timeforcake: A couple tips & 5 cool links
Yes, the glass-like translucency effects you see in Vista are nice. But they come with a price: their graphical fanciness slows down your system. If you’re not married to Vista’s Aero-glass effects, consider disabling them to see if they’ve been slowing your computer down. (If turning off the glassy effects doesn’t seem to improve your computer’s speed, just turn them right back on.)To disable the effects:1) Right click on an empty area of your desktop, then click Personalize.2) Click Window Color and Appearance.3) Uncheck the Enable Transparency box.4) Click a color you’d like to use for your Start menu and taskbar (you’ll need a solid color now that your transparency effect is going away).5) Click OK and try using your computer for a day or so. Did turning off the glitzy glassy effects make a noticeable difference? If yes, that’s great! If no, simply return to the Window Color and Appearance area and re-check the box next to Enable Transparency.
If you use Google on a regular basis, a Firefox add-on called CyberSearch might help make your searching experiences simpler and more efficient.Installing CyberSearch 2.0.5 (download and install instructions here: http://tinyurl.com/3twze2) allows you to conduct quick Google searches in Firefox’s address bar (that bar at the top of your screen that displays the address of the website you’re viewing). Let’s say you’ve installed CyberSearch, opened Firefox, and decided you want to learn more about … Whackbat. To search all the web, you’d click inside the address bar (or use the shortcut Ctrl + L) and type in “gweb whackbat.” The gweb part just means you’re using Google (g) and you’re searching the whole web (web).- To find videos on Whackbat, you’d type “gvid whackbat.” – To find news headlines on Whackbat, you’d type “gnews whackbat.” – To find images on Whackbat, you’d type “gimg whackbat.” – To find mentions of Whackbat in blogs, you’d type “gblog whackbat.” After using this quick-search functionality for a couple days, you’ll begin remembering the little “g-codes” to use in your searches. And remember, these searches are done right smack dab in the address bar at the top of your page. No need to go to Google.com. Oh – and for those of you thinking “Why would I use this when I have the Google toolbar?” – the Google toolbar is all well and good if you conduct simple, standard web searches all day. But if you’d like to be able to quickly specify what type of results you’re interested in (images? blogs? videos? news?), CyberSearch adds that extra level of convenience.
1. http://tinyurl.com/ycgor3o – A *really* neat interactive signpost … that also just happens to be the world’s biggest signpost.2. http://www.sonomabikes.com – Chainless bicycling. Yep, I said it. Chainless bicycling.3. http://vimeo.com/9679622 – Short film showing a day in the life of NYC. The film is made out of 35,000-plus individual tilt-shift photos. Amazing, Amazing, AMAZING.4. http://tinyurl.com/6bqc6f – Blog post by David Mihm: Local search ranking factors.5. http://tinyurl.com/akcq35 – How to prevent competitors from seeing your Google Adwords ads.eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
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