Did you know you can use Google to watch
for articles of interest using keywords in most media,
including newspapers, magazines and of course the web?
Google will search for your key words and email you the
results daily. Try using your name, or LKQ, or auto recycling.
There is information every day!
As you know, I am an avid user of a PDA
(personal digital assistant), first using a Palm and later
a Sony Clie. I have been told that I am a power user having
a dictionary, movie clips and numerous other tools on
my Palm. I recently purchased a “merged product”,
so, now, my cell phone and PDA are in one unit, the Treo
650. I really enjoy the freedom of only carrying one device.
This device will make you MUCH more productive, keeping
your schedule and contacts in it.
Tired of logging onto all those websites
(including Copart and eBay)? Are you finding your passwords
are getting more numerous and difficult to manage? I use
a program called Roboform. A limited version, which is
likely all you need, is available at www.roboform.com.
This utility will automatically fill out all those forms
for you and remember all your passwords. You can visit
a new website to order something and complete the order
in just a few seconds! It saves your personal and business
identities as well as credit cards, so you can choose
how you want to register and/or order.
Are you tired of waiting and waiting
for the Microsoft search function to find your files?
And of course, as you may know, it doesn’t search
emails. Download Google’s desktop search tool. Just
visit http://desktop.google.com, and download their free
search tool. It will search your computer the same way
it searches the Internet, doing it lightning fast! It
will display emails, documents and websites containing
the words you are searching for. And, just like Google,
you can choose exact phrases, plus words, etc. You aren’t
limited to just a file name or certain words like you
are in the Microsoft tool.
Check out the public records on your
company or yourself at www.searchsystems.net.
I have several different electronic devices
that use memory cards, so I utilize a four-in-one card
reader. This eliminates the need for cables for all your
devices and it’s just easier to use. Simply put
the card from any of your devices into the reader and
it’s ready to read or write to. These are very inexpensive;
I paid $15 at Circuit City. Don’t bother buying
a card reader that only reads one type of card (if you
only have one type today), as the four-in-one reader is
just as inexpensive and you will likely get another device
in the future that uses a different type of memory card.
I created an email folder for “computer
stuff and orders.” You know... you ordered something
but then can’t find where or when, to resolve a
dispute or non-receipt. When I am on the website at the
order page, I simply send myself the page and put in the
subject line the pertinent words. If the page can’t
be sent (sometimes it’s restricted), then I darken
it for a copy and paste it into the body of an email I
send myself. Tired of looking for those pesky registration
numbers, etc., that you can’t seem to find? Send
them to yourself in an email. And, if you have to reload
a program (sorry), you’ll need that information.
It’s easy to search the folder for the keyword “Norton,”
and get the registration key for a program I paid for
and downloaded over a year ago.