Helpful tips for March 2013

Hello there and welcome to our weekly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our weekly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
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Helpful tips for March 2013

In this issue:

General tips
Tech tips
Articles of the day
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

What is one of the best ways to prepare pasta?
Do not wash it after draining it.
Why? The starch in the pasta is what binds the tomato sauce to it.

What are peanuts also classified as?
Why, legumes!

What are American buffalo also known as?
Why, bison!

When you go to the store and purchase a 2 by 4 of something, what exactly is
the real measurement?
Something like 1 & 3/4 by 3 & 3/4.

Which bird can swim and not fly?
Why, it is the penguin!

Which beat of music closely resembles the beat of the brain?
Why, Baroque music!

Which fruit is one of the most eaten in the world?
Why, it is the mango!

What’s this about rice?
It is one of the most eaten staples around the world.

Some important tips on ciber space:
If you come across an url that starts with https then the s stands for
secure.
No banking institution would ever ask you to provide them with your
accounting details in an email.
After doing your online banking or paying bills, be sure always to log out
of the site.
Never do your banking via an unsecured network.

What’s this about an overhead moon?
It is said that when the moon is above us, our weight tends to fluctuate.

Where does the cent of vanilla come from?
Why, from orchids.

When is one’s blood pressure at its highest point?
First thing in the morning.

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Tech tips
Taken from Melanie Mama’s corner
With a huge bouquet of thanks to Dan Thompson at dthompson5@mchsi.com

How to Turn Windows 7 Features On or Off

In this tip, I want to look at another new entry in Control Panel
for Windows 7. This one is called “Windows Features” and it provides an
easy way
to disable or enable a number of applications and features that come with
Windows
7. One way to display the dialog for
Windows Features
is to enter ‘features” (without quotes) in the
Start-Search
box and select “Turn Windows features on or off”. Actually, just typing
“fea” brings
up this listing on my system. The graphic below shows the dialog box that
will open.
It may take a minute for Windows to fill in all the entries.
Turning Windows 7 features on or off
Some Windows features are grouped together in folders and there may even be
subfolders
with additional features. If a check box is partially checked or is dimmed,
then
some of the items inside the folder are turned on and some are turned off.
To view
the contents of a folder, double-click it or click the + box on the left
side. To
turn a Windows feature off, clear the check box and click “OK”.
You may notice that it is even possible to disable Internet Explorer. The
figure
shows IE9 but this also applies to IE8 if it is installed. Windows Media
Player (grouped
under
Media Features) can also be turned off.
Turning off a feature does not uninstall the feature, and it does not reduce
the
amount of hard disk space used by it. It is simply disabled and can be
restored by
putting a check in its box again.

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How To Use Windows Notepad As A Journal

Windows has got, among its tools, almost anything you need for your needs.

For example, did you know that you can use your plain, Windows Notepad as a
digital diary where you can write whatever you want while the system will
keep track of the date and time you updated it?

1. Press the start button.

2. Press the letter r.

3. Type in the line below and press enter.

Wordpad

4. Write .LOG and save the file as diary.txt on your desktop. Notice that
log is in uppercase.

5. Now, open diary.txt.

6. As you see, Windows wrote down the time and the date of when you created
the file.

7. From now on, every time you open and write something down on such a file,
Windows will also write the time and date for each update.

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I-Bin

If you’ve found yourself wishing that your flash drive had a recycle bin so
that your portable apps and documents had the same safety net that you’re
desktop files do, I-Bin brings recycle bin functionality to your flash
drive.

I-Bin is a small, stand-alone portable application. Place it on your flash
drive and run it and create the I-Bin folder that will be your portable
recycle bin. If you have a large flash drive with a lot of files, I suggest
running it for the first time when you’re not going anywhere. I-Bin indexes
the entire drive to build a list of files it should protect and send to the
recycle bin.

Once I-Bin has finished the initial drive index, it’s packed with some other
cool features. It comes with a well written manual, but if you skip reading
it at least note that in order to delete a file from the flash drive while
I-Bin is running you’ll need to hit WIN+DEL, not just the delete key. I-Bin
intercepts the standard delete if it is performed on a file it has indexed.
All files you delete with I-Bin end up in X:\iBin\ where X is the letter of
your flash drive. In the Custom Options menu of I-Bin you can specify what
happens on deletion, how files are restored, how big the recycle bin should
be, and if I-Bin should auto-clean the recycle bin.

Click this link to download I-Bin, FREE from the First Toy Lab website

http://www.autohotkey.net/~FirstToyLab/project_iBin_download.htm.

I have the user guide and program if you have problems getting it.

I can send it you via an attachment off list.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Internet giants suddenly vulnerable in mobile land grab

Tim Bradshaw and Richard Waters, San Francisco – Financial Times
Tuesday, Aug. 07 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

This year has seen a momentous change in the shape of the global internet.
More
People now access the web on mobile phones than PCs in China, home to the
world’s largest population of internet users. North America and Europe are
not far behind in making
that digital switchover, as are fast-growing internet markets such as Turkey
and Indonesia.

This presents a big challenge to today’s Internet leaders – Google and
Facebook,
as well as Yahoo and Microsoft – that emerged when most of their customers
typically used the web while sitting in front of a large, static screen.
Some mobile executives liken accelerating growth in the mobile Internet to
the
Disruption print newspapers faced from readers’ shift online. That creates
opportunities for so-called mobile-first startups to potentially unseat the
current leaders.
The speed with which apps such as Instagram or Angry Birds attracted tens of
Millions of users caught many Internet companies off guard and highlights
how the ground is shifting under the Internet leaders’ feet.

“I think we are in 1999 right now in mobile,” Dave Morin, chief executive of
Path, a mobile social network that competes with his previous employer,
Facebook, says in reference to the original dotcom boom.
Instagram had 50 million users when Facebook stunned the industry with a
$1-billion takeover offer, just weeks before its stock market debut. Since
then Instagram has gained another 30 million users. Games developer Rovio,
which claims a billion downloads
for its original Angry Birds game, had 100 million downloads for its latest
sequel after just three months – figures rarely attained in traditional PC
or console
gaming.

Dozens of app-centric startups have appeared in their wake to try to capture
the
virgin territory of mobile before larger, slower companies can learn or buy
the
specialist expertise required for smartphone mastery.

Companies such as Path and Flipboard argue that they provide a superior user
Experience to other social networks or magazine apps, with a focus on speed
and simplicity that is tough for a regular website, overflowing with
features, to cram into the small screen.
As their users flock to mobile, the existing powers of the Internet are
being
Forced into strategic shifts that run much deeper than simply remaking their
services
For smaller screens or working out how to adapt existing advertising models
to a new
medium.

Fearing that it would lose direct access to its users, Google has already
made a
successful move into mobile software with its Android platform. Now, seeking
to
emulate Apple’s enviable profit margins and its ability to control all
aspects of its
customers’ mobile experiences, Microsoft, Google and Amazon have all moved
into the hardware business.
The upstarts argue that the very fact that they were born native into the
mobile
world gives them an advantage.
“Not having any other options forces you to not treat mobile as a
second-class
citizen,” says Evan Doll, co-founder of Flipboard, a mobile and tablet
newsreader which made its debut on the iPad in 2010. “We’ve seen the same
with publishing, going from print to digital. If you are still holding on to
print, you’re going to be starving
one child at the expense of the other.”

The Internet giants still have scale on their side – Facebook’s mobile app,
Though plagued with poor reviews, has hundreds of millions of regular users
and is the most downloaded app on Apple’s app store.
But maintaining their ubiquity is proving much more difficult on mobile than
on
The traditional web, given the barrage of competition from standalone apps.

The problem is compounded by the fact that for now, no one can secure the
same
Income from advertising on the smaller screen. Jeff Zucker’s famous 2008
quote, as
Chief executive of NBC, that traditional media’s move online swapped
“analogue dollars for digital pennies” may also prove applicable as internet
businesses go from
Web to mobile.
Many in the industry argue that because it is still so early in the rise of
the
Mobile Internet, profits today matter much less than securing a sustainable
model for
The future.

“Mobile is a landgrab at the moment,” says Tom Hulme, design director at
Ideo, a
design consultancy, and an early-stage tech investor.
Unfortunately for the Internet giants, much of the land-grabbing so far has
been
done by start-ups designing mobile corollaries to desktop web staples.
Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site Flickr’s mobile app, for example, was
outsmarted
By a legion of phone-friendly apps such as Instagram, which have attracted
tens of
Millions of users in little more than two years.
Yelp, the local reviews site, is challenged by Foursquare, a “mobile-first”
app
That highlights friends’ one-line tips of local bars, shops and restaurants,
with
More than 20 million users. Instant-messaging services from Yahoo, Microsoft
and AOL have been elbowed aside on mobile by chat apps such as WhatsApp
Messenger.
The Internet groups are stepping up the pace of their response, either
through
Acquisitions or by overhauling their existing services.

Facebook has been racing to remake itself in the image of the mobile
Internet.
Besides the Instagram acquisition, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg now looks at
all new
Services or features first on a mobile device, according to colleagues, and
top
Executives now routinely repeat the company line that Facebook has become a
“mobile-first” company.
With its huge global reach, that has meant first tackling the hard task of
Giving members ways to access the service on many different lower-end
feature phones, not just smartphones, Facebook is now bent on deepening the
mobile experience of its users, rethinking its services to make them more
suited to the medium.
Dick Costolo, Twitter’s chief executive, told the FT last month that he now
sees
Twitter’s website as an “entry ramp” guiding users to the “core” Twitter
mobile
app.
More recently, Google made a tacit admission that its iPhone app for Gmail
Needed improvement when it bought Sparrow, a popular iPhone e-mail client.

But some question whether such moves will be enough.
“We’ve been working with our companies to underscore that retrofitting a
service
that was geared to the web to work on mobile devices is just not good enough
at
all,” says Danny Rimer of Index Ventures. “Mobile is its own computing
platform and
the service has to be rethought to work natively on the device.”

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