20 Things To Do When You’re 30 That Will Make Life Better At 50

by  with Thanks to Distractify for this article 
Someone asked a bunch of 50+ people about things they wished they had done in their younger years. The answers are incredibly smart, and in most cases, simple. If you’ve recently hit the big 3-0, this is your homework. 

1. Don’t smoke. If you’ve started, stop immediately.

“If you could see me now, I’m down on my poor, crackling knees begging you to at least consider stopping smoking,” writes Quora user Cyndi Perlman Fink. It’s expensive, smells gross, and is 100% guaranteed to cause health problems. Want to be cancer-free at 50? Stop smoking.

2. Stop eating crap.

“You can make a lot of money in 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s,…90s to buy the whole world when you are at age 50 or beyond,” writes Quora user Sireesha Chilakamarri.  “But, you cannot buy your health. Give up on fast food right now at age 30.”

3. Maintain (or repair) relationships with parents and siblings.

“…Chances are you’ve come across ideas and changed in ways that mean you don’t see eye to eye with them on many issues. But then – that’s part of what a family can help with – to learn to get along with people you don’t agree with on many issues,” writes Quora user Robert Walker.”I come from a family which is very argumentative. If you didn’t understand the situation you might at times think we hate each other. But it isn’t like that at all. Rather, we free to speak our minds because the family ties are so strong.”

4. Stop going out in the sun without sunblock.

“I was stupid. I didn’t listen. Do you want wrinkles and thin skin from sun damage like I have and do you want bruises from just lightly touching the side of a box and having your skin peel off? Go ahead, enjoy lying in the sun without sunblock,” writes Quora user Cyndi Perlman Fink.

5. Exercise regularly.

Build an active lifestyle now, and when you’re 50 you won’t be stuck in a Rascal. “Don’t gain weight. Exercise. Keep your weight at a normal level that’s good for your body,” continues Cyndi Perlman Fink. “Weight does all kinds of bad things for you body. I’ve been fat, I’ve been thin, thin is healthier.”

6. Start saving money. Even if it’s just a tiny bit.

“Save money. I know this is a boring, trite, and unsexy suggestion, but it’s true,” writes Quora user Cliff Gilley. “In your 30s, the average person has a lot of disposable income, some of which can almost always easily be set aside for use later in life.  Plus, building the habit of saving early means you’ll continue it further down the line.”

7. Learn to be content with what you have.

“…Happiness is what matters far more than worldly success,” writes Quora user Robert Walker. “If you are content with what you have then you may be a bit less likely to end up a millionaire, but you will have a happier life.  And if you do become a wealthy person – is no reason why not, you’ll be a more happy, fulfilled and productive wealthy person.”

8. Don’t delay pursuing your life goals.

“Want to buy a house? Have kids? Write a book? Get a second degree or advanced degree? Change your career? Learn to play a new musical instrument? Learn to cook gourmet meals? Try scuba diving? Run for public office? Start a business and be self-employed? Then start today,” writes Quora user Bill Karwin. “It’s easy to put things off. “I’ll get to that someday.” But it’s really true that time starts accelerating as you enter your 30’s, and it keeps accelerating. The time that you’ll get around to those dreams should be now.”

9. Get some sleep.

“Use stellar sleep hygiene,” writes Quora user Nan Waldman. “A dark room or sleep shades will block out light. No bright screens before bedtime. Go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time.”

10. Take care of your teeth.

“…Go to the freaking dentist already,” writes Quora user Caroline Zelonka. “Get your little cavities fixed as they come up. Unlike many body health issues, dental problems only get worse — and things like crowns and implants are uncomfortable, time-consuming and expensive (like, close to five figures per tooth for an extraction, implant and crown). If you have a good savings and income stream, the bills won’t be the painful thing — but there’s no getting around the pain and the time suck.”

11. Collect memories instead of things.

You are the sum of your experiences. Don’t wake up when you’re 50 and realize that you’ve wasted life gathering possessions. Memories won’t depreciate and can’t be burned in a fire. (Inspired by Quora user Richard Careaga).

12. Give something back.

“Give to others so you feel the goodness that service brings,” writes Quora user Nan Waldman. “However you give, do it with your full heart, soul, and effort. Expect nothing in return.”

13. Be curious and do one thing that scares you every day.

“Get out of the house and have an honest-to-God adventure right now,” writes Quora user Mary Leek. “Make it as big as you can possibly manage, take lots of pictures, throw caution to the wind, take on the risk, grab the brass ring. If possible, include someone you’re close to – make a BIG memory. It has to be more than jumping out of an airplane – it needs to be measured in days, not hours or minutes. You’ll still be smiling about it when you’re old and creaky, I promise. I am.”

14. Read at least 10 books a year.

“Gee I wish I spent more time watching TV and playing video,” said no 50 year-old ever. Your brain never stops growing, so exercise it with media that matters. (Inspired by Quora user Vanitha Muthukumar).

