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Download YouTube Videos the Easy Way!
This is a real quick and easy one for all our YouTube users out
there. Say you really like a video - I mean, like it enough to want
to download it. What do you do?
Bookmark it and come back every time you want to see it?
How about this:
While on YouTube, navigate to a video you want to download to your
computer and up in the address bar of your browser, replace
the “Y” in YouTube with a number 3 and hit enter.
Look at this picture for an example:
You'll be taken to the 3ouTube site where you'll have the choice of
downloading in MP4 or FLV formats!
Time to fill up that hard-drive!
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Is there any way to include my favorites on my Windows XP Start
I don’t know about you, but I have
about a billion favorites and go to my list quite frequently. To do
this, I very obviously open my browser (Internet Explorer) and go
forgot that there is another quicker way to get your favorites
without even opening your browser.
First, go to your
Start button and right-click it. Left-click on
will now see two types of start menus. Note the one that you
“Start Menu” option is checked, first left-click on Customize.
Next look under
“Start menu items” and check
OK, and then click on Apply, and
This is what it now looks
If you have your
computer setup with the “Classic Start
Menu”, first left-click on
Then look at the
list under “Advanced Startup Options”
and put a check next to “Display
Favorites”. Click on OK,
and then click on OK again.
This is what it
now looks like:
Now when you go
to your Start up menu, your Favorites are right there, ready and
waiting. : )
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Fill Cell Contents Without using the Fill Handle
We all know that
in MS Excel the bottom right corner of a cell selection is called
the Fill Handle.
It's an extremely useful tool. With just a drag and drop of the
fill handle will copy information or continue a series of data in
consecutive cells without the need for the whole copy / paste
What could be better?
Well… what if we could remove the "drag and drop" part
of that whole thing?
You're maybe wondering why you'd need to ever remove the drag
and drop from this process…
ask you, what if the formula that you want to fill down by
highlighting a column of 500 rows?
you really want to drag the fill handle down 500 rows?
And someone else is considering the whole enter your data then
use Ctrl + Enter thing which will fill a selected range of cells
with that same data.
Again I must ask, do you really want to highlight 500
OK, so many of us have come to the conclusion that for large
amounts of data maybe a way around the whole selection of a lot of
cells would be a good plan.
Fortunately, I have one and here it is.
- Enter the
formula (or data item) that will need to be filled down the column
into the top cell
- Hit Ctrl
+ Enter (to keep the cell with the data selected - otherwise
you have to move the cell selection back to that top
- Double-click on the fill handle
The formula or data has been filled down the column until there
was a break in the data in an adjacent cell.
Meaning that if you have 500 consecutive rows of entries and
need to add another column of identical data or formulas to each
row you could enter the formula only once (in the first row),
double-click that cell's fill handle and Excel finishes all the
Now, if I could just get Excel to do all the work on my daily
To Do List I'd really be a happy camper!
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How to Rip DVDs with ImgBurn
If you know about using the VLC
player to rip a DVD to an MPEG-1 file, then remember it’s not
the only way. Technically, this gets the job done, but there are
other options available. Storage is very cheap, so why not retain
the full image quality and size as well as all the menus,
languages, subtitles and bonus material from the original DVD?
Using ImgBurn for free (www.imgburn.com), you can
rip the entire disc to an ISO file and then use the VLC player to
watch the DVD just like you would have if you had the physical disc
in your drive.
After downloading and installing
ImgBurn, a wizard will appear and offer you a few
You will need to choose
‘Create image file from disc’.
Before we start ripping, we have to
prevent ImgBurn from splitting the file into multiple parts. This
is because we want a single ISO file of the entire disc. Go to
Tools > Settings and click on the Read tab. Under Options,
change the value of File Splitting from Auto to None. Click OK to
go back to the main screen.
The main screen shows you everything
you would want to know about the disc. Under Destination, click the
folder and navigate to a location where you want to store the image
file. Be sure you have enough space. Look in the window on the
right, the value for Size is how many bytes the disc contains (this
disc is 4.6 Gigs).
When you are ready, click the button
at the bottom with the green arrow. The ripping process will begin
and the screen will give you a progress indicator including the
estimated time remaining.
This will take some time, so it you
might as well occupy yourself with something else! A dual layer
disc can hold more than 8 Gigs and you should rip at the lowest
speed you can bear for best results.
When it’s done you will have a
file called ‘Name of the disc’ .ISO.
Now, start VLC player and select
Open > File. Navigate to the ISO file and select it. VLC player
will start playing the file and the result will be the same as it
would if you were playing the physical disc.
Now you can enjoy the full quality
and functionality of the DVD without having to lug around all the
ImgBurn is a very powerful piece of
software that does a lot of other things, including burning image
files to disc, and it is completely FREE! It runs on all versions
of Windows, including Vista and all 64-bit versions of
One thing ImgBurn will NOT do is rip
encrypted discs (discs with CSS and/or Macrovision). For that, you
need a tool called DVD Decrypter. The developer of DVD Decrypter no
longer works on the software due to issues with the Macrovision
corporation and the obvious DMCA violations that the product
allows. It wouldn’t be proper to advise you on how to rip
protected material or commit DMCA violations, but if you do happen
to obtain a copy of DVD Decrypter, you will see that its interface
and operation is very similar to that of ImgBurn.
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Tag Along Software
Never heard of it, have you? That's because I'm making a name for
it right now. If anyone out there has tried to download a program
like Adobe Acrobat or Flash Player, you may have noticed there's
now a pre-selected option to also install additional program like
McAfee Security Scan.
You don't really need that, do you?
Yeah, me either. So make sure you un-check it before you hit that
I venture that we'll be seeing more of this type of “tag
along” software in the future, so always make sure to read
carefully before agreeing to anything!
Just a heads up.
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Have you ever
found yourself asking whether or not something is still safe to
eat? I know I do! Especially when you consider all the different
markings on labels: sell by, use by, expires on, etc. Well here at
Still Tasty you will find the answers to your questions.
The site is
divided into three categories, they are:
Keep it or
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food item or toss it. It is divided into food categories to make it
quick and easy for you to find the item you have questions
categories are: fruits, vegetables, eggs & dairy, meat &
poultry, fish & shellfish, nuts & legumes, grains &
pasta, condiments & oils, herbs & spices, snacks &
sweets, baked goods, and last but not least, beverages. As you can
see, they really break it down.
If you know
exactly what you’re looking for you can also use the search
engine provided above the categories. Just type in your item, and
click the search button.
Questions Answered – here you will find a listing of food
safety questions that you may have always wanted the answer to. For
example: is it safe to refreeze thawed meat? If you have a question
that hasn’t been answered yet, click the link after the
question and you’ll be taken to a page that will provide you
with the e-mail address to send your questions to.
Shelf Talk -
this section is a series of food articles. One I think everyone
should read and pass along is: Expiration Dates: Should You Pay
Attention? There is a lot of helpful information in it about the
different kinds of dates that you find on food products.
You’ll also find an article on keeping your fruits tasty, and
one on three different way to defrost foods.
This is a
great site that helps take the guess work out of whether your food
is still good to keep or not. Check it out today!
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