Thursday, December 31, 2009

iWeavr - Bookmarklet that displays similar web sites

iWeavr is an innovative bookmarklet that makes it easy to discover similar or related websites to any webpage you’re currently browsing.  Cool!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Vista - Change Power Options

Control Panel > Power Options > Change Plan Settings > Change Advanced Power Settings

How to get your Flickr Photos to show up in your Facebook Stream
Can I automatically update my Facebook when I update my photostream?

Yes you can! We’ve made it even easier for you to use Facebook’s import feature. Just go to your account and activate the link (you may be asked to login at Facebook if you are not already). Once you’ve done that, your latest Flickr uploads will be added into your Facebook News Feed and Mini-Feed.

For more help, see this post:  

Oct 03, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tweaking Wireless Connection

Set the "Throughput Enhancement" from Disabled to Enabled (switch back if sharing wireless and don't want to be a bandwidth hog... :) Instructions here:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

iTunes - Burn CD from iTunes

Songs need to be in a Playlist.  Right click on the playlist and select "Burn Playlist to Disc"

Friday, November 6, 2009

Blackbery - Change Owner Info + Email Setup

  • To set up Email accounts on blackberry - Show all icons and locate the E-mail Settings App
  • Change Owner Info on Blackberry - Show all icons and locate Setup Wizard

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How do I remove AdSense from Blogger?

How do I remove Google ads from my Blogger site?

If you're using a Layouts-enabled blog, simply click the edit link for your AdSense page element, then click the Remove Page Element button.

If you are using a classic template, please follow these steps:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Top 8 Programs That Can Make Your Computer Run Faster

Top 8 Programs That Can Make Your Computer Run Faster

Oct 26, 2009 ... It's a common problem among computer users: after a few months, our computers become weighed down by programs and all sorts of other junk, ...

Google Chrome - Form Fill-in Add-on

LastPass is an online form filler and password manager which got some high marks from us in a previous post. For error free performance, switch off Chrome’s inbuilt password manager (Wrench Icon – Options – Personal Stuff) and Form Autofill under the same tab.

Thanks:  Securely Synchronize Your Browser Passwords With LastPass 10 Cool Extensions for Google Chrome

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Boommarklet to find similar Web Pages

iWeavr – Interesting bookmarklet that makes it easy to discover similar or related site to any webpage you’re currently browsing. It’s an excellent browsing companion for those who follow news online. For example, when you are visiting a news site like, clicking on the bookmarklet will display similar news sites, sites linking to that particular page you’re reading , and latest articles from the website. Read more: iWeavr – Cool Browsing Companion For A News Junkie

Thanks: Cool Websites and Tools [October 17]

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Free Screen Capture Tool (Instead of SnagIt)

Vista has a built in screen capture tool.  You can attach images to email (copies to the clipboard, and saves it as a file).  Search "Snipping Tool" in your Vista search box (you can get a search box when you click the Start). button).

How to transfer 'Blogger' blogs between two accounts

In blog you want to transfer:

Settings, Permissions, ADD AUTHORS, Invite, (invited accepts), grant admin privileges, remove previous author.

Thanks to:

--I also see under settings "Import blog - Export blog - Delete blog" - so maybe something there will do this too.

Printer Driver - HP Deskjet D4100

Download basic driver - HP_Vista_D4100_Ph1.exe

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Change Power Settings in Visa

CHANGE VIA:  Control Panel > Power Options > Change Plan Settings > Change Advanced Power Settings

Standby puts your computer into energy-saving mode, where it uses very little power.

Hibernate saves your workspace (all your open windows), then turns the computer off.
The difference is that hibernate saves more energy because the computer goes off completely, but it takes longer for the computer to wake up from hibernation, so it's not as convenient.

Sleep initially means Standby, but it switches to Hibernate if the battery level drops too low (laptop) or the computer has been sleeping for more than three hours (both desktops & laptops).You can change the 3-hour period to something else in Settings > Power Options.

