.eml Files often arrive in the form of an email attachment and are usually, by default, set to be opened by a Windows email client. However, that default can be changed, and we’ll show you how. Continue reading
Save your ghost stories and haunted houses. Let’s talk about a real nightmare: losing all your internet favorites. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of these. They’re organized by subject: photography, writing, travel, friends, online ‘zines, crafts, stores, humor sites, podcast pages and directories, sports, webcomics, cool stuff I plan to afford someday but like drooling over now -you name it. If they were lost in… Continue reading
When ordering online at our software store or other places online, you may be asked for your CVV number. This three-digit number follows the last four digits of your credit card in the signature space on your card. Because it’s on the back and not raised for easy copying, we ask for the CVV number online because it means that you probably have the card in your hand… Continue reading
To Connect or Disconnect When Not in Use?
No, I’m not about to wax Shakespearean about the slings and arrows of outrageous spyware, as amusing as that might be.
This choice relates to so many readers’ questions. Should you leave your computer connected to the internet when you aren’t working online? “It takes so long to re-dial,” or “I can’t reach the connection cord, but I’ve heard (fill in your… Continue reading
My kid is getting out of control on the internet. He’s erasing the history, and he knows all the passwords on our PC. What can I do?
The more computer savvy the kiddies get, the harder it’s getting to enforce the First Rule of Internet Parenting: Kids don’t cruise the web without at least occasional supervision by a human being. I’ve gotten more questions like this… Continue reading
Thumb drives, mp3 players, and digital players cameras are becoming exponentially more popular by the day. It seems like everyone has at least one of these items, if not two. Today I’m going to show you some tricks you can do with this Flash Memory technology that I think are going to amaze you, at least a little.
Flash Memory is usually small removable memory storage devices, also called solid… Continue reading
Podcasts, part 2
Yesterday, we talked a bit about what podcasts are and where to find them. Today we’ll learn a little more about my favorite way to let my computer entertain me while I work and drive! Almost everything in podcasting is done in several different ways by different podcasters and services, so please excuse all the generalities in this article!
Let’s talk about how podcasts (or webcasts, netcasts… Continue reading
One of my internet radio shows just started calling itself a podcast. What’s the difference?
Internet radio shows will “air live” at a certain time. If you miss that time, the website may or may not have an archived version. Podcasts are available at any time through archives and are attached to an RSS feed to alert subscribers when a new episode is available… Continue reading
Want to keep one webpage open and go to a bookmarked/ favorite page at the same time? In Internet Explorer, hold down Control and tap N. A new web browsing window will open. You can refer to the current website in one window and proceed to your bookmarked or favorite page in the other one.
~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading
Many websites use tiny fonts that are pretty well unreadable. The worst offenders for this seem to be on-line banking sites. How can I enlarge the text to a size where I can read it?
It’s not just age, the number of hours many of us spend staring at a screen these days can make eye strain a real problem. By the end of the day… Continue reading
ActiveX controls are software components used by web pages to allow your browser to do something with the page, much like a Java applet. They make the website more interactive and program-like. For example, a page might have an ActiveX control to allow viewers to see a working excel spreadsheet in a webpage. Like any piece of technology, the bad guys sometimes create pages with malicious ActiveX components. That threat… Continue reading
You may hear about passports on the internet these days, but they’re not talking about international travel. MSN/Hotmail users are probably already familiar with the concept: one username and password for multiple online services. Here’s the newest twist. Passport service companies will store all of your usernames and passwords for you for some monthly fee. Then you just have to remember your username and password to the passport service, and… 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
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
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
What does “IP” stand for?
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.
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
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
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
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
Mark from IL asks:
What is a Wiki?
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.
How do I make an avatar for a forum?
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
I don’t want my kids using the internet while I’m gone. Is there a way to stop them?
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
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?
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