Tips/Links of the Month: Hodgepodge of Website Links

Posted on 03. Aug, 2006 by in Windows Resources/Tips

Because it is the end of the summer, and many are on vacation, we are keeping the newsletter rather short this month. We have included some information below that you might find useful. Take a look and see what you think.

Microsoft Outlook – Add Holidays to your Calendar

Did you know that you can have Outlook automatically add holidays to your calendar? Here are the instructions if you are using Outlook 2003.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click Calendar Options
  2. Under Calendar options, click Add Holidays
  3. Select the check box next to each country/region whose holidays you want to add to your Calendar, and then click OK. Your own country/region is automatically selected.

Shrink Your Pictures Online –

You took some great vacation pictures and now would like to share them with family and friends, but you just can’t figure out how to use that complicated photo imaging software that came with your digital camera. Here’s an easy way to shrink those photos.

All you do is:

  1. Log on to
  2. Browse to find your picture on your computer
  3. Decide on the dimensions – you are given three choices – pixels, a percentage, or you can enter a custom size
  4. Apply a special effect, if desired
  5. Select image quality

When you have made those selections, just click the button and your image shows up in its new, resized version. Right-click the photo and select “Save As” to save it to your computer. Now you can share the image to your family and friends.

Hard To Find 800 Numbers

Visit to look for those hard to find numbers. Some of the companies listed include, Ebay and PayPal.

Airport Security Wait Times – If you’re traveling this summer, you may want to visit this site. This is the official site of the Transporation Security Administration (TSA). Their website lists the average wait time to clear security checkpoints at airports located around the country. All you do is specify the day and time of your flight and you’ll see a historic average.

Free Directory Information from your Cell Phone

Tired of all those extra Directory Assistance charges on your cell phone bill? Just dial 800-FREE411 from your cell phone to avoid the $1.00+ that your local cellular carrier charges you. You may get a short “commercial” while the computer looks up the number, but it’s totally worth the wait!

USPS Hold Mail Service Available Online

Don’t have the time to wait in line at your Post Office to request your mail be put on hold before you leave for vacation or a business trip? Now you can request this service online. Visit and select to have your mail held for 3 to 30 days.

Trade Publications

Sign on to and browse through the extensive list of trade publications and technical documents by industry and geographic eligibility to find titles that best match your skills and interests. Then simply complete the application form and submit. Publications are free to professionals who qualify.

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