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iTunes: Basic Applications and Uses

Friday, July 25th, 2008

iTunes: Basic Applications and Uses

iTunes is one of the most popular programs used by computer users today. And that’s especially true for those who love to listen to music. iTunes helps to store and manage all of your music files in addition to different types of media, including videos and podcasts. Podcasts are radio shows downloaded on the Internet. Not only does iTunes make it easy to access all… Continue reading

Updating Your iPod

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Updating Your iPod

The music program of iTunes, widely used by most computer users today, exists only because of the iPod. As you may know, the iPod is a device that can store all of your music files, video files, podcasts, picture slideshows and much more. The iPod has essentially replaced the CD player and other devices used for music purposes. Instead, the iPod allows you to store a great… Continue reading

DVD Rip

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

DVD Rip

How many of you have a growing DVD collection? If so, how would you like to be able to save or rip those DVDs to your computer? Yep, they would be saved on your hard drive and you could watch them anytime you please. That would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it? Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what I’m going to show you how to do today!… Continue reading

Microsoft Silverlight

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Microsoft Silverlight

If you’re on the Web regularly, you have probably heard of Adobe Flash (or Macromedia Flash), Adobe Shockwave (or Macromedia Shockwave) and Microsoft Silverlight. Oh, you’ve never heard of Silverlight? Well, it’s Microsoft’s attempt to rival Adobe in its Flash and Shockwave playing fields. Who knew?!

So, what does that mean for you, the user? Basically, if you don’t have Silverlight, you’ll need to install it… Continue reading

Now Available: Winamp 5.531

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Now Available: Winamp 5.531

I know I’m running a little behind on this, but I still wanted to make sure everyone heard the news. On April 11, 2008, the latest version of the popular Winamp media player (v5.531) was released and it is now available for download. I’m sure all of you avid Winamp users out there have been using it for the last few days, but just… Continue reading

Playing Your Media Safely

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Playing Your Media Safely

If you’ve ever listened to media downloaded or played from a Web site, you may have noticed that the playback was disrupted or somehow controlled. Unfortunately, Web site media can sometimes include extra commands in a script that are designed to control the playback. But I have a quick fix for that! Today, I’m going to show you how to apply a simple feature in Windows… Continue reading

DVD Parental Controls

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

DVD Parental Controls

Most of you probably know that setting parental controls for the Internet limits your children and grandchildren to certain Web sites. But I’m willing to bet that you’ve never heard of setting parental controls for DVDs that are watched using Windows Media Player, am I right? Well, it’s true! You can activate Windows Media Player’s parental control feature to restrict your children from viewing any DVD movies… Continue reading

All About the Winamp Toolbar

Friday, February 29th, 2008

All About the Winamp Toolbar

If you’re an avid Winamp user, I have the perfect tool for you today! It’s the latest Winamp toolbar and I just know you’re going to love it. Now, if you’re not a Winamp user, here’s a brief summary of what Winamp really is. Winamp is one of the world’s largest free MP3 players that is also capable of playing CD audio files, Audiosoft… Continue reading

AIM Features: One More Round

Friday, February 15th, 2008

AIM Features: One More Round

Hello again to all of you AIM users out there! I have some more great news for you today. Yep, there are even more features included in the latest version of AOL’s Instant Messenger program (AIM 6.5) and I can’t wait to tell you all about them. Let’s take a look and see what we’ve got, shall we?!

First, let’s go over all… Continue reading

Burning DVDs in Vista

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Burning DVDs in Vista

You may not know it, but burning DVDs with the Windows Vista operating system is extremely easy and a very nice experience! No longer are you required to use third party software, such as Roxio. Nope, Windows Vista has redefined this process and has taken it to a whole new level. Let’s check it out, shall we?!

I’m not sure what happened to Vista, but I’ll… Continue reading

Additional AIM Features

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Additional AIM Features

For all of you avid AIM users out there, I have many new and exciting features and updates to show you for the latest version of the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) program (AIM 6.5!) In addition to the basic features of setting up status and away messages, sending instant messages and texts via AIM, sending files, talking, sharing videos and pictures, there are additional functions… Continue reading

How to Be Region Free

Friday, February 1st, 2008

How to Be Region Free

Let’s jump right in! As discussed here, the movie distribution moguls split the world into eight regions: six for parts of the world and two (7 and 8) for other uses, such as aeroplanes and cruise ships. So, what’s that have to do with anything? Well, keep reading and you’ll find out!

