Fwd: London Unveils Sleek Zero-Emission Double Decker Buses


via INHABITAT by Jorge Chapa on 12/23/08

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Recently the London Transportation Department held a contest to redesign the iconic Double Decker bus, and we're excited to announce the winning entry by renowned architects Foster + Partners! They've created a zero-emissions, super accessible, and environmentally innovative double decker bus that heralds a new era of sustainable public transportation for London.


Fwd: Free the metadata!

via Joho the Blog by davidw on 12/23/08

The University of Huddersfield is making publicly available the metadata about the circulation of its books — 3 million transactions — over the past thirteen years. This includes a book's ISBN, number of times it's been checked out, by which academic department. (It does not include information about individual borrowers.)

BTW, the library used LibraryThing's ISBN lookup service to derive some of the ISBNs, and it includes "FRBR-ish" data, i.e., other books that may be closely related.

(Thanks to Seb Schmoller's post for the tip.)



Fwd: Holocaust-Era Boxcar at FGCU November 3-7 (Student Union)

Holocaust-era Boxcar at FGCU
November 3 - 7, 2008

The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida recently acquired an authentic World War II boxcar. The boxcar-which features 12 panels illustrating the devastation of the Holocaust and other genocides, past and present-is being used as a traveling educational tool, visiting schools in Southwest Florida.

About 100-120 prisoners were crammed into each of the thousands of 30-by-8-foot boxcars that were used to transport millions of victims to death camps during World War II. Many victims died before the boxcars arrived at their destinations. With no toilet facilities, no air, and little if any food, these cars became rolling torture chambers. Many dead bodies were recovered from these railcars after their arrival.

The boxcar will be displayed in the parking lot in front of FGCU's Student Union the week of November 3-7, 2008. There will be student guides to assist visitors, and literature from the Holocaust Museum, FGCU's Holocaust-studies center, Hillel, and other groups that have made this possible.

Schedule of Events and Locations

The boxcar will be open every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the Student Union Parking Lot 6. The Holocaust Museum, Hillel, and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies will have literature, as well as student guides, outside the boxcar and inside the Student Union. There will be a display in the Library and the lobby of the Student Union.

November 3, 2008 * Monday 11:30am - 1:30pm * Student Union 213 * Film: "Europa Europa" (112 minutes)
* The incredible but true story of a German-Jewish teenager who escaped persecution by masquerading as an "Aryan." This 1990 German film won numerous awards.

November 4, 2008 * Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00pm * Student Union 213 * Film: "Miracle at Midnight" (90 minutes)
* A valiant Danish doctor (Sam Waterston) and his family struggle against Nazi oppression and try to help their Jewish countrymen survive the Holocaust by escaping to neutral Sweden. This is a memorable recreation of one of the greatest rescue efforts of World War II.

November 5, 2008 * Wednesday 12:00 - 2:30pm * Student Union Ballroom * Film: "Uprising" (153 minutes)
* A powerful depiction of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising-the largest-scale Jewish revolt against the Nazis.
6:00 - 8:00pm * Student Union Ballroom "A Rail of Hope"
* This interactive program will be a panel discussion with representatives of various perspectives within the Jewish community as well as academic experts.

November 6, 2008 * Thursday 12:30pm * Lawn outside the Student Union
* Speech contest with cash prizes up to $300
* Sponsored by Regulate Unite Listen Engage Speak (R.U.L.E.S.)
* More information: jahope@eagle.fgcu.edu
2:00 - 4:00pm * Student Union Ballroom * Film: "Life is Beautiful" (115 minutes)
* Roberto Benigni's award-winning film mixes comedy with tragedy in its story of an Italian Jewish family that is sent to a Nazi camp.
7:00 - 9:30pm * Student Union Ballroom * Lecture: Dr. James Waller
* "The Christian Church and Genocide: From the Holocaust to Rwanda"

About the speaker
Dr. Waller
Dr. Waller is Chair and Professor of Psychology at Whitworth College in Spokane,
Washington, and is a widely recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust and
Genocide studies. His recent book Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit
Genocide and Mass Killing presents an original argument for understanding why
political, social, and religious groups wanting to commit mass murder are never
hindered by a lack of willing executioners.

