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Microsoft Office online—without Microsoft

Do you want to break free of Microsoft's grip? Use exclusively web-based apps, most of them free? If you do, try reviewing Ismael Ghalimi's list of 'best-of-breed' web apps, which together provide a reasonable approximation of the Microsoft Office [...continue reading]

Google SMS

A useful service I've been playing with is Google SMS: Google SMS is a new service that enables you to search for certain kinds of information with Google from a mobile phone or handheld device (such as a Blackberry), and returns your search results as text messages. Get phone book listings, movie [...continue reading]

Roundup of Sleep Hacks (Sleeping more efficiently)

* Get to sleep faster * Tackle problems in your sleep * Take efficient power naps * Take a caffeine nap * Get baby to sleep through the night * Sleep on an airplane * Get up when you really want to * Hold that thought till morning * Relax with Pzizz more... [...continue reading]

Smart Pills Are on The Rise. But Is Taking Them Wise?

There's a product liability lawsuit waiting to happen here: Studying with diligent friends is fine, says Heidi Lessing, a University of Delaware sophomore. But after a couple of hours, it's time for a break, a little gossip: "I want to talk about somebody walking by in the library." One of those [...continue reading]

Getting Stock Prices into Excel

Yahoo Finance ( has a link on each summary page that allows the user to download the stock information in CSV format. What is less well known is that there is a URL which allows direct access to stock information without having to parse any HTML or even XML. The format is [...continue reading]

Seeking power outlets in airports

The AirPower Wiki chronicles the location of power-outlets in the world's airports. "Those of us who've had three hours to catch up on email and recharge before making another eight-hour flight know what it is to be a voltotropic voyager." via [...continue reading]

Prescription for Gaining Greatness in Work and Life

Dennis Kimbro's Prescription for Gaining Greatness in Work and Life What makes the great, great? It's a question author Dennis Kimbro took 20 years to research, interviewing leaders from diverse backgrounds from Earl Graves of Black Enterprise magazine to Bishop T. D. Jakes. His findings were [...continue reading]

How to cancel a service

After reading posts about people who have had to beg to be disconnected from AOL, J2, and Sky TV, I saw the following advice: I've worked for a telecommunications company that I would prefer to go unnamed, and I'd like to offer some tips to anyone trying to disconnect a service they no longer want. [...continue reading]

Guaranteed way to make money (and cause the government to lose money)

Don't be so quick to try to get rid of your extra change. For the first time since the composition of the penny was changed to make zinc the primary component, Josh Wolfe reports that the raw materials that constitute pennies and nickels are worth more than the monetary value assigned to them by [...continue reading]

Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Tricks to Improve Your Memory 7 ways to recall your PIN number, the location of your wallet, or other key information. More Via Lifehacker. [...continue reading]

Converting your documents into PDF format

Adobe offers a converter to PDF format on their site (for a fee), but there are countless other options out there that cost zero. Try or PDF Creator. They'll convert documents from Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and so on. Via 101 Fabulous Freebies [...continue reading]

A dozen SUPER-ACHIEVERS tell how they stay ahead in the fast lane.

Valuable write-up on how some of the most successful people manage their time and their days. Via Arash Farin [...continue reading]

Deliberate Practice Makes Perfect

From the Freakonomics column in the New York Times: Their work, compiled in the "Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance," a 900-page academic book that will be published next month, makes a rather startling assertion: the trait we commonly call talent is highly overrated. Or, put [...continue reading]

Use Gmail to break PDF copy-restrictions

Apparently, Gmail's built-in 'View as HTML' functionality, which allows you to view the content of PDF files (and other types of documents) as if they were classic webpages, works regardless of the files' usage restrictions (i.e., the functionality doesn't respect Digital Rights [...continue reading]

Check to see if you are email blacklisted

Do your clients and colleagues constantly say your email went into their spam filter? So much that you're worried your domain might be blacklisted? There's a quick, easy way to check. Go to and enter your mail server address. For example, mine is [...continue reading]

The Secret Cause of Flame Wars

"Don't work too hard," wrote a colleague in an e-mail today. Was she sincere or sarcastic? I think I know (sarcastic), but I'm probably wrong. According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, I've only a 50-50 chance of ascertaining the tone of any e-mail [...continue reading]

Research Finds That Success Might Be Related Not Just to Whom You Know but to How You Communicate with Them

Research Finds That Success Might Be Related Not Just to Whom You Know but to How You Communicate with Them Nathaniel Bulkley, a doctoral student working with assistant professor Marshall Van Alstyne at the University of Michigan School of Information, won the first annual Visible Path Graduate [...continue reading]

Remember Every Name Every Time

(From "Remember Every Name Every Time" by Benjamin Levy.) In the book, Levy describes two methods for remembering names. First, the verbally-oriented, "basic" technique:   FACE. FOCUS on the name. ASK again. COMMENT to them and yourself about the name. EMPLOY the name in [...continue reading]