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Obscure and Valuable Keyboard Shortcuts

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I admit that I am not that good at keyboard shortcuts as rest of the fellows but  I am trying to learn them. I just found these short cuts so thought to share with all the novice out there.

Keyboard Short cuts for MS Windows OS

  • CTRL + INS to copy, Shift + INS to paste, Shift + Delete to cut. Such an underappreciated series of hotkeys.
  • CTRL + 0 to return web page to 100% (default) zoom level
  • CTRL + Shift + Eject to turn off monitor
  • CTRL + Shift + ESC on windows to get to task manager directly
  • Win7: WIN + M to minimize all opened windows
  • WIN + Left/Right to put windows side by side. Nice live coding method.
  • CTRL + K + D this hotkey indents html and c# code nicely
  • WIN + D (return to desktop)
  • ALT + BACK to backspace by the word rather than by the character
  • win: Shift + Delete delete files without saving to trash bin

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http://www.noupe.com/tools/obscure-and-valuable-keyboard-shortcuts.html

Mobile Phone: More of a Communicative Device – Samia Adnan

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Some thirty or forty years back we never even imagine that we will always be carrying handheld devices like mobile phones with us and that Internet will become indispensable.
With the advent of mobile phones there were only a few people who got hands on mobile phones and we used to consider that the mobile users are belonging to elite class of the society or that they are busy bourgeois class business people or doctors etc.
My Butcher Keeps a Mobile Phone! At that time, there was no concept that household ladies, children and a layman who owns a grocery shop or a butcher would be carrying a mobile phone, but now by the passage of time everything has changed. Mobile phone has now become a necessity instead of a status symbol (except for a few big mobile brands like BlackBerry and iPhone etc.)
The World has 5.28 Billion Mobile Phone Users: According to UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU): “At the beginning of the year 2000 there were only 500 million mobile subscriptions globally and 250 million Internet users.” The estimated number of Internet users had reached 2.08 billion by the end of 2010, compared to 1.86 billion a year earlier. The estimated number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide had reached 5.28 billion at the end of the last year, compared to 4.66 billion at the end of 2009. There are 6.9 billion people in the world, and 5.28 billion mobile phone subscriptions. Whether its a person living in urban areas or rural areas, almost everyone is using a mobile phone which is easily available at different prices offering various features and types to choose from.
Developing Mobile Industry: Mobile phone industry has flourished and developed so rapidly that almost daily a new mobile phone is being announced or launched. Mobile applications have become so common now whereas there was no concept of mobile applications a few years back. Almost every mobile makers is trying to introduce an app store. New technologies are being introduced every now and then that it makes one wonder that what is next is going to be added in a mobile phone? Calculator, stop-watch, calender, etc have become an essential part of a mobile phone. From an audio player to radio and from video player to camera, WAP to Wi-Fi and now the 3G technology.
One Device – Numerous Uses: A Mobile phone has replaced our wallet and bank, it has even replaced our desktop computer. Not to forget mobile games – which has become a source of fun for many, who find it hard to play physical sports and games. Even a TV and a torch light has also made its place in mobile phones! People has stopped wearing wrist watches because their mobile phone can not only tell them the time but they can also set alarm on them. Thus, an alarm clock that was commonly found on the bedside has been replaced by a mobile phone set. Mobile phone is so essential that without it – its hard to locate any one at a crowded place. Thus, to make it short, one can perform plenty of tasks with a mobile phone that we had ever imagined before it was introduced to everyone. Lets wait and see what the future brings to the mobile phone or if any other device is going to take its place?
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>How non-technical Housewives can Earn from Internet? – Samia Adnan