15. Travel. As much as possible, whenever you can.

“Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you,” writes Jeff Goins. “It’s about experiencing true risk and adventure so you don’t have to live in fear for the rest of your life. And…inspiring others to step out of that fear, too.”

16. Learn to meditate.

“The list of benefits is endless, it only costs you a small amount of time a day, the change in your life and the people you love will be amazing,” writes Quora user Rens De Nobel. “And compared to ten years ago, there are long lists of scientific studies to back it up.”

17. Do you.

Trust me, the day your body starts to show the signs of wear & tear, you no longer see any fun in partying or trying to impress people around you,” writes Quora user Satish Kumar Grandhi. “You need to start your path of self discovery right now to become stronger by the time you are 50.”

18. Keep a journal.

“You WILL forget more of your precious memories that you’ll remember,” writes Quora user Mark Crawley. “Your written records will entertain and endear in your future (wish I had). Your computer should make this archiving all the easier to implement and retain / recall. Put files on memory sticks with photos. Your kids (or surviving spouse) may someday love you for it.”

19. Become a homeowner.

“Buy a house, it’ll be nearly paid for by the time you’re 50,” writes Quora user Liz Read.

20. Take care of your friends.

“Choose people who make you feel like you already are your best self, who challenge you by their example, and who you genuinely enjoy,” explains Nan Waldman. “Nurture them. Laugh with them. Be silly too. Contribute to their survival and enjoyment of life. Take the time every week to be in touch.”
Thanks to Distractify for this article 

Top 25 Android Secret Codes 2017


August 4, 2016 Sumon Mobile 0

Circumvented with various Patent problems, Android still achieves to be the very best selling platform within the smart phone world. The self-winding Android watches are made from the very best materials. Today we will talk about Android Secret Codes.

Nowadays, Android Smart Phones become more famous across the entire world with many users. Online, you will be able enough to find quality Android developers predicated on hourly, weekly and monthly. There are some Android secret codes. Likewise, there are customers using smart phones with Android operating system and also to supply Android-based applications, the help of an Android developer is continually required. Today we will discuss about Top 25 Android Secret Codes 2016. Android programming is simply helpful if the application is just an excellent development. With this specific partnership, a brand new open environment for the cell web is being created. These applications vary from productivity tools, social networking applications, and android games. Finally, this can lead to better applications, fuller applications, and the capability for programmers to produce works with fewer limitations than in the past.Android Secret Codes
What is Android Operating:

A normal check-up is regularly required to advance your Android devise general performance. Background settings of your own Android tablet play an essential function to decrease device’s sluggishness. Google e-Books will act as the default on each Android device. There are a couple of versions of Android that are currently being used to construct devices.

This trick is simply applicable to tablets employing the Android Honeycomb Operating-system. For now, let’s try to know why customers would rather buy through Apple iPad Android tablets. It is always sensible to turn-off the mobile data or Wi-Fi, in case you are not utilizing the internet on your own Android tablet.
The Chronicles of Android Operating:

Another consideration is 4G. Android is easily the most common used system that is typically used by phone manufacturers. The social networking functionality in addition to the availability of varied color alternatives, along with the reliable Android operating-system usually means this handset is really a head-turner. This distinctive operating system may be used in mobile phones for example smart phones, tablet computers etc.

The android app development is very new and has a lot of developers. For SCI-FI aficionados, he offers the Alien. The app should be unique and ought to stick out within the crowd. This is among the Android apps for everybody who would like to work with music inside their device.

This provides the developer a shot to share one’s experience. In short, Android app development isn’t about doing a small business anyhow, rather than it’s doing a small business with a win-win strategy for each stakeholder involved within the game. It is critical to employ the assistance of an Android development business to get the newest applications developed from them.

You don’t must be connected constantly. Now, there’s no need to change between apps to utilize Google now nor there’s a need of utilizing copy and paste. The Android application was initially introduced within the calendar year 2007.

It boosts up the total speed when safeguarding your data. In doing this, customers have really been able to become many improvements to the system which helps in overall functionality. Their operating systems create the required base for all these well-known devices. The program isn’t as fluid.
Experience of Android Operating:

All files are safeguarded by anti-virus system and this means that it’s safe for every single user. Other apps and services which a user may be running on her or his device should never get interrupted in almost any manner due to the Android app within the question. This will permit the users to create optimum of the app. Turn-off the connectivity alternatives, when really not being used.

There are numerous devices available today. To be able to perform hands free communication, there’s a built in speakerphone system and 3.5 millimeter audio Jack. One trouble with this device is that it really is not able enough to play DivX movie files. Attempt to offer complete charge to your own android device each day.

It is possible to do multitasking, as iPad and it’s also relatively cheaper when it comes to cost. In reality, its functions are moderately straightforward and simple to use. For usage beyond the corporate planet, however, e-readers have few drawbacks.

