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?
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.
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.
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.
There are several ways to create PDF files out there. In this series I am going to go through some of my favorite ways to create them. I also encourage your feedback in the ways you deal with PDF and the multitude of office application extensions out there!
After I started testing out the last tip about enabling inline auto-completion in the address bar, it occurred to me that although links from my browser history kept showing up in the list, I’d probably never type those in.
I happened to Stumble Upon this cool online music application today. JamStudio.com is a very cool site where you can mix audio loops and not have the need to know how to read or write music. I have already wasted a few hours on this site. If you are a music fan you will have a great time with this. JamStudio allows you to save your music projects and even includes code to place a player on your MySpace page.
This is not a tech article but does affect all of us who work in the office place. Today when I came in to start my day … THREE people walked by my office coughing, hacking, and snotting up the place. There is no reason for this! It is bad enough we have to go to a crappy job and make a corporation money everyday, let alone breathe in other peoples nasty viruses and germs. I cringe every time I hear the cough, sneeze, or nose blow of a co worker who is obviously sick. So, please! Stay home if your sick! There is absolutely no honor in “toughing it out” when you jeopardize the wellness of others.