Finds of the Week (April 5, 2012)


Hi Folks, I'm sorry about my recent absence. I had an epic hardware meltdown that spanned a period of several days and kept me offline, not able to get anything done, and stuck indoors while fabulous weather awaited me outside. :) Anyway, I'm back, and for anyone new, finds of the week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three).

How To: Block advertisements in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera [2nd Edition]
Ads are a sticking point for me. I understand that many sites that provide free content (like Gizmo's Freeware) run ads (and accept donations) to keep the site running. On the other hand, ads often make it difficult to figure out where exactly the content that you want is located. If you encounter ads using Flash you're confronted with ads that have a lot of movement. Personally I block Flash from web pages (using extensions that put a clickable placeholder where the Flash is so you can easily click to see what's there. I enable ads for sites that I support that use ad generated revenue. Whatever your preferences are, here's a good article on ad blocking in Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Opera.

Bing Desktop Automatically Changes Your Desktop Wallpaper to the Bing Image of the Day
(Windows 7 only, USA only)

[This page is not currently available] One of my favorite things about bing is the image of the day that shows up on the search page. Bing Desktop automatically loads the image of the day from the bing search page to your desktop. I was a little wary since most of the bing images have been in small resolutions, but so far the images are good on my 1920 x 1280 monitor.
Something to consider is that a bing search bar is automatically installed and there aren't a lot of settings in the program itself. You have two choices where the search bar will go, in the center of your screen or at the top. If you choose the top option you can move it back and forth. I have my taskbar set at the top of my monitor and I don't recommend that position if you have taskbars, docks, or toolbars at the top of your screen. The search bar disappears if you click another window, and can be recalled by using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + H. I find it large but fairly unobtrusive, and bing is one of the search engines I use often so it's not much of an issue for me, but it may not be something you want to live with.

16 Free Online Virus Scanners to Scan Your Computer or Files
Online scanners can be a valuable addition to anti-virus you may already have installed. For one, they are online so you don't have to download a whole program (though most use a small program to check your system, they are small and easily if not automatically removed), you have a range of good security companies to choose from and they can be used from just about anywhere you have an internet connection.
(via Carol's Vault)

How to Backup Email in Windows Live Mail 2011
I recently took Windows Live Mail (not to be confused with Microsoft Hotmail) for a test drive. It has many of the features found in other email clients (IMAP or POP email, etc) with a surprisingly simple to use interface. Any email programs I use need to have a way to be backed up and restored without a lot of trouble. This article contains an easy to follow, step by step process that doesn't use anything other than the built in tools.

How To Quickly Open Multiple Windows for the Same Application
There have been some good comments on this topic with great information and tips. You may wonder why this was added to Finds of the Week. This article expands to include "How to Open Multiple Instances with Administrator Permissions" and "Applications for Which This Does Not Work". Useful information. :)

Have fun,

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