Tech term

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Tech term

Today’s term is internet related.
” BitTorrent”
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer ( P2P ) file sharing protocol
designed to reduce the bandwidth required to transfer
files. It does this by distributing file transfers across
multiple systems, thereby lessening the average
bandwidth used by each computer. For example, if a
user begins downloading a movie file, the BitTorrent
system will locate multiple computers with the same
file and begin downloading the file from several
computers at once. Since most ISPs offer much faster
download speeds than upload speeds, downloading
from multiple computers can significantly increase the
file transfer rate.
In order to use the BitTorrent protocol, you need a
BitTorrent client, which is a software program that
accesses the BitTorrent network. The client program
allows you to search for files and begin downloading
torrents , which are in-progress downloads. Most
BitTorrent clients allow you to resume torrents that
have been paused or stopped. This can be especially
helpful when downloading large files.
For a list of BitTorrent clients, view the .TORRENT file
extension entry.
Found here:
http://techterms.com/category/file_formats

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Hello there! From time to time we at the business desk are pleased to bring you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you! We now invite you to read on! The Sterling Creations team +++++++++++++++ Contributed by Dan Thompson 99 Tech Life Hacks tips you should know This took a few days to obtain and check the links included below. All links have been inserted by Dan fter checking if they still were working. There is a lot of awesome tips in this list of 99 Tech Life Hacks tips you should know from " Hongkiat." The source page is: www.hongkiat.com/blog/tech-life-hacks/ from Hacks You Should In this compilation, we want to share with you 99 of our favorite tech life hacks. You might have heard of some of them, especially when it comes to keyboard shortcuts and handy online tools and websites, but it doesn’t hurt to know more of them. 1. To quickly change the case (upper vs. lower) of text in Microsoft Word, highlight the phrase, then hit Shift + F3. Changes cycle through all lowercase, first letter capitalized, and all in uppercase. Here is a related article: " 200 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts" www.hongkiat.com/blog/100-keyboard-shortcuts-windows/ 2. . To get quick summaries of articles online, get and use the Chrome extension <https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tldr/giepilabiomhlcmlefmbfkgeoccf hhhc?hl=en> TLDR. The plugin shows you the gist of the article so you can figure out if you want to read the whole thing. ( Get the plugin here: <http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/google-chrome-extensions-designers/> www.hongkiat.com/blog/google-chrome-extensions-designers/ 3. To re-open an accidentally closed browser tab, use Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + T. 4. To et a tough-to-crack password, use non-English characters on your keyboard. 5. To proofread a long essay, paste your article in <https://translate.google.com/> Google Translate and listen to it. This makes it easier to pick up mistakes, and the tool itself can help you pick up minor typos. Visit Google Translate here; <https://translate.google.com/> translate.google.com/ (note from Dan: I could not get the "listen button" to start any audio of the information I pasted in to the edit field. However, I was able to translate into most any language and here it with my screenreading software. My wife said Google Translator changed the document I inserted to Spanish or whatever I requested.) 1. 6. Run your writing or document past <http://www.polishmywriting.com/> PolishMyWriting.comto clear typos, grammar mistakes and get help with writing styles. From the WebSite: " Instructions: paste or compose a document below. Click Check Writing to get feedback on your writing. Click an underlined spelling error, grammar suggestion, or style suggestion to see more." <http://www.polishmywriting.com/> www.polishmywriting.com/ 7. If you save your Powerpoint presentation in .PPS instead of .PPT, your file goes into slideshow mode when you open it. 8. Want to charge your phone faster? Put it in Airplane Mode. (Editor’s note: We did a small experiment on this and found the difference to be only 3 minutes, but technically, it’s still "faster".) 9. Search for a domain name across multiple TLDs and how much they cost via www.iwantmyname.com Related article: " Generic TLDs & How They Change The Web" <http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/generic-tlds/> www.hongkiat.com/blog/generic-tlds/ 10. Have a lot of files stored in various cloud storage services? For an easy and secure way to manage all of them from the same spot, use Otixo.com 11. Want a quick way to unfreeze a frozen phone? Plug it into its charger. 12. Hitting the Spacebar scrolls down a web page; hitting the Spacebar + Shift lets you scroll back up. 13. Attach bread clips to each cable or power cord, then label the clips with a pen or marker to reflect which cable is which. 14. Keep a list of numbers of your credit card companies or hotlines to cancel your cards quickly, in case you lose your wallet or phone. You can do this on paper on in an email. 15. Store some emergency cash in between the small space of your phone and its phone case, just in case. 1. 16. Someone needs to use your iPhone to make a call? Use Siri from the lock screen to make the call. The person has no access to any other app on your phone this way.17. Got yet another call from a telemarketer? Press the volume down button to quickly mute the ringer. 18. Your best search mate for college assignments is not google.com. Use <http://scholar.google.com/> scholar.google.com instead. Try adding "PDF" to find downloadable copies. 