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Two Computer Time Tips

Posted on 04/12/2012

by Dave Miller

Today I am offering two tips to save you time everyday as you surf the web or check emails.

Search Tip:

F3 That’s it F3. It’s the top line on your keyboard you pay little attention to. F3 allows you to search the webpage you are on. So often I get to a page and want to search the page for a keyword. I’ll search for something on google and it directs me to a page but I have no idea where on the massive page the information is hidden. Now that I discovered F3 the search is over.

When I get to the page I hit F3 and a search box pops up allowing me to type in a word or two. It then highlights the words.

Try it right now. Hit F3 and in the search box type in the word “hit”. If it is working as it should you will see all the words “hit” on this page.

Email unsubscribe:

Emails are important but they can make life cluttered and consume too much time. Take a bit of time now and pick a couple emails you get daily, look on the bottom of the page and click the unsubscribe button. It take a minute but stops that company from blasting you again the next day. Do this on a few emails today and again tomorrow. After a few days you will have less emails and never miss those annoying emails. Plus your life will be less distracting.

I hope these tips help you.

If you have your own tips please post them in the comments

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Walk and Talk – How to Give Salesmen Your Time

Posted on 03/26/2012

by Dave Miller

A salesman called me and said he wants to stop by and present some new products. I was available and agreed to meet with him. The salesman was one I enjoyed and I did want to hear about his products yet I wasn’t sure I wanted to take an hour out of my day. How would I handle my precious time?

So I decided to make a proposal. If he wanted my time he could walk as he presented. If he presented something I didn’t have interest in, at least I’d get some exercise out of the deal.

I called the salesman and asked him if he was interested in walking as we talked. He agreed willingly.

He arrived dressed appropriately as it was a blustery day. We strolled up the road talking about his products and the benefits they provided me. It was cold and windy so we only walked about a half a mile. After we returned to the shop we finished up. As he was leaving he said how invigorated he felt. He appreciated the opportunity to get a bit of exercise while on the road.

I’ve done it and it worked out great, and I’ll do it again.

My new answer to the question, “You have a minute?” Is “Sure, Let’s walk”


Posted on 03/25/2012

The reason I haven’t posted a blog lately.

A picture is worth a thousand words. The lack of a picture in this case is worth a few thousand.


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Warren Buffet Recommends Buying Homes as Investments

Posted on 03/14/2012

by Dave Miller

In an interview last week Warren Buffet told young investors to go out and buy single family homes. He explained how it is a way to short the dollar.

Here is the interview: Warren Buffet on Buying Homes

His down side to buying a couple hundred thousand houses is the management aspect. I’m not sure why he considers that to be a problem as there is good money in management. He could just buy his own management company and make a profit there also.

Yet management continues to be the biggest hang up for people contemplating their first purchase. And as they buy more that fear diminishes, or so I tend to find it. My findings are this; if you are purchasing detached single family homes you are in different category than multi-family or apartment style homes. The type of people renting single family homes tend to be more responsible. For one, they can afford the higher rent; this tells you a lot about the person.

So if you can buy single family homes in the country or in a nice development at a good price I agree with Warren Buffet; it should be a great investment over the years.

Buy single Family homes

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10 passwords not use to avoid being hacked

Posted on 03/03/2012

by Dave Miller

In this day and age it’s extremely important to protect yourself online. The biggest mistake people make is making their passwords easy. By making them simple they are easy remember but make you vulnerable.


Top 10 Worst Passwords:

  1.   123456
  2.   12345
  3.   123456789
  4.   Password
  5.   iloveyou
  6.   princess
  7.   rockyou
  8.   1234567
  9.   12345678
  10.   abc123

4 Tips For Password Strength

1. Your password should be at least 8 characters long.

2. Your Password should contain a mix of numbers, upper case letters, lower case letter, and special characters (!@#$%).

3. Your password should not be a name, part of your email address, or any single word in the dictionary. This will protect you from password guessing and “dictionary attacks.”

4. It is recommended that your password is a shortened character representation of a sentence. For example, the phrase “safe from attack” could become the password s8feFRM@ack.


I use a program called roboform for my passwords. It allows me to keep a master password on my computer. It remembers my passwords out in the internet world where they are more susceptible to attacks. If it is doing the remembering and not me I can make them more difficult.

Check it out here. http://www.roboform.com/how-it-works/overview

I costs me $29 a year but it really saves me much more in time, anguish and frustration.

I think you can do the same thing on some of the auto fill features on explorer but I feel better using a program I purchased. Hackers are more likely to use something that is standard on computers so I use roboform.

Protect thyself

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