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Convert Text To An Audio File With CarryOutText

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If your not a fan of reading and prefer listening to audio then you may like this cool website called CarryoutText. The website can convert articles into an audio file so you can listen to it instead of reading it. CarryoutText convert text into MP3 format so you can play it with your iPod or Mobile phone.

Convert Text To An Audio File With CarryOutText

Simply type in or copy and paste the text you want to convert. Hit convert and wait until CarryOutText finish processing your request. Duration of conversion depends on the size of your text. Once done, a dialog will ask you to open or save your MP3 file. There is no need to register for you to able to use the web app.

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How To Make a Different First Page Header and Footer In Word

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By Default, MS Word prints the header and footer on every page of your document. If you want Word to have a different first page header or footer then follow these easy steps.

For 2003 and below.
1. Click "View" from the menu then select "Header and Footer".
2. On the "Header and Footer" toolbar click the "Page Setup" button.
3. From the "Page Setup" dialog box, click the "Layout" tab.
4. On the "Headers and Footers" panel, tick the "Different First Page" checkbox and then click OK to apply changes.


For 2007 and Up.
1. Click Insert from tab menu then hit Header under "Header & Footer".
2. From the dropdown dialog, click "Edit Header".
3. On the Design tab, check the "Different First Page" checkbox under Options group.

How To Make a Different First Page Header and Footer In Word

You can now put a different header on the first page or make it blank. Create a new header or footer in your second page; this will print on all subsequent pages.

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Auto Mute Your Speakers On Windows Lock

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When you leave your computer sometimes you forget to close the music or movie player. If your PC's speaker is turn on, this can lead to a embarrassing situation. Unless you're a girl, You might not like the idea of someone else knowing that you love Britney Spears songs :) This is why a tool like "Mute On Lock" become handy. Mute on Lock is a tiny app that runs on background and monitors your session. When you are locking your Windows workstation, it mutes the sound of your speakers.

Auto Mute Your Speakers On Windows Lock

The app is available in portable and desktop version. Mute On Lock supports Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Vista, Windows 2008 Server, and Windows 7.

Download Mute On Lock via [superutils.com]

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One Place to View Your Online Photos From Picasa, Facebook and Flickr

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I bet most of you have photos on Flickr, Google Picasa, Facebook, and Gmail account. This is cool but the problem is maintaining and tracking photos on where it was uploaded to in the first place. Showzey is the solution. Showzey is a online organizer that brings together your photos from various image hosting to one place. All you need is to allow Showzey to access your flickr, picasa and facebook accounts.

Showzey can catalog photos from Google Picasa, Flickr and Facebook.
One Place to View Your Online Photos From Picasa, Facebook and Flickr

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Anti-Spam Plugin For Outlook 2007 and 2010

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Although Microsoft Outlook has built-in spam filtering feature, you can't be too reluctant because it may not filter all spam after all. Microsoft has it own database where certain emails are blacklisted but we can't be sure if it is complete so it is advisable to try with multiple databases from different providers. You can do this automatically by installing AntySpam. It is a Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 plugin/add-in that will autmatically scan all received email messages against multiple spam databases on different well-known servers. If the email matches the mail black list in the servers, it will automatically get moved to Junk folder.

Anti-Spam Plugin For Outlook 2007  and 2010

You can select as many servers as you want but be warn that selecting too many would slow down your MS Outlook. This Plugin supports both MS Outlook versions 2007 and 2010.

Download AntySpam via [CodePlex]

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Access Facebook From MS Outlook

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Another way to discretely access Facebook without opening a web browser is through Microsoft Outlook with the help of Facebook Add-In called FBLook. With this Add-In, you can update your Facebook status, check friend's status, and See notifications of new Friend Requests, Messages, Invites, Pokes, etc.



After you install FBLook, go to the add-ins tab and hit the Login to Facebook button, you will have to allow FBLook to access Facebook on your behalf. Don't worry this is just a one time configuration.

Download FBLook via [TechHit.com]

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CianoDock , An Eye-Candy Application Launcher

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Windows 7 looks good already but adding some eye-candy applications can make it look better. CianoDock is a free app for Windows that add more beauty to Windows and provide ease of access to your favorite programs. Using the app will enables you to group and access commonly used application with a single click. By default, it has four groups (Computer, Games, Office, Multimedia). To add any application, just drag and drop it in your preferred group. You can also create a new group by right-clicking the app and selecting "Add a new group".


Here is 10 minutes video that demonstrates how the app works


CianoDock will work on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Download CianoDock via [www.lucianopalladino.com]

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Fill In and Sign Any Form Online Using FillAnyPDF

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When you need a client or business partner to fill-up a form, you usually fax the form and the other party will fax it back after. This old method of collecting information is costly in terms of paper and toner. A cheaper and convenient way to do it is by using FillAnyPDF web service. FillAnyPDF.com is a free web service where you upload your PDF form (in PDF, PNG, JPG, or GIF format) and link to it so other people can fill it out and sign it online. There is no software needed.

