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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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five Fun eBay Buyer Sites

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

WatchedItem.com

This is a pretty cool site for searching for eBay items! Under ‘Get to the Good Stuff on eBay!’ (across the top) there are three tabs: Popular Item Search, Top 500 Most Popular, and Blog. The example below shows the top half of the website home page; the bottom of the page has a huge list of Most Attention Grabbing Auctions, as well as… Continue reading

Web-Based Email vs Client-Based Email

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Of all the problems people have with computers, probably the most common is email. This is due in large part to the fact that email is probably the most commonly used element in a computer. Because answers to email questions usually require some information about the delivery method, many of them will begin with another question, “Are you using web-based email, or client-based email?”.

Web-based… Continue reading

Google Chrome Error Messages

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Shakun, from Ludhians, India asks:

I am a computer novice. I have Windows XP, SP3, and my browser is Google Chrome. Whenever I try to open a site, I get the message, “The webpage is not available”. The error 105 is displayed. After refreshing many times, the webpage is displayed. Can you tell me what’s happening and how to fix it?

Google Chrome is… Continue reading

Multi-Line Spell Check in Firefox

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Many of you already know of a neat add-on for Mozilla Firefox called Spellbound, that makes it so Firefox can spell check in multi-line text boxes, but what I didn’t know is that you can achieve this same functionality sans add-on!

It’s true, and here’s how you do it:

First, open up Firefox and type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter. You’ll… Continue reading

Google Alarm and Ghostery

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

When I was a kid, all of my friends had big brothers. They were always spying on us; when we had a slumber party, when we were talking on the phone, when we were at a slumber party talking on the phone…”Total lack of respect”, a friend of mine complained when she caught her brother under her bed.

I never had a brother, big or little. Thus… Continue reading

Manage Your Internet Explorer 8 Add-Ons

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

If you’ve noticed that Internet Explorer 8 isn’t loading as fast as you’d like, then here’s a quick tip that may help you gain some speed back. As it turns out, add-ons, like toolbars and browser extensions can slow not only the load time, but the overall performance of IE 8. The solution? Turn some of them off.

Here’s how:

Open Internet Explorer 8… Continue reading

Internet Security

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Internet has been called the “new frontier” and in many ways, it is. This “information superhighway” has caused concerns with personal privacy, and connected computer systems around the world (resulting in additional security measures), have provided hackers an opportunity to prey on innocent victims everywhere.

Here are a few of our tips to protect yourself and your computer while surfing the web. 

Remove an Email Address in Opera

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Chris from Victoria, Australia asks:

How do I remove an email address from Opera so it does not download new emails from that email account?

Opera is a clean and efficient web browser with tons of downloadable features. It is also, provided you downloaded the “internet channel”, the browser that powers your Wii. It can be downloaded free from www.opera.com.… Continue reading

Address Bars and Search Boxes

Friday, September 24th, 2010

There’s occasionally some confusion about which of the two boxes found at the top of browsers is which. One is the search box, the other is the address bar. While these tools in more recent versions of most browsers provide more flexibility than earlier models, each still serves a specific purpose.

Below, you can see examples of 3 popular browser toolbars. In all 3, the address bar… Continue reading

Security Certificates

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Ted asks:

I have a really weird problem. This afternoon I went to log in to my Facebook account and I got this warning that it was a bad website. I started going to other sites and got the same thing. Yesterday my computer was fine, and today I am getting “There is a problem with this website’s security certificate”. What’s going on?!

Aren’t… Continue reading

Installing the Yahoo! Toolbar

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Yahoo! Toolbar is a nifty little plug-in that gives you one-click access to Yahoo! Search and various applications, such as Facebook and Yahoo! Mail. Let’s take a look at how to install the Yahoo! Toolbar.

The screens you’ll see during the installation procedure vary with your internet browser. In this tip, we’ll first show the installation by using Mozilla Firefox and then by using Internet Explorer… Continue reading

Build Your Own Website with Google Sites

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Social networks offer an opportunity for a presence on the web for everyone, but they don’t allow the flexibility in appearance or content that you can enjoy with your own website. Plus, your website can be shared on the social network of your choice.

I’ve been using Google products for several years, including SketchUp, Picasa, Google Books, Chrome and their free website service, Google

Fun Brain

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Welcome to Fun Brain, a site developed for kids K-8 grade and the teachers who teach those grades! What will you find here? Lots of fun ways to learn and lots of resources!

The site is divided up into six different areas:

Flash Arcades – here you’ll find different flash arcade games that combine fun and learning! I really liked the Math Arcade; it… Continue reading

Microsoft Introduces Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The brawl between browsers heated up on Wednesday, when Microsoft released the beta version of IE9. Whichever browser comes out on top, web users will be the likely winners, with improved speed, security, graphics, and lots of bells and whistles.

Of course, in order to test the new IE9 features, you must wade through the installation process, which takes a while

Free PDF Document Conversion

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Did you know that you can convert .PDF documents to Word documents for free on the web?

If you have access to the Internet, rather than a program, I can recommend a website to you. This website is zamzar.com/. It’s entirely free and each time that you want to convert a PDF to Word, OpenOffice etc, you simply go on the site, upload the document, select… Continue reading

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