Sunday, January 25, 2009

Computer Tips [ Bookmark Disaster Solved + Kiss An Annoying Toolbar Goodbye + Start Menu Smarts ] 01/26/09

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

Quick Tips

Start Menu Programs

How often do you look at the items under your Start menu? What's all there? Is everything that's listed there really necessary? Well, either way you answer that last question, you may notice that in the very first column of your Start menu, there's a list of programs. You may also notice that those are programs you've recently used. Continue reading as I explain what exactly it is I'm rambling on and on about!

With Windows, you can choose how many "recently used" programs show up in your Start menu. For example, right now, I have three programs listed. There's the System Restore feature, Microsoft Word and the Calculator. Now, those are three programs I visit on a pretty regular basis, so I like to have them there for easier access. Maybe you feel the same way or maybe you'd like to have more or less there. Whichever way you prefer, this is how you can control it.

Right click on the Start button and choose Properties. From there, make sure you're under the Start Menu tab. Then click on the Customize button and make sure you're under the General tab. Then look toward the middle of the box. It's there that you can either increase or decrease the number of programs that will be listed first in your Start menu. Like I said above, mine is set to three, but you can set yours to zero or go all the way up to 30. It's completely up to you. The more you have there, the faster you can access those programs, but if that's not your style, choose something different. You're the only one in control. Oh yeah!

~ Erin

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Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn how you can get your lost Firefox bookmarks back in a flash, find out how you can get the same information into several cells in MS Excel and learn how you can easily remove the Google SearchWiki feature from your Internet Explorer Web browser. Also, find out how you can export and print your address book with today's video tip and as always, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy!


It's Time To STOP Paying For Music!!!!!!

Get ALL The FREE Music You Could Ever Want!

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Use Songs On ANY MP3 Player, iPod Or Computer!!!

WOW! The orders for this software were nothing short of tremendous on Friday and over the weekend! Thank YOU to the hundreds and hundreds who ordered - you'll love it!

Again, this is the most exciting software I think we've ever offered! It's called Skwid and once you get past the strange name, you're gonna be absolutely blown away at what this software does! This is going to be HUGE!

You love music right? Well, wouldn't it be great if there was a way to legally get all the songs you ever wanted - for free? With this software - you can! Interested? I thought so!

This amazing software lets you record internet radio and turns the tracks into high-quality MP3s for use on your MP3 player, iPod, Computer, CDs, whatever!! You can get thousands of songs - and they won't cost you a cent! You may never buy another MP3! WOW!

Here's how it works - You can search for the type of music you enjoy, or pick from a list. There a HUGE variety - 23 main genres, but with all the "sub-genres" I counted over 200 different types of music you can choose from, so you're bound to find all the types of music you enjoy! From there, just hit the record button! You can have it record tracks form just one station, do dozens of stations at once, or just pick your favorites! TONS of options!

I had mine set to record from 20 stations simultaneously and WOW! I had a whoppin' 38 songs in 15 minutes! Is that amazing or what? I had to sort though and decide which ones to keep, but you gotta admit, that's pretty cool! What an amazing program!

PLUS this thing is loaded down with radio stations too! We're talking 2600+ internet radio stations at your fingertips - and more are added all the time!

PLUS - This software actually allows you to add your own stations! That's right - if you listen to internet radio and your station isn't listed, you can add it to this program! Now that's cool!You'll never run out of songs to record, that's for sure! I think I'm going to find my favorite 10 or 20 stations and record from those. Heck, you can even use this just to listen to internet radio if you like! (I'm listening to it as I type this!)

Oh, and here's the kicker! Not only can this record internet radio stations - it can record ANYTHING coming through your computer's sound card! Wow - think about that for a minute! If you have a favorite song you just have to get, simply find it online, play it, and hit Record with this program! This would work great if a new song came out and the video to the song was online - just watch the video and record! You'd have the song on your MP3 player before it was even available in stores! Now that's serious power! WOW!

