Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Broadband Internet - You got it, now what?

You did it! You've decided to leave dial-up behind for the speed of broadband Internet access. So, what are you going to do with all that speed now?

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You're really in a great position to fully enjoy all the web and Internet have to offer. Gone are the days when you're waiting for a dial-up signal (remember all the busy signals you used to get on dial-up?) Gone are the long delays waiting for a page to load or in downloading those email attachments.

Access time, page loads and downloading email attachments are just the beginning. The benefits of broadband access far exceed that. You're free to surf where ever and what ever you can imagine. Searches become so fast there's not a topic anyone can thrown at you that you won't be able to use your favorite search engine to lookup information on.

Online bill pay, shopping, gaming, streaming audio, video, uploads, downloads, research, chats, forums, instant messaging, blogs, the list goes on. Not sure what any of those terms mean? Go to your favorite search engine and type the word or phrase in and find out! The search engines are getting smarter and smarter and the result pages are more accurate today than they have ever been.

Don't worry about online time. You may have had dial-up access that limited your online experience by placing time limits on you. After your limit was up, the cost per minute could get very expensive.

Looking to learn HTML, XML or a programming language? There are free tutorials all over the internet just waiting for you.

Surfing the internet and the web can keep you busy enough. With broadband internet access, your possibilities don't stop there. You can setup a home network and run more than one computer on your connection at a time! No more fighting over who gets how much time online! Don't have a second computer (or need one) at home? No problem. You also have the option of going wireless! (Ok, you could go wireless with more than one computer as well!) Wireless really breaks down the walls! (Literally!) My primary computer at home is a laptop and I love the freedom to be anywhere in my home and be online! No more wires!

Now, with your broadband internet service you're surfing better than ever. You may have decided to hook up a home network. You might even consider VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) for your phone service and actually leverage the cost of broadband internet service by saving money on your monthly phone bills!

So many more possibilities await you.

If you're not yet using broadband, find out what's available in your area. Find out which vendors are offering what specials. Learn a bit about the technology, get your quote for service, get your service ordered and installed and start surfing the way it was meant to be!

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Monday, November 28, 2005

5 Things You Can Do With Flash Memory

Got flash memory cards? They aren't only for your digital camera. Probably the coolest yet overlooked ways to use your flash memory card is as floppy drive replacement. Think about it, a flash memory card is really a form of storage disk.

Most notebook computers today don't come with a floppy drive anymore. I've personally been in situations where I needed to share a file with someone and haven't been able to because they handed me a floppy disk.

If you already own a card or a digital camera, chances are you already have the necessary equipment to read the card and transfer files to and from them. If you don't it's easy. Get yourself a flash memory card reader - they are so inexpensive these days you can even pick one up free after rebate if you watch the deals. Hookup it up to your computer and pop in the card. It will show up on your computer as a new drive. When you're ready to save data to it, just drag and drop. It's no different than a regular floppy or hard drive. Once you see in this light there is a whole bunch of things you can use your flash memory card for and here are 5 ideas for you.

1. Use as a greeting card. Hey there's always an occasion around the corner. If you're already thinking of sending a CD greeting card - use your flash memory card instead. With the large storage sizes you can afford to have multimedia in your ecards too and when that person gets tired of it, the card itself is a gift for their computing convenience. As if that wasn't enough, you can probably get by with less postage too.

2. Use as media storage. One of the best things about flash memory cards is how much its small physical size can pack in. With memory sizes up to several Gigabytes, you could use it to store your media like video clips, picture clips, audio files and just about any downloadable content. Its small size also makes it highly portable without taking up valuable space on your notebook computer hard drive.

3. Sharing files or transferring files from one computer to another. If you need to do this often, here's a quick tip. Carry with you a USB card reader. Many of them are very compact and no heavier than your cell phone. Doing this has advantages over carrying a flash memory drive. Flash memory cards are smaller and a tiny catalog of cards can offer you much more memory than a flash drive. Better carry two things than a bunch of drives.

4. Build yourself an ebook library. Are you a book worm? One tiny flash memory card can store a lot of ebooks since most text based files are smaller than media files. You can store whole libraries of ebooks in various topics either on one card or dedicate one for each topic you are interested in. Again, they are easy to share and very portable - you'll never run out of reading material again even when on the road.