Fill In and Sign Any Form Online Using FillAnyPDF

The website can also accept standard handwriting input from a mouse or writing pad if you need a realistic signature on the document. Although it is generally not safe to send private information online, the web service is still helpful if you need paper work management that doesn't involve sensitive data.

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Change AutoPlay Settings in Windows 7

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Windows has AutoPlay feature which prompts you a message whenever you enter DVD/CD, USB drive, or media. Before Windows 7, there is no single location where you can change the Autoplay feature for each media. Microsoft added this one stop panel in Windows 7 where you can easily configure what happens when you insert each type of media or device.

To access AutoPlay in Windows 7, follow these steps.
1. From the Start Button choose the Control Panel option.
2. Select "Hardware and Sound" icon and then hit AutoPlay.

Or just simply type "Autoplay" on the "Search program files" from the Start Menu.

windows 7 Autoplay control panel

Devices will be listed in the Autoplay panel as well if they are connected to the computer. To configure all possible devices, it is recommended to connect all devices to the computer. To disable Autoplay feature globally, uncheck the "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices"

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How to Display Control Panel and Recycle Bin in Windows 7 Explorer

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Windows Explorer is one of the most common used program in Windows. It undergone a number of changes since Windows XP. For instance, Libraries folder was included on the explorer's sidebar. Although most of Windows folders are by default displayed on Windows Explorer, there are some missing like the Control Panel and Recycle Bin. If you want to include these folders then try these steps.

1. Open a Explorer Window.
2. Tap the the [Alt] button to display the menu bar.
3. Go to Tools > Folder Options.
4. Under General tab, check the "Show all folders" checkbox on the Navigation pane.
How to Display Control Panel and Recycle Bin in Windows 7 Explorer

That's It! Now every time you open a Window Explorer, Control Panel and Recycle Bin are sitting on the side bar.

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Stay Productive By Limiting Your Browsing Time With StayFocusd Chrome Extension

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Browsing Internet is one of the time consuming activity nowadays. Unless you are dependent on Internet for your day-to-day work then you can say that 12-hours browsing is productive. But if its just for breaks and past time then, Internet addiction is not good for your work at all. If you want to be in control then use this productivity extension for Google Chrome that can help you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend browsing the internet.

Stay Productive By Limiting Your Browing Time With StayFocusd  Chrome Extension

Once your allotted time for the day has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day. It is highly configurable, allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific sub domains, specific paths, or even specific pages

Download StayFocusd via [Google Chrome Extension]

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Best Font To Use For Saving Ink

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Ink cartridges are the most common cost generating disposable supply in the office. There are several ways to cut Ink cost such as switching to "Draft" output when printing. Another best option is to use fonts that require lesser ink. According to an article, you can save up to 25% of ink or toner ink if you use Ecofont. Ecofont is like the popular Arial font but it has these little holes punched in the letters. Don't Worry these holes are not visible in the printed document that uses standard font sizes like 11px.

Best Font To Use For Saving Ink

Ecofont is available for download on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

Download Ecofont

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Search The Contents of Documents with DocFetcher

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When working on huge numbers of documents, it is a great help if you can search within your documents content. Although Windows has a search function where you can search for contents, this is limited and slow. DocFetcher is a deep searching tool designed to search inside documents, plain and simple. DocFetcher index the doc content, use a variety of parameters like including or excluding search terms using the +/- signs, search metadata, use wild cards, and specify file extensions.

Search The Contents of Documents with DocFetcher


DocFetcher supports Windows and Linux.

Download DocFetcher via [sourceforge.net]

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How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter and Other Account

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So you want to quit online social networking? You want to delete your Facebook or Twitter account but don't know how to do it? Then all your information you needed is at deleteyouraccount.com. Information on how to delete your account from all of the major social networking, blogging, shopping, etc. sites and services across the web.



If you don't know what to do, just visit delete your account and search for the web service you want to quit. If information is available then follow the instruction to free yourself from the selected network.

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Fresh Deskop Wallpapers Database

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Though there are several websites where you can download different kind of wallpapers, its easier if we can find it in one website. Lucky us because Wallbase made it happened by bringing us over 350,000 (373,900 and counting) unique wallpapers. It has a search functionality where you can filter image size and screen ratio.

Fresh Deskop Wallpapers Database

Wallbase also allows you to toggle off images that are not suitable/safe for work. So be sure to uncheck the NSFW option if your browsing from the office.

Get your wallpaper from Wallbase

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