Archive for September 2008

Hello from the Grand Canyon’s rim

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Hello, friends, followers, and readers!  Though I’m on vacation this week (and will be returning very soon) I’ve got blogging on my mind.  Sounds like a song, “Blogging is my business, and I’ve got business on my mind.”

So what could I possibly write about, technology-wise, while sitting beside one of the seven natural wonders of the world?

Well, it’s sitting right next to me, my Netgear SPH200D Internet phone with Skype.

The Netgear SPH200D

What a wonderful device Netgear has made!  I’ve had it for almost a year now. It’s a cellphone-sized unit, plus a box about the size of a small paperback, and two power adapters. It’s so portable I’m able to fit it all into a shaving case sized bag.

The phone system can be plugged into any high-speed Internet connection allowing me to make and receive call just as if I were home. Much like a cellphone, the phone number goes wherever I go.

So What?

Netgear's SPH200D

Netgear

… You might say, “I can take my cell phone anywhere, too, and I don’t have to plug into anything except a wall outlet from time to time.”

That’s true, but how much are you paying for that convenience?  $50 per month?

My Netgear phone with Skype is costing me $50 a year! Yes, a year!

I admit, it’s not a replacement for a cell phone, but I have been able to reduce my cell phone usage significantly, by using the Internet phone instead when possible.

Like now, from the edge of the Grand Canyon with my hotel’s free Internet service. Or tomorrow, when I get to my sister’s home, I’ll connect it to her home network’s router.

My cellphone usage has dropped far below my provider’s lowest level service plan. I’m half tempted to get rid of it entirely, or switch to a pay as you go plan. I used to pay $1,200 a year for cellular service. That dropped to $600 a year shortly after getting the Internet phone, and I may very well be on my way to getting it as low as $240 per year if I play my cards right.

I’d get tired of all that setting up

Again, I agree, and Netgear has a solution for that, too. They have a unit that operates without the box. It’s just a single cellphone sized device that works with any wireless Internet service you may be near. So I could use it with the hotel’s wireless internet service, or the airport’s wireless serice, or my sister’s wireless router, or the wireless internet at the local Starbucks’ or Borders bookstore.

Sounds better, doesn’t it? You bet.  That’s why I’m getting ready to pick up one of those, too.

Enough, how much does the Netgear phone cost?

The SPH200D I have goes for $149, and can be purchased at your local Best Buy, or from Skype. The wireless capable unit goes for $199, and can be picked up at the same locations.

It uses rechargeable AAA batteries that you can buy anywhere, and it comes with a recharger base.  You can also purchase two more handsets, and use them with the box base.

Skype?

I’ll talk more about Skype (www.skype.com) later. They have plans that run from FREE to $20 to $60 per year. That’s yearly, not monthly. The free service enables you to connect with other Skype users, while the pay plans enable you to make and receive calls with anyone else. They even have software which can be installed on your computer.

Talk to you soon!

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Cutie Booty Cakes – a guest post

My name is Renée aka Mekhismom and today I am writing a guest post here at Skylarking. Can you imagine my surprise when I was asked to write this post? Robert and I “met” by reading each others blogs. I have to admit when I read his comments on one of my posts I was curious. I am a “mommy blogger” and have few male readers (that I am aware of). But the internet which I refer to as The Great Unifier, enables you to “meet” all sorts of people. Our interaction led to the discovery that we are both natives of Long Island and eventually led to the writing of this post.

Today we are going to take a departure from the “techy” side of things. I want to introduce you to my blog Cutie Booty Cakes. My blog is named after the original cutie booty, my son Mekhi. Cutie Booty Cakes are diapers shaped like cakes. I create these “cakes” for new and expecting mothers. You may be thinking why would anyone want that? Once you see my creations I think you will understand. But first think about it – what is the most essential baby item that new and soon-to-be moms need? Diapers! Who wants to show up at a baby shower or hospital with a plain box of diapers? Not very creative or unique. But if you walked in with this –

Or this

You would be sure to make an impression. I have many other styles but just wanted to give you a sample. And of course if you need customization I can do that too. If know someone expecting a baby or there is a new baby in your life consider a Cutie Booty Cake for a unique and beautiful gift.

And even if you are not in need of a Cutie Booty Cake stop by my blog where I discuss my adventures as a work at home mom creating diaper cakes and starting my new business.

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Internet Printing Tricks

Thanks to friends who believe in me.

