Create a Shortcut to Turn Off the Monitor

Have you ever wanted to hit a shortcut key to turn off the monitor? Sure, you can use the Win+L combination to lock the screen, but that leaves your monitor on… and those of us with multiple monitors find it a pain to hunt down the power buttons all the time. image I’ll show you how to simply power off the monitor or monitors+, Create a Shortcut to Turn Off the Monitor To create this shortcut, we’ll first need to grab a tiny multi-purpose utility called NirCmd from the great folks over at NirSoft. This Swiss-army knife tool can do an amazing array of tasks, including powering off the monitor. All we really need to do is create a shortcut to it. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose New \ Shortcut: image Then you’ll want to browse to the location where you saved the nircmd.exe file, and add the following arguments: In Windows7 use as Admin and use the “send to windows directory” option that the Nirsoft app gives to you to be able to find the dir path in your windows dir very easily.

“C:\path\to\nircmd.exe” cmdwait 1000 monitor off

Make sure the path has quotes around it, and then you add the extra arguments, which will wait 1 second before powering off the monitor (otherwise Windows might misinterpret your last keystroke and wake back up). *But if your like me, Sometimes while your running your computers at night you find it too bright with monitors running & want to shut them off so that it stays dark until u move your mouse/strike a key, just as if your screensaver. . .Then try using this usual command code in the shortcut file:

C:\Windows\nircmd.exe monitor off

Make sure the path has quote image Next you can go into the shortcut properties and assign a shortcut key, and then click Change Icon to pick a better one than the default. image or if you’re like most people with just one default windows monitor to name it would look like this… turnoffmonitor Remember: click /”Change Icon..” and pick a somewhat cool icon in the list to assign to your new shortcut: image And when the icon actually shows up, it’s nice and shiny. Of course you are free to pick your own icon instead.

To find the same icon lists for other times, click on Change Icon, and then paste in “C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll” into the browse box. *Special thanks to NirSoft for this wonderful free & tiny but powerful tool ( NirCmd v2.52 ) worth keeping for so many uses. Let me know what you think!

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Create Icons to Start the Screensaver on Windows 7 or Vista

How to create an icon to start up the screensaver in Windows 7 or Vista. This question is so common that I figured I’d write up the answer for everybody, as well as provide a downloadable set of shortcuts to all the default screensavers (for Vista users).

Note that this technique should work for Windows 7, Vista, or even XP.

Create Screensaver Icon

Right-click on the desktop and choose New \ Shortcut from the menu.


In order to launch the screensaver, you’ll need to enter the full path to the screensaver file, followed by “/s”

%systemroot%\system32\Bubbles.scr /s

image37You would want to substitute the name of the screensaver where you
see “Bubbles.scr” above.  Also note that I used %systemroot% instead of
C:\windows because not every install uses the C: drive.

If you don’t know the filename, you can browse down to your system32 folder and then search for “.scr” using the search box:


You should see all of the names of all the screen-savers installed on your system, which you can use in the location field.

Download Shortcut Icons (Vista Only)

If you’ve prefer, I made shortcuts for all the default screensavers
and zipped them up. You can just download and extract the file, and
then use whichever ones you want.


Note: I’m fairly certain I didn’t miss any default screensavers in
the list, but you can use the Browse button to search or add anything custom you may use.
Download Start Screensaver Icons

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Big List of Coupon Sites

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Big List of Coupon Sites:

Coupon and Promotional Code Sites

( My personal favorite site for finding great prices and good deals is They have more things to sell but I have used them for nearly 10 years for pricing computer parts and electronics. ..and on the computer/electronics category here’s one more of my favorites: )

Price Comparison Sites

Christmas Tree Coupon:

The Best Coupon Sites for Moms:–Family/The-Best-Coupon-Sites-for-Mom

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Recycling and Donation Resources

Recycling and Donation Resources

The following nation-wide resources are provided to assist companies and families to recycle and donate unwanted
goods. Over 99% of the things we purchase becomes trash within 6 months. Please
contact the organization directly for more detailed information.





1-800-GOT JUNK?
Will pick up old furniture, appliances, yard waste, electronics and
construction debris. Recycles items that can be recycled.

ARCA, Inc.
Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) offers resources on how to
recycle appliances in states where a ARCA contact is located.

Accepts only working appliances.

