Finally! Stream iTunes Online

May 13th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Finally! Stream iTunes OnlineRumors about an online version of iTunes have been rampant since mid to late 2009, but now it looks like there’s a little truth to the idea…maybe. Apple will be launching an online music service that will allow users to listen to music streamed over the internet. Experts say the new application could become a major threat for music websites such as Spotify, a service that allows users access to millions of songs through a paid subscription.

Each iTunes user will have access to a “digital locker,” which allows them to store music they’ve purchased through the iTunes store. If you’d like to access your locker, you simply go to the website (the New York Times says it will probably be iTunes.com), log in, and voila! Your music is there, waiting to be listened to on any computer.

With the current version of iTunes, music can only be stored on your computer or your iPod, which rules out listening to it on the go in some cases.

Last year, Apple bought Lala.com and last month, they closed it down. This led many to believe the web version of iTunes is coming. Lala’s Software allows users to store music libraries online and play them through any browser on any computer. It’s most likely that these guys will be working on the new web-based version of iTunes.

The New York Times spoke with an unnamed record label executive who said Apple had announced plans to create a cloud-based service just weeks before it purchased Lala. Others wondered if Amazon or Google would beat Apple to creating such a service.

Personally, I’m not sure I would use this service very often. I’m a big iTunes fan, but I’m never in a position where I would want to access my music on another computer. If I’m traveling with intentions to work, I generally take my laptop and/or iPod along if I plan to listen to music. If I’m on another computer, other than my laptop, I am most likely in a place where playing music wouldn’t be a great idea, though I suppose you can always wear headphones. On the plus side, I can see where it would be handy if you own multiple computers. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Apple comes up with.


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Keyboard Commands

May 12th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Keyboard Commands

Windows System Key Combinations
• F1: Help
• CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
• ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
• ALT+F4: Quit program
• SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently

Windows Program Key Combinations
• CTRL+C: Copy
• CTRL+X: Cut
• CTRL+V: Paste
• CTRL+Z: Undo
• CTRL+B: Bold
• CTRL+U: Underline
• CTRL+I: Italic

Mouse Click/Keyboard Modifier Combinations for Shell Objects
• SHIFT+right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands
• SHIFT+double click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)
• ALT+double click: Displays properties
• SHIFT+DELETE: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin

General Keyboard-Only Commands
• F1: Starts Windows Help
• F10: Activates menu bar options
• SHIFT+F10 Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object
• CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
• CTRL+ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
• ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
• ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
• SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
• ALT+SPACE: Displays the main window’s System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)
• ALT+- (ALT+hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window’s System menu (from the MDI child window’s System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window)
• CTRL+TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program
• ALT+underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
• ALT+F4: Closes the current window
• CTRL+F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
• ALT+F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program (for example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed, ALT+F6 switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window)

Shell Objects and General Folder/Windows Explorer Shortcuts

For a selected object
• F2: Rename object
• F3: Find all files
• CTRL+X: Cut
• CTRL+C: Copy
• CTRL+V: Paste
• SHIFT+DELETE: Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin
• ALT+ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object

To Copy a File
Press and hold down the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder.

To Create a Shortcut
Press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.

General Folder/Shortcut Control
• F4: Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer)
• F5: Refreshes the current window.
• F6: Moves among panes in Windows Explorer
• CTRL+G: Opens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only)
• CTRL+Z: Undo the last command
• CTRL+A: Select all the items in the current window
• BACKSPACE: Switch to the parent folder
• SHIFT+click+Close button: For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders

Windows Explorer Tree Control
• Numeric Keypad *: Expands everything under the current selection
• Numeric Keypad +: Expands the current selection
• Numeric Keypad -: Collapses the current selection.
• RIGHT ARROW: Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child
• LEFT ARROW: Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent

Properties Control
• CTRL+TAB/CTRL+SHIFT+TAB: Move through the property tabs

Accessibility Shortcuts
• Press SHIFT five times: Toggles StickyKeys on and off
• Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Toggles FilterKeys on and off
• Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds: Toggles ToggleKeys on and off
• Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK: Toggles MouseKeys on and off
• Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN: Toggles high contrast on and off

