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New YouTube Homepage

Monday, January 3rd, 2011


It looks like YouTube has started rolling out their new homepage features. These experimental changes add more real-time functionality, such as the ability to delete videos simply by putting your mouse pointer over it and clicking the “x”, and placing recent likes and favorites right on your homepage, so you can find them easily later on.

There’s more, too, but it’s much better if I just… Continue reading

The Katherine Dunham Collection

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection




Did you know that the Library of Congress had a Performing Arts Encyclopedia? I didn’t! But I discovered it when I was looking to find out more about Katherine Dunham, so I thought I’d share the collection devoted to her with you.

Katherine Dunham was an incredible dancer… Continue reading

Google Realtime

Thursday, December 30th, 2010


Whether it’s Google making it so results are displayed as we type them in, or some other web-innovation, we all know that the way information is displayed on the web is constantly changing.

That’s what makes Google Realtime so cool.

Google Realtime is basically an automatically updating newsfeed that displays the latest results on a given topic. It gathers its results from various social media websites (like… Continue reading

Many Books

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Many Books




This Christmas, I noticed a trend among the gifts my friends and family received. A lot of them were now proud owners of a Kindle. So I got to thinking that they might need my help in finding great free e-books to put on their e-readers.

This site is the best of… Continue reading

Spokeo: Privacy and Frustration

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I recently discovered Spokeo, an online reference that contains more personal information than most people would probably like to see gathered in one place. Spokeo describes themselves as, “Not your grandma’s phone book”. I’ll say. The information available for free includes address, phone number, street view of your home (if available), estimated income (we found this estimation to be way off), estimated value of your home (again, not very… Continue reading

Greatest Achievements of the 20th Century

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Greatest Achievements of the 20th Century


Here at this site you can check out the top twenty engineering achievements of the 20th Century! It is amazing how many of these achievements define our everyday lives today.

For example on the top of the list is Electrification. Can you imagine a life without electricity? I sure couldn’t!… Continue reading

The 1900 House

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The 1900 House

Apparently I missed this awesome show on PBS, where a family volunteers to live in a house as though they were living in the year 1900.

There are several interesting ways to navigate the site. You can use the house icon, and click the different rooms, you can click on the picture of the family, or you can… Continue reading

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

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