In the basic sleep mode, the computer enters a low power-consumption mode, keeping programs and data state in memory; in hybrid sleep mode, the computer enters a low power-consumption mode, keeping programs and data state in memory but also writes the memory content to disk, which means in the event of a power outage the computer's state can be recovered from the disk version of the memory state. Hybrid sleep takes slightly longer to go into low power-mode because the memory content has to be written to disk. On my computer, sleep takes 2 seconds to enter, whereas hybrid sleep takes 16 seconds. The extra 14 seconds is worth it to avoid losing data in the event of a power outage.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Change Google Email Password

Verizon Blackberry - Change Email Settings (also Signature, Font, Menus)

Add/delete E-mail accounts, change signature:
  1. Show all desktop apps.
  2. Choose "E-mail Settings"
Change font size or Menu (short vs. full):
  1. Options
  2. Screen/Keyboard
  3. Font Size (recommend "9")

Block Facebook Spam

Facebook finally added the "Block Application" option.

Change billing account for PG&E

How to sign up for automatic payment of your PG&E bill:
- Go to
- Click on "For My Home" or "For My Business"
- Login to "My Account" (can set one up here too if don't already have one)
- Click the "Billing" link located on the left-side bar
- Click the "Set Up Automatic Payment" link
- Click the "View/Change" link and make changes as necessary
- Click "Continue"
- Verify your changes and click "Change Automatic Payment"

If you also want to cancel a payment at this time, click on
"Billing/Payment History" to review the payment status. Payments in the
"scheduled" status may be canceled; however, any payments in the "paid"
status cannot be canceled. A payment with an asterisk will be paid
according to your Automatic Payment instructions.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Where's Window Explorer?

Go to Start Menu, All Programs, then Accessories.

Windows Welcome Center Screen is here too.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Flickr: Change Tags

First select "Your Tags":

Then,  "Change this tag":

Flickr: Mass Add Tags to Photos

To add tags to a group of pictures (vs. one by one):

  1. Open Flickr
  2. Click "Organize"
  3. Add a set or some pictures
  4. Click "Add tags":

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Flickr: Mass Remove Tags from Photos

To remove tags in bulk (vs. one by one):
1. Login into Flickr
2. Type in this link into the address bar of your browser: (Of course, change tagtodelete to the actual tag that you want removed from your pictures.)
You will get a confirmation screen:
Delete this tag?

3. Confirm to delete the tag

Mailto: link is not opening my default email program

This fix is done in IE but the fix will result in all browsers (Chrome, etc.) being fixed.

In IE go to Tools > Internet Options > Set Programs > Set program access and computer defaults > Custom (and select the downward facing chevrons to the right of "Custom" > Windows Mail (under Choose a default e-mail program).

To test:
Click Start -> Run and type "" (without the quotation marks) in the "Open" box.  This replicates what happens when you click on an e-mail link on a web page.

Who helped:

Get your Flickr photos to show up in your Facebook profile

Uploads in Flickr will automatically post on Facebook as thumbnail images that your friends can click on through to Flickr.
"Here is a caveat: it doesn’t always work automatically. I often have to go to my Facebook profile and click Settings (the one with the gear icon) below my status entry field. Then I have to click Update next to the Flickr import link. I often have to click this three times before it actually imports my latest photo links."

Thanks to:

More from flickr:

Why aren't my new uploads showing on Facebook?
After you have activated the link, photos marked as safe and public will appear in the feeds. Videos currently won't appear although we are hoping to add this in the future.
If your new safe & public photos fail to appear after linking your accounts, try manually updating your feed from within Facebook as follows:

  • Log into Facebook and go to your Profile
  • Under the "Whats' on your mind" status field, click 'Options' (just below the 'Share' button)
  • That word will change into 'Settings' - click that
  • You will see Flickr in the imported sites area
  • to update, click the Flickr link and tell it to update now
For more help with this feature, please contact Facebook support.

