Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Sometimes after installing a new or updated software program you find yourself hunting for what used to be “simple commands” only to continue to get frustrated with it. While some people enjoy learning what new features are available within this program, others would like to remain with the simple pleasures of not having to re-train the ol’ brain. Thankfully there are what is known as “classic menus” that you can turn on or select by going through the programs preferences and views.
Personally, I love this OOBE (out of box experience) as in most cases with anything newly updated, they (the software creator) has incorporated all the good features and made them better and by that this typically means taking tasks that would normally take more then two or more clicks to complete and incorporate them in to one and so it is quite common to find yourself initially looking through the programs ‘preferences’ or ‘options’. I highly suggest this practice all of the time, as this is just like reading the table of contents of a book that you may find yourself interested in reading. It also helps learn all the shortcuts and stuff you never knew the program was capable of. All it takes is TIME and this is where we unfortunately find ourselves getting frustrated.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
from windows 98 and XP days, this is the weak link within the Windows
XP operating system. If you have outlook, you are going to be better
off using that, especially if you have Office 2007. Note that the
Windows Mail within Vista is similar to Outlook and is a lot more
secure then outlook express.
If you have Windows Vista then you would have had no choice but to
learn the new program. Fortunately with Outlook, it doesn't feel that
much different then Outlook express. Sure the Office 2007 looks a lot
different then the earlier forms of Office, but given a few hours of
playing around with it, or using the OPTIONS/PREFERENCES and see what
changes you can make, you shouldn't have that much trouble at all.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
It is fast, I will give it that, so if you are using a somewhat slow computer, which could be classified as, say, 1 GB processor or less, or a computer with 256mb of RAM memory, you will be pleasantly surprised with this. I have noticed however, that some websites may not open or be displayed in the correct fashion, due to the way it handles java script but because it is a work in progress, you should be expected for some items to still need a little tweaking. To use this browser as a second browser is probably a good choice.
An update on what I have written with regards to using it as a second browser, it is interesting to learn through a recent ARS Technica post that Google will take the browser out of Beta status in the new year and go head to head with Microsoft's IE, as IE8 is also right around the corner.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I am sure it has happened to you before… you are downloading/saving a large file to your computer and you get disconnected or for whatever reason, the download doesn’t complete and you end up starting the entire process over. Some people will go and install a download manager which will optimize the download speeds and resume from where it left off and can even change the downloading site if it recognizes the speeds are not what they could be. This is good for the advanced user maybe, but for the average person that only wants to download the file already… you can click to save the file and simply point to the file that was already created during the failed download. It will prompt you if you want to overwrite this file and if you choose YES, it will continue from where it left off.
Now some people may try this and find it doesn’t work. This will most likely be because they are attempting to try this using the Internet Explorer browser, and if you are then not only do you want to install the Avant Browser, but you may want to give the Google Chrome browser a try and if nothing else, have the Firefox Browser as a backup. The SOFTWARE/SUPPORT page has all the browsers I suggest using, as well as the anti-spyware/malware programs your computer requires to stay optimized and clear from the bad bugs.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Why is it that when we see something strange happening on our computer screen, such as the mouse moving all by itself, we panic and attempt to take drastic measures to stop this?
I don’t know how many times I am working away on a client computer remotely when all of a sudden I lose control of the mouse, quickly recognizing that a user has come to use the computer, I make attempts to contact them via chat or attempt to disable the mouse from the user before they pull the plug! Instead of taking a moment to see what that mouse pointer is doing, you would probably notice that it is not doing harmful things and in fact appears to be fixing itself and that is the entire point I attempt to make with all of my clients as I try to perform the various updates and cleaning/maintenance when the computer is not busy. The real puzzling thing for me is when this panic attack happens only after I was the one that received the distress call with regards to computer problems in the first place, prompting me to connect and diagnose/repair the problem. Fortunately in most cases when this panic attack happens and the system gets rebooted, I am not in the middle of a major firmware upgrade or something but I must say I can only laugh about it when it happens. After all the only other thing I can do is get upset and irritated, when communication is definitely the key here. When the initial connection was made to repair the problem, this brief departure from the repair due to the system rebooting usually ends up a big learning experience for the end user and isn’t it good to learn something new every day?
Saturday, November 01, 2008
I must admit I do shop more online now, more then ever before, partly because websites are making it so much easier to get the things you are looking for, and get it quick and cheap, thanks to such websites like retailmenot.com it makes entering a coupon code a snap, saving you even more, when you make your final purchase.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thanks to a client of mine for directing me to this presentation.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I have also discovered what I would consider a bug in which I am currently researching either a repair patch or .. whatever, must be done to fix a problem when you open 'computer'
I just learned that installing the latest Microsoft laser mouse software does help when using Vista (or maybe for XP as well, but my laptop is running on Vista 32 bit Premium) and the default setting for the middle mouse/scroll wheel is "instant viewer" and I was blown away by what it did, much like the 'switch screens' quick launch icon, it gives a pretty trick display of switching between (or just leaving it) in that mode, as I often am multitasking between computer screens using remote connection it is a wonderful way to make my one screen in to many. The key to this is having true real-time display in each window.
