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Your Questions About Firefox

Michael asks…

How do I change firefox from remembering my facebook info?

Hello, I’m having trouble trying to change the settings for my facebook account. I use firefox, and when I opened the account I clicked on the button saying I wanted firefox to remember my password info. Well, I’ve now changed my mind and want to remove firefox from remembering my info. Does anyone know how to do this? Please help if you do. Thank You.

steve answers:

Go to tools>options>security>uncheck the box for save passwords

David asks…

Problems with Firefox opening couple more pages on start?

How can I fix Firefox browser because it opens everytime not only my homepage but 2 more pages from NoScript and Firefox update? I tried cleaning cache and everything I found. Still no ideea! Thanks!

steve answers:

I’m not sure if this would help (but it did on another one I supported):

Go to Start > Run (In Vista press [WINDOWS]+R). Enter %APPDATA% now and press Enter.

Access the folder Mozilla / Firefox / Profiles / ??????.default. There should be a file in it named prefs.js. Rename this file into prefs_old.js or something else. Now, after you restarted Firefox, the issue should be resolved.

Lizzie asks…

How do i make firefox my main browser for windows live messenger?

I have Firefox as my main web browser already, but I want my windows live messenger to open all windows on Firefox and not IE7. For example, the email icon on the top left hand corner of wlm. Every time I click on it, it opens up on IE7 which i don’t want, but on Firefox.
how do i remove ie7?

steve answers:

Firstly, in IE Internet option>programs UN check “Internet explorer should check as default”
and in Firefox
tools>option>main check “Always check to see firefox is the default browser on start up”

Nancy asks…

Using Firefox: How do you clear out old stored security informaion like account numbers and such?

I stored a library account number and had to renew the card. How do I now eliminate the old account number from the Firefox memory?

steve answers:

Press Ctrl + shift + delete

Check everything and clear it.

Steven asks…

How firefox detects that a user right clicked on a link or right clicked on a page?

We know that firefox has two kinds of right click menu. One for anywhere on the webpage and another is for right clicking on a html link. How they decides which to show when? I mean, how they detect that the user has actually clicked on a link?

steve answers:

With a simple “if” statement in C++ or whatever coding language was used to make firefox….

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Your Questions About Tablets

John asks…

can you use brominating tablets in a hot tub with an ozonator?

I have an ozonator in my hot tub, and someone told me not to use brominating tablets because of it. Does anyone know about this? Can’t find anything in my paperwork to back it up.

steve answers:

The ozonator and bromine tablets work very differently. Using them in combination will screw with the chemcial levels in the tub and mess up the ozonator.

Donald asks…

How long can one use iodine tablets safely?

I am planning a several night backpacking trip and and know that there will be water sources, but I am unsure of the quality. I am familiar with using iodine tablets, but there is a warning to not use for prolonged periods of time. How many days in a row are too many?

steve answers:

Besides being a health problem for some people, the main drawback of Iodine is, though it is effective on Giardia, it is iffy at best at killing Cryptosporidium. While Crypto has only been around since 1993, it has the same gut wrenching symptoms as Giardia and is not on my list of fun things to experience. Iodine still has a place in everyone’s pack though, as the small tablets make for a handy method of emergency purification, should your filter clog, you feel lazy, or if you are unable to boil water.

Water that has been disinfected with iodine is NOT recommended for pregnant women, people with thyroid problems, those with known hypersensitivity to iodine, or continuous use for more than “a few weeks” at a time.

The microfilter is a filtering system from 0.2 to 1.0-micron pore sizes. At 0.2 microns, microfilters will not only remove most microorganisms, (Giardia, Cyptosporidium and small parasitic eggs and larva) but they will also remove bacteria such as Salmonella and the dreaded E Coli that we read about so much in the news.

Mark asks…

What are some types of drawing tablets?

I’ve been wanting to buy a drawing tablet for a while but I have no idea what kinds of tablets there are. I want to know what kind of brands they are like, Waccom and Bamboo, etc.

steve answers:

Best and cheap for “pen display”
“Yiynova DP10 10.1″ USB Digitizer Tablet LCD Display(Windows Only) under25dollarsup”
and you can find many brands for “Pen Tablet”,”Drawing Tablet”,”Graphics Tablets” etc Wacom Bamboo , VT PenPad,Monoprice.

And Wacom CINTIQ for “pen display” very good and use iMac but expensive.
Yiynova DP10 is cheaper.

Lizzie asks…

Has anyone took Norethisterone tablets to delay periods?

