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Folger Shakespeare Library

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Folger Shakespeare Library

Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library, where you can discover a ton of information about Shakespeare and his works.

I suggest starting your journey in the Discover Shakespeare section. It is divided into more categories, they are:

Shakespeare’s Life – here you will learn… Continue reading

Firefox Private Browsing

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Firefox’s Private Browsing feature – the one that allows you to browse wherever you’d like without leaving a trail, sure comes in handy around the holidays, doesn’t it? It prevents curious kids and snooping grownups from seeing where you’ve been (and more importantly, what you’ve been purchasing).

Yet, I have a problem remembering to turn it on all the time. With my luck… Continue reading

In my Civil War class this semester, we talked a lot about the building of the railroad across the country so, when I stumbled on this photo museum, I knew I had to share it with you.

To get started, click where it says to Click to Enter, be prepared for the very red background on the

Restoring Toolbars in Firefox

Friday, November 19th, 2010

John from Pacific Grove, CA. asks:

I don’t know what happened but when I sat down at my computer this morning and opened my browser (Firefox), my History button was gone, my address bar was gone…all I have left are my tabs and the top bar that runs across the top of the screen! I am right-clicking everywhere and nothing will come back up! Can you help?

Set Your Gmail Theme

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I use Gmail on a daily basis for both work and personal duties. Thing is, that looking at Gmail’s same old interface day after day is pretty boring. That’s why today we’re going to learn how to change its look.

It’s super easy!

First, go to Gmail.com and log into your account. Now click Settings in the upper right-hand corner of the… Continue reading

Wars of the Roses

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Wars of the Roses

Drama, Intrigue, War, and Marriage: am I talking about the latest hit at the box office? Nope! I’m talking about the Wars of the Roses from 15th Century England. The nobles from the House of Lancaster and the House of York fight a nasty battle for who will claim the throne of England, embroiling the country in a series… Continue reading

In Search of Myths and Heroes

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

In Search of Myths and Heroes

This site focuses on four myths: the Queen of Sheba, Shangri-la, King Arthur, and Jason of the Argonauts. I arrived here via the page on Jason, but you can select any of the four myths to start with.

After selecting a myth to explore, you’ll be taken to the main page for… Continue reading

Translate with Internet Explorer

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Sometimes I find myself in need of translation when I’m doing research on the Internet. This usually leads me to copying and pasting little bits of text into Google Translate or some other translation site so I can get the whole story in a language I understand.

However, I just found a nifty little feature in Internet Explorer 8 that uses Bing to translate a… Continue reading

Chromium OS

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Russ asks:

What is Chromium OS? Is it an operating system that can be used by an average computer user without knowledge of programming, just the average guy who uses Windows?

Russ, as an average (or perhaps below average) guy who uses Windows, what I can tell you is that the answer to this question has been difficult for me to understand… Continue reading

Customize Your Yahoo Sites

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

If you’ve got a Yahoo! account and you’re looking to customize, then this tip is just for you! You know those sites (Mail, Finance, News, Calendar, etc.) that appear in the left column when you first log on? Well, a lot of people don’t know this, but you can actually customize which sites appear there!

Here’s how:

First, log into your Yahoo! account… Continue reading

Dog Information

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Dog Information

This is an excellent site, filled to the brim with dog information. Whether you want to research breeds of dogs, find a responsible breeder, or get product reviews on stuff for your dogs, you’ve come to the right place. You can even get help naming your new dog here!

The main menu consists of the categories… Continue reading

How Many Times Firefox?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Maybe it’s out of curiosity, perhaps it’s to prove a point – whatever the case may be, wouldn’t it be nice to see how many times you’ve visited a particular website?

Well, if you’re using Mozilla Firefox there’s an easy way to do just that!

Say I want to see how many times I’ve visited Worldstart.com since my last history clean-up….… Continue reading

Find the Large Emails in Your Gmail

Friday, November 12th, 2010

There are situations when you may want to find all the big emails stored in your Gmail inbox. Although Gmail provides 7 Gigabytes of free space to all its users, sometimes you may end up discovering that only a few megabytes of space are remaining. If you have been using Gmail since the service was launched, chances are that your email inbox is full of attachments or documents you don’t… Continue reading

Social Media Sobriety Test

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

According to Webroot, who offer the Social Media Sobriety Test to Firefox users, “Nothing good happens online after 1 am”. This test is designed to prevent you from making that regrettable late night Facebook post, where you call your boss things that, in the comics, require all those odd text characters to describe. That %*#@$ made me work so late, that I barely had enough time to get drunk and… Continue reading

Resetting the Default Search Engine in IE9

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

This article describes how to set Google as default search engine in IE9. It will also describe how to add Google, or any other, search provider to IE9 if it is not listed already.

