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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Having trouble viewing images in Firefox 30.0 for Mac?

If you are having trouble viewing product images, please try this:

Check image permissions for a specific website

Firefox allows you to prevent images from loading for certain websites to make pages load faster. If you are having trouble viewing images for a specific website:

  • Click the Site Identity Button (the website’s icon to the left of its address).
  • Click the More information… button in the prompt. The Page Info window will open.
  • Select the Permissions panel.
  • Make sure Allow is selected next to Load Images.
  • Close the Page Info window.
  • In step 4, you will need to deselect "default" in order to select "allow." If these do not solve your problem, please visit this page for additional help.

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    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    Great cooling mat!

    icon iconI don't know about you but I've been burned with laptop cooling mats. After going through several that quickly broke, I was finally able to find a sturdy cooling mat which has really held up to the task. This one really makes me happy!

    I would guess there are many people out there like me, who have had a tough time finding a decent cooling mat for their laptops. I thought I'd take the time today to show you the one that works really well for me.

    The cooling mat you see pictured above is made by Targus and has two fans—not just one—so does a fantastic job cooling down your laptop. It not only protects your lap from heat but also protects your CPU from overheating, extending the life of your laptop.

    It's 15 inches wide and comfortably adapts to even 17-inch laptops like mine. The width is 12 inches. When I sit upright doing my work, the stand begins to feel like it's slipping off the edge of my knees since I'm only 5' 4". However, when I'm sitting in a recliner using the cooling mat, it feels quite comfortable. You don't want to set the laptop cooling mat on top of a pillow or on a comforter (if you're lying in bed) because it could obstruct the flow to the fan.

    Any time you want to turn on the fans in the cooling mat, you simply plug its cord into any USB port on your laptop. When the cooling fans are not in use, the comfortable, slanted-top stand helps make reading your screen a whole lot easier.

    The best part is, this cooling stand normally sells for $39.99 but I found a place where I could buy it and save 30% off that price. Here's where you too can grab this special deal. Click here for more information icon.

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    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Avoid Tech Rip-Offs

    I came across a great article today—a real eye-opener. Read it carefully. It could save you tons of money when it comes to computers, tablets, cellphones, memory, cables and more.

    10 worst tech rip-offs and how to avoid them

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    Friday, June 08, 2012

    How to Turn Used Electronics into Cash

    If you're like most people, you have drawers, shelves, closets and even basements filled with used gadgets. ABC Action News tells you how to turn those electronic gadgets into cash online and even in stores in this 2-minute video

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    Tuesday, June 05, 2012

    How to Speed Up Your Blackberry

    I was having so much trouble with my Blackberry dragging, having to wait for the dreaded clock to stop spinning around so I could continue using it. Then I came across an excellent video showing how to make your Blackberry run faster. Click here to watch the video and learn basic tips on how to clean up your own Blackberry.

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    Saturday, May 12, 2012

    How to Create a Web Page: Tutorial for Beginners

    It's about time you learned! Kids can do this stuff. 

    Back in the 90s, when someone first approached me, suggesting I learn how to create a web page, I laughed in their face and called them crazy. They said nothing but pointed me to a web page about the Titanic. Out of pure curiosity, I checked it out. 

    The site was nothing fancy but it immediately drew me in, moving me along from picture to picture. Along the way, I noticed the site had won an award for being in the top 5% of web sites on the Internet. Then deeper in, about four pages, I read an apology by the webmaster. I can't remember his exact words, but he said something like, "I'm really sorry it's taking me so long to finish this website. Please understand I'm only 12 years old and I'm working on this project after school hours, using school equipment, when it's available."

    That did it! I said to myself, "If this kid can do this, I can do this!" Then I went searching for "web design for kids" to find a simple explanation of how it's done. The rest is history. I stopped counting after creating web page 2,000.

    Well, now you can learn HTML on YouTube. This beginning tutorial runs about 35 minutes. Pause and rewind as needed so you can easily follow along, duplicating what you see on the screen. Grab a cup of coffee and get started!

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    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    How to Track a Stolen Laptop and more....

    Ever had a laptop, smartphone or iPad stolen? Get smart with these tips on how to keep track of your laptop, phone and tablet whenever stolen or missing—easily and all in one place, 24/7. Track up to 3 devices FREE! Recommended by New York Times, PCWorld, TechCrunch, BBC, lifehacker, PCWorld.

    Learn more.

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