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Google Talk Shortcuts

Google Talk is one of my favorite applications: it’s light, unobtrusive and you can store your old conversations in Gmail. But I realised I wasn’t using it as well as I could, so I looked for some keyboard shortcuts. Here’s a few:

Text

CTRL + R Right align text

CTRL + E Center align text

CTRL + L Left align text

Spacing

CTRL + 1 For single spaced lines

CTRL + 2 For double spaced lines

CTRL + 5 For 1.5 spaced lines

Function keys

F9 Send an email to the contact you’re chatting with

F11 Start a voice chat with the contact

F12 Cancel the current call

Other

ESC Close the current window

ALT + ESC Close all Google Talk windows

WINDOWS + Esc  Open Google Talk if minimized, or behind other windows

Tab/CTRL+Tab/Ctrl+i Cycle through open windows

Shift+Tab Cycle backwards through open windows

Sources

Google Talk keyboard shortcuts

Shortcuts from Customize Talk

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PersonalBrain: Refreshing Your Icons

(For users of PersonalBrain only.)

I find the icons for websites (favicons, to be precise) very useful for making thoughts stand out:

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But sometimes PersonalBrain either doesn’t get them or forgets them, defaulting back to the boring standard icon:

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It took me way too long to figure this out, but you can easily refresh the stored icon.

Make the thought you want to refresh the active one.

Open the properties tab or right click on the thought and select Properties and Attachments:

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Right click on the link and select Refresh URL icon:

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You should see the old icon change to the website’s one:

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This is the way it should be done

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How to Geotag Your Tweets

Twitter has just announced release of its API to enable geotagging. This means that you can allow people to see where your tweets were tweeted from—and to see where others are tweeting from. Twitter says

The added information provides valuable context when reading your friends tweets and allows you to better focus in on local conversations. Now you can find out what live music is playing right now in your neighborhood or what people visiting Checkpoint Charlie are saying today about the anniversary of the Berlin Wall.

In other words, it should make geographical dicing of the twitter torrent easier.

Geotagging is turned off by default. To turn it on, go to your settings page and look for the location section:

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Check the enable geotagging box:

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(To delete such data in the future, click on the button below it.)

To see it in action, check out one of the applications that has already built this functionality in. (Twitter lists Birdfeed, Seesmic Web, Foursquare, Gowalla, Twidroid, Twittelator Pro as among those which have.)

If someone has it enabled, you’ll see it on Seesmic web as a small beacon. Mouse over it and a map will pop up:

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How to Search Evernote

Updated Dec 16 2009

I’ve been particularly dense about figuring this out, so, having stumbled upon it, I thought I’d share it with anyone who hasn’t gotten the most out of Evernote—particularly its tagging features. I’m surprised that Evernote doesn’t make more of this. It seems to be buried deep in their documentation, but to me, if I can remember all the parameters, it suddenly makes Evernote a much more powerful beast.

As Mark Stout points out, you can then save a complex search in Evernote and that becomes a filter of its own.

The easiest way to find something is just to type a keyword for it in the search box.

Indonesia

If you want to exclude a word from the results, prefix it with the minus sign:

-indonesia

If you’re looking for any of several words—in other words soeharto OR suharto—you can use the modifier any.
Note there has to be a space between the any: and the first search term. Any: must be after other parameters but before the search terms. All words after any: will be assumed to be part of the any: search:

any: soeharto suharto

Tags

You can also narrow down by tags (note there’s no space between colon and the tag word):

tag:indonesia

If you add tags together, you need to preface each with tag:

tag:interview tag:thailand

If a tag is more than one word, then you need to put it in quotes:

tag:"digital abundance"

If you want to exclude all notes with a certain tag you can:

-tag:china

You can also use wildcards with (or to exclude) tags (wildcards can only appear at the end of words, or alone):

tag:com*

Notebooks

You can specify which notebook or notebooks you want to search in (so you don’t have to click on a specific notebook before you search):

notebook:unifi

The notebook parameter must precede all other parameters. 
If your notebook contains more than one word the words need to be within quotation marks: notebook:”media asia”
It doesn’t seem to be possible to use this modifier to search all notebooks (unless you add them all manually by name.)

Titles

You can limit your search to notes with a word in the title:

intitle:indonesia*

Date

You can limit your search by date. Use the terms:

  • created – when the note was created
  • updated – when the note was updated

on or after a specific date: created:20091113
on or after a specific time (in this case 9.15 am): created:20091113T091500
or today: created:day
or yesterday: created:-day
or the past 30 days: created:day-30
or this week: created:week
or this month: created:month
or this year: created:year

The minus sign makes all these before this date or period:

Or before a date: created:-20091113
or yesterday: created:day-1
etc

Resource

You can also find notes with or without images, audio or ink notes

notes with at least one image or gif: resource:image/gif
notes with no audio: -resource:audio/*

Sources

(but my mistakes)

Evernote API Overview

The ever-extensible Evernote

Evernote: Using Extended Search Syntax

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How To Disable Skype’s Plug-in Manager

If you’re using Skype on Windows and finding that your computer is slowing down, chances are it’s the Skype Plug-in Manager hogging resources. For some reason the separate program takes over some computers—even if you’ve got no plug-ins installed.

Here’s how to close down and disable the program so it doesn’t bother you again (assuming you’re not using any of the Skype extras.)

Hit Control-Shift-Esc to bring up the Windows Task Manager.

In the Processes tab, check for skypePM.exe. This is what it should look like:

skype plugin manager

As you can see, it’s taking up nearly half my CPU.

To force it to close, click on it and hit delete. You’ll get a prompt:

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Now you just need to make sure it doesn’t open automatically whenever you launch Skype. To do this, go into Options and select Advanced Settings.

In there, uncheck the box marked Automatically start Extras:

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That should do it.

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