I was trying to decide what to write about for today’s post. It had come down to “Microsoft’s Decides to end the Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld ads” (Too bad) and the “Sarah Palin Runs State Business on Yahoo Mail” (What’s She Thinking?). Each kind of, sort of, interesting in so many ways, but really not fitting for this blog.  Or are they?  Comments?

What I did decided to write about was a question I received by email on Wednesday:

Very recently the font size in printing email messages has been reduced. I need help in perhaps doubling the present small size. Can you help me?  —Thanks, Sarah

Turns out they get their email through Google mail at www.gmail.com using Internet Explorer. So I could give them two different solutions. One “That’s so easy, thanks!”, and one “Cool! I didn’t know you could do that!”

I emailed them the “That’s so easy, thanks” solution, but I’ll share with you the “Cool! I didn’t know you could do that” answer, and, finally, I’ll give you a bonus.  Leave a comment and I’ll tell you how to print photos from the web nice and easy.

The “That’s So Easy” Answer using Internet Explorer

If you get you email through a whatever.com web site using your “Internet Explorer” web browser, you can use the “View” menu to increase the “text size” before printing.

  1. Click the “View” menu
  2. Click the “Text Size” listing
  3. Click “Medium”, “Larger”, or “Largest”
  4. Then use you normal method of printing. (I like to use CTRL + P)

FYI, Medium is the default setting.  You might notice a ‘dot’ or ‘checkmark’ on the “Text Size” list.  The mark indicates which size your browser is currently using, so just choose a size or two larger than what you’re currently using.

The “That’s Not So Easy” Firefox Answer

Firefox options

Firefox options

Firefox, at least not version 3, doesn’t have a text size option on the View menu.  They have a Zoom option, which enlarges text onscreen, but doesn’t affect the print outs. But you can still change the text size for printing with this longer series of clicks.

  1. Click the “View” menu
  2. Click “Page Style”
  3. Click “No Style” (What a difference in looks this makes)
  4. Click the “Tools” menu
  5. Click “Options”
  6. Click the “Content” tab
  7. Under “Fonts & Colors” change the “Size” to a larger number
  8. Click “OK” and print as you normally would (Again, CTRL +P works great)

After you print, go back to View >> Page Style and this time choose “Basic Page Style” to make you web look nice again.

The “Cool! I didn’t know you could do that” Word Processor Answer

Okay, so I didn’t prepare you for the Firefox answer, but so many of you use Firefox I couldn’t ignore it.

Anyhoo…

You can do Internet printing with your word processor.  Either with Word or WordPerfect, or any other word processor for that matter.

  1. Highlight the text you want to print
  2. Click the “Edit” menu and choose “Copy”
  3. Start your word processor
  4. Click the “Edit” menu and choose “Paste”
  5. Use CTRL + A to highlight everything, and then change the font size
  6. Now go ahead and print

You can even save it if you think you’ll need it later, and you can delete or erase the portions you don’t need. There are a few more things you could do, but I kept it simple.  If you have any questions on this method, feel free to contact me, or better yet, leave a comment below.

Hey, kids, if you decide to use this method when working on your school reports, don’t forget to put it in quotation marks and footnote it.  You wouldn’t want to be accused of plagiarism, would you?  That goes for you college kids, too, they can kick you out for that. For your own personal use though there’s no need to worry about plagiarism.

Bonus Answer: Printing Select Text Online

Print dialog box

Print dialog box

Ever print something from the web and said to yourself, “I didn’t want to print all of that.” Well, you don’t have to print everything. You could use the method I outlined above for your word processor, and erase the parts you don’t want before printing, but if you just want a few continuous sentences or paragraphs there’s an easy way to do it.

  1. Highlight the text you want to print out. (If you highlight too much, just try again.
  2. Click the “File” menu and choose “Print” (Or use CTRL + P as an alternative)
  3. In the “Print Range” section choose “Selection”
  4. Click OK

That’s a great technique, all you’ve got to do is remember it. You could always try using it on this article, then you’ll have a copy for future use.

Okay, now for that picture printing trick —Oops! I said I wanted to see some comments posted first. So please post your comments and I’ll show you the picture printing trick. Or you can share you own printing tips in the comments, too.

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Wirelessly connect your PC to your Stereo or TV


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Grandtec GWB-4000 Ultimate Wireless PC to TV System
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Click image for more info from TigerDirect.com

Yesterday I discussed how to connect your PC or iPod to your home stereo system using cables from Radio Shack. Today I’ll discuss how to do it wirelessly.

