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Back to Basics - Live Messenger Dynamic Pictures

If you are a Windows Live Messenger user – you’ll probably find this to be a fun feature to muck around with. I sure did!
So here’s how it works – step by step. Only took me a few minutes.
For this to work, you must have a webcam installed before putting the following steps into practice.

In your Live Messenger, if you click on your display picture you’ll see a box like this…




Select “Dynamic picture…” from the grey boxes on the right.

Then you’ll be looking at a box like this…


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Back to Basics - IM applications

IM - Instant Messaging.

What is instant messaging?

While researching for my reviews, I came across this "What is instant messaging?" and it said this -

Instant messaging is the ability to exchange messages in real time with other people over the Internet. To send and receive instant messages, you need a connection to the Internet and instant messaging software.

The instant messaging software enables you to set up a list of contacts that also use the program. Once you set up this list, you can see who is online at a particular moment. If the person you want to talk to is online, you can begin a text, voice, or video conversation with them quickly and easily. If they are not online, you can still send a text message that they will receive when they login or leave them a voicemail.

I, personally, only use Windows Live Messenger. But I've been asked to write this article as a review of Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and Skype. So I downloaded them all and signed up. All were easy enough to download I suppose, and it didn't take long at all. But when it came to signing up with Yahoo! Messenger, I had to be an American with an American zip code.. which I of course am not and do not have. Apparently you can go to their web site and sign up a different way, but I was told it's a dodgy way and so I decided not to bother with it. I do have a number of friends who I know use and enjoy Yahoo! Messenger, I don't know how much trouble they had getting an account but I guess the point is - It is do-able!

But for writing this review, in my opinion, downloading them and adding a contact to each of them, doesn't give me enough information about them to write a review. And seeming as well I've gotta write the review today, I don't have the time to use the other IM's over a period of time and get my own opinion on them all. So, I've Googled for other people's opinions and reviews.

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Back To Basics: Flickr

flickr_logo My experience with Flickr.

It was better than I expected, there are some cool features that tempt me to be interested in bothering with Flickr that I'll mention later in this article.
My boss asked me to sign up for a Flickr account, use it, and then write about it.  So I'm in the process now of accomplishing that task. I went to the Flickr site, proceeded to sign up for an account, then it told me that I can't unless I have a Yahoo account, so it took me to do that, and then brought me back to Flickr.
So now I have a Flickr account.

Then I opened Windows Live Photo Gallery on my computer, selected publish, more services, publish on Flickr.

I feel the need to summarise my instructions.

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Back to Basics: Beginners HTML

Well, what an interesting topic. To be honest I find it quite difficult to remember all of these sorts of things. But I am going to attempt to write about what I've learnt about HTML so far and how I 'think' it works.

The other day Tim gave me a very basic lesson on how to go about creating a website. Here goes what I can remember from that lesson.

HTML...................................................... HTML......................................HTML..................................................

For starters, html stands for "Hyper Text Mark-up Language".  Praise the Lord for google (couldn't remember what the m part stands for).

So what is that? hyper text mark-up language? 

Fantastic definition for HTML is found at this site -
It told me this.....