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Tue
01
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Wikipedia Unreliable Edits Leads to Color-Coded Text

Wikipedia.com is planning to introduce a feature which will color-code parts of its articles in order to show how reliable the information is likely to be. It's a solution to an ongoing problem that has led to a planned freeze on edits to entries ... about living individuals. The WikiTrust feature analyzes the text on a page and ranks each piece of text based on how recently it was edited. This is based on the idea that the longer a piece remains unchanged, the more likely it is that it is trustworthy -- otherwise (it is reasoned), Wikipedia's users would have overturned the edit. The feature ... (view more)

Fri
28
Aug
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'Text On 9', and 'Live Edge'

Text On 9 Type on your computer like you're texting from your phone using Text On 9. http://home.swipnet.se Live Edge LiveEdge is a radically simple approach to mouse gestures. The application makes use of the edges and corners of your screen and ... turns them into hot zones. For example: you can drag the cursor to the edge of your screen and type in a keyboard shortcut to launch a program. http://home.swipnet.se Today's fresh software picks were provided courtesy of Bob Helmer at Shell Extension City. Please note that the below software descriptions are provided solely from the developer and ... (view more)

Mon
20
Jul
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Hiding Text in MS Word Documents

There may be times when you would like to share most of a document, but not all of it. There are many different reasons why you might like to do this, such as hiding the technology jargon in a software rollout document being sent to customers. You ... might like to include the technology jargon in the document that is being sent to the customer's IT department, but you do not want to overwhelm your customer with too much technical detail. Fortunately, you can accomplish this task in MS Word rather easily. Follow the steps below to learn how: Select the text in your document that you would like to ... (view more)

Wed
18
Mar
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'Kidsmenu', and 'Simpo Pdf To Text'

Kidsmenu Kidsmenu is designed to be a child-friendly replacement for the Windows shell, and is also functional as a normal launcher-menu application. Kidsmenu avoids some of the complexity and danger introduced by the standard Windows shell ... (Explorer) when put in front of young children. For example: there is no start menu, and so pressing the Windows key accidentally while playing a game won't show the start menu. http://glob.com.au Simpo Pdf To Text Simpo PDF to Text is a freeware and easy-to-use PDF to Text conversion utility, and can convert any Adobe PDF files to plain text formats. It ... (view more)

Fri
13
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Match Text Size of Bullets and Numbering in MS PowerPoint

Does it sometimes seem that your bullets and numbers overpower the text on your PowerPoint slides? Or, are they so minute you can barely see them from the back of the room? To improve the appearance of your bullets and numbering, follow the steps ... below: Select the numbered text. In MS PowerPoint versions 2002/2003, click on Format | Bullets And Numbering. In version 2007, click on Bullets And Numbering from the Bullets And Numbering drop-down list on the Home tab. Click the Numbered tab. In the Size box, click the down arrow until 80 is displayed, as shown. Click OK. The numbers will now be ... (view more)

Thu
19
Feb
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Blank Line Above a Table in MS Word

Isn't it so frustrating when after you create a table, have it all formatted the way you want it, and have even keyed in all your text -- that you decide you want to key in text above the table? Ever have that experience? I bet more than a few of ... you have. You certainly don't want to start over from scratch! Well you might not believe it but I am going to tell you the simplest way ever to get that blank space above your table so you can key in any sort of text you like leading into your table. Follow the steps below to learn how: Click in the upper left cell of your table. If there is text in ... (view more)

Fri
07
Nov
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'Wikipedia DVD Selection', and 'Text Mining Tool'

Wikipedia DVD Selection Wikipedia for your hard drive. Wikipedia DVD Selection is a free, hand-checked, non-commercial selection from Wikipedia, targeted around the UK National Curriculum and useful for much of the English speaking world. It has ... about 5500 articles (as much as can be fitted on a DVD with good size images) and is about the size of a twenty volume encyclopaedia (34,000 images and 20 million words). http://www.schools-wikipedia.corg Text Mining Tool Text Mining Tool is a freeware program for extraction of text from files. The beauty of the program is that it works, extremely ... (view more)

Thu
06
Nov
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Google Pays $125M For Copyright Infringement

Not long ago, Google agreed to pay $125 million to the book industry to settle claims of copyright infringement over its BookSearch scheme. The agreement means Google can now legally scan copyrighted books and put them online as long as they are no ... longer in print. The cash will go towards setting up a registry of books involved, compensating authors and publishers affected by Google's violations, and paying the legal fees of the case. The agreement will have to get the backing of a New York court (where the case was brought) before it takes effect. (Source: google.com) The case involved a ... (view more)

Wed
23
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Need a Blank Line Above your Table in MS Word?

It is so frustrating after you create your table, have it all formatted the way you want it and have keyed in all your text and then you decide you want to key in text above the table. Ever have that experience? I bet more than a few of you have. ... You certainly don't want to start over from scratch! Well you might not believe it but I am going to tell you the simplest way ever to get that blank space above your table so you can key in any sort of text you like leading into your table. Follow the steps below to learn how: Click in the upper left cell of your table. If there is text in that cell ... (view more)

Tue
08
Jul
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Remove Leading Spaces When Copying and Pasting

I am quite sure this has happened to you at some point: you copy and paste some text from the Web or one of your email messages and it ends up with leading spaces on every single line! There are ways to remove the offending spaces but as anyone who ... knows me, I am the queen of saving time and keystrokes and so I will tell you a little trick to get rid of these pesky spaces that is quick and easy! Follow the steps below: Select the text you have copied and pasted. Click on CTRL + E, which will center the text. With the text still selected, click on CTRL + L, which will left-align the text. That ... (view more)

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