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Dual Boot

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Dual Boot

Did you know that you can have more than one operating system on just one single computer? If you’ve never heard of the term mentioned above in the title, you’re in for a real treat today! Now, I’m sure most of you are able to figure out (even if it’s just a little) what a dual boot is just by putting the two words together. But, what all… Continue reading

Send To

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Send To

So, what exactly is the Send To option for? Does it even have a purpose? Well, if you’ve ever wondered what the answer to that question is, then come along with me. I’ll explain everything!

One of the most powerful tools in the Windows operating systems is the right mouse button. That one little button opens up so many new options and it makes so many things so… Continue reading

Windows Explorer

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Windows Explorer

I have one more Q&A for you today. I hope you don’t mind too much!

Q:
What exactly is Windows Explorer? I’ve heard the term mentioned several times in your tips, but I’ve never gotten a good grasp as to what it is. Please explain!

A:
You know what? This question came at the most perfect possible time. It was brought to my attention… Continue reading

What is an Avatar?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the term “avatar” before, right? Besides being a 3D movie by James Cameron, it is also a pretty common term in today’s Internet world. Still, you may have heard of it and still not know what it means or what all it entails.

This is an example of an avatar picture.

An avatar is… Continue reading

BitTorrent

Friday, March 16th, 2007

BitTorrent

The question of the day is, “What is a torrent”? And even better yet, “What is BitTorrent”? Well, as you may have guessed, the word “torrent” is derived from the term “BitTorrent.” You may have heard of these terms before, but what do they mean? BitTorrent is actually the file distribution system that the torrents (a.k.a. files) come from. So, how does all of it work? Well, allow me… Continue reading

Social Bookmarking

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Q:
What can you tell me about social bookmarking?

A:
Well, a lot actually! I know most of you have probably heard of bookmarking and some of you probably know what I’m talking about when I say social networking, but what about social bookmarking? Do those three things even have anything to do with each other? The answer to that is yes and no. Allow me to explain.… Continue reading

Know Your Hardware

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Know Your Hardware

Most people who own computers have basic hardware and they don’t even realize it. Either that or they don’t really know what each item is called. And basically, when you don’t realize when something is there, it can keep you from doing certain things that you want to do. Usually, you can do those things, but without knowing your hardware, it’s difficult to master.

So, what is… Continue reading

E-books

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

E-books

So, what is an e-book? I’m sure some of you have probably wondered that and it makes sense that you do, because e-books are becoming very popular as the days go by. An e-book, which is also known as an electronic book is just basically the digital equivalent of a regular printed book. Often times, e-books are also read with an e-book reader, which is just a device that… Continue reading

What Does OEM Stand for?

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Melissa from MS asks:

What does OEM stand for?

You may have heard the letters OEM before, but what do they have to do with computers? Well, OEM is short for Original Equipment Manufacturer and as a whole, they are basically companies that build certain products that are then sold by another company. Those

Third Party

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Third Party

You’ve probably heard this term somewhere along the line in one of our previous tips, but do you have any idea what it really means? You might have a slight clue as to what it is, because the term, third party, is used for various other things, but what does it have to do with computers? Well, basically, the same thing.

A third party resource is anything that… Continue reading

Pixels

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Pixels

After some consideration, I realized that some of you may not know what a pixel is. I’ve been running some tips about pixels lately and I forgot that some of you may not even be familiar with the initial term. And although all of you are so smart and you’ve probably been able to figure it out, I thought I should give you a formal definition anyway. So, here… Continue reading

Dead Pixels

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Dead Pixels

Ever since I wrote the tip about stuck pixels, I’ve gotten questions from several readers about the difference between those and dead pixels. Is there a difference? Well, as a matter of fact, there is. Before you go any further, read here to find out what a stuck pixel is first. That will help you in understanding this tip a lot more. Okay, once you’ve read… Continue reading

Applet Defined

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Applet Defined

We often use this term in our computer tips, so I got to thinking that it might be a good idea to tell you all what it actually is. How would you like that? Yeah, I thought you might be interested. So, here’s a brief definition of applet just for you!

