Category Archives: Tools of the Week

Tool of the Week: Put Portable Apps on a Flash Drive

I like it when i don't have to bring my laptop to campus: it results in a nice and light backpack.  But the campus computers don't have my browser of choice (Google Chrome). Turns out you can install a version … Continue reading

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Tool of the Week: Performance Air-Filters

Living in colorado, my car sometimes struggles at high elevation on hills... especially when loaded down with friends and gear. I did some reading about how I could improve performance, and came across performance air filters. Performance Airfilters are pretty cheap (compared … Continue reading

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Tool of the Week: LaTeX

Think of LaTeX as the nerdiest word processor you'll ever see. LaTeX focuses on content, and does all the formatting for you (kind-of).  The end result is beautifuly typset documents based on style sheets with auto labeled equations, figures, and … Continue reading

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Tool of the Week: Mint.com

Mint is an online personal finance tool, and the most helpful and easy to use budgeting tool I've ever used.  Simply enter in your user-names and passwords to the accounts you want it to track, and then Mint will automatically … Continue reading

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Tool of the Week: NOAA hourly weather and point forecasts

Weather you're a data lover, or a flexible planner, I love using NOAA's hourly weather graph feature. Go to www.noaa.gov, type in your zip code (or city and state), and then scroll down and look on the right for "Hourly … Continue reading

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Tool of the Week: LMGTFY

Let Me Google That For You is a real awesome way of telling people not to bother you with dumb questions that they could ask google.  Just type in a question, get the link, and e-mail it to them.  It … Continue reading

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Tool of the Week: Web of Knowledge

Research can be a real pain.  I've already given a tool to keep track of where you've been, but sometimes it seems hard to know where to go. Web of Knowledge is not only a useful tool for searching through … Continue reading

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Tool of the Week: PayPal

"Every Time I see a bunch of checks taped to the fridge, I just roll my eyes." -William S. (Roommate) You've probably heard of PayPal, maybe you even have an account to buy stuff off of ebay or other online retailers.  But … Continue reading

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Tool of The Week: VPN

Sometimes you want the privlidges you get when you're on campus computers, but you don't want to be on campus.  Maybe you're working from home, your favorite coffee shop, or on the road.  VPNs allow your computer to appear to … Continue reading

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Tool of the Week: Gmail Ninja

It's no secret I love google products.  I've used just about every mail client out there and I really think Gmail is the best.  They're always on the forefront of innovation, and a lot of features you see coming out in other … Continue reading

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