So, what do you do with all these songs after you sort 'em out? Well, once you record them just import them to your favorite MP3 software (or right to your player) - or iPod users can import them into iTunes and use with your iPod! How cool is that? 

Plus, since these are just standard MP3s, you can also play them on Windows Media player with zero problems - even send them to CDs or your MP3 player right from Windows Media Player - EZ!!!!!! That's right - you don't even need an MP3 player to enjoy these free songs!

What about the quality? I've been pleasantly surprised - and really happy with it! The songs sound great and most of the time you even get the artist name! PLUS in many cases, the radio stations are broadcasting in 128 bit format - the same quality you normally get when you buy MP3s!

What's that? You already have a huge CD collection you wish was in MP3 format? Yup, you guessed - This can convert your CDs to MP3s too! Just pop in the CD, and select the songs you want to convert - then click the Convert button! It's that easy! A few mouse click and all your favorite CD songs are now MP3s! WOW!!

BONUS! In addition to all the great audio recording features, this can also take your personal video files and convert them so they work on your iPod! What a great way to show off your videos!

Finally, we're trying something new with this one - it's a download! That's right - we worked out a deal with the publisher, so you don't have to wait to get this amazing program in the mail! Now, this is our first time doing a download only run like this, but we should be able to get your code to you within 48 hours - beats waiting for the mailman!

Your cost? You're not going to believe this - just $9.97! Is that amazing or what? Most of the time, MP3 music is about a buck a song, so figure this will pay for itself after it finds you just 17 great songs! I had that many "keepers" in less than a half hour! Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!

PS - This is going to be huge, no doubt about it! The sooner you order, the faster we can get your code to you!

WOW!! What A HIT!!

Killer 8 Gig Micro Hard Drive!

Just $19.97 For One More Day!

You Gotta Try This!!

Best Price EVER For 8 Whoppin' Gigs Of Storage!

WOW - Here's another item we just BLEW out the door on Friday! When you look at how much memory you get for the price, it's a no-brainer! THANK YOU to the hundreds who grabbed this! What's all the excitement about? Read on!

This works just like a flash drive - only it doesn't set you back as much money! Just plug it into your computer and it will show up as an external drive under My Computer. From there, simply drag and drop your files! Works on any XP or Vista computer - no drivers required! WOW!

These are fantastic for any kind of files! Office documents, spreadsheets, music, photos, backup - whatever! Just pop it into your computer and drag and drop! You can even install programs on it if you like! This has the same amount of storage of 11, yes 11 CD ROMs!

The really fantastic thing about these is that you're getting a TON of storage space for a LOT less than the price of a comparable flash drive! You can easily drop $70 or more for an 8 Gig flash drive - this gives you the same storage for just $19.97! WOW!

PLUS these are super-fast USB 2.0 drives! You'll be amazed at the file transfer speed! Wait till you try it!

Want one too? I don't blame ya! Head to the link below and get in on this deal before they're gone! For just $19.97 (free US shipping), you can't go wrong! Only a limited number available!

PS - Don't miss out! These are just GREAT! Built to last, quick, and extremely portable! Not really much bigger than a flash drive, but not nearly as expensive! Get 'em before they're sold out!

WARNING - This price WILL go back to $28.97 soon!


Computers 101

I have somehow lost all of my saved bookmarks in Firefox. Is there any way I can get them back? I'm just so lost without them!

Ouch! Losing your bookmarks (favorites) is not very much fun and I'm sure anyone who has ever had that happen to them can vouch for that. I mean, your bookmarks are a big part of your online life, aren't they? They keep track of all your favorite Web sites and they make it so much more convenient to visit them when you're in a rush. They're easy to save, there's no limit on how many you can have and they're just all around good little helpers!

With all of that being said, I can only imagine how you must feel without them. So, again, I'm here to rescue you and show you how you can get them all back, with as little pain as possible. Just follow the directions below and you'll be back in bookmark heaven!

