Amazon Shopping Tips for Every Day Savings

My Amazon home page.

Regardless of the time of year, we have shopping needs whether it’s grocery items or that special gift. Now, some people prefer to just shop during special sales events such as Amazon Prime Days, Cyberweek, or a daily deal. However, I think better savings can be achieved with a slow and steady approach. And while Prime is optional, a Smile is recommended.

How to Find All Your Chrome Extensions and Folders

Module table showing browser extension info

Many times when troubleshooting browser issues you need to find out all the extensions. This can be a time-consuming process. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to find all your browser extensions using net-export. The nice thing about this tool is it also shows the extension ID which is the folder name.

How to Fix Web Pages Where Text is Too Wide

reduce element size

The web is a wonderful place, but sometimes the pages don’t work for me. It’s not the content, but how they display. I’ll find a site where the text is very wide or even full screen. On some monitors, this works well. Other times, the width makes it harder to read the page. Your eyes have to span the full screen and it’s more tiring. But, with the use of your browser and a couple of tweaks, you can fix pages where the text is too wide.

Can Your Eyes Spot this Security Problem?

Example of IDN code in address bar.

This is a time when people like to hunt for Easter eggs. Either the traditional ones or the clever ones that are hidden by software vendors. Both of these are fun. However, this one is more a rotten egg and it could cost us dearly if we don’t pay attention. And it all starts with punycodes and fake domains. The good news is there are several workarounds.

How to Reduce Image File Size & Keep Quality

Squoosh app and controls.

Have you ever had one of those photos that you wanted to share or upload only to find out there was a file size restriction? Professional photographers and designers know how to make a picture smaller. Fortunately, some easy and free online picture optimization services can reduce image file size without sacrificing quality. See which one was our winner.

How to Change Chrome Notifications

Push notification example in Chrome

Do you find you’re seeing more browser push notifications? Some of these are quite useful, but others are a result of me clicking to allow something in my haste. This week, I hit the tipping point. Each time the little box would push out from the right side of Chrome, I’d want to smack it. While that might make me feel good, the better solution was to change my browser settings.

Keeping it Simple with Momentum

momentum dashboard in Chrome

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by task managers or to do applications, you should check out the Momentum extension that works with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox. It provides a simple dashboard with changing images and quotes. Includes a short video that highlights the key features.

Mirror Print Text or Images in Word

Mirror image shows after applying X rotation.

Ever found yourself needing to print text in reverse for a t-shirt transfer or a mirror-readable message? This tutorial addresses this exact challenge. While Microsoft Word doesn’t have a built-in “reverse text” feature, it offers a clever workaround using WordArt. Includes steps for creating mirror images by flipping horizontally.

How To Change Video Playback Speed for Enhanced Learning

YouTube speed selections

Discover how to speed up videos on YouTube, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and more. Make learning and reviewing material quicker and easier, without compromising content quality or sound. Explore different tools and methods that help you find the ideal balance between speed and comprehensibility for a better viewing experience.

Be Selective and Print Friendly

Document after clicking Format.

It’s no surprise to most readers that I hate buying printer ink. I find the process wasteful and expensive even if I recycle empty ink cartridges. You can imagine my joy when I found a free utility that saves ink and paper. It does this by allowing me to select the items from a web page I wish to print. It even saves web pages as a PDF file.

Take Control: How to Block a Website Without Extensions

OpenDNS custom categories.

The article outlines various methods to block website access, focusing on safety and productivity. It covers solutions that are not browser-dependent, emphasizing practicality without the need for extensions. The content also warns against potential malware in some extensions, offering alternatives like OpenDNS and router settings.

Webinar Tips for Presenters and Attendees

Webinar chat dialog about noise.

After attending seven live webinars in three days, I’m wondering if I got the return on my time. I was expecting these would be the best webinars based on the sales page and speakers. The advantage of viewing so many presentations in a short time is I could see patterns. I decided to convert these problems into webinar tips for presenters and attendees. Many of these tips are common sense and yet they were overlooked.

Find Windows Error Messages & More

Ever feel like the error messages you see are in a different language than the one you speak? Even if you understand the words, you’re often left trying to determine the next step. Although some software programs provide excellent error messages, others leave you wanting more information. In this tutorial, I’ll show how to use some search troubleshooting methods.