How to Save Money By Buying an Apple iPad Accessory

What I’m about to tell you amazed me when I first discovered this amazing feature. Would you believe me if I told you that Apple has an official accessory for one of their devices that actually saves you money and reduces your need to buy more accessories?

The iPad Camera Kit is intended to allow you to connect your camera and/or SD card to your iPad as an easy and quick way to transfer photos. With iPad’s exemplary line of apps centered around photo editing and pushing to photo sharing sites, it stands as a perfect companion to any photographer on the road with limited space for equipment. There is no question that this kit was considered one of the most sought-after accessories right after the iPad was announced.

What Apple doesn’t tell you is that the USB camera connector also works great with a variety of USB keyboards. If you’re using one with built-in audio controls (Apple keyboards especially), even these features work well while using the iPod application. This is a startling find considering Apple is also selling a $69 iPad keyboard dock that gives you pretty much the same result while requiring you to stick with the more pricey Apple branded peripherals.

You can also connect audio devices such as USB headphones, speakers, and microphones. Many of the smaller budget speakers on the market today are exclusively USB devices, giving the listener a cleaner sound than traditional analog audio (this is more apparent if you’re an audiophile, most people hardly notice a difference). In a sense, you could bypass spending upwards of $100 on an iPad speaker dock by simply plugging in your own set.

This means a simple $29 accessory saves you from having to throw down big bucks for their $69 keyboard dock, special proprietary audio devices, Bluetooth accessories, and more. This makes the iPad Camera Kit the most, and perhaps the only, Frugal Geek friendly Apple accessory currently on the market.

Re-Map Your Keyboard Using KeyTweak

There should be an image here!Did you know that you can actually map the key on the keyboard to suit your own needs and preferences? For example, you can remap the Cap Locks key so it functions as the Insert or Delete key.

In order to re-map your keyboard, you need to download a tool such as KeyTweak. In a nutshell, KeyTweak is a front-end interface for editing a specific registry key.

Some of the features of KeyTweak:

  • Simple interface
  • Ability to Teach remapping by pressing the keys to be remapped
  • Easy-to-read lists of all current and pending re-mappings
  • Implementation of Specialty Keys support for certain keyboards
  • Remove all re-mappings with a single button
  • Enable/disable annoying keys
  • Displays what exactly is written to the “Scancode Map” registry value and how to
  • interpret its binary data
  • User warnings help ensure Ctrl-Alt-Delete sequence is maintained

There are some limitations of KeyTweak, such as the inability to remap the Pause/Break key. You can find a list of the limitations in the KeyTweak manual here.

If you’re interested in remapping your keyboard, you can download KeyTweak here.

[Photo above by konradfoerstner / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Have You Cleaned Your Keyboard Lately?

Take a moment to look at your keyboard. What’s the first word that comes to mind?

While I can be a fanatic about cleaning keyboards, the task often slips to the bottom of the priority list … for months on end … until that day when I look down and think “ewwwww!”

Some folks are keen on expensive keyboard cleaning products. I’ve found the best solution to be simple Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), a good microfiber towel and a few cotton swabs. A small vacuum cleaner can be quite handy, as well.

With newer “flat” keyboards – like the sleek Apple designs – the microfiber towel will often suffice and you might not even need the cotton swabs. Older conventional keyboards with big clunky keys can take quite a bit of effort to clean… swiping between the individual keys with a lightly alcohol-soaked cotton swab will yield all kinds of hideous grime.

If you take care of a bunch of computers (whether it’s at home or for a business), a keyboard cleaning session can provide excellent proof of why folks shouldn’t eat at their computers.

Tips For Using Your Keyboard Properly

There should be an image here!If you experience any soreness in your wrists, hands and arms after spending time on your computer, consider that your workspace may not be all that ergonomic. Believe it or not, it’s very easy to injure your wrists if you don’t use your keyboard properly.

To avoid injury or discomfort, consider these tips:

  • Your keyboard should be directly in front of you.
  • Your keyboard should be at elbow level and close enough that your upper arms are relaxed at your sides.
  • Make sure your shoulders, arms and hands are relaxed when you’re typing.
  • Keep your wrists straight while typing.
  • Make sure you take short frequent breaks to give your wrists a break. This is extremely important if you spend long periods of time on your computer.
  • Be sure to keep your hands and wrists above slightly above the keyboard, instead of resting them on the surface while you type.

