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Internet Security

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Internet has been called the “new frontier” and in many ways, it is. This “information superhighway” has caused concerns with personal privacy, and connected computer systems around the world (resulting in additional security measures), have provided hackers an opportunity to prey on innocent victims everywhere.

Here are a few of our tips to protect yourself and your computer while surfing the web. 

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Guide to Buying a Mid Range Camera

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Photography as I see it, is the most common form of art and almost everyone is capable of it, to some extent. However, what sets professional photographers apart is the experience, an eye for the best perspective and then as always, there is that awesome camera they have. For those who do not have that privilege and have to make do with a mid-range camera, here is a guide to… Continue reading

Changing Windows Explorer Default View

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Ru from Kings Park, NY asks:

How do you make “List” your default View option in Windows Explorer?

To set the default view option, Windows Explorer offers the following choices; Thumbnails, Tiles, Icons, List and Details. This tip shows you how to make List the default view .

To reset the default view, perform the following steps:

Open Windows

Zip Files, Briefcases, and Folders

Monday, September 27th, 2010

David from Queensland, Australia asks:

Could you please explain the difference between Microsoft Briefcase, Zip file, and file. What is the purpose of each and when we would we use each. I use Windows 7.

File

A computer file is the basic form of storage on a computer. Most people combine similar information into a single file and name it appropriately… Continue reading

Grammar Bytes

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Want to brush up on your grammar skills? Need help teaching grammar? Welcome to Grammar Bytes where you can learn all about grammar!

Click Enter to get into the main page of the site where you’ll have the option to check out Terms, Exercises, Handouts, and Presentations.

Terms – you can click on the two highlighted terms (abstract nouns and verbs) to get started… Continue reading

Stock Photography Tips

Monday, September 27th, 2010

For photographers who want to make money and gain fame, stock photography offers the best opportunity. However, you first need to learn the art and craft of taking stock photography worthy pictures. Here is where these small tips will work for you. Happy stocking!

Money is in volume

Agreed, stock photography is a pittance, compared to advertising photography that costs… Continue reading

Remove an Email Address in Opera

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Chris from Victoria, Australia asks:

How do I remove an email address from Opera so it does not download new emails from that email account?

Opera is a clean and efficient web browser with tons of downloadable features. It is also, provided you downloaded the “internet channel”, the browser that powers your Wii. It can be downloaded free from www.opera.com.… Continue reading

Naming and Saving Documents

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Anne asks:

This afternoon I finished typing a letter and went to save it and Word would not let me! I have tried and tried; I changed the name a bunch of times and it just kept giving me a bunch of gibberish! It said something about the location and format not being valid; what does that mean? I can’t get it to save and it is

Show File Extensions in Windows 7

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I’m an old-school kind of guy who likes to know as much about the file he’s double-clicking on as possible. That means I like to know stuff like files sizes, where they’re located on my hard drive…and most of all, the file’s extension!

Is it a .txt file? Is it an .exe? Windows 7 hides this information if it’s a known file type, but I… Continue reading

Songza

Friday, September 24th, 2010

With a name like Songza, I bet you knew it’d have something to do with music! Songza allows you to create radio stations to share with your friends for free.

To get started you’ll need to click the Create a Station Here For Free button (or the green Create Station button at the top of the page), that will whisk you away to the registration form. On… Continue reading

Address Bars and Search Boxes

Friday, September 24th, 2010

There’s occasionally some confusion about which of the two boxes found at the top of browsers is which. One is the search box, the other is the address bar. While these tools in more recent versions of most browsers provide more flexibility than earlier models, each still serves a specific purpose.

Below, you can see examples of 3 popular browser toolbars. In all 3, the address bar… Continue reading

MS Excel: Spreadsheet Solutions

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Microsoft Excel is the most popular spreadsheet program used worldwide but there are some features within Excel which tend to be overlooked even by “power-users”. People who swear by macros, pivot tables, V-Lookups and H-Lookups are unaware of the existence of Spreadsheet Solutions within Microsoft Excel and how to make use of it.

Microsoft Excel provides pre-defined solution templates for:
– Loan Amortization
– Personal… Continue reading

The Difference Between PDF and XPS

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Previously we’ve discussed the ability possessed by MS Office to save files in PDF format and at some time you probably also noticed that the file format XPS seems to be lumped with the PDF choice.

Most of us are very familiar with PDF since so much that we see online is in that format. Forms such as tax forms from the state… Continue reading

Enlarge Text on Your Computer Screen

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Patsy from Winnsboro, Tx. Asks:

Several years ago, I found a tip in this newsletter about how to enlarge your entire emails. Since then I have a different computer and I am getting older and vision is worsening and I can hardly read the emails that I receive. Do you know how to change this?