Does it work? Does it matter if you take the tablets at different times in the day? Does time difference matter as Im going on holiday?

steve answers:

Norithisterone has been used effectively to do this for many years. It needs to be taken three times daily, starting 3 days before the expected onset of menstruation. A normal period should occur 2-3 days after the patient has stopped taking tablets.

Lisa asks…

Is it possible to live off tablets alone?

I was wondering, If you took in various tablets everything you needed to survive like iron, calcium, fiber, vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, and water. (and anything else humans need that I may have forgotten)
The only side effect I can think of if this is done is your stomach shrinking. Which wouldn’t cause any problems.
Please answer with scientific reasons, and try to show some evidence if you can. No yes or no answers please.

steve answers:

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course not.
WTF do you imagine “fiber” is?
Any “tablet” big enough to contain the daily requirement would be too big to swallow!!!

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Your Questions About Soft Case Guitar

Donna asks…

Can I carry an electric guitar on board of an airplane?

I’m traveling to Canada and I want to know if I can carry my electric guitar on board cause it’s in a soft case. My Les Paul’s dimension is 37″ x 13″ x 2″. Please help! Thanks!

steve answers:

Call the airline and ask.

Sharon asks…

How do you transport a long gun to the range via motorcycle ?

Anyone know of a good back pack style soft case or show me what you use ?

steve answers:

Its funny you should mention this because i too pondered this not long ago. I came to a clever conclusion when staring at my guitar hanging on the wall. Put the rifle in a guitar bag or case. Guitar carriers are very similar to rifle bags or cases because it offers padded foam to protect the instrument. I strongly feel that this would work well. One concern i had is maybe the scope (if you have one) may be wedged or tight, but i think it may rest safely in the wider body portion of the guitar bag. Also the length should not be a problem because there are some longer that usual guitar necks that should suffice for a long rifle. I also picture being able to put a pistol in the guitar body area of the bag. Guitar carriers come in conventional over the back slings or in a backpack style to wear, and are readily available in local music stores. A guitar hard case would work perfectly, as it provides better protection. I have not tried this but i feel strong about it. And the best part is, a “concerned parent” (as someone mentioned) will only see a biker with his trusty guitar. (laughing to my self right now because i just remembered the movie Desperado, with Antonio Banderas as a mariachi player/assassin. Well hope this helps.

Daniel asks…

Can i travel with my guitar (in the softcase) on the airplane?

I want to travel with my guitar in the soft case. Or do i need a hardcase? Plus im scared they wont take good care of it if i check it n with the soft case…..Help

steve answers:

You probably could just travel it in the soft case but i really would not recommend it.
The workers at the airport don’t really give a crap about anyone’s stuff and tend to just throw it around.
Also if the plane goes through turbulence it could get knocked around.

If I were you, I’d just purchase a hard case for it and stuff a blanket around all the gaps so it can’t bounce around.

Mark asks…

How much is a 1999 model year fender stratocaster worth?

I’m going to take my fender stratocaster to the music shop tomorrow but I have no clue how much I can get out of it. I want at least $350 to $400 but is it worth that. It’s a really nice guitar. It’s a bright blue, has new strings, upgraded pickup, soft case.

steve answers:

Hi Dan! It really depends on what particular model Stratocaster you have. If it is an American Standard or Deluxe in excellent condition, it will probably fetch $500 to $800. If it happens to be a special or limited edition model, the value could be even higher. For a Mexican Standard, you are looking at $275 to $375. Both Craig’s List and eBay are good yardsticks for pricing instruments. It is best to sell it yourself, rather than take it to a music store; for a retail outlet to make a profit on pre-owned equipment, they need to buy it at a wholesale price. This translates into significantly less money in your pocket. Let me know if I can help further. Best regards, Dana

Maria asks…

How do I get cat pee smell out of an electric guitar?

I have an electric guitar that was in a soft cloth case and a cat peed all over it. I soaked/washed the guitar case to clean it but I don’t want to do anything to harm the guitar. Is there anything I can do to clean the smell out without doing any real damage?
by the way im talking about a solid wood guitar not fabric. I don’t think febreeze will help

steve answers:

Frebreezeeeeeeee …the spray stuff

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Your Questions About Apple Red Delicious Calories

George asks…

Is this a healthy meal to be eating a few times a week? How much fruit is too much?

Hello I am trying to loose weight and one breakfast I find absolutely delicious is an omlet. If I eat this about three times a week is it bad?

