Friday, August 31, 2007

AbiWord

Just wanted to do a shout out with regards to an open source (freeware) word processing program.

My client receives emails with DOC extensions, but did not have Office 200x installed. (nor did she want to pay a couple hundred dollars for it)

So, I surfed on over to  and downloaded the free program and now she is good to go.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Clean Up Computer Desktop

I have seen many a cluttered computer desktop, with unused icons, or pieces of files that will never open because of incompatible program extensions.

Personally, I try to keep just 3 widgets and 3 shortcut icons, plus the recycle bin on my desktop at any given time. Anything else I put on there doesn't stay there for long. (i.e. WORD doc, Post-It note, etc)

If your wondering how you can take back your desktop and clean it up, take a moment to and read AJ's blog. ...

Windows Home Server Delayed

I have been keeping a watchful eye on Windows Home Server and just wanted to let you know that it has been delayed.

HP claims that last minute bug hunting and tweaks by Microsoft are going to delay the release of its MediaSmart product by "75 to 120 days." HP says now the MediaSmart server will ship late fall in time for the holidays. Um yeah... ... [via PC World]

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Security Alert!

If I have said it once I've said it many times before, if you don't know who the email is coming from, don't open it! ... [via TechnologyLIVE]

Monday, August 27, 2007

Windows Vista Tip

Just like with IE7, the File/Edit/View menu bar in Vista is not displayed as a default menu bar. (To turn it on in IE7, Click on Tools/Menu Bar)

In Vista, simply press the ALT key. Viola! ...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

RefDesk.com

How about this handy all-in-one website called RefDesk.com which offers more than a hundred free reference guides, online tools and websites – all from this one place.

You can easily access multiple search engines (such as Google, Yahoo! and Windows Live Search); free dictionaries, thesauruses and encyclopedias; calculators and conversion tools; top news headlines (and links to nearly 40 online news resources), a calendar and time center; driving directions; and "daily diversions" that range from comic strips and viral videos to online games and fast facts. Cool! [via TechnologyLIVE]

Friday, August 24, 2007

Windows Update Catalog - Geek Tip Of The Day

With the new , you can search for updates available through the Microsoft Update service and download them to your machine (regardless of whether the update is applicable to your machine). 

You can search using a keyword, KB article, MSRC bulletin, driver manufacturer, driver model, driver version, product, and/or classification. Way cool! ...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Phishing For Your Bank Info


If you haven't heard, Wells Fargo Bank had a and the phishers plan to take advantage of that. If you get an email from that bank, just delete it. ...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Google Sky

Google Earth will be launching a new feature allowing you to view stars, galaxies and nebulas later this week. You will need the newest version of to start enjoying stargazing. ...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Cloudprint

HP will soon be providing a free service that allows you to print documents using a mobile phone. ...

Wireless N Routers

After moving off ATNCrap DSL and on to cable internet, it was time for me to get a new router. So I bought a Linksys Wireless-N Broadband Router (WRT300N) and gave it a whirl.

After some issues with the wireless not connecting and the router not sending out a wireless signal, I took it back. It's just too expensive for it not to work seamlessly.

Now I am using the ole reliable Linksys Wireless G router (WRT54G) with a range booster.

PC World has an article regarding the  and a comparison .

Monday, August 20, 2007

Blu-Ray or HD DVD - Who Will Win?

I haven't made the move to a high definition DVD player yet, because frankly it reminds me of VHS or BETA debacle. Who will win? ()

The decision isn't ours because the availability of content will depend on what the studio magnates decide to put their movies on. More studios, including Sony and Disney, support Blu-ray exclusively. Only Universal Pictures supports HD DVD exclusively. Warner Bros. and Paramount release films in both formats.

Here is a , thanks to PC World.

UPDATE: which means Blu-ray loses access to Dreamworks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films, and also – notably – Dreamworks Animation.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Flash Padlock

Here is an interesting USB flash drive for those of you that use your flash drive to backup or carry around sensitive data information.

Corsair's Flash Padlock lets you enter a PIN number to lock or unlock the device and access your files. ...

If you are interested in one of these flash drives, they are readily available out in the retail market and the price is right. .

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dow Jones Indexes

With the recent dip in the Dow Jones index, I thought you might like to see how the Dow data looked through out the years. ...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Download Of The Day

WinOFF is a handy little utility that allows you to shut down Windows at a specific time, after a specific period, or when the CPU is idle or usage is low for a certain period of time. ... [via lifehacker]

Monday, August 13, 2007

Palm Pulls Faulty Updates For Verizon's Treo 700p/w/wx

Bummer, now they tell me this after I updated my Treo.

Seems this update renders your Treo useless when trying to connect to the data network. I have noted that I get an error when connecting, but it does connect.

I really should know better than patching or updating any software, whether on my Treo or computer until the patch has been out there for a month or so. ... [via engadget mobile]

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Toshiba Recalling More Batteries

"Allegedly" only 1400 units are affected and these batteries were in laptops sold the early part of last year.

