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Spellbound for Firefox

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Last week I ran a tip on the built-in spell-check function in Mozilla Firefox. After, I received a few e-mails wondering why the function doesn’t work everywhere, so today I’m going to show you a program that will extend Firefox’s spell-check function.

It’s called Spellbound.

My favorite feature of Spellbound is that it spell checks in form fields, so if you’re entering text in something… Continue reading

Alphabetize Your Favorites

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Donna, from California, asks:
I would like to alphabetize my Favorites. Is there a way to do that?

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A:
Yes, there is, it’s really

Let’s face it! Your time is valuable. You may be searching the internet on a daily basis, if not on an hourly basis. If you have used the Bing search engine (currently the third largest search engine based upon query volume), you probably have become a bit frustrated by its lack of user friendliness when it comes to perusing your search results.

It goes something… Continue reading

Delete Google Chrome History

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Barry from Pittsburgh, PA. asks:

I recently installed Google Chrome. I have been surfing the internet a lot and I can’t seem to find where you delete the browsing history. Any ideas?


A:
I know what you mean, Barry. Every time I install something new, there is always something I don’t know how to do – or where to find… Continue reading

New Twitter Spam Threats

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Here’s a head up for those of you that have twitter accounts.

It seems that there has been an increasing number of fake twitter emails traveling around the web. These emails appear to come from twitter and have a number of different subjects. Some begin by telling you that you need to change your twitter password. Others will tell you that someone is trying to break into your twitter… Continue reading

Drag a New Homepage in Mozilla Firefox

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Say you’re browsing around in Mozilla Firefox and you come across a page that’s so awesome you want to set it as your home page.

Here’s the quickest way:

Just highlight the address up in your address bar and drag it over to the “Home” icon in your toolbar.

Like this:

Now… Continue reading

Google Chrome Shortcuts

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Google Chrome is all kinds of wonderful, so I figured I’d throw some keyboard shortcuts out to all the faithful!

Ctrl+B – Toggle bookmarks bar
Ctrl+H -View the History page
Ctrl+J – View the Downloads page S
Shift+Escape – View the Task manager
Ctrl+P – Print your current page
F5 – Reload current page
Esc – Stop page loading
Ctrl+F5

Google’s Daily Agenda option

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Do you know about the daily agenda option in Google Calendar? This is one of Google’s great little tweaks that not many people know about. When activated, it automatically sends your to-do list for the next 24 hours from your Google Calendar to Gmail at 5am daily, so it is in your email inbox when you wake up and log-in every day. You can edit your to-do list any… Continue reading

What is InPrivate Browsing?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Q:
I’ve been hearing a lot about InPrivate browsing. What is it?

A:
InPrivate browsing is when you go shopping online and hit websites like ihopesomeonedoesntseeme.com. It can also be something as simple as shopping in a grocery store with a fedora stuck on your head. Whatever, it’s cool; I am not here to judge. Besides, that’s not what I am talking about… Continue reading

How to Release and Renew your IP Address

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

There are many reasons why someone many need to release, and renew their internet protocol (IP) address. For example multiple computers on your network could be sharing the same IP address, which in turn would cause a network IP conflict. Your IP address is similar to your home address, in the sense that it is your computers personal address on the world wide web, and local networks.… Continue reading

Pandora Internet Radio Pt. 2

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Pandora is one of today’s most popular radio stations available on the web! What is so special about Pandora is that you get to choose what kind of songs you want to listen to—you essentially create your own radio station! Last time, we talked about how to use some of the main features of Pandora, such as the toolbar, tabs, and different options. Today, we are… Continue reading

Increase Windows XP Pro Browsing Speed

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

It’s a very little known trick that you can increase your browsing speed under Windows XP Professional by 20% with a quick tweak to the Qos Packet Scheduler. By default, Windows keeps this 20% in reserve for Windows Updates, so if you’re and XP Pro user and you want a little speed boost, then follow along!

Go Start>Run and type in gpedit.msc

Close Tabs With Your Mouse Wheel

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

When I’m browsing the Internet, chances are that at any given time I’ve got at least 6 to 10 tabs open in my browser. Obviously, I’ll need to close one or more of those tabs at some point, but I’ll also need pin-point precision to click that little “x” to do so.

Look at it!

Firefox Personas

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

I’m man enough to admit that I like a pretty computer desktop. I change my wallpaper and screensaver every day, and my desktop is free of icons, containing only a handful of sidebar gadgets.

So it was with something akin to giddy glee that I downloaded and started playing with the Firefox add-on called “Personas”.

