Friday, January 23, 2015

What Will Microsoft Windows 10 Mean for You?

Microsoft has just revealed a deeper look at its new futuristic operating system, Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows 10
Attempting to gain momentum after the disappointment of Windows 8, the company is launching a new OS and returning to more familiar user friendly applications. Included are new inventive features like a souped-up start menu and multiple virtual desktops.

While no firm date has been set for its release (probably this fall) the company is promising this flagship version of its operating software will work across computers, tablets and even smartphones. Many of the same apps will work on all devices.

Among the many features of Windows 10 is a new web browser called Project Spartan. Users will be able to take notes with a stylus and easily share it with others. You can comment right on the page as you share it. The layout will be streamlined for easier reading.

A big hit in the making could be Microsoft's Cortana personal assistant, also a part of the system. If you're a fan of Apple's Siri you may really love Cortana.

Similar to Siri it responds to spoken commands but is also highly personalized, adjusting to your habits as you search the web and visit various sites. After a while it could make suggestions on which sites you might enjoy. It has already been available on some smartphones.

Those wishing to dive in can get upgraded to Windows 10 for, providing they already use Windows 7 or a more recent version.

Windows 10 is not all Microsoft plans to offer. The company also introduced a new device called Surface Hub. Targeted for the workplace this is a big 84 inch touch-screen computer with large features to boot, such as a stylus white board, shared web browser and video conferencing.

The tech giant is also showcasing a bit of the future with Windows Holographic, their vision for hologram computing. They created a headset called HoloLens. Wearers can view and interact with augmented reality holograms that could take place in a natural environment like an office or a kitchen. The hologram system was demonstrated as both a work/play product to be used for designing 3D objects, video chat and even playing games.

One goal for Microsoft with Windows 10 is to establish a common software foundation for PCs, tablets, smartphones and Xbox. One currently needs four distinct operating systems to run them. Some unification could allow users to shift seamlessly from a game on Xbox to a work project on a Windows PC.

Microsoft is hoping a unified platform will appeal to more software developers. Windows Phone software is rarely used and the lack of apps is said to hurt sales of the Microsoft mobile product. Just 3% of all new smartphones sold are Windows Phones. The appeal is that apps created for the phone will also be used on hundreds of millions of PCs.

While many of the company's new product offerings may be years away, the soon to be released Windows 10 appears to be a giant step forward. The unified platform approach, across PCs, tablets, and smartphones can only boost productivity and help Microsoft fortify its role as the leader in workplace solutions.

George Rosenthal is a founder and partner with ThrottleNet Inc. ThrottleNet offers an array of technology services and products to help business owners achieve their corporate goals and accelerate business growth. These include cloud computing, custom software and mobile application development, and outsourced Managed Network Services which helps companies improve their technology uptime and IT capabilities while, at the same time, reduces costs. To learn how to accelerate your IT visit ThrottleNet online at

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Move Or Copy Worksheets Between Excel Workbooks

Moving or copying worksheets from one workbook to another may sound like a complicated process but as with a lot of features in Excel it really is quite straightforward. I will describe in detail the two different methods. First I will cover Excel's built in method for completing this task, and as usual in Excel there is also an alternative way to carry out the task as well, which we will cover also.

To move or copy a worksheet from one workbook to another using Excel's in- built task.

Open the source and target workbook together. The source workbook contains the workbook you want to move or copy to your target. In the source workbook select the worksheet that you want to copy or move. Then go to your target workbook

Click the Home Tab, click Format drop down in the Cells Group and then select Move Or Copy Sheets in the Organize Sheets section. If you would prefer to by pass using the Excel Riboon then right click on the sheet tab you want to copy or move in the source workbook and choose Move Or Copy from the shortcut menu that appears.

In the Move Or Copy Dialog Box, just choose the target worksheet from the To Book drop down box. Excel will display only the workbooks you already have open. You should have already opened the target workbook at the very start of this task.

You now have even more choices to make once you have selected the target workbook. You can either put worksheet and the end of the workbook or select Before Sheet List Box that will allow you to select the name of the worksheet you want yours to precede.

If you want the moved or copied worksheet to appear at the end of the new workbook then select the option Move To End. Your moved or copied worksheet should now be positioned exactly where you want it. If you want to move rather than copy, just click Create A Copy option at the bottom of the dialog box. Just hit OK and your task is completed.

As I said earlier, there are usually a few ways to accomplish the same task with Excel. Here is another way, not exactly a shortcut but just an alternative process.

First you need to again open both the source and target workbooks. With them both open select the View Tab and select the Side By Side Option in the Window Group.

