Tools, tips, and tutorials for technology

I told you about a week or so ago that I had several announcements to make over the next few weeks. Today I’m going to make another one.

Since it’s good to do something memorable on February 29, I have launched a new website that I think should be interesting to many, many people. The site is called 170spoons.com and interestingly enough can be found by typing in “170spoons.com“.

I’m convinced that there are many people who understand how to use their computers and the internet in ways to help them just do a few things. They know they could probably learn how to do much more but they are either unmotivated or intimidated by the thought.

It’s my goal to not just present new and interesting things. Instead, I want to help others be more streamlined with their life by using the internet and their computer more effectively. And I think you can have more fun when taking advantage of some of these tools and tips.

So I want to write technology tips, tools, and tutorials to not just help, but motivate someone as to why use this tip?

I am aiming this site to be the best place for tools, tips, and tutorials related to technology:

A spoon is a tool that is often needed to do some tasks well. The same thing is true of new technologies — these tips and tools aren’t always needed, but when used, they are quite effective for helping you accomplish your goal. The “spoons” presented here will make your life better, easier, efficient, and effective in your Internet life.

It’s also my desire that it turn into a community of people sharing tips with each other. I’ll present at least one way to do something, in the comments you can tell us other ways. That’s fine with me. If it needs a new post, I’ll do that. But I want it to be an interactive place.

So I invite you to stop by 170spoons.com as I get it started. Choose one of the multiple ways to be notified of something new, and join the conversation!

Today is just the welcome day
. This weekend the tips begin. Feel free to use the website logo in this post to help spread the word and join the new community at 170spoons.com!

LOST and Narnia – daily LOST

We’ve talked a few times on here about our new Freightor friend Charlotte Staples Lewis and her connected name to author CS Lewis. It’s come to our attention that the directors of LOST gave her this name to indeed connect her to the author and to Narnia.

So I’ve been pondering back on when I read the entire Chronicles of Narnia books a few years ago, thinking about Narnia and how it could relate to our little island.

LOST and Narnia – daily LOST

PSA: Coffee For Tuesday

coffee in the skyTime for another Public Service Announcement: Starbucks will be closed Tuesday evening from 5:30-8:30. So what’s a coffee guy gotta do for an evening joe-kick?

Well Dunkin’ Donuts will have 99-cent small lattes, cappuccinos and espresso drinks Tuesday afternoon and evening from 1-10:00.

If you live in San Dimas or Rancho Cucamonga in California, you can stop by Coffee Klatch Roasting for free coffee from 5:30-8:30 pm.

I wonder what a cup of Starbucks on Wednesday morning will taste like.

Anyone in the Orlando area want to join me for a cup Wednesday morning at 8:30? Either Starbucks Waterford, Starbucks at Semoran/Lee Vista, or Starbucks at Goldenrod/University? Leave a comment with your preference.

Is it i.e. or e.g. ?

Ever wondered if you’re supposed to use “i.e.” or “e.g.”? I used to not always get it straight until I figured out a simple way to remember.

First, you need to know what i.e. and e.g. mean:

  • i.e. = in other words
  • e.g. = for example

So here’s my way to remember which to use — it’s silly, but works:

  • “in other words” starts with “i” so use “i.e.”
  • “for example” can be lazily sounded as “for eggs-ample” which has a “g” sound so use “e.g.”

Yes, silly, but accurate.

Hat tip to Steve Rubel’s Twitter feed for the link.