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AnandTech.com gets inside tour of Newegg facility

In the past this option s Newegg.com has always been a great place to find all your computer parts at a fair price. They’ve even opened up shipping to Canada after a lot of demand from potential customers. Combo deals and customer ratings and reviews are two reasons you can find a good price and be sure of your purchase. New egg ships over 25,000+ orders a day and has a very intelligent flow of products in their warehouse. One plus I’ve always had is the shipping speed of their product and in touch via email each step of the orders.

Their peanut machine is pretty large and has dozens of utters for dispensing. They even have an automatic box makers that is built to the customers orders to ensure safe packaging while reducing shipping cost with tailored precision.

(Photo from AnandTech.com)

Their systems also seem very automated and completely leaves the decision making and costly error prone procedures robotic. Their pick, pack and pull procedures are control ed by computers and use bins with what looks like some bar-code hierarchy. This brief and rare inside tour of a companies internal operations is a great way to see how large e-commerce vendors are able to use the best in technology and conveyor belt systems.

(Photo from AnandTech.com)

While all the procedures are not spelled out, Anand’s article might give you some ideas on your operations. You can view the entire tour and a great write up of newegg’s facility at AnandTech.com.

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Great new Addon from Mozilla Firefox – “CTR-TAB” – Perfect for Pro Multi taskers!

I just finished downloading Mozilla Firefox’s new add on called “CTR-TAB”. It’s one of the best add-ons for me, especially with all the multitasking that goes on in the office or at home. When you start to have 10+ tabs open at a given time, the description at the top or icon of the website only tells a simple story when a quick page view would direct you to the previous page you were visiting.

I might have 10 ebay tabs open when changing auctions, but just having an ebay tab at the top saying “Ebay.com” or “My Ebay – Selling Mang | -(Cuts off here) is only going to tell me that this is one of the dozens of Selling Manager Pro tabs I have open. I might be editing one, adjusting qty in another, creating a listing in the 3rd etc.

After you install, all you have to do is press “CTR & TAB” and it will bring up a quick thumbnail screenshot of all your open windows and acts like you’re using ALT-TAB. Keep pressing till you get to the screen you want and that’s it! As soon as you release the “CTR & TAB” key, it disappear just as quick as it came on the screen. Comes in handy too when you have your hands on the keyboard typing and know shortcuts to prevent having to take your hands off the keys and using the mouse for the tech-savvy.

For other FireFox Add’ons that can really help your productivity, visit – FireFox Add On’s

Setting a Screen Saver Password on Windows XP

Setting a password for your screen saver is a useful tool in preventing unauthorized access to your PC in a work or public setting. Used often by people who use the computer throughout the day but often are away from keyboard for periods of time.

1) It’s very easy and starts by grabbing you mouse and right clicking on the desktop (main screen that has recycle bin and application icons on it). Click on properties

2) After this menu opens up, click on the SCREEN SAVER tab at the top of the window. Choose a screen saver and click “ON RESUME PASSWORD PROTECT”. To the right of this will be the time inbetween. Choose the amount of time you want to elapse before the screen saver will pop up. (Any keyboard strokes or mouse movement will bring up the password disable menu.

3) Click Apply and close the window. The password is set to your windows XP user name login password.  You can also adjust energy star power settings to conserve power when you are away. This will turn off the hard disks and ram so your computer is still on but taking a temporary nap and waiting for you to wake it up.