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What Time is It, Google?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I stumbled across this neat trick for Google the other night when a friend of mine wanted to know what time it was in Japan. Usually, I’d just use the Windows clock, change the time zone, etc., etc., but for this, I decided to Google it and see what happened.

Besides, I don’t necessarily have a giant wall full of time-zone specific clocks to consult.… Continue reading


Monday, October 11th, 2010

Yum! Pomegranates have arrived at my grocery store! I love them, but I decided that this year I was going to get some ideas for what I could use them in (rather than just eating them by themselves). I also wanted to know if there was an easier way to get those delicious seeds out.

3 Step – No

Upgrading to Digital Single Lens Reflex

Monday, October 11th, 2010

With digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras becoming increasingly cheaper and within the reach of most avid photographers, it’s apparent that upgrading from compact, point-and-shoot cameras should happen sooner rather than later. This is not only to nurture your hobby but also to make the most of the latest technological marvels offered by DSLRs.

Quality scores

With DSLRs… Continue reading

Changing the Default Font Size in Hotmail

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Bob, from Walnut Creek, CA asks:

I use MSN Hotmail as my email provider. When I want to compose a new e-mail, the program defaults to the Verdana font, size 10. I want to change this, but can’t seem to find a way to do it. Can you help?

Bob, I have some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news… Continue reading

Classical Net

Friday, October 8th, 2010

This site is dedicated to helping you understand the ten century span of classical music. Whether you’ve been touched by a piece of music, or you just can’t get a piece out of your head (I’ve had Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries stuck in mine lately) you may want to learn more about either the composer, the symphony or opera it comes from, or just if… Continue reading

Note: This article is only for Windows XP users. Other operating systems like Vista and Windows 7 do not share this problem.

Problems with Internet Explorer are a common sight. They range from simple errors to dangerous vulnerability exploits.

The first thing you should do when you have an Internet Explorer problem is to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible. Not… Continue reading

The Great Lakes

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

A reader sent me an e-mail to tell me that there is going to be a Great Lakes Museum built here in Toledo, Ohio. That got me all jazzed up to see if there were any interesting sites on the Great Lakes. So I found this very informative site on the lakes!

I have to admit that growing up on the shores of… Continue reading

Vista Updates and Windows 7 Upgrade

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Jan, from Milaca MN asks:

Should I download service pack 3 and Windows 7? I now have service pack 2. I have a Vista Home Premium, 32 bit operating system.

Jan,to your first question, it is always a good idea to have your operating system as up to date as it can be, but there is currently no service pack 3 for Vista. There… Continue reading

Artistic Effects in MS Office

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I can’t speak for everyone, but when I’m using pictures in my documents, e-mail messages, spreadsheets or presentations, I’m looking to make an impression.

While a picture in its own right can be a very powerful message, sometimes it would be nice to have that same picture presented in a different manner, maybe as a pencil sketch, a chalk sketch, an image seen through glass or even… Continue reading

Bypass Right Click Blocking on Websites

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Dana asks:

For some reason, when I go to certain websites I right-click and I get a box with a warning or absolutely nothing. Am I doing something that is causing this? I ran a scan and don’t have any viruses or anything, but I go to places and right-click and there’s nothing there. I am using Windows XP, but since it’s a web page problem, maybe

123 Free Solitaire

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

If you like solitaire and if you like free, you’ll like 123 Free Solitaire. It’s 12 free games, beautifully displayed, and can be downloaded here. Once you’ve arrived at the site, just click the Download Now button.

The download and installation is easy and straightforward. However, you may want to postpone the installation until you have… Continue reading

Burning CDs and DVDs

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Marilyn from Canada asks:

I have a DVD player/burner and would like to know the proper way to burn CDs and DVDs. Also, what’s the procedure for creating a DVD you can add to later?

The process of burning CDs and DVDs used to be one that only professionals were able to do. Today, nearly every household has at least one CD burner, if not both… Continue reading

Replacing a Damaged Laptop Screen

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Sandy from Ohio asks:

My granddaughter stepped on the screen on her laptop. Is it possible to replace a laptop screen? Is it a good financial decision to do so?

My first question would be whether you have a Mac or PC laptop? The reason I ask is that, while it is possible to replace the screen on both, the financial variables multiply very shortly thereafter… Continue reading

The Miracle of Fall

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I know I already brought you a site about how the leaves change color in the fall, but when I ran across this site, I just knew I had to share it with you. So let’s dive right into this site like it was a fluffy pile of leaves!

