Showing posts from January, 2006

Find That Page in Your Document, Jump To It!

Picture this: you're working on a big document in Microsoft Word and you're making some adjustments just on page 17, but you forgot something you needed on page one. So, what do you do? You end up scrolling all the way back up to the first page. Once you find what you needed, you have to go all the way back down to page 17. Make it stop! Here's a quick way to solve that conundrum. Simply hold down the Shift key and press F5. The cursor will automatically jump to the exact place where the cursor was before you moved it. Now, even better. You're still on page 17 and you save and close the document. When you re-open it, the cursor will be at the very top of the first page. Press Shift+F5 again and you'll immediately jump right back to where you were on page 17. How lovely is that?! Note: you must save documents in the Microsoft Word format for this trick to work. This trick may not be compatible with all screen readers and screen magnification programs.

The Magic of F2 in MS Word

When you go to move text in Word, what do you do? Highlight the text to be moved, then use the mouse to drag and drop it to a new location? Or, do you highlight the text then use the cut / paste options? Either way, it's a lot of steps and for many people it involves removing your hands from the keyboard to use the mouse. Well, for those of you who are always looking for a way to do it "mouse-less," here's a trick for moving your text without leaving the keyboard. You still need to highlight the text to be moved. (If you're looking to reduce mouse use, then be sure to use the Shift key in combination with the arrow keys to complete your highlighting). Now hit the F2 key. At this point, you're ready to tell Word where to put your selection. Simply use the arrow keys or Page Up / Page Down to move the cursor to the new location. (If you change your mind,hit the Esc key and the F2 effect will be removed). When you've found the correct spot hit the Ent…

What's My Computer Been Doing?

Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to tell if someone else has been using your computer? For example, to find out the last time it was booted? Windows XP has an Event Viewer to help you keep track of what your computer is doing. An event is anything noteworthy that happens to your computer. To bring up the Event Viewer, go to Start/Run and type the following:

eventvwr.msc Events are stored in three log files: Application, Security and System. These logs can be reviewed and archived. For our purposes, we want the System log. Click on "System" in the left-hand column for a list of events. Look for a date and time when you weren't home and your computer should have been off. By double-clicking the event, you can get more details on what the event was. Just click on the link that says, "For more information." You can also use this log to see how long someone was on the computer. Just look at the time the computer was turned on and off for that day. Oh…

Arrow Tricks in Windows Word Processors

Do you ever wonder about all those neat little tricks you can do with your keyboard? There are so many, that if you learned them all, you wouldn't ever have to use a mouse again. Crazy, huh? Well, to get you started, here's a cool little arrow trick to try with word processing programs. Next time you're using your arrow keys to go from one area of a sentence to another (left and right arrows), hold down your CTRL key. Instead of moving one space at a time, you'll go one word at a time. If you're using the up and down arrows to go from line to line, holding down the CTRL key will make your cursor jump from paragraph to paragraph (well, from carriage return to carriage return anyway). One last thing, if you hold down the SHIFT key while you do this (i.e. hold down SHIFT + CTRL at the same time), you select text as you arrow along. I've tested this in MS Word and Wordpad, but it *should* work no matter what word processing program you use.

Monopoly Mods

Monopoly is one of the best games ever invented, in my opinion but even it can use some additional excitement now and then. Maybe using some of the Monopoly Home Rules would help liven things up a bit. Here's an example of what you'll find:

Start At Corners Rule: Players put their tokens at the four corners of the board rather than Go as their starting positions. The player on "Go to Jail" does not. Players should be spread evenly to all the corners, and which player starts at which corner should be determined randomly. Reason: By starting in different locations, the players are less likely to land on properties already owned by players who went before them.

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How to Play Kalah

Kalah, also called mancala or "the game of intelligence," was played by the pharaohs of Egypt at least 3,000 years ago. The object is to collect as many pebbles as possible.

Make a Kalah Game BoardCut the lid off an empty egg carton.
Place the bottom part of the carton on the table. Each egg holder is a "pit" for placing pebbles.
Place six small pebbles, beads or other objects in each pit. For beginning players, place three pebbles in each pit.
Place a paper cup at each end of the egg carton. These are the "kalah," or scoring pits.

