TED’s technology life hacks

Hey readers,

this week my posts are about technology. I’ve posted a few hacks on this topic before but I feel that, as it takes up such a large part of our lives, it’s worth another few posts.

My first post this week is actually a video from TED. If you haven’t heard of TED, they define themselves on their website as “a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” Through blogs, videos and conferences they share interesting and useful information about everything to everyone. They are well worth checking out.

This post is to share a video from their blog from a conference where David Pogue talks about 10 life hacks that can save you time.

The video is less than 6 minutes long but the way it’s presented is interesting.

If you’re not into watching videos, the main points of the talk  from here are listed below for your convenience.

  1. Use the space bar to scroll down a page. Hold the shift key and the space bar at the same time to scroll back up again.
  2. Tab between boxes on online forms. When there’s a pop-up menu to input details of your state, type the first letter of the state to scroll through options.
  3. To make web text larger, press control +. Mac users, make that “Command +.”
  4. Don’t bother with punctuation on your smartphone. Hit the space bar twice for a period and the next letter will be automatically capitalized.
  5. Hit the call button on your phone to redial the last person you spoke to. No need to go into your contacts.
  6. Speaking of phones, carriers have keystrokes that let you bypass the “15 seconds of fricking instructions, like we haven’t had answer machines for 45 years.” Sadly, each shortcut is different. “I didn’t say these were going to be perfect,” Pogue allows.
  7. Use Google as a dictionary by typing “define” followed with the word you want to understand. You can also use it as an FAA database for flight details.
  8. To highlight a word, don’t drag across it with the mouse. Double click it. And don’t bother deleting text; just type.
  9. Avoid shutter lag by half pressing down the button of your camera before you take a picture. For folks who still use cameras.
  10. Press “b” to black out a slide (or “w” to white it out). And make sure people are paying attention to your wonderful presentation.

Hope these helped and I’ll be continuing with this theme throughout the week. Tomorrow I’ll be blogging about some tricks for all students’ favourite pastime – watching films on your laptop.

Like always, all feedback is welcomed in the comments, and if you’d like a particular theme or type of life hack just let me know.

Toodles!!

Lizzie

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