Canned Air - Can It Burn Up Your PC?
I'm sure you've all heard us talk about canned air before in some of our tips. We use it here quite often and I'm willing to bet that a lot of you use it too. But, for those who don't know, what is canned air? Well, it's basically air that is sold in a pressurized can that is used to clean out dust, dirt and any other grime that may exist in hard to reach places. It's mostly used on sensitive electronic devices, including the insides of computers and between keyboard keys.
Canned air comes with a long nozzle that shoots out a blast of air, which blows out all of the debris found in tight areas. A good rule of thumb is to use canned air whenever you have a spot to clean that a vacuum or a piece of cloth cannot reach. Now, the air used for canned air is not the same as the air we all breathe. The mixture is often made up of nitrogen and other harmless gases. It is also known to be ozone safe, which is always good.
Now, even though canned air is safe to use on your computer, etc., you do need to pay attention to the kind you buy. A wonderful WorldStart reader informed me that there are two types of canned air: flammable and non-flammable. The can will clearly say whether it's flammable or not, so make sure you read the label closely. If a certain propellant in the canned air mixes with a high voltage from your computer, it could cause flames. So, even if you think air is non-flammable, don't be so sure. Read the label and just be as careful as possible when working with canned air. It's better to be safe than sorry. At least that's what I always say!
Make sure you keep reading to learn how you can create your very own pre-made e-mail subject line, find out how you can get a new one in MS Outlook and learn all about what you need to do to keep your computer regular. Also, find out how you can always see your pictures first with today's digital photography tip and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!
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Smartly engineered, this motion sensor light is perfect for both indoors and outdoors! Hang it with two screws, and it automatically will turn on as you walk by it! On those dark winter days, you have to admit that having a light that automatically turns on right outside your door will be really nice as you are trying to figure out which key is your house key!
A great indoor place for one of these lights is in a closet. I don't know how many times I wished I had a bright light in there so I could tell the difference between my black shoes and my brown shoes! And guess what? This light is sooo bright that it lights up my entire closet, and I don't have to worry about messing with wires to install it!
I am tellin' ya- this light is perfect! Just click on the "on" switch, and whenever it detects motion, the 7 LEDs click on and really brighten up your path! Better yet, these lights seem even brighter because of the mirror in the background that reflects even more light! How cool is that? This automatic motion senor light is fabulous!
Oh, and I just gotta tell ya about more more feature that I just adore! The light folds in half. This is really cool. Say I need my light to point more downward than out, all I have to do is bend the light to a 90 degree angle and the light will reflect straight down. But if I want the light to shine outward, all I have to do is push the light up and it really reflects outward, lightening up soooo much space! Check out this pic to get a better idea of what I am talkin' about! See how it is folded at a 90 degree angle? isn't that cool!
Oh, and I have to mention it one more time- this cool light is battery operated! So I didn't have try to mess with my house's wiring! Plus, I can hang this awesome light in places wires are unavailable- for example, in a kitchen cabinet! Now how cool is that!!! :-)
I just picked up 3 of these lights- one for my closet, one for a cabinet under my sink, and one for my backdoor! I am just sooo impressed with this light, and I know you will be too!
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Note: If the person who clicks it is using AOL or a Web based e-mail program, this probably isn't going to work. Their e-mail software may start it (AOL), but I'm not sure if there's going to be a subject line that says "hi steve" in the end. If you use a Web based e-mail client, this is a for sure no go. Sorry!
For the rest of you, here's how it all works with compatible software.
mailto: - This tells your Web browser or e-mail client that the link you're clicking is an e-mail link and to start your e-mail program. With most e-mail software, the "mailto" part is automatically inserted (in a sneaky, behind the scenes sort of way) when you type an e-mail address out and hit Enter.
firstname.lastname@example.org - This is just the e-mail address you want the message sent to.
?subject= - This tells the software that you want whatever comes after the "=" (equal sign) to be in the subject line of the e-mail.
hi steve - Okay, here's the tricky part. This is where you specify what you want automatically inserted in the subject line. Note that there is a space between the words "hi" and "steve." If you type this into Outlook Express (and most other e-mail clients), you'll find it only links the word "hi" and not "steve." (Nope, computers still can't read minds!)
So, what's the trick? Well, you have to use an "insert hyperlink" tool. Most e-mail programs will have this and surprisingly enough, it's usually found under the Insert menu.
Let's try an example using Outlook Express. Start a new mail message and hit the Insert menu, Hyperlink. Note that you can only do this from the new message screen, not the main program.
On the resulting screen, type: mailto:email@example.com?subject=hi steve
Note that you can pull the "mailto:" part down from the little drop down box, so you don't have to type it.
Click the OK button and you're all set. When your link is clicked, the subject line you specified will be put in automatically.
