Free PowerPoint Templates

Here’s a compiled list of websites that I found of some cool free PowerPoint presentation templates. I haven’t explored them all to be honest, but they’ll come in handy when you’re looking for themes to make your slides more exciting:

  3. Pete’s PowerPoint Station
  4. PresentationFX
  5. Powerpoint Styles
  6. Brainy Betty
  8. Presentation Magazine
  9. M62
  10. Free PPT Templates

How I use Gmail

I’ve been using Gmail since around the time it launched in 2004, and in more recent times, I found myself hitting the 7.5 GB mailbox size limit more often that I’d like. To remedy the situation, I would then find myself going through years worth of mail and deleting content that is irrelevant, and as you can imagine, the process is really tedious.

You may be wondering how I managed to clog up my mail box so fast. Truthfully, I don’t receive that many emails, and most people will tell you that I’m a fairly organised individual with minimalist approach to things. So where have I gone wrong? Or more importantly, how can I prevent mail from clogging up my mailbox?
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Useful Google Chrome Extensions

I’ve been using Google Chrome as my primary web browser for a while and it’s great because it brings in the speed and tab isolation features from Safari’s Webkit engine, Google’s bookmark syncing and work-offline integration, then tops it off with Firefox’s extensibility and Greasemonkey scripts!

Despite all that, Chrome isn’t perfect. Yet. But until then, here are some cool extensions I found that might improve your web surfing experience. Oh, and you don’t need to restart your browser when you install these :)


I know a lot of people who can’t live without this and hesitated to switch from Firefox because of it. Adblock clears all the ad banners and clutter from most websites; lets you a little surf faster. (LinkLink)

Customize YouTube Theater

This extension lets you get hide any of YouTube comments, related videos, channel videos, or just about anything you find useless or annoying. No more procrastinating or distractions that lead to jumping from one video to another. (Link)

Digg Forward

If you’re subscribed to Digg’s RSS feed and hated how clicking any link took you to a Digg page instead of the story, this little script skips that page for you and takes you directly where you need to be. (Link)

One Number

For Google users: Get the count for unread Gmail/Wave/Reader/Voice items in one place. Just install and sign in; quite convenient. (Link)

Google Reader: Open in background tab

The title explains all. If you use Google Reader a lot, install this gem, hit the keyboard shortcut “v” and have articles load in the background without slowing you down while you skim through news with “j” and “k”. (Link)

Stop YouTube Autoplay

Another handy one; let videos automatically load while being paused so you can browse elsewhere then come back to watch them in one go. Huge timesaver! (Link)

Google Apps Shortcuts

Simple extension: one button with all the useful Google Apps. Saves you from having all those bookmarks. (Link)

There’s more where that came from. Get more extensions from the official Chrome extensions page.

Know any extensions worth mentioning? Let me know in the comments!

Get Things Done in Kuwait

Whenever I’m faced with paperwork, I find myself baffled over the multiple set of procedures and official documents involved just to get things done in this country. I am aware that this situation is being improved with “E-Government” systems, etc., but it remains that there are numerous times when I would drive all the way to some institute or ministry, in the heat, in the traffic, wait in queue, only to finally find out that I had been missing a certain document or that I hadn’t made a photocopy of something —what do you mean they don’t have photocopiers at police stations?!

Here’s a little productivity tip that should ease most of the tedious non-automated paperwork and help you get the most out of your time:

  1. Scan the official items listed below
  2. Print a copy of them (make sure they are to scale!)
  3. Save all the images as JPG or PDF on a USB flash memory and keep it in your keychain
  4. Keep a copy secured safely in your car compartment at all times

Official Documents:

  • Your Civil ID (front & back)
  • Your Birth Certificate
  • Your Citizenship
  • Your Passport
  • Recent passport-size (4 x 6) photos
  • Your CV or business card (you never know!)

You should be able to get by with these, but in some rare procedures your parent’s documents might be required, so it’s a good idea to have a copy of theirs too. But if they ask for the ‘original’ then you’re stumped. If you find yourself missing a copy of something, at least you can print it from your backup USB flash drive at the nearest copy center.

Let me know if I’m missing something in the comments.

Get rid of Gmail’s “Invite a Friend” box

Gmail: Invite a friend

I’ve had my Gmail account since 2004, back when Gmail was invite only. Fast forward to present day, and I have this annoying little ‘invite’ box that sits on the side and does nothing useful for me. All my friends already have Gmail and those who don’t can register for themselves, so what’s the point?

For the longest time, I’ve been for waiting Gmail Labs to create some kind of experimental “hide invite box” feature, but I learned today that you can get rid of it really easily by using up all your invites. All you have to do is type a fake email (I used followed by a comma and a space so that you can copy and paste several times and repeat until all your invites are used. Voila! :D

Update: It doesn’t work! I just got another 50 invites after an hour or so :( Gmail please fix this!

Update: I used up my new 50 invites, waited a couple of hours and the box hasn’t returned yet. Looks like it’s gone for good?

Update: It’s back. Curse you Gmail! >_< Cheat Sheet

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