Fun With Vista – Quick Launch Shortcuts

If you’re a Quick Launch hound like I am, then your tiny icons next to your start button never get a rest. I have all my important frequently accessed programs stuffed in there – but sometimes it can be a hassle to swing the cursor over and click on each icon. So here’s a tip for you:


Keyboard shortcuts for the Quick Launch icons in Vista. You can open any icon in the Quick Launch bar (just to the right of the Start button) by holding down the Windows key and pressing what I’ll call the “rank number” of the icon – the number that corresponds to its position in the list. So, in my desktop here, Windows + 1 opens Outlook, Windows + 2 opens Internet Explorer, Windows + 5 opens the Snipping Tool and so on. This means that you can set a really simple keyboard shortcut to any program you want – just right-click the program in the Start Menu and choose Add To Quick Launch, then drag-and-drop it to assign the number you want.

I used to hate Quick Launch – now I don’t know how I ever existed without it 8)

Hacks n Tweaks

Rice Engineered to Carry Cholera Vaccine

A team of Japanese researchers has developed a type of rice that can carry a vaccine for cholera, this could one day ease delivery of vaccines in developing countries.

While it’s only the latest of several plants being tested as potential means of producing vaccines, the development is potentially important in medically underserved countries that lack refrigeration to store regular vaccines.

But the work is preliminary, having been tested only in mice.

Read more on this at


How J. Striegel Failed The Turing Test

J. Striegel recounts his escapades as a celebrity and as a bot:

Some time around March, I started receiving a number of random instant messages from people I’ve never met before. Apparently, my AIM alias had been added to at least two online lists and people all over the world were busy importing me as a buddy.

First Striegel wound up on the supposed ‘Secret buddy list of celebrities”.

sexybumkin123: hey.. so you’re famous right?
jmstriegel: Who me? I’m a movie star.
jmstriegel: Shit, I gotta go.
jmstriegel: My limo just arrived and Paris wants her damned sidekick back.
sexybumkin123: Oh my god. Come back!
sexybumkin123: I love you!!!!

Then he wound up on a list where people thought he was a chat bot. He failed to convince them he was a human, how sad, right?…

jmstriegel: no, really. I’m quite human.
jmstriegel: test me if you want
shymuffin32: ok
shymuffin32: why do you like music?
jmstriegel: hmm. i’ve never really considered that.
jmstriegel: hell, i’m not going to be able to contrive a good answer for that one. ask me something else.
shymuffin32: jeesus, you’re worse than eliza

Not sad, it’s hilarious! :grin:


Apple Brings Safari To Windows

safari windows

Download the Beta.

Let the holy wars begin anew.

Exhibit A:

The apple font rendering ‘no worky’; Coding Horror shows the comparison of Safari’s font rendering to IE7 w/ Cleartype.

Exhibit B:

Or on digg where it’s ‘A fat browser ain’t a fast browser‘; referring to it’s memory use in a side by side comparison with FF2.

Let’s be honest kids, Safari is in Beta, give it some time and we’ll see.


What Is That??

I have to admit, Andy’s WIT posted a few days ago gave me a run for my money!  I had to follow the link to see what that thing was ;)  I find the transport of that very interesting.  I mean, Why not just build the darn thing where the rest of it is?  You’d think some pre-planning would be involved there!

So, this week we find ourselves with another picture to cogitate, and fire some synapses considering its relevance to life, the universe and everything.  Scope this out:


Try not to be shocked!  Comments….

What Is That?