Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Computer Tips [ Best Windows Shortcuts - Ever + Power Supply Warning + Pt 2 - Even More Horrible E-mail Mistakes ] 11/27/08

Computer No, this isn't Steve. You can tell because Steve never wears a suit :-)

Quick Tips

The Power Supply

So, tell me, has your computer ever made a noise that sounds like one of your fans is dying? I'm sure you would know if it has, because it can be pretty loud and it usually just sounds awful! Well, either way, I'm willing to bet that your fan really isn't the culprit here. Nope, it could be your power supply instead. If you have a noisy fan, you smell something burning or you see smoke or flames shooting out the back of your computer, you may very well have a problem with your power supply. And I assure you, that's a whole lot worse than a dead fan if you don't catch it right away. Keep reading for more on this!

There are many different things that could cause your power supply to go bad. For instance, the fan that runs next to your power supply could get clogged up with dust and dirt and start to run much slower or the fan's bearings could start to wear off. When those things happen, your power supply is at risk of overheating and it will eventually fail. Or, it could have nothing to do with your fan. Perhaps the power supply itself was faulty from the get go and it only took a matter of time before it failed completely.

Even more so, if you're having trouble with your computer shutting down and restarting itself at random times, that could be another indicator that your power supply is going bad. And since your motherboard, CPU, disk drives, etc. all work off of the power supply, it's not a good idea to take a chance on it getting any better. If you do, you'll just have more trouble down the road. Don't worry though, replacing a power supply is rather easy to do and it's fairly cost friendly. So, if your computer is experiencing any of the symptoms I mentioned above, you'll want to check into getting a new power supply. It's a small price to pay for the safety of your computer!

~ Erin

You can't stop now! There's so much more to read about. Keep going to learn all about the rest of the 25 most common e-mail mistakes people make, find out how to reverse a spell checker "oops" in MS Word and check out the biggest keyboard shortcut list you'll ever see. Also, be sure to check out this week's awesome download thanks to Gary and of course, don't miss Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!

Have a safe and happy holiday!


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Computers 101

Please fill me in on the rest of the 25 most common mistakes we all make when it comes to e-mail security. I'm dying to know!

As I promised in yesterday's newsletter, we will go over the remaining 13 mistakes a lot of us make when it comes to our e-mail safety. We've already covered 12 of them and they included everything from keeping spam accounts around to forgetting to use the BCC option to not backing up our important e-mails and so on.

So, tell me, how many of those have you done? If it was a lot, don't feel bad. It happens to all of us at one time or another, but after today, you will know everything you're not supposed to do when dealing with your e-mail and you'll be able to correct your mistakes. It's better late than never, right?! Okay, let's get started with the top 13, as continued from yesterday. Here we go!

13.) Believing Scam Titles - We've all received them before. You know, the e-mails that tell us we've won the lottery or that someone wants to send us a bunch of money or maybe even one that told us we won an iPod or a laptop. No matter which way they come through, they are all junk! Don't ever fall for one of these scams, because I'm here to tell you that they're just not true. They never were and they never will be. The best thing to do is just delete them from your Inbox as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you'll fall into the trap and you'll be the one to lose out in the end. Please trust me on this one!

14.) Falling for the Phish - This is another one that we've all probably fallen for before. Even the most experienced e-mail user probably opens up a phishing e-mail from time to time. Whether it's on purpose or by accident, those e-mails are tempting, but it's important to see those e-mails for what they really are. Phishers send out these types of fraud e-mails in an attempt to trick you into giving out some of your personal information, etc. This could be anything from your passwords to your bank account information, etc.

Phishing e-mails can come in several different forms as well. Usually, the phishers will steal the logo from a well known company and pass it off for the real thing. Some of the most popular ones are PayPal and different banks. The e-mail will then ask you to click on a link to verify some information and once you do that, you're done. They will have all of your personal information and you will have a hard time getting things back to normal. So, just be cautious with every e-mail you open. Don't give your personal details out to anyone. Keeping to yourself in the e-mail world is just the best way to stay safe.

