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Quick Tip

My ‘puter ate the time & date…LOL! How do I get it back in the taskbar. I have Windows 7.

Lise – United States

I hate it when that happens, Lise. Here’s how to get your computer to cough it back up. Ready?

You should see a little arrow symbol the taskbar right where the time and date used to be. Click it and you’ll get a pop up menu like this:


 Choose “Customize” and you’ll see this window. Near the bottom of this window select “Turn system icons on and off.”


You will open yet another window. It’s called Windows for a reason. Up near the top,  you’ll see a clock icon, just select “On.”

You will also find “Volume Control,” “Network” and “Power” there. I am forever accidentally losing volume control, so this is a handy trick to know. Hope this helps.

- Cynthia.

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USB Devices are Great...


They're ALWAYS Either too Short or too Long...


It's the Perfect Length for Charging or Connecting ANY USB Device...


NEVER the Right Length...

Don't you just hate USB devices? OK, maybe not the device itself, but it sure seems like the manufacturer's must have a deal with the extension cord people. It's a rare occasion that the supplied USB cord that comes with my newest gadget is actually long enough.

Of course, when you go to pick up another cord, you can never find a nice short one to bridge the gap. Nope, 10 foot seems to be the norm - who wants all those extra cords tangled up behind their desk?

Lucky for you, we've just come across the PERFECT USB Extension Cable!

6 Feet of PURE USB Bliss!

I know, it's kinda hard to get excited about a USB extension cable.  It's one of those everyday items that we probably don't give much thought to until we NEED it to be longer...or need to bridge the gap between two lengths.

It's About CONVENIENCE....

And that's exactly what you're getting here.  Just pure USB perfection at a super low cost! This cable is perfect for plugging in a USB hub, a flash drive, or any other USB device that has a USB cable that's just a little too short!!

Never have to squeeze behind your computer to plug something in again!!! With this handy 6 foot cord, you will know that everything is "Just Right!!"

Your cost? Again, let's talk "Just Right." For Just $3.97 you will receive this amazing USB extension cord!  All orders over $5 also include FREE shipping within the US!

P.S.The Price will increase to $8.97 Monday, so don't wait!

Computers 101

Tom from Pennsylvania writes:

I am running windows XP home edition service pack 3. I was running the CHKDSK and a warning come up that the F parameter was not specified. Can you elaborate on this? I have had the computer shut down and reboot while I was using it, is why I was running CHKDSK. I am using Microsoft Security essentials for virus protection.


The chkdsk utility is a built-in program from Microsoft which scans, verifies and can fix some file system errors and hard drive corruption/errors. You can launch the utility from Windows by opening a command prompt (hold down Windows Key and Press R key, type cmd.exe and press enter) and typing chkdsk. The error you are receiving about the f parameter indicates you’ve not told chkdsk to fix errors it has found.

The Chkdsk command has quite a few syntax options, the format to use is: chkdsk [volume:][[Path] FileName] [/f] [/v] [/r] [/x] [/i] [/c] [/l[:size]]

  • volume: : Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon), mount point, or volume name.
  • [Path] FileName : Specifies the location and name of a file or set of files that you want chkdsk to check for fragmentation. You can use wildcard characters (that is, * and ?) to specify multiple files.
  • /f : Fixes errors on the disk. The disk must be locked. If chkdsk cannot lock the drive, a message appears that asks you if you want to check the drive the next time you restart the computer.
  • /v : Displays the name of each file in every directory as the disk is checked.
  • /r : Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information. The disk must be locked.
  • /x : Use with NTFS only. Forces the volume to dismount first, if necessary. All open handles to the drive are invalidated. /x also includes the functionality of /f.
  • /i : Use with NTFS only. Performs a less vigorous check of index entries, reducing the amount of time needed to run chkdsk.
  • /c : Use with NTFS only. Skips the checking of cycles within the folder structure, reducing the amount of time needed to run chkdsk.
  • /l[:size] : Use with NTFS only. Changes the log file size to the size you type. If you omit the size parameter, /l displays the current size.
  • /?: Displays help at the command prompt.

You may be prompted that a volume “Cannot be scanned due to it being in use” or “Unable to be locked. Would you like to scan on next restart?” It is a good idea to select Y for yes, then restart the machine to allow chkdsk to run. Most often when scanning your primary C hard drive for errors with the intention of repairing and fixing bad sectors, you would use the following syntax: chkdsk c: /f /r


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On The Move

WikiCancel Tells You How To Cancel Everything

Can you possibly imagine the number of services you have signed up for since you started using the internet ? Take a guess ? So there was that Twitter account that you used for precisely two days and that Paypal that you made for a one-off transaction and on and on… Did you ever wonder whatever happens to these accounts, and more importantly, what happens to your personal information once you stop using them ? 

You have probably even forgotten your username/password combos for half those services you barely used. Yet, these accounts linger out there in the big bad World Wide Web. That can’t possibly be good from a privacy point of view, can it ?

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From The Archives

Claire from Ottawa, Canada writes:

I am almost ashamed to admit it, but I don’t know how to cut and paste or even what it means. I do know how to copy and paste, though, if that helps.