Since I know those computers that use logitech hardware, will have many items in which I would typically disable, such as the Logitech Desktop Messenger, which is nothing more then what I already block, the windows messenger. This doesn't mean you can't use Windows Live Messenger at all, this just closes the availability of this port to any other bot that might attempt to open it, as I believe this is why it is an option in such programs as X-Setup, that have a registry hack for this, as do other programs like Autoruns . I also use a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard.
This being said, it is not uncommon to find yourself looking at the 22" LCD Monitors when initially shopping for the 19" as well, in wide-screen edition, and when you double it, providing you with gives you two monitors to do your multi-tasking at a grand scale since you have 44" of desktop space) , is rapidly becoming the 'default' desktop system for the avid computer user as LCD Monitor prices are rather impressive as the margins between the two grow slim.
TIP-Send To Anyfolder for Vista
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
To resolve this problem, register the Ole32.dll file.
2. In the RegSvr32 dialog box, click OK.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thanks to Marc Canter for introducing this one to me.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
..found through solution search
Note this has the potential to render your system inoperable so be sure you know what you are doing! I highly suggest pointing this link to your computer technician, should you have troubles with passwords and ask them to help only to have them tell you that you are screwed! You aren't if you get them to follow this.
My website and the SOFTWARE/SUPPORT page can be quite possibly the most help you need so be sure to know what you are doing before digging yourself even deeper!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
because you may find something written on it like, "press here to lock
end". Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in
place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then
looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the
number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying
to cover something up. Isn't technology great!
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The best approach to educate those with anger management issues and computer problems-not to mention some serious animation and marketing!
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Windows XP in June of 2008, even though Dell (and Lenovo) are planning
on selling it along with the Vista already installed.
I think this is great news, even though people are crying the blues
over the fact they need to move to Vista, for me it means less
security headaches as I have most definitely noticed probably half as
many security problems with Vista machines over the past year,
compared to XP machines, not to mention if technology is going to push
forward, we need to stop using old technology and believe in change,
even if it means dealing with an (arguably) worse operating system.
The way I see vista is, on a new machine, which has the hardware and
memory, Vista works fine. Sure there are the typical driver issues but
if you think back about 6 years ago, people were complaining about XP
as well, saying how much of a dog it is.
By Microsoft finally letting go of the old (XP) and the fact that so
many truly do not like Vista, it may provide for a faster introduction
to a newer O/S .. bring on Windows 7!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Please refer to the following information which was provided on the website in the Terms and Conditions:
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The above rules and activation instructions were very clear on our web page at the time of purchase and we will, therefore, not be granting any exceptions to activate the bonus passes after the deadline date. If you were experiencing web problems, our Technical Support Team would have been available to assist you.
We regret that we are unable to comply with your request and trust you can appreciate our position as we must remain fair and consistent to all of our passengers with similar requests.
We appreciate your interest in our Flight Pass product and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you onboard in the near future.
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Monday, April 28, 2008
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Our current processing time is 15 business days for general customer concerns and 8 weeks for baggage related issues. There is no need to re-submit your information, we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
commenting on a blog post and/or asking that I blog more or have
questions in which they say "you can just blog about it if you want"..
thanks.. and that is what I wish to be doing as well.. blog more!
Thing is you need to find (or make) the time by prioritizing the rest
of your day's tasks and for me, it appears I need to have a manager
manage my time for me because their just is not enough of it in one
day to get through HALF of the things I really WANT to be doing!
The questions I am getting are pretty much tech related, which is a
good thing, since if it wasn't technical, I am not sure how much I
would be able to help, other then send along the results of a Google
search (which you should be able to do on your own) but as I am
finding that is not always the case either... the searching for things
on your own-that is. These questions are in most cases, comparison
shopping. That is, in the market for a new TV for example, wanting to
know which is better, LCD or Plasma. The old VCR died and wants to
know if buying a DVD writer for the home entertainment system is a
good replacement for the VHS.
I am therefore finding my best time to actually get to the blogging
happens to be when I am on the road, away from my bench which is where
my time is spent FIXING, more then it is developing and expressing...