Habitat for Humanity,
Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality used and surplus building
materials, including appliances, are sold or used in building new homes.




Bags, Purses & Suitcases

Suitcases for Kids,
The donate used bags and suitcases to children moving into or out of state care
and shelters. Often these kids only have trash bags to carry their belongings.
Distribution is only in the Massachusetts area but they accept donations
nationwide. See the ‘donate’ page for more details and information.





Batteries Plus,
Across the country, Batteries Plus stores accept all batteries for recycling.

Battery Solutions, Inc.,
Accepts batteries from around the country. There is a small cost of .85 cents a
pound to recycle your batteries which goes to support the program.

Rechargeable Recycling Battery
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) can help you recycle your
portable rechargeable batteries. These batteries are commonly found in cordless
power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders,
digital cameras. They have drop off locations nationwide at Home Depot, Sears,
Target and Staples. See their website for specific locations.

Western Disposal,
Western Disposal, located in Boulder, CO, will accept all household
batteries from local Boulder County residents. Batteries must be dropped off at
their facility located at 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder.





Community Cycles,
A Boulder, Colorado based program that refurbishes and recycles bikes for
return back into the community.

Working Bikes Cooperative,
An organization that collects used and old bikes and ships them to developing
countries in South America and Africa. Drop off centers located throughout the
IL state area. For shipping information please go to the website.





Blue Rectangle,
Will buy used books and textbooks. Go to their website and log in the ISBN
number to see if it is a book they will take. If so, they pay for shipping with
our their postage-paid mailing label.

Books for Africa,
This organization ships college text books, children’s books, science and math
books, dictionaries to African schools. Books must be in excellent to good
condition. See website for more complete donation guidelines and shipping

Books for Soldiers,
Offers a process that individuals can donate books, DVD’s and games to U.S.
troops directly. Individuals must register as an ‘official volunteer’ with the
program and do pay for shipping directly. Troops prefer paper back books,
magazines and comics. Most have access to DVD players. Click on the site’s FAQs
for more specific information and details on the program.

Literacy Link,
This is a volunteer tutoring program operating in a small, rural community in
Southwest New Mexico. They tutor adults and children, to those who are learning
English as second language or cannot afford to buy books for themselves. They
can use books for teens and adults primarily for their ESL Program. Donations
can be sent via mail to their offices directly.

Recycle Books,
They offer an outlet to donate new and used, unwanted books, DVDs, CDs, VHS
tapes, textbooks, and software. They reuse most of the books donated. Books of
value are sold to raise money for their organization, some are donated to other
good causes and those books that cannot be placed are recycled for paper
content. Local pickup available in the Denver area or you can send books to
them from other national U.S. cities.




Bottle Caps

Aveda now has a program that will recycle bottle caps, a material that has been
in the past un-recyclable. They will accept all screw caps that are hard
plastic, usually the #5 in the recycle arrows. This includes twist tops on
bottles, flip tops from tube or food products and other screw-type rigid lids.
Please do not send any flexible or soft lids like on tubs. For more details on
type of caps and where to send them, email Aveda directly at





Carpet Recovery America Effort,
Offers locations and sites across the U.S. that will recycle carpet.

Colorado Recycling Services,
Will accept items at the facility based in Englewood, CO; Carpet, Polyurethane
Padding, Mattresses and Box Springs, Furniture, Ceiling Tiles, Electronics, and
Clothing Textiles.





Action Donation Services,
Offers nationwide service to donate a car, boat, motorhome, RV or truck to a
non-profit organization. They provide free towing and process all required DMV
and IRS documents for donors.

Cars for Causes,
Accepts car donations, fixes them up and re-sells them in an ‘affordable
transportation’ program for low-income families. They donate the proceeds to
the donors preferred charity. They have over 10,000 various charities to choose
from. Cars that cannot be repaired, are then recycled for parts and scrap

Cars for Charity,
A local Colorado non-profit organization that accepts cars for use with other non-profit

Vehicles for Charity,
A local Colorado organization that will pick up old cars, auction them off and
give the money to various local environmental non-profits in Colorado.




Cell Phones

Altrusa International, 303.756.6158 (Marilyn Baker ),
Local Colorado organization that accepts used mobile phones and donates them to
the Donate a Phone campaign.

CITA is a wireless foundation committed to minimize the environmental impact of
discarded cell phones. They have an extensive site of locations across the
country to donate/recycle your old cell phone.