5. Run small software from it. Yes, there are tiny software that don't need to be installed and can run from the card itself. This is particularly helpful when you're using someone else's computer. Now you can carry your software with you too.

Now that you know - gather up those flash memory cards and start using them. Just because your new camera isn't compatible with it doesn't mean you should let it go to waste and the best part is, you won't have to worry about obsolete cards anymore.

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Ink Cartridges: How have they evolved?

This is a very interesting article on ink cartridges; where they started and where we are today. Wow, I know I'm glad there are great minds that keep improving our technology! A1-Computers--

First a little history lesson.....There was a time, long ago that printers had ribbons and used dot matrix printing to create tiny dots that, when looked at, were readable. Sometimes they were BARELY readable, however. Changing ribbons and printing wheels to change type face was a chore.

Then, in 1984, the first laser printer that used toner cartridges came into being. Quickly, no one wanted a dot matrix printer anymore. The laser printer caused powder from the toner to fuse onto the paper & the output was much clearer and much more professional in appearance. Very soon, dot matrix printers became known as "door stops".

By 1990, ink printers that used drop-in ink became readily available and very reasonable prices. These ink cartridges were very easy to change without any fuss. The cost to the user, compared to the toner , was significantly reduced though overall cost being more a question of cents per page tended to favour the toners.

So this is where it starts getting pretty cool....Today, ink printers using inks are so affordable that every computer owner can afford to own their own printer that is capable of using photo quality inks or for less expensive printing, inks that are remanufactured or "generic" or non-original manufacture. These can even be refilled in many cases to save even more in printing costs.

The price of the machines themselves has dropped by buckets and what they can do is way cooler than ever before. Not only can you print but also scan, fax (many do PC-Fax), copy, make your morning coffee, take out the garbage (ok not those last 2). Combining this many tasks obviously reduces the number of different machines in your home/office but in addition there's only one manual you have to completely ignore instead of many (for the guys reading this).
When using inks that are photo quality, it is sensible to use photo quality paper for your printing. This ensures the best quality print out resulting from your photo quality cartridge. While these inks will print on regular paper, it is a waste to place the more expensive ink cartridge into your printer and then print on plain non-glossy paper.

For every day printing in black and white or even in color, remanufactured or non-original inks work great and save dollars for you in the long run. As a general rule of thumb, you need to purchase twice as many black inks because there is, on average, more black printing needs for the average person.

Nowadays manufacturers are including more and more technology into their products and trying to convince you that their ink has that extra special something. Epson uses DURABrite ink, HP uses Vivera ink and the list goes on. If you ever get bored and feel the need to work yourself into a frenzy just try surfing some of the major sites to compare exactly what one manufacturers ink does compared to the next. If you come away from this sane you'll definitely know a lot more techie sounds words than you need to know today or in your next lifetime.

Many of the latest inks have cool gizmos in them like small chips designed to monitor the ink levels and tell you when its time to reorder and even little LEDs for those of you who want their printer to light up like a disco. The idea of the chip sounds great but there are cases where the chip is telling the printer to stop working too soon or even to not work at all if the consumables inside are not original (there's been at least one of the major players recently sued over exactly this). To try and counter this a ‘chip resetter' can be purchased which basically tells the chip to do as its told and keep on printing regardless of how much ink it thought was left in the tank. As far as the issue with these chips and non originals are concerned its actually illegal for a chip to stop your machine working on this basis but apparently this hasn't deterred a few of the big boys. Whether a chip resetter will fix this problem is uncertain.

Whether you want to print graphics, brochures, or just letters, there is a printer that uses inks for you. Choose inks that meet your printing needs at affordable prices.

Inks have evolved over the years in so many ways that they have in themselves become fairly hi tech let alone the machines that use them. Your average ink printer these days can perform a myriad of functions at prices seemingly getting cheaper by the minute.

Bottom line is yep your inks are getting more high tech and cooler (heck in the old days theres no way your ink or toner cartridge would actually light up with pretty colours for you and tell you when its about to run dry). The future is certainly going to be interesting seeing what comes next.....

I can't wait to see what comes next in; ink, printers, and all computer accessories! A1-Computers--

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Is That PC Still Worth Keeping?

Is your PC getting slower and slower, or was it never all that fast to begin with? Maybe you need a new desktop pc or maybe you just need some upgrades. Read below to find out. A1-Computers--

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Computers... We love 'em and love to hate 'em. But before you trash that old PC and buy a new one, you may only need some tweaks, fixes or upgrades. If you are in the Parker, Colorado area, I can help you. If you're outside that area, please feel free to use this site as a resource. I've assembled loads of articles, links and resources for you to use.