Caveat

Before I start I’ll mention that I prefer to use a wired connection whenever possible. Wireless is subject to many sources of interference particularly in urban and some suburban areas where there are many different wireless signals that can interfere. Interference can come from cell phones and cellular phone towers. Even wireless devices in a nearby neighbor’s home or apartment can cause interference.

Let’s Get Started

While yesterday’s article was focused on audio, today’s article will also show how to connect your PC wirelessly to your television, too.  I do this because the best device I’ve been able to find for transmitting wireless audio to your stereo also includes a video adapter. The GWB-4000 Wireless PC to TV System by Grandtec was designed to allow computer presentations, games, and Internet browsing to be professionally shown on televisions or video projectors. The device is currently sold by TigerDirect.com for $149. (Wired can be done for under $30).

Grandtec provides with a complete with all the cables and connectors you need to connect your PC to your television and stereo system. They also include manuals for setting everything up, but I’ll discuss the process all the same.

Setup: Safety First

Remember to turn off your computer, stereo, and television when setting up this connection. Make sure the entire connection process is completed before turning on any of these devices. There’s little risk of hurting yourself, but your home electronics are much more sensitive.

Setup: The Basics

Grandtec's GWB 4000 Kit

Grandtec GWB-4000 Kit

The Grandtec GWB-4000 has two boxes. One connects to the audio and video outputs on your computer, and the other box can be connected to the audio and video inputs of your television, or to the audio inputs on your home stereo. If you have a home audio-video receiver as part of your home entertainment system, the box can be connected to it as well. Each box has its own power adapter.

As with all wireless devices, they work best when there are few obstruction between the transmitter and the receiver. The GWB-4000 has a range of 125 to 150 feet, but too many walls and heavy appliances directly between the two boxes will reduce the reception quality. I’ve found microwave ovens and refrigerators put up the greatest interference.  Try to imagine a line drawn straight between the two boxes and observe if any appliances are directly on that line. If yes, try to position the boxes so the imaginary line is as unobstructed as much possible. Position the two boxes as close to one another as possible.

Setup: The PC Side

PC Box

PC Box (Click picture for larger view)

The GWB-4000 kit has a box which connects to the back of your computer. Though the box has a range of 100 feet try to position it so there are few obstructions between it and the box that connects to your television.

Looking at the picture at right, you connect the provided PC audio (sound) cable to the lime-green colored line out connection on the back of your PC, and the other end of that cable goes to the mini phone stereo connection on the box.

If you are connecting to your television, disconnect your computer’s monitor cable from the back of the PC, the attach the provided VGA pass-through cable to the same connection on the PC. The other end of the cable connects to the scan converter connection on the box (see picture at right). You’ll see there’s a connection remaining on the pass-through cable for reattaching your PC’s monitor.

Connect the power adapter to the PC box and wall outlet or power strip/surge protector.

Setup: The TV Side

The TV box

The TV box

The box that connects to the television or stereo has composite video out connection (yellow). Attach the provided composite video cable from that connection to the video in connection on your television or home audio-video receiver. They also have an alternate S-video connection. Use the S-video cable if you can for better picture quality.

There are red and white RCA audio (sound) connections oon the box. Attach the RCA cables provided to the appropriate color connection (red to red, white to white) and do the same to the any available audio in on your television or stereo.

Some of the more expensive stereo receivers and television sets have multiple connections, and you may see connections labeled “Video In 1” and “Video In 2”. If you are using the GWB-4000 kit for audio and video make sure if you connect to “Video In 1” that you also use “Audio In 1”. Mismatching numbers will either result in video without sound, or sound without video.

Turning It All On

Turn on your computer and your stereo or television and follow the instructions provided with the kit for getting the best sound and picture results possible for your setup. There are several different channels your GWB-4000 can transmit on, and you’ll want to find out which gives you the best results. Some urban areas might have more sources of interference. Also, be careful not to have the volume up to load on your TV or stereo, the initial volume levels on a PC can be loud and could damage your audio system on your TV or stereo, so always start out at a low volume before turning it up.

If you have any trouble, you might try contacting a home theater specialist in your area to help out.

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Google demos Android Dream Phone

Android demo at Google Developer Day (London)

Android demo at Google Developer Day (London)

Yesterday at the Google Developer Day Training Event in London, Mike Jennings, a Google advocate gave a surprise demonstration of Google’s upcoming Android mobile phone operating system (OS). (I recently discussed the Android ‘OS’ in relationship to the new browser, Chrome, from Google).