Here’s what is is:
1/2 cup of egg beaters
a few slices of red onion
A few sclices of chopped tomatoe
5 black olives
2 TAblespoons of feta cheese ( the serving size)
Herbed pepper
And I like to have a banana with it.

I roughly added the cAlories and it is only around 320 for all that! It almost seems to good to be true. So my question is are any of those ingredients unhealthy ( specifically the egg beaters and feta )? I know feta is lower in fat compared to most cheeses but as frequently as I eat it….

Also, how much fruit is too much? Fruit is often my first choice for a snack but it has a lot of sugar….

If I eat say a banana at breakfast, 5 strawberries with my Lunch, and an apple around 3 is that too much sugar?

steve answers:

Yes, having that for breakfast is excellent. Especially with all of those veggies.

And there is never enough fruits and veggies you can have in a day. Those are the best kind of snack you can have, and there really isn’t a limit on how much is too much. If you are worried about the sugar then swap it in for some veggies!! :)

Keep it up, good for you :)

Paul asks…

Looking for some nice ways to cook and serve cabbage?

I tried some red cabbage cooked in wine with apple and spices the other day and it was absolutely delicious. It’s made me curious about other ways to flavour, cook and serve cabbage. Any ideas? Preferably I’d like something that isn’t too naughty/heavy calorie-wise. Thanks!

steve answers:

I found this recipe on AllRecipes when I had a bunch of cabbage I needed to cook. It doesn’t sound inspiring, but it’s really good and even people in my family who don’t like cabbage that much said it was great!
It’s pretty easy too.

Stewed Cabbage


* 1/4 cup butter
* 2 onions, chopped
* 1 stalk celery, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 medium head cabbage, cut into squares
* 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
* salt and pepper to taste


1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, or until translucent. Stir in cabbage, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
2. Pour in tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover pan and cook over medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.

David asks…

Does anyone know any recipes that are 100 calories or less per serving and don’t taste like cardboard?

Preferably made with cheap ingredients and easy to prepare,
but not necessarily.

steve answers:

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

2/3 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 (5-6″ diameter) portobello mushroom caps
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
low fat cooking spray
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Prepare the grill.
2. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, mozzarella, 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil, rosemary, pepper and garlic.
3. Using a spoon, scoop out the gills of the mushroom caps and remove the stems and discard.
4. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil, lemon juice and soy sauce. Using a pastry brush, brush the soy sauce mixture on both sides of the mushroom caps.
5. Grill the caps, stem side down first for 5 minutes on each side or until soft.
6. Spoon 1/4 cup of the tomato and cheese mixture into each cap, cover and grill for about 3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
7. Garnish with cilantro.

Serves 4.

Tilapia Feast

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
2 large cloves garlic, minced
24 oz Tilapia fillets
1/2 tsp salt
thorough sprinkle of pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large diameter pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until somewhat softened.
Add garlic and continue cooking for a minute or two.
Add the tilapia fillets, overlapping thin parts as needed to fit them into the pan.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cover and cook over medium low heat until bubbling; turn to low to finish cooking.
Serve with brown Basmati rice.

Number of Servings: 8

Caramel Apple Salad

8 oz. Tub of Cool Whip FREE
1 box sugar free instant Butter Scotch Pudding mix
14 oz. Can pineapple tidbits in juice
4 large Red Delicious or Fuji Apples (or more)
4 large Granny Smith Apples (or more)

Combine pudding mix and pineapple (with juice) in large bowl. Mix well and set aside. Dice apples into small pieces and combine with pudding mixture. Fold in Cool Whip FREE till well mixed. Chill and serve.

** I like to make this with as many apples as I can put into the pudding mixture and still have the apples pieces fairly well coated … Lots more apple than creamy mixture … Almost like a dressing.

** This is also delicious made with Sugar Free Vanilla pudding. It doesn’t have the same ‘caramel apple’ flavor, but it is incredibly yummy!

Number of Servings: 16

Susan asks…

How do i eat healthy being a vegetarian?

