Did You Know?

September 30th, 2006

Firefox is not safer than Internet Explorer

According to a recent security report from Symantec, “Mozilla browsers had the most vulnerabilites, 47, compared to 38 in Microsoft Internet Explorer.”  Firefox has some great features and is a fine browser to use, just don’t hang your hat on the misconception that it is a more secure browser.
 

10 Excel Tips for Beginners

September 29th, 2006

Change The Function of the Enter Key

Normally, when you press the Enter key, Excel goes to the next cell down. The Enter key can be made to move to in any direction (up, down, left, right) or leave you in the same cell. To change this, go to Tools | Options and select the Edit tab. Change the value in the dropdown for Move selection after Enter direction setting or uncheck the box to remain in the same cell.

Change The Number of Worksheets That Excel Starts With

Excel, by default, creates new spreadsheets with three sheets. To change this number go to Tools | Options and select the General tab. Set the number for Sheets in New Workbook.

Other Tips:

How To Bypass Table Recalculation

How To Hide Formulas from Other Users

How To Copy Excel Column Widths

Copy Formatting from One Cell or Range to Another

How To Copy Formatting From One Chart To Another

How To Email an Excel Workbook

Calculating Elapsed Time

How To Reference Cells in Other Worksheets

Portable Apps Of The Week

September 28th, 2006

Universal ExtractorDecompression UtilityDownload 
Universal Extractor is great for extracting files from archives such as 7-zip, RAR, IMG, ISO, ZIP, CAB, InstallShield and Inno Setup packages.  Download the UniExtract Binary Archive.

PStartApplication LauncherDownload   
PStart is a small program launcher to start user defined applications.  It is a great addition to any USB drive that contains portable applications.

GreatNewsRSS ReaderDownload 
GreatNews is a RSS feed reader with that utilizes a full page mode for easier reading.  You can apply different styles to your subscriptions and change the number of articles that appear on the page.  Download the zip file.

Howstuffworks

September 26th, 2006

Howstuffworks is a great source of easy-to-understand explanations of how all kinds of things actually work.  Be careful though, I ended up spending a couple of hours there during my first visit, I kept finding more and more that I wanted to read about.  A definite keeper for your Favorites folder!

If you find that you mainly use only the Inbox then you only need access to the navigation pane from time to time. To give you more room to work with, hide the navigation pane by pressing Alt+F1. Whenever the time comes that you need to use the navigation pane, simply press Alt+F1 again and it will toggle back.

The Phrontistery

September 25th, 2006

The Phrontistery  is a great resource for finding definitions to rare and obscure words.  This site is full of words that I never knew existed (such as phrontistery!).  I originally came across it while looking for a new name for my server.

Downloads of the Week

September 25th, 2006

Bulk Rename UtilityFile Renaming ToolDownload
Bulk Rename Utility allows you to easily rename multiple files and directories, based upon flexible criteria.  You can also add incrementing numbers to the file name, add a prefix or suffix, change case, replace characters and more.  It looks a little complicated at first, but it is easy to learn.

BitCometFile Sharing ToolDownload
BitComet is a powerful, clean, fast, and easy-to-use bittorrent client. It is P2P file-sharing freeware fully compatible with Bittorrent. BitComet supports simultaneous downloads, a download queue, selected downloads in torrent package, fast-resume, chatting, disk cache, speed limits, auto-port mapping, proxy, and IP-filter.

VLCMedia Player/StreamerDownload
VLC media player is a multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and more).  It also plays DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Additionally, it can be used as a server to stream on a high-bandwidth network.

Why I Enjoy Tweaking XP

September 23rd, 2006

I am often asked why I spend so much time and effort tweaking Windows XP.  I feel that Microsoft did great with the operating system, it isn’t about that.  The main reason I got started is because a network admin told me that “Windows 2000 is for tweakers, XP is for everyone else.”  From that day forward, I have been very focused on the great things that can be tweaked in XP.  It has been a while since those words were spoken to me, and they don’t bother me anymore, now it is a challenge to find something else that can be modified to save time or to increase performance.  I have most of my favorite tweaks included in my copy of XP that I made using nLite (my origingal XP discs are put away for safe keeping).   That way, when it is time for a reload, my tweaks are already set up and all that is left is loading software and a little fine tuning. 

StumbleUpon

September 23rd, 2006

I “stumbled upon” (ouch, bad pun!) this site while analyzing my blog’s traffic.  StumbleUpon (www.stumbleupon.com) is a vehicle for discovering and sharing websites.  It uses ratings to form opinions on website quality.  You can join up and install he toolbar (works on IE and Firefox) to gain the benefits of delivering to you pages that match your preferences or you can go to Stumble Buzz to see what’s hot in various categories.  Good for finding what’s new and exciting on the web.

Portable Apps Of The Week

September 22nd, 2006

Gaim PortableInstant MessengerDownload
Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client. Compatible with AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, and others. Gaim users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple networks simultaneously. It also supports many native features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, etc.  It works great for me whether I’m on my PC or on my laptop.

Firefox PortableWeb BrowserDownload
The portable version of the popular web browser gives you the luxury of taking your bookmarks and extensions with you, so you always have them.  It leaves no personal info behind on the computer.  For speeding up Firefox Portable see here.

Sudoku Portable - GameDownload
Sudoku Portable is a an addictive puzzle game, with four difficulty levels and automatic saving of game on exit.  I have become quite hooked on Sudoku, so this has been a great take along time waster for me.