19. Laptop batteries can last longer if you charge them up to only 80% instead of the full 100%. Check out this related article: " 10 Tips to Conserve Smartphone Battery Life" <http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/conserve-smartphone-battery-life/> www.hongkiat.com/blog/conserve-smartphone-battery-life/ 20. If you can’t remember the title of a song but you know the melody or lyrics to it, hum/sing it on <http://www.midomi.com/> Midomi to get the title. www.midomi.com/ 21. When booking flights or hotels online, clear cookies before you start looking, or shop in Incognito mode, for lower prices. 22. The best background music to work to with minimal disruption is video game soundtracks. 23. Want to play Tetris on Mac? On Terminal, type Emacs then press Enter. Press Esc + X, type tetris and Enter. Use the arrow keys to move and rotate your Tetris blocks. 24. to find the solution to one of your many computer troubleshooting issues, add "Solved" to sift through the results. 25. Use <http://selfcontrolapp.com/> SelfControl to block social network sites for a period of time. Cool app, ironic name. ( <http://selfcontrolapp.com/> selfcontrolapp.com/ Here is a five step guide to a complete tech detox <http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/tech-detox/> www.hongkiat.com/blog/tech-detox/ 26. For an equal split of sound of your tunes when sharing your headphones with a friend, turn on the Mono audio option on your phone. 27. Shave a few bucks off your groceries, by using <http://lozo.com/> Lozo to find discount coupons for the stuff you need. 28. Saving an Excel file as an .XLSB will shrink the size by half or 75%. 29. Someone’s incessant morning alarm is going off but the owner is refusing to get up and turn it off? Call the phone to turn it off for them. 30. If you buy a product on Amazon, and there is a price drop within 7 days, you can get a refund on the price difference. 31. To prevent sending emails to the wrong person, write your email first, and write your recipient last. 32. If your printer is out of black ink, change the font color to #010101 for 99% grey. 33. The best type of music to work to is a video game soundtrack because they are designed to not mess with your focus. 34. Find yourself in a hotel without your charger? Check the TV for a USB plugin. 35. The <https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SG&hl=en-GB&v=3p4MZJsexEs> Bohemian Rhapsody is the perfect music piece to test headphones and speakers to because of the range of highs and lows. 36. Have an old cassette case lying around? Don’t chuck it out, use it as a holder or stand for your mobile phone. 37. Want a quick way to turn part of a YouTube video into a GIF? Add "GIF" after "www." and before "youtube" in the URL of the video .( Here is a related article. 7 YouTube Tricks You Probably Don’t Know – Hongkiat 37. To paste copied text without the formatting, use Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + V. 38. In Chrome, click Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + Del to quickly access the "Clear Browsing Data" Window. 39. To find sample tests for a looming exam, search "site:edu [subject] exam". ( 41. Can’t watch YouTube videos that have been age restricted but don’t want to sign in to do so? In the URL, delete the "watch?v=" and replace it with "v/". 42. To bypass a website block by your school or office, use <https://translate.google.com/> Google Translate as a proxy by pasting the url of the site into it. (Related: Here is a related article. 9 Ways To Access Blocked Websites www.hongkiat.com/blog/alternative-ways-to-access-blocked-websites/ 43. Make a small knot at either side of the earphone to identify left or right side of the earphones. 44. In the iPhone Calculator app, swipe left or right to delete the last number. 45. If you live near a stadium or a hall that hosts public venues, set Google Alerts for the location to avoid being "surprised" by sudden traffic congestion. 46. Take pictures of important notices, receipts, invitations, business cards, shopping lists for easy access. Never lose your paper trail again. 47. If you need to remember the time for something, make a miss call to any number to get a (very precise) timestamp. 48. Want to surprise someone at the airport but don’t know their arrival time or flight number? Google where they’re flying from and to, and the airline they are on e.g. Singapore Airlines Singapore to London. You’ll get all the info you need. 49. Set important lists e.g. schedule, events, shopping list, errands, as the wallpaper for your phone. 50. If you hit Shift + Volume up / down on Mac, a sound is emitted indicating the intensity of the volume. 51. The easiest way to crank up your smartphone’s speaker volume is using an empty cup. 52. Take a picture of business cards people hand you, just in case you lose it. 53. Bounce batteries to see if their are good or bad. The higher they bounce, the lower the charge they have in them. Here’s a cool <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZywsCbWEun8> video illustrating that. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZywsCbWEun8> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZywsCbWEun8 54. This one’s for developers who wonder what technologies and services are running under the hood in websites. Dissect a site with <http://builtwith.com/> BuiltWith.com. 55. Send notes that will self-destruct after it is read or after a specific number of days, via <https://privnote.com/> privnote.com. 56. Need sound clips? Check out <http://www.downloadfreesound.com/news/> downloadfreesound.com for very specific sound bits. 57. To delete files or folders quickly without dragging it to the trash bin, just use Shift + Del . 58. Smallpdf is a fun place where PDFs go to be converted to and from other formats such as JPG, PPT, Word and Excel. They also unlock, split and merge PDFs. Visit there site here. <https://smallpdf.com/> smallpdf.com/ Here is a related article. 80 Tools to Master PDF <http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/mastering-pdf-80-free-tools-tips-and-resources /> www.hongkiat.com/blog/mastering-pdf-80-free-tools-tips-and-resources/ 59. Have a lot of tabs open on Chrome? Use Cmd + 1, 2, 3 to go to specific tabs based on their position, or use Cmd + Tab to just cycle through the tabs. 60. Tap on K to pause a Youtube video, no matter where you click last in the same page. 61. To scroll sideways or horizontally on a web page, press down on Shift then scroll on your mouse. 