Personas allows you to change the background… Continue reading

FEBE for Firefox Backup

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Are you a die hard Firefox fan? Do you love using Firefox add-ons and can’t imagine surfing the internet without them? There are a lot of add-ons for Firefox, and some of them are quite useful too, but the problem comes when you want to use the same set of add-ons in multiple computers.

Here’s an example: You have two computers – one at your office and… Continue reading

Three Ways to Have Fun With Google

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Some days, we all have a little too much time on our hands. We might be stuck at home on a rainy day and have nothing better to do. Other times, we could be withholding ourselves from finishing up our pending work and want a valid excuse to waste time. Thankfully, Google has come up with ways to allow for countless hours of browsing through interesting information. Listed… Continue reading

More Internet Explorer Features

Monday, April 26th, 2010

IE 8 offers a variety of features that makes browsing faster, easier and even more secure. This article examines some of its more distinguishing features.

The below mentioned features make browsing faster:

Accelerators:
You can perform your everyday browsing tasks much easier without navigating to other websites. If you simply highlight the text from any web-page and click on the blue… Continue reading

Firefox Super Reset

Monday, April 26th, 2010

You’re probably already aware of you can clear all your private data from Mozilla Firefox by just going to Tools>Clear Recent History, but have you ever wanted to go a step further? Maybe Firefox is acting up and you don’t feel like re-installing? Maybe you just want to be extra thorough?

Either way, here’s how you delete everything from Firefox: user preferences, bookmarks, and private… Continue reading

Change MySpace Idle Time

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Q:
Sometimes I am away from MySpace IM screen and it goes idle faster than I would prefer. Is there any way I can change it?

A:
Yep, there sure is! I know at times we multi-task without realizing how long we’ve left the IM screen, and you don’t really want to log out or let it be shown idle for such a long period… Continue reading

Download Flash Files in Mozilla Firefox

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Has there ever been a Flash movie or game you just had to have? Well, today I’m going to teach you how to use Mozilla Firefox to download SWF files! No extra software or plug-ins required!

Just browse to the website with the Flash file in question, right-click on a blank area of the page (make sure you’re not right-clicking on the Flash element itself!)… Continue reading

How To Set Up Windows Firewall Exceptions

Thursday, April 15th, 2010


Setting up a Windows firewall exception is a fairly simple process. First, lets begin with a definition: A firewall is a program inside Windows that helps in protecting against hackers, viruses, worms and other malicious software that may harm your computer. Firewalls also aid in preventing the aforementioned pieces of malware from gaining access to your computer and allowing others to view sensitive information. Just as a firewall… Continue reading

Clean Up Copied Text From The Internet

Friday, April 9th, 2010
Clean It Up!

Ever copy text from the Internet or an e-mail into MS Word?

Did something come along with the text that you weren’t necessarily expecting or hoped wouldn’t?

Yeah – I hear you – all those hyperlinks are a big pain at this point, aren’t they?

I mean, you’ve got the information in Word, you’re creating a document (not a web page), you have all these

Backup Firefox about:config File

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

We’ve all be told numerous times that if we’re gonna go poking around in sensitive areas of our programs that we should always make sure we’ve backed everything up first, right?

Well, in the case of editing the about:config file in Mozilla Firefox, a backup is extra important! So, if you’re in the market to tweak a little bit… Continue reading

SEO Mistakes to Avoid

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

In the online world there is a lot of bad search engine optimization (SEO) information which makes it hard to sift through. Below are some of the most common mistakes made in search engine rankings.

1.Low Quality Links: Low quality links are present for every website. This is irrespective of whether they are bought, traded or just happen naturally. All the big websites have scrapper… Continue reading

Boost Internet Speed with DNS

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

DNS stands for Domain Name System. It is basically like a phone book for the internet. When you type web address, the DNS is what gets that website through its IP address. Therefore, it is possible to increase the connection speed using faster DNS servers. Here is how you can do this.

Step 1- Perform an Internet Speed Test

Before you start, test… Continue reading

Firefox Program Associations

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Don’t you just hate it when you click on something on the Internet and the link opens a program you hardly ever use instead of the program you’d like to use? Well, Firefox users, rejoice, because today I’m going to show you how to change that and just about anything else the Internet throws at you!

In Firefox 3.5 and above click Tools>Options and make… Continue reading

Always Google One More Time!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

All I can say is that I am really thankful my daughter has a computer and that that computer is online 24/7 because as much as I think I know computers, I find out that I really don’t know them at all. When something goes wrong and I can’t figure it out, I take it to Google. There is a lot of help out there on the internet, and once… Continue reading

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