Category Archives: computer tips

Dell Vostro V131 Review

NOTE: This is a first draft / outline. The review will be updated with more info and photos… Startup time and hard drive Slow startup with conventional hard drive and a bit of bloatware (trend micro, Dell utilities) Hard drive space from factory: 262GB free of 283GB Cooling and fan noise It has one dinky little cooling fan. Small fan = has to spin fast. So when the fan kicks in you really notice it. Thankfully, the fan is not on

Middle clicking link in Chrome opens in same tab and new tab [SOLVED]

Q. Help! When I middle click a link in Chrome it opens in a new tab (like it should) but it ALSO opens in the same tab I’m in, which it should not 🙁 How can I fix this super annoying behavior?! –Virginia A. Good question, here is an extension that will fix the problem: middle button new tab Please let me know if this does the trick for you. Also, if you can rate this review this tip on

Make Windows 7 fulltext search PHP documents

Recently while trying to find the PHP file that I needed to edit, I was once again frustrated by Windows seeming inability to search the text contained in PHP files 🙁 Windows obviously has the capability to do file content searches since it does so for .txt files. Finally I got fed up with it and decided to find out how to enable full text searching of .php documents. Here is what worked for me, I hope you will find

Travel router tips: use Android for Internet, Ethernet crossover cable for file transfers

I have a makeshift travel office setup: Lenovo X220, Dell M6500, Dell 27″ LCD, keyboard, mouse and a couple Optimus V Android phones… Wifi Hotspot: useful for more than just internet connection sharing! I’m working for a few weeks away from home with only the equipment above. One of the handiest features has been the Android phones. They have the Wifi hotspot feature enabled. This allows both laptops to connect to the Android phone and share its internet connection. But

How to change a Facebook album cover photo

UPDATE: 2012.12.02 Some users are reporting an issue where Facebook still displays the ‘Make Cover Album’ as shown in these instructions, but it is not selectable. This appears to be a bug in Facebook, or that perhaps they are disabling the feature but haven’t remove the option 🙁 It is rather absurd how many times Facebook has messed with this rather simple option and how much grief they have caused their users! OLDER UPDATE: 2012.09.29 Facebook just changed things up

USB long range Wifi options

When your laptop’s internal Wifi just can’t quite get the reception you want, an external USB Wifi adapter (and antenna) can be just the ticket 🙂 Here are a couple intriguing options available from Amazon: C. Crane US3 Super USB Wifi Antenna 3: Electronics Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.5 x 11.5 inches Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries… Alfa AWUS036H Upgraded to 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g

2.1 Speaker Roundup! Beatbox vs. Tango TRX vs. Rockus

This is a review of three sound systems I have had the pleasure of listening to at home and in the shop: Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1 Price: $99-$181 at Amazon Review rating: 3.75/5 stars Pros: Good sound and great bass. Cons: Bulky compared to the others, no built-in wireless connections, no built in charging, not as high-fidelity as the Beatbox,  more cable tangle to deal with. No remote control Summary: Pricing varies widely, but a good deal at $99 and ideal