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View Maps and Get Directions in Google Chrome

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-06-[20-00-00].jpg" />Every so often we all need to look at a map for reference purposes or to get directions. If you are looking for a great quick reference app then join us as we look at the Mini Google Maps extension for Google Chrome.

How To Skip Commercials in Windows 7 Media Center

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-09-[20-02-56].png" />If you use Windows 7 Media Center to record live TV, you’re probably interested in skipping through commercials. After all, a big reason to record programs is to avoid commercials, right? Today we focus on a fairly simple and free way to get you skipping commercials in no time.

Easily Add Facebook Chat to Pidgin

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-09-[20-30-46].png" />Want to keep in touch with your Facebook friends throughout the day? Here we’ll show you how to easily add Facebook chat to the popular multi-protocol chat client Pidgin.

Test and Report Add-on Compatibility in Firefox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-06-[19-28-06].jpg" />Now that the new version of Firefox is out you probably have a favorite extension or two that has not updated yet. You can get that extension working again, test it, and report back to Mozilla on how well it does with the Add-on Compatibility Reporter extension.

Restore Files from Backups on Windows Home Server

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-07-[01-32-08].png" />If you use Windows Home Server to backup the machines on your network, your in luck if you accidentally delete important files or they become corrupted. Today we take a look at getting your data back from backups on your home server.

Add keyboard languages to XP, Vista, and Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-08-[19-37-36].png" />Do you regularly need to type in multiple languages in Windows? Here we’ll show you the easy way to add and change input languages to your keyboard in XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

Add a Sleep Timer to Windows 7 Media Center

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-03-08-[20-39-40].png" />Do you make it a habit of falling asleep at night while watching Windows Media Center? Today we are going to take a look at the MC7 Sleep Timer for Windows 7 Media Center. This simple little plugin allows you to schedule an automatic shutdown time in Media Center.

View the Time & Date in Chrome When Hiding Your Taskbar

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-22-[18-20-51].png" />Do you prefer keeping your Taskbar hidden but still need to keep watch on what time it is? Now you can keep track of the time without the Taskbar using the Date Today extension for Google Chrome.

Update Your Zune Player Software

Keeping your computer and software up to date is very important in keeping everything running smooth and secure. It’s also important to keep your geeky gadgets updated as well. Here we take a look at updating a Zune HD.

Share Folders & Files Between Vista and XP Machines

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-06-[01-03-57].png" />Since Microsoft has three operating systems in use, chances are you’ll find yourself needing to share files between XP, Vista, Windows 7, or some combination of the three. Here we take a look at sharing between a Vista and XP on your home network.

Combine the Address & Search Bars in Firefox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-05-[17-53-04].jpg" />The Search Bar in Firefox is very useful for finding additional information or images while browsing but the UI space it takes up can be frustrating at times. Now you can reclaim that UI space and still have access to all that searching goodness with the Foobar extension.

Geek Fun: Virtualized Old School Windows – Windows 95

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-04-[21-12-08].jpg" />Last week we enjoyed looking at Windows 3.1 running in VMware Player on Windows 7. Today, let’s upgrade our 3.1 to 95, and get a look at how most of us remember Windows from the 90’s.

Insert Special Characters & Coding in Online Forms in Firefox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-04-[21-36-32].jpg" />If you are active in forums or comment areas on different websites then you most likely use some type of special characters, HTML, or other code throughout the day. Now you can easily insert commonly used “items” with the SKeys extension for Firefox.

Install XP Mode with VirtualBox Using the VMLite Plugin

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-04-[22-59-38].png" />Would you like to run XP Mode, but prefer Sun’s VirtualBox for virtualization? Thanks to the free VMLite plugin, you can quickly and easily run XP Mode in or alongside VirtualBox.

Manage Your Twitter Account from the Sidebar in Firefox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-01-[23-42-06].jpg" />Are you a Twitter addict and need an easy way to manage your account in Firefox? Now you can access Twitter in your Sidebar or as a separate window with the TwitKit+ extension for Firefox.

Edit Text in a Webpage with Internet Explorer 8

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-01-[23-17-14].png" />Internet Explorer is often decried as the worst browser for web developers, but IE8 actually offers a very nice set of developer tools. Here we’ll look at a unique way to use them to edit the text on any webpage.

Share a Printer on Your Network from Vista or XP to Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-03-[19-12-43].png" />The other day we looked at sharing a printer between Windows 7 machines, but you may only have one Windows 7 machine and the printer is connected to a Vista or XP computer. Today we show you how to share a printer from either Vista or XP to Windows 7.

How To Run XP Mode in VirtualBox on Windows 7 (sort of)

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-04-[02-07-58].png" />A few weeks ago we showed you how to run XP Mode on a Windows 7 computer without Hardware Virtualization using VMware. Some of you have been asking if it can be done in Virtual Box as well. The answer is “Yes!” and here we’ll show you how.

Increase Live TV Pause Buffer in Windows 7 Media Center

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-04-[00-28-26].png" />If you’re watching live TV on Media Center and need to pause it while you do something, it’s annoying to come back to see it playing again. Here we show you how to increase the default pause buffer so you don’t miss important show highlights.
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