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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

I keep hearing about Instant Messaging. What is it?

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

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

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

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?

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

What is “tabbed browsing”?

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

Keep safe by logging off

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

If you use an online email service (like Yahoo or MSN), log into an online store, or check your bank account, be sure to hit “Sign Out” or “Log off” when done. This way, no one can get on your computer after you and access your mail or information.

~ David… Continue reading

Fake Security Warnings

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Beware of fake security warnings!

Sometimes you’ll be surfing the web and a window pops up that looks like a legitimate warning from Windows. Before you click, read carefully and you’ll find that it’s just a pop up ad trying to entice you to a product site by clicking “Yes”. I’ve even seen some with a shield that resembles the new SP2 Security Center logo.

Just click the X at… Continue reading

Are Secure pages Cached?

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

When you are on a secure server (the address starts with “https:”) the page is NOT saved to your Temporary Internet Files so you can rest easy that your credit card info is not sitting in the cache. For more on secure servers, check out our web site…

Multiple Web Browsers

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I know, most of our tips are for Internet Explorer, but it’s a good idea to be familiar with more than one browser—like Firefox or Opera. That way if you have a problem accessing a page, or have other issues, you can check it on an alternate browser to see if it’s your connection, firewall, or the browser. For instance, Netscape 4 users have problems with… Continue reading

Site Search

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I hate it when I go to a site looking for information but it doesn’t have a search engine. I have to dig through dozens of menus and links, and I still don’t always find what I need. Is there a better way?

Most search engines have a cool little feature that allows you to do a search and restrict

Customize Your Browser Toolbar

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Does your web browser toolbar include buttons you never need? How would you like to slim down your buttons? Or maybe you want to add some buttons for commonly used functions such as “Full Screen” or “Print Preview”? Well, today I’m gonna show you how.

With Internet Explorer all you need to do is right click an empty area of the toolbar at the top of your browser and select… Continue reading

Stop Music & Animation on Web pages

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

I know that I can stop animations and music on web pages by clicking “Stop” in the toolbar or hitting the “Esc” key, but is there a way to stop animations and music from ever playing?

Some people just don’t like the blinking lights and cheesy music found on some web pages. Forget the fact that some web designer went through a lot of trouble to… Continue reading

Printing Favorites

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Is there a way to print my Internet Explorer Favorites?

Yes and No. You don’t have an option where you can right click your favorites and choose Print or anything like that, but there is a procedure whereby you can create a printable HTML document.

First we need to create the HTML list. With

Print the Whole Page

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

How can I print what appears on the screen completely? Many times it will cut off some of the right side of the material.

Many web designers are conscious of the fact that some people will want hard copies of their web pages. For these sites, you can just print in regular Portrait mode. At other sites, however, part

Multiple Downloads

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Ever wonder if you can do more than one download at a time? Well, you can! In fact, Firefox will allow multiple downloads “out of the box”.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, will only allow two simultaneous downloads. What kind of geek downloads just two files at a time? Geeze! Sure it’s better than just one, but definitely a bummer if you’re on a high speed connection. Well, here’s… Continue reading

Allow Pop-ups from Some Sites

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Internet Explorer’s built in pop-up blocker works fine, but what do I do when it blocks pop-ups that I actually want? Is there a way to allow pop ups on some pages but not others?

You can create a sort of “white list” for pop-ups with Firefox and Internet Explorer . This is nice for sites that have information boxes or screens that open… Continue reading

Don’t Lose Your Favicons

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Have you ever added a website to your Favorites and a neat little icon appeared next to it? For instance, add Google and a cute little “G” appears. It sure makes it easier to find the site in a big long list. But wait, get online a day later and the nifty little Favicon is gone. What gives?

Well, here’s why: Internet Explorer puts favicons in Temporary Internet Files so… Continue reading

RSS Feeds

Monday, December 6th, 2004

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It’s a way to get news, weblogs, announcements, and any other information automatically updated right on your desktop. You can avoid going from web site to web site for the latest news or constantly checking a favorite page for updates.

In order to get an RSS feed you’ll need a reader. There are many RSS readers… Continue reading

What’s an ISP?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

What’s an ISP?

I get this one a lot. It seems like people are told to “check with their ISP” about this or that and they aren’t sure who (or what) their ISP is.

ISP stands for Internet Service Provider. Your ISP is who you “dial up or connect to” when you access the internet. Compnaies like AOL and Comcast… Continue reading

When I am downloading or sending e-mail with an attachment my web browsing becomes really sluggish. Any ideas?

It sounds to me like it’s working properly (assuming you’re using a regular dial-up connection).

The reason for the decrease in speed is that your internet connection isn’t fast enough to do lots of stuff at once, no regular dial up connection is.

Web browsing will become sluggish… Continue reading

Having modem problems?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Having modem problems?

This simple test will help you determine where exactly your modem problem lies. You may want to try this before you take your computer in for repair.

Go to the Start menu, Settings, Control Panel , and click on Modems . Then in the Modems Properties window, click on the Diagnostics tab at the top of the window.

Select your modem’s port.

Click… Continue reading

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