Easy task switching

If you run many programs at once (as I do), you know that using the Alt-Tab keys in Windows is invaluable. However, I have trouble figuring out what programs are which. If I have 3 or 4 instances of one program open, I have to guess which one is the one I want.

Well, I was watching Tekzilla (podcast) the other day and they introduced me to TaskSwitchXP. Wow. Awesome program. Now, when I Alt-Tab, I see a screen shot of the program with the actual information. And, it seems to be a very lightweight program, so it doesn’t slow anything down. I’m only on day one, but if any trouble arises, I’ll post again.

Click here to try it for yourself.

How long do lightening bugs live? Followed by, My Dad’s a Genius

I was helping my 6-year-old daughter with her homework tonight. It was a project on insects. She chose the firefly, so we were debating the ins and outs of color, number of legs, etc. We were at the kitchen counter when she asked a question from further down the worksheet. “How long do lightening bugs live, daddy?” Not having any background in entomology, I was stumped. Thankfully, there was a laptop to my left, so I launched Google, asked the question, then found the answer (2 years by the way) all within about 30 seconds.

Honestly, how cool is it that in today’s world we can have answers that fast? We then set out to www.wikipedia.com to search for more answers about said insect and found a world of information. Who knows how she’ll teach her kids . . .

. . . but for now, anyway, to her I’m a genius.