How much do you depend on certain icons on your desktop? I'm talking about the icons from the likes of My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places and so on. Those are a few of the icons you probably use on a regular basis, so if they're not there, what are you supposed to do? Well, the best answer is, "Get them back!"
Now, there are a couple different ways you may have lost the icons. They could have disappeared when you installed a certain program or even when you upgraded to a new operating system. Either way, you need them, so let's find them again! To enable those icons and more, right click on your desktop and choose Properties. Click on the Desktop tab and hit the Customize Desktop button. Next, under the General tab, check any of the icons you want to appear on your desktop.
Once you do that, they will all be returned to your desktop in full view. You can choose from the icons of My Documents, My Computer, My Network Places and Internet Explorer. Now, on the other hand, you may want to take some of those icons off your desktop. If that's the case, just uncheck them and they will then be out of your way. Easy enough, don't you think?!
Make sure you keep reading to learn all about e-mail headers, find out how to copy from above in MS Excel and learn how you can easily see a list of all your shared files and folders in Windows Vista. Also, find out what you should be packing when you go photo traveling with today's digital photography tip and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy!
Amazing Hallmark Cards From YOUR Computer!
Hallmark Makes Card Creating A BLAST!
"So Easy, And So Fun!!"
You Will Never Buy Another Greeting Card!
Awesome Price Too- Just $12.97!
YIKES! Only 150 Copies Available- Hurry! Order Now!!!!
Wow! Just in time for the holidays- We got in Hallmark Card Studio 2006, and once again, Hallmark has completely out done themselves. This program just blew me away, and I know once you check out this latest version, you will be just as excited about it as I am.
You wanna know a little secret? I was soooo impressed by this program, that when I was "testing" it this weekend, I ended up playing around with it for hours and making about 12 different types of cards just for fun! I couldn't pull myself away! It was sooo easy, and sooo much fun! Wait until you hear everything that this program can do!!! You are going to be nothing short of amazed!
Creating your own cards has just gotten faster, easier, and more fun than EVER before! In just three very simple steps, you will create amazing cards for any occasion!
And these cards are real Hallmark cards!! Have you ever looked down the card aisle and noticed how Hallmark cards just have that special "look" to them? You know what I mean right? The design, the fonts, the pictures, everything just screams Hallmark quality! Well now you have the ability to create that same special quality right on your computer- and it really couldn't be any easier!
First- just choose from one of the whoppin' 4,000+ Hallmark card projects! This really allows you to create cards for all occasions from birthdays to holidays to weddings, to simple "Hello" cards! You are going to be shocked with how much is available! I actually made about three different Christmas Greeting Cards this weekend, and they all turned out sooo awesome! All I had to do was choose a template and I was on my way!!!
Second- Add you own unique message or personalize photos to customize your project! This is awesome! I could choose thousands of exclusive Hallmark Fonts to say that perfect message. Plus, there are over 5,000 clip art images to choose from! Or, I could pick one of the thousands of photos in my personal photo library to make awesome personalized cards. This process was easier than I could have ever imagined!
The interface quickly allows you to access the front, middle, or back of your card with one mouse click! Then, you just have to click on the button to search through the clip art or your photo library, choose your image, and you are all set! It really couldn't have been easier! Plus, I know everyone who gets a card from me is going to love the more sentimental personalized message or photo!! Check out this card that I put together of my puppy- it is just sooo cool knowing I can use all of those great photos to share with my friends and family!
Third- Print Your Project! Just choose the size and direction you want on your card, how many copies you want, and click the little print button! And you will instantly have amazing Hallmark cards (equipped with the little crown on the back and everything:-) )!! Plus the print preview option really lets you know exactly what you are printing before you hit that button!
I love you how I could make great cards faster than ever before! Better yet, when I am in a real hurry- the templates are soooo great that I don't need to personalize them to get my message across! All I have to do is choose, print, and go! WOW!
