Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Curly Quotes be gone

Stop them up front


Word, by default, uses curly (“ ”) rather than straight quotes(" ").

Here's an article that shows how to go into Word options and turn this Auto feature off.

Next we need to turn off Moe and Larry




Curly quotes



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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tweak Windows

Tune-up suggestions


There are third party apps that you can use to improve Windows' performance. If you want to do it on your own, here are some Redmond suggestions:

  • Delete programs you never use

  • Limit how many programs load at startup

  • Defragment your hard drive

  • Clean up your hard disk

  • Run fewer programs at the same time

  • Turn off visual effects

  • Restart regularly

  • Add more memory

  • Check for viruses and spyware

  • Check your computer’s speed

  • Disable services you don’t need

  • Don’t settle for slow
Optimize Windows

Also:  

TweakHound 



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Monday, December 29, 2014

Bartleby Quotations

Wha'd I say


Churchill, Winston S.

..."man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on."


Here are a few of one hundred + reference sources available free:

Bartleby.com

  • American Heritage Collegiate Dictionary
  • Brewer's Phrase & Fable
  • Bulfinch's Mythology
  • Cambridge History
  • Columbia Encyclopedia
  • Columbia Gazetteer
  • Dickinson, E.
  • Einstein's Relativity
  • Eliot, T.S.
  • Farmer's Cookbook
  • Fowler's King's English
  • Gray's Anatomy
  • Lawrence, D.H.
  • Mencken's Language
  • Oxford Shakespeare
  • Presidential Inaugurals
  • Roget's Thesaurus
  • Strunk's Style
  • The King James Bible
Also see: Project Gutenberg 



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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Filter Multiple Fields

Table sorts



In a table's Datasheet view, you can filter multiple selections in a few simple ways.

In the first method, you select one of the fields you want to filter by and click the Filter By Selection button on the toolbar. Access filters the records by that selection. Next, select the second field you want to filter by and click the button again. Access filters the records even further by this second selection. Continue to follow these steps until you have filtered by the desired number of selections.

You can also use Filter by Form. Click the icon on the toolbar. In the displayed form, enter the criteria. You can use And/Or statements, such as "Boston" Or "San Francisco".
(Access will enter the quote marks for you.)

For the third option, you use the Advanced Filter>Sort feature. To do so, select Records>Filter>Advanced Filter>Sort from the menu bar. Access displays a grid similar to the Query By Example grid. Now, drag down all the fields you want to filter by from the field list. Then, in the Criteria cells enter the values you want to filter for. When you have finished, click the Apply Filter button to see the results.

Fourth, you could use Filter by input. Right click any entry in a field you want filtered. Enter the value in the Filter For box and hit Enter. You could then choose another field and sort again by another criteria.
Creating a Query would let you save your filter, but these methods can be used to quickly display the desired information in a table.
(In 2007+ these options are on the Home tab in the Sort & Filter group)

Florida Gulf Coast University:
Sorting and Filtering

eHow.com:
How to Filter Records in a Microsoft Access Table

Microsoft Kb:
How to filter records in an Access database



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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Google Here em See em

Accessible searching


Google appears to have a tool or mini app for almost anything.
Here are some of their answers to making information available to the greatest number of people.

(look at 1-800-GOOG-411)


  • Web Search:

    Result pages include headers to delineate logical sections.

  • Accessible Search:
    Promotes results that are accessible.

  • Book Search:

    Full-text access to public-domain works.

  • Gmail:

    A simple yet functional HTML mode that works well with screen readers
    .
  • Gmail Mobile:
    A lightweight user interface that is also speech-friendly.

  • Google Maps:
    Easy-to-use textual directions.

  • Calendar:
    A functional, yet speech-friendly user interface.

  • Audio Captchas:

    All services that use Google Accounts provide an audio alternative for the visual challenge-response tests that are used to distinguish humans from machines.

  • Mobile Transcoder:

    A mobile lens for viewing the web that produces accessible views.

