Open Microsoft Visio Files Without Visio!

If you someone sends you a Microsoft Visio file and you need to view the contents, then don’t go out and blow money just to open the file!  Download the Microsoft Visio Viewer for FREE!
You can get the Microsoft Visio viewer here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21701


The drawback is that you cannot edit or create Visio documents using the Visio Viewer.

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How To Retrieve Your Computer Name, MAC Address, and IP Address

Often times we need to know your computer name and your MAC address.  You can also use these steps to retrieve your IP addresses if you are connected to a network.

Here is how it is done:

  1. Go to START
  2. Go to RUN
  3. Type in CMD
  4. Press Enter
  5. Type in Hostname
  6. Press Enter
  7. You should see your computer name
  8. Type in ipconfig /all
  9. Press Enter

You should see the physical address (MAC) of your network cards as well as your IP Address.

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Free Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software keeps your computer and network safe from malicious viruses that can compromise your data and computer systems.  I have used many times of anti-virus programs including McAfee, Norton, Trend Micro, AVG, and CA.  Most of these require a subscription service and many of them consume your computer’s memory causing programs to run slowly.  I recommend the free version of AVG or Avira.  I have found these anti-virus packages to out perform all of the major anti-virus systems including McAfee and Norton.  I have also seen them catch viruses faster! If your computer is running slow, you might want to see if your anti-virus software is “hogging” all of the system memory.  You can download the free versions of AVG and Avira here:

Avira: http://www.free-av.com/en/download/1/avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html
AVG: http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

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