November 7, 2008 * Friday 12:00-2:00pm * Reed Hall 236 * Film: "Freedom Writers" (120 minutes)
* A young teacher (Hilary Swank) assigns her class an ambitious project. While studying works such as The Diary of Anne Frank, the kids keep journals about their troubled lives, applying history's lessons to break the cycle of violence and despair that threatens their
own futures.

Sponsored by
The week of activities has been made possible by The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida, the Dean of Students Office and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.


Check it.


Re: Con doesn't mean they don't do anything

Chain email going around.  Cynicism is for people who give up.  Con is a prefix; has a lot of meanings one is: with.



Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:03 AM

Subject: Con doesn't mean they don't do anything


Congress members should wear uniforms

 like NASCAR drivers, so we could

 identify their corporate sponsors.

Also…  If con is the opposite of pro, then is congress the opposite of progress?

went with the G1

Love it.

Some good insights into the software platform, Android.

Me unpacking the G1.

Benefits and drawbacks just like the iphone too. Overall, I'd never go back to an average cellphone -ever.  I do a lot online communicating though via social sites, send a lot of text messages and manage nearly all my appointments and contact information online. With Android being built for this online environment, all of these go extremely well.

Making calls is a freaking breeze; Message status indicators are simply awesome.

I had T-mobile already so I got one heck of deal on the price of the phone.  It really feels like a minicomputer -I'm sure the iPhone feels this way too.


"We are born to learn, but somewhere along the way many of us pick up the idea that we must be taught in order to learn. We think that if someone doesn't stand up in front of us and talk to us with either a chalkboard or PowerPoint slides, we cannot learn. We must regain our sense of wonder and our desire to learn."   --R.Tennant, "Strategies for Keeping Current," Library Journal, 9/15/2003, p.28.


Thanks gmail.

"As part of this change, we're moving previously auto-added contacts back into Suggested Contacts. Only contacts that you've edited, imported or added to a group will remain in My Contacts. This will provide everyone with a clean slate and, we hope, a better point for syncing contacts with mobile devices (for example with Android). We'll be rolling this change out to everyone over the next few days."


call from 641-715-3900

There seems to some fear around November 4th and this message.  Got a mod'd version of it through a text message.


Today I have received four of the same message texted to me from the email address mission@mission4christ.org. It reads thus:

"(You gotta hear this) Call 641-715-3900 then ext. 21657 wow, reality check. After you listen to it, send it, you know someone who needs to hear it."

This is bugging the hell out of me because 1.) I don't like unsolicited text messages or advertising and 2.) I *especially* don't like unsolicited religious text messages. It isn't from a website I've put my phone number in because the rest of my family has been receiving them all morning too (one woke me up, by the way, which is part of the reason I'm angry.) I looked for an option to block it in my phone (a blackberry 7250), but I think it's a bigger problem than that since my parents are receiving them too.


suuuuuuu-weet Android

"But the best thing, in my mind, about Gmail on Android-powered phones, is the way email is deeply integrated with other applications. For instance, let's say I'm browsing the web, reading my favorite tech blog. When I come across a post that I'd like to share, I can simply press and hold my finger down on the link and then choose "share" to immediately create an email with that article's web address. The tight integration with Contacts on the device then allows Gmail to suggest contacts based on the first letters I type."


Fwd: Why buy DRM free?


via TopTenREVIEWS Blog by Dan Hope on 9/27/08

You may recall when Yahoo Music went under and they turned off the DRM servers, effectively locking all the music bought from Yahoo. Well, it happened again, except this time it's Wal-Mart that will be thumbing its nose at consumers.

