Calendar Views, Frozen Macs, and Address Bar ShortcutsReaders offer their best tips for making Google Calendar easy to read, finding out when your Mac has frozen, and getting to Firefox's address bar quickly.
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Use a Customized Background to Differentiate Weekends in Google CalendarCSGeek shares a couple of custom backgrounds for Google Calendar:
I uploaded this background to my Google calendar to help differentiate between weekdays and weekends (weekends are blue). These are PNGs images so it's easy to alter the colors to suit your taste. Three flavors for the three different day grouping preferences:Unfortunately, Google Calendar keeps a white background over all of your events (as you can see in the image), which is kind of annoying, but it is a handy little tweak.
Discover Freezes on Your Mac with a Flashing ClockJudacris can tell when his Mac has frozen nearly instantaneously:
My Mac freezes sometimes and I've learned that a frozen clock on a menubar can mean a frozen Mac. Having the time separators blink will cut questioning yourself if your Mac is not responding down to a second.
(Blink the time separators by heading to Date & Time in System Preferences.)
Simplify Awesome Bar Uses the Address Bar Whenever You Start Typing in FirefoxBrett discovers a handy little extension for Firefox:
Just found a cool Firefox extension called Simplify Awesome Bar. After you install it, you can just start typing anywhere to start typing in Firefox's address bar. No need to hit Ctrl+L or click on the bar! You can also select text to copy it to the address bar, integrate it with bookmark keyboards, and do a lot more.