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What is RSS?

Seen these around? Wondering what they're all about?

RSS actually stands for ‘really simple syndication’, and it’s really nothing more than a way for a website to send you information. Let’s start with the basics…

I think the easiest way to think about RSS initially is as a dynamic bookmark. Normally, if you happen to come across something on the web you want to find your way back to you would save the location of the page by creating a bookmark in your web browser. So let’s say you come across the CNN website, and you create a bookmark to it. The bookmark’s label defaults to ' - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News'. This is a static bookmark, the next time you look at that bookmark it’s going to say the same thing, and will take you to the same page.


PowerPoint presentation basics

powerpoint logoA little thought before you start creating your presentation can go a long way in keeping your frustration level low and will end up saving you a ton of time. You need to ask yourself a few key questions before you put 'pen to paper'.


Dark or light backgrounds in Powerpoint?

powerpoint logoThis is one of the most frequent questions I've been asked over the years. Whether you are using one of the templates that come packaged with PowerPoint, or you're creating your own layout design, this is one of the first decisions you will need to make. And as is true with most things that involve your computer, the answer is: It depends. The best place to start is by asking yourself where and how your presentation is going to be used.


Excel How-to: Simple math

excel logoOK, the real beauty of any spreadsheet is in its ability to perform calculations. In Excel you tell it you want it to calculate something by inserting an equal sign (=) at the beginning of what you want calculated. So, you start by selecting a cell:


Just what is a spreadsheet, and why do I need it?

excel logoThere are many spreadsheet applications available, but by far the most prevalent is Microsoft Excel. A spreadsheet can be incredibly useful when you want to organize information in horizontal rows or vertical columns, and/or when you need to do any kind of mathematical calculation on the data. We'll spend a minute here going over the basic navigation in a typical spreadsheet


Excel How-to: Selecting Mulitple Cells

excel logoThere are many cases where you will need to select multiple cells in Excel. All you need to do is to place your mouse over the center of the cell where you want to start, where you should get a white cross like this:


Excel How-to: Automatically increment cells (Autofill)

excel logoLet's say you want to enter a series or range of values in cells in Excel, but you don't want to manually type in each one. For example, a series of numbers from 1 to 25. Or perhaps the months of the year from January to December. Maybe something more complex, like 'field 1', field 2', 'field 3', etc. Think you have to do all that typing? Think again!



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