Looking for Plugins in All the Right Places

Ever wonder why some people feel entitled to everything the world has to offer, regardless of their contributions (or lack, thereof) to said world?

Don’t believe the hype. Just because everyone around you tells you that you’re the best [enter imagined accomplishment here] doesn’t make it so. What’s important is that you can weed out the empty compliments and faint praise to determine your own sense of self no matter what anyone else has to say about the matter. But if you think that the planet owes you some sort of reward or recognition for sitting around on your derriere spouting out not-so-clever or creative responses to YouTube videos and blog posts done by people who are trying to make the world a better place, then you probably need to reconsider your place in the pecking order of anyone needing to give a flying flip about anything you have to say.

The only thing noble about Internet trolls is that they’re king- (or queen-) sized asses.

Even Charles Manson has awesome self-esteem. Something to think about. But he’s not part of our Gnomies community, so don’t even worry about it. I’m not!

Pour me another glass of Monday juice and let’s get this party rolling! Here are some of the things on LockerGnome.com and in our live YouTube stream that we chatted about today.

How to Buy a Laptop and Salvage a Desktop

When price is no object to someone, they may not blink at paying top dollar for a raging new computer setup — even if they’ll never use it to its maximum potential. Rather than pondering why anyone would throw money around in such a seemingly wasteful manner, maybe we should just appreciate when they decide to throw their “old” systems in the direction of the needy (i.e. us)! Sherman DeForest talks about how to buy a laptop and salvage a desktop in just such a situation.

Top 10 Things to Shred

Aside from the dangers of identity theft that can be prompted by leaving personal documents sitting around, there’s also the eyesore of clutter and the possibility of turning your house into one big fire hazard. Kelly Clay talks about her experience with the Fellowes 79Ci PowerShred shredder and how she’s using it to get rid of a bunch of crap she’s been holding onto since her college days.

How to Improve Windows 7 Stability

Windows 7 may not be rock solid, but it is one of the more stable Windows releases since Windows XP reached maturity after SP2. Today, a new generation of hardware and software has been set loose on the landscape with a new set of compatibility issues that Microsoft is attempting to keep up with. The result is a potentially unstable experience. No need to worry; there are plenty of steps you can take to avoid system instability. In fact, Windows makes it possible to make your experience pretty darn rock solid. Here are some tips to help you improve Windows 7 stability.

Five Must-have Plugins for Gmail

Gmail is a great service in and of itself, featuring the ability prioritize an inbox, filter incoming email, or add labels to keep an inbox organized — even automatically. What many people don’t know, however, is that many third-party services and startups have developed — and continue to develop — extensions and plug-ins for various Web browsers of choice (usually Chrome and Firefox) that add additional functionality to a Gmail inbox that make it even better to use. If you’re looking to add a little power to your Gmail inbox, here are five must-have apps and plugins for Gmail.

Is Windows with Word on Your iPad Right for You?

Do Windows or Microsoft Office seem like they’d be out of place on the Apple iPad? You wouldn’t be alone in thinking so, but actually the pairing’s not as weird as you might imagine. The free OnLive Desktop includes most of the features found with the Windows 7 OS, as well as complete versions of the popular Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2010. And while this option is free, there are alternatives you might consider, depending on your needs, if you want to consider if Windows with Word on your iPad is right for you.

How to Use Spreadsheets to Make Decisions

Making decisions when the situation is simple or the tradeoffs are not overly difficult is easy. We all do it all the time. But when many parameters must be considered and when the consequences of a wrong decision can be painful, then decision making can become a frightening chore. We can dither about and agonize over which option to take, or blindly select one. We do this to make a decision, any decision, and eliminate our mental anguish. Is there a better way that is cheap to implement and easy to use? Yes, and the best part is that you probably already have it on your computer. It is called a spreadsheet. You might not think of spreadsheets as tools for decision making, but by laying out data in an organized way, that is exactly what they do.

Looking for Plugins in All the Right Places

Back Link of the Day

Thanks to Craig Duffy for talking about how Kelly Clay’s LockerGnome article about How to Control Your Emotions Online has helped him (and how it can help you, too)! If you’d like to be mentioned as a Back Link of the Day, link to one of our posts on LockerGnome.com from your site and — this is the important part — tell us about it!

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