Archive for the ‘General Tips’ Category

Search with Google Like a Pro: Part 3

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Now that you know how to search the internet with Google like a pro, let’s take a look at evaluating your search results, and the sources that you’ve found. Evaluating the Source So you’ve found the information that you’ve been looking for, but how do you know if it is from a reliable source? Anyone […]

Search with Google Like a Pro: Part 2

Monday, December 11th, 2006

In the first article of this series, we learned the basics of searching with Google. Now, it is time to move on to some more advanced searching techniques, for when a basic search just won’t cut it. Topics to be discussed today included search operators, advanced search, and understanding the search results. Search Operators If […]

Search with Google Like a Pro: Part 1

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

With much of the world’s information moving from print form into the online realm, knowing how to find the information you need, whilst sorting through the crap, is becoming an increasinly important skill. It’s a skill you’ll likely utilize as a college student, and again later when you begin your career. I’d love for you […]

5 things you need to know before you move out

Monday, October 16th, 2006

As mentioned earlier, I recently moved out on my own. No more parents, no more RA’s, just me and my roommate. Now I have been on my own for about a two months and have noticed a change in mindset, and a change in my daily routine. Nothing beats being independent both financially (mostly) and […]

How to speed up your boot time in 10 seconds flat

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

After complaining to a friend that my start up time was getting a little too lengthy, he told me a quick little fix to clear up what Windows goes through when it starts up. To quick your start time follow this process: Click on Start —> Run. In the field type “msconfig”. A dialog box […]

How to hack a Coke Machine

Monday, October 9th, 2006

I’m pretty sure your dorm has one of those vending machine areas on the first floor. I’d also bet that in the middle of the night it is unattended for hour at a time. A few YouTube videos show to to trick the machines into giving you free cokes or at least two for the […]

How to graduate college in one year

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Lately the phonomena of the “Super Senior” is becoming more common.   But putting all five-year students to shame, David Banh managed to finish the four year mathematics program at the University of Virginia in one year. How did he do it? According to a WSAV article, a combination of things, but mainly: A whole bunch […]

You Tube University: the world’s largest textbook

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Cheesy post ahead The Internet has opened up a whole new way of learning, we no longer have to delve in to the depths of the library to research a off the wall fact. With the advent of user submitted content, we also don’t have to “ask around” for advice as much anymore. Sites like […]

Laptop + Tape = Awesomeness

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

If your one to take your notes on your laptop in order to avoid a clutter of paper, you may be frustrated when you receive handout after handout from your professor. There is a very low tech way to solve this without really cluttering your book bag. 1. Ingredients Grab some duct tape, your laptop, […]

How do you keep your life together? What’s your “system”?

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

This year I have made a pledge to be uber organized (although I do every year). This includes taking diligent notes and maintaining a calender. I decided to take a new approach keeping my life together on a laptop instead of traditional pen and paper. Here’s “my system”: My “system”: Ubuntu First I got an […]

Lifehacker: how to buy cheap books

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Lifehacker readers pitch in on how to get cheap books. Some theories have been covered here but it basically breaks down to this: ebay.com half.com amazon.com (used) Book Burro [tags]textbooks[/tags]

Back to school, old (but still usefull) CV2 posts

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

As you can tell by the lack of posting in the last two days, Temple has begun the fall semester. I imagine most of you have started school already as well. Below are some posts that can help: Book Burro saves money, possibly lives Don’t let your professor screw you The best Firefox extensions for […]

How to be an Internet secret agent: clean up your digital dirt!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

One of the new things I am reading everywhere is the sudden realization that the pictures you post online will one day come back to haunt you. Colleges such as the University of Virgina even have a slide show warning parents and students about online stupidity (CNN article here). While, I’ll admit I have touched […]

Simple tip: how to pick fresh bread

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

There is no worse feeling: you rummage through your kitchen in the quest to make a delicious sandwich.  And then you realize that your bread has those tiny green marks throughout.  Looks like mold has gotten the best of your bread as nature took its course. When confessing this to a relative, they told me […]

When in college, tell your mom to shut up

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Have you ever known “that kid”? The one who can’t make a major choice with our first consulting dear old Mom and Dad. Or perhaps whenever they must speak to an adult, the parent will speak for the child. According to a Boston Globe article, parents are becoming more controlling of their child’s college education. […]

How to get (nearly) free stuff, from eBay.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Inspired by Get Rich Slowly: If you’re going away to college, no doubt you are looking for odds and ends like toasters and microwaves. Things that may not be insanely expensive, but can add up. So what are the best ways to stock your dorm room? Not exactly free, but darn close. After you search […]

Facebook trick – tiled friends

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Keith of desideratum has a nice posting about a “hidden” facebook feature – tiled friends. How do you do it? To quote Keith: Go to your Facebook “home” (i.e. http://*.facebook.com/home.php). Click on the “My Friends” link in the left nav In the drop-down box at the top-left titled “Show:”, select the separator “- – -”. […]

How to get a Heads Up Display (HUD) in your car for 5 cents

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

While doing a bit of traveling recently, I printed out some directions curteousy of Yahoo! Maps and placed them on the passanger seat. I found that looking over while driving probably wasn’t the safest option. I then decided what my Saturn LS needs is someway to project the text of the paper on my windsheild. […]

5 (+1) Windows short cuts I wish I had known

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

I have been recently doing a lot of works on Macs at my job and was amazed at some of the cool things OS X can do (the whole F9 thing blows my mind – I wish I was kidding). Then I realized that windows must have similar functionality and I checked out some of […]

