Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Day 169 - The Company Store

Before we start monthly production at Hot Springs Life & Home magazine, I usually work a marathon week of 15-18 hour days, with one all-nighter thrown in there somewhere.

Don’t get me wrong. I love it. But something usually has to give during that week. Today, it’s blog posting. Just don’t have time to do a lot of research.

At times like these, I’m always looking for timesavers. Here’s a sample from a new one I ran across in the last 10 minutes.

Least-known, most-useful bookmarklet roundup
Bookmarklets are Javascript links you drag and drop to your browser’s toolbar, which help you get stuff done as you surf. Here’s a few of my most-used favorites:
BugMeNot web site registration bypasser
When you happen upon a site asking for a username and password, avoid registration and get a login from BugMeNot.
WebJay “play this page
When faced with a web page that links to MP3’s, “Play this page” creates a playlist on the fly and plays the songs in your default media player. linkbacks
See how many folks have bookmarked a web page in and what comments they added (I use this ALL the time)
Internet acronym lookup
So you’re not SOL when you’re wondering what YMMV means.
Password generator bookmarklet
Create hard-to-guess passwords inside the browser while registering for web sites.

If you’ve got a useful bookmarklet you can’t live without, let me know - tips at

From CS Montor
So while regular visits to LifeHacker might actually increase your time online, time spent exploring the site will probably be time effectively utilized, and may itself result in time gained somewhere else. And if you become so entranced by the time-saving tips that you spend all your free time collecting them? Then it may be time to just walk away from the least for a time.

Talked to Wayne on the phone this morning. He's OK.

Now, back to work.