Top 25 Android Secret Codes:
Enable Phone Test Mode:  *#*#19732840#*#*
Phone Factory Data Reset:  *#*#778O#*#*
Phone Quick GPS Test:  *#*#I472365#*#*
Phone Music Audio Test:  *#*#0289#*#*
Phone Touch Screen Test:  *#*#2664#*#*
Phone Backup Media Files:  #’#273283*255*663282*#*#*
Packet Phone Loop back Test:  *#*#0283#*#*
Reinstalls Firmware & Format:  *2767*3855#
Phone Wireless LAN Test:  *#*#232339#*#*
Different Phone GPS Test:  *#*# 1575#*#*
Full Information your Phone:  *#*#4636#*#*
Phone Touch Screen Versions:  *#*#2663#*#*
Phone Bluetooth Device Address:  *#*#232337#*#
Phone, PDA, Hardware:  *#*#4986*2650468#*#*
Displays Build Time Test:  *#*#44336#*#*
Phone IMEI Number:  *#06#
Phone Google Service:  *#*#8255#*#*
FTA Software and Version FTA:  *#*#I I I I#*#*
Phone ROM version:  *#*#3264#*#*
Phone Bluetooth Test:  *#*#23233I#*#*
Phone PDA and Phone Firmware:  *#*# 1234##
Phone LCD Display Test:  *#*#0*#*#*
Sound Vibration, Backlight Test:  *#*#0842#*#*
Phone Proximity Sensor Test:  *#*#0588#*#*
Find Wi-Fi Mac Address:  *#*#232338#*#*
Phone Field Test:  *#*#7262626#*#*
Phone Camera Update:  *#*#34971539#*#*

I hope that all Android secret codes will help you to control your Android phone. Thank you.

How To Access Netflix’s Hundreds of Hidden Categories

How To Access Netflix’s Hundreds of Hidden Categories

Netflix is always using algorithms to help you find the best movies based on your taste, but what if you want something completely different?

By Diego Lopes • 01/26/17 03:46pm – Updated 03/01/17 03:46pm

Netflix has hundreds of hidden categories you can now access.
Source: XDA Developers

The way Netflix works is very simple when it comes to recommending you things to watch – it analyzes what you view the most and the ratings you give, and uses those tags to suggest similar material, following the idea that if you liked this Quentin Tarantino film, you will like this other one. That’s also why every Netflix feed looks different based on the user.

But sometimes you will find that you’ve seen most of what’s being suggested or the suggestions just stopped looking interesting, and you want to dive into new categories. Now, there is a way to do that, and it’s incredibly easy.
Netflix organizes your feed based on your preferences.
Source: Social Media Today

How to access the hidden categories

When navigating Netflix you will notice that whenever you enter a category, the URL address changes. For example, the Action & Adventure URL is “https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/1365”, and the same goes the sub-categories within a genre, like “Action Thrillers”, “Boxing Movies”, and so on.

That number at the end is the category code.

Netflix will always suggest the categories you have the highest chance of enjoying, but now you can venture into the ones it never showed you, simply because they thought you wouldn’t like it – after all, they have hundreds of them.

None of them are forbidden, they are just hidden based on algorithms.

The basic URL for the “Action & Adventure” category looks like this:


Just pick one of the numbers on the list below and replace the number at the end of the address for the one you want. For example, say I want “Adult Animation”, code number 11881. I would simply paste this on my browser:


That’s it. It works the same way for every other category. Have fun!

Favorite this post for when you need the codes again! (Shortcut: Ctrl+D)