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In this era of sky-rocketing prices of everything and inflation, many ladies want to earn while being at home as they do not want to go out for work as either they have to look after their kids or family at home or they are simply not allowed by their in-laws to do any job.
Let’s see how they can earn money and thus supporting their family while being at home, by just using the internet:
Freelance Writing: Educated ladies can start writing online as freelance writer, they can not only write for various websites and blogs but also contribute their writings to magazines and newspapers of their interest that pay for the articles and feature stories. They can compose or ask any one at home who can compose for them and e-mail their writings to the newspapers, magazines and websites. Just to give you an idea, a 500 word blog is paid at Rs. 200 to Rs. 800, depending on the type and quality of content. You can read some online books and materials about writing such as: Housewives and other work at home people wishing to add an extra income stream can visit http://www.elance.com and reserve seats to get a chance to be included in the Jan 30th session. Also check out WorldPL’s page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WordPL
http://wordpl.net/ is another good website to learn the skill of getting freelance work. You should check out for freelance writing, such as odesk, and web content writing jobs on rozee.pk and other job portal websites or in your newspapers and apply for the one that says ‘work from home’.  If you are good at translating articles and also proof reading then you can try that too, as many companies hire freelancers to proof read and translate various types of writing. There are many that you can try!
Do Business from Home: If you are good at designing dresses, stitching or embroidery etc then you can start your business right away – make an online shop on http://www.myoffstreet.com, http://www.alibaba.com or create a Facebook page. Alternatively, if you know some of web development, you can have your own website for the purpose. Upload the images of your dresses along with their prices and mention the sizes of dresses and your contact number so that people can place their orders. You can even ask anyone to do this for you if you. You can even sell your paintings and crafts etc. too via myoffstreet.com
Teach online: If you are good at teaching you can provide tuition via internet. All you need to do is to make a webpage/blog or even Facebook page and a youtube account. Record and upload lectures and send the recorded lectures to those online students who pay you in advance for your lectures. Khanacademy.org is an example of this! They can also ask someone at home to assist you in recording and uploading the lectures online for you. So grab your mic and start teaching online!
Start Cooking: Yes! Ladies if you are good at cooking and love working in the kitchen then you can try preparing food at home and earn money. People can order you via your website, blog, e-mail address or simply by calling. Some ladies are doing this type of work on the internet – they have prepared a weekly menu and they provide food on order. We have Sadia as an example in Pakistan, who wanted to take the hobby of cooking as a profession and with the support of her husband & kids, she started Sadia’s Kitchen. Her love for food and passion to learn & cook new recipes brought her into the kitchen business If you can not manage a blog or get a website you can simply make a page on Facebook – which is free of cost and easy to use! Almost every modern lady is on Facebook these days! You can also see Sadia’s Kitchen Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SadiasKitchen for more ideas!
You can also watch these informative episodes of ‘Ghar Ka Kharch’ on CNBC Pakistan:
·         Make Money Online in Pakistan – Part 1 of 2
 ·         Make Money Online in Pakistan – Part 2 of 2
Also Watch this useful video:  
Working Online From Home
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>Laptop Vs Mobile Phone for School Girls, which is better? Samia Adnan

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Many of the students are using mobile phones and some insist in having a laptop too, so should they have both or any one of these gadgets but which one of the two is better for them?

The school going girls are not mentally matured, thus they are more attracted and inclined towards the social evils and immoral activities. They do not like taking guidance from their elders and like to undergo different experiences themselves.

Mobile Phones Can Easily Get Un-noticed: They can easily take their mobile phones with them at school and tuition centres – unnoticed by their parents. They should only own a mobile phone when they get really mature enough to use them properly. I think girls should not be allowed to have a mobile phone until they reach to 14 grade (Graduation).

School have Strictly Prohibited Mobile Phones: Almost all the schools in Pakistan have implemented policies that prohibit using mobile phones in school. They even rusticate those girls who are found with the mobile phone. Many girls bring their SIM card instead of a mobile phone and they use their SIM on a mobile phone brought by one of their classmates. Therefore, school administration and parents should make sure that the girls do not have a SIM card with them – they should check them and their belongings (books, school bag, hair bands, water-bottle, lunch box etc.). Now many of you might be thinking that how their daughters and sisters can contact home if they are away – simple – they can make a call with the permission of their school administration via school’s landline number. Many girls use the mobile phones in washrooms.

SMS/MMS: Many school students are addicted to the SMS service . Some also send their pictures via SMS to the opposite gender – especially when they have made friends in co-ed schools and tuition academies. According to a survey the most text messages are sent by teenagers. Texting can also have adverse affects on one’s health.

Wastage of Time: The students waste their valuable time in sending and reading text messages, playing mobile games, use mobile applications – instead of wasting that time in their studies. Mobile Cellular companies are also introducing ‘Youth Packages’ and SMS-bundles offers to promote their business and indirectly spoiling the youngsters. The students are seen messaging and calling late nights as they have subscribed to these packages. Parents should make sure that their children have a mobile phone and if they have then make them use post-pay package so that parents can monitor on their daughters.

Use of Laptop for doing the School Homework: Laptop is a better for school girls as they can compose their assignments and search for the materials for their assignments from the internet. Not only this, they can have a record of their assignments in their laptop. The laptop will also help them in making PowerPoint slides to aid them in their classroom presentations.

