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Free vector graphics editor


Could be useful. See (this one's for Windows, but there's a version for Mac and Linux, too) inkscape... read more

Where you belong


I've been in middle Tennessee the past 25 years, grew up in northern California, spent most of my 20s in L.A., but according to ... read more

Requiring (or not) a password in Windows


In Windows 7 (and possibly earlier and later versions), use NETPLWIZ and check (or uncheck) the box that says something to the effect of "require users to enter passwords." Make sure that your own username is highlighted before you c... read more

Turn your computer into a Chrome device

From NeverWare at neverware "Ready to turn your computer into a Chrome device? You're in the right spot. The ... read more

Open DNS

Just thought we'd mention ... read more

Bogus ransom emails


Just because the From is spoofed, it doesn't mean your email account is compromised. See: Ask Leo And here... read more

E-recycling services in Nashville


Electronic Waste-Recycling ... read more

URL expander


You might find this as useful as I just did: expandurl... read more

Opting out of ads


Useful site here to opt out of various online ads: aboutads.info. Some of the biggest name brands always seem to be conveniently unavailable.... read more

Is it down right now


Useful site to see if it's your connection (or firewall) or the site itself that's having a problem: Is It Down Right Now? Someone emailed us about their tool here:... read more

Running Windows in a Linux virtual machine


I'm going to try running Windows in a virtual machine after installing Linux on my PC, as per these instructions: superuser. It'll probably suck (because Linux sucks), b... read more

Another website/page of mine


It's a site called Patreon where they help creative people find patrons to support their work. My page is here: ... read more

Linux on Chromebook


Installing Ubuntu Linux on my Chromebook as per these instructions: lifehacker. I hope it works! And I hope I like i... read more

Facebook creeps me out


Every time Facebook shows me one of those notices saying something like "Hey there, we've been going through all of your posts and thought you might like to share this compilation," I feel like I'm being approached by some c... read more

Cool website


Here's a cool website I just learned of: atlasobscura "In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found,... read more

Google Chrome extensions

Some of these Google Chrome extensions want permission to "... read and change all your data on the websites you visit." What the ...? Why would I give ANYONE that kind of permission?... read more

Horse versus Google street view


I like horses. I like Google maps street view. The two don't like each other. See ... read more

Keyword, cookie, browser analytics failure


Some headlines Google News mistakenly thought I'd be interested in ... Is Jeb Bush Right About Barack Obama and Donald Trump? — The mainstream (pro-Bush/Clinton) media keep pretending Jeb is relevant. ... read more

Court to feds, explain marine's Facebook postings arrest


via Court to feds: Explain Marine's Facebook-postings arrest. "Brandon Raub's case exposes the ... read more

Upgrading to Windows 7


Yes, I know Windows 8... read more

Cleanliness counts

Click on this link to clean the inside of your screen: yahelite/lol/screenclean.swf... read more

Name generator

Name Generator - Cool Name ideas at the click of a button! I thought this, above, was kinda cool for generating a pseudonym. You can also generate a Medieval name, a Tw... read more

Which website would you choose?


If you were on a deserted island with an Internet connection and a pug, but could only access ONE website, which site would it be?(BTW, the pug is irrelevant, I just like pugs!) Facebook - 3 votes Google - 2 votes ... read more

Some Facebook users 'dislike' being used in online advertising


Some Facebook users 'dislike' being u... read more

Whatever happened to WordStar


I barely used it, but I found this interesting because I was once a "word processor" (human, not program) back in the mid-80s to early 90s.... read more

Care2, largest online community for healthy and green living


Care2 - largest online community for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare. "You Care. We Care2.Be a part of the world's largest community fo... read more

Things that make you say, you've got to be kidding

Just the other day I had bought a second wi-fi router from a seller on Craigslist to daisy-chain the two together (somehow) to improve the wireless signal throughout my house. No, it's not a big house.Anyway, last night our pow... read more

