Friday, 16 July 2010

Send a Web page to a friend

When visiting a web page you may come across something you like, for those pages that don't have an e-mail option following the below simple steps can allow you to easily send a link to a friend.

Internet Explorer users

Send a friend the web page you are viewing by clicking File, Send, and "Page by E-mail". If you do not see the File menu press the Alt key.

Firefox users

Right-click on the page you wish to send to your friend and in the menu click Send link.

Opera users

Right-click on the page you wish to send to your friend and in the menu click Send link by Mail.

Print only sections of a page

Save on your printer ink by selectively printing in Windows programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer (and other browser), WordPad, Outlook, etc. To do this highlight portions of text you wish to print and click the Print icon in the File menu. In the printer dialog window under Page Range choose the option Selection.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Alt + f File menu options in current program.

Alt + e Edit options in current program

F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.

Ctrl + a Select all text.

Ctrl + x Cut selected item.

Shift + Del Cut selected item.

Ctrl + C Copy selected item.

Ctrl + i Italic selected item

Ctrl + u Underline selected text

Ctrl + V Paste selected text

Ctrl + b Bold selected text

Monday, 14 June 2010

Email large images

There's no need to copy the pictures back to the camera to resize them for emailing - in most cases you can do this within Windows. If you manage your email in a dedicated program like Outlook Express or Windows Mail, select the picture or pictures you wish to send by email, then right-click and choose Send to > Mail Recipient. You can then pick a size for the pictures and they'll be attached to the mail at the size you specify. Try resizing the images to around 640 x 480 pixels before saving them as JPEGs and then attach them to your emails

Getting blue error messages with "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL".

IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL stop errors are caused by software not hardware. When Windows XP is in the middle of scheduling an execution thread, it puts the processor at an Interrupt ReQuest Level (or IRQL) of 'Dispatch'. This blocks further software interrupts from the scheduler until the process is complete, and no one is allowed to do anything that requires the scheduler. Unfortunately, accessing a memory address in virtual memory is such an activity, because when a process generates a VM page fault, it is usually suspended while the slow hard disk gets around to delivering the requested page. The upshot of this is that drivers (and everything else but especially drivers) are restricted to the contents of physical memory while the IRQL is at dispatch. If anything breaks this rule (say because a corrupted pointer tries to access a random memory address), Windows XP flings up the blue screen and shuts it down pronto. The answer is simply to find out which driver is responsible and replace it.

Blocking cookies

The reason Internet Explorer lets some cookies through, even on a "High" setting, is because those cookies are of no concern to your privacy. They merely help make the site easier to use, or collect anonymous data that can't be traced back to yourself. If this is unacceptable to you, then your only choice is to use Firefox. Here you have two options. You can switch off all cookies except for those sites you specify. To do this, select Tools > Options > Privacy, untick "Accept cookies from sites", and use the Exceptions button to enter the URLs of those sites that you're happy to allow cookies from. A more practical solution is to ask Firefox to prompt you every time a site attempts to place a cookie on your machine. To do this, leave "Accept cookies from sites" ticked, but select "ask me every time" under Keep Until. This option throws up a prompt whenever a site attempts to place a cookie on your PC. You can choose to accept the cookie, accept for the session only, or deny. If you tick the box "Use my choice for all cookies from this site" you'll only be prompted once with this dialog for cookies directly from the site itself. Third-party cookies will throw up separate prompts, enabling you - for example - to accept all cookies explicitly from a Web site without accepting cookies from third-party advertisers. If you leave the site and return later, or reopen Firefox at a later time, you may find some sites want to place additional cookies on your machine, or modify existing ones (even if you're not on the site itself). You can then choose to deny these future access or allow them to be modified (in which case you won't be asked again). At first you'll be bombarded with requests, but if you tick the box before choosing Accept, Accept for session only or Deny then they'll slowly disappear. Use the Exceptions button to manage individual settings (if you accidentally allow one through or deny it, you can remove it from this list so the prompt appears again the next time the site attempts to place that cookie on your machine). Deleting your private data at the end of a session will remove any cookies on your machine, but won't remove your settings, so you can have the best of both worlds. If you want to reset your cookie settings and start from scratch (which is something that we recommend every month or so in case you've let some cookies through you shouldn't), return to the Exceptions list and click "Remove All Sites".