62. Pressing down on Cmd then scrolling on your mouse, zooms in or out of the web page you’re on. 63. Click on a link with your mouse’s scroll button to open it in another browser tab. 64. Have a lot of tabs open? Click on a browser tab with your mouse’s scroll button to quickly close tabs you don’t need. 65. Install multiple applications at once with the help of <https://ninite.com/> Ninite. It’s the ultimate time-saver. <http://www.ninite.com> www.ninite.com 66. On Mac, Ctrl + Click works the same way as a right-click on the mouse. 67. Don’t want your searches on Google to be location-based? Then go to <http://google.com/ncr> google.com/ncr. NCR stands for "no country redirect". 68. Turn your handwriting into a font with MyScriptFont <http://www.myscriptfont.com/> www.myscriptfont.com/ 69. In Excel, to highlight the whole row (horizontal) use Shift + Spacebar, and to highlight the whole column (vertical), use Control + Spacebar. 70. Many tech companies have a status page that lets you know of their services are down. For instance, here are the links to go to for the status pages for <https://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/> Apple and <https://developers.facebook.com/status/> Facebook. Apple <https://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/> www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/ and Facebook <https://developers.facebook.com/status/> developers.facebook.com/status/ 71. The <https://www.youtube.com/user/AudioLibraryEN> Youtube Audio Library has music you can download and put into any of your YouTube videos. <https://www.youtube.com/user/AudioLibraryEN> www.youtube.com/user/AudioLibraryEN 72. Stay ahead of important dates like game, movie and album releases, major events and more with the help of <https://forekast.com/> Forekast. forekast.com/?assume_time_zone=true 73. Need a mirror fast? Turn on your smartphone’s front-facing camera, like you would when you take a selfie. 74. Don’t know which smartphone to buy? Use this <http://www.productchart.com/smartphones/> ProductChart to help you narrow down your choices based on your preferences. www.productchart.com/smartphones/ 75. Shop with <https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/honey/bmnlcjabgnpnenekpadlanbbkoo imhnj?hl=en-US> Honey to get the best coupons collected and applied to every online purchase you make. chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/honey/bmnlcjabgnpnenekpadlanbbkooi mhnj?hl=en-US 76. Want to insert a new key into your keyring? Use a coin to keep the ring apart and slot in your new key. 77. Don’t throw away the box your smartphone came in. They are great, sturdy storage spaces to store charging cables and earphones you want to keep with you while travelling. 78. To make sure someone isn’t giving you a fake number, read the number back to them incorrectly and see if they correct you. If they do correct you, then it’s the right number. 79. Stumped by a math problem? Get the <https://photomath.net/en/> PhotoMath app and scan the math problem with your phone and the app will solve it for you. photomath.net/en/ 80. Put an emergency contact number and a name on your lock screen, in case you lose your phone. 81. Use crocodile clips to organize, separate and keep your cables within reach. 82. For quick dictionary meanings use google "define: [your search term]". 83. Learned a new word but not sure how to use it? Google the word then refine the search results to "News" to see the word in practical use. 84. If you see an attire on TV and want to own the same attire, this site www. WornOnTV.net <http://wornontv.net/> helps you to easily find the clothes they were wearing 85. To download a Youtube video, insert "ss", after www. and before youtube.com. 86. When playing a mobile game, the easiest way to stop ads is to play it in Airplane Mode. 87. For smarter search results, use <http://www.wolframalpha.com/> WolframAlpha.com. www.WolframAlpha.com <file:///C:UsersdanDesktoptech%20tipsdan’s%20tips2016july%202016july %204-8%202016www.WolframAlpha.com> 88. View, Edit or annotate PDF documents online via www. <http://www.pdfescape.com/> PDFEscape.com. 89. With <http://marker.to/#what> Marker.to you can highlight parts of a webpage with "yellow marker", then share the annotated page with friends with a link. marker.to/#what 90. Write, edit, print and share complete music sheets with <http://www.noteflight.com/> Noteflight. It’s also a great collaborative tool used in music classes. www.noteflight.com/login 91. Darker wallpaper or themes can help save 6%-8% of battery life for smartphones with AMOLED screens. 92. To runs searches in Gmail more accurately, use quote marks "" with your keyword for example "invoice". ( Related: <http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/gmail-advanced-search-ultimate-guide/> Gmail Advanced Search – Ultimate Guide) www.hongkiat.com/blog/gmail-advanced-search-ultimate-guide/ 93. Use has:attachment in Gmail search to list all emails that have attachments. 94. To get the time and weather of a city, just google "[location] time" or "[location] weather". Example "LA time" or "LA Weather". 95. <http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/> Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is a website that wants you to do nothing except stay calm, and listen to their wave music for 2 minutes. www.donothingfor2minutes.com/ 96. With TextExpander’s <http://snipplr.com/view/13743/> bit.ly script, found here: snipplr.com/view/13743/ you can shorten any URL in practically less than 1 second. 97. By using Dropbox’s <https://carousel.dropbox.com/> Carousel media gallery, you will be rewarded with 3GB additional storage space in Dropbox. (Note: This has been discontinued March 31, 2016). 98. To shoot Panorama photos on iOS in a different direction, simply tap on the arrow to switch from left to right, or right to left. (Related: <http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/iphone-more-tips-tricks/> 15 iPhone Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know) 99. You can take a snapshot of video you are watching via VLC Media Player. Hit Shift + S on Windows, or Cmd + Alt + S on OS X.