Action & Adventure: 1365
Action Comedies: 43040
Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
Action Thrillers: 43048
Adult Animation: 11881
Adventures: 7442
African Movies: 3761
Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
Animal Tales: 5507
Anime: 7424
Anime Action: 2653
Anime Comedies: 9302
Anime Dramas: 452
Anime Fantasy: 11146
Anime Features: 3063
Anime Horror: 10695
Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
Anime Series: 6721
Art House Movies: 29764
Asian Action Movies: 77232
Australian Movies: 5230
B-Horror Movies: 8195
Baseball Movies: 12339
Basketball Movies: 12762
Belgian Movies: 262
Biographical Documentaries: 3652
Biographical Dramas: 3179
Boxing Movies: 12443
British Movies: 10757
British TV Shows: 52117
Campy Movies: 1252
Children & Family Movies: 783
Chinese Movies: 3960
Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
Classic Comedies: 31694
Classic Dramas: 29809
Classic Foreign Movies: 32473
Classic Movies: 31574
Classic Musicals: 32392
Classic Romantic Movies: 31273
Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
Classic Thrillers: 46588
Classic TV Shows: 46553
Classic War Movies: 48744
Classic Westerns: 47465
Comedies: 6548
Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
Country & Western/Folk: 1105
Courtroom Dramas: 528582748
Creature Features: 6895
Crime Action & Adventure: 9584
Crime Documentaries: 9875
Crime Dramas: 6889
Crime Thrillers: 10499
Crime TV Shows: 26146
Cult Comedies: 9434
Cult Horror Movies: 10944
Cult Movies: 7627
Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734
Cult TV Shows: 74652
Dark Comedies: 869
Deep Sea Horror Movies: 45028
Disney: 67673
Disney Musicals: 59433
Documentaries: 6839
Dramas: 5763
Dramas based on Books: 4961
Dramas based on real life: 3653
Dutch Movies: 10606
Eastern European Movies: 5254
Education for Kids: 10659
Epics: 52858
Experimental Movies: 11079
Faith & Spirituality: 26835
Faith & Spirituality Movies: 52804
Family Features: 51056
Fantasy Movies: 9744
Film Noir: 7687
Food & Travel TV: 72436
Football Movies: 12803
Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828
Foreign Comedies: 4426
Foreign Documentaries: 5161
Foreign Dramas: 2150
Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies: 8243
Foreign Horror Movies: 8654
Foreign Movies: 7462
Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 6485
Foreign Thrillers: 10306
French Movies: 58807
Gangster Movies: 31851
Gay & Lesbian Dramas: 500
German Movies: 58886
Greek Movies: 61115
Historical Documentaries: 5349
Horror Comedy: 89585
Horror Movies: 8711
Independent Action & Adventure: 11804
Independent Comedies: 4195
Independent Dramas: 384
Independent Movies: 7077
Independent Thrillers: 3269
Indian Movies: 10463
Irish Movies: 58750
Italian Movies: 8221
Japanese Movies: 10398
Jazz & Easy Listening: 10271
Kids Faith & Spirituality: 751423
Kids Music: 52843
Kids’ TV: 27346
Korean Movies: 5685
Korean TV Shows: 67879
Late Night Comedies: 1402
Latin American Movies: 1613
Latin Music: 10741
Martial Arts Movies: 8985
Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling: 6695
Middle Eastern Movies: 5875
Military Action & Adventure: 2125
Military Documentaries: 4006
Military Dramas: 11
Military TV Shows: 25804
Miniseries: 4814
Mockumentaries: 26
Monster Movies: 947
Movies based on children’s books: 10056
Movies for ages 0 to 2: 6796
Movies for ages 2 to 4: 6218
Movies for ages 5 to 7: 5455
Movies for ages 8 to 10: 561
Movies for ages 11 to 12: 6962
Music & Concert Documentaries: 90361
Music: 1701
Musicals: 13335
Mysteries: 9994
New Zealand Movies: 63782
Period Pieces: 12123
Political Comedies: 2700
Political Documentaries: 7018
Political Dramas: 6616
Political Thrillers: 10504
Psychological Thrillers: 5505
Quirky Romance: 36103
Reality TV: 9833
Religious Documentaries: 10005
Rock & Pop Concerts: 3278
Romantic Comedies: 5475
Romantic Dramas: 1255
Romantic Favorites: 502675
Romantic Foreign Movies: 7153
Romantic Independent Movies: 9916
Romantic Movies: 8883
Russian: 11567
Satanic Stories: 6998
Satires: 4922
Scandinavian Movies: 9292
Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1492
Sci-Fi Adventure: 6926
Sci-Fi Dramas: 3916
Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694
Sci-Fi Thrillers: 11014
Science & Nature Documentaries: 2595
Science & Nature TV: 52780
Screwball Comedies: 9702
Showbiz Dramas: 5012
Showbiz Musicals: 13573
Silent Movies: 53310
Slapstick Comedies: 10256
Slasher and Serial Killer Movies: 8646
Soccer Movies: 12549
Social & Cultural Documentaries: 3675
Social Issue Dramas: 3947
Southeast Asian Movies: 9196
Spanish Movies: 58741
Spiritual Documentaries: 2760
Sports & Fitness: 9327
Sports Comedies: 5286
Sports Documentaries: 180
Sports Dramas: 7243
Sports Movies: 4370
Spy Action & Adventure: 10702
Spy Thrillers: 9147
Stage Musicals: 55774
Stand-up Comedy: 11559
Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
Steamy Thrillers: 972
Supernatural Horror Movies: 42023
Supernatural Thrillers: 11140
Tearjerkers: 6384
Teen Comedies: 3519
Teen Dramas: 9299
Teen Screams: 52147
Teen TV Shows: 60951
Thrillers: 8933
Travel & Adventure Documentaries: 1159
TV Action & Adventure: 10673
TV Cartoons: 11177
TV Comedies: 10375
TV Documentaries: 10105
TV Dramas: 11714
TV Horror: 83059
TV Mysteries: 4366
TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1372
TV Shows: 83
Urban & Dance Concerts: 9472
Vampire Horror Movies: 75804
Werewolf Horror Movies: 75930
Westerns: 7700
World Music Concerts: 2856
Zombie Horror Movies: 75405

This Picture Test Can Reveal a Lot About Your Character

This picture test can reveal much about your character and outlook on life. All you have to do is answer one simple question without thinking about it for too long:
What did you see here first?


