Tech News: Google Pack Adds StarOffice

Google Pack with StarOffice

Being an advocate of making services free to people, Google introduced the Google Pack a while ago. This Pack contains Google’s recommended software that should pretty serve you in most of your daily computing needs. One thing I like about the Google Pack is that you can customize the things you want included there. For one, I don’t like RealPlayer and Adobe Reader so at least Google doesn’t force me to use them.

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How to Be Healthier by Walking 30 Minutes a Day

Walking

Unlike other forms of exercise, walking doesn’t demand too much from you. It’s just a natural physical activity that humans do. It’s not like basketball where you have to have at least the tangibles like a pair of sneakers and a basketball and a lot of intangibles like all the skills necessary to play the sport. But you can walk pretty much in your buff (though some clothes and a pair of walking shoes would do a lot more nicely).

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How to Make Coasters from Sculpey

Sculpey

Some people really have a thing against a glass/cup without a coaster under them. Those liquid stain circles are enough to drive them crazy. Well admit it, your beer can often leaves sticky stuff on your mom’s table (if you’re a bum still plaguing your folks). Instead of having to clean and scrub off dirt and beverage remnants off the table, why not use cute coasters you can use every time you enjoy a drink? And to give you some nice summer project, here’s how you can creatively make one, using Sculpey!

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How to Rip Audio from Video Sharing Sites

Ever wanted to extract the audio from video sharing sites? This trick works only with sites using the FLV format. And here are two ways.

UnPlug + FLV Extract. You can actually use any of the available FLV downloaders. I used to use VideoDownloader but I’ve found that UnPlug works better for me. After downloading the FLV video, you can use FLV Extract to extract the audio. Note that you have to have .NET Framework 2.0 and the necessary codecs available.

Using Vixy.net. We’ve featured this handy site a while back. It allows you to extract, convert and download videos from sharing sites. While it allows conversion to other video formats (AVI, iPod video), you can choose to just get the MP3 audio.

Download: How to Disable the Caps Lock Key in Windows

No Caps

How-to Geek apparently doesn’t find a need for the Caps Lock key so why not disable the darned thing. Come to think of it, I haven’t really used it for a very long time. I prefer to use bold or italicized characters for emphasis and I always tend to just hold down the Shift key to work my way through all caps. Anyway, it’s your call.

If you’re a hardcore geek who knows how to navigate through binary and hexadecimal or whatever base numbers, then you may read his Geek explanation how this works. If you don’t want to bother, you can just download this ZIP file containing the registry tweaks for keyboard re-mapping. Some cool tweaks too, aside from disabling the Caps Lock key.

  • ChangeCapsToControl.reg – Changes Caps Lock to be a Control key
  • ChangeCapsToShift.reg – Changes Caps Lock to be a Shift key
  • SwitchCapsToScrollLock.reg – -Disables Caps Lock and swaps Scroll lock to be Caps Lock
  • KillCapsLock.reg – Disables Caps Lock
  • DisableKeyboardRemap.reg – Uninstalls the preference by deleting the key

Just extract, double-click on the registry files to install and restart. Just load the DisableKeyboardRemap.reg tweak to uninstall the tweaks.

Warning: Messing with your registry can lead to messed up PCs so proceed with caution.

Top Ten Highest Paying Jobs in the US

Success

Now here’s an interesting bit. AskMen.com features the top ten highest paying jobs in the US according to the Department of Labor. Take note that in the actual list, eight out of the top ten are actually careers in the medical field. To narrow things down, they’ve taken the liberty to diversify the fields in the top 10, consolidating the medical field into just one spot.

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