Tag Archive for 'productivity'

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How to build the habits you want

Habits are devious creatures, aren’t they? They live in our mind, feed off of our energy, and they breed. Good habits become stronger and make you better. This is good, obviously.

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it. – Horace Mann

The problem is that bad habits also reinforce themselves, making us weaker. I’m sure we all have a bad habit or two. Yeah, “nobody is perfect” and all that. The good and the bad habits sit on either side of the scales, and we often try not to look whether the scale is tipping in our favor. But what if we could put a finger on the good side, gently tipping it to our advantage? We can do that!

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Show keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7

Microsoft released Windows 7 in 2009, and one thing I’ve always hated about it is that the option to underline keyboard shortcuts was gone. Why would anyone deliberately make it harder for users to work smarter, by no longer showing them those underlines? I’ve finally discovered that the underlines still exist — here’s how to turn them on! Continue reading ‘Show keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7’

Avoid accidentally using cAPS LOCK (and switch keyboard layouts) with Keyla

There are two things that keep annoying me when I work, and I have just discovered that Keyla cleverly prevents both:

  1. Accidentally hitting cAPS LOCK AND TYPING EVERYTHING IN UPPERCASE, and
  2. Windows’ perpetual inability to remember what keyboard layout I want to use.

Here’s how Keyla helps to solve both of these problems. Continue reading ‘Avoid accidentally using cAPS LOCK (and switch keyboard layouts) with Keyla’

Windows 7/Vista — make the navigation pane expand to the current folder

It annoys me when stuff suddenly works differently for no obvious reason, and even more so when the result is a lot worse than before. (Here’s a tip, Microsoft: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!)

One such annoyance is Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and Vista. When you dive into sub-folders by double-clicking in the right-hand pane, the left-hand pane doesn’t expand to reflect where you are. That’s a pity, because that has been in there ever since Windows 95, a brief 14 year-long period of doing it right.

Here’s how to fix it: Continue reading ‘Windows 7/Vista — make the navigation pane expand to the current folder’

The End of an Era

My plastic brain is dead. Long live my plastic brain! refreshThis post marks the official end of my “Age of Psion” that started eleven years ago,in November 1997. Over the course of the years I have “used up” three Psion Series 5/5mx PDA’s, and they have served me well.  But now the time has come to move into the Age of Internet and leave my Psions behind. With some sadness, I have just finished moving data off my beloved Psion. I am not going to use it anymore, and I will put all my Psion stuff up for sale soon. Continue reading ‘The End of an Era’