Make your start menu more powerful by adding numbered shortcuts.
Create a new shortcut, for example to Microsoft Word. Rename it to 1 - Word and drag it onto your start menu. Now, when you want to start Word, push the Windows Key, then 1. Add more frequently used applications as needed.
The past few weeks, we've gotten a few requests to try alternatives to Microsoft Windows. Linux has come a long way in just the past few years. There are two that are extremely easy to try. So easy in fact, you don't even have to install them. They run straight off of CD. Ubuntu is one distribution of Linux that is community developed. It fairly low system requirements, and can run directly off of CD.
A secure, memorable password is easy for you to remember, and hard for others to guess.
Everywhere you turn you've got to come up with a password to register for something or another. Whether it's the dozens of web sites that require you log in to use them, or your ATM card PIN, or your wireless network login, how do you decide on a new password? More importantly, how do you remember it?
Lifehacker has an excellent article on how to choose great passwords.
We've all gotten error messages in Windows, and we generally all take the same approach to solving the problem: by searching the contents of the message in Google. The annoying part is that you can't select and copy text in the error message box, so you have to try manually typing out the error message.
In the past month, I have discovered GTD, or Getting Things Done. Basically, it's a way to organize tasks, and get things done quicker and more efficiently. This is not a new concept, but one I haven't adopted before now. I thought I got a lot done before, but now, I get even more done.