Tips and Tricks: Some (Slightly Snarky) Google Help

December 23, 2012 at 12:40 am (Apple, Applications, How-to, Humor) (, , , )

Most of you guys know what it’s like to have family members always calling you with mundane questions about things.  They are usually along the lines of “How to I…..” or “I can’t figure out how to …..”.  Frequently, these involve their remote, computer, printer, iDevice, and so on.  They’ve obviously never heard of Google, or any other search engine since the days of AOL.  How many of you have a t-shirt (or want one) that says, “No, I will not fix your computer”? So, you know what I mean, right?

Folks always seem to call at the most inopportune times.  Do you help them with their issue, or tell them to look it up themselves?  Well, some slightly exasperated developers at Google have helped us out with this conundrum. LMGTFY to the rescue. “Let Me Google That For You” is a nifty little assistant that lets you show someone else how to use Google.  So, rather than outright telling them to look it up for themselves, you can let Google be the smart@ss and tell them to look it up for themselves. 😉 Nifty, no?

LMGTFY Stickers 1

Here’s how it works:

Go to www.lmgtfy.com.  There’s a box below the search box that says “Type a question, click a button”. Type in your query and submit. It then creates a link and the box tells you to “share the link below”. You can copy and paste it for sharing,  or shorten it or preview if you like. The resulting animation shows you typing the query into the box, shows Google’s search results, then the box says, “Was that so hard?”.  Gotta love it.

Here’s an example.  I searched for “LMGTFY”.  Here’s the results:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=LMGTFY

Give it a shot and see what you think.  Of course, what they do once they get results is another story.  Good luck!

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Post to your blog with ScreenSteps

May 3, 2008 at 10:14 am (shareware) (, , , , , , )

With the new beta of ScreenSteps, you can now publish tutorials directly to your WordPress, TypePad, or Moveable Type blog. I’d tried posting to my WP blog awhile back, and suffice it to say that it did not work. Works nicely now, for both WP-hosted and self-hosted blogs (I only tried it out in WP, since that’s where my blog is…the comments from other users seem to indicate this is working well for the other listed blogs as well).

ScreenSteps lets you create tutorials which can be exported into .pdf or HTML format. This is great not only for IT and tech support folks, but for the “regular guys (and gals!)” who regularly receive calls from family and friends asking how to do something.

There are some good (what else?) tutorials to get you started quickly. Check out ScreenSteps here: http://screensteps.com

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