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Quick Tip

Update Firefox Plug-ins

We’ve seen a lot of questions lately about plug-ins like Flash and Java not working in Firefox. That means many videos won’t play and some games won’t work. Some browsers, including Firefox, disable plug-ins when there are security concerns. Both Java and Firefox had serious security problems earlier in the year. I went over how to enable Flash in Firefox in this article, but here’s a quick tip on making sure all of your plug-ins are up-to-date with the latest bug fixes and security patches.

Depending on the version of Firefox you are using, you can either go to the drop-down menu in the upper left of the Firefox browser, select Add-ons.


Or you can select Tools at the top of the browser and choose Add-ons from the drop-down screen.


Choose Plugins from the options on the left.



At the top of the list of Plugins, you’ll see the option to check to see if your plugins are up to date. Click on it.



It will take you to a page where you’ll see your plugins listed along with their status and the option to update those in need of attention.



Keeping your plug-ins updated can head off some issues before they cause you problems. Plus, with all the security issues out there, your system will stay safer.

~ Cynthia

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WHAAAT? You're Still Buyin' Batteries?!



Meet "The Battery Eliminator!"

This Universal Adapter Powers Devices From Your Wall!

Radios - Personal Stereos - Games - And More!

Don't Buy Overpriced, 1-Device Adapters!

This Has 7 Output Voltages PLUS Polarity Switches!

Power ANY Compatible Device - NO MORE BATTERIES!


It Pays For Itself In Just a Few Uses! YEAH!


Universal POWER!

Electronic devices need POWER!

And if your devices use replaceable batteries... you can go right ahead and double or triple their cost because batteries are NOT cheap!

But if you want to use an adapter... they try to sell you THEIR specific one that probably only works with THAT device and costs just as much as the device itself!


Or even worse: it ONLY works with the adapter... and you don't have it! Either it broke, you lost it, or lost one tiny piece (which leaves the whole adapter useless!)

That leaves you with two things: a device you can't use and a LOT of anger.

Here's something to put that smile back on your face!

Eliminating Batteries - Saving YOU Cash!

With the 5 connectors and a voltage switch, you're gonna be powering EVERYTHING with this bad boy!

If you've ever had to replace a specific adapter before, you KNOW how they gouge you on price. I lost the one for my GPS and they tried to make me pay $45 for a new adapter! WHAT?!

That's INSANE!

This thing is a FRACTION of the price... and it works with SO MANY DEVICES!

And a lot of devices you use can be powered by batteries OR power adapters... you're going to save a LOT of money with this power adapter over buying packs and packs of batteries!

This even has a POLARITY SWITCH! A lot of devices will work with the primary polarity setting, but there ARE some that won't. That's where this switch comes in.

I mean, it wouldn't be universal if it didn't work with practically EVERYTHING, right?

Check This Out!

If your device runs on AAA, AA, C, D, or 9V batteries... THIS CAN COMPLETELY REPLACE BATTERIES FOR IT!

Most of these devices have inputs for power adapters, so you can just plug this right in to power it! YEAH BABY!

That covers a LOT of bases. We're talking most of the battery-powered appliances in your home!

It works at SO MANY VOLTAGES TOO! From 1.5 volts to 12 volts and everything in-between!

Certain devices REQUIRE a specific voltage. Most other power adapters limit you to one voltage so they ONLY work with the device they're packaged with!

This one gives you options so you can use it with EVERYTHING!

I dare you to go to any big box store and just LOOK at what they're charging for replacement adapters. You'll run out of the building laughing!


You could drop hundreds of dollars on batteries and specific power adapters... or you could get the do-it-all universal one and save yourself a bank full of cash for only $12.97 with FREE US SHIPPING! YEAH BABY!

I'm ALL charged up about this one... make sure you don't miss out!

This sale ends Saturday and the price goes up to $16.97 - don't get stuck in a mega deal blackout!


Computers 101

George from Illinois writes:

You answered a question today regarding a problem with Flash Player on your browser. Unfortunately, your reply only dealt with IE. I have had this problem with Firefox for over a year. I’ve Googled the problem and found that I am not alone. Please reintroduce this problem, only this time with the solution using Firefox.

Thank you

Answer: George, we’re hearing about this problem a lot. If you have Flash installed on your computer and it still won’t play, the program may be disabled on your browser. Some browsers automatically disabled Flash due to security concerns. I would suggest making sure you’ve downloaded the very latest version of Flash so that you have the most recent security updates. I’ll go over how to make sure Flash is enabled in Firefox.

 Depending on which version of Firefox you are using, you can either to the upper left hand corner and select the Firefox drop-down menu. Now select Add-Ons, which looks like a puzzle piece.



Or you can select Tools up at the top and choose Add-ons from the drop-down menu.


From the menu on the left, choose Plugins.


You’ll see a list of Plugins.  Find Flash in the list.



You may see a security warning accompanying Flash with the option to update.  If you haven’t already updated, do it now.



To the far right, you’ll see the option to enable Flash.


Give that a try and see if it helps.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Move Those Photos!

