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I ♥ ☼

Ever see someone's Facebook status update that contains funky symbols and wonder, "How'd they do that?"

It's a special ALT + <number from numeric keypad> combination

Examples:

♥ = ALT + 3
♫ = ALT + 14

Here's a chart listing the possible characters (there are quite a lot of them, aren't there?):

Things to note:

  • Numbers must be typed from the numeric keypad
  • Laptop users may need to use some special key combos instead. On my laptop, I had to press the NumLk key, then use Fn+Alt+the numeric keypad numbers (little blue numbers above some of the letters).
  • Not all programs, applications and browsers will recognize the special Alt characters

Alternatives to Drop.io

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Goodbye, drop.io!

Online file storage and sharing is handy for library computer users who don't have access to a USB drive, blank CD, or floppy drive (or for those who forget to bring those items along to the library). If drop.io is your standard go-to for online file storage, now is the time to find a good alternative -- drop.io is ending its free service this week and shutting down altogether on December 15.

Here are 3 services that Lifehacker recommends as drop.io alternatives:

TechBits readers:  do you have any others to recommend?

(Thanks to Jean for the tip!)