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Find my questions and comments 

by on September 19, 2009

Q: How do I find my previous question and comments on AskAGeek.com?

A: We have recently added a new “My Profile” section to the AskAGeek.com website. You can find the link to this section at the top of the page. In this section you can update information about your self as well as see all the questions you have asked and comments you have submitted. We hope that this new “My Profile” area is useful to users who are asking questions and want to keep track of their questions and the responses that they get. Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting a users IP Address 

by on August 10, 2009

Q: My office runs a service that identifies the IP address of hits on our website. One of my jobs is to discern a half dozen regular clients who hit us all the time for maintenance and reference from actual business hits. How can I figure out the IP address of the clients?

A: The easiest solution is to have the user go to WhatIsMyIp.com and then have them give your their IP address. Then you can use that IP to match them up. This is a great service because anyone, technical or not, can easily go to the site and see their IP address and then copy it into an email to send to you.

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Using WiFi and broadband instead of dialup 

by on August 9, 2009

Q: I have an HP computer running Microsoft Windows XP. I have dial up Internet. I was wondering if it is possible to use the USB wireless cards in my computer for Internet access without a phone line? Is there any other equipment I would need to this? What type of equipment?

A: Your access to the Internet needs to come from an Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you want something faster than dial-up you’ll need to pay an ISP for a connection to their Internet service just like you would for cable or satellite TV. Read the rest of this entry »

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Broadband and Cell phone internet explained 

by on July 30, 2009

Q: I don’t have internet at home and frankly I can’t afford it. Will purchasing a wireless card allow me to access the internet on my computer? Its not an old computer I don’t think( M1330 dell, 3GB).

I’m just confused and I do have an unlimited data on my phone. The thing is if I can in fact use these cards to get internet am I limited to what I can buy? I have a Sprint phone and a Dell computer. So will I have to get a Sprint card?

How much do these things usually run and what determines the type of card I should purchase? All I really want is unbroken internet access so that I can watch a youtube or netflix video online. I want to be able to watch it all the way without any pauses or freezes. I am really tired of just using the internet from 8-3 at work. I use the public transportation so would I be able to use this card on the bus?

Someone suggested the cheapest broadband service and then get an internet adaptor so that I don’t have to fuss with a wireless card.

But what is “broadband'” and is that something I will have to get from like comcast or AT&T? I want avoid their outlandish prices.

A: Broadband really just means a fast internet connection and currently that would include cable and DSL for residential customers. There are a few other options but those are the most available options right now.

Your unlimited data plan on your Sprint phone is not really unlimited. If you read the contract it is limited to 5GB of data transfer. To put this in perspective this is probably 4 or 5 Netflix videos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sort incoming email on Yahoo! Mail 

by on July 24, 2009

Q: How do I sort or filter my incoming email on my Yahoo! Mail account?

A: There is a slight difference on the first few steps for those using Yahoo! Mail Classic versus those using the new Yahoo! mail interface. Fear not because as we will cover both interfaces in these instructions. The interesting part is that the users of the new Yahoo! interface are actually transferred to the Yahoo! Classic Mail to do some of the steps. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fix Yahoo Messenger sign-in error 

by on July 21, 2009

Q: Why can’t I sign in to Yahoo Messenger? It always says that my password is incorrect but then it’s correct. How can I solve this problem?

A: If you are certain your password is correct and you do not have the caps lock on then you should try the following:

1. Uninstall Yahoo Messenger.
2. If you are running a computer with Windows then you should run ccleaner.
3. If you are running a computer with Mac OS X then you should run all these tools for your version of OS X.
4. Restart your computer.
5. Download the newest Yahoo Messenger.
6. Install Yahoo Messenger, and restart your computer.

If you still cannot sign into Yahoo Messenger then you will want to follow the forgot password instructions to reset your Yahoo username and/or password.

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Downloading streaming video feeds 

by on July 15, 2009

Q: Where do the movies I watch in Google Chrome get downloaded to? If they get saved to my computer is there any way I could extract it from that location and save it so I can watch them again later without having to download them?

A: Websites often stream audio and video so that users do not have to wait for the entire file to download before they can start watching or listening to it. The side effect is that the file is usually not actually stored on the computer at all. The computer just stores pieces of it in memory.

There are two methods that you can use to store the files on your computer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Play multiplayer LAN games over the internet 

by on July 6, 2009

Q: My friend and I want to play FIFA 2007 with each other. The problem is we live 5km away from each other and FIFA only lets you play multiplayer mode over a local network. Not over the Internet. We both have a 2Mbps internet connection and we have been able to share our hard drives with each other but we need help setting it up so we can play FIFA.

A: You will need to setup a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so that your software, in this case FIFA, thinks you are on the same network. You can use Hamachi to create a virtual LAN that you and your friend can join. The software is 100% for non-commercial use.

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Cookies and privacy 

by on July 2, 2009

Q: Can a private individual spy on another person’s computer using a tracking cookie?

A: A web site might be able to determine some browsing habits of a user using cookies but only if they have a presence on other sites. An example of where this might happen is with advertising companies like Double Click and Google Ads. For more detailed information you should read privacy and third party cookies.

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Finding scripts for greasemonkey 

by on June 21, 2009

Q: I’ve downloaded greasemonkey and enabled it on FireFox. I still cannot see any command to download video when a video is posted. I’d like to download a video that a friend posted but cannot. Can you help!?

A: Greasemonkey allows users to install scripts that can allow you to do these kinds of things. So you still install to a install a script to download this video. You can visit userscripts.org for a large library of greasemonkey scripts that will hopefully take care of what you need.

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