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How to remove the Adobe Contribute ribbon from Excel / Office  

This is an advanced topic so warning to all those newbies out there. Try this at your own risk! Actually, it's not all that hard to do. If that Contribite ribbon is something you do not use and you would like to revove it and free up the space for something more useful here is how to do it.

Find your Program Files folder on your c:\ drive and go into these folders:
• open the Adobe folder
• open the Adobe Contribute folder
• open the Plugins folder
• open the Office Plugins folder
• find Officeplugin.dll and right click on it
• choose rename, and rename it to something like • Officeplugin_old.dll
• click "confirm" when prompted

restart Excel if opened and you should be good to go!

 
   
   
What is the cloud? 07/20/2011

Ahhh, the cloud. What a nebulous term. What is cloud computing? Chances are you are already using the cloud and just don't know.

Say you are a business owner and each of your employees has a workstation that they use daily to get their jobs done. They may be sending emails out, working on Excel spreadsheets or writing letters in Word. Each computer user needs specific software to get their job done. Software for each user costs money. If you hire a new employee and get them a workstation you need to either buy another copy of the software or another license to use the software.

Now, imagine that instead of installing and managing the suite of software on each computer in your office, you only have to download one program that connects you to the internet. Your employees the use software that is installed and managed by another company's computers somewhere else (the cloud!). Your people just log in and use it, you don't need to worry about fixing it when it breaks or maintaining it.

You most likely have already used some form of cloud computing. If you have an e-mail account with a Web-based e-mail service like Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or Gmail, then you've had some experience with cloud computing. Rather than running an e-mail program like Outlook on your computer, you log in to a Web e-mail account remotely. The software and storage for your account doesn't exist on your computer -- it's on the service's computer cloud.

 
   
Quick Windows Key Combos 07/18/2011

Keyboard shortcuts help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse. They are used by pressing one or more keys in combination with each other. For example, pressing the CTRL and the ESC keys at once will open the Windows start menu.

Tip: Try holding down the first key ( ex. CTRL) with your dominant hand and tapping the second key once with your other hand. They don't need to be pressed at the exact same time.

Windows system key combinations

  • F1: Help

  • CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu

  • ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs

  • ALT+F4: Quit program

  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently without sending it to the recycle bin

  • Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer

Windows program key combinations

  • CTRL+C: Copy

  • CTRL+X: Cut

  • CTRL+V: Paste

  • CTRL+Z: Undo

  • CTRL+B: Bold

  • CTRL+U: Underline

  • CTRL+I: Italic

For a complete list of Windows 7 shortcuts click here.

   
3D Monitors, No Glasses Required 07/13/2011

Perhaps you have seen or heard about newest craze in gaming, 3D screens that don't rely on the use of those awful 3D glasses. The new Nintento 3DS handheld systems have this implemented and out on the market already.

These new screens, usually referred to as “auto-stereoscopic”, let you view your images in full 3D just like at the movies.

Auto stereoscopic displays fool the brain so that a 2D medium can display a 3D image by providing a stereo parallax view for the user. This means that each eye sees a different image, having been calculated to appear from two eye positions. Currently, most flat-panel solutions employ lenticular lenses or parallax barriers that redirect incoming imagery to several viewing regions at a lower resolution. When the viewer's head is in a certain position, a different image is seen with each eye, giving a convincing illusion of 3D. Such displays can have multiple viewing zones allowing multiple users to view the image at the same time, though they may also exhibit dead zones where only a monoscopic, cross-eyed, or no image at all can be seen. Examples of auto stereoscopic displays include parallax barrier, lenticular, volumetric, electro-holographic, and light field displays.

There are 2 types of these displays:

Personal Viewing Screens - Most personal viewing auto stereoscopic screens require the viewer to place their head in a specific place (known as the sweet-spot) so that they can see the 3-D effect properly. They are designed for one person to view the screen at a time (although it is sometimes possible to have up to three viewers). This is what the Nintendo 3DS uses.

Multi-view screens allow the 3-D image to be viewed without glasses from a wide range of angles and distances. They are a relatively new addition to the 3D display market and open up a wide range of new opportunities to exploit 3D imagery. These screens are ideally suited to situations where an eye-catching display is required.

Can you get one? Well, yes but they are quite costly and probably wont work on what you want to... yet. Apart from the Nintendo 3DS, you are looking at a base price of nearly $3000.00 and up to as much as $20,000. At those prices you may want to keep looking at life through 3D colored glasses and wait for the technology to advance and auto stereoscopic screen prices to come down.

   
Roku - Get Internet Movies and more on Your TV without a PC 07/11/2011

What is a Roku and what does it do?

The Roku player is a little box that lets you instantly stream tons of entertainment to your TV—without a PC. It's a nice, inexpensive, internet-connected box that you hook up to your TV. Once it's set up, you can use it to stream movies and TV shows from the likes of Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon, plus music and photos from Pandora and Flickr, respectively.

Why I love mine...

Set up is easy. I bought the Roku box so my Mom (who is not tech savvy) could watch Netflix and Amazon movies on her HDTV without having to connect her laptop directly to her television. One the Roku is set up (setup takes about 20 minutes at the most and is connected to your tv by one cable) all you need to do is switch the input on your tv and use the Roku controller to select between "apps" and enjoy!

You see your movie choices directly on your tv screen rather than through your computer. The laptop or desktop can stay where it is and does not need to be brought into the room.

The Roku remote control is super easy to use. There are very few buttons to master so moving around the screen is super easy. People with no computer skills should find this a breeze to operate on their own.

It's super small. At 5 inches square and 1 inch tall you can fit this just about anywhere.

Freedom from your cable provider. The cost of the Roku box ranges from a one time charge for the box of $50.99 to $99.99 depending on the options you want. You have to have a subscription to Netflix ($7.99 monthly as of now for internet streaming only) to watch their movies. The same with Amazon and Hulu Plus. Amazon packages their movie streaming with their Prime plan for an annual membership fee of $79. As a bonus Amazon gives you free 2 day shipping on select items. I use that one a lot, especially during the holidays. I even used it when I purchased my Roku. You can dump those cable channels that you never watch. I mean, how many times can you watch Lord of the Rings? Watch the movies you want when you want instead.

The Roku is my first choice for these types of players, but check out the Boxee Box, Apple TV or some of the HDTV's that have built in Netflix and Amazon movies available and tuck in with some popcorn and a great movie.

 

 
 
 
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