First of all, Firefox keeps bookmark backups on file for quite some time, but they're kept in a hidden folder, so they're a little hard to access when you need them. But here's how you do it. Go to Start, Control Panel and select the Folder Options choice. (You will need to be in the classic Control Panel view to do this). Once you're there, choose the View tab and under the section of "Hidden files and folders," hit "Show hidden files and folders." Click OK when you're done.

Next, open up your Firefox browser and go to Bookmarks, Manage Bookmarks. Then go to File, Import and under the section of "Import Bookmarks From," choose the option of From File. You will then be prompted to find the location of the backup files, which are usually kept in this area: C:\Documents and Settings\NAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\ Profiles. (You can start to find that by double clicking on the My Computer icon on your desktop and choosing the C: drive).

Note: The NAME part of that location is your own Windows account name, so make sure you take note of that before you proceed.

Once you get to that spot, you'll see a folder with an odd name. That's your Firefox profile. Open that and you'll then find your backups in the Bookmarkbackups folder. If you don't find the bookmarks you were looking for, Firefox may have already gotten rid of them (if the deadline time has passed). In that case, you may want to look into getting a recovery tool to get them back. You can find one by doing a search for them with your favorite search engine.

If you do have something in your folder, look for the file name of "Bookmarks.html" in the list. Your lost bookmarks should be there, but again, there are no promises. It just depends on how long it's been since you've lost your bookmarks, etc. That's just how Firefox works.

Now, you are able to make your own bookmark backups, which will keep you from having to go through all this trouble again in the future. To do that, open Firefox and go to Bookmarks, Manage Bookmarks. Once you're there, click File, Export. You can then select a location of your choice to save a copy of the "Bookmarks.html" file. Then if you ever lose a bookmark, you can follow the same directions, but choose Import instead. That will import the bookmarks back into your Firefox browser and you'll be able to use them again.

Isn't it grand when something actually works out to your benefit?!

~ Erin

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MS Office

Same Information, Many Cells

Have you ever had the same information to enter in multiple cells in MS Excel?

What did you do?

Did you type the data into one cell and then copy and paste it everywhere else in the worksheet?

That was a bit of a pain, wasn't it?

How would you like a way to get the data into all of those cells simultaneously? You know, a method that doesn't require all the copy/paste hoopla.

It sounded like a good idea to me too, so here's what I found!

To enter the same data into multiple cells (even non-adjacent cells), simply select the cells while holding down the Ctrl key.

With all of the cells still selected, it's time to type in your data. But wait! Be sure you do not hit the Enter key, move out of the cells with the arrow keys or use the mouse to click anywhere else.

The trick to getting the data into all of the cells is in the big finish.

When the data is typed, all you have to do to place it into the selected cells simultaneously is hit Ctrl + Enter.


That's all it takes to avoid a whole lot of copy/paste time. A little Ctrl with your Enter key and you've mastered the art of putting data into many cells instead of just one!

~ April

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More Cool Stuff

UMMM! Some Sunday Leftovers!

We had a HUGE response to the items below yesterday in our Software Deals Sunday edition! So, to encourage you to head to the homepage and sign up, here's a few that we're leaving on sale for ya! Prices are only guaranteed for today, 01-26-2008, so you gotta hurry!


Get A Killer Webcam For Just $10.97!!

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Only A Limited Number Available! Get To The Site FAST!

I know, I know. You've been thinking about trying one of those webcams you keep hearing about, but you're not sure yet. Hey, all of us webcam veterans were there once too! Take it from me, once you get on of these, you'll understand why it's sooooo cool to chat with friends and family the webcam way! You may never want to use the phone again!

Well, we found a great way for you to get your digital feet wet for really, really cheap! We have these fantastic little cams and they're just what you need to get started! Simply plug it in, run the software and you're good to go! They can even clip right into your monitor or do the freestanding thing! Either way, you're ready to go in minutes!

Plus, these are all automatic to use! You don't have to adjust the white balance or the exposure! It's all 100% automatic! They're great resolution too - 640x480 - so you'll look great on the other end!