Many PCs come with too little memory for it to run at its full potential. They also come with a lot of programs that you don't need and that load in the background for no good reason. And, over time, your PC collects lots of files from the internet that are taking up space and slowing things down. Add to that adware and spyware programs you didn't even know were running. All these factors can slow your PC down and bring your blood pressure up. With a good tune up and, perhaps, an upgrade, your old PC may have a couple years left in it.

Each new version of Windows requires more resources from your computer. If your computer came loaded with Windows XP, then it's only a few years old at the most and can still be a fine PC for most people. When Windows XP was first released, many computers came with a minimum of RAM and you would probably benefit from an upgrade. If you upgraded your PC from Windows 98 or ME to Windows XP, It's highly likely that you don't have enough RAM and you're PC is struggling to keep up. Your processor is probably marginally adequate as well. If you're still using Windows 95, 98, ME or 2000, you should very seriously consider getting up to Windows XP as soon as possible. No, Microsoft doesn't pay me anything for the sales pitch. The reason is this; Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 2000 on June 30, 2005. The older versions of Windows aren't supported either and are much less stable. Hackers are still writing nastyware for all Windows versions and XP is the only one being patched. It's also the most stable and secure of them all.

A new computer can cost only a few hundred dollars if you watch for a sale - and there's always a sale. I picked up a refurbished HP computer for my daughter for $200 and it's as good as some lower-end new PCs. If your old monitor still works and is still in focus, use it with the new PC, it'll work. My minimum recommended hardware list for Windows XP is: RAM - 256MB for simple documents, email and web surfing. 512MB or more is really recommended for most people as antivirus and other security software is running all the time and most people have more than one program open.

Processor - I wouldn't go any slower than 600MHz. Something this slow will work, but will struggle, and it shows the age of the computer. If your processor is faster than 1GHz, you're fine for a while. Hard drive - If your hard drive is bigger than 10 GB, you're fine. But keep in mind that hard drives get old and fail. It's not a matter of if, but when.

There are other, more advanced hardware specifications, but these will help guide most home users.

The Parker Computer Guy can tell you if your PC needs to be upgraded, tuned up or cleaned out. And if your computer is in need of repair, we can fix it quickly and get you back on track.

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Save Money on Printer Ink and Toner Cartridge Purchases

How would you like to cut your printing costs by up to 50%? There are many ways you can do this. Here are some tips to help you get started.


1. Buy Re-manufactured Cartridges - Purchasing re-manufactured cartridges will generally cost you less than purchasing new cartridges. Re-manufactured cartridges are printer cartridges that have been used at least once and then disassembled, cleaned and had worn parts replaced and refilled. Typically, remanufactured cartridges can save you from 30 to 50 percent off the price of new cartridges, or more.

2. Purchase refilled ink-jet cartridges or self-refill kits - These kits come with all the tools and instructions necessary to refill your own ink or toner cartridge. Purchasing these cartridges saves money and is good for the environment.

3. Buy in Bulk - You can save more money by purchasing printer cartridges in large quantities. You will save a lot more over the already discounted cost on new cartridges. If you frequently do a lot of printing you, can save even more by purchasing recycled or re-manufactured printer cartridges in bulk.

4. Purchase a compatible inkjet cartridge or toner cartridge - These are cartridges made from new parts and manufactured to OEM specifications for you exact printer. If you cannot find a compatible cartridge for your inkjet printer, you may want to consider remanufactured inkjet cartridges.

5. Buy ink and Refill your Cartridges whenever possible - Whether you're printing documents, photos or web pages, refilling your empty printer cartridges can save you up to 50% compared with buying new. You don't have to spend a fortune on inkjet cartridges and printing costs.

There are many other ways to save money on printer cartridges, but shopping around before you buy can also make it easier to get the best value. When shopping around for the best prices on printer cartridges, use shopping bots (Froogle, Dealtime), bargain sites, Coupon sites and Auction sites (eBay). Shopping bots are essentially search engines for gathering prices for products from a variety of vendors. They allow you to quickly search for merchandise across a wide variety of sites. They are an effective way to quickly get a feel for the available deals. Bargain or Discount sites get excess merchandise from other retailers and sell the merchandise at bargain prices.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Get the Most Life Out of Your Laptop Battery

As more and more people are becoming part of the mobile workforce and using laptop or tablet PC's battery life is often a primary concern. Today's portable computers use lithium-ion batteries instead of older style nickel-cadmium power sources. In addition to being able to hold a greater charge, lithium is also very light weight, another important concern for portable computers.