In an earlier article on IE9, we discussed using the Address bar to search for anything you want. The article described how to disable search from the IE9 Address… Continue reading

Free Stuff

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The other day, I was reading online comments about software from an unhappy user. I have the same software installed in my computer, and it does what I need it to do, so I wasn’t particularly concerned with the specific issues described by the writer. What occurred to me though was that this software is free, and that fact was overlooked. I don’t have a problem with that omission, but… Continue reading

Site Jabber

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Site Jabber

I absolutely could not wait to bring you this site. How many times are you surfing the net, and you run across a site that looks like it will be amazing or offers a great service only to find out it is a scam and that they are trying to bamboozle you?

Well, thanks to… Continue reading

Resetting AutoComplete in Internet Explorer

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Spike, from Kimberley B. C. Canada asks:

When I used to go on Internet Explorer, I would start typing in what I wanted to find, and with each letter typed several possibilities would come up. Now I have to type in the whole word. What have I done wrong, and how can I get this feature back?

Spike, I think that what you’re talking about… Continue reading

Adjusting Home Page Settings in Firefox

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Eric from Laurel, Nebraska writes:

Is there any way to click on my browser and see the last website I visited instead of my home page? I use Firefox.

Hi, Eric! Thanks for writing!

Yes, there is! Sometimes I don’t know what I would do without it.

There are three things you can get when you open Firefox… Continue reading

Shut Down Your Computer from Anywhere

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Have you ever left your computer logged into Windows and suddenly remembered you did so when you were far away from your computer? What’s worse, have you ever kept it logged on when you knew there were going to be many people around the computer’s vicinity and you were going to be away for a while? This scenario certainly could end badly. People could search your computer for files and… Continue reading

Import Settings to Google Chrome

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I know, I know; I’ve been writing a lot of Google Chrome tips recently, and up until a few weeks ago, I was against even installing it on my computer.

But now that I have, I see that it’s quite the browser. It’s fast, it’s simple…

…and importing all of my personal settings from either Firefox or Internet Explorer is a snap!… Continue reading

Selective Facebook Posting

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Facebook is a wonderful tool to connect with family and friends, problem is that some of the time we’d like the things we post to only be viewable by certain people.

For example, my wife (fiancée at the time) was trying to collaborate with some mutual Facebook friends on what type of wedding cake to surprise me with. She managed to get opinions, ideas and even a… Continue reading

WebinPaint

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

How to Remove a Specific Object or Person From an Image

There are situations when you may want to remove a specific object or person from an image. Say you have just found an old photo of yours and want to use it in some of your projects. The photo is all right, but there is a building which you want to remove, without distorting… Continue reading

How to Install Windows Live Mail

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Dennis from Tarpon Springs, FL asks:

Is there a way to use Outlook Express 6 with Win7, or is there an e-mail program similar to OE6 that can be used with Win7?

While certainly not the most sophisticated e-mail client, Outlook Express has achieved quite a following throughout the years, if for no other reason than its sheer ubiquity, having been bundled with every… Continue reading

Making Firefox Your Default Browser

Monday, November 1st, 2010

James in Hot Springs, Arkansas asks:

When I click on a link in a web site or an e-mail, it sometimes opens in Firefox and other times it’s Internet Explorer. How do I make it so Firefox opens everything? Question: Is there a way I can instruct my computer to open the clicked site on Firefox as much as possible. If you answer this question, please cover

Download Tube

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Download Tube

YouTube is the new cable TV and as much as most people hate to admit it, it’s easy to get hooked. Who here hasn’t gone on a YouTube marathon only to realize that 6 hours have passed by and the birds are already chirping outside ? Darn those video recommendations. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could take those videos along for the… Continue reading

Google Patents

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Are you a tinkerer? An inventor? Maybe deep down inside there’s a mad scientist, just screaming to get out! Well, whatever the case, Google is here to make sure that an idea you’ve come up with hasn’t already been patented.

Yes, I said Google. The master of search engines doesn’t just search the web anymore. Now it also searches patents!

Here’s how… Continue reading

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