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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

Blogging with Tumblr

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Blogging has changed the way we use news media. In this modern era, news media is divided into online news content from Web 2.0 sites and newspaper content that is the traditional news most people prefer to read. However, no matter what ventures newspapers make to establish an online business, they will always be distinct and a step behind blogs.

A newspaper has… Continue reading

Coastline Photography

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Coastlines are the best bet for some great water photography. Call it coastline photography, if you will. What makes it more enticing are the accompaniments that come with coastlines: sand dunes, sea grasses, rugged rocks, cliff faces and faces in the crowd. However, just like any other sphere of activity, there are rules to the game. Here are a few. You can add more to it as you… Continue reading

Choosing Between Prime and Zoom Lenses

Monday, November 15th, 2010

DSLRs are coming down in price and more people are finding they can afford to upgrade. But should you get a Prime lens or a Zoom? It’s an important decision to get right, as lenses don’t come cheap and you don’t want to end up regretting your decision. So what’s the difference?

A prime lens has a fixed focal length- you can’t zoom… Continue reading

Cell Phone Generations

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Anthony, from New York City asks:

What does 3G or 4G mean? One hears these terms used in cell phone advertising all the time, but the ads never explain what these mean.

It is true that these terms are commonly used in advertisements. The “G” is often used in commercials as a way to entice the audience. The “G” actually stands for generation. Therefore… Continue reading

100% Free Chess

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

100% Free Chess is just what the name says. Utilizing a simple, intuitive interface, it includes several free chess games, along with helpful tutorials for those of us who need all the help we can get.

Let me begin by saying that there will be no mention here of the outcome of the test games I played. I suspected that this wasn’t my… Continue reading

Shut Down Your Computer from Anywhere

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Have you ever left your computer logged into Windows and suddenly remembered you did so when you were far away from your computer? What’s worse, have you ever kept it logged on when you knew there were going to be many people around the computer’s vicinity and you were going to be away for a while? This scenario certainly could end badly. People could search your computer for files and… Continue reading

Download Tube

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Download Tube

YouTube is the new cable TV and as much as most people hate to admit it, it’s easy to get hooked. Who here hasn’t gone on a YouTube marathon only to realize that 6 hours have passed by and the birds are already chirping outside ? Darn those video recommendations. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could take those videos along for the… Continue reading

Playstation Move and Motion Controls

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In the current generation video game wars, it’s hard to question to dominance of the Wii. As of 2011, more than 74 million Wii units have been sold worldwide; compared to about 43 million Xbox 360 units and about 38 million PS3′s. Another way to look at it is dominance by the inferior unit. The Wii’s graphics are primitive compared to the other two units, the gameplay is

History of 3D TV

Monday, October 4th, 2010

3D entertainment has been with us at least since 1838 when Sir Charles Wheatstone invented the Stereoscope – basically a viewer that looked a lot like a pair of glasses that you would stand on a desk and slide a Stereoscope image under to view in 3D. You can also see 3D on these images by allowing your eyes to become unfocused, similar to viewing a “Magic Eye” picture (autostereogram)… Continue reading

jetAudio Basic Media Player

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

If you’re looking for a new digital media player, capable of ripping and burning CDs, along with most other features generally found in quality media players, jetAudio Basic may be for you. In addition to a full range of features, you might also find the price appealing…free.

jetAudio can be installed on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and supports mp3, wma, avi, along with many… Continue reading

Using Documents on iPod Touch

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Mary Ann from Florida asks:

“I bought a new iPod Touch 64 GB and I’d like to load in some of my MS Word and/or Excel documents for referral when I’m away from my home computer. Is there any way to accomplish this?”

Although the iPod touch would potentially make an excellent PDA, the capability to view documents on it is possible, but not the ability… Continue reading

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