Friday, May 18, 2012

Browsing Cool Websites

So, have you ever run across a really cool website? Well, I found a couple that I will share with you.  Now, I don't really expect you to bookmark these for future reference, these are just cool sites to browse, enjoy and share.

We Choose the Moon 

This is an interactive history exhibit from NASA,
allowing you walk through the Apollo 11 Mission, stage by stage.

Cyrkam Airtos  

Ever waste time playing paper wad basketball?Well, you
can now attempt it virtually, all with a click of the mouse.

The Passenger (Animated Short)

I love to see the work of talented artists. This 7 minute short
won Best Animation at the 2006 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival

Share really cool websites you have found.
Have a great weekend!☺

Thursday, May 17, 2012

HOW TO Use the CTRL Key to Dominate Your Computer

This really cool inforgraphic on using the CTRL key is our feature for today! Tomorrow, we will be checking out some really need websites to visit over the weekend! ☺

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Windows 7 Shortcuts: Windows Logo Key

Windows Logo Key
Once again, here are some keyboard shortcuts that can greatly ease your computing experience. When you are typing, it sometimes is easier to use a shortcut over reaching for the mouse. So today's shortcuts all use the "start menu" key (Windows logo key) on your keyboard.

I often use a few keyboard shortcuts to handle simple tasks and to maneuver around the computer. Take a look and try some of these great time savers.  (Tip: Use the sequence listed to get the proper response.)

Windows logo key + D
Shift to Desktop / Minimize all windows

Windows logo key + M
Minimize all windows.

Windows logo key + Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D (If you release Windows Key, it goes back to normal view.)

Ctrl + Windows logo key + Tab
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D (It goes to Aero Flip 3-D view and even if you release all keyboard buttons, it still stays in Aero Flip 3-D. Until you decide you choose which program you wish to select.

Windows logo key + T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar.

Windows logo key + Home
Minimize everything but the active window.

Windows logo key + E
Open Computer (what used to be called "My Computer")

Windows logo key + F
Search for a file or folder.

Windows logo key + number (1 for the program that is nearest to start button, 2 for second nearest and so on…) Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Windows logo key + number

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Unique Screen Savers: Polar Clock

I have written 125 posts, so sometimes I have to stumble around to find some cool ideas to share with you. Well this one is pretty cool. You can download  this clock as a screen saver (Mac or Windows) at the Pixel Breaker website.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Free Alternatives: LibreOffice Productivity Suite
Years ago, the only option for decent, compatible document handling (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, diagrams, etc.) was purchasing Microsoft Office and other software packages and investing $500 or more.  Well, another option is available for download and it has all the features you or your small business would need in an office suite. The only part missing to this would be a calendar and contact management program such as you would find in Microsoft Outlook.

LibreOffice works on Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux operating systems.If you are familiar with older versions of Microsoft Office, you could probably handle this software with your eyes closed as it looks similar to Office 2003. It will also allow you to save files in the new Microsoft formats such as DOCX and XLSX.  One really great advantage is that this program (unlike current versions of Microsoft Word) can open older documents such as files created by Microsoft Works or by twenty-year-old versions of Word and Excel. It also imports files created by Lotus WordPro that you probably can't open with anything else, and opens files created by WordPerfect for the Macintosh that can't be opened in WordPerfect for Windows.

LibreOffice is a work in progress, so it isn't perfect, but it far exceeds the expectations for a free open source program.  This one is worth a closer look.