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Set Up Gmail Notifier

Gmail notifier will let you know when you have email on your Gmail account. When ever you get a new email to your Gmail account Gmail notifier will give you a small little pop up on your computer down in the bottom right hand corner so it doesn't interrupt your work or what you're doing. The pop up tells you who sent the email and also gives you a little preview of the email itself.


When the Gmail notifier pops up you can see what the email is so you can decide whether it's important enough to read now or not. If it is you can click on Gmail notifier and you will be taken to the email you want to read.

You can't delete emails from Gmail notifier but you can go to your Gmail and delete them from there. With Gmail notifier you can also set Gmail as your default email program so when you click on email links in a Web page a Gmail window will pop up for you to send mail with.

Setting Up Gmail Notifier

First thing you need to do if you want to set up Gmail notifier is to sign up for a Gmail email account. Once you have a Gmail email account you can move on to this lesson. Open Gmail in your browser and we can get started.
  1. From your Gmail page click on the link at the top of the page that says "Settings".
  2. Scroll down the page until you see "Get the Gmail Notifier" and click on it.
  3. A new window will pop up or a new tab will open with the download information. Choose either Windows or Mac depending on what operating system you are using. Then click the button that says "Download Gmail Notifier".
  4. Choose "Save To Disk" and click "OK". If you are given a choice where to save the program then save it to your desktop so you can find it easier.
  5. Find the icon on your desktop that says "GmailInstaller". Double click on the icon to start downloading.
  6. Read the license agreement. Click "I agree".
  7. Choose "Standard" install and then decide if you want Gmail notifier to run on startup and also if you want to use Gmail notifier for outgoing email. Then click "Next".
  8. The next screen asks where to download Gmail notifier to. Leave this alone unless you really want to download it to a particular place. Click "Next".
  9. On the next window click "Install".
  10. When it Gmail notifier is finished installing click the "Close" button.
  11. You will now see a little envelope in the bottom right hand corner of your page. Gmail notifier is now installed and running.

Google Emoticons

google emoticons

An emoticon is a smiley face that you can make using the keys on your keyboard. They don't all smile and they're not all faces but they are cute and they add emotion and character to your messages and email. People on the Internet use them in emails, on message board and in chat rooms.

Google Gmail lets you use certain emoticons in your emails. They don't have emoticons added to their "Rich Formatting" yet but they still let you use emoticons in your email. As long as you know how to create the emoticons, and you are sending the email to someone who has an email program that lets them see emoticons, they will look great.

When you type these emoticons into Gmail and mail the email the emoticons will not just look like keyboard characters, they will take on a much better look. Try them out and see how they look in Gmail. Here are the emoticons you can use in Gmail:

< 3 This one looks like a heart. Turn your head to the right and use your imagination. It'll look better in Gmail.
: ( | ) It's a monkey. This one takes a little more imagination, even when used in Gmail.
\ m / Rock out. OK, I don't get it.
*The rest of these are faces:
: - o
: D
: (
X - (
B - )
: ' (
= D
; )
: - |
= )
: - D
; ^ )
; - )
: - )
: - /: P

Torrents: Free Downloads


Download music, pictures, videos and games for free. Do this at your own risk though. Some songs and other things may have a copyright, and that means you can't download or allow people to download them from you for free. You can find movies, music, software, games, pictures and more. Some are of an adult nature, but there's stuff for kids too if you look for it.

  • FileList.org
  • FileMP3.org
  • The Pirate Bay
  • Seedler.org
  • TorrentReactor.to
  • Torrent Portal
  • Torrents
  • Torrentz
  • Yotoshi Bittorrent Search Engine

Use Yahoo! Mail to Get Email

Yahoo! Mail has been around a very long time. The main difference between Yahoo! Mail and many of the other online email programs is that you are able to retrieve email from other email addresses using it on top of your Yahoo! Mail email.


