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    Just over a year ago I wrote a post on fixing the "General failure" error that appears in Outlook when you click a link in an e-mail message. (The full error reads something like this: General failure. The URL was: "http://www.webaddress.com" The system cannot find the file specified.)

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  • How-Tos: How to crop an image

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  • How-Tos: How to access iTunes on a Google Android device

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  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Mac OS X 10.6.8 bug work-arounds

    Now that Mac OS X 10.6.8 has been out for a couple of weeks, it’s a good time to check in and see what problems, if any, are being commonly reported. There are three issues that appear to have generated the most user complaints:

  • How-Tos: How to take and manage photos on an Android device

    Who needs to carry a camera when a smartphone is at hand? The Android operating system packs so much functionality that it can often stand in for both a camera and a PC. Once you've learned how to harness your device's photo capabilities, capturing and sharing memorable moments is a snap.

  • How-Tos: How to enable cookies in Internet Explorer 9

    When surfing the net, websites will leave little bits of information, known as cookies, stored on your PC. These cookies allow your browser to remember your login details or site preferences. It's very easy to enable and disable them

  • How-Tos: How to enable cookies in Firefox 5

    When surfing the net, websites will leave little bits of information, known as cookies, stored on your PC. These cookies allow your browser to remember your login details or site preferences. It's very easy to enable and disable them. Here's how to do it in Firefox 5.

  • How-Tos: How to log in to Facebook from a Sony Ericsson Vivaz

    Here's how to fix a problem common to users of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz who can't log in to Facebook

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    A reader found that after reinstalling Windows Vista his laptop won't boot without going via the Windows Boot Manager. Here's how to solve the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to create vector masks in Photoshop

    In graphic art and design, a mask is a tool that lets you isolate part of an image from the area surrounding it. Once isolated, you can apply adjustments (for example, special effects or color balance) to that area alone, or use the mask to eliminate the background completely. With Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS5, you can create masks using both pixels and vector paths, but masks created with vector tools are almost always more accurate than those created using pixel-based tools. Moreover, vector masks are easier to edit later on. Here are some quick steps you can use to create a vector mask.

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