It can be very frustrating when you have to strain… Continue reading

Good Guide

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

In an effort to be greener, and to protect my pets, I started researching alternatives to the products I use around the house to clean. In my research, I stumbled across this site. The Good Guide brings you product guides that will help you choose better but still effective products to use around your home, in your meals, and on your body. To learn more about what exactly you can… Continue reading

Removing the Name from Desktop Icons

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Gina asks:

I really like the look of a clean desktop. I don’t ever keep anything on it except the Internet Explorer icon, Recycle Bin, My Documents, and My Computer. It would be nice to not have any text under each icon. Can this even be done?

First of all, kudos to you, Gina, for having such a clean desktop! I have a terrible… Continue reading

Change Default Save in MS Office

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

If, for whatever reason, you’re using the MS Office 2007 or 2010 programs and always need to save files in a format different from the default then I’d bet that you’re tired of forgetting to make that change.

I don’t know about you, but I just enter a file name and hit the enter key… changing the file type is the last thing I think of.… Continue reading

The Difference Between Cut and Delete

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

In easy English, “Delete” stands for removing while “Cut” stands for replacing the location of an item. Both are basic windows commands but they work differently when you apply them on the data stored in a document or on files and folders stored in your computer.

Imagine this – you are working on a word document and want to move a sentence to the earlier… Continue reading

Windows 7 Autoplay Settings

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

On any given day I insert, plug-in and otherwise connect any number of different devices and media to my computer. Digital cameras, my iPhone, DVDs, CDs; you name it and chances are I’m quite familiar with each thing and with what the result of me connecting/inserting it is.

But I want more choice! For example, when I insert an audio CD, I don’t necessarily want… Continue reading

FastStone Photo Resizer

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I’m always on the lookout for image editing software, and had used the Faststone Image Viewer (see Worldstart tip here.) However, I never tried their Photo Resizer. With this, you can quickly convert the sizes or formats of single images or groups of images. While there are many other software applications available which will accomplish this goal, none that I’ve used, do it as easily and reliably as… Continue reading

Japanese Element Symbols

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Here you will learn all about Japanese culture from the food to the language, and best of all it’s free! The site is broken down into four sections, and on the main page you can see what has most recently been added to those sections, as well as, the recent comments left by people to the site’s author.

You can navigate to the sections by clicking them… Continue reading

Video Wallpaper

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Desktop wallpaper is a Windows element enjoyed by any computer user and there are many types of wallpapers available. However, video wallpaper may be a new experience for you, which makes it a pretty cool thing to try.

VLC Media Player is one of the most used free media players that allow you to play nearly any kind of media file types. We are going to need… Continue reading

Adjusting Punctuation in OpenOffice

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Ever notice when you’re working in OpenOffice Writer that the apostrophe is a small vertical line.

I haven’t seen one like that in years. I’m used to the “curly” version of quotes and apostrophes and would be less distracted by them if that’s the way they looked.

OK – maybe it’s a small thing but when… Continue reading

Solve Virtual Memory Problems

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Andrew from MI asks:

I keep getting the message \”need more virtual memory\”. I have tried a few different ways to increase it, with no success. Can I get a better graphic card and will that help? I have 4.00 GB RAM (3.25 usable) No problem with computer slow down. My operating system is 32 bits whatever that means. Is it possible to upgrade to 64?

No More Mouse Wake Up

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

When I’m going to be away from my computer for a little while, I usually just put it to sleep rather than shut it down. This comes in pretty handy, but because my mouse is so sensitive, if I even so much as tap my desk the computer wakes right up again. This is because my mouse is set up to wake my computer if I move it.… Continue reading

Vintage Technology

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Welcome to Vintage Technology, where you will learn all about the technology from the late 20th Century. I found this site by playing their quiz Hit or Miss, where you decide if a piece of technology was a hit or a miss at the time. After playing the quiz, I decided to check out the rest of the site, and it was pretty nifty, so I knew I had to… Continue reading

Installing the Yahoo! Toolbar

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Yahoo! Toolbar is a nifty little plug-in that gives you one-click access to Yahoo! Search and various applications, such as Facebook and Yahoo! Mail. Let’s take a look at how to install the Yahoo! Toolbar.

The screens you’ll see during the installation procedure vary with your internet browser. In this tip, we’ll first show the installation by using Mozilla Firefox and then by using Internet Explorer… Continue reading

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