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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

The Mind of Leonardo

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The Mind of Leonardo

Rather than looking at only one facet of Leonardo da Vinci and focusing on his genius in just that aspect, this site tries to correlate all the many different facets of his genius. I had a hard time trying to decide how to present this site to you. It is an amazing journey… Continue reading

Saving Windows Live Emails

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Does your day begin with an hour or more commute to work sitting in a bus, train, or taxi? Perhaps you’re flying across country (or to another country) on a business trip, with many, many hours to be spent in flight en route to your destination. Or maybe you’re planning a multi-day road trip in your own car, for a meet up with friends and family back home. Then again… Continue reading

Sending Distribution Lists in Outlook

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You know that person who e-mails everything so efficiently using distribution lists?

And… what are you doing?

Choosing each person individually for each message you send?

Maybe you’re searching out a previously sent message that went to the right group of people, creating a forward message, clearing out the old content of the message and then composing the new e-mail?… Continue reading

iGoogle

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You’ve heard me talk in the past about how I use Yahoo! because it gives me all my news and views in one place, but that I also like to use Google as my search engine, right? Well, that was until I stumbled across iGoogle – a feature that has been around for a while which allows me to get the best of both worlds.… Continue reading

Paul Ecke Poinsettias

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Paul Ecke Poinsettias

Poinsettias for me are synonymous with Christmas. Growing up, the house would be filled with poinsettias at this time of year, in every possible color, and then my mom would keep them and nurse them through the year.

This site is devoted to teaching you all about poinsettias. I suggest you start… Continue reading

Ten Great Firefox Add-Ons

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

One of the reasons that Firefox has so many loyal users, is because of the countless add-ons that are available to extend the browser’s functionality. These free programs can increase productivity, boost performance, and amaze you with eye-popping graphics. Here are ten of my favorites.

1. AdBlock Plus – With over 800,000 downloads a week, this is undoubtedly the most popular add-on for Firefox users… Continue reading

Changing Text Cases in OpenOffice

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We’ve all done it… we’re typing a document, moving along at a great pace. We do the quick glance at the screen to verify that everything is as we thought it should be, and much to our horror, we find that somewhere along the way the Caps Lock key was bumped and now we have a lot of text in all caps.

Now what?… Continue reading

Getting Rid of HPTCS Error Messages

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Pat from Burlington, KS asks

I keep getting this error “HPTCS has stopped working”. I am trying to fix the problem but can not find a cure. Can you help?

This error is caused by the HP Easy Internet Setup application. This application comes pre-installed in many HP and Compaq laptops. The application is useful for people who do not have Internet set up on… Continue reading

280 Slides

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

280 Slides

One of the things that I spend a lot of time doing every semester is making PowerPoint presentations for class. PowerPoint can be very annoying to use, and it’s hard to make a decent theme without paying a ton of money for a good template. So boy, was I ever shocked when I found 280 Slides.… Continue reading

Sharing Large Files with Ge.tt

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Most people still rely on their email when it comes to sharing files with their friends or colleagues. However, free email providers usually have restrictions on the file size of attachments. For example, Gmail will not allow you to send files larger than 10 Mb.

GE.TT is a website which is built just for such folks. Although there are many file sharing websites on the internet, usually… Continue reading

MS Office: Think Twice, Cut Once

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Undo – Redo – Undo – Redo… I don’t know about you, but I find that I tend to use that cycle of events a lot when I’m putting finishing touches on things… especially on one of my “picky” days when everything has to be perfect.

Anyway, it’s a great feature, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one using it.

However, did… Continue reading

Kristin, from Indianapolis asks:

In the past, when wanting send photos by email using XP, I used to right click and get a dialogue box which handled the job with one click. I can’t seem to find a similar system in windows7. Can you please help?

How to E-mail Photos in Windows 7 via Right Click

With the release of Windows… Continue reading

Google Earth 6.0 and Google Body Browser

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

November 29, 2010.
Google Launches Google Earth, version 6.0.

Google Earth has come a long way since its inception in 2005. It still maps the earth by satellite and aerial photography, but it’s not all about the earth anymore. Now you can take tours of sites on the moon that are narrated by Apollo astronauts, go diving in an… Continue reading

Free and Fresh Desktop Wallpaper

Monday, December 20th, 2010

There is no dearth of wallpaper websites all over the internet. Likewise, there is enough choice available that you can change your wallpaper ten times a day for a whole year and still not repeat any of them. However, if you’re bored with the usual cars, girls, and babies wallpapers, then let me share three unique resources for wallpapers with you.

