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Windows XP Tips

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Windows XP Tips

Windows XP Tips 01. Identify Faulty Device Drivers:
If you are having problems with lockups, blue screens, or can only get to safe mode, often the problem is due to a faulty device driver.
One way to help identify them is through the use of the Verfier program

  • Start / Run / Verifier
  • Keep the default of Create Standard Settings
  • Select the type of drivers you want to confirm
  • A list of drivers to be verified on the next boot will be shown.
  • Reboot
  • If your computer stops with a blue screen, you should get an error message with the problem driver
  • To turn off the Verifier, run verifier /reset

    02. Autoexec.nt or Config.nt Errors:
    If you are getting errors similar to:
    The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.

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  • What is E-mail etiquette?

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    What is E-mail etiquette?

    What is E-mail etiquette?Learn some proper e-mail etiquette by reading this article!
    Email is the foremost method of communication today. And, it is undoubtedly one of the most widely used methods of communication used today next to the telephone, the post office, and the FAX machine.
    Like every other form of communication, one must use proper etiquette when dealing with other human beings. There are, of course, rules of etiquette which pertain to email, and here they are:

    Rule Number One- Do not use all uppercase letters when typing in your email message. USING ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS in an email message is equivalent to shouting at someone in person. This is considered rude in Internet circles. If you want to make a word or words *stand out*, then you should place an asterisk directly before and directly after the word or group of words. Note the example given. This is an effective as well as proper way of emphasizing your thoughts in your email messages.
    Rule Number Two- Like a letter that is sent via the traditional snail mail method, or words that are said, once it is sent or they are said, they cannot be retrieved. emails are the same way. Therefore, before you send an electronic message, you should re-read it to make sure that you have said exactly the message that you want to express. You should also spell check the entire document in order to omit any possible spelling errors. That, and it never hurts to check your punctuation as well. Remember that your email message reflects on you as a person. If the spelling is poor, or if the grammar is lacking, then it does not make a good impression on the receiver.

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    Tips on Choosing a Projector

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    Tips on Choosing a Projector

    Tips on Choosing a Projector Projector Warranties: Return to Base Warranty
    This type of projector warranty is the most basic warranty as well as the most common. The way it works is if the data projector is not working, you have to pack it up and return it to the manufacturer. The manufacturer will repair the data projector and send it back to you. This is not the best warranty because you are without your data projector until they get it fixed and return it to you. The average repair time is 2 to 3 weeks. Plus, you could be looking at a longer wait because the repair parts might be on backorder. Projector warranties can be confusing and can vary greatly from one manufacturer to another.
    Projector Zoom Lenses: Manual Zoom Lens
    Most projectors have a zoom lens, allowing the adjustment of the image size without moving the DLP or LCD projector. A projector with a zoom factor of 1.2 xs will allow you to adjust the picture by only 20%. Look for a DLP or LCD projector with a higher zoom, as it will allow you to present an image that will match most any screen size.
    Some zoom lenses are maneuvered manually. For these manual zoom lens projectors, you typically adjust the zoom above the lens.
    Projector Warranties: Repair or Replace Warranty
    For Further Study.....
    Simply put, if your LCD projector is not working, an audio-visual technician will try to offer a solution or repair the projector over the phone. Once the audio-visual technician determines what needs to be done, the technician will come to your business to fix it. If the technician cannot fix the LCD projector, the manufacturer will replace the projector with a new one.
    Projector Warranties: Projector Lamp Warranty
    Lamp warranties range from 30 days to 6 months. If you are putting your digital projector into a rigorous environment, it may be worthwhile to find a projector with a better projector lamp warranty. Also, the some new inexpensive projectors tend to have a very short lamp warranty, as well as repair warranty. Look at this carefully when choosing a digital projector, because the immediate savings may result in a hefty repair cost down the road.
    Projector Warranties: Swap out Warranty
    This warranty is the best type of projector warranty, but not the most common. If your digital projector is in need of repair, a technician will first determine the problem over the phone. Next, you can send the digital projector to the manufacturer to fix and at the same time, they will send to you a loaner projector to use while yours is being repaired. You usually receive the loaner projector the next business day. The loaner projector is typically a used projector, but it will work well until you get your projector repaired. Obviously, once you get your original digital projector back from the manufacturer, you are responsible for returning the loaner projector.
    Disadvantages to Wireless Projectors
    With the advantages that wireless projectors offers, there are a few disadvantages as well.
    1. With wireless projection, there will be a slight delay when you give the projector a signal.
    2. You cannot project full motion video in real time when projecting wirelessly.
    3. The wireless projector will cost a little more than an equivalent projector that is equipped with standard cabling.
    4. There are possible security issues with wireless projecting.
    Projector Warranties: Dead on Arrival Warranty
    Several projector manufacturers offer a projector warranty protecting you if you plug in your new multimedia projector and it does not work. This situation is rare, but it does occasionally happen. With the Dead on Arrival Projector Warranty, you simply return the non-working projector and the manufacturer will rush another new model multimedia projector to you.
    Projector Zoom Lenses: Digital Zoom Lens
    Most projectors have a zoom lens, allowing the adjustment of the image size without moving the DLP or LCD projector. A projector with a zoom factor of 1.2 xs will allow you to adjust the picture by only 20%. Look for a DLP or LCD projector with a higher zoom, as it will allow you to present an image that will match most any screen size.
    A digital zoom lens on a projector allows you to further move into the frame by having the DLP or LCD projector continually resize the image. It is a nice feature to have in conjunction with manual/power zoom because as you move into the frame, the screen size remains the same.
    Advantages of Wireless Projectors
    Wireless projectors are becoming more widely available as more people are using wireless in their laptop computers and other technology. The main benefits of projecting wirelessly is as follows:
    1. Cabling issues are eliminated which makes your workspace tidier, less confusing, and signal loss through cabling is no longer a problem.
    2. Another advantage of projecting wirelessly is that you can switch between multiple PC servers easier.
    3. Another advantage of wireless projectors is that the presenter will also be able to have better mobility while presenting without walking around or tripping over wires.
    Which wireless projectors are the best for your application?

