Google Star Wars Easter Egg

Ramping up for the December opening of Star Wars – The Force Awakens, here’s a short and sweet Google Easter egg:

  1. Go to Google search page
  2. Type in “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Windows Emoji Keyboard

In this, my last post honoring World Emoji Day (promise), I showcase the emojis available with Windows Touch Keyboard.

In addition to the new emojis in GMail, and the hidden emojis in Skype, did you know that you can access emojis using Windows’ on-screen keyboard?

The on-screen keyboard (aka, Touch Keyboard), available to Windows desktop since versions 8, includes emoji characters similar to those used on iPhones and iPads.

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Accessing Emojis Using Windows Touch Keyboard

  1. In Desktop mode, RIGHT+CLICK on the taskbar, point to Toolbars and select Touch Keyboard. The Touch Keyboard icon TouchKeyboard Icon. now appears on the Taskbar.
  2. Click (or tap, if using a tablet) the Touch Keyboard icon to display an onscreen keyboard.
  3. Click the emoji key Emoji button_66 to display emojis.
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  4. Click the desired emoji. That emoji is inserted at the current cursor position.

Press ‘X‘ to close the Touch Keyboard when done.

Cheers!

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Skype’s Hidden Emojis

This month we celebrate World Emoji Day (seriously, it’s a thing) . Last post I showcased GMail’s new emojis. Now I highlight Skype‘s emoji offerings.

Disney/Pixar Emoji’s

What better way to share you emotions than with the eponymous animated character from the movie Inside Out

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Hidden Skype Emoji’s (shhhh…)

Although these emojis don’t appear on the menu they are available by entering the secret code (in parentheses)

For example, type (gift) into the SMS field (include the parentheses) and press the Send Send

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Voila, an animated present.

Here are few others (for the full list visit Skype’s FAQ support page)

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(gottarun) (poolparty) (stop) (holdon) (confidential)

Cheers!

Additional reading:

The “dreams” of Google’s AI are equal parts amazing and disturbing

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Philip K. Dick asked that question Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” did little to answer that question, but now perhaps Google has. When asked to create similar images to the ones it had cataloged, the results were amazing and provided insight into the ‘electric dreams of sheep.’

Why Pacer should (and should not) be like Edgar

Great write up on how Pacer, with arguments for and against removing the pay per use fee. Did you know that the DOJ is the biggest user of the PACER, and that DOJ is publically funded that comes out of the taxpayers backpocket?
For more on keeping/dropping/revising the pay structure, read on.

Excel: Insert Tables From Web

Use the Insert from Web option, to quickly import tables from web pages into Excel.

Watch this 2 minute video to see all you need to know.


To Insert Data From Web into Excel

  1. Using your web-browser, locate the content to be imported.
  2. RIGHT + CLICK in the addressbar and select Copy.
  3. In Excel, on the Data tab of the Ribbon, click From Web. A New Web Query dialog will appear.
  4. RIGHT + CLICK in the addressbar, select Paste, and click Go. The source webpage will populate the dialog.
  5. Click the yellow arrow grnarrw next to the table(s) you wish to copy (the icon will change to a green check grnchk  ).
  6. Optionally, click Options and select formatting preference (i.e., None, Rich Text, HTML) then click OK.
  7. Click Import. The Import Data dialog will appear.
  8. Select starting cell to import data to or select “New Worksheet” to import into a new sheet.
  9. Click Properties, uncheck Save Query Definition*, and click OK.
    *Alternatively, to maintain a link to variable data, leave Save Query Definition checked; you will be prompted to ‘Enable Content’ each time the file is opened.
  10. Click OK to complete the import.
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An Internet Minute

This infographic comes from the IntelScoop.com (March 2013)
The arrangement seems wholly arbitrary; I would’ve preferred if the items were placed in ascending order.
Click here for the full article.

For an updated (December 2013) version of an Internet Minute, click here for an equally horrendous infographic, courtesy of AlleyWatch.com

Enjoy, and remember; the minute you spend looking at this is a minute you could have spent greeting those 100 new LinkedIn members.

An Internet Minute
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