Guy McDowell

Joined December 2008

With 20+ years of experience in IT, training, and technical trades, it is my desire to share what I've learned with anyone else willing to learn. I strive to do the best job possible in the best manner possible, and with a little humour. Keep in touch: Twitter - Facebook - Google+.

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How To Find Totally Free Unlimited Internet Access Almost Anywhere

24th June, 2009

This is no joke. There are still Internet Service Providers (ISPs) out there offering free service. We’re going to look at a few ways to find totally free unlimited Internet access, legitimately and legally. There are two routes to go here. You can go the WiFi route, which is far more popular and usually in […]


3 Fun Programs For Free Fortune And Tarot Readings

22nd June, 2009

Let me make a disclaimer here – I don’t really believe in fortune telling. Even more so, I don’t believe in fortune telling via a computer program. If the universe could somehow be tapped into by playing cards or marked stones, I fail to see how a program under 5MB could emulate that kind of […]


How To Download Streaming Video with DownloadHelper

20th June, 2009

Have you ever wanted to watch a longer video clip or documentary online, only to suffer frequent pauses in playback? Me too. What I prefer to do is download the streaming video and then watch it non-stop on my computer. If the file is local, there’s no lag and no annoying blips. It used to […]


How Do I Download Songs onto iTunes – A Tutorial

17th June, 2009

I have to put this out there to get it off my chest. I hate iTunes. In my opinion, the interface is not intuitive, and the labeling of controls is misleading. Whew, I feel better. Now I’ll just wait for Steve Jobs to storm into my house and neutralize me. If I have problems with […]


3 Sites To Help You Change Your Life

15th June, 2009

I hate it when people start an article or essay with a quote. It’s so trite. Yet here I go with one. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Yep, good old Socrates.  But for every axiom like this there is a corollary one, and I believe it is from the other great philosopher, Anonymus, […]


How To Restrict Access to Websites with Privoxy [Part 2]

13th June, 2009

Did you get Privoxy set up? Put together a good white list of sites? If you haven’t, head on back to How To Restrict Access to Websites with Privoxy [Part 1] before continuing with this tutorial. Part Two is all about locking down Internet Explorer so it can only connect to the Internet through the […]


How To Restrict Access to Websites with Privoxy

10th June, 2009

This is a method that is best used to control network users to only have access to a limited number of websites. Alternatively, you may use it on home computers to restrict access to websites that you trust. Once the system is in place, you can work with Privoxy further to hone it to your […]


How To Set Up A Podcast On TalkShoe – The Forgotten Guide

6th June, 2009

Are you looking to get the word out about something near and dear to your heart? Maybe you want to add another facet to your online presence. Ever just dreamed of being a talk show host? If you’ve answered “maybe” to any of those questions, is the place for you. is a web […]


4 Very Light Alternatives to Adobe Reader

3rd June, 2009

Adobe Reader and the Portable Document Format (PDF) were a boon to Internet communications when first introduced. Finally, there was a way of sharing documents while preserving the formatting, regardless of the word processor software you used to create it. As time went on and PDF popularity increased, for some reason the Adobe Reader seemed […]


4 Sites To Help You Find Cheap, Even Free Real Estate

30th May, 2009

First thing’s first – there is no such thing as free land. You might find free or amazingly cheap land, but there are always conditions. Often, the government offering the land requires you to build a permanent structure that conforms to their specifications. You may also have to pay to get services such as water, […]


Browse, Download & Install Freeware Easily With FreeWareUpdater

27th May, 2009

With all the downloading, reviewing, testing and occasionally, publishing of freeware that I do, you would think I would have seen this sooner. FreeWareUpdater is a simple, yet very effective tool for people who like freeware. Note, personal ethics and the laws of the nation require that I disclose to you the fact that I […]


Download Blogs For Offline Reading with BackStreet [Windows]

25th May, 2009

Normally, I would stay away from anything named BackStreet. Just sounds shady. Yet, I find myself going camping this weekend where there is no Internet connectivity. Egads! Gadzooks! Whatever shall I do? Well, I found me a great blog that I like to read and I’m going to download the entire blog for offline reading. […]


How To Become a Paranormal Investigator [Best Sites]

23rd May, 2009

In case you don’t understand what I mean by ‘paranormal investigator’, I mean someone who tries to figure out if ghosts, spirits or other alleged phenomenon are responsible for certain events. When I first saw the term, I thought of Dirk Gently, the holistic detective from Douglas Adams’ books. Turns out he was just an […]


How to Automate Mundane Tasks with AutoIt

20th May, 2009

AutoIt allows you to perform a series of actions and saves a snapshot of the actions. It’s called a macro in geek-speak. Then by simply invoking that macro, the same series of actions is taken again, identical to the first time you did it. Yet, this time all you did was click one icon. If Homer […]


Wolfram Alpha – A Step Closer to Star Trek’s Computer

18th May, 2009

It always amazed me how the crew of the Enterprise could just bark out a question and get a definitive answer right away. “Computer, can I catch anything from green women?” “Yes, so take protection, Captain.” So, Kirk straps on the phaser. If only we had that kind of computational technology today, think of the […]