Computer stuff

Well, I've spent the better part of this long weekend trying to get not just a server setup, but a server with VMware setup. VMware is very cool virtualization software that's all the rage in the corporate world where... read more

Plleeaassee reeaadd! it was on goodmorning America


It's a very old hoax. Anything with a headline like that and mentioning Microsoft, AOL and Good Morning America in the same email almost HAS to be a hoax these days, and this one is. On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM, wrote:This ... read more

Possibly useful site


For those old gadgets you'd just as soon get rid of: gazelle My old Dell laptop is apparently worth $3... read more

Online graphics editing sites

These could be handy: citrify/ pixorial/ ... read more

How to anonymize your browsing

To anonymize your browsing, use one of these "anonymizer" sites and/or programs:Sites Anonymouse ... read more

E-waste computers, TV's, other electronics collection


There will be an E-Waste (computers, TV's, other electronics) collection held Saturday May 8 at the Walmart Supercenter located on Nolensville Pike a quarter mile south of Old ... read more

New poll


Are you upgrading to Windows 7? Take the poll, between the Admin section and the 1-800-Flowers ad. On the subject of Windows, here's a comparison I wrote up on my other website: ... read more

Website visibility tool


Thanks to GoDaddy phone support, I discover... read more

CAT5 RJ-45 Cable Pin-Outs


Eight Position (RJ-45) Modular Cable click here ... read more

Kaspersky Free Virus Scan


FAST & FREE security scan for your PC via Kaspersky Security Scan | Free Virus Scanner | Kaspersky Lab US.... read more

Downforeveryoneorjustme?

. I LOVE this service!... read more

Duplex printing

QuestionDuplex printing isn't working, but it worked before.ANSWER:Click Start, Control Panel, Printers and Faxes, right click and choose Properties on that printer. Click Device Settings tab, choose Duplex toward th... read more

Mailbox over the limit

QuestionI started getting notices that my mailbox is over it's limit. I have archived items over 90 days. What else can I do to stop these messages?Isn't this pretty much the same as archiving to my hard drive?I use ... read more

Loud "BEEP" sound

QuestionIs there any way to turn off the loud "BEEP" sound that occurs when Intel Proset detects a wireless network? I've tried going to control panel and muting all the sounds, but that doesn't seem to work.ANSWER:T... read more

Show Desktop icon missing

Question My "Show Desktop" icon just disappeared from my Quick Start menu. How do I restore that? ANSWER: It probably got "bumped" aside by something else putting an icon in that space. You can drag that double gr... read more

Transferring iTunes to new computer

Question How do I transfer iTunes to my new computer? ANSWER:I have copied your iTunes from the old computer to the new. If you haven't already "authorized" your current computer, ... read more

Data recovery

QuestionMy hard drive has died, and I've lost valuable data. If you can't recover it for me, is there a service who can?ANSWER:Here's the best one I've found: Gillware In... read more

Can't paste anything into Outlook

QuestionI can't paste anything into Outlook, but I can into Word, etc.ANSWER:Open Microsoft Word, go to TOOLS> OPTIONS> Select the SAVE tab and uncheck Embed smart tags.Also, there's a security feature in Outlo... read more

Set email to forward to someone else

QuestionHow do I set email (Outlook 2003) to forward to someone else while I'm out?ANSWER:In Outlook, click on Tools, Out of Office AssistantClick "I am currently out of the office…" and type your outgoin... read more

Can't see Sent Items in Outlook

QuestionI can't see any of my Sent Items in Outlook (2003) anymoreANSWER:Try the following:Click ViewArrange ByCurrent ViewCustomize Current ViewFilter = OFF... read more

Your old electronics might not be worthless after all

FYI, your old electronics might not be worthless after all. econewonline/samsclub/C... read more

Wireless not working

Question No matter where I go, the wireless is not working.ANSWER: I just had to "enable wireless" by right-clicking on the icon at the bottom-right of the task bar and choose Enable Radio. I could then connect right into the wi... read more

