Category: Tech Tip

Tips on using computers, other technology and devices.


Tech Tip: Get back arrows in Google Chrome scrollbar

By Nathan Vidal,

Google Chrome Scrollbars

Google Chrome ScrollbarsGoogle recently updated the Chrome browser on Windows to have a unified look with its Chrome OS. In doing so the scrollbars of the browser were made thinner and the arrows at the top and bottom of the scrollbar were removed. While Google does plan to revert to the scrollbars with arrows, if  you are using Google Chrome on Windows and want to get back the old scrollbars now you can do so using the Win 7 Scrollbars Chrome extension.

For more information about this tip check out his article: How to restore scroll bar arrows in Google Chrome.

 

 

 

Tech Tip: Spruce up your website or blog with Google Fonts

By Nathan Vidal,

Using Google Fonts

Using Google FontsInteresting images, video and interactive content can really enrich a website but the font of your website or blog plays a vital role in the user experience as well. You can stick to tried and true fonts such as Arial and Times New Roman or try some more stylistic screen friendly typefaces from Google Fonts.

You do not need to have a Google account to use this service and the code to insert into your website is generated for you.

  • Go to www.google.com/fonts
  • Browse through the various fonts which can be filtered by category
  • When you have found a suitable font click the Quick-Use button  (first button on bottom-right)
  • Select the character styles that you would like to use then copy the code at the bottom of the page and insert it in your website’s style sheet
  • You can now use the chosen font-family like any other font installed on your computer

If you are using SSL on your website the link below shows you how to modify the code in your styesheet so that Google Fonts still work:

How to use Google Fonts under both SSL and non-SSL without SSL insecure messages

Tech Tip: Online Stopwatch

By Nathan Vidal,

Online Stopwatch

Online StopwatchThe Online Stopwatch is a web based stopwatch that runs in your browser. You can use it at regular size or in full screen mode and use it either as a timer which counts up or as a timer which counts down from a specific time.

There are many practical situations when this application may come in handy:

  • To measure the time taken to complete a task
  • To time a child’s usage of the internet/computer/ television
  • To measure how long your food has been cooking
  • To help keep you from procrastinating by giving yourself timed breaks

You can find the regular online stopwatch at: www.online-stopwatch.com/ or the full screen version at www.online-stopwatch.com/full-screen-stopwatch/

Tech Tip: Search for Coupons before making online purchases

By Nathan Vidal,

Save Online

Save OnlineEveryone wants to save money but special offers are not always that obvious. The internet is a great place for finding legitimate coupon codes and special offers for online shopping – if you are willing to do a little searching. This is true for website hosting and domain name registration but also for purchasing consumer electronics. Here are a few sites that can help narrow down your search for bargains.

Fatwallet

Fatwallet offers deals on many products including clothing, shoes, electronics and even magazines. The site offers deals from many reputable companies as well as coupon codes for discounts when shopping online.

RetailMeNot

This site offers a wide variety of coupons from popular stores. The site offers apps for Android and iOS and you can subscribe to have coupons emailed to you. You can also sign up to the site for a more personalized experience.

Google

Although not a coupon site Google is such a powerful search engine that you can find coupons for almost any product by appending the word “coupon” to the search term for the company or product you seeking.

Tech Tip: Separate browsers for separate identities

By Nathan Vidal,

Multiple Browsers

Multiple BrowsersIf you stay logged in to Facebook or other websites on your computer, tablet or mobile device it might be a pain to let someone else use it without risking exposing or losing all your personal settings. One solution is to use different browsers for different identities. For example, if you use Chrome as your primary browser you may want to let your family members or friends use Firefox, Internet Explorer or some other browser.Another solution may be to use our previously mentioned tip to use the same browser for multiple people but let others browse the web incognito by opening a new private window or incognito window.

This tip is not only useful fr making others use your web browsers but also for using multiple identities on one device. You may want to keep your business settings separate from your personal settings and you can use multiple browsers to do this.

Tech Tip: Synchronize browsers on multiple devices

By Nathan Vidal,

Sync Browsers to Mobile

Sync Browsers to MobileIt’s great to be able to browse the internet from your mobile phone but there may be some bookmarks on your desktop or laptop computer that you need. You may want to show that funny video you found at home last night to a friend or show your family the car you are thinking of buying. Different browsers allow you to synchronize bookmarks, browser history, passwords and even open tabs across multiple devices.

Sign in to Chrome on both your computer and mobile device to access your bookmarks, history and passwords saved in your Google account.

Firefox Sync allows you to associate a mobile device with your computer using either the Firefox Sync service or setting up syncing on your own server.

Tech Tip: Monitor multiple social profiles with HootSuite

By Nathan Vidal,

https://hootsuite.com/Small businesses using social media often have a presence on multiple social networks.You can monitor all these social profiles independently or use a service such as Hootsuite to manage them collectively. Hootsuite supports networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

HootSuite’s free option allows you to monitor up to 5 social profiles using streams. You can add streams of specific information to your dashboard to view posts, direct mentions, and other profile specific information. HootSuite also comes in Pro and Enterprise versions that add more features according to  the company’s price plans.

Tech Tip: Combine files into a single PDF

By Nathan Vidal,

Combine files to PDFAn easy way to store and share related documents is to combine them all into a single PDF file. These can be Word documents, excel spreadsheets or even images. To merge these files into a single document you will need Adobe Acrobat. Although the software is not free you may already have it installed on your work computer if you also use other Adobe products. For details including a video of how to combine files check out Adobe’s How to merge pdf files into one guide.

 

 

Tech Tip: Clean keyboards and fans with compressed air

By Nathan Vidal,

Keyboard CleaningIf your keyboard or your computer fan has accumulated dust in hard to reach areas a can of compressed air can help you clean it. Simply use the can of compressed air to blow the accumulated dust, hair or other residue away from the computer. Over time all computers accumulate dust, hair and other unwanted particles. Eventually this can make your keys less responsive or affect the flow of air to cool the computer’s internal components – making it run hotter. This tip is a proactive step to avoiding jammed keys and common computer problems caused by overheating.

Tech Tip: How to find your IP address

By Nathan Vidal,

ipconfigThere are many ways of finding your IP address on either Windows or Mac. The quickest way may also be the oldest though. Using the command line on Windows and the terminal on Mac you can easily find network information including your IP address.

On Windows:

  • Go to Start  and type cmd.exe then press Enter (alternatively press windows key + R then enter cmd.exe)
  • In the coomand prompt type ipconfig then press Enter

On Mac:

  • Open Spotlight and type terminal then press Enter
  • In the terminal window type ipconfig -a then press Enter

On either operating system your IP address will be listed together with other network information.