First of all, your computer is locked in to one region… Continue reading

Replacing Your iPod Battery

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Replacing Your iPod’s Battery

Here’s the scenario: you’ve charged up your iPod when all of the sudden, the battery drains out and you’re just not in a position to replace the existing one with a brand new one. Well, luckily, there’s an easy fix for that. You could call Apple and they will replace the battery for you, but that will cost you significantly and you will also have to… Continue reading

Now Available: Winamp 5.52

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Now Available: Winamp 5.52

You don’t even have to say it. I know what you’re thinking. And yes, I am well aware that the Winamp team just released a new update at the end of December 2007. But that hasn’t stopped them from tweaking the program even more to make the best music player possible for you! So, if you’re an avid Winamp user, you’ll be happy to… Continue reading

Unplugged: Plug and Play

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Unplugged: Plug and Play

Plug and play: I’m sure most of you have heard that term before, right? But, for those of you who don’t know exactly what it means, plug and play is a feature that allows a user to add a device to their computer, without having to reconfigure anything or install any manual drivers. A couple examples of plug and play devices are flash drives and MP3… Continue reading

iPod Alternatives

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Q:
I really wanted to get my grandson an iPod for Christmas, but they were just too expensive. Now, his birthday is coming up and while I’d like to get him one, I don’t want to spend all that money. Are there any alternative music players for children that he might like just as well? If so, please tell me all about them!

A:
You wouldn’t believe how… Continue reading

Winamp 5.51

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Winamp 5.51

Are you ready for this? I’ve got some great news for all you Winamp lovers out there! Yep, back on December 26, 2007, Winamp 5.51 was released and it is now available for download. So, if you’re a long time Winamp user (or if you’d like to start using it), you’ve got to check this out! With all of the updates and changes made… Continue reading

iTunes Alternatives

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Q:
Do you know of any alternative programs I can use instead of iTunes? I’m just ready for something a little bit different. Thanks for your help!

A:
Below is a list of music players that come with multi-platform compatibility and tools that will help you manage your digital music, as well as, keep it organized all at the same time. Let’s check… Continue reading

The New Zunes

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Q:
Can you tell us anything about the new Zune players released by Microsoft last week? I heard about their release, but I don’t really know anything else about them. Please share any information you have!

A:
Ah yes, the new Zune! With the holidays right around the corner, it’s no surprise that several of you are asking about Microsoft’s Zune media player. The first version of Zune… Continue reading

YouTube QuickLists

Friday, November 16th, 2007

YouTube QuickLists

If you’ve ever used the video Web site of YouTube, you know it has millions of videos for you to see! YouTube does a great job of making these videos visible to you. For example, if you go to view a video about the new Apple iPhone, to the right of the video, you will see other videos uploaded by that user, along with more videos related to… Continue reading

Even More Yahoo! IM Features

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Even More Yahoo! IM Features

So, you think you’re an expert instant messenger on Yahoo! Messenger? Yes, you may now know the basic essentials of instant messaging, chatting, initiating voice conversations, sharing photos and sending files, but is that really all there is to it? You may have even discovered the special features in Yahoo! like the IMVironments, Audibles and the online games you can play with other people all… Continue reading

ZoomIt

Friday, October 26th, 2007

ZoomIt

Today’s tip is proof that great utilities don’t have to be huge and bloated. The ZoomIt program by Mark Russinovich (formerly of Sysinternals and now Microsoft) is a great tool to use while giving a demo or doing a PowerPoint presentation. With it, you can quickly zoom in and highlight part of the screen and then zoom back out. If you think this is typical home/office software, get rid… Continue reading

New Release: Winamp 5.5

Friday, October 26th, 2007

New Release: Winamp 5.5

Are you a Winamp user? (If you’re not even sure what Winamp is, you can read here to learn all about it). If you are, I’ve got some great news for you today! I know I’m a little behind on this, but I received word last week that a new version of Winamp has just recently been released. That’s right, Winamp 5.5

Getting Past iTunes Restrictions

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Q:
I like to use the Apple iTunes store to get some of my music, but I don’t have an iPod, so I’m unable to take that music with me. And of course, Apple won’t let me transfer those songs to MP3s. Is there any way I can get around this or am I just out the money I’ve already spent? Please help!

A:
Excellent question! I’m sure… Continue reading

Computer Freedom

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Computer Freedom

Yep, you read that right. This tip will show you how you can eventually carry your laptop in your pocket. How cool is that? Let’s check it out!

First of all, let me ask you all a question: Why would you carry a laptop when an iPod will suffice? Unless you need it throughout your journey, why not leave your laptop at home the next time you’re traveling?… Continue reading

QuickTime Security Update

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

QuickTime Security Update

If you’re an avid QuickTime user, you may have already heard about this, but just in case you haven’t, I’m here to fill you in today. Awhile back, an exploitable hole was discovered in the Apple QuickTime program that also involved the Mozilla Firefox Web browser. So, if you’re a fan of both Firefox and QuickTime, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to this tip… Continue reading

New Release: AIM 6.5

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

New Release: AIM 6.5

Here’s one for all you AIM users out there (and I know there’s a bunch of you!) I just received word the other day that a new version of the popular AOL instant messaging program, AIM, has been released. Yep, AIM 6.5 is now available for download. How exciting is that?! If you’re a long time AIM user, I guarantee you’re not going to… Continue reading

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