An applet is one part of a software program that actually works within another program. The term… Continue reading

AdSense

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

AdSense

After mentioning this term in one of the tips last week, I received several e-mails from all of you wondering what exactly it is. I’m sure most of you can figure out that it has something to do with advertisements, but what else does it entail? Where does the term come from, etc., etc.? Those are all good questions and I’m here to answer them for you right now!… Continue reading

Zero-Day Defined

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Zero-Day Defined

Have you heard of the term Zero-Day before? You may have, but do you know what all a Zero-Day flaw entails? The term itself isn’t very complicated to understand once you know the bottom line of what makes them exist, but if you ever just wanted a simple definition of a Zero-Day flaw, today is your day. That’s exactly what I’m going to give you right now!

These… Continue reading

ISO Images

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

ISO Images

Ever wonder what this term involves? You may know that it has something to do with the digital world, but what exactly does it entail? Well, I’m here to fill you in today!

First of all, an ISO image is known as a .iso file and it is just another term for a disk image or any optical disk image. It’s basically an exact copy of an already… Continue reading

WGA

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Q:
What exactly is Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage? I had a problem with it the other day and I would like to know more about it. Please help!

A:
Yes, this happens quite often. I’m sure you’re not the only one who has been struck by the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) pop up balloon and I know you won’t be the last. Basically, the WGA is… Continue reading

Hijack Mania

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Q:
What exactly is a hijack and are there different kinds that I should look out for when I’m using my computer?

A:
That’s a wonderful question! I’m actually quite surprised that we’ve never gone over this in a tip before. With that in mind, now is the perfect time to do so. Like any virus or piece of spyware that invades your computer, a hijack is similar… Continue reading

Webisode

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Webisode

Have you ever heard of a webisode? It’s a new term that is on the rise in the world of computers. Chances are, if you already know about it, you either heard it on the Internet or maybe you even heard someone talking about it on TV or the radio. So, let’s learn a little more about this up and coming technology, shall we?!

Basically, a webisode is exactly… Continue reading

DRM

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Timothy from IL asks:

I ran into the letters DRM the other day and I have no idea what they mean. Can you help?

DRM is short for Digital Rights Management and it mainly deals with copyright protection issues on CDs, DVDs, etc. DRM is the technology that publishers

NTLDR

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

NTLDR

Have you ever run into the “NTLDR is missing; press any key to restart” error when you’re booting up your computer? I hadn’t either until the other day and I wondered what it meant, so I found out and I thought I would tell you all about it too. First of all, NTLDR is short for NT Loader. It’s basically the boot loader for Windows NT, along with the… Continue reading

Serial/COM Port

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Q:
What is a serial port and is it any different than a COM port?

A:
This can be a little confusing, so I’m glad you asked. We have touched on this topic before, but it wasn’t a very in depth description, so I do believe it’s time we change that! And that’s what I’m here to do for you all today. Keep reading to learn all about… Continue reading

Jewel Cases

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Jewel Cases

Have you ever heard of the term jewel case? You may have seen it mentioned in some of our advertisements that we include in the newsletters. Often times, our software programs come packaged in a jewel case. Know what I’m talking about now?

Well, either way, a jewel case is the two piece plastic case that CDs come in. Okay, I’m sure you know what I’m referring to… Continue reading

Mail To

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Mail To

Are you an avid Web page designer? Well, maybe you’re not a complete pro yet, but you like to experiment with the different features that your Web site program (FrontPage, Dreamweaver, etc.) offers, right? Well, we all know that it takes a lot to put a Web page together and every program does things a little differently, but there is one thing that always stays the same within… Continue reading

Programmers

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Programmers

Have you ever wondered who creates the computer programs and other software you use on a daily basis? Especially if it’s a program you really enjoy using? Don’t you just wish you knew who made such a great piece of software? Well, I can’t give out any names, but I can tell you that those people are called computer programmers. Here’s a little about them.

Programmers, also referred to… Continue reading

Boot Disk

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Boot Disk

So, what is a boot disk? Well, first of all, a boot disk is also often referred to as a bootable disk, so don’t think they are two different things. Basically, a boot disk is just a disk that a computer can use to boot up or start from. Normally, computers boot up from the internal hard drive, but there are other options, such as a floppy disk… Continue reading

HTML vs. Plain Text

Friday, September 29th, 2006

HTML vs. Plain Text

Ever since I mentioned these two terms in a tip last week, I’ve come to the conclusion that some of you aren’t sure what the difference is between them. How do they differ? How do they effect your computing life and why am I even going over this? Well, keep reading and I do believe you will see!

Basically, the differences between HTML and plain text… Continue reading

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