The Harvard Business Review has a good (and long) article entitled, “Death by Information Overload.” They provide a good overview on information overload (be it email, social network-related, and regular information/reading/processing overload). They also provide a few suggestions, but the lifehackers of us have already tried these solutions.
Got lots of photos that have red eye that you would like to fix? The GIMP to the rescue.
The GIMP (The GNU Image Image Manipulation Program) is an open source image editor. It’s almost a free version of Adobe’s Photoshop. While it may look different, The GIMP is just as powerful as the expensive Photoshop.
Something I’ve always wanted was an RSS feed of my friends’ birthdays in Facebook. You see, I don’t login to Facebook everyday, but I do open Google Reader (my RSS reader of choice) everyday. And the only way (until now) to see who’s birthday is today is to login.
But now, problem solved!
The Facebook application is fbCal, and it is magnificent. You install it like any other application with Facebook, and it creates 4 different feeds you can use in any application you like (iCal and RSS feeds for both birthdays and events). Snazzy!
In honor of my all-nighter tonight, I am posting a link to a great howto: How to pull an all-nighter. This is good stuff, I follow most of these tips.
I’ve been using Firefox 3 for about a month now, using the same method Lifehacker explains in this article, with Portable Firefox 3. This allows you to keep your normal Firefox 2 install and not have to install Firefox 3 until it comes out of beta.
And second BTW, PortableApps is amazing also. It keeps me from having to install the plethora of open source applications I use periodically, leaving me with a slender hard drive with fewer applications installed.
I recently realized that my new theme doesn’t display author comments in a different color than regular comments, so I struck out to fix the issue.
I regard author comment highlighting as a major feature or lack thereof for any theme. It should be mandatory, as it makes it easy to scan and find the original author’s comments. It also keeps a rude commenter from posting under your name and having readers believe it is actually your comment. You could also use colored comment highlighting on a multi-author blog to note comments by writers from the site who didn’t actually write said post.
Anyways, on to the details.
I do all of my school papers in OpenOffice.org (for more on OpenOffice, look in Wikipedia) these days, specifically in OpenOffice Writer (the open source equivalent of Microsoft Word). I come upon the same problem fairly frequently, so I am posting my solution here for everyone.
Many paper formatting guidelines call for no header on the first page, with a header that includes the page number (and possibly other information, including name and professor) on subsequent pages. While it may seem difficult to do this in OpenOffice Writer, it is rather easy.
Create a header as your normally would; usually this is by clicking Insert -> Header -> Default and then Insert -> Fields -> Page Number. You should see your header on all pages of your document, including the first page.
Now, place the cursor within the first page of your document (ie- click within the first page of the document and then make sure you see a blinking cursor on the first page), and then select from the menu Format -> Styles and Formatting. Select the fourth icon at the top of the dialog box (if you hover over it, it says “Page Styles”). Now, double-click on “First Page”.
Once you double-click on “First Page”, the header on the first page will magically disappear, while keeping the header on each subsequent page intact.
For even more customizability, you can create an entirely different header for the first page instead of leaving it completely off.
To do this, again make sure your cursor is inside the first page of the document. Then click Insert -> Header -> First Page. Now, a header will appear on the first page of your document and you can place any text or fields (page number, etc.) within this first page-only header.
If you have any problems with this quick fix for headers in OpenOffice Writer, please leave a question in the comments section below and I will try my best to answer your query.
Also, look forward to more of these How To’s (for Open Office and other applications) in the near future.
Lastly, if you would like to try out OpenOffice, you can download it for free from the OpenOffice website or your can download a portable version here which you can unzip locally and delete after trying out this amazing piece of community-produced software.
You might not have noticed that in Mozilla Firefox, when you type a word or words into the location bar (instead of a URL), Firefox sends you to the first Google search result for that term. This is a pretty neat feature, but I don’t use it that often, mainly because many times I need to look down the list of results to find the link I need.
In Firefox, type about:config in the location bar and press enter. Now, in the ‘Filter’ search, type “keyword.URL” without the quotation marks. Right-click on the “keyword.URL” preference and select ‘Modify’. In the box enter the following link:
And press enter or click ‘OK’. Now open another tab, and in the location bar (where you usually enter http://chrismlindsey.com) enter “Firefox” (again, no quotes) and press enter. This will take you to the Wikipedia page on Mozilla Firefox.
To do this, we’ll create a new bookmark. Click ‘Bookmarks’ in the file menu at the top of your Firefox window, click ‘Organize Bookmarks,’ and then click ‘New Bookmark…’. In the ‘Name’ field enter “Wikipedia Keyword Search”, in the location field enter this link:
In the ‘Keyword’ field enter something like “w” or “wp”. Now click ‘OK’ and close the Bookmark Manager. In the location bar, enter:
And watch as the Mozilla Firefox article appears.
Occasionally you will find a WordPress theme that you like, but it does not allow use of a logo or graphic in place of the default text link. You might want to jazz up the theme, or throw on your company’s logo.
This is a relatively easy problem to fix, but you have to get your hands a bit dirty and change some code. I’ll try to make this as simple as possible, after the jump!
I just discovered one of the biggest time savers ever.
I use Gmail as my primary email. I have for over a year now. And I send all my emails from Gmail.
But, whenever I click on a mailto link in a webpage, it always opens up in Outlook Express. Yeah, it takes like 2 minutes to open up, and I don’t even use Outlook Express. It is just the default mail client on Windows XP. I try to look at links before I click on them, but a lot of the time it just happens. Call me click-happy.
So how do you make it work so when you click on a mailto email link that it opens up in Gmail?
The Gmail notifier does this, but I hate leaving stuff running in my taskbar all the time, especially when I always have Gmail open in a tab in Firefox.
So what other solutions are there?