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How to Download

Friday, November 12th, 2004

How to Download

So, you’ve found a piece of software you want to download but aren’t sure how to go about the whole process. Well, here’s a step by step guide:

#1 – Click the download link.

# 2 – Choose to save to disk and hit the OK button.

# 3 – Choose where you would like the file downloaded… Continue reading

What are .pdf files?

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
What are .pdf files?

A:
If you’ve been using the internet for any amount of time, you’ve probably run across these little buggers. They’re Adobe Acrobat files. Normally, you download them and use Adobe Acrobat Reader to read them. You can get Adobe Acrobat Reader for free at Adobe’s web site:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html (Make sure you… Continue reading

Desktop Web Shortcuts

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Do you have a web site you visit often? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a shortcut on your desktop for it? Here’s a quick way to do it:

First, head to the web page with either Explorer or Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

You’ll see next to the site’s URL (address) a small icon with a blue “e” on it. Drag that… Continue reading

Internet Error Codes

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
What do all those error codes (like 404) mean?

A:
It happens to all of us. We’re surfing along, and up comes an error. What do all those error codes mean? Here’s a quick rundown of the most common:

400 – Bad Request – You probably typed in a URL wrong, the server has no clue what you’re looking for, or you aren’t allowed to have access… Continue reading

Emoticons

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Emoticons are little text representations of emotions that you find in email, chat rooms, and IM’s. When you talk to someone, they can tell what you mean by the tone of your voice or the look on your face. For example, maybe someone says something like, “Why are you so annoying?”

Now, if they say it while they’re laughing, you know that it’s just lighthearted humor. If they say it… Continue reading

Crumble Cookies

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Crumble Cookies

I constantly need to shake crumbs out of my keyboard because people eat cookies while…what? Oh, wait… I’m supposed to talk about the other kind of cookie : the small text file placed on your hard drive by a web server to keep track of your travels through the site in question. Let’s begin with my advice.

I recommend that if you are worried about cookies… Continue reading

Pop-up Blockers & Email Trouble

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
I installed a pop-up blocker, but now I can’t get my web-based email. Do I need to uninstall the program?

A:
This is one of those cases of something working “too good”. A popup blocker kills any javascript that tries to open, and will prevent new windows from opening, for instance, when you click on a link that comes up in a new window. Sometimes it can… Continue reading

Full Screen Fun

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

If you would like to see more web page and less web browser toolbars, here’s a little trick you’ll like. Hit the F11 key. It will put you into “full screen” mode. Hit F11 again to go back to normal mode. This works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

OK, many of you are sitting there thinking, yeah, I know all about that one. Well, here’s a… Continue reading

10 digit dialing for modems

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
My area requires ten digit dialing, so every time I try to make an internet connection I have to type in my area code for it to dial. Is there a way to fix this?

A:
As more numbers are needed for cell phones area codes are being broken up and ten-digit dialing is becoming the norm. So, how to get your modem to dial up correctly…… Continue reading

Take your contacts with you

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
I’m switching ISPs and want to take my contacts with me. Is there a way to do this?

A:
There is, of course, the tedious method of printing out your address book and re-entering all the info, but I like to save time whenever I can.

Many web-based email address books have the option to import/export contacts into an Outlook (.CVS) or Netscape (LDIF) address book file… Continue reading

Search Engine Tricks

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Search Engine Tricks

Having a hard time finding something online? Does it seem like you type in your search term but don’t get anywhere near what you’re looking for?

Well, here’s a couple tricks that seem (almost) universal between search engines.

Let’s say you’re looking for sports cars and all you’re getting is information on baseball and football (sports). What can you do? Try some of the… Continue reading

Change browser search engine

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Hey Internet Explorer users—you aren’t stuck using MSN as your search engine when you search from the address bar or when you click “Search” to bring up the sidebar.

For NON XP SP2 Internet Explorer just click View / Explorer Bar / Search (or click the “Search” button in your Toolbar) to bring up the side panel. If you have a side bar with a little dog at the bottom… Continue reading

How to download a wave file

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
How do I download Wave and MP3 sound files from the internet?

A:
Here’s the problem. You go to download a sound file, so you click the link to it. Then Windows automatically plays it, but doesn’t display a download screen (OK, this varies a bit depending on what flavor of Windows / Explorer you’re using). What can you do? Easy! Right-click… Continue reading

Munchin’ Cookies

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Munchin’ Cookies

If you would like to delete the cookies on your hard drive , you certainly can do so. Keep in mind they really don’t take up that much room though. For example, I have around 1100 cookies on my hard drive and they take up less than 5 meg of disk space. I know, that’s a bunch of those little cookies, but I… Continue reading

What are cookies?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Q:
What are “Cookies”?

A:
When you hear the term “cookies” applied to the internet, it’s generally not in reference to the gooey chocolate chip variety. A cookie used on the internet is basically a small text file that is placed on your hard drive by a web server. They are used to keep track of various aspects of your travels through the site in… Continue reading

Clear Your Temporary Internet Files

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Clear Your Temporary Internet Files

As you surf the web, every page, every graphic, cookie, etc. is saved in your temporary internet files. Why is this? Well, for one, if you visit a page often it brings up the files from the cache rather than getting them online, thus making the page appear quicker. The down side is that this can cause an old page to come up when content… Continue reading

Working offline

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Q:
I would like to cut down the amount of time my computer is online. Is there a way to use the internet without being connected.

A:
Personally, I don’t like clogging up hard drive space with Internet Explorer temporary internet files, but they do have their purpose. First, by having the images in your cache , frequently visited pages load quicker. Second, those of you… Continue reading

Image Toolbar

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Q:
Sometimes when I scroll over a picture on a web page, a little box comes up with four icons in it. What do they do?

A:
Before Internet Explorer 6, if you wanted to Save, Print, or email a picture you would need to follow the various procedures for each. But with IE6 the Image Toolbar comes up (in most cases), giving you a few options at… Continue reading

Maximize Dial-up Modem Settings

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Maximize Dial-up Modem Settings

Did you know that by changing a few settings you can make your dial-up modem run better? That’s right—you might have a fast modem and a good connection, but you’re not getting the best performance. With a few adjustments, you can get faster connection speeds.

NOTE: Since every PC configuration is different, these adjustments might not work for everyone.

With Windows 95, 98 & ME you’ll… Continue reading

Drag, Drop, And Save Those Web Pics!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Drag, Drop, And Save Those Web Pics!

Ever stumble upon a really cool picture while you’re surfing? You know, the kind you’re just itchin’ to share with anyone who’ll look? Maybe it’s a picture of a cute little puppy hanging off a couch, maybe it’s a funny kid with pie all over his face, maybe it’s your Aunt Edna in her swimsuit—OK, maybe not.

In any case… Continue reading

Change Your Link Color

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

I really hate the default color of browser links. The blue is OK for a new link, but that purple color it turns to after you’ve visited the link is just plain ugly.

So, how do you change it?

Easy…

With Internet Explorer:

1. Open Explorer, hit the Tools menu, Internet Options. You should be on the “General” tab.

2. Next, click the little “Colors” button. A settings… Continue reading

I hate it when I visit a web site and it has dark text on a dark background. Is there an easy way to make these kinds of sites readable?

We’ve all seen examples of this before, I’m sure. Whether by way of poor web design or just a background image that didn’t load correctly, dark text on

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