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Set up an Ad-hoc Network

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Are you one of those people who does not want to invest in a Wifi router unnecessarily just for the luxury of being able to carry the laptop around the house? Do you have a desktop and a laptop and would like to have a Wifi network to connect to? Are you a fellow gamer, who would like to play a round of Counter Strike without the need… Continue reading

Font Preview

Monday, October 12th, 2009

When you go to the Fonts folder (Go to Start>Run and type in “fonts“) you’ll probably see a huge list of available fonts. The question is: What do they look like? You could open up MS Word and use the drop-down box to look, but some of us don’t have that option or want a faster way.

Well, if you really want to… Continue reading

Google Moon?

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The 40th anniversary of the moon landing was celebrated recently and it made me think of how cool it would have been to be one of those pioneering astronauts that first set foot on lunar soil all those years ago. Well, Google must have been listening to my thoughts (I hear they do that now and again), because Google Earth can now take you to the moon in the comfort… Continue reading

Windows 7 on the Cheap?

Monday, July 6th, 2009

One thing that has always irked me about Microsoft is their tendency to charge an insane price for something we’ll eventually be required to have. Each version of Windows only sticks around for so long before it’s necessary to upgrade, and at $200.00 plus a pop, it can seem a little too expensive for the average user.

Well, Microsoft might be doing something right this time… Continue reading

Another Windows Activation Key

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I know there has to be some “format freaks” out there like me. If something minor goes wrong with my PC, I format and re-install Windows. Although this might sound a little extreme, I just love that new installation feeling! So, for all of you extremists out there that bring an axe to cut your steak, I’m going to hook you up with a secret I learned about Windows Activation… Continue reading

Windows 7 Release Candidate

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

As some may know, Microsoft is giving users an opportunity to try out Windows 7 Release Candidate, completely free of charge, to get a taste of things to come before the finished operating system releases sometime this holiday season. Naturally, I’ve been getting a lot of queries about this, so I wanted to take the time to clarify for those faced with an installation deliberation. So, without further delay…… Continue reading

The iLane

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The iLane is a portable gadget that you put in your car, possibly on the dashboard or wherever it’s most convenient for you. It hooks up to most smart phones, blackberries, and other handheld devices and allows you to have complete control over these devices solely by using voice commands.

It allows you to send, receive and manage your emails, instant messages, text messages, and SMS messages by voice… Continue reading

Windows 7 System Requirements

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Microsoft has bestowed upon us the system requirements for Windows 7! Here they for both 32 and 64 bit flavors:

- 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
– 1 GB of RAM (32-bit)/2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
– 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit)/20 GB (64-bit)
– DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 2

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Hello again! We are going to pick right back up again where we left off by going into part two of Facebook Week! As I said, today we will be dealing with customizing your Facebook profile with information, images, and more. Hopefully, some of your friends that you requested on Tuesday will have accepted by now. If they have, you will see a little red notification in the lower right… Continue reading

Here’s some great news for all of you Windows XP lovers out there. It was just announced this weekend that Microsoft has designed a ‘Windows XP Mode’ for windows 7! This feature will allow someone to run a windows XP compatible program if it doesn’t work on windows 7 normally. Microsoft is hoping that by offering this Windows XP mode, they will be able to convince more people to move… Continue reading

Windows Activation Status

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Microsoft likes it when people activate their software. If you just got a new computer, chances are that when you first booted it up, Windows asked you to activate. It goes pretty quick, and in no time you’re off and running with your PC; carefree and without any activation reservations.

But what if you bought that Vista or Windows 7 machine

Turn your Photos into a Calendar

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Have you ever wanted to turn your photos into a nice looking calendar for display? Or perhaps to give to friends and family as a gift? Well, this is all possible with some simple steps. Read on and find out how you can do this. It’s really quite a simple procedure – anyone can do it within one or two hours.

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What the F-key? F9 through F12

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Our final exploration into function keys might surprise some of you out there. There’s really not a whole lot of “functionality” at the end of the row, but let’s look anyways.

Just to refresh:

Function keys are pretty versatile, but some only have purpose specific to the program that’s running at the time. They’re mainly used as shortcuts or in conjunction with the CTRL, ALT, and Shift… Continue reading

What the F-key? F5 through F8

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

In part 2 of “What the F-key?” we’ll be covering Function Keys F5 through F8. Some useful ideas here for function keys, folks! Just to recap let’s discuss what F-keys are used for:

Function keys have many, many uses, some of which are specific to the program that’s running at the time. They’re mainly used as shortcuts or in conjunction with the CTRL, ALT, and Shift keys, which I’ll cover… Continue reading

Pick a Cake

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Lately, I’ve been really interested in graphic cakes. Cakes that are more interesting than your run of the mill sheet cake. Cakes with pizzazz! That’s what you’ll see here.

