Disable Meta Refresh in Internet Explorer

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Among the more annoying features of the Internet, the Meta Refresh is an anachronistic relic of the past that seems to persist only as a tool of black hat website owners. Fortunately, Internet Explorer gives you the option to disable meta refreshing as both a security measure and a means to reduce annoying automatic refreshing […]

Connecting Excel to MySQL

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Sure Excel is used for spreadsheets, but did you know you can connect Excel to external data sources? In this article we’re going to discuss how to connect an Excel spreadsheet to a MySQL database table and use the data in the database table to populate our spreadsheet.  There are a few things you need […]

How to Use XP Mode in Windows 7

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So far, Windows 7 has proven itself to be a good overall operating system. It has brought several needed improvements, and even some new technological features. However, Windows 7 can have some problems with backwards compatibility, which is to be expected with any new operating system. Microsoft anticipated this and decided to add XP Mode […]

Blocking Websites Using the Windows Hosts File

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There are a lot of tools available for blocking ads, removing spyware, and scanning for viruses. Most of this unwanted content comes from known ad servers and known malicious websites. The Windows HOSTS file allows you to block some of this content very easily and for free. However, this is not a complete internet security […]

Share a Printer from XP to Windows 7/8/10

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One common problem I have run into with clients is trying to share a printer connected to a Windows XP machine with Windows 7/8/10. There are lots of people out there that have USB connected printers attached to one computer, sometimes even a Windows XP machine. If you get a new laptop running Windows 7/8/10, […]

Bridge Network Connections in Windows 7/8/10

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Windows provides the capability to connect or bridge two different network types through software. This can eliminate the need to buy a hardware device to connect two disparate networks. This has been a part of Windows since XP and still works just fine in Windows 10. Here’s an example. Let’s say you have two networks: […]

How to Update Xbox 360 without Internet or Xbox Live

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Got an Xbox 360? I’ve had one for a pretty long time and I love it! Like all game consoles, there are occasional updates to add new features such as social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, etc. or the ability to play different types of files. In order to get these firmware updates for your […]

How to Play 3GP 3G2 Files in Windows Media Player

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Looking for a way to play 3GP or 3G2 files on your computer? If so, there are a couple of ways you can do this. First of all, 3GP files are usually movies that are taken from a mobile phone. Probably, a really old mobile phone too. If you want to play these on your […]

Connect Two Computers using a Crossover Cable

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Ever needed to connect two computers together without going through a wireless network? I’ve previously written about how to connect two computers wirelessly using an ad-hoc wireless network, but it’s not as fast as being directly connected. If your computers are on a wired network, you can network two computers and then share files and […]

Fix Outlook Spell Checker Not Working

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I recently upgraded the version of Microsoft Office on my computer and learned that my spell checker was no longer working! Usually, it would automatically show me misspelled words immediately if I mistyped them, however, after the upgrade, nothing was being marked. Even if I ran the spell checker manually, it would complete without marking […]