A long time ago, I got to talking to a representative from my local phone company about computers and copy and paste came up. I had no idea what it was, and she was speechless, dumbfounded, flabbergasted… well, she was surprised, anyway. “What do you mean? That’s the very first thing I did when I began to learn about computers!” Well, I apologize, ma’am, maybe it is. I thought the very first thing you did was take it out of the box…I digress. The point, is, Claire, there are many (sometimes it feels like too many!) things to learn about a computer; don’t ever be ashamed because you don’t know something, because I guarantee that there is something you know that a neighbor doesn’t, and vice-versa. You know what I mean?

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Amanda's Coolsite

Bible Gateway

I have a Theology class this semester, and because of it I found this amazing searchable Bible resource. 

I’ve mostly been using the search feature, where you can put in verses, chapters, or books of the Bible and select the version you want it from and then click the Search button and have what you wanted right in front of you.

It’s been a very handy resource for my reflection and exegesis papers. But I think any theologian would love this feature, because you can easily compare the verses in different version of the Bible with this handy search feature. 

You can also find the Bible offered in many different languages like English, German, Swedish, Latin, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Tagalog, and Norwegian.

In addition to offering this searchable Bible, you’ll also find reading plans, devotionals, and even audio Bibles! 

Check this out today!


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One More Big Deal

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WOW!! This is SOOOO exciting! We just found your computer's new BEST FRIEND!! You are absolutely gonna LOVE this - It's the Targus High-Speed Transfer Cable and it's totally gonna change your computing world - FOREVER! It's the ONE accessory EVERY computer user positively MUST-HAVE!!

See, we've heard about you and it's no secret - You need to get files from one computer to another! Only problem is getting the files from one place to another can be as frustrating as riding your bike across the Grand Canyon!

I mean, don't you just hate it when...

6 You get a brand new machine and your photos, music, and documents are all trapped on your old computer?
5 You have a desktop and a laptop but sharing files between them is a complete nightmare?
4 You and a friend want to swap files, but there just isn't an easy way?
3 You have more than one computer in the house, and you'd like to get files from one to the other?

Bottom line - You're gonna need to get files from one computer to another sooner or later!

Sure there's lots of ways to do it - and they all fall under "hard and miserable"! You could spend your afternoon burning CDs, emailing the files to 7yourself (please tell me you don't do that), or grabbing an Ethernet cable and networking the computers together.

Yeah, that didn't sound very good to me either. Come ON! Your time is WAY more valuable than that!! Right?

Join us here in this decade doin' it the EASY WAY...

Grab the amazing Targus High-Speed Transfer Cable! It effortlessly networks your two computers together with just a cable - all automatic!

I looked up the word "easy" in the dictionary and I think I saw a picture of the Targus High-Speed Transfer Cable!

How's it work?

Simple! Just plug one end into each computer's USB port - you're over half way done! That's right - if you can use a USB plug - YOU'RE already an expert! EASY!

Oh, and you'll absolutely love this - once you plug in, a friendly "Windows Explorer" style window automatically pops open so you can quickly drag and drop your files from one computer to another! That's really it! So easy it ought to be illegal!

YESSSSS!! This is works back and forth with everything from Win 98 right up to Windows 8 - talk about great compatibility!!!


Plus it's lightning fast too! This uses high-speed USB 2.0 so it's the smokin' hot Ferrari of data transfer! There's nothing like a fast, zippy progress bar on your screen to bring a smile to your face!

Without a DOUBT - this is the one accessory NO computer user should be without! Just imagine - next time you need to transfer documents, loads of photos, tons of music - it can all be done with this little cable! Oh, and you are in for a real TREAT when you upgrade to your next computer! You know ALL those files you need to get from one machine to another? Yup, use this cable, sit back, and relax! It's done baby!!

You and I BOTH know you've gotta be crazier than an outhouse rat to sit there trying to copy all your data to CDs or flash drives - or worse - trying to network two computers together just to get your data moved!

If you're ever, in your life, going to buy another computer YOU need this!! Heck, if you're ever going to transfer a batch of files from one computer to another you need this!

Best computer accessory. EVER.


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Monthly Wallpaper

February Wallpaper Is Ready!

OK, I've been a bad photographer this month. I was actually out in the Southwest for a good part of it and I just didn't have time to get anything new ready for the wallpaper section. Bad Steve! However, there are three and a half pages over at the site to hold ya over :)

So, here are some favorite reruns I hope you enjoy:

Featured Wallpaper For February:

Storm Warning

I created this image one cold, lonely evening at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The weather forecast was ominous - thunderstorms, 15 foot waves, and a gale warning already in full effect. I strapped on my backpack and made for Mosquito Beach. The glimmer of sunlight I saw for a few minutes on my way in was soon replaced...(More)

Wagner Falls

This is probably my favorite Michigan waterfall. Sure, there are bigger and taller falls, but none quite as charming if you ask me. The hike to this falls is grueling. You have to battle... (more)


Yelling Geese

These two Canada Geese had been just kind of standing side by side when all the sudden the one on the right let the one on the left have it! Frankly, I’m not sure what instigated the whole thing, but my bet is... (More)

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As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


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