Google Knows Everything

First thing this morning, I opened Firefox, and my home page ( was showing a Doodle with birthday cakes.

What a coincidence, I thought. Some famous person must share my birthday. So, I pointed to the image, to see whose name was in the popup description.

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Running on UPS Backup Power

Do you have a backup power supply in your office? I’ve had backup power for several years, and it has saved me from losing work a few times.

The power went out first thing this morning, and my newest UPS kicked in right away. It’s an APC XS-1500 and has been running fine for a couple of years, since an older UPS died. Amazon says that model is discontinued now, but there are similar models available.

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Clearing the Word Bookshelves

Do you have shelves that are full of outdated computer books, or is it just me?

I’m finally getting rid of some of the oldest, and dustiest books, like the Microsoft Word guides that you can see in the picture below.

It’s been years since any of them were opened (thank goodness!), and they’re about 5 pounds each, so it will certainly lighten the bookshelves when they’re gone.

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Don’t Waste Money on Your Email List

Yes, I’m frugal, and hate wasting money, whether it’s a personal expense, or something for my business. So I was annoyed when I ended up paying extra for my AWeber mailing list service, and maybe this tip will help you avoid that mistake, and a few others that I made in getting my mailing list started.

Don’t get me wrong – I see the immense value in having an email list service, but I don’t want to pay more than I have to.

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Hide Date Picker Calendar in Access Form

I’ve been working on a client’s database, in Microsoft Access 2010, and one of the data entry forms has several fields for dates and times.

There’s a nice Date Picker feature that shows a calendar icon, if you click in a date field text box. Click that icon, and a popup calendar appears, so you can select a date, instead of typing it.


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