Call to Protect,
They refurbish phones and donate them to domestic violence victims and

Collective Good,
Recycles and donates used mobile phones. Has over 50 different charities that
you can directly donate your phone to just be downloading the form.

Verizon Wireless,
Will accept used cellular phones and will donate them to charity.

Wireless Recycling,
A separate site sponsored by Recellular, Inc. a company that refurbishes used
cell phones. They donate phones to major non-profit organizations around
the world. See site for specific drop off locations in your area.




Children / Kids

Parenting Place,
A non-profit based in Boulder that supports and educates local families
about parenting. They accept donations of all children and baby items including
clothing, toys, books, art supplies and diapers.





Local Thrift Stores (see under Thrift Stores in your local directory)

American Friends Service Committee,
Donates used clothing overseas to countries in need or disaster

Career Closet,
Provides interview-appropriate clothing to disadvantaged women entering the
workforce. Accepts business attire, shoes, jewelry, scarves and coats. Plus
size clothing is needed. See website for locations to send or drop items off.

Clothes The Deal,
Based in Los Angeles, Clothes The Deal assists low income men, women, and
at risk youth empowering them to gain and sustain employment and achieve
economic self sufficiency through employment success. They provide business
clothing and training to help them gain employment and become self sufficient.
Clothing donations must be sent to their Los Angeles facilities.

Dress for Success,
A nonprofit that helps outfit low-income women with apparel for job interviews.
Available in 24 cities.

Fairy Godmothers Inc.,
Gives formal gowns, long bridesmaid dresses, dresses, shoes, evening bags,
jewelry to high school girls from low-income families for their proms. Dresses
must be fashionable and in good condition. This organization distributes
dresses in the East coast area. See website for delivery addresses.

Making Memories Breast Cancer
The foundation sells used wedding dresses around the country to fulfill the
wishes of terminally ill breast cancer patients. Accepts gowns, bridesmaids
dresses, shoes, jewlry and other wedding accessories.

One Warm Coat,
Gives coats to needy individuals and has locations around the country. Go to
website to find a location in your area.

Through their ‘Common Threads Garment Recycling Program’, Patagonia will
recycle customers worn out Capilene® Performance Baselayers, Patagonia fleece,
Polartec® fleece from other manufacturers and Patagonia organic cotton
T-shirts. Items can be dropped off at retail stores or sent to their Service
Center in Reno, NV. See website for address.

Salvation Army,
Will provide free pick up.

The Women’s Alliance,
Has alliance organizations around the country that provide business-attire
clothing to low income women. For drop off locations, visit





A-1 Organics,
Based in Golden, CO they do accept commercial compost waste. Call to find out
if they can pick up from your location.

Find a Composter,
Offers a searchable data base to locate a composting facility in your area




Computers / Electronics

Boulder Community Computers,
A Boulder, Colorado based organization that collects used computers and allows
students, individuals and unemployed an opportunity to rebuild the equipment
and learn IT skills. Once rebuilt, they are re-sold and the money is then used
to fund the program.

Beyond the Pod,
They specialize in consumer electronics trade-in services. They pay the
consumer for discarded, broken or un-wanted electronics. The consumer only pays
for shipping. Available to U.S. based consumers.

Computers for Community,
Collects computers and distributes them to people in the community, primarily
schools. Can accept MAC computer.

Computers for Schools,
Sponsored by the Technology Training Foundation of America they offer a program
to have good computers donated to schools. See their ‘how to donate’ page for
specifics of computer configurations that they request.

Corporate Recycling Programs,
This site offers a full list of all the computer manufacturer and retail take
back programs.

Dell Computers,
Customers who use the service receive on line discounts good for future

Eco Cycle,
Eco cycle is based in Boulder and computer equipment can be dropped off at
their ‘hard to recycle’ location.

Electronic Industries Alliance,
Provides consumers with information on recycling and reuse opportunities for
used electronics. Including state and local collection programs, charitable
organizations and recyclers that accept used electronics.

Electronics Recycling
This organization is sponsored by the EPA and the US Postal Service. They have
an extensive list of computer recyclers in the country.

Electronic Recyclers International,
Offers e-waste facilities in Colorado, California, Indiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas and Washington. It recycles not only computer
equipment but most electrical equipment used in offices. This company does
offer certificates of destruction to ensure that all waste is being handled
responsibly and ethically.

