What's New
January 14, 2005
If you keep your copy of Windows up to date, then next Tuesday you will download Microsoft's new malicious software removal tool. See more on the Windows page...

January 6, 2005
When you have to take a PowerPoint presentation to another computer, there is always the worry that the next computer may not have PowerPoint installed. See the Office page...

January 5, 2005
When you do a copy and paste from Excel to Word you only copy the data. Ever want to copy the active work area? See the Office page...

January 4, 2005
Happy New Year! Wow...it's been awhile since I've been here. Time to do some additions and updates. First up is an anti-spyware favourite - CWShredder. See the Internet page..
Having trouble seeing the icons on the screen? For most of us it's just that we're getting older. Maybe changing the screen resolution will solve your problems. See the Windows page...

October 27, 2004
Do you find that the size of text on web pages is too small? You can change it... See the Internet page..

October 5, 2004
If you are using a newer version of Excel, you can assign colours to the sheet tabs in your spreadsheet. See the Office page...

October 1, 2004
There are hundreds of wallpaper sites on the internet but not too many that also have replacement icons. Here's a source. See the Internet page...

27 September 2004
Toys for MS Word. The program puts colorful icons around Word for easy identification and accessing. It enhances some of the existing Word features and you know which ones because the icons have been replaced with a colorful one. For example, clicking the numbering and bullets icons pops a fly-out menu open and you select from there. See the Office page...

21 September 2004
Microsoft Word is designed to make it very simple for us to create a Word document. It even corrects spelling and grammatical errors as you type. If you have ever typed in a URL or someone’s e-mail address, you have more than likely seen Word take over and turn it into a hot hyperlink. If you do not like this feature, you can easily turn it off. See the Office page...

16 September 2004
If you use Microsoft Windows XP, you know that you need to update it. Did you know that the download can be 60-80 Mb? That's a 6 to 10 hour download on a dialup connection. But... See the Windows page...

13 September 2004
Stickies. If your monitor is covered in yellow sticky notes, you might have the same problems I do. How do you keep track of various information from the internet or the phone and have it available on your computer. So here is a digital solution. See the Tools page...

12 September 2004
Sometimes writing with a full-featured word processor like MS Word feels like too much work. Word is just too big and bloated for everyday use, with too many distracting features that  are rarely used. So...try RoughDraft v2.11, a simple freeware word processor with writers of novels, short stories, articles, poetry, plays, and screenplays in mind. This text editor can work with text files and the universal Rich Text Format files (RTF). Being able to handle RTF files means that you can do simple formatting functions with your text with available fonts, colors, and indentations, just like Windows Wordpad. More on the Office page...

9 September 2004
I don't know about you, but various programs on my computer more or less demand different screen resolutions. And every time I change screen resolution, my desktop icons get all messed up and it takes too much time to rearrange. See the Windows page for a solution...

8 September 2004
Microsoft has a e-Security Guide for Small Business available for downloading. It has tips, tricks, and how-to information for protecting PCs. Get 10 steps to better security, answer 22 questions to diagnose and learn about security related to your business, and how to write a security policy. Though targeted to small businesses, some of the advice could help those with a small home network. See the Windows page...

7 September 2004
Three or four times a year I get a call to repair a computer which has gone south for an extended holiday. Usually it has been infested with a variety of spyware, adware or viruses. Usually it is from children of the owners - not always young children but often adult children who just "have to" use the computer as they visit for the weekend or so. The biggest problem with formatting a hard drive and then reinstalling is determining exactly what hardware is installed - modems based on chipsets, video cards based on chipsets and so on since finding drivers after the fact can be a real pain. And since, as often as not, the original CDs have gone missing. The second biggest problem is getting the CD-Keys for the software that has to be reinstalled. My solution is a lovely free program called the Belarc Adviser. It'll tell you everything! See the Windows page...

2 September 2004
Did you ever get one of those emails from a friend that said something to the effect "Yesterday a friend of mine called and told me about something that happened to him. He opened his E-mail and this BUDDYLST.ZIP was there. When he opened it his computer crashed and when he tried to re-boot he had lost everything! It was a Virus that is being passed around...........BEWARE!
Please forward to as many people as you can so no one will get hurt. These people need to be stopped. Don't download anything form "buddylst.zip" or you will lose all your files."
This is a hoax! All you do by replying to this is send lots and lots of emails and generally do what the hoaxer wants ... to swamp the internet and worry a lot of people. More on the Internet page...

31 August 2004
If you need to share a document with someone and you want sorta the ultimate compatibility, then you need to print a PDF file. The Portable Document Format (PDF) was created by Adobe and Adobe will sell you some very expensive software to create PDFs. But, if you try PrimoPDF's free download, then the PDF option appears as a new printer in your print menu. Just choose that printer and you're away. Why is it free? They give you the free one and if you need extra capabilities then they want to sell you their better product. Take the freebie and run!

29 August 2004
From the TechRepublic Windows XP Tips newsletter. “Have you ever wanted to reformat the hard disk and reinstall Windows XP on a system but you didn’t want to mess around with Microsoft’s Product Activation after the reinstall? Fortunately, you don’t have to.
As long as you aren’t making any hardware alterations, you can back up the activation status files before you reformat the hard drive and then restore them after you reinstall the operating system.
To perform the backup, follow these steps:
1. Use Windows Explorer to open the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
2. Copy the Wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak files to a floppy disk or CD.”

27 August 2004
Ever been away and need to check your email? If your ISP has webmail then you are fine but if not then take a look at Mail2Web and Email-Anywhere. These two will let you check your email from any browser. Do be sure to erase the browser history and cache if you are using a public computer. More on the Internet page...