Saturday, January 22nd, 2005 by
If you have a wireless mouse it’s a good idea to change your batteries ever month or two. Even better, get rechargeable batteries and make charging them part of your regular maintenance routine… Continue reading
This site is about Distorted Illusions. You will need Flash and Java to view these examples, each is clearly labeled and you can even download it right from the example to get what you need to see it.
Some of the Distorted Illusions I enjoyed were:
Anamorphic Illusions: where you use a mirror to see the real image. Check that one out and super size it.
Breathing Objects is my… Continue reading
OK notebook/laptop computer users—here’s one especially for you.
You carry your computer around all day for business, surf the web via Wi-Fi at the coffee shop, plug it into a projector for Power Point presentations, etc.
If you’re smart, you recharge it while driving to your next appointment, carry an AC adapter with you, or use a “docking station” while at your desk. But how do you know how much… Continue reading
Checking your Add/Remove programs can help you detect applications that may have snuck through your antivrus and firewall. Malicious programs and “foistware” (programs bundled with other software) can be installed without you knowing it. If you see a program you don’t need or don’t remember installing in the Add/Remove then click “Remove” to get rid of it… Continue reading
“For centuries, humans have attempted to explain the Sun in terms of their own worldviews. The Sun can be a god, a demon, a mischievous spirit, an omnipotent creator or a ruthless taker of life. Whatever role it plays, most cultures have recognized the significance of the Sun as prime controller of all life on Earth.”
Learn about what role the sun has played in the early cultures of Indigenous… Continue reading
I don’t know if this happens to any of you, but for me it seems like I need my music in a different format every now and then. For example, I was making some slide shows for my family with all the digital photos I took over the year. Everything was moving along at a steady clip until it came time to put some music in. The program I was… Continue reading
I know there’s a few of you out there with Win ME. In most cases the Win 98 tips work for you, but ME was also a testing ground for new features like System Restore and folder compression that became part of XP.
Sometimes programs freeze up or don’t seem to be doing anything. I try everything and they still won’t move. Is there a way to take care of this?
I find this happens all the time when I’m editing a large image file, working on a Word document, or even surfing the web. What I’m about to tell you is a “last resort” method—you’ll lose… Continue reading
Some PCs have USB ports in the front and back. For best results, use the back ports for hardware such as printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, card readers, or digital camera docks—things you never or rarely unplug. Save the front USB ports for things you plug in/unplug often like digital cameras, mp3 players, “thumb drives”, etc… Continue reading
Learn all about Myths, Misconceptions, and Superstitions about Spiders. Here you can learn about General Myths, Identifying Spiders, House Spiders, Weird Myths, “Dangerous” Spiders, or you can choose all myths to view everything at once.
General Myths — This includes myths like: Spiders are insects, all spiders make webs, and all spiders are male, not to mention quite a few more. Check them out to get the spider facts.
Identifying… Continue reading
When doing a search you can use an asterisk (*) in place of letters or numbers. This is called a “wild card” and it really comes in handy.
Let’s say you’re looking for a file that starts with “ran” but aren’t sure what the rest of the name is. Just type in…
All files of any type that begin with “ran” will be found such as “randy.doc” or “rand-mcnally.exe”.… Continue reading
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
In order to get an RSS feed you’ll need a reader—these are called aggregators. There are many RSS readers out there—you’ll find that every RSS user has their preference. In addition to stand alone programs like Yahoo, News Gator, Bloglines, Netvibes, Google or Pageflakes, some email clients, like Opera Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird, have their own built in RSS reader that collects feeds just like it gathers email… Continue reading
Have you ever come upon a scene where the color was just magnificent? You know, it was like all the colors seemed to have been “turned up” a notch or two. The greens were vibrant, the blues were striking, the reds were intense—you get the picture.
If you’re like me, it’s almost impossible to keep your camera put away at a time like this, so out it… Continue reading
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
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
When you open a folder you’ll see the buttons in the toolbar at the top: Back, Forward, Up, Search, Folders, etc.
We’ve talked about “Back” and “Up” before and “Search” needs no explanation, but what about “Folders”?
Give it a click and find out. You’ll see that it brings all your folders, drives, etc. just like Windows Explorer. This makes for easy folder navigation.
Want to change back?… Continue reading
I have one of those USB “thumb drives” and when I plug it in Windows assigns a drive letter. Is there a way I can give it a name instead?
USB “thumb drives” are becoming more popular (and more affordable). Some are the size of your finger and can hold the same amount of data as a DVD or even more!
Each time you plug it… Continue reading
My monitor has a “Degauss” button and when I press it my screen gets zapped for a second. Is that what it’s supposed to do?
By pressing that button you scare the bad magnetism out of your monitor. OK, let’s get more technical.
Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors aim electrons onto the display screen by creating magnetic fields inside. Outside magnetic forces—for instance, the Earth’s magnetic… Continue reading
It feels good to hunt down downloads for our readers and bag a winner. This may be one of the most useful weekly downloads that I have ever found. I loved this little bugger from the moment I misspelled my first file, (about 5sec after install).
It’s called Tiny Spell, and what it does isn’t tiny at all. Tiny Spell can correct your spelling in any application within Windows—that’s HUGE… Continue reading
If you have a USB keyboard, you may find that if you boot to a system prompt it refuses to work. Seems no amount of key pounding solves the problem—it’s like the computer doesn’t even know the keyboard is there.
You see, USB sometimes won’t work outside the Windows environment. However, all is not lost—sometimes there is an option to enable USB keyboard and mice buried deep within the mysterious… Continue reading
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
One way to safely open suspicious email is to open in plain text mode. This prevents any nasties malicious code or rogue images hidden in the HTML from doing their thing. It will, however, also take out any formatting and pictures so don’t try reading the HTML version of our newsletter in plain text or it will look lame and plain. Here’s what to do…
Outlook Express: Go to Tools/Options… Continue reading
Why is it when I go to cancel a print job, the printer just keeps on printing? Is there a way to clear out all of the print jobs I have going?
Ahh, the uncancelable printer job. I think we’ve all been there, desperately yanking paper out of the printer, frantically punching power switches, pounding on the computer with
How do I add items to my Start Menu?
As you know, the Start Menu is the control center of your PC accessed by clicking the “Start” button down in the lower left-hand corner or by typing the Window key. Adding items to it isn’t that difficult.
Since there are two sides to the Start Menu, let’s start with the left…
If the item you want… Continue reading
When you do Ctrl+Alt+Delete in Windows XP you should get the Windows Task Manager. There you’ll see a list of running applications (programs). There is also a tab for “Processes” with a bunch of cryptic names like “SynTPEnh.exe” and such.
That said, let me tell you about a neat little trick to find out what processes match up with running applications…
Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up Task Manager. Choose an… Continue reading
OK, call me crazy, but I like my messy desktop. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t seem to understand this and every now and then makes me run the Desktop Cleanup on my Windows XP machine. Sure, I click the little “X” on the reminder balloon to make it go away, but nooooooo—within seconds it’s back. No amount of screaming seems to help, so I’m forced to go though their stupid