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  • How-Tos: How to set an 'Out of Office' in Gmail

    There's nothing worse than sending an email to someone, but it goes unanswered. You can never be sure if they've overlooked it or they're away on holiday and without access to email.

  • How-Tos: Keep Your Data in Sync Across Platforms and Devices

    People are no longer tied to any specific location or device as they roam about getting work done on laptops, tablets, or even smartphones. The challenge is to keep everything synced so you can access the same data from each of those platforms.

  • How-Tos: How to create an email signature in Hotmail

    We've already shown you how to access the signature function, which allows the same piece of text to be automatically pasted that the end of every email created, in Google's Gmail. However, Microsoft's rival webmail service, Hotmail, also offer the same function. Here's how to add signatures to any emails you create in Hotmail.

  • How-Tos: How to create an email signature in Gmail

    Free webmail services, such as Google's Gmail, are just as good as using an email address from your ISP coupled with an email client such as Microsoft's Outlook. They ensure users can access the same functions, such as email forwarding and even the ability to add a signature to every message that's sent.

  • How-Tos: Boost Your Productivity By Blocking Distracting Sites

    When it comes to online distractions, we all have a childish streak. So why not borrow a strategy from the Net Nanny playbook and put yourself on a little Web restriction? By using a browser plug-in to block sites that you know you can hardly resist, you can reduce the threat of Facebook or Failblog sucking up half-hour chunks of your workday.

  • How-Tos: Add lyrics to your iTunes tracks

    Music and lyrics—there’s a reason you hear those two items discussed together, because they are equally important parts in the composition of a song. While you can tap your foot or strum along with a tune on your air guitar, you can’t sing along if you don’t know the words. And how frustrating is that?

  • How-Tos: How to stop a Facebook app posting to your wall

    Third-party apps for Facebook can give the social network plenty of extra functionality. However, many apps insist of posting content, such as gaming updates , on your wall, which can get a little annoying. However, you can remove the app's right to post on your wall.

  • How-Tos: How to automatically forward messages sent to Hotmail to other email accounts

    Like many web users, you've probably got more than one webmail account. However, it can certainly be a chore remembering to regularly check all of these email accounts.

  • How-Tos: How to automatically forward messages sent to Gmail to other email accounts

    The more time you spend using the web, the more accounts you sign-up for. Whether is online storage, social networks ofr webmail services. However, it can certainly be a chore remembering to check all of these email accounts regularly to esnure you never miss an email.

  • How-Tos: How to check other email accounts from Hotmail

    We've already shown you how to make yourself more efficient by configuring one webmail service, in our case Gmail, to check all of your other email addresses rather than remembering to log in to each one separately.

  • How-Tos: How to create a social network with Jcow

    Fancy yourself as the next Mark Zuckerberg? We explain how to create a social-networking website to rival Facebook in a few simple steps using Jcow.

  • How-Tos: Help! Internet Explorer has 'insufficient resources'

    Whenever I try to connect to the internet I get the error message ‘C:\Program files\Internet Explorer.exe. Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service’. I’m using Windows XP and Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0. How do I fix this, please?

  • How-Tos: How to check other email accounts from Gmail

    If you've been using the web for more than a couple of years, you've probably got several webmail accounts.

  • How-Tos: How to block someone on Facebook

    With more than 500 million members, there's no doubt Facebook is one of the web's most popular social networks. But what happens if someone starts harassing you or causing problems from you on the site. Rather than remove yourself completely, you can in fact block the specific offender, so they are unable to contact you through the social network. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to make cheaper calls on an Android smartphone

    Why pay for voice minutes on your smartphone tariff when everything else is carried over the mobile data connection? It’s a good question, and the answer is you don’t have to, if you install one of the growing number of apps that lets you make calls using VoIP (voice over internet protocol). Calls to users of compatible services are free, subject to your data plan, and even those to phones get cheaper. We'll take a look at a UK-based option, Truphone.

  • How-Tos: Convert audio to other formats

    Audio files come in a number of different formats. Some are lossy, such as AAC and MP3; they save space compared to the original files, but some of the original data is lost during compression. Some formats are lossless, such as Apple Lossless, FLAC, and SHN; these files can be converted back to their original form without the loss of a single bit. Finally, some are uncompressed, such as WAV and AIFF; they represent the exact data from a CD or a master.

  • How-Tos: How to surf the web more quickly in Windows 2000

    I run Windows 2000 and Ubuntu on a dual-boot machine. In Ubuntu, using Firefox 3.0, my download speed is around 6 megabits per second (Mbps); in Windows 2000, it's just 0.9Mbps. The upload speed isn't affected, and I get about 0.7Mbps from both operating systems. I've checked these figures repeatedly over several days. I use the TalkTalk Essentials package and a wired connection. Can you offer a fix?

  • How-Tos: How to sync your iPod with Spotify

    Last week, Swedish music streaming service Spotify revealed it plans to rival Apple by giving all of its users the ability to manage the tracks stored on their iPods.

  • How-Tos: Create Free Custom Motivational Posters with Motivator

    You know those motivational posters you often see in offices, the ones with the signature black border and pithy sayings like, "Possibilities: Today the sidewalk, tomorrow the sky"? (You have to imagine a skateboarder catching some air in that one.)

  • How-Tos: Smartphone Video Tips: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing

    A few decades ago, even a short, amateur film cost hundreds--or thousands--of dollars to make. And your friends couldn't see it unless you invited them over and set up the 16mm projector.


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