Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005 by Andrew
What is Bluetooth technology? Get some answers here! Continue reading
This week’s download was sent to me by a thoughtful reader a month or so ago and after trying it out, I found it to be an easy to use and functional application. I thought that our terrific readers would find this as useful as I, so the decision to run this download was an easy one.
Alright, well I’m more than a little excited about this, because… Continue reading
Web Page Shortcut Keys
Wouldn’t it be cool to have hot-keys for your favorite web pages on your desktop? For instance, if you type Ctrl+Shift+G it would bring up Google while Ctrl+Shift+W would bring up Worldstart. Well, by combining a few simple techniques in Windows XP you can.
First, go to the web page that you want a shortcut for and put it on your desktop by right-clicking a blank… Continue reading
If you use an online email service (like Yahoo or MSN), log into an online store, or check your bank account, be sure to hit “Sign Out” or “Log off” when done. This way, no one can get on your computer after you and access your mail or information.
~ David… Continue reading
It’s hard to know where to begin with this site. Here you can find excellent pictures of Steam Cars. If you click the photo you either get an enlarged picture, or a page full of information about the car and what was taking place in the picture. Like the third photo from 2004 talks all about Thomas Edison. What incredible pictures! At the top of
“Drainspotting is all about paying attention to your surroundings. Manhole covers, drains, grates, trench covers—someone had to design all of these. Functional and ornamental, there’s a lot of interesting stuff happening down by your feet.” I was stymied over how to introduce this site to you so I thought, hey, I’ll use the introduction that lured me into hours of looking drain, man hole, grate and trench covers.
Most of… Continue reading
If you love puzzles, and solving them, you are going to love this site. This site has got everything that people who love puzzles can appreciate from Solving Tools to Guides, to a Newsletter all about puzzles.
Guide — The Guide is where you find information on everything pertaining to this league from membership to puzzle types to reference books you can use to solve puzzles… Continue reading
Welcome to the Empire State Building’s Official Site. The first thing that caught my eye was a section called “Lighting Schedule”. Here you can find out what colors will be lighting up the Empire State Building, and what they are representing. “The Empire State Building has developed an annual lighting schedule which honors National Holidays, seasons, the myriad ethnic groups living in the New… Continue reading
Much to the dismay of my wife my laptop became an extension of my body. With my wireless network I could work on projects and grab data off of my other computers from anywhere in the house, freeing me from the confines of my lonely basement. I was in cyber bliss and me, my laptop, and home network were ready for any challenge the world of technology could throw at… Continue reading
Let’s face it—just because something is in plain site doesn’t mean you’ll pay attention to it. That’s why Windows XP has an alarm to warn you when your battery is low. Best of all, it can be adjusted to suite your needs.
Go to Start/Control Panel/Power Options and look for the “Alarms” tab.
Check the box “Activate low battery alarm… Continue reading
Beware of fake security warnings!
Sometimes you’ll be surfing the web and a window pops up that looks like a legitimate warning from Windows. Before you click, read carefully and you’ll find that it’s just a pop up ad trying to entice you to a product site by clicking “Yes”. I’ve even seen some with a shield that resembles the new SP2 Security Center logo.
Just click the X at… Continue reading
If you have recently installed a firewall, or have just started having Internet Connection problems, it’s possible you have more than one firewall running. This can cause problems of all sorts from intermittent connection problems to complete loss of connectivity depending on the firewall combination running on your system. Now, this doesn’t apply to hardware firewalls such as routers—you can run one of these and have a personal… Continue reading
“Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss.” How can you help? Well by donating hair, of course! Here are the Donation Guidelines: 1. 10″ minimum hair length (tip to tip), not wigs, falls, or synthetic hair 2. Please bundle hair in ponytail or braid 3. Hair needs to be clean, dry, placed in a… Continue reading
What should I look for in a digital audio player?
As MP3 players and iPods gain in popularity you may be dizzy from the amount of choices as you consider jumping on the bandwagon. To help you along, here are some features to consider:
1. Does it allow multiple formats? Sure you primarily download MP3 files, but you may have WMA (Windows Media) or Ogg Vorbis… Continue reading
If you have wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) on your laptop but often switch over to a “land line” connection, be sure to turn off your Wi-Fi.
This helps keep you secure.
Your laptop may have a function key for this (looks like an antennae) but all brands are different—check your owner’s manual.… Continue reading
Join me at the Library of Congress to look at this wonderful map collection. With maps dating as far back as the 1500′s and as recent as 2004 there’s a lot this site has to offer.
Cities and Towns — As usual with the Library of Congress you choose the main topic you want to browse. In this case Cities and Towns, and then you choose how you want to… Continue reading
The time may come that you’ll need to reinstall your Windows XP. It could happen. Maybe you’ll add a new motherboard or hard drive. Maybe you’ll get constant errors and problems that just won’t go away. Or perhaps you’re a neat freak who wants to rid yourself of clutter and start fresh with a clean operating system. If you do reinstall Windows XP, then you’ll need to re-activate it too—that… Continue reading
ISO Can Be Fun! Really!
Ever notice that little button on your digital camera labeled ISO? Ever lie awake at night wondering what it’s for? Time to rest easy…
The ISO setting controls your camera’s sensitivity to light. Most cameras have a variety of exciting choices for this, including:
Of course, the number of choices on your camera will probably vary from my… Continue reading
When you are on a secure server (the address starts with “https:”) the page is NOT saved to your Temporary Internet Files so you can rest easy that your credit card info is not sitting in the cache. For more on secure servers, check out our web site…
Do you have mysterious music playing from your computer? If you hear “Fur Elise” or “It’s a Small Word” emanating from your CPU, this is a signal sent to the PC speaker from the computer’s BIOS that the CPU fan is failing or has failed, or that the power supply voltages have drifted out of tolerance. Waltz on over to your nearest repair shop and get it fixed… Continue reading
Win 98 users: ever wonder how long your computer’s been on? Go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools and select “System Information”. On the window look next to “Uptime” to see how many seconds, minutes, hours, and days that since your last restart. This is especially useful for those of you who keep your computer on 24/7
When entering the serial number for a program you’re installing, use the number keys that are above the letter keys on your keyboard. Sometimes the numbers on the keypad at the right side of your keyboard are interpreted as different characters. This will prevent the serial number from being accepted even though it looks right… Continue reading
I know, most of our tips are for Internet Explorer, but it’s a good idea to be familiar with more than one browser—like Firefox or Opera. That way if you have a problem accessing a page, or have other issues, you can check it on an alternate browser to see if it’s your connection, firewall, or the browser. For instance, Netscape 4 users have problems with… 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