What Is The Cloud

What Is The Cloud?

Like so many subjects, the definition of cloud depends on who is asking, but for most of us who are on the low end of the tech savvy scale, it means a place to store your files on-line. Several companies offer free and paid cloud storage services, so which one(s) should you choose? We will look at a few of them here, to help you make an informed decision. Continue reading

Insert Video into PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint has for many years been a wonderful tool for displaying business presentations, educational materials, or even the words to hymns in church. If you use a projection TV in front of a group, it’s a must have software. What do you do when you need some video right in the middle of your show? Continue reading

Get More Out of Google!

Leisurely surfing the internet can be entertaining and educational, and but sometimes searching for something specific can be a bit frustrating. Surfing with Google helps make things easier by offering several options for your search. Continue reading

Browsers

I watched a video the other day where a guy went around in a city asking different people what browser they used and everyone got this puzzled look on their face. Very few people could answer the question and the few people that did reply, had the wrong answer.

What would be your answer if you were asked, what browser do you use? How about if it were a multiple choice question, could you choose your browser from a list: Google, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Yahoo, Google Chrome, or Opera?

What is a Browser? A Video

If you named Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera, you would be correct! Google and Yahoo are Search Engines. So what is a browser anyway?

A browser is software that communicates with web servers so that information can be displayed on your computer screen. Your browser has the back button, an address field, a stop button and other useful tools.

When you buy a computer, there is already a browser installed on it, so most people just click on the “blue e” or “the compass” icon and don’t think anything about their browser. Some refer to it as clicking on the internet. What many people don’t realize is that you can change your browser, and there may be good reason to do so.

For instance if you have Internet Explorer (the big blue E), and want to see what Google Chrome is all about, you can just type google chrome in your search box and a few clicks later, you have a new browser! You can even change how Google Chrome looks by changing the theme. Some browsers offer themes and allow you to personalize your browsing experience by choosing different colors and patterns for the background.

After I switched to Google Chrome, I noticed that I no longer had to type the whole internet address into the address bar. For instance, in Internet Explorer I had to typewww.homedepot.com but in Google Chrome I just typed homedepot and it brought up a list of choices for me, which of course the first choice was where I needed to go! It’s like having the address bar and search box all in one!

Some browsers claim to open page more quickly, and though there is something to that, the time it takes to open a web page is mostly about the speed of your internet connection. Keeping your computer’s cache of stored web pages and cookies cleaned out can speed things up too, see our articles on “keep it clean”.

Maybe you should try out a new browser to see if you are missing anything, after all, if you don’t like it, you can always go back to your original browser.

Here is a list of a few free browsers: Internet Explorer runs on Windows, Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Seamonkey all run on either Mac or Windows.

Think of your browser like tennis shoes, comfortable, dependable but they do need cleaning, and after a while, don’t you want another pair? By the way, just like shoes, you can have more than one browser. Try a new one out, think of it as an adventure, happy hunting!

Firefox

Firefox logo

If you are one of the many who sometimes resent the hold that large, monopolous companies hold over us then you should be a Firefox user. Firefox is a web browser that is open source, meaning that anyone and everyone can see how it is made and take part in the creation of upgrades and improvements. Though there is a company (Mozilla), it is a non-profit. No big brother influence here. Thousands of computer programmers from around the globe work together to bring us this type of open source software, and it helps to keep prices down, quality up, and the wheels of technological progress moving. Young computer programmers often get off to a good start by taking part in projects like this, it gives them experience, contacts in the field, and it looks good on a resume. So help a kid out and try Firefox, here’s a link.

Fun Internet Sites

I stumbled upon some fun internet sites that I thought were really neat so I thought I would share them with you. After all, we all need to have a little fun, right?
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How to Change the Internet Home Page

When you want to surf the internet, you first have to click on a browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) The page that is displayed after the browser has been clicked is called the Internet Home Page.   For example if I click on my browser ‘the small blue e’ called Internet Explorer, my Internet Home Page is displayed which happens to be Helping Bee.  When you click on the browser on your computer what internet page is displayed?  Is it AT&T, MSN, Comcast, Dell or some internet home page that you don’t normally visit? Do you want to change the internet home page?  If so, here is how to change your Internet Home Page: Continue reading