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Burning DVDs with Windows DVD Maker

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Jack asks:

How do I make a photo/music/data CD using Windows 7 Movie Maker, that will play on DVD/CD players? The ones I make will only play on computers. I am using an Acer Aspire with Windows 7 Home Edition.

Jack, if you thought you were missing something, you weren’t. Currently, there is no

Creating Customized iPhone Ringtones

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The iPhone is easily the most popular smartphone on the market, but the built in ringtones are a little trite. Luckily, creating custom ringtones for the iPhone isn’t only easy, but quick.

Start by going into iTunes and picking out a song. When choosing, keep a couple guidelines in mind. It’s very important to choose a song that’s loud enough to be

Connecting a CRT TV to a Computer

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Robert in Pennsylvania asks:

Can I connect my computer to my CRT television, to watch online video?

The advent of Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Unboxed has meant that more and more people are trying to stream internet videos on their TV. You might think that you need the latest LCD

Learn how to clean up your iTunes 10 interface a bit with this handy tip! Continue reading

Downloading EBooks from Project Gutenberg

Amazon recently announced that they were selling more EBooks than physical ones. It makes sense too. With thousands upon thousands of books available for purchase, buying books digitally is easy. Few, however, realize the vast library of public domain books available at no cost online. Downloading free EBooks is one of the easiest ways

How to Upload Videos to Google Docs

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

How to Upload Videos to Your Google Docs Account and Share Them with Your Friends

Google Docs is one of the best online office applications, as it lets users create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, charts, etc. from a web browser. The best part about Google Docs is that the online office suite is available for free and can

Windows Media Player Online Radio

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Windows Media Player 12 comes with a special feature that offers online radio anywhere. You can listen to different types of music including Country, Blues, Talk Radio, Soft Rock, and more. If you’re tired of continually listening to your MP3s and old CDs, you may want to give Windows Media Player 12 a listen. With all the radio stations now available from Windows Media Player 12

ooVoo

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Video chatting is the cool new way to communicate in the twenty-first century! One popular video call service is Skype, which we’ve covered before in the newsletter, but I recently stumbled upon another named ooVoo, and it is chock full of useful features, including 6-way video calling! I think many of you will enjoy how you can begin a video call with anyone in the world

iTunes Speed Boost

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Looking to squeeze a little more speed when you start iTunes? You’ll want to check this tip out, then! Continue reading

Watching DVD movies on TV is fun, and you may like to burn movies to DVD using software on your PC. But, often the subtitles are missing in these burned DVDs. DVD burning software doesn’t provide an option to include subtitle files, that it will burn along with the movie. Also, you can’t drag and drop subtitles while playing a movie on your TV. Therefore, it

SharePod

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Do you ever get frustrated because it seems like your iPod is “tied” to the computer that you sync it with? I know I do! I mean, you can’t add, delete, or download music and videos from an iPod unless it is plugged into your very own computer. If you are using a work, school, or public computer, it won’t recognize your iPod when you connect

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

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

Flower Photography

Monday, January 17th, 2011

If you find the great outdoors enchanting, and flowers of particular interest, here are tips to take great macro photos of this colorful species. Without further ado, here are ways to enhance the beauty of one of nature’s greatest gifts to mankind.

1. You don’t have to go looking for a good flower to practice close up flower photography. Any flower will do… Continue reading

Delete Your iTunes Duplicates

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I’ve got a lot of music in my iTunes library – I’m talking thousands and thousands of songs from just about every kind of artist out there.

But keeping it all organized is giving me a real headache – especially when it comes to file duplicates. It can happen any number of ways. Maybe I ripped a CD twice, accidentally. Maybe I

Indoor photography without a flash can be a challenging task. Particularly, if you have a point and shoot that has limited capabilities. These nifty tips should enable you to capture arresting portraits of people.

1. Go natural. Nothing like the light from the windows and doors to get the perfect light and shade you need on your subject. What’s… Continue reading

Self Travel Photography

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Photography figures high on our list, when we are travelling. While what we photograph comes up trumps in the photogenic department, the same cannot be applied to ourselves. After all, most photos are either taken by an uncomprehending amateur, who is either a stranger or a companion to you, or worse, you have taken your pictures at arm’s length. Not to fret anymore. With these tips, your self-travel photos will… Continue reading

Party Photography

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Parties are great fun. However, they are even more fun after the party is long over. How? When you take the time off to capture the happy and zany moments for posterity. Here is where some tips on party photography should help you a great deal in carrying on the party conversation over Facebook and other social networking sites. Not to mention, in your drawing rooms and offices.… Continue reading

YouTube Video Stats

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This is too cool not to share. I was clicking around on YouTube last night, when I noticed a button I hadn’t seen before. It’s called the Show video statistics button, and it opens up a whole new world, when it comes to stat tracking on YouTube!

All you have to do is browse over to YouTube.com and look for a video – any video… Continue reading

Flash Website Storage Settings Panel

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The other day I was playing a Flash game online, but when I tried to go back and play some of the earlier levels, I found they were blocked. I tried to relieve this problem the usual way, by clearing out my web history, but that didn’t work.

Then, as if by providence, I stumbled across the Flash Player Website Storage Settings Panel. It’s online… Continue reading

Converting Images to Text

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Daniel, from Florida asks:

I’m able to copy documents I’ve typed on Word into the body of an (AOL) e-mail but I can’t copy any text that was scanned into my computer. How do I copy scanned documents into the body of an e-mail? I’m not talking about an attachment.

Converting Images to Text

Today, everything seems to be about speed. There… Continue reading

Customize Your YouTube Channel

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I just started up my own YouTube account a couple weeks ago – I even uploaded a couple videos of my dog, to make it official. Still, my channel is a little bland, so now would be a good time to do some customizing!

Here’s a quick how to:

Log in to YouTube, then click on your user name in the upper… Continue reading

Christmas Photography

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Shoot the Best Christmas Ever!

Christmas means snow, the tree, lights, Santa, colorful hangings, mistletoe, boots, and most of all, gifts!

Want to shoot every scene that can happen on Christmas Day? This is how:

White Balance

Be it indoor Christmas or outdoor Christmas, you just can’t take chances with the lighting. Set your white balance on studying… Continue reading

Last.FM

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Last.FM is in some opinions the ultimate free music website. It is free online music, you can customize with your favorite artist and songs. You have the ability to listen to all sorts of music, both new and old. Essentially no matter your age or your taste, this free online site has what you are looking for. In today’s world it can be quite frustrating to find good new music… Continue reading

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