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Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve

I find steam-powered machines really interesting, so when I found this site that has tons of great pictures and information about them I had to share it with you. I recommend browsing this page by clicking on the links in the introductory text (the text of the link will be blue – just… Continue reading

Robert, from Stockton California asks:

I installed Microsoft Security Essentials, which shut off Windows Defender, and it won’t turn back on. Which one is the best protection?

Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender are both anti-malware software that are made by Microsoft.

What is the Difference Between Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender?

Windows… Continue reading

Enabling Macros in Word 2010

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Don, from Roanoke VA asks:

I’ve got a problem with the MS Word 2010 application. Every time I open the program I get a security warning just below the ribbon stating that macros have been disabled (click enable content.) Could you explain this macro, and how do I make this action enabled by default. I can’t seem to find a solution under the file tab>options.

Bullet Points in MS Word

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

When you’re at the end of a bulleted or numbered list, what do you choose to do?

I mean we all know what happens… you enter the last item and hit the Enter key… and there’s yet another bullet or number.

Most people I’ve watched in this situation start up with the Backspace key and often end up hitting it one too many times… 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

Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest Windows release is the smoothest operating system I have come across in my entire life in terms of user experience. It has an easy to learn user interface that looks marvelous and does the job equally well. It is extremely snappy and has been done in great detail so that there are no loose ends. This has made Windows 7 a huge success over any earlier… Continue reading

My Shutter Count

Monday, December 13th, 2010

My Shutter Count

Have you ever wondered what the shutter count of your digital camera is? Well now you can find out with My Shutter Count.

It’s very easy to use too! Just click the Browse button, and select a photo on your computer that you shot with your digital camera, and then click open.… Continue reading

June from Maryland asks:

I am so tired of having some of my programs open with no problem and some of them requiring Administrator rights. Is there any way to make it so that I can open any program with Administrator Rights? I have Vista.

June, do you remember the “good ole days” when you could just open a program and use it without… Continue reading

OpenOffice Full Screen Mode

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Are you a person who primarily uses keyboard shortcuts instead of the toolbars and menus?

Want a little more viewing space for your documents?

If the answer is yes & yes then here’s a quick way to maximize what you see while you work.

The feature we’re using is the Full Screen mode.

It takes the normal program… Continue reading

Custom Facebook Friends

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The days are gone where you’d hear “I have more friends than you!”, when it comes to social networking. It’s all about taste now – and presentation, too. That’s why today’s tip is going to show you how to customize which friends appear on your Facebook page.

First, log in to Facebook, then click on Profile in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.… Continue reading

Snow Days

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Snow Days

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for you all to spend time making snowflakes with me at Snow Days! I feel like this has become our winter tradition!

Once on their site, click Create Your Own Snowflake.

Use your mouse to make cuts on the paper with… Continue reading

OK, so all of the MS Office 2007 & 2010 users have come to deal with the fact that the menu & toolbar system is gone and in its place we have the Ribbon.

It’s a rather large “gadget” and takes quite a bit of screen space.

Many have learned to live with it “as is” but others have learned to minimize it.… 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

Expand Your Gmail Search Options

Friday, December 10th, 2010

A lot of us use Gmail as our main email provider. I do, and as a result my inbox is full to overflowing. It makes it difficult to just “skim” through my inbox to find certain messages.

Sure, there’s a search feature up at the top, but what if I need to get more specific?

Like really specific?

Well… Continue reading

Snowflake Patterns

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Snow Flake Patterns

Okay, so you’ve mastered the basics that the other snowflake site had to offer, and now you want to make more advanced snowflakes, but you’re not sure where to start! That’s where this site comes in!

All you have to do is print out these patterns, fold them the way you would if you… Continue reading

Preventing Data Loss in MS Outlook

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

You may be backing up your Outlook files frequently so that you can recover the data – emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, and more – whenever you reinstall MS Outlook after a format of System Drive. This article offers you a tip that will allow you to set up your MS Outlook once and forget about backing up the contacts, emails, etc.

NOTE: This tip is applicable only… Continue reading

MS Outlook: Calendar Time Intervals

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

When you’re using MS Outlook’s calendar, do you find yourself staring at those 30 minute time slots provided, and wishing that it had more detail to it? Less detail?

Maybe your life goes at an amazing pace, and you need to see detail at smaller time intervals…

Or, maybe you end up with long appointments in your calendar and really don’t even need the… Continue reading

Vista Hotkeys

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Hannah from California writes:

I have Vista and heard something about hotkeys that are already built in to my quick launch toolbar. Since I am an avid taskbar user, I am interested in this.

Hi, Hannah! Thanks for writing. I had Vista for a long time before I found out about built-in hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts) for “quick launching”. It’s a great feature, especially… Continue reading

Paper Snowflakes

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Paper Snowflakes – Free Instructions

I spent my Saturday making snowflakes out of paper to decorate the office I work in at school. We had to Google instructions because we couldn’t remember how to get started.

After finding a site that had clear instructions and even a video tutorial to help you visualize further what the diagrams show… Continue reading

Desktop iCalendar Lite

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Do you ever forget to get things done, forget birthdays, or just forget to do the most basic things? Let’s face it, we are all very busy and have a ton of things going on at any given time. So if you are looking for something to help you stay organized, I have something FREE that can help you with that.

Desktop iCalendar Lite is the best… Continue reading

Email Reminders with FollowUpThen

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

How to Setup Email Reminders And Follow Up on Earlier Email

Do you forget to follow up on emails because it’s becoming impossible to remember each and every message thread that hits your inbox every day? Are you looking for a simple solution which will let you set up email reminders in your Gmail account?

Well, here is a very nifty online service called… Continue reading

The Status Bar in OpenOffice Calc

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Today I’d like to offer one of the easiest to access and yet probably the most completely ignored features in Calc.

It’s found on the right side of your Status Bar… and it’s an area that will give you instant access to basic statistics about a set of selected values.

Let’s take a closer look at what this little unobtrusive… Continue reading

Fixing a Thumping Laptop

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Susan from Texas asks:

My Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop started a very loud “thumping” noise. I shut it down and restarted it, again thumping noise, so I shut it down again, asked a few questions made a few calls, no one knows… I was afraid of the battery exploding so my son said to take it out. I keep it plugged in all the time and run

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

Ping

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Ping

Do you have multiple social networks that you try to keep updated? Wouldn’t it be nice to able to update them all at once? Well now you can with Ping.

You’ll have to register to be able to use it, but it’s free! So just fill out the registration form with an e-mail address and password and then click… Continue reading

Blocking Unauthorized USB Devices

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Note: This tip may not apply to all versions of Windows.

In terms of computer security and privacy, USB devices are usually the weakest point. Even the strongest firewall or security software can be bypassed just by plugging in a USB drive.

With the growing amount of data a single USB flash drive can hold (up to 128 GB) and the increase to data… Continue reading

How to Turn Off IPv6

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

IPv6 is going to be the next big thing and there is a countdown on the number of days IPv4 is going to last. Some number it at around 150 days and that is quite scary. IPv4 has a much smaller network load and the end of IPv4 will result in a slowdown of the existing infrastructure of Internet for a few days initially. Not only this, the existing Internet… Continue reading

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