Monday, January 31, 2005
A Pro version is also available for $9.95 a month that offers more sophisticated features. For more information, go to the MyWebExPC web site.
Friday, January 28, 2005
These courses are non-accredited, but what do you expect for free. The instructors can talk to students and students talk with each other on the site's message boards.
Check out the site for more information.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
This is not new technology, but hopefully will last longer then the other companies that have offered the same technology in the past. Jybe claims that their software is spyware, and they also don't collect information about surfing habits.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
I personally use this software, and I am very impressed with it. It not only finds more spyware, adware, etc. It also has very extensive proactive features, to help prevent you from being infected in the first place.
This software is now part of the everyday arsenal to protect myself while on the Internet.
Monday, January 24, 2005
How it work:
- Enter the Recipient's email address, to whom you want to sent the file to. You can specify multiple email addresses by separating them with commas.
- Select a file to send. Your file will be stored on YouSendIt's server, without filling up your recipient's mailbox.
- Click the Send button. YouSendIt will automatically email your recipient a link to the file stored on their server.
Note: The file you send will be automatically deleted off of YouSendIt's servers after seven days.
Friday, January 21, 2005
To create a Compressed Folders, all you have to do is right-click and existing folder, select Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder. If you need to prevent other people from viewing the contents of the these files, you can password protect the files in the Compress Folder.
Note: Compress Folder and ZIP file, uses a simple data encryption method that will only stop the casual computer user from viewing the file. If you need more security use a more sophisticated application like PGP or GnuPG.
To assign a password to a compressed folder:
- Open the Windows Explorer, and find the compressed folder you want to password protect.
- Double-click the compressed folder to open it.
- From the File menu, select 'Add a Password...'.
- Type in your password twice and press the OK button.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Do you have to constantly know the time in several different time zones for one reason or another? The Microsoft Time Zone utility runs in the system tray and allows you to easily view the date and time in various locations around the world.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Note: These tools are unsupported by Microsoft, so if you have any problems you're on your own.
- ClearType Tuner (New): Allows you to tune the ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen.
- HTML Slide Show Wizard (Updated): Creates an HTML slide show of your digital pictures, ready for your Web site.
- Open Command Window Here: Provides a quick way to open a command window.
- Alt-Tab Replacement: Displays the icon of the application window you are switching to, you will also see a preview of the page. This helps particularly when multiple sessions of an application are open.
- Tweak UI: Grants you access to system settings that are not available in the Windows XP default user interface.
- Power Calculator: Graphing calculate that can evaluate functions, perform different types of conversions.
- Image Resizer: Allows you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.
- CD Slide Show Generator: View images burned to a CD as a slide show.
- Virtual Desktop Manager: Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar.
- Taskbar Magnifier: Magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.
- Webcam Timershot: Allows you take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
- From the Start menu, open 'My Network Places'.
- Under Network Tasks, click 'View Network Connections'.
- Right-click your Internet connection, and select Properties.
- Click the Advanced tab, and then press the Settings button.
- Press the Add button to open a new port.
- In the 'Description of service' field, type a friendly name for the port to help you remember why you open it. For example, type Remote Desktop : Port 3389.
- In the 'Name or IP address' field, enter the address of the computer hosting this service on your network box. Generally this will be local computer, so type "127.0.0.1". Although, you can specify the IP address of another computer on your local network.
- In the External port and Internal port boxes, type the port number that you want to open.
- Select either TCP or UDP, and press the OK button.
Monday, January 17, 2005
Before Windows XP SP2, in the Add or Remove Programs control panel the Microsoft updates that were applied to your system would show in here. This is great if want to see what patches were applied to your system. Although it was annoying if you had to scroll through the list trying to find the program that you wanted to remove, and accidentally removed a system patch or service pack.
In SP2 a new feature prevent the system updates from being displayed in the list by default. So if you want to see the system date you have enable this feature.
- Open the Control Panel folder
- Open the Add or Remove Programs control panel
- At the top of the Add or Remove Programs window, check the "Show updates" checkbox.
You're now able to scroll down and see the system updates intermixed with the other programs.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Whenever you insert some type of removable media (such as: CD/DVD disk, flash card, etc.) into your computer, Windows will pop-up a dialog questioning you on what you want to do with it (such as: play the audio, play the movie, display the pictures, etc.). You can also specify for Windows to never AutoPlay any type of content for this device.
If for some reason the AutoPlay dialog box stops appearing, or you want specify AutoPlay default actions for different types of content. Follow the instructions below:
- Inserting the media into its reader
- Open the Widows Explorer
- Expand 'My Computer', then right-click on the drive letter that represents your removable media, and select Properties
- Click on the Autoplay tab.
