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YouTube Video Stats

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This is too cool not to share. I was clicking around on YouTube last night, when I noticed a button I hadn’t seen before. It’s called the Show video statistics button, and it opens up a whole new world, when it comes to stat tracking on YouTube!

All you have to do is browse over to YouTube.com and look for a video – any video… Continue reading

The Mind of Leonardo

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The Mind of Leonardo

Rather than looking at only one facet of Leonardo da Vinci and focusing on his genius in just that aspect, this site tries to correlate all the many different facets of his genius. I had a hard time trying to decide how to present this site to you. It is an amazing journey… Continue reading

Saving Windows Live Emails

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Does your day begin with an hour or more commute to work sitting in a bus, train, or taxi? Perhaps you’re flying across country (or to another country) on a business trip, with many, many hours to be spent in flight en route to your destination. Or maybe you’re planning a multi-day road trip in your own car, for a meet up with friends and family back home. Then again… Continue reading

iGoogle

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You’ve heard me talk in the past about how I use Yahoo! because it gives me all my news and views in one place, but that I also like to use Google as my search engine, right? Well, that was until I stumbled across iGoogle – a feature that has been around for a while which allows me to get the best of both worlds.… Continue reading

Paul Ecke Poinsettias

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Paul Ecke Poinsettias

Poinsettias for me are synonymous with Christmas. Growing up, the house would be filled with poinsettias at this time of year, in every possible color, and then my mom would keep them and nurse them through the year.

This site is devoted to teaching you all about poinsettias. I suggest you start… Continue reading

Ten Great Firefox Add-Ons

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

One of the reasons that Firefox has so many loyal users, is because of the countless add-ons that are available to extend the browser’s functionality. These free programs can increase productivity, boost performance, and amaze you with eye-popping graphics. Here are ten of my favorites.

1. AdBlock Plus – With over 800,000 downloads a week, this is undoubtedly the most popular add-on for Firefox users… Continue reading

Change the Number of Yahoo! Search Results

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Learn how to change the number of results that appear when you do a search on Yahoo! Continue reading

280 Slides

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

280 Slides

One of the things that I spend a lot of time doing every semester is making PowerPoint presentations for class. PowerPoint can be very annoying to use, and it’s hard to make a decent theme without paying a ton of money for a good template. So boy, was I ever shocked when I found 280 Slides.… Continue reading

Sharing Large Files with Ge.tt

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Most people still rely on their email when it comes to sharing files with their friends or colleagues. However, free email providers usually have restrictions on the file size of attachments. For example, Gmail will not allow you to send files larger than 10 Mb.

GE.TT is a website which is built just for such folks. Although there are many file sharing websites on the internet, usually… Continue reading

Google Earth 6.0 and Google Body Browser

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

November 29, 2010.
Google Launches Google Earth, version 6.0.

Google Earth has come a long way since its inception in 2005. It still maps the earth by satellite and aerial photography, but it’s not all about the earth anymore. Now you can take tours of sites on the moon that are narrated by Apollo astronauts, go diving in an… Continue reading

Operation Letter to Santa

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Operation Letter to Santa: Wallpapers

Are you looking for a nice Christmas themed wallpaper to decorate your computer desktop? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Operation Letter to Santa, is a fantastic collection of Christmas themed wallpapers. Best of all they are free!

To navigate, scroll down the page and you’ll… Continue reading

Deafness in Disguise

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Deafness in Disguise

Have you ever wondered what they did for hearing loss before the invention of modern day hearing aids? Do images of ear trumpets come to mind? It’s something that I started wondering about over the last couple weekends because I was talking to my mom and the subject of her needing a hearing aid… Continue reading

Backing Up Firefox with MozBackup

Friday, December 17th, 2010

If you switch from one computer to another, one basic problem you face, if you’re a Firefox user, is that you lose all your add-ons, passwords, bookmarks and history. There is a Firefox backup add-on which can be used to back up your Firefox profile, but it is not so easy to use.

There is a tool known as MozBackup that not only backs… Continue reading

Retrieving Your WiFi Network Password

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Mary, from Boston asks:

I lost the password to my WiFi network and can’t figure out how to get it back. Can you help?