Click the sheet tab in the source workbook and drag it to the target workbook - this moves the worksheet. Alternatively if you want to copy worksheets then hold down the CTRL key while you drag the worksheet to the target workbook.

There you go, two ways to perform the same move or copy worksheets between workbooks in Excel.
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Music Radio

Although many Nintendo Wii's, Xbox 360's, and many other toys are not always easy to come by in the holiday season, one thing we never fall short of is Christmas music. Needless to say it is not always so easy to find quality Christmas music.
Many lucky consumers who were able to afford the IPod touch, IPhone, or a decent set of computer speaker will have no trouble finding exactly what they are looking for. Pandora is one website which allows users to pick an artist of their choosing, for the site to mold stations around. Another useful internet site great for these devices is Wunder Radio which links to many great stations. Sites such as AOL Christmas 365, Classic Holliday Radio, 181.FM, and Christmas 24/7 should all do the trick.
Subscribers to Serius and XM will be delighted to know that they have revamped their regularly scheduled programming to introduce twenty-four hours of holiday music, seven days a week, with no commercial interruption, all the way through the holiday season.
Of course we can always return to "old reliable and turn on the local AM/FM stations. Not for you? Around the country many local radio stations are converting their programming for the holidays in hopes of gaining listeners such as yourself. Simply scanning the airwaves is an easy way to find the holiday music of your choosing.
In need of an upgrade from the same old holiday music? With plenty of vacation time, I sure must of you will need to break away from the family, so this is a perfect time to take a look at the selection of new Christmas music available on ITunes. I pieced together a mixed CD and I am sure it will be a big hit. ITunes makes it as fun and easy as can be to locate, and test new music.Not only are songs easy to locate on ITunes, but the site also gives users the chance to preview songs before they actually make a purchase. Not only is ITunes easy but it is full of great new music, I even accidently came across a great song "Everything I Need For Christmas" by emerging artist JD Webb. It will not be easy to top this song.
So if you're like me and you're being forced to watch the kid from A Christmas Story shoot his eye out for the nine-hundredth time, take a break, and check out the labyrinth of available holiday music. Good luck and happy holidays.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

How to Send Fax From the Internet

Sending faxes via the Internet is the in-thing for businesses worldwide nowadays. In fact, companies which use such a communication tool are often held in high esteem by customers as it portrays the firm as being "proactive" and "forward looking".

So, how does one send faxes via the Internet? Currently, there are many service providers out there, and more and more are coming on stream by the day. As competition heats up, all sorts of packages are offered to customers. But if you study these offerings closely, there's actually only two ways to send faxes via the Internet - web-based or use proprietary software.

Web-based basically means the user just go to the service provider's website, login into your account, key in a few required data (such as the recipient's name, phone number, email number etc), enclose your fax message, and press the "send fax" or "transmit" button. That's it!

For proprietary software method, users are required to download and install a special software into their computer. This is usually a very simple task and requires no prior technical knowledge.

Many service providers now transmit your fax by converting it into emails, which cuts cost down substantially. To use such a service, a special fax number is often required - which is provided by the service provider.

One popular type of fax service presently available simply integrates with the email system you are using, thus it does not require new hardware or software installation. Fees depend on which packages you choose. Basically the key difference between the packages is the pricing and number of faxes you can send and receive. For example, for $10 a month, a customer is permitted to send a maximum of 100 faxes and receive a maximum of 200 faxed pages. If you take the $40 plan, then it's 400 faxes in and 400 out. Users can receive their faxes in PDF or TIFF formats via several email accounts, or simply view them online. Faxes are sent using emails, and the system works with Microsoft Office.

Another type of fax service lets you receive not only faxes, but voicemail as well, as e-mail attachments. To send faxes, you are given two options - via e-mail or the web.

For those who only fax occasionally, a good deal to settle for would be to use a "prepaid" service. Such a service does not require monthly fees. What you do is prepay a certain amount, use the fax service, and when the prepaid amount drops to a certain designated level, just top it up. If you don't use the service for a certain period of time, then the prepaid money and fax numbers would be deactivated.

Which service providers are the best in the business? It's hard to tell because every user or company has different needs and demands. But the good news is that the majority of fax service providers do offer free trials, ranging from 2 weeks to a month. It's best to make full use of this privilege to ascertain their support services.

To get a taste of the power and usefulness of online faxing, a good way is to try a free web fax service. Find out from why such a service can be offered free with no strings attached.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Home Internet Phone Service Made Easy

Internet phone service is like bathroom tissue. There are dozens of brands and few significant differences between them. Beneath all the marketing fuss, the product is very simple and easy. Installing Internet phone service for ordinary home use is no scarier than installing bathroom tissue, as you are about to learn.