Observe School-going Children when they Use their Laptop: Laptop is better for school going girls because – if they do not have a mobile phone they would not be able to give their mobile phone numbers to boys and strangers – is it that simpel? No! they can communicate via internet too. It is the duty of the parents that they observe their activities on the internet and disallow them to make accounts on the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, MSN Live Spaces, Hi5, Friendster and Orkut etc. School going girls (boys too) should not be allowed use on the Instant Messengers and visit websites with Chat feature and web-messengers. As many school students trick their parents and even school staff by using web-messengers – as they can be used without being installed on the system. Parents should make sure that the girls do not upload their photographs on any website or given their contact details or information, as some girls join different discussion forums too. Parents and school Computer Lab Dept should install programs like NetNanny http://www.netnanny.com and Spector Pro etc. in the computers, to keep a check on the and restrict their activities by blocking some websites that are not fit for them – including Social Networking websites and YouTube etc.

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>How Mobile Phones Can be Best Used by Household Ladies? -Written by Samia Adnan

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How Mobile Phones Can be Best Used by Household Ladies? – Mrs. Samia Adnan
Mobile phones have become one of our basic needs these days and its hard to be without carrying one these days. Working ladies have keep mobile phones with them to keep their notes, maintain things to do, stay connected with their family and friends and to remind them of their meetings etc. but household ladies too can make best out of a mobile phone, right? A study tells that in Pakistan cell phones are mostly being used by every member of the family and do you know that according to a survey household ladies and children are highest users  of mobile phones? Through mobile phones house hold ladies can stay in touch with friends and family, and they can also do much more like listening to audious and watching videos which makes their staying at home less boring and more useful – here is how they can make best out of their mobile phone:
Cook Something New & Good: Ladies can make best out of a web-enabled mobile phone and benefit from the cooking shows on the websites like YouTube while being in the kitchen. This is a nice way to surprise their family with delicious and mouth tempting food which is different from the traditional menu of the routine.
Photography: They can capture the family functions by using their mobile’s camera and share with those pictures with their friends and family especially those living abroad, conveniently.
Calendar: Forget your sister-in-law’s birthday??!?? Ahh now you are in a mess – you see when one is married you have to remember some events if you want to keep others happy with you. So how about keeping a record of everyone’s birthdays, anniversaries and all such events on your mobile calendar to keep you reminding about these events.
SMS: Many times husbands are busy or driving and they do not receive the phone call – you can simply send them an SMS. This even helps if you need something and he is in a habit of forgetting, by making list of things to get on his way home in an SMS. This will save your money too – yea.. if you call him and ask him to bring this bring that it would cost you more than a simple SMS with the listed items to bring…I hope that all the ladies will agree with me.
Communicate with Friends: If you live in a joint family then its uneasy to talk with friends properly on the land-line phone. But  on the mobile you can talk and sms as much as you want, with out anyone interrupting you.
Socialize: Yes, socialize on Facebook, Twiter, Orkut and all these social networking sites and keep in touch with your friends on MSN and Yahoo! Messenger when you are feeling bored and done with the household chores.
Enjoy Music While Working: Yes, you can have your mobile’s earphone or Bluetooth device attached next to your ear while doing the household chores. Be it gardening or arranging the things and clearing up the mess at home – enjoy while you do it!
Get those Apps: There are so many health applications – mHealth apps – that you can get in your mobile and make best out of them – count your calories. Keep a record of your weight; if you are trying to shed some of those extra pounds – you can find many useful applications to help you maintain your deit and health.
Calculator: The most important thing in a mobile phone – I am not that good at maths and I need to use one for simple addition 🙂 – There must be many house ladies who have to make their budget and running the house in a proper manner and the calculator is going to be a great help. One can not carry a calculator when going out to market – while the mobile calculator can help you check if the shopkeeper returned you the accurate amount.
Keep the Reminders: If your husband has some meetings or events to attend. You can help them remember by keeping reminders on your mobile phone – and remind him when you find him forgetting any task – believe me he will be happy to see that you can are making good out of your mobile phone and not just making costly calls to your family and emptying his pocket;) Not only husband’s meetings and appointment s- ladies you can set your reminder too – like attending a coffee party, meeting a friend etc.
Make Notes: Note down anything – it will save you a paper (which will protect the environment).
Phone Book: I have seen many house ladies who keep a diary in which they have penned down the addresses and phone numbers  they consult them whenever they need to make a phone call – They mostly overwrite and make it all messy when anyone changes their number – but if they make it a habit to save them in the mobile’s phone book – they can easily edit them – Sounds easy and better!
Set the Alarm: Yes – you can set alarms with the reminders besides the usual wake-up alarms – they help remembering doctor’s appointments, dinners, family functions and even time to remind your husband to collect the laundry or dress from the tailor. No?

