Tech Tips with Mr. Tech Savvy

Friday, February 29, 2008

Be your own Journalist – start a Blog

Yes, we all have heard of it. Many of us may already have one. But yet, we didn’t know it is now very easy to create one of our own.

The concept of writing a personal blog is very much an old one. The early bloggers started posting even before the Y2K craze of the year 2000. But that was the time when the online freedom of speech was only accessible to tech geeks. To have a website or a personal webpage at that time wasn’t so easy for the non-techies until recent times. For common internet users, if they wanted to have a personal website, they had to have knowledge of all that HTML, or Java or...Hoof! Let’s stay away from those for now!

Getting to the basics of what a Blog is; a blog (also called weblog, from combing the words web and log) is a personal webpage or pages which has entries or posts in reverse chronological order. It is more like an online personal diary for some, and a platform to communicate ideas and thoughts to the world on a particular subject for others. What’s special about a blog is that it allows interactivity between the blogger and his/her readers. While the blogger publishes thoughts, the readers can give feedback by commenting on the posts. Even more, a blogger can post photos, videos, music, audio or podcasts picked from around the web or even a creative work of his own.

For an idea, www.MrTechSavvy.com is a website in the form of a blog. It has weekly posts of articles that have been published in the Pattaya Mail newspaper.

There are many free and paid blogging tools provided out there, some of the common ones being WordPress.com, Blogger.com and LiveJournal.com. Take a look at all of them and get a idea of what it is all about. These websites have a simple walk-through in setting up a blog making it very easy for you. For starters, you might want to look at Blogger.com’s easy to set-up and easy to customize blogging tool.

Let’s get it started; creating a blog with Blogger.com:
  • Log on to www.Blogger.com and click on Create Your Blog Now.
  • You will be asked to create an account and provide some information. If you already have a Google or a Gmail account, you can use the same email as your Blogger.com account as well. Your Display Name will be the name which will be used at the end of every post or in every comment you write on someone else’s blog. Once you’re done, click Continue.
  • Next, choose a nice Blog title and an easy-to-remember Blog address. Be creative but at the same time, use short and simple keywords which say something about the subject of your blog. The Blog address will look something like http://harrythehiker.blogspot.com/. Make sure it is available for grabs.
    You have an option of going advanced if you decide to host your blog on a domain name that you already own, just like www.MrTechSavvy.com. But for a starter, I suggest you go with the basic option of having your blog hosted with Blogger.com. It will be easier to manage and maintain for beginners.
    Chosen your Blog address? Click Continue.
  • Now, choose a template that suits the subject of your blog. If you are going to be writing about Nature, you would want to have your blog based on green color. Again, be creative but simple. You can customize this template or switch to another template later as well. Click Continue.
  • Your Blog is now created! Clicking Start Posting will take you to the Create Post page. Creating a post is as easy as writing an email. Explore the tools available. Once you’re done with writing your first post, click Publish Post. Go to your Blog address and you will find your first blog post there!
  • Click on all the tabs above to get an idea of the tools available for you to enhance your blog. You can customize the template, fonts and colors in the Layout tab.
If you have questions or want advice, feel free to comment them below or write to mrtechsavvy@pattayamail.com. All feedback is welcome!


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Friday, February 22, 2008

Backup and Restore your Outlook emails easily

It is good practice to make a backup of your important data regularly. And even otherwise, you would want to backup your Outlook emails and contacts when you are sending that old PC for an upgrade. This helps you get all those emails and contacts back to Outlook easily and neatly, without much work.

Let’s take a quick look at how Outlook keeps your personal data. The new versions of Microsoft Outlook use a format called “Microsoft Office Outlook Personal Folder” file, or “PST” file. This file contains all your Outlook folders including Inbox, Calendar and Contacts. This is the file which you need to backup in order to back up all of your Outlook information.

Here’s how you can backup your emails from Microsoft Outlook 2007:
  • First, you will have to locate the PST file. With Microsoft Outlook 2007 open, go to File and select Data File Management.