Flickr's App Garden

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Twitter Search

Use near: immediately before a location (or a zip code) plus within: immediately before a distance measurement to find tweets sent within a certain distance of a location. Example: near:NYC within:15mi will find tweets sent within 15 miles of "NYC".

Monday, September 28, 2009

How to Make Vista Super-fast

How to Fix User Folders Showing Simple Folder Icon in Windows Vista

Default Windows Mail - Message Store Folder

C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail

Change Linksys Passphrase

To change Linksys passphrase:

In a web browser enter:
enter User Name and PW (different than passphrase)
Click:  Wireless Security and change WPA shared key to new passphrase

More good info here:

Search for Files by Dates

Put into Search Box:  modified:9/27/2009 .. 9/28/2009
Can also use "datecreated" or "date" instead of "modified"

or use the search function:  Open up the Advanced search by hitting the F3 key with an Explorer window open (or if you are using Vista pre-SP1 you can use the Search option on the start menu).

Thanks to

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Excel | How to Move to the Next Tab

How to move to the next sheet (tab) in the Excel workbook:

CTRL + Page Down (or Page Up for previous tab

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Windows Mail Store Folder - Default

C:/Users/(MyName)/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows Mail/Local Folders

Monday, August 31, 2009

Expiration Dates on Gift Certificates in California

courtesy of
"’s illegal for gift certificates (including discounted gift certificates like those offered on groupon) to have expiration dates.
more info:
fine print:
1) most gift certificate will say “expires x/y/z unless in california”, but even if they don’t have the “unless in california” wording, the businesses aren’t allowed to enforce the expiration date.
2) if the gift certificate call the expiration dates “redemption dates” instead, the businesses have the option of giving you a refund instead of accepting the gift certificate."

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Google Map Search 'Near'

Peet's Coffee and Tea loc: Los Angeles

Friday, August 21, 2009

Search - Boolean


Finds all with "BAC-"
but not "BAC-AT-"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Blackberry - Save Attachments to Media Card

< This is not resolved. >
< Have not found a resolution.  You? >

"Whenever I get an email with an attachment I click on the attachment and I have two options *open or Download* I choose download and then select the documents folder on the media card. Once I have downloaded that attachment if I ever go back to that email and click on attachment again it will only give you the open option."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Excel | Select Visible Cells Only

Select the area you want to copy. Press F5 click Special, click visible cells only click OK. Copy, then paste where you want.

There is a toolbar button for visible cells only if you use it lots:

In MS Excel 2007, to add the Select Visible Cells Command, do the following steps:
Step 1: Right click on the toolbar on top and click Customize Quick Access toolbar.
Step 2: Under Choose Command From drop down menu
, select Commands Not in the Ribbon.
Step 3: Scroll down and click on Select Visible Cells.
Step 4: Click on Add and OK.
Now you should be able to see the command in the quick access toolbar.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Excel: How to Create a Formula to Correctly Evaluate Blank Cells

If you are checking a cell for a zero value and the cell is blank, the test evaluates to true. For example, if you have the following formula in cell A1
and B1 is blank, the formula returns "zero" and not "blank" as expected. If the range might contain a blank cell, you should use the ISBLANK function to test for a zero value, as in the following example:
Note that the above formula returns "zero" if there is a zero value in the cell, "blank" if the cell is blank, and "other" if anything else is in the cell. You must always use the ISBLANK formula first before you test for a zero value. Otherwise you will always return a "true" for the zero value, and never get to the test for the ISBLANK formula.

Add or Remove "Welcome Center" at Startup (Microsoft Vista)

Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Welcome Center

and check (or uncheck) the box "Run at startup

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Add Facebook status to FriendFeed? - Yahoo! Answers

Add Facebook status to FriendFeed? - Yahoo! Answers: "How do I add my Facebook status feed to FriendFeed? I always get this error 'It appears that Facebook does not provide a Status feed for your account'!"

