More for less: Save time, money and effort

More for less: Save time, money and effort
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First Published: Wed, Feb 04 2009. 01 21 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 05 2009. 04 05 PM IST
10 Computer short cuts
1. Nip them in the box: When someone sends you a dubious email (get rich schemes, cash giveaways), don’t forward it until you have confirmed its authenticity at snopes.com, the Internet’s authority on emailed myths.
2. You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document or mail.
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5 value-for-money tech tools
In a Flash: Flash memory is my top “more for less” pick. Take your old iPod. What if you could insert a 1 GB secure digital (SD) card and double its capacity? Apple won’t let you, but phone vendors will. At Rs500, a 1 GB microSD card is the best upgrade for your phone, to store more music, data and software. New music systems let you plug in a USB flash drive, with thousands of songs. Flash is the future.
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Roaming abroad? Keep calling...
If you don’t want to use your cellphone the next time you are vacationing abroad or attending a business meeting, check out international SIM card services. If you do your homework well, there are many country-specific cards that will keep your telephone bill really low.
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Snap it in a snip
Many cameras will let you disable the logo screen and jump right into the live viewfinder, which saves start-up time. Just go to the camera’s menu or settings and disable the start-up screen. Within the camera’s menus, you should also be able to adjust the length of the review time each photo stays on the LCD screen after you snap it.
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Contributors: Ashish Bhatia and Arjun Jassal.
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First Published: Wed, Feb 04 2009. 01 21 AM IST