I have a quick tip this morning for anyone who would like to instantly increase their productivity, it is a clipboard replacement called Ditto.
If you work in an office environment there is a good chance that you utilize “Copy” [ctrl+c] and “Paste” [ctrl+v] pretty frequently, whether it is while working on a spreadsheet or doing research these little shortcuts provide precious time-saving in their own right. Ditto supercharges these functions by essentially giving you a clipboard history. This means that if you have copied something and later copied something else the first copy is still at your finger tips.
Save time by using Ditto
I use this program as a memory assistant, if I know i am going to need information shortly (but am not quite ready for it at this moment) I copy it using the same “ctrl+c” that i have always used. If I then see another piece of information that I need I copy it as well. Once I need to retrieve this information I call on the power of Ditto by pressing “Ctrl+d” which brings up a tiny window with my clipboard history, I then simply select what i need to paste and viola. This doesn’t remove the ability to use “ctrl+v” to paste, this still works fine and pastes the last item copied, it merely enhances it.
Ditto is one of those things that once you use you wont believe that you have ever gone without.
If you would like to try out this free utility you can visit their website here.
Have you heard about the Eye-Fi card? It’s an SD card that goes into pretty much any point-and-shoot or DSLR camera and instantly uploads your photos from your camera to your computer or tablet. You heard right, you a take photo and it’s instantly on your computer waiting for you. Best of all it actually works really well.
Setup is easy enough, you just install a small program on your computer a onetime deal] tweak the settings of your Eye-fi card and you’re good to go. You can have photos instantly upload to your favorite social network, or just to your home computer. Another really cool feature is the endless memory. Once a guest to a designated as fullness it will begin deleting the oldest pictures as a captures new pictures, this is only if the older pictures have been uploaded to your computer.
It’s also a pretty good idea as a gift for non-tech savvy parents. I’m sure they have a digital camera around but don’t take pictures quite as often as they could because of the hassle of having to transfer them over on to the computer and then email them to family. You can give them the Eye-fi card, set it up and as they take pictures they will be uploaded to their computer effortlessly allowing them to share more easily. They will love it.
Have you used the Eye-fi card? Do you have any questions about it? Have your say below.
Recently was searching the Internet, I wanted to look for a few organic rankings for a couple of keywords. Seeing as I had already logged into the browser I was using I didn’t want to use that one to search because I didn’t want to see personalized results for me. I decided to use Opera as it is a browser that I don’t normally use. When it started up that prompted me to set it as the default browser, not thinking I pressed okay. It wasn’t a big deal to change it back but I thought perhaps not everybody would know how to change the default browser. Here is a quick walk-through of how to change Google Chrome, Firefox, or Chrome to the default browser for your system.
On the menu click on “Tools” followed by “Options”
Across the top of the window that opens you will see a variety of Choices, select the one that says “Advanced” and Press “Make Firefox my default browser”
In Opera Press the “Opera” Button located on the very top left part of the browser, followed by “Settings” and then “Preferences” (Shortcut: You could just press CTRL+F12 from within Opera).
In the window that opens select the last tab “Advanced” and then “Programs” from the list on the left, and finally check the “Check if Opera is default..” box and restart Opera. You will get a prompt that you can now accept to make it your default browser.
Open Chrome and press the button with 3 horizontal lines located to the right of the address bar followed by “Settings” and then “Make Google Chrome my default browser”.
Open IE and press the gear icon to the right of the address bar and tabs.
On the window that opens press on the “Programs Tab” followed by “Make Default”.
There you have it, a quick and simple way to change the default browser on your system for all of the major Internet browsers.
Ever wonder what Google considers a Spam website? One of the features of Google’s new “How Search Works” is a fighting spam section where they show real time sites that are being removed from the search index. Very insightful way to tell just what Google doesn’t want to see.
Google’s Live Spam Screenshots Highlight ‘Useless’ Web Pages
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Google has launched a new website called How Search Works. One feature SEOs may want to check out is the Fighting Spam section, which shares a stream of real examples of “pure spam” pages that Google has identified and removed from search results.
Really interesting stuff here…. If you investigate the URLs that are being removed you can really get a sense of what Google doesn’t want to see. Looks like the biggest issue that i have noticed so far is velocity of links. Most have in the thousands of links built recently, looks like there is really a case for slow and steady.
So the two things that we as webmasters really need to pay attention to are:
1. Backlinks – Build them slow and natural
2. Content – Keep it unique! That doesn’t mean rearrange the words in someone else’s post, that means write your own content OR have someone write it for you but ensure that they are honest with you on how they wrote the material.
Google has posted a sort of infographic about how search works that is certainly worth a scroll. The elements of the search appear as you scroll down the page. If you have ever wondered how Google does what it does this is worth a watch.
Here is Matt Cutts talking about How Search Works almost 3 years ago, Do you notice anything different?
Someone recently asked me ”How long should a title tag be?” I told them that the general acceptance is around 65 characters but its not a hard fast rule so much as guidelines. If you think about it, you rarely see more that 65 characters in Google’s results, past that are truncated. So if you go much past 65 characters you’re pretty much just doing it for the search engine as users cannot see it anyway. If you are doing something for a search engine above the reader chances are you wont be rewarded.
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