And this program is really all about the 21st Century! Save yourself the time and money of postage and email your cards to your loved ones! Not only will they get their card immediately- but it is truly amazing what technology can do! In a few short steps, you can add music or pre-recorded messages to your cards! I took a moment and recorded a personal message in my voice using a microphone. I then saved it on my computer, and uploaded it onto my e-card and sent it off in no time! It was soooo- awesome, and sooo easy to do! Better yet- everyone was shocked when they heard my voice giving the greeting over the internet! How cool is that?
With this program you will have spectacular cards in no time! This is a great way to stay connected with family and friends!!! But cards aren't the only thing that you can create with this stellar program. Simply and easily create awesome photo frames, newsletters and calendars too!!!! Check out this cool puzzle I made for the holidays (everyone on my mailing list is going to get one for Christmas!)
It is truly amazing what you and Hallmark can do when you join forces! The possibilities are truly endless!!! You gotta check this out!
And your cost is awesome too!! For just $12.97 and US shipping is Free, you will enjoy Hallmark Card Studio 2006! Hurry though- we only have 150 of these, and we can't get more! Order yours now before they are gone!
PS: We always sell out of our Hallmark software! So don't miss out of this one because you waited too long- order now! Besides, this is great for the up coming holiday season!!!
OH, Yeah - The Coolest 4 Port USB Hub You've Ever Seen!
What A Brilliant Design!
You'll Never Use A "Regular" Hub Again!!
You've Just Gotta Read This:
So we sold this awesome hub this past weekend in Software Deals- and it did sooooo well, that we couldn't resist extending this amazing offer to our Computer Tips Readers at the special SUNDAY ONLY PRICE!! This is one hub that I will not live without! Check it our now!
Sick of unplugging your hardware just to use a the USB Port? Even more sick of having to crawl around to the back of your computer and playing contortionist to find the free USB port? Well, have I got the cure to all your hardware sickness! This 4 USB 2.0 Hub!!!
Oh, but the big deal with this is the absolutely brilliant octopus-like arms that make plugging in your devices soooo much easier than a normal hub! I mean, you know how it goes - it's a huge hassle to pop a USB plug into a tiny, crowded port. We've all been there - adjusting, jiggling, flipping and pushing the plug just trying to get the stupid thing in.
Well, these arms make it so easy to plug in your USB devices you may find yourself buying computer accessories just so you can use it :-) Yup, finally a way to plug in your USB devices without the hassle! Just grab a free plug, turn it anyway you like, and pop your plug in! It doesn't sound like much, but let me tell ya, once you try it, you'll be hooked! I have one plugged into the front of my computer right now, and anyone who tries to "borrow" it is in for a serious hand-slappin'!!!
Oh, and it's more than just a pretty face too! It provides 4 hi-speed (2.0) USB Ports in a small compact size! This hub takes up almost zero space since it's mostly just cords! It will free up gobs of space your desktop! This guy is so small, that it could easily fit in your pocket!!! Really! You can take it anywhere, making it ideal for both notebook or desktop computers!!! (I can't wait to take this on the road)
Even Better- it even has 100% hot-swappable protection. What does this mean? Well, I wasn't quite sure either and went over and asked out tech guy, Gary! Nonchalantly, Gary said that hot-swappable means that you can simply plug it in to play, then yank the plug out it when you are done! You don't need to take the time to formally eject it or have to worry about the stuff you have plugged in!!!! Cool :-)
Your price? Get this!! The coolest UBS hub on the planet can be yours today for just $12.97 and US Shipping is Free. I know, hard to believe you can get this much innovation for that kind of money! Run to the site before they sell out (Or before I decide just to keep them all for myself) Check it OUT:
Hurry - Quantities are LIMITED!!
PS: Yup, I love this hub!!! And I am sure you will too! Order one today, this deal is just too good to pass up- You'll be kicking yourself if you wait till the price increases to $18.97!