If you saw…

An explosion
This is evidence that you have a well-developed imagination and that this has helped you in numerous situations. The chances are that you’re a very creative individual and work in an artistic sphere of activity. If you don’t, then you’ve probably got hidden talents within you that are worth trying to give expression to. Think about what you enjoyed doing when you were a child: did you like drawing or singing? At the very least, a new hobby won’t do you any harm. You need to use your creative energy in order to live a full life.

Two hands
You have a well-developed imagination, but at the same time you rely on logic as the basis for most of your actions. You see what is really in front of your eyes first and foremost. You’re a clear-headed individual and people can always turn to you for sound advice. Cold rationality and a sharp mind allow you to extricate yourself from even the most complex and difficult situations. You never give in to panic, always keep calm, and are astute enough to know how to calm down others as well. People see a strong person in you that they are instinctively drawn toward.

A tree
You’re a very observant person who notices all the little details in things. No information can be hidden from you. At the same time, you’re highly sensitive to the moods of those around you. You know how to extract information from people and understand when it’s the right moment to pose this or that question to an individual. Your calling lies somewhere in the professional business world. You’re guaranteed to be successful in those spheres of activity that require conscientiousness and precision.

If you didn’t see anything when you first looked at the image above, then you need to take a rest. You’re clearly tired and you’re finding it difficult to resolve complex tasks. You find it hard to make sense of things from a different perspective and take many things far too literally. Take a break. A few days spent in solitude and calm will give you strength for new activities.T

101 Keyboard Shortcuts: Little-Known Ways To Save Time and Do More

From Manly Skills

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

– Benjamin Franklin

With the advent of computers, we have an excellent opportunity to save time.  Mathematical calculations which used to take hours can now be completed in seconds, and tasks such as writing are shortened by electronic word searches.

However, most people do not make full use of these amazing computers.

To fully-utilize these powerful machines, memorize and use the following 101 keyboard shortcuts.

If remembering all 101 seems overwhelming, just memorize the 20 or so bolded ones – they’re the most important.

Tech Note: The shortcuts below mostly apply to Windows operating systems, but some will also work on Mac and Linux syxtems.

General Windows Shortcuts

  • F1 – Start Windows Help
  • F2 – Rename a file/folder
  • F3 – Search for a file/folder
  • Ctrl + Esc – Display the Start Menu
  • Alt + Tab – Switch between open programs
  • Delete – Move the selected item to the Recycle Bin
  • Shift + Delete – Permanently delete the selected item

Cross–program Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + C – Copy selected text to clipboard
  • Ctrl + V – Paste contents of clipboard
  • Ctrl + Z – Undo
  • Ctrl + Y – Redo
  • Ctrl + X – Cut
  • Ctrl + B – Bold
  • Ctrl + U – Underline
  • Ctrl + I – Italics
  • Ctrl + S – Save changes
  • Alt + F4 – Close program

Firefox Shortcuts

  • Backspace – Back (to previous page)
  • Shift + Backspace – Forward (to next page)
  • Alt + Home – To homepage
  • F5 – Reload/refresh page
  • F6 – Jump to address bar
  • F11 – Toggle full screen
  • Esc – Stop loading page
  • Home – Jump to top of page
  • End – Jump to bottom of page
  • Ctrl + U – View page source
  • Ctrl + P – Print current page
  • Ctrl + “+” – Zoom in
  • Ctrl + “-” – Zoom out
  • Ctrl + 0 – Reset zoom level
  • Ctrl + D – Bookmark current page
  • Ctrl + J – View downloads
  • Ctrl + H – View history

Gmail Shortcuts

  • C – Compose new message
  • / – Move cursor to search box
  • K – Move to newer conversation
  • J – Move to older conversation
  • U – Close message
  • E – Archive conversation
  • ! – Report spam
  • R – Reply
  • F – Forward
  • Shift + I – Mark as read
  • Shift + U – Mark as unread
  • ? – Display all shortcuts

Google Reader Shortcuts

  • J – Move to older item
  • K – Move to newer item
  • S – Star an item
  • L – Like an item
  • E – Email item
  • Shift + S – Share item
  • Shift + D – Share item with note
  • M – Mark item as read/unread
  • Shift + A – Mark all items as read
  • R – Refresh screen
  • ? – Display all shortcuts

MS Word

  • Ctrl + A – Select all
  • Ctrl + E – Center selected text
  • Ctrl + L – Align selected text to the left
  • Ctrl + R – Align selected text to the right
  • Ctrl + F – Open find and replace
  • Ctrl + K- Insert link
  • Ctrl + M – Indent paragraph
  • Ctrl + N – Create new document
  • Ctrl + O – Open new file
  • Ctrl + P – Open print window
  • Ctrl + T – Create a hanging indent
  • Ctrl + Home – Jump to beginning of document
  • Ctrl + End – Jump to end of document
  • Ctrl + 2 – Double-space lines
  • F7 – Run spell and grammar check
  • Shift + F7 – Run thesaurus on selected word

