Some Google tips to try

As I catch up on past Wired magazines, I ran across this short piece entitled How to… Google Smarter. A couple of these that I find particularly helpful are:

  • Get good sources. Add “site:edu” or “site:gov” to limit your search to school or government domains. To target specific sites, type, say, “neutrino”
  • Narrow by file type. To find PowerPoints, Excel spreadsheets, or books scanned into PDFs, add “filetype:ppt” (or any other extension) to your query.

Upgrade to WordPress 2.7

I just ran the upgrade to WordPress 2.7 on On the outside, you won’t notice any difference unless you look very closely at the footer information at the bottom of the page. On the inside, WordPress 2.7 has a completely reworked administrative interface. It will take some getting used to, but at first glance, it’s a major improvement over past versions.

Drop me a line if you tinker around with hosting your own WordPress or any other blogging system.


Random Tekzilla Tips part 2

Here are a few more Tekzilla tips:

  • Streamline Windows : Right click My Computer / Choose Properties / Click on Advanced System Settings / Click on Performance Settings button / On Visual Effects tab, choose Adjust for Best Performance
  • Launch apps using the keyboard : Each item in the Quick Launch toolbar is implicitly numbered. Windows-1 will launch the 1st application shown in the Quick Launch toolbar. Windows-0 seems to be the 10th application. I guess it doesn’t work beyond 10.
  • Firefox in high definition : In Firefox, type about:config, go down to gfx.color_management.enabled and double click on it to set it to true.
  • Additional items on context menu : Shift-right click on any folder or file to get 2 or 3 more extra options on the context menu (a.k.a. right click menu)
  • Add Send To options : The Tekzilla Daily tip referred to Windows XP. I had to search around for comparable instructions for Vista. Make sure Vista is set to show hidden files. It’s somewhere in Control Panel / Appearance and Personalization. Then open a folder like: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo and just add shortcuts into that folder. %APPDATA% is something like C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\