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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

Finding Merged Cells in Excel

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I don’t know about you but, when I’m using MS Excel, I’m always merging cells to make everything look “just right”.

The problem is that once cells are formatted that way, there are a lot of things you may try to do with your worksheet that will not work with cells merged.

So, now what?

Well, I usually find myself separating… Continue reading

Customize Your Yahoo Sites

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

If you’ve got a Yahoo! account and you’re looking to customize, then this tip is just for you! You know those sites (Mail, Finance, News, Calendar, etc.) that appear in the left column when you first log on? Well, a lot of people don’t know this, but you can actually customize which sites appear there!

Here’s how:

First, log into your Yahoo! account… Continue reading

Dog Information

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Dog Information

This is an excellent site, filled to the brim with dog information. Whether you want to research breeds of dogs, find a responsible breeder, or get product reviews on stuff for your dogs, you’ve come to the right place. You can even get help naming your new dog here!

The main menu consists of the categories… Continue reading

Choosing Between Prime and Zoom Lenses

Monday, November 15th, 2010

DSLRs are coming down in price and more people are finding they can afford to upgrade. But should you get a Prime lens or a Zoom? It’s an important decision to get right, as lenses don’t come cheap and you don’t want to end up regretting your decision. So what’s the difference?

A prime lens has a fixed focal length- you can’t zoom… Continue reading

Using f.lux for More Comfortable Viewing

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Raise your hand if you are guilty of using your computer late at night. I know I am, but who could blame us? Our hectic lives often require us to enjoy our leisure time or complete our work into the wee hours of the night. I’ve always been annoyed by the white glow of the monitor using the computer at night – especially when the lights… Continue reading

Opening .wps Files

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Virginia from Ozark, AR asks:

I use OpenOffice and a friend has sent a file that I cannot open. It is WPS. I don’t have any problem opening any other files. Can you help?

OpenOffice is supposed to be able to read many types of files, WPS included. Try following the steps below to open up a WPS file in OpenOffice, just to make sure you… Continue reading

How Many Times Firefox?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Maybe it’s out of curiosity, perhaps it’s to prove a point – whatever the case may be, wouldn’t it be nice to see how many times you’ve visited a particular website?

Well, if you’re using Mozilla Firefox there’s an easy way to do just that!

Say I want to see how many times I’ve visited Worldstart.com since my last history clean-up….… Continue reading

Eliminating Pop-ups

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Aaron from Scottsdale, AZ. asks:

Is there any way to get rid of that little information box that pops up every time I hover over something on my desktop?

Irritating sometimes, isn’t it, Aaron? Thanks for writing!

For those of you who don’t know what Aaron’s talking about, take a look at the example below:

When your mouse pointer “hovers” over (you… Continue reading

Find the Large Emails in Your Gmail

Friday, November 12th, 2010

There are situations when you may want to find all the big emails stored in your Gmail inbox. Although Gmail provides 7 Gigabytes of free space to all its users, sometimes you may end up discovering that only a few megabytes of space are remaining. If you have been using Gmail since the service was launched, chances are that your email inbox is full of attachments or documents you don’t… Continue reading

MS Word: Mix and Match Labels

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Do you use MS Word for labels?

Ever need to print different labels on the same sheet? (I know I do it all the time at work. I never seem to need 30 of the same thing and I rarely use them for addresses).

Have you figured out how to get Word to give you a blank sheet of labels to work with or are… Continue reading

Cell Phone Generations

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Anthony, from New York City asks:

What does 3G or 4G mean? One hears these terms used in cell phone advertising all the time, but the ads never explain what these mean.

It is true that these terms are commonly used in advertisements. The “G” is often used in commercials as a way to entice the audience. The “G” actually stands for generation. Therefore… Continue reading

Social Media Sobriety Test

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

According to Webroot, who offer the Social Media Sobriety Test to Firefox users, “Nothing good happens online after 1 am”. This test is designed to prevent you from making that regrettable late night Facebook post, where you call your boss things that, in the comics, require all those odd text characters to describe. That %*#@$ made me work so late, that I barely had enough time to get drunk and… Continue reading

Resetting the Default Search Engine in IE9

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

This article describes how to set Google as default search engine in IE9. It will also describe how to add Google, or any other, search provider to IE9 if it is not listed already.

