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Customize the Internet Explorer 8 Toolbar

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 users: Have you been staring at the same old boring toolbar configuration day in and day out since you downloaded Microsoft’s latest browser? Do you ever long for customization and flexibility that will best suit your clicking habits? Well, gather round, folks, and let me show you how to make that happen!

Right-click a blank area in your IE 8 toolbar and un-check “Lock

Spell Check in Firefox

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Most word processing programs have a spell-checker built right in, so what does one do for the web? I spend most of my time writing out form fields, contributing to forums and writing in blogs. Shouldn’t there be a way to spell check in my browser?

There is, actually, but mysteriously enough, it’s only for Mozilla Firefox. IE8 has yet to receive a built-in spell checker, but… Continue reading

Five Nifty FireFox Add-ons

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

One of the biggest benefits of using Firefox is the limitless customizing that you can achieve with various add-ons that they provide. They will save you both space and time and make your web browsing much easier. There are so many that it is easy to find add-ons that will be useful to the way you surf the web. Here are a selection:

Advanced Dorks (… Continue reading

YouTube Features

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Now that you’re an official YouTube user, let’s explore the different features and possibilities that are available to you! Once you are signed in, click on Account on the top right-hand corner so that you arrive on your Account page.

On the left-hand side, there should be a column that says “Overview” as the heading. Below this heading, you can set up and customize your… Continue reading

Private Browsing

Monday, July 20th, 2009

I got a request for this tip from a reader who’s just starting their holiday shopping. We like to do a lot of our shopping on the Internet, but did you ever suspect someone going into your browsing history to sneak a peek at the sites you’ve gone to? What a way to ruin a surprise, right?

Here’s what you can do… Continue reading

The World Wide Web Consortium.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

The internet is a complicated place. With all of the HTTP, FTP, HTML, PHP and ASP letters floating around, who keeps track of this stuff? The answer is The World Wide Web Consortium.

The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, is an international consortium that has worked to develop standards throughout the Web since 1994. These standards, called W3C Recommendations, ensure us that the websites we view are set… Continue reading

Hulu Desktop

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

A while back, Amanda wrote about a coolsite called HULU is a site that allows you to watch all of your favorite TV shows without having to hunt around for them or do anything illegal. Here’s how it works:

All major TV networks these days put their newest TV shows on the internet. After a show airs on TV, they… Continue reading

Gmail is (finally) out of beta.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Today is an exciting day in the world of Google.

As I’m sure many of you already know, Google is not just a search engine. For more than 5 years now, Google has offered web based services for email, documents, calendars and chatting. These services, called Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk, have been used by millions of people around the world, but there has always been… Continue reading

Firefox 3.5 Released

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The busy bees over at Mozilla have released version 3.5 of Firefox unto the masses. Normally, this wouldn’t be too big of a deal, even for a fox follower like myself, but the developers are touting some pretty major features and improvements this time around. It warrants a look, so here’s a quick run-down.

Faster Browsing – Mozilla states that Firefox 3.5 runs almost twice as… Continue reading

A Better Google Image Search

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

We all know of the joy that is Google image search. You can find pictures of just about anything on there, but did you know that the rabbit hole goes much deeper than just typing in a word or phrase into the search box?

For example, say you want to look for an image of a specific size. Simply use the drop-down box to choose large, extra large… Continue reading

Become a YouTube User

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Hello, again! Last time, we learned how to navigate our way around the Youtube video search engine by managing the different tabs available. Today, let’s learn how to become Youtube users and upload videos onto the site! You can make your own videos available to people around the world almost instantaneously.

On the main page,, there are a few options on the top right-hand corner. These… Continue reading

Re-open a Closed Tab

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Attention Firefox and IE 8 users! Have you ever closed a tab, only to realize too late that there was something important on there? What did you do? Re-browse to the site?

That’s too much work.

Next time you’re in this situation and you want to re-open the tab you just closed try the combination:


This will re-open the last tab you closed… Continue reading

Encrypt your Gmail

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

You’re booking your Alaskan cruise and the travel agent shoots you an email. He needs your Social Security Number for the insurance form. You’re about to reply when a suspicion crosses your mind–is it safe to send this info via email?

Your daughter needs to buy her college textbooks and emails you for your credit card number. Besides the nagging concern that she may use it to supply her dorm… Continue reading

Boolean Searching

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

There’s something about learning a funny technological word that brings out the geek in everyone! Today’s subject is one that will help everyone work more efficiently while searching on the Internet. It’s called “Boolean”.