We love to use these with the free Yahoo Instant Messenger! Just install the software, select the webcam option, and have your friend on the other end do the same! Just like that, you can see and chat with each other! Is that cool or what? PLUS - since this is all done over the internet, you pay nothing for long distance! Zero - nada - zippo! Once you try this for yourself, you'll wonder how the phone companies stay in business -this is the next step for sure! And did I mention it's like free long distance too? Just wanted to make sure :-)

If you're not using a webcam, you're only enjoying half the online experience you could be having! You've gotta give this a try, and for the price we have today, you just can't go wrong!

So, what is your cost again? Just $10.97 and US shipping is FREE! How's that for a deal? Go on, take a look at this one, you'll be glad you did!

PS - The price WILL increase to $19.97 tomorrow! Get this while you can! Best deal we've ever had on a webcam!

Awesome LED Keychain Light!

No More Fumbling For The Lock!

HUGE BONUS - 2 Pack Today!

Light available anytime, anywhere with this super bright LED Keychain Light!

These LED Keychain Lights are super bright! This is great to have on your keychain for an all purpose flashlight, it's that bright.

No larger than a flash drive, this compact, ultra bright LED keychain light is a handy tool to have in the dark. Whether you are walking to your vehicle in the dark, trying to find the key hole to your vehicle or your house door, this keychain light is ideal!

You can put it on your day to day keychain, hook it on your backpack, put it in your purse, or carry in your pocket. Hit with a power outage and you can't find a candle, lighter, or match to obtain light within your home? No problem - you'll be prepared with this LED Keychain Light on hand.

And, you don't get just one - you get two! So, share one with a friend or family member ~ you can never have enough keychains or flashlights around, that's for sure. Best yet? The cost! Today only you get 2 of these great LED Keychain Lights for just $6.97 and that includes FREE shipping in the US! Check em out here:

PS - The price will increase to $12.97 tomorrow so don't wait to order - get to the site now ;-)


Kodak 1 GB SD Cards - Just $6.88!!

1 Whoppin' GB Of Storage Dirt Cheap!

That's 300 Photos On A 7 MP Camera! WOW!

Yup, you read that price right - that $6.88 isn't a typo!!! We got an absolutely amazing deal on these Kodak 1GB SD Cards and we're passing the savings on to you!

You know how it is - you're at an exciting party or event, and next thing you know, you're digital camera is flashing "Memory Full" and you're fun is over! Don't let that EVER plague your happiness again! With this huge 1GB Kodak card, not only can you get a whoppin' 300 photos per card (based on a 7 MP camera), but you can afford to buy as many extra cards as you need! You know the number 1 rule of memory - get DOUBLE or TRIPLE what you think you'll need! Although, with as many photos as you can stick on one of these little cards, you may be saying good-bye forever to the panicky "card-switching" game!

PLUS these fantastic little cards work in ANY digital camera that takes an SD card - no matter who the manufacturer! Heck, these work in ANY device that take SD cards - MP3 players, digital camcorders, hand-held PCs, even many PDAs, GPS units, and cellphones! If it takes an SD card, THIS will work!

What about quality? Glad you asked! These reliable little cards are from Kodak, so you know they're going to be GREAT! Oh, and they even have a handy little "Write Protect" switch on them that keeps you from accidently deleing the data on the card! Flip that switch and you'll never accidently erase an important image!

Your price? Just $6.88 and US Shipping is FREE! Talk about a deal! It's only for today, so RUN to the site and get 'em while you can!

PS - This price is scheduled to increase to $14.97 first thing tomorrow! Don't miss your chance!

Search for Lost Friends

So, tell me, have you lost touch with any of your close friends over the years? It always seems to happen after high school when everyone goes off to different colleges and then there comes marriage and children and there's just no time for keeping in contact. Those are all poor excuses, but luckily, there's something you can do to get back in touch with your long lost friends. If you're interested in doing that, you've got to check out the tip on our homepage today. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one!

