Happy New Year!

December 29, 2008

Hey, it’s that time of year again. You know, where you wake up one morning and can’t remember what year it is? Because the year changed?

We found this article about the origin of the Times Square celebrations. Take a look and enjoy some great, old photographs.

And if you’re interested in the ball itself, read more about its history.

Happy 2009!


We’re less than a month away from ushering in the new first pets, but I only just discovered these videos! So, before it is too late, we have to share. But hurry and enjoy – who knows how long these links will work…

Update: The Bush-era whitehouse.gov site is no longer available. But we found this video on YouTube. Enjoy!

Barney’s Holiday Extravaganza

Oh, and this is Miss Beazley, not Barney. But they look just alike to me, so there you go.

Too big to Email? Drop.io!

December 15, 2008

Attachments are a handy way to share files. One problem, our Email Inboxes are only so big. Sometimes you have a file that’s just too big to send. You need drop.io – a simple private way to share your computer files.

Instead of sending your file to your recipient(s), you upload your file to drop.io. Then, you use drop.io to notify everyone where to get the file. Then, they click on the short link you’ve set up, like http://drop.io/humungouspowerpoint, to access the file.


  1. Go to drop.io
  2. Come up with a short name for your drop, or use the random suggested code. You’re link will be drop.io/yournamehere.
  3. Load the file, just like you would for an attachment.
  4. You can set the file to be removed after a few days or weeks. You can even password it for extra protection.
  5. Plug-in the Email addresses you want to send the file to.  You’re done.

Picture This

You are printing off this news story on the Nobel Prize. USA Today‘s web site has a big photo of the subject, some social bookmark links, a giant banner, and ads on the side. When you go to print, it is two pages for this brief article. You just want to print the story on one page! What to do?

There are plenty of options: the site’s “Print This” feature, Print Selection, Cut & Paste to Word. These would work. Or you could use a handy web site called Print What You Like.

How Does it Work?

  1. Copy the web address of the page with the story (Highlight, CTRL+C).
  2. Go to Print What You Like.
  3. Paste the URL into the green box. (CTRL+V)
  4. Then, isolate the selection to print only what you want.

Do you ever use Paint? You know, the drawing program that comes loaded on every PC? Do you find it easy to use?

If you find Paint a little constraining – or if it just drives you up the wall – take a look at Dabbleboard!

Dabbleboard is an online white board.


Wait a minute, now. I know “whiteboard” doesn’t sound exciting. But look at what it can do:

1. Draw a circle and dabbleboard takes your shaky, imperfect drawing and makes a nice, clean circle. It can tell when you’re trying to draw a rectangle, triangle, or trapezoid too.

2. You want the lines to make to look all squiggly just like you drew them? Select freehand and your lines will be as shaky as you want them.

3. Want to draw on top of a photo? Upload an image and go to town.

If you want to watch Dabbleboard in action, watch this video to get a feel for it’s coolness.

Or, if you’re up to the challenge, give Dabbleboard a try right now! You don’t even have to sign up to use it. How cool is that???

Here’s the one I made. Can you do better? (I bet you can…) If you feel like sharing, post a link to your drawing in the comments!