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Shortcut to Open a Window Maximized

This PC Magazine tip explains how to open a window maximized… You can tweak the properties for any shortcut to specify the way you want it to open—Normal, Minimized, or Maximized. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. The drop-down list labeled Run is the one that controls this setting. Change it …

Making Movie Magic More Efficient

From the New York Times: “The Croods” is a caveman movie from DreamWorks Animation that comes out March 22. The subject may be paleolithic, but the technology approach may well be cutting edge. “Croods” is a digital product of about 250 billion pixels, with high-definition sound that, along with the images and story, is designed …

529 Computing Tips

PC Magazine has a huge collection of tips: Crafted by our analysts and editors and tested in PC Labs, our vast list of tips starts with the fundamentals of computing and then moves on to multimedia, mobility, business, and online solutions for maximizing your digital life.

Sandisk Cruzer Contour USB 2.0 4GB Flash Drive

I had originally intended to do a comparison of several high-speed USB flash drives. I contacted Apacer, SanDisk and Lexar, but I only heard back from SanDisk. This obviously makes it difficult to do a comparison. SanDisk sent me a Cruzer® Contour™ 4GB USB Flash Drive. As for a review, these sorts of things either …

Photo2Text.com – Photos turn into ASCII art

This isn’t very practical/important, but it is very cool. I was looking for an ASCII version (all text) of a heart that I could use on Valentine’s Day and I came across Photo2Text.com. It is a site that lets you upload a picture, and then it re-draws that picture with ASCII characters. As a test, …

The Top 100 PC Tech Innovations of All Time

I heard about this Maximum PC article from TechRebublic: Sure, we love iPods, TiVo, and fancy-schmancy digital cameras, just like everyone else. But let’s talk about advances that make a difference where it really counts: in the PC. While myriad best-of lists have ranked the greatest gadgets, software products, and videogames ever made, here we …

Useful Shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

As a computer power user, I like to make my computer experience as fast as I can. One of the ways that I do that is to maximize my use of program shortcuts. Today I provide a list of common shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, many of which can be used in other versions …

Using your Depth of Field Preview – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

I have talked about depth of field and using aperture to minimize or maximize depth of field in the past. Today I will talk about Automatic Depth of Field function some camera’s have and depth of field preview. Automatic Depth of Field (A-Dep or DEP) is creative mode on some camera’s that will help you …

Layer Masks – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 are great tools that offer precise control over your photographs. Back in the days when I printed my own black and white photographs in my basement darkroom, I used tools for both burning and dodging (adding or holding back exposure) specific parts of my photos. Today’s photo …

Download and Convert Youtube movies in one step

I recently wanted to download a couple of YouTube videos so I could show them on my Dell Axim. I did a quick search on Google and found this: Vdownloader is a little freeware program that scans your clipboard for links to youtube, google video, grinvi and dailymotion. Once it detects such a link the …

Show Texture in Your Photographs – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Showing texture in photographs is not that difficult when you know how to capture it. Photographs are a two dimensional medium, so to show texture, we need to light our subject in such a way that we present the illusion of depth in the image. To maximize texture in a photograph, side lighting is key. …

New Gaming Peripherals from Microsoft

I received this press release this morning: Microsoft on Top of Its Game With Launch of Exciting New Gaming Peripherals Company boosts gaming offerings with top-of-the-line gaming mice and wireless controller   LEIPZIG, Germany — Aug. 23, 2006 —  Today at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft Corp. unveiled several new products to enhance …

Bracket Your Exposure – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Last week I discussed environmental portraits. We had one reader write asking us “What do you do to photograph an idle layabout?” You can read my answer when viewing the comments for the entry. Remember, if you have any questions or comments about any of the tips appearing here, please send me an email. This …

Tabbed browsing on your Pocket PC

Webby provides a powerful desktop-style browsing experience on the Pocket Pc platform. Besides tabbed browsing Webby automatically provides the ability to scale web pages using the two top microbrowsers, Skweezer.net and Google Mobile. Internet Explorer came with my Dell Axim, and it works, but isn’t great. I’ve tried Minimo, the Mozilla-based browser, but it is …

New data transmission record – 60 DVDs per second

From Gizmag: As the world’s internet traffic grows relentlessly, faster data transmission will logically become crucial. To enable telecommunications networks to cope with the phenomenal surge in data traffic as the internet population moves past a billion users, researchers are focusing on new systems to increase data transmission rates and it’s not surprising that the …

Problems with Dell Tech Support – Part 2

You can read Problems with Dell Tech Support – Part 1 here. So, my replacement Axim came, and I immediately noticed that the case had a couple of scratches. No big deal, I thought. I can handle that. But there are 2 small scratches on the screen, and I won’t accept that. I haven’t even …

Problems with Dell tech support – Part 1

This is going to be a long one… A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that there was a thin dark horizontal line on my Dell Axim x30. Because it was so thin, it wasn’t that much of annoyance, but it was definitely something wrong with the screen. It only was seen when the backlight …

EBCD – Emergency Boot CD

EBCD is a bootable CD, intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults. It is able to create backup copies of normally working system and restore system to saved state. It contains the best system software ever created, properly compiled and configured for the maximum efficient use. I haven’t tried it, …

Updated Microsoft Reader for Pocket PC

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a Dell Axim x30. I use it all the time and am always on the lookout for good programs for it. In fact, I’m reviewing a couple right now that I should be posting before the end of the year. One program that I don’t use that …

Belkin TuneCast II FM Transmitter

Chris has an auxiliary input jack on his car CD player, so he can plug his MP3 player, Axim, or whatever else he can into it and hear it over his car stereo. I don’t have such a thing, so I had to resort to the FM Transmitter route. These are devices that plug into …

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