* My software for doing the web site is Cool Page; you can download this and try it before you buy it; I can't say enough good things about it.

Hope you never need it but if you ever accidentally delete files or delete a partition or lose data another way and need to recover it -- GetDataBack is the software you need; this program saved me more hours than I can estimate by recovering data from a slave drive that had accidentally had the partition deleted; Windows wouldn't even read the drive, and I was able to easily recover everything I wanted.

*NEW*  Wishing you hadn't given away that particular version of Windows because now you need to boot your computer from an older version?   There's no need to fear.  Merely go to BOOTDISK.COM  for boot disks, pc support, utilities. 

*NEW*  Searching for information on the web and you wonder how you can organize and remember all the sites you visited?  Go to "Favorites" on the Internet Explorer menu; click "organize favorites. . ."  click "make new folder" and give your new folder a name relevant to your search; then when you visit a site you want to come back to, click add, highlight your new folder, click okay,  and there you have it; if you want your new folder to be at the top of the add list; start it with an a; as is "A care for indoor plants"  "A file recovery tools" ;  to change the position of your new favorite on the drop down menu, just click and hold icon with left mouse button and drag to where you want it.

Irfanview :  This is an unbelievably helpful free program; I downloaded it to be able to change graphics file formats to jpg or gif so I could use on the web; is so much more, and did I say free; if you saw the lighthouse graphic on Home Page 2, the blue one; this graphic was a color and style that did not match; imported into Irfanview, some very fast and easy changes and it was good to go.  easy, easy, easy, powerful, powerful, powerful, have a picture or graphic that you want to use part of?  bring it into Irfanview, crop it, do whatever else you want and save it in a usable format in a location of your choosing; and yes Irfanview is FREE but for a VERY REASONABLE AMOUNT you can help support the author's work.

*NEW*  AZZ Card File:  Simple, powerful, cheap.  It works, does what it says. Format allows you to organize your data in a variety of ways; any data, text files, pictures, graphics, combination of all these; and it is so easy.

* Did you know that you can enlarge your viewing area while online by pushing F11?

* Did you know (I didn't until recently) that you can push down on the scroll key on the mouse and you can autoscroll while online and in some programs such as Cool Page, Word Perfect, etc.?

*NEW*  Did you know (I just learned) that you can copy the web address of the page you are currently browsing in Internet Explorer by merely pressing ALT + D to select then pressing CTRL + C to copy to clipboard.  Then you can go to wherever you need this information and right-click the mouse and select "paste."  Pretty nifty.

* I recently purchased a Microsoft Natural Multimedia keyboard because I was limited due to the injury to my right arm.  This keyboard is more ergonomic; fits natural contour of hands better.  Got it sale-priced at OfficeMax for $30.  Was it worth it?  Definitely!!!  This thing is great.

* Recently downloaded
Task Plus, a very easy to use -- free -- calendar program; start from task bar.  Excellent.

* Looking for a good back up program -- 

* Please, please send me your tips and hints. . .

* Also check out
recommended sites for other goodies.

*NEW* Are you "googling" yet; Google seems at this time to be the best search engine; check it out at google.com.

* Please, please send me your tips and hints. . . 

See this "groovy" graphic to the left; made that in less than ten minutes with PhotoPlus 8; a paint program by Serif; paid $40 for the program and included a mini digicam; excellent value.  Check out Serif at www.Serif.com.  Also the two buttons above were made with PhotoPlus.  If you shop around you can find a better price than on their site.