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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

Ctrl+Enter Browser Tricks

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Tired of typing in www, etc. for web addresses?

With Internet Explorer just type the main domain name for any dot-com and hold down Ctrl while you hit Enter.

Firefox let’s you do the Ctrl+Enter thing too and then some. For a dot-net sites hit Shift+Enter. For dot-org use Shift+Ctrl+Enter. Alt+Enter adds “http://www” and dot-com PLUS it opens up in a new tab.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas… Continue reading

Print Pictures from Web Pages

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

What if you come across a picture on a web page that you want to print, but not save?

With Internet Explorer and AOL just right click and select “Print Picture”.

With Firefox and Netscape you need to right click and choose “View Image” to bring the picture up in its own window, then you can print the page.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas… Continue reading

Check & Change Your Dial-Up Number

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

It’s a good idea to periodically check the access number that you use to dial into your ISP. This is especially the case if your area code splits and your modem is set to dial the old area code it may be redirected to a long distance number. This happened a few years back in Rochester, NY causing huge phone bills.

Your ISP should have a list of access numbers… Continue reading

The Cost of Free Internet Trials

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Free isn’t always free.

Take for instance those free trial disks from AOL and other dial-up ISP’s.

Keep in mind that you will be charged normal rates by your phone company.

Make sure that you choose a local number and be mindful of your calling plan.

If you live in a rural area your only choice may be a toll call, causing your “free” internet trial to cost big bucks.… Continue reading

Turn Off Extra Browser Toolbars

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Q:
I have extra toolbars (Yahoo, AOL, Google) in my Internet Explorer that I don’t always want up. How can I turn them off?

A:
You can totally turn off third-party toolbars in your Internet Options. If so, check out today’s tip. But, what if you want access to the toolbar without it always being in your face, or if you think you may need it occasionally?

It’s… Continue reading

Secure Website Problems

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Q:
When try to go to secure websites I get a message saying that the page cannot be displayed. Is it something wrong with my browser?

A:
Could be. You may not have the correct security settings for you to connect to secure web pages. For instance, let’s say you want to get in on one of our great software specials and when you click “Checkout” you can’t… Continue reading

Web-based Email

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

Q:
What is this “web based email” that you always talk about?

A:
Short answer: email that you check using your web browser.

Outlook Express and Thunderbird are referred to as email “clients”. They’re programs on your computer whose main goal in life is to manage your email.

“Web based”, on the other hand, is located on a server and can be accessed from any computer using a… Continue reading

Browser Background Color

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Q:
I have a computer at home and one at work. I use Internet Explorer on both, but my home computer shows the backgrounds differently. My work computer will show a webpage with a white background, but when I view that same page at home, the background is gray. Which is right, and how do I fix it?

A:
What’s happening is that the page you’re looking at… Continue reading

Slow DSL & Cable

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Does your DSL or Cable speed seem slower—I mean WAY slower?

Try re-booting your modem—especially if you leave your computer on all the time.

Turn your computer off, unplug the modem (it should be external), then plug it back in.

This may not solve your problem, but it’s the first step to take in troubleshooting.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas… Continue reading

Move Your Temporary Internet Files

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

As you probably know, the pictures and pages from every website you visit are saved in a temporary internet file on your computer. This allows frequently visited pages to come up quicker since the browser grabs the cached data. Cookies, both good and bad, are stored there as well.

There are several reasons that I can think of to go into your temp files. One is to delete… Continue reading

Hidden remnants of Flash

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

I love finding new music and visit many record company and artist web sites. Many times they offer a free MP3 download, but usually sample songs are in RealAudio (blah) or you get 30 seconds of an MP3. Sometimes though you get to hear a whole song. This is usually the case on sites that use Flash.

Flash is a format used to create interactive multimedia websites. Your browser should… Continue reading

AOL Action Cancelled

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Q:
I went to click a link in an AOL email and it came up “Action Cancelled”. Then I tried to get anywhere on the internet outside of AOL and the same thing happened. What’s going on?

A:
When this happens it is probably due to net congestion. This is especially true of dial up, but I hear it even happens with AOL for Broadband. With millions of… Continue reading

Browser Email Default

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

When you’re surfing along in Internet Explorer you might decide to send an email by clicking the little envelope button in the toolbar. Or if you’re in Firefox you might hit Ctrl+M to send one. Either way, you’ll probably get an Outlook Express window. But wait, you use Thunderbird or Incredimail for your email. How can that default be changed?

