Tag Archive for 'productivity'

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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’

Reading on the train

I have much more time to read during the commute to and from work these days. I have nearly an hour of train time each way, and I can make good use of that. Today I read an article with a very interesting sentence:

If you’re trying to choose between two theories and one gives you an excuse to be lazy, the other one is probably right. – Paul Graham

Hit that link and read for a few hours. There are a lot of goodies (and oddities) in the articles.

I’m also dreaming of having a very small laptop (which are now called netbooks) to use on the commute so that I can surf and blog while on the road, but that turns out to be difficult or expensive or both. The good netbooks are too big, the smaller ones have too short battery life, and the really nice ones run some special Linux-based operating system that doesn’t support my HSDPA USB modem, meaning no Internet connection. And they are all still rather expensive. At the moment I’m hanging on to my Psion but as I’ve written earlier, this is a relationship that can’t last forever.

If someone feels like giving me a free Asus Eee 901 I’d be happy to accept it.