When hooking up your Windows laptop to a projection system for a presntation there are a few things you should always keep in mind. For example, no one needs to know when you get new e-mail. They’re also not interested in your screensaver. And lastly, if your laptop goes to sleep during the presentation things may completely fall apart, especially when it comes to the projection system.
Luckily, Windows laptops have a little known feature called the Mobility Center that includes a single button that will take care of all these issues.
To find the Mobility Center, click your start button then type mobility center. The program should appear in your results list; just click to run.
Once the Mobility Center appears on screen, click the Turn On button under Not Presenting. This will cahnge your sleep, screensaver, and notification settings accordingly.
When you’re all done, return to the Mobility Center and click Turn Off in the same box and all your settings will be put back the way you had them before.
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The folks over at Make Magazine have written a wonderful article on the difference between the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino. Here’s a sample:
Here at Make: we see new, ingenious projects from our community every day. Many of these projects are made possible with the use of development boards. However, if you’re new to the whole idea, it can be confusing to parse out the differences between boards and the advantages of using one over another.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO?
An Arduino is a microcontroller motherboard. A microcontroller is a simple computer that can run one program at a time, over and over again. It is very easy to use.
A Raspberry Pi is a general-purpose computer, usually with a Linux operating system, and the ability to run multiple programs. It is more complicated to use than an Arduino.
We’ve created this super simple guide to help you get started. Then, when you’re ready, head to the Maker Shed to check out Arduino and Raspberry Pi Starter Kits, which come with all the goodies you need for your inaugural projects. Not sure you want all those peripherals yet? Start with the essentials: Grab the board of your choice and guide yourself with our Getting Started With series for Arduino and for Raspberry Pi.
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- In Google Drive, open your form or create a new Google Form.
- Fill in the answer fields you want to pre-populate.
- Select Responses > Get pre-filled URL.
- Use the URL provided to send the pre-populated form to respondents.
Get more Google Form Tips @ learn.googleapps.com.
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Adding text formatting to your Slack messages is easy! We provide a handy selection of formatting options, outlined below:
To emphasize words or phrases in your Slack messages, surround your text with *asterisks* to create bold text, or _underscores_ to italicize.
slack.zendesk.com has the rest of them…
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TEncoder is a open-source multithreaded GUI for FFMpeg, MEncoder and MPlayer.
- Run up to 16 simultaneous processes and/or make FFMpeg and Mencoder to do internal multithreaded encoding.
- Rip unprotected DVDs
- Hard-code subtitles with same name as video using Mencoder
- Hard-code subtitles tracks (soft-coded subtitles) with MEncoder
- Download video/audio from YouTube etc
- 840 device presets
- Do two passes to improve quality
- Pass custom options to encoders
- Extract audio or video
- Extract parts from file
- Convert audio files (mp3 to aac etc)
- Select audio track from files with multiple audio tracks
- Extract jobs to .bat file so they can be run later
- Preview files with all options applied
- Edit/create presets
- Works under Wine
- 64bit and 32bit versions available
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Today was my first time using an iPad to demo an app using an AppliTV and AirPlay to mirror my screen onto a large display. The tip: Turn off screen rotation while presenting lest every time you lower your arm and have the iPad by you leg, the screen rotates for your whole audience.
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You can search your Google Drive files directly from Chrome’s Omnibox: Go into the “Edit search engines” menu and add a new search engine with the name “Google Drive” and the keyword
gd (or whatever keyword you prefer). For the URL, enter
http://drive.google.com/?hl=en&tab=bo#search/%s, then click the Done button.
gd into the Omnibox, hit Tab, and search away within your own Drive files.
Source: 50 tips and tricks for Chrome power users
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Via The Windows Club
Windows 10 users may have noticed that by default, File Explorer opens to Quick Access. That is, when you click on the Explorer icon, you will see the Quick Access folder location open up as follows.
Quick Access gives users a view of their recent and frequently used files and folders. Users also have the option to Pin items to Quick Access in Windows 10. If you need to open This PC or any of rge Drives, you will have to do it via the Navigation Pane on the left-hand side.
But if you do not like your File Explorer opening to Quick Access, but would like it to open to This PC or Computer folder, then you can do so as follows.
Open File Explorer, click on View tab in Ribbon and then click on Options, and then Change folder and search options.
Folder Options will open. Now under the General tab, you will see Open File Explorer to:
From the drop-down menu, select This PC instead of Quick Access.
Click on Apply and exit.
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Back in October 2004 I received the following note on a workshop evaluation:
One distractor [sic] was that the presenter referred to a .gif file as a .jif file. There are folks that rabidly insist that .gif be pronounced the same as .jif but that confuses the two file types when spoken that way. Common usage (and common sense) dictate that .gif be pronounced with the hard g sound to avoid confusion the the .jif file type. Like I said, it was a major distractor [sic] to me. It also pointed to a lack of basic understanding in an area where the instructor is supposed to be presenting correct information to others. It makes a person wonder what other bad habits he might be perpetuating.
Head on over to the original post to see what I had to say in response.
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Want to learn things about your copy of Firefox from how often it has crashed to how many hours you’ve spent using it? Just enter about:healthreport into the address bar.
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