Monday, July 30, 2012

Work, Success and Happiness

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”
                ~Francesca Reigler 

To be happy at work it really helps to love what you do. Unfortunately not all of us can say we love our work, but fear not! I've found some videos sure to increase motivation and interest in the work we do.

In these 3 TED videos you will hopefully find a renewed interest in whatever work you do and be inspired to make the world a better place!

Richard St. John's 8 secrets of success

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shock The Taskbar, Shock The Taskbar

I really don't like it
Shockin' the Taskbah
Shock the Taskbah


A few years back I caught a glimpse of a coworkers screen and noticed his Windows taskbar was in a funny location. I tried moving my own taskbar over to the side and immediately saw how much more useful the window titles were, now that I could partially see what they said. I generally keep my "sidebar" width around 3-4 mini icons.


So what are you waiting for?!
Get vertical!




Sunday, July 15, 2012

Nature Inspires Creativity


Apricots and Avocado

Nature is inspiring and living simply doesn't mean you have to leave creativity at home! Unleashing the creative artist within is a wonderful way to create more balance throughout your life.














Laura's Nature Mosaic


A nature mosaic can be made practically anywhere out of doors and from materials you find in your natural surroundings. To the right is  a mosaic with a giant redwood tree, some wispy green clouds and a sun in the background.




Joshua's Nature Mosaic






A framed nature mosaic with tall aquamarine trees, a log house with chimney smoke and a little garden.













There was charcoal all over the forest we were visiting due to the 2002 Colorado Hayman fire and we left a few tags, in hidden places, to revisit in the future.
Charcoal Tagging
Mr. Smiley

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Greenshot For My Screenshot

Greenshot is a free screen capture tool and is a must have if you still use your print screen button <PrtScn> and paste images into Paint and MS Word.

My favorite features in the Greenshot image editor include drawing shapes, obfuscating image areas, adding annotations and highlighting. 

Greenshot Editor Demo

After I take a Greenshot using the PrtScn button, I can directly paste this image into Gmail when I use Chrome. This combination is really efficient for saving words in an email by using an image.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sort Your Way to a Trimmer Inbox in Outlook

Oftentimes I have messages in my inbox with matching subjects. These are usually easy targets for mass deletion. As I'm looking at what to trash, most of the time when my messages are in groups I generally only care about the last message and members with attachments.


First add the "conversations" field to the current view. To do so right-click on current view bar and "Customize":


Add the "conversation" field to the view


Then do the following to get sorted:
  • click "Conversation" tab to sort and group based on subjects
  • hold down <Shift> key throughout the rest of this process
  • click "Received" tab to sort based on this additional vector
  • click "Received" tab again to reverse the date sort, so newest messages are on top

Outlook Inbox messages sorted by conversation, received
Hopefully this sort tip will get your Outlook Inbox closer to "zero" in short order!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Pimp My Explorer

In my quest to find a better alternative to Windows Explorer I searched low and high for replacements. Midnight Commander running on Cygwin became my chosen setup, however there were always situations in which I found myself back in an Explorer window.

My solution was to find an add-on that made up for Explorer's deficiencies. Having tabs and a hotlist of folders to jump to were the main things I was looking for. QTTabBar does all this and lots more. Although it doesn't come with great documentation and is not very intuitive once you get used to this tool, you will not want to go back.

After installation I encourage making the following customization to help get used to QTTabBar with only one Explorer window:


Uncheck this box to open all external Explorer windows in a single QTTabBar instance:


That's it. Like I said this add-on takes a little bit to get used to, but the rewards are there. For the more advanced, keyboard shortcuts are available.


One last tip: To create a new group, simply right click on one of the open tabs and then select the "Create new Group..." option: