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Top U.S. Cities for Bidding on Priceline Hotels

Choosing the right hotel zone can make the difference between a cheerful, convenient trip and one where you're stuck slogging to and from some distant hotel. [more…]

Setting Up a Remote Computer for a WebEx Meeting

You scheduled your WebEx meeting and prepared attendees. There's one more thing that you might need to do before the meeting starts: Set up access to a remote computer. [more…]

Using Skype at School

Schools have outgrown inkwells, slates, and typewriters. E-mail, instant messaging, and the Internet have opened the classroom to the world. Skype empowers students and teachers even further by adding [more…]

Conducting Your Keyword Analysis

Companies often make mistakes with their keywords because they pick keywords based on how they — rather than their customers — think about their products or services. You have to do a keyword analysis [more…]

Exploring Frequently Asked Questions about WebEx

Technicians working WebEx support lines say they hear some of the same questions regularly. Check out the following for a handy common-problem solution list. Perhaps one of these items will help you in [more…]

Customizing the IE 6 Standard Buttons Toolbar

The good people at Microsoft who created Internet Explorer did their best to anticipate which buttons you would use most, putting those buttons in plain view on the Standard Buttons toolbar. However, after [more…]

Using VoIP through Your DSL Connection

Digital subscriber line (DSL) service is a high-speed data connection method that uses the ordinary telephone lines that come into your home or business. Utilizing a star topology, as shown in Figure 1 [more…]

How to Admit Mistakes on Your Blog

If you make a mistake on your blog, admit it. Apologize, if necessary. Above all, don’t deny or hide the mistake on your blog. Of course, mistakes upset people, but you can do a great deal to help yourself [more…]

Defining and Dealing with Web Cookies

A cookie is a tiny little file that's stored on your computer. It contains the address of the Web site and codes that your browser sends back to the Web site each time you visit a page there. Cookies don't [more…]

How to Use Blogger Options before Publishing Your Blog

Before you publish your blog by clicking Blogger's orange Publish Post button, you can take advantage of several prepublishing features: preview, save as a draft, allow comments, or date and time settings [more…]

Creating Your Own Second Life Group

If you're interested in connecting with people in Second Life (SL) and can't find the right group, feel free to create your own group. Creating your own group means that you have to pay the fee to create [more…]

Printing a Web Page with Internet Explorer 6

As you begin your Internet Explorer explorations, if you discover a Web page with really interesting information that you want to have a hard copy of, all you have to do is print the page. Make sure that [more…]

How to Choose What to Blog About

Figuring out what to blog about can be easy or hard: A blog is well suited to sharing information, documenting your life, exploring a hobby, or expressing your passion for a subject. The key is choosing [more…]

How to Blog on Social Networks

You can blog on social networks, such as MySpace and FaceBook, thanks to their bountiful (and improving) blogging tools. In general, social networks with blogging tools are good for, well, social networking [more…]

Looking for Love in the Yahoo! Personals

"I feel pretty strange about using the personals, because I've never done it before, but here goes . . ." Many Yahoo! profiles begin this way, but why feel strange about it? You're not the only one looking [more…]

How to Format a Blog

If your blog looks a bit boring, then you need to format it. Knowing how to format a blog can improve visual impact and readability: You can break up long blocks of text, add styling headers and line breaks [more…]

Save Your Second Life Appearance

Messing up your Second Life avatar's appearance is an unforgettable experience. Say you spend hours getting your avatar (your Second Life virtual self) to look ultimately cool and then decide to try on [more…]

Getting to Know Google Earth

Google Earth is not just another map program or some kind of digitized globe inside your computer, but rather, a social phenomenon. Although it can stand on its own with other Geographic Information System [more…]

Managing VoIP Bandwidth

Dedicated transports are channelizable, meaning that their total bandwidth can be divided by channel and assigned to support specific applications (computer data, voice or telephony, and videoconferencing [more…]

Making Use of Notecards in Second Life

Notecards are the simple text documents that you can create and share in Second Life. They're great for storing information, such as instructions on how to use an object or for sharing a list of your favorite [more…]

Introducing Blog Elements

In the context of blogging, content management almost always means organizing the site by backwards chronology. In this way, your most recent writing appears first. As visitors continue reading your updates [more…]

Practicing Optimization Habits as You Blog

For several years, an Internet marketing field called search engine optimization has been growing in influence. Abbreviated as SEO, search engine optimization involves writing and design skills that make [more…]

How to Create Links in a Blog

Used judiciously, you can add enormous value to your blog posts by using links. The blog links can inform readers, link to more detail, point out a great news article, or send them to another page on your [more…]

Figuring Out How Spammers Get E-Mail Addresses

Spammers employ a variety of methods to acquire e-mail addresses. Some methods take advantage of the e-mail addresses readily available on the Internet, whereas others employ different levels of trickery [more…]

Comparing Wikis with Other Online Communication Tools

Wikis are toolkits for creating Web pages. Here's how a wiki differs from other forms of Internet collaborative tools, such as e-mail, blogs, bulletin boards, forums, content management systems, and Web [more…]