Thursday, November 4, 2010

Making Things Work Out for You

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You can't always get what you want.  Life is not what you thought it would be. The world doesn’t revolve around you. Yadda yadda yadda.

Cheer up! When some things just go wrong, find something else to counterbalance it. I, for instance, have my own share of problems but I still manage to find a compensation, if not a total fix, for them.


Here's one thing that I find most irritating:

Have you ever noticed the things you lose often turn up at a place that would have been obvious had you not forgotten it? There was even this one time I got so furious with myself for losing my glasses (can’t see without them you know), only to fume more because they were just dangling on my front pocket.

These days I tend to place my phone, my wallet, and sundries in just two places: the pockets of my pants and my bag. So when the unfortunate time comes, I only need to search two places first: the pockets of my pants and my bag.

Even annoyances occur in the computer world just as much in real life:

When what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editors fail to publish the same appearance that I saw when I edited my articles. 

What I did: Lately I've been trying out Windows Live Writer as substitute for the Blogger editor. So far, the resulting published articles are most of the time exactly the same as when they were still drafts.

When I have to switch back to Internet Explorer because a website is not compatible with my favorite browser, Google Chrome. Broken layouts, missing interactions, sluggish performance are the common annoyances to name a few because of incompatibility.

What I did: The thriving community who creates extensions for Chrome have come up with IE Tab. With this extension I can view a website using IE but without leaving Chrome.

When you’ve got a lot of things that is bugging you, I’d recommend letting it out (say, in the comments below or as your own blog post) rather than cooping it up inside you until you freak out. Take a leaf out of Ladaisi’s book.

How to Cancel a Print Job

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While waiting for my blog to reach its business potential, I turn to accepting printing job orders as an additional source of income. Ironically though, I can say that printing is most frustrating when situations require you to cancel a print job. That little typo error or that occasional paper jam can cost you not only wasted ink, but also sheets of paper. But what if you can cancel a print job without wasting paper and ink? What if you need not to restart the PC or unplug the printer power cord?

The method I’m about to teach you only requires a software download that will run without installation (by simply downloading and extracting the zip file). It can solve stuck or stalled print jobs at ease and so effectively you’ll be able to resume printing immediately. It can wondrously do the job when other methods such as pressing the printer’s cancel button or deleting the print job in See What’s Printing fail to do the task.

Stalled Printer Repair

stalled printer repair

Upon running, Stalled Printer Repair automatically detects any existing print jobs. When it finds at least one, the Purge Print Jobs button becomes enabled, which you can then click to delete stuck print jobs. Problem solved.

Note: The program must be run as an administrator to work. This program will work on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.

No Absences Pact

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Hate absenteeism much? Do you have a friend, colleague or classmate persistently missing classes/work without good reason?

Try the No Absences Pact!

classroom absenteeism

A pact or a mutual agreement between the signatories to never fail attending any class under any circumstances where said signatories are still physically able to be present in classes.

Whereas, today in college, more than other period of a person’s life, there is a need for a re-dedication to the ideas of perfect attendance for which education can be instilled fully.

Be it enacted by the writing of name and signature with all witnesses and signatories assembled.

Section 1

A class is any class the student has officially enrolled in for the current semester. It must not be missed if the undersigned has no legitimate reason not to attend. Such reasons include, but not limited to, the following: incapacitating sickness, death of an immediate member in the family, marriage of an immediate member in the family, official sports competition. Any other reason will be subject to voting by other signatories as to whether it is excusable or not.

Provision of a marriage certificate, death certificate, or other significant proofs, whichever is applicable, is necessary to justify the absence.

Section 2

Tardiness of more than ten minutes for a one-hour class or more than 30 minutes for a three-hour class shall be considered an absence.

Section 3

Proof of attendance shall be required every fortnight to verify a signatory’s commitment to the pact. Credibility of the proof shall be based on a signature from the teacher handling the subject/course in question.

Section 4

Failure to comply with the agreement merits a punishment of buying everyone else in the pact a treat worth at least $5.00.

Section 5

This pact shall take effect upon approval of all signatories by means of signature for the remaining days of the current semester.