What is the number one thing people do on Independence day … ?

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You might be surprised, but the number one thing people do on Independence Day is EAT!

Make sure you’re prepared with these Top 3 grilling tips for your Fourth of July Cookout

  1. Gas vs. Charcoal? The long-standing debate over which grilling method is “better” involves several variables, from flavor to cost to preference. Charcoal brings out that great smoky flavor no matter what you’re cooking and you can also control the intensity of the flame. On the contrary, gas grills are easier to use, because the heat is manageable and there’s hardly any clean up! There is no right or wrong decision, so choose your preference.
  2.  Turn up the heat! In the hopes that the weather is already nice on the 4th, make it even hotter! The grill that is. Preheat your grill 15 to 20 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature for cooking. Your grill should be 400-450°F for high, 300-350°F for medium and 250-300°F for low heat. You know you got it right when you hear that beautiful searing sound once the meat hits the grill.
  3.  The meat isn’t everything- Don’t forget about the side dishes! Potato and pasta salad, coleslaw, fruit, baked beans, the list goes on and on! It doesn’t matter which side dishes you choose to make for your cookout, just make sure you spend time planning for them too as they are just as important as the meat!

Happy 4th of July from EarthLink!

How to Add Your Local TV Listings to myEarthLink

myEarthLink with TV listingsWhat’s on TV? Just check myEarthLink.

Yes, most paid TV services, whether cable or satellite, have channel guides built in. But there are a lot of times that it’s helpful and convenient to see what’s coming up without turning on the TV (especially if you want to plan your night’s viewing before you leave work).

So many EarthLink Internet access customers like to add local TV listings to their myEarthLink Start Page. It’s a very simple one-time setup. Here’s all you need to do to get more out of your TV viewing:

  1. Go to your Start Page at http://my.earthlink.net/ and sign in if you aren’t already signed in.
  2. Scroll down to the TV Listings section (since pages are custom, it can be in many different places). If you don’t see TV Listings at all, you may need to add it (look for the Add a Feature section, click TV Listings and then the Add button).
  3. Click Go to your local TV listings.
  4. Enter your zip code.
  5. Click on your TV provider type: Cable, Satellite or Antenna (FiOS, U-verse and other fiber-based TV providers are listed under Cable).
  6. Click on your television provider.
  7. You should now see current local listings provided by TotalTV.
  8. Click the categories shown under the blue bar to show All listings or only Movies, Sports, Family programming or News.
  9. Use the drop-down menus on the right to select a different time of day (you’ll see two hours of programming displayed starting at the time you select) or a different day.
  10. Click on any of the listings to get more information about the show: an overview, cast and photos.

That’s all you need to do to set up your local TV listings. Next time you’re on your Start Page, simply click the local TV listings link to see what’s on. Happy viewing!

Add Your Favorite Movie Theaters to myEarthLink

If you’re an EarthLink Internet access customer, you may already know what a good choice myEarthLink.net is a to start all your surfing: because it has a great mix of relevant content that can be personalized based on your location and your interests.

We’ve written in that past about how to personalize your myEarthLink page in general, moving features up or down, deleting or adding features, and more.

We’ve also looked more closely at how to check your email on myEarthLink.

myEarthLink-my-favorite-theaters-moviesToday we’ll focus on movies and show you how easy it is to add your favorite movie theaters, so you can keep up on all those summer blockbusters heading your way. It will not only give you easy access to movie showtimes at your favorite local theaters, but also let you see trailers, get movie information, and in many cases buy tickets.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to your Start Page at http://my.earthlink.net and sign in if you aren’t already signed in.
  2. Scroll down to the My Favorite Theaters section (since pages are custom, it can be in many different places). If you don’t see this feature at all, you may need to add it to your page (look for the Add a Feature section, click My Favorite Theaters and then the Add button).
  3. Click the edit link on the My Favorite Theaters feature bar.
  4. Enter your zip code or a city and state.
  5. Click the Go button.
  6. You’ll see a list of the theaters closest to the location you entered. Click on your favorite theaters and click the Add button. You can add up to 5 favorites. (Factors you may want to consider if you have lots of choices: how close the theater is, how easy it is to park, whether there’s public transportation, how many screens, and how comfortable the theater is.)
  7. Use the arrow buttons to move your choices into your preferred order.
  8. Click Save Changes when you are done. (You can always go back and delete a choice, change the order or add a new favorite.)
  9. Now on your Start Page you should see the theaters you chose listed under My Favorite Theaters. If the times aren’t displayed, simply click the display showtimes link. If times are displayed and you want to save space on your page until you’re in movie mode, click hide showtimes.
  10. Click on any movie link to get more information about the film, such as Rating, Running Time, Stars, Director, reviews, and more.
  11. Click on any Play Trailer button to watch the official movie preview (you can watch with Windows Media player or Quicktime).
  12. Click on specific showtimes to buy tickets online (online ticketing is not available for all theaters).

We hope you enjoy some good movies this summer!

Internet Access Lets People Exploit their Silliness Publically

Thanks to companies like EarthLink, most of America has internet access (or at least access to a library or public service with internet).  This has led to a growth in online shopping, communication (through email, social media, and the like), blogging, news availability, and…silliness.

We’ve all heard about the online trend of posting photos of planking (taking a photo lying flat as a board in a public place), and now it seems the internet wants to one-up itself, because “milking” has started cropping up.  “Milking” is the (silly) practice of pouring milk over your head whille in a public or outside space.  …that’s it.  See the photo to the right.

Whatever you use the internet for, do it responsibly.  And even if you don’t want to participate, perhaps we can all be glad that the internet provides an outlet for even the most pointless of silly activities?