Upgrade Your Hotmail To Outlook.com

July 31, 2012

If you are a Microsoft Office user, I am sure you have heard of Microsoft Outlook.  Well today I learned that Microsoft has launched a preview of their new webmail service called Outlook.com.  As a matter of fact if you have a Hotmail account you can get started using Outlook.com today.

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If you’re a Hotmail customer and want to upgrade to the Outlook.com preview, just click “Upgrade” in the options menu of Hotmail. Your email address, password, contacts, old email, and rules will remain unchanged, and you can send/receive email from your @hotmail.com or @msn.com or @live.com address. You’ll experience it all in the new Outlook.com preview user interface. You can also add an @Outlook.com email address to your account if you want.

Outlook.com integrates with your other Microsoft services, such as contacts, calendar and the SkyDrive cloud storage service. You can also view Microsoft Office documents from Outlook using the cloud based versions of those applications (called Office Web Apps).

To learn more about Outlook.com, go to the Outlook Blog [HERE] .

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Wallpaper of the Week (#80)

July 28, 2012

This wallpaper background is called Calamari Underwater…  I never thought I would be featuring a squid as a wallpaper, but this one is awesome (especially the HD version).

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Calamari Wallpaper

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Install WordWeb As A Portable App On Your Flash Drive

July 27, 2012

I did not realize, until today, that you can install WordWeb as a portable app.  What this means is that I can carry my favorite English thesaurus and dictionary with me.

I have written about WordWeb [ HERE ] and [ HERE ] before and highly recommend it.

WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Features of the free version include:

Definitions and synonyms
Related words
5000 audio pronunciations
65 000 text pronunciations

150 000 root words
120 000 synonym sets
Look up words in almost any program

To install WordWeb to your flashdrive, download the main WordWeb application from [ HERE ]. Make sure your flash drive is plugged in prior to initiating the installation.

During the installation process you will reach a point where you will see the “WordWeb Dictionary/Thesaurus Setup”. Click on the “Browse” button to locate your flash drive and any folders you desire WordWeb to be installed.  After you have designated the install path, click on the “Advanced Options” button.

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After you click on the “Advanced Options” button, the “Install Options” box will appear. Make sure you place a “check mark” in the box labelled “Install as portable app (e.g. on USB drive).  Then click “OK”, then “Next” to begin the install. WordWeb will now be installed as a portable app on your flash drive.

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All It Took Was Unplugging The Computer and Plugging It Back In

July 25, 2012

A tech (and gardening friend) of mine (Puterguy) sent me this story (actually as a comment on the blog), that compelled me to share his experience with you in hope that it will help someone else.

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Rick: I ran into another first today. I wasn’t sure where to post it so network monitoring sounded kinda close.

Story: The computer was not connecting to the the server and showing a disconnected or low signal.

My first thought was the CAT5 wire was shorting somewhere or a bad network port. After testing the line AND plugging into another CAT5 port that I knew was working, it still failed to connect. I rebooted the computer and the BIOS was set to check for LAN boot and there was a message which said something about Ethernet boot corrupted. Right away I am thinking “bad network card or BIOS corrupted”. I left it boot and logged in to still find the same symptoms. I turned the computer off and started to disconnect everything to swap out the Ethernet card BUT noticed the light on the Ethernet card on. Since the card was “wake on LAN”, I decided to pull the power cord to sorta reboot the Ethernet card. I plugged the computer back in, hit the power button, and TADA, no more issues.

All it took was unplugging the computer and plugging it back in (long story short)…

Be sure to check out Puterguys blog [ click here ] which is a gardening and tech blog mix…  Very unique!

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A Google Chrome Calculator Browser Extension With A 5 Star Rating

July 24, 2012

If you are a Google Chrome fan, then you need to install the Calculator browser extension. It gives you easy access to a very nice looking standard calculator (with big buttons) where you can use your keyboard or mouse to input your numerical data. I have found that I use this calculator frequently, due that it is readily accessible in my web browser (where I spend most of my computing time).

This is a standard calculator with a great productivity feature: You can put the result directly into the field you are currently on with a single click. No cutting and pasting required!

When on a field, click on the calculator icon on the toolbar and you will see a basic calculator with a ‘drop’ button (if you’re not on a text field, this button is not available). When finished with the calculation, click the drop button and the value is placed in the field your were on. You no longer need to cut and paste values from your calculator.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#79)

July 21, 2012

Check out this “well groomed” wolf…  An awesome background image that looks sensational on a large display!

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Wolf Wallpaper

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