Executive Recycle,
A Colorado based electronic recycling company that recycles most electronic
equipment including computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, copiers,
typewriters, radio’s, routers, telephone’s and even automotive electronics.
Free pick up is available. Telephone: 303.791.0808.

Goodwill has a partnership with Dell called Reconnect that collects e-waste at
local Goodwill locations. It is a program meant for residential consumers that
can recycle their home computers and printers. All brands accepted. Go to the
website to find a local Goodwill location that will accept e-waste.

Guaranteed Recycling Xperts (GRX),
GRX, located in Denver, Colorado, is a computer and electronics recycling
company in the Rocky Mountain region that offers drop-off and pick-up service.
GRX is a genuine recycler (NO landfilling, NO incineration, and NO exporting to
third world countries) that guarantees data destruction.

My Boneyard,
Offers free computer and electronics recycling across the country and even pays
for shipping. They also provide a reward system for the more your recycle with
their company. Go to website to complete the online form and they will email
you a pre-paid shipping label.

National Center for Electronics
The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) is a non-profit
organization that offers information and sources for recycling electronics.

Salma Systems,
Will purchase used Computers, Servers, Monitors, Cisco and Telephone systems.
They also offer recycling facilities. Will need to call them directly to
schedule or arrange pickup and shipment.

Offers electronics recycling in the Denver/Boulder area. Will try to refurbish
computers before recycling.

Technology & Recycling,
Will pick up and dismantle old computers in Denver, CO. Can only accept large
pick-ups from companies. Fee is charged.

The Toshiba Trade-In and Recycle Program provides you with a way to trade-in or
recycle used, working technology products in exchange for a refund by mail.




Construction and Building Materials

C&A Floor coverings,
Recycle old carpet and design it into new carpet. Deal with mainly corporate
and business offices.

GreenCycling Homes,
For Colorado residents this company offers pre-demolition interior recycling
for homes before remodeling occurs.

Resource 2000,
Accepts used and remaining construction materials.




Copy Machines

Technology Recycling,
Will pick up and dismantle old copy machines in Denver, CO. Fee is charged,
check website for latest pricing.





Recycles all wine corks and distributes them to make new materials made from
corks. Click on “Get Involved” to find a local drop off location in
your area.




Discs (Floppy and CD-ROM)

CD Recycling Center of America,
They recycle CD/ DVD’s and their packaging free, the only cost you incur is
shipping. Send directly to 68H Stiles Road, Salem, NH 03079.

Green Disk,
Will accept all computer discs and CD ROMs. Does not pay for shipping and
charges 10 cents per pound to recycle.





New Eyes for the Needy,
Distributes glasses free worldwide. Accepts plastic and metal frames in any
condition. Also accepts sunglasses and hearing aids.

Unite for Sight,
Your eyeglasses (reading and distance) as well as non-prescription sunglasses
will be distributed to children and adults in Nigeria, Malawi, Benin, Ghana,
Uganda, Somalia, Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Thailand.





Emergence Family Assistance Assoc.,
Will accept all dry goods that have not been opened. Donations can be dropped
off at the back door.

Community Food Share,
Accepts food donations

Denver Rescue Mission,
A shelter for the homeless that accepts can and non-perishable food items.

Food Bank of the Rockies,
Accepts food, desks, paint, and furniture. Can pick up items.




Furniture & Housewares

Emergence Family Assistance Assoc.,
Accepts all furniture for low-income families. Will pick up in Boulder,
Louisville and Longmont areas.

Joy’s Consignment Furniture,
Based in the Denver, CO area, Joy’s is a high-quality furniture consignment
retailer. Click on Consignment Details for more specific information about
furniture consignment.

Providers Resource Clearinghouse,
PRC accepts donations in the Denver area from corporations and individuals of
new and used office and household furnishings plus new office and household
supplies, and finds new life for the items by recycling or redistributing them
to other non-profits in Colorado and those individuals they serve for a small
fee. Call directly to schedule a pick up.

Salvation Army,
Will provide free pick up for most large furniture items. Advance notice must
be given.





The Humane Society of the U.S.,
Will accept real furs as donations. They send them to wildlife
rehabilitators who use the furs to comfort the orphaned wild baby animals they
find every year.





Local Dry Cleaners
Most local dry cleaners accept the wire hangers.