[Photo above by Dimitri N / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Tips For Using Your Keyboard Properly

There should be an image here!If you experience any soreness in your wrists, hands and arms after spending time on your computer, consider that your workspace may not be all that ergonomic. Believe it or not, it’s very easy to injure your wrists if you don’t use your keyboard properly.

To avoid injury or discomfort, consider these tips:

  • Your keyboard should be directly in front of you.
  • Your keyboard should be at elbow level and close enough that your upper arms are relaxed at your sides.
  • Make sure your shoulders, arms and hands are relaxed when you’re typing.
  • Keep your wrists straight while typing.
  • Make sure you take short frequent breaks to give your wrists a break. This is extremely important if you spend long periods of time on your computer.
  • Be sure to keep your hands and wrists above slightly above the keyboard, instead of resting them on the surface while you type.

[Photo above by Dimitri N / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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How To Disinfect Your Keyboard

There should be an image here!A relative recently asked me how she should disinfect her keyboard. I didn’t have an immediate answer for her but quickly found one. The question did get me thinking though about all the bacteria and germs lurking in our keyboards — particularly those keyboards that are shared amongst co-workers or family members.

If you want to disinfect your keyboard, there is an article called How to Clean and Disinfect Your Computer Keyboard on eHow that provides basic instructions. If you do a search on Google, you can find numerous other web sites offering their similar instructions.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Use The Keyboard To Switch To Full Screen In Windows 7

There should be an image here!Windows 7 includes a view called Full Screen Reading. When you select this view, there is nothing on your screen but the document. However, the document in split into two pages, similar to reading the pages of a book. There is a quick and easy way of switching to traditional full screen in Windows 7 using the keyboard. Simply press Alt+V and then U. To return to your previous view, press the Esc key.

How do I remove the content advisor password in Internet Explorer 8?

The Content Advisor feature of Internet Explorer 8 lets you restrict access to restricted web sites. It’s a particularly useful feature for keeping children away from potentially inappropriate sites. With the Content Advisor, you create a Supervisor password that must be provided in order to access restricted web sites.

What happens if you forget the password? It does happen, especially these days when you need to remember a username or password or pin or code for so many things. Fortunately, it’s not catastrophic. The work around for this is to delete the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Ratings.

Once this key is deleted, you can start Internet Explorer and disable the Content Advisor. When you are prompted for the Supervisor password, leave it blank and simply click OK. You can then re-enable the Content Advisor feature and create a new Supervisor password.

[Photo above by Pete Reed / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Re-Map Your Keyboard Using KeyTweak

There should be an image here!Did you know that you can actually map the key on the keyboard to suit your own needs and preferences? For example, you can remap the Cap Locks key so it functions as the Insert or Delete key.

In order to re-map your keyboard, you need to download a tool such as KeyTweak. In a nutshell, KeyTweak is a front-end interface for editing a specific registry key.

Some of the features of KeyTweak:

  • Simple interface
  • Ability to Teach remapping by pressing the keys to be remapped
  • Easy-to-read lists of all current and pending re-mappings
  • Implementation of Specialty Keys support for certain keyboards
  • Remove all re-mappings with a single button
  • Enable/disable annoying keys
  • Displays what exactly is written to the “Scancode Map” registry value and how to
  • interpret its binary data
  • User warnings help ensure Ctrl-Alt-Delete sequence is maintained

There are some limitations of KeyTweak, such as the inability to remap the Pause/Break key. You can find a list of the limitations in the KeyTweak manual here.

If you’re interested in remapping your keyboard, you can download KeyTweak here.

[Photo above by konradfoerstner / CC BY-ND 2.0]

How To Disinfect Your Keyboard

There should be an image here!A relative recently asked me how she should disinfect her keyboard. I didn’t have an immediate answer for her but quickly found one. The question did get me thinking though about all the bacteria and germs lurking in our keyboards — particularly those keyboards that are shared amongst co-workers or family members.

If you want to disinfect your keyboard, there is an article called How to Clean and Disinfect Your Computer Keyboard on eHow that provides basic instructions. If you do a search on Google, you can find numerous other web sites offering their similar instructions.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Nuu Mini Keyboard For iPhone 4 – Too Bulky?

