Google Docs is a pretty awesome utility if you really think about it. It may not have all the features of Word, but it’s pretty close, especially for an online tool. Did you know that you can publish to your blog straight from Google Docs? Or that you can upload any type of file for storage purposes?
Use Google Docs More Effectively
Ever chat with tech support before and they keep asking you questions about your computer configuration? Support Details is an awesome site that gives you key information about your computer and lets you email it or export it to CSV/PDF. Sweet!
Windows 7 offers some pretty need customizations for your playback and recording audio devices. For example, you can set your headphones as the default playback device for communication (via Skype, etc) and the speakers for the rest. If you want to learn how to do this, and other settings, check out this useful tutorial.
How to Change the Default Playback & Recording Audio Device
Tableau Public is a commercial tool which allows you to create amazing charts out of any data set. They offer also a free version which you can download an use at any time. With it, you have access to all features, except the possibility to save the charts on your computer. However, they do get stored on the Tableau Public servers and you can embed them into blog posts or share them online with anyone. If you are a blogger, crunching and sharing lots of data, you should definitely consider it.
Tableau Public Download Page (requires e-mail address to download & free account to use)
Ever wondered what the Public folder is in Wondows Vista & Windows 7? If you did, check out this article. It answers this question and also shares some scenarios where you might want to use it.
What is the Public Folder & How to Use it
This useful tutorial tells you how to stream music over your homegroup with Windows Media Player 12. It also shows how to remote control what’s playing on other computers. Pretty geeky, useful and cool.
Stream Music Over Your Home Network with Windows Media Player 12
The New York Times offers some challenging games for kids of all ages =)
NY Times Brain Games page
Every year, Warren Buffet pens one of the most honest letters on market conditions to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, a NYSE traded holding company. Mr. Buffet’s experience and humor makes this one of the most anticipated publications for thousands of investment professionals and individual investors alike. His track record speaks for itself and no, we don’t currently own shares.
Buffet once said he’d never invest in a tech company but bought 100 shares of Microsoft so he would get their annual report. His friendship with Bill Gates transcends the bridge game they share, he will leave all of his money to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Buffet’s 2009 letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway (.pdf)
Yes, we still have Olympic fever. Steven Heller of the New York Times narrates a brief history of the evolution of Olympic symbols.
New York Times Interactive
via The Big Picture