Now, what if you send the e-mail in plain text and can't insert a hyperlink? Well, it's not as pretty, but you can use something like:
The little dash between the words "hi" and "steve" keep the string together. When your recipient gets the e-mail, their software will probably make the link "clickable." (And who knows, maybe your software made it clickable when you hit Enter).
But, by using this method, you'll get a subject line that looks like: "hi-steve."
Not too terribly bad either way, I guess.
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Get a New One
So, you know about Ctrl + N in MS Word, right? It gives you a new blank document based on the Normal template.
Also, in Excel, Ctrl + N gives you a new blank workbook.
It seems like, in the MS Office Suite, Ctrl + N is all about a "new one," but what does Ctrl + N give you in MS Outlook?
After all, just in case you haven't noticed, there's a ton of stuff included in Outlook.
It has the usual e-mail, but it also has task lists, sticky notes, a calendar, a journal, contacts, etc.
So, the question must be asked: "What exactly will Ctrl + N do in a program that has so much?"
The answer is really quite simple.
Ctrl + N will give you a new item for whatever part of the program that's currently active.
For example, if you're in your e-mail and you hit Ctrl + N, you'll get a new e-mail.
In the Notes section, you'll get a brand new note ready for your input and in the calendar area, you'll get a new appointment.
I'm sure you get the idea!
Ctrl + N: The multi-purpose keyboard command!
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Think about how many outlet spaces you are saving by combining the adapter and the night light. I recently picked up four of these, one for both of my bathrooms, one for my kitchen, and one for my laundry room, all places where light and outlet space is extremely valuable.Extra outlet space is always a wonderful thing to have, and this adapter allows you to have both the extra light and the extra outlets that you need!
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You are in the middle of watching the big game on Sunday and during the commercial break you flip to the other station to check out a few more scores, then as you go to flip back to your game- the remote dies. GRRRRRRRRR! So what do you do? Get up, go to the junk drawer to see if you have any spare batteries, right? Of course, you find probably 10 batteries scattered across the bottom of the drawer, but you don't know if any of those batteries work, and now you know you are missing out on valuable game time!!!
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Do you use a lot of CDs? How about DVDs? Either way, it's very important for you to take good care of them so that you're able to use them for years to come. But what if you're not sure how to properly care for them? I mean, what techniques are the best and what should or shouldn't you do? Well, all the answers you need can be found in today's tip right on our homepage, so head on over there and check it out!
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Keep It Regular
Yep, here it is again. I like to keep this tip on a constant rotation, because I think it's filled with tons of great information for any computer user. So, here it is once again. Take it or leave it!
I know you've heard over and over again the things you should do or actions you should take to keep your computer safe and secure. And while all that's great, isn't it a little hard to remember all those things on a day to day or a month to month basis? Wouldn't it be nice to just have a list to print out to remind you when those things need to be done?
Well, wait no longer. Below is a list of some of the things I thought of that everyone should do on a regular basis. These are things I do to my own computer as well, because it's just that important!
Okay, to get started, one of the more obvious practices is that you should run an antivirus scan at least biweekly, if not every week. Now, I use the Norton antivirus software, but there are several options out there, with most of them working in a similar way. Most programs will allow you to set up a time for the scan to run, so you don't have to worry about running it manually each time. If you want it to run at 4:00 on Friday afternoon, it will just automatically do that for you, with no hassle. The antivirus programs also have certain boxes that you should keep checked in case of a problem. For example, in Norton, you can choose to have the Auto-Protect on all the time, as well as, have it start automatically every time Windows starts up. In Norton, you also have options to go through on how you would like an infected file to be taken care of. You can choose to have it repaired, have it quarantined if the repair failed or deny any access to the file itself. These are just a few of the choices you get along with an antivirus scan. Just take some time to browse through the Options menu in the antivirus software you use and you'll be all set.
Along with the above tip, you should also run your Live Update scan regularly. That way, you won't miss any of the updates the program has to offer. I, for one, run my Live Update each morning before I check my e-mail here at the office. It only takes a few minutes and it's just a simple way of ensuring that the computer is safe before all those junk e-mails come rollin' through.
Next, another smart thing to have on your computer is an adware/spyware program. This isn't as serious as virus protection, but it is very important. Programs such as SpyWare Killer or Acronis are good starts to this protection option. There are also programs such as SpyBot or AdAware out there to help keep you safe. You should also consider getting some sort of a firewall program like ZoneAlarm.
Now, on to some more! There are several things you can do to your computer to clean up space. For one, you should run a disk cleanup pretty regularly to make sure nothing is eating away at your space. To do this, click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and look for the C: drive. Right-click on that and choose Properties. This will bring up a pie chart of how much space is being used and how much you have left. It has all kinds of information there for you regarding your disk space, so you can check and make sure you have the appropriate amount of disk space left. Just click on the Disk Cleanup button and let it run. You may be amazed at how much stuff that will remove from your computer. It may all be unnecessary stuff that you didn't even know was infested on your PC!
