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Monthly Archives: January 2008

5 OSX Tips For Former Windows Users

Over the past several months, I’ve worked in an environment composed of both Macs and PCs. The Macs in question have mainly been employed for video work, so a degree of cross-platform usage goes on; video primarily on the Macs, and pretty much everything else on the PCs. There’s no avoiding the Macs since I…Read More »

Forget Adobe Reader, View PDFs Online

Some have found Adobe Reader to be annoying, bloated, and just a plain pain in the rear.  There are alternatives like FoxIt, but if you want to abolish PDF readers all together and still be able to look at the occasional PDF, here’s a nifty service called Google Docs Viewer (PDFMeNot.com is no longer a…Read More »

Open PDFs Outside of Your Browser

One annoying thing with PDFs and PDF Readers is that when you click on a link to a PDF, it opens in a browser window, rather than its own PDF Reader window. In Opera, go to Tools > Preferences and the “Advanced” tab.  Select “Downloads” on the left site.  On the list of MIME types,…Read More »

Put IE7′s Menu Bar On Top

One of the most common annoyances early on with IE7 was that the File Menu wasn’t on top like usual with most Windows applications.  Here’s a quick registry tweak to move it to the top of the window where you would expect to find it. Go to Start > Run and type regedit. Navigate to…Read More »

Disable Outlook 2003 Connectivity Balloon Error Messages

Outlook 2003 automatically displays error messages from the system tray when connectivity issues are detected.  Unfortunately, when using mail servers off-site, these balloon tip error messages tend to appear excessively, even when there are actually no problems, proving them to be more of an annoyance than anything else. You can stop these messages with a…Read More »

Use a Domain Name Instead of Your IP Address For Remote Access

Having to remember your home IP address, especially when it changes from time to time, is rather handy, especially if you tend to use VNC, SSH, Remote Access, or any number of other things to access your home computer/network.  Here’s how to do it: Register for an account at http://dyndns.com.  This is a dynamic DNS…Read More »

Interpret CSS With Ease

Anyone from a beginner web developer to an expert has had to sit down at one time or another and figure out the CSS code for a web page. Sometimes it takes time because either you may be unfamiliar with the way some of the code is implemented, or because the sheer complexity and length…Read More »

Find Open Source & Freeware Software Alternatives

Have you ever tried locating an open source software alternative for a common commercial package?  Two quick and easy references, http://osalt.com and http://alternativeto.net, have listings of commercial products and viable freeware or open source alternatives for those products. For instance, if you’re looking for an alternative to Photoshop, you can see a list of open…Read More »

Rearrange Apps on the Taskbar

Some people prefer to keep certain applications open in a certain order on a taskbar.  Here’s an easy way to keep them positioned; or rather, shuffle their position on the taskbar Taskbar Shuffle This handy app works on Windows 2000, XP and Vista. (Originally published on pcmech.com)