Welcome to Techiiies.TV

I started Techiiies.tv as a fun project, and I’m pretty confident that YouTube would run out of storage space before I run out of ideas for creating techiiie videos.

Oh, and by the way, if you’re wondering about the weird spelling of Techiiies, it was of course because the name “Techies” (with the single “i”) wasn’t available :-)

And then Seth Godin published a book called “Tribes” and used the name Triiibes.com for its web site.

And I blatantly copied Seth’s idea, that is all :-)

And ended up with Techiiies.com as well as Techiiies.tv

So check out a video that I created for the site.

Or, the truth is, I launched the web site just to showcase videos that I have created ;-)

- Ravi “GeekDawg” Jayagopal
PS: Also on YouTube at http://YouTube.com/Techiiies

Typing Test: Wow, am I good or what?

[Last updated: April 22, 2013]

Ok, I promise not to brag too much… ;-)

Here is a really cool typing test.

I’m averaging a speed of about 104 words per minute (in 3 tries  – proof below :-)

Ravi's Typing Test Results

Ravi's Typing Test Results 2

UPDATE: My latest score as of September 2, 2010

WooHoo! 119.12 words per minute!

UPDATE: My latest score as of April 22, 2013

typingtest

Have slowed down just a bit… down to 90 words per minute.

Take the test yourself by clicking on the link below, and don’t forget to share your results in the comments below :-)

Typing Test: http://www.typingtest.com/

- Ravi Jayagopal

Low Cost Online e-Faxing: MaxEmail.com

I was recently in the market for an “e” fax solution. I looked at quite a few services. My basic requirements were these:

  • Reliable
  • Low cost (not necessarily free – because I wanted the service to be reliable and accountable)
  • Didn’t need a local area code – anywhere was fine, as I don’t receive too many faxes
  • Offer a free trial – so that I can experience it first-hand
  • Offer a decent number of incoming pages in the package
  • Offer a low-cost pay-as-you-go model for additional use
  • After hunting around the web, looking up various forums and wasting time on made-for-adsense spam and junk-review sites, I stumbled across MaxEmail.com.

    You can get your incoming faxes sent to your email address as a PDF attachment.

    I went through their 1-month free trial, was highly satisfied with the quality of their service, and just now signed up for a whole year at $24/year (their “lite” plan).

    If you are looking for something similar, go check out MaxEmail.com

Can I get my morning breakfast without the “Bacn”?

Bacn” – pronounced as “Bacon” – is spam (kind of), but not really the lewd, disgusting, “killing my inbox” type.

From Jargon Watch at Wired.com:

It’s not really spam. You want to read it (and probably would), you just don’t have the time. Thanks to the folks at PodCamp Pittsburgh, there’s a new web-term you can now use specifically for these types of e-mail notifications. Things like bill-payment receipts, Twitter requests, newsletters, project notificationsall are bacn.

Here’s more if you want more.

Download of the day: Snag-It – Free, Full-featured License

Camtasia is giving away a slightly older version of their famous screen-capture software, Snag-it, that lets you go beyond the “Prnt Scrn” button.

Here’s where you can download it.

A Print-Screen Tip
If you press the “Alt” + “Prt Scrn” buttons together, you will capture only the front-most (active) window – which means you no longer have to capture your entire screen along with pieces of your desktop and other windows open, just to get a screenshot of your browser window.

Also, it helps to reduce the size of the browser (or whatever window you’re trying to get a screen-shot of) first, and re-size it to a much smaller size before hitting “Alt” + “Prnt Scrn”. That way you won’t get a gigantic image when you’re just trying to capture just a small portion of the window.

How To Get Back 43 Days Of Your Life (Hint: Grocery List)

I save about 1/2 hour every week on grocery shopping thanks to this list. That’s 26 hours a year. Assuming I would have done this for at least 40 years of my life by the time I’m dead, that means 1040 hours saved (26 * 40).

1040 Hours = 43.33 Days

Yes, I get (at least) an extra 43 days of my life back because I used a simple, grocery list.

Can you imagine how much more you and I could save if we got just a little bit more organized in stuff we do every day (or week)?

Click here to download and customize the original excel spreadsheet that I use.

Take a copy of it and stick in on your refrigerator. Every time you run out of something, or if you are expecting guests and need more of something, just quickly jot it down. Yes, it is more productive than just writing down a plain list on a erasable board.

Vegetables Qty Frozen Vegetables Qty
Beans   Frozen Cut Beans  
Cabbage   Frozen Cut Carrots  
Cauliflower   Frozen Peas  
Spinach   French-cut Beans  
Baby Carrots   Chopped Spinach  
Okhra   Frozen Edamame  
Garlic      
Broccoli   Miscellaneous  
Green Chillies   1% Milk  
Cilantro   2% Milk  
Tomatoes   Skim Milk  
Potatoes   Eggs  
Ginger   Salt  
Basil   Sugar  
Mint   Olive oil  
Onions   Rice  
Cucumbers   Bread (White)  
Eggplant   Bread (Wheat)  
    Butter  
Fruits   Ketchup  
Banana   Cheese  
Papaya   Juice  
Orange   Ovaltine  
Grapes   Cookies  
Watermelon   Mineral Water  
Fresh Lemon   Trash bags  
Apples   Scotch Brite  
    Aluminum foil  
Bathroom Items      
Bath Soap   Baby Items  
Laundry Detergent/Softener   Diapers  
Dishwasher liquid   Wipes  
Toilet Tissue   Enfamil formula  
Paper Towels   Rice cereal  
Liquid Soap for hand wash   Barley cereal  
Shampoo   Oatmeal cereal  
Shaving Blades   Mixed cereal  
Shaving Cream   Banana  
Tooth Paste   Apple  
Tooth Brush   Carrots  
    Beans  
Other   Peas  
Kellogg Honey crunch   Anti-rash cream  
Oat Meal      
Pasta      
Soup      

 

- Ravi Jayagopal

Manage Those Annoying Startup Programs

If you’ve used a computer long enough, you probably have tens of little icons in your system tray (next to your system clock), that are an indication of all the apps that are currently running. Many of them may be programs that automatically add themselves to the startup process, or may simply be applications that you no longer actively use and may not need them to launch during startup any more.

It used to be easy to delete these apps simply by deleting their shortcuts from the “Startup” folder, but not all apps create a shortcut there, and many directly modify your Windows registry and add themselves to it.

So, if you want to remove programs that launch during startup (when you re-start your computer), here’s a handly little app called “StartupRun” that I use myself.

Startup Run

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