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Upgrading a Dell Computer

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Andrew from South Africa asks:

I need to update my PC processor. I have an old Dell Dimension 4600 Pentium 4 2.66GHz-1.5GB RAM-AGP card slot. Can I just buy a better/faster processor like a Duo or quad core or something for my PC?

First, you’ll need to find out how many pins

Eternal Moonwalk

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Eternal Moonwalk

One thing you can certainly say about the legacy that Michael Jackson left behind when he passed away, is that he inspired generations of people to get out there and dance.

Eternal Moonwalk is a Michael Jackson Tribute site that taps right into

Calibre 0.7.43

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Most people are aware that reading a hard copy of a book is becoming a thing of the past. There are many products on the market that enable you to read your favorite books in electronic form. Books such as WorldStart’s Internet Security Survival Guide and many others are now becoming available in digital form, often referred to as EBooks. With all of this new technology, how

How to Set Defaults Successfully

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

No, I am not talking about loans, because if I were, this would be called “How to default on loans successfully”. No, I am talking about making sure that when you open a program, it opens the way that you want it to. Every time.

I decided to talk to y’all about this because I just went to open a video

How to Deal with Buffering on YouTube Videos

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Joe from Lewiston, ME asks.

How can I stop continuous buffering when watching YouTube videos?

Buffering is no fun for anyone, so you are not alone Joe. Videos that continually stop and start on YouTube are a frequent source

Green Home Guide

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Green Home Guide

Do you have questions about making your home more environmentally friendly? Are you trying to find a green professional in your area to do work on your home? Do you want to read articles on learning how to make your home greener? Well then, you’ve come to the right place.

The first… Continue reading

Dealing with Buffer Overflow Errors

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Receiving a buffer overflow (also known as a buffer overrun) error may not seem that dangerous, but it’s a serious security risk. A direct result of bad programming, buffer overflow errors occur when too much data is stored in a space designed for less.

Think of it this way. If you pour a large jug of water into a small glass, the excess water will spill… Continue reading

Increase the Number of Undos in PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Do you “undo” a lot in MS PowerPoint?

Ever run out of undo steps and wish for more?

If your response was yes, here’s what you need to know about PowerPoint to get a few (or a lot) more undo steps added to your list.


In the News 2-02-11

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Now you don’t see it… now you do.

The FDA has approved a technological first to combat the leading cause of blindness in elderly people: a tiny telescope implanted in one eye.

Nearly 2 million Americans have advanced macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease

Dot What?

Monday, January 31st, 2011


For me, this site is a must-bookmark site! I hate running across a file extension and not knowing what it means or what program it is associated with. With Dot.What? you can get rid of the guess work and look up your file extension in their database!

Have a file extension you’re trying… Continue reading

Filter Out Backscatter with MailWasher Free

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Are you becoming familiar with e-mails stating “The following recipient(s) could not be reached” or “Delivery Status Notification (Failure)?” Have you seen multiple copies of such e-mails numbering in the tens, hundreds, maybe even thousands, flood your inbox with no idea as to how, or why, they are being sent to you? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are unfortunately the victim of what is commonly known as “backscatter.” Continue reading

Gmail Sneak Peek

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Email can be a lot of pressure. Anyone who has gone to work on a Monday morning and faced an inbox full of emails that require attention will agree with me. Since procrastination is a favorite human pastime, most people don’t want to reply to the e-mails received right away. In fact, most of us don’t even want to open them to see what is inside.

Thankfully… Continue reading

Changing the Registered Owner

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I once had someone give me their “old” computer, and it had Vista on it. I changed the computer name and the system name to mine, but the name of the person who owned the computer before I did (the registered owner) kept popping up (in addition to mine). I figured it would be easy to change, but it wasn’t. And I couldn’t find out how to change the registered… Continue reading


Friday, January 28th, 2011

At one time or another, many of us need to share a file or two with
somebody, and often the attachment size limits put in place by most
email providers make this task difficult, if not impossible. As we all
know, file sizes have been increasing steadily for quite some time.
Even a regular PDF document or a PowerPoint presentation can easily
surpass 10-20 MB nowadays. There are… Continue reading

Fantastic Desktop Wallpapers

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Fantastic Desktop Wallpapers

I often get bored with what’s on my desktop, so I’m always looking for new sites that offer awesome desktops for free. What I like about this is that they’ve already searched for some of the best desktops out there, and have put them all together in one location making it easy for you… Continue reading

Text Rotation in MS Word

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

MS Word: Moving In a New Direction

Ever find yourself looking to rotate text in MS Word?