M’zoft Natural Keyboard Keys
• Windows Logo: Start menu
• Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box
• Windows Logo+M: Minimize all
• SHIFT+Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all
• Windows Logo+F1: Help
• Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer
• Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders
• Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
• CTRL+Windows Logo+F: Find computer
• CTRL+Windows Logo+TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray)
• Windows Logo+TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons
• Windows Logo+Break: System Properties dialog box
• Application key: Displays a shortcut menu for the selected item

M’zoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed
• Windows Logo+L: Log off Windows
• Windows Logo+P: Starts Print Manager
• Windows Logo+C: Opens Control Panel
• Windows Logo+V: Starts Clipboard
• Windows Logo+K: Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box
• Windows Logo+I: Opens Mouse Properties dialog box
• Windows Logo+A: Starts Accessibility Options (if installed)
• Windows Logo+SPACEBAR: Displays the list of M’zoft IntelliType shortcut keys
• Windows Logo+S: Toggles CAPS LOCK on and off

Dialog Box Keyboard Commands
• TAB: Move to the next control in the dialog box
• SHIFT+TAB: Move to the previous control in the dialog box
• SPACEBAR: If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.
• ENTER: Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
• ESC: Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button
• ALT+underlined letter in dialog box item: Move to the corresponding item


Keeping Your Child Safe Online

April 28th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Keeping Your Child Safe OnlineKids are getting online more than ever these days, especially those who are into social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. I’ve seen kids as young as six or seven years old with Facebook accounts. While these websites can be fun, they can also be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands and as a parent, it’s your duty to make sure your child know the risks and how to protect themselves from harm’s way.

Kids love to get online and are often more knowledgeable than their parents and teachers. That’s why it’s important that parents and teachers should take steps to learn about what’s happening online and what their kids are involved with. Kids left to their own devices could end up in a number of troublesome situations, from dealing with a cyber-bully or a schoolmate with ill intent, to facing child predators or even con artists.

Communication is important. Talk to your kids about what they’re doing online and remind them of the danger they could face and what to be on the lookout for. But there are other things to do to keep your kids safe.

1. Take advantage of parental controls. Children don’t want their parents watching every move they make but many websites offers ways for parents to monitor or control their children’s online activity while respecting their privacy. Talk to your kids about exactly what you plan to monitor or control and be honest with them to gain their respect.

2. Keep your computer in an area of the house where you can be there to keep an eye out, without hovering over your child’s shoulder. Insist computers stay in the kitchen or living room and not in a bedroom or office, where your child can lock themselves away to get online.

3. Don’t allow your children to meet random strangers whom they’ve met online. In the event your child absolutely has to meet someone, make sure a parents or trusted adult accompanies them. Make sure your children know the potential risks of someone not really being who they say they are.

4. Make sure you know the “code” your kids are using online. Acronyms such as “TAW” means teachers are watching and “PA” means parent alert. There are dozens of other ways kids use code to let their online friends know there is an adult around. If you see these frequently, you may want to investigate further what your child is doing.

4. Make sure your child’s teacher is monitoring their online usage. Many schools have blocked certain websites but with kids’ knowledge of the web, they can find other ways to get into trouble. With computers in almost every classroom these days, teachers should constantly monitor their students’ use. If a student is clicking out of a window when you walk by or a group has gathered around one computer screen, chances are, your students are not doing what they should be.

5. Let your child know that they do not have to feel uncomfortable having a conversation online, just as in real life. Whether it’s a friend or stranger they’re talking to, make sure they know that feeling scared, trapped, threatened, or offended is not OK and it is OK to end that conversation. Talk to them about how they can end the conversation promptly and let them know they can talk to you about how they feel.

6. If you do set up a Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, or other social networking website, make sure your child is taking advantage of the privacy settings. Make sure your kids are only adding friends who aren’t safe to talk to and keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

7. Make your children aware of malicious information, such as spam or virus threats. Help them understand what it means and what they should and shouldn’t open or click on.

