Yak Shaving — [MIT AI Lab, after 2000: orig. probably from a Ren & Stimpy episode.] Any seemingly pointless activity which is actually necessary to solve a problem which solves a problem which, several levels of recursion later, solves the real problem you’re working on.
MS Word Tip — The Ctrl key can be used to customize line spacing and alignment. For example, Ctrl + 1 provides single spacing, Ctrl + 2 provides double spacing and Ctrl + 5 provides 1-1/2 line spacing. Ctrl + R right aligns a paragraph, Ctrl + L left aligns one, and Ctrl + E centers one.°°°°°°
— CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph) ; CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
— Hide Your E-mail Address from Spam Bots
— In addition to performing calculations, Google also knows a variety of mathematical and scientific constants, such as pi, Avogadro’s Number, and Planck’s Constant. It also knows the radius of the Earth, the mass of the sun, the speed of light, the gravitational constant, and a lot more.
For example, if you’re not sure what the value of pi is, just enter pi into the Search box and press Enter; Google returns 3.14159265. The speed of light? Enter speed of light, and Google returns 299,792,458 m/s. (HT: InformIT
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— Want a powerful replacement for Windows Explorer. Try the free program Xplorer2, which offers numerous features, including a three-panel tabbed interface, folder set bookmarking, and full FTP support. (HT: Lifehacker
See also: The Yak Shaving Razor Archives
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