There are two ways to navigate the site. You can browse blog style by scrolling down the page and then going back using the previous entries link to see the rest. Or you can browse using the navigation strip at the… Continue reading

If your Internet is down, you probably can’t read this! It would be better if you save this page locally for a rainy day! This page will also give you a better understanding of what goes behind the scenes that makes your net… work…!

At first you need a brief introduction of how your Internet works. You, as the user, are given a… Continue reading

How to Rip DVDs with ImgBurn

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

If you know about using the VLC player to rip a DVD to an MPEG-1 file, then remember it’s not the only way. Technically, this gets the job done, but there are other options available. Storage is very cheap, so why not retain the full image quality and size as well as all the menus, languages, subtitles and bonus material from the original DVD? Using ImgBurn for… Continue reading

What’s that Key?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

We ran an article awhile back that focused on the Print Screen Key, a.k.a. “Prt Scn”. We got a really great response from this, but at the same time I had a lot of folks asking me what the heck “SysReq” was and what it was doing on the same key!

So, what does it all mean? Well, SysReq stands for System Request, which, at one… Continue reading

Hotkey Refresher Course

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Today we’re going to have a refresher course on Hotkeys! I bring this subject up because the article I wrote on determining 32 and 64 bit processors brought the Win+Pause properties shortcut to my attention. I thought this was so cool that I should take it a step further and list some more useful hotkey shortcuts! So, if your mouse ever breaks, or if you want to impress those around… Continue reading

Windows SteadyState Part 3

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This week is the third and final tutorial on Windows Steadystate. If you missed parts one and two, you can view them here: Part 1, Part 2 . Today we are going to cover the last two sections of SteadyState. These two area are called “Feature Restrictions” and “Block programs“. Lets dive in!

The first section is the “Feature Restrictions” tab. This tab goes beyond the options of… Continue reading

Internet Explorer 8 Features pt. 1

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

March 19th saw the release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8; the first major release of the famous Internet browsing software since 2006. Aside from offering enhanced security, IE 8 is also the default browser for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 as well. Let’s take a gander at some of the features included this time around, and see what they mean to you!

Suggested Sites: This is a pretty cool… Continue reading

Using Focal Points in Photography

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Do you know what the focal point of a picture is? The next time before you take a picture, pause and ask yourself: “What is the Focal Point in this Picture?”

The other ways of asking the same question would be – What is the central point of interest? What will draw the eye of the viewers of this picture? What in this image will make it… Continue reading

Red “X” Remedies

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Q: Why are some of my images showing up as a red x when I try to view them? It’s so frustrating!

A: Good golly, I sure do get a lot of questions about this! I’m glad that I finally get to set the record straight about the mysterious (and annoying) red X, once and for all! Here’s a list of the top reasons for the red X and… Continue reading

About Us Internet Wiki

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Have you ever wanted a guide to the internet? Well, aren’t you in luck; you’ve found one! About Us is a wiki style guide to the internet. I suggest getting started by taking the Introductory Tour, found here.

If you’d like to contribute to the wiki entries you will need to sign up. Registration is really easy! Just click the Sign Up button at the top of main… Continue reading

The Truth About Conficker

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I woke up yesterday morning, like I do most mornings, to my annoying clock radio. Well, that day was just a little more annoying than most, just because of what I heard when I woke up. To my surprise, I heard the “morning personalities” blabbing on about this terrible worm called “Conficker“. They were saying that the worm could possibly strike on April first and cause “all kinds of… Continue reading

What is dwm in Windows Vista?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Q: What is dwm.exe and why is it running in Windows Vista?

A: Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) is the compositing window manager that gives you all those pretty effects in Windows Vista: Transparent windows, live taskbar thumbnails (that you can resize now), and even the Flip3D switcher that you can disable and replace with Switcher. What happens in Vista is that applications write the picture of their… Continue reading

Clean Your LCD Screen

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I’ve gotten a couple of questions recently concerning the upkeep of LCD screens. Those flat-panel beauties are a joy to look at, for sure, but once the power is turned off all sorts of streaks, smudges and other detritus appear. How is one to keep their super-cool, modern monitor looking it’s best without permanently damaging it with harsh chemicals?

Well, let me tell you.

There are cleaning… Continue reading

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