Productivity

Kevin on June 1st, 2011

Yikes. What a spring! It’s been cold, cloudy, and windy in The Middle of Nowhere for the last couple of months, but it finally seems to getting downright summer-like. Of course, I really shouldn’t complain; when I look at Joplin, and other areas which have been devastated by horrific storms, I realize just how lucky […]

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Have you ever forgotten where you saved a file on your computer or network drive? When you’ve tried to locate such a file, have you been completely underwhelmed by the Windows search feature?  Google Desktop harnesses the power of Google’s indexing and applies it to your documents, music, images, email (Gmail, Outlook, Thunderbird), contacts, web […]

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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 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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Kevin on July 26th, 2010

In a recent post I mentioned that there were several travel tools that were absolutely indispensable during our week and a half-long trip to Italy.  I suppose the trip would have been possible without them, but they made it much easier and more enjoyable.  In this series of posts, I’ll examine each of those tools […]

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Kevin on May 12th, 2010

Aww, Tiger.  Watching Mr. Woods during the 2nd round at Quail Hollow was bewildering and more than a little disappointing.  The guy who’s the ultimate grinder, a fierce competitor, so tough mentally – a guy who won the U.S. Open on a broken leg – essentially gave up and was merely going through the motions.  […]

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