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Internet Explorer 9 tips for power users from Microsoft itself

Not too long ago, we shared some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for Internet Explorer 9. Now, the folks at Microsoft have compiled a whole slew of tips for IE9 users, from novices to seasoned surfers. There are four categories at the moment -- Faster ways to get to your websites, Top keyboard shortcuts, Change and manage search providers, and Manage add-ons -- and there's also a good...

Google Scribe extension now available for Google Chrome

Just unveiled a few days back, Google Scribe's autocomplete superpowers are now available via the Chrome Extensions Gallery. Sure, a pair of developers beat Google to the punch and released their own interpretations first, but most users will probably opt for the official version from the Mountain View crew. So is the Chrome extension any different from the bookmarklet? It does seem to be a...

How to reboot Google Chrome sync when you're having problems

Google Chrome's sync features can be incredibly handy for those of use who run the browser on multiple computers. Every now and then, however, you may run into a problem. In my case, I had certain bookmarks which kept popping back up even though I'd previously deleted them. Today I got an email from a reader, John, who was having a similar issue with his extensions. "Recently LastPass has...

DoGooder brings its "advertising with a conscience" to Google Chrome

DoGooder occupies a somewhat strange position in the Internet advertising world. Its browser extension allows users to replace the ads normally displayed on the websites they browse with campaigns which support green initiatives, charitable causes, and non-profits. Unlike extensions such as AdBlock, DoGooder doesn't actually block a publisher's original ads. Instead, it loads them and then...

Helping My Mom Slide Technologically Backwards

We leave you with a tale of a person's first computer, and her desire to get rid of the thing! - Ed. Being in my late 20's, I am a member of the first generation of people that grew up with computers in pretty much all aspects of my life. I've witnessed and adapted to many new trends: Apple II's quirky ability to lock up when the 5 1/4" floppy got dusty, the introduction of a CD ROM drive to...

Windows 7 beta help files are still a work in progress

One of the most noticeable new features in Windows 7 is the shiny new taskbar. While it bears a passing resemblance to the taskbar that we've grown to love/hate over the past decade or so, the new taskbar represents a new paradigm in window management for Microsoft. There's no text, and there's no quick launch bar. When you open a program, an icon will show up in the taskbar. Open multiple...

How to surf the web even if Internet Explorer is disabled

Ever find yourself sitting in front of a computer that's been locked down by an overzealous IT administrator who won't let you install any software or even open Internet Explorer or Firefox? If that PC is running Windows XP, there's a good chance you can still visit Download Squad (or other sites if that sort of thing appeals to you). All you have to do is launch a Windows application like...

Gmail warns against Greasemonkey scripts

Log into Gmail today and you might see big red warning about Greasemonkey scripts. For those of you keeping score, Google has been spiffing up Gmail over the past few weeks, including a nice code overhaul, colored labels, group chat and AIM capabilities. Oh, and the tasty IMAP. Now it appears some scripts have become such a nuisance that Google offers a chance to "fix this" which we declined....

How to view old Help files in Windows Vista

Every version of Windows from 3.0 to XP used the same type of help file format. HLP files were basically modified RTF documents that could be viewed using the WinHlp32.exe application. But Microsoft decided to leave that application out of Windows Vista to encourage developers to use more up to date help file formats. There's just one problem. When you buy a new computer or a new operating system...

Tech support by average joes with Fixya

How many times have you been befuddled with a product, only to result to the dreaded 1-800 number in the manual to resolve your issue? Hours later only to find no resolution in sight. Enter Fixya, a startup that has taken on the challenge of supplying online technical support, user guides and repairs by letting users help each other. In a few simple steps users get the help they need with their...

Windows Help files not supported in Vista

Microsoft, you move in strange ways. I can't believe we missed this the first time around. For all the effort they put into building operating systems that are backwards-compatible, they then go and choose not to include support for Help files that are built to use the old WinHlp32.exe program. This probably will not affect a huge number of Vista users, but the ones that it does affect are two...

Do you iPubble?

i-What, i-How's that now, I said, iPubble. What is an iPubble? Like a mis-pronounced iPebble, I guess. Beyond that, iPubble is in the business of helping website operators get the word out while helping you improve your site. Their experts will tell you what you are doing right or wrong with your site, with some good suggestions on how to improve your site. iPubble is a social voting site as...

Helphee document publisher

This is something I can't wait to check out. Helphee says that they can help users author and publish help documents online. Not only that, but in a five-minute timeframe or less. Come on! It has to take more than five minutes. I have never written a help doc in less than five minutes. Even if it was as simple as a 150 word description about setting up email signatures in Outlook for my...

SketchUp video tutorials

So you've played with SketchUp a bit and know you like it, but don't know what to do with it? This has been me as of late. I have wanted to know more about SketchUp and how to do some more complex modeling. On my inquisition, I quickly found a storehouse of knowledge to fuel my SketchUp frenzy. SketchUp offers a bunch of great video tutorials that can be downloaded as well as streamed. Perhaps I...

Gspot video info and codec finder

Despite the risque title, Gspot is an awesome little app. For a while, I was sick of video files I would find and then try to play on my PC, so much so, that my chagrin was overloaded. If you have a video file that only plays audio, or won't play at all, Gspot will tell you what type of file, what codec you need, and whether you have it currently installed or not. It lists just about every other...