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Vista AutoRun

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Q:
I just upgraded to Windows Vista and I’m having trouble figuring out how the CD AutoRun feature works. Can you help me with this, please?

A:
Why, I sure can! One of my co-workers here who uses a Vista computer was actually having trouble with that the other day as well. And after I received this question in my e-mail, I figured it must be a common… Continue reading

Searching in Vista

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Searching in Vista

Are you new to Windows Vista? Are you having trouble figuring out the new search feature it offers? If so, come along with me as I explain everything about this new searching method!

Microsoft’s Windows Vista includes a great search facility that enables you to search for documents and files from the Windows Explorer window or even directly from a text area under the Start menu.

It… Continue reading

Five More Handy Tips

Friday, May 4th, 2007

1. If your computer has a motherboard with a built in Hi-Definition audio support, you can use a very cool feature in Vista and Windows 7 that lets you control the bass, create a virtual surround sound and even correct your non-acoustic rooms. To enable these options, you need to go to the Sound option in the Control Panel. Under the Playback tab, you should see an option that… Continue reading

Computer Batteries: Why?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Q:
Can you tell me why computers need batteries? I was just thinking about it the other day and I thought I would ask.

A:
That’s a very interesting question! Once I read this question, I was like, “Hmmm, I’ve never really thought about that.” I mean, why do computers need batteries? Don’t they have enough power surging through them to work without a battery? Well, yes they… Continue reading

No Vista, Please

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Q:
I’m thinking about buying a new computer, but I really don’t want to have Vista as my operating system. Is there any place I can get one with XP on it? Please help!

A:
That’s a very interesting question. With all the hype about the new operating system of Windows Vista, I think a lot of computer companies have forgotten that not everyone wants it. It’s plain… Continue reading

Even More Vista Tips

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Even More Vista Tips

Although it’s been quite some time since Windows Vista was released, there are still some users who are making the transition slowly. And from what I have been reading on the Internet, not everybody is finding Vista very easy to work with. So, today I will share some more Windows Vista tips and tricks with you that should make the transition a little more smooth. Hopefully… Continue reading

Ten Windows Vista Tips

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Here are some helpful Windows Vista tricks to try out.

1.) To quickly change the size of the desktop icons, select one and hold down the Ctrl key and scroll with your mouse wheel. You can do the same in other windows, in order to increase the font size too.

2.) Sharing a folder with other people in your network is even easier with… Continue reading

Restart Times

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Restart Times

Have you ever wondered how often you should shut down your computer and then restart it? I don’t know about all of you, but there’s always been a question in my mind about how many times a week (or day or month, etc.) I should be restarting my computer. I mean, does every computer need a certain amount of rest time or are they more durable than we… Continue reading

Canned Air

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Canned Air

I’m sure you’ve all heard us talk about canned air before in some of our tips. We use it here quite often and I’m willing to bet that a lot of you use it too. But, for those who don’t know, what is canned air? Well, it’s basically air that is sold in a pressurized can that is used to clean out dust, dirt and any other grime… Continue reading

Bent Pins

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Q:
The other day, I was trying to hook up my CPU to the motherboard and in the process, I accidentally bent some of the pins. Is there any way I can fix them without having to completely replace my CPU? I desperately need some help!

A:
This is an excellent question! I’ve actually never really thought about this before. I mean, we all have a CPU (Central… Continue reading

Stickers Be Gone

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Stickers Be Gone

I know you may be a little confused by that title, but once you get done reading this tip, you’ll be fully informed, I promise. So, did you just buy a new laptop? If so, have you ever been bothered by the stickers that are stuck to it? I mean, they’re practically everywhere and they seem like they’re going to be a permanent fixture on your brand… Continue reading

Vista Drivers

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Vista Drivers

Suddenly, everyone is running after Windows Vista. The need (or craze, as I like to say) to upgrade to Vista is downright immediate in some cases. Now, a lot of people went ahead and bought Vista and installed it on their PCs before one could even blink an eye. But, soon after, they discovered that along with the Vista upgrade, they also needed to upgrade the drivers for… Continue reading

New News on Vista

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Q:
Just wondering if you have any updated news about Windows Vista. I’m just curious to know how it’s doing so far. Thanks!

A:
I actually do have some information, so I’m very glad you asked! A really interesting article was released the other day about how the new operating system of Windows Vista is really doing. I was pretty intrigued by some of the information, so once… Continue reading

Vista Control

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Vista Control

To most users, Widows Vista gives a very good first impression. Most current XP and 2000 users will love the enhancements and new features. Microsoft certainly seems to have done a good job here. However, one thing that Microsoft has failed to fix is some of the annoying factors of its operating systems. For instance, do you remember that red shield cross icon that would appear in your… Continue reading

Guide to PHP Include

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Guide to PHP Include

What is a PHP Include?

