Archive for August 31st, 2006


writelyIf you don’t have a decent Word Processor on your computer (probably most of you have Word), then Google’s Writely.com can do the trick. Tried it out today to type a letter – worked well – you can even save the file on Google’s servers, if you are so inclined (probably not a bad idea for all those who fail to back up their work). You can tag your work as well with multiple tags, so when you’re later searching for it, remembering a tag you gave it , is all you need to find it.

If you are trying to print something once you’ve composed it and don’t like URL headers or footers showing up on the printed page, then go to File/Page Setup in Firefox and click on the header/footer tab and select None for everything showing there. (probably works in similar fashion in IE). Picked this tip up on the Writely.com Google forum.

And hey, it’s free, so what the heck – try it out – nothing to download and if you hate it, well you didn’t have to pay, did you? 🙂

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Spent most of the night transfixed by Google Earth, zooming back to old places I used to live in Germany back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Brings back a ton of memories.

I could even zoom in on the old Herbst Brauerei (brewery) where I used to slam them back as a 16 yr old during a summer stay abroad – still remember being zonked out of my gourd, just jabbering away with these old guys in German, probably didn’t have a bloody idea what I was even saying! Fortunately, it was only a block or so away from home, so I could stagger back without getting run over. 🙂 I was, of course, delighted to see the ol’ brewery still standing and it will be the first place I head for, if I make it back to Krefeld!

And Google Earth even led me to a live web cam of the historic marketplace in Schwäbisch Gmünd, where I went to school back in ’71.

Quote of the Day: If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer? (Stephen Wright)

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