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Windows 8 : Make Two More Time Zones a Mouse Hover Away

Communicate with people across time zones? Make two additional clocks available with a mouse hover over the Windows 8.1 Taskbar clock.

April 24, 2014, at 2:12 P.M. EDT

Do you often need to communicate with co-workers, extended family, or friends that live across the country or world? Stop waking them up at odd hours of the night or sending them an electronic mail or Skype request by not knowing their local time zone.

Two additional time zones can be added to the Windows 8.1 Desktop Taskbar, accessible by hovering over the clock. Clicking on the clock can display larger clocks of each configured time zone....

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Sites to Browse - Humor - Pranks : When Online Reviews get Ridiculous

UHPinions provides "real - ridiculous - reviews" found on sites such as Amazon and Yelp for your enjoyment.

April 24, 2014, at 2:06 P.M. EDT

Do you want to enjoy loose-leaf tea that is the "best thing since the invention of fire"? Looking to buy a beard wash for a beard that has people thinking "that dude probably builds radical decks and sturdy fences to keep wolves and bears out"? Or are you looking for a new laptop that "can be used as [a] homeplate for a local little league baseball game provided the umpire has completed the proper training"?

Reviews for these and other products are available at UHPinions, a website that grabs reviews from sites such as Amazon and Yelp, displaying them for your amusement. Reviews are divided into categories such as "cars and motorsports", "electronics", and "hotels and travel", plus you can browse "best", "favorite", or random reviews. And if you find an interesting review not already online, you're free (and encouraged) to submit it....

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Windows 8 : Make it Easier to Differentiate Explorer Windows by Showing Full Paths

Add the full paths to Explorer folders in Windows 8.1 to make it easier for you to navigate your system.

April 23, 2014, at 2:53 P.M. EDT

Let's say you are copying files between different folders on your Windows 8.1 system or networked drives, or perhaps you are performing basic file maintenance. The need comes to work with two different folders that end with the same name in the path. Another task distracts you, and now you need to get back to work on a particular folder. If you hover your mouse pointer over "File Explorer" in the Taskbar, only the ending parts of the paths are readable. You'll have to manually click on each window to find out what path each thumbnail represents.

What if you could make the folder windows contain the full paths, such as "C:\Windows.old\Windows\Cursors", instead of just "Cursors"? This is an easy tweak....

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Google Chrome : Easily Share Content on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, More

The "AddThis" extension for Google Chrome lets you easily share content on a variety of services.

April 23, 2014, at 2:41 P.M. EDT

Do you frequently share content on a variety of blogs, bookmarking services, and social networks, as well as via web-based e-mail, using sites such as Facebook, Gmail, Pinterest, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and Twitter? Tired of installing extensions for each individual service to share content or relying on website share buttons?

The "AddThis - Share & Bookmark" extension for Google Chrome adds a button to the Toolbar that lets you share content via, according to the author, over 300 services. These include the aforementioned as well as AOL Mail, Blogmarks, Digg, Evernote, LinkedIn, Plurk, Xing, and many, many more....

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Windows 8 : Speed up Your Taskbar Thumbnail Previews

Disable animations when viewing thumbnail previews of open windows via your Windows 8.1 Taskbar to save you time.

April 22, 2014, at 11:51 A.M. EDT

Just as with Windows 7, when you hover over Taskbar icons, previews of open windows appear. These don't normally snap onscreen but fade in and out of view, and if you move between Taskbar icons the previews become animated.

If you don't care for the Windows 8,1 Taskbar animations and would rather save time by disabling them, the following tweak does so:...

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[MODIFIED] General Computers : Why Do Install Programs Ask Me to Close Everything or Restart?

When installing software, here's why you should close down all running applications - but think twice before shutting down security software.

April 22, 2014, at 11:51 A.M. EDT

When you install software on your machine, you are usually asked near the beginning to close other running programs (a good practice to do even if you are not explicitly asked). Why should you consider doing so, and should you shut down everything?

1) Some install programs require you to reboot your operating system when the install is done, so, you would have to close other programs down anyway or let the operating system do so (risking you losing work in such applications). This is especially true for software such as firewalls, virus scanners, some anti-spyware applications, backup utilities, etc....

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[MODIFIED] Screen Capture : Greenshot for Windows can Upload to Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, and More

Greenshot is an open-source screen capture program for Windows that allows basic image editing and integration with a variety of third-party software packages and web services.

April 21, 2014, at 2:29 P.M. EDT

Greenshot is an open-source screen capture program for Windows that supports window, region, and full-screen capture, as well as special support for Internet Explorer complete with auto-scrolling to grab entire webpages.

Greenshot has plugins for various services and applications including Imgur, Box, Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and Microsoft Office (make sure to enable them during setup), as well as support for multiple languages....

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[MODIFIED] Google Chrome : View Memory and CPU Usage, Network Activity of Each Tab

Display memory, CPU, network, and other Google Chrome usage details.

April 21, 2014, at 2:29 P.M. EDT

For those trying to diagnose computer or networking issues when visiting resource-intensive websites, or just the merely curious, Google Chrome includes a Task Manager. This displays the amount of memory and CPU used by the browser and each tab as well as network activity, process IDs, and for developers the frames per second and ports used to debug native client apps (NaCl debug port). This way, you can determine if a particular webpage is using too many system resources, possibly slowing your computer down.

If you want extra information, a "Stats for nerds" screen shows the memory broken down by private and shared, as well as virtual memory usage. This details screen can even show basic memory usage statistics for other browsers such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox....

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Mozilla Firefox - Plugins and Extensions : Grab a Word Count and Readability Score of Selected Text

Need a quick count of the number of words or characters on a webpage or section of text?

April 20, 2014, at 3:41 P.M. EDT

Typing a comment on a webpage and curious if you're getting a little long-winded? Writing a blog post for an assignment and need to satisfy a word count minimum? Or writing an article and want to get an estimated readability score to help ensure your text can be understood by as many people as possible?

The "Word Count Tool" extension for Mozilla Firefox lets you select a block of text on a webpage and see the word and character counts in the Add-On bar. Pressing Ctrl + Alt + C (or navigating the right-click menu) shows an enhanced details screen displaying the number of sentences, paragraphs, average word length, estimated readability score, and more....

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Internet Explorer 11 : Place Sites Directly in the Start Menu for Easy Access

Add links to frequently-visited websites directly to the Windows Start Menu.

April 20, 2014, at 3:41 P.M. EDT

Are there websites you visit often enough with Internet Explorer 11 that you would like to make opening them up more convenient? Instead of navigating the Favorites menu of IE11, you can pin links to websites directly to the Windows Start Menu.

After opening the website from Internet Explorer 11, perform the following steps depending on your Windows interface:...

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