8. Google your children’s names on a regular basis. Again, you don’t want your child to feel like you are spying on them, but you can do this to show them just how easy it is for ANYONE to find out anything about them. If your child has a blog, a social networking site you are not aware of, or have posted any information about themselves online, it will most likely come up in a search.

9. Again, communication is key. Make sure your kids know that not everything they see online is legitimate and talk to them about incidents in the news, so they know the risks.


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Intel Profits Up this Quarter

April 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Intel Profits Up this Quarter

In this day and time, we’re so used to seeing companies talk about how much money they aren’t making and employees they aren’t hiring, but for Intel, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The world’s largest computer chip maker announced last week that it has nearly quadrupled its quarterly net profit and has intentions to hire between 1,000 and 2,000 new employees in 2,010.

In a conference call with analysts, Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini said, “The industry has nearly fully recovered.” He also accredits the increase in revenue to a higher demand for PC products and the fact that “the average fleet of notebooks is four years old, the average fleet of desktops is five years old.” According to Otellini, “it makes business sense” to get new inventory now.

The comapany’s profit for the first quarter (which ended on March 27) was about 2.4 billion dollars, up from this time, last year’s 647 million dollars. Revenue rose 44% to 10.3 billion dollars. Wall Street had predicted 9.8 billion dollars, while the company itself had predicted 9.3 billion dollars.

Otellini also said in a statement, “looking forward, we’re optimistic about our business as Intel products are designed into a variety of new and exciting segments.”

The company has predicted 9.8 to 10.6 billion dollars for the second quarter, while Wall Street analysts have precited 9.69 billion.

Intel has already hired 100 employees this year. The company is based is Santa Monica and employs nearly 80,000 people (about 3,000 less than last year.


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Cisco’s New Simple Home Routers

April 11th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Cisco's New Simple Home Routers If you’re looking for a simpler way to customize or control your wireless network, Cisco has announced its new Linksys E-series routers that will do just that. Also, the company’s new Valet and Valet Plus, which are designed like the company’s Flip Video products, will serve its core consumer base and make wireless network set-up easier than ever. According to IDC, only 1/3 of homes in the United States is set up for wireless internet use and Cisco believes these products will increase that number.

“Consumers have felt powerless and frustrated with the entire process of home wireless, but with Valet we are tearing down the walls and opening it up to everyone. The market for wireless-enabled products is exploding and now mainstream users will be able to take full advantage of all the new opportunities,” said Johnathan Kaplan, the Systems Senior Vice President at Cisco.

Valet will ship with he company’s Cisco Connect software and getting your home network up and running will only require three steps. All of your information is retained by a USB-enabled setup key that will ship along with it. This will allow you to add computing devices to the network by inserting the key and letting the software do the rest. You can also set parental controls, allowing your children to only be online during certain periods of the day for certain amounts of time, and provide internet access for guests with a special guest network.

Valet will set you back $99.99 and is great for smaller homes with primary wireless devices. Valet plus is better for midsized to larger homes with a mix of wireless and wired devices. It will cost you around $149.99. You can purchase both products from Linksys.com, Amazon.com, and Staples.

The new Linksys E-Series is designed for a more sophisticated user. Once you’ve set-up and configured your home network, you can add multiple internet-capable devices or set parental controls for each device. The products also allow for more complicated and advanced actions through the router’s default IP address. The Linksy E-Series also ships along with Cisco Connect software, which allows you to give visitors password-protected internet access on a guest network, and it will assign a WPA security passkey and SSID automatically. While Valet comes with a USB set-up key, this one comes with CD.

The entry level Linksys E1000 will cost about $79.99 and will supposedly connect at speeds of 300 Mpbs. The middle-range model, the Linksys E2100L, and the high-end model, the Linksys E3000, will use 802.11n and can connect computers, gaming consoles, internet-enabled HDTVs, and Blu-ray players. They will cost $119.99 and $179.99, respectively. All three of the products feature four gigabit Ethernet ports.


