Eggcorns and Kittens

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in Grammar and Copy | | Posted on 10-20-2013

Saw another great eggcorn today:
“The whole kitten kaboodle” in place of “kit and kaboodle” or even “kit ‘n kaboodle.” I guess a kitten kaboodle (derivation of caboodle, meaning a group, pack or bunch) would be a whole pile o’ kittens in a kit bag. Of course, now Disney has named a character “Kitten Kaboodle” so everyone will be getting it wrong from here on.


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LOL for the Day

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in Admin Life, Grammar and Copy | | Posted on 10-19-2013

“The Hit List Agenda returns with its sites set on you!”

Spell much? Three authors and not one of them knew the difference between “site” and “sight.” Needless to say, this EA heroine is packing a gun and chest. I don’t hold out high hopes for burnishing of our image, but it might be a fun romp for grammar mavens. At least they didn’t try to cite anyone. Click below to get a gander; I put Volume 1 in my store.


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Amazon is Offering a Free Trial on Prime

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in Thrifty Admin | | Posted on 07-05-2013

Did they do this before? I don’t remember ever getting it for free. We use this at work constantly – it’s completely worth the money for office supplies, dry erase boards, electronics – the things that come up outside the corporate office supplies contract your company made. Can’t beat free 2-day shipping.

I get it at home for cheap because my son is a student. That “free movies” part made it pretty irresistible. I have this handy dandy link for you to use: Join Amazon Prime – Watch Over 40,000 Movies . Sort of a boring ad, but it gets the point across.

 

 

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A Better, Faster Way to Manage Internet Explorer Favorites

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in MS Internet Explorer, Software | | Posted on 07-05-2013

I had a list of favorites that went clear off the screen. You know how to fix that, right? You choose “Organize Favorites,” create a folder and drag your favorites into it one by one – landing back at the top of the list each time. Wrong. You bulk edit! Here’s how:

1.    Click on the Start menu (bottom left corner)
2.    Click your user account name in the sidebar on the right
3.    The folder “Favorites” will be among the various folders that are listed. Manage it like any other folder.

Hot stuff!

It’s a little different in other-than-Windows 7. One person who offers a very clear description of Vista and XP is Vic Laurie, here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-manage-internet-explorer-favorites-easy-way.htm

Mac browsers and Chrome for Windows already have built in drag and drop favorites managers (comment if you don’t know how), so no worries there.

 


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A Comic for Admins Everywhere

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in Admin Life | | Posted on 11-11-2012

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Outlook Meeting Owner Changes for No Reason

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in MS Outlook | | Posted on 10-08-2012

I, along with 150 of the Evil Meeting Maven’s closest associates are invited to a can’t-miss meeting once a month. She changes the dates constantly and the meeting is a moving target. EMM changes one of the dates and HAH – the perfect excuse – I’m on vacation. I gleefully reach for the “decline” button and it’s not there! Instead, I see “Cancel Meeting.” Huh? Tempting, but HUH? When I look at the rest of the series, I see the same thing – I’m suddenly the organizer.

This is a bug that’s been turning up lately, usually in big, recurring meetings that experience a lot of churn (changed attendees and especially dates and times). If this happens to you, you can try asking EMM to forward the meeting to you. Sometimes she will still have control of the meeting also and that’s what she’ll want to do because she’ll see it as your problem. It might even work – it does, occasionally.

Why it’s a bad solution: the series is corrupt and it should be reissued. The right solution is to to go ahead and hit “cancel series.” EMM will need to reissue it. Assuming she is really just a “MM” and not an “EMM,” you will, of course, do this thoughtfully and in concert with the MM. If she’s an EMM, all bets are off.

 

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Why Does Visio DO That?!?

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in MS Visio | | Posted on 06-03-2012

If you use Visio for complex charts that require fiddling, you know exactly what I mean. The lines jump around to the wrong place. Pieces move. Connection points shift. You fix everything, save your document, move across the page, and when you come back, everything has shifted again. This time when you finish you save the document and close it. When you open it, guess what? It’s messed up again.

