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Gmail is (finally) out of beta.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Today is an exciting day in the world of Google.

As I’m sure many of you already know, Google is not just a search engine. For more than 5 years now, Google has offered web based services for email, documents, calendars and chatting. These services, called Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk, have been used by millions of people around the world, but there has always been… Continue reading

Firefox 3.5 Released

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The busy bees over at Mozilla have released version 3.5 of Firefox unto the masses. Normally, this wouldn’t be too big of a deal, even for a fox follower like myself, but the developers are touting some pretty major features and improvements this time around. It warrants a look, so here’s a quick run-down.

Faster Browsing – Mozilla states that Firefox 3.5 runs almost twice as… Continue reading

A Better Google Image Search

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

We all know of the joy that is Google image search. You can find pictures of just about anything on there, but did you know that the rabbit hole goes much deeper than just typing in a word or phrase into the search box?

For example, say you want to look for an image of a specific size. Simply use the drop-down box to choose large, extra large… Continue reading

Become a YouTube User

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Hello, again! Last time, we learned how to navigate our way around the Youtube video search engine by managing the different tabs available. Today, let’s learn how to become Youtube users and upload videos onto the site! You can make your own videos available to people around the world almost instantaneously.

On the main page,, there are a few options on the top right-hand corner. These… Continue reading

Re-open a Closed Tab

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Attention Firefox and IE 8 users! Have you ever closed a tab, only to realize too late that there was something important on there? What did you do? Re-browse to the site?

That’s too much work.

Next time you’re in this situation and you want to re-open the tab you just closed try the combination:


This will re-open the last tab you closed… Continue reading

Encrypt your Gmail

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

You’re booking your Alaskan cruise and the travel agent shoots you an email. He needs your Social Security Number for the insurance form. You’re about to reply when a suspicion crosses your mind–is it safe to send this info via email?

Your daughter needs to buy her college textbooks and emails you for your credit card number. Besides the nagging concern that she may use it to supply her dorm… Continue reading

Boolean Searching

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

There’s something about learning a funny technological word that brings out the geek in everyone! Today’s subject is one that will help everyone work more efficiently while searching on the Internet. It’s called “Boolean”.

Say you’re looking for a specific thing on the web, but every time you search it seems as though there are too many results, and to go through all of them would… Continue reading

Facebook profile badge

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Facebook Profile Badge

Hello everyone! I’d like to show you a fantastic new Facebook tip. As I’m sure you know, Facebook is a great personal and professional tool to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. It is much easier to find and keep in contact on Facebook by name, rather than email or phone. To let everyone know about your Facebook page, you can create… Continue reading

YouTube Navigation

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

YouTube is one of the most popular sites that exist on the Internet today. It is a search engine for video clips; whether they be music videos, movies, trailers, funny videos, or a work-out tutorial—practically any video that exists can be found here! Next to Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter, it is probably the most visited website out there today. In fact, you can share links from YouTube on your Myspace… Continue reading

Firefox Bookmark Separators

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Learn how you can add a layer of organization to your Firefox bookmarks menu with this quick tip! Continue reading

Google Maps Keyboard Controls

Monday, June 8th, 2009

If anyone out there has lost hours of their lives to Google maps, then today’s Quicktip is just for you!
I have a blast looking around, especially at street view, but I sometimes find myself getting a little confused at the mouse controls when I’m all zoomed in like that.

Well, it’s a good thing you aren’t constrained to using the mouse, then! Try some… Continue reading

Semi-Colons in Passwords

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Without a single doubt, security is the most important thing to keep in mind when using the Internet. Browse only safe sites, be careful what you download, avoid the yellow snow! It’s a virtual minefield out there, so I’m going to take the work out of one of the most vulnerable parts of Internet safety. The password.

We’re told, that as safe Internet browsers, we are to change… Continue reading

Undiscovered Firefox Tricks

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

There are some lesser-known features in Mozilla Firefox that can make your Internet browsing experience much more enjoyable. I’ll admit, that even I didn’t know about these features up until about a week ago. So let’s explore together, shall we?

