Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Thanks to Tracy Newman for pointing out this online tutorial.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
- Type (in the Merriam-Webster Online Search text box at the top of the screen): Nevada
- Press Enter or click the Search button.
- When the word and its definition appears, click the speaker icon that follows the word. Nevada has two icons, meaning there are two acceptable pronunciations, except in Nevada.
- Be sure to turn on your speakers.
- Click one of the speaker icons and a pop-up window appears. You’ll hear one of the acceptable pronunciations of the word spoken.
- Next, click the other speaker icon to hear an alternative pronunciation.
While you’re exploring, select the Medical radio button and type a medical term…for a definition. You’ll also see additional links to related resources.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Once you've turned on this feature, any changes made to the document are highlighted in a different color (by default red for the first reviewer, blue for the second). So changes you send to others are obvious. Or changes they send to you, if they turn on the Track Revisions feature, are equally obvious.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
People make those same assumptions when they open their email box and scan all the new arrivals. That’s why, if you want your message to be read, you should effectively use the subject line to clearly identify the topic. Your subject line should be informative and should not be left blank. In fact, if you send or receive a message without a subject line, it’s a prime candidate for deletion. It's always best to make your subject line descriptive of the content of your message.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Some of the more common and helpful short cuts include:
- Ctrl+C to copy selected text
- Ctrl+X to cut selected text
- Ctrl+V to paste selected text
- Ctrl+S to save
Mac users can substitute the Command (Open Apple) key for Ctrl.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"The Visual Dictionary is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work. When you know what something looks like but not what it’s called, or when you know the word but can’t picture the object, The Visual Dictionary has the answer. In a quick look, you can match the word to the image."
Thanks to Nick Greenup for this tip.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thanks to Bob Epp for this tip.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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Monday, January 14, 2008
- Apple supports re-downloading your purchases after a hard drive failure. Go here: http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/store/browser/ and select the category Purchase(s) – missing and the sub-category My hard drive crashed / all of my purchases were erased and then fill out the form. Supposedly they’ll get your music back for you.
- iTunes has a built in backup method that’s much easier than doing the whole library folder. Personally, I only backup my iTunes purchases as I can re-rip anything else. If you create a smart playlist that specifies only purchased music, you can then burn that playlist to CD/DVD. (Before you burn, make sure you set iTunes to burn a data disc). You can also put a tag on it that only pulls music added to the library after a specific date. This allows you to backup as you go without having to re-backup your entire library. Of course, this method isn’t a true backup of the iTunes library. You’re merely saving the music files. If you do need to recover this way, you’ll have to import the music off your CDs/DVDs back into iTunes but you won’t lose any important information (unless you care about how many times you’ve played the song or you have spent days and days rating all your music).
- In Windows, you do not need third party software to get your music off your iPod back onto your computer (I don’t know about Macs). Basic steps are:
a. Verify you have double the size of your iPod’s content in free space on your computer.
b. Turn on the feature that allows you to use your iPod as a portable hard drive.
c. Allow Windows to see hidden folders.
d. Browse through the hidden folders on your iPod. There’s once called Music Library or something similar. Just drag that folder to your desktop.
e. Set iTunes to copy your music to its folders. This places all imported music in the My Music folder.
f. Set iTunes to keep your music folder organized. This renames all the folders and songs from things like XTYRGRE to whatever the album/artist/song name is.
g. Disconnect your iPod and then drag that folder into iTunes. This takes a while so be patient.
h. Once the import is done, delete the folder from your desktop and you should be good to go.
I’ve done this many times and never had any issues with it. Of course, you’ll have to follow this tip at your own risk.
As a safeguard against this disaster, you can back up your iTunes library. The process is similar, whether you are using a Mac or a PC. Your iTunes library is simply a folder that contains more folders which in turn contain the files you have downloaded and/or purchased. In a typical installation, there is a folder called iTunes which contains another folder called iTunes Music and a file called iTunes Library. The iTunes Library file is simply a database that stores information about where your music files are located and how you have organized your playlists. Backing up this file will NOT back up your music files! You need to back up the whole iTunes folder to retain all the information currently in iTunes.
Unless you have changed the default location of your iTunes folder, on a PC it should be located within My Documents > My Music. To back up this folder, simply copy the folder called iTunes and either save it to another computer, an external hard drive, or burn it to a DVD if it is small enough to fit. Any time you make new purchases, you should back up these new files as well.
On a Mac, double-click the hard drive icon and go to Music (under Places on the left side of the window). The iTunes folder should default to this location. Back up the iTunes folder to a secure location.
It is also possible to transfer music from your iPod or mp3 device back to iTunes, depending on what device you are using. If you are using an iPod, you will need to purchase third-party software to do this. If you are using an mp3 player, you will need to consult the manual to see if it is possible to move your files back onto your computer. Using your portable device as the sole means of back up, however, is NOT recommended!
Thanks to Tracy Newman for this tip.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Among the offerings are courses on Digital Photography, PC Security Solutions, Digital Entertainment and Home office.