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Expand your local area network
Sunday, July 04th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

A typical home or small business router usually has only 4 Local Area Network (LAN) ports.  You may find yourself in a situation where you have used all of your router’s LAN ports.  In that case, you may add additional ports to the network by adding a device called a SWITCH, or you may make use of a spare router.  more…

Category: Networking  | One Comment
Auslogics Duplicate File Finder
Sunday, April 18th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

Do you remember the segment in Fantasia titled “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” where Mickey  unintentionally created hundreds of zombie brooms carrying buckets of water?  It seems that files get replicated the same way, especially digital image files where the camera-generated names don’t really mean anything.  Over the years I am sure that I have backed up several copies across several machines and shared space on my server or NAS device.  Weeding out duplicates is quite a task, but there is help available. more…

Did I get all of the memory/disk I paid for?
Sunday, April 11th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

It’s a frequent source of confusion – things on the box don’t seem to match what you see in a program.  The confusion arises because computers don’t have 10 fingers. more…

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

Suppose you need to burn a CD or DVD but don’t have appropriate software?  If you purchased a replacement CD or DVD drive, you probably got bundled software with it.  But if you haven’t got bundled software, and don’t want to invest about $80 in a commercial product because you don’t have frequent need for burning, what do you do? more…

add a print server
Thursday, April 08th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

In the years since Windows Vista and now Windows 7 I have run into many people who have problems with sharing printers on their local area network.  more…

Category: Printing  | 6 Comments
Thursday, April 08th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

FotoSketcher is a free utility from www.fotosketcher.com that lets you convert digital photographs to ‘art’. more…

Create a PDF from any application that can print
Tuesday, April 06th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

The PDF format (Portable Document Format) is a useful format for presenting documents that can be viewed on just about any computer system.  It is essentially a file with ‘compiled’ PostScript language instructions, PostScript being a language invented by Adobe.  But you don’t have to purchase Adobe Acrobat to create a PDF file. more…

Create a text file by printing
Tuesday, April 06th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

Every so often I have been faced with a problem where I need to export data from a program that doesn’t have an export capability.  I suppose I could print to paper and then scan it in, but that is harder than need be.  Instead, I create a generic ‘text’ printer on the Windows machine and then use it to print to file. more…

Category: Printing  | Leave a Comment
Deep Discounts for 501(c)3 organizations
Monday, April 05th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

If an organization is classified as a 501(c)3 by the IRS, then the organization may obtain software at deep discounts from many software publishers.  These publishers make user of TechSoup.org as their clearing house.  more…

Creating a blog site, step-by-step
Sunday, April 04th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

These instructions are based upon putting up a blog on an account at 1and1.com.  more…