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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

Using Gridlines in MS Word

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

When you’re trying to finalize the appearance of a document, do you find yourself hoping that everything is lined up correctly?

I mean, is that picture or shape really lined up with the text or some other object?

We do have the horizontal and vertical rulers to work with, but if you’re trying to align many different items, it can take a lot of… 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

Windows 7 magnifier

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Nick, from Chicago asks:

I have a Microsoft Wireless mouse. It has a magnifying glass feature, however its orientation is vertical. I don’t read text up and down and was wondering if there was a way to change the rectangle orientation to the horizontal view?

The Magnifier – A Fully Configurable Magnifying Glass Solution

Among some of the best items Microsoft puts… Continue reading

OpenOffice Calc Autoformat

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Tired of presenting your Calc data in the same old bland manner?

Plain worksheet, cell borders and maybe a font change or two, but basically it’s the same thing over and over again.

If you’re looking for a neat, quick and easy way to present your data with a little more flare then, may I suggest the AutoFormat feature.

After you’ve… Continue reading

Speed Up Your Start Menu

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Earl from South Dakota writes:

When I go to open my programs, it seems to take a long time. Is there any way to make it go a little faster? I have Vista.

Hi, Earl! You couldn’t have asked a more empathetic person. I am incredibly impatient and when I click on something, I had better see it now! With that in mind, here is… Continue reading

Mr, and Mrs, Not Made of Money

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Mr. & Mrs. Not Made of Money

As a college student, I often don’t have more than two nickels to rub together, so the idea of finding ways to save money, invest money, or just make things cost less without sacrificing a whole lot really appeals to me. And I thought considering the economic downturn, it might appeal to a whole… Continue reading

Ellen, from Columbus Ohio asks:

How do you delete a corrupt or unrecognized file from a flash drive?

Every now and again, for any number of possible reasons, a file can become corrupt, unreadable and, occasionally, seemingly impossible to delete from your USB flash drive. When these types of files appear, it can be frustrating attempting to rid your drive of the corrupt file(s) with… Continue reading

Create Email Groups in Gmail

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

There may be situations when you want to send the same email message to multiple people at once. Sending the same message to a handful of contacts is easy, just separate all the email addresses with a comma in the To: box. Gmail users can get this done in a few seconds without having to remember the email address of the recipients. Just type the first few letters of the… Continue reading

Tweaking Templates in MS Office

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Many of us have a template or two that we use all the time.

Of course, the first thing we do upon opening the template is to make a few changes to the layout or text.

We make those changes again, and again, and again, and again…

Well, you get the idea…

With the endless work of changing… Continue reading

Multiple Skydrive Accounts with Gladinet

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

SkyDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft that offers 25GB storage space for free. Those who are already familiar with Gladinet can skip this part, but for those who aren’t, let me introduce you to the service. I have already covered Dropbox which offers free 2GB cloud storage but comes with a syncing app that automatically synchronizes your cloud files with those… Continue reading

Kurt, from Cincinnati asks:

How can I quickly convert digital black and white photographs to color?

Do you have a bunch of black and white photos and you want to add some color to them? Don’t have advanced Photoshop skills, or the time to hire someone who can turn these black and white photos to color photographs?

Blackmagic is… Continue reading

Windows 7 Dreamscene Activator

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Dreamscene is a feature in Windows operating system that allows you to have animated desktop backgrounds. This is a great feature if you have a solid graphics card, and want to maximize your Windows experience. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for the “Ultimate” versions of Windows operating systems. Fortunately, you can enable Dreamscene on any versions of Windows by using the Windows 7 Dreamscene Activator. This program works for… 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

Viewing PowerPoint Presentations

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Monica, from Wisconsin asks:

I can’t open PowerPoint presentations that come in my e-mails. I tried the PowerPoint Viewer, but it’s not working, either! What am I missing?

Having problems opening a PowerPoint slide show/presentation that’s been e-mailed to you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. If you are one of the many experiencing this problem, follow these steps to finally get that… Continue reading

Lileks

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Lileks

Welcome to a website that has a fantastic selection of things to check out! This site is so intense that originally I thought I’d write up certain categories individually, then I realized that in one visit I had managed to click into just about every section to see what was there, so I’m bringing it to you all as one… Continue reading

Date and Time Help from MS Outlook

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Let’s talk about setting start and finish dates and times in an Outlook task or appointment.

When you start a new task or appointment, Outlook defaults to the current date and time.

However, you need a different date than the one placed there by default. And while many people probably just type in the date they need, what if you’re not sure of the… Continue reading

Epson Printer Tricks

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Robert from Pittsburgh asks:

I have an Epson printer which is primarily used to print documents, so I only use the black ink. The darn thing will not work if any of the cartridges are empty. I was wondering if there was a way to trick it into printing, since I only want black and have no need for cyan, magenta, and yellow. Any ideas?

Epson… Continue reading

Windows 7 Troubleshooter

Monday, November 29th, 2010

If you’re having a computer problem, Windows 7 offers a quick route to a possible solution.

Just type the word Troubleshoot in the Start search box, and hit the Enter key, or select Troubleshooting from the list.

This will bring up the Windows 7 Troubleshooter. From there, you can choose from a list of potential problem… Continue reading

Veggie Table

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Veggie Table

I’ve been finding a lot of great recipe sites, then it dawned on me – what if not everyone is a carnivore? If you prefer veggies instead, this recipe site is for you!

The Veggie Table brings you delicious vegetarian recipes that you can use whether you abstain from meat or not. I can’t wait… 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

Most of us start a table in Writer with either the Insert Table button

… or the Table menu, Insert choice.

Both work well but, for some people, if there’s a way around the mouse they’re going to use it every time.

With that in mind, I present to you – my happy keyboard enthusiasts – this… Continue reading

Surviving a Firefox Crash

Monday, November 29th, 2010


Mike from San Francisco, California writes:

I use Firefox as my main browser. Lately it’s been crashing and says it’s because of an Adobe flash plug in. Can I fix this?

Hi, Mike! I’m glad you wrote, because I have heard that a lot of people have experiences this problem, and it’s easily fixed in one of two ways. Before we fix this… Continue reading

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