1. View your saved passwords for a page.

You’re in the habit of saving your passwords, but the convenience has caused your memory to lapse and now you… Continue reading


Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

My, that’s a funny word to open a newsletter up to see, isn’t it? What is this word, you ask? Well, Wolfram|Alpha is an answer engine that just went live recently.It’s much along the lines of Yahoo Answers, but here’s the catch: You can put in equations, questions and just about anything else you can come up with, and actually get a real answer! No… Continue reading

Form Self-Filling Programs

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

As the World Wide Web became popular in the ‘90s, browsing evolved from being a part-time to full-time activity. The World Wide Web offered many conveniences to the point that you wouldn’t even need to get off your chair. There is one key ingredient to this “one-stop” Web experience, and that is registration forms. You are frequently required to register information before you can avail yourself of all the features… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 4

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Ah, here we are at the last day of our Facebook series. It’s almost bring tears to my eyes to see it go 😉 Let’s explore groups and applications today! You may have heard Facebook lets you find people you might have so much in common with all around the world. Let us check it out!

1. Once you are on the homepage, in the right pane… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 3

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I promised you I would be back, and here I am! Hopefully you’ve been checking on your Facebook account; adding photos, and adding friends. As you confirm more and more friends on Facebook, you will begin to notice your news feed will fill in. You’re news feed lets you see what you’re friends are up to; what they’re saying, if they’re posting pictures, etc. Here’s an example of what a… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 2

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Hello again! We are going to pick right back up again where we left off by going into part two of Facebook Week! As I said, today we will be dealing with customizing your Facebook profile with information, images, and more. Hopefully, some of your friends that you requested on Tuesday will have accepted by now. If they have, you will see a little red notification in the lower right… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 1

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Welcome to the wonderful world of Facebook! Facebook seems to be the new sensation that’s sweeping the nation. You may have heard many things about it, and it might seem overwhelming but over the next few days, I’m going to show everything you need to know to become a Facebook expert! If you are already a Facebook user, you too will also be able to learn a couple tips and… Continue reading

IE Favorites Center Shortcuts

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Do you have any keyboard shortcuts for the Internet Explorer Favorites Center?

But of course! Just consider us your one-stop shortcut shop!

Let’s talk a little bit about favorites, shall we? Internet Explorer has something called the Favorites Center, where all of your most loved and cherished websites can be stored and accessed. Perhaps you knew about that… Continue reading

Tab Switching in Firefox

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Multi-tab browsing in Firefox makes managing multiple web pages a breeze! Remember how Ctrl + T opens a new tab? Well, what about Ctrl+ Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down to switch between those tabs? Want to navigate between tabs even faster? Check these out:

Ctrl+1: Switch to the first tab
Ctrl+2: Switch to the second tab
Ctrl+3: Switch to the third tab
Ctrl+4: Switch… Continue reading

If your Internet is down, you probably can’t read this! It would be better if you save this page locally for a rainy day! This page will also give you a better understanding of what goes behind the scenes that makes your net… work…!

At first you need a brief introduction of how your Internet works. You, as the user, are given a… Continue reading

Unsend E-mail

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Q:Help! I sent an e-mail in AOL or Gmail and realized I shouldn’t have! What can I do?

A: Sometimes we send out emails that we wish we hadn’t or had hoped we could un-send. Well, now there is an option to do just that! This feature is in Gmail and there is also one for AOL, although it can only be used for AOL clients. The… Continue reading


Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Today I have found an awesome new email client that just might replace Outlook Express. The program is called PostBox and it combines all of the features you see in most mail clients with some awesome, new and innovative features. PostBox was easy to download and install. This is a must for me. I downloaded it and opened the file. From there, PostBox handled the rest. It even imported all… Continue reading

Internet Explorer 8 Features pt. 1

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

March 19th saw the release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8; the first major release of the famous Internet browsing software since 2006. Aside from offering enhanced security, IE 8 is also the default browser for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 as well. Let’s take a gander at some of the features included this time around, and see what they mean to you!

Suggested Sites: This is a pretty cool… Continue reading

Red “X” Remedies

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Q: Why are some of my images showing up as a red x when I try to view them? It’s so frustrating!

A: Good golly, I sure do get a lot of questions about this! I’m glad that I finally get to set the record straight about the mysterious (and annoying) red X, once and for all! Here’s a list of the top reasons for the red X and… Continue reading

About Us Internet Wiki

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Have you ever wanted a guide to the internet? Well, aren’t you in luck; you’ve found one! About Us is a wiki style guide to the internet. I suggest getting started by taking the Introductory Tour, found here.

If you’d like to contribute to the wiki entries you will need to sign up. Registration is really easy! Just click the Sign Up button at the top of main… Continue reading

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