My sister bought a Toshiba last year and I had her double check to see if she had one of these defective batteries. Sure enough she does and that's why the shout out regarding this. ...

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Feds Put $38 Billion Into Credit Markets

It's only $38 billion dollars, and perhaps it will help bail out the credit markets and keep the rest of us from having an issue which might cause lending to cease because lenders are increasingly afraid to take risks in today’s volatile environment. The Fed’s action, along with similar moves by the European Central Bank and others, tells banks that money is available if it’s needed to ensure that overnight bank lending and other routine transactions can continue. ...

Christopher Cagan, CoreLogic's director of research and analytics, predicts about 1.1 million ARMs totaling $325 billion will sink into foreclosure as rising monthly payments squeeze borrowers. After accounting for the money recovered through property sales, he expects the losses from the fallout to total $112 billion, with the damage spread out over six years. ...

I don't use my blog as a political outlet, but $38 billion is a "Band-Aid on a broken arm" amount of money to actually due much good. I just have to note how much money we waste in other areas of the government.  and/or .

Summer's Best Meteor Show

The annual is expected to be one of the best this year, producing one or two meteors per minute during peak hours.

The late-night hours this Sunday, on through the first light of dawn Monday,  holds the greatest promise of seeing a very fine Perseid display. ...

Friday, August 10, 2007

AudioGrabber 1.83

I had the original version of this software since 2000. It was my favorite way to rip a music CD and it worked wonderfully.

But I forgot about it because my version didn't work on XP. It's nice to see it back in action and getting rave reviews.

You can now even record your vinyl LP's or cassette tapes with Audiograbber and make wav's or MP3's of them. ... [via Major Geeks]

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Windows Vista Updates

Microsoft has released two updates to Windows Vista to enhance  and . If you have the issues listed in these updates,  you may want to apply these updates manually. Do so at your own risk. (I would recommend you wait a bit longer for testers to work through any flaws these updates have)

Microsoft today again refused to specify when the Vista performance and reliability updates would migrate to the company's automatic patching services; a spokeswoman would only say that the packs would post to Windows Update "in the near future." ... [via COMPUTERWORLD]

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

How To Talk To A Human

Oh! the frustration when calling companies that use either the voice prompt system or punch a bunch of numbers into the phone drill.

 has a great article on how to bypass that loop of fruitlessness!

If the generic methods fail, use one of the IVR cheat sheets such as the one found at GetHuman.com. It lists 500 companies and the single best method you can use to get directly to a person.

Thanks go to Bauer!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Spyware and Malware Threats Forecast

The experts at Lavasoft have put together a round-up of the top threats that they have been seeing, and unfortunately expect to see more of in the future. ...

Thanks go to Lori Lawrence for sharing this!

The Mother Of All Vendor Contact Information

If you are looking for a hardware or software vendor's phone number, address or website , look no further. ...

Thanks go to Bauer!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Microsoft WORD Tips

I was just thinking about this the other day and wondered if there was some way to go back into my WORD document to the exact place where I was last at without having to scroll down for days. And lookie here! There is a SHIFT + F5 shortcut, I did not know that.

Here are 7 more tips you might find useful. ...

Thanks go to !

Treo™ 700w/wx Updater 1.22

If you have a Treo 700w/wx from Verizon, you will want to update your phone with this new software.

Some of the updates include using your Treo as a wireless modem, but I have yet to figure out how that works. Also, you no longer have to press 2 keys just to turn the phone on and there is now one-touch access to the Speakerphone and Mute control buttons. ...

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Microholographic Recording Techniques

I just like the way that sounds, don't you?

More specifically, what is it you ask? Why it's the Microholas Project that a group of scientist are working on to store 500GB of data on a DVD-sized disc. Cool eh? ...

Saturday, August 04, 2007

GIMP Editing Tutorials

I don't know much about Photoshop or the intricacy of how to effectively use a imaging editor.

Lucky for us, GIMP, an open source, free image editor has these great tutorials provided by VnTutor. [via lifehacker] ...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Microsoft Document Image Writer

“Microsoft Document Image Writer” feature is not installed by default when you run Office 2007 setup. So in order to open and view or print the MDI files with Office 2007 you will need to install it.

  1. Go to Control Panel, select “Uninstall a program” link under Programs section.” (Add/Remove Programs in XP)
  2. Highlight Microsoft Office 2007 (it may show Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional, Small Business, Home and Student, etc).
  3. Click on “Change” located on the navigation link near the top of the window.
  4. Select “Add or Remove Features”, then click “Continue”.
  5. Expand “Office Tools” section.
  6. Click on the drop down list for “Microsoft Office Document Imaging” and select “Run all from My Computer”.
  7. Click “Continue”.
  8. Click “Close” when installation done.

You will need to go to Printers and Faxes via the Control Panel if it’s not displayed on your Start Menu and right click on “Microsoft Office Document Imaging Writer” and click on Properties. Next click on Printing Preferences button and then the Advanced Tab and set the Output format to MDI. (You can also set the Default folder location in that Tab)

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