Say you’re looking for a specific thing on the web, but every time you search it seems as though there are too many results, and to go through all of them would… Continue reading

Facebook profile badge

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Facebook Profile Badge

Hello everyone! I’d like to show you a fantastic new Facebook tip. As I’m sure you know, Facebook is a great personal and professional tool to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. It is much easier to find and keep in contact on Facebook by name, rather than email or phone. To let everyone know about your Facebook page, you can create… Continue reading

YouTube Navigation

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

YouTube is one of the most popular sites that exist on the Internet today. It is a search engine for video clips; whether they be music videos, movies, trailers, funny videos, or a work-out tutorial—practically any video that exists can be found here! Next to Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter, it is probably the most visited website out there today. In fact, you can share links from YouTube on your Myspace… Continue reading

Firefox Bookmark Separators

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Learn how you can add a layer of organization to your Firefox bookmarks menu with this quick tip! Continue reading

Google Maps Keyboard Controls

Monday, June 8th, 2009

If anyone out there has lost hours of their lives to Google maps, then today’s Quicktip is just for you!
I have a blast looking around, especially at street view, but I sometimes find myself getting a little confused at the mouse controls when I’m all zoomed in like that.

Well, it’s a good thing you aren’t constrained to using the mouse, then! Try some… Continue reading

Semi-Colons in Passwords

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Without a single doubt, security is the most important thing to keep in mind when using the Internet. Browse only safe sites, be careful what you download, avoid the yellow snow! It’s a virtual minefield out there, so I’m going to take the work out of one of the most vulnerable parts of Internet safety. The password.

We’re told, that as safe Internet browsers, we are to change… Continue reading

Undiscovered Firefox Tricks

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

There are some lesser-known features in Mozilla Firefox that can make your Internet browsing experience much more enjoyable. I’ll admit, that even I didn’t know about these features up until about a week ago. So let’s explore together, shall we?

1. View your saved passwords for a page.

You’re in the habit of saving your passwords, but the convenience has caused your memory to lapse and now you… Continue reading


Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

My, that’s a funny word to open a newsletter up to see, isn’t it? What is this word, you ask? Well, Wolfram|Alpha is an answer engine that just went live recently.It’s much along the lines of Yahoo Answers, but here’s the catch: You can put in equations, questions and just about anything else you can come up with, and actually get a real answer! No… Continue reading

Form Self-Filling Programs

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

As the World Wide Web became popular in the ‘90s, browsing evolved from being a part-time to full-time activity. The World Wide Web offered many conveniences to the point that you wouldn’t even need to get off your chair. There is one key ingredient to this “one-stop” Web experience, and that is registration forms. You are frequently required to register information before you can avail yourself of all the features… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 4

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Ah, here we are at the last day of our Facebook series. It’s almost bring tears to my eyes to see it go 😉 Let’s explore groups and applications today! You may have heard Facebook lets you find people you might have so much in common with all around the world. Let us check it out!

1. Once you are on the homepage, in the right pane… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 3

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I promised you I would be back, and here I am! Hopefully you’ve been checking on your Facebook account; adding photos, and adding friends. As you confirm more and more friends on Facebook, you will begin to notice your news feed will fill in. You’re news feed lets you see what you’re friends are up to; what they’re saying, if they’re posting pictures, etc. Here’s an example of what a… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 2

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Hello again! We are going to pick right back up again where we left off by going into part two of Facebook Week! As I said, today we will be dealing with customizing your Facebook profile with information, images, and more. Hopefully, some of your friends that you requested on Tuesday will have accepted by now. If they have, you will see a little red notification in the lower right… Continue reading

Facebook Tutorial Day 1

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Welcome to the wonderful world of Facebook! Facebook seems to be the new sensation that’s sweeping the nation. You may have heard many things about it, and it might seem overwhelming but over the next few days, I’m going to show everything you need to know to become a Facebook expert! If you are already a Facebook user, you too will also be able to learn a couple tips and… Continue reading

IE Favorites Center Shortcuts

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Do you have any keyboard shortcuts for the Internet Explorer Favorites Center?

But of course! Just consider us your one-stop shortcut shop!

Let’s talk a little bit about favorites, shall we? Internet Explorer has something called the Favorites Center, where all of your most loved and cherished websites can be stored and accessed. Perhaps you knew about that… Continue reading

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