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How to Design and Customize Your Blog

You can make your blog’s appearance truly your own, by designing and customizing it to convey the image you’d like. If you have your own blog designed for you or if you create the presentation yourself [more…]

Knowing an ISP's Contract Terms

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a data communications technology that is making high-speed bandwidth a reality. Why is DSL so promising? This powerful data communications technology works over regular [more…]

Viewing Multiple E-Mail Accounts in Outlook 2000

If your boss gives you permission to view his or her entire Microsoft Outlook account, you can set up your copy of Outlook so that both your folders and the boss's folders show up in your Outlook folder [more…]

Looking Into Why Search Engines Like Links

Thousands of site owners have experienced the frustration of not being able to get search engines to index their sites. You build a Web site, you do your best to optimize it for the search engines, you [more…]

Using VoIP with Your Cable Modem

Cable modems provide Internet connectivity through the hybrid fiber-coaxial carrier services infrastructure (HFC CSI). The HFC CSI was originally designed to deliver television signals to the residential [more…]

What Are Blogs, Anyway?

The word blog is actually a combination of two other words — Web and log — so if it sounds made up, that’s because it is. A blog is a chronologically ordered series of Web site updates, written and organized [more…]

Seeing What Skype Can Do for You

Skype can dramatically alter how you exchange information, how you meet new people, and how you interact with friends, family, and colleagues. Although you can make calls on Skype, there is oh so much [more…]

What Is Spyware, Anyway?

Spyware is software or a software configuration that gathers information about a person or organization without permission or knowledge. Spyware does this often by just peeking, but other times, it spies [more…]

Setting Outlook Express to Check for E-Mail

Normally, when you launch Outlook Express, the program doesn't automatically tell you when you have new email. You have to click the Send/Recv button on the toolbar. If you want, you can have Outlook Express [more…]

Choosing and Using Spyware Blockers

You have a significant challenge right now: You need to choose a good spyware-blocking program. These days, standards for what good spyware-blocking software should do are still taking shape, and few good [more…]

Canning Spam with AOL 9.0

Great news! After our many years of sighing, grumbling, and grousing, the America Online developers finally heard our collective cries. AOL 9.0 gives members their first real weapons to fight junk e-mail [more…]

How to Create Lists on a Blog

You can create three types of lists for a blog: unordered lists, ordered lists, and definition lists. Creating lists on your blog organizes information and makes information easier to read. [more…]

How to Develop a Successful Blog

Blogs are quick and easy to set up, but you need a plan and a process to maintain a great blog. To create a successful blog, you have to think about why and how you’re blogging to stay on track toward [more…]

Taking a Look at What WebEx Offers

We've come a long way from the first meeting, which probably occurred when a few cavemen sat around a fire discussing the pros and cons of hunting saber-toothed tigers. We've replaced their grunts with [more…]

Eccentric Sites for Eccentric Travelers

One of the drawbacks of getting travel information from the Internet is that much of the information was put there by corporate hotel chains that want to sell you something. These sites are devoted strictly [more…]

Spotting Spam Scams

One of the few things you can count on when you get spammed is that whatever it claims to be offering, it's not for real. Check out the following greatest hits in spam scams. [more…]

Preparing to Photoblog

Photoblogging "nearly' requires a digital camera, because you could conceivably photoblog with a film camera and digitizing service provided by a developer, or a camera/scanner combination. But using film [more…]

Avoiding the "Blog Firing"

Believe it or not, unwise blogging has derailed lives. At some point, the prevalence of blogging hit a tipping point and started a rash of job firings because of employee blogs. It's not that blogging, [more…]

Knowing Google Images Basics

Because nearly one billion images are floating around on the Web, finding the picture you need for your research can be pretty tricky. Google Images helps you manage this difficult feat. [more…]

Using the Skype Toolbar

Although you can access many of Skype's features from the main menu, the Skype toolbar displays many of these essential features on toolbar icons. The base set of icons includes the following: [more…]

Expressing Yourself in IMs, Desktops, and Toolbars

For a long time, your America Online software looked like everybody else's America Online software. Your instant messages looked the same, and your toolbars looked the same. It was a vast reservoir of [more…]

Facing Spam-Related Issues

In the war against spam, there is occasionally collateral damage in that the spam solution may frustrate your users, slow the delivery of e-mail, and make a real dent in your already overtaxed IT budget [more…]

Making the Most of the Google Directory

You may be wondering when it makes sense to use the Google Directory as opposed to the broader Google Web search. One great use for the Google Directory is to familiarize yourself with the landscape of [more…]

How Advertising Might Fit In with Your Blog Plan

Putting an ad or two on your blog is an easy way to earn some money doing something you enjoy. Advertising on a blog has benefits. The first thing to do is decide whether your blog is meant for an advertising [more…]

Figuring Out What URLs Are Made Of

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a standardized way of naming network resources, used for linking pages on the World Wide Web.

The first item in a URL, the letters that appear before the colon, is the [more…]