Welcome to the first weekly version of my Tech Tips emails. I’ve got a mixed bag for you today, including something that only works if you use Google Chrome to browse the web and why John Le Carre left me with sore fingers (and how technology could have helped)…
A nifty tip to search for a picture on the internet
This is one of those tips that you don’t need very often, but when you do, it’s really handy.
It only works in Google Chrome, I’m afraid, not Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Here’s the scene: you’re reading something on the internet and see a picture of some great building or natural scene. “I’d like to know more about that place” you think to yourself. But you don’t know where it is. Or maybe instead there’s a picture of an actor and you think “I’m sure I recognise him… but who is it?”
Hold down the ‘s‘ key on your keyboard and right click on the picture. Or click on the picture and drag it up to the address bar at the top of the window.
Either way it’ll search the internet for pictures like that one – and give you the details about them. So you might find a picture of the Taj Mahal, complete with lots of information about it. or you might find out that the actor was Roy Kinnear, complete with lots of information about him.
As I say, you probably won’t use it very much, but it’s very clever to be able to search the internet for a photo, not just for something you type in. And when you do want to use it, it can be very handy indeed.
Tablet books now publicly available
I said last time that I wasn’t planning to witter on about these any more! So I’ll keep this very short. The books are now available to the general public, so if you were thinking of mentioning them to a friend, it’s pretty straightforward – the books are on our main website (or they can just ring us). I know quite a lot of people who bought the books have been passing the word on, so I’d thought I’d mention that other people can get at them on the website now!
A busy weekend made me think about ebooks
I had a pretty busy time this weekend. Chopping wood for kindling for the fire. Bathing the boys. Lots of playing the garden. Cleaning the kitchen. Fitting a radiator (we’ve just redecorated a room and had to take it off while we did it).
By Sunday evening I was ready to put my feet up and have a relaxing read. But I also had very dry chapped hands from the things I’d been doing. I put some hand cream on, of course, then sat down to read.
I had a paperback John Le Carré novel I picked up in a second hand shop. Perfect for a light evening relaxing.
But every time I turned the page, my fingers got drier and drier. It was that kind of paper, that you get in old paperbacks.
It had never occurred to me before, but it’s an unexpected advantage of ebooks – the pages don’t dry your hands out (as well as the fact you can change the text size to whatever you want).
I’d like to end by saying that I stopped and read the book on a tablet instead. But I didn’t – too lazy to go upstairs and get it once I was settled in my comfy chair (plus I didn’t want to buy a book I already had in a paperback or switch to a different book I had on the tablet).
So I just put some more handcream on and carried on.
What do you think? I read books on paper and on tablets – I don’t have a particular allegiance one way or the other. But do you prefer one or the other? You can leave a comment at the bottom of the web version of this email, here.