The Android OS is still in development, but Mike Jennings pulled a mobile phone covered in masking tape (to hide the phone brand) from his pocket. Speculation has it that a phone referred to as “Dream” manufactured by HTC Corp in Taiwan will be the first phone to use the new OS when its released, possibly late this year. Jeremy Kirk, of the IDG News Service reported “the device looked similar to HTC’s Dream”.

Jennings used the Android SDK (software development kit) to create an extremely simple application: a blue dot that bounced within the phone’s ample screen space and moved as the phone was tilted, showing the device has an accelerometer, also a feature in Apple’s iPhone.

Sampling of phones by HTC

Sampling of phones manufactured by HTC

An accelerometer is a device which detects motion, so if the phone is tilted one way, objects on the screen will move in that direction as if they were rolling downhill. Other phones have used accelerometers to allow simple hand gestures to activate features. For example, turning the phone face-up when it rings can answer a call, while turning the phone face down can end a call, and shaking the phone can swap calls on call waiting or activate a speakerphone. (See demo video below.) Famously, the Nintendo Wii uses an accelerometer in its game controllers to allow players to swing the controller as they might a tennis racket or paddle when playing video games instead of using joysticks or toggles.

Those wondering “What’s new about Android?” that the iPhone or other phone’s haven’t done? The big news is that companies, other than Google, developing software for the new operating system will have access to the code. Other OS providers such as Microsoft and Apple haven’t provided outside companies that much access to their code, which has resulted in some “buggy” applications.  The Android system is part of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA):

…a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies who have come together to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience. Together we have developed AndroidTM, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.

We are committed to commercially deploy handsets and services using the Android Platform in the second half of 2008. An early look at the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available.

Included among the OHA members are HTC, Sprint NexTel, LG, Motorola, Samsung, T-Mobile, eBay, Google, Broadcom, Intel, nVidia, Qualcomm, Marvell, Synaptics, and Texas Instruments, Inc.  Apple and Microsoft are not members of the alliance.

Here’s a video of Mike Jennings demo yesterday at Google Developer Day in London.

Here’s a demo video featuring one of Google’s founders and President, Sergey Brin, and Steve Horowitz, Google’s Engineering Director.

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Connect Your PC or iPod to a Home Stereo

Over lunch this past weekend a friend of mine mentioned he was going to buy some high end computer speakers because “I want better and louder sound from my computer like I get on my home stereo.”

“Have you tried connecting your computer to your stereo?” I asked.

“Can I do that?”

“Yes, you can. You can go wired or wireless.”

Today, I’ll discuss wired connections; tomorrow, wireless.

Wired

The first and least expensive way to connect your PC to your home stereo is with wires you can buy at Radio Shack. Wires work best in all situations, but distance between the computer and the stereo is usually the decision maker.

First, measure where you would run a wire from your computer to your stereo. If the distance is about 20 feet you can get the following items for $18 to $34 depending upon the lengths and options you need:

  • A 1/8″ extension: Available in 6, 8, 16, and 20 foot lengths. ($8.99 to $12.99). (You might not need this for your iPod since the stereo Y-cable below comes in a 3 foot length.  It may be long enough if you’re leaving your iPod next to the stereo.)
  • A 1/8″ to RCA Stereo Y-Cable ($7.49)
  • An optional 1/8″ audio splitter (up to $10.99): Get this if you have speakers connected to your computer that you would like to continue using. You won’t need this if you’re connecting your iPod to your stereo.

Here are links to the above items at Radio Shack’s web site. If you’re an “audiophile” you might look for high-end cables and connectors from Monster® Cable.

1/8 inch to RCA Stereo Y-Cable 1/8 inch extension cable: 6, 8, 16, or 20 foot lengths 1/8 inch Audio Splitter
1/8″ to RCA
Stereo Y-Cable

($7.49)
1/8″ Extension: 8, 16,
and 20 foot lengths
($8.99 to 12.99)
1/8″ audio splitter
(optional)
(up to $10.99)

Setup: What to Look For

If your computer is already setup with desktop speakers follow the cable from the speakers to the back of your computer. You’ll find they connect to a single lime green colored ‘jack’ or ‘port’. If you don’t have speakers on your PC, just look for the single lime green colored connection on the back of your computer. This is the “line out connection, and its opening is about the size of a pencil point. You might even see a symbol such as a circle with an arrow extending out of it next to the connection. Some computer makers may even label it “line out”.

