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					Cool Spin Tricks Did you know that If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel on it, you can do some really cool tricks? Well, now you do, so here we go. Shift and Spin Ever wonder what happens when you hold down the Shift key on a Web page and spin the wheel on your mouse? Internet Explorer goes either backward or forward through the pages you've recently visited, depending on which direction you spin. I'll wait while you give it a try. Open up IE and follow a few links. Then, hold down your Shift key and start spinnin' that wheel. Ctrl and Spin If you are in a Web browser (Explorer or Netscape) or reading an e-mail in Outlook Express, hold down your Ctrl key and spin your mouse wheel. It makes the text larger or smaller depending on which way you spin. For Opera users, it magnifies both the images and the text. Not only does this spinning technique save lots of time, but it has the added bonus of impressing the heck out of any novice computer users in the area. What more could you want? :-) ~ Steve

Q: Can you please give me some direction on how to get the most out of my computer speakers? A: Sure thing! If you're a sound fanatic like me, you probably want the best sound you can possibly get from your computer speakers. So, how do you have your computer speakers arranged? Do you have your computer hooked up for surround sound or at least have multiple speakers? Well, if you tell Windows about your sound configuration, you'll probably enjoy your speakers even more. Here's how you can do it. 1. Click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel and then open the Multimedia icon. XP users need to hit the Start button, Control Panel and then open the Sounds and Audio Devices icon. Nothing like consistency from version to version, huh? :-) 2. Under the Audio tab, click the Advanced Properties button. (In XP, it's just called the Advanced button).

Using the drop down box on that screen, you can tell Windows what your speaker arrangement is. You can configure everything from headphones to surround sound.

Now, playing games (like Quake) in surround sound, that's fun! If only I could keep my wife from yelling at me. I think she said something about the floor vibrating, but I couldn't hear for sure. Note: This tip is for Windows 98 and higher. ~ Steve Have a question for the newsletter? Submit it at the link below:

Customizing "My Places" When you go to save or open files in a program from Microsoft's Office Suite, have you noticed the icons on the left side of the window? You know, the column labeled "Look in."

Ever wish that you could alter that list to make it more useful? If you like that idea and have a newer version of Microsoft's Office Suite, then you're in luck, because altering that list is quick, easy and just the thing we're going to discuss today. We'll need to get to a window that uses this list, so let's go to the Open window: File menu, Open choice. In the center, locate and select a folder that you want added to the list.

Now go to the Tools menu, Add to My Places choice.

At this point, you won't see a change, but believe me, the list is different. What the program did was add your new location to the bottom of the list, so we'll need to use the down arrow located at the bottom of the list to find it. I do realize that you're currently thinking that this isn't very helpful if you've got to scroll down each time to use the location and I'd have to agree with you. So, locating the new folder in the list is the first step in moving it towards the top.

Once you've found your folder, right click on it and choose Move Up from the menu.

The Move Up option will slide the location one spot up, so this will need to be repeated until you've got the folder high enough in the list to meet your needs.

Right click and select Small Icons from the menu if you have a lot of folders and would like more displayed at one time. You also might note that in that same right click menu, there's other options, such as remove and rename. I'm sure you can figure these out for yourself. And, one more interesting fact: the changes you make will appear in all of your MS Office programs, so investing time now to make quality changes is definitely time well spent. Obviously, you can easily use this one to really tailor that list and make it completely your own. ~ April

WOW! A MUST-HAVE For Laptop Users! You'll LOVE THIS!
We just found the absolute coolest laptop gadget I've ever run across! If you have a laptop, chances are you use it to connect to wireless access points when you're on the road (or you're going to soon :-). That's the main reason I bring mine along on trips - so I can access the Internet. My old routine to find out if there was a network available went kind of like this: 1. Dig laptop out from under about 3 suitcases. 2. Carry it to where I think there might be a hotspot to log onto. 3. Find a spot to sit and pull laptop out of the bag. 4. Boot up laptop and wait 3 or 4 minutes for it to finally get into Windows. 5. Check for wireless connections. 6. Find out there aren't any, pack up, and try a new spot. There's gotta be a better way, right? That's where today's gadget comes in. It's a wireless network detector that's going to make your road trips a whole lot better! Just press the button on the front of the unit and it will show you if there are any networks available and how strong the signal is! I've been traveling a lot this summer and really wish I had one of these before now. It would have saved me dozens of needless bootups and a lot of time. Here's a quick overview: Cool huh? No more booting up your notebook to find a WiFi signal Detects most available WiFi networks with the press of a button Three lights indicate signal strength If you purchased your Compact and lightweight design fits in pocket laptop to use when you're Detects 802.11b and 802.11b/g signals up to 200 feet away out and about, this is simply a no-brainer. It No software or computer required makes it so much easier to Dimensions - 2.95"L X 0.39"H X 2.17"W find hotspots and saves a ton of time in wasted bootups. I don't know about you, but my schedule is tight and I just don't have the time to waste playing "find the hotspot". Instead of hunting around, I just keep this little device in your pocket and press the button. If there's a network, then I pull out the laptop! It's just great! Your cost is just $16.97 and US shipping is FREE! Stop wasting time and energy trying to find hotspots - grab one today! PS - Please note that this was a limited quantity offer. The supplier had 1200 of these and they sold out in less than a day. We're very lucky to have gotten the 200 or so we purchased! This is one every laptop user is going to want - be sure to get to the site as quick as you can!