- In the dropdown menu, choose the type of content that the removable can contain, and click the "Select an action to perform" radio button.
- Select the default action for this media type.
- Repeat the last two steps for the different types of content, and the action for that content.
- Press the OK button when done.
Note: If the system doesn't remember your settings you may have repeat this task a few times to get it too work.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
When the Windows Explorer is launched, it opens the My Documents folder by default. To make Windows Explorer start in another folder, you can create a shortcut that causes it opens in a new location.
- Right-click on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.
- In the Location field type "explorer.exe /e,C:\", then press the 'Next >' button.
- Give your shortcut a new name, or accept the default, then press the Finish button.
Whenever you launch the shortcut it will open the Windows Explorer to the C:\ drive. You change the location of folder which the Explorer opens, you need to modifying the path (i.e.: 'C:\') after the '/e'. If the path includes a space, then the whole path name needs to be enclosed in quotes.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
In the previous versions of Windows if you accidently forget your password all you had to do was the press the ESC key. In Windows XP if you forget your password you can be locked out of your computer.
This is because Windows XP uses a more sophisticated method of managing each user's permissions. These premissions are also enforced by file system and operating system itself.
To help protect you from getting locked out your computer, you can create a password recovery disk. The password recovery disk can allow you back into your computer even if you forget your password.
Note: You will need some type removable media to create a password recover disk, such as a floppy disk. The Password Recovery wizard will want to erase disk that you will use.
- Open the Control Panel
- Open the User Account control panel
- Click on a user, to create a Password Recover Disk
- On the left hand side, click on 'Prevent a forgotten password'.
You will now be presented with a wizard which will walk you through creating password recover disk. You will also need to know the current password for the account you want to create the recover disk.
If you forget your password, all you have to do click on the green arrow next to the user account at the login screen. You will then be prompted to insert the password recover disk.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
- Minimize all your windows so that the desktop is exposed. (Press the WinKey+D)
- Right-click on the Taskbar.
- Scroll to Toolbars > 'New Toolbar...'.
- In the dialog, select a folder (open 'My Computer', then select 'Control Panel').
- Press the OK button to continue.
- Click on the new toolbar in the Taskbar and drag it on of the edges of your monitor. It should automatically lock into place.
Monday, January 10, 2005
- Right-click on My Computer, and select Properties.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- In the Performance section, press the Settings button.
Friday, January 07, 2005
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
System requirements: a computer with floppy drive, and Windows XP installed, and a 3.5" floppy disk that can be formatted.
- Insert a floppy into the disk drive, that you want to format. Warning: All the data on this disk will be destroyed.
- Launch the Windows Explorer (In the Start Menu, click on 'My Computer').
- Right-click the floppy drive icon, and select the Format option.
- A Format dialog will be displayed
- The following options can be set in the Format dialog:
- Capacity: Specifies the capacity of the floppy that you are formatting (1.44MB is the default).
- File System: Specifies the file system for floppy (FAT is the default)
- Allocation Unit Size: Leave at 'Default allocation size' unless you have a reason to change it.
- Volume Label: Enter a label for yourfloppy disk if you want.
- Quick Format: Check this option to quickly format disks that were previously formatted.
- Create an MS-DOS startup disk: Check this option to copy system files to make the floppy bootable
- Press the Start button to begin formatting the disk.
- Some floppy will not format due to media errors, if this happens you will have to insert another disk.
- If your computer's hard drive is formatted with NTFS, you can not use this system disk to access the local file system.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Monday, January 03, 2005
When deleting or modifying files, depending on the type of files you're deleting a dialog will be displayed with 'Yes', 'Yes to All', and 'No' buttons. If you press 'Yes to All' button it will complete changes to the files that you requested.
If you press 'No' button you will have press it for each file. If you hold down the shift key while pressing the 'No' button, it will act like 'No to All' button.
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Thank you for visiting my Windows Tip of the Day. This is where I going to post a daily (Monday-Friday) Windows tip, I might later add Saturday and Sunday. These tips are going to be for Microsoft current Operating System (OS) Windows XP, but some them will also work on Windows platforms (like: Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT Workstation, NT Server, 2000 Professional, 2000 Server, 2003 Server).
The tips that I am planning on posting will range from very basic to more complicated. Most of them will be directed to solve a problem, and showing off a feature of the Windows OS.
If you would like ask a question that I can address in this blog, I will later post an email address that you reached me at.
I hope you enjoy the site and find the content worthwhile.
p.s. For those interested in technologies other then just Windows, I also have my other blog called 'In My Humble Opinion'. This is where I publish different articles, stories and links about the latest technology news happening today.