Accessory products for Apple’s iPhone 4 are very popular, but this mini keyboard from Nuu is being called bulky by some. At issue for some users is the inability to use the built-in touch keyboard that some find unusable. So Nuu came out with a standard QWERTY keyboard that attaches to the iPhone 4 and also provides protection to the phone itself. Here is what the Nuu Mini Keyboard looks like:

Pricing is going to be in the neighborhood of about $69 and should be introduced sometime in December.

What do you think? Is Nuu on to a good idea? Or does the keyboard just add bulk to the sleek design of the iPhone 4?

Source – Nuu

Use The Keyboard To Switch To Full Screen In Windows 7

There should be an image here!Windows 7 includes a view called Full Screen Reading. When you select this view, there is nothing on your screen but the document. However, the document in split into two pages, similar to reading the pages of a book. There is a quick and easy way of switching to traditional full screen in Windows 7 using the keyboard. Simply press Alt+V and then U. To return to your previous view, press the Esc key.

How do I remove the content advisor password in Internet Explorer 8?

The Content Advisor feature of Internet Explorer 8 lets you restrict access to restricted web sites. It’s a particularly useful feature for keeping children away from potentially inappropriate sites. With the Content Advisor, you create a Supervisor password that must be provided in order to access restricted web sites.

What happens if you forget the password? It does happen, especially these days when you need to remember a username or password or pin or code for so many things. Fortunately, it’s not catastrophic. The work around for this is to delete the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Ratings.

Once this key is deleted, you can start Internet Explorer and disable the Content Advisor. When you are prompted for the Supervisor password, leave it blank and simply click OK. You can then re-enable the Content Advisor feature and create a new Supervisor password.

[Photo above by Pete Reed / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Why Were The AT&T, iPad Hackers Ignored By Reuters And Other News Media?

While everyone on the Internet — journalists, bloggers, TV news and other media — were falling all over themselves to report about the hacking of AT&T and the Apple iPad, there was another story playing out behind the scenes that is now coming to light. It is being alleged by the hackers that they had sent the same information to Reuters, News Corp, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle — all ignored the story.

If the allegations are true, it makes one wonder why these agencies did not report the hacking?

An article over at Forbes states:

“I disclosed this to other press organizations first (ones who had iPad users affected by the breach, lol) and was ignored,” writes Weev in an email. “Gawker found out and ran with it immediately.”

To prove it, Weev sent Forbes copies of emails sent to press at Reuters, News Corp, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle. The veracity of the emails has not been confirmed, but each has a timestamp dating back to Sunday night.

One of the purported emails is included at the bottom of this post. For privacy, some information has been redacted but it was addressed to 11 Reuters email addresses, including [email protected] and [email protected]

Asked if Gawker paid for the scoop, Weev said the publication did not provide remuneration. “we did a benefit analysis and decided they could take our story viral the fastest,” he writes in an email.

For those who love any story that may show a conspiracy to repress the news, this could turn out to be more important than the hack itself. It does make one wonder if the news is being filtered to us by these agencies.

I believe that we can agree upon the fact that the news is and has been ‘shaded’ by certain groups for their own agenda and that we do not always get the correct interpretation of what actually happened.

So what do you think? Conspiracy or mistake? You decide.

Comments welcome.

Source – Forbes

Google On Screen Keyboard

This is definitely one of those things that makes me wonder what Google is thinking. In this instance, we see that Google is looking to offer us access to an on screen keyboard.

The obvious question of course is “why?” How come now we see Google offering something like this? Just lucky timing? Perhaps, instead, there is a greater intent taking place here.

I think this is simply a matter of providing a keyboard alternative that is truly accessible. Besides, having an on screen keyboard can come in very handy. Whatever the real motivation might be, this is a great alternative to the out of the box options that come with most operating systems.

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The New Gboard For Gmail – Will It Make Using Gmail Easier? You Decide

The first thing that you should know is the Gboard is not affiliated with Google. So what is a Gboard? It basically is a keybod with 19 keys that the developers believe are commends most used by Gmail users. In order for the Gboard to function, you must have a free USB port, Microsoft Windows or Apple operating system with shortcuts enabled. That basically is it since no software is necessary for the mini keyboard to operate. The keyboard is priced at $19.99 plus tax.

So what does it look like? Here is a image of the device:

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Personally I won’t be buying a Gboard since I access my Gmail account through Thunderbird. But what about you? Is this a device that would be worthwhile?

Comments welcome.

Source – Gboard