Wal-Mart announced that they would be turning their DRM-servers off, which will make any DRM-protected songs you bought from Wal-Mart useless. And Wal-Mart's solution to the problem? Just burn your music to a CD. That's it, no other help is available, no other options, no opportunity for a refund.

There is a small silver lining to the problem. Wal-Mart has been DRM-free since February 2008, so if you bought your music since then, you'll have no problems. If your music is older than that, tough luck.

This is a perfect example of why people shouldn't accept DRM. It's not because we plan on pirating music and software and making a profit off it. It's because we're afraid of being put in ridiculous situations like this, where we are punished for following the rules. How can they expect us to support DRM when music and software execs continually let the honest consumer get hurt.

This incident isn't going to start an uproar because there were probably only 32 people who have downloaded music from Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, it will probably take something bigger to make people realize that DRM only affects the honest. Can you imagine what would happen if Apple announced they were turning off the iTunes DRM servers?

You can see reviews of the major music download services here at TopTenREVIEWS, or you can read these other DRM-free blog posts:

iTunes cheating on iPhone with Alltel and nuTsie

The Lotus: What a Girl Wants

New Halo 3 Teaser

Apple Building Blocks: Piecing Together the MacBook Brick Rumors

The Trouble with the Android Phone: G1 Missed Opportunities


great ted talk on food

ice scream anarchism

Then Gregory Belton, 26, a construction worker from East New York, Brooklyn, ordered a tropical-flavored ice pop and three pieces of propaganda: Know Your Rights, the Patriot Act, and Black Panthers.

"I want to learn about this stuff because I hate being stopped by cops," he said. "I got a ticket for being in the park late one night playing chess. I get stopped and searched by cops just walking down the street."



Head to your radio and fire this tune up.

Some great lyrics up in here.

"Dedicated to all you
all human beings"

Band: Radiohead
Song: Reckoner

Tomorrow is Thursday; enjoy it. 



Fwd: US Statistics

U.S.: 305,233,060 (about 4.5 % of world)
World: 6,725,458,205
Source: http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html

Yearly Military Expenditures
U.S.: 547 billion dollars (about 40% of world's
military expenditures)
World: 1339 billion dollars

Daily Oil Consumption
US, 20,730,000 barrels per day (about 25 % of the oil
consumption of the world)
World: 82,234,918 barrels per day

Prison Population
US: 1,962,220 (about 22 % of the imprisoned population
of the world)
World: 8,750,000
Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs2/r188.pdf



The MacBook Dilemma


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via Patrick Haney, Not a Sausage by Patrick Haney on 9/18/08

It's only a computer. And I have 5 others at home. But it's the most important (and the most expensive) thing I own (the Boston area has made it quite easy to live without a car).

It was nearly 3 years ago that I finally left the Western NY area that I grew up in to take a job at Harvard, and it was a big change. The kind of change that you talk about making for years, but sometimes never go through with. It was a change I was excited about, and one that was long overdue.

Since I was making such a big change in my life, it felt appropriate to make a change in my computing habits. I grew up with Macs, in school and in my family, but eventually ended up with a PC at home (it was a Magnavox HeadStart 286, blazingly fast for its day). This trend continued, all the way through college, at the end of which I happily purchased my first laptop. For just over $2,000 (in the year 2000), I had myself a brand new Sony VAIO PCG-R505TEK. This "SuperSlim" model was then what the MacBook Air is now (except that it wasn't nearly as reliable, from the software to the hardware to even the cheap-feeling case). There was no optical drive (yes, you had to find an external 20x CD drive on your own) and the screen was 12.1″, making it as light as a feather (or 3.75 pounds of feathers).

The Change

Windows never really felt all that bad, but then I had been using it since version 3.0, and maybe I was just "used to it" (kind of like the way the star of "Ow My Balls!" from the movie Idiocracy was "used to" getting kicked in the groin). Or maybe I didn't know any better. Either way, as someone who was very familiar with various flavors of UNIX, the songs of Mac OS X were finally being heard by my perked up ears.