To "unfavorite" a "favorited" item:  "there's an unfavorite star that appears when you hover over the post

Thanks for using Posterous!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fix printing problems by resetting the print spooler

Fix printing problems by resetting the print spooler - Microsoft Support

Next: reinstall the printer.

Seems to occur when printing adobe pdf files (sch statements)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Use Blackberry Curve (8330) as Modem

UPDATE: 9/4/2011:
The option to start using your phone as a modem is no longer available via the app. You must call Verizon after downloading the app and have them start it for you.

Get your data usage here:

To use the app, your phone must be tethered via cable to laptop (or Blutooth can work too).

VZAccess Manager 
  1. Ensure you are using the latest version of VZAccess Manager. Visit VZAccess Manager's website to download the newest software. 
    • If using an older version of VZAccess Manager, you may encounter errors trying to connect. If this occurs, settings in specific versions of VZAccess Manager may need to be changed.
    • In VZAccess Manager, select Options.
    • Select Preferences.
    • Click on the Get Access tab.
    • Select DayPass or Trial Service.
    • Click OK
  2. Run VZAccess Manager and follow screen prompts for activation. 
  3. Complete the Account Information & Billing Address fields. 
  4. For payment, select Pay with Credit Card or Pay with Verizon Wireless Gift Card or DayPass Card. 
  5. Enter your Credit Card information or Gift Card/DayPass Card Number and PIN from the back of your DayPass card. Click Submit
  6. Click Disconnect
  7. Close browser.
  8. Click Start, then VZAccess Manager, then Connect.

AccuWeather - Favorite Blackberry Weather App

Friday, June 19, 2009

Outlook Reminders Stopped Working - How to Fix

Enabling the Calendar & Task Reminders
Go to Tools > Options > Other > Advanced Options > Reminder Options
Click on the “display the Reminder check box”

Thanks to (and more good recommendations): 

Another option: from run:  outlook.exe /cleanreminders

Change Signature for Blackberry Email Account

Pair Plantronics 510 Bluetooth headset to your Bluetooth phone

1) Turn on Bluetooth within your phone - Consult phone instruction booklet
2) Put phone into pairing mode - Consult phone instruction booklet
3) Put headset into pairing mode - With headset on, press and hold call button and
the volume up simultaneously until the headset begins to flash red and blue.
4) Select "Add new device" on your phone.
5) Select the Plantronics headset when prompted. Enter "0000" as passcode.
6) Your 510 headset will now have a continuous blue light blinking.
7) Choose "Yes" if your phones asks if you want to bond to the 510 headset.
8) Your phone is now paired with the Plantronics 510 headset and ready for use.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Google Mobile App for Blackberry

Go to on your BlackBerry's browser. Download one by one (scroll down and you'll see that option) if problems.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dual Monitors - Mirror Image

Right Click on your Desktop
Select "NVIDIA Control Panel" (not "Personalize"!)
Under "Display" Select "Set up Dual Monitors", then "Clone"

Else in Windows 7:
Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Display > Screen Resolution > Detect

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Monday, June 15, 2009

How to Restore the Missing Show Desktop Icon on the Quick Launch Toolbar

This is for Windows Vista:

Explorer search: "show desktop"
Drag to Quick Launch toolbar

You can also use these methods to 'show desktop':

  • Press the Windows logo key+D on your keyboard.
  • Right-click the Windows taskbar, and then click Show the Desktop or click Show Open Windows.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

No sound on TV from HDM

This works and came straight from the link below.

"All you have to do is connect the cable and get (the) picture coming through the TV, and then right click on your sound settings in the bottom right, next to your clock. Click on 'Playback Devices' you should have an option for 'SPDIF Interface'. Single left-click on it and underneath next to properties click on 'Set Default'.
Now close your Youtube, or browser, or music program or anything active that sends out sound and restart your youtube or whatever and you'll get sound through your TV."

