Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Why Rick Santorum as republican nominee is a good thing

As a life long republican with political identity issues, I vote for the best candidate in any election that I think will do the best for the position.  In this years election, the best candidate for the republicans is Rick Santorum.

If you know how open minded I've become in my political views, you find this hard to believe, but there is a logic to why I feel this way.

I don't care for religion in politics.  Not one bit.  It plays no part so whether mormon, atheist, catholic or otherwise religious, I will vote for you if you are the best candidate.   But Rick Santorum is the best candidate precisely because he is too overly religious.

If Santorum wins the nomination, he gets pounded in the general election.  He'll in fact hand Obama a land slide victory.  This is what needs to happen for Obama to have the republicans on the ropes.  Like a company about to go bankrupt, the republican leaders will start to realize that while it is important to protect people's religious beliefs no matter what.

So GO SANTORUM.  Because if Romney wins, the republicans won't move back to the center and work towards progress.

Sorry to those I've offended.  The opinions here are not necessarily correct, but they are mine.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ease Inbox Insanity!

Admit it.  Your inbox is your to-do list.  While there are better tools, it is what we use all day.  So, I have a single tip to help you ease your inbox insanity, one that will change your day more than any other tip.
This tip is for Microsoft Outlook for Windows.  It probably applies to others but given the dominance of Outlook I’m limiting my tip to Outlook.
Given that your Outlook inbox is your to-do list, you need a simple way to determine what is important.  Since most subject lines don’t give you the information you need to know, you have to open emails, think about the content, and make a decision. 
Editing Subject Lines
What you don’t know is that you can easily (and SHOULD be) editing the subject lines of your email.
  1. Open an existing email.
  2. Type in some information in the subject line such as: COMPLETE BY 2/14/2012 – Buy Roses for Dale!
  3. Close the email (click the X to close the window or ESCAPE (ESC) key)
  4. Click YES to save.
Your email subject now reads with whatever text you added.  I find this VERY helpful for quickly prioritizing and getting back to people.  (I often type in call Paul at 207-755-5555 when I need to call someone back)
There are all sorts of strategies to make this effective and I’ll review more in the future.  For now I suggest:
  1. Including names & phone numbers if you need to call someone.
  2. Specify a due date if you really want to complete by a certain time.
P.S. This tip works great too when the original subject line gets replied to multiple times and the email body no longer relates to the subject.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Love your iPhone & iPad just a bit more.

 I use an iPad and I love it. I also highly recommend the iPhone to most people.

While I love my Droid because it is much easier to type on than an iPhone, for most people I recommend iPhones.

Here are a few tips to make typing easier on your iPhone and your iPad.

1. Tap and Hold

When you press a key and hold it, you'll get additional options for that letter. This works for symbols too. Works great for delete (backspace) by making it delete much faster but you probably already know this. Bonus tip: Works with .com in safari to provide .org, .net. Pretty neat.

2. Tap and Slide

I hate having to switch between letters and numbers for only 1 number. So tap the number key and without lifting your finger slide it to the number you want. It's still 2 taps but easier than 3.

3. Tap and Hold Existing Text

When I first got the iPhone for my wife, I didn't know how to put my cursor in the middle of an existing (editable) word. Tap and hold in the word you want and you'll get a magnifying glass to move the cursor around.

4. Tap and Hold to Copy

Whether a link, a photo or a phone number. Tap and hold on things to get a chance to copy it to the clipboard.

5. Deleting Apps
Tap and hold an app and they start to wiggle and jiggle. You can then click X to delete them.
Bonus Tips

6. Pressing and holding the power button will completely power your phone down.

7. Press the power button and the home button at the same time and quickly let go and it will add a photo of whatever is on your screen to your photos.

8. Press and hold both the power button and the home button to force a restart.

9. Double click the home button and swipe through open applications. Swipe to the left and you can control your iTunes as well as lock the rotation.

10. Press and hold your home button (iPhone 4s) to activate Siri.