Thrift Shops
Accept plastic and or wood hangers.




Hearing Aids

Starkey Hearing Foundation,
Hear Now is a national non-profit program committed to assisting those
permanently residing the in the U.S. who are deaf or hard of hearing and have
no other resources to acquire hearing aids. Hear Now collects hearing aids
for recycling purposes
. Any make or model, regardless of age, can be
donated to the hearing aid recycling program. Please see website for shipping




Junk Removal Companies

1-800-GOT JUNK?
Will pick up old furniture, appliances, yard waste, electronics and
construction debris. Recycles items that can be recycled.

College Hunks Hauling Junk,
College Hunks Hauling Junk® provides collegiate teams to remove junk quickly
from anywhere within commercial or residential property. They donate a portion
of revenues from each job to local college scholarship programs.

Gone for Good,
A local Colorado company serving the Denver Metro area. They will come to your
house or business and pick up items. Of those items they will resell, give to
charity or recycle and try to reduce impact into the landfill.

Junk Genius,
A franchised junk hauler with locations across the nation. They offer flat fee




Light Bulbs and Lamps

Lamp Recycle,
Provides a list of resources nationwide on where to recycle various types of
light bulbs and lamps.




Luggage / Suitcases

Suitcases for Kids,
Donates suitcases to foster children who move from home to home. Suitcases are
preferred but large duffel bags and backpacks are also accepted.




Medical Supplies

Sends medical supplies to countries all over the world.

Rainforest Health Project,
Sends medical supplies to Peru’s isolated Amazon villages.




Office Supplies

Nature Conservancy of Colorado, 303.444.2950
Accepts various office supplies and office furniture & equipment.

Providers Resource Clearinghouse,
PRC accepts donations in the Denver area from corporations and individuals of
new and used office and household furnishings plus new office and household
supplies, and finds new life for the items by recycling or redistributing them
to other non-profits in Colorado and those individuals they serve for a small
fee. Call directly to schedule a pick up.




Outdoor Gear

Passages Northwest,
This organization inspires girls and young women of diverse backgrounds to
discover leadership skills through outdoor exploration. Takes tents, sleeping
bags, day packs and hiking boots for women or girls. Call 206-286-8601 to find out
where to send items to.

Play it Again Sports,
Donate used sports gear at local retail store ‘Play it Again’. They donate to
non-profit kids sports programs.




PDAs / Handheld Computers

Collective Good,
Recycles and donates pagers, palm pilots, blackberries and Windows CE/
Mobile devices. The electronic devises can be dropped off at the same
locations as the mobile phone outlets.





Note: Most paint and their cans are
considered hazardous waste. If you do not recycle the paint, then it must be
disposed of with your local hazardous waste collection.

Earth Paints,
This Chicago based company has found a way to recycle old and unused latex
paint. The paint is processed to be reused into new paint or specialty type
cements. They also recycle the paint cans. Click on ‘Locations’ to find a paint
collection center in the Illinois or Wisconsin areas. Call them directly if
outside that area.

Local High Schools
Unused water-based paint (especially
neutral colors) can be donated to local high schools who do set design for
musical productions and performances. Call your local high school to inquiry




Peanuts and Packing Material

Plastic Loose Fill Council,
Consumers can drop off their leftover plastic packing peanuts at Peanut Hotline
collection sites. There are over 1,500 collection sites in the US. Go to the
site to enter your state to find a location near you.

UPS Brown Stores,
The UPS brown stores will accept clean bubble wrap and peanuts to reuse as
packing materials.




Printer, Toner & Ink Jet Cartridges

Recycle Free,
Recycles empty inkjet and laser cartridges for FREE. They will pay $1 for each
returned cartridge. For envelopes go to your local CompUSA store.

Hard Copy Recycling,
Recycles inkjet and laser cartridges

Hewlett-Packard’s Planet Partners
Recycling Program

Ink Guides,
Offers information on how to recycle ink and toner cartridges and also list
nationwide printer cartridge recycling programs.

Xerox Corp.,
Please select toner cartridge models to Xerox for free by way of UPS or US
Postal Service. Check the website for specifics on how to do this.





Eco-Cycle Hard-to-Recycle Items,
Boulder-based Hard-to-Recycle items accepts old, worn tennis shoes that are
made into recycled flooring.

