One of the things I consistently notice amongst fellow internet users is that many people don't know how to properly search for stuff. Google may have served you well in the past, but I'm going to share a few little tricks with you to help make your search results even spiffier.
Unless you avoid the news entirely, you've almost certainly heard about the hacking sprees that have been taking place over the past several weeks. Tens of thousands of usernames, passwords and email addresses have been released online for anyone to download. Thankfully, it seems that one kind soul has put all that compromised info to good use.
Yesterday, I got an email from my mom. She asked if there was a way to send her colleagues a bunch of links to online documents, rather than weighing down an email with attachments. I knew that Google Docs had what she was looking for. As I started to write her an explanation, I thought, "Hm, I wonder if Google has one of their handy little YouTube videos on this topic."
How your computer habits affect not just your ability to focus, but your brain chemistry and overall health. I highly recommend taking twenty minutes to watch this.
Time to confess a personal bias: I love Gmail. I think it's the best thing since sliced bread. I try to be impartial when I write about software and online services, but seriously -- of all the free email services out there, why would you use anything else?
I'm digging the idea of this flexible, gooey crumb "magnet" ($8.99 at X-treme Geek).
Just how private is your Facebook profile? To some extent, that's up to you. Many Facebook users share and poke their days away, never knowing about the plethora of custom privacy settings that lie just a click away. Facebook's privacy menus can look a little complicated to the newcomer, so today I'm going to give you a basic look at what lies under the hood.
Hey Noobs! This isn't computer-related, but perhaps some of you are digital photography freaks. Check out our weekly challenge: Can You Float on Air Like Tokyo's Levitating Girl?
Produced for Australian TV show HungryBeast, "Anatomy of a Computer Virus" is an infographic-in-motion "dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code."
If you like playing with open-source hardware, this movie's for you!
This article lists a bunch of tools you can use to build your own Dropbox. You might want to do this if you're really worried about privacy, or really want to learn how to do this on your own. Have you tried to do something like this before? Tell us about it!
Hey all... Fellow WonderHowTo-ian, Yumi, is holding a cool contest: Submit an idea for a tip/trick/shortcut/how-to/craft/recipe, and she'll illustrate the best one.
Private browsing is all the rage with browsers these days. Once you go into private browsing mode, you can traverse the internet without leaving a trail. Your history? Deleted. Your cookies? Destroyed. Your bookmarks and non-private history? Preserved for when you come back to the surface.
A few highlights: Back in '85, the Mac team spent $100,000 annually on juice!
Take a look around the next time you open up the File menu and slowly scroll through your editing options. Are your coworkers quietly cringing? Your kids running for the other room? Sounds like you need a few good keyboard shortcuts up your sleeve. Memorizing the right combos can transform you into a super speedy Windows superstar. Forget the mouse. Keyboard shortcuts are the new black.
This animated video will tell you everything you need to know about how the internet came to be.
Do you love the internet? Me too. That's why you should learn about Net Neutrality. Though this video was made a few years ago, the basic principles have stayed the same, and Net Neutrality laws are currently on the tables of governments all over the world. Get informed and save the internet!
Just remember, no matter how bad you think you are at computers, you're one step ahead of this little tabby.
Making your way into an online community can be really exciting. Some life-long friendships and lasting romances begin in humble chat rooms and message boards. But for the novice internet user, one of the biggest hurdles can be trying to figure out just what people are saying to one another.
Wondering why your inbox is looking a little threadbare? It may be that you've violated a few unwritten rules of email etiquette. Here are a few basic tips that the web-savvy know by heart.