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When you are purchasing your laptop computer, investigate if a long-life battery is available. While it will add to the cost it can give up to double the usage of a normal battery. To get the most usage out of your battery you'll need to understand a little bit about how batteries work. Each battery has a limited number of charge cycles. If your battery lasts for 4 hours and on the first day you use it for 2 hours and then recharge it fully and the next day you use it for 2 hours again and then fully recharge it again, you will have completed one charge cycle. Each battery has a limited number of charge cycles before it starts losing it's the charge it can hold.

If you aren't using your wireless connection to connect to the internet or network turn off the wireless connection it will extend the life of your battery. The same holds true for Bluetooth connections. Another way to extend your battery life is to lower the brightness of your monitor. Lastly bear in mind that using your portable computer to play a DVD movie uses more power than using a spreadsheet.

If you find that you are often using the computer with the battery at full charge while connected to the main power supply you may want to remove the battery. Keeping the battery fully charged while it's at a high temperature, which is typical of conditions of a laptop that is always plugged into the main power supply, will dramatically shorten its lifespan. Discharging the battery regularly is also conducive to long battery life. Under optimal conditions laptop batteries will last 24 to 36 months, under less than optimal conditions you may shorten the lifespan down to 12 to 18 months.

To help keep your laptop battery operating at optimal conditions try to fully discharge it once a month. Many people find it helpful to set a calendar reminder so they don't forget. If you find your battery lasts less than 60 minutes, try fully discharging it several days in a row. Just leave your computer on overnight with no applications running. Be sure to turn off any alarm or lower power warnings that are associated with your power settings. If this fails to work you will need to replace the battery.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Refurbished Laptops vs. Used Laptops

Which Will You Choose? There are many choices out there when you start looking for a laptop: New laptops, refurbished latptops, used laptops, and cheap laptops. The following article will guide you to the right choice for your laptop needs.

If you have been searching the web for very long looking for a laptop you have seen these three phrases. Do they have different meanings? Yes they do as we will point out some reasons laptops are labeled differently. Let's begin by examining each phrase followed with a short definition:

Refurbished Laptops

Refurbished laptops are PCs that have been bought new by a consumer and has been used between 1 day and 3 months(depending on the store). The customer returns the laptop to the store for any number of reasons. At this time the store cannot sell it "as new". It must be returned to the original manufacturer for refurbishing- which means, "to make bright, or fresh again, renovate". Most stores offer a 30 day money back guarantee and within that time period is when most of the laptops are returned for a refund and sent back to the manufacturer. Thus refurbished laptops are born. Refurbished laptops are not new, but the closest thing to it because most are within a couple of months old. Refurbished laptops will have better processing speeds, more memory, newer Windows OS and the most up to date technology.

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  • Used Laptops

    Used laptops are generally a little older, but are in perfectly working condition. Used laptops are perfect for people wanting to use a mobile computer for only a couple of applications, but still needs the mobility of a laptop. You can use these to run software programs in areas outside of an office where a desktop is not practical. Used laptops will have lower processor speeds, older Windows such as 98 and 2000, less memory space, but will still operate as a new one because they have been sent to a qualified computer technician to be reconditioned to it's original specifications. Used laptops are perfect for students doing homework, a professional that only needs to operate a few programs, or for someone who just wants to access the internet without the bulk of a desktop.

    Then of course comes:

    Cheap Laptops

    Cheap laptops are basically a laptop that has minimal programs, lower memory and older OS programs. Cheap laptops are only cheap in price and not in quality. Most people looking for this kind of laptop is seeking a basic mobile PC to run only a couple of applications, or software programs. Cheap laptops are also used by those who only wish to surf the net, access e-mail, or any number of functions that don't require massive amounts of memory, or lighting speed processors. Cheap refurbished laptops work as new they are just a couple of years older than a refurbished laptop. If a student only needs to run one software program, or if an office worker just needs to create spreadsheets outside of the office cheap laptops are perfect. These are the choice of many people because they are basic and "cheap".