15.) Sending Personal Information - You may have done this before in an e-mail conversation with one of your friends or family members. And while it may seem safe to do that with those people, it's still not a good idea to send those kinds of details through e-mail. This holds true for any personal information, such as your address, phone number, social security number or any of your usernames and passwords, as well as, any financial information. Also, you should always avoid writing your bank via e-mail. You never know when those e-mails will end up in the wrong hands. It's best to leave your personal information to a face to face form of contact, instead of through your e-mail program.

16.) Unsubscribing to Nothing - Do you ever receive a newsletter in your e-mail that you never even signed up for? Well, if you have, they are more than likely coming from a spammer. That's one of the oldest spam tricks in the book. They send you fake newsletters and then provide you with a link that will allow you to unsubscribe if you'd like. If you ever get something like that, don't ever click on that Unsubscribe button. If you do, you may end up with a whole new load of spam mail the next day. The best thing to do is just block the e-mail address that the newsletters are coming from. That way, you won't have to deal with them in your e-mail anymore and you will also save yourself from a lot of spam or even a virus.

17.) Trusting Your Friends - Okay, I'm not telling you to not trust your friends, but I am telling you to not always trust the e-mails you get from them. When you get an e-mail from a friend, you probably instantly throw all of your caution instincts out the window. You figure the e-mail is safe to open since it has your friend's e-mail address right there in front of you. Well, unfortunately, that may not always be the case. Hackers are able to retrieve the information they need to send out e-mails that look like they're coming from a legit source. If you open an e-mail like this, you may be at risk for a virus or even just a lot of malware. If you get an e-mail from a friend where the subject line seems a little fishy, don't open it. Scan all of your incoming e-mails very carefully and only open those that you know for sure are safe.

18.) Not Blocking the Spam - When you get spam in your e-mail, do you delete it or do you actually add the address it came from to your blacklist? Well, the best thing to do is add it to your list. If you just delete the spam mail, it will still come back time and time again. But, if you add the e-mail address to your blocked senders list, you will save yourself from receiving any e-mails from that address again. Now, a lot of the spam e-mails that circulate around do not come from the same users, but a lot of it does. So, if you hit that Block button each time you get a new piece of spam, you will be putting a stop to a lot of the spam you receive.

19.) Disabling the Filter - If you're just starting out with a new e-mail account, you may not give a lot of value to the spam filter each e-mail client provides. Yes, it can be a little frustrating when the filter blocks an e-mail that should have gone through to your Inbox, but in the end, it's really doing you a favor. This is especially true for older e-mail accounts that have had the chance to accumulate a lot of spam mail. The best thing to do is whitelist all of your friends and family members. That way, those e-mail addresses won't get caught up in the spam filter and you'll be able to read all of the wanted e-mail you get, while the unwanted stuff stays where it belongs. In the trash!

20.) Not Scanning Attachments - Do you receive a lot of attachments with the e-mails you get? If so, did you know that attachments are very likely to carry viruses? If you didn't know, you do now and it's time you do something about it. It's very important that you scan all attachments before you open them. A lot of e-mail clients have a built in scanner and they will take care of it as your e-mail comes in. If that's the case, you won't even have to worry about your attachments, because they will have already been checked for you. If your e-mail doesn't have a scanner, you may want to think about switching e-mail clients. Either do that or you may have to pay for a scanner of your own. (Just FYI, most free e-mail programs have the scanner option, including Yahoo! and Gmail). So, it may be worth opening up a free account, don't you think? After all, it is your computer's safety!

21.) Sharing Your Information - Have you ever been in a jam and you needed to check your e-mail right away? It's happened to all of us at one time or another, but when it happens to you, what do you do? Do you call up your closest friend or a co-worker and ask them to check it for you? If so, that's a big no no! Of course, you probably call someone you trust, but either way, once you give out that password, your e-mail account is no longer as safe as it was. This is especially true if the person checking your e-mail doesn't use the same security measures as you. If they're checking it on another computer, you know it's probably not as safe as yours. Also, if you happen to write down your account information, make sure it is destroyed after it's used. You don't want just anyone finding it and accessing your information. But, the best thing to do is just keep it all to yourself. You can check your e-mail at your earliest convenience. It's not going to be the end of the world!