There’s a reason for this infuriating behavior. Just as you always suspected, Visio thinks. It doesn’t think about the best way to destroy your life, all evidence to the contrary. It’s too pea-brained for that. It’s full of – when you think about it – amazing templates. Each of those templates has behavior built into it. When you make a change, it flips through its chart of expected behaviors and applies the one it thinks is right. When you ask it to do something outside the template’s expected behaviors, it tries to fix the problem. It’s like your spouse who washes your dishes before you’ve finished eating. It thinks about how to clean up the mess it thinks you just made.

I didn’t say you were going to like the reason, or that there was some setting you could choose to fix it, just that there is a reason. Sometimes it makes me feel better as fix my org chart for the umpteenth time.

The good news? Vision 2010 is better. Not healed, but better.


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TurboTax. Seriously.

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in Admin Life, Thrifty Admin | | Posted on 03-04-2012

I know none of you believed me last  year. Don’t lie. I know it’s true…you were too scared to try it. It’s OK. Really. I understand. Honest. But now it’s time to get over it! If you have investment real estate, a business with employees, complex trusts…head straight for the CPA. Absolutely. If you’re a “normal” admin? Save yourself a couple hundred bucks.

TurboTax walks you through it…it’s like having your grandmother hold your hand through the whole process. You’ll still collect all those receipts from your purse, desk, glove compartment, still swear you’ll get organized next year..the difference is that you do it in your own time, in bits and pieces if you want, and you can do it for FREE. Grandma wouldn’t charge you, right?

OK…here’s the deal: if you file 1040EZ, you can do the Federal return completely free. If you have enough deductions that you need to file a regular 1040, it costs $29.95. You can spend as much as $74.95 for the super duper Home and Business version. How’s that compare with your CPA again? Maximum refund is guaranteed, 100% accurate calculations are guaranteed and it comes with a free Audit Support Center and live tax advice. Hmmm. My CPA never guaranteed anything.

I’m not dissing CPAs. Really. It’s just that we don’t need ‘em.

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Of course I get a kickback. Using these links adds nothing to your cost and helps keep this site alive, so I’m very grateful when you do. Plus I really like TurboTax. I’ve been using it since it was called MacInTax in 1986. Try it!

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How to Tab within a Cell in Word Tables

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in MS Word | | Posted on 01-29-2012

For reasons known only to themselves and perhaps Loki, Microsoft doesn’t easily give up the secret for tabbing within a cell in a Word table. If you hit tab, you move to the next cell. The solution is easy though, and surprisingly, consistent between Mac and Windows: hold the Control key and tab.


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Making Use of the Windows Key in Windows 7

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Posted by tribeofa | Posted in Windows 7 | | Posted on 12-29-2011

Now that I know to use the Windows key to lock my screen, I thought I should poke around and see what else it can do. The answer turns out to be “lots!”

Win – all by itself – brings up the “Start” menu.

My favorite: Win + P pops up a Projection window that makes it at least a little clearer what you’re choosing…you know the drill…hmmm, is it fn +F7 to see it on both computer and screen, or is it just F7 or is it fn +F8…I can never remember. This at least provides a little visual guidance, and “Win +P” is a little more in keeping with Mac philosophy of making something memorable about the letter choice. I can – probably – remember that “project” starts with “P.” I hope. Here’s how it looks:


 
 
 

Win + Home minimizes all the non-active applications, giving me the illusion of an organized workspace.

 

Win+Shift+Left Arrow and Win+Shift+Right Arrow moves windows from one monitor to another. I’m a dual monitor junkie – I’d have 3 or 4 if I could – so this one gets a workout.

Win + F opens Windows search (“Find”)
 
And of course we remember that Win+D displays the Desktop
 
Those are the ones that interest me. Some that may interest you:
Win R is Run dialog box (I swear I don’t even know what this means)
Win M is Minimize all
SHIFTWin+M will undo minimize all
Win + TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons
Win
+F1 takes you to Help. They jumped the tracks here. Why not ” Win + H”?
Win + E takes you to that useless spot with the confusing name: Windows Explorer
CTRL Win TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (at this point, I’m not even listening anymore)
Win Break: System Properties dialog box
 
If you really want to get serious, Wikipedia has an exhaustive list here.
 
I don’t have time to save that much time.


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