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  • Let's recap all this information into a nutshell:
    Refurbished Laptops-newer, faster, able to operate more applications, latest technology Used Laptops-a little older, basic Windows OS, slower processor speeds, less memory Cheap Laptops-older, mainly for schoolwork or operating a few applications, lower memory

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    Refurbished Laptops

    Refurbished Laptops sales are growing at an alarming rate. Companies and business owners are having trouble keeping them stocked. Every top company including IBM, Dell, Compaq and HP are seeing a dramatic increase in the demand for refurbished laptops. Why? The answer is easy. They save people money and lots of it!

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  • Refurbished laptops come in at almost 60% off the original retail price. The difference between a new laptop computer and a reconditioned one could be several hundred dollars. Saving money in today's world just got a little easier. Have you noticed natural gas and regular gas gowing up about 50%? Surely you have, unless you live on the moon! Refurbished notebooks have become totally exceptable in our society because people are seeing extra savings buying something a little used.

    What exactly is a refurbished laptop? Here's the short answer. Someone buys a new laptop from a chain store, takes it home for a few days, or a couple of weeks. Then for one reason, or another decides they don't need it, or can't afford it. Usually within 30 days(depends on store policy) returns the notebook PC and gets a full refund of their money. The store cannot sell it as new anymore. So what happens to it?

    The laptop computer is sent to the original manufacturer for store credit. Now the manufacturer has to do something with it, so they begin the refurbish process(which means to refresh, or make bright again). The company goes through every detail to make sure the laptop works properly and looks new, but it must be labled refurbished. It is then distributed through the economy sometimes at over the half off the new price.

    At one time, or another most of the U.S. population has bought something used because they saw the difference in price. Those who did felt they didn't need to keep up with the Jones' and put the savings where they needed it. Buying used just shows how savvy a person is with their money and buying refurbished notebooks is a very smart thing to do.

    Many students and business professionals need to stay mobile and must keep their notebook PC as current as possible to operate today's technology. The downside is it can be very expensive. Now it doesn't have to cost a fortune to keep up with current technology and stay mobile. Refurbished laptops provide the freedom from wires, and the ability to do almost anything, anywhere without the high price of a new mobile computer.

    Refurbished laptops are definately worth the value and savings.
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    Let's consider many things we know about laptops. The first is they can be very expensive, but they don't have to be. Refurbished laptops are a great alternative to buying new and they are well worth the savings.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005

    How to Increase Your Computer Speed Fast

    I'm sure you've come across tons of articles and even suggestions from some of your friends on how to get your computer to work faster. Its really not that hard to increase your internet speed. I'm going to make it real simple for you and you don't need to be a computer geek to make this work. The first thing you need to remember is to never, and I mean absolutely never download programs especially free software without reading the fine print. Most free computer software will bombard your computer with spyware which will eventually bring your internet speed to a screeching halt! If your computer is already infected with spyware you can download the leading spyware remover called ad-aware which will scan your computer and remove spyware and tracking cookies from your computer.

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    Another way of making your computer and internet connection faster is by clicking on start, then run and typing in msconfig. Go to start tab and remove any program except your antivirus software and any other program which you must have start when windows starts. This tip will increase your computer start up time dramatically!

    Step number 3, and I do this almost on a daily basis is to clean up your internet cache. Go to your control panel which you can access from your start button and click on internet options. Go to temporary internet files and clear your history. I would recommend that you also set internet history to a maximum of 2 days. Next step is to delete your temporary internet files including offline content. Last step is to delete cookies. Be careful though because deleting your cookies will also delete useful information from your computer. You can read a how to on cookies here

    These steps are the basics you can take which will speed up your internet connection immediately. I would also recommend doing a virus check on your computer on a weekly basis. If you don't have antivirus software, get it! You'll be happy you did. Just one virus can wreak havoc on your computer! Make sure you test your internet speed whether its broadband or dial-up, before and after you take these simple steps so you can compare if these steps you've taken have worked. Taking these basic steps will make you a happy surfer and will restore your faith in the World wide web!

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    Saturday, November 12, 2005

    Who Cares About Computer Viruses

    Should we buy the best Anti-Virus software? Should we be worried about keeping it up to date so it can work against the latest viruses, worms, spyware, etc? What happens if we don't?
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    by Peter Blue

    "Who cares !!" said my friend, "If it slows my PC down a bit, I can live with that. I'm NOT paying some PC nerd £50 / hour to remove these virus things every month !!", he continued.

