TechnoZen

"Cleaning" your computer

Moneyville blogger Marc Saltzman offers five basic tips for keeping your computer running well. Back it up Clean the clutter Scan ‘n’ fix Update your software Use protection Read the whole post here. If you’re  looking for ways to speed up your computer, here are two more

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Illegitimate software now available for your smartphone

Have an Android-based phone? Like getting your software for “free” from shady websites? Then you might be a mark for what seems like an April Fool’s prank – only this prank goes on all year long. When I previously blogged about the downsides of using pirated software, I

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Print on demand workshop

Instead of sloshing manuscripts through publisher’s slush piles, intrepid authors are routing them through increasingly sophisticated and reputable print-on-demand (POD) operations. The result? They avoid a traditional publishing bottleneck, start online sales of their books quickly and, if booksellers can be enticed, the book ends up on

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How to buy a computer

Looking for a flawless, dispassionate method you can use when buying your next computer? The email I pasted below comes pretty close. George Butters, CEO of  NewMediaDrive.com, recently sent this email to a group listserv I belong to. It describes his specific (and relatively advanced) needs, but the

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Creating sequential lists in a spreadsheet

Ever do one of the following in a spreadsheet? Type the names of months (e.g. from January to December) Type the names of days (e.g. from Sunday to Saturday) Type a list of numbers (e.g. from 2011 to 2020) Many spreadsheet programs help you create lists of

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Microsoft Word Now Includes Squiggly Blue Line…

Clearly, Microsoft is pushing the boundaries of user-friendliness now! Microsoft Word Now Includes Squiggly Blue Line To Alert Writer When Word Is Too Advanced For Mainstream Audience (In case you’re wondering, the Onion, filled with satire, has been one of the funniest sites on the web for

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Simplifying a word processing document

Have you ever set the format in one part of a long document only to find it messed up when you went back to it? The gremlin you’re hunting may be the flipside of a feature known as styles.

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The Digital SHIFT: A New Age of Freelancing

Like the rest of us, freelancers wonder how they’re supposed to navigate this new electronic media world of ours. PWAC Toronto will host a panel at the University of Toronto downtown campus (a few minutes’ walk from the Queen’s Park subway station) to discuss thriving in a

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Applying a word processing style

Styles are neat things. They let you minimize the amount of time you spend fiddling with the formatting in documents. This rarely matters if you only write two- or three-page memos, but try making a 185-page book look consistent – all fonts, headings, margins, graphical elements and

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Editing a Google Form

Normally, I answer other people’s questions here, but since this is the second time I’ve forgotten (and then found) the method to do this, I figure I need to write this one down. 😉 Google Forms can be a journalist’s best friend. I’m going to use one

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