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Blogging and Blogs

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Have you heard about a blog, blogger, or blogging? No, that’s not some new exercise fad. They refer to online journals, usually with a comment area for readers to discuss or respond to the entry.

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Email help lines

Every email system has its own little tricks and twists. Chances are good that a recent problem is due to a recent change made by the email provider (sp am filter, security settings, etc.). While we try to help all of our readers out, sometimes contacting the email provider directly can get you the best answer. It also lets them know when there’s a problem with their… Continue reading

Checking up on kids’ web use and clearing your web history

Want to know what sites the kids (or your spouse) have been visiting on the internet? Besides the #1 rule of internet parenting (No child should use the web without at least periodic living human supervision), you can check the sites in History. In Internet Explorer, the icon looks like a clock with an arrow going counter-clockwise.

The… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: The Sounds of Music

Monday, September 26th, 2005

In a Previous tip, I went on and on about the perils of having music play automatically when you design your website. Now, of course, I’m being inundated with questions about how to put music on your site. I should have seen that coming. Okay. I’ll tell you, as long as you promise to give the viewer the choice to listen to it or not.

First, let’s… Continue reading

Adware included?

Friday, September 16th, 2005

This one gave me a real laugh: did you know that if a program admits to including adware in their licensing agreement and you accept that license, you are violating the agreement if you remove the adware! There may even be a legal obligation if the program is used without the adware. If I find adware on my system, I’m removing it—and any program that put it there. Go ahead… Continue reading

IP addresses

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Q:
What does “IP” stand for?

A:
Outside the computer world, IP sometimes stands for Intellectual Property.

In computer lingo, IP stands for “Internet Protocol”. You’ll often see it paired with TCP, “Transmission Control Protocol.” Together, TCP/IP allow two different computers to talk back and forth over the internet.

Every computer and server (email servers, IP hosts) has an IP address.The IP… Continue reading

Don’t have a web page editing program? Don’t know HTML? No sweat. Anyone can write an email—so why not use Outlook Express to design your web page.

Huh?

That’s right. If you can make a rich text email you can save it as a web page. It won’t be the fanciest site on the net, but at least you’ll have something up.

*Before we get started, you… Continue reading

EM link news

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Many news sites make it easy for you to pass articles on to friends. When you’re reading a news story that you want to tell someone about look on the page for a “send this story” link. Usually you’ll get a window where you can put in your address and their address. They will get a link to the story and maybe the headline.

August 16, 2005… Continue reading

Free web hosting

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Web Design Workshop: Free Web Hosting

Yes, it’s out there. If you want to put up a personal page you don’t need to go through all the trouble of buying a domain name and paying for space. The only trade off is that your site will have banner ads, pop-ups, and/or ads on the side column (“free” is a relative term on the internet).

Some services allow you… Continue reading

Small Browser Window

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

If the last browser window you close out is a pop-up/pop-under than the next time you bring up a browser the window will be small.

When this happens, just grab the bottom right-hand corner of the window and drag to make it larger.

As long as the large window is the last one closed out it will be the size used the next time you open a… Continue reading

What is a Wiki?

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Mark from IL asks:
What is a Wiki?

A:
Good question, Mark! Our readers in Hawaii know that “wiki-wiki” means “quick”. In web-speak they are sites where users can add and edit content. If you’ve ever been to the Wikipedia for information then you have some idea about wikis. At last check they had around 3,237,704 articles in English.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Make a Forum Avatar

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Q:
How do I make an avatar for a forum?

A:
Avatars are small pictures that you can have displayed along with your user name at most online forums. There will usually be a link in the area where you modify your user profile. Be sure to check out the size limit for avatars at that forum–they range from 50 x 50 pixels (or 20kb)… Continue reading

Control Internet Access

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Q:
I don’t want my kids using the internet while I’m gone. Is there a way to stop them?

A:
In my opinion, if you can’t be there to monitor activity, then prevent activity. Call me a mean dad if you want, but online mischief is very tempting when there’s no supervision.

First off, you should create a seperate, limited user account for your children. In XP you… Continue reading

Hotmail Won’t Work in Firefox

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Q:
I can’t use Firefox to check my Hotmail account—must be Microsoft up to their old tricks. Anyway, is there a way to fix it?

A:
Of course the BMSF (Blame Microsoft First) reflex kicks in during a situation like this. But it most likely is due to a User Agent problem.