DV2500t No sound from HDMI - Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Clear Windows Temp Folders

Start | Run | %temp%

Monday, June 1, 2009

How To Create PDF Files For Free

Also, look at these:
  • PDF Creator. This is a great, free (open source) program that installs a virtual PDF printer for you. An excellent set of features.
  • OpenOffice. OpenOffice has an export to PDF feature built in. A great general office suite.
or here:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Excel Formula to Remove Text after Specific Character

In this example, everything starting with the "?" is removed from text in cell B7: =IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("?",B7)),LEFT(B7,FIND("?",B7)-1),B7)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Add Browser Toolbar Buttons: "Send to Blogger", "Add to Google Bookmarks" (Also "Wayback" and "Google Translate")

First, if you don't see Chrome's toolbar: CTRL + B.

To add:

"Send to Blogger": Drag the BlogThis! text from here on to the toolbar.
"Add to Google Bookmarks": See this post updated 7/14/2017: Add Google Bookmarks Bookmarklet

Other cool toolbar add-on's:
Wayback (show the page’s revision history) - drag the Wayback button from here
Google Translate (show the page in English translation) - drag the text 'English' from here

How to Search across Multiple PDF Files

To search for text inside multiple PDF Files:
  1. Open Adobe Reader.
  2. Open Full Reader Search: SHIFT + CTRL + F.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Add "Email a Link" to Chrome

Most browsers provide you with a way to easily email a link to the page you are currently viewing. When clicked, your default email application will produce a new message with the link in the body and the page title in the Subject line and the To field left blank for you to address. This functionality is missing from Chrome, but can easily added by creating a button on the Bookmarks bar.

Drag this link to your bookmarks bar: Send Link!.
Or if that doesn't work:
1. Open Chrome.
2. Right-click the Bookmarks bar and select Add Page.
3. In the Name textbox, input the word Send Link.
4. In the URL textbox, input the following:
5.Make sure that the Bookmarks bar folder is selected and click OK.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Temporarily Disable Mcafee

How to temporarily disable Mcafee Security Center - CNET Spyware, viruses, & security Forums: Double-click the taskbar icon to open the Security Center Click Advanced Menu (lower left) Click Configure (left) Click Computer & Files (upper left) VirusScan can be disabled on the right. Do the same via Internet & Network for Firewall Plus.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How to get a personalized FaceBook URL when they don’t offer one

Facebook is not yet enabling “vanity” URL for your profiles but they “hope to make these URLs available (…) in the future.” Until then you can do this: 1. Click on “home” then click on “profile”, you should see a URL like this in your address field: 2. Now copy that number, in this example 123456789. 3. The public URL for your Facebook page is then: Put in your real first and last name in the above link and keep the hyphen as separator. Voila! However, if you want to be found by people who are not on Facebook yet, you would have to first make your profile publicly searchable by going to Privacy Settings -> Search. When you have your personal URL, make it trackable baby! Hint: Case Sensitive, took me 10 minutes to figure that out! I use & I can’t tell you how it has made my online life justifiable! You can customize a shortened URL, place it ANYWHERE you want (wordpress, FaceBook, Twitter (duh), LinkedIn, Communities etc) for optimal tracking. So if you are using anything BUT, re-think & think how smart you will look when you can say “and then we received 80% of our hits from ONE post, which led to an increase in sales that day for a 45% conversion rate “. Just saying, makes you look cool! ! Big thanks to:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Ping to Test Internet Connection

To run a ping test on Windows:
  1. Open the Command Prompt or MSDOS prompt dialog box (Start, Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt).
  2. Type "ping".
  3. Press [Enter] (Note: Some computers will not respond to the ping test for security reasons. If a Web page or server doesn't respond to ping, try a different one.)
You have an active internet connection if you see results similar to this: Reply from bytes=32 time=40ms TTL=249
! Big thanks to: the comcast technician who was here today.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Remove Line in Word Document

