Spaces is one of those features of OS X that I use regularly, but not for the reasons advertised on the Apple website. Instead of being an active part of the workflow that keeps tasks separate (ie, games, email and web, word processing, etc), I end up using spaces as a substitute for Expose and utilize it to quickly move windows out of the way to access my desktop or just clear the screen when I get up from my computer. There are a number of uses for Spaces, but regardless of how you use the feature here are some tips that may make Spaces more convenient.… Read more
Formatting equations in documents is something that I used to love doing, and years ago for various high school and college math classes I would spend large amounts of time drawing them in programs like ClarisWorks to get the formatting done correctly. Properly formatting equations is useful (if not required) for a number of fields, but even if you do not use mathematical equations in your writing you may periodically run into situations where properly formatting one would be a nice touch to a document.… Read more
iCal is an exceptionally useful calendaring tool, and being free and immediately available on all Macs makes it quite popular among Mac users. Despite this, one big limitation to the software, especially for households and workgroups, is the apparent inability of the software to share calendars among local computer users. Many people have requested some way for a number of Apple's programs (iCal, iPhoto, iTunes, etc) to easily create a main or central library/calendar and have it be accessible and editable by everyone who uses the computer (or others on the same network), but so far this support has been limited.… Read more
These 10 videos from CNET TV cover a range of useful tips for Windows 7 users, including how to make a system repair disc, how to customize the Start menu, what some of the best hot keys for the operating system are, and more.
There's also advice on how to upgrade from either Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7, how to fix Ethernet driver problems in VMWare, how to burn an ISO directly from the newly enhanced Windows Explorer, and how to get to the jump list from your left mouse button.
Some of my personal faves we … Read more
You get a new computer and it runs great. However, after a while, things start to get more and more sluggish. This is true for all operating systems, including those running the all new and shiny Windows 7.
That is because, other than user errors (such as misuse, viruses, spyware, accidental file deletion, harmful changes to the Registry and system settings, and so on), the OS doesn't take good care of itself. It collects and store junks from the Internet. It doesn't completely remove remnants of unwanted applications. Its Registry keeps getting more and more bloated with residual settings, and so on and so forth. All of these result in system clutter that over time slows down the machine.
This is when a cleanup software, like System Mechanic from Iolo, comes in handy.
I tried version 9.0.3 of the software recently, as it's the first I found that works with Windows 7 64-bit (the software itself is 32-bit, however) and it seemed to work well, though not perfectly.… Read more
My great aunt is 92 and, as of Friday, she's a Windows 7 PC.
Now, Hilda is already not your typical nonagenarian. She is frequently online, does her finances in Quicken and recently abandoned AOL for Gmail (something I still haven't gotten my parents to do).
Unfortunately, while her mind is quick as ever, her Windows XP PC had slowed dramatically over the past few years, becoming nearly unusable. It's one of those things that many find so irksome about Windows PCs.
In any case, Hilda (I'm sparing her some spam by not including her last … Read more
Microsoft's discount Windows 7 upgrade for students has proven to be a tough assignment for some of those who signed up for the offer.
The software maker is offering students the option of buying a downloadable upgrade version of Windows 7 for $29--a significant savings off the full boxed copy of the new operating system. However, a number of students have reported problems when trying to download and install the new version of Windows.
Now that we're past the official release of Windows 7, most new PCs should come with it pre-installed. But if you purchased a new computer with Windows Vista recently, or for whatever reason end up with a Vista system in the near future, there's a very good chance you're eligible for a free Windows 7 upgrade.
From the period of June 26, 2009 through January 31, 2010, many major PC makers are offering free upgrades to Windows 7 for those who buy a Vista-powered laptop or desktop. The deals are all essentially the same, and, as expected, … Read more