  • On the Data File tab, you should see a list of your Personal Folder files that Outlook has created for you. Select one of them and click “Open Folder”. This will open the Outlook folder where the PST files are stored.
  • Select the PST or “Microsoft Office Outlook Personal Folder” files in the folder, one of which should be “Outlook.pst”.
  • Copy the files to a backup location in another hard drive, or even better, burn it on a CD.
Now, whenever you want to restore the backup files, you can do that by simply copying the backup PST files back to the same folder. And to locate that folder, follow the same first two steps above.

Safe and easy it is!


Just for Geeks - Answer and Win!
Who created Google?

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Protect your important files - Move your My Documents away

Most, if not all, of us store our documents, pictures, music and video files in the most common place in the world - “My Documents”. Windows XP gives you the freedom to keep your My Documents folder in any location you wish.

Now you may ask, “Why should I move My Documents somewhere else?” Remember the day when the guy at your favorite computer store said, “Sorry Sir. Your Windows crashed, your files are lost and we cannot do anything about it but to format your computer.”

Let’s not let that day come back to us. Moving your My Documents away from C Drive or “System Drive” can save your files when your computer accidentally crashes or needs to be formatted for any reason. Plus, My Documents tends to be a very large folder as we have music and videos in there as well. By moving it to another drive, it frees up a lot of space in your C drive.

To do this, you must have a second drive, like D drive, in your computer.Here’s a simple and safe way to relocate your My Documents folder in Windows XP:

  • First, you will have to create a “My Documents” folder in a new location. I recommend that you create one in D drive. The path should then be “D:\My Documents\”.
  • On the original My Documents icon, which is usually on the Desktop, right-click mouse on the icon and select properties and you will get the “My Documents Properties” box.
  • Under “Target folder location”, click “Move”.
  • When asked to “Select a Destination”, choose the location of the new My Documents folder you have created earlier, which is, the My Documents folder under the D drive. Then, click OK.
  • Click OK again on the My Documents Properties box. You will then be asked to confirm if you want to move the files from the old location to the new location; verify and click Yes. The files in your old My Documents will then be automatically moved to the new one in your D drive.
Your My Documents is now officially moved to a new and safer location!


Just for Geeks
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Friday, February 8, 2008

Get trendy – add cool fonts to your computer

Aren't you bored with those over-used fonts that are pre-installed on your computer? Fonts like Arial, Times New Roman and other basic fonts have become too common to be considered for trendy design work. They do give a professional look, but we can always add some spicy typography to our creative artworks.

Let’s get started then. Firstly, let's get some cool fonts downloaded. Log on to any of these websites and you will find an abundance of fonts that you can download for free:

Remember to save your downloaded fonts in a convenient location, say, in new folder called "Downloaded Fonts" on your desktop.

Having fun downloading them? Go ahead, download as many as you want. But make sure you don't crowd your computer with fonts. Some programs require pre-loading your fonts which makes it slower to start up these programs. This, sometimes, becomes frustrating.

Now to install those fonts you've downloaded, do the following:

  • Open the Downloaded Fonts folder you've just created.
  • If the fonts you downloaded were “compressed” or are in ZIP files, you will have to unzip them first. Once done, you should have a list of files that are True Type Font or TTF.
  • Select all TTF files that you want to install and press Ctrl + C to copy them.
  • Now open My Computer and go to C Drive > Windows > Fonts
  • Press Ctrl + V to paste the copied files into the Fonts folder.

To check if the fonts are installed, you can try using them on any text editing or design program.

That's it. Now get creative!


Just for Geeks
Amazing facts about the word “Google” – The name came from the term “googol” meaning the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. “Google” is a verb which refers to using the Google search engine. It exists as an official word in Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. It was chosen as the “most useful word of 2002”.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Increase font size on Windows without using spectacles

This one is especially for those who want every new technology to come with BIG text size on its screen. On Windows XP, it is possible to increase the size of almost every text that you see on your screen.

Here’s how simple it is…
  • Right-mouse click on your desktop, on any empty area.
  • As a menu pops up, click Properties. You should get the Display Properties box.
    You can also find Display Properties in Control Panel
  • Select the Appearance Tab
  • In Font Size, choose Large and click Apply
  • Click OK
This would change the default font size used all over Windows. To some it my look awkward, but for others who hate small font size, this is a great help.

Alright, you can take off your spectacles now.

Just for Geeks
Did you know YouTube.com is the top-five most visited website in the world today? Make a quick guess, who is number one?

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