for Mozilla’s versatile and feature-rich browser.

There are dozens of useful Firefox keyboard shortcuts available, but the following list captures the ten I’ve found most useful…

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Perhaps I’m just unlucky, but in the last decade I’ve had two hard drives (one desktop, one laptop) suffer complete meltdowns, to the point where all the files were lost.   The good news is that I’d backed critical files on CDs (the horror!), and more recently, jump drives.  Non-critical files, aka everything else, such as […]

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