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[MODIFIED] Buying a Digital Camera : Hidden Costs with Higher Megapixel Cameras

Higher-megapixel digital cameras may have hidden costs besides just the cost of the camera.

April 17, 2014, at 4:06 P.M. EDT

High megapixel modern digital cameras generally allow one to take photos with much greater clarity than with cameras made in years past. Mistakes can be cropped out, larger photos can be printed, and more details can be made clearly visible, allowing one to take photos that more accurately represent a treasured memory. Modern cameras also may let you shoot HD video, offering even more enjoyment from your investment.

However, before you plunk down money on a new high megapixel digital camera, recognize there may be some 'hidden' costs to use this technology to its fullest:...


Windows 8 : Resize Start Screen Tiles

Change the size of tiles on your Windows 8.1 Start screen to show or hide live tile details.

April 17, 2014, at 4:01 P.M. EDT

Are some of the tiles on your Window 8.1 Start screen taking up too much room and you'd like to fit more on the screen simultaneously? Or do you only have a few apps installed (or a large monitor with lots of free space) and want to show as much information and pictures as possible from live tiles such as News, Store, and Weather?

To resize tiles on your Start Screen, just do the following:...


Internet Explorer 11 : Change the Default Search Provider to Google, Yahoo!, or Something Else

Tired of IE11 always searching the web with Bing? Learn how to easily change the default search provider to something else.

April 16, 2014, at 4:25 P.M. EDT

By default, when you search the web with Internet Explorer 11, the Bing search engine from Microsoft is used.

While some enjoy using this website, others would rather search the web with Yahoo!, Google, or another search provider by default....


[MODIFIED] IrfanView : Disable Most Recently Used Files and Folders for Privacy

Increase your privacy by making IrfanView forget the most recently accessed files and folders.

April 16, 2014, at 4:25 P.M. EDT

For convenience, IrfanView offers an "Open Recent files" option in its "File" menu, providing you quick access to files you have opened lately. Also, when opening and saving files, IrfanView shows the most recently-access folders as well as commonly-accessed areas such as your Desktop, My Pictures, Favorites, etc.

While these features may be useful if you frequently modify the same files, or images in a particular file location, having this information readily available may violate your privacy if multiple people share the same machine. Thus, you can stop IrfanView from showing this information if desired:...


[MODIFIED] Google Chrome : Add Button to Scroll to Top of Long Web Pages

Access the menu and search boxes at the top of long webpages browsed in Google Chrome with this shortcut button.

April 15, 2014, at 4:56 P.M. EDT

When browsing a large web page such as a Wikipedia article or a list of Facebook posts in Google Chrome, if you need to jump back to the top of the page to use the site's menu, search features, or sign-in boxes, does scrolling take too much time?

While pressing Ctrl + Home immediately jumps to the top of the current web page, not everyone remembers this keyboard shortcut. With the "Scroll to Top" extension, you can add to Google Chrome's toolbar a red up-arrow that performs this same feat....


Google Gmail : Show Maps Automatically in Emails Instead of Copying and Pasting

If you often receive addresses via Google Gmail, why copy and paste them into a Google Maps window?

April 15, 2014, at 4:56 P.M. EDT

Depending on your electronic mail habits, you may have contacts that often need to send addresses to your Gmail account. When you get these addresses and need to view them on a map, would you rather A) copy and paste the addresses into a new browser tab running Google Maps, or B) have Gmail show the maps automatically inside the e-mail messages?

If your answer is "B", there is a Google Labs extension that will do just that, and it's easy to set up:...


Windows 8 : Shrink the Taskbar Buttons

Is the Windows 8.1 Taskbar useful but taking too much space on the Desktop? Shrink it down!

April 15, 2014, at 4:56 P.M. EDT

If you run Windows 8.1 in "Desktop" mode, you probably make frequent use of the Taskbar. While the buttons provide quick access to applications, some people need every inch of screen real-estate that they can get and would rather the Taskbar take less room, but still be instantly accessible and onscreen at all times. There's a quick way to shrink the buttons, and thus the Taskbar:

1. Right-click an empty part of the Taskbar, selecting "Properties"....


[MODIFIED] Sites to Browse - DVDs - Movies : Learn to Talk like Yoda

Talk like Yoda, you should read this tip about how you can.

April 15, 2014, at 4:56 P.M. EDT

"With scissors never run. Bookmark the MalekTips webpage, you should. Of the Force beware the Dark side."

Advice like this can only be provided by the Jedi Master, Yoda. While it is doubtful you will ever learn how to wield a lightsaber like him, you can at least talk like him with the "Yoda-Speak Generator". Simply type your comment into the box and press the "Convert to Yoda-Speak" button, and presto. Appear as if Yoda spoke it himself, your text will. Yes, hmmm....


[MODIFIED] Internet Explorer 11 : Allow Some Websites to Show Popups

Tell IE11 that banking, electronic mail, intranet, or other trusted websites should always allow pop-up windows to be shown.

April 13, 2014, at 4:18 P.M. EDT

By default, Internet Explorer 11 attempts to block all pop-up windows from appearing, assuming most pop-ups are nuisance advertisements you don't want to see. There are cases, however, where you want pop-ups to show, and if you perform an action that initiates a pop-up, IE11 may ask if you want the site to let the pop-up window appear.

If you are performing online banking activities, reading electronic mail, or viewing sites on your corporate intranet, you may grow tired of seeing these warnings and just want the browser to allow pop-ups to always appear. You can configure Internet Explorer 11 to allow pop-ups on a site-by-site basis by doing the following:...


[MODIFIED] Internet Explorer 11 : Hide Pictures to Speed up Web Browsing

On a low-speed Internet connection or paying for bandwidth? Configure IE11 to stop showing pictures.

April 13, 2014, at 4:18 P.M. EDT

Are you performing research on the Internet with Internet Explorer 11 on a slow Wi-Fi connection at a coffee shop? Or, perhaps you're using a mobile broadband service that will throttle down your speed, or at worst stop working, if you consume too much bandwidth? If so, you can configure IE11 to stop showing images to cut down on data transfer.

1. If you are using Windows 8.1 and have Internet Explorer 11 open in "Metro" mode, close it. With the latest version of Windows 8.1 you can just move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen until an "X" appears at the top-right, then click it. Now open Internet Explorer 11 in the Desktop mode (WIN + D, then click Internet Explorer on the Taskbar)....


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