Maybe you’re trying to make a flyer with phone number tabs across the bottom? Or, maybe you need to run some text down the side of a document and you don’t want

William from Milwaukee, WI asks:

I am looking for a music program that can hear my clarinet and transcribe the music as I play.

Recording and transcribing MIDI instruments like a synthesizer or electric drum kit is relatively easy, and there are a lot of software options for doing this. However, analog instruments like a clarinet pose a different challenge altogether. They require… Continue reading

In the News 1-26-11

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

“Thank you, but I’m not interested.”

How many times have you just sat down to dinner and had the phone ring and when you pick it up you hear, “Hi! You have just won an all-expense paid trip to somewhere-you-have-always-wanted-to-go-but-couldn’t-afford!” and just hung up? The calls are irritating, to say the least (especially since the calls always seem to come… Continue reading

Pictures from the Yard

Monday, January 24th, 2011

A recent tip on flower photography brought to mind my own experience taking pictures of the flowers in our yard. However, since these pictures were taken without the benefit of any photographic skill or knowledge, this article contains no information on composition, focal length, shutter speed, or any other artistic or technical detail. I just point, shoot, and hope

Convert Celsius to Fahrenheit

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Convert Celsius to Fahrenheit

This is a great tool to add to your bookmarks. You never know when you might need to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit. It comes up at the oddest times in my life.

This site not only offers you a tool to calculate the conversion, but also… Continue reading

Disabling a Laptop Touchpad

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Most laptops or notebooks come with a built-in touchpad (or mouse pad). Touchpads are great for portability; you can use it to operate the laptop from anywhere – without having to use an external USB mouse.

However, most computer users prefer using an external mouse over the default touchpad. This is because an external mouse is easy to grip, can be used faster and it’s much more… Continue reading Writer: Oh Man, I Should Have Used a Table!

While I cannot speak for
everyone, I know that there have been many times that, after setting up information
in a word processing document, I find myself wishing I had used a table
instead of a list of text.

If the list is long and
complicated or really more of… Continue reading

Create a Custom Gmail Desktop Shortcut

Monday, January 24th, 2011

John from Provo, Utah, writes:

How do you make a custom e-mail desktop shortcut for Gmail?

The first thing that you want to do is make a shortcut to gMail on your desktop. Open your gMail inbox using whatever browser you like to use. Now right-click on the contents of the address bar and left-click on Copy. Continue reading

Choline Info

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Choline Info

I have been doing all sorts of research for my friend who recently
found out that she is pregnant with twins, and this is one of the sites
I ran across in my search. I had never heard of Choline.

What I discovered is that choline is an important nutrient that can
help with brain and… Continue reading

When you open a file in one of your MS Office programs, do you find that you’re always navigating away from “My Documents” to some other folder?

Ever wish that it would just open up to that location in the first place?

If so, here’s the good news… you can set each program to go directly to whatever location you desire, when you

Setup Classic Menus in Vista and Windows 7

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Eric from Pacific Heights, California, asks:

Is there any way to start up folders in Vista and Windows 7 with File, Edit, View, Tools, etc. on the top?

Hi, Eric! Thanks for writing.

Believe it or not, there is.

Good ole Microsoft. I know that every operating system that they put out will always have changes (both major and minor), but when it comes to the… Continue reading

Minimize Open Windows in Windows 7

Friday, January 21st, 2011

When working on a PC, it’s easy to wind up with lots of open windows. They clutter up your PC and affect your work flow. Sometimes it’s better to minimize the windows you’re not using and work on one at a time. Windows 7 provides many shortcuts to accomplish that goal.

To explain these techniques, I divided them in two categories. The first is to minimize all the windows except… Continue reading

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