Jun 23 2007

Using Flip 3D

If you’re a long time windows user you know the usefulness of Alt-Tab to switch between open applications. Vista users get an upgrade when using the Aero interface called Flip 3D. Press the Windows key+Tab to scroll thru a revolving set of windows so you can see what you’re switching to, let go of the Window key when you get to the screen you want. Also when in Flip mode you can use the arrow keys to go forward or backwards.

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    Jun 22 2007

    Help Save Net Radio

    SaveNetRadio.orgIf you’re like me and listen to net radio or music streamed over the net please read the post below if we all act on June 26 and call our Representatives maybe we can continue to enjoy free music on the web.
    The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!).
    Click the banner at the top of the page to get the phone number of your Congressional Representatives today.

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    Jun 21 2007

    Add tags to your Pictures in Vista

    camera-photo.pngOne of the cool new features in Vista is the ability to add tags to your pictures. Tags are description you can add to pictures to make them easier to organize and search. If you’re like me I have thousands of pictures of my kids, vacations, and family members and life in general if you had all your pictures tagged you could just search for specific events or people and not have to worry about putting them in specially named folders like we used to.

    To add tags to your pictures open the folder containing the photos. Windows Photo Gallery will display your photo.

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    In the right pane you can add stars from 1 to 5 them below that you can add your tags, what ever you want. Then below that you can add a caption.

    To add even more metadata to your pictures right click the picture and choose properties then details. This will tell you everything about your picture and you can add info to just hover your mouse to the right of the description and a box will appear then just type in what you want.

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    Jun 19 2007

    Viewing the Status Bar in Windows Explorer

    lightbulbpng2.pngTo see the number of files in a folder and amount of disk space thats left in the bottom of a Windows Explorer window you have to turn on the Status bar (its off by default) here’s how.

    First make sure you have Menus turned on in Windows Explorer. If you see File Edit View Tools and Help near the top of Windows Explorer your set. If not you need to turn on show Menus.

    1. Click Start
    2. Control Panel
    3. Appearance and Personalization
    4. Folder Options
    5. View tab
    6. Check always show menus

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    Jun 18 2007

    Changing Vista’s start menu back to Classic style

    classic-start.JPGIf you don’t like Vista’s new Start Menu, you can easily change it back to the Classic menu, like the one in Windows 2000  Just right click the Start button, click Properties and choose Classic Start Menu. But with this option you won’t get the Search box.

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    Jun 17 2007

    How to set up Vista’s Parental Controls Part 2

    important.pngWhat Parental Controls can do:

    Web restrictions. You can restrict the websites that children can visit, make sure children only visit age-appropriate websites, indicate whether you want to allow file downloads, and set up which content you want the content filters to block and allow. You can also block or allow specific websites. For more information, see Limit the content that children can view on the web.

    Time limits. You can set time limits to control when children are allowed to log on to the computer. Time limits prevent children from logging on during the specified hours and, if they are already logged on, they will be automatically logged off. You can set different logon hours for every day of the week. For more information, see Control when children can use the computer.

    Games. You can control access to games, choose an age rating level, choose the types of content you want to block, and decide whether you want to allow or block unrated or specific games. For more information, see Specify which games children can play.

    Allow or block specific programs. You can prevent children from running programs that you don’t want them to run. For more information, see Prevent children from using specific programs

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    Jun 16 2007

    How to set up Vista’s Parental Controls

    important.pngHow to set up Vista‘s Parental Controls

    In this 2 part series we’ll look at adding a new user for your child and setting up the account. In Part two we’ll get down to the nitty gritty and set up the Parental Controls.

    You can use Parental Controls to help manage how your children use the computer. For example, you can set limits on your children’s access to the web, the hours that they can log on to the computer, and which games they can play and programs they can run.

    When Parental Controls blocks access to a webpage or game, a notification is displayed that the webpage or program has been blocked. Your child can click a link in the notification to request permission for access to that webpage or program. You can allow access by entering your account information.

    Before you get started, make sure that each child that you want to set up Parental Controls for has a standard user account because Parental Controls can only be applied to standard user accounts. If you already have a user account for each child proceed to step 3. In Part 2

    STEP ONE:
    To add a user account:

    1. Click Start.

    2. Control Panel.

    3. Under User Accounts and Family Safety click Add or Remove user accounts.

    4. Click continue in the UAC pop-up.

    5. Click Create a new account.

    6. Type in the name of the new user and select Standard user.

    STEP TWO:
    Now we will setup the new users account:

    1. Click the name of the new user.

    2. Click Create a password.

    3. Choose a password your child can remember.

    4. Type it in then retype in the next box to confirm it.

    5. You can also type in a password hint if you want.

    6. click Create password and you’re finished step two.

    Come back Tomorrow and We’ll setup the Parental Controls.

     

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