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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Great Netbook case on the cheap

Nat and I were in a PNA for something, and spotted their leather Bible
cases-which happen to be just the right size for a netbook and are
under 200 bucks!
This is a simple one, there were full combos with a separate
compartment for a (paper) notebook, pen loops, etc in the same price
range. Compare that to 300+ for a neoprene sleeve, and you have a
damned good deal.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Some great productivity keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7

Windows 7 may basically be Vista with a fresh coat of paint and with a bit a of steroid injection, but it also comes with some great productivity enhancements to the UI, like Aero Snap (pulling a window to the top or sides of the screen snaps it to fullscreen or half screen, respectively). What's even better for keyboard-centric users like myself are the keyboard shortcuts around those features:
  • Windows Key + Left/Right: Resizes the current window to half the size of the screen it's currently on, and snaps it to the left or right edge of the screen, respectively. Pressing one of these repeatedly will cycle the window through original size and snapped half size across different screens. These are fantastic for comparing documents side-by-side.
  • Windows Key + Up: Maximizes the current window.
  • Windows Key + Down: Restores the current window to it's previous size if maximized, otherwise minimizes it.
  • Windows Key + Shift + Left/Right: Switch the current window between screens. Really useful when you usually have your notebook dual screened with an extra monitor, and windows start on the wrong screen (ie hidden) when that extra monitor's not available :)
For mobile warriors, these two are great:
  • Windows Key + X: Opens the Mobility Center, a really useful control panel that allows you to quickly change audio, power, wifi, display, sync and presentation settings.
  • Windows Key " P: Opens a panel that lets you quickly cycle between multiscreen/projector layouts.
All the Windows 7 shortcuts are available on Microsoft's site, all the usual suspects are there, as well as some new ones not mentioned here.

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