  • Google Video:

    Allows uploaded videos to contain captions/subtitles in multiple languages for viewers who are hearing-impaired or unfamiliar with the original language.

  • Google Talk:

    IM clients inside a web browser can pose accessibility challenges, but the use of the open Jabber API means that Google users can choose from a variety of Jabber clients, many of which work well with adaptive technologies.

  • 1-800-GOOG-411:

    Here's an exception to the rule that we deliver most things through a web browser. Our experimental Voice Local Search service lets anyone who can speak into a phone search for a local business by name or category; get connected to the business free of charge; get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone. (Just say "text message".)

Accessibility Services



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Friday, December 26, 2014

Capable Egg

By Lullaby Baxter Trio


ASIN B000046S0B
Atlantic 2000


About the Artist

Lullaby Baxter (Angelina Iapaulo) is neither fish nor fowl.


"Lullaby Baxter's story couldn't be better: A onetime topless DJ at a Toronto club, Baxter (Canadian-born Angelina Teresa Iapaulo) was discovered when she impulsively sang at an open-mic night.

Her backing band couldn't be better, either: The Oranj Symphonette .Baxter brings to her music torch-song gentility.

"Rooster In Love" is a barnyard-romance yarn that may not be metaphor, while "Mama (Should I Bake A Cherry Pie And Hide You Inside?)" is told from the perspective of a fretting child trying to save mom from some dire, rapidly approaching fate.

"Morty Mort-Morton Showstopper Calhoun," "Knucklehead," and "Ding-A-Ling" are teasing schoolyard chants, while "Mr. Powder-Blue Breadbox," "Horsey Don't Snore," and "The Chatterbox Chronicles" are full of surreal twists worthy of Lewis Carroll.

Capable Egg presents a strange world populated by even stranger people, but Lullaby Baxter Trio's grip on its eccentric material is remarkably restrained and mysteriously magnetic."



Recording Description
Good sound quirky lyrics.

Contents

1. Hopscotch
2. Anyway Song
3. Knucklehead
4. Rooster in Love
5. Mr. Powder-Blue Breadbox
6. Chatterbox Chronicles
7. Mama (Should I Bake a Cherry Pie and Hide You Inside?)
8. Ding-A-Ling
9. Morty-Mort-Morton Showstopper Calhoun
10. Spacegirl
11. Horsey Don't Snore
12. Lullaby
13. Ding-A-Ling (Reprise)


Also see:
Lullaby and goodnight



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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Email Access Form

Question and collection


Access 2007-10 has a wizard that will walk you through the process of sending an information gathering form through Outlook. The wizard is on the External Data tab in the Collect Data group.




"You begin with the Collect Data Through E-mail Messages Wizard, which guides you through the steps of creating a form.

The form is sent through Microsoft Office Outlook 2007-10 to your recipients, with your request for new or updated information.

When the recipients reply to your message, Access automatically enters their data into your database.


Collect data by using e-mail



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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Split the Costs

Split the sheets (?)


Joe Chirilov presents a spreadsheet solution to a friendship breaker.


Recently a large group of friends and I went on a multi-city tour of Europe that lasted a couple weeks. There was a lot of planning that went into this trip and responsibilities for booking different legs of the trip were spread out across the group. How do you efficiently handle paying back multiple people while getting reimbursed for your costs at the same time?


Split Costs

You can download a spreadsheet or watch a video here:
Split_Costs.zip



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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hi Ho, the Visio

Free Demos and templates


Have you ever played with Visio?
This site provides demos. Templates and trials.

These templates are available:


  • Sarbanes-Oxley Pivot Diagrams

  • Help Desk Flow


    "Here you will see the six data collection points for this example help desk. Call volumes, wait times, and resolution rates are tracked at each point in the process. The diagram flows from left to right and top to bottom. Not every caller will experience each of the steps, if a problem is resolved by a Level One technician, then the caller does not progress to the Level Two technician.






