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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

Ctrl+Tab Preview Windows in Firefox 3.6

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Any tip you read about shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox is sure to mention that you can easily switch between open tabs by pressing Ctrl+Tab on your keyboard. The resulting action is just a quick flip from tab to tab, which can be quite useful.

Today, however, I’m going to teach you how to spice it up a bit.

Open Mozilla Firefox, and… Continue reading

Firefox Twitter Extensions

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

With the increasing popularity of Twitter and Firefox, several extensions have popped up to merge the two tools together. You have the options of having the full Twitter experience by being able to share parts of the site, the particular link you are reading, the whole page and many more. Listed below are some of the better ones. Make sure not to install all of them at once… Continue reading

Tag Along Software

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Never heard of it, have you? That’s because I’m making a name for it right now. If anyone out there has tried to download a program like Adobe Acrobat or Flash Player, you may have noticed there’s now a pre-selected option to also install additional program like McAfee Security Scan.

You don’t really need that, do you?

Yeah, me… Continue reading

Use Gmail as an extra drive

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Ever needed some online space to store files before sending them as email attachments? Maybe you need a way to store your presentations, pictures, documents or even your video collection online?

Online storage services require that you subscribe to a data plan. In addition, they don’t offer a secure connection or a decent amount of storage space unless you pay a monthly fee.… Continue reading

Google Buzz Tips

Friday, February 26th, 2010

If you are still uncertain on whether to use Google Buzz or not, I have compiled some Tips and Tricks on using and integrating Buzz with your other social networking sites.

1.Turn off Google buzz

First off, if you are a Gmail user who has no interest in using Google Buzz, Google has made it easy for you to turn Google Buzz off… Continue reading

What is Microsoft Silverlight?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

What is Microsoft Silverlight?

Good question! Silverlight, as described by Microsoft, is: “…a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications….”

That, however, makes absolutely no sense to me… Continue reading

Firefox Scroll Acceleration

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The recently launched Firefox version 3.6 has a hidden function known as scroll acceleration which can drastically enhance your internet surfing speed.

Normally, whenever you scroll the mouse wheel the web page scrolls the exact same number of lines regardless how many times you might have previously scrolled it. However, when you have scrolled the particular web page a specific number of times within a… Continue reading

Increase search results on

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Microsoft’s Bing search engine typically gives you ten results per search, but did you know that you can increase that number?

It’s super-easy!

In the upper-right-hand corner of the Bing homepage you’ll see “Preferences” – click on it and you’ll be taken to another page with a host of settings you can alter to customize your Bing experience.

For… Continue reading

Guide to viral marketing

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Viral Marketing has become a magic word lately. With the rise of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a variety of other platforms to choose from, there is effortless availability of user-generated content on the internet, creating an easy gateway for marketers to capture potential customers. Viral marketing succeeds when it is made sure that an idea or message that has to be popularized spreads through viewers in no time… Continue reading

Increase Download Limit in Firefox

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Did you know that web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox only allow you have two downloads going at once?

How am I supposed to flex my broadband muscles if I’m restricted like that?

Want to up that count? Well, you can!

…at least in Mozilla Firefox, you can.

Just type “about:config” in your address bar… Continue reading

Search Twitter Feeds on Google

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Google has added yet another layer of functionality to their much beloved search engine. Now you can actually search real-time social networks and watch them update right from your search results!

Here’s how:

Go to Google and do a search, like normal.

After the results pop up, click the plus sign next to “Show Options”.… Continue reading

Firefox 3.6 is here!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Yeah, I know; about as exciting as another iTunes update, right? Hear me out, though, because the new version of Mozilla’s browsing beauty has some pretty neat customization and security features this time around.

Apart from being faster (which is the whole point of an update in my opinion), Firefox now offers protection from out-of-date plug-ins which can leave your computer vulnerable to attack. Don’t… Continue reading

Google Analytics

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

So you’ve created a website. Well Done! Now, maximize profits by turning page views into profits. By using Google Analytics, you can do just that. Read on to know more about Google Analytics and how to sign up for it.

Google has many products that enable you to make more money from your website. Some of these products are AdWords, AdSense, and Website Optimizer. Google… Continue reading

Show Firefox Update History

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Did you know that every time Mozilla updates Firefox from version to version, it leaves a trail for you to see? So, say you want to know what exactly the last update entailed, what do you do?

Simple! Just open Firefox and go to Tools>Options and click on the “Advanced” icon at the top right.

You’ll see a… Continue reading

Automatic Image Resizing in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Have you ever been browsing around, looking for images in Internet Explorer and come across a picture that you know won’t fit your screen, but you click on it anyways? Well, recent versions of IE have this neat feature called Automatic Image Resizing, which will shrink large images so they can be viewed with ease.

Today we’re going to learn how to turn it off… Continue reading

Facebook Alt Codes

Monday, January 25th, 2010

An Alt Code is a number, or series of numbers that when pressed in conjunction with the Alt key produces a cute little symbol like a heart or smiley face.

Like this:

You can use ’em on Facebook to show some love or just to spruce up your status updates. Alt+1, Alt+2, Alt+3, Alt+4, Alt+5, etc.… Continue reading

Download YouTube Videos the Easy Way!

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

This is a real quick and easy one for all our YouTube users out there. Say you really like a video – I mean, like it enough to want to download it. What do you do?

Bookmark it and come back every time you want to see it?


How about this:

While on YouTube, navigate to a… Continue reading

Enable Autofill in Firefox Address bar

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Somewhere along the line, Mozilla dropped the autofill feature from Firefox. That was when you’d type an address in the address bar (and if you’d been to that particular site before), the rest of the address would pop up. Like this:

With autofill:

Without autofill:

Here’s how you can re-enable autofill in Firefox in a… Continue reading

Facebook E-Mail Reply

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

When you’ve got a dialogue going with someone on Facebook you most likely find out via an e-mail notification if something has been replied to.

Ding, you’ve got a message telling you that someone has replied to your status or conversation. Now click the link, go log in, type your reply, log out…and get an e-mail 10 minutes later with yet another reply. Repeat the… Continue reading

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