    We were chatting in my local the other day about computer security. There had been numerous reports of viruses, worms, spyware and other malware (Malicious Software) on the news, in fact there have been reports of these almost every week now. It has gotten so bad that a US Government agency (US-CERT) has advised against the use of Internet Explorer (IE) More here

    My friend, being a typical bloke, wanted to change the subject to more bloke-like things like football and/or women. I guess he, like most people would regard his PC as just a souped-up television and would regard a virus infection as just a minor annoyance with no serious consequences. Well, here is a list of consequences a computer virus can be responsible for :-

    1. Slow down your computer or cause it to crash.

    2. Infect other computers on the Internet or your network.

    3. Use your PC to launch DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on other web sites causing the site to crash and the owner to lose money.

    4. Use your PC to send out yet more spam.

    5. Transmit your personal details held on your PC to hackers to use in identity theft. They can then use your details to take out loans in YOUR name.

    6. Keystroke logging to discover your passwords and use those to access your bank account.

    7. Use your PC to host child pornography web-sites. Could you explain how those evil photos got on your PC to your wife or the police ?

    If that does not make you worried, it should. Many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are becoming under pressure to block infected computers from their networks until they have been 'cleansed'.

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    Back in the pub. ".. and in any case, I haven't got any money for these hackers to steal anyway !!", he finished, completely missing the point. I tried to explain to him that if someone stole his identity, they could get many loans in HIS name and go on a massive shopping spree " he might not have much money but, he would have even less by the time the banks could close his account. And there is a real possibility that his credit rating would permanently damaged.

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    Pete Blue has been a software developer for many years on systems like Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, UNIX and even DOS.

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005

    What's The Point of Computer Optimization?

    I am sure you've heard a lot of things about computer optimization. Everywhere you look you see ads that invite you to "boost your performance" or "improve your computer". So, what's the idea? Is anything true about it? Does your computer really need optimization?

    Unfortunately, it does. There are many weak zones in Windows operating system. Here are a few of them: - registry - hardware management - internet connection

    Registries are Windows's internal database. All sorts of information is stored there, from hardware and driver info to applications' settings. After each removal of any device, like a printer or video card, pieces of information remain there. The biggest problem is when you uninstall a program. Unfortunately, many applications fail to erase all their data on removal. A solution for this is to run "regedit" and manually search for all references to the program and erase them.

    By hardware management I mean memory and hard-disk management. As you know, each program uses some of your computer's memory. Memory allocation is determined by how much the program needs and, of course, if the resource is available. When the application stops, the used blocks of memory should be freed. But this is not happening all the time. So, when a new programs requests memory to run, your computer will slow down because it will compete with other applications for the remaining resources. . .

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    Sunday, November 06, 2005

    Disc and Data Recovery For Your Computer

    You accidentally delete something important; you now need some sort of data recovery. Your system crashes and you may lose everything saved on it; you will definetly need disc recovery. So just make sure you have this essential before your need it.


    by J. Brian Keith

    Data Recovery is probably the last thing on anyone's mind when they buy a computer. Most of us never think something will go wrong until it's too late. Data recovery or Disc Recovery services is something we hope we will never have the need for. Whether your computer simply crashes or you accidentally delete software that is important or imperative to you, it may seem that your information is lost for good. Although, if you have quality data recovery software already in your system or on your computer, you should feel good in the fact that it has backup, even though things like this can and will happen at times. This can be extremely important for you state of mind and well being when it comes to safeguarding your personal or business information and software.

    What many don't understand is that there are numerous reasons things can go wrong on their computer. Whether it is your own personal computer you are responsible for, or a large business computer system, having a method of restoring the information when things go wrong can be of the utmost importance. Your computer could run slow or be packed full of non efficacious adware and spyware that can ultimately destroy your important files, siphon and transfer personal data, this could cause a computer crash. In a blink of an eye, everything that is important to you could be gone. Storms can cause Power surges quickly and without much or any advance warning, that could be all it takes to lose everything.

