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News Update: Vista SP 1

Friday, September 7th, 2007

News Update: Vista SP 1

You may have already heard about this, but either way, I’m here to fill you in! Microsoft finally dished out some news last week about the release of the Service Pack 1 utility for the new Windows Vista operating system. Microsoft has kept a tight lip on this information for awhile now, but they finally fessed up! So, are you ready for the final news?… Continue reading

Just for Vista?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Just For Vista?

I received a phone call yesterday morning from a fellow newsletter reader who was wondering if the Windows Defender security package only works with Windows Vista. At first, I told him yes, because from what I understood from articles I’ve read in the past, that’s how it’s set up. He then asked me to double check on it and I gladly said I would. Well, let me… Continue reading

Windows Vista Preview Pane

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Windows Vista Preview Pane

Just letting you know, if you’re a Windows Vista user, you’re going to love what I have for you today!

One of the options I love and use most often in Windows Vista is the Preview Pane feature, which is located on the right side of Windows Explorer. It is a very handy and useful tool for anyone who needs to scroll through the contents of… Continue reading

Adobe Reader 8.1

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Adobe Reader 8.1

Lately, it seems as if a lot of the programs we all love and use on a regular basis have been releasing updates left and right. And because of that, our Quick Tip section of the newsletter has been taken over by all of those. Well, today is no exception! It’s my job to bring you the news of the computer world and this one’s just too… Continue reading

Image Maps

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Image Maps

Hello again everyone! Right off the bat, I’d like you to check out a diagram of a computer that I have designed. Be sure to hover over everything and click on all the different parts of the computer. Okay, are you ready?!

To view it, just click here.

Did you notice that when you clicked on a computer part, a tip regarding that piece of hardware… Continue reading

Three Question Series

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Q:
Today, we’re going to do something a little different with this section! Below are three questions that I have been getting a lot of lately, so I thought I would just answer all of them at the same time. You will find each question, followed by its answer. They’re just three quick and simple questions. Hope you don’t mind!

A:
Question #1: What does the star… Continue reading

Another New Windows?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Another New Windows?

That may sound like an odd question, but it seems to be a hot topic lately. According to several online articles, Microsoft has confirmed that the next new version of the Windows operating system will be released in just three short years. That seems impossible, doesn’t it? I mean, with Windows Vista only being a few months old, how could they possibly be thinking about another new… Continue reading

Trimming the Vista Border

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Trimming the Vista Border

Here’s another one for all you Windows Vista users out there!

Windows Vista, by default, has huge borders around all their pages. This was probably done to show off the new transparency, but if you prefer a more slimmed down, minimal approach, you can easily configure this setting to make it a little more reasonable for yourself.

Here’s an image with the normal window border you… Continue reading

Possible Mac Worm

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Possible Mac Worm

Last week, some mania broke out in regards to the Apple Mac OS X operating system. So, what’s all the hype about, you ask? Well, according to some online news articles, it’s possible that there is a new worm looming around Apple’s pride and joy. Now, if you’re a Mac user, don’t panic just yet. Nothing is set in stone at the present time, but it’s always… Continue reading

Missing Change/Remove Buttons

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Q:
I would like to remove some programs from my computer, but when I go to the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel, the Change/Remove button that’s normally there is missing. What can I do to get it back so I can get these programs uninstalled from my PC? Any help you have would be greatly appreciated!

A:
Wow, that has to be so frustrating! I have… Continue reading

Vista System Health Report

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Q:
I am now using Windows Vista and before I purchased it, I heard that there was supposed to be something with it called a Health Report. Other than that, I know nothing about it. Can you please fill me in?

A:
Of course I can! This is an excellent question and it is one that will surely help all of you Windows Vista users in a big… Continue reading

Do You Need a New Computer?

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Q:
I have had my computer for quite some now and my grandkids are always telling me I need to get a new one. They say mine is too slow and it just doesn’t work right. As for me, I’m not convinced. Do you have any guidelines I can follow to see if I really should get a new one or not?

A:
Isn’t it funny how everyone’s… Continue reading

CCleaner: New Version

Friday, July 20th, 2007

CCleaner: New Version

As you may recall, last week, one of our freelance writers wrote an article about the CCleaner program (you can read that article here to learn all about CCleaner and what it does). After it was featured in the newsletter, I received several e-mails from all of you telling me how much you love that program. You told me that you really appreciated us putting… Continue reading

Microsoft Surface

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Microsoft Surface

Did you know that using mice on computers is slowly going behind the times? Why, even Microsoft thinks so! It seems as if the latest and greatest tools in the computer navigation world are your fingers. Yep, you read that correctly. Your fingers! Allow me to elaborate a little bit. Microsoft has unveiled a new type of computer in which you can use your hands to do the… Continue reading

Texter

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Texter

If you thought about it, I think you’d be surprised at how often you type the same things everyday. Now, wouldn’t it be much easier to have the computer type those things for you? That would be so useful, don’t you think?! It would save a lot of time too. Well, it just so happens that an application I’m going to show you today will do just that!