If you’re a Webmaster with a multi-page Web site, using a PHP include will probably be helpful for you. This allows you to not only uniform certain parts of your content pages, but update them all by only editing one file.

For example:

Take my blog for instance. (And please excuse the cheap looking arrows. That’s what happens when the… Continue reading

LogMeIn

Friday, March 9th, 2007

LogMeIn

A few months ago, I was traveling in Europe and my laptop was stolen! (Yes, I did have a back up, but the back up was corrupted). So, as you can imagine, it caused absolute chaos. Most of my life for the past few years was on there.

So, after all of that, I got to thinking. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could travel anywhere in the world… Continue reading

Double Time

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Double Time

I’ve got good news! Today, you’re getting a double dose of computer tips. That’s right, it’s a two in one kind of day! I will be introducing you to two brand new programs that I found to be extremely useful. I think you’ll like them just as much as I did as well. So, let’s begin!

Do you ever leave programs running when they are checking for updates… Continue reading

Comparing Control Panels

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Comparing Control Panels

Are you using Windows Vista now? Are you having a little trouble getting a handle on the new Control Panel? It’s hard to get used to new things sometimes, but I’m going to try to help you out with this one today. Let’s do a little Control Panel comparing: Vista vs. XP. Sound good to you? I thought you might like that. Well, gear up, because here… Continue reading

Another Vista Update

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Q:
Do you have any more news on whether or not we should give in to Windows Vista yet? Just wondering if you’ve received word on any updates.

A:
As a matter of fact we have! As you all probably know by now, Windows Vista was finally released on January 30, 2007! So, now this question remains: Should you go out right now and buy Windows Vista? Well… Continue reading

More Vista Questions Answered

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

More Vista Questions Answered

Have some more questions about Windows Vista? Then read here, because some of them may be answered right here, right now!

To begin, Windows Vista includes a content protection infrastructure that is specifically designed to help ensure that protected commercial audiovisual content, such as newly released HD-DVD or Blu-Ray discs, can be enjoyed on Windows Vista PCs. In many cases, this content has policies associated with… Continue reading

New Daylight Savings Time

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Q:
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how the Daylight Savings Time is going to change this year. With all the rumors running around, I’m beginning to worry about how my computer will react to the change. Can you provide any insight on that?

A:
I sure can! The new Daylight Savings Time change is right around the corner and I’ve been getting several e-mails about it… Continue reading

Vista Gadgets

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Q:
In Windows Vista, I’m a little confused about the “gadgets” on the side of my desktop. What’s the purpose of these and is there any way I can get rid of them? Please explain!

A:
When you install Vista on your computer, you will first see just a few of the gadgets Microsoft picked for you on the right hand side of your desktop. But, the… Continue reading

Audio Problems

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Q:
No matter what I do on my computer, my sound stays low. It happens when I listen to music, when I visit certain Web sites and so on. What’s going on? Please help!

A:
Have no fear, the sound doctor is here! The low audio problem, as I like to call it, can be a big pain if it happens to sweep across your computer. No matter… Continue reading

Vista Install Tips

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Q:
I have my copy of Windows Vista and I’m ready to install it. Are there any last minute tips you can give me on doing this? I want to ensure it will all be done right.

A:
That seems to be one of the most asked questions of the month. Ever since Microsoft’s release of the new operating system at the end of January, Vista has become… Continue reading

Scratch No More

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Scratch No More

Do you have an LCD screen for your computer monitor? Whether it be a laptop or a desktop monitor, they’re nice to have. But, then again, they can easily be damaged if something happens to hit it just right. The most common thing with LCD screens is a scratch. That can happen in just a blink of an eye. So, how do you get rid of a… Continue reading

How’s Vista Doing?

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Q:
Do you know how Vista is doing since its release? I haven’t upgraded yet, so I was just curious to see how things were going with it.

A:
That is a wonderful question! I’m sure you’re not the only one who sort of sat back and waited for the Vista results to come in. I bet you’re interested in knowing how many people actually upgraded to the… Continue reading

Windows XP Services – Part 2

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Windows XP Services – Part 2

Are you ready for the second batch of Windows XP services? If you missed out on the first half of them, be sure to check out yesterday’s newsletter. There, you will see letters A through N and today, I’m going to go over letters P through Z (well, it only goes to W, but still!) Are you ready to learn? Then let’s go!

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