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99 Tech Life Hacks tips you should know

Hello there! From time to time we at the business desk are pleased to bring
you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you!
We now invite you to read on!
The Sterling Creations team

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
99 Tech Life Hacks tips you should know

This took a few days to obtain and check the links included below. All
links have been inserted by Dan fter checking if they still were working.

There is a lot of awesome tips in this list of 99 Tech Life Hacks tips you
should know from ” Hongkiat.”

The source page is:

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/tech-life-hacks/

from Hacks You Should

In this compilation, we want to share with you 99 of our favorite tech life
hacks. You might have heard of some of them, especially when it comes to
keyboard shortcuts and handy online tools and websites, but it doesn’t hurt
to know more of them.

1. To quickly change the case (upper vs. lower) of text in Microsoft
Word, highlight the phrase, then hit Shift + F3. Changes cycle through all
lowercase, first letter capitalized, and all in uppercase.

Here is a related article: ” 200 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts”

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/100-keyboard-shortcuts-windows/

2. . To get quick summaries of articles online, get and use the Chrome
extension
TLDR. The plugin shows you the gist of the article so you can
figure out if you want to read the whole thing. (

Get the plugin here:


http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/google-chrome-extensions-designers/

3. To re-open an accidentally closed browser tab, use Ctrl / Cmd + Shift +
T.

4. To et a tough-to-crack password, use non-English characters on your
keyboard.

5. To proofread a long essay, paste your article in

Google Translate and listen to it. This
makes it easier to pick up mistakes, and the tool itself can help you pick
up minor typos.

Visit Google Translate here;

https://translate.google.com/

(note from Dan: I could not get the “listen button” to start any audio of
the information I pasted in to the edit field. However, I was able to
translate into most any language and here it with my screenreading software.
My wife said Google Translator changed the document I inserted to Spanish or
whatever I requested.)

1. 6. Run your writing or document past
PolishMyWriting.comto clear typos, grammar
mistakes and get help with writing styles.

From the WebSite:

” Instructions: paste or compose a document below. Click Check Writing to
get feedback on your writing. Click an underlined spelling error, grammar
suggestion, or style suggestion to see more.”

http://www.polishmywriting.com/

7. If you save your Powerpoint presentation in .PPS instead of .PPT, your
file goes into slideshow mode when you open it.

8. Want to charge your phone faster? Put it in Airplane Mode. (Editor’s
note: We did a small experiment on this and found the difference to be only
3 minutes, but technically, it’s still “faster”.)
9. Search for a domain name across multiple TLDs and how much they cost via

www.iwantmyname.com

Related article: ” Generic TLDs & How They Change The Web”


http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/generic-tlds/

10. Have a lot of files stored in various cloud storage services? For an
easy and secure way to manage all of them from the same spot, use
Otixo.com

11. Want a quick way to unfreeze a frozen phone? Plug it into its charger.

12. Hitting the Spacebar scrolls down a web page; hitting the Spacebar +
Shift lets you scroll back up.

13. Attach bread clips to each cable or power cord, then label the clips
with a pen or marker to reflect which cable is which.

14. Keep a list of numbers of your credit card companies or hotlines to
cancel your cards quickly, in case you lose your wallet or phone. You can do
this on paper on in an email.

15. Store some emergency cash in between the small space of your phone and
its phone case, just in case.

1. 16. Someone needs to use your iPhone to make a call? Use Siri from
the lock screen to make the call. The person has no access to any other app
on your phone this way.17. Got yet another call from a telemarketer? Press
the volume down button to quickly mute the ringer.

18. Your best search mate for college assignments is not google.com. Use
scholar.google.com instead. Try adding “PDF” to
find downloadable copies.

19. Laptop batteries can last longer if you charge them up to only 80%
instead of the full 100%. Check out this related article:

” 10 Tips to Conserve Smartphone Battery Life”


http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/conserve-smartphone-battery-life/

20. If you can’t remember the title of a song but you know the melody or
lyrics to it, hum/sing it on Midomi to get the
title.

http://www.midomi.com/

21. When booking flights or hotels online, clear cookies before you start
looking, or shop in Incognito mode, for lower prices.

22. The best background music to work to with minimal disruption is video
game soundtracks.

23. Want to play Tetris on Mac? On Terminal, type Emacs then press Enter.
Press Esc + X, type tetris and Enter. Use the arrow keys to move and rotate
your Tetris blocks.
24. to find the solution to one of your many computer troubleshooting
issues, add “Solved” to sift through the results.

25. Use SelfControl to block social network
sites for a period of time. Cool app, ironic

name. (

http://selfcontrolapp.com/

Here is a five step guide to a complete tech detox


http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/tech-detox/

26. For an equal split of sound of your tunes when sharing your headphones
with a friend, turn on the Mono audio option on your phone.

27. Shave a few bucks off your groceries, by using Lozo
to find discount coupons for the stuff you need.

28. Saving an Excel file as an .XLSB will shrink the size by half or 75%.

29. Someone’s incessant morning alarm is going off but the owner is
refusing to get up and turn it off? Call the phone to turn it off for them.
30. If you buy a product on Amazon, and there is a price drop within 7
days, you can get a refund on the price difference.

