When you want to keep track of a project -- like who you communicated with, and what you talked about & decided -- but not all of your transactions on the project are email messages, you can use Outlook's Journal funtion to collect the info in one place. The Journal is an often-overlook feature of Outlook. It can create a timeline of transactions (phone calls, conversations, meetings, etc.) that can be linked to one of your contacts.
Windows XP lets you display the contents of folders in a variety of ways -- a detailed list of the files, as thumbnail images, etc. Each folder in the My Computer or My Documents folder can have its own view. That's useful for folders like My Pictures, because you can look at your digital photos in Thumbnails or Filmstrip view. But changing the view for every folder can be time-consuming.
If you prefer to have all your folder contents displayed in a particular way, you can save yourself some time by changing the view for all the folders on your computer at once.
Trying to find a meeting place between friends? Try using the Google Maps mashup called a.placebetween.us for your next get-together.
First, enter where you're coming from, then enter a city or an address for each member of your party. The map will begin putting blue "push-pins" on the map for each as you enter them.
Next, enter the type of place you want to meet -- like "coffee", "Mexican", "ice cream", "library", or even just the word "restaurant." A yellow push-pin will appear for each, along with details for each, along with driving directions from each person's starting location.
The Project Play planners are using this handy mashup to figure out where we could next meet -- we've always met in Fond du Lac, but the chocolate shop at which we stopped after lunch is soon to close. Using a.placebetween.us, Waupun Public Library (and Guth Candies) is the contender for our next meeting-place. :-)
Definr is a single-page, super-fast dictionary lookup tool that suggests words as you type.
Start typing a word, and definr uses their word-completion algorithm to suggest possible word matches as you add letters.
To make it even more useful, you can add the Definr search extension to Firefox, and add a Definr link to your Firefox bookmark toolbar; go to the Definr Tools page for details.
Definr's free dictionary is based on Princeton's open WordNet 2.0.
I could have used this tool a few months back when I had trouble figuring out how to spell the word "apropos" (as in "apropos of nothing"), and when Firefox's built-in spell checker didn't have it, and after trying every spelling alternative I could think of, I IM-ed a colleague who knew how to spell it. (Thanks again, Karla!)
If you like to visit the same web pages at the start of each day (like the Winnefox Extranet, your newsfeeds in Bloglines,LISNews, etc.) you can set Firefox so every time you start it, those same web pages open in tabs and act as your 'home' page.
Did you know that your calendar in Outlook 2007 is customizable? Even though the default view might be Week, find out how you can make it Day or Month to suit your needs. And find out how to change it from a 7-day week view to a 5-day work-week view. You can also show more or less detail in your calendar. These and more custom settings are demonstrated in this 4½ minute video http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA102392311033.aspx.
Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19 by watching the "National Library Week: Super Sized" video at http://alfocus.ala.org/videos/national-library-week-super-sized. Those of you in and around Oshkosh will appreciate this part of his order: "Throw in a couple of copies of magazines with Johnny Depp on the cover; it doesn't matter which ones."