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Handy bITs Blog:

Visit our blog, Handy bITs, your source of I.T. tips and tricks for home and business.

Why? Because this blog will help you to discover, keep up with and read about computer-related stuff that could make life easier for you in your home and business. Sometimes, you'll read about stuff that's just plain cool. Let us do the hard work of regularly scouring the internet for the odd gem that's useful (and maybe even fun) for you.

Remember, check out Handy bITs for your fix of I.T. tips & tricks for your home and business!

If you want to get your Handy bITs updates via email, go to our Subscription Page.

We promise not to give your email address to anyone (see our Privacy Policy), and you're free to unsubscribe (and re-subscribe!) at any time.

Note to our loyal readers: The blog mostly supersedes the Funai Ezine but we're leaving the links to the ezine articles here (below) as an archive. Besides, we plan to produce the odd article in ezine format when that format is a better fit.

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E-zines:

Ezine Article (April & May '06) – April-May'06 Digest: Ransomware, Firefox, Fuel Tips, B.S. Generator

Welcome to a “double-issue” of the ezine. It's true, the April issue didn't come out. Time was tight. Schedules slipped. My fault entirely. To make up for it, I've packed April into the May issue. So, to our new subscribers in April: no, we didn't forget about you, and welcome! And to everyone else, my apologies for missing the April issue!

Contents
  1. NEWS...... A 'new' type of virus: Ransomware
  2. MAIN...... Firefox, the safer web browser
  3. IT TIPS...... How to save on your fuel bill
  4. FUN...... the Corporate B.S. Generator

     Download now (281KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (Mar '06) – Big Emails Getting You Down? Try this Tip!

Tired of sending and/or receiving email attachments that are just too big? Have any of these ever happened to you?

  • You couldn't send your email because it was "too large"
  • Your email was rejected because you had an attachment that was dangerous (as in, something that could be infected with a computer virus)
  • Your email bogged down because someone sent you an email with a large attachment, and you couldn't send or receive anything until the attachment finished downloading

Read on for the solution!

     Download now (100KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (Feb '06) – How to Stop Spamming Your Friends & Family with Photos

How do you share your digital photos easily with your friends and loved ones (without becoming a pain-in-the-neck "spammer")? Use an online photo album!

Read on to find out how.

     Download now (164KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (Dec '05) – Running out of time?
Tips to Survive the Annual Game of Panic Christmas Gift-Buying and Card-Sending

It's almost Christmas! The silly season. End-of-year processing. Hectic times. If you're anything like me, you sometimes leave things till the last minute, especially at this time of year. In that case, read on for tips on how to get through this annual crisis: the panic of last-minute gift-buying, card-sending, and remembering family, relatives and friends.

Read on to find out how.

     Download now (88KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (Nov '05) – Tired of Email Pinball?
How to Share News, Ideas and Plans without the Email Mess

Recently, I went on a weekend cruise. It was great fun. Very relaxing. What wasn't too relaxing was the lead-up to it, including the number of emails that clogged my email inbox about the plans for the cruise...

As the launch date got closer, it seemed that everyone had something to add and say and was emailing CC: everyone else.

It all worked out in the end, of course, but wouldn't it have been nicer if all those bits of information were handily available at just one place and were guaranteed to be up-to-date?

Read on to find out how.

     Download now (98KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (Oct '05) – How to Lock Up Your Documents

The computer guys are coming to fix your PC but you'd rather they couldn't look at your private files.
Or maybe you share a family PC. There are personnel files for your business. Details about your finances. Your secret diary. What can you do?

How can you keep private files private?

  • Read on to find out how to keep your sensitive documents and files "For Your Eyes Only".
  • Learn about a simple-to-use and free tool that makes child's play out of locking down single files or entire folders.
     Download now (120KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (Aug '05) – Learn to Swim with Passwords

Are you drowning in passwords? They seem to be a necessary evil. Passwords take many forms. There's the password for your phone BPAY account. There's your ATM PIN, your work building keypad combo, bike chain lock, briefcase lock, online-banking password, email password, PC logon password... the list goes on and on.

The other day, I decided to count just the number of my internet-related passwords: sixty-one. That's right, sixty-one! How in the world do I keep them under control?

Read this to find out how to stop drowning in passwords Download now (96KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (May '05) – When Things Go Wrong, You'd Better have a Plan B (and B is for Backups)

”Al, you have to save my life. I've accidentally deleted a Client List!” It was Saturday morning. Michael rang me begging for help. He had to get his trashed Client List back and it wasn't in his Recycle Bin.

Read this to find out how to survive if (or when) something similar happens to you! Download now (92KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (Mar '05) – How to Decoy SPAM Away from your Email address.

Spam. Junk email. We all get bombarded, some more than others. Spam makes us waste our precious time cleaning out our inboxes. Apart from the annoyance of having to read yet another email enticing us to grow body parts, lose weight, or get instant doctorates, there's also the fear that some of this spam might be somehow infecting our machines with some computer virus.

So, how did they get my email address in the first place? What can I do to cut down on SPAM? Download now (153KB, PDF), or view online.

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Ezine Article (Oct '04) – Want to create PDF documents for FREE? Here's how.

When you save documents in your particular office suite's format, that format might not be recognisable by the office suite of the person to whom you're sending your document. Even users of the most widely-used office suite, Microsoft Office, have compatibility problems between versions of the same application. If all you want is to allow your readers to read (not edit) your documents, regardless of what type of computer they're using or what software they're running, there's an elegant and free solution. Download now (239KB, PDF).

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Ezine Article (Mar '04)– Upgrading Your PC? How Not to Over-Spend

You've had your old faithful PC for years. Sure it's almost ten years old. Sure it's running an operating system that hasn't been officially supported for half a decade. But for your business, damn it, it works! Still, you think, maybe it's time to upgrade. You deserve it, right? And you can't help it: you're starting to feel sorry for yourself. So you decide to get a new computer. But what should you get? Download now (77KB, PDF). The online version is available here.

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Guide to FREE Personal Software (Feb '04)– Security Basics:

As a Home User, there are certain basics that you should be covering to help keep your Windows PC secure. They include anti-virus, firewalls, adware and spyware protection. What they are, and where you can get FREE versions for these, you can learn about by downloading our free guide. Download now (95KB, PDF)

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