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Give the gift of charity with

Erin Pheil

Gifter is a simple site with a simple premise: Drag and drop one of their shiny gold coins into their virtual wishing well and make a wish. The wishing well is free for anyone to use, and every coin you drop in represents a dollar donated to charity. The site’s ultimate goal is to reach $1,000,000 in charitable donations.

Where does the money come from? Individuals and companies wishing to do more than make a wish can instead sponsor wishes by donating money to a charity of their choice, and every dollar donated sponsors one wish.

Take a moment out of your day to make a wish, won’t you? Visit, and then tell a friend about the site. Happy wishing.

Sorry PC users, you’re going to have to sit this one out.

Any Mac user running OS X 10.4 or higher can run Slife, the neat new program that lets people visualize and organize their computer activities. When you run Slife on your computer, it notes your interactions with applications like Mail, Safari and iChat, keeps track of the web pages you visit and e-mails you read, etc. and then graphically displays your activity in easy-to-understand visuals.

All this allows you to better understand exactly how and where you spend time on your machine. No more asking where the last few hours went. No more stating “I don’t spend THAT much time chatting with friends during the workday” when you actually have no clue how much time you spend chatting.

If you choose to do so, you can share any or all of your information with friends and family ” information such as what sites you spend most of your time on. But then again, now that I think about it … that’s not necessarily the best idea for some people …

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I recently had a client note that one of my Microsoft Word toolbars contained a Word Count button. “I use Word Count all the time, but always have to go up to the Tools Menu and then click the Word Count option up there. How did you get that button on your toolbar?”

It’s easy. Follow these steps and you too can have a nifty little Word Count button ready and waiting to count for you as you type your documents.

Go to Tools, then Customize, then click the Commands tab. On the left you’ll see a Categories column. In this column, choose Tools. Now look in the right column. Scroll down until you see Word Count, and when you do, left-click it, keep your left-mouse button down, draaaaaag that Word Count out of that column and drop it onto a toolbar, wherever you’d like it to sit. You’re done!

And that wraps it up for today, everyone. Have a great weekend and see you next Friday.

Based in Frisco, eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake ( She can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at

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