Every timesaving cell phone voicemail command

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Below is the follow up to a former post. The table is how to skip right to beep when you get a long winded message, and how to instantly delete a message in your cell phone’s voicemail box. Brand Skip to Beep Delete Message Cingular 7 7 Verizon * 7 T-mobile # 7 Sprint 1 […]

How the number 7 saves you 30 seconds a day – a cell phone hack

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Have you ever called a friend, gotten their voice mail, and discovered that they were too lazy to record their own message.  So you get a semi robotic female voice saying “The number you have dialed x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x is not available please leave a message after the tone, If you’d like to page this person, press […]

You’ve graduated! Now the hard part…

Friday, May 26th, 2006

A thread at Ask Metifilter discusses the pros and cons of different types of student loan payments: “Am I making the right choice each month? I don’t see much of a difference between choices … is there anything else I should do (say, changes to my account structure, monthly payment amount, etc…) that will increase […]

What you think: Confessions from an eBay store worker – Part 3

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Part One: Beginer’s Guide Part Two: What doesn’t sell / what to buy Part Three: Your tips Part Four: Later this week With the previous two supplements in this eBay series I’ve gotten a bunch of comments from you guys about what you think about selling on eBay. I figured I would compile them all […]

On a wait list? It doesn’t look good.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

The College Journal (the college section of the Wall Street Journal) reports that colleges are admitting fewer students from their wait lists. “A number of selective schools say they are taking very few — if any — students from the wait list this year. Harvard University says it will likely take only between five and […]

How to play Super Mario on your Xbox

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Ever long for the days of a Super Nintendo or even an Atari 2600? With many thanks to my brother Colin, College V2 has a tutorial on how to “hack” your Xbox to emulate any older system as well as store whole games as “back up.” You can also use your Xbox as a media center. So as you buy your next generation systems don’t let your old Xbox sit there and collect dust, put it to work as a personal video arcade.

Read on for the FULL tutorial.

You have no excuse for sitting on your bum – How to get a summer job

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

The Wall Street Journal ran an article detailing that summer job prospects are on the rise. “Landing a summer job, long a rite of passage for teens and college students, became more difficult in recent years, as young people had to compete for jobs with older, more-experienced workers in a weaker employment market. Now, as […]

What doesn’t sell / what to buy: Confessions from an eBay store worker – Part 2

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Part One: Beginer’s Guide Part Two: What doesn’t sell / what to buy Part Three: Your tips Part Four: Later this week Okay, we already know how to sell things on eBay, but that is only half the battle. People come into the store skipping along merrily thinking of the gold mine they have in […]

A beginner’s guide to eBay: Confessions from an eBay store worker – Part 1

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

EDIT: I “full proofed” the spelling Part One: Beginer’s Guide Part Two: What doesn’t sell / what to buy Part Three: Your tips Part Four: Later this week It was fall semester, I had exactly $0 to my name, and I was all out of meals for the week. I needed some cash, fast. So […]

Free alternatives for expensive programs – Never buy software again.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

It’s no secret, the average college student cannot afford common PC programs:

Windows – Home Edition: $100
Norton Anti-Virus: $70
Microsoft Office: $329.99
Macromedia Dreamweaver: $376.99

Here are some alternatives if you happen to be buying a brand spanking new computer but dont want to pony up the greenbacks. Or if you have been eyeing up some new software, you may want to consider these alternatives:

Click on….

An adsense test

Monday, April 10th, 2006

We college kids are a broke bunch, and I’m no exception.  Thus that little box to the right containing Google’s adsense.  I plan on keeping you guys updated on the results, and if they are favorable, I’ll try to offer all the advice I can on how to make your web site profitable. [tags]Google, Adsense[/tags]

Why you should learn HTML, and how to do it – for free

Monday, April 10th, 2006

As you can see by the layout of this site, I’m no HTML guru. However I do know my way around HTML code, and aside from validating my geekness knowing HTML can prove to be a positive influence on your career. How? Say there was a universal language that every body in the world spoke. […]

5 things to do when the work piles up…

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

If your like me, right now the semester is drawing to a close and the work is piling up. As my posting calender will tell, I havent had too much time to do anything but work. But lately I have been trying free up some more time and here are a few things that may […]

Does your school block facebook? Here’s how to beat it.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Commenter Jana on the Facebook Hack post asked if she could get around her school blocking facebook. If your school blocks a certain site, use Google’s translate feature to get around it. Go to there and “Translate” the site from german to english.  Of course the site will remain the same but the URL is […]

Integrate Firefox with your homework

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

A neat little trick to help streamline your bookmarks, your research, and your documents is to make one of your firefox bookmarks a path to one of your documents. Just right click on the bookmark bar and click “New Boomark”. For location put the file path. You can even put directories. I suggest making a […]

Pimp my iPod – how your iPod could be so much better

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Now that spring break is over we should get back to business, and that business is 7 ways to use you iPod other than music. I know some sites have similar lists but include useless tips like “stand on it to make you taller”. Gee thanks. Below are just a few useful (or distracting) things […]

Don’t let your professor screw you

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

There are classes in every University that study old literature. Subsequently you have to buy a bunch of text books that are anthologies filled with old poets or snippets of old novels. Some courses even make you buy old books such as The Iliad or Othello. So what to do when you must buy a […]

How Facebook will get you fired

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Tip of the day: You should probably “detag” every picture anyone takes of you and posts on Facebook. Anyone in your school, including professors, has access to any incriminating photos. And imagine if your future boss got a hold of you doing something like this: Party hard, then detag. [tags]facebook, party[/tags]