Paper Airplanes

Okay, so I know not many of us are kids anymore, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun! When you were younger, did you spend a lot of time making paper airplanes? Or, did you go through your childhood never figuring out how to make one? Well, either way, you're going to love the cool site we're showcasing on our homepage today. It's called Paper Airplanes and not only will it teach you how to make one, but it will give you tons of information about paper airplanes as well. It's one of the best Web sites I've ever seen, so check it out!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

Removing Google SearchWiki From IE

As you may recall, awhile back, I told you about Google SearchWiki and how you can remove it from Firefox using a Greasemonkey script or by adding a few letters to the end of your searches. Well, what if you use Internet Explorer as your main Web browser? Wouldn't you like to know how you can remove SearchWiki from it as well? Then keep reading, because that's exactly what we're going to cover today!

1.) First, go to and search for "TEST" in all CAPS.

2.) Next, in the address bar, add &hl=all to the end of the address and hit Enter on your keyboard. You should see SearchWiki disappear right away! Now, copy the entire address.

3.) Click on the arrow next to the search box in the top right hand corner of the page and select Find More Providers.

4.) In the Create Your Own box, paste the URL you copied in Step 2 and give it a name like "Google Without SearchWiki."

5.) Hit Install and then click on Add Provider.

6.) Next, click on the arrow next to the search box again and choose your newly created search engine.

When you search from that box, Internet Explorer will automatically add &hl=all to the end of the address so that you don’t have to worry about it any longer. Happy searching!

~ Brandon Zubek

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Today's Feature

Export and Print Your Address Book - Video Tip

Did you know you can export your e-mail address book so that it can be used by database programs, label making software and more? Well, if you didn't know before, now you do! Just click on the link below to watch this week's video tip and learn all about it:

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Amanda's Coolsite


Registration for this Web site is super easy! You just need a name, an e-mail address and a password. When you're ready, check the box for the Terms of Service and then click on the Create button. Make sure the e-mail address you provided is a working one, because you’ll receive an activation link in your e-mail.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be prompted to start your journey by creating a new story. To do that, either follow the link or click on New Story. You’ll be asked to give your story a title, a description and to decide whether it will be public or private. The Web site explains the difference between the two options right there, so you don’t have to go hunting for the information. Once you’ve done that, click on the Next button.

Now, it will ask you to add friends. You can do that at this time or you can come back to it later. It's up to you!

You’re now on the actual creation page for your Storyz. Here you'll select between Text, Photo, Video or YouTube.

Text – Here you'll be given a text box to write in. Type in what you have to tell and then click on Post.

Photo – Here you can upload a photo. To do so, click on the Browse button and select the image you want to use. Then you can add some text to describe it or continue your story. When you have the image you want selected and the text you want in the text box, click on the Post button.

Video – This works the same exact way as the Photo section.

YouTube – Here, instead of uploading, you’ll paste the URL of a YouTube video. There's still a text box for a description as well. When you have everything the way you want it, click Post.

Just like that, you have the beginning of a story! You can add to it by continuing to post in one of the four ways available to you.

What else can you do here, you ask? Well, you can also view stories that other people have made. You can do that by clicking on Featured Stories. That will show you stories other people have made for public consumption. Or, you can use the search field at the very top of the page.

Get ready to create your own Storyz!

~ Amanda

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Monthly Wallpaper

January Wallpaper

Here's January's wallpaper. It's all free, so enjoy!

Yellowstone Falls

This was shot just before sunrise at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This amazing falls is always a treat to see and I was early enough, I had the place to myself!

Simple Flower

I don't know about you, but I needed a break from all the snow and ice, so I found this and decided to put a little green into January! Shot last spring in the Smoky Mountains; a Trillium, I think.

Rock and Ice

This abstract looking shot is of thick ice that had formed on some reddish rock in the Smoky Mountains last spring. So, if you want a cold theme for your desktop, this should do it!

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