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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Color Blind

Be seen by all



Books on web design warn against using the colors red and green.

One out of twenty people have problems with some form of color blindness.

Here is a site that will let you check your web pages. You will be able to see the page as it appears to someone with one of the three main types of color deficit.

Vischeck

Normal



Deuteranope color blindness

hats, deuteranope



Colorblind Web Page Filter


How do things look to Color Blind People


Web Colors


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

President's Day or Presidents' Day

Neither


The third Monday in February is officially Washington's birthday, not Presidents' Day according to the federal government.

Individual states may designate the day as anything they want, but the federal holiday is Washington's birthday.

Snopes.com





Interestingly enough, although Georgia celebrates Washington's Birthday, the Governor is accorded the right to designate when state holidays occur. In Georgia, Washington's Birthday is recognized the day after Christmas.

There is an urban legend that when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was implemented in 1971, President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation calling for a Presidents' Day on the third Monday to honor all U.S. presidents.

Each February both the Law Library at the Library of Congress and the Nixon Library field an upsurge in calls on this question. No evidence of this exists in Nixon's official papers.

Wikipedia


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Non Designers Type Book, The

By Robin Williams


ISBN 0-201-35367-9
Peachpit Press 1998



About the Author
Williams teaches electronic typography and has written some excellent books on digital design.

Anyone who has witnessed the horrific use of type on many personal web sites knows how badly these books are needed. Clear explanations and good illustrations are the hallmarks of both volumes.

Also author of The PC is not a typewriter.

Book Description
Each short chapter explores a different type secret including use of evocative typography, tailoring typeface to project, working with spacing, punctuation marks, special characters, fonts, justification, and much more. It is written in the lively, engaging style that has made Williams one of the most popular computer authors today.

It uses numerous examples to illustrate the subtle details that make the difference between good and sophisticated use of type. The non-platform specific, non-software specific approach to the book makes this a must-have for any designer's bookshelf - from type novices to more experienced graphic designers and typesetters.


Quote
"Most packages also have a discretionary hyphen, affectionately called a "dischy." If you type Ctrl+- (Control Hypen on a PC), the word will hyphenate at that point, that hyphen will disappear when the word moves to another location.

Also (and this is the point), if you type a discretionary hyphen in front of a hyphenated word, it will not hyphenate at all, ever."



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Friday, May 05, 2017

Home School Computers Available

Need PCs?



"Our economy is at a crucial turning point. Jobs in America require technological skills and computer expertise. The CFL program places computers in our classrooms and prepares our children to contribute and compete in the 21st century.

The CFL website connects the registered needs of schools and educational nonprofit organizations with available computer equipment. The program allows federal agencies and private sector entities to transfer unneeded computers and related equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, while giving special consideration to those with the greatest need."

Computers for Learning (CFL) FAQ


"Schools and educational nonprofit organizations can participate in the CFL program.

A school is eligible to participate if it is a public, private, parochial, or home school serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. Day care centers must provide a state approved preschool curriculum in order to participate. "



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tiny Trebuchet

Pumpkin (seed) flinger


Something there is that is fascinated by hurling things through the air. The medievals tossed oil and rocks.
Today it's mostly Fall vegetables.

Here's away to bring the machine down to desk level and make cubical living even more dangerous.



Build your own 3" trebuchet out of paperclips

Also:
Build a Trebuchet in your backyard


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Calendar Templates

New days


Here are calendars that you can produce using Word, PowerPoint, or even Visio.

Calendars

Also see
Make a Calendar

"For each month of each year featured, there are a variety of printable calendar pages for you to choose from. You can print out calendar pages that include coloring pages, selected craft projects, and special days to celebrate. "



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Shoelaces

What's to know?


Fun, fashion & science in this quirky site about shoelaces. Whether you want to learn to lace shoes, tie shoelaces, stop shoelaces from coming undone, calculate shoelace lengths or even repair aglets, Ian's Shoelace Site has the answer!
Fieggen.com


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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Find Commands

Ribbon seeker

MS has a download that can be used to search for those old toolbar commands on the new Ribbon.

OfficeLabs.com


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Open with Google

And you want to do this why?


"Google has added the functionality to make its office apps (Docs and Spreadsheets) the default application to open word documents and spreadsheet files, either for files downloaded from the Internet or local files on your computer, or both."

GoogleTutor.com


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Templates

Suggestions

If you have a task with an app that you find yourself repeating, make a template.
Here are some suggestions.
Bottom line: don't do it twice if you can template it once.
Jotform.com


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Long Bets

Take a chance


The purpose of Long Bets is to improve long–term thinking. Long Bets is a public arena for enjoyably competitive predictions, of interest to society, with philanthropic money at stake. The Long Now Foundation furnishes the continuity to see even the longest bets through to public resolution. This website provides a forum for discussion about what may be learned from the bets and their eventual outcomes.
  • By 2060 the total population of humans on earth will be less than it is today.
  • By 2020, bio-terror or bio-error will lead to one million casualties in a single event.
  • By the year 2020 solar electricity will be as cheap or cheaper than that produced by fossil fuels.
LongBets.com

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Snow Flakes

Cooling

Your online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena ...