    What is the best cd recorder?

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    What is the best cd recorder?

    What is the best cd recorder?What can CD recorders do? Are they worth the price? What should I look for in a CD recorder?
    CD recorders have finally come down far enough in price to make them affordable to the average computer user. The next question that begs to be asked is, "Do I need one?" Now, most computer users would answer "Absolutely, it's the new toy I've been waiting for!" but if you are questioning the necessity of a CD recorder, I can tell you what they do.

  • Most CD recorders (also called CD burners) fit into your computer in one of the CDROM bays. I recommend installing it in an open bay and keeping your current CDROM. While the CD recorder can act as your primary CDROM, two CD drives can make some other recording features possible.
  • CD recorders are able to make and copy both data and audio CDs. This means that it is possible to backup your files or make a mix CD of your favorite songs. And because most CD recorders come with Adaptec Easy CD Creator, which comes with wizards to make CD creating easy, people with very little computer experience should have no problem getting started.
  • CD recorders are also able to copy both audio and data CDs. This is where the second CDROM drive can come in handy. This means that you can make backup copies of both your Windows CD and your favorite audio CD in case they were to get lost or scratched. Please note that copying a CD that you do not legally own or giving away a copy of your CD to someone can be against copyright laws.
  • The media that CD recorders use is usually referred to as CDRs or CDRWs. CDR stands for CD-Recordable and CDRW stands for CD-ReWritable. CD-R media should work in all types of CD-Recorders, but it takes a CD-ReWritable drive in order to use CDRW media. The great thing about CDRW media is that you can use it over and over again. You can just erase the disk and start fresh. The downside is that CDRW media does not work well for audio CDs. That doesn't mean that you can't make audio CDs with a CD-ReWritable drive, you just have to use a CDR disc.
  • So now the question is: "What type of CD recorder do I get?" There are a few basic choices that you must make to guide your purchase. First, if you want to have the ability to rewrite to CDs, then choose a CDRW drive, which are a little more expensive, but worth it. Second, the speed of the CD recorder will make a big difference in your satisfaction. Speed is given in the following format: 8X/4X/32X. The first number corresponds to the speed at which it will record. The second number refers to how fast it will rewrite, assuming it has the capability. The third number is how fast it will read off of the CD. The higher the numbers, especially the first one and second one, the faster you'll be able to make CDs.
  • As far as the brand of your CD recorder, my only suggestion is to buy a brand you've heard of. As is true with all computer products, there are a lot of companies out there making products. You can assume the big name companies will make a quality product, but you don't have that luxury with the smaller companies. Also, the smaller companies will generally not have customer support that is as good as the larger companies.
  • Buying a CD recorder can be a very fun process. Search around, find a good deal, and make sure to get a lot of media, because you would be surprised how fast they get used up.
  • Unusual Mobile Phone Tips

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    Unusual Mobile Phone Tips

    Unusual Mobile Phone Tips 1) Hidden Battery power
    Imagine your cell battery is very low, and your expecting an important call and you don't have a charger. Nokia phones come with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged again when you charge your phone next.