31. To prevent sending emails to the wrong person, write your email first,
and write your recipient last.

32. If your printer is out of black ink, change the font color to #010101
for 99% grey.

33. The best type of music to work to is a video game soundtrack because
they are designed to not mess with your focus.

34. Find yourself in a hotel without your charger? Check the TV for a USB
plugin.
35. The
Bohemian Rhapsody is the perfect music piece to test headphones and speakers
to because of the range of highs and lows.

36. Have an old cassette case lying around? Don’t chuck it out, use it as a
holder or stand for your mobile phone.
37. Want a quick way to turn part of a YouTube video into a GIF? Add “GIF”
after “www.” and before “youtube” in the URL of the video .(

Here is a related article.

7 YouTube Tricks You Probably Don’t Know – Hongkiat

37. To paste copied text without the formatting, use Cmd / Ctrl + Shift +
V.

38. In Chrome, click Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + Del to quickly access the “Clear
Browsing Data” Window.

39. To find sample tests for a looming exam, search “site:edu [subject]
exam”. (

41. Can’t watch YouTube videos that have been age restricted but don’t want
to sign in to do so? In the URL, delete the “watch?v=” and replace it with
“v/”.

42. To bypass a website block by your school or office, use
Google Translate as a proxy by pasting the
url of the site into it. (Related:

Here is a related article.

9 Ways To Access Blocked Websites

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/alternative-ways-to-access-blocked-websites/

43. Make a small knot at either side of the earphone to identify left or
right side of the earphones.
44. In the iPhone Calculator app, swipe left or right to delete the last
number.

45. If you live near a stadium or a hall that hosts public venues, set
Google Alerts for the location to avoid being “surprised” by sudden traffic
congestion.

46. Take pictures of important notices, receipts, invitations, business
cards, shopping lists for easy access. Never lose your paper trail again.

47. If you need to remember the time for something, make a miss call to any
number to get a (very precise) timestamp.

48. Want to surprise someone at the airport but don’t know their arrival
time or flight number? Google where they’re flying from and to, and the
airline they are on e.g. Singapore Airlines Singapore to London. You’ll get
all the info you need.
49. Set important lists e.g. schedule, events, shopping list, errands, as
the wallpaper for your phone.

50. If you hit Shift + Volume up / down on Mac, a sound is emitted
indicating the intensity of the volume.

51. The easiest way to crank up your smartphone’s speaker volume is using
an empty cup.
52. Take a picture of business cards people hand you, just in case you lose
it.

53. Bounce batteries to see if their are good or bad. The higher they
bounce, the lower the charge they have in them. Here’s a cool
video illustrating that.

54. This one’s for developers who wonder what technologies and services are
running under the hood in websites. Dissect a site with
BuiltWith.com.

55. Send notes that will self-destruct after it is read or after a specific
number of days, via privnote.com.

56. Need sound clips? Check out
downloadfreesound.com for very specific sound bits.
57. To delete files or folders quickly without dragging it to the trash
bin, just use Shift + Del .

58. Smallpdf

is a fun place where PDFs go to be converted to and from other formats such
as JPG, PPT, Word and Excel. They also unlock, split and merge PDFs.

Visit there site here.

https://smallpdf.com/

Here is a related article.

80 Tools to Master PDF


http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/mastering-pdf-80-free-tools-tips-and-resources/

59. Have a lot of tabs open on Chrome? Use Cmd + 1, 2, 3 to go to specific
tabs based on their position, or use Cmd + Tab to just cycle through the
tabs.

60. Tap on K to pause a Youtube video, no matter where you click last in
the same page.

61. To scroll sideways or horizontally on a web page, press down on Shift
then scroll on your mouse.

62. Pressing down on Cmd then scrolling on your mouse, zooms in or out of
the web page you’re on.

63. Click on a link with your mouse’s scroll button to open it in another
browser tab.

64. Have a lot of tabs open? Click on a browser tab with your mouse’s
scroll button to quickly close tabs you don’t need.

65. Install multiple applications at once with the help of
Ninite. It’s the ultimate time-saver.
www.ninite.com

66. On Mac, Ctrl + Click works the same way as a right-click on the mouse.

67. Don’t want your searches on Google to be location-based? Then go to
google.com/ncr.

NCR stands for “no country redirect”.

68. Turn your handwriting into a font with

MyScriptFont

http://www.myscriptfont.com/

69. In Excel, to highlight the whole row (horizontal) use Shift + Spacebar,
and to highlight the whole column (vertical), use Control + Spacebar.

70. Many tech companies have a status page that lets you know of their
services are down. For instance, here are the links to go to for the status
pages for Apple and
Facebook.
Apple


https://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/

and Facebook


https://developers.facebook.com/status/

71. The Youtube Audio
Library has music you can download and put into any of your YouTube videos.


https://www.youtube.com/user/AudioLibraryEN

72. Stay ahead of important dates like game, movie and album releases,
major events and more with the help of Forekast.

https://forekast.com/?assume_time_zone=true

73. Need a mirror fast? Turn on your smartphone’s front-facing camera, like
you would when you take a selfie.

74. Don’t know which smartphone to buy? Use this
ProductChart to help you narrow
down your choices based on your preferences.

http://www.productchart.com/smartphones/

75. Shop with
Honey to get the best coupons collected and applied to every
online purchase you make.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/honey/bmnlcjabgnpnenekpadlanbbkooi
mhnj?hl=en-US

76. Want to insert a new key into your keyring? Use a coin to keep the ring
apart and slot in your new key.

77. Don’t throw away the box your smartphone came in. They are great,
sturdy storage spaces to store charging cables and earphones you want to
keep with you while travelling.

