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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

Decameron Web

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Decameron Web

The Decameron is a text that has well and truly influenced all sorts of literature. I’m going recommend you head right to The Project section and then click About the Project, not only will it fill you in on what happens in The Decameron, who wrote it, why it is important, it… Continue reading

Quick Steps in MS Outlook

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Today I’d like to discuss one of my favorite features in Outlook 2010 – the Quick Steps feature found on the Home tab of the Ribbon.

This handy little gem can be tailored to allow you to move messages around, categorize them, flags, create appointments from them… all with a single click.

Yes, you read that correctly… Continue reading

Quick Answers to Reader Questions

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Here are some quick answers to some of the questions that we have received.

Terry from PA asks:

I have Windows Vista 64bit and since I got it a year ago, I constantly get an update that always fails to update with Code 66A. The update involves .NET Framework 1.1SP1 Security Update for Windows Vista.

The first thing to do is to find… Continue reading

Changing YouTube Playback Quality

Friday, November 26th, 2010

If you have a YouTube account and a slow internet connection, you can make adjustments for easier viewing. Learn how here. Continue reading

Jarte

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Jarte is a lightweight freeware substitute for WordPad and NotePad, laden with useful features. These include the ability to export files as PDF or HTML, and to save as DOC, RTF or TXT. The default interface uses mouse-over navigation (called Clickless), which means when the cursor hovers over the menu icons, menus appear. Although, if the Clickless feature doesn’t appeal to you, it can easily be changed to clickable menu… Continue reading

Humanism

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Humanism

Just what is humanism? That was a question I found myself asking this semester, as we discussed the Renaissance and how it affected different parts of Europe at different times. So, you know how I am, once I’m curious I have to go find an answer. This site is what I found.

This… Continue reading

MS Office: AutoRecover Unsaved Documents

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The other day, we discussed the AutoRecover feature of the 2007 & 2010 Office Suite of programs and the advantages of a backup system for unexpected and unstoppable closures of a program.

Well, for those of you with Word, Excel or PowerPoint 2010 I’d like to extend that discussion to a feature that I consider to be a bonus of AutoRecover… … Continue reading

Setting Language Options in XP

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Stanley J. from Lewisville, TX asks:

I just returned from South Korea and I got a keyboard with the Korean characters on it and would like to use it to write my friend in Korea. I know Microsoft has a language pack for this, but I’m not sure which one and how to use it when I download it. I am using Windows XP. Thanks!

Dante Worlds

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dante Worlds

Ever since my Poetry class last spring, I’ve been fascinated with Dante’s Divine Comedy. What’s awesome is that I’m not the only one! I found another fantastic site dedicated to his work.

This site is broken up into three main parts, just like his work is: Inferno, Purgatory,

Removing Google Redirect

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dennis asks:

How do you remove Google-Redirect? What program do you recommend for a novice?

Hello Dennis, and thanks for the question. The Google Redirect Virus is a Trojan that attacks computers that have Google set as their home page, or use Google as their search engine. As you probably already know that is a lot of people, as Google is a very popular… Continue reading

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