Whether

Router Logs & Firewall Hits

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

So you got broadband—congratulations. Now there are three PCs all online in your house, and guess who the Network Administrator is? Everyone’s enjoying the connection, but now you have three people online at once and you want to make sure that you network remains securely sound. I’m going to discuss how to view your router log which, in case you’re not familiar, is a list of what’s going on out… Continue reading

Email is quick, but you still have to wait for messages to download from a server. Instant messaging, on the other hand, lets you communicate in real time without delay. But because business users are already inundated with email, voicemail and pager messages, instant messengers are only helpful if you know how to use them effectively. If you want to use a messenger to save time and cut costs, you… Continue reading

Instant Messaging

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Q:
I keep hearing about Instant Messaging. What is it?

A:
An Instant Messenger is a computer application which allows instant text communication between two or more people through a network such as the Internet. It differs from e-mail in that conversations happen in realtime. Also, most services convey an “online status” between users, such as if a contact is actively using the computer.

Generally, both parties in… Continue reading

IM Audio & Video Chat

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

By using the Audio Chat and Video Chat features found in most Instant Messaging programs you can keep in touch with friends over the internet.

All you need is a microphone and/or a web cam on each end to enjoy real-time conversations without the long-distance phone rates (not to mention that video chat makes you feel like George Jetson).

~ David… Continue reading

Wireless Router Hangs Up

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Q:
Here’s a weird one for you. I have a wireless network and when I answer my cordless phone it messes with my router.

A:
Sounds like your phone is on the same frequency as the router. It may not happen all the time since many phones automatically switch channels to find the best one.

One thing you can do is change the channel on your router. This… Continue reading

Lost Dial-Up Connection

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Q:
I have a dial-up internet connection and it hangs up all the time when I’m online. Why does this happen and what can I do about it?

A:
Some dial-up ISPs will disconnect if you are idle too long, but my guess is that you have call waiting. When a call comes in the call waiting disconnects your modem.

Fortunately you can disable call waiting in your… Continue reading

Clear your Internet History

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

We all want privacy—especially when using the internet. Not that you’re visiting questionable sites, but who wants snoopy co-workers or nosey family members tracing your steps through cyberspace? With the click of a toolbar button (or Ctrl+H) your browsing history will be on display for all to see. Want to avoid this? Whether you use Internet Explorer or Firefox, here’s what you can do…

To clear out the History with… Continue reading

Multiple Homepages in Firefox

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

You heard correctly. Thanks to tabbed browsing, the Mozilla Firefox web browser lets you have more than one homepage come up at startup. Since all the pages load at the same time this is also a big time saver.

Let’s say you like to check the news, weather and our newsletter every morning. All you do is open up all the pages you want in separate tabs in… Continue reading

Tabbed Browsing

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Q:
What is “tabbed browsing”?

A:
tabbed browsing is a really cool feature found in Firefox and Opera web browsers. It allows you to open several web pages in the same window with tabs for each at the top. Click the tab, see the page.

It also comes in handy when you want to open a link, but don’t want to lose the page you are on… Continue reading

Check program before downloading

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

No matter how good your anti-spyware program is, it’s always better to stay safe in the first place. Don’t download software from companies you don’t trust.

If in doubt, do a quick search on Google for “[company/program name] + spyware” and see what people are saying about the program in question.… Continue reading

AM DeadLink

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

AM Deadlink

This week’s download was sent to me by a thoughtful reader a month or so ago and after trying it out, I found it to be an easy to use and functional application. I thought that our terrific readers would find this as useful as I, so the decision to run this download was an easy one.

Alright, well I’m more than a little excited about this, because… Continue reading

Web page Shortcut Keys

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Web Page Shortcut Keys

Wouldn’t it be cool to have hot-keys for your favorite web pages on your desktop? For instance, if you type Ctrl+Shift+G it would bring up Google while Ctrl+Shift+W would bring up Worldstart. Well, by combining a few simple techniques in Windows XP you can.

First, go to the web page that you want a shortcut for and put it on your desktop by right-clicking a blank… Continue reading

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