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Archive for April, 2008

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Apr 29, 2008 – We’re thrilled to announce our latest site design and launch for Julian Thomas DMD PA.  Dr. Thomas is a family and cosmetic dentist in Greenville SC. If you’re in the area and looking for a Greenville dentist, we encourage you to check out his site and private practice:

Julian Thomas DMD PA
1141 East Butler Road
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 676-0046
www.julianthomasdmd.com

Dr. Thomas is accepting new patients.

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Don’t Miss Your TV Show

April 29th, 2008
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If you miss your show, do you know you can watch it online? Last year, most major networks started allowing you to watch full seasons from their website. You can choose your episode, pause, and even rewind. Just like TiVo! Generally, they become available the morning after the broadcast.  Unfortunately,  some still have commercials.

http://www.hulu.com/ is a neat site that has tried to make a portal to each network. A single resource that is, to view any episode. They don’t have everything, but an easy place to start. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, each network has their own link for watching online:

CBS – http://www.cbs.com/innertube
Fox – http://fox.com
NBC – http://www.nbc.com/Video
ABC – http://abc.go.com
CW – http://www.cwtv.com

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How to Reprint Documents

April 24th, 2008
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Windows Only

Have you ever printed something, the printer jams (ha!) and you lost the document? Or you need to reprint something you no longer have on file? Or, just simply need a history of what’s been printed?

A few weeks back I enabled “Keep printed documents” for my printer and now I have a complete history of everything printed!  I can reprint anything. I’ve already saved myself some time. If this sounds like something you’d like, here are the simple steps:

  1. Start, Control Panel
  2. Click Printers
  3. Right click on your printer and choose Properties
  4. Click on the Advanced tab across the top
  5. Put a check in “Keep printed documents”

Now to view or reprint a document, follow steps 1 and 2 above, then double click on your printer for a list of previously printed items.

The only problem with enabling this is, now you will have to manually empty your history from time to time. Again, steps 1 and 2 above, double click your printer, click Printer at the top left, and click Cancel All Documents.

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We’re often asked, what is the best way to clean a laptop (or other) screen. Here are two great resources I found:
http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Laptop-Screen-With-Household-Products
http://www.bizwaremagic.com/clean_lcd_screen.htm

In brief, I found the two following tips useful:
 – Using a 100% cotton cloth or shirt alone, without the alcohol mix, can sometimes produce the same smudge-free results without going to the trouble of mixing your own solution.
 – Shut down any devices before cleaning them.

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Language Translation

April 15th, 2008
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Babel Fish, by AltaVista has been around for ages. Type in your word or sentence (I copy and paste) and choose from and to which language. Easy: http://babelfish.altavista.com/

Yesterday I needed to view some websites that were in another language and found Google has a similar tool. Not only can you convert text, but you can specify a web address and it will convert the whole website! It was helpful for me: http://www.google.com/translate_t

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Time Management

April 9th, 2008
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Time management has always been important to me.  I’m always trying to increase in knowledge and practice in this capacity of my own life.

I just learned of Randy Pausch from his speech on time management.  His story and life are inspirational. ABC News has a special tonight about him. Here is the synopsis:
http://abcnews.go.com/gma/lastlecture

The video I watched on time management is here:
http://tinyurl.com/5blxm5

More information about Randy can be found at:
http://www.thelastlecture.com/

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Convert from one file type to another –
Have you ever had a .DOC file but didn’t have MS Word? Or a .TIFF file and not the right image program? Or a .WAV and need a .MP3? The list goes on. You Convert It  allows you to select  one file and it will convert to the type you need it in!

Send large files to someone –
Email is NOT the best way to send a large file (really, anything over 5-10MB). If you have a 100MB file and need to send it to someone, select the Send Files tab across the top of the site. Specify the email address to send to, and select your file. Send!

They have a few other neat features too, check it out … www.youconvertit.com

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Editing Your Photos

April 3rd, 2008
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Editing Your Photos
Ever want to remove red eye from a photo? Maybe crop it down to the size you need? Change the lighting? The list goes on. Below are three great online options.

Picnic:
http://www.picnik.com/. Free, doesn’t require an account… get started right away! Easy.

Photoshop Express:
Last week Adobe released an online version of their popular, Photoshop. You’ve probably heard of Photoshop before and linked it with professional editing, probably because it has always had such a high price tag. Now, their Photoshop Express is online, and free. Of course it isn’t as feature rich as the software version, but a great alternative.
https://www.photoshop.com/express/landing.html is the link to setup a an account.

Gimp:
Funny name, but a great application. This is not web based, rather an application you need to download. This is a powerful tool for intermediate to advanced editing. Another free tool: www.gimp.org.

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www.flickr.com is an awesome, worldwide photo album.  They’ve been around a while, but so many still don’t know about them. Flickr is great for storing your own photos, (share with everyone or just your private group) or browse by category. Load the page and type in any city, item, or subject in general. Millions of photos, instantly.
For example, here are some (1.6 million) pictures of the… sky: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=sky&m=text.

www.flickrvision.com takes it to the next level. Load the page and watch recently uploaded pictures and their physical location on Earth scroll on your screen. Neat.

http://www.piclens.com/ offers a really neat, 3D approach to viewing photos online. A great add-on!

Although these sites can be just plain fun, you can also use them for seeing a city before traveling there, or to look for print material ideas.

Enjoy!

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