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Adding or Editing Contacts on Your Phone From a Computer

Connect your phone to the computer and install Nokia PC Suite if you haven’t already.

In the Nokia PC Suite, click on Contacts:

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The Nokia Phone Browser will launch. It’ll look like this:

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Click on the Create New Contact icon:  

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Enter a contact’s details in the fields:

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(This is useful when you’re having to enter a complicated or long email for posting from your mobile phone.)

Click save:

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The contact should now have been saved to your phone:

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Click OK and then Close:

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That’s it.

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How to Connect Your Phone to a Computer

Install the Nokia PC Suite software (usually via CD ROM.)

Follow the on-screen instructions. (You’ll need to find the USB socket on your computer and have the Nokia phone cable handy.)

Once that’s done, attach the phone to the computer using the cable provided.

The short end goes into the bottom of the N95:

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The big end goes into your computer’s USB port (it won’t look exactly like this.)

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Windows will install the necessary drivers.

When the two devices are connected, a list of options will appear on your phone. select PC Suite mode:

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Launch the Nokia PC Suite:

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An icon will appear in the system tray in the bottom right hand corner, which will be gray when the phone isn’t connected, and blue when it is:

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Click on the Nokia PC Suite tab:

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You should see a window like this:

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That’s it.

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RSS: Adding a Feed to Google Reader

(There are other ways of doing this. But this is probably the easiest.)

In Google Reader click on the Settings tab:

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Click on the Goodies link:

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Scroll down to Subscribe as you surf:

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Right click on the Subscribe.. link in orange:

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and select Add to Favorites…

If you’re confronted with a Security Alert, click Yes:

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You should now have a new bookmark in your Favorites list called Subscribe:

 

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Next time you’re on a web page or blog you like, look around for an icon that looks a bit like this:

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sometimes it will look like this:

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or anything that mentions RSS, or XML, or Subscribe to this feed. Even if you can’t find something like that, and you want to monitor the website, click on your new Subscribe.. link in your Favorites list.

Chances are the website has an RSS feed. If it does, Google Reader will grab it and return you to Google Reader’s main reader, with the message:

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(If you’re not signed in to Google, then you’ll see this message:)

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Below it you’ll see the most recent posts from that website’s RSS feed:

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If you do want to subscribe to the feed, click on the Subscribe button:

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and Google Reader will add to your collection of feeds, and return you to the page you were viewing before.

Next time you go to Google Reader, you’ll see the feed has been added to the left hand pane, at the bottom:

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Click on that, and you’ll see a list of the most recent posts from that website or blog:

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That’s it.

As you gather feeds, you may want to organize them via folders or labels. To do this click on the Manage Subscriptions link at the bottom of the left hand pane:

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It will take you to a page listing all your subscriptions. Here you can unsubscribe to feeds, rename them to something shorter or more memorable, change the folders they sit in, etc. Experiment.

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RSS: Setting Up Google Reader

Click on this link.

If you’re not signed in to your Gmail account, you should see this window:

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Log in using your Gmail account, and you’ll see a window something like this:

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The left hand side lists some feeds that you’ve automatically been subscribed to:

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Click on the BBC News one (or whatever is top of the list):

A yellow box like this will appear, probably. Click on the Dismiss this message link.

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You’ll see a list of stories appear in the right hand pane of the browser:

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Click on the top headline and another window will appear with the original story in:

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You’re now reading an RSS feed.

You can play around with what Google Reader looks like by clicking on the Expanded view and List view tabs in the right hand side of the Google Reader window:

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The List view will show just the headlines, while the Expanded view will show at least some of the text of the full post/story:

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Try clicking on some of the other feeds in the left hand pane:

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and on the Feed Settings button in the right hand pane:

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Notice the Unsubscribe option. If you don’t want a feed in your collection, just have it open and then select that.

That’s it.

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Editing a Blog Post

Do this after you’ve done this.

Select the text you want to edit using your mouse or the keyboard’s Control and arrow keys:

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If you want to change the font, style or size of the words, use the functions on the left of the bar above the text window:

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If you want to add a link (also called a hyperlink) to some text so it links to another webpage, first open another browser window and visit the page and copy its URL or web address. You can do this by selecting the text in the address bar:

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or right clicking on a link to that web page and selecting Copy link location from the pop-up menu:

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Once you’ve done that, go back to your blog post editing window and click on the link button next to the formatting buttons:

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A window will pop up like this:

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Click on the field and paste in the address you’ve just copied either by hitting Control and V or right clicking and selecting Paste from the drop-down menu:

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Click OK and the words you selected should now be underlined in blue:

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That’s it.

Experiment with the other functions: Place the cursor at the beginning of a paragraph, and try aligning the text:

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or turning the text into lists:

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or quotes (good if you’re quoting another blog):

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You can also insert images or videos from your computer:

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You can also keyboard shortcuts for many of these tasks. There’s a list here.

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