22.) Using the Wrong Passwords - What type of password do you have for your e-mail account? Hopefully it's not your name or some other easy to guess word. If you use a simple password, hackers will be able to crack it in a matter of seconds. Once they do, you know what happens. Yep, you will start to get piles and piles of spam e-mail. So, if you're trying to think of a good password to use or if you need to change yours after reading this tip, follow these suggestions. A good, strong password should have at least eight characters and it should be as meaningless to you as possible. It's also a good idea to use both small and capital letters when typing it out. If you do all of that, hackers will have a hard time figuring out your password and that means less spam!

23.) Forgetting to Encrypt - Do you encrypt your e-mails? If not, you should seriously think about starting to do so. If you do this, it will make it extremely hard for anyone who may be watching your computer to understand what you're saying. This will then make it difficult for them to get any of your information, etc. If you don't already have an encryption program installed on your computer, you may want to check out PGP. It is one of the most popular e-mail encryption programs. Now, it may not be completely realistic to encrypt every single one of your e-mails, but it's smart to at least do it for any that contain sensitive information. Remember, it's for your own security!

24.) Not Encrypting Your Wireless - This one goes along with number 23, but it has to do with encrypting your wireless Internet connection. Above, I told you to encrypt your e-mail messages, but if you start with your wireless connection, you won't even have to worry about hackers getting into your e-mail account in the first place. It only takes a few minutes to encrypt your wireless, so it's definitely worth the time. The most common encryption standard for wireless is WPA2 and you can find information about getting that done by doing a search for it with your favorite search engine.

25.) Not Using Digital Signatures - We're almost done now! If you didn't know, you can now use digital signatures at the end of your e-mails. Digital signatures will help to prove where certain e-mails come from and who they're sent by. They also make it a lot harder for anyone to modify your signature and change all of your information around. It's very important to use this type of signature when sending out sensitive e-mails. It will keep both you and the receiver as safe as possible. You can find information about getting your own digital signature by searching for the term with any search engine.

So, there you have it. The 25 most common e-mail mistakes. We've all done them and if we haven't, we probably will. In today's world, it's hard not to make some safety mistakes when dealing with your e-mail, but at least you now know some things you can do to combat any insecurity. I hope this tip will help to keep all of you just a little bit safer in the e-mail world!

~ Erin

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MS Office

Reversing a Spell Checker "Oops"

Have you ever realized that either part way through a spell check or when you're done, you've just told MS Word to Ignore All on something that should have been corrected?

Did you find yourself staring blankly at your computer, dreading the Find/Replace procedure you're forced to run to fix the error? And even after that's done, you're probably going to double check the document manually as well, aren't you?

Wish you could just start the spell check over and get Word to ignore your Ignore All command?

Good news, you can!

Word comes with the ability to recheck the document and clear the Ignore All list so that you can get the mistake corrected the second time through.

To recheck the document and reset the Ignore All list, you first need to start the spell check command. You can get there via the Tools menu, Spelling and Grammar choice or the Review ribbon, Spelling and Grammar button. And as always, the F7 key works too.

At this point, you're looking for the Options button.

In older Office versions, in the Spelling and Grammar Options window, you're looking for the Proofing Tools section, Recheck Document button. (This button may be labeled as Check Document if you haven't previously run a spell check).

In Office 2007, the Options button will take you to the program's Options window. Once there, you're still looking for the Recheck Document button.

Click the Recheck Document button.

Word will warn you that you're about to restart the spell check, disregarding your previous Ignore choices.

You need to click Yes to confirm your decision.

You'll be sent back to the Spelling and Grammar Options page where you'll need to click OK.

Finally, you'll be taken back to the spell check process where you'll get a second chance to choose to ignore or not to ignore. Yes!