Mary from Phoenix, AZ writes “I have Windows Vista. I have over 800 pictures in my Windows Live Photo Gallery and I would like to put them all on a memory card, like the one that fits in my digital camera. What size memory card do I need to use and also, how do I export the photos on this memory card?”


Hi, Mary.

Well, to start with the photos are not actually IN your Live Photo Gallery, photo gallery is just a way to catalog your pictures.  Your pictures are actually on your hard drive in your pictures directory.

As to your size question… have you ever heard someone say “Size doesn’t matter”?  Well, when it comes to your memory card, size DOES matter.  A lot.  But the size that you’ll need is determined entirely by the amount of space that your pictures are occupying on your hard drive.  Here’s how you determine that...

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From The Archives

iPad Restrictions

iPads and kids go together naturally, so every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle and older brother should make use of the built-in parental restrictions every iPad comes with.

Here’s how:

Tap Settings>General, and then hit the Restrictions on/off slider. Once in the restrictions center, tap Enable Restrictions and enter a 4-digit code you’ll remember.

Note: You’ll need this code to access these settings later, so write it down somewhere.

From there, simply slide...

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Amanda's Coolsite

Learnist - What Will You Learn Today?

Learnist is an awesome, user-curated portal of knowledge! 

When I arrived at the site, I immediately got lost in checking out all the featured articles. I recommend you do too! Because the best way to explore this site is to dive right into the things that interest you. 

On the main page you’ll find a rotating featured section in the dark grey area of the homepage. Below that in the white area of the page you’ll find featured articles divided up by section. For example: News, Science, ProductsReading, Music, Lifestyle, Mathematics, and more! 

You can do more in depth navigation from the navigation strip at the top of the page with the categories: Featured, New, Popular, Art & Design, Technology, Health & Fitness, Education, Science, Food & Drinks, Business, and even more categories can be found in the More drop-down.

The site lets users organizes text, images, video, and audio into curated galleries of educational awesomeness! If you want to curate, you’ll need to sign up. Do this by clicking the Sign Up link at the top of the page. It will open little window where you’ll select to register either via F-connect with Facebook or via your e-mail address. I chose F-connect. Once you’re registered, log in, and then you’ll be presented with another little window that asks you to select some interests. Do that and then check out the page that loaded beneath it  which teaches you how to use Learnist on the web. 

I highly recommend you take the tour that Learnist provides. It shows you everything you need to know to use the site to your best advantage. There are twelve different topics in the tutorial and as you learn them you complete a learning! They will teach you how to tag things, how to create your own learning, how to share information across the web by using it over social media or your blog, and so much more. 

This site is an amazing way to access curated knowledge from all across the web! What will you learn today?


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One More Big Deal


I've been told before that I have a few screws loose... Well not any more!  Thanks to this Mini Magnetizer/Demagnetizer!

There's no need to buy a magnetic screwdriver to keep from losing tiny screws!

The Mini Magnetizer/Demagnetizer turns any screwdriver or driver bit into a magnetic screwdriver.

When you're trying to work in a tight space, there's nothing worse than the sound of a screw falling off your screwdriver and bouncing around on its way to disappearing forever. Keep that screw where it belongs!

Perfect for working with eyeglasses! Keeping track of those teeny-tiny screws is nearly impossible! Now it's easy!

It's so simple! Just insert your tool in the "magnetize" opening and those screws aren't going anywhere.

 A must-have for tech work. Magnets and electronics don't always get along. Now you can make sure tools are safely demagnetized when you need them to be.

Plus it's small enough to fit in your pocket and take anywhere!  You'll want to buy more than one!

Fortunately, for only $1.97 , you can afford it!  Free U.S. Shipping on any order over $5!

You know how it works - if there are any of these left Saturday, the price jumps back to $4.97 - so ORDER NOW!  



Monthly Wallpaper

March Wallpaper Is Ready!

Time to dress up your desktop with some new calendar wallpaper! I don't think we've ever had a bug for wallpaper, so we'll give that a try this month (hey, he even won an award!)

Pick from the featured photos below or head to the site for a HUGE selection. We just hit 100 wallpaper images! WOW!

Featured Wallpaper For March:

Cascades Above Upper Falls

This is located above Upper Falls in Hocking Hills State Park and I think it's actually just as pretty. This particular area of cascades really attracted me - I loved the play of the drops and green foliage. Getting there wasn't too bad - just climbing down a few slick rocks and ledges. Although, standing on the slippery rock you can't help but worry about...(More)

Snow Goose Air Suspension

One of my goals when I'm out shooting birds in flight is to grab an image with a cool, mid-air pose. Well, turns out Snow Geese are pretty good at pulling off interesting aerobatics as they search for a place to land for the evening. This was taken one sunny winter evening at Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge while literally hundreds of Snow Geese were... (More)

Bumblebee On Goldenrod

So, there I was walking along in my back field looking for something cool to shoot one early morning when I spot this guy on a goldenrod flower. I (carefully) worked my way in, hoping he'd allow me to get a nice shot. Fortunately, the temps were still cool from the night before and he was a bit sluggish. I quickly started looking at different compositions and decided… (More)

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


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