I’m in highschool, I work at fastfood. It’s hard to eat healthy especially being a vegetarian having limited options. What can I eat to lnot gain weight & be healthy?

steve answers:

You can eat healthy… Just sub dry beans, nuts, cheeses, milk, yogurt, peanutbutter, etc…. =)
Eat your baked potatoes, carrots, salads, broccoli, whole grain cereals ~Scooters/Cheerios, Oat Blenders w/almonds/Honey Bunches of Oats w/almonds (or no almonds) in a bowl w/milk, peas (good protein), many veggies & fruit have natural fiber, apples! (red delicious has 14% fiber: http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-asda-red-delicious-apples-i69445) vs gala apples only have 6% fiber, bananas have 12% fiber, squash, etc… Just type the food in the calorie count database search to find the nutritional value if you’re looking for good sources of protein &/or fiber…. Also whfoods.com http://whfoods.com/ is a good site. =)

You can eat their salads, potatoes… Are you the type of veggan that can eat eggs? Cuz breads & many other things are made with eggs….

Make Peanut Butter Balls:

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
stir well, wait a few minutes to dissolve, stir again, then add:
1 cup peanut butter ~good source of protein & fiber
stir well, next add:
1 cup wheat bran (organic bulk foods usually by produce & really cheap) ~excellent source of fiber & protein: http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-wheat-bran-crude-i20077
stir well, lastly add:
1 1/4 non-fat powdered milk ~good source of protein, too.

Store in a 4 cup covered container at room temp. Use a measuring tablespoon to form balls when needed.

They taste great alone, with chocolate pudding, or animal crackers…
Mini little peanut butter sammies w/milk, on the go! =D

These are yummy…. I make them all the time now… My boys & I have one or two or three balls a day….

~the peanut butter balls are my very own personal recipe! =D

Here’s an excellent Belgian Waffle recipe (I think they taste awesome plain, too, & very low in sugar!)

Wheat Belgian Waffles:

1 cup AP flour
1 cup wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
stir well, then in a separate bowl; combine (stir well):
2 cups 2% milk (I use prepared non-fat milk for this sometimes)
1 egg ~beaten
1 Tbsp melted Country Crock margarine
Add the wet to the dry & stir well… Let rest a few minutes to let the baking powder activate & bubble, then stir again. Now your batter’s ready.
Put 1/3 cup batter on hot belgian waffle maker plate.
They taste great plain or with a little marg. Or a little grape jelly (how my boys like it sometimes but they love ‘em plain, too!) =)

I usually make a double batch so I can freeze a bunch, then you pull ‘em out and toast medium or nuke in the micro til warm… =)

~this was a recipe that came with my Salton Belgian Waffle maker that I tweaked… =)

Eggs have 6g of protein, wheat flour has 4, & white flour has 3…. Wheat flour also has 3g fiber which is 12% of your recommended daily value…. White flour has only 3%

John asks…

What food is included in a healthy and balanced diet?

I want to be skinny and I’m not sure what food is included in a healthy and balanced diet, together with exercising everyday and stuff like that. But i’m wondering what food can I eat to maintain a diet like this?

steve answers:

Fruits and vegetables, whole wheat grains, preferably low-fat dairy products, nuts and lentils (they have good protein and lots of different vitamins), lean meats (white chicken breast, low-fat ground beef), fish (omega threes are so good for the brain), egg whites are great too (packed with protein and very little fat).

Of course, these are very general categories. Moderation is key when eating. When you look at your plate, there should be 1 source of protein, 2 vegetables/fruits, and one carbohydrate; try to fit in a milk product too and maybe a healthy source of fat (from olive oil, naturally from fish, or by using a little bit of full-fat dairy products). So a good and balanced meal would be: one chicken breast (boneless, skinless, not fried), 2 portions of mixed steamed vegetables, a small side of brown rice, and a glass of 1% or skim milk (you can melt full-fat cheese on the chicken breast instead of the milk if you prefer). It doesn’t have to be that boring though. You can make an amazing Greek salad with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olives, and spinach. Throw on some grilled chicken or salmon, a teeny weeny bit of low-fat feta (like 1, 3cm cube) and 1-2 tbsp of home-made Greek dressing and voila! Tasty and delicious.

There are so many different options: home-made stir fries with red bell pepper, onions, carrots, broccoli, and lentils (trust me, it’s good). A home-made spaghetti sauce with lots of veggies in it (if you don’t like chunky veggies in the sauce, puree them and you won’t even notice they’re there) and a small helping of whole-wheat pasta. Couscous is great if you want to try something different. Home-made curries are healthy (in small doses, too much sauce and it can become really fatty), and you can get whole wheat naan bread too (just remember those veggies).

For snacks, grab an apple, an orange or even a banana. Strawberries, blueberries and cherries are in season in my region (mmmmm). Some carrot sticks (or whatever veggie you like) are good too. If you feel like something more filling, grab a handful of nuts (almonds are especially tasty and healthy). A few tbsps of home-made hummus (a dip with chickpeas as its base) and veggies is a good snack too. Rice cakes are good in moderation, but veggies are better at keeping you fuller for longer periods of time (fiber keeps you full).

