Web Tip Round-up: December 16, 2013 – June 9, 2014

The Muse has been the proud host of Jack Batterson's weekly Web Tips since June 2010. However, from December 16, 2013 through June 9, 2014, the tips were published in the Library News Notes instead. The Muse is now publishing the tips again. Look for a new installment on this blog each week! In the spirit of keeping the tips in one place, we are also posting a collection of the tips that were not previously published in the Muse.

Web tip of the week, June 9,  2014:

A free Q&A page for all of your computer-related questions.

Web tip of the week, June 2, 2014:

Information on diagnostic tests, medications and more. Doctors will answer emails

Web tip of the week, May 26, 2014:

The Total Rewards department launched this the Let’s Talk Total Rewards blog in May 2014 to provide a place where the university community can share ideas and questions about myTotal Rewards program.

Web tip of the week, May 19, 2014:

By clicking on the link below, you will be given a temporary e-mail address. Any e-mails sent to that address will show up automatically on the web page. You can read them, click on links, and even reply to them. The e-mail address will expire after 10 minutes.

Web tip of the week, May 12, 2014:

Look at the breaking news page and read the book "top screwups doctors make and how to avoid them."

Web tip of the week, May 5, 2014:

National Public Gardens Day is Friday, May 9! Take your mother to a public garden. Two gardens in Missouri are offering free admission (with coupon).  In celebration of botanical gardens, many of the American Public Gardens Association’s member institutions will mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors

Web tip of the week, April 28 2014:

RipeTrack helps you to find when your favorite fruits and vegetables are at their peak of ripeness

Web tip of the week, April 21, 2014:

Thank you Rachel for sharing.  All 85,000 newsreels filmed by British Pathé are now searchable and viewable on YouTube. This equates to 3,500 hours of filmed history. Genuine 1912 footage of the Titanic included!  See the full article for more information:  http://mediakraftnetworks.de/en/english-mediakraft-and-british-pathe-create-unique-archive-of-historic-videos-on-youtube/ 

Web tip of the week, April 14,  2014:

This application is designed to assess the strength of password strings.

Web tip of the week, April 7 2014:


Use the first link to see if you are still running Windows XP. If you are, then use the second link to research your options  and make the right choice for you.  For instance, converting to Windows 7 might be an easier transition than Windows 8. Keep in mind that the University will be converting all XP machines to Windows 7.

Web tip of the week,  March 31, 2014:

With the elections coming on April 8 2014, this provides useful information to voters.

Web tip of the week,  March  24 , 2014:

March 31 is World Backup Day.  Vist http://www.worldbackupday.com for free and discounted backup services

Web tip of the week,  March  17, 2014:

Participating in National Poison Prevention Week  (March 16-22) is a great way to teach your kids about poison prevention.

Web tip of the week,  March 10, 2014:

Report your own observations of migrating butterflies to real-time migration maps. While you are here, check the news, facts and resources sections.

Web tip of the week,  March 3, 2014:

Learn about Tornado statistics (2011 was a bad year for Missouri) and about building safety.

Web tip of the week,  February 24 2014:

Try looking at this at the end of each day and look at the "Hot Today" section for wonderful tips that a can change your life!

Web tip of the week,  February 17 2014:

Go to Style Guide-Personalized Beauty-Virtual makeup tool. I thought this was neat. The company has 12 virtual beauty advisers who have an average of 16 years experience within Estée Lauder. Live chat is available. Go to the Customer Service link at the bottom of the page for that.

Web tip of the week,  February 10 2014:

February 14 is National Donor Day. See what you can do to become an organ donor and why you should donate your organs.

Web tip of the week,  February 3, 2014:

January 21 is national hugging day. The holiday was founded on January 21, 1986 in Caro, Michigan, and has since spread to Canada, England, Australia, Germany and Poland. Each June 29th also celebrates a hug holiday; National Hug Holiday Day.

Web tip of the week, January 27, 2014:

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird County, Friday, Feb. 14 to Monday, Feb. 17. Count birds anywhere for at least 15 minutes to help scientists get a snapshot of bird population.  Also there is a link to Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Web tip of the week, January 20, 2014:

See this for a one-stop shop for easy instructions to update privacy settings wherever and however you go online. 

Take the my privacy quiz and receive feedback and tips on how you manage your online privacy. 

Web tip of the week, January 13, 2014:

The website generates your free personalized ready-to-use itinerary. One no longer needs to hire a travel agent to create an itinerary.

Web tip of the week, January 6, 2014:

The pretty pictures and music helps one relax.

Web tip of the week, December 30, 2013:


Web tip of the week, December 23, 2013:

If you are going to be away on vacation, the Columbia Police Department will watch your home upon request. Just allow three days for processing.

Web tip of the week, December 16, 2013:

See this for a complete schedule of the football bowl games.

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