~ April

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Tip of the Day

The BIG Keyboard Shortcut List

What exactly is the allure of keyboard shortcuts? Do they really save time? I mean, why bother if your mouse is permanently attached to your hand, right?

Well, I like to use keyboard shortcuts quite a bit, especially if someone is watching me, because they make me look like a pro! With just a few key strokes, I can leave a mouse spinning his wheel. So, whatever your motivation, here's a big list of keyboard shortcuts for you to try out. I hope you enjoy them!

General Shortcuts

ALT + F4 - Quit a program/Shut down.

ALT + TAB - Hold down the ALT key and hit the Tab key to cycle through open windows.

CTRL + ESCAPE - Display the Start menu.

SHIFT + TAB - Tab backward through a form.

CTRL + X - Cut

CTRL + C - Copy

CTRL + V - Paste

F1 - Help menu

CTRL + Z - Undo

SHIFT & Restart - To restart just Windows and not your whole computer, hold down the Shift key when you click the OK button on the shutdown screen. This will save you a lot of time.

CRTL + TAB - Navigate tabs on a tabbed screen.

File and Desktop Shortcuts

Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD - Prevents the CD from "autorunning."

If an item is selected:

CTRL while dragging a file copies the file.

CTRL + SHIFT while dragging a file creates a shortcut to the file.

SHIFT + DELETE - Deletes an item without sending it to the Recycle Bin.

ALT + ENTER - Display a file's properties.

F2 - Rename a file.

In Windows Explorer:

LEFT ARROW - Collapse the current selection if it's expanded.

NUM LOCK + MINUS SIGN ( - ) - Collapse the selected folder.

NUM LOCK + PLUS SIGN ( + ) - Expand the selected folder.

RIGHT ARROW - Expand the current selection if it is collapsed or select the first subfolder.

NUM LOCK + * (asterisk sign) - Expand all folders below the current selection.

F6 - Switch between left and right panes.

In My Computer:

BACKSPACE - View the folder one level up.

ALT + RIGHT ARROW - Move forward to a previous view.

ALT + LEFT ARROW - Move backward to a previous view.

Internet Browser Shortcuts

For Internet Explorer 6 (may work in older versions as well):

Open History Window Ctrl + H
Reload Ctrl + R
Back (Previous Page) Alt + Left Arrow or Alt + Backspace
Forward (Next Page) Alt + Right Arrow
Stop Esc
Home Alt + Home
Go to Bottom of Page End
Go to Top of Page Home
New Window Ctrl + N
Close Window Ctrl + W
Go Up One Line Up Arrow
Go Down One Line Down Arrow
Full Screen (toggle) F11
Find on Page Ctrl + F
Add Current Page to Favorites Ctrl + D
Print Current Page or Active Frame Ctrl + P
Organize Favorites (Internet Explorer) and Manage Bookmarks Ctrl + B
Maximize a Window Alt + Space + X
Minimize a Window Alt + Space + N
Scroll Page Up Alt + Up Arrow
Scroll Page Down Alt + Down Arrow

Internet Explorer Only

Open Favorites Bar Ctrl + I
Select Text in Address Bar Alt + D
Force Reload (not from cache) Ctrl + F5

A faster way to type in addresses with Internet Explorer is to just type in the name of the site:

For example, just type "worldstart" into your address bar and hit Ctrl + Enter. The "http://www." and the ".com" parts will be added for you!

Windows Key Shortcuts

The Windows key can be used in conjunction with other keys to act as a keyboard shortcut for faster access to menu commands. Now, while the Alt key tends to open program menus (for example, Alt + F opens the File menu and Alt + E opens the Edit menu) and the Ctrl key performs actual operations (such as Ctrl + C will copy and Ctrl + V will paste), the Windows key will open various Windows tools.

Win key + R will open the Start menu's Run box.
Win key + F will open the Start menu's Find window.
Win key + E will quickly launch Explorer.
Win key + Pause/Break will open the System Properties window.
Win key + M will Minimize all open windows.
Win key + Shift + M will undo the minimize of all open windows.
Win key + D will switch between minimizing all open programs and showing them all.
Win key + Tab will cycle through items on the taskbar.

