A lot has changed sine I wrote my last post in 2010. Windows 8 has been released, Hotmail has been renamed to Outlook and has added Exchange Active Sync for Mail, Contacts, and Calendars into its fold of features, SkyDrive has a desktop application that makes it easy to back up files, and Office 2013 is almost out. The Microsoft landscape has changed drastically, and many of the changes to their programs and service render many of the topics I wrote about null. In fact, some of the other software that I had mentioned no longer exists.
It’s time for a new era.
I shall be retiring this blog (like it hasn’t been retired already), but will leave it up for educational, nostalgic, and research purposes. However, the story doesn’t end.
I have started up a new site, 128 kb/s down, that will continue on the legend of this site, while also introducing new types content. The goal of the new site is to reduce the amount of time one spends on the phone helping a friend or relative with their computers, instead redirecting them to one of many simple articles and media presentations on how to use certain pieces of software. There will also be discussions, rambles, and comments about all sorts of technology, how-to videos, and a Q-and-A section where readers can ask questions about any technological.
None of this content is available at the moment, but I and (hopefully) some other people shall be populating this site with helpful content soon.
Thanks for all your comments and support over the years, and I hope to see you at the new site!
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It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a real tutorial, but here goes.
I’m going to show you how to backup to Windows Live SkyDrive, but this time, for free and it actually works, but still with some of the limitations(The 50MB limit, and a 9 subfolder limit). Here’s what you need:
- Microsoft Office 2010 (You can get the beta for free here)
- A Windows Live ID
- GoodSync(Or any other backup utility that works with Mapped Drives)
- Windows 7
Go to http://skydrive.live.com, and sign in.
Type in “Backup,” or whatever you want your backup folder to be called, and make sure that your privacy setting is set to “Just Me.” Click “Next,” and then on the next page, click “Cancel.” You won’t be doing anything else on SkyDrive for now.
This should open up your default browser to the Online IDs page at Microsoft. Click you Operating System bits(32 or 64) download button, then click “Save”, and then after downloading, either click it, or push “Run.” If you need help telling which bit-version you have, click “Am I running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows?” link.
Go back to the User Accounts window, if you’re not already returned there. You should see a Windows Live section in the list now. Click “Link Online ID,” and then enter your Windows Live ID information. Click “Sign In.” You’re done with that section. Now, we’re off to Office.
If you don’t have Microsoft Office 2010, you can get the beta version for free here.
Open up any Office application(You can use any application to do this, but for this example, I’m going to use Word.)
A window should open up. Right-click the textbox, and click “Paste.” Change “\whatever” (In the first picture, “\whatever” is \Pictures) to “\Backup”, or whatever you named the folder back in step 1. If you want, you can change the drive letter, but you don’t have to. Click “Finish”.
Now it’s time for the good stuff. Download GoodSync at www.goodsync.com/download. Click the download button, and then click “Save.” After it’s done downloading, either click it, or click “Run.” Follow the installation steps, and then click “Finish.”
Start up GoodSync. If it’s your first time running it(and we assume it is), it will ask you to name your new backup. Name it something like “SkyDrive Backup,” and then click the “Backup” option. Click “Create”. (If you’re new to GoodSync, you might need to click the “Tutorial” link.)
Now a balloon should be pointing to another “Browse” button. This is your destination; the folder where you “Source” will go. So, in this example, “Pictures” is going to my SkyDrive backup drive. Click “Browse.”
Click “My Computer,” and then click your SkyDrive backup drive. It should be under your physical drives, or your other mapped drives. Note: If you don’t want the contents of the “Pictures” folder(or whatever you picked) going into the backup drive, but instead want it going into a sub-directory, click your SkyDrive folder, and then click “Make New Folder,” and name it the name of the folder you wanted to back up. Click “Ok.”
Now, in the picture below, I’m showing you the settings I use. I want it to sync on GoodSync Start, when the folders connect, and periodically. For periodically, I made it Mac style: It backs up every hour. But you can make it anything you want. if you don’t know what you’re doing, just use the settings I listed below(if you don’t have the fastest internet speed or the computer resources, I would recommend setting the time to over 2 hours). Click “Ok.”
Next, to make the backup more automatic and less noticeable, go to the “Tools” menu, and then click “Program Options.” For these settings, you can also use the settings I’m using. Check “Show GoodSync in the system tray,” “Hide to system try when Main Window is closed,” and “Start GoodSync when Windows starts.” There you go.
You should be ready to automatically backup to Windows Live SkyDrive! Enjoy!
I know I haven’t posted in a while. I just can’t seem to think of anything groundbreaking I can post.
So, I’m going to do something different. I’m gonna have you guys decide what I should write about, what you would like to see on here, or something you need help figuring out. It could be challenging (e.g. Syncing Windows Live Calendar with iPhone), or it could be basic(e.g. How to copy and paste a file).
Just send your thoughts, challenges, and requests here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send me anything you would like me to write about. And if you want, you can ask me to post your name on the article you requested. You know, as a “Thanks to ‘so and so’ for this idea.”
I’ll be waiting. Hopefully, this will get me to post more often and help more people out.
