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Windows 7: Manipulate the Window Size

Drag the windows by left-click-hold with the mouse in the highlighted area. This is a cool trick.  Want to have two windows open side by side or top and bottom filling up your screen? I used to do the right-click on the task bar at the bottom and select "show windows stacked" or "show windows side by side". The problem was that it didn't work well if you have more than the two windows open and you only wanted to work with two of them. But this trick really helps.   Windows 7 allows you to “dock” a window or manipulate its size with the mouse maneuver or a simple keystroke. To dock your window on one half of the screen, click and hold the top of the window (see picture), and drag it to the left or right. It will change its size to fit that half of the screen. To manipulate the vertical size of a window, drag the window to the top to maximize it, or double-click the window’s top or bottom border to maximize it vertically while keeping the same width. Awesome

Internet Sales Tax: Does it level the playing field?

Wishing my son, Sean, a happy 20th birthday! Discussion has been ongoing for years regarding sales taxes and the Internet. Brick and mortar companies want to "level the playing field" while states want their share of the pie they have been missing since e-commerce has taking off many years ago.  So, let's look at some facts. In the state of Georgia, you ARE required to pay sales tax on your internet purchases. Surprised? Don't feel bad. You and a lot of other people don't have a clue about this.  It is called a Consumer Use Tax . Matter of fact, according to the Georgia Tax website you should pay tax on shipping/handling charges as well: "Individuals should remit consumer’s use tax on the total amount paid for the items purchased including any amount paid for shipping and handling charges, warranties, labor charges, and other taxable services." So, why are the

The Many Faces of E-mail

 "You've Got Mail" Back in the 80's, a well known voice (trademarked, of course) announced from the computer speakers when AOL users received electronic mail.  The email program was just there. You didn't need to know how it worked. It just gave you access to email. But with technology and innovation comes change.  People wanted the freedom to access their email from other locations and be able to have it even when they didn't have their own computer.  So email evolved with lots of choices and even more confusion. Hopefully this small tutorial will make it easier to understand. Email Software Email downloaded to your computer needs some sort of software to be able to download, read and send email. Many of the software programs are free (such as Thunderbird) came with your computer (such as Outlook Express) or is part of a commercial software package (such as Outlook which comes with some bundles of Microsoft Office).  It used to be that this was the

Internet Explorer Favorites

I have a video tutorial, today on how to setup a favorites bar on your browser. This is really helpful for your regularly accessed websites.  In the video, I misspoke at one point and said the word, "History", when I meant to say "Favorites". Sorry about that! ☺ Last Minute Note:  To remove links you no longer want on your Favorites Bar, just right-click and select delete.

Now and Then: Almost Antique Websites

Ever wonder what the internet looked like 10 or 20 years ago? Well, here are some favorite sites and how they have changed (or not changed) over the years. ☺ (1998) ( 1995)   White House Website (1996) (2004) (2005)