I also love Photo Stream and the ability it gives me to view and share photos taken on my iPad from my iPhone, and vice versa. I also love being able to view my Photo Stream photos on my Mac in iPhoto, but what I don't love is the message I receive when I try to do anything but view these photos in iPhoto. You can't simply edit a photo in iPhoto's Photo Stream … Read more
Have you ever found something on a Web site that you wanted to print, but you were forced to also print the ads, wasting your precious ink? Even sites that offer printable versions of their pages can contain unwanted ads, images, and menus.
With a Firefox extension called Print-Edit, you can edit elements of a Web page before printing, so you can remove ads or other parts of a Web page that you don't want. Here's how:
Step 1: Install the Print-Edit Firefox extension from Mozilla.
Step 2: When you get to a Web page you want to … Read more
Now you can keep your favorite parts of any video.
With the holidays coming up, your creative side may be seeping into your thoughts. If you have a collection of videos of family, friends, or even events, you can do neat things with clips from these. VLC offers a superfast way to create clips for later editing or enjoyment.
Begin by downloading and installing VLC.
Step 1: Open VLC and open the menu labeled View. In this menu, select Advanced Controls.
Step 2: Open the video you wish to take a cut from. Use the slider to navigate to the … Read more
As much as 10 percent of your electricity bill is simply being sucked away for no useful purpose. Blame standby, or vampire, power.
Belkin this month released perhaps the simplest way to cut that standby power with its Conserve Power Switch. The small gadget is just a switch in a handy format that cuts the flow of power to anything that plugs into it.
There's not much to this device, but that's its appeal. The Power Switch, which costs $6.99, plugs into a regular outlet and you plug a device into that. When you want to use … Read more
Every time you install a new program, update Windows or other software, or even just use your computer as it's intended, you run a small risk of corrupting files that are essential to the smooth operation of your machine. This happens rarely, but it can be a major hassle to recover from if you don't back up your system information regularly (or at least before trying anything extra-risky). Windows 7 makes it easy. Here's how:Open the Control Panel, then click "System and Security," then "System," then "System protection" on … Read more
Windows 7 includes some useful utilities like a calculator and the snipping tool. What it lacks, however, is an alarm clock and a stop watch.
If you use the Google Chrome browser, here's how you can add a multifunction clock to your desktop:
First, install the Clock app by Google, from the Chrome Web Store.
Next, click on the Clock app from your list of Chrome apps to launch it. The clock will launch into the time and date tab first. The other tabs are for world clock, alarm, timer, and stop watch.
Windows users who want to launch … Read more
How many computers are in your household? Two? Three? More? Many households have more than one computer, but having multiple printers is probably overkill. Here are four ways to share your printer:
1. Integrated Ethernet/Wi-Fi printer The most obvious and convenient way to share a printer is to use a printer with a built-in Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection, like the Brother HL-2270DW. Wi-Fi printers are convenient if you want to put your printer somewhere that isn't near your router, but using the Wi-Fi connection isn't the only way to print wirelessly. If your printer has an Ethernet … Read more
One of the most common and damaging threats that portable electronics face is exposure to water and other liquids. Dropping an iPhone or iPod into a pool, or spilling a glass of water or coffee on a laptop is a sure way to render the device useless in a heartbeat.
Water damage is unfortunately not covered under many basic warranties, and in many of its devices Apple places liquid sensors to determine if a device has been exposed to water or other fluids if it's being serviced. As a result, many times if you've dunked or doused your … Read more
You use Firefox (or another browser) to view photos on Facebook, Picasa, and other photo-sharing sites, and with Slide Show Viewer, a Firefox extension, Windows users can use Firefox to view slideshows of the photos stored on their hard drive.
After installing the add-on (you can download it here), you'll find it located in the tools menu. You can find the tools menu by going to Option and clicking Menu Bar to show that toolbar. Then from Tools in the menu bar you'll see Slide Show Viewer listed. (You can also add an icon for Slide Show Viewer … Read more
If you had a MobileMe account before the transition to iCloud, you may have heard about the MobileMe Backup tool.… Read more