Play Kalah

Sit facing your opponent with the kalah game board between you. The six pits (or egg holders) in front of you and the kalah (paper cup) to your right belong to you. The others belong to your opponent.
Flip a coin to decide which player will go first.
Pick up all the pebbles from any one of your pits.
Place the pebbles, one at a time, into each pit to the right (counterclockwise) around the board, including your own kalah, but…

How to Play Seven-Card Stud

Players make their best five-card poker hands using the seven cards dealt to them individually. Multiple rounds of betting occur as the cards are dealt.

Collect the ante from each player.
Begin the game by dealing three cards to each player, the first two face down and the last face up.
Follow with a round of betting.
Deal the fourth, fifth and sixth cards face up to each player, with a round of betting after each card is dealt.
Deal the seventh and final card face down to each player.
Finish with a round of betting.
Determine the winner. Your position at the table can often dictate your playing style. For instance, if you're last to play, you might try to bluff and steal the pot when appropriate. If you're first to play while holding a strong hand, you might bet small and allow players after you to drive up the stakes.    Seven-Card Stud requires a keen eye, as many cards are visible on the table. Making deductions based on the cards you can see is part of a winning strategy.    D…

How to Play Oh, Heck

This card game is excellent for large groups of players of all ages and abilities. The minimum number of players is three.

The Deal and Bids

Shuffle and cut a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
Deal clockwise, one card face down to each player.
Turn up the top card on the remaining deck. The suit of this card is trump.
Bid on how many tricks you will take. Bidding starts with the person to the left of the dealer and proceeds clockwise once around the table.
End bidding with the dealer, who must ensure that someone will lose. In the first round, if everyone has bid "zero" tricks, the dealer must bid "one." If one person bid "one," the dealer must also bid "one."
Record bids on a score pad as they are made.


Start play by having the person to the left of the dealer place his card face up in the center of the table. Follow in order, with each player placing his or her card on the table near the first card.
Determine who won the hand, or trick. The highe…

How to Play I Doubt It

I Doubt It is a cheater's paradise of a card game since the object of the game is to cheat as much as you can. Use one deck of cards for up to four players.

Deal out all 52 playing cards as evenly as possible. Deal one card at a time to each player, rotating in a clockwise manner until all the cards are dealt. For each game, rotate the dealer to the left. That way, each person takes a turn having an extra card or two.

Take a minute to let everyone organize his or her cards.

Have the person to the dealer's left play first and start with the aces. The next player will discard 2s, the following player 3s and so forth. Start again with aces after kings have been played.

Play up to four cards of the card you're required to discard. Lay the cards face down in the middle of the table, announcing what you play as you do it. You don't necessarily have to play the cards you announce.

Allow a moment after each person plays to let anyone challenge the person who played the cards.


How to Play Gin Rummy

Known familiarly as gin, this classic, two-player card game provides an exciting mixture of luck and strategy.

Setup and Overview

Deal 10 cards each to the other player and yourself.

Place the remaining cards in a stack between the two players.

Organize your hand into complete or partial "melds." A meld is a set of three or four cards of the same value (three aces, four kings and so on) or three or more sequential cards of the same suit (five, six and seven of clubs, for example).

Take turns with the other player, taking either the top card from the deck or from the discard pile and discarding to the discard pile.

Award points at the end of each hand when one player knocks or calls "Gin."

End the game when one player reaches 100 points. At this point, the player with 100 points gets a 100-point bonus for winning, and each player receives 25 points for each hand he or she won.

Tally the points and declare the winner - the player with the most points after all bonuses have b…

How to Play Cribbage

Six-card cribbage is the most common form played in the English-speaking world. Two players use a standard 52-card pack, with the cards ranking king high to ace low.

^DNB Setting Up

^DNB^DNB Place the cribbage board between the two players. Start pegs at the top of the cribbage board.

^DNB Win the game by being the first to score 121 points over a series of games.

^DNB Cut the cards to determine who deals.

^DNB Shuffle and deal if you received the lower card.

^DNB Deal alternately six cards to yourself and six cards to your opponent.

