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Web-based Email

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?


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

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

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