Nike Reuse a Shoe,
Recycles shoes to foreign countries. Worn out shoes are recycled into courts,
tracks and playgrounds.

One World Running,
Since 1986, a group of runners in Boulder, Colorado, has collected, washed and
sent to Third World countries new and “near-new” athletic shoes,
T-shirts and shorts, along with medicine and school and art supplies. Shoes in
good condition can be donated and sent or dropped off at the designated

Soccer For Life, Inc. Special
Project – Project Athletic Shoes For Youth Empowerment
Soccer For Life, Inc is a non-profit organization which collects sports gear,
uniforms, soccer cleats, athletic shoes, and sneakers and distributes them in
Honduras. 954-812-7431

Sole 4 Souls,
Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of shoes, which are used to aid the
hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate
footwear (both new and used). Soles4Souls is a 501(c)3 recognized by the IRS,
and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.

Wildize Foundation,
This Colorado-based organization accepts hiking boots and tennis shoes for the
African Rangers who patrol the parks and wilderness areas. Send items directly
to them at: PO Box 3078 Aspen, Colorado, USA 81612


Sewing Materials / Textiles

Calling All Angels, 303-954-9146
A local Colorado organization that sews and knit blankets, hats, mittens, etc.
for veterans, women’s shelters, hospice and homeless. Will accept thread,
buttons, trimmings, yarn and textiles. Call to arrange for pick up or drop off.




Sporting Goods

Boulder Ski Deals,
Accepts skis, snowboard boots, ski boots, bindings, poles and snowboards for
recycling. Usable equipment will be donated to charitable and domestic
programs. Equipment that cannot be reused will be shredded and made into new

Boulder Sports Recycler,
Based in Boulder, they accept most sporting goods equipment that is in good
condition for consignment.

Based out of New Mexico, they accepts used backpacks and other outdoor gear for
reuse in the mountaineering community in the United States and throughout the
world. Please go to website for contact information and to view list of items

Based out of Massachusetts, they makes chairs and ottomans out of skis, snow
boards, hockey sticks, baseball bats and golf clubs. Also sells do-it-yourself
plans to create these items out of your own materials.

This Aspen, CO based company reuses old skis and snowboards and creates outdoor
furniture and household items.

Green Mountain Ski Furniture,
Based out of Vermont, they also reuse old skis to custom build furniture or
will resell old skis. They will pick up in the New England area only. They will
accept shipments but will not pay the cost of shipping.

Recycle Your Mat,
Will recycle old yoga mats. Go to website for drop-off locations or how to send
by mail.

Sports Gift,
Donates used sports equipment to the world’s impoverished children. Will accept
individual donations along with sports teams, leagues, clubs or schools. Based
in LA goods can be dropped off at their location or mailed. See website for
specific list of types of sports equipment accepted and mailing directions.



Their hard-to-recycle items drop-off center located on Old Pearl Street in
Boulder will accept Styrofoam.

V&G Styro Recycle,
This company is based out of Renton, Washington. They have local drop off
centers. You can also mail your Styrofoam to them directly.

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Storing your Mii in Your Wii Remote

Notes on Storing a/your Mii in Your Wii Remote:

*I get a lot of questions asking how to save, store, or transport somebodies Mii on their Wii remote!
Now I can just point them here for the answers they need instead of teaching every confused individual redundantly.

( The Mii Channel lets you put yourself in the game by creating customizable
characters that fit your personality. You can then use those characters
in compatible games, attach them to messages in the Message Board,
and even save them to your Wii Remote to take to a friend’s house.
*Please note that only one Wii Remote can be used while in the Mii Channel. )

Storing a Mii in Your Wii Remote:

You can store a Mii in your Wii Remote, letting you bring your Miis to a friend’s house for use
with their Mii-compatible games or to be used in their Mii Parade. You
can also use your Wii Remote to grab Miis from your friend’s Wii system
and later add it to your Mii Parade or your Mii-compatible games.

  1. Select the Wii Remote icon from the Mii Plaza.

  2. Select the Wii Remote you would like to store the Mii to (to add an additional Wii Remote, press “1” and “2” at the same time).

  3. Place the cursor over the Mii you wish to store, and grab it by pressing B
    and A at the same time. Drag the Mii over to an available slot along
    the top of the screen.

