Sunday, November 30, 2008

Foxit Reader 3.0 Build 1120

I stopped using Adobe reader years ago and have been using this no nonsense, easy to use PDF reader. ...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Send Email To Any Cellphone

Here is a comprehensive list of the SMS gateways to email a message to your friends/family cellphone. You just need to know your friends’ phone numbers and the carrier they are on. ...

End Of The Year Tax Planning

Wells Fargo Small Business Banking Roundup posted the changes in the . There is also a tip in their Roundup with regards to . Good reading!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Online Coupons

I just ordered up a calendar and wanted to see if there was any "promo" code to help with the cost or shipping. Sure enough, at there was a code to waive the shipping.

The New York Times wrote up a little diddy on Internet merchants that are offering steep discounts to anyone willing to punch in a secret coupon code or visit a rebate site for a “referral” before loading up their virtual cart. Bonus code! ...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

How to Associate a File Extension Type With a Program in Vista

Even after using Vista for the better part of this year, I still don't know where certain advanced settings are located in the goofy Control Panel interface.

When I wasn't able to find how to associate a file extension, a Vista forum explained the 2 methods to do it. (You have to scroll down a bit to get to the article) Handy! ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Turn Off AutoArchive - Outlook 2007

I thought by turning off autoarchive in the options menu for Outlook 2007 that it would do exactly what it was suppose to do: Turns off autoarchive for all folders, including individual folders.

But then when I noticed that my deleted/sent folders were clearing themselves out mysteriously, I knew that it wasn't working the way it always worked in Outlook 2003.

There is one more step you need to do to preserve all your Outlook data and not have it go to the autoarchive black hole.

1. On the Go menu, click Folder List, right-click the folder you want stop the AutoArchive feature and then click on Properties.

2. Click the AutoArchive tab.

3. Select the Do not archive items in this folder option.

For more information such as canceling autoarchive, ...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HP Extends One Week Shutdown

Here is one way to rein in costs, close your shop for 2 weeks. Hewlett-Packard has notified employees that it will extend its planned one-week holiday shutdown by an additional week as a cost-cutting measure. Yep, that ought to do it. No need to worry if you have a job when you get back from the holidays. ...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Geek Tool Of The Day

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility

When you are working on a computer and installing a new program, the installation suddenly fails. Come on! It's Windows and that is bound to happen. Sure you try to reinstall/remove, stand on one foot and rub your belly and it just aint going to install.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility might be able to help. You can use the utility to remove installation information for programs that were installed using Windows Installer. Be aware that Windows Installer CleanUp Utility will not remove the actual program from your computer, just the data ABOUT the program. However, it will remove the installation files so that you can start the installation, upgrade, or uninstall over. ...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Known Issue Causing WORD 2007 To Crash When Closing - It's Your HP Printer Driver

Temporary Workaround Available

There is a known issue with some Hewlett-Packard printer drivers, which causes Microsoft Office 2007 programs to close unexpectedly when your HP printer is set as the default printer. Hewlett-Packard is aware of the problem and is working on a solution.

A driver is software that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or devices. Without drivers, the hardware you connect to your computer (for example, a video card or a webcam) will not work properly.

Recommendation:

Until a permanent solution is available, you can prevent this error from occurring again by temporarily changing your default printer settings. Here's how to do this:

Open Printers Folder:

Identify the default printer (the HP printer with a check mark in its icon).

Right-click any other non-HP printer listed and click Set as default printer.

If no other printers are listed, click Add a printer and follow the steps in the Add Printer wizard to set up a non-HP printer as the default printer on your computer.

Close the Printers window.

Open the Microsoft Office 2007 program you were using when the problem occurred and check to see if the problem has gone away. If it has not, then repeat the previous steps, making sure that a non-HP printer is selected as the default printer.

Try printing to your HP printer.

Until a solution to this problem is available, printing to your HP printer will require that you specify the printer each time you start a print job. The method for doing this will vary by program. Here are three common ways to do this:

Within the program, click File, click Print, and then select your HP printer.

Within the program, click Print, click Preferences, and then select your HP printer.

Within the program, click File, click Print, click Page Setup, click Printers, and then select your HP printer.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Newegg Holiday Wish List Sweepstakes

Oh boy! I love sweepstakes!

And when Newegg offers me to Get the Gifts You Want. Build your Dream Wish List at Newegg.com today! Sign me up! Read on...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Star Trek Prequel Trailer

The next Star Trek movie isn't due out until May 9, 2009. The movie features Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), McCoy (Karl Urban) and all the others in their youth, leading up to the first voyages of the Starship Enterprise.