Access your Zune directly

Great info here:roysac/blog/2007/10/access-your-zune-from-windows-ex... read more

Items for Sale

Items for Sale... read more

Fixing profile problems in Outlook 2003

To recreate/fix your Outlook 2003 profile, do the following:Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel, Mailclick on Show ProfilesAdd a new profilegive it any NEW name you wantclick OK... read more

Special characters in Word Perfect for DOS

It all starts with Ctrl-V, followed by the number combinations shown on the screen that comes up.  For example, the tilde is Ctrl-V + 002, although it doesn't show up on my screen, but maybe it'll work on yours. The a... read more

AOL through Outlook using IMAP folders

PROBLEM:Can you tell me again how to move deleted emails to a deleted email folder?  The AOL Imap folder just crosses them out but leaves them there.SOLUTION:It's under Edit, Purge Deleted Messages.... read more

Go Green & Save the Environment with 4 All Memory

Go Green & Save the Environment with 4 All Memory... read more

Ten More Ways to Detect Computer Malware

blogs.techrepublic/10things/?p=1069&tag=nl.e101... read more

Screensavers

Avoid and toolbars that don't come with Windows from Microsoft. I just had a customer whose Internet Explorer wouldn't close after they installed "My.Freeze.Com" screensaver. Luckily, it uninstalled properly when using its uninstall p... read more

How to make Outlook 2003 open to your calendar by default

copied from helpdesk.ilstu/kb/index.phtml?kbid=1326 By default, when you launch Outlook it opens to your Inbox. You can create a shor... read more

Adding Safe Mode to your boot menu

Windows VISTA and 7 require BCDEDIT for this.  With XP (and NT and 2000), you can use any old text editor.  First make sure the file is not marked... read more

File sharing between XP Home and XP Pro

PROBLEM:You get this error message when trying to access a Windows XP Home computer from a Windows XP Pro computer:       "The user has not been granted the requested login type at this computer"... read more

Saving Word documents

In Word 2003 (and possibly older versions), go to Tools, Options, Save and check (if not already) the following settings:Always create backup copyAllow background savesMake local copy of files stored on... read more

ComputerHelp store

The store is new, but the items are used. Tested and good, but used.Let's hope this second attempt goes better than the first!  I'm tempted to call the items "old junk," but there are some almost-new things, too. &nbs... read more

"Environmentally-responsible" ink

This looks promising, "environmentally-responsible" ink from Dell.  Ihave no idea if it's any good.  Le... read more

New German laptop

very cool!youtube/watch_popup?v=7H0K1k54t6A... read more

Cool feature just discovered on Google Translate

I received an error in some foreign language I didn't even recognize, let alone understand, on the computer.  I went to translate.google and typed in one of the words from the error and chose "Detect language" in the "... read more

Good Search

Good Search... read more

Install multiple apps at once without toolbars or clicking Next

Fantastic online app here. It does what I've done before (not a working copy), but they do it better. I'm no... read more

Removing Windows Desktop Search

Well, I thought I liked this version 4 better than version 3.  I hated version 3.  But, it turns out, version 4 is no better.  It starts and finds things quicker (for me, anyway), but it ruins the computer's... read more

External hard drive gone bad

PROBLEM: I haven't totally written it off as dead, but my back-up external drive that holds 500gigs won't power on now. I made a back-up of all the data maybe a month ago, but there are some things I must have missed. In case I can't ... read more

Don't visit these sites (unprotected, anyway)


Just visited these sites, and my antivirus popped-up saying it had blocked a Trojan Horse coming from there (or one ... read more

Pre-paid smartphones


I just thought this was interesting/cool:news.cnet/8301-30686_3-20005349-266.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.1... read more

Used computer parts

Cables, computers, printers, drives, etc. Go to: ... read more

CDs/DVDs not what they're cracked up to be

Probably ought to save things to other computers and/or external hard drives and/or sign up for ... read more

Hack attack?