The Windows key by itself will open the Start menu.

You can also open programs or folders on your desktop by pressing the Windows key + the first letter of the program/folder/shortcut + Enter. Sounds kind of tedious, but if you're in a bind with your mouse, it can come in quite handy!

Arrow Tricks

Here's a cool little arrow trick to try with word processing programs. The next time you're using your arrow keys to go from one area of a sentence to another (left and right arrows), hold down your Ctrl key. Instead of moving one space at a time, you'll go one word at a time.

If you're using the up and down arrows to go from line to line, holding down the Ctrl key will make your cursor jump from paragraph to paragraph (well, from carriage return to carriage return anyway).

One last thing: If you hold down the Shift key while you do this (for instance, hold down Shift + Ctrl at the same time), you select text as you arrow along.

I've tested this in MS Word and Wordpad, but it should work no matter what word processing program you use.

Home/End Key Fun

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through a huge folder? Well, if you need to get to the beginning or the end quickly, just press Ctrl + Home. If you want to get to the end, click Ctrl + End.

And hey, that's not all!

This little trick works on more than just folders. If you use the Home key in a word processor, it goes to the beginning of the line you're currently working on. If you hit the End key, it should head to the end of the current line. If you pair Home and End up with the Ctrl key in a word processor, you will be whisked away to the beginning or end of the document. Again, this should work, but it depends on your word processing program.

Wow, that should be enough to keep you busy for awhile. Have fun!

~ Steve

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Today's Feature


Want to listen to your iTunes music on any computer and with any Internet connection? Well, you can now do that with Dot.Tunes!

I mean, haven't you ever thought about how cool it would be to be able to listen to your iTunes music collection anywhere and anytime, without having to lug your MP3 player or iPod around? If you have, this free download is just for you!

After a quick set up, Dot.Tunes will allow you to listen to your iTunes music on any computer that is connected to the Internet. Those are all the requirements needed!

You can download Dot.Tunes for yourself right here.

There is also a full step-by-step installation guide available here.

I hope you enjoy this one, my music friends!

~ Gary

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Amanda's Coolsite

The History of Thanksgiving

Who better to bring us the history of Thanksgiving than the History Channel?! This is a really in depth Web site on the history behind the Thanksgiving holiday. You’ll find navigation on the side menu and the different sections include:

Home – This will bring you back to the main page at any time during your visit to this site.

First Thanksgiving – Here you can learn all about the food that was eaten on the first Thanksgiving, including some interesting surprises, like seal and swan. You can also learn about the pilgrims' eating habits and even their table manners. Be sure to check out the Pilgrims Menu on the side as well, but keep in mind that it only becomes visible when you’ve clicked into the First Thanksgiving section.

Mayflower Myths – Here you can read some commonly believed myths about the pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower and find out the actual truth.

Pilgrim's Echo – Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum where you can interact with people portraying the pilgrims. Here you can listen to the interviews with Myles Standish and Ellinor Billington, where they answer questions about the first feast. You can also read the text transcripts to the interviews.

Proclamation – This section lets you read a Thanksgiving proclamation from 1782. It’s pretty neat to see what was passed down to people on the holiday all those years ago.

Video: History of Thanksgiving – Here you can watch several videos about the History of Thanksgiving. I really liked them. There’s even a video quiz at the very end that you can watch for fun!

Resources – Here you can follow links to the resources that all this bountiful information has come from and do a little more exploring on your own.

There is even a poll on the main page where you can vote on what is the best part of Thanksgiving for you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

~ Amanda

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Smoky Mountain Color

Here's one from my wife! She shot this when we were in the Smokies last week. We liked the photo so much, we decided to turn it into wallpaper for you!

Smoky Mountain Stream

I shot this after a rain storm the night before. Lots of water, lots of great color in the trees and a little climbing down slippery boulders to grab this one!

Smoky Mountain Snowy Pine

Are you seeing a theme yet?! This was shot earlier this year. I loved how the snow and ice were clinging to this pine tree branch.

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