Friday, October 31, 2008

Simple and Easy to Use Cell Phones

Many of today’s cell phones are complex multimedia gadgets. That’s great for some people. But older folks might prefer a phone that is easier to use.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just what is PDF format, how do I view it, and why do people use it?

I got a manual for a monitor, but it was not a paper printed manual, it was in PDF form! Question: How do I convert those 1's and 0's and all that other stuff into simple plain English?? And why do they put it in PDF in the first place? Why not simply put it in English to begin with? Seems like an avoidable second step. What is a PDF document?

Why are emails I send with attachments not being delivered?

I have noticed that a number of my emails w/attachments have not been delivered. One ISP actually told me the email was not delivered. I divided it into 2 emails w/attachments of less than 100kb and it seemed to be delivered. Could this be my problem (I have and pay for Hotmail and receive large files up to 20mb regularly) or a problem with my correspondent's email account?

I received a comment today, October 31st, that the link to Leo's site was not working well. Therefore I changed the link to his home page. The article about the emails w/attachment is on that home page now. If it has moved when you go there simply do a search on his site for that article. Don

GetHuman database of secret phone numbers

When you're tired of wasting money and time due to phone systems that require you to press 10 or more options in order to reach a real person and spending many minutes or even hours on hold, consult the GetHuman database of secret phone numbers and codes that immediately get an actual, live person on the customer service line for at nearly 1000 major companies.

35 Things Every PC User Should Know

Want to speed up your broadband connection? Diagnose mysterious crashes? Move massive files across the Internet? Sooner or later, you will--and you'll find step-by-step instructions for these and other common PC tasks right here.

Blu-ray is dead - heckuva job, Sony!

Blu-ray is in a death spiral. 12 months from now Blu-ray will be a videophile niche, not a mass market product.

With only a 4% share of US movie disc sales and HD download capability arriving, the Blu-ray disc Association (BDA) is still smoking dope. Even $150 Blu-ray players won’t save it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Online User Reviews: Can They Be Trusted?

They're all over the Web. Everybody reads them. But are reader reviews reliable enough to depend on when it comes to spending your cold, hard cash?

K9 Web Protection

K9 Web Protection is our free Internet filtering and control solution for the home. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Forget a Password? Hack Your Own PC!

Few will admit it openly, but forgetting the password that gets you in to your PC is a popular problem. In the "old days" this often meant that you'd have to reinstall Windows to get in - meaning everything on your computer would be lost.

Today's story is a bit different. If you've forgot your password, just hack in! Anyone can do it (even you) since the tools are readily available and completely free.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

TreeSize Free

If your hard drive is getting full or you notice the space is filling up fast, a handy tool to use in order to find where all your space is going is:

Friday, October 24, 2008


WinExt provides quick access to your programs, desktop icons and files in a bar that stretches across the top of your screen. Though you can get most of what it offers via the Windows Start Menu, it makes getting to things a little faster.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Virustotal is a FREE service that analyzes suspicious files and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines.

Hackers Renew Airline-Ticket Scam Spam

In a reprise of a summer tactic, hackers are trying to trick people into infecting their PCs with malware by sending them e-mail that poses as bogus airline ticket invoices and boarding passes, a security company said Monday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gmail Manager

Gmail Manager has loads of options you can tweak, like new-mail notifications, a numeric unread-mail count, and a pop-up "snippet" box. In short, it does everything you could want short of actually reading your mail for you. This is a killer Firefox extension and a must-have for anyone who uses multiple Gmail accounts.

Zombie PCs: ‘Time to infection is less than five minutes’

A horrifying new article in The New York Times offers the lowdown on "zombie computers," the half-a-million-or-so machines that are converted, assembled into systems called "botnets" and forced to do a shadowy figure's bidding, namely in the form of automated programs that send the majority of e-mail spam, illegally seek financial information and install malicious software on still more PCs. Lock up your Windows and children!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Gas Prices

The price for gas fluctuates daily and depending on what side of town you are on the prices can vary, sometimes significantly. So to help find the lowest price in town, check out this

Secure your Computer

Without security software, any computer with an Internet connection leaves you open to hackers, identity theft, and file corruption. Before you settle in with your new software, make sure your machine is ready to protect you and your data. provides security software to fill a wide variety of needs--browse our categories below.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Remove personal data from online databases

There is an endless supply of information on the Web. And some of it is about you. You may have created some of that information yourself. It could be social-networking profiles, blogs or other content.

What you put out there is your business. But personal information can come from other sources as well. Your address, phone number, date of birth and more are online. This information comes from public records and marketing databases. Click on Kim's photo.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed

On Friday, Microsoft gave computer makers a six-month extension for offering Windows XP on newly-shipped PCs. While this doesn’t impact enterprise IT — because volume licensing agreements will allow IT to keep installing Windows XP for many years to come — the move is another symbolic nail in Vista’s coffin.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Image Composite Editor

What is Image Composite Editor?
Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. The application takes a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution. The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of formats.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Fixya provides Free tech support and technical help for gadgets, electronic equipment and consumer products. Fixya's technical experts advise on fixing problems and provide instructions on proper usage of products either by chat or message posting. Fixya stores manuals and troubleshooting guides for over half a million products. Fixya's tech support community will provide a quick solution for your "how to" problem.

Tech Support, Manuals & Troubleshooting for Consumers

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Yahoo! Answers

At Yahoo An­­swers, regular folks write in questions ("How do I get the ring around the collar off of my white dress shirt and make it white again?") and site users offer helpful answers. The answers are rated on usefulness by other users.

Friday, October 10, 2008

I am getting better

On October 1st, I had a spinal fusion. It was pretty rough. However, I am confident that my back will be a whole lot better. The recovery period is long and I am quite limited in activity.

I am home now and I can only sit at the computer for a few minutes at a time. I will post whatever I can in these short periods.


The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed

On Friday, Microsoft gave computer makers a six-month extension for offering Windows XP on newly-shipped PCs. While this doesn’t impact enterprise IT — because volume licensing agreements will allow IT to keep installing Windows XP for many years to come — the move is another symbolic nail in Vista’s coffin.