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Choose or Delete an AOL Screen Name

Every AOL (America Online) account includes space for seven screen names, or user names: one primary plus six others. The primary name is the one you choose when you first joined AOL. The primary name [more…]

Compressing Files to Ease E-Mailing

You can compress files to make them smaller or to roll several files into a single file that's easier to manage and send in an e-mail message. These days, hard drive space isn't difficult to come by, and [more…]

Unmasking Search Engine Myths and Mistakes

A lot of confusion exists in the search engine world, and some of those ideas and omissions can hurt your search engine positions. Read, and take heed. [more…]

Using the Skype Search Directory

The ability to search Skype is a powerful feature. Although you can search for a Skype name, full name, or e-mail address, you can narrow your search based on a set of filters. The Skype search directory [more…]

Keeping One Step Ahead of the Spammers

If it's just a matter of time before a spammer catches up to your e-mail address, is there any hope? Sure, you have some hope. But, truth be told, you can do little to completely avoid spam. What hope [more…]

Knowing Who's a Cybertroublemaker

Feeling safe on the Internet is easy if you think of yourself as just one little surfer out in the middle of a giant ocean of networks, computers, and users. [more…]

Knowing When Not to Use Priceline

Even if you're a frequent Priceliner, you're fighting against the odds if you try to use Priceline for some kinds of trips. If you're just looking for a weekend away, prices are generally low on your route [more…]

Is Wikipedia Reliable?

The creators of Wikipedia are the first to admit that not every entry is accurate and that it might not be the best source of material for research papers. Here are some points to consider: [more…]

How to Create Your First Blog Using Blogger

The Difference between the World Wide Web and the Internet

People now talk about the Web more than they talk about the Internet. The World Wide Web and the Internet are not the same thing — the World Wide Web (which we call the Web because we're lazy typists) [more…]

Identifying Jobs in Second Life

One of the more common questions asked in Second Life (SL) is about the kinds of jobs that are available. You can find easy jobs that don't pay all much as well as difficult, high-skilled jobs [more…]

How to Get Started Blogging with Google's Blogger

Blogger is a free, fast, and easy-to-use blog publishing tool available from Google. Because getting started is so easy, Blogger helps you discover how blogging works without having to invest a lot of [more…]

How to Use Blogger to Add a Link to Your Blog

One of the icons in Bloggerthat deserves special attention is the Link icon — the small globe icon with a link of chain on top of it. Use this option whenever you want to link to another blog, a news story [more…]

How to Pick a Domain Name for a Blog

Pick a domain name for your blog that says something about you and your blog. The domain name for a blog can be anything (assuming it isn’t already being used) — a company name, a nickname, or your favorite [more…]

Taking VoIP to the WiMax

WiMax is essentially a wireless technology that allows Ethernet connectivity over long distances — up to 30 miles. This characteristic means WiMax is likely to be used in the implementation of wide area [more…]

DNS: What It Is and What It Does

In essence, DNS is simply a database that links meaningful names (known as host names), such as, to a specific IP address, such as Simply linking addresses to names [more…]

How to Add Images from Other Web Sites to Your Blog

Blogger enables you to add an image from another Web site to your blog. If you have permission to use the image or if the image is in the public domain, you can create additional interest in your posting [more…]

Understanding What VoIP Means

VoIP — which stands for voice over Internet protocol and often pronounced "voyp" — is a new technology that will improve the way we communicate. VoIP basically means voice transmitted over a digital network [more…]

Using the Outlook Express Address Book

One of the most common reasons people dare to venture forth onto the Internet is to use electronic mail — e-mail, as it's called. Internet Explorer 6 comes with a companion program known as Outlook Express [more…]

Buying DSL Service from an ISP

Most Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service is sold as part of an Internet access package, so your Internet service provider will be your interface to getting a DSL connection to the Internet. To help decide [more…]

Considering DNS Server Design

Not everyone has the experience necessary to design solutions for infrastructure-level applications, such as DNS (or for Web and mail, but that's another topic). If you follow a basic set of guidelines [more…]

How to Use Blogger to Add an Image to Your Blog

One way to make your blog post more appealing is to include an image. Blogger has built-in tools for uploading a photograph or piece of artwork that’s already the right size and format for displaying on [more…]

Second Life: It's Not a Game

Want to make a bunch of Second Life users mad really quick? Call Second Life a game. Although it looks like a video game similar to World of Warcraft or [more…]

Understanding VoIP Hard Phones

If you can see it, feel it, and tether it with a network cable, and if it includes a traditional phone keypad, you have a VoIP hard phone. Because there are many makes, models, and manufacturers, competition [more…]

Getting Acquainted with Priceline

Priceline is the ultimate bargain bin of travel agencies. It takes the extra rental cars, airline seats, and rooms that travel suppliers don't think they could possibly sell, marks them w-a-a-a-y down, [more…]