If you don’t already have a quick launch icon or a hotkey set to open a command prompt, there’s really quick trick that you can do on any Windows 7 or Vista computer to open up a command prompt without having to navigate the menu.
If you have ever needed to get an HTML color code from an application that only has the Windows color picker, you might have wondered how to convert that over to an HTML color code. Sure, you can use a color picker application, but there’s also a simple way to do it without any additional software.
The latest addition to my guitar arsenal is the Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb Pedal. This is probably the sweetest reverb pedal I have heard in a long time. My current head is the original block letter Peavey 5150. This amp is notorious for a less than stellar clean channel. It takes a lot of tweaking to get the clean channel to sound useable … which I have done … then adding the Boss RV-5 is just icing on the cake! The reverb setting that come from the RV-5 are extremely spacious sounding. I cannot say enough! This is high quality reverb that should impress even the most “finicky” audiophile guitarists.
If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your email client, you’ve likely already used the instant search box… but using it can be even more “instant” if you learn how to use a couple of shortcut keys, instead of having to resort to the mouse every time.
If you’ve used Linux for any amount of time, you’re already familiar with the Ctrl+Alt+Backspace shortcut key combination that restarts X Windows immediately… but have you ever wondered if there is a way to disable that behavior?
If you accidentally checked the wrong box while installing Skype, you now are the proud recipient of an extension in Firefox that you can’t uninstall. Sure, you can disable it… but what about uninstalling it?
If you are using Outlook with Gmail over IMAP, you might have noticed a really annoying problem: if you flag an email in Outlook, or use the Star feature in Gmail, you’ll often end up with duplicate items in the To-Do bar.
I find giveawayoftheday.com a pretty interesting site. I usually check it everyday to see if there is an application I might want to try or an entertaining game I want to play. I know several of our readers go there as well to get different software applications as well. I would just urge caution with some of the applications and also to make sure and read the reviews. Sometimes if you have too many applications there is the possibility of some not playing nice with each other leading to some corrupt files and / or Windows not working correctly.
If you are a Gmail user, you’ve probably noticed the annoying unread message count for the Spam folder. It’s even worse when you use an IMAP client to access your email, and then try and use a search folder for unread mail… which gives you nothing but spam.
If you’ve spent any time tweaking Firefox 3, you’ve probably seen the warning message telling you that you probably shouldn’t be changing any settings. Thankfully you can remove the checkbox and make the message go away… but what if you wanted it back?
I am sure you have seen 3D Curveball around the net. Another simple yet addictive game to pass the boring office time by. 3D Curveball is basically like Pong but a bit different as you can curve the ball away from your opponent.
CD / DVD ROM emulation is a good thing especially if you only have one optical ROM drive. The other benefit of a virtual ROM drive is the ability to run programs on your local hard drive which means less changing in and out discs and the programs actually seem to run faster.
So you’ve picked out and purchased the hardware for your new computer, and you’ve already completed the most difficult step: Waiting for the parts to come in the mail. The next step is putting all of the pieces together, which we’ll cover here.
Have you ever noticed that new folders that you create inside of your Home directory in Vista just look out of place? All the built-in folders have those stylish greenish icons, and your folders are ugly and yellow.
So you installed Firefox on Windows Vista, but you can’t seem to get the flash plugin to install… you click the “Install Missing Plugins” button, follow the wizard, restart Firefox, and it’s still not installed. Annoying!
I recently decided to build myself a new desktop computer for my house, and after talking about it with a number of friends, I realized that most people have no idea what goes into building a computer yourself… so this series will explain the basics of building your own custom PC.
There are several online backup services to choose from out there. Out of them all so far Mozy has been my service of choice. I just have the Mozy Home Free version which allows 2GB of storage. I know 2 GB is not a whole lot these days but I only back up MP3′s of some of my guitar recordings. So far it seems to be enough. There are different backup plans you can purchase at varying prices. Let’s take a look at the free software.
Today’s Time Killer really is! 5 Minutes To Kill yourself gives you 5 minutes to run around the office to find a way to off yourself. If your having “one of those days” this game is a great stress reliever.
How many times have you wanted to share a screenshot with somebody… so you created your screenshot using one tool, then uploaded to some image hosting site, and then 5 minutes later you finally have the link to send to them. What if there was a way to do all of that in 5 mouse clicks in just a few seconds?
Today’s Office Time Killer is a lot of fun. Fancy Pants Adventures: World 2 developed by Brad Borne is a great adventure world that flows smoothly and allows you to take your mind off the TPS reports. Plus, what is not cool about playing soccer with snails?
I got positive feedback when asking members of our forum if I should write articles related to home recording and production and I thought I would start writing different articles on some of the techniques I use. I am by no means a professional with any of this what so ever. I am just a musician and geek who loves to play with tech. I have covered some home recording in previous posts and today I thought I would show you how to record a guitar track with Cakewalk Guitar Tracks 3. I rarely recommend commercial software, but this utility shouldn’t break the bank and it’s my favorite. In this article I am going to assume you already have or are familiar with Cakewalk. For a great overview of Guitar Tracks 3 you can check out the Cakewalk Site.
If you are a big fan of both Google Reader and Firefox, you’ll be interested to know that Google’s iPhone version of Reader is a perfect fit for the Firefox sidebar, and with a few tweaks we can make it really fit well.