chrome.exe in Windows’ “Run” dialog, you might have to tweak the sixth line of the script a bit. Otherwise, it’s a handy trick for, as the Hacks Blog puts it, “birthday shopping.”
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Chris over at the productivity blog The Art of Non-Comformity wants you to say no. Frequently. So frequently in fact that the quality of the things you say yes to rises exponentially.
Chris advocates radical exclusion as a solution for overwhelming demands and new inputs. Rather than stretch yourself thin saying yes to everything and ultimately failing to deliver you should focus on the commitments and projects you really want to make something of:
I may or may not have a good excuse for why I failed to honor the commitment, but one thing?s for sure: if I make a habit of it, I will soon lose the trust of the person who had relied on me.
To prevent this from happening, I sometimes practice the fine art of radical exclusion. This is where I deliberately ignore or decline any number of inputs, messages, or requests for my attention in order to focus on what I decide is more important.
By using his limited reserve to energy and attention to tend to the things most important, the quality of the time he spends on things in turn rises and creates a superior widget—whatever that widget may be: a product, a design, time spent with family. Having spent most of my caffeine fueled 20s taking on mountains of projects, I found I too have embraced his notion of radical exclusion. How do you deal with tactfully declining some commitments and negotiating others to be more manageable? Photo by Dave Parker.
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- Shelf Web Pages Instantly (and Get Back to Work) with ReadItLater (Firefox)
“Surely you come across web pages during the workday that are completely unrelated to actual work, but that you’d love to save for later?and the previously mentioned (and award winning) Firefox extension ReadItLater does just that really well).”
- TabsLock Puts Your Browser One Keystroke Away (Windows)
“Free system tray utility TabsLock launches and focuses a new tab in Google Chrome (and Firefox… keep reading) at the press of your Caps Lock key.”
- LabelLinks4Gmail Nests Labels in Gmail and Then Some (Firefox with Greasemonkey)
“The LabelLinks4Gmail Greasemonkey scripts creates nested labels in your Gmail sidebar.”
- Privoxy Can Block Ads in Google Chrome (Windows)
“If annoying web site advertisements are the only thing holding you back from using Chrome, a user at the Geekzone forums explains how to block ’em without an extension.”
- Smart Shutdown Offers More Ways to Turn Off Your PC (Windows)
“Just when you thought a simple shutdown button was all you needed to turn off your computer, Slawdog’s free Smart Shutdown utility offers so many more useful options.”
- Greasemetal Brings (Some) User Scripts into Google Chrome (Windows)
- AnyColor Tweaks the Default Colors of Firefox’s Chrome (Firefox)
“Firefox extension AnyColor tweaks the look of Firefox on they fly, letting you choose custom colors for every pixel of the Firefox chrome.”
- Dropbox for Linux Adds Online Backup to Desktop (Linux)
“Dropbox, the free, web-based backup service previously available only for Windows and Mac computers, has added a free, open-source client for Linux to its offerings.”
- Fast Dial Puts Thumbnails of Your Favorite Sites in New Tabs (Firefox)
“Firefox extension Fast Dial replaces blank, empty tabs with thumbnails of your favorite sites.”
- Photoshop Alternative Artweaver Helps Edit Your Images (Windows)
“Free application Artweaver isn’t just a Photoshop alternative like GIMP, but a fair clone of Photoshop itself.”
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Windows only: Reader Kaelri, well-known for his killer Enigma desktop, has released a new version complete with an installer—making this amazing desktop customization easy enough for anybody to install.
The latest update includes features geared at beginners—the new welcome dialog in the middle of the screenshot adds widgets to your desktop which can be easily dragged around the screen—making customizations easier than ever. The full list of new features includes:
– EXE Installer
– GUI widget manager.
– Template configs – usable right out of the box.
– Black & white variants for every widget.
– Individual story links for the RSS Reader.
– Show/hide button for Sidebar.
– New mail indicator for Gmail Icon.
Getting started with Enigma is simplified down to just a couple of steps, detailed in the included instructions:
1. Download and install Rainmeter. (http://www.ipi.fi/~rainy/legacy.html)
2. Run EnigmaSetup2.0.exe to install the theme to Rainmeter. (Make sure Rainmeter isn’t running while you do this.)
3. OPTIONAL: Choose one of the files in “Templates.” Replace C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.ini and replace it with your desired template. (Make sure Rainmeter isn’t running while you do this.)
4. Run Rainmeter.
The full package includes fonts, AutoHotkey scripts, and multiple templates to get you started. Kaelri recommends also installing either the NOOTO, CleanGlass, or SlanXP visual styles for Windows to match the Enigma look. Don’t know how? Follow our guide to installing custom themes. Great work, Kaelri!
Enigma is a free download for Windows users only. Linux users can check out the previously previously mentioned Enigma for Linux.
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It seems the demise of HD DVD predicted by many is soon to be a reality. In an article posted at engadget, Toshiba is pulling the plug on HD DVD! Say hello to my little Playstation3 friend, Blu-Ray! Japan’s NHK has followed up The Hollywood Reporter’s earlier indications Toshiba was ready to dump its money-losing …View full post