Be careful: Before concluding – let me tell the household ladies that they should try to check their mobile phone’s user manual and hold the mobile phone at a distance, as some mobile phones. Have health related warnings mentioned on them. According to a recent research  into mobile phone health danger, the use of handheld phones by pregnant women could make the child more likely to develop behavioural problems such as hyperactivity, and emotional and relationship difficulties. The research revealed that pregnant women who used mobile phones were 54 percent more likely to report behavioural problems in their children than the pregnant women who didn’t use mobile phones, and that the likelihood increases with the amount of potential exposure to the radiation.

These are what I can make out right now – Can yiu suggest more? If yes, then send in your comments.
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Samia Adnan

Leads University U.K Issues iPhone to Medical Students

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Leeds University UK is issuing iPhone 3GS models to its students within the Department of Medicine for learning purposes. The devices will be used to complete assessments and to access various course materials.
This will be the first time that a UK medical school has provided undergraduates with all the tools they need to study off-campus via mobile phone technology. According to the University, the provision of tools such as an iPhone 3GS to the students in the fourth or fifth years makes sense because in their final years students spend extensive time off campus, working in hospitals and clinics which makes it difficult for them to maintain regular contact with teachers.
Access to Medical Mobile Applications: According to Professor David Cottrell, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds: “Copies of key medical textbooks and reference works, including up-to-date guidelines on administering prescription drugs, will also be distributed as iPhone apps. A range of other relevant medical mobile applications that can be downloaded free-of-charge or purchased will be provided too. This is a fantastic scheme and one that Leeds should be proud of. By equipping our students with smartphones, we are putting a whole suite of training tools and educational resources in the palm of their hand.
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>ENRICH – Mobile App developed by 12-yr Old Boy

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BANDUNG – INDONESIA: Fahma Waluya Rosmansyah, a 12-years old spends his free time creating mobile games that help children learn the English language or even basic maths skills.
Fahma was born in Indonesia in 1998 and like most kids, loves playing with his games console, PC games and with mobile phones, and it was when Fahma reached fifth grade that he began to learn how to develop mobile games with Adobe Flash. That same year he created his first mobile application called BAHANA which allows young children to learn the alphabet, numbers and colours – all from a Nokia E71.
 
Mobile Applications for Children at Nokia Ovi Store: In his sixth grade, he developed over 5 more mobile applications, one of which is downloadable from the Nokia Ovi Store. ENRICH enables children to translate Indonesian words into English using colourful images and clearly pronounced words. MANTAP is a similar app but instead teaches Indonesian children Maths, and should be available from the Ovi Store in the coming weeks. Fahma tells us he can create a mobile application from scratch in less than 12 hours, with the help of his younger sister, Hania, who provides some of the sound content. She is also his main source of inspiration and beta tester. Having recently been awarded the Indonesia ICT Award 2010, Fahma plans to continue developing mobile applications for local Indonesian children and even hopes that one day his mobile applications can be made available to every child, globally. For a 12 year old student, currently going through school, we find this an incredible story and shows what the young mind can achieve, and what’s even more commendable is that these mobile applications are used to help young children learn some valuable life skills. Download ENRICH for free, from the Ovi Store.

>SMS Marketing – Fruitful for Some but Annoying to Many

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Advertising and attaining extensive consumer reach for any corporate, could never have been made easier than the way it is today. As several SMS services and solutions providing firms send text messages to mobile phones of end-users on behalf of corporate organizations. Enabling these organizations to convey their advertising or promotional messages with ease. The next-to-nothing cost of sending these SMSes and the kind of reach that it fetches, is really surprising.
Millions of marketing text messages are sent daily in Pakistan. Which is really frustrating many of the mobile phone users in the country. This new way of promoting business is really growing rapidly internationally. Such Organizations that are selling SMS marketing softwares and services should realize that while this is a fantastic and reasonable means of communication, mobile phone users deem these frequent spam SMSes as annoying, frustrating and bothersome. Consumers who are driven quite close to craziness by the recurring text messages would repeatedly curse themselves for having filled up a lucky-contest form with their mobile numbers due to which they’d be bombarded with spam texts.
Mobile Marketing: This irritation and annoyance is transferred to the organization whose name appears on the mobile phone screen and hence leads the consumer to bar any SMSes or calls from that particular firm. This automatically lowers the organization’s brand value and results in bad marketing and advertising. Marketers can, however, get this right if through SMS marketing they can provide consumers specific and comprehensible information that not only connects to the users’ emotional values but also appeals to their financial needs. All mobile marketing, if followed duly and if create value, will not be treated as spam after all.
The SMS Services and Solutions Providing Firms:In spite of the fact that mobile marketing industry is currently enjoying rapid growth, it is only a matter of time before the mobile service providers start incurring huge deficits. These firms enjoyed larger profit margin per SMS and hence underwent high-profit period, but with SMS rates dropping shockingly, firms are expected to endure lesser amount of profits with smaller profit margins. In addition to this, there also exists an unorganized section of SMS marketing companies who eat up 60% of the share of text messages that are sent. To face competition and to survive in a low-profit generating industry should be a tough challenge for these service providers. SMS marketing is thus, fruitful to some, but annoying to many!