If you want to connect your iPod to your home stereo you can connect the 1/8 inch connector to the headphone connection on your iPod. The RCA stero Y-cable will connect to your stereo.  (Alternately, you can buy an iPod to stereo adapter at any home electronics store, but this method works fine and may bge less expensive.)

On the back of your home stereo look for an unused “Line In” or “Audio In” connection such as the “Auxiliary” input, or the “Tape In” input. On a stereo this will be a matched pair of connectors; one for the right speaker, the other for the left speaker. Typically the right (R) is red, and the left (L) is white. You might even see that they are labeled “R” and “L” respectively. (Using the Tape In connection also gives you the option of recording sound from your computer). Some stereos may have spare connections on the front of the system. Whatever you do, do not connect to any connection labeled “out”.

The 1/8″ to RCA stereo cable will run from the line out connection on the PC to the line in or audio in connection on your stereo. The single thin pin connects to the computer, and the two circular plugs and pins (RCA connections) will connect to your stereo.

Safety First

Make sure your computer and stereo are turned off before connecting the cables.  If you leave either of them on you may get a buzz of ‘feedback’ the instant you plug in the cables. This feedback could damage your PC sound system or your home stereo. Play it safe and turn off both your computer and stereo.

Also, make sure the cable that will run from your PC to your stereo is out of the way so no one will step on or trip over it. You wouldn’t want the wire to wear out from being stepped on, and you wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt tripping on the wires. Wear and tear on the cables could cause harmful feedback to develop.

Setup: Connections

If you’re using the optional audio splitter, start at step 2. If you aren’t using the audio splitter, start at step 1 then skip to step 5.

If you’re connecting an iPod to your stereo connect the pin of the 1/8″ extension or the stereo Y-Cable to the headphone connection on your iPod, then skip to step 6.

  1. If you decided not to use an audio splitter, disconnect the PC speakers from the lime green line out connection on the back of the computer, and plug the pin end of the 1/8″ extension into the line out connection on the computer. Skip to step 5.
  2. If you opted to get the audio splitter, unplug your computer speakers from the lime green “line out” connection on the computer, and plug the pin of the audio splitter into the line out connection.
  3. Take the pin from your PC speakers and connect it to one of the connections on the audio splitter. It doesn’t matter which one you connect to it.
  4. Connect the 1/8″ extension to the other connection on the audio splitter
  5. Connect the pin of the 1/8″ to RCA jack stereo Y-cable to the other end of the extension.
  6. At the back of your stereo, connect the red end of the cable to the red connection of an unused Audio In connection (Either Audio In, Line In, Auxiliary, or Tape In will do), then connect the white plug of the cable to the white connection on the stereo.

Now you can turn on your PC or iPod and stereo. Make sure the volume on the stereo is turned down low, and check that the stereo selector is set to the input you used for your computer (or iPod) connection. Then you can turn up the volume.

If you’ve connected an iPod to your stereo, the volume control on the iPod can also be used.

If you get any feedback, turn off the stereo, and make sure your cable connections are proper and correct.

I’ll discuss wireless connections in tomorrow’s post.

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The Blind and Target.com

Target and the National Federation of the Blind

Target and the National Federation of the Blind

Many of us probably don’t think of the blind and the Internet in the same sentence, but there are tools available to the blind and others with vision disabilities so that they can visit, read, and shop online.

This fact was made clear to Target just last month as they settled a class action lawsuit with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) for the amount of $6 million.The monies will be placed in an interest-bearing account, and members of the case brought against Target in California can make claims.

PAC Mate

PAC Mate

Target has until Feb. 28, 2009 to make their web site more accessible to the blind, particularly for those who use “screen-reading software” which reads aloud the text content of a web site. Some popular programs for screen reading include JAWS for Windows and the PAC Mate portable Braille reader, both from Freedom Scientific.

The class action suit was centered on the Americans With Disabilities Act, a law enacted in 1990 that requires retailers and other public places to be accessible to people with disabilities. Target tried to make the case that law only covered “physical spaces” such as their stores and offices.

Most people would interpret that the same way, but in 2000 the law was amended to apply to governmental and other institutional web sites also.

Over next few months, the NFB will work with Target to make their web site more accessible.