Now, you may not see it right away, because most of us don't have the option selected to see the header all the time. The headers can be quite lengthy, because they contain a lot of information about the sender, the receiver, etc. Here's an example of what an e-mail header looks like:
See what I mean? It can all be a bit confusing, so allow me to explain everything to you just a bit more! Your headers may look a little different than the one above, but all of the information is similar, so you'll be able to at least get the gist of what I'm talking about today.
Let's begin with the Return-Path line. If an e-mail ever has trouble going through (in the sending process), the Return-Path e-mail address is the one that should be used to try sending the e-mail again. Next is Received. That one shows all of the e-mail servers the e-mail had to go through to get to its destination (your Inbox). They usually include the server location and the IP address information. It also lists the date it was sent. That information is helpful in troubleshooting why an e-mail didn't go through in the first place.
The next line is the Message-ID and it's the assignment that was given to the e-mail from the first e-mail server. Up next, you'll see the From: option. That's simply the e-mail address of who sent the e-mail and the To: line is who the e-mail is being sent to. The Subject: line just states what the original subject line was. Again, that's what you see in your e-mail Inbox before you ever open a message. After that, you'll once again see the date the e-mail was sent.
Now, the sections after that can be a little more complicated. For any lines that start with the letter X, different things can be of importance. Here are some examples:
So, there are a few examples of the X factors you may see in your e-mail headers. The last thing you will see in the header is Mime-Version:. That's just a context used by MIME to help understand and display the e-mail for the recipient. It's generally just recorded by a number. For example, 1.0, as you can see above.
Now, there may be some situations where you'll want to look at an e-mail header, but honestly, most people don't pay too much attention to them. If you do however, want to check something out in a certain e-mail you get, you can do so by activating the header. To do that in Outlook Express, just right click on the message you want to see and choose Properties. Then choose the Details tab and all of the information will come up for you to see.
You can do that in other e-mail programs as well, but they're all a little different. Under the Options menu in your e-mail, just look for something about the headers. For example, Yahoo!'s mail has a whole option for the headers. You can either show a brief or full header in all of your e-mails. That will be a similar option in most other e-mail clients as well.
Like I said, it's not very often the header information will come in handy, but when you do need it, it's nice to know where it can be found!
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Copied From Above
Here's a super quick copy trick for MS Excel!
Have you ever needed an exact copy of a cell's contents?
And I do mean exact. Even cell references won't be changed in your formulas.
Well, here's the trick: simply select the cell directly below the item to be copied and use the Ctrl + ' (Ctrl + apostrophe) key combination.
Yep, that's all there is to it! The cell contents are duplicated and can now be moved to whatever location you choose.
And those cell references in your formula? Well, unlike the results from the usual copy/paste, this method leaves them exactly as they were.
Now, that's what I call a true copy!
WOW! We just received a really GREAT price on some FANTASTIC 2 Gig Flash Drives! These are so great, I honestly don't know what I'd do without mine!
It's so easy! All you have to do is just plug it into any USB port and then locate it as a drive under "My Computer". You can now drag and drop files or copy and paste them onto your Flash Drive. It works much the same as a regular hard drive. In addition, you can create folders, delete items, and edit stuff. You use it just like a floppy drive only it's MUCH easier!
Plus, this is 2GB, that's a TON of space. Way more than your average floppy! USB Flash drives are just so much better, I can't recommend 'em enough! It really makes it so quick and easy to move files around.
For TODAY ONLY these are just $14.97 and US shipping is FREE! These are no tiny flash drives - these are 2GB!! These normally list anywhere from $30-$50 retail! WOW! You better get to the site quick, because these will sell out in no time! HURRY!
PS - Get to the site and get yours ordered right away! With this great price I know they're going to go fast! The price will increase to $26.97 (if there are any left that is ;-)
Hear It The Way It Is Suppose To Sound!
Have The Ultimate Listening Experience!
Put Surround Sound On Your Computer!
Amazing Sound Box Will Blow You Away!
