Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Three Must Watch Speeches

Today I read a message in Weibo about three speeches one must watch in life-time. The first one is the speech by Steve Jobs at Stanford University. I knew this one long time ago. Actually this one is the one changed my view about Apple. In 2007 I switched my focus more on Apple, Mac OS, iOS and its related technologies.

The other two I do't know. I took time to watch them. They are also very inspirational ones. I like them very much. One is the speech by J.K. Rowling at Harvard University and the third one is the last lecture by Randy Pausch. Their in-deepth sight and passion hit my heart. I think that they will have the same influence and impact on my life as Steve Job did.

Here are speeches:

Steve Jobs at Stanford University

J.K. Rowling speech at Harvard University:

Randy Pausch's last lecture:

and Randy Pausch 10 minute speech:

At the tudou video sharing site, Randy's speech with Chinese subtitles:


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tips on using Microsoft Office

Here are two tips on using Microsoft Office. I use Microsoft Office at work on various works, including support and development documentations. Office documentations are common way to communicate at work.

The first tip is a simple one. In many cases, we need to copy content of an Excel cell as text. If you use normal copy by control+C key, actually you will get some extra information. This results in formats or extra carriage return be pasted. To copy text only, you can select text in the top input area next to toolbar items. Copy the text there will only get plain text only.

The second tip is about Word file. I like to use style to format text in word documentation. The style is something like css classes. You change one style, and all the text assigned with the style will be changed automatically. The second advantage is to layout the documentation by styles, such as title, heading 1, heading 2 and so on.

In the toolbar area, there one dropdown box for existing or current used styles. This list does not list all the predefined styles there. It is tedious to enable all the styles. One thing I noticed is that the dropdown box is editable. You can type in a style name. If it exists, it will be loaded. For example, Title is not normally in the list, but you can type it to bring it out. This is very handy way to use styles you remember.

Those are two very simple ones, but I use them very often.