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Massive Music Quiz

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Massive Music Quiz

How well do you think you know music? I thought I was pretty good at placing artist names and song titles, until I played the pop music quiz on this site and was blown away at how much I didn’t know.

How does it work? Just pick a genre of music… Continue reading

Cut and Paste

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Claire from Ottawa, Canada writes:

I am almost ashamed to admit it, but I don’t know how to cut and paste or even what it means. I do know how to copy and paste, though, if that helps.

A long time ago, I got to talking to a representative from my local phone company about computers and copy and paste came up. I had… Continue reading

Adding Dropbox to Windows 7

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Dropbox is an online file backup service which offers users up to 2 GB storage space for free. Once you have set up your Dropbox account, you can sync the files (on Dropbox) across multiple computers. The Dropbox client can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile. Once installed, the client will automatically sync your computer with the cloud based service. This ensures you have all the files… Continue reading

Archiving Your Valuable Files

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Harvey asks:

Somewhere I remember reading about certain CDs that were recommended for archival information. My recollection is that they had some coating or thicker layers that would last longer. Do you know of such items? Also, are there special storage sleeves for CD discs that inhibit age related deterioration?

Well, Harvey, to begin with, the disc that most people recommend for archiving is… Continue reading

Cooking Secrets

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Cooking Secrets

What will you find at Cooking Secrets? Well, they say you’ll find recipes, tips, and principles. Outside of the introduction to the site on the main page I didn’t see much in the way of tips (except the herbs and spices link) and I didn’t see much in the way of principles (except the Cooking Ingredients link). What I did see… Continue reading

Gmail Vacation Responder

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Okay, so I know that vacation season is pretty much over, but with the upcoming barrage of holiday travel in my future, I’m hoping others out there find use for this tip as well.

With that, let’s learn how to set a vacation responder in Gmail.

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

The Best Desktop Gadgets for Windows 7

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Desktop gadgets first appeared on Windows computers with Vista, but they have been updated and improved for Windows 7. Here are some of the best ones for having fun, staying informed, or for increasing your productivity. All of them are available to download free from the Windows Live Gadget Gallery.

1. Ultimate Explorer – This multi-functional tool can help you bypass your… Continue reading

Windows Live Family Safety

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Microsoft has come up with an effective, user friendly, parental control tool in Windows Live Family Safety. If you’re concerned about your children’s exposure to objectionable online material, or if you’d like to enforce other computer restrictions, Windows Live Family Safety can help.

When the download and installation is complete and you’ve opened the program, the welcome screen will appear. The… Continue reading

Fun School

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Fun School

Welcome to a site designed for Preschoolers to Sixth Graders, that has games, activities, and videos to help make learning fun!

You’ll find plenty of things to keep your kids or grandkids engaged and learning at the same time. I love all the craft videos that play on the main page. The videos made me… Continue reading

Digital Underwater Cameras

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Joe from Winter Park Fl. asks:

I’m looking for a digital scuba camera -nothing complicated. What do I look for and where do I start looking for the right one?

Selecting the right digital camera is always a chore. Many designs have come and gone with the next model being bigger and better than the… Continue reading

Using the Equal Sign in Excel

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

MS Excel: Excel Has Equal Sign Issues?

Well, sort of…

I’d say that Excel has an issue when you’re actually trying to type an equal sign into a cell without starting a formula – in other words you need to treat the equal sign like text instead of a formula starter.

(I found that my Excel 2007 would let me create… Continue reading

The Difference Between DVD rom and DVD RAM

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Larry from Sallisaw, OK asks:

Can you explain the difference between DVDs and DVD RAM?

DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc. It’s a type of data storage technology. There are two categories of recording formats in DVDs.

The first category is called Digital Versatile Disc Read Only Memory (DVD ROM). In this type of DVD, you can… Continue reading

All About Apples

Monday, October 18th, 2010

If you thought I was excited about pomegranates, you won’t believe how excited I am that Honeycrisp apples are in season! They are my favorite apple, if not, my favorite fruit! In my opinion, they just taste like an apple should taste.  I got lucky this year and scored ten pounds of these delicious apples for just ten bucks – and they’re the size of softballs!… Continue reading

Choosing a DSLR Camera

Monday, October 18th, 2010

If you understand the merits of a DSLR and have the moolah to buy one, here are some things you need to keep in mind before you go out to buy.