SnowCrystals


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Aid

Do it yourself

Got a foreign object in your nose? The Mayo Clinic has some advice on First Aid.

MayoClinic.com


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thai Recipies

Videos

How to cook Thai dishes with videos and ingredients.

ThaiFoodTonight.com


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Monday, February 06, 2017

World Wide Web Cams

Peek around the planet

Links to over 500 free webcam.

Opentopia.com


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Tag a Collection

Basic naming and tagging protocol

Here are some suggestions about indexing a collection. In this case pictures on Flickr.

Deciding on classifications and inputting the tags is the hard part. Once all of the tags are in place your collection is searchable, and you can make sets based on any of the criteria used.


EvilMadScientist.com


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Monday, January 23, 2017

One Summer America, 1927

EVERYTHING happened in the Summer of 1927!

by Bill Bryson




"It’s amazing what a talented writer at the top of his game can do with a seemingly narrow topic. The title of Bill Bryson’s latest sums up the simplicity of his task: to document the “most extraordinary summer” of 1927, beginning with Charles Lindbergh’s successful flight across the Atlantic. 

Even though we know many of these stories--Lindbergh’s flight, Babe Ruth’s 60-homerun season, the Mississippi River flood, Al Capone’s bullet-ridden reign over Chicago--in Bryson’s hands, and in the context of one amazing summer of twentieth-century ingenuity and accomplishment, they feel fresh, lively, and just plain fun. The book is so jammed with “did you know it” nuggets and fascinating origin stories (the opening of the Holland Tunnel, the first Mickey Mouse prototype, the source of the term “hot dog”), the effect is like sitting beside a brilliant, slightly boozy barstool raconteur, who knows a little bit about everything

From a tabloid murder trial to a flagpole-sitting record to the secret origins of the looming Great Depression, One Summer offers a new look at a transitional period in history, re-introducing us to such characters as Capone, Jack Dempsey, Al Jolson, Charles Ponzi, and Herbert Hoover. Ultimately, this is a book about the moment when important things, for good or ill, began happening in the US. With a giddy narrative voice and keen eye for off-kilter details, Bryson has spun a clever tale of America’s coming of age." --Neal Thompson




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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Healthy Computing

10 tips

Neck hurt? Wrists ache? Back pain?
Here are some suggestions.

TipTalk


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Need a Doctor?

Look up site



”Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2016, the AIM DocFinder was the only online physician directory of its kind when it was launched in 1996. The DocFinder is still recognized for its easy to use search engine. DocFinder remains the only combined database of all licensing jurisdictions that has its direct source of data from and controlled by state licensing boards and remains free of charge to the public.”


DocBoard.org


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Monday, January 09, 2017

How to Lace Shoes

Two trillion Ways

Forget about Velcro. Here are 33 illustrated ways to lace your shoes.

Fieggen.com/Shoelace


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Monday, January 02, 2017

Sgt. Pepper

If you're old enough

The Oxford Dictionary presents an interactive version of the cover.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Office 2010-13 is Loose

It’s been loosed on the world

More news about the latest version.

Office 2010

Office 2013


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Ribbon Guide

FluidUserInterface


”These interactive guides show you where your favorite menu and toolbar commands are located in Office 2010-13. Just click the command or button that you want to find, and the guide will show you its location in the 2010-13 version of the program.”
Office.Microsoft.com


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Friday, December 23, 2016

Office 2010-2013

Preview review


Ed Bott has been writing about Office since 1996. Here is his take on the latest version.

Ed Bott Office 2010

Office 2013

Office 2010: Product Guides

Office 2013


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Set Your Kindle Free

Jailbreak

You can program your Kindle to accept screensavers, and other aps.

How to Geek.com


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

How to spot a gun

using a graph

Edward Tufte has this discussion about a graphic that shows how to spot a hidden firearm.
"Color is used to highlight how the gun moves and how the gun reveals itself, short visual noun-verb sentences that indicate the key signs that help detectives to spot someone carrying a hidden handgun. Thus the color usually has a distinct substantive point and is not just used to depict surfaces or to decorate the news."


(Scroll down on web page)

Hidden hand gun


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Monday, December 05, 2016

Flight Status

Where da plane?

An easy way to find out whether Aunt Mable's plane is on time is to type the airline name and number into Google (or Bing).




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Friday, December 02, 2016

Ribbon Reasoning

What it's all about

Users opened Office 2007-10 and were shocked by the
transformation that was the Ribbon User Interface.
Here's a collection of how to's and why's by Patrick Schmid.
The Office UI Bible


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Wireless Security Myths

How to

A bit techy, but it may come in handy

The six dumbest ways to secure a wireless LAN:
George Ou


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Free Information

Sound bites and more

This is a collection of historical material including Edward R Murrow’s response to Joseph McCarthy.

Edward R Murrow

FreeInfoSociety


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Friday, November 11, 2016

Typig Games

Keyboard action

Improve your typing speed. A geek video game.

CognitiveLabs.com


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