Friday, December 09, 2005

Go-go Gadget - Browster!

I've always been a gadget kind of guy. If it was a by-product of my being a James Bond fanatic, a devoted Quester or simply the result of too much Inspector Gadget at a tender age. Whatever the reason, I like gizmos and especially gizmos that can improve how I do things.

Someone pointed out to me a browser plugin called Browster. (Somewhat reminded me of a product called Etour, but I digress.) It is designed to make your searching faster, so of course I checked it out.

Here is a blow-by-blow of how it do what it do.

1. Instant View of Webpage

(After placing some lightning bolt icons beside the search reults of a searchengine. ) Browster instantly shows you the page. Saves Back button clicks, removes page load delays. Saves time, simplifies your browsing.

2. Navigate and browse

Browster shows you the full web page, not a thumbnail. Click links or read the page. It's also easy to close - just mouse out!

3. Jump to next result

Use your mouse wheel to automatically jump from result to result. Click the Next and Previous buttons on the Browster toolbar. Also use the PgDn and PgUp keys or your arrow up and down keys.

4. Prefetch your favorite sites. To set prefetching on any site, right-click the link on the list, then choose "Browster preload on/off".

5. Browster installs easily into Internet Explorer. Runs automatically the next time you browse. Browster is a small plugin (717K) to Internet Explorer 6.0 or later. Takes 15 seconds to install. Easy to uninstall, no spyware. Does not take space on your Internet Explorer toolbar.

Digability rating: Interesting concept, but the jury is still out on this one.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Cool Tool Alert!

Usually its my friend Eric Jaquith who is the one introducing me to cool tools that can be tweaked to make my recruiting life easier, but here is one gizmo he may be unaware of. If you have ever ran late for an interview, meeting with a client or just plain forgot an appointment because your Outlook was at the office and you missed the reminder, well have I got a free cool tool for you. Blue Lake Technologies has created a "Reminder Forwarding" plug-in for Microsoft Outlook that will send your reminders to your mobile phone or email when you are away from your desk.

Check out these special features:

  • No Monthly Fees
  • No per-message Fee
  • Installs in less than one minute with a few mouse clicks!
  • Easy to change reminder timeout time (default of 60 seconds)
  • Easy to change your mobile phone number
  • Integrates directly with Outlook (no additional steps for you to do)
  • Can forward reminders to your mobile phone, pager, PDA, or email
  • No need to set "Out of Office" rule in order to get your reminders forwarded!
  • Check out this play-by-play I snatched from their website.

Microsoft Outlook reminder messages are an extremely helpful way to remember the important things in your busy life. However, we are not always at our desks to receive these reminders.

Reminder Forwarding is an add-in for Microsoft Outlook that automatically forwards your reminders to your mobile phone when you are away from your desk. This add-in is extremely easy to use and installs in less than a minute with just a few clicks.

How it works:

1. When any of your Outlook reminders pop up, Reminder Forwarding will wait for you to click Snooze, Dismiss, or Open the item.

2. If you do not click on the reminder within 60 seconds (you may customize this duration), your reminder will instantly be sent to your mobile phone, pager, PDA, email, or other device of your choice. The forwarded reminder will contain all of the original information such as the start time, location, notes, etc.

Let me know if you find this kind of thing useful and I will post more. -Jim

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

You like me! You really like me!!!

The Digability Blog and (my other blog) Jobseeker's Revenge were both nominated for a "Best Blog Award" by!!! (Big yay!)

Voting on the Best Blog stops on December 21, 2005 and will be announced on December 26th. Since my blogs were nominated, its now up to a panel of judges to make the final decision. (Keep your fingers crossed for me and my fellow bloggers - especially Gretchen Ledgard, the "first lady of Corporate Recruiting Blogs!" (Don't let anyone else tell you different. SHE is the woman.)

Click here to check out the other nominees!!!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Is there a doctor in the house?

Here is a heads up on a great resource in the event that you find yourself on the hunt for Docs.

DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This includes more than 690,000 doctors. These listings also offer (to AMA member physicians)an expanded listing that contains additional information such as office hours, accepted insurance providers, educational history and other helpful information.

Digability rating: Add to your bag of tricks



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