TechnoZen

Are you discoverable?

Imagine yourself in the following clip from the 2002 science-fiction movie Minority Report. Specifically, imagine your name is John Anderton: Advertising technology reads the protagonist’s retinas, which are as unique to him as his fingerprints, and then tailors ads with his name as he strides through a

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Avoid using manual tabs in Word

Want to line up specific elements over several rows, to make them look like individual columns? You can do this using tabs, but to do so means that if you want to change the spacing later, you need to change each line one at a time. There’s

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Increasing text size in web browsers

Have you ever seen people with poor eyesight hold magnifying glasses to their computer screens? I haven’t either, but I could imagine that happening given how difficult it can be to read certain web sites. Fortunately, there are easier ways to make web sites easier to read.

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Rebooting smartphones

They’re pretty dependable devices, but even today’s smartphones sometimes “hang” or “freeze”. No matter what you do, they refuse to respond when you touch their screens or press their keys and buttons. Worry not. Smartphones are pretty easy to reset, or “reboot” to use the computing term,

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Signing PDFs without printing them

Increasing numbers of organizations offer documents to be completed as PDF forms. Just open them using Adobe’s free Reader software, click the fields you want to complete and start typing. The point of offering forms as PDFs is to help people reduce the amount of time it

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Protect your privacy on Skype

Skype may be the most popular computer-based tool in the world among people who want to talk to one another using their computers. It offers conference calling, video conference calling, chat and document transfers, all in one software package. It also offers advertisers the opportunity to pitch

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Basic online fraud prevention

Not sure if what you do online is safe from prying eyes? Especially when it comes to online banking? The banks feel your pain, and that might explain why TD Bank published a fraud prevention quiz with these five true/false questions: If your bank needs to contact

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Avoid the email rabbit hole

Several years ago, Andy Sherwood made this pronouncement: “Bill Gates is a crack dealer.”

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Email and forum etiquette

Ever wonder if you’re driving other people batty with your email or forum interactions? Podcaster Gary Rosenzweig can let you know if you’re putting a foot wrong. Outside of warning people against ALL-CAPS TYPING, WHICH READS LIKE SHOUTING, Rosenzweig notes tips like: quoting only necessary parts of

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Enjoy podcasts in half the time

I’m a podcast junkie. I subscribe to far more podcasts than I’m ever going to get the time to listen to or watch. Here’s an interesting fact about downloaded podcasts, either audio or video, that rely mainly on the spoken word – you can play them back

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