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Download Hi Res Book Cover Art From the Google Play Store

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For a lot of us, the rise in popularity (and availability) of eBooks has been a Very Good Thing. Now it’s possible to hold an entire library of books in a package the size of a paperback, which is especially great for vacations and other trips. No longer do you need to decide which books […]

View Photo EXIF Metadata on iPhone, Mac, and Windows

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So you probably know by now that when you take a picture with your smartphone or with your digital camera, it stores a lot of extra information about the picture called metadata. This is called EXIF data and it can tell you what camera model took the picture, the date and time, the shutter and […]

Enable More Simultaneous Downloads in Internet Explorer 9

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If you use Internet Explorer and you have trouble downloading more than 2 files from one website, this registry edit might solve your problem. To do this, open the Registry Editor by entering “regedit” (without the quotes) in the Search box on the Start menu. When regedit.exe displays in the results, click on it or […]

Change Where Chrome Downloads Files To

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Here’s a quick post for those looking to change the location of the downloads folder in Google Chrome. You may want to do this for many different reasons, but for most people, it’s probably because you are running out of space on your local hard drive. I moved my downloads folder to my NAS (Network […]

Erase Scratches in Photos with the GIMP’s Heal Selection Tool

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Using a scanner to archive old photographs can be a rewarding experience. You bring your old snapshots into the digital age, and have the chnage to fix them up as well. Image editing software such as Photoshop and The Gimp have a lot to offer, including cropping, straightening, enhancing an image’s color saturation and brightness, […]

Change Desktop Icon Size in Windows 7

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There are a lot of differences between Windows XP and Windows 7, a lot of which are pretty minor, but make you stop and think for a moment. One of those differences is how you go about changing the size of desktop icons. I have gotten so used to doing it in Windows XP, that […]

Use Thunderbird To Backup Your Webmail Email Account

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With the popularity of webmail such as Gmail, a lot of us are using our Web browser as our main email “client,” instead of a Desktop application such as Apple’s Mail.app, Outlook or Evolution. This means that if our Internet goes out, we have no way to look at our email; forget about checking for […]

Share Windows XP or 7 Printer with Mac

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So I have a few Macs and a few PCs in my house and it’s always fun trying to get everything to communicate with each other. Luckily, with OS X Snow Leopard/Lion and Windows XP/7, communication between the different platforms is pretty good. Earlier is used to be a royal pain to get the two […]

Merge Two Partitions in Windows 7

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One common complaint that I get from friends and family is that their computers with default system configurations from Dell, HP, etc often times make the C partition too small and therefore forcing customers to figure out a way to extend the partition in order to get more free space. Unfortunately, when you search about […]

Use Google Web Fonts in the Google Docs Word Processor

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Online office suites in general, and Google Docs in particular, have a lot of advantages over their Desktop equivalents. A major one is that no matter where you are, as long as you have access to the Internet, you can access and edit your documents. In addition, the version of the program you’re using never […]