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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

How to Mount a Drive in Windows 7

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Mounting is an advanced disk management technique by which you can map an empty folder on any other hard disk partition. Let’s say you used to work on an important folder present inside the C drive, but now the drive has no space left. Now you are unable to create or copy any new file inside the folder of C drive. By using the mounting feature, you can create new… Continue reading

AutoRecover in MS Office

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The power goes out…

The program stops responding…

You entire system crashes…

Whatever the cause, you just had the program close unexpectedly and your work is gone… gone… gone…

Or maybe not.

If you’ve got the AutoRecover feature active, then you might be in for a pleasant surprise!

With the AutoRecover feature… Continue reading

Print to File Explained

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Jim from Hernando Beach FL asks:

When printing, the box pops up for you to choose printer. In that box there is a little square to check that says “print to file”. How do you print to a file?

Why Print to File

Printing to a file is useful for documents… Continue reading

Google Trends

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Are you curious to know what’s “hot” right now? Do you want to see what the web is “a-buzz” over? Yahoo! users already have a little box right on their front page that tells them what people are searching for, but once again, as always, Google had to go and one-up them!

It’s called Google Trends, and here’s how to access it:

First, browse… Continue reading

Folger Shakespeare Library

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Folger Shakespeare Library

Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library, where you can discover a ton of information about Shakespeare and his works.

I suggest starting your journey in the Discover Shakespeare section. It is divided into more categories, they are:

Shakespeare’s Life – here you will learn… Continue reading

Mojibake: Gibberish Text Explained

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Surfing the internet, you’ll find quite a bit of talk that could be considered gibberish. Internet slang such as “noob,” words written in numbers instead of letters (“H3ll0!,”) and lots of acronyms that don’t make much sense on first viewing, if ever; lolz, wtf, rofl, smh, etc. While this type of “gibberish” could be researched for definitions/translations, there is another kind

Set the Timing for OpenOffice AutoRecovery

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

We all know that the first rule of thumb when working on a computer is to save, save, save.

If a program (or heaven forbid, the entire computer system) should crash… or the power goes out… or a someone unplugs the wrong plug… whatever reason, if your file hasn’t been saved on a regular basis, then you’re going to lose all that work!

So… Continue reading

Low Memory Error

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Vivien from Port Charlotte, FL asks:

Every time I receive an attachment in e-mail that requires Windows Media Player, I get a message that my computer is low on memory. I know for a fact that I have lots of memory! What could be wrong?

If I may, Vivien, I would like to start by clarifying… Continue reading

Firefox Private Browsing

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Firefox’s Private Browsing feature – the one that allows you to browse wherever you’d like without leaving a trail, sure comes in handy around the holidays, doesn’t it? It prevents curious kids and snooping grownups from seeing where you’ve been (and more importantly, what you’ve been purchasing).

Yet, I have a problem remembering to turn it on all the time. With my luck… Continue reading

Restoring Desktop Icon Positions

Friday, November 19th, 2010

There’s little more frustrating to a computer user, than finding your icons scrambled all over the desktop. In addition, if your desktop is full of icons, you can imagine how annoying it would be to arrange them manually.

This problem usually occurs when you change your computer’s resolution. Changing the resolution, either manually or when installing drivers for your video card, can sometimes change the order and… Continue reading

Viewing Multiple Features in Outlook

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Do you use more than one feature of MS Outlook on a daily basis?

Maybe you like to have the Inbox right there for quick information but at the same time you need access to your calendar almost as often.

Tired of switching from one to the other?

I know that in the past, we’ve covered using the Ctrl key to… Continue reading

Restoring Toolbars in Firefox

Friday, November 19th, 2010

John from Pacific Grove, CA. asks:

I don’t know what happened but when I sat down at my computer this morning and opened my browser (Firefox), my History button was gone, my address bar was gone…all I have left are my tabs and the top bar that runs across the top of the screen! I am right-clicking everywhere and nothing will come back up! Can you help?

