Monday, May 25, 2009

A Memorial Day Tribute

A special thanks to those who served with me in the 34th, 722nd and 1st Tac!

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Online Quizzes

Another interesting article at PCMagazine.com that I thought I would pass along the information in case you didn't get a chance to read yesterday's issue. I found it quite interesting and alarming at the same time and thank God I am not interested in online quiz taking. With this said, the article is “The Hidden Secrets of Online Quizzes” by J. R. Raphael illuminating some very interesting facts on the behind the scenes motives for these seemingly entertaining aspects on the Web. If you are curious enough to know more of what Raphael considers “The Real Deal”, check out his article at http://www.pcworld.com/article/164527/the_hidden_secrets_of_online_quizzes.html?tk=nl_wbx_h_topstory

In depth blog entries are kind of slow right now as I am working on a very time-consuming project. Will try to post a more in depth article soon and as often as time permits. Thanks for your understanding and as always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

HCM - Home Computer Museum

Hey guys, I just came across this really neat site called the HCM - Home Computer Museum (HCM) by Kerstin and Stefan Walgenbach. Its new to me but has been around from the 1990s and many of you may already know of this museum. If you are into history and especially history of computers, this would be an ideal site to spend some time like you would normally do in a brick and mortar museum checking out the over 500 different machines in the museum's collection. The collection is well organized with links leading to the Inventory, Manufacturer, New Items as well as a wonderful Exhibition. From what I can see, the items in the New Items section span from 1996 to 2006. Other sections are What's New? - which is the page I started on; History; Flea Market – which has a Trade-List and a Want-List; Know-How; a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section and a Special Thanks section thanking contributors to the museum. With this said, set some time aside and take a stroll down memory lane or get acquainted with some neat throw-back technology at http://www.homecomputer.de. I am really glad I came across this site and am looking forward to hearing from you on your experience as you leisurely browse the wonderful items on display.

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace



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Thursday, May 7, 2009

OpenOffice.org 3.1

Hey all you OpenOffice.org enthusiast and new users, I just received an email from the folks over at OpenOffice.org announcing the general availability of OpenOffice.org 3.1 for download. Apparently, this encompasses a significant upgrade to this open source software...free software. I won't give a full write up here of OpenOffice.org since it was written about previously on Web Bytes (http://www.webbytesblog.com/2008/10/this-is-first-of-two-part-series-on.html) but as many of you may know, volunteers work on this software to make and keep it cutting-edge and available free to the general public. Speaking of the general public, quite a few of these updates were voted on by users of previous versions as their most desired features, showing that your voice counts with the people at OpenOffice.org so keep letting them know your wishes when asked . The biggest and most noticeable change is to on-screen graphics with changes to Writer, Calc, Chart, Impress, Base, and some behind the sceen features. For a full listing of the new features and to download 3.1 visit the respective links below.

The Guide to New Features
http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/3.1/index.html

Download OpenOffice.org 3.1
http://download.openoffice.org/

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace



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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Strong Passwords

In my 10/6/08 (Home Computer Security) and 10/9/08 (Tid Bit on the National Cyber Security Awareness Month) blog posts, the issue of strong passwords was mentioned briefly regarding its usage lowering the possibility of a security breach. To take this topic a little further, my friend Dillon Ross over at Technology Coach has posted an article that gives more details on this topic and what you can do to help safeguard your passwords. When you get a chance, go visit the Technology Coach at www.yourtechnologycoach.blogspot.com and check out this post. While there, look around and if you like what you see there, show your support and follow his blog. Thanks!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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Friday, May 1, 2009

PrintWhatYouLike.com

Aligned with yesterday's post, is another Eco-friendly printing alternative known as Printwhatyoulike.com. This free online editor lets you format any Web page for printing. There is no downloading require as with GreenPrint World since the editor runs through your browser. This allows for saving money and contributes to helping the environment by reducing paper and ink usage. Printwhatyoulike also eliminates copying and pasting by condensing the content to just what you want to print.

To get started with your printing, you would enter the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of the Web page you want to print (for example www.whatever.com) and click go. This takes you to the page and the Printwhatyoulike tool bar opens on the left of the screen where you can customize the page for printing. The tool bar has different options allowing you to select a portion of the text on the page, increase or decrease the selection, remove images, remove background, change the font type and size, add pages to make one complete document, save your changes as a PDF (Portable Document Format) or HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), and there is an auto format button that lets the editor do the formatting for you. You can view the edited document in the print preview window prior to printing. Its really nice, at least I think so. Easy to follow directions as well as a video tour are on Printwhatyoulike home page: http://www.printwhatyoulike.com

In addition to going to the Printwhatyoulike Web site and entering the Web page you would like to print, there is also a feature called Bookmarklet (http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/bookmarklet) that you can place in your bookmarks tool bar. When you want to print the Web page you are on, you just click on the bookmarklet in your bookmarks tool bar. The printwhatyoulike tool bar will open on the left of the page and you can make changes to the page prior to printing. When you are finished close the bookmarklet and only your edited page will remain. You can print it out or save it to a PDF or HTML document as previously mentioned.

Hope this will be of help to everyone that prints from the Web. It certainly has been for me.

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace


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