The… Continue reading

Coming Soon: Vista SP 1

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Coming Soon: Vista SP 1

If you recall, back in May, we ran an article on whether or not Microsoft was going to release a Service Pack for Windows Vista (you can read that tip here). At that time, we knew a SP 1 was in the works, but there was no other information available about it. Plus, we had no idea when it would actually be released… Continue reading

Mozilla’s Lightning and Sunbird

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Q:
Can you tell me anything about Mozilla’s Lightning and Sunbird applications? I heard a new version was just released, but I can’t find much information on it. If you know anything at all, please share!

A:
Excellent question! If you’ve been an avid Lightning and Sunbird user from the very beginning, I’m sure you’ve been wondering what’s been going on with it. The first version (0.3) was… Continue reading

Vista Photo Gallery

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Q:
What can you tell me about the Photo Gallery feature that comes with Windows Vista? I haven’t gotten Vista yet, but this is one of the features I’m interested in learning more about before making the switch. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated!

A:
Ah, yes, the Photo Gallery. This is actually one of the new features that caught my eye when I first started… Continue reading

A Couple of Warnings

Friday, June 29th, 2007

A Couple of Warnings

Here are a couple of quick warnings for you. I thought they were very important for you all to know about, but I also didn’t want to go full fledged on them, so here are just some brief descriptions about the two safety hazards. This tip will at least give you enough information to avoid any problems you may encounter in the future. Here we go!… Continue reading

Messenger Gadget

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Messenger Gadget

After reviewing many articles done on Windows Vista, I got to thinking about new gadgets I could download and integrate into the Vista sidebar. I was able to find several of them on the Windows Live Gallery Web site and one that I found was the Messenger Gadget. And if you use MSN’s Messenger (also known as Windows Live Messenger), you can download and install it… Continue reading

Best and Worst ISPs

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Q:
Do you happen to have any suggestions on which ISPs are the best or which ones are the worst? I’m thinking about switching to a new one, but I don’t really know who to go with. Please help!

A:
It’s very interesting that you asked that question today. I was actually browsing through our message board the other day and I found a posting from one of… Continue reading

SeaMonkey Extras

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Q:
Awhile back, you said something about SeaMonkey having extensions and different themes you could get for it. Can you please give me some more information about all that? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

A:
Well, of course I can! And my goodness, you just asked so nicely. There’s no way I could pass up this question any longer. To begin, you are absolutely right. In another… Continue reading

Click What?

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Click What?

Here’s a quick one for you! When you’re working on your computer, how many times a day do you run across something that tells you to right click? I know we use that phrase in our computer tips all the time and I’m always seeing it on different Web sites as well. It seems like an easy thing to do, but what if you don’t know how? Well… Continue reading

A Vista Double Feature

Friday, June 15th, 2007

A Vista Double Feature

Tip #1 – Turning Vista Features Off

Some programs and features that are included with Windows, such as Internet Information Services, must be turned on before you can use them. On the other hand, other features are turned on by default. But don’t worry, you can turn them off if you don’t use them.

In earlier versions of Windows, to turn a feature off, you had… Continue reading

Greasemonkey and Gmail

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Greasemonkey and Gmail

You’ve all heard of Gmail, right? Many of you probably even use it! Gmail is very popular, due to its large storage space, its simple interface and its ability to be easily customized. Using the Greasemonkey add on we talked about yesterday, I’m going to show you how to unlock a lot of cool features in Gmail.

First, you need to get the Greasemonkey… Continue reading

Get Greasemonkey

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Get Greasemonkey

Hello again! In yesterday’s newsletter, we worked with changing the layout and color scheme of your favorite Web sites. And today, we are going to change and add functionality to them as well! To do that, we’ll once again be using Firefox, but this time with a different extension. We’ll be working with an extension called Greasemonkey. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

1.) You’ll first need to… Continue reading

Create Your Own Style

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Create Your Own Style

You’ve probably thought about changing the layout of one of your favorite Web sites at one time or another, right? Many of us have and I know for sure that I have! Along with that, you may have wanted to remove a sidebar, change the colors or maybe even get rid of some of those annoying ads. But, there has never really been an easy way… Continue reading

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