  4. Select “Save and Quit” when finished.

Get the complete lowdown of the Mii’s power in fun easy steps here:

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Ten Guaranteed Ways to Screw Up Any Project!

Ten Guaranteed Ways to Screw Up Any Project!

[Click here to download PDF version.]

  1. Don’t bother prioritizing your organization’s overall project load.
    After all, if there’s a free-for-all approach to your overall program
    management (i.e., “survival of the fittest”), then the projects that
    survive will be those that were destined to survive. In the meantime,
    senior management need not trouble themselves aligning projects with
    strategic goals or facing the logical imperative that people simply
    cannot have 12 number one priorities! (See my online article What’s Project Portfolio Management (PPM) and Why Should Project Managers Care About It?)
  2. Encourage sponsors and key stakeholders to take a passive role on the project team.
    Let them assert their authority to reject deliverables at random,
    without participating in defining project outcomes in a high-resolution
    fashion. And above all, don’t bother project sponsors when their
    constituents (such as key SMEs and reviewers) drop the ball and miss
    their deadlines.
  3. Set up ongoing committees focusing on management process
    (such as TQM groups, etc.) and make project team members participate in
    frequent meetings and write lots of reports… preferably when critical
    project deadlines are coming due.
  4. Interrupt team members relentlessly
    preferably during their time off. Find all sorts of trivial issues that
    “need to be addressed,” then keep their beepers and cell phones ringing
    and bury them in emails to keep them off balance.
  5. Create a culture in which project managers are expected to “roll over” and take it when substantive new deliverables are added
    halfway through the project. (After all, only a tradesperson like a
    plumber or electrician would demand more money or more time for
    additional services; our people are “professionals” and should be
    prepared to be “flexible.”)
  6. Half way through the project, when most of the deliverables have begun to take shape, add a whole bunch of previously unnamed stakeholders and ask them for their opinions about the project and its deliverables.
  7. Encourage the sponsor to approve deliverables informally (with nods, smiles, and verbal praise); never force sponsors to stand behind their approvals with a formal sign-off. (In other words, give ‘em plenty of room to weasel out of agreements!)
  8. Make sure project managers have lots of responsibilities and deadlines, but no authority
    whatsoever to acquire or remove people from the project; to get enough
    money, materials, or facilities; or insist on timely participation of
    SMEs and key reviewers.
  9. Describe project deliverables in the vaguest possible terms so sponsors and reviewers have plenty of leeway to reinvent the project outputs repeatedly as the project unfolds.
  10. Get projects up and running as quickly as possible – don’t
    worry about documenting agreements in a formal project charter, clearly
    describing team roles/responsibilities, or doing a thorough work
    breakdown analysis. After all, we know what we’re doing and we trust
    each other. So let’s get to it without a pesky audit trail!

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Why is project management needed?

(Notes from Class: part 1.0)

Why is project management needed?

I have five different answers to this question. Perhaps you can think of some other answers.

  1. The world is complex and ever-changing.

    Much of the developed world is characterized by cultural diversity and high
    geographic migration. Organizations are impacted by changes in
    employment practices (layoffs, hiring, and employee turnover) and
    attitudes toward work (reduced company loyalty and increased emphasis
    on quality of life in non-work-related activities). Technology
    continues to advance. Companies drive towards process improvement in
    order to better satisfy customers and increase profitability.

    Project management also has a large service component. Companies are
    increasingly outsourcing projects that used to be performed internally.
    Training is one example.

    In response to these changes, organizations constantly launch initiatives to meet customer
    requirements or simply to survive. These initiatives often result in
    projects that are ill-conceived and that have unrealistic completion
    dates. Employees assigned to oversee these projects frequently have
    insufficient experience, expertise, and time.

    Project management is an ideal approach to optimize these expectations in a
    rational and reasonable way. Unfortunately, there are still far too
    many people who do not have an appreciation of project management and
    the benefits it can provide.

  2. Many people are unfamiliar with project management subject matter.

    I have often heard this statement:

    Isn’t project management just common sense? All we need for our projects is
    software and a technical person to form and lead a team.

    Studies indicate that a very high percentage of projects do not meet their
    original objectives as defined by schedule, cost, and performance. It
    takes a great deal of knowledge, training, and effort to effectively
    plan, implement, and control a project.