Set Your Gmail Theme

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I use Gmail on a daily basis for both work and personal duties. Thing is, that looking at Gmail’s same old interface day after day is pretty boring. That’s why today we’re going to learn how to change its look.

It’s super easy!

First, go to Gmail.com and log into your account. Now click Settings in the upper right-hand corner of the… Continue reading

Active Computing

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

A recent article in the local paper discussed the benefits of standing while doing work that would normally be done sitting down. Apparently, many people have turned to standing at their desks, and this sparked debate among laymen and professionals alike about the benefits of standing at a desk. Some advocated standing over sitting, some believed the opposite. Ultimately, the only agreement that seemed to be reached was that constantly… Continue reading

Wars of the Roses

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Wars of the Roses

Drama, Intrigue, War, and Marriage: am I talking about the latest hit at the box office? Nope! I’m talking about the Wars of the Roses from 15th Century England. The nobles from the House of Lancaster and the House of York fight a nasty battle for who will claim the throne of England, embroiling the country in a series… Continue reading

Converting Text to a Table in Word

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

We’ve all done it – we’ve begun typing up a list of items and then realized too late that we should have put it into a table…

Using a table to organize and present our information is often an easy way to accomplish our task.

At any rate, back to that already typed list of information… what do we do?

Retype… Continue reading

Mega List of Run Line Commands

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Dean says:

I have a few basic commands that will open up Windows applications and I know there are more. I really would like more; do you have any kind of a list?

Hi Dean! Thanks for writing.

Do I have a list? Yes, sir, I do. And since you took the time to write to us, I sat down and… Continue reading

Everything Search Engine

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We recently ran a tip called Free Stuff, where I provided a partial list of the best free software installed in my computer, and readers were invited to suggest their own favorite freeware. You were not shy, and we received many good recommendations. Thank you. Several of the suggestions had already been covered in earlier tips, but some were new to me and worked… Continue reading

In Search of Myths and Heroes

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

In Search of Myths and Heroes

This site focuses on four myths: the Queen of Sheba, Shangri-la, King Arthur, and Jason of the Argonauts. I arrived here via the page on Jason, but you can select any of the four myths to start with.

After selecting a myth to explore, you’ll be taken to the main page for… Continue reading

Finding and Using the Run Line

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Sue from Oklahoma City, OK. asks:

Yesterday I saw an article that said another way to access Firefox is to do it by “typing the command Firefox in the Run line”. What does this mean? What is the Run line? Where do I find it?

You know, Sue (by the way, thanks for writing!), there are so many boxes and lines and commands and menus… Continue reading

Translate with Internet Explorer

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Sometimes I find myself in need of translation when I’m doing research on the Internet. This usually leads me to copying and pasting little bits of text into Google Translate or some other translation site so I can get the whole story in a language I understand.

However, I just found a nifty little feature in Internet Explorer 8 that uses Bing to translate a… Continue reading

Chromium OS

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Russ asks:

What is Chromium OS? Is it an operating system that can be used by an average computer user without knowledge of programming, just the average guy who uses Windows?

Russ, as an average (or perhaps below average) guy who uses Windows, what I can tell you is that the answer to this question has been difficult for me to understand… Continue reading

Audio Readings

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Audio Readings

This is obviously from what I’m studying in college right now. I’m taking British Literature I this semester and I’ll take British Literature II next semester. The reason I’m sharing this is because I think it’s really cool. What you’re going to find here is audio readings of literature dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century… Continue reading

Darik’s Boot and Nuke

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Serena, from North Carolina, asks:

I am looking to get rid of my computer, but I want to make sure that everything is off of my hard drive (banking info, etc.). How can I do this and be sure?

Serena, you are right to be cautious. Many people think that formatting a hard drive is the best thing to do in this situation. However, this still leaves behind… Continue reading

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