Last week, I watched impatiently as a colleague used his mouse to drag his pointer to the URL window of a browser, carefully select the URL text from end to beginning, hit the delete key, then type out “www.wikipedia.com”.
I told him in future to hit “ctrl-L” and then just type “wikipedia” instead. Since I was in a hurry then, this was said with some testiness and he’ll remember.
I just realised he uses Firefox (after a similar session a couple of years ago), so I will let him know he can simply type the search term directly into the URL window itself.
This is a commonplace experience it seems, so David Pogue decided to blog some tech tips. This might be a precursor to a book some day. It has been supplemented by 2,000+ comments from readers.
Meanwhile, it’s worth forwarding to ambling users. Life at the keyboard could be much easier.
I picked up one myself: “windows-D” – I’ll remember this the next time I’m on a PC. Of course I hope that will not be in the near future!
Laurence was swigging this down at the last meetup – lovely looking!
Meanwhile, the wasabe powder they have these days helped clear my sinuses. The lads said my audio quality improved considerably after that.
At the last mac meetup, the rest clicked away with cameras. I chipped in with the MacBook Pro using PhotoBooth.
Two other apps helped: iGlasses (US$10) made the indoor photos brighter (you can use it with iChat as well) and FlickrBooth (donationware) which uploaded the photos to my Flickr album immediately (there was Wireless@SG).
PhotoBooth with these accompaniments usually come in useful when photographing my cats, and it did fine with these two as well.
My MacBook Pro (MBP) is backed up daily with SuperDuper! The schedule copies over only new files since the last backup. SuperDuper! makes the backup drive bootable. Thus if the MBP’s hardisk crashes, I just need to link the backup drive by firewire, bootup and carry on.
The largest contribution to new files are field trip photos and lecture presentations. So its quite important for my sanity that I don’t lose any data.
So I do respond when the alert appears at 9.30pm and link the external drive and click “copy now”.
The MBP’s onboard disk is 80GB. I usually use external 2.5″ Hitachi drives for backups and got an external 100GB drive in a robust USB2.0 Buffalo enclosure. When that got full, I got a 150GB disk in a Momobay enclosure. The shop didn’t have too many options and this had firewire400 which I still prefer to USB2.0.
Eventually there is a third back up onto the larger capacity 3.5″ drives linked to the labouring G4 Powermac in the office which has its own backup routine too.
With Mac’s Spotlight, I have been able to find what I need so far.