Archive for 31 enero 2011

Ipad switch search engine
enero 31, 2011

You do not have to use Google for searching from the Safari browser. To switch to Yahoo or Bing, go to “Settings” > “Safari” > “Search Engine” and then select either “Yahoo” or “Bing”.

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iPad Touch diferentely
enero 29, 2011

For those used to the iPhone, there is a new art to using the iPad. With the Photos app, for example, you can control your shots in new ways – try pressing with two fingers in the all photos view. You can then spin the photo and slide it around.

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How to set up a wireless network connection for a specific user
enero 29, 2011

When you set up a wi-fi network connection on your Windows 7 computer, by default any user can use it. There may be situations where, for security reasons, you want to make a connection available only to a specific user account. Here’s how you do that:

1.- Click Start | Control Panel and select Network and Sharing Center
2.- Click Manage Wireless Networks
3.- Click Profile Types
4.- In the Wireless Network Profile Type dialog box, click “Use All-User and Per-User Profiles.”
5.- Click OK.

Now, when you set up a new wireless connection, Windows will ask whether the connection should be available to all users or to you only.

If you already have a network set up, you’ll have to delete it and create it again in order to make it available only to you.

To create a new wireless connection, in Manage Wireless Networks, click Add.

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Ipad Street View in Maps
enero 26, 2011

The Maps app running Google’s Street View is one of the coolest features of the iPad, yet accessing it is so confusing few people even know it’s there. To access Street View you need to have dropped a red pin on the map (which happens when you do a search).

You then tap the red and white icon of a person to enter Street View.

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Add Webpage to Home in IPAD
enero 24, 2011

If you visit a web page frequently then save time ponderously locating it in your Safari bookmarks by adding it as an icon to your Home screen. Tap the “+” icon in Safari then tap “Add to Home Screen”.

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Quick Volume mute in Ipad
enero 24, 2011

Unlike the iPhone, there’s no dedicated mute button on the iPad. However, you can still cut the sound in a hurry. Simply keep the ‘Volume down’ button depressed and the sound will mute.

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How to turn your Windows 7 laptop into a wi-fi hotspot
enero 22, 2011

Want to share your laptop’s Internet connection with other wi-fi devices (for example, your iPad or Galaxy Tab, or friends’ laptops)? Windows 7 supports a feature called Virtual Wi-fi (if your wireless adapter driver supports it – so you might need to update the driver to make it work. Some Intel, Broadcom and Realtek adapters support the feature). Here are the steps for setting it up:

1.- Click Start and in the search box, type cmd
2.- Right click the cmd.exe link and select “Run as Administrator.”
3.- In the command prompt window, type: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MyNet key=MyPassword replacing “MyNet” with the name you want to use for your wireless network and “MyPassword” with a password that will have to be entered on other devices to connect to it.
4.- Press Enter.
5.- Still at the prompt, type netsh wlan start hostednetwork
6.- Press Enter.
7.- Click Start | Control Panel.
8.- Click Network and Internet | Network Sharing Center.
9.- Select “Change Adapter Settings.”
10.- Right click your Internet connection and click Properties.
11.- Click the Sharing tab.
12.- Check the box labeled “Allow other network users to connect …”.
13.- Select your virtual wi-fi adapter.

Now other wi-fi devices should see your network name appear in their lists and they can connect to it by entering the password.

Don’t want to go through all that? You can take the lazy way out and use Virtual Router, a “donationware” software program that sets up the network for you.

You’ll find it here:

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How to get rid of the “This device can perform faster” message
enero 16, 2011

When you plug an older USB device into your Windows 7 computer, you might get a pop-up message that says “This USB device can perform faster if you connect it to a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port.
For a list of available ports, click here.” You probably just ignore the message or close it with the X, but you can prevent it from bugging you every time. Here’s

1.- In the pop-up, click to view the list of available USB 2.0 ports.
2.- At the bottom of the dialog box listing the ports, you’ll see a checkbox (checked by default) that says “Tell me if my device can perform faster.”
3.- uncheck the box.
4.- Click Close.

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How to disable CTRL+ALT+DEL login sequence
enero 8, 2011

How to disable CTRL+ALT+DEL login sequence

If you want users to be able to log onto the computer more quickly, without going through the CTRL+ALT+DEL sequence, you can eliminate this requirement. First you need to be logged on with an admin account. Then do the

1.- Click Start and in the Search/Run box, type Control Userpasswords2.
2.- Press Enter.
3.- Click the Advanced tab.
4.- Under “Secure Logon,” click to uncheck the box “Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.”

Note that this may not work on a computer that is joined to a domain because domain policies override local settings. Also be aware that eliminating the CTRL+ALT+DEL sequence makes your computer less secure.

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Can I keep my kids from running a particular program?
enero 2, 2011

We have a family computer that resides in the den. The kids don’t have their own computers. That way we have more control over what they do, but I can’t always be in the room when they’re using the computer. I don’t want them to be able to run Torrents programs to download music and software (possibly illegally). Do I have to buy an extra security program or is there a way I can control this with Windows 7? Thanks! – Alyson

You’re in luck. If you’re comfortable editing the registry, there is a way to prevent a program from running, even if the kids are extra sneaky and try uninstalling and reinstalling the program. Here’s what you do:

  1. Open the registry editor (if you don’t know how, you probably shouldn’t be editing the registry). Back up the registry before making changes.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  3. In the right pane, right click an empty space and select New | DWORD (32 bit) Value. Name it DisallowRun
  4. Double click the new value and in the Value Data field, make its value 1 (Hexadecimal).
  5. Click OK.
  6. Back in the left pane of the registry editor, right click Explorer.
  7. Select New | Key. Name the key the same thing (DisallowRun).
  8. Right click in an empty spot in the right pane again, and select New | String Value. Give it whatever name is descriptive (for example, Block Bittorrent).
  9. Double click the new value and in the value data field, type the executable file name (for example, bittorrent.exe).
  10. Restart the computer.

Now when the kids try to run the Bittorrent application, they will get an error message that says “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer.”

To see screenshots of the process described above, see

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