... this is all going to change (I promise) I want to blog more, I
want to get my thoughts and ideas and comments about the direction the
world is going with regards to technology and how we humans control
So to answer the most asked question.. LCD or PLASMA
Initially with Plasma, it seemed the life span was about 5 years
whereas the plasma gas would burn out, giving a dull image that was
sub-par for any hi-end television. This is NOT completely true as it
turns out this does happen, but the 5 year life is probably some
marketing answer in order for you to be purchasing that new TV in 5
years. The fact is, most electronic items we use have built in
obsoleteness but mostly because it has some sort of an operating
system which is what actually runs out of time. If you look at the
evolution of the Television and how it went from 'one in every home'
to 'one in every room', you should also look to the new purchase as
one that will most likely happen again in 5 or so years, therefore
placing the most recent purchased one to main viewing room and the
older one to another room and the oldest being sold through a garage
sale or dropped for recycle due to it just not working anymore.
That being said Plasma should definitely be considered for your next
TV. In fact such items as viewing angle should be considered as well
as placement of the unit. Since Plasma has been known to have a wider
viewing angle and (arguably) warmer/richer colours. Since cost should
always be a consideration, it should be pointed out that buying a
brand name not always means getting a better unit, but it may mean a
better warranty, however are you buying a TV on the grounds that it is
going to break down? When I talk of cost, I refer to more bang for
your buck with regards to features pretty much. For example, if I
can get a 47" with better specs than the 52", I would be buying the
47". As for those specs... contrast ratio is the brightness of the
unit. This is where LCD will most likely be better then the Plasma.
HD is obvious. You shouldn't be buying an HD compatible (sometimes
displayed as "HD ready) tv as this will typically mean purchasing an
additional component to make it HD. Moreover, if you do plan on
plugging this unit in to a sound system, the digital I/O (input/
output) becomes a key in my opinion, since with digital you are
dealing with ONE cable instead of 4 or more and that can make a big
difference when it comes to the wiring of some of these units.
Bottom line on any new purchase, get more then one opinion. This means
DON'T just go in to the store you know and trust and take the word of
the salesperson. Get the bottom line price and even go as far as
getting them to put it aside if necessary (to ensure the salesperson
you are serious about buying a tv) but then go home and SLEEP ON IT!
Don't just buy it and then wonder if you made the best decision. Sure
it isn't like you are buying a new home or car but it is still a
pretty major purchase from the point that you will be spending HOURS
AND HOURS in front of this thing and so your eyes will for sure be
thankful of your investment if not your ears.. but sound systems is
for another day! Bigger is not always better, but in my opinion, when
it comes to buying a new 'big screen' I am first going to see just how
big the room will allow and then look for the largest unit that will
fit and work my way down with regards to the specifications of each
product I look at. You already should be under the notion you will
only get 5 years out of this baby before needing (or wanting) a new
one... that certainly shouldn't mean the unit will die the day after
it turns 5 but with any electronic technology, what comes off the
assembly line now will stop being manufactured in about 3 months and
will have a new model within 6 months.
Finally, once you have purchased that new unit, STOP LOOKING IN THE
FLYERS! You are only going to be disappointing yourself as with any
new technology as mentioned previously, it is always changing and
improving therefore looking at what you could have purchased if you
were to have only waited that extra month is foolish.. there will
always be something better.....
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Carbonite began the first phase of a system upgrade early Monday morning. Due to a server glitch, a small number of customers using Carbonite version 3.5.89 have been unable to reconnect, even though Carbonite's servers were unavailable for only a few hours.
We've identified your computer ************** as one of those that may be affected. (Carbonite will alert you that it can't connect to our servers by displaying a flashing red lock icon with an alert symbol in your system tray.)
Don't worry, your backup is safe, but it will not be updated until you take steps to reconnect to our servers:
Option 1: Download a hotfix
1) Go to http://www.carbonite.com/hotfix
2) Click the 'Run' button on the two dialog boxes that appear
3) Carbonite should reconnect to the server shortly after you've applied the hotfix
(Note: If you are still having problems connecting to our servers after applying the hotfix, please reinstall Carbonite according to the directions below.)
Option 2: Reinstall the latest version of Carbonite as follows:
1) Go to http://www.carbonite.com/manage to log in to your account
2) Click the 'My Protected Computers' tab
3) Click the 'Reinstall' button, and follow the instructions to reinstall Carbonite on your computer
As soon as you've either applied the hotfix or reinstalled Carbonite, your backup should resume immediately from where it left off.
We apologize for the inconvenience this causes.
The Carbonite Team
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Dear Carbonite Customer,
Carbonite began the first phase of a system upgrade early Monday morning. Due to a server glitch, a number of customers using Carbonite version 3.5.89 have been unable to reconnect since that time, even though Carbonite's servers were unavailable for only a few hours.
We've identified your computer ************* as one of those affected.
Don't worry, your backup is safe, but it will not be updated until you reinstall the latest version of Carbonite as follows...