Here's a short list of what you need:

  • Internet access service that is always "on" and moves data fast and smoothly. That means DSL or cable Internet in most cases. Dial-up, satellite or other wireless Internet service isn't fast enough to provide high enough quality phone calls. Whether you get cable or DSL Internet, it will come with a box called a "modem" to which all devices that use the Internet connect.
  • An Analog Telephony Adapter (ATA or just "adapter"). This is a box that translates telephone electrical signals into Internet signals and vice versa. An ATA needs an electrical outlet for its power supply. Your phone plugs into the ATA instead of a wall jack, and the ATA plugs into the Internet modem. Fancier boxes do more things for people who want multiple phones, computers, fax machines, etc.; we will discuss them later in this article.
  • Any telephone that can make touch-tone beeps, corded or cordless. It doesn't need an answering machine because voicemail is included with Internet phone service. Caller ID, speed dialing, and other amenities are optional.
  • An Internet phone service company. It does the same things a traditional phone company does, only cheaper.

Notice what's missing. You don't need a computer to use Internet phone service any more than you need a washing machine to use bathroom tissue.

Cable and phone companies will do everything for you. Just call and say you want Internet phone service. But you will pay for such convenience with installation charges, higher prices for equipment, and higher monthly fees in the future. It takes only a little effort to save a lot of money.

In most areas, one company provides cable TV and cable Internet. But every phone company, by law, must allow other companies to offer DSL over its phone lines. You may find a bargain among such third-party DSL providers. They're in the phone book under "Internet Service Providers".

The Internet service provider you choose will rent or sell modems, often for too much money. A used modem costs 10 to 50 percent of a new one's price. Ask your Internet service provider what technical standard the modem you plan to buy must meet. The usual answers are "DOCSIS 2" and "asymmetric" for cable and DSL, respectively. Motorola, D-Link, and Linksys are reliable, widely available cable modem brands. In theory, if the modem meets these standards, it should function on any provider's network.

If only buying an ATA was that easy! You know how a cell phone company will give you a great deal on a phone that works only with its service? Likewise, Internet phone service providers pay manufacturers to "lock" ATAs into their specific services. On the bright side, an ATA is usually free if you sign up with an Internet phone service company directly via its Web site or toll-free number.

Don't buy a high-speed Internet connection kit in a retail store unless you like paying more than you must for what isn't what you want. You'll pay full price for an ATA that you could get for free, and sometimes more for second-rate phones and accessories that nobody can sell separately. Use your existing phone or buy one that fits your needs.

If you want multiple phones in different rooms, you can get an ATA with multiple phone jacks and run wires along baseboards. But a cordless phone or a cordless system that supports multiple handsets is easier. The main base station plugs into the ATA, and cordless handsets communicate through the base station via radio waves. Vtech, Panasonic, and Siemens make excellent cordless phones and multi-phone systems.

One caution about cordless phones and wireless home networks: make sure they operate on different radio frequencies to avoid interference. If you have a 2.4 Ghz phone, get a 5.8 Ghz wireless network, and vice versa. The latest cordless phone standard, called DECT, does not interfere with either 2.4 or 5.8 Ghz wireless networks.

You can even use your home's built-in phone wiring for your Internet phone system by disconnecting your home from the regular phone company's line, a simple chore that must be done very carefully. The phone company's line carries low-voltage electricity so phones will work during power outages. If the line is not disconnected properly, it can fry your Internet phone equipment. Basically, you will unscrew two wires, tape their ends to prevent short circuits, then test every wall jack to make sure it's "dead" before connecting your Internet phone service to the home wiring.

Once you're unhooked from the phone company, plug your ATA into any wall jack, plug the ATA into the Internet modem, and presto! Every wall jack in your home now provides Internet phone service instead of old-fashioned phone service. You can always re-connect to the old phone company.

If you want to use a personal computer (PC) with the Internet and Internet phone service, you will need a "router" as well as an ATA. Whenever you have two or more devices sharing an Internet connection, you have a home network. The router is your network's receptionist, directing incoming phone calls, email, Web pages, etc., to the ATA or the PC where they belong. Also like a receptionist, the router accepts outgoing mail and packages from the ATA and PC and ships them to their destinations, such as someone's email address or telephone. Finally, the receptionist/router can tell unwanted visitors - like hackers who want to break into your PC or ATA - "there's no one here, go away".

If you don't have a router already, you may as well get one box that contains a router and an ATA to save space. Such combination router-ATA boxes are available wherever ATAs are sold. If you already have a router, it should be "out front" just like a receptionist. Plug the PC and the ATA into the Ethernet jacks on the router, and plug the router's "WAN" port into the Internet modem's Ethernet jack.

