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It drives me crazy that YouTube videos start playing automatically. It’s especially annoying when you click on a link from a co-worker and then the phone rings… and then your speakers start blaring a completely inappropriate sound, usually accompanied by terrible dancing.

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How often do you find a great article without the time to read it, so you bookmark it and completely forget about it? This happened to me constantly until I found the Readeroo extension for Firefox, which lets me queue pages for easy retrieval later.

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If you use Ad-Aware se Version 1.06 you know all to well of the annoying sound it makes when a scan is complete.  Here is how to disable that annoyance.

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When you have a document up on your network that several users have access to, it is nice to know the time and date it is modified.  For instance if there is an interoffice group project, team leaders can keep track of when a document is created, printed, or last saved. 

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So you’re looking at your Google Analytics traffic and you notice a large amount of visits coming from a particular traffic source… but where exactly are they linking to?

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Like any geek, I spend many hours looking for ways to save a few minutes out of my day. Everybody knows that dragging emails or tasks to the calendar icon on the left hand Outlook menu will open a new appointment… but wouldn’t it be simpler to drag it to a specific day?

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In continuing with my apparent PDF theme this week, I thought it would be good to point out a nice Add-In for Microsoft Office 2007 which allows you to save or email documents in PDF format.  Just download and install the Microsoft Save As PDF Add-In.  Installation is very simple, only takes about a minute and you are ready to use a feature long ignored by Microsoft.  There are actually 2 different Add-Ins, one allows only PDF and the other allows both PDF and XPS format.

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In a typical day I will use up to 8 different PC’s.  When I am on these machines I want all of my custom settings to be there for me.  Having a user profile on a Windows machine is easy.  However, what to do with all the customizations I make to my favorite web browser?  MozBackup solves this issue by allowing me to back up all Firefox settings, including extensions (although the program author does not guarantee they’ll all transfer successfully) stick them on a flash drive and restore them on a separate machine.  I have been able to use this with both Vista and XP.

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I recently decided to update the FavIcon for this site (the little icon in the address bar). The old one was something I’d hacked together myself in visual studio, and just didn’t seem friendly enough for me.

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As I mentioned in my previous post I loved the fact that OpenOffice allows such easy creation of PDF files.  In this post I will show how we can still do this in OpenOffice without actually installing the open source office suite.  We can accomplish this using Portable Apps which includes OpenOffice Portable.

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