Wallet-friendly

Of course, you would have thought of this first. But remember, it’s not only about how much money you are willing to spend. It’s also about… Continue reading

Adobe Flash Player

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Mohsin from Singapore asks:

I tried everything but cannot get the Adobe Flash Player to play videos on my 64 bit Windows 7 machine! What could be wrong?

If you are using the latest version of Flash, which is Adobe Flash Player 10.1, then be sure you have at least the minimum requirements for it. Intel Pentium II 450MHz, AMD Athlon 600MHz or a… Continue reading

Inserting a Hyperlink in OpenOffice

Monday, October 18th, 2010

There are a couple easy ways to insert a hyperlink in an OpenOffice document. For both, start by highlighting the word or image to which you’d like to attach the hyperlink. Next, click on the Insert menu, and select Hyperlink.

The hyperlink dialog box opens and offers several choices; Internet, Mail &News, Document, and New Document. For this demonstration, we’ll link a word… Continue reading

Using Windows Easy Transfer

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Ted from Diamond Bar, CA asks:

My existing computer is running Win XP Home Edition SP3, and I would like to transfer the data from this computer to a new computer running Win7. Is there any successful method for doing this?

Ted, the best way to do this that involves the least amount of effort is to use the Windows Easy Transfer tool. This… Continue reading

Easy Wallpaper with Google Chrome

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Google chrome has fast become the favorite browser of many internet users, mainly because of its speed and small size. Though it possesses countless useful features, there is one basic feature that it desperately lacks. It doesn’t let a user change the desktop wallpaper from within the browser. Gone are the days when a user would save an image to the hard drive, spend 15 minutes locating the image in… Continue reading

Disabling Search from the IE9 Address Bar

Friday, October 15th, 2010

By now, you must have read plenty of Internet Explorer 9 reviews and probably, many of you are also using the IE9 beta. Most of the reviews focus on the speed, user interface, and GPU rendering. However, there are still many things that you might have not noticed. This article will cover how to disable searching from address bar in IE9.

You may wonder about the benefits… Continue reading

How to Get Rid of Stuff

Friday, October 15th, 2010

I stumbled onto this site looking for a way to get rid of the gnats that have infested my kitchen. They may be harmless, but they sure are pests! After checking out the solution to my problem, I decided to poke around the rest of the site. What I found was a lot of interesting articles on how to get rid of stuff.… Continue reading

Paste Options in Excel

Friday, October 15th, 2010

If you tend to take information from Word, PowerPoint, the Web, or wherever to MS Excel, then I’m positive that you know about your formatting choices when you paste.

We’ve all seen the Paste Options button appear. This is where you can decide to have the information keep its original formatting, or have Excel reformat it to match the rest of the worksheet.… Continue reading

Email Client Recommendations

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Woody, from Arkansas asks:

What email client do you recommend for Windows 7 users?

If you are looking for a desktop email client for Windows 7, there are definitely a few good choices available to you. And two of the best are free. Read on to see why Windows Live Mail, or Mozilla’s Thunderbird, could be just what you are looking for.… Continue reading

Pie Recipes

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Now that the weather is getting cooler, I can make pies! So I went on a hunt to find a site that had only pie recipes and this is what I found.

Navigation is so easy! Just pick the pie recipe that strikes your fancy from the list of pie recipes. You’ll be whisked away directly to the recipe where you will get… Continue reading

Alphabetizing Your Favorites

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Dot In Covington, VA asks:

Is there a way to alphabetize my favorites lists?

No matter how many favorites you have, they can become messy over time. One good option is to alphabetize them so you can find the website fast, and not have to sort through a bunch of sites before you find the one you are after. You can easily achieve this in… Continue reading

Bailey from El Mirage, California asks:

When I send a link as a shortcut to the desktop, I hate the way it says shortcut right after the name of the shortcut. Do you know what I mean? I had heard you can get rid of this. Can you? I have Windows Vista.

Bailey, I am assuming you mean this kind of shortcut name annoyance:… Continue reading

Switch Your Search Engine in Firefox

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

If you’re a Mozilla Firefox user, then you’re probably familiar with the little search box in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. It allows you to perform a search without having to browse to a particular search engine to do so.

You’ll also notice that Google is the default search provider, as noted by the little “G” icon.… Continue reading

File Renamer Basic

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Writing download tips provides numerous opportunities to test new software. However, for many of the tips, I just download, test, and uninstall. This might be because the product doesn’t suit my needs, or it merely duplicates software I’m already using. Once in a while though, I run across something I’ll keep. File Renamer Basic is one of those. It shares a feature with another product I recently reviewed… Continue reading

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