1. Customize.org has thousands upon… Continue reading

Operation Letter to Santa

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Operation Letter to Santa: Wallpapers

Are you looking for a nice Christmas themed wallpaper to decorate your computer desktop? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Operation Letter to Santa, is a fantastic collection of Christmas themed wallpapers. Best of all they are free!

To navigate, scroll down the page and you’ll… Continue reading

Promoting Your Photography with Facebook

Monday, December 20th, 2010

How to be a Facebook Photographer

With Facebook capturing the imagination of many, it’s natural to showcase your photography skills on this social network. If your images are good, you could connect with like-minded individuals who might hire you for their work or better still, buy your ready made photo prints.

So here is how you go about promoting yourself as a photographer and… Continue reading

Changing File Type Icons in Windows 7

Monday, December 20th, 2010

David asks:

In Windows XP, changing file type icons was possible in a couple of ways; unfortunately it is not the same for Window 7. I have found comments using the registry but would rather not go down that path. If you can assist, I would appreciate the help.

David, the only solutions I found that didn’t involve registry hacks, required third party software. The… Continue reading

Clearing Out the Clipboard

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Elaine from San Diego, Calif. asks:

I am currently in a job where I have to do a lot of copying and pasting images and text. My clipboard gets really full and I would like a way to clear it quickly. Do you know of any way to do this?

Yes, I do, Elaine, and you will be one happy camper when you get… Continue reading

Deafness in Disguise

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Deafness in Disguise

Have you ever wondered what they did for hearing loss before the invention of modern day hearing aids? Do images of ear trumpets come to mind? It’s something that I started wondering about over the last couple weekends because I was talking to my mom and the subject of her needing a hearing aid… Continue reading

Backing Up Firefox with MozBackup

Friday, December 17th, 2010

If you switch from one computer to another, one basic problem you face, if you’re a Firefox user, is that you lose all your add-ons, passwords, bookmarks and history. There is a Firefox backup add-on which can be used to back up your Firefox profile, but it is not so easy to use.

There is a tool known as MozBackup that not only backs… Continue reading

How to Use the Ribbon in MS Office

Friday, December 17th, 2010

If you made the transition to the Ribbon User Interface when Office 2007 was released, the upgrade to Office 2010 really wasn’t a big deal for you.

There are changes, but not in a way that gives you that “I’m lost” feeling so many people felt with their beginning efforts in Office 2007.

But, if you’re one of the many who didn’t use Office… Continue reading

Retrieving Your WiFi Network Password

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Mary, from Boston asks:

I lost the password to my WiFi network and can’t figure out how to get it back. Can you help?

With the advent of laptops and smart phones, wired internet is fast becoming a thing of the past. While it has not become obsolete completely, the widespread usage of Wi-Fi networks and the improvement in Wi-Fi technology has made it… Continue reading

Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts

Friday, December 17th, 2010

With all of the social media schtuff going on, I thought that people who “Tweet” and post schtuff to Facebook and strut their videos for YouTube and blog and share photos might like some keyboard shortcuts, so I looked and looked, found some, and now they’re yours.

Blogger Keyboard Shortcuts
Ctrl + B Bold Text Ctrl + I Italic Text Ctrl + U Underline Text Ctrl

A PDF Refresher

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

With the launch of the new WorldStart book, Internet Security Survival Guide in .PDF, we’ve received a number of questions about the .PDF format. Consequently, we’ve decided to offer some information that may help answer some of these questions.

What is .PDF?

Adobe introduced

Selective Formatting in Excel

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Ever find that you need the column width from one column transferred to others without all the data and other formatting?

Maybe the width you need is in a column formatted as bolded text and, while the width needs to be transferred, the rest doesn’t. In a case such as this the old Format Painter won’t help as much as we’d like it to, since it transfers… Continue reading

Ten Mini Tips

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I was looking through my files the other day and came across a variety of “mini” tips and I thought I’d share some of them with you. They include tips on operating systems, word processors, e-mail, browsers, and Windows Explorer. I hope you can get some use out of some (if not all!) of them.

Note: Even if a tip says it’s for “WinXP”, try it in… Continue reading

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