This is what I mean; When you sign up for your Internet connection with your local Internet service provider (ISP) you often get some email addresses to go along with it. Using Outlook Express or another desktop type email program you can't get your email when you are on vacation or at a friends house. Using Yahoo! Mail you can. Sign up for Yahoo! Mail and enter the email information from your ISP. Then you can retrieve your email from any computer with an Internet connection just by going to Yahoo! Mail and signing in.

Setting Up ISP Email With Yahoo! Mail

  1. Sign up for and sign into Yahoo! Mail.
  2. Click "Options" listed at the top, right hand side of the page.
  3. Click the link that says "Mail Addresses".
  4. Click the "Add" button to start adding your email address to Yahoo! Mail.
  5. Name your account. This is whatever you want to call it. Call it "My email" if you want to. Then click "Continue listed at the bottom of the bottom of the page.
  6. In the box where it asks for "Mail Server" put the server name your ISP gave to you. It will look something like mail.server.com or pop3.server.com .
  7. In the box labeled "Username" put the username you use to get your email from your ISP. This may have been something you chose or it could have been given to you.
  8. Next put in your password. This was given to you at the same time as your username by your ISP. It's usually something personal that you chose yourself.
  9. If you want emails received from this email address to show up in Yahoo! Mail in a different color then choose the color here. Then click the button that says "Setup Mail Server".

Edit Yahoo! Mail Options

  1. When you get back to the page that has all your email addressees accounts listed click on the name of the one you want to edit. Click the "Edit" button. Editing the email address may be very important.
  2. Look down to the "Deliver To" box. You can put your emails from this email address in another folder other than the Inbox if you want to.
  3. See where it says "Leave mail on POP server". This means that if you want to read your emails on Yahoo! Mail but you still want to be able to retrieve them on your other email program later you want to check this box. If you are always going to read your emails on Yahoo! Mail and you are never going to download them to another email program then uncheck this box.
  4. "Retrieve new messages only" is useful when you have the "Leave mail on POP server" box checked. You've already read yesterdays email but you still have it stored on the server so you can download it to Outlook Express when you get home from vacation. You only want to retrieve messages you haven't already downloaded and read.
  5. "Use filters" allows you to set up filters for certain messages. Say you want all the messages from your mom to go to it's own folder. You can set that up using the filter option that Yahoo! Mail also offers.
  6. Click "Save changes" when finished.

Checking Your New Email

  1. When you're finished setting up your ISP email address on Yahoo! Mail you can start retrieving it. Click on "Mail" in the menu at the top of the page.
  2. You'll see a box in the left hand column called "Check Other Mail". In this box is the names of the ISP email addresses you set up. Click on the one you want to check.
  3. You will now be taken to your new emails. Click on the one you want to read and you are reading your ISP email on Yahoo! Mail. 

Firefox, Better Way To Browse

Tabbed Browsing

Tabbed browsing is my favorite thing about using the Firefox browser. Tabs are like having more than one window open, but they are all in one window. There are tabs at the top of your browsing window, each with the name of the Web site they have on them listed in the tabs. You can have as many tabs open at a time as you want, I'm not sure what the maximum amount of tabs you can have open at once, but it's a lot.


When using the Firefox browser you can use tabbed browsing for many things. One common thing you can use tabbed browsing for is when you are reading the news or your favorite forum. You see a link you want to read but you don't want to loose the page you are already reading. You right click on the link and choose the menu link that says "Open Link in New Tab". The new Web page now opens in a new tab while the Web page you were reading remains open. Now you can finish reading the Web page you are reading and read the other one when you are finished.

Pop-Up Blocking

Pop-up blocking is built right into this browser. No longer will you have to put up with obtrusive ads popping up all over the place while you are trying to surf the Web. This pop-up blocker works really well. I never see pop-up ads while browsing. Windows I want to pop-up work fine though.

Integrated Search

Search the Web right from your browser with Firefox. There is a search bar right on the top of the browser so you can search the Web without having to go to your favorites search engine's Web page first. You can search Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Answers, Ebay and Creative Commons.

