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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

Shortcut for typing web addresses

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

I’m constantly on the Internet and get tired of typing in the full website addresses. Is there a shortcut?

It can get pretty tedious typing in h-t-t-p-colon-backslash-backslash-w-w-w-dot-whatever-dot-c-o-m. So next time you’re in a hurry and don’t want to bother with all of that, try this…

Type the name of the site in the address bar and press Ctrl while you hit Enter . The “www” and… Continue reading

Reclaim and Rename Your Internet Explorer

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Reclaim and Rename Your Internet Explorer

Did you know that YOU can actually change the default title yourself to whatever you want it to be?

Yes, it’s true! See, I changed mine to my favorite slogan – “Do good, joy follows.”

Changing the title is a simple process that only requires you to change one ‘key’ in your registry .

The standard disclaimers apply: don’t ever… Continue reading

Get Yourself Connected (and Stay Connected)

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Get Yourself Connected (and Stay Connected)

(This is for non-XP people.)

Those of us with modems know that in order to get connected, we have to click on the dial-up icon to get the “connect to” box, then click on the connect button and wait for computer to dial and connect.

What if there was a way to get rid of the “connect to” box and go… Continue reading

Search That Site

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Not trying to sound too Bono-esque, but “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” on this certain insanely long web page with Internet Explorer. I think the information I need is there, but I can’t find it hiding among the insurmountable number of paragraphs, sentences, words and images. Is there an easier way to find what I’m looking for?

Yes! The n ext time this… Continue reading

Find that Site

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Help! I’m looking for a web site for a certain company, but I can’t find it. I’ve put ” ” into my web browser and came up empty. I also tried variations of their name plus other domain types (.net, .org, .biz, etc) and nothing. I know they have a web site, but I’m starting to get frustrated. Any ideas?

Wow, looks like you’ve done… Continue reading

Font is too small

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Sometime, when I get an e-mail or visit a web page, the font is way too small. How do I enlarge it?

To increase or decrease your font size in either Internet Explorer or Outlook Express, just hit the View menu, Text Size. The procedure is usually similar for other e-mail clients and web browsers.

As they say there’s more than one way… Continue reading

AOL Time Savers

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

AOL Time Savers

Want to move around AOL quicker and easier? Here are a few time savers to help you along…

Ctrl+G – Find another member’s profile
Ctrl+I – Send an Instant Message
Ctrl+K – Keyword
Ctrl+M – Write Mail
Ctrl+L – Locate another AOL member
Ctrl+N – Open Notepad
Ctrl+O – Open Documents
Ctrl+P – Print
Ctrl+R –… Continue reading

Go Back Without a Back Button

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

The other day I was on a site that had a pop up window for searches. Anyhow, I did a search, then another, and wanted to go back to the first one. Unfortunately, there was no back button on this pop up, so I had to search my first term again.

Then another time I had a pop up window that I needed to refresh, but no refresh

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