^DNB Place two of the six cards facedown, both if you're the dealer and if you're the nondealer, to form the crib. The dealer gets the crib and gets to score it after the hand is played.

^DNB Allow the nondealer to cut the deck.

^DNB Turn the top card of the bottom half of the cut deck over to determine the start.

^DNB Move two holes with your peg if the start was a jack and you're the dealer.

^DNB Place the start with the crib to …

How to Play Crazy Eights

Match the suit or rank of the previously discarded card to try to get rid of all your cards first. Eights are "crazy" because they don't have to follow the rules. Crazy Eights is a simple card game that's fun for all ages.

Deal out five cards to each player and place the remaining cards in the center of the table to form a stockpile.

Turn the top card of the stockpile over and lay it next to the stockpile to start your discard pile.

Have the person to the left of the dealer play first.

Play any card from your hand that matches the top card of the discard pile in either suit (heart, diamond, club or spade) or rank (match a three with a three or a king with a king, for example).

Draw a card from the stockpile (and lose a turn to discard) if you cannot make a legal play.

Play an eight on any card. Name the suit you'd like the next person to play. (Keep the suit the same if you choose.)

Win by getting rid of all your cards before anyone else does.

Score penalty points for al…

How to Play UNO

UNO is a fast-paced and exciting card game for all ages. You can have up to ten players. Get rid of all your cards first and score points for the cards your opponents still hold. The first player to score 500 points wins.

Use a deck of UNO cards. The deck has 108 cards consisting of four suits, wild cards, and word cards with directions on them.

Choose a dealer by having each player pick one card. The person with the highest number is the dealer. Word cards count as zero.

Deal each player seven cards and place the remaining cards face down in the middle of the table. This is the draw pile.

Turn the top card of the draw pile over to form the discard pile.

Take turns beginning with the player to the dealer's left and go clockwise around the table.

Place one of your cards on the discard pile when it's your turn. Your card must have the same number, color or wording as the top card of the discard pile - or be a wild card. If playing with blind or visually impaired players, announce the …

How to Play Euchre

It's been said that euchre is the card game that brought the Joker to our modern deck of cards. In the North American version of this game, you play without the Joker. The best way to play is with two teams of partners.

Use a 24-card pack with all cards numbered between 2 and 8 removed.

Choose a dealer.

Deal clockwise, giving each player three cards, then two (or two, then three) for a total of five.

Put the remaining cards facedown on the table and turn the top one over.

Begin with the player to the dealer's left. He or she may declare the card on the table trump or may pass. If the player declares the card trump, the dealer must take the card showing and discard one of his or her cards facedown.

Pass the choice to the next player, and he or she can declare the suit trump or pass also. If the passes reach the dealer and the dealer doesn't want the card on the table to be trump, the dealer turns that card over, and the first player can declare any trump.

Decipher the trump system…

Hurricanes Katrina & Rita Web Archive and Described DVD

"Internet Archives and many individual contributors created a comprehensive list of websites documenting the historic devastation and massive relief effort due to Hurricane Katrina. The sites were crawled between the dates of September 4 - October 17th. This collection, containing more than 25 million searchable documents, will be preserved by Internet Archive with access to historians, researchers, scholars and the general public."

Click this link to visit the Hurricanes Katrina & Rita Web Archive:

Hurricane Katrina: The Storm That Drowned a CityThis is a pretty straightforward look at the storm that killed some 1,300 people and destroyed 600,000 homes. A PBS NOVA episode, it concentrates primarily on the storm itself, as well as flaws in New Orleans' levees, pointing out that scientists accurately predicted the impact of a strong hurricane on New Orleans a year before it happened!

"Hurricane Katrina: The Storm That Drowne…

Tips for Getting the Best Lemon Juice

When juicing a lemon, it will yield more juice if it is left at room temperature for at least an hour before juicing. Don't forget to wash the outside of the lemon before squeezing. Now when you have extracted all of the juice you can grate the peel and freeze it in a tightly sealed container. Now when you need some lemon peel just grab a container from the freezer and you have it fresh and ready to go!