I asked Harvard for a Mac before I moved, preferring a PowerBook. I had been lusting over one for months, but would never get my hands on one. Instead, I was presented with an iMac. It would do, but I wasn't able to take my Mac love with me, and that Dull Dell tower at home was looking more like Britney Spears after 2 kids and a shaved head than anything remotely tempting.

Against my own will, I played the Apple waiting game. I wanted a PowerBook, but there were rumors (when aren't there?). Rumors about a new laptop. And they came true.

I bought Laserbeak (yes, my computers are all named after Transformers) the day the Intel-based MacBook Pros were released, ignoring all the nay-sayers who said things like "never buy a Rev A product from Apple!" and "wait for the next round, they'll be better!" I walked into an Apple Store that day and dropped $2,500 on a brand new 15″ laptop, the most money I've ever spent at once, and never looked back.

The Dilemma

By now you, the reader, are thinking, "That's a great story, you should tell it at parties. But what's this about a dilemma now?" And to you I say, "Hey, you're right, I should tell that story at parties!" But I digress.

As you know, computers don't stay top-of-the-line for very long. And while Laserbeak is still a fantastic machine, he's getting old (his pal Soundwave, my Mac Mini, is always giving him orders, which doesn't help). He gets awfully warm after a while, something Apple subsequently improved in other revisions of the MacBook Pro (OH GOD I SHOULD'VE WAITED 2 YEARS AND DID ALL MY WORK ON A CRAPPY PC). And he's maxed out at 2GB of RAM (occasionally I feel like an extra 2GB would be really nice to feed Parallels or any of the other memory hogging applications I need to run).

So I'm looking to replace him with a new model (shhhh… don't tell Laserbeak I said that…), just the way Tom Brady replaced his hot actress/baby-momma girlfriend Bridget Moynahan with hot model/model (has she ever had a real job?) girlfriend Gisele Bundchen (except that I didn't have any illegitimate children with my laptop). But that's not where the similarities between Tom & I end, you see. His injury happened on the football field, mine happened on the kickball field. He's moderately attractive, I'm extremely handsome. He plays on Gillette Field, I use a Gillette razor to shave my handsome face.

Oh, right. The dilemma.

What to replace my MacBook Pro with? The latest of many rumors say that the October 14th event will bring us new Apple laptops, possibly including a revised MacBook Pro. While I'm sure updates are coming for the MacBook line when it comes to increased drive capacity and a bump up in CPU speeds, I'm still on the fence about whether any major updates are likely (though the MacBook Pro case has remained almost exactly the same for its entire existence).

After October 14th, I need to make a decision. New MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air? The 15″ MacBook Pro has been good to me, driving a 24″ LCD at home and packing enough power to do nearly anything CPU intensive. The Air, however, is a beautifully simple piece of machinery, and is almost the perfect lap companion, generating very little heat on the undercarriage. Then there's the middle ground, the general purpose MacBook. It does its job and does it well.

Weighing the Pros & Cons

I've found Laserbeak to be a fantastic computer for nearly every situation. It's really the only machine I ever use, so it has to be able to handle any high-end work I need to do, but remain small and light enough to take everywhere (I participate in the Take Your Laptop to Work Day program, which for me is every day).

But the Air… god it's gorgeous.

Ignore comments like those from Craig Grannell of Cult of Mac who say that the MacBook Air is:

"… for people who happily set fire to $50 dollar bills…"

The Air is only $100 more than a fully equipped 15″ MacBook pro (which is what I bought with my $2,500 back in February of 2006) if you want the 64GB solid state drive, and $200 cheaper than the low-end 15″ MacBook Pro if you go with the typical 80GB 4200 RPM drive. If you're still not convinced, comparing it to the cheapest MacBook which rings in at only $1,100, forget about money for a second.

This thing isn't just a pretty face. It feels perfect in your hands, and on your lap. Using a MacBook Air is like having your favorite feline curled up on your legs on a cool fall day, except without the clawing or the excessive warmth (and in my case, the sneezing).