Add Your Own Graphic to Your E-mail Signature Have you ever gotten an e-mail from one of your friends and they had a little picture at the bottom of the email? Would you like to have one of those. Well, first you should know how to create a text signature file at the bottom of your e-mail, so click on that link if you need a refresher.

Okay, now that you know about sig files, you're probably wondering, "How can I put a picture or a handwritten signature in"? Well, I have good news, because it can be done and it's easy! To use an image in your signature, you must use HTML for composing your e-mail. So, launch your favorite editor (Dreamweaver, Go Live, Frontpage) or even Notepad can be used. Create a new file and type in the following: <img src="C:\My Images\mypicture.gif"> You won't actually type "C:\My Images\mypicture.gif">, but rather the location of the picture you want to use. Now save this file as "signature.htm."

Next, we want to use this HTML file as a signature. In Outlook Express, go to Tools , Options and choose the "Signatures" tab. Click "New" and give the signature a name, such as "picture."

Now, go down to "Edit Signature" and select the "File" button. Click "Browse" to get the HTML signature file that you just created. If you checked the box "Add signature to all outgoing messages," it should appear next time you compose a new message.

If you don't want it on every e-mail, do not check the little box to add it to all. When you are done creating a new message, just click in the message window and select Insert, Signatures and then enter your file name if you want to add the picture. If the signature does not appear when you create a new e-mail, make sure that you set it as your default signature by clicking the "Set as default" button.

Not only can you use standard JPG and GIF files, but you could also use an animated GIF (keep in mind that not everybody will see your animation in action). Rather than a picture, you could scan your signature (although I wouldn't recommend this with identity theft going around). ~ David If you enjoy our tips, tell your friends. That's what keeps this newsletter growing.

The World Map of Viruses There’s a lot that goes into trying to stay on top of all the most recent security threats. Everyday, there are new vulnerabilities, new patches, a new scam, a new Trojan, new virus or a rootkit, so it’s easy to keep busy with all of them. To make matters even more complicated, the viruses all have different strains that exploit systems in slightly different ways. MyTob and Netsky come to mind with each of them having a healthy slew of variations that have kept the security industry on their toes for the past year. Well, earlier this month, F-Secure (Swedish security company) introduced what it calls F-Secure World Map. What this is exactly, is a real time rendering of Earth that displays a visual representation of virus activity. The World Map, almost like a weather map for viruses, has different zones and regions that are displayed in different shades of color to represent the different threat levels.

World Map is, of course, interactive and it allows you to zoom into a specific area, all the way down to a state level, so you can get a more specific view of the region. There is a list of top current threats on the right side of the interface that when used with the zoom, can create some really specific information about what threats are affecting your area. If you select a virus from the top threats list, you can then do a couple of different things to make sure that your system is secure and free of exploits: 1. Allows you to see what threats are most dangerous in the region by representing affected areas by different colors. 2. Tabs located at the top of the interface allow the user to select different time frames in which to include in their search. This time frame can be as short as one hour or as long as two years back. 3. Also creates a graph at the bottom right that takes the virus and time frame data you have chosen, giving you another visual aid to help digest the information. 4. If you would like to know more about a particular, F-Secure couldn’t have made it easier. With a threat chosen from the list, you will see a description button to the right of the time frame tabs. Select this and you will be whisked away to F-Secure’s threat database. Anything and everything you want to know about the threat is listed here, as well as, downloadable disinfections utilities.

5. There is also a link at the bottom of the interface that will allow you to perform a scan of your system using F-Secure’s online scanner.

I think that this has obvious benefits for IT professionals, small business owners and home users. By keeping up with the threats in your region, you can better educate yourself on how to protect yourself against them. This information can also clue you in on vulnerabilities and patches that may be out there, not just for Microsoft products, but for all software. And lastly, with a link to the descriptions and specific disinfection tools, you can diagnose and clean an infected system out by yourself. You can find F-Secure’s World Map Web service here. Until next week, stay safe out there. ~Chad Stelnicki

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