Five Tech Helpers For Your Resolutions

Keeping resolutions can be heard enough on your own, but why not let technology help you along the way? Here are some tech to help you with your goals;

Google Keep keep track of your task lists and ideas on a page you can easily gain access too. This also includes an Android and iPhone app that syncs with your account.

Printable Planner This Pinterest board includes many planner related links, including stickers, and organizers you can print for free. You can get a paper planner, or use smart phones apps as well.

Diet/fitness trackers This service is free and includes both web-based and smart phone apps to keep track of diet and exercise. I prefer since it works great with so many tracking tech and smart phone apps that can track your exercise. Choose a fitness tracker you wear, or use your smart phone’s GPS.

Quitting smoking? Great. Use Since iQuit iPhone app to show how much time and money you save each day. You can use these trackers via a web site that does the same.

Cultivating productivity this year? Use the Pomodoro Technique. Use any number of smart phone apps as your timer, online timers, or get a real kitchen timer, and see if this technique helps improve your productivity.

What technology do you use to help with your goals? Post in comments.

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Mouse Tips

When navigating the screen with your computer (PC) mouse, take note on the number of buttons that are available;


RIGHT BUTTON- This button provides the action of clicking, double clicking, and dragging the cursor to create action. Single or double clicking on an icon will open the file/program, or clicking and dragging will ‘highlight’ files/programs and even text in documents.

  • Use the

rightclickLEFT BUTTON- This button provides extra commands in the form of pop up menus. By ‘left-clicking’ on an icon, text, program, you get a pop up menu with commands such as Properties or Cut/Paste commands. This varies depending on what item you selected.

SCROLL BUTTON- This button moves like a wheel to navigate through web pages or documents in word processors. But it can do other things too;

  • Hover over a hyperlink and press the Scroll Button down like a button and it opens another tab.
  • In a browser, click the Ctrl key while scrolling and this will enlarge or make smaller the text.

A tutorial on Mouse properties;

Computer ergonomics (for bifocals)

One of the issues I’ve had to deal with since wearing bifocals is the annoyance of craning my neck and eye strain. SHResources channel on Youtube provides a quick and easy tutorial on setting your monitor to be better ergonomic for those who wear bifocals.


How to open a CD/DVD with a paper clip

There are occasions that the CD/DVD drive of a computer refuses to open with conventional methods. You can open with the button available on the drive, but you can also try opening through the computer by going to My Computer, right-click on the CD/DVD drive and then select EJECT. If this doesn’t work, you need to open it manually.

Get a paper clip and straighten it out. Poke the one end in the teeny tiny hole on the drive. Its location will vary depending on the make/model of the drive.

Here is a video that shows you how its done;