MS Excel Shortcuts

  • F2 – Edit the selected cell
  • F11 – Insert chart
  • Ctrl + ; – Insert current date
  • Shift + F3 – Open formula window
  • Shift + K – Insert link
  • Ctrl + Page Up/Page Down – Move between worksheets in the same document
  • Ctrl + Shift + $ – Use currency format
  • Ctrl + Shift + # – Use date format
  • Ctrl + Shift + % – Use percentage format
  • Ctrl + Shift + ^ – Use scientific format
  • Ctrl + Shift + @ – Use time format
  • Ctrl + Space – Select column
  • Shift + Space – Select row

Paint.Net Shortcuts

  • Shift + Scroll Up/Down – Scroll Left/Right
  • Esc or Enter – Deselect
  • Ctrl + I – Invert selection
  • E – Switch to eraser tool
  • F – Switch to paint bucket tool
  • H – Switch to pan tool
  • K – Switch to color picker tool
  • M – Switch to move tool
  • O – Switch to box tool
  • P – Switch to pencil tool
  • S – Switch to selection tool
  • X – Swap primary/secondary colors
  • Z – Switch to zoom tool
  • Ctrl + Shift + S – Open “Save As” box
  • Ctrl + Shift + Z – Open rotate/zoom box


Well, there you are!  More than a hundred time-saving computer shortcuts.

Once you start using these shortcuts you will be amazed by how much time you save.

What are your favorite computer tricks and shortcuts

Seven Ways to Improve Wi-Fi Performance

Jennifer Bosavage

When Wi-Fi performance isn’t up to snuff, it is frustrating. It is common knowledge that distance plays a role in Wi-Fi performance, as do obstructions such as walls and floors. The closer a router is to a computer, the better the connection. But, assuming your equipment is relatively up-to-date, that your modem is nearby, and there are no huge obstacles between the unit and the computer, there are still a few additional ways to improve Wi-Fi performance. 

1. Update your router’s firmware. Firmware functions as the foundation for your router. It is somewhat permanent, because it cannot be changed until a new firmware update becomes available. Consider updating the firmware to improve performance, fix bugs and upgrade security options. However, be cautious: A firmware update can be a bit dangerous because if the update is interrupted, your router could become useless. Connecting the router to the computer with a cable during the updating process greatly reduces that risk.

2. Use a signal or range extender. This device plugs into a main socket to rebroadcast and boost Wi-Fi signals, and it can help the signal get to a building’s hard-to-reach places. All Wi-Fi routers can work reliably up to a certain distance, but past that, the signal gets spotty. Wireless range extenders—also called wireless repeaters or Wi-Fi expanders—will boost signal strength. Although it is not a router, it should be located using the same protocols. Place it near the router so it gets a good signal, but also close enough to the edge of coverage so it can revive the weak points. 

3. Avoid interference. Other electronic devices—including other Wi-Fi routers—cell towers, microwaves, Bluetooth devices and even satellites can cause trouble and speed up degradation. Generally Wi-Fi is on a different frequency than such devices, but the sheer amount of “radio noise” can cause interference. Android users can check out Wi-Fi Analyzer to find the perfect channel. In a holiday twist of fate, Christmas lights, especially blinking ones, can emit an electromagnetic field that interacts with Wi-Fi bands. This is true even for newer LED lights. However there’s no need to turn off the holiday spirit; simply move the router.

4. Place limits. Small businesses that offer guest Wi-Fi should limit that access to 20MHz, so the business has a stronger, more stable signal. When possible, use the 5GHz channel.

5. Lock it up with current authentication and encryption. Obviously your network should be password protected. But even with a password, the latest wireless technology (802.11ac) and two or three radio access points that support speeds up to 1.3 Gbps, performance could be slow. That is because wireless networks with the faster speed technology do not support older types of authentication and encryption. Check that security on the network is WPA-2 or better.

6. Plan wireless networks based on capacity, not just coverage. If you have 60 users on an access point, that bandwidth is shared among all of them. In addition, if any of those users connect with multiple devices, the network can come to a crawl. Also, position APs so they are broadcasting their signals in the specific direction they are needed. Approaches such as Wi-Fi Mesh add intelligent access points to extend the signal, helping to eliminate dead zones. A wireless mesh network spreads a network connection among many nodes that communicate with one another. Another benefit is low cost: using a wireless mesh network avoids the cost of installing wires between buildings, for instance.

7. Use the Quality of Service tools (QoS). The QoS settings are usually found under advanced settings in the network’s administrator interface. Limits can be placed on the bandwidth certain applications use, and downloads may be scheduled to run more slowly during times of increased network traffic. In addition, measuring real-time performance and analyzing that data can provide insights regarding how Wi-Fi is being used. Information that can be collected includes: the connection rates of wireless APs and third-party devices; the distribution of 802.11g, 802.11n or 802.11ac clients; the speed capability and distribution of various wireless devices and 5GHz versus 2.4 GHz connection rates.