78. To make sure someone isn’t giving you a fake number, read the number
back to them incorrectly and see if they correct you. If they do correct
you, then it’s the right number.

79. Stumped by a math problem? Get the
PhotoMath app and scan the math problem with your phone and the app will
solve it for you.

https://photomath.net/en/

80. Put an emergency contact number and a name on your lock screen, in case
you lose your phone.

81. Use crocodile clips to organize, separate and keep your cables within
reach.

82. For quick dictionary meanings use

google “define: [your search term]”.

83. Learned a new word but not sure how to use it? Google the word then
refine the search results to “News” to see the word in practical use.

84. If you see an attire on TV and want to own the same attire, this site

www. WornOnTV.net

helps you to easily find the clothes they were wearing

85. To download a Youtube video, insert “ss”, after www. and before
youtube.com.

86. When playing a mobile game, the easiest way to stop ads is to play it
in Airplane Mode.

87. For smarter search results, use
WolframAlpha.com.

www.WolframAlpha.com

88. View, Edit or annotate PDF documents online via

www. PDFEscape.com.

89. With Marker.to you can highlight parts of a
webpage with “yellow marker”, then share the annotated page with friends
with a link.

http://marker.to/#what

90. Write, edit, print and share complete music sheets with
Noteflight. It’s also a great collaborative
tool used in music classes.
https://www.noteflight.com/login

91. Darker wallpaper or themes can help save 6%-8% of battery life for
smartphones with AMOLED screens.

92. To runs searches in Gmail more accurately, use quote marks “” with your
keyword for example “invoice”. (

Related:
Gmail
Advanced Search – Ultimate Guide)

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/gmail-advanced-search-ultimate-guide/

93. Use has:attachment in Gmail search to list all emails that have
attachments.

94. To get the time and weather of a city, just google “[location] time” or
“[location] weather”. Example “LA time” or “LA Weather”.

95. Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is a
website that wants you to do nothing except stay calm, and listen to their
wave music for 2 minutes.
http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/

96. With TextExpander’s bit.ly script,
found here:

http://snipplr.com/view/13743/

you can shorten any URL in practically less than 1 second.

97. By using Dropbox’s Carousel media
gallery, you will be rewarded with 3GB additional storage space in Dropbox.
(Note: This has been discontinued March 31, 2016).

98. To shoot Panorama photos on iOS in a different direction, simply tap on
the arrow to switch from left to right, or right to left. (Related:
15 iPhone Tips &
Tricks You Probably Don’t Know)

99. You can take a snapshot of video you are watching via VLC Media Player.
Hit Shift + S on Windows, or Cmd + Alt + S on OS X.

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From our yum yum corner

Hello there and hope all is well with everyone.
Today, we are delighted to share our yum yum corner with you.
We hope you enjoy it!
Favorite recipes courtesy of Mama Peach.

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5 Ingredient Family Favorites:
Breakfast And Bread Bonanza
Apricot Oat Breakfast
2 cups long-cooking oats, uncooked
1/3 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1/4 cup honey
Combine oats, nuts, dried apricots and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a large
bowl; set aside. Whisk together orange juice, 1 cup water and honey; add to
oat mixture. Refrigerate,
covered, for 8 hours, or overnight. Serve cold, or if desired, topped with
milk.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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The Best Of Country Cooking:
Cooking For Two
Mushroom Olive Salad
1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped stuffed olives
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 1/2
hours before serving.
Makes 2 servings.
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Cooking For Two
Apple Swiss Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 thin slices fully cooked ham
1 medium tart apple, peeled and thinly sliced,
divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 thin slices Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon apple juice or chicken broth
Paprika
Flatten chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness;
rub with rosemary. Top each with a ham slice
and a few apple slices; roll up tightly. Secure
with toothpicks. Place in a greased 1 quart
baking dish. Drizzle with the oil. Bake
uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Top with cheese and remaining apple slices;
drizzle with apple juice. Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until chicken
juices run clear and cheese is melted. Discard
toothpicks.
Makes 2 servings.
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Sunday Skillet Hash
1 pound ground pork sausage
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown sausage in a large skillet; drain
drippings. Stir in potatoes, onion and green
pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as
desired. Cover and reduce heat to medium-
low. Cook for 15 minutes, or until potatoes
are fork-tender.
Makes 4 servings.
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The Best Of Country Cooking:
Cooking For Two
Garlic Potato Balls
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 can (15 ounces) small whole potatoes,
drained
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
Add potatoes; sprinkle with garlic salt. Cook
and stir for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden
brown. Sprinkle with parsley.
Makes 2 servings.
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5 Ingredient Family Favorites:
Breakfast And Bread Bonanza
Maple Ham And Eggs Cup
1 tablespoon butter, melted
6 slices deli ham
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon butter, cut into 6 pieces
6 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
English muffins, toast or biscuits
Brush muffin cups in pans with melted
butter; line each cup with a slice of ham. Pour
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup over each ham
slice; top with 1 pat of butter. Crack one egg
into each ham cup; season with salt and
pepper as desired. Bake at 400 degrees for
20 minutes, or until eggs are set. Remove
muffin cups from oven; use a spoon or gently
twist each one to loosen. Serve on English
muffins, with toast or on split biscuits.
Makes 6 servings.
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Apple releases Education Starter Guides for iPad