It's thin, it's light, it feels solid (as in, the exact opposite of how the VAIO felt), and it does your bidding. Just because it's small, doesn't mean it's slow. If you're using Final Cut Pro a lot, the Air probably isn't on your radar anyway.

And the screen. Wow. 13.3″ seems small when compared to a 15″ MacBook Pro, or a 19″ iMac, but that's what an external monitor is for. The brightness is unreal, and everything looks crisp and clear on the Air's display. The Craig Grannells of the world ought to spend a day with one before making any sort of assumptions.

I'm tempted to switch to the Air in a month or so, but what am I losing? Well, the optical drive for one. But if you remember correctly (and if you were paying attention earlier), I have plenty of other computers, including a Mac Mini. The Remote Disc feature that Apple touts for the Air really does work, though I can attest to the fact that it's somewhat slow (on a 802.11g network, as I don't own a 802.11n router yet).

And the ports. The MacBook Pro has more ports than a bad pirate movie. The question is, do I need them? The Firewire port has never gotten any use, and I rarely need more than 1 USB accessory (the Dell LCD at home has a built-in hub for this sort of situation). The audio-in jack is great for hooking up a mic, but I've only ever used that once (Bluetooth headsets usually work fine for what I need).

Then there's that ExpressCard slot. You know, that oddly shaped port on the left of the MacBook Pro that you never use? Well I actually found a use for it. Mine is always plugged with a Griffin ExpressCard 34 memory card reader (which seems to be discontinued since I haven't seen it anywhere in months) for getting pictures off of my digital camera's SD card. Then again, there are numerous USB card readers that handle that task just as easily.

For me, what it comes down to, is performance. Can I deal with a slightly slower CPU and only 2GB of RAM (considering my current laptop is only a hair faster than a new MacBook Air, I'd say "yes")? Is 2″ of screen real estate important? How much does the onboard graphics processor memory come into play with what I do daily? Does size really matter (get your mind out of the gutter…)?

How About You?

While I haven't yet made my decision (and perhaps that will depend on what's announced in less than 4 weeks), what are your thoughts? Have you used the Air, and has it made you rethink your next laptop purchase? Are you a happy MacBook user? Is the Pro the way to go?


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McCain Clueless When Asked About Fiorina’s $40 Million Golden Parachute: ‘I ...


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via Think Progress by Satyam on 9/22/08

For the past week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been railing against Wall Street "fat cats" and pledging to "stop multi-million dollar payouts to CEOs who have broken the public trust."

This principled stance against excessive executive compensation, however, is undermined by the fact that McCain's senior economic adviser and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina received $42 million dollars in compensation after being fired from HP. On NBC this morning, host Meredith Vieira noted that Fiorina "is an example of exactly the kind of person you say is at the root of the problem." McCain replied, "I don't think so":

McCAIN: I don't think so. … Because I think she did a good job as CEO in many respects. I don't know the details of her compensation package. But she's one of many advisers that I have.

Q: But she did get a $45 million dollar golden parachute after being fired while 20,000 of her employees were laid off.

McCAIN: I have many of the people, but I do not know the details of what happened.

"How can you not know the details of her past? I mean, that would be awfully important," Vieira responded. Watch it:

Nor is McCain's statement that Fiorina did a "good job" as CEO of Hewlett-Packard quite accurate. The board of HP fired Fiorina in 2005, concluding "that she was spending too much time on the road, neglecting the nuts-and-bolts execution of her own strategic ideas," according to the New York Times. "[H]er superstar status was also her undoing."

As CEO, Fiorina parked profits overseas using tax shelters, even though it negatively impacted the economy. The company held more than $14 billion overseas in 2004, according to the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal noted that her tenure was "marked by a drop in morale at a company with a legendary history of a collegial culture."

Fiorina's golden parachute and her rocky tenure at HP, however, don't seem to matter to McCain, who does "not know the details of what happened."


