Thursday, September 13, 2007

Save file using different extensions in MS Word

Usually, MS Word will append a fixed extension for a given file type. If you want to use a different extension, you need to enclose the file name in quotes. For example, "textfile.dat" will force MS Word to use dat as extension.

Open a file by drag-and-drop in MS Word

Unlike many other editors, for MSWord, the file should be dropped in the menu area.
It should not be dropped in document area. If it's dropped in document area,
it will become an embedded file.

Friday, August 31, 2007

File Security tab in Windows XP

The security tab for the file property disappears in certain Windows XP installations. Here is how to display the security tab
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To display the Security tab

Open Folder Options in Control Panel. (Click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options.)

On the View tab, under Advanced settings, clear the Use simple file sharing [Recommended] check box.
By using the access control feature available in Windows XP Professional, you can help ensure that only the people you want to access the files and folders on your network are able to get to them

Monday, January 22, 2007

Misleading median income

Suppose your income is at the top 20% percentile. You think your income are quite good?
Not necessarily.

Consider following senario:

You are in a BIG established company, you have a stable income of, let's say, $100k/year.
However, each of your 9 buddies are in a startup company, each only get a $80k/year salary each year.
Suppose each year one of your buddy's company go IPO, then one of them get $1M from stock options.

Then you are one of the top 20% earners among these 10 persons, because only one get higher income than you because of the stock option.
But wait.
After 9 years, you earned $100k x 9 = $900k
But each of your buddies earned $80k x 9 + $1M = $1720k
Now you are lowest one among these 10 persons.