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Windows Live Mesh

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Windows Live Mesh is a cloud service from Microsoft by which you can keep your important folders synced across multiple computers. This tool is available for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac users.

You can also sync folders across SkyDrive synced storage (Windows provides 5 GB free space). It means you can access your folders from any computer you want through web. This is a step by… Continue reading

Repairing Internet Explorer

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Christa, in West Virginia asks:

I am using IE8. When I initially open it, I get 2 open windows. Also, if I have more than one IE window open, both windows will respond to the action I perform on the window in the foreground. Why is this and how do I stop it from happening?

Thanks for the question Christa. This is not a well-known issue… Continue reading

Chrome Resource Information Page

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Are you curious about the websites you visit? Have you ever wanted to check statistics and see which web element took the longest to load? Heck, maybe you’re a budding web developer and you want to keep track of potential bottlenecks that could sour the experience.

Whatever the case may be, if you’re using Google Chrome, then this tip is just for you!… Continue reading

Adding Dropbox to Windows 7

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Dropbox is an online file backup service which offers users up to 2 GB storage space for free. Once you have set up your Dropbox account, you can sync the files (on Dropbox) across multiple computers. The Dropbox client can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile. Once installed, the client will automatically sync your computer with the cloud based service. This ensures you have all the files… Continue reading

Gmail Vacation Responder

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Okay, so I know that vacation season is pretty much over, but with the upcoming barrage of holiday travel in my future, I’m hoping others out there find use for this tip as well.

With that, let’s learn how to set a vacation responder in Gmail.

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

Windows Live Family Safety

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Microsoft has come up with an effective, user friendly, parental control tool in Windows Live Family Safety. If you’re concerned about your children’s exposure to objectionable online material, or if you’d like to enforce other computer restrictions, Windows Live Family Safety can help.

When the download and installation is complete and you’ve opened the program, the welcome screen will appear. The… Continue reading

Adobe Flash Player

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Mohsin from Singapore asks:

I tried everything but cannot get the Adobe Flash Player to play videos on my 64 bit Windows 7 machine! What could be wrong?

If you are using the latest version of Flash, which is Adobe Flash Player 10.1, then be sure you have at least the minimum requirements for it. Intel Pentium II 450MHz, AMD Athlon 600MHz or a… Continue reading

Easy Wallpaper with Google Chrome

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Google chrome has fast become the favorite browser of many internet users, mainly because of its speed and small size. Though it possesses countless useful features, there is one basic feature that it desperately lacks. It doesn’t let a user change the desktop wallpaper from within the browser. Gone are the days when a user would save an image to the hard drive, spend 15 minutes locating the image in… Continue reading

Disabling Search from the IE9 Address Bar

Friday, October 15th, 2010

By now, you must have read plenty of Internet Explorer 9 reviews and probably, many of you are also using the IE9 beta. Most of the reviews focus on the speed, user interface, and GPU rendering. However, there are still many things that you might have not noticed. This article will cover how to disable searching from address bar in IE9.

You may wonder about the benefits… Continue reading

Francine from Santa Fe, New Mexico asks:

I like to get rid of as many background tasks that I am not using as much as I can, so I am always going into the Task Manager. Yesterday I opened it and there were nine instances of Internet Explorer! It took me forever to shut them all down. What’s

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

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