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Firefox Smart Keywords

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Firefox Smart Keywords

If you have made the switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox (which many people have), there is a quick way for you to reach the Web sites you would like to visit.

Firefox uses something called smart keywords and they are just special words that replace a bookmarked URL (a Web address). If you would like to give it a try, open up your Firefox browser and… Continue reading

What’s Your Handle

Friday, March 31st, 2006

What’s Your Handle?

If you chat online, you probably have a handle, right? Did you know that or are you not sure what a handle even is? Well, it’s also known as a screen name. It’s just a name you make up to use in a chat room to disguise your real name and information.

Most people probably know of these names as a screen name, but the more technical… Continue reading

Find Your Host

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Find Your Host

So, you want to make your own Web site. You’ve done a lot of thinking about it and you’re just ready to take the plunge. You’ve got ideas in your head for design, layout, etc., so what do you need to do next? The simple answer would be to find a Web host, so here are some guidelines on what you will need and what you should… Continue reading

Online News

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Online News

Did you know that you can read pretty much everything you read in a newspaper on the Internet? Well, now you know, you can. There are several Web sites out there that have daily news from around the world, from within your state and even within your city or town.

Sites such as, and have all kinds of news. They… Continue reading

RSS and Bloglines

Friday, March 24th, 2006

RSS and Bloglines

RSS is a family of Web formats used for Web publication. It is used by (among other things) news Web sites, Web logs and podcasting. The abbreviation is used to refer to the following standards: Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91), RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0) and Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0).

These types of feeds provide content or summaries with links to the… Continue reading

Chat Lingo

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Chat Lingo

Do you chat? You know, do you sit and talk to your friends and family over the computer through instant messengers such as Yahoo! or AOL? If you do, you may be familiar with the chat lingo that has become so popular these days. If you don’t chat very often, you may still use the chat lingo in your e-mails or just hear about them from day to… Continue reading

Escape Fast

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Escape Fast

Unfortunately it happens. Sometimes Web pages just don’t like to load very fast, do they? They get hung up for whatever reason and it’s just like torture to sit there and wait for it to come up.

Well, if you happen to run into that problem and want a quick way out, try the Escape (Esc) key on your keyboard. It’s located in the very top left hand… Continue reading

Automatic XP Function

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

If you have Windows XP, you’ve probably noticed that when you install a new program, XP automatically highlights that program in your Start menu so you can easily find it. It also gives you a little pop up message telling you that you have new programs in your list.

Well, have you ever found those features to be annoying or unnecessary? Do you want to get rid of them? If… Continue reading

Delete Favorites

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Take a second to look through the list of your favorites that you have saved on your computer. How many do you have? Too many? Think you should maybe get rid of some of those? Yes, no, maybe so? Well, if you decide you should, here’s how you can clean up your space.

To delete any of the favorites you have saved in your list, simply highlight the one you’d… Continue reading

Search better

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Do you often use Google, Yahoo! or some other search engine to search the Internet? Well, here’s a tip that may make your searching just a little bit easier.

Search engines have different categories available for you to use to help simplify your search. For example, Google offers Web, Images, Groups, News and Local (where you can look for nearest locations of hotels or restaurants, etc). Now, Yahoo! is a… Continue reading

Desktop Linux – Make Your Move

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Ever heard of Linux? Ever wonder what exactly it is? Is it for real? Isn’t it hard? The applications I’ve come to love in Windows won’t work in Linux. How can I possibly switch? Well, here’s your explanation.

There’s lot of confusion out there about how suitable Linux is for the home user. Linux, which I prefer to call GNU/Linux (pronounced Guh-Noo Linux) admittedly started… Continue reading

Make Your Own Favorites

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Ever wanted to make your very own Favorite? Well, here’s a quick little lesson for you in case you see a site that you just have to save for easy access to go back to later.

Start by getting into your Web browser and have the site you want to save up and ready. Go up to your toolbar at the top of the page and click on Favorites. Choose… Continue reading

Strongest Password

Friday, January 27th, 2006

How can I ensure that I have the strongest password possible to secure my computer from any intruders?

Given enough time and using the correct tools, a hacker can break into a computer and access the files. One reason hackers are able to break into computer system s so easily is because the user did not create a strong enough password. Many computer users create passwords… Continue reading

Keep Kids Safe Online

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Are you worried about what your children or grandchildren will encounter while surfing the web? Letting a kid run loose with a web browser is like letting them walk alone through a bad neighborhood at night. There’s just a lot that can go wrong.

Well, if you let them surf with Internet Explorer, you can take control! Here’s how:

1. Open Internet Explorer, hit the Tools menu, Internet Options.

SaaS acronym for Software as a Service

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

The software developers are cooking up new acronyms again. You might hear about SaaS, Software as a Service. It’s also called on-demand software, but I guess ODS wasn’t catchy enough for the acronym makers. Yesterday’s Security Tip featured Windows Internet Security Center, one example of this kind of web-based application. It’s not stored on your computer, so it doesn’t take up your disk space… Continue reading

Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft- You’re actually less likely to be struck by lightning!

According to the Federal Trade Commission database, there were over 635,000 consumer fraud and identity theft complaints in the U.S. in 2004. That includes stolen credit card numbers as well as full-blown identity theft, but that’s still a lot of people.

In comparison, 12,994 people were killed or injured in lightning strikes in the U.S. from… Continue reading

How to Open .eml Files as Email Attachments

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

.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 Favorites in Internet Explorer

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

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

VoIP defined phone internet service

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Megan from Ashtabula asks:

What is VoIP, exactly?

That’s an easy one, Megan!

In addition to being fun to say (go on, try it!), VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It’s a method for sending voice over the Internet using TCP/IP packets. You may have heard of VoIP phone service

CVV or CVV2 defined

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

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

Disconnect from internet when not in use

Monday, October 24th, 2005

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

Portable browser and email for flash drives

Monday, October 24th, 2005

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

Podcast 102

Monday, October 24th, 2005

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

Podcast 101, part 1

Friday, October 21st, 2005

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

Control N (CTRL N) in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

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

Change web text size

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

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

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