Almost everyone has an XBox. They are great game players and media players. Microsoft has been trying to make the XBox your primary TV experience, and is doing a good job about it. The Wii on the other hand, well, at least it has a web browser with flash 7. But, without plugins such as making it a Media Center Extender, or getting Netflix on it, my family would probably never use the Wii so much. But, we do have these plugins. And I will show you how to get Netflix and more on your Wii, for a cheap price(Sadly, it is not free). Here is what you need:
What you need:
A Wii with the Web Browser(Free $5.00)
A Windows PC with 512MB of RAM, 100MB of free HDD space, and good processor(I got it working on a netbook)
DSL or higher
PlayOn Media Server(14-day free trial, $40 to buy)
A Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or Amazon account.
This is a disclaimer: I just want you to know, before you go any farther, this is NOT FREE. I am still trying to find a free solution/alternative, but a lot of people have been asking for this on both Facebook and Twitter. If you know of a free alternative(besides pirating), please let us know in the comments, or DM us on Twitter @NysicsMedia.
Now let’s jump right in!
First, go to the PlayOn website, then click either “Try PlayOn Free!” or “Purchase PlayOn”. If you click purchase, there will be a link to the free trial. They just want to make sure it runs on your computer before you buy it.
On the Wii
When the web page loads up, it should show a list of the computers with PlayOn on it. If there is only one computer, it will find it and automatically select it(If it doesn’t for some strange reason, click your computer’s name).
Hope this helps make the Wii a better media tool. Enjoy!
(If you want to know the technology behind it, click here.)
If you have a small hard drive, you probably don’t store all of your pictures and videos on it, but instead put it on a network drive. The only problem is, well, Windows Live Movie Maker doesn’t allow that. And I’m sure you don’t want to copy it over to your computer. So, thanks to the WithinWindows blog, I will show you how to add networked video to Windows Live Movie Maker.
Error you get for adding networked videos or pictures to Movie Maker
Now it’s time for the fun part: Getting those videos into Movie Maker. What your about to do is going to be really hard, but I’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
Next, click “Movie Maker” on the side of the window if you haven’t already, then right-click any blank spot, and choose “New” > “DWORD Value (your computer type) Value”. If you don’t know what “bit” your computer is, just choose “32”. “64 bit” if you have more than 4GB of RAM.
Have fun making movies!
Source: Within Windows
Note: This post doesn’t work anymore. At least for now. I’m looking for an alternative.
Lot’s of people have been asking Microsoft to add a calendar syncing feature for Windows Live Calendar. Since Microsoft has not yet added this feature, I’m going to post a work around that will allow you to sync Windows Live Calendar with Windows Mobile, iPhone, or anything that supports Microsoft ActiveSync/Exchange, through Google Calendar and Microsoft Office Outlook. Lets get started.
Note: Updated with troubleshooting info.
Let’s start on the Outlook side. First, if you don’t have Office Outlook, I’m sorry. You need it for this post. Second, your going to have to set up Outlook before you continue with this post. If it’s not already set up(as in first screen wizard), just continue without eMail support.
Now that your all ready, download the Outlook Connector here. Install, and set it up. You may need to restart Outlook. When Outlook starts up again, it will ask for you Windows Live Calendar(or ID) account details. Enter your account details, then click “OK.”
Now, if you use Outlook as your primary email program, skip this step. Your all done. If not, continue.
Now, you need to sign up and download Calgoo connect from http://www.calgoo.com/connect/index.do . After downloading, install it. When your done installing it, open the program(if it doesn’t start up automatically), then click thebutton to set up calendar sharing.
Select your Windows Live Calendar email address, then select the calendar you want to sync with. For this post, I’ll use Sample Calendar. Click “Next.”
(If CalGoo can’t read your Outlook calendars, go here to try to fix the problem)
Now, if you don’t want to sync with your current Google calendar, click “Create a new calendar.” If you want to sync with a current calendar, click “Browse my Google calendars.” Select a calendar, and make sure it’s your default calendar, or it wont sync with your mobile phone’s calendar.
The calendars should start syncing. Now, to fine-tune everything, click theicon, then click the “Synchronize” button. Click the “Synchronization frequency” dropdown. If you add stuff to your calendar all the time, select “On demand.” If you don’t add stuff to your calendar all the time, select “1 Hour.”
Go to the Google Sync website to find out how to set up your device.
That’s it! Enjoy!
If you get an error when trying to select your outlook calendars, before loosing hope, try restarting your computer. Restarting clears up and junk left in the system memory, and may fix your problem.
If restarting didn’t work, then try this: Close Microsoft Office Outlook and then run the synchronization setup. It should work now.
If that doesn’t work, go here to get some help: http://www.calgoo.com/connect/howto_vista_users.do (Thanks @ BYlvis)
Sure, Windows 7 combines the Quick Launch bar and Taskbar, but some people might miss the old Quick Launch bar. This post shows you how to get Quick Launch back into Windows 7.
Next, if you want to set the Quick Launch where it’s supposed to be, just unlock the taskbar(right-click the taskbar, then uncheck “Lock the taskbar”), then drag the Quick Launch bar over to the left of the taskbar(or wherever you want it). You can also get rid of the toolbar and button titles by right-clicking the “Quick Launch” text and un-checking the “Text” and “title” check boxes.