Are You Abiding by Mobile Phone Etiquette?

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 Many of us consider mobile phones as life savers, but rude mobile phone users are the thorns in our sides. Private conversations, arguments, details about how a meeting went, or intimate knowledge of what’s in a stranger’s refrigerator at home are all things that all eavesdroppers can do.
What is needed to be done is that we should follow some etiquette when using a mobile phone, after all, most people who are annoying don’t realize that they’re annoying everyone around. Some people have got so fed up with rude mobile phone users that they turned to illegal mobile phone jammers. These devices knock mobile phone users off their lines and prevent a reconnection with the mobile tower until the user wanders out of range. The rate at which jammers are selling speaks to the lack of manners among the mobile phone users.
What are Mobile Phone Manners, After all? Mobile phone etiquette involves following some simple guidelines of common courtesy when using a mobile phone in public, designed to make public places more enjoyable for all. Its just a matter of being considerate of others, which pays off for everyone!
Do not forget to abide by when using a mobile phone:
1. Keep a 10-feet (3 meter) distance between you and anyone else whenever you talk to someone on your mobile phone. No exceptions.
2. Don’t Talk too loudly: Generally you don’t have to shout in the microphone to be heard on the other end.
3. Don’t Multi-task: Don’t make calls while driving, shopping, in banks, waiting in line, or doing pretty much anything that involves interacting with other human beings.
4. Don’t Talk in Any Enclosed Spaces: Even if you’re more than 10 feet away from anyone. Others can still hear you talking on your mobile phone (because it’s an enclosed space) and usually, they’re forced to just sit there and listen. Especially, do not make or attend calls when you are in bathrooms, elevators, waiting rooms, auditoriums and public transports.
5. Places Where to Turn-Off Mobile Ring-tone: Don’t even let your mobile phone ring in any of the following settings; Job interviews, Meetings, Libraries, Museums, Worship places, School, During Lectures, Courtrooms, During live performances, Funerals, Weddings, in Cinema halls, at Work Place etc.
6. Don’t Use Mobile During Meals: :Don’t use your mobile phone when having a meal with someone. Ideally, you should turn it off entirely. If you’re anticipating an important call, let the person you’re with, know beforehand that you’re expecting a call that you’ll need to take. No matter what, don’t hold a conversation at the table; step away, follow Step 1, and don’t stay away any longer than you would for a bathroom break. Never, ever text at the table, even if the conversation died down.
7. No Mobile Phone When at Movies: Turn off your mobile phone at the movie theater. Even if your mobile phone is on vibrate mode, people can hear it during quiet parts of the movie. And even if they can’t, the light from your mobile phone’s screen is very distracting. Don’t check the time, don’t check your text messages; just turn it off until the movie is over. Mobile Phones should be turned off in movie theaters, playhouses, observatories or any other public place that creates an atmosphere to transport the imagination of the audience. People pay good money to be entertained and a ringer breaks the illusion.
8. Practice Texting: When you’re in an enclosed space, or you can’t put yourself 10 feet out of everyone’s way, it’s inappropriate to talk but it’s acceptable to receive and send text messages. In such cases, keep the following rules of texting etiquette in mind; Use the vibrate feature instead of an audible text alert. Only text when you’re standing still or sitting out of anyone’s way. Don’t text while you walk or drive. Don’t text while doing anything that requires you to be attentive. A good example would be while waiting at an intersection for the pedestrian signal. Don’t text in a meeting or conference when you should be attentive to the guest speaker.

Don’t teach social media skills in school

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The majority of people don’t want Facebook and Twitter to be taught in schools according to a survey by YouGov on behalf of Open Text. via Computer Weekly which reports that

Craig Hepburn, director of social strategy at Open Text, said, “While people are happy to use social media applications in the working environment, they are unhappy about them being taught in school. However, these tools could well be the future of business, you only have to look at the growth of business social media site LinkedIn – which now has over 40 million members – to see the importance of these applications and the fact they will play a big part in future generations’ personal and professional lives.”