Sometimes the quality of Internet phone calls can be improved by plugging the ATA directly into the modem and the router into the ATA's Ethernet jack. But then you have a phone sitting beyond your receptionist's sight, where any passerby can use it. It's unlikely that some Internet bad guy will find and use your Internet phone, but it's more likely when the ATA is plugged directly into the modem.

The calling features and pricing plans of many Internet service providers can be compared at Their features are all pretty much the same. Prices take a little more study.

Here are two things that many shoppers overlook and later wish they hadn't:

Is "Anonymous Call Rejection" (ACR) included? This feature tells callers who have blocked their caller ID information that you do not accept calls from folks who refuse to give you the number from which they are calling. ACR is useful protection against telemarketers and other annoying/harassing callers. You want it. Vonage is one Internet phone service provider that does not offer ACR.

"Free" always has a catch. Most Internet phone service providers provide ATAs free to new customers. But most also charge a cancellation fee if you close your account within a year - or two years, in Vonage's case. Coincidentally, the cancellation fee is often equal to the retail cost of an ATA. Be sure to ask about cancellation fees before signing up with anyone.

You deserve to get the most out of your services, whether it's high-speed Internet, phone, cable, or HDTV. Digital Landing is here to help, making it easy to find out everything you need to know about digital services for your home.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Turn your iPhone into a voice note recorder with Jott

Jott is a very simple idea made sophisticated, and it works.

As a free download software for the iPhone, this application allows you to record voice notes, just like any sound recorder. However, the software goes one step further with the ability to transcribe recorded notes into text. You can even have the note sent to your mail account.

In order to use Jott, you will need to register for an account. Other than that, the application is completely free. Everything you do with the Jott application on the iPhone will be backed up to the account on the Web. For existing customers, their messages on the Jott account will be automatically made available to their iPhone via the application.

Personally I think this is a very neat idea. It would be a lot neater, though, if Jott could also work as voice command software, which is one of the functions sorely missed in the new iPhone 3G.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

13mm Italian Charms

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fourth of July Charms

American Flag Star Italian Charm
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American Flag Black Laser Charm
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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Epson Stylus Photo R2880

Incorporating an amalgam of recent technologies that we've seen in other models, today Epson announced the Epson Stylus Photo 2880, a replacement for the 4-year-old Stylus Photo R2400, a popular printer among amateur and pro photographers.

The R2880 uses the same print engine as the higher-end Stylus Pro x880 models, including the same Ultrachrome K3 inkset, which replace standard Magenta and Light Magenta with a Vivid Magenta and Vivid Light Magenta in addition to the standard lineup of Cyan, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Black, Light Light Black, and Matte or Photo Black. However, the R2880 also includes the Radiance halftoning lookup-table technology from the R1900, as well as comparable capability to print on optical discs, and incorporates the same mist-collection technology for minimizing print contamination. Though its 3.0 picoliter minimum drop size is smaller than that of the R2400 and the higher-end printers' 3.5pl, it's still larger than the R1900's 1.5pl spec.

Though I'm looking forward to testing the printer, I have some up-front reservations. For one, you still have to manually swap the Photo Black with the Matte Black, which is a huge annoyance. It also seems to use similarly small ink cartridges, which on the R2400 seem like they require constant replacement; hopefully, they'll last longer in this model. And though the printer has an additional USB port, there's still no networking; I'd start to feel a little nickle-and-dimed for my $799.99. But most distressingly, according to a company rep, the rated speeds are 2:19 for an 8x10 photo in Best Photo Mode and 3:55 for a 11x14 photo in Best Photo Mode. That's 130 percent slower than the R2400, based on Epson's stated spec of 1:47 for 11x14 on the R2400. Ouch.

The R2880 is slated to ship next month.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Two-Way Radio

A couple years ago I got pair of the 5 mile versions of these and the wife and I tested them out quite a bit. I gotta say the 5 mile range is pretty accurate, and having a live radio to talk with the wife when she’s out hiking or walking the dogs is great. The one thing I would have changed with mine is to have internal batteries as ours have 4 AAA’s and with a kid in the house those batteries are always in high demand.

This new version does just that - gives you a charger base and 2 handsets. Stay in touch with your kids while they are riding their bikes - or keep a line open to family or friends while out and about. These are even great when your out shopping - ever lose the wife in the mall?

* Communicate from a distance of up to 8 miles away
* 22 channels to communicate from along with 38 codes per channel
* Comes with rechargeable batteries and drop-in charger
* QT noice filter to minimize interference
* Comes with removable belt clips to clip on anywhere