What’s a Web User Agent? Well it can refer to a web browser, search engine spider… Continue reading

DSL Downloading vs. Phone Call

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

If you have DSL you can use the Internet and make a phone call simultaneously using the same phone line.

However, if you are downloading a file or program and someone tries to use the phone you might have a problem.

The download can fail or become corrupt.

This doesn’t mean you can never use your phone while downloading, or that it WILL fail, just thought you should know that… Continue reading

Panic Button vs. Dial-up Modem

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Dial up users—something to think about if you have one of those medical alert panic button devices that dials 9-1-1.

What happens if you are online during an emergency? Make sure the device will clear your phone line before dialing or it’ll get a busy signal and help will never come.

Another solution, if possible, would be to pay the extra money to get a dedicated line for your modem… Continue reading

Adding Firefox Extensions

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

I have been a loyal user of FireFox since it was just a pup, not that I don’t like Internet Explorer, I just like Firefox more. I like anything useful and polished that comes from the Open Source community. “Made by the people for the people” and it’s free—what’s not to like. I also believe if these Open Source programs start catching on it will also really… Continue reading

How Spyware Effects Internet Usage

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

13 July 2005

Once bitten, twice shy. Well, at least that’s what a study conducted by Pew Internet & American Life Project is suggesting.

Their study concludes that the threat of unwanted software programs is changing the way people use the internet. It ended on July 6th, 2005 so the info is quite fresh. In this study are some hard numbers supporting the theory that the majority of adult internet… Continue reading

Stop the “Spim”

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

What is SPIM? If you use an instant messaging service like AIM, MSN Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger then you probably know. It is unwanted commercial messages that pop up, enticing you to click a link for some product or service.

Another IM annoyance is a message from someone you don’t know (or don’t know well). Anyone with your AOL or Yahoo address can use it to send you an IM… Continue reading

Printer Friendly Page

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

When you go out to a web page and find some information you want to print, take a minute and look around the page—you may find a “Printer Friendly” button or link.

It may be at the top (like this page), the bottom, or the side.

By clicking it you should get a plain text copy of the information that you can print out without all the other “distractions”.

~… Continue reading

Run vs. Save

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Timothy in Arkansas asks:
What’s the difference between “run” and “save” when I download a program?

A:
When you are downloading a file off the internet you may get the option to “Run” or “Save”. Either of these options will lead you to the setup for the program and install it on your computer, but the difference lies in where the setup file opens from.

If… Continue reading

Web Accelerator

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Q:
What is a Web Accelerator? Is it worth the money?

A:
Who doesn’t want a faster internet connection? Especially those who are still using dial-up. Web accelerators claim to speed up your connection making pages load faster—but do they?

Yes and No. There are two kinds of accelerators: software and server accelerators.

With the software type, pages do load faster, but it’s just “smoke and mirrors”. Most… Continue reading

Take Bookmarks and Favorites with You

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Would you like to take your favorites and bookmarks with you wherever you go? If you have a web-based email account (like Yahoo or Gmail) then you can. This is also a great way to send someone your favorites.

First you need to create a bookmarks or favorites html file.

With Internet Explorer go to File / Import and Export to bring… Continue reading

MSN Search Toolbar (Beta)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Well it’s about time, Microsoft. I can’t speak for everybody but I believe that tabbed browsing is one of the best things to happen to browsers since pop-up stoppers. Once I got used to using tabbed browsing there was no looking back and no reason to as far as I’m concerned. I think that the introduction of tabbed browsing with Opera and FireFox set a new standard for what users… Continue reading

Google Security

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

15 June 2005

Google is always adding new products and features. One of these is the Personalized Google Homepage.You can customize it with news, movies, weather, stock market reports and more. How convenient. But there is a dark side.

Google saves your search history. Every person, place, thing, or word you look up is stored in your history (BTW-same goes for the Google Toolbar). This can be cleared or paused… Continue reading

Some people don’t like getting automatic updates. They’d rather go to the Microsoft website and choose what they need.

If you are one of the many people using Firefox, you may discover that you can’t update Windows from the Microsoft update site. You’ll still need to use Internet Explorer to update.

You didn’t think Uncle Bill would make it easy for the competition did you?

~ David

David Samuel Thomas… Continue reading

Close all Browser Windows and Tabs

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

A vulnerability in Firefox led to personal information being stolen.

The best way to avoid the flaw is to close out all tabs and windows before doing any online shopping, banking, or entering personal info.

Not that Internet Explorer has this flaw, but it’s a good practice in any browser just to be safe.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas… Continue reading

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