When we first got these cool Sound Boxes in I wasn't quite sure what they did, so I walked over to Gary (our tech guy) and asked him. Gary immediately had a smile come across his face, and I could tell that he was very excited. Then, he started explaining it and WOW this sound box is amazing!!!! Check this out:
So, let's say you want to watch a DVD on your computer, but you hate doing this because the sound quality is always so fuzzy and full of white noise. Well, do you want to know why it is horrible? The sound card that comes in your computer is a very basic run of the mill sound card, which doesn't produce the best audio. This sound box is basically a mega cool new sound card that you plug into your USB port, allowing you to have high tech 7.1 audio!
Now you are probably wondering what 7.1 audio is? 7.1 audio gives you an output that supports 8 channel audio through one receiver, allowing your stereo (or comptuer in this case) to support 7 speakers and 1 sub woofer! It's the ultimate surround sound experience! Your ears won't know what hit them! I swear you will be hearing everything the way it is suppose to sound versus that slightly cloudy, fuzzy mess that comes out of your normal computer speakers. Ditch the measly two speaker system- with this, you can add multiple speakers to really get the most out of your listening experience.
Better yet- 7.1 is the most advanced listening technology you can find- it is more advanced than your standard DVD 5.1 audio! Now you know, you will be getting the most elite listening pleasure with this awesome device!
How does it work? Well, instead of relying on the three audio connections hidden on the back of your computer, you simply plug this device into a free USB port and sit it on your desk. Now your audio will run to this awesome sound box. Once you have it plugged in, you simply take the Optical SPDIF cable and plug it into your stereo, or other speaker system. This will then play your digital sound through the different speakers giving you crystal clear perfect sound!
Oh but this is not all it does- nope! This device allows you to control the volume with easy to reach up and down buttons. As an added bonus, this device even comes with a soft mute feature, which allows you to hit the mute button, and instead of completely muting the device, it will quiet down to about the sound of a whisper!
Plus, you can connect two microphones in the nicely available jacks. Never again will you have to go scrambling around on your hands and knees searching for that so inconvenient microphone jack on the back of you CPU!
And the cost of this device is soooo cool too! Just $26.97 and US Shipping is Free! Experience amazing sound- order yours now! Wanna know more about the sound connections? Check out the page below for all the info!
PS: We only have 60 of these- so you have to order now!!! Don't miss out on this great offer- your ears will thank you!
I'm sure you've all heard of the term "LCD" before, right? I mean, it's been around for quite some time now and it's used all the time in the computer world. But just because you've heard it a million times doesn't necessarily mean you know what it is. Am I right? So, if you're a little unsure as to what LCD really means, I have the perfect tip for you. And it just happens to be the tip featured on our homepage today. Go figure!
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Shared Files and Folders
You may not have thought of this, but it's a good idea to periodically check your shared folders, their permission settings and their contents to make sure you don't unintentionally share something that's private or sensitive.
If you share a lot of files and folders with other network computers and devices and you suddenly want to check on which files and folders you have made accessible to other users, you can do so easily in Windows Vista. Or, maybe you want to conduct security reviews or perhaps you want to list and identify all your open shared files and folders. No matter what you'd like to do, like I said earlier, it's very easy with Vista. The Network and Sharing Center provides users with a centralized location to manage their network connections and resources.
Here's how you can view the lists of your shared files and folders:
1.) Right click on the Network Status icon in your system tray and select Network and Sharing Center.
2.) Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Network and Sharing Center.
3.) To view the files and folders you're sharing, click on both the "Show Me All the Files and Folders I Am Sharing" and "Show Me All the Shared Network Folders on This Computer" links.
That's all you have to do!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami
Travel Photography: What to Pack
Picking and choosing the photography gear you take with you on a trip is entirely dependent on what you want to get out of the trip and where you're going. However, here's a rough guide you can follow to pack exactly what you need for hassle free travel photography. This list will cover you through rain, dark interiors and sandy beaches!