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you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you!
We now invite you to read on!
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Contributed by Dan Thompson
Apple releases Education Starter Guides for iPad

I have inserted the link to each tutorial under its title.
Apple releases Education Starter Guides for iPad
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/07/08/apple-
education-starter-guides-ipad/
By Christian Zibreg
Integrating the iPad into curriculum just got easier as
Apple yesterday released a collection of guidebooks on
the iBooks Store that its educational teams designed to
help educators learn how to use iPads and first-party apps
in the classroom. The new
Education Starter Guides for
iPad
series consist of six interactive guidebooks with
photos and videos.
Created and published published by Apple’s in-house
Education team, the new e-books are promoted in an
email blast to iTunes U users and on the Education section
of the iBooks Store.
The six-series guidebooks are also available standalone,
each covering specific topics.
The iPad Starter Guide, for instance, was designed for
educators who are not necessarily familiar with the iPad
and in-class deployments. Other educational guides deal
with Apple’s first-party apps like the iWork suite and
GarageBand.
Each starter guide is a free download from the iBooks
Store via these links:
iPad Starter Guide
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-starter-
guide/id1118588103?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
iMovie for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/imovie-for-
ios-starter-guide/id1127950553?mt=11&ign-
mpt=uo%3D4
Pages for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pages-for-ios-
starter-guide/id1127949310?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%
3D4
Numbers for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/numbers-for-ios-
starter-guide/id1127954704?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Keynote for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/keynote-for-ios-
starter-guide/id1057679841?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
GarageBand for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/garageband-for-ios-
starter/id1127951860?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
To grab the complete Education Starter Guides
collection, use this iBooks Store URL
http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

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you paid how much for your first computer?!

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
you paid how much for your first computer?!

i just read something that made me laugh out loud—mostly because it’s funny,
but also because it is poignantly true.
i wonder what my kids are going to tell their kids … ‘it was so rough
back in my day. i didn’t get a phone ’til 4th grade and sometimes the
wifi didn’t always work upstairs!’”
you’re laughing too, aren’t you! well, i want to add one more thing: “and
back then a computer cost more than a thousand dollars!” i can visualize
those kids of the future,
slack jawed at the thought of having to pay that much money for a computer.
unthinkable. right?
over the years i have owned no fewer than seven computers—mostly because i
just beat them to death, but also because i’ve convinced myself that as a
writer, i need to be on
the cutting edge of technology.
my first computer was, not surprisingly, the biggest, the heaviest, the
slowest and
the most expensive of all seven. with each upgrade, i welcomed a lighter,
sleeker, faster and better computer. but here’s the surprising thing: each
new computer would cost
less than the one it replaced. technology is wonderful that way.
speaking of wonderful, there really is no other way to describe what is
happening in the world of chromebook—a laptop computer that runs chrome os
as its
operating system and is designed to be used primarily while connected to the
internet. a number of companies such as acer, hp, samsung, asus, hisense and
toshiba are manufacturing chromebooks because they have become so popular.
in fact, chromebooks have just recently (and for the first time in the u.s.)
outsold
apple’s range of macs. now that’s amazing.
a chromebook is a specific type of laptop computer that relies heavily on
google’s suite of applications. and it doesn’t have a ton of onboard
storage, with most apps
and documents living in the cloud rather than in the machine’s hard
drive—which if you’ve ever had a hard drive crash, should come as really
good news.
the most amazing thing about a chromebook is the price. for example and as i
write, an asus chromebook flip laptop with a 10-inch screen, 9 hours of
battery life, 1.9 ghz
processor, 4 gb memory and a 16 gb ssd (solid state drive) is just $269 and
that is not a typo. at that price, this asus chromebook just might make
a great gift for a special grad or dad.
is a chromebook right for everyone and every situation? i am not planning to
get rid of my macbook pro anytime soon, so the answer is no—but i do love my
asus chromebook. it’s
compact, sleek, lightweight, has a full-size keyboard
and doubles as a tablet.
i carry it with me to keep up with email. it’s perfect for browsing the
internet, creating documents, taking notes and even playing a game or two.
or ten. those
are the things that a chromebook really excels at. add to that the cheap
price and it’s no wonder chromebook laptops have become so popular.
still on the fence about a new chromebook? check out this great list
offrequently
asked pre-purchase questions from google.
https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3265094?hl=en&utm_source=everyday+cheapskate&utm_campaign=994418dba2-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3eccb93339-994418dba2-67655377
mary hunt’s everyday cheapskate blog
everyday cheapskate,
www.everydaycheapskate.com

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How to make support staff more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make support staff more accessible

We are living in an era when access to support staff is becoming more
important to the well being of a business and I’d like to take a bit of time
now to give you some pointers and you can always build on this list.