Garlic Preparation & Storage

My family loves garlic. It does take a bit of time to prepare so I have found this simple solution to always have some on hand. When you go shopping, pick up a few heads of garlic. When you get home chop up all of the garlic at once and place into an airtight glass container. Add one tablespoon of olive oil for each head of garlic, then seal tightly. Place the jar in the coldest shelf of your refrigerator. Now you will have fresh chopped garlic whenever you need it for up to 2 weeks.

BigFoot Bottle Inversion Cap

Given the new design of ketchup bottles, this might not be such a BIG idea but for certain annoying sauce bottles, this could be the bomb. BigFoot replaces ordinary bottle caps to allow most bottles to stand upside down. BigFoot provides a wide, stable base to prevent the bottle from tipping over, and its unique cap design fits most popular sizes of plastic bottles. One of the things I find rather difficult to do as a blind person is pouring syrup for pancakes. Once you tip the bottle over you have no idea when the syrup will start flowing. You could sit there for a long time waiting for the syrup. Don't shake the bottle or you could get tons of it on your pancakes. Big Foot would always have the syrup ready for you. You will finally know that the syrup is at the end of the bottle, ready to pour. Click this link to purchase Big Foot and never waste the last drop of any bottled product.

Tips for Chopping Nuts

I can still remember my father and I going outside with a hammer and cracking nuts on the driveway. It was fun to do this as a child, but not so fun when trying to add fresh nuts to a cake or brownies. When chopping nuts, they are actually easier to chop when they are warm. The meat will be more pliable and you will not have to chase pieces down all over the kitchen. To warm the nuts, place them in the microwave and cook on high for a minute or so, mix with your hands and see if more time is needed. After the first minute, only microwave in increments of 30 seconds. You don^D>'t want them so hot that you can^D>'t handle them and when they cool off they may be a bit crunchier. You can also heat them in the oven by baking for about 5 minutes at 325ยบ.

See APH on the Travel Channel!

APH on TVOn Tuesday, January 17th, APH will be the focus of "Made in America" on the Travel Channel at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The show will be rebroadcast on January 18th at Midnight and on January 21st at 4:00 p.m.

DemiDose Pill Splitter

Have you ever needed to split a pill? It's not as easy as it sounds. My only result has been to have the pill crumble and make a mess. TechniTab Inc. has created DemiDose, a pill splitter which the company claims will split pills in half with a high accuracy rate between 93% to 100%. It's secret is a blue template with a cutout in the middle designed to hold and center a pill under the cutting blades, producing cleanly cut pills with no crumbling or crushing. The company offers a wide variety of templates for various shaped pills, including Levitra, Cialis, Fosamax, Lipitor, Norvasc, Viagra, Zocor, etc.

Click this link to learn more about the DemiDose pill splitter:

ThumbThing Makes Reading Easier

Here's a great idea for folks who have to hold a book and use a light or magnifier at the same time. Simply put the Thumbthing onto your thumb and place into the spine of the book. The two wings will hold the pages open more easily, making reading more comfortable. It allows you to read with one hand only. It prevents the spine of the book from being broken. When finished reading place the Thumbthing into the top of the book so it doesn't get lost. Thumbthings come in 4 sizes (small, medium, large and extra-large) for different-sized thumbs and many bright colours.

Click this link to learn more about the ThumbThing:

Basting Meat Without The Brush

The weather is great, the grill is ready, and you've invited a large number of friends and family over for a barbecue. It sure is great to have everyone together for times like this. There's only one problem, you're not looking forward to all that time you'll spend trying to baste your meat with that little brush. Don't worry, Fred's Head is here with a great tip. If your basting sauce is thin enough you can put it into a spray bottle and spray it on your meat. If you have a thicker basting sauce you can put it into a squeeze bottle and squeeze it onto your meat. Then you just use your brush to spread it evenly over the meat. Things should move a lot faster now. Relax, turn the radio up, and enjoy your barbecue.

Stomp out germs with The FootFlush

Here's a great product to have in your home, especially if you have young children. The Foot Flush is a revolutionary foot shaped foot pedal that can convert your home toilet to a hands free model in just minutes without tools. It is very easy to install. Are you a Foot Flusher?

