Monday, September 26th, 2005 by
Need to get back to the top of a long webpage? Just hit the Home button on your keyboard, in the cluster of keys above the arrow keys. This works in many other programs also!… Continue reading
Do you have relatives in another state? Are you thinking of moving? Do you want to see what’s happening in your out-of-state college student’s city? Wonder how a national news event was covered by the home front? Have you moved recently and want to stay in touch with events in your old town?
Well, this is place to do that. If you are moving, this is a great way to… Continue reading
I was amazed at how much space I freed up using Disk Cleanup! I’m terrible at remembering to do this sort of thing. Is there a way to make this happen automatically?
You can schedule maintenance tasks like Disk Cleanup. First, see our tip for settings on Disk Cleanup that will avoid “throwing out” stuff you might need. Go to the Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories
If you’re like me (and for your sake, I hope you’re not), you change the oil in your car– oh, I don’t know– every three or four years. By the time I take my car in, the oil has gone through some mysterious chemical change to what I non-affectionately call “Black Peanut Butter”. To make a long story short, I’m not a car person. My car maintenance philosophy is “don’t… Continue reading
What are mp3s? I keep hearing about them.
Audio files can be saved in different formats that have different file extensions, just like picture files (.jpg, .gif.). Loosely speaking, you can think of .mp3 as the .jpg of audio. It’s a format for saving sound files.
The .mp3 file extension stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3. MPEG, in turn, stands for Motion Picture Experts… Continue reading
In Outlook and Outlook Express, you can organize the messages your inbox by sender, subject line, date received, or even the address to which the message was sent (helpful if you have mail from multiple email addresses delivered to one Inbox). Just click on the “From”, “Subject”, “Received”, or “To” headers above the list of messages. The list of messages will reorganize! You can reverse the order by clicking on… Continue reading
This site is a fun jaunt into art based on weather conditions, and it’s very easy to navigate. From the home page, just click on the type of weather you want to see in the Choose a Symbol box and view all the art for that type of weather.
Once you have chosen a symbol, the site displays a listing of art with thumbnails. Choose the one you want to… Continue reading
Some of you may remember the MSN Desktop Search Toolbar Beta version as the download of the week on June 3, 2005. This great and much-needed addition (in my opinion, at least) to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer really brought the browser up to speed. Well, if you like the Search bar’s tabbed browsing and other features, then you should be happy to know that the official version of… Continue reading
Feel like giving your computer some elbow room to get work done a little faster? Don’t want to remove any programs or files to do it?
Similar to the Scan Disk tool, Disk Cleanup is Windows XP’s tool to speed up your computer by removing temporary files that might be cluttering up your disk space. Unlike Scan Disk, Disk Cleanup doesn’t require rebooting your computer, and it gives you more… Continue reading
Do you ever see “Low Disk Space” error messages? They mean that your computer has used most of the open space on your disk and may not be working efficiently. This problem can cause programs to run slowly, even if you haven’t seen the “Low Disk Error” message yet. ~Chris Fisher… Continue reading
“Common-place is a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Common-place speaks–and listens–to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900. Common-place is a common place for all sorts of people to read about all sorts of things relating to early American… Continue reading
Did you hear that? Why is this site taking so long to load? What the heck is going on?
If you have asked those questions, then most likely you have visited a website that includes music as a part of its design. The owner of the website probably loves that song and wants to share it with everyone. If you have a favorite song and want to have it play… Continue reading
Last week your newsletter stopped showing up in my Inbox. What happened?
This problem is occurring more and more often with all email services. As the email filtering frenzy continues, email hosts end up blocking legitimate email (like this newsletter) while the “bad guys” sneak their unsolicited commercial e-junk (UCE) into your inbox. We’ve told you about MSN/Hotmail blocking pictures in HTML emails and all the… Continue reading
In tip 1841, we learned how to delete a continuous list of emails from your Inbox. What if there are some emails you don’t want to delete in the middle of the list? To deselect them, hold down the control key and click on them. They will be un-highlighted, and you can delete the rest of the list! ~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading
This site is amazing. Not just because of the videos, but because you really do learn the science of gardening.
Feed — This section has two videos: one about how carnivorous plants work and one about a garden in California and compost tea. They are both really interesting; you won’t be disappointed. This section also contains the interactive area called Garden Variety about the history of food and an article… Continue reading
Do you want to delete a continuous list of messages in your email inbox? Highlight the first message, press the shift key, and highlight the last message. Now they should all be highlighted. Just press delete, and the whole list disappears! ~Chris Fisher… Continue reading
This one gave me a real laugh: did you know that if a program admits to including adware in their licensing agreement and you accept that license, you are violating the agreement if you remove the adware! There may even be a legal obligation if the program is used without the adware. If I find adware on my system, I’m removing it—and any program that put it there. Go ahead… Continue reading
What does “IP” stand for?
Outside the computer world, IP sometimes stands for Intellectual Property.
In computer lingo, IP stands for “Internet Protocol”. You’ll often see it paired with TCP, “Transmission Control Protocol.” Together, TCP/IP allow two different computers to talk back and forth over the internet.
Every computer and server (email servers, IP hosts) has an IP address.The IP… Continue reading
If you have installed Windows XP, then you know that half the battle is keeping the system up-to-date with service packs and patches. This can actually take longer than the install. In fact, if you use a dial-up connection, it can take longer than a holiday weekend. This can be a real “time sucker”.
If people call you to fix their PC, you may find yourself installing Windows from time… Continue reading
Sept. 9, 2005- I noticed something as I was surfing through my favorite security sites, looking for any new threats on the horizon: a pattern of total domination by two worms over all other cyber menaces. During the past few months, Netsky and MyTob have taken control of many computer systems, surpassing only each other in the number of systems infected, with no relief for end-users in the future.
The… Continue reading
I am the only user name on my computer. How can I skip the user login step?
For security reasons, it can be a good idea to leave this be. However, if saving time is important to you, try the following:
In Windows XP Go to “Start” and choose “Run”.
In Windows Vista click “Start” and type in the Search Bar
A web site, no matter if it is two pages or 200, should have a consistent design throughout the site. Things like font selection, color scheme, and the use of graphics should all look like they are coming from the same place.
Consistent site design adds a coherency to the site, which lets the user know that yes, they are still on the same site. I’ve been to quite… Continue reading
“It only takes a small change. Instead of telling yourself you can’t, tell yourself you can. The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President’s Challenge can help motivate you to improve.”
I was scared of this site at first! As an adult who is fighting to get back in… Continue reading
Well, an interesting title like that makes you wonder what the site is about! You can find caffeine-related information here, as well as blogger-style updates and articles.
They did a study linking caffeine and obesity. You can read about that here. Are you ready for the fun part of the site? Click “Death By Caffeine”. Start by picking your poison — your
“This web site offers various tips and techniques for playing poker, both for the beginner playing for the first time, as well as the advanced player looking for new ideas.”
I have a vague idea of how to play poker and have a hard time keeping things straight in my head when I’m playing with real cards. Give me video poker or
I’ve shown a lot of galleries of collections, but this one takes the cake for me. Being an avid unicorn collector myself, it was nice to see someone who had a collection online.
There are a couple of sections I want to share with you: The Introduction, The Collection, and Unicorn Resources.
The Introduction — here you will find the intro to the site, as well as unicorn legends, and… Continue reading