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Enable / Disable Task Manager in Windows XP Home / Pro

April 5th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

There is a registry hack to enable or disable Windows NT TaskManager. The same registry hack applies to Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
Name: DisableTaskMgr
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1=Enablethis key, that is DISABLE TaskManager
Value: 0=Disablethis key, that is Don’t Disable, Enable TaskManager

As part of the enhanced management available in Windows 2000 and Windows XP, rather than risking a registry change, as an administrator you can enable or disable Windows 2000 Pro or Windows XP Pro’s TaskManager using Group Policy Editor. This can be applied to the local policy. Note: if you are trying to override your organizations group policy, you can’t. As soon as you re-authenticate to the domain, the domain or OU Group Policy will rewrite the registry setting. But if the TaskManager was accidently disabled or you need to control this item for a set of standalone boxes this is for you:

Click Start
Click Run
Enter gpedit.msc in the Open box and click OK
In the Group Policy settings window

Select User Configuration
Select Administrative Templates
Select System
Select Ctrl+Alt+Delete options
Select Remove Task Manager
Double-click the Remove Task Manager option

And as I mentioned above, since the policy is Remove Task Manager, by disabling the policy, you are enabling the Task Manager.
Got XP Home – use the registry edit.


how to enable regedit?

April 5th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Prevent access to registry editing tools -> Right Click Properties -> Disabled


Make Your Computer Last Longer

March 25th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information
Make Your Computer Last Longer

The average computer lasts anywhere from two-five years. Eventually, your computer will tear up beyond repair or become so out-of-date that you can no longer use the latest software or accessories along with it, and you’ll have to begin the dreaded, inevitable search for a replacement. Buying a new computer is a hassle if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for and you aren’t familiar with what’s current. And of course, with today’s economy and job market, you’re probably cutting corners whenever possible. New computers can be expensive. Here are a few tips on how you can make your current computer last longer.

If your computer is older and it’s running well, there’s no need to get rid of it just yet. If you’re using it for simple tasks such as word processing, surfing the internet, or manging pictures, age shouldn’t be much of a factor. Routine maintenance will keep your computer running smoothly, save you money, and maybe even extend the life of your PC.

The temperature can have a big impact on your computer and cause a lot of damage. Computers generate a lot of heat and at one time had to be stored in climate-controlled rooms. You don’t need to keep your living room or home office at a set temperature, but you do want to keep your PC from overheating. Make sure it’s not left in direct sun too long and make sure it’s properly ventilated.

You’ll also want to keep your computer clean. Extra dust on or around your PC can trap heat and making your cooling fan work even harder. This can lead to lots of wear and tear, and eventually to your fan giving out all together. Be careful where you place the computer. Putting the machine on the floor can lead to lots of dirt and dust build-up. Also avoid any rooms with heavy dust build-up. Of course, no matter how careful you are, your computer is going to accumulate some dust, so you might want to blow it out with compressed air every so often.

Laptops are becoming extremely popular and generally don’t last as long as desktops. You may leave your laptop plugged in all the time, but leaving it plugged in is bad for your battery. Apple even recommends users don’t keep their laptops constantly plugged in and use the battery at times. A typical battery lasts 300-500 charge cycles, but if you find your battery struggling to stay charged, replacing it is a good idea and an inexpensive way to prevent yourself from having to buy a whole new computer.

Restarting your computer is another way to keep things flowing. Most people reboot when they hit trouble, hoping for a fresh start when the computer comes back on and this is actually a good idea. However, many people also leave their computer running 24/7. There’s no set time as to how often you should reboot, but rebooting can give your computer a fresh start, speed things up, and serves as a small refresher to your PC.


