TechBite: Two Monitors? Heck, Make it Three!

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By Steve Bass

Listen to this concession: “Okay, yes, once you’ve used a two-monitor setup, going back to a single monitor sucks.”

That from my wife who last year resisted using a second monitor. It’s so darn quaint when she admits she’s wrong.

Judy found that out when I brought home a friend’s PC for repair, needed a monitor, and borrowed hers. (First rule of computing: Use someone else’s equipment whenever possible.)

The repair was taking longer than I expected — funny how computers do that to you — and, my pobrecita was feeling deprived.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – May 2010

    They Want Control of Your Email
    Alternate PDF Viewer
    Windows 7 Restore Points Disappear
    Should You Buy Single vs Quad Core Processor
    7 Handy Firefox Add-ons and Tweaks
    iPad vs Everything Else
    Did that Email Really Come from Me?
    Verizon’s New Droid Incredible Lives Up to its Name
    Submit Your Tips & Win $100
    *Tip 1 – Change the Appearance of Office Programs
    Tip 2 – 2 Ways to Resize Desktop Icons
    Tip 3 – ShadowExplorer (free)
    Computer Cable Mess Contest Winners

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TechBite: 10 Unusually Useful Web Sites; Password Revealer

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By Steve Bass

I spend lots of time patrolling the Internet, looking for sites that can help me with my life. Some are pin-pointed to something I might need right away, like Contact Help, a way to get the phone number of a company. Others are spots I know I’ll need someday, such as instructions for recovering a ring from a drainpipe or how to wrap an extension cord like a pro.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – April 2010

    Clash of the Browsers
    Extreme PC Makeover #3
    Android iPad Might Ultimately Win
    5 Cool Tricks for Cell Phones
    Server as Your Personal PC?
    Odd Characters Instead of Quotes
    MSFT Bob vs. ICube
    Unintended Consequences of Facebook
    Show Us Your Cable Mess for a chance to Win!
    Tip 1 – 50 Bing Tips
    Tip 2 – When Gmail Goes Down
    Tip 3 – Make Desktop Fonts More Viewable

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TechBite: Secret Shopper Scam – Don’t Get Nailed

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By Steve Bass

My mother got a letter from a company in Canada. The cover letter, on decent-looking stationery, and with a real signature, congratulated her for agreeing to be a secret shopper. There were three pages of instructions and an honest-to-goodness Citibank check for $1,500.

The letter said she was to cash the check, use the money to buy items at Sears, Best Buy, and a supermarket, and then rate the stores. On top of that, she could keep whatever she purchased — and get a $300 fee for her time. Sweet, no?

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