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6. U.S. colleges are urged to drop reliance on SAT and ACT


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via IHT.com: Most emailed articles of the last 1 day by By Sara Rimer on 9/22/08

Commission of college admission officials recommends tests more closely tied to high school curriculum and achievement.


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palin hacked

Palin has come under fire for using private e-mail accounts to conduct state business. Critics allege that she uses the account to get around public records laws, as the Bush administration has also been charged with doing.



Got Google Chrome?

Sure have tried it.  Most of the stuff I've read about Chrome concerns how it runs, privacy issues, and postulating on Google's next move.

 I use so many Firefox extensions to speed up what I do on the Internet that I'm not sold on it, yet.




ABC News: ABC Reporter's Attorneys Want All Charges Dropped

Funny, I tell people the Police are not impartial at all. Generally, those people look at me like I'm some crazy, paranoid anarchist.

ABC News: ABC Reporter's Attorneys Want All Charges Dropped



Handy: FYI: List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP



List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP

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This article describes the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP.

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General keyboard shortcuts

CTRL+C (Copy)

CTRL+X (Cut)

CTRL+V (Paste)

CTRL+Z (Undo)

DELETE (Delete)

SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)

CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)

CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)

F2 key (Rename the selected item)

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)

CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)

CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)

CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)

CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)

SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)

CTRL+A (Select all)

F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)

ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)

ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)

ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)

ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)

CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)

ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)

F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)

F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)

SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)

ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)

CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)

ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)

Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)

F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)

RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)

LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)

F5 key (Update the active window)

BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)

ESC (Cancel the current task)

SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

CTRL+SHIFT+ESC (Open Task Manager)

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Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

If you press SHIFT+F8 in extended selection list boxes, you enable extended selection mode. In this mode, you can use an arrow key to move a cursor without changing the selection. You can press CTRL+SPACEBAR or SHIFT+SPACEBAR to adjust the selection. To cancel extended selection mode, press SHIFT+F8 again. Extended selection mode cancels itself when you move the focus to another control.

CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)

TAB (Move forward through the options)

SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)

ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)

ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)

SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)

Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)

F1 key (Display Help)

F4 key (Display the items in the active list)

BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

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Microsoft natural keyboard shortcuts

Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)

Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)

Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)

Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)

Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)

Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)

Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)

CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)

Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)

Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)

Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)

Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)

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Accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)

Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)

Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)

SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)

NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)

Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)

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Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

END (Display the bottom of the active window)

HOME (Display the top of the active window)

NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)

NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)

NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) (Collapse the selected folder)

LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)

RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)

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Shortcut keys for Character Map

After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:

RIGHT ARROW (Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line)

LEFT ARROW (Move to the left or to the end of the previous line)

UP ARROW (Move up one row)

DOWN ARROW (Move down one row)

PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time)

PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time)

HOME (Move to the beginning of the line)

END (Move to the end of the line)

CTRL+HOME (Move to the first character)

CTRL+END (Move to the last character)

SPACEBAR (Switch between Enlarged and Normal mode when a character is selected)

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Microsoft Management Console (MMC) main window keyboard shortcuts

CTRL+O (Open a saved console)

CTRL+N (Open a new console)

CTRL+S (Save the open console)

CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)

CTRL+W (Open a new window)

F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)

ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)

ALT+F4 (Close the console)

ALT+A (Display the Action menu)

ALT+V (Display the View menu)

ALT+F (Display the File menu)

ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)

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MMC console window keyboard shortcuts

CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)

ALT+Minus sign (-) (Display the window menu for the active console window)

SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)

F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)

F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)

CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)

CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)

ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)

F2 key (Rename the selected item)

CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

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Remote desktop connection navigation

CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)

ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)

ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)

ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)

ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)

CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)

ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)

CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

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Microsoft Internet Explorer navigation

CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)

CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)

CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)

CTRL+H (Open the History bar)

CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)

CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)

CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)

CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box, the same as CTRL+L)

CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)

CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)

CTRL+W (Close the current window)


  These came in handy.