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    These are not the only ways you can lose the data that is stored on your computer. Most people think this will never happen to them, it's human nature. So what do we do? Nothing, which means you could lose everything. Disc recovery is an absolute must to avoid these things from happening. Disc and Data Recovery is very easy to install and use and can be virtually self maintaining. So why doesn't everybody take advantage of data recovery? It could be the expense, but it doesn't cost much, more likely they just don't understand the importance or simply don't think about it at all until it's too late. Data recovery is quite possibly the most important thing for computer users. Don't get caught without it!

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    Thursday, November 03, 2005

    Go Wireless

    Top 5 Reasons To Go Wireless
    by Ron King

    Wireless networking is 1 of the greatest new computer technologies in terms of convenience. If you're weighing the pros and cons of wireless before taking the leap, here are 5 to put in the "pro" column.

    #1: No More Wires

    Of all the reasons to switch your network to wireless, this is perhaps the most important. Wires are inconvenient, expensive, dangerous, and downright ugly.

    No more wires across the floor improves the safety of your home, since it's easy to trip over exposed wires.

    The average Ethernet wire doesn't cost much per foot, but it adds up quickly. To run wires between rooms or floors, you have to knock holes in the walls, which might not even be an option for renters.

    Plus when you move you don't have the mess of disconnecting all the wires only to re-connect them at the other end. Nor do you have to examine every wire for damage if your internet connection goes down.

    #2: Internet Access For All

    Wireless networking gives you a cheap, easy way to share 1 internet connection among multiple computers. You can add new computers to your network simply by plugging in a wireless card and switching them on -- they get an internet connection immediately!

    #3: Share Files And Printers

    A wireless network gives you access to your files wherever you are, and makes it easy to synchronize the data of a laptop and a desktop computer. It's much easier to send files between computers with a wireless network than by email, or CD.

    Plus, with the printer connected, you can also write things wherever you happen to be, press print, and go collect them from a printer connected to another computer. Printers plugged into 1 of the network's computers are shared by all the computers automatically.

    #4: Always ON

    Broadband revolutionized networking with internet connections being continuously connected -- no need to dial in every time. Wireless networking lets network connections be always-on, so any of your computers can connect to the internet whenever you want. Take laptops from room to room or out on the deck -- they'll have an internet connection. Plus, there's no need for excessive password entry.

    #5: Freedom!

    With wireless networking, you can even take your computer wherever the signal reaches. Going wireless is much like the switching from the old fashioned wall-mounted telephone to a cellular phone. The freedom is exhilarating.

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    About the Author
    Visit Wireless Internet to learn more. Ron King is a full-time researcher, writer, and web developer. Copyright 2005 Ron King. This article may be reprinted if the resource box is left intact.

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005

    PC Security & Housekeeping Basics With Cable Modem or DSL

    Daniel Punch

    High-speed Internet access via Cable Modem and DSL has made multi-media web browsing possible. I can remember when downloading the simplest of games could take an hour or more via a dial-up connection, and putting photos on a web page was taboo because even small thumbnail images took too long to load.

    These days it’s not uncommon for folks to have hundreds of music files, movie clips, & games on their hard-drive. It’s easy to fill up a 30-gigabyte drive because a song file can take only a few seconds to retrieve from a remote server. There was a time when a mere 64kb was a lot of space! My new toaster probably has more than that! But, I digress…

    These advancements in computing speed and power do come at a cost, but no one has ever taken the time to explain these caveats to us “regular” people. There are, at a minimum, a few things you should know regarding DSL or Cable Internet access.

    We’ll talk about two of the biggies in this article, namely: PC Security and Housekeeping.

    The fact that your DSL or Cable connection is “always on” has really opened up a can of worms if you are not informed & prepared to take some basic protective measures.

    It used to be, that when we dialed into the Net via a regular, analog modem our service provider (Earthlink, AOL, Prodigy, etc.) would assign an IP address to our PC each time. This address would change every time you hung up and called back in. That’s what they call a ‘Dynamic’ IP address: it changed when you reconnected. Think of your PI address as your PC’s phone number on the Net. Once you connect, that's how your machine is identified and how your data or traffic gets routed to you.

    We entered the era of high-speed access & with it came the common use of ‘Static’ IP addresses. The address no longer changes because your machine is always connected to the Net. There’s no reason to reassign a new IP address because you don’t hang up. You generally keep the one you have for an extended period of time.

    Why should this matter to you? Well, just like after having the same phone number for a while almost guarantees you’ll be getting interrupted during mealtime (marketing time), a Static IP address can leave your machine open to thorough probing from the outside and the ill-intentions of others on the Net. The more time a hacker can spend trying to access your machine, the better his chances of success.