With the advent of laptops and smart phones, wired internet is fast becoming a thing of the past. While it has not become obsolete completely, the widespread usage of Wi-Fi networks and the improvement in Wi-Fi technology has made it… Continue reading

Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts

Friday, December 17th, 2010

With all of the social media schtuff going on, I thought that people who “Tweet” and post schtuff to Facebook and strut their videos for YouTube and blog and share photos might like some keyboard shortcuts, so I looked and looked, found some, and now they’re yours.

Blogger Keyboard Shortcuts
Ctrl + B Bold Text Ctrl + I Italic Text Ctrl + U Underline Text Ctrl

A PDF Refresher

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

With the launch of the new WorldStart book, Internet Security Survival Guide in .PDF, we’ve received a number of questions about the .PDF format. Consequently, we’ve decided to offer some information that may help answer some of these questions.

What is .PDF?

Adobe introduced

Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fall?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Collapse

Have you ever wondered why a civilization might have collapsed? Well, I certainly have, but that’s the sort of thing that pops through my head on occasion. This site looks at why civilizations may have collapsed.

It looks at several different collapsed societies like the Maya, Mesopotamia, Chaco Canyon, and Mali & Songhai… Continue reading

Bing Facts

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I’ll admit that I don’t usually go to Bing as my main search provider, but I was there just the other day and noticed that you can change the background image by clicking the little arrows on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

That’s neat, but you may also notice little squares that appear as you

Types of Flowers

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Types of Flowers

I was doing a flower search to try and remember how to spell hydrangea for a list of my favorite flowers and I ran across this site. After browsing it, I knew I had to share it with you, because it’s pretty awesome.

There are several ways to browse this site. You… Continue reading

Unblock a Facebook Friend’s News Feed

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

So, I blocked the newsfeeds of a friend on Facebook a long time ago. It was so long ago, in fact, that I can’t remember why I did it, exactly. The point is, that it’s time for forgiveness. It’s the holidays, after all!

So, here’s how you unblock a friend’s newsfeeds on Facebook.

First, log into your Facebook account and scroll all… Continue reading

Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve

I find steam-powered machines really interesting, so when I found this site that has tons of great pictures and information about them I had to share it with you. I recommend browsing this page by clicking on the links in the introductory text (the text of the link will be blue – just… Continue reading

Flash Website Storage Settings Panel

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The other day I was playing a Flash game online, but when I tried to go back and play some of the earlier levels, I found they were blocked. I tried to relieve this problem the usual way, by clearing out my web history, but that didn’t work.

Then, as if by providence, I stumbled across the Flash Player Website Storage Settings Panel. It’s online… Continue reading

My Shutter Count

Monday, December 13th, 2010

My Shutter Count

Have you ever wondered what the shutter count of your digital camera is? Well now you can find out with My Shutter Count.

It’s very easy to use too! Just click the Browse button, and select a photo on your computer that you shot with your digital camera, and then click open.… Continue reading

Custom Facebook Friends

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The days are gone where you’d hear “I have more friends than you!”, when it comes to social networking. It’s all about taste now – and presentation, too. That’s why today’s tip is going to show you how to customize which friends appear on your Facebook page.

First, log in to Facebook, then click on Profile in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.… Continue reading

Snow Days

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Snow Days

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for you all to spend time making snowflakes with me at Snow Days! I feel like this has become our winter tradition!

Once on their site, click Create Your Own Snowflake.

Use your mouse to make cuts on the paper with… Continue reading

Expand Your Gmail Search Options

Friday, December 10th, 2010

A lot of us use Gmail as our main email provider. I do, and as a result my inbox is full to overflowing. It makes it difficult to just “skim” through my inbox to find certain messages.

Sure, there’s a search feature up at the top, but what if I need to get more specific?

Like really specific?

Well… Continue reading

Snowflake Patterns

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Snow Flake Patterns

Okay, so you’ve mastered the basics that the other snowflake site had to offer, and now you want to make more advanced snowflakes, but you’re not sure where to start! That’s where this site comes in!

All you have to do is print out these patterns, fold them the way you would if you… Continue reading

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