Travel involves a lot more external factors than staying at home and venturing out without the basic infrastructure. Therefore, it's imperative to carry a proper bag that will protect your photographic gear. That basically translates to a backpack that's durable and water-resistant. One example of a bag like that is the Kata Rucksack. The main compartment has enough space for your camera, three to four lenses, speed lights and an external hard drive. Also, in the zippered top, you could keep lens cloths and cleaner, not to mention, a card reader, extra cards, a USB hub and any other small items you may want. The two zipper pockets on the outside could hold your cell phone and an iPod. Plus, the back has a secret zipper compartment that can hold your laptop, charger and a book for the road.
However, if you want to travel light and don’t need a laptop and several speed lights, you could opt for the Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home. It holds your camera, all your lenses and its zipper top can hold all your little accessories, such as lens cloths, card reader and extra cards. Its front pouch can also hold your wallet, passport, phone and maps.
If you want to keep a lot of your photographic gear in your hotel room and only carry what you want, it's best to go with a shooter bag. Since your camera is on your shoulder, a shooter bag is good enough to hold essentials, such as an extra lens, memory cards, wallet, passport and a map.
Since you're on the move all the time, it's possible you could lose small items like your memory cards. Therefore, it's important to keep all of your 1GB, 2GB and 4GB cards in one bunch in a little protective case that can be thrown into a larger bag.
Cleaning cloths are critical, but largely ignored by amateurs. Lens cloths are important to keep dust, sand and dirt away from your lenses. Similarly, a "puffer" will keep your mirrors and sensor spotless.
External Hard Drive
If you want to go to the next level of photography and really have enough time to take thousands of pictures, it's advisable to get an external hard drive to securely store your images.
You never know when it will rain and dampen your photo walks. Therefore, it's best to keep a couple of spare gallon-sized zip lock plastic bags to hold your camera and lenses. They work beautifully when you intend to keep shooting despite the inclement weather.
Carrying too many flashes might not be such a good idea when you're traveling. Therefore, one weight-reducing measure would be to go for an LED (light emitting diode) to be used in low-light conditions.
If a tripod is too cumbersome for you, try a Gorilla pod. They're easy to use when you're on the move and they don’t take up very much space.
If you're on a photo assignment, this is one extra rule you should abide by: have extra battery chargers, storage cards and two cameras. Also, it's important to buy two 4 GB memory cards instead of buying one 8 GB memory card, because the cards might crash, get stolen or go missing. Also, bring as many batteries as you can, especially if you're going to be in cold weather, because batteries tend to drain faster in the cold. Backup your photos as often as you can as well.
Card Reader/Data Cable
If you hate bringing backups, one work around is to simply shoot in RAW + JPEG and upload the JPEGs to Flickr or burn a DVD at an Internet cafe. To do that, you're going to need card readers or data cables. If you’re on a long enough trip, a card reader/data cable will help you backup all your pictures onto a DVD or upload them straight to Flickr or Gmail. So, if anything bad happens, you'll at least have a backup.
If you're staying in a hotel, take the free shower cap when you travel. They're best used to cover your camera if it starts raining.
This could be a rarity, but it's important nonetheless. If you happen to be doing a lot of photography from the ground upwards, you'll need some trusty knee pads. I suggest getting two of them: one for your elbows and one for your knees.
Camera to TV Cable
Of course, a camera to TV cable is important. It's useful to see the pictures you've taken without a laptop. Most hotels have a TV with an A/V input.
Don’t forget to carry a battery charger so that you can charge your batteries every night.
Not only can you listen to music while you're on the move, but you can also dump the photos you’ve taken onto it, making it a spare memory card.
While all of the suggestions above are fairly comprehensive, it's best if you hand pick from them to go with your time, money and convenience. Happy traveling!
~ Zahid H. Javali
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Monday, November 17, 2008
Computer Tips [ Email Secrets Revealed + Are You Sharing Too Much? + Smart Photo Travel Tips + Cool Copy Trick ] 11/18/08
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