What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?

Answer by Prathyush Poduval:

1)Using QR code to grant wifi access:

“Hey, what’s your Wi-Fi password?”

Either you have asked this or a friend has asked this of you, but now, instead of handing over your password or setting up a guest network, you can direct their attention to a QR code. Simply head to  http://www.qrstuff.com/ website, then enter your Wi-Fi details, and a QR code will be generated. This QR code grants access to your Wi-Fi network.

You can print it off and then stick it anywhere in your house for a friend to scan whenever they visit.

2) Make a font from your handwriting :

 A website called Handwriting font creator can convert your own handwriting into a typeface you can download to your computer and universally use. 

3)Watch blocked content:

There are websites like netflix and bbc iplayer that can be viewed only from specific countries. But a free chrome browser extension called Hola allows you to visit websites that are otherwise blocked in your country.

4)Find direct link to download music:

To find a direct download link for music, search

[album or song name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mp3|wma|aac|flac)

and replace [album or song name] with the name of your song or

It tells Google to show webpages that offer direct download links to the music you're trying to find.

5)Find direct link to download Movies or TV shows:

To find a direct download link to a movie, search

[movie name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi)

and replace [movie name] with the name of the movie or TV episodes

It tells Google to show webpages that offer direct download links to the movie you're trying to find.

6)Finding study material:

To find study materials for exam, search

site:edu [subject] exam

and replace [subject] with the subject name

7) Send message to mobile using email:

Use the format given here to message to a phone using your email address

8)Turn browser into notepad:

Want to write something down quickly? paste this in the address bar of chrome:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

and you can write anything on your browser


9) Finding direct download link for ebooks and pdf file:

[book name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (pdf|doc|docx)

Replace [book name] with the name of your book

10) finding download link for any file:

This search is for finding direct download link to any file provided you know it's name and file extension:

[File name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (file extension)

Replace [file name] with the name of your file and file extension with the file extension. If the file can have more than one extension, then you can write all of them and separate them with ' | '

Please note the above 2 formats are not tested by me and I'll be very happy to recieve any queries.

Thank you everyone for the huge response!!

Thats all and thanks for reading!!!

What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?

What are the best productivity hacks of startup CEOs?

Answer by Paul A. Klipp:

I have now spoken at two conferences about my time management solution, which is not original, but rather a collection of best practices from several approaches to personal productivity. The presentations were very well-received and I was often urged to document the approach, and so I will attempt to do so here.

From David Allen's Getting Things Done I learned that my brain is for processing, not storage. Most of the stress in my life, perhaps all of it, used to come from the nagging fear that there was something more important that I ought to be doing. From Tony Buzzan I learned that the best way to empty my brain on paper is a mind map. From Steven Covey I learned that I have many roles in life, and the most important are the easiest to forget when budgeting time. From Nick Cernis, the author of Todoodlist, I learned that visualizing my life can be fun. From David Anderson I learned to visualize my workflow and limit my work in process for faster task throughput times. Finally, from Francesco Cirillo, the creator of the Pomodoro technique, I learned to break myself of multi-tasking and the power of focus.

If you're a personal productivity geek like myself, you might have recognized all of these popular productivity techniques. I have tried them all in their purist form, by the book, and extracted from each those parts which worked best for me.

I own a software company and an event management company. At the present moment, I am coordinating sales with a dozen warm to hot prospects in various stages of the sales process. I am wrapping up the ACE! Conference on Lean and Agile Software Development, and planning the EuRuKo and TEDxKrakow conferences. I am coordinating  four product teams developing different web applications. I am about to launch a new magazine and I'm writing a book. Additionally, I do consulting and speak at software conferences. I've founded the Krakow Ruby User Group, The ITSBA OpenCoffee Club as well as the IT Small Business Alliance, and I'm starting a local chapter of the Limited WIP Society. I’m also a father, and I value my time with my family. That's a lot, I think, and it means keeping every one of those projects moving forward against a backdrop of the normal daily chores that any business owner must perform, such as employee motivation, recruiting, marketing, accounting and the like. To make matters worse, I'm a morning person. By 3:00PM my brain shuts down and I'm useless for mental work. I'm also a family man. I'm home by 5:00 every day and I don't work at home. Essentially, that means that I do almost everything that must be done in about 30 hours a week. This article is about how I pull it off.