  • Fault Tree Analysis

  • PC Assembly Process Flow

  • Supply Chain Analysis

  • Value Stream Mapping

  • Factory Floor Assembly Plan

  • Loan Consolidation Process

  • Investment Analysis Report

  • HVAC Controls

  • Military Organization Chart

  • Network Equipment Rack

  • Insurance Claims by State

  • Audit Process

  • Office Space Planning
Visio Toolbox



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Monday, December 22, 2014

Web Accessibility Checker

Make it easy



"Accessibility, the design of HTML documents for accessibility by people with disabilities, is such an important aspect of the Internet today that the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has adopted a set of guidelines for designing accessible Web sites. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) closely follow Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act.

For some Web sites, adherence to the WCAG is not optional; it is a necessity. Expression Web/FrontPage 2003 has tools for evaluating the accessibility of an entire Web site, identifying elements that violate the guidelines, and finding ways to correct the violations. The accessibility checker provides all of this functionality in a single dialog box.

To access the accessibility checker on the Tools menu click Accessibility (Accessibility Reports).

You can use the accessibility checker to check a single page or an entire Web site. The accessibility checker checks for varying levels of accessibility and specifically for adherence to Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act. You can check for errors or warnings, and you can add a manual checklist."

Expression Web Accessibility

MSDN:
Adding Rules to the Accessibility checker


Making Your Web Site Accessible to the Blind
Test your site:
Cynthia Says



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Sunday, December 21, 2014

You are What You Eat - With

Old Food Tools


Even before we had Ron Popeil to provide our cutlery, there were knives, spoons, and later forks.

California Academy of Sciences:
The History of Eating Utensils



A History of Eating Utensils in the West:
A Brief Timeline
"Henry Petroski, in The Evolution of Useful Things, makes the argument that it is not so much that necessity is the "mother of invention" as that invention takes place in response to dissatisfaction at the shortcomings of an already existing way of doing things.

The eating utensils we use and the ways we use them are the result of centuries of experimentation."

Medieval and Renaissance Eating Utensils and "Feast Gear"


Ron Popeil (aka Ron "But Wait!" Popeil)

"Born in 1935, he was for all practical purposes orphaned three years later when his parents divorced and he and his brother were shunted to a boarding school in upstate New York.

The one memory of this period is of a Christmas when parents were taking their children home for the holidays. Ron peered through a window at the long, straight road leading to the school, hoping to see his father's car approach. It never did."




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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Task Manager

When your machine has the snivels


There's a lot of stuff going on in the background that you might want to know about.

That's where the Task Manager comes in.


"There are a couple of ways to show the Windows Task Manager: hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and press the Delete key - Task Manager will then open some versions of Windows, in others you will be presented with a small dialog box that has a button you can click to open the Task Manager; alternatively you can right-click on empty space on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the menu."

Here's the Vista/Windows 7 version:




From the BloodyComputer:


Task Manager 1

Task Manager 2



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Friday, December 19, 2014

Slideshow Accessibility

Hearing and vision enhanced


Dave Paradi has an article about how to design PowerPoint shows for those with limited hearing or vision.

With PowerPoint presentations becoming more of a standard way to communicate information of all types, we need to keep in mind that our first responsibility is to our audience. We need to use the ideas above to make sure that we make our presentation accessible for everyone.

Making Accessible Slides



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mail Your Calendar

Save a calendar as an iCalendar file


  1. In Calendar, select a calendar to make it the active calendar in the view.

  2. On the File menu, click Save As.

  3. Type a name for the iCalendar file in the File name text box.

  4. A summary of the calendar name, date range, and detail level appears next to More Options.

  5. From the Date Range list, choose the amount of calendar data to include in the iCalendar file, or click Specify dates to enter a custom date range.




  6. From the Detail list, choose the amount of detail to show the recipients.
    Optionally, click Show to see Advanced options.

  7. Click OK, and then click Save.
E-Mail Calendar 

Share a calendar  

Share Outlook



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