Navigation is simple. Just click one of the categories on the main page and… Continue reading

Changing Text Angles in OpenOffice Calc

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Let’s face it, we don’t use Calc just to manipulate and do calculations with our data – we also use it to present information in a useful yet pleasing-to-the-eye setup.

Often I find that when I’m setting up the presentation of my information, I need to find ways to organize it all within a limited amount of space.

It’s at these times, I find… Continue reading

Easily Edit Your MP3 Information

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve downloaded or ripped a song, only to find that all the important info like the album, genre and such were not included! It’s frustrating, especially for me – a guy who likes to keep everything as organized as possible!

But thankfully, Windows 7 allows you to edit this info right in the explorer window!

Here’s how… Continue reading

Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Windows 7 has all kinds of useful desktop gadgets to enhance your productivity, or just to have some fun. There are calendars, puzzles, currency converters, clocks, slideshows and more. If you’ve always wanted to try using gadgets, here’s how.

Start by right clicking on an empty area of your desktop and selecting Gadgets from the context menu.

This opens up… Continue reading

Using Spell Checker in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Lynda from Missouri asks:

I am having trouble getting spell check to work in Internet Explorer on my e-mail. Can you help me with this?

How to Find and Use a Spell Checker for Internet Explorer

The problem with Internet Explorer is that there is no spell checking tool installed by default and users find it very difficult to spell check their… Continue reading

Moving a Cover Page in MS Word

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Using the Cover Page feature of MS Word 2007 / 2010? (Insert tab of the Ribbon, Cover Page button.)

It’s pretty handy and sure makes life easy when you need one.

Have you ever tried to use a cover page in the middle of a document? Maybe you need one as a chapter or section title page?

When you tried to… Continue reading

Reset A User Account Password

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Note: The methods presented in this article work in Windows XP only and are meant for users that have been locked out of their own computer.

Do not attempt this on computers that you do not own. Using these methods to unlock computers you do not have rights to is an invasion of privacy and may be punishable by law.

Being locked out of… Continue reading


Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Welcome to Myth Web, where you can learn all about Greek Mythology. Navigation is easy, just click into one of the following sections.

Gods – when you enter this section you’ll be greeted by the Greek gods relaxing on Mount Olympus. To learn more about any one of them, just click on them. Once you’ve click on a god or goddess, you can… Continue reading

Gigabyte/Megabyte Conversions

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Bernnae from California asks,

Is there a formula to easily convert megabytes into gigabytes?

Yes there is! You can do the conversion manually by using arithmetic or you can use software to do the conversion for you. First, let’s look at the formula for converting megabytes (Mb) into gigabytes (Gb).

Formula for Megabyte to Gigabyte Conversion

As shown… Continue reading

History of 3D TV

Monday, October 4th, 2010

3D entertainment has been with us at least since 1838 when Sir Charles Wheatstone invented the Stereoscope – basically a viewer that looked a lot like a pair of glasses that you would stand on a desk and slide a Stereoscope image under to view in 3D. You can also see 3D on these images by allowing your eyes to become unfocused, similar to viewing a “Magic Eye” picture (autostereogram)… Continue reading


Monday, October 4th, 2010

This site is my new guilty pleasure. I have spent countless hours here since discovering it and will probably continue to rack up hours here as I discover more fantastic food information.

Let’s get the membership talk out of the way – if you want to save, rate, or share recipes, then you’ll need to register for a free account. This is easy… Continue reading

Web-Based Email vs Client-Based Email

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Of all the problems people have with computers, probably the most common is email. This is due in large part to the fact that email is probably the most commonly used element in a computer. Because answers to email questions usually require some information about the delivery method, many of them will begin with another question, “Are you using web-based email, or client-based email?”.

Web-based… Continue reading

Autumn Leaves

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Fall is far and away my favorite season! I cannot wait for the leaves to start turning different colors. So in my anticipation of that glorious event, I went on the hunt to learn the science behind leaves changing colors!

This site is easy to navigate, just scroll down to learn all about why and how leaves change color. First you’ll learn how they change color, and… Continue reading

Google Chrome Error Messages

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Shakun, from Ludhians, India asks:

I am a computer novice. I have Windows XP, SP3, and my browser is Google Chrome. Whenever I try to open a site, I get the message, “The webpage is not available”. The error 105 is displayed. After refreshing many times, the webpage is displayed. Can you tell me what’s happening and how to fix it?

Google Chrome is… Continue reading

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