Step one involves emptying my mind and ensuring that I capture everything I can think of. I use a mind map styled after the approach presented in Todoodlist. The first time I did it, I used paper. However, once I had it all sorted out like I liked it, I started using an online mind mapping tool, mindmeister.com, for this. I like using a software tool for two reasons. One is that it's easy to change frequently without lots of eraser marks and scratch outs. The other is that it isn't convenient to check. I don't want the whole complexity of my life right in my face all the time. That would drive me nuts. All I want to know at any moment is what I should be doing right now.

Each top-level node is a project. Outcomes are linked to projects. For each outcome, there are linked tasks to accomplish it. This approach lets me focus on one project at a time, and then on one outcome for that project so that I can discover all the tasks required to arrive at the desired outcome. I can do this without losing sight of the big picture, because I just have to broaden my focus a movement and see all the outcomes for a project and all the projects in my life in one place.

It took me about an hour to build this document the first time. Now I spend fifteen minutes every Monday morning reviewing and updating it. I add new projects, new tasks, and delete tasks that were completed the week before. If something is urgent, I'll change the text color to red. If it's very important, I will make the font larger. This practice makes it easy to see at a glance what I ought to be doing and what I must do.

Here is a detail from the mind map:

(this is not my real mindmap; it’s just a sample. Mine is about twice this size)

Once this mind map is updated, I move all of the urgent and important tasks into a kanban board using Kanbanery.com. My kanban board uses the following workflow:

  • Backlog (where I stick anything I think of whenever it occurs to me)
  • This week (where I put the 25 things I intend to do this week)
  • Today (Where I put the 8 things I intend to do today)
  • Current Pomodoro (where I put the one thing I'm focusing on now)
  • Delegated (Where I put the things I've asked someone else to do)
  • Done (this should be clear enough)

So after updating my mind map, I move everything I intend to do this week into the "This Week" column. I set priorities as needed using three states: normal, one star, two stars. For me, two stars means nothing else matters until it is done. One star means I absolutely must do it today. I also add estimates. I use: tiny, small, medium, large and huge. Tiny is for things like my daily reminder to do 50 pushups. Small is for things I can do in 15 minutes. Medium for me is half an hour. Large is an hour or so. Huge tasks I try to avoid, but they are the kind of things I lock the door and unplug the phone for, like tediously typing up 160 invoices because my accounting software mangled a month's data.

By now, I've spent about 20 minutes and I have a very clear view of my goals for the week.

I then pull eight tasks into "Today" and I may sort them by priority or by size, depending on how I feel about them. My planning for the week is done. It's half an hour into Monday, and I know that I'm doing just what needs to be done to advance all of my projects satisfactorily this week. Everything else on my massive to do list (the whole mind map) I can safely forget about until next Monday.

Now is where the Pomodoro technique comes in to play. At the core of this approach is the value of focusing for short bursts of activity. Specifically, one chooses a task (or set of tasks) to be completed in 25 minutes, sets a timer for 25 minutes, closes the door, unplugs the phone, turns off IM notifications and closes their email software, and works, diligently, on only the task at hand, for 25 minutes. Then you can take a 5 minute break.

You might think that a person could do 16 of these cycles in a day. I'm lucky to get more than two in a day without interruptions. But in those 50 minutes I get more done than I do in the other seven hours of my work day, at least in terms of advancing the most important aspects of my most important projects.

I keep a calendar like a Seinfeld chart on the wall by my desk, and at the end of every day I write the number of completed Pomodoros that I did that day. It often looks like: 1,2,2,1,3,0,1,2,2… By making it visible, I motivate myself to get that number up, and it's embarrassing to write 0, so I work hard to avoid it.

Throughout the day, I pull items from Today into Current and then give them my full focus until they can be moved to Done. It's really as simple as that.