  3. The cost of failure is high.

    When projects are not successful, the consequences are often significant.
    Projects that result in high cost overruns and extreme delays generate
    employee frustration and customer dissatisfaction. Poorly managed
    projects related to new product introductions, computer system
    conversions, and building construction open the door for competitors
    and even set the stage for organizational insolvency.

  4. The scope is wide.

    There are more projects currently taking place than at any other time in
    history. Company consolidations (mergers and acquisitions), new
    releases of computer software, research proposals, international
    business, off-shore manufacturing start-ups, telecommunication
    improvements, new construction, and urban renewal represent popular
    project areas.

  5. The time to market is short.

    Customers are demanding newer and better products and services in less time and
    at a lower cost. Working harder or hiring a few more people does not
    meet these demands. A different structural approach, which includes
    self-directed work teams, virtual corporations, and employees working
    from remote locations, is part of the solution. Progressive thinking,
    which examines what is currently being done and how it can be done
    better, is another way to improve projects.

An Overview of Project Management

Project management is a very timely topic for these times. It is a field that
is finally starting to come into prominence. Many project management
professional societies are emerging.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the premier project management
professional organization in North America. If you are interested in
preparing for and taking the Project Management Professional (PMP)
examination, be sure to obtain A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
This guide is the essential resource to increase your knowledge of key
PMP concepts. You can purchase this excellent reference directly from
PMI or from other booksellers for a modest cost.

Some universities and colleges offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in
project management. Many organizations recognize the importance of
project management by establishing and training full-time professional
project managers.

Despite the recent focus on project management, it is not a new topic. Project
management was used to build pyramids in Egypt and Mexico and roads and
aqueducts in Rome.

Universal Application

Project management is straightforward. It has universal application, ranging
from building an undersea transportation route (the Chunnel connecting
England and France) to planning and holding a fifty-year high school
reunion. Any organization can use project management. I know of
projects that were successfully conceived by a one-person consulting
firm, as well as by a federal housing authority agency.

A Situational Approach

Successful projects use a situational approach. I remember a team at a nearby firm
who worked on two projects during a sixteen-month period. The first
project was an unqualified success, but the second project exceeded the
scheduled due date by 80 percent and overran the budget by $75,000.
During the closure process for the second project, team members
divulged that they used the same techniques as they did for the first
project. Unfortunately, the second project required a different


Project management creates change. Anyone who comes into contact with a project
is affected. The severity of the change depends on the nature of your
project and the size of your organization. Project management also requires change. Since each project is different, personnel who may have never worked together before now support a unique project plan.

A Firm Foundation

All successful projects are erected upon a firm foundation formed through
the use of objectives, planning, leading, motivating, controlling,
reporting, and negotiating. There are no shortcuts. When you use a
“just do it” action-oriented approach for your projects, you probably
need to re-work your results. The saying, “Those who fail to plan, plan
to fail,” is certainly appropriate for project management.

I hope that this introduction is increasing your awareness of the
importance of project management. My hunch is that you already know it
is an important topic, otherwise, you probably would not be taking this

Programs and Tasks Versus Projects

Early in my career, I remember when my boss would visit me and announce, “I
have a project for you.” Since I was a cooperative and obliging
subordinate, I gladly accepted the assignment. The assignment was
typically something as basic as reviewing a few standard reports to
determine what products had been sold in the past few weeks.

Now that I know more, I consider what my boss called a project to be a task.

Task, program, management, planning, project—what is the difference, and does it really matter?

  • Programs: Programs are generally larger in scope than projects and do not have a definitive end. For example, Popularizing Soccer in the United States is a program, and so is The War on Drugs. Within these programs, a number of projects are possible. An example pertaining to the soccer program may be a research project to determine what marketing mix variables would appeal to designated soccer target markets.
  • Tasks: Tasks can be secondary and support projects, or they can exist as part of ongoing operations. Tasks are often completed by an individual and may not be complex or need to be integrated with other tasks.

Terminology and Definitions

One of the major challenges with project management is to create common understanding. Standard definitions and terminology are needed. It is confusing when textbooks are contradictory.

I own a textbook that uses an important project management term, Earned Value, to define a method to measure overall project performance. Another textbook uses the same term as a synonym for budgeted cost of work performed, a variable mentioned in the first textbook as an element of earned value. In this case, one author is using earned value to define earned value.

Hopefully, as PMI emerges as a recognized authority for project management, standardized terminology will be developed to help clearly define such terms.

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