HACKING THE GARAGE

An ordinary kid’s toy, Mattel’s “I M Me,” can be used to open garage doors in under ten seconds. Hackers aim the toy at your garage and presto, it opens.

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TIPS AND TRICKS

Here are some time and frustration saving tips and tricks: — Scroll down a website by tapping the space bar. It’s faster than finding the scroll bar with your mouse. — When filling out a form online, tap the “Tab” key to jump to the next field. — To find your state quickly in a drop-down list that has all of them, keep tapping the first letter until it pops up. — To increase the size of text on the screen, hold down the “Ctrl” key (or the “Cmd” key on the Mac), and then tap the plus sign. Ctrl-minus will decrease the size. –On a smart phone, tap the period to fill in “.com” automatically. When you’re in an […]

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SAVING BOOKMARKS

A friend of ours lost all her favorite pages on the web even though she bookmarked them. It happened when her husband restored her computer back to its factory defaults. Sure the computer is fast, but what about all that stuff that took many hours to find?

First off, this should never happen to users of the Google Chrome or Firefox

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FASTER THAN FAXING

Joy’s 96 year-old friend Ida had a real estate document that needed faxing. Joy’s scanner didn’t work, so what to do? Well, she took a picture of Ida’s document and emailed it.

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CAPTURING THE SCREEN

After extensive research – we talked to several people – we found that most people don’t know how to capture what they see on the computer. This is shocking but true. Why would you want to do that in the first place? Well, if you can capture the screen image or any part of it, you can print that out, email it, use it yourself, or post it to Facebook. Somewhere in all that there may be a copyright involved; so it you think there is, don’t do it without permission. You can capture anything you see on your computer screen. No exceptions. And there are lots of different tools for doing it. What’s more, you can add comments, include […]

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UNUSUAL DWELLINGS AND ARTISTIC IDEAS

DwellingGawker.com has tips for turning cheap Ikea products into something more individual. It also has photos of unusual dwellings, including tree houses and condos inside old schools.

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YOUTUBE TIPS AND TRICKS

Making a “playlist” in YouTube is a great way to provide an evening’s worth of entertainment without ever getting up to change the video.

Search for a video or performer you’d like to watch. We searched on “Danny Kaye.” Click it and then click “add to” the “Danny Kaye playlist.” Then search for another,

click “add to,” and add it to the playlist you already created. Now whenever you go to YouTube.com you’ll see your playlist off to the side. They also keep track of any video

you liked enough to click “like.”

Making a “playlist” in YouTube is a great way to provide an evening’s worth of entertainment without ever getting up to change the video.

Search for a video or performer you’d like to watch. We searched on “Danny Kaye.” Click it and then click “add to” the “Danny Kaye playlist.” Then search for another,

click “add to,” and add it to the playlist you already created. Now whenever you go to YouTube.com you’ll see your playlist off to the side. They also keep track of any video

you liked enough to click “like.”

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A READER OPENS THE DOOR

A reader wanted to use his phone as a garage door opener. What a great idea. That way, if you got a ride home from someone else, and don’t have the opener, you can use your phone to open the garage. So can anyone else in your family who has the app on their phone. We found out how to do this through a video tutorial on Lifehacker.com. Search on “Monitor and Control Your Garage Door with Your Phone.” Our reader said he got it going with the help of his tech-savvy son. All you need is a smartphone, a Bluetooth headset, a $1 transistor from RadioShack and a soldering iron. Oh, and you might need a smart kid.

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SAVING VOICE MAILS FOREVER

Sometimes a cell phone message from a child or loved one is so special, you want to save it forever. A $20 app called “Voicemails Forever” does just that. The catch is, it only saves an hour’s worth. To save an unlimited number costs $40. If you’re techie, you can do this for free. First install the free Audacity software from sourceforge.net. Then connect your computer to your phone through the headphone port using “mini to mini” auxiliary cables.

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USING OTHER LANGUAGES WITHOUT LEARNING THEM

We wanted to invite our new neighbors, a Japanese family, to dinner but the wife doesn’t speak much English. So we used Google Translate.

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