    In other words, it’s harder to hit a moving target (a dynamic IP address), but you ain’t goin’ anywhere if you have a Cable Modem or DSL!

    And remember, while there are laws here in the US, which aim to protect you & I from these rogue villains, the Net is literally a no-mans-land. Our laws do not apply & are ignored & even scoffed at in some of the places where hacking attempts originate.

    Don’t panic, though, there are things you can do to minimize the chances that prying eyes will find their way into your machine.

    First and foremost, be sure you have some sort of Firewall installed. A firewall is designed to minimize the chances of an outside attacker being successful. Notice I said minimize? No security on the Net is foolproof. Period. Someone once remarked that the only way to safeguard a PC is to turn it off, disconnect it, cut all of the wires, and bury it in the ground & then MAYBE, it would be safe from hacking attempts!

    A correctly configured firewall can help you beat the odds. If the hacker is having a tough time getting in to your PC thanks to a Firewall, they’d be better off trying another, less stubborn machine.

    There are a couple of different types of Firewalls for you to consider; the first & most common being a Software Firewall. If you have Cable or DSL service, your provider probably gave you at the very least an introductory or trial version of a Software Firewall like McAffee or Norton Internet Security.

    Spend some time getting to know these programs and their settings. It can save you a lot of heartache.

    The second, common type is a hardware Firewall. It’s an actual device that gets plugged into your connection just before your PC. Properly configured and maintained, a hardware firewall is considered by many to be the most effective in preventing snooping and attacks.

    What do I mean by maintained, you ask?

    That brings us to the second part of this article: HOUSEKEEPING .

    First, and foremost, if your PC is running any version of Microsoft Windows, you should be visiting at least every month or so to check for any updates. Just follow the instructions on the web site.

    Hackers are constantly finding new security loopholes in Windows, and Microsoft, bless their hearts, frequently publishes free updates designed to plug these holes. Like I said earlier, no machine is hack-proof. Hackers frequently attack the FBI, CIA, Banks, and big corporations' computers. If they want in, they'll find a way. Just make it as difficult as you can for them.

    If your machine is running sluggishly, you might want to defragment your hard drive.

    I hear you, "What the hell does that mean?"

    Picture your new hard drive as a blank sheet of paper. When you install a new program or create a file on your hard drive, it starts to fill in information on this "blank sheet" . Over time, as programs are erased or as files are deleted, empty spaces begin to show up on the sheet. Now, when you install a new program or create a new file, your pc looks for the first available empty space on the sheet.

    What if the new file is larger than the empty space? Well, your pc will copy part of the file into that first space & the rest of it goes into the next available space. The process repeats itself until the entire file has been copied. See where I'm going here? After time, parts of nearly all of your files can be scattered all over the place. That's called fragmentation.

    When you go to use the file, it takes more time to find each part & put it back together than it would if the file was all in order & all in one piece.

    Luckily, you can fix this. Windows comes with a utility called a "de-fragmenter". On my PC, which runs Windows 2000, I can access the defragmenter by clicking "Start", "Programs", "Accessories", "System Tools", and then "Disk Defragmenter". The location may be slightly different on your PC.

    Once you've found the program, run it, & click on the Analyze button. Windows will check your hard drive & show you what percentage of the files are split-up. It will also make a recommendation as whether or not you should de-fragment the drive.

    Defragmenting a drive can take a long time, so, you might want to run it just before you go to bed at night, or before you leave for work in the morning.

    One more housekeeping tip:

    Why waste valuable hard drive space? Un-install any programs you no longer use by clicking "My Computer", then "Control Panel", then "Add/Remove Programs".

    Windows will show you a list of registered programs installed on your system. If you click on any of the program names, Windows will show you the size of the program, and how frequently you have used it, and the date you last ran it. Chances are, if you haven't looked in a while, you'll find some things there you'd totally forgotten about & no longer use. Get rid of the junk. It's like cleaning out the attic. The extra space can be used for "new junk".

    I've only covered the basics here, and these are the minimum steps you should take. For more information on maintaining the health of your computer, just do a search on Google or Yahoo for "PC housekeeping" (include the quotes).

    If you have neglected your poor PC, now is the time to make things right. You'll gain better performance & possibly thwart any future, bigger problems.

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