The increased use of Wi-Fi devices puts more strain on any network, but, regardless, users expect fast, reliable performance. By focusing on improving the user’s experience, a strategy can be implemented to boost Wi-Fi performance quickly and cost effectively.

How To Improve Your Self-Esteem

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I was talking with a friend this weekend who is suffering from low self-esteem.

After hearing the way this lovely young woman was talking about herself, so blind to her own beauty, intelligence, and talents, I blurted out, “You must begin to love yourself. You have so much to offer.”

She looked at me with defeated eyes and said, “How do I just love myself? What does that mean?”

When your self-esteem is low, the concept of loving yourself is completely foreign. You see yourself as lacking and unworthy and feel there’s nothing to love. In fact, there seems to be far more reason to loathe yourself than love yourself.

Low self-esteem is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The worse you feel about yourself, the less energy and motivation you have to do what it takes to build your self-esteem around. Your self-esteem continues to plummet as your brain locks in on negative and circular thinking, further entrenching you in beliefs that have little or no basis in reality.

Self-esteem improves by changing both your thoughts and behaviors. You must practice new thoughts and behaviors until you begin to turn the tide of your feelings about yourself. And you must continue practicing them to maintain a healthy love for yourself.
Here are 50 actions for how to improve your self-esteem and self-worth.

1. Become proficient at something

When you practice and become skilled at something you enjoy, your increasing competency and the discipline of practice will be a source of pride and fulfillment for you.

2. Reclaim your integrity

If you are living outside of your integrity, you will feel disoriented, guilty, and drained. Define what integrity means for you, and make the necessary changes to live in accordance with it.

3. Exercise

Exercise makes you feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. It provides a sense of control over your health and vitality.

4. Volunteer

When we serve and support other people, we feel uplifted and valued. We have found a way to show empathy and connection through service.

5. Take care of a pet

Pets offer unconditional love and fulfill our longing for attention and affection. Pets teach us compassion and responsibility, taking the focus off of our own problems.

6. Care about your appearance

When you look your best, you feel better. You project an outward image of self-esteem and confidence — even if you don’t feel that way. But when you act “as if” you have self-esteem, eventually your feelings will catch up.

7. Do something creative

Creative endeavors put you in the “flow” state in which you are intently engaged in what you are doing. It stimulates the brain and potentially leads you to a passion or avocation.

8. Heal past wounds

Past issues and traumas can keep you trapped in low self-esteem. Seek the support of a trained counselor to help you heal the wounds of the past.

9. Plan something exciting

Plan for a trip or adventure so that you have something exciting to look forward to. Just the planning process with make you feel engaged and purposeful.
10. Have a change of scenery

Actually going on a trip, working from another location, or spending time out of your house will give you a boost of energy and motivation.

11. Spend time with a friend

Good friends accept us as we are, love us for who we are, and provide an outlet for fun and companionship. Our best friends are a reflection of the good in ourselves.

12. Get clear on your values

Determine your core values in life, the principles around which you want your life centered. Examine your life to see where you are not in alignment with the values and make the necessary changes to fix that.

13. Write down your accomplishments

Think back through your life to all that you’ve accomplished as a youth and adult. List everything you have done that you feel proud of.

14. Read something inspirational

Read books and articles that uplift you and make you feel positive. Stay away from negative television programs, web sites, advertising or anything that reinforces a poor self-image.

15. Stretch yourself

Step outside of your comfort zone in some way. Stretch yourself to try something new, meet different people, or approach a situation in an unconventional way.

16. Take care of your relationships

Focus your love, time, and attention on the people you care about most. Nurture your relationships and find ways to communicate fully and enjoy a richer experience with your loved ones.

17. Teach someone

You have skills and abilities to share with others. Teach someone who is interested in learning. Offer your knowledge and experience as a gift.

18. Practice affirmations

Keep an affirmation journal in which you write positive, loving statements about yourself. Repeat those affirmations daily when you awaken and before you go to sleep.

19. Challenge limiting beliefs

When you catch yourself thinking negatively about your self-worth, challenge the beliefs with evidence to the contrary. Find reasons why your limiting beliefs are untrue — or at least not completely true.

20. Seek your life passion

If you have not found your life passion, make time in your life to seek it out. The process of having a goal to find it will give your life a sense of purpose.

21. Give and receive affection

Offer and receive physical affection from family and friends. Physical touch supports bonding between people, reduces anxiety, improves your mood, and creates connections.

22. Increase your standards

Begin to demand more of yourself in various areas of your life. Challenge yourself to do a bit better, go a bit farther, behave more lovingly than you have in the past. Set the bar higher, and you will feel proud of who you are.

