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Geek Tip: Keyboard Spill Solutions

Posted By Tech on Jun 6, 2007 at 11:01AM

Last week I overheard a co-worker saying she had an incident with her cuppa Joe and keyboard. The first thing I thought was, phew - glad that hasn't happened to me! Sure enough, I was enjoying my morning tea the next day and with a quick clumsy move (blame it on the geekiness), my tea tipped over. When I realized what was happening, the me-oh-my kicked in and I was able to grab the cup before it spilled everywhere. If you ever find yourself in this situation (knock on hard wood you don't), here are some tips to help you save your keyboard (or laptop)!

  • Unplug the keyboard immediately and turn it over so that the keyboard can drain and dry out for at least a day.
  • Remove the small key 'caps off' with a screwdriver (don't remove any of the larger keys).
  • Clean the keyboard with a wet cotton swab and put the keys back to their original spots.
  • Plug back in when you are absolutely sure things have dried off. And fingers-crossed, your keyboard will be back in tip-top shape!

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Geek Tip: Using Google Search For Movies

Posted By Tech on May 21, 2007 at 2:00PM

Planning a movie date in the near future and wondering what shows are playing nearest you?
Go to Google and type in 'showtimes' followed by your zip code or location. You can also search for a specific film like the one shown here. Example: Shrek The Third 94104. Even if you don't know the full name of the movie, you can use abbreviations or shortcuts to find film info. For instance, movie: Camera Diaz with Mike Meyers, or movie: talking donkey. Enjoy the show!

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How To Use Google Like An Expert

Posted By Tech on Apr 11, 2007 at 2:01PM

I still remember the day I realized putting quotation marks around my search terms would produce better results. It was my sophomore year of college (sadly) and I was writing a 200-page journalism project and combing through thousands of Congressional bills. Let's just say, those quotes saved me a lot of research time. Dharmesh Shah recently put together a great list of 12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert and if you haven't already put them to action, I suggest you do. My favorite tips include:

  1. Explicit Phrase: Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing. Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes. Example: “internet marketing”
  2. Site Specific Search: Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:somesite.com” modifier. Example: “internet marketing” site:www.smallbusinesshub.com
  3. Phone Listing: Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature. Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).

How To Edit Digital Pictures On The Go

Posted By Tech on Apr 4, 2007 at 2:03PM

So you're on vacay, taking lots of stellar shots with your new digital cam. The only problem is you decided to go gadget less on this trip - no BlackBerry and definitely no laptop. If your only access to technology is a computer in the internet cafe beside your hotel, you just might be in luck. Now there are a slew of free web-based photo editing programs that will let you crop, cut, resize, rotate, change contrast, adjust color, sharpen, brighten and add borders to pics - from anywhere! Get your images picture perfect instantly without needing special software or gadgets. Here are some of my fave free online pic editing programs: Picnik Snipshot Pixenate Fauxto Picture2Life

How To Correct Yellow Balance With Photoshop

Posted By Tech on Apr 2, 2007 at 1:32PM

Looking for a way to correct the color saturation and lightness in a picture? If you are a PhotoShop junkie, this video tutorial will show you step by step how to use the new adjustment layer icon hue/saturation feature, so you can fine tune the color in your digital pictures.


How To Increase Your Wi-Fi Signal Range

Posted By Tech on Mar 30, 2007 at 1:01PM

This Infinite Solutions video may look like a blast from the past 80's video, but I assure you- it's anything but that! If you're away from your home base and want to connect to an unprotected wireless signal, this short video provides some great tips to help you do this.

By using your cell phone, laptop, an ethernet cable or a salad bowl with aluminum foil, you can increase network availability and extend your wireless range. Now I can finally go set up shop with my laptop in that beautiful park near my house! Yay!

How To Delete Messages In Gmail - Fast

Posted By Tech on Mar 29, 2007 at 10:01AM

This one comes straight from the geniuses over at Lifehacker and one of those tips everyone needs to know.

When you are reading a message in gmail, press the # key (Shift+3) and that message will instantly move to Trash. Alternatively, select one or more email messages in the gmail list view, press the same # hash key and all the selected gmail conversations will be deleted in one batch.

Didn't that just change your life? If you want more gmail shortcuts and tips check out the keyboard shortcuts list online.

How To Have A Mii Race On Your Nintendo Wii

Posted By Tech on Mar 28, 2007 at 11:05AM

Tired of just playing games with your Miis and want to liven them up a bit? Why not try having a Mii race on your Nintendo Wii? Here are some steps to help you get your Miis running their little fannies off!
For my guide on how to make this work, read more

How To: Use Three Way Calling With Your BlackBerry

Posted By Tech on Mar 26, 2007 at 3:07PM

I can't believe I was in the dark until now about this simple but yet amazing BlackBerry feature - three way calling (the novelty never wears off).

Now you can have the gift of gab with three of your girlfriends at once. Just follow these steps to get your group call started asap!

  1. While in your first call, hit the space bar to bring up your recent call list.
  2. Choose a contact to dial from the address book. When you start dialing, the original caller is placed on hold.
  3. After the second caller answers, swap back and forth between callers or join the two with you.



Geek Tip You can also use this features when you receive an incoming call during an existing call. The caller you have in call waiting can join with the new caller. Love it love it love it!

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How To Clean The Screen Of Your Motorola Razr

Posted By Tech on Mar 21, 2007 at 7:03AM

We've had alot of people asking us how to get the nasty dust and dirt out from under their Motorola Razr V3 screen. We understand how traumatic it can be to not see your caller ID properly, so in efforts to assist, here are some tips to help you combat those pesky Razr dust bunnies!

  • Get a pin with a sharp head. You can use a sewing needle.
  • Wedge the pin under the top corner of the screen.
  • Apply pressure, and lift up the corner of the thin plastic screen (it is usually stuck down with a bit of glue). If you just so happen to break the screen, because you're overly excited about cleaning your screen, you can find a cheap replacement screen at a cell phone store.

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