In an earlier article on IE9, we discussed using the Address bar to search for anything you want. The article described how to disable search from the IE9 Address… Continue reading

Dimming Text in PowerPoint

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

If you’re a regular user of PowerPoint animations, then I’m sure that you’ve used some sort of effect when introducing a list of text.

You know what I mean… you’ve got a list of 5 things and each one will slide in on their own click.

This is great because your audience can’t spend their time ignoring you and reading ahead. (Well OK… the… Continue reading

100% Free Chess

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

100% Free Chess is just what the name says. Utilizing a simple, intuitive interface, it includes several free chess games, along with helpful tutorials for those of us who need all the help we can get.

Let me begin by saying that there will be no mention here of the outcome of the test games I played. I suspected that this wasn’t my… Continue reading

Driving Route Planner

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Driving Route Planner

I hate wasting time and gas while running errands due to construction or poor route planning. Now with Driving Route Planner, I can plan my errands ahead of time so that I’m not doing that.
It’s easy to use too! Just click Optimal Driving Routes to get started. Put in where you’ll be leaving from and what… Continue reading

Recipe Gold Mine

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Recipe Gold Mine

I am always on the hunt for fantastic recipe sites, and I am still finding them too! Welcome to Recipe Gold Mine, where you will find the mother lode of recipes!

On the main page, scroll down and you’ll find fantastic seasonal recipes! As well as the latest articles added to the site.… Continue reading

Adding Options to the Right Click Menu

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

One of the serious drawbacks regarding Windows file management tools is that there is no option to copy a file or folder directly from the right click context menu. Neither is there an option to move a file or folder from the right click context menu.

You have to copy / cut a file or folder, open the target directory and then paste it. This can be… Continue reading

Undo a Move in Outlook

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I tend to go through my e-mail messages and then “sort” them. You know, delete it or move it to some folder or another.

When moving messages, I simply drag and drop them into their new location using the folder list.

The problem is that I inevitably drop some into the wrong location.

Usually I… Continue reading

Changing the Look of Your Boot Screen

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Robin from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:

The other day I was over at a friend’s house and when she started her computer it had a really pretty screen before the Windows screen – do you know what I’m talking about? Where can I get something like that?

Well, Robin, I do know what you’re talking about, and I can show you how to get it… Continue reading

Find pi with Your Windows 7 Calculator

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I love Easter Eggs! They’re little tricks built into software that can do both useful (and sometimes useless) things. Well, today we’re going to learn about one for the Windows 7 calculator.

What you need to do is to open the Windows 7 calculator by clicking Start and typing calc into the Search box. Hit Enter or click the calculator icon that appears in the… Continue reading

Free Stuff

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The other day, I was reading online comments about software from an unhappy user. I have the same software installed in my computer, and it does what I need it to do, so I wasn’t particularly concerned with the specific issues described by the writer. What occurred to me though was that this software is free, and that fact was overlooked. I don’t have a problem with that omission, but… Continue reading

Site Jabber

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Site Jabber

I absolutely could not wait to bring you this site. How many times are you surfing the net, and you run across a site that looks like it will be amazing or offers a great service only to find out it is a scam and that they are trying to bamboozle you?

Well, thanks to… Continue reading

How to Use Your iPad for Photography

Monday, November 8th, 2010

If you are a photographer who loves to travel (or hates to travel, but has to anyway), you need to be able to upload and edit your images on the go. Having a device specifically for photos can prove useful, even if you already have a laptop. Maybe you’re not supposed to use your work laptop for personal photos, or just want a separate machine with… Continue reading

Spike, from Kimberley B. C. Canada asks:

When I used to go on Internet Explorer, I would start typing in what I wanted to find, and with each letter typed several possibilities would come up. Now I have to type in the whole word. What have I done wrong, and how can I get this feature back?

Spike, I think that what you’re talking about… Continue reading

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