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TAC-TIE: The World's First Load Bearing necktie

Don't laugh! Tac-Tie is the world's first load-bearing necktie. Designed to keep necessary items close at hand, Tac-Tie solves a myriad of problems for the blind professional on or off duty. Unique features include the B.M.D.- Beverage Management Device - the ultimate "hands-free" drink management system. (Great for buffet lines.) Can and bottle compatible. Great gift idea that is sure to please and be a great conversation piece.

Features and Benefits

Exclusive, fully adjustable "tie-one-on" hook/loop material mounting system eliminates the need to tie the necktie. Breaks loose when you have to shed it quickly.
Made from high quality nylon materials.
"Possibles" pocket for folding knife, lighter, lip balm, breath freshener spray, etc.
Sleeve for writing instrument, eyeglasses, etc.
"Window of opportunity"-clear front, top-loading pocket for ID, business cards, credit card, etc.
Available in Black & Woodland Camo. Spec.-Ops. Brand gear is…

The Wonders of Olive Oil

Olive Oil, the same stuff that you use to cook with actually is a wonderful item to have on hand for several ailments. For these purposes, you will get the best results if you use Extra Virgin. Constipation: Yup, we all get it and it is uncomfortable. If you suffer from occasional constipation you can take 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil mixed with some Lemon Juice on an empty stomach. Ear Wax Build Up: Ok, we don't like to admit to this one any more than constipation! If you have an ear that is blocked and have had problems in the past with wax buildup warm up some Olive Oil so that it is just warm to the touch. Place a few drops into the ear that you are having problems with and lie down with the ear that has the oil in it toward the ceiling for a few minutes. Place a soft cloth over your ear and roll over so that the ear is to the ground and lie that way for a few minutes. This will allow the oil to drain from your ear, taking the wax with it. If you think you have a perforated ear…

Stop Meat from Sticking to Your Grill

When grilling meat, sometimes it sticks to the grill even though you cleaned the grill thoroughly and oiled it well. When grilling items that do not have any external spices or marinades, try spraying the meat with non-stick cooking spray before you place it on the grill. The cooking spray will not only help keep it from sticking, but it will also help keep the meat from drying out. If the meat continues to stick as you turn it, let it cook for a few more minutes until you can lift it with out any resistance.

A Puzzling Sandwich and Cool Desserts

A Puzzling SandwichThe next time you make a lunch for your kids, make it a little special. Make your sandwich as you normally would. Now grab a cookie cutter and cut a decorative shape out of the center. Set the center piece aside. Using a knife, make some extra cuts to the remaining crust, creating a puzzle like effect. Carefully place all of the pieces onto a plate or in a tightly sealed bag. Your kids will love eating all the little pieces!

Cool Lunch DessertsWhen preparing food for lunches, purchase a bunch of smaller containers with airtight lids. Now just make up a batch of Jell-O or pudding and pour into each container along with some fruit (not fresh pineapple) or marshmallows, cover and refrigerate. Now when you are packing lunch, just grab a container of Jell-O/pudding and toss it in the lunch bag. This is a lot cheaper than purchasing pre-made desserts for your kids.

Keeping the Septic Clean

If you have a septic tank, make a note on your calendar each month to drop enzyme into it. Can't find any enzyme? Just flush one cup of brewers yeast down a toilet once a month. Do check with your local hardware store and pick up some cleaner especially for drain lines to septic tanks and cesspools. Follow the instructions carefully, and make sure you contact a professional if you suspect a leak.

Hold On to Your Electronics With Gadget Grips

Gadget Grips are various sized pads that adhere to any electronic device, allowing you to lay it on a car dashboard without it sliding around or falling off. Made by American Covers, Inc., it uses the company's patented polyurathene technology to create a non-adhesive, non-magnetic, sticky surface. It's vinyl-safe, temperature resistant and leaves no residue. You can pull it off, and stick it somewhere else, and it never loses its stickiness. You can even wash it. This is perfect for iPods and Cell Phones. With nine cutouts for a variety of digital devices. Click this link to learn more about Gadget Grips: