Category: Tips & Tweaks

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Lifehacker publish a short list of the hangups we all face when trying to be productive. Click the link to read the full article. It’s a quick read.

Seven Tricks Your Mind Plays on You (and How to Fight Back).


There are many videos that show you how to peel a kiwi fruit but most of them are not as efficient as this method. If you have a better method post it in the comments below.

This weeks cnet newsletter covers online storage sites. Here are the basics for each service.

Microsoft SkyDrive
Storage capacity: 25GB

Cost: Free

Storage capacity: Unlimited

Cost: Free

Mozy Online Backup Home
Storage capacity: Unlimited

Cost: 2GB for free, unlimited for US$4.95 per month

Storage capacity: Unlimited

Cost: US$54.95 per year
Storage capacity: Up to 5GB (Individual plan)

Cost: 1GB for free, 5GB for $9.95 per month

Click heading for Cnet’s full newsletter.

I stumbled across these 10 helpful tips, enjoy. Click the link above for the full story

1. Position your wireless router (or wireless access point) in a central location

2. Move the router off the floor and away from walls and metal objects (such as metal file cabinets)

3. Replace your router’s antenna

4. Replace your computer’s wireless network adapter

5. Add a wireless repeater

6. Change your wireless channel

7. Reduce wireless interference

8. Update your firmware or your network adapter driver

9. Pick equipment from a single vendor

10. Upgrade 802.11b devices to 802.11g

Whenever you watch a tutorial as long as it’s a supported quicktime 7 format you can watch it up to 3x faster. Quicktime 7 (and earlier version) have an option that kind off works like watching something in fast forward with the sound on. The only difference is that the audio doesn’t have distortion from pitch. Meaning, your tutorials don’t sound like they’re being done by Alvin and the Chipmunks. This is great because you can actually understand what the instructor is saying.

We’ve all had our share of Buffalo Wings and thought, there’s gotta be a better way. Well there is. I stumbled across this video at lifehacker.

You can find the lifehacker article here

Jessica told me that if you run water while cutting an onion you won’t get teary eyed. I’ve tried it and it works, but why. Today I was watching the history channel and they explained why it works. Onions contain high levels of sulfur when you cut into an onion sulfer is released into the air and combines with the natural moisture on the surface of your eyes to create sulfuric acid. You tear to dillute this acid further. So in conclusion anything that can capture the sulfur vapor and combine it with water would effectively neutralize the sulfur enough so that it won’t form sulfuric acid on the surface of your eye.

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I bought a new flash drive from OCZ a beautiful 16GB flash drive. I connected it to a foreign machine and when I put it back into my computer, virus. No big deal AVG detected the virus and I selected remove. At first I thought it a bit odd cause the other machine didn’t have access to any network or internet. I should have known better. The next thing I knew the flash drive stopped working. When I plugged in the drive I received a “mixed content” popup. The normal choices to open in folder view or to open selected files with a video player had dissapeared. I tried accesing the drive from my computer but it simply asked me to choose a program to open the “whole drive” with, as if it was an application. I stumbled across the directions below to remove “knight.exe” which still didn’t give me access to the drive, and since I didn’t have access to the drive I couldn’t do one of the steps (Step 3b). I realized I might be able to access the drive another way. I opened the drive using izarc as if it were a zip file. I needed to open it directly through izarc’s menu. Nothing shows up initially but if you choose, file type>all, you’ll see the file autorun.inf. Delete that and you’ll be done. I recommend you follow the instructions bellow in their given order until you get to that step. Paste a comment if this helps.

Note: You may be able to use any program to access the drive through the program’s “Open” Dialogue, as long as the program has a “show all files” option. To delete simply right mouse click and select delete.

These instructions courtesy Precise Security:
1. Temporarily Disable USB Drive to autorun (Windows XP):

a. Open Windows Explorer or press the Windows + “e” key.
b. Right-click the drive of the USB Drive. Then select Properties. Drive Properties will appear.
c. Select the AutoPlay tab.
d. Choose Select an Action to Perform
e. At the bottom of the selection, click Take no Action, then click Apply.
f. Click OK to exit Drive Properties.

2. Show Hidden Files
a. Open Windows Explorer
b. Go to Tools > Options
c. On View tab, mark Checked the “Show Hidden Files and Folders and “Hide Protected OPerating System Files” Unchecked.

3. Delete the files manually

a. Go the USB Drive and delete autorun.inf
b. Go to C: Drive and delete autorun.inf
c. Go to C:\Windows and delete Disk Knight.exe

4. Modify Windows Registry
a. Go to Start > Run then type regedit
b. On Registry Editor, go to Edit > Find and type “knight”
c. Delete all entries it found.

5. Connect to Internet and update your AntiVirus

6. Reboot your computer in SafeMode
a. During BootUp process Press F8 continuously until selection appears
b. Use Arrow Up+Down to select SafeMode on the selections menu.
c. Hit Enter to proceed.

7. Scan your computer with an updated AntiVirus and delete all infections it founds.

Note: You may enable autorun of the USB Drive by reversing the process in Step 1.

Every digital image is encoded with digital information, EXIF, aside from the actual picture. That information holds interesting data: When the picture was taken, if it was modified and when it was last modified, Camera information, focal length, Camera make and model among other information.

A geotag allows you to identify the location where the image was taken using longitude and latidude based coordinates. This can be determined from the camera, external GPS device or embedded later. This gives you a new way to sort and search through your photos.


In Picasa via Cnet(Click title for full article)

After downloading your photos into Picasa, it’s simply a matter of clicking on the tools tab and selecting the ‘Geotag with Google Earth’ option. This opens the mapping application in which you navigate to the place where the photo was taken. A single click then embeds the relevant latitude and longitude details into the photo’s EXIF metadata file.

In iPhoto

Select the photo or album then hit the “i” icon on the lower right corner of the screen to edit the photo/albums information. At the bottom of the panel you will see places. Type in the name of the place the photos were taken.

Tips: Gas Tips

At the price of gas nowadays we can always use a little info on how to stretch the galon to get more bang for out buck. Below is an email I received from a friend. If anybody can give me verifiable citations I will gladly add it to the article. As it stands these tips really don’t hurt to try.

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

* Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

* When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

* One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Un ike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

* Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up — most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

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