Fax From a Computer for Free

September 30, 2013

Searching the Internet for a free fax from a computer program, I ran across Hellofax by Google Chrome.

HelloFax allows 50 free faxes per month, enough for most home business or individual users.

Fax From a Computer for Free

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Test Website Display Problems with Quirktools

May 6, 2013

Does your website or blog get complaints from visitors because of how it displays on the screen?  Homepreneurs sometimes gets comments that a page or post doesn’t show up well in a browser.

Several reasons this might happen:

– Your screen resolution is too low.  Try increasing the resolution.  Right click on an empty area of the desktop window and from the menu, choose “screen resolution”.  You will see this window:

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Change the resolution settings as needed.

– Your Internet browser is outdated.  The major browsers are: Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox (Mozilla), Safari (Apple), and Chrome (Google).  Each has several versions available and patches within those versions.  Yours may be out of date.  Download and install the latest update possible.

– The display adapter or BIOS drivers need updating.  Go to the computer manufacturers website – Dell.com, HP.com, Sony.com, Lenovo.com, Toshiba.com, Acer.com, etc. and look for the support and drivers tab.  Many websites have automatic detection to check your adapter settings.

If these three steps aren’t working, try using Quirktools to give you a general idea of what a website looks like on various size screens.  Below are two example of Quirktools page and how Homepreneurs is displayed, the first on a regular monitor, the second on a tablet.  Quirktools has many options available.  Try testing your own website.

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One of these solutions should resolve your display issue.  If not, you may be using a browser that is incompatible with the website or blog display.  Try using one of the other major browsers to see if this corrects the issue.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions or recommendations.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2010 – 2013, All Rights Reserved


Quick URL Tip for Blank Home Page

December 15, 2012

Are you annoyed by the default home page on Internet browsers?  I’ve wanted to mention this tip for some time, but the subject was off-topic for other posts.  You can enter a simple URL – Uniform (or universal) resource locator, the address of a World Wide Web page – that creates a blank or empty page.  Simply enter “about:blank” in the URL field and hit enter.  This will bring up a blank page – refer to screen shots below.

My Default Home Page in Firefox

My Normal Home Page

Enter about:blank into the URL field and hit <enter>

Enter about:blank

The resulting blank home page

Blank Home Page

This works for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari (Apple), and Chrome (Google).  Much cleaner look and you can set this as a permanent home page, if desired.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.


FREE Software Programs to Download for the Home Office

December 14, 2012

Listed below are several free software programs and comparable off-the-shelf versions.  Each free program is well-tested and proper for a home business that wants to save money on common software programs.

–        Open Office – a substitute for the classic Microsoft Office package

–        GIMP – an image manipulation program, similar to Adobe Photoshop

–        Picasa – is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos

–        Snipping Tool – available for Windows XP and later operating system versions and used to capture screen shots, manipulate, and annotate.  Compare to Snag It.

Sunrise

(this sunrise photo is free from MorgueFile)

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Test Your Website on IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari

June 6, 2012

Does your home business have a website or blog?  Have you ever tested it in different browsers to see how it looks in each?  In many cases, a website or blog is the client interface.  Since several browser versions are used, at least the major ones should be tested.  Nothing is worse than creating a negative first impression a customer receives about your business.

I learned about a website – BrowserShots.org – that runs these tests for you.  I ran a simulation of 103 browser versions to see how Homepreneurs looks to our readers.  The results were interesting for the major players: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, with some definite issues (see below).

MSIE, version 7.0 on XP MSIE 9.0 for Windows 7
Firefox 13 on Windows XP Safari 5.1.2 for Windows XP

Chrome 19 for Windows XP

Browsers are constantly updated and patched, so we won’t mention the latest versions.  Suffice to say that several versions of each exist in the world.  These versions will display pages differently (as noted above) and Browsershots.org is open source software and free for testing.   Browsershots.org tests your website’s compatibility on different browsers by taking screenshots of your web pages rendered by real browsers on different operating systems.  This is a wonderful service for web page designers and website owners to test add-ons and verify incompatibilities with various browsers.

This is another free utility for your virtual toolbox.  Satisfy yourself that your home business is represented well on the different browsers your customers might use.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2010 – 2012, All Rights Reserved


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