    2) Use your phone to open your car
    This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are home, call someone at home on your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the other person at your home press the unlock button on your spare keys, holding it near the phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ?remote? for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the boot).

    What is a proxy server, and how do they work?

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    What is a proxy server, and how do they work?

    Proxies are store-and-forward caches. When you configure your web browser to use a proxy, it never connects to the URL. Instead, it always connects to the proxy server, and asks it to get the URL for you. Proxies can be used as a sort of firewall, because it isolates you from connecting to the Internet.

    How does a proxy server work?
    A proxy server receives a request for an Internet service (such as a Web page request) from a user. If it passes filtering requirements, the proxy server, assuming it is also a cache server, looks in its local cache of previously downloaded Web pages. If it finds the page, it returns it to the user without needing to forward the request to the Internet. If the page is not in the cache, the proxy server, acting as a client on behalf of the user, uses one of its own IP addresses to request the page from the server out on the Internet. When the page is returned, the proxy server relates it to the original request and forwards it on to the user.
    To the user, the proxy server is invisible; all Internet requests and returned responses appear to be directly with the addressed Internet server. (The proxy is not quite invisible; its IP address has to be specified as a configuration option to the browser or other protocol program.)

    What are the advantages of using a proxy server?
    An advantage of using a proxy server is that its cache can serve all users. If one or more Internet sites are frequently requested, these are likely to be in the proxy's cache, which will improve user response time. In fact, there are special servers called cache servers.
    The functions of proxy, firewall, and caching can be in separate server programs or combined in a single package. Different server programs can be in different computers. For example, a proxy server may in the same machine with a firewall server or it may be on a separate server and forward requests through the firewall.
    There are different types of proxy servers with different features, some are anonymous proxies, which are used to hide your real IP address and some are used to filter sites, which contain material that may be unsuitable for people to view.
    When you connect to a web site, your true IP address will not be shown, but the proxy servers IP will, this does not mean that your completely anonymous. The proxy server will have logs of IP's that used the proxy server and the times.

    So why should you use a proxy?
    You can use a proxy server if you have a child and wish to restrict the sites they are viewing, you will need to make sure you get the correct type of proxy because not all proxies filter sites. You can use it to protect yourself, it can be used to hide your IP which is useful because it means hackers can not get info about you when using it. They will only get the proxy servers IP. Proxy servers are not hard to set up, no hardware or software is needed, you just need to configure your browser to connect through it.
    Some ISP's (Internet Service Providers) make all their users use a proxy server, for example in the United Arab Emirates, the main ISP makes all users use a proxy server which blocks sites with unsuitable material. It does this using the meta tags in the HTML code used to make the web page. Some ISP's may give you a choice so you can use one or not. If you want to use a proxy server there are many around with different functions, you just have to get the one that suits your needs best.

    Safe Browsing Tips

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    Safe Browsing Tips

    Safe Browsing Tips 01. Do not give full names out to unknown or untrusted people.
    02. Do not give credit card numbers out unless the person or organization that is getting the information is trusted.
    03. Do not give out social security numbers. Be very careful what information is given out in chat rooms and e-mails. Do not give phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers or any other sensitive information out.
    04. Be wary of people met online. Do not believe everything they say.
    05. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
    06. If you're logging into a web page that requires a user name and password or any other sensitive information, make sure that web pages is the right page. For example if the link to PayPal looks like www.paypa1.com (notice the "1" [one] instead of the "l" [letter L]) you'd know it's a bad link because it's not www.paypal.com, the legitimate site. In many cases false pages are crafted to look exactly like the legitimate ones. This is a common scam. Many times the links will come in your e-mail with a message threatening that the account will be shut down, or something of that nature. Be wary of such links in e-mail.
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