If you want to add a different favorite search engine to your Firefox browser's search bar you can. When you click on the "Add Engines" link you can choose from a large list of sites you can add to the search bar. Some of the sites you can choose from are The Weather Channel, Food Network Recipes, Wikipedia, Webster's Dictionary and many more.

Customize Firefox


Change the way your Firefox toolbar looks and works. Install extensions and themes to make your Firefox browser look different and do more. There are all sorts of themes, so you can customize the way your Firefox browser looks. There are also extensions you can add to your Firefox browser. Some of these extensions make your tabbed browsing better, some make Firefox's accessibility better for the disabled, and some are just fun.


I highly recommend Firefox over Internet Explorer as a browser. In my opinion, Firefox is a much better browser than Internet Explorer, and has a lot more features and extensions you can get for it. Firefox also doesn't crash as much as Internet Explorer for me. That may be just me, but I think it's significant to mention it in this review. I find Firefox to be the best browser I have tried. I haven't tried all of them, but I have tried several and this is my favorite.  

Google Page Creator

Creating a Web site has never been easier. Google has again outdone itself with Google Page Creator. There is a waiting list for Google Page Creator right now and you must have a Google account to even sign up to sign up for Google Page Creator. To get a Google account you either have to know someone who already has one and have them send you an invite or you can get a Google invite by cell phone if you have a cell phone with text messaging.

After you sign up for an account with Google you will need to request a Google Page Creator account. To get a Google Page Creator account you need to go to the Google Page Creator page. Enter your Google email address, that's the one you received when you signed up for a Google account, into the box and click on "Add to Wait List". Then you wait until you receive an email from Google Page Creator telling you that your Google Page Creator account has been enabled.

Once your account has been enabled, this could take weeks or even months, you will be able to create your first Web page in minutes. The simple to use point and click design will have you creating great looking Web pages and and an entire Web site without really thinking too much about how to do it. Google hosts the pages you create with Google Page Creator too so you know your Web pages will be safe.

There are 4 different layouts and 41 different styles you can choose for the look of your Web pages. You can change the way your text looks too. Choose different colors, styles and size for your words. Make them bold, italic or change the font style. When you want to add text just click on the page right in your browser and start typing. When you are ready to publish your page just click "Publish" and your done.

This is great for those of us who have very little time, energy or patience to create a Web site and yet want one or need one. It took me only a couple minutes to create my first page and you can do it too.  

Greeting Cards Online for Free

123 Greetings has all kinds of e-cards you can send to your friends and family for special occasions. There are e-cards for just about anything. Send e-cards for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukah, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, just for fun and whatever else you might want to send a greeting e-card for.


 Send cute e-cards or serious e-cards. You can just look through the site and send e-cards to your friends for fun. Some of the e-cards are really funny or cute and sometimes people just send them to each other so their friends can see them too.

If you're looking for a special kind of e-card to send to your mother for Mother's Day or to your wife for Valentine's Day you are going to have some tough choices. There are so many e-cards to choose from for each holiday or special occasions. There are animated hearts, flowers, cats and anything else.

If you want to celebrate other special days they even have e-cards for Hug Your Cat Day, Plant Something Day, Lilac Festival, International Pickle Week, Circus Day and many others.

hugging cats

You could just send e-card for friendship too. There are many friendship e-cards as well as thank you e-cards that you can send to your friends too. There are also good luck e-cards and get well e-cards you can send to your friends when you need to.

Happy birthday is probably one of the most popular and they have e-cards for that too. There is an animated bear hugging a heart, hearts full of surprises, pat-a-cake cake and much more. These e-cards are interactive, that means they do special things when you click on them.


All you have to do to send an e-card is find the one you want to send. Then you enter your email address and name and the name and email address of the person you are sending the e-card to. Enter a personalized message for that person and send it. Your friend may be so happy that you sent them an e-card that they will send you one back.