Pair your Brookstone keyboard, use a photo viewer to store important information, Windows 8 shortcuts and Evernote to OneNote conversion

From time to time, I review old content on my blogs. Some of it I update in a newer post, but, I also look for material for new posts. Sometimes I say I will follow up on something and do not. It is not an intentional oversight, I get busy, distracted, what ever and forget.  Some of the posts are short enough that I can include them in other posts. This is such a post. I have gathered several posts and put the ‘meat’ of them in this post.  It is information that I think is very useful still and want to bring it to your attention once more.

In this short collection of tips, I go over:

  • Converting your Evernote notebooks to OneNote notebooks
  • Putting important information in a keychain photo viewer for quick access
  • Pairing your Brookstone or Bluetooth keyboard to your iPad
  • Windows 8 shortcut keys

Please let me know, via comments, if you find this type of thing helpful and thanks for your time.

Tip: convert your Evernote docs to OneNote documents

Ever2One is an EverNote to OneNote converter.  Once you install the software, you give your EverNote credentials and then select your EverNote notebooks to copy to your OneNote Notebooks.  While it is no speed demon, it is a great way to your EverNote Notes into your OneNote Notebook. If Evernote to OneNote convertor
you are like me and use EverNote on the go but would like to incorporate them into your OneNote repository, this is a godsend. My notes came over intact.  No more manual copy and paste.  If you are moving from EverNote to OneNote, this is the easiest way to do that.

MobileNoter does have a cost. The Android Standalone client, which works directly with your OneNote files, is 6.99 and the standard application is $15.00.  The Cloud Sync version is also $15.00. If you are a heavy OneNote user, this software is a must.

Tip: pair your Brookstone (or any Bluetooth) keyboard to your iPad
To pair the keyboard:
  1. Turn on the iPad and the keyboard

  2. Press the Bluetooth Connect button on the keyboard (the light will flash)

  3. On the iPad, tap the Settings icon

  4. On the LEFT side, find the Bluetooth setting and tap it with your finger

  5. Under DEVICES, select the Bluetooth keyboard case

  6. After a second or two, the iPad should display a box with a code. It will ask that you type code on the keyboard (just press the keys that correspond to each character in the code, NOTHING will display as you type.)

  7. Press the ENTER key on the keyboard once you have typed the code in

  8. After a second or two, the iPad will tell you that the keyboard has been paired.

brookstoneiPadkeyboardcaseFrom this point on, you should not have to pair them again, however, I found that if I let the keyboard battery die, once it is charged, you will have to pair them again.  The keyboard is charged via a standard USB cable. Any USB wall charger will work or you can charge it via a powered USB port on the computer.

NOTE: if you do not use the keyboard for 15 minutes, it will shut off. Just tap a key to turn it back on.

There are numerous Bluetooth keyboards that will work just like the Brookstone. These instructions should work with most of them.

Tip: windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Windows 8 is right around the corner. Get a head start on the new interface by learning a few shortcuts that will help make the transition better.

Here are a few more hotkeys for Windows 8 that might make a non-touch user work a little easier:

Windows 8 Function

  • Windows+[space]
    Switch language and keyboard
  • Windows+,
    Show what’s on the desktop
  • Windows+[pgup] or [pgdown]
    Move a Metro app to the monitor on left or right in multi monitor configuration
  • Windows+F
    File Search
  • Windows+Z
    Application Bar
  • Windows+H
    Opens the share charm
  • Windows+C
    Opens the charm bar
  • Windows+I
  • Windows+[tab]
    Switch between apps
  • Windows+Q
    Opens the Search page
  • Windows+J
    Move between the snapped and filled apps
  • Windows+E
    Open Windows File Explorer (the old Windows Explorer renamed)
  • Windows+M
    Go to the Windows Desktop
Tip: portable info center

If you have data (like medical information, insurance info, etc.) that you want to be able to recall quickly, and do not want to carry around a smartphone all of the time, you can do it with a cheap, portable device and some free software. If you are like me, you almost always have your keys, and this device will fit on them. 

The device: a cheap keychain photo viewer.  The software:  JPEGBOOK (go here and scroll to the bottom to download.)

Here’s what you do:

    1. download and install jpegbook from the link above.
    2. install the software that came with the photo viewer, if any
    3. open jpegbook and enter the data in the text area OR you can prepare a document with all of the data and then use jpegbook to convert it to images
    4. start the transfer software and import the resulting image files from jpegbook
    5. transfer the images

      on the device, you should be able to scroll through the images

jpegbookjpegbook has a preview feature that will show you how it will break up your text. You may have to experiment a bit with the format and the resolution.  Most of the viewers are something like 128 x 128.  Play around until you get the best results and proceed with the steps above.

The photo viewers are small and have rechargeable batteries.  You will have to connect the device to your computer once a week or so to keep it charged, but this should not present much of a problem.  Most of these things can be had for under twenty dollars and, if you shop judiciously, you can find them for under ten.  Target frequently has them on sale and/or clearanced. This is a cheap, easy and quick way to maintain this very important information.  There are a few services available as well as dedicated devices that provide the same functionality.  But, if you cannot afford or simply don’t want to go that route, then the keychain viewer is a great alternative.  Just remember, these things provide NO security, so keep that in mind and they are quite small and easy to lose. 

You can use jpegbook to create images in a variety of sizes, so you can apply this technique to Zunes, iPods, iPads, iPhones and pretty much any device that displays jpg files.

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