10 Time Saving Tech Tips

techtipsI’ve told you this story once before but before I share the contents of today’s post I want to tell it again (for fun). Early in my career while playing a game of Taboo on a work outing, one of my co-workers, also a software engineer, started his turn to have us all guess a word. He grabbed his card, looked at all of us and said the following, “Control V.” That’s it. That was his clue. Do you know the answer? We all immediately guessed the correct answer – Paste – as in the keyboard shortcut to insert text you previously copied (using Control C). After that we moved on to the next clue, without even giving what had just happened a moment’s thought!

Tech columnist David Pogue shared 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users in a TED talk. Yes, this is how computer / software / techies think – all the time! What’s the SIMPLEST EASIEST way to get something done without exerting any extra energy or motion. I’m laughing out load at this very moment (literally). While you’re at it, take a look at my own personal list, Tech 101, and enjoy the rest of your day!

 

 

Incognito

incognitoInternet Explorer who??? My web browser of choice is Chrome! (Have you heard of it?) If not, suffice it so say that Chrome is a fast, free browser offered by Google. PC Magazine recently reviewed the vast array off browsers on the market and Chrome received Editor’s Choice. One of the reasons I continue to use it is that I love Incognito (or private browsing mode). So, what’s so special about Incognito?

  • Webpages that you open and files that you download while you’re incognito aren’t recorded in your browsing and download histories

  • All new cookies are deleted after you close all incognito windows that you’ve opened (see also what is a cookie?)

  • Changes you make to your Google Chrome bookmarks and general settings while in incognito mode are still saved

You don’t have to be visiting “cliche” sites for this to matter… If you share computers with other people and don’t want them to see what you’re up to – say, planning a surprise party or an anniversary trip – using Incognito mode is one of the best ways to keep your search history secret. And yes, there’s an app for your mobile device. Check out more of Chrome’s features here or watch the 1-minute video below to see Incognito mode in action.