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David G. Larson
Love helping small businesses, training voice actors and keeping Sarah and our two cats happy.
Love helping small businesses, training voice actors and keeping Sarah and our two cats happy.


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Finally sharing some of the Voice Acting Expo and School of Acting and Voiceover photos from
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How to open Word 2013 documents by default in the same view you saved them in (restore this lost functionality from previous versions):

Word 2013 FORCES all documents (crazy!) to open in Print Layout view. The add-in at the bottom of the page at restores the behavior of previous versions of Word—you see the current view AND zoom setting when you open again—thanks, Jay!

I mean, when I save in zoomed outline view, I want to open in zoomed outline view!  What was Microsoft thinking? Particularly with outline view, where you have portions of your document collapsed, and portions expanded (though no solution will restore the collapsed/expanded view of the outline). Changing defaults is one thing, but they didn't even create an option to restore the lost functionality.

If you want to try using an outline tool that in quite a number of ways is better than outline view in Word, try the free tool Workflowy. Go here and get even more free ►

► Important notes:

Changing the view and nothing else won't save the view. I just add a space to get it to save, same way Word has always worked. Also, this doesn't affect new blank documents if you set the view in the Normal.dotm template (the NewDocument event doesn't fire for the first blank document in a session, and Jay didn't want some new documents to behave differently than others.)

To contact Jay, try these forums where he talks about creating these macros:
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In a few days, you'll be able to talk to your iPhone and iPad by saying "Hey Siri..."

Apple is trying to compete with the "OK Google" phrase that you can use with Google app and website.

But I already talk to my phone, and I start every conversation with "Hey Emily, would you…"

I played around with the words I use (the "wake up phrase") because nothing felt natural, particularly in public. But now that I have a phrase that feels right to me, I use my voice activated assistant service much more frequently and easily.

While I don't think Apple will let you customize their built-in wake up phrase "Hey Siri" other apps WILL let you do it. I highly recommend customizing if you can.

My favorite app is the Dragon assistant app for Android (I also use an iPad). I tried wake up phrases such as "Hey Dragon, do this…" for awhile, and before that briefly toyed with phrases such as 
 • "Okay assistant…"
 • "Open up and…"
 • "Do this for me…"

Once I found what I liked, I went even further and created contacts called "This task for me," and "This task for shopping," etc. and so now I can say things like

"Hey Emily, would you email this task for me, Subject…" and it makes being productive just feel a lot more natural. (My tasks appear automatically on my to-do list in Asana using their email a task technique.)

(And how did I pick the name "Emily?" I asked my wife Sarah to suggest a name she wouldn't mind hearing me say :-)
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Um, WHAT did she say? A brief guide to Scottish colloquialisms from former Dr Who actress, Karen Gillan. Anything that can make me laugh out loud on a Monday has to be worth a share. :)
#drwho     #hilarious   #karengillan   #scottishaccent  
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API Integration Platforms And What They Work With:

There are a ton of great ways to automate your work nowadays, using tools like AutoHotKey, Gmail filters, Outlook rules, etc.

But even more powerful are tools that connect things, so that whenever you do something in one place, something useful automatically happens somewhere else.

The easiest to use and understand of these type of tools is probably IFTTT, which is short for "If This, Then That." Tools like IFTT include:
  • Zapier
  • itDuzzit
  • CloudWork
  • Pipethru
  • Formstack
  • Magic xpi
  • Adeptia
  • Mule ESB
 • onesaas
 • cloudbees
 • wewiredweb
 • wappwolf
 • snaplogic
 • Axway

But what can you automate with these tools? I've made a list of some of the most popular integrations for consumers and businesses, thanks to Canadian software developer Mathieu Fenniak 

• Dropbox
• Google Calendar
• Twitter
• Facebook
• Gmail
• Google Contacts
• WordPress
• Evernote
• Google Drive
• Blogger
• Flickr
• Google Docs
• Google Talk
• Google Tasks

• Salesforce
• Box
• Campaign Monitor
• Chargify
• FreshBooks
• Highrise
• NetSuite
• Quickbooks
• LinkedIn
• Stripe
• Toggl
• Trello
• Yammer
• Zendesk
• ActiveCampaign
• Asana
• Authorize.Net
• Basecamp
• Batchbook
• Campfire
• Capsule CRM
• Chatter
• Constant Contact
• FreeAgent
• GitHub
• Google Docs
• MailChimp
• Microsoft Dynamics CRM
• PayPal
• SugarCRM
• Twilio
• WebMerge
• Zoho CRM

There are more of these Integration Platforms as a Service (iPaaS) all the time, and the list of APIs they work with is also bigger than what I have listed here, but this is a good starting point.

I remember in 1991 when Monarch (now was released: they made transferring information AMAZINGLY more doable for small and large businesses alike. You would print out information reports from one application to a file, and then Monarch would make it easy to read that information into another application, eliminating a lot of data entry.

But nowadays, with smart API integrations, everything can be kept up to date automatically. We're living in the future!

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Another couple of favorite keyboard shortcut references: Keyboard shortcuts for Google Sheets and The Big List of 111+ Keyboard Shortcuts For The Most-Used Online Tools

My current favorite is hold s, right-click any image to do a visual search (Google images) on that image in Chrome
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My favorite recent Windows tip:

Annoyed by "hover select" when you use single click settings in Windows Explorer?

Turn it off in RegEdit at HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Mouse by setting MouseHoverWidth and MouseHoverHeight to 0
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