23. Have a purpose

Start considering what your life purpose might be. Why are you here? What could be your legacy and how can you make that a centerpiece of your life?

24. Live in the right place

Are you living in a community or city that makes you feel comfortable and at home? Or are you living somewhere that doesn’t reflect your values and ideal lifestyle?

25. Let go of draining people

If there are people in your life who put you down, drain you of energy, or take advantage of you, begin to gently let them slip from your life. Surround yourself with loving and supportive people who value you.

26. Network

Expand your network of friends and associates to broaden your horizons and create new life and career opportunities.

27. Ask for forgiveness

If you have wronged someone, don’t live with guilt or shame. Apologize, make it right, and ask for forgiveness.

28. Pay off your debts

Living with debt can drain your self-esteem and cause on-going anxiety. Pay off your debts and begin to live within your means.

29. Don’t smoke, drink too much, or use recreational drugs

All of these excesses are unhealthy, make you feel bad physically and make you feel undisciplined and dependent on substances to soothe your emotions.

30. Create personal boundaries

Know what your personal boundaries are and how you will react when people cross them. Don’t allow others to take advantage of you or manipulate you.

31. Be a mentor

Be there for someone who needs support, leadership, and guidance. Their respect will add to your self-respect.

32. Slow down and simplify

An over-scheduled and complicated life will lead to stress and overwhelm. You have no time to make positive changes in your life that help build self-esteem. Begin to clear things off your to-do list and simplify all areas of your life.

33. Detach from the opinion of others

When you worry about what others will think of you, you never feel free to be yourself completely. Begin making choices and decisions based on what you want, not what you think others want for you.

34. Stop gossiping

Gossip may be momentarily powerful and thrilling, but it leaves you with a residue of distaste for yourself. Make a point to stop gossiping.

35. Be an initiator

Don’t wait for others to make the plans, call the shops, or come up with the ideas. Be the initiator, the first responder, the one who takes charge. Practice this even if it feels uncomfortable at first.

36. Learn to manage anger

Anger is often a response to feelings of low self-worth and despair. Find appropriate outlets for your feelings. Express them to a supportive person before they turn to anger.

37. Embrace failure as part of growth

Shift your thinking about perceived failures. See them as a necessary part of growth and learning. Failures are evidence of effort, and you always learn something from them.

38. Stop over-thinking

Jump off the gerbil wheel of repetitive thoughts that percolate constantly in your brain. Instead, take some kind of positive action that is distracting and worthwhile.

39. Eliminate time-wasting behaviors

Find productive, creative, life-affirming ways to spend your time, rather than watching endless hours of TV, surfing the net, or playing video games.

40. Be willing to ask for help

Asking for help and support isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of determination and courage. Asking for help means you are ready for positive change.

41. Be honest with yourself and others

If you are living a lie, telling yourself or others stories about who you are and how you feel, you are entrapping yourself in unhappiness. You must be authentic and accepting to open your heart to self-love.

42. Stay focused on the present moment

It is the only reality. When the past and the future feel painful, focus on the task at hand and do it with your full engagement.

43. Practice gratitude

Every day, write down encouraging words and all that you feel grateful for, all of your blessings, all of the people whose lives have touched you in a positive way.

44. Shift from an inferiority mentality to an equality mentality

Stop comparing yourself to others and measuring your worth against what they might have and you don’t. View everyone you encounter as your equal and your potential friend, regardless of their station in life, appearance, or intelligence.

45. Keep learning

View yourself as a life-long learner and approach all things with a beginner’s mentality — open, eager, and willing to learn.

46. Re-frame fear

Begin to shift the feelings of fear to energy for change. When you feel fear, use this powerful emotion to take action on something positive and forward-moving.

47. Redefine success

What is success for you? Is it wealth, power, or possessions? Begin to view success in terms of fulfilling experiences, loving relationships, and meaningful work.

48. Set small goals

Every day, set one or two small goals for yourself that are non-negotiable. At the end of a year, you will have achieved more than you ever expected.

49. Study personal evolution

Become a forever student of personal growth and self-improvement. Read, listen, study, and learn about how to live with emotional intelligence and maturity. See personal evolution as a life-long journey.

50. Give away love

Never hesitate to show your love, even if you’ve been hurt by love in the past. The move love you give away, the more it comes back to you. Start with yourself. Begin to love yourself the way you would love your best friend or sibling.

Self-esteem often takes practice and commitment. You must value the importance of feeling good about yourself, having self-worth and being comfortable with who you are. The alternative is staying stuck in depression, unhappiness, and negative thoughts.

Begin to practice self-esteem fostering thoughts and behaviors. Start acting as though you believe in yourself and love who you are even if your feelings haven’t caught up. Give yourself legitimate reasons to feel proud, accomplished, and worthwhile through learning, personal growth, goal-setting and achievement.

Once you accept the unique perfection of who you are and what you offer the world, you will find that you are more deserving than anyone of your own love and affection.

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