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Microsoft Office Keyboard Shortcut Keys

March 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

All Caps – CTRL+SHIFT+A
Annotation – ALT+CTRL+M
Auto Format – ALT+CTRL+K
Auto Text – F3 or ALT+CTRL+V
Bold – CTRL+B or CTRL+SHIFT+B
Bookmark – CTRL+SHIFT+F5
Copy – CTRL+C or CTRL+INSERT
Copy Format – CTRL+SHIFT+C
Copy Text – SHIFT+F2
Create Auto Text – ALT+F3
Date Field – ALT+SHIFT+D
Delete Back Word – CTRL+BACKSPACE
Delete Word – CTRL+DELETE
Dictionary – ALT+SHIFT+F7
Do Field Click – ALT+SHIFT+F9
Doc Maximize – CTRL+F10
Doc Move – CTRL+F7
Doc Restore – CTRL+F5
Doc Size – CTRL+F8
Grow Font – CTRL+SHIFT+.
Grow Font One Point – CTRL+]Hanging Indent – CTRL+T
Header Footer Link – ALT+SHIFT+R
Help – F1
Hidden – CTRL+SHIFT+H
Hyperlink – CTRL+K
Indent – CTRL+M
Italic – CTRL+I or CTRL+SHIFT+I
Justify Para – CTRL+J
Left Para – CTRL+L
Line Up Extend – SHIFT+UP
List Num Field – ALT+CTRL+L
Outline – ALT+CTRL+O
Outline Collapse – ALT+SHIFT+- or ALT+SHIFT+NUM –
Outline Demote – ALT+SHIFT+RIGHT
Outline Expand – ALT+SHIFT+=
Outline Expand – ALT+SHIFT+NUM +
Outline Move Down – ALT+SHIFT+DOWN
Outline Move Up – ALT+SHIFT+UP
Outline Promote – ALT+SHIFT+LEFT
Outline Show First Line – ALT+SHIFT+L
Lock Fields – CTRL+3 or CTRL+F11
Web Go Back – ALT+LEFT
Web Go Forward – ALT+RIGHT
Word Left – CTRL+LEFT
Word Left Extend – CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT
Word Right – CTRL+RIGHT


Excel Time saving Shortcuts

March 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Move to next cell in row – Tab
Move to previous cell in row – Shift + Tab
Up one screen – Page Up
Down one screen – Page Down
Move to next worksheet – Ctrl + Page Down
Move to previous worksheet – Ctrl + Page Up
Go to first cell in data region – Ctrl + Home
Go to last cell in data region – Ctrl + End
Bold toggle for selection – Ctrl + B
Italic toggle for selection – Ctrl + I
Underline toggle for selection – Ctrl + U
Strikethrough for selection – Ctrl + 5
Change the font – Ctrl + Shift + F
Change the font size – Ctrl + Shift + P
Apply outline borders – Ctrl + Shift + 7
Remove all borders – Ctrl + Shift + Underline
Wrap text in same cell – Alt + Enter
Format cells – Ctrl + 1
Select font – Ctrl + Shift + F
Select point size – Ctrl + Shift + P
Format as currency – Ctrl + Shift + 4
Format as general – Ctrl + Shift + # (hash sign)
Format as percentage – Ctrl + Shift + 5
Format as number – Ctrl + Shift + 1
Autosum a range of cells – Alt + Equals Sign
Insert the date – Ctrl + ; (semi-colon)
Insert the time – Ctrl + Shift + ; (semi-colon)
Insert columns/rows – Ctrl + Shift + + (plus sign)
Insert a new worksheet – Shift + F11
Read Monitor Cell One – Alt + Shift + 1
Read Monitor Cell Two – Alt + Shift + 2
Read Monitor Cell Three – Alt + Shift + 3
Read Monitor Cell Four – Alt + Shift + 4
List Visible Cells With Data – Ctrl + Shift + D
Lists Data In Current Column – Ctrl + Shift + C
List Data In Current Row – Ctrl + Shift + R
Select Hyperlink – Ctrl + Shift + H
Move To Worksheet Listbox – Ctrl + Shift + S
Move To Monitor Cell – Ctrl + Shift + M
Select Worksheet Objects – Ctrl + Shift + O
List Cells At Page Breaks – Ctrl + Shift + B
Options Listbox – Insert + V