I should mention also that tasks which must be done on a certain day or time (renew tram pass on October first, Call John at 3:00 on Tuesday, TEDxKrakow planning meeting at 5PM Wednesday) just go in my Google calendar.

So my grand planning tool is a mind map. My weekly planning tool is a kanban board. My daily planning tool is a to do list (one column of the kanban board) and my calendar.

I've found this system keeps my head clear, keeps me sane, and is easily manageable in just half an hour a week.

Lastly, what to do with things that come up during the week? These fall into three categories: things to do now (answer the phone) I just do, things to do soon (get Ewelina a receipt she needs) I put into my kanban board either in Today or This Week, and things to do someday but not urgently I put in an inbox which I review while doing my weekly planning. Those things will either make it into next week's plan or will be added to the mind map.

If I'm on the run and think of something, I usually have index cards and a Fisher space pen in my pocket. If I don't I send myself an email from my iPhone.

What are the best productivity hacks of startup CEOs?

What are some facts about India that Indians are generally unaware of?

Answer by Ajay Kumar:

The center point of earth's magnetic equator is located in India(Tamil Nadu)
Thillai Nataraja Kovil (or Temple, in English) situated in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshiped in the form of Nataraja in dancing posture is said to be the Center of earth's Magnetic equator. It is also stated that "The Center point lies exactly at the foot of the Lord Siva."
Look at the geomagnetic coordinates map below. It exactly passes through India.
Curious as these happen to be among the Panchabhuta Sthalas, Places of Five Elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether.
The temple for water is in Thiruvanaikaval, fire is in Thiruvannamalai , air is inKalahasti ,  earth is  in  Kanchipuram  and The temple for space/sky is inChidambaram.
Earth is nestled between Sky/Ether/Space, Aakasa( Chidambaram) and Air,Vayu(Kalahasti).
Earth is surrounded by Space and Air.
Ans Vishnu’s Nabhi, Navel of Vishnu has been validated as the  Center of Our Galaxy.
Read here.
The Southern Cross and Canopus tally with Trishanku Swarga and Agasthya Star respectively.
Hence I did not want to dismiss the point that Chidambaram being the Centre of earth’s /universe’s Magnetic field.
Photos of the Temple and more information :
1)The roof of Ponnambalam is held by a set of 64 beams representing the 64 forms of art.
2)It is also held by several cross beams representing the infinite blood vessels.
3)The roof has been laid with 21,600 golden tiles with the word SIVAYANAMA inscribed on them representing 21,600 breaths, which represents the number of breaths taken in a 24 hour period.
4)The golden tiles are fixed using 72,000 golden nails that represents the number of nadis existing in the human body.
5)The roof is topped by a set of 9 sacred pots or kalasas, representing the 9 forms of energy.
Refer the following for details.

What are some facts about India that Indians are generally unaware of?

What is the most inspiring sentence you have ever heard or read?

Answer by Sahana Srinivasan:

1. This one – Inspiring me to Stay Grounded!
Never let success get into your head; Never let failure get to your heart.
2. Inspiring me to accept failures and enjoy this beautiful journey – LIFE!
Yeah, expect failures and not accept them.
3. Happiness would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness!
Spread Happiness ! 🙂
4. DO NOT convince people.
Do not convince people; confuse them.
5. Inspiring me to Keep calm and Spread Love !
6. Inspiring me to be self confident and not Jealous !
Jealousy is a disease. Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you.
7. Everybody is living and not just breathing. Inspiring me to understand others story!
Be nice to people.
8. Inspiring me to SMILE ! Just Smile.
Smile MORE !
9. Past should only REMIND YOU and not DEFINE YOU !
10. Life gets better by change !
Better days are COMING !
11. Inspiring me to SHINE !
Don't let someone dim your light simply because it is shining in their eyes.
12. LIFE is a GIFT ! Say Thank you !
To be inspired is GREAT ; To inspire is INCREDIBLE !
Image Source : Inkologyart !

What is the most inspiring sentence you have ever heard or read?