Question There was a couple parked on the curb on Wed from 8am to 12pm on Wed. The girl was like a look-out, it seemed. When I was going to work she gave me a suspicious look, so I drove around in a circle and drove b... read more

Converting IP v4 to IP v6

This should be useful now that the world is converting to IP v6: emailtalk/IPV4ToIPV6.aspx... read more

Gmail's unsubscribe feature

I hate to promote Google since they already rule the online world, but they do some things very well, e.g., their "unsubscribe" feature in Gmail. In a message, click on Show Details and you should see the option to "... read more

Software updater

CNET has created a fantastic new service called Tech Tracker that I wish I'd come up with. It tracks and keeps up to date all of the software on your computer! Mac or Windows! The only catch is that you have to create an account on th... read more

Video download sites

A couple of useful sites here for downloading videos for later viewing. I know I often want to watch a video later, not right then and there. Anyway, here are a couple of links: splandoo/ ... read more

Your outgoing mail server

Hopefully yours is listed here, anyway. :) amailsender/support/smtpserver/... read more

A new search engine

Cuil (pronounced "cool"). And here's a good reason to use it (or StartPage) instead of Google: ... read more

Watching the watchers

Keep an eye on who's keeping an eye on you, here: ghostery/... read more

Ransomware

Beware of this scam. Don't bother trying to get them to help you unlock your pc: rt/Sci_Tech/2010-08-31/hackers-gang-russian-bust.h... read more

Open dialog default sort order

Mine got messed up somehow, and it drove me nuts until I found this: jevon/wiki/Changing... read more

Missed appointment

Well, it's happened again, luckily for only the second time in my career. A customer called me to their house, only to not be home or pretend to not be home when I got there. People, if you change your mind, just call and cancel! Ther... read more

Man loses $20 million after taking laptop for repair | ITworld

We promise to never do anything even remotely similar to this! Man loses $20 million after taking laptop for repair | ITw... read more

Fix for "ytimg" browser hang

Got a tip, thought I'd share it here. Add the following to your HOSTS file ("C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts"): #fix for ytimg.exe browser hang problem 74.125.162.39 static.cache.l.... read more

Human resource management software

Open Source Human Resource Management Software. FYI in case you're looking for such, even though we hate the term "human resource." Ironically, it's dehumanizing. :) via Human Res... read more

Simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hacker's attempts

via How simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hackers attem... read more

Hackers leak 6.5 mln LinkedIn passwords

Hackers leak 6.5 mln LinkedIn passwords Time to change your LinkedIn password. eHarmony, too, apparently.... read more

Yes, that PC cleanup app you saw on TV at 3am is a waste

"their next play is to make it seem like everything is wrong with your PC" via ... read more

Subscription confirmation

[wysija_page]... read more

How to restore contacts in Windows Live Mail

Q:  I had some problems with this program.  I fixed the POP and SMTP server designations, and it works now.  However, I've lost my contacts — the folder is blank.  The funny thing is, when I type some letters... read more

Save yourself a lot of trouble

If you get a pop up on your computer saying, "You're infected!  Download Antivirus 2010 [or something similar] to fix it!", DOn't DO IT!  It's a trick.  As soon as you click on it, you're infected.  ... read more

Online backup

I'm trying out this online backup system called Nordic Backup.  So far, so good.  Click here to... read more

Free remote control software

This looks really good: teamviewer/index.aspx Of course, I've already been using the one from Zoho, too, here: ... read more

Google: Fake antivirus makes up 15 percent of all malware

  Google: Fake antivirus makes up 15 percent of all malware | Tech News on ZDNet... read more

Hard Drive Manufacturers Slash Warranty Periods

Hard Drive Manufacturers Slash Warranty Periods That's on new drives. So, from now on, mo... read more


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