Last decade (well, Thursday), I told you about dropbox.

Manny Sodbinow: “I am not the sort of person who says that something ‘changed my life.’ But Dropbox has made my life much easier. I have two old laptops, one of which I keep at the school where I teach. So while I am scrupulous about printing any test or assignment I write at home, I am comforted to know that if I don’t, I can open that same file at school and print it there.”

I also told you some things I’d learned about my iPhone. Here are some more iPhone tips. Among them:

Hold down the .com key when entering Web addresses to bring up options for .net, .edu, and .org. (You can also do this trick when entering email addresses in Mail by tapping and holding the . (period) key.

Did you know the iPhone has a scientific calculator as well as the normal calculator? I didn’t, until one day I accidentally rotated my iPhone sideways into landscape orientation while using the calculator.

Ever wondered how iPhone screenshots are taken? Simply press the Sleep/Wake button (the button on the top right of the iPhone) and the Home button at the same time, then release. The screen flashes, and your screen shot is stored in your Photos library in the Camera Roll album.

Here are a whole lot more. E.g.: swipe to the left of your Home screen and use SEARCH to find anything on your phone – contacts, songs, sure, but even a word in an email subject heading.

Ronald P. Sierzega: “You probably already know this, but press and hold the round button on the bottom of the face of the iPhone until it says ‘Voice Control.’ Then say ‘Call [Dad]’ or ‘Play [Yellow Submarine]’ and watch the magic happen.”

☞ Neat – but on the 3GS only. (I haven’t made it that far up the ladder.)


Pat Ogle: “I have no direct experience with the product you wrote about as consumed by humans, but for about a year and a half, I’ve been giving a supplement containing green-lipped mussel to my 13-year-old pair of small dogs. The male (and heavier) of the sister-brother pair had been showing signs of joint distress in having more trouble jumping on and off couches and chairs. I bought a multi-ingredient product called ‘Joint Guard’ from and, after a month or so, the boy dog returned to normal. I suppose any of your readers with old dogs could try the product out on their animals and, if results proved positive, secure some of the human-grade variety for themselves through the site linked in your commentary.”

Dana Dlott: “You might as well slaughter a chicken and burn its entrails while chanting to the sky. Their web site sums it up perfectly: ‘These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.’”

☞ Yeah? Tell it to boy dog.


What a great way to start out the decade. Sung simultaneously in 156 countries.


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