To remove this “line,” select the paragraph above it and remove all the borders from it as follows: In Word 2003 and earlier, go to the Format Borders and Shading dialog, and click the preset picture for “None.” Alternatively, click the down arrow beside the Borders button on the Formatting or Tables and Borders toolbar and choose the last (No Border) option in the palette. In Word 2007, on the Home tab, locate the Paragraph group. The bottom right button is the Borders button; click the arrow beside it and select No Border. In any version, you can simply click in the offending paragraph and press Ctrl+Q, which resets the paragraph formatting to the default for the style (which doesn’t include borders). This, however, will remove any other direct paragraph formatting as well as the border. ! Big thanks to:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Change Startup Programs in Vista

Type msconfig in the search box and select the "startup" tab

Friday, April 17, 2009

Test your Internet Speed

This is what the Comcast technician used: Speakeasy Speed Test

iTunes - Make a Genius Playlist from Song

Select song, and click the Genius icon at bottom left corner of iTunes window:

iTunes - Wrong Artwork in Coverflow, but Correct Artwork in File

Took a bit of time to figure this one out:
iTune's coverflow gets the album cover from the first track with art.
1- find the first track for the ablum (do a search within the iTune's search bar)
2- on the first song for the album: right click, get info, artwork, delete the incorrect artwork which either leaves the correct artwork or allows you to upload your own.
3- I'd do this for all the songs on the album while you're there.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

How to Set-up your Free Email Account in

It always takes me quite awhile to figure this out whenever I purchase a new domain name from so instructions from the email they send are here: Tell Me How To: Set up my FREE personalized email account and also below: To Set Up an Email Address Log in to your Account Manager. In the My Products section, click Email. To use a free email credit when the Email option does not display in your My Products section, click Free Products, click Email Account List, click Use Credit, select the domain you want to use from the list, and then click Continue. The account displays as a new account in the Email Account list. Click Manage Account for the email account you want to manage. If an option to add addresses or view all email plans displays, click View All. Click Add for the plan to which you want to add an email address. The Add Email page displays. In the Add Email section, select whether you are using a domain registered or hosted with us or a domain registered or hosted elsewhere, and then in the Email Address field, enter the first part of the email address that you want to create and specify the domain. (Optional) In the Forward Carbon Copy area, enter the email address to which you want message copies sent. Separate multiple addresses with a comma. (Optional) Make a Catchall Account which automatically forwards email messages sent to an unknown address at your domain to this account. (Optional) In the Set Auto-Responder area, set an automatic response to be sent upon receipt of emails to this account. Setting Up Your Email in Microsoft Outlook 2007 Setting Up Microsoft Entourage to Access your Email Account

How to make the Cents Sign (¢)

Update 4/24/2017: You can show the ¢ in most documents (Word, Excel, Blogger) by pressing: Alt + 0162 (Note this only works if you use the number pad for the "0162", not the row of number keys across the top of your keyboard)


It's not straigtforward. Unsure why applications don't simply enable this more easily.

First, two alternative ways to make the Cents Sign (¢) in a document like Word:
  • Hold down Ctrl, then the "/", let go and type "c" (CTRL+"/", "C"), or
  • Type 00A2 and then ALT X
    • I actually recorded a macro so that ALT C inputs the ¢
Or, if your computer recognizes Unicode characters:
  1. On your keypad press and hold the Alt key
  2. Press 1 5 5 (Note if you don't have a keypad see below. You can't use the numbers across the top row of your keyboard)
  3. Let go of the Alt key: "¢" appears
If you don't have a keypad, you'll need to use the numbers that are on your keys (the ones that share a key with a letter, not the ones across the top. For example my "J" can also be a "1"). Generally this is done by something like this:
  1. Press the Num Lock key (Num Lk) to turn on your number pad.
  2. Once the numberpad is active, follow the 3 steps above.
  3. Be sure to tap your Num Lock key again to turn off number pad when you're done.
If that doesn't work, you'll need to simply cut/paste: CTRL+C the text you want to copy e.g. ¢, then CTRL+V to paste into your document.

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