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ArtCyclopedia

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Artcyclopedia is exactly what the name says it is. It is an encyclopedia dedicated strictly to art. There are several ways to navigate – by the artist’s name, the artwork’s name, museum name or location. You can also navigate by scrolling down to the Browse By section, where you can browse by name, medium, subject, nationality, women artists, or art movements.

On the… Continue reading

Sorting Contacts in IncrediMail

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Allen from Oakes, ND asks:

I recently went to Windows 7 and use web mail mostly. I was investigating incredimail 2, just to be able to send out BCC group emails at once. I got the address book set up, but it wants to sort contacts by the first name or email address only. Is there a way to change to sort by last name?

Changing Your Computers Boot Sequence

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Mona from San Diego, California asks:

A friend of mine called and said that she needs to reinstall Windows XP (she has the disk). She has done this before but she always used floppies; now she doesn’t have a floppy drive so she just uses her CD disk. She went to reinstall and her WinXP

Internet Secrets Protector

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Unless you’re like me and actually enjoy the tedious tasks involved in constantly cleaning junk from your computer, like cookies and browsing history, we may have something for you. If you’re looking for an application that will take care of those tiresome chores automatically, thus helping to protect your internet privacy, Internet Secrets Protector from Webcam Simulator, might be the ticket. It’s an easy to use, and easy… Continue reading

Clearing Internet Explorer History

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Grace, from Montreal asks:

I’ve been trying to delete my browsing history (IE 8.0 drop down bar) by clicking the red cross button, and by deleting the history, cookies and everything else, but it still doesn’t work. I have also altered the time for storing history/temp int files to 0 days but the old websites that I visited still appear when I start typing in an address

Backup Your Bookmarks in Firefox

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Beverly from New York asks:

I use Firefox and would like to know how can I copy my bookmarks and load them into a new computer?

Fortunately, Mozilla Firefox lets you make a backup of your bookmarks. In this tip, you’ll learn how to backup your bookmarks and how to retrieve them later.

To make a backup of your bookmarks, perform the following steps:… Continue reading

Moving Installed Programs to Another Drive

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Geezer from Ontario asks:

I just installed an external Hard Drive and would like to know if I can transfer programs by going to Program Files and moving the folder to the new drive. Will this work?

As you install more and more programs in Windows, the operating system drive gradually fills up with setup files that are required for an application to work… Continue reading

Panda Cam

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

I can’t begin to tell you how much time I spend on this site watching the panda Bai Yun and her baby Yun Zi. They are so adorable! It is so much fun to watch them romp around their exhibit. I was watching this morning, and one of the pandas was just running all around its exhibit. What’s cuter than pandas frolicking?… Continue reading

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

Pomegranates

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

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