Thursday, August 30, 2007

Transfer songs from your iPod to your computer

I have an iPod (love it, use it often). I have music from my computer as well my husband's computer on it. Sometimes I hear a song on the iPod that I don't have on my computer and would like to have it on my hard drive. I also re-formatted my hard drive this summer and no longer have a couple of songs that reside on my iPod. I'd like to get them back onto my hard drive.

Unfortunately, Apple's software prevents you from downloading music FROM your iPod to a computer. Very frustrating.

Fortunately, you can get it around it using Windows file explorer without too much trouble (although finding the specific song you want will take a bit of time).

PC Magazine walks you through the steps to do this - I guess I know what I'll be doing over the long weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

In Search of Website Traffic

Where does your website rank on the major search engines? Are you on page 1 or page 10? Search Engine Optimization continues to be a mystery for many small businesses. How do you move your site up on the search engine's lists? The Wall Street Journal has a nice article that should help to clarify some of the mystery and help you get on the right path!

Monday, August 06, 2007

More VAs in the News!

ABC recently published a fabulous article on their site about Virtual Assistants. Several of our industry leaders were interviewed - it's great exposure for our industry!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Change What Program Your File Opens In

Has this ever happened to you? You double-click to open a .wav file, then have to wait an eternity for iTunes to open and do it's thing before you actually hear the file. Or you try to open a graphic file and it comes up in an editing program instead of a viewer. Frustrating, right?

The good news is that it's easy to change what program a selected file type defaults to. There are a number of ways to accomplish this but this is among the easiest I've found:

1. Find a file of the type you're having problems with (.jpg, .wav, .mp3, etc.)
2. Copy this file to a folder you can easily find (I like c:/temp)
3. Right-click on the file, select "Open With", then "Choose Program"

4. Select the program you'd like these files to open in for the future (click on "browse" and locate the program if it doesn't show up here). Then check the box that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" and then click "OK".

That's it! The next time you open that type of file, it will open in the program you prefer!