1. Always remember that your support staff is going to have to deal with
customers with varying levels of technical knowledge.

2. Your customer support staff should start paying closer attention to the
needs and requests of consumers who are seniors, the technically shy, and
consumers with a disability.

3. Your customer support staff should be given training on a regular basis
as to how to handle calls from the above mentioned.

4. There should be easy and ready access made to your support staff.

5. It would help for your support staff to be aware that patience,
friendliness, and a great willingness to help are three very important
attributes to helping your organization to stand above the competition.

6. Access to your support staff should be made available on a round the
clock basis.

This is a good start and now you can build on it.

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100+ Alternative Search Engines

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you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you!
We now invite you to read on!
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Contributed by Dan Thompson
100+ Alternative Search Engines
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/100-alternative-search-
engines-you-should-know/
Published by Ashutosh KS

If someone asks you, off the top of your
head, what search engines you use or
know off, chances are you’ll be naming the
regulars: Google, Bing, Yahoo. The
Internet however is a really big place
and there are plenty more search engines
out there that can cater to very specific
requirements.
We’re skipping the search engines that
everyone know about so you won’t be
seeing Google, Yahoo or Bing in this list.
Here are many other alternative search
engines available out there.
I am listing the main categories of
search engines shown. I tried
grabbing each URL. But Internet
Explorer kept freezing. So visit the link
above to try out these awesome
alternative search engines.
I have personally tried the kid safe,
people and new search engines.
Here are the main categories:
General search engines
Regional search engines
Kid safe search engines
Image and icon search engines
Social media search engines
Knowledge search engines
Private search engines
Metasearch Engines
search Engines for finding people
News search Engines
BLOG search Engines
Other search engines
Enjoy your searching. Hope you find
whatever you’ve been looking for and
couldn’t get the other search engines to find
it.

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What To Do With Leftover Green Salad

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you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you!
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A Dan Thompson contribution
What To Do With Leftover Green Salad

If throwing out perfectly delicious green salad were a crime, I’d be serving
a life sentence.

It kills me to do it, but until fairly recently, I had no idea there was a
second life for fresh green salad, dressed or not. Once tossed, passed and
partially consumed, that’s it, right? Wrong.

GAZPACHO SALSA. Blend it with V8 Juice to create a thick gazpacho (a cold

Spanish/Portuguese tomato-based raw vegetable soup). Add a little hot sauce,
and serve with chips for an appetizer. Extend it even further with the
addition of red pepper and cucumber. Seriously tasty, however it will vary
depending on the contents of the leftover salad you start with.

SALAD DRESSING. Mix the leftover salad in a blender with olive oil, vinegar,
salt and pepper and some garlic or herb seasonings and you have dressing for
your next salad. I have done this several times now and the results are
quite amazing.

You have to try it. Just make sure you have your seasonings handy. I added
garlic powder, salt and pepper.

MAKE SOUP. Turn that salad into hot vegetable soup: Process the leftover
salad in a blender or food processor with 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable
stock. Pour into saucepan, stir in another 1/2 cup stock or the amount
needed to create a nice consistency. Heat thoroughly and season with salt
and pepper as needed. Serve garnished with sour cream and a sprinkling of
chopped fresh herbs like basil, chives or parsley.

ADD TO SOUP. Ina Garten, popular TV cook, blends it all together and adds it
to her hot soups. The greens and vinegar add great flavor. Make sure you
adjust the seasonings. And a dash of cream to finish can’t hurt, either!

By Mary Hunt on 07/08/16

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What To Do With Leftover Green Salad

Hello there! From time to time we at the business desk are pleased to bring
you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you!
We now invite you to read on!
The Sterling Creations team

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A Dan Thompson contribution
What To Do With Leftover Green Salad

If throwing out perfectly delicious green salad were a crime, I’d be serving
a life sentence.

It kills me to do it, but until fairly recently, I had no idea there was a
second life for fresh green salad, dressed or not. Once tossed, passed and
partially consumed, that’s it, right? Wrong.

GAZPACHO SALSA. Blend it with V8 Juice to create a thick gazpacho (a cold

Spanish/Portuguese tomato-based raw vegetable soup). Add a little hot sauce,
and serve with chips for an appetizer. Extend it even further with the
addition of red pepper and cucumber. Seriously tasty, however it will vary
depending on the contents of the leftover salad you start with.

SALAD DRESSING. Mix the leftover salad in a blender with olive oil, vinegar,
salt and pepper and some garlic or herb seasonings and you have dressing for
your next salad. I have done this several times now and the results are
quite amazing.

You have to try it. Just make sure you have your seasonings handy. I added
garlic powder, salt and pepper.

MAKE SOUP. Turn that salad into hot vegetable soup: Process the leftover
salad in a blender or food processor with 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable
stock. Pour into saucepan, stir in another 1/2 cup stock or the amount
needed to create a nice consistency. Heat thoroughly and season with salt
and pepper as needed. Serve garnished with sour cream and a sprinkling of
chopped fresh herbs like basil, chives or parsley.

ADD TO SOUP. Ina Garten, popular TV cook, blends it all together and adds it
to her hot soups. The greens and vinegar add great flavor. Make sure you
adjust the seasonings. And a dash of cream to finish can’t hurt, either!

By Mary Hunt on 07/08/16

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