Tag Archives: technology

Places to Go . . .

12 Sep

In the years or months of being in “career transition” you visit many websites that you never knew existed. Some of them  can be helpful in networking and others are “quaint places to visit”. Here are some of my favorites . . .

BrainBench – excellent testing and certification center – Highly Recommended!

Gist – soon to be closed down (went to Cloze)

Glassdoor – excellent resource to get the “skinny” on a company

Grovo – a friend a mine recommended this and I highly agree. Helpful to learn and then earn certifications for common internet tools. Start Today!

Indeed – After I struggled to find jobs, I learned the word Aggregate and WOW, it changed my job searching task and World. Superior Aggregate Job Searching Site

IFTTT – Want the Internet to work for you? Using channels you are already using, go to IFTTT today and let automatic processes make your internet work for you . . . Highly Recommended!

MakeUseof – UK company with emails that gives tips and downloaded manuals, enjoying every email I get and using those tips.

Pinterest – Sharing Site, got my resume and a few ppts on it

StartWiregreat tracking tool to remember who you send a resume to and need to call back.

VizifyExcellent Graphical Bio site!

Tricklrapp – draft and send out tweets on your timetable . . Helpful!

Reppler – see your online reputation . . . Quick, Easy, Insightful!

WiseStamp – add professional social network links to your gmail signature. No hassle, professional and easy.

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Learning to Run

22 Jun

For us “newer” guys on the block, the run command is an old tool that has been around a long time.

However, it has the teeth to do neat and quick functions.

You can access the control panel through the run command by using the word

control and then adding other words as well such as:

control admintools

control color

control desktop

To access wizards you will use two components:

an abbreviation and the letters “wiz” and “.cpl” for control panel; i.e.

Accessibility Controls                       access.cpl

Add Hardware Wizard                       hdwwiz.cpl

Add/Remove Programs                   appwiz.cpl

Date and Time Properties                timedate.cpl

Display Properties                              desk.cpl

You may also quickly access you application (must be installed), like

Adobe Acrobat                           acrobat

Adobe Photoshop                      photoshop

Basic Media Player                    mplay32

Windows Media Player            dvdplay

Calculator                                     calc

Chrome                                          chrome

Firefox                                            firefox

Internet Explorer                      iexplore

Access                                            msaccess

Infopath                                        infopath

Publisher                                      mspub

Excel                                               excel

Outlook                                         outlook

Word                                              winword

Power Point                                powerpnt

Notepad                                       notepad

Skype                                          “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” (with quotes)

Likewise you can go directly to your drives and folders, if you know the path:

C: Drive                                                 c://Auto (only on my drive)

And then for your experts, the run commands can take you to your services and  utilities:

Check Disk Utility                              chkdsk

Character Map                                    charmap

Disk Cleanup Utility                        cleanmgr

Disk Defragment                                dfrg.msc

Clipboard Viewer                              clipbrd

Component Services                       dcomcnfg

Computer Management                  compmgmt.msc

Compare Files                                     comp

DDE Shares                                          ddeshare

Device Manager                                 devmgmt.msc

Disk Partition Manager                  diskmgmt.msc

Highlight Shortcut and QAT

22 Jun

Highlight Shortcut

Create macro to highlight a row:

  1. Open Excel
  2. Go to Developer tab (Alt +L)
  3. Create new macro
  4. Create Macro Name and Shortcut key(optional) and click OK
  5. Select Use Relative References button (Developer ribbon)
  6. Select any cell
  7. Click Home tab and Font Color and choose yellow
  8. Go to Developer ribbon and stop recording

Place button on quick access task (qat) bar and assign macro:

  1. Right click quick access toolbar
  2. Choose Customize Quick Access toolbar
  3. Make sure the left-nav selection is Customize
  4. Choose, Choose commands from and select Macros
  5. Click on your Macro name (per above) and add to 2nd column and press OK
  6. Optional: Click Modify button (at bottom of 2nd column to change icon)

How to use:

As you open your excel you will find a new icon in your quick access task bar and when you click the Alt key you will see a number attached to your new button. To highlight choose a cell, row or column (Shift + spacebar, Control + spacebar) and use the Alt Key and number combination to highlight.

Introduction – I stand on the shoulders of Giants

22 Jun

 I got bit by the IT bug a few years ago and whatever knowledge I have obtained and “now share”  . . . the Truth is I stand on the shoulders of Giants in the IT industry.

From the household names of Jobs and Gates to the gurus (Mr. Excel) and scientist that “started this whole thing ” Blaise Pascal“. And kudos to Chris, Caio and Bill the three best developers I ever had to chance to manage! Also a Big THANKS to Dr. Andrew Boswell who nudged me and encouraged me to implement new computer technologies into my day to day activities and to Tim Kachuriak who gave me a chance and invited me into the IT/SharePoint world! And Purna Duggirala at  Chandoo.org and Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspiration and John Walkenbach.

To the hometown heroes that helped me when my computer crashed and taught me things beyond the Microsoft world (Don).

I offer my sincere THANKS!