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Microsoft’s Bing Map Apps

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

You know, the more I use Microsoft’s Bing search engine, the more I’m impressed with it. Just the other day, I was messing around with the Maps feature and I stumbled across the Map Apps section. Here, I found apps for a food cart finder, parking finder, local events, roadside attractions and even an app to find urban graffiti installations.

Imagine the

Veggie Table

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Veggie Table

I’ve been finding a lot of great recipe sites, then it dawned on me – what if not everyone is a carnivore? If you prefer veggies instead, this recipe site is for you!

The Veggie Table brings you delicious vegetarian recipes that you can use whether you abstain from meat or not. I can’t wait… Continue reading

Surviving a Firefox Crash

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Mike from San Francisco, California writes:

I use Firefox as my main browser. Lately it’s been crashing and says it’s because of an Adobe flash plug in. Can I fix this?

Hi, Mike! I’m glad you wrote, because I have heard that a lot of people have experiences this problem, and it’s easily fixed in one of two ways. Before we fix this… Continue reading

Decameron Web

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Decameron Web

The Decameron is a text that has well and truly influenced all sorts of literature. I’m going recommend you head right to The Project section and then click About the Project, not only will it fill you in on what happens in The Decameron, who wrote it, why it is important, it… Continue reading

Changing YouTube Playback Quality

Friday, November 26th, 2010

If you have a YouTube account and a slow internet connection, you can make adjustments for easier viewing. Learn how here. Continue reading


Wednesday, November 24th, 2010


Just what is humanism? That was a question I found myself asking this semester, as we discussed the Renaissance and how it affected different parts of Europe at different times. So, you know how I am, once I’m curious I have to go find an answer. This site is what I found.

This… Continue reading

Dante Worlds

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dante Worlds

Ever since my Poetry class last spring, I’ve been fascinated with Dante’s Divine Comedy. What’s awesome is that I’m not the only one! I found another fantastic site dedicated to his work.

This site is broken up into three main parts, just like his work is: Inferno, Purgatory,

Google Trends

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Are you curious to know what’s “hot” right now? Do you want to see what the web is “a-buzz” over? Yahoo! users already have a little box right on their front page that tells them what people are searching for, but once again, as always, Google had to go and one-up them!

It’s called Google Trends, and here’s how to access it:

First, browse… Continue reading

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 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 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

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