Sandwiches can be switched up too. Do you use mayo? Try not using it, or replacing it with a low-fat mayo or low-fat salad dressing (I use low-fat ranch in my wraps and sandwiches, it’s so good). Opt for leaner lunch meats, like chicken or turkey (bologna and salami are tasty, but not that good for you), add some veggies (lettuce, tomato, cucumber are good) and add some peperonchini peppers or banana peppers for some spice (if you like spice). Make sure the bread is whole-wheat or brown; that’s important too. If you add cheese, try to make it low-fat, but if you can’t, don’t worry too much about it.

What about breakfast? Oatmeal is great to start your day. Some plain yoghurt with fruit, a few nuts and a little bit of granola is good too. Remember those egg whites I mentioned at the very beginning? Those can be good for scrambled eggs. Get yourself some whole wheat toast, a fruit, and a glass of milk (or a bit of yoghurt) and you’re good to go! If you can’t sit and eat, make some scrambled eggs (they take about 1-2 minutes to make), throw them in a whole wheat wrap and add some cheese in there. Then grab a fruit and get out of the door.

If you feel like treating yourself a little, have some air-popped popcorn, there are only 31 calories per cup and way less fat than chips. A little bit of drizzled margarine and a small amount of salt are ok (it’s better for you plain though), but don’t go overboard. For dessert (if you must have it), go with some chopped up fruit salad or just have a whole fruit. Watermelon is great.

I hope I’ve helped out a little. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless, it can be delicious and pretty simple too.

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Your Questions About Tablet Touch Screen Laptop

David asks…

touch screen laptop recommandations?

any excellent touch screen laptop can u recommand?
for school?
for business?
for fun?
price doesnt matter lol

steve answers:

I strongly recommend HP Pavilion tx2500, a 12.1 inch widescreen tablet PC.

For school –> easy to carry around
For business –> also easy to carry around
For fun –> this is an entertainment PC.

Tx2500′s ATI Radeon HD3200 can rival the low-end GeForce 8400M GS.

Tx2500′s speaker is Altec Lansing, which produces clear and loud sound.

Robert asks…

compaq tablet touch screen laptop?

the laptop i have got has not got a cd player so i was wondering if there was a cd player that i could attach to it and if there is one how big would it be and how much would it cost.

steve answers:

There are lots of external CD and/or DVD drives out there. You want to pick up a USB external CD drive. Their not expensive and can be found at any computer/laptop supplier.

You plug it in to one of your USB ports, let the system recognize the device, and then load your disks…simple.

They’re about the same size as an old CD Walkman.

Thomas asks…

Should i buy a laptop with touch screen?

I am planning to buy a new laptop and i am thinking of buying one with touchscreen. I have done my research and i have understood that touch screen is an important feature for a windows 8 laptop but i’ve also read that touchscreen laptops haven’t been selling very well. What is more is that i am a gamer and i need a good laptop that will be capable of playing games for at least 4 years, and i’ve noticed that touch and gaming laptops are very few. So is a touch screen laptop worth it and touch will be utilized more in the future or should i just skip it?

steve answers:

I have an Asus Transformer tablet with a detachable keyboard. The only time I use the touch screen is when I am demonstrating it to friends. I do not like the smears on the screen when I use the touch screen, so I invariably use the keyboard and touch pad rather than the touch screen.

If you can get a laptop at a good price with a touch screen, then it may be a good choice, but personally I still prefer the keyboard and touchpad.

James asks…

name of this laptop…?

there’s a laptop that is touch screen and instead of lifting the top to open it-u have 2 spin it clockwise or counter-clockwise. does anybody know the brand & name of this laptop?

*i can’t quite remember but i think i saw it on tv*
~thank in advance~

steve answers:

It’s a tablet pc, basically a laptop with a folding touch screen. There are a number of manufacturers that make those.

John asks…

Touch Screen laptops????

I am going into college this year [freshman w00t!] and i was kind of think about the HP Pavilion tx blah blah touch screen one…


Is a touch screen reall beneficial? Will it come in handy? AND does it easily get scratched up??? Thats my biggest concerns…

thanks in advance

steve answers:

They are mostly a luxury unless you are a serious artist or something. And even then you would be better off with a writing tablet to plug in rather than the screen.

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