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Work Hour Timesheet with Excel

A client of mine asked me to setup a worksheet for them that calculates the number of hours they worked in a day based upon the time they arrived at work and the time they left. They also wanted it to deduct the number of hours they took for lunchbreaks.

Here’s the simple spreadsheet I setup for them using Microsoft Excel:

Hours Worked Spreadsheet

Hours Worked Spreadsheet

Columns A and B were used to fill in the days and dates. Columns C and D were used to enter the times they came and went each day. Column E indicates time taken for lunch. Finally, column F performs the calculations.

In cell F3, the end of the row for Monday, the following formula was used:

=24*(IF(C3>D3,D3+1-C3,D3-C3))-E3

That formula was then copied and pasted into the rows below.

It may seem a little complex, but it’s a very versatile formula. Since they occasionally work a night shift, they sometimes leave work after midnight. Leaving after midnight means they left in the AM, and the formula, C3>D3, will be able to detect if they came in during the PM hours and left in the AM hours.

A regular 9 AM to 5 PM workshift is calculated as =24*(D3-C3)-E3. The portion in parentheses calculates the difference between the time they arrived and the time they left. The 24* converts it to hours out of 24 hour day, and the -E3 deducts their lunchbreak.

If they work a nightshift the Excel uses the formula =24*(D3+1-C3)-E3. The portion D3+1 indicates that they left work in the AM of the following day.

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Printing to a secondary printer

Bob sends in the following question by email concerning printing with Word 2007:

I have a networked Ricoh printer that is my default printer. I have an HP laser attached to my workstation.

I use the HP to print envelopes. How do I print an envelope to the HP without resetting default printer?

Thanks for the question, Bob.

When two or more printers are available to your computer — either directly connected to the computer, or over a home or office network — one printer is the primary (default) and the others are secondary. In Bob’s case the Ricoh printer on his network is his primary (default) printer, and he has a Hewlett Packard (HP) attached to the computer which is his secondary printer.

First, I’ll assume you’re using the envelope setup technique I discussed in my post Setting Up Envelopes in Word 2007. (If you’re using the Envelopes tool on the Mailings tab, I’ll discuss that later in this post).

Simply put, when you’re ready to print the envelope, use the CTRL + P technique I mentioned in that earlier post, but before clicking the OK button — or hitting ENTER — to print, look at the upper left of the Print dialog box onscreen, and click the dropdown button for “Name” to select your secondary —in your case, the HP— printer. (See the picture below; I’ve circled the dropdown button.) Then click the OK button.

Word 2007 Print dialog box

Word 2007 Print dialog box

Alternate Method: The Envelopes tool

If you’re using the “Envelopes” tool on the “Mailings” tab of Word 2007, it’s little more involved, in my opinion, which is why I don’t use this alternate method.

Word 2007 Mailings tab and Envelopes tool

Word 2007 Mailings tab and Envelopes tool

The Envelopes tool has no option to change the default printer. Before starting to use the Envelopes tool you have change the printer by using CTRL + P and following the instructions above for changing the printer Name. Then click the “Close” button next to the OK button.

Now you can click the Mailings tab, and use the Envelopes tool to setup and print your envelopes.

You can repeat the change printer name process to revert back to your primary (default) printer. Alternately, if you close and restart Word 2007, it will revert back to your default printer automatically.

Don’t like to use CTRL+P?

The Office buttonIn Word 2007 you can click the Office button in the top left of the screen, then point at “Print” and then click “Print” in the submenu to reveal the Print dialog box. To use your default printer or the last used printer, just click “Quick Print” on the submenu.

If you’re using Word 2003 or Word XP (2002), use the “File” menu instead of the Office button, and click “Print” to access the Print dialog box.

Thanks, again, Bob for your question.

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Google, Family Guy, and Burger King

This Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, Seth MacFarlane — creator of the Family Guy — and Google, premiere Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Comedy, online, sponsored by Burger King.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “a rapid ascent in television has set Mr. MacFarlane up for what will be a closely watched push onhto the web. On Wednesday, dozens of his cartoons will start rolling out through Google to a variety of sites”. “In May, Mr. MacFarlane signed the largest TV contract in history”.

The show, “Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Comedy” will be accessible through a variety of Google connected sites, YouTube, SethComedy.com, and probably BurgerKing.com (the first sponsor of the web series).

The series is scheduled to show 50 episodes.  A new episode will be released each week.  A variety of sites in the “Google content network” will be included. The target audience being 18 to 34 year olds.Google isn’t disclosing the number of sites onh their network that will be included.

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