The Star Trek site lets you download the trailer to your iPod or iPhone and if you have the hardware and bandwidth, be sure to download the 1080p version (labeled "Trailer 2," Trailer 1 is more tease than preview) ...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Let Me Google That For You

As a tech support person I get the oddest and easiest questions. This would be a fun site to share with some of those inquiries.

Try Let Me Google That For You. Enter a search term, click the Google Search button, and a link appears that you can copy, paste and send. When they click the link, an animation displays the complicated process of searching Google for information, and then directs the user to the actual search results page from Google. Use it today! .

Thanks go to Jackson at lifehacker.com!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Kingston 64GB Flash Drive

I just posted a month ago about the and now look! 64GB's of pocket storage in fashionable red or black colors. Oohhh...Aahhhh! ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Undelete Plus - For Free

Oh goodie! More free software!

Undelete Plus is powerful file recovery and hard drive recovery software that is usually not free. For a limited time (from their website), they are releasing the program for free! Even if you don’t have any reason to use this program right now, it’s probably a good idea to since they are giving it away for free for a little while. ...

Monday, November 17, 2008

ZoneAlarm 2009 Pro Free Tomorrow Only

Thanks go to Lifehacker.com for giving us a shout out about FREE software. We like free software!

Normally $40, ZoneAlarm Pro will be available tomorrow (11/18) for the low, low price of free. I'll update this post with the direct link as soon as it is available. ...

UPDATE* Tried to this morning but kept getting "The specified Username already exists".

UPDATE2* Now you can click on the above link and sign up for the freebie.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Secunia Online Software Inspector

Scan, detect, and update vulnerable programs. The Secunia Software Inspectors are the first internal vulnerability scanners that focus solely on detection and assessment of missing security patches and end-of-life programs - the result is an unprecedented level of scan accuracy. Scanning for missing security patches and vulnerabilities have never been easier or more precise.

The Software Inspectors are perfect supplements to Windows Update as they inform about missing patches for thousands of third party program. ...

Note* The scan will find JAVA out-of date. Just update JAVA to the latest version, don't bother trying to update the older versions.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Xperia X1a

The XPERIA X1a is now available for pre-order on the Best Buy site. For $799 you can get an unlocked version of this phone in about 2 weeks. I think I will wait to see what the pricing plan is when it rolls to AT&T. ...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Broadband Over Powerlines

IBM said Wednesday that it has struck a $9.6 million deal with International Broadband Electric Communications under which it will deploy high-speed Internet service that runs over powerlines in rural U.S. markets underserved by traditional broadband technology. ...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

12 Unnecessary Vista Features

Here is a great article that will help you tweak Vista. Albeit it isn't the end all to everything that should be stopped/disabled, it is a good start to regaining PC performance. ...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Outlook 2007 Help Files Updated

This update installs the latest assistance content for the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Help file. ...

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Matrix Runs On Windows

The folks at College Humor have produced a short video showing .

Take the red pill. Get the blue screen. Funny stuff!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Karen's Replicator 3.6.4

There is a lot of backup software out there and I am happy with the free version of .

However, when I see a free backup tool with a 4.88 rating from MajorGeeks, I've got to give it blog time.

I ran a backup of my 4GB flash drive to my network drive. The replicator let me setup a manual job and copy files only if changed, compare time of last modification, copy only if source is new and compare files sizes.

Also, you don't need Windows logon passwords to set a schedule as you do with SyncBack.

I will use it for awhile and report back if I find anything I don't like about it. ...

Friday, November 07, 2008

Protect Your Wireless Network From WPA Hack

WPA security has now been cracked, rendering all but the most tightly-locked networks open for hacking.

Researchers by the name of Erik Tews and Martin Beck were the ones to do the cracking, finding a way to break the temporary Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) in under 15 minutes. They haven't, however, figured out how to gain access to the data that travels between the PC and the router, so that's a plus.

So what should you do to secure your network? Switch to WPA2, which is still uncracked for the time being. ...

Thursday, November 06, 2008

SideSlide 3.0.00b3 Beta

SideSlide is an advanced, unobtrusive, dockable, skinnable, instantly accessible, highly configurable desktop extension. SideSlide will help you get rid of the desktop clutter. You are going to want to check it out! You can even run it from a .

Dock SideSlide to any screen edge; keep shortcuts to files, folders and URLs you frequently visit; execute various commands quicker than ever; add multiple notes; multiple, sizable, pictures; schedule reminders; save web snippets and more! ...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Make Your Computer Talk

Take a moment and check out this tutorial that allows your computer to talk whatever you type. It's fun! (Please note* that one of the " characters is wrong, so just redo each one in the script) ...

Monday, November 03, 2008

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Product Reviews - Test 2008

It is almost that time of the year, so why aren't you thinking about holiday gift giving yet?

just tested and rated more than 100 of the years hottest new and upcoming gadgets, gizmos and products. Get your new toy on! ...