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Mon
09
Jun
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'Creepy' Facebook Feature Listens to Your Activity

Facebook is facing a serious backlash over a new feature that allows it to listen in on its smartphone users. When activated, the feature uses the device's microphone to detect a user's activity and automatically updates their "status" accordingly. ... For example, if a user is listening to a new U2 album on their stereo in the background, Facebook will use a smartphone's microphone to update a user's status to "Listening to U2". It can also detect movies and television shows and update a user's status to read "Watching Iron Man" or "Watching ... (view more)

Mon
28
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Facebook Stalking Made Easier by New 'Breakup Notifier'

A Facebook "relationship notifier" application -- originally designed as a joke -- has proven to be a major hit. The app, which lets users know when a Facebook user changes their relationship status, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. The ... app works in a simple manner: you click a list to confirm which of your existing friends you want to track, and then you receive an email whenever their listed relationship status changes. Facebook Users Love 'Breakup Notifier' Aptly named "Breakup Notifier", the Facebook app notifies you if a "friend" on your list changes their ... (view more)

Thu
12
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

New Facebook Mixes More Ads With Content

A new Facebook redesign rolls out today, with the changes intended to boost advertising on the site. Many still wonder if it's an attempt to imitate rival service Twitter, having failed in a bid to buy the firm . Facebook's last major redesign came ... just eight months ago when it introduced a cleaner look designed to cut down on clutter on pages. Though it drew some complaints at first, most users seemed to get used to it quickly enough. The latest revamp takes that process a step further. There's a much greater emphasis on the News Feed, the list of news about your Facebook friends including ... (view more)

Fri
22
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Calculations in MS Excel Status Bar

You don't always have to use a formula in MS Excel. That's right, sometimes you can just utilize the Status Bar for your calculations. The far end of the Status Bar in MS Excel will show you calculations, displaying the results for average, count, ... number of numbers, maximum/minimum value, and the sum of any given range of numbers. Follow along below: Open a new page in MS Excel. In Column A, key in numbers, one below another. Highlight the numbers. If you look at the right-hand of the Status Bar at the bottom of your screen, you will see the result. Now here is the really cool part: Right- ... (view more)

Mon
11
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Do You Know what Your Status Is?

I use the Status Bar in MS Word quite a lot. Do you? Do you know where your Status Bar is and what it does for you? Your Status Bar is located at the bottom of your Word screen and it contains lots of useful information, such as the page number, ... total number of pages, etc. A reader wrote to me recently because like me, she had come to rely heavily on her Status Bar and all of a sudden she couldn't find it! She wanted to know why it had disappeared and how she could get it back. I could not tell her why it had disappeared as I wasn't there to see what had precipitated its disappearance, but I ... (view more)

Wed
18
Apr
Dennis Faas's picture

Windows Vista: Limited IE7 Protection Mode

"Protected Mode provides the safety of a robust Internet browsing experience while helping prevent hackers from taking over the system and installing programs or deleting your information." At least, that's what the Windows Vista web site and all ... the commercials tell you. The problem is, you're not as protected as you thought you were. According to Microsoft, users with Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) in Windows Vista are better protected from malicious web exploits than users with IE7 in Windows XP -- all thanks to the introduction of Vista's Protected Mode. With Protected Mode enabled on a ... (view more)

Thu
07
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Using the Status Bar Indicator Boxes: MS Word

Most folks don't know the names of the toolbars in MS Word. Well, this tip will teach you about one of them. The Status Bar is at the very bottom of the screen in MS Word. You may have seen those four little boxes that reside on the Status bar but ... weren't aware of what they are or do. Think of them as status indicators that let you know if a certain feature is active or not. Below is a list that will explain what they mean and how they work. REC – Indicates the Macro Recorder is running. Double-click it to open the Record Macro dialog. TRK – Shows the status of the Track Changes feature. ... href="/news/1554/using-status-bar-indicator-boxes-ms-word" class="more-link">view more)

Mon
24
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Setting Spell Check Options: MS Word

Have you noticed wavy red or green underlines under certain words in a document? That's the sign that MS Word's automatic spelling checker (red) and grammar checker (green) are at work. MS Word has flagged these items as possible mistakes, allowing ... you to see at a glance where possible errors are. Office has an extensive dictionary against which it checks all the words in your document. Whenever it finds a word that is not in its dictionary, it flags the word with a red wavy underline. Proofreading a document is time-consuming, and it's easy to miss finding mistakes in your own writing. ... (view more)

Wed
14
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Track emails received by recipient?

Infopackets Reader Brian 'BigJohn2' writes: " A year ago (maybe longer), I downloaded a freeware program from the web that allowed me to know when my emails were received by the recipient. I have since run into some complications with my computer ... system, had to reformat my entire hard drive, and wasn't able to save any of my downloaded utility programs. The real bummer is that I've completely forgotten the name of this tracking program and am unable to reference it on the web. Are you aware of such a program? " My response: After fumbling through Google for an answer, I came across ... (view more)

Thu
29
May
Dennis Faas's picture

Internet Explorer Status Bar disappeared?

Jay29 writes: " After a normal morning boot, the line at the bottom of Internet Explorer disappeared from my screen. This is the line that shows the URL status, the SSL lock, what's being retrieved, privacy icon, and other useful information. I've ... tried many approaches, including the Microsoft Support web site to reinstate the line, but with no luck. How can I reinstate this line? " My Response: The line at the very bottom of an Internet Explorer window is actually called the Status Bar. As Jay29 stated, the Status Bar is a very useful part of Internet Explorer: especially the lock ... (view more)

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