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Old 01-30-2009, 01:16 PM   #1
Andy Poquette
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Learn something new thread...(Come Contribute!)

It occurs to me that a lot of CrossFitters have knowledge in areas other than fitness. In an attempt to entertain myself while at work, I'd like to learn something.

Anything really.

I'll be posting some computer tips I know with the hopes that someone learns a neat trick they didn't know, and that they will post something in return. Know how to do something handy in the kitchen? Fix a car part? Basic understanding of physics? Whatever, just post it, and we can all learn.

Hopefully, we form a neat little repository of information from the random knowledge we all have.

To start:

Computer tips:

ctrl + c = copy
ctrl + v = paste
alt + tab = change the active window (very handy for copying from one window to another)
window + m = minimize all windows
shift + window + m = maximize all windows (WFS) is a great resource for a lot of free software that performs as well, if not better than, the pieces you pay for. For instance; need an antivirus program? AVG or Avast both work BETTER than Norton or McAfee and don't cost a dime. Ad-aware and Spybot are free programs that will rid your PC of adware and malware (the stuff that slows your computer down and makes all those awesome porn pop-ups).

Need a PC part? (WFS) You seriously don't need to go anywhere else for electronics. Newegg is usually the cheapest solution, but if they aren't, their customer service is worth it. They are, by far, the best company that deals in anything electronic. Check it out if you need any PC stuff.

Want to ditch cable? (WFS) is a fantastic site that will let you watch almost all available tv on the web. You can even watch old episodes of He-Man! Totally legal, totally free.

Also, if you have any PC questions, feel free to ask, and if you're so inclined, fill us in on any topic you're knowledgable on!
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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Re: Learn something new thread...(Come Contribute!)

boiliing your kitchen sponge in a bowl of water for 2min in the microwave kills more germs that soaking in bleach.

vinegar kills germs as good as if not better than bleach.

rub you hands on a stainless steel utensil/appliance after handling garlic - no more garlic smell!
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:44 PM   #3
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Wait a minute... That Hulu is awesome! No catches? Movies and tv?!?
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:47 PM   #4
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Re: Learn something new thread...(Come Contribute!)

Originally Posted by Camille Lore View Post
Wait a minute... That Hulu is awesome! No catches? Movies and tv?!?
Yup! No catches, nothing. I use it all the time. Hook an old PC up near your TV and watch TV on your TV!

Really? I can just boil my sponges? Awesome, I always just throw them away!
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:06 PM   #5
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You can make scrambled eggs in the microwave (usually about 2 minutes in, pulling out once to stir off the edges). They come out pretty dry, but I happen to like them almost as good as the oven kind (I like dry, scrambled eggs).

If you're looking for one of the classics, full text, try here before going to the bookstore. If it's open-source, they're working on getting it, and I've been pleasantly surprised at the quality/quantity of books they have available. (wfs)

When playing Guitar Hero, it's easier to get a high score if you play with your index finger on the second note down. It's a hell of a lot easier to move your pointer finger up to the green than get your little finger down to the orange on those fast runs.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:09 PM   #6
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Your toothbrush holds alot of bacteria.

While you're doing your morning ablutions, pour yourself your little cup of mouthwash, and hold your toothbrush head in there for about 30 seconds. That'll kill everything that's been growing on there, so your brush is clean when you use it.

Presuming you use something like Listerine which kills bacteria.

Also, if you've bought a PC in the last three years, or replaced your DVD burner, the odds are pretty good that it'll burn to dual-layer discs (they hold 2x as much data as a standard burnable DVD). All you have to do is go buy it, and find the drivers for your burner. Now, you can put as much data on your DVDs as you get on a retail disc (i.e., high-res movies + extras, or four or five episodes of a TV show).

MPlayer is a freeware media player that plays everything, every file and codec I've encountered comes with it or can be loaded, and it will even capture streams. There's a bit of a learning curve, but if you want to invest the time it's the best media player out there.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:00 PM   #7
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This should be fun.

Your cell phone does not transmit enough power to give you a brain tumor. Nor is it powerful enough to ignite fumes at the gas station.

Another computer shortcut, handy at work:

Window Key + N will lock your machine.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:46 PM   #8
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You can get permanent marker ink off a dry erase board by going over the ink lines with a dry-erase marker and immediately wiping the board.

To easily add more plates to a loaded barbell that is on the floor, roll the plates already on the bar onto a small weight plate. Voila, instant mini-rack.

The "t" in and the name Moet and in the word Claret is pronounced. Moet (ala Moet & Chandon) is a Dutch name. Claret is an English word for a Bordeaux-style blend. On the same topic, the word 'Meritage' is not French either. It was created by a group of American vintners and is pronounced like heritage.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:22 PM   #9
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Racecar spelt backwards is Racecar.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:39 PM   #10
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This is amazing. I think i'm in love with you andy for starting it.

While i'm a font of useless information, we'll start with my specialty:

1. Most scientific words are Greek based (rather than Latin based) on purpose. Scientists/inventors deliberately turned to greek because it was the less familiar of the two languages, so it would be specialized, rather that leave it to chance that the word degrade or change in meaning. Ex: the parts of the word "aphasia" mean the same thing as "speechlessness," but speechlessness has a bunch of different meanings, where aphasia is a specific condition that involves the loss of speech, usually from brain damage.

2. And a fun example of how Latin words _seriously_ change in meaning over time:

"muscle" comes from the Latin word "musculus," which means "little mouse."

I guess the idea was a flexing bicep/pec might look like a mouse trapped under skin moving around? i don't see it. lol
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