I actually had a problem with this awhile back. It may have been something some of you have faced before too. I kept getting a little pop up box down in the bottom right hand corner of my screen that said something like "You are running on an extreme low amount of disk space. Please remove items, etc." I didn't understand, because all I had on my laptop were some school files and things like that. There was nothing major and definitely nothing that could take up that much space. I went to the Disk Cleanup spot several times and no matter how much stuff was removed from my computer, the warning bubble kept popping up. I finally found out that I was somehow using around 48 GB of space and I only have a total of 52.3! I was just floored. There was no way I was using that much space. So, I took my PC to a friend and he was able to get all the unnecessary files off and now I'm only using 7.37 GB and I have 44.9 GB of space left. What a change, huh? There was some sort of program that was multiplying itself and it was just eating up all of my space. So anyway, the moral of the story is to check your disk space regularly to make sure something like this isn't getting ahold of all your space.
Another thing you can do to clean up some space is go through your Add/Remove programs (Start, Control Panel) and clean up some of the unwanted items in there. There always seems to be some sort of program or attachment that you don't need, so you might as well get rid of it and use the space for something else, right? The Add/Remove list also tells you when you last used a program, so it's easy to tell if you should get rid of it or not. If you haven't used it in the last month or so, I say, "Get it outta there!"
You should also go through all your files (I know, that may take awhile) and clean some stuff out of those too. I know there's several things on my computer that I don't need anymore, like school papers I had written, some pictures and even some music files. That sort of stuff is safe to delete off your computer, if you're sure you're never going to need it again. It will just free up some space for you and help your computer run more smoothly. You don't have to do this weekly or anything, but every two or three months may not be a bad idea. You can also help your PC by deleting old e-mails completely off your system. If you're never going to read them again, why waste the space? Getting rid of all those forwards you get and things like that will help your e-mail program and your system work better. Make sure you delete them from your deleted folder as well, not just from your Inbox.
There are just a couple more things you can do to keep your computer safe, secure and running smooth! If you surf the Internet a lot, clean out your Web browser history often and delete your cookies and files. This task is simple. Just go to your Web browser, click on Tools, Internet Options and under Temporary Internet Files, click Delete Cookies and Delete Files. Then under History, click on Clear History. This gets rid of the history of all the Web pages you've visited and all that comes with those. It's a good idea to do this every so often.
You can also clear up unused icons on your desktop. I know I used to have tons of icons sitting on my desktop that I never used. I never knew how annoying it was until I cleaned mine up and now I just have one row of icons and that's it. I can see that picture of my dogs that I have as my wallpaper much better now! You can put all of these unused icons into their own folder or you can just delete them for good. That's up to you! Either way, it's a good thing to do.
One last thing! It's also a good idea to empty out your Recycle Bin when you get a chance. After you've deleted all this stuff from your PC, you'll want to make sure it's gone permanently by deleting it out of your Recycle Bin. Just find the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop, right click on it and choose Empty Recycle Bin. It will throw away all that junk for you!
Well, there ya go. These are just a few practices you can do to keep your PC up and running as well as possible. You don't want it bogged down with all that junk, so help it out and clean it up. It will serve you better too!
See Your Pictures First
You've probably attached a picture to an e-mail before or maybe you even put it in the body of the message. Maybe you've opened it in your imaging software or Web authoring program as well. Either way, if you have, you know how annoying it is to be faced with a mess of file names. So, wouldn't it be nice to know what those pictures look like before you insert them? I thought so. Let's find out how you can make that happen!
With some programs, like Adobe's Photoshop for example, there is a preview window, but what about those that don't have that option?
Well, with Windows ME through XP, you can view your images as thumbnails right from the selection window. All you have to do is right click a blank area of the window, go to View and then select Thumbnails.
By doing that, you'll see a thumbnail view of your pictures first.
It's much easier to select the right picture when you know for sure what it looks like. Give it a try!
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I can’t stand to have a song stuck in my head. That's especially true if all I have is just the tune and not the lyrics or if I can only remember a few of the words to a song. That makes it really hard to do a lyric search to find it. But, I need not ever fear that again, because I’ve found Name My Tune and with that, I can get other people to help me out.
Sing – This is the section where you can put your song out there to get named. What do you need? Well, all you need is a microphone. Yep, that’s it! Choose your microphone from the drop down list, click Next, record your tune and click Next again. Now, you need to choose the genre, era and your e-mail address and then click Submit. After that, people can start identifying your tune.
Listen – This is the section that lets you listen to tunes and identify them yourself. The flip side to the sing section, of course! To start, select a genre and an era and click Search. You can leave this set to Any to get a completely random selection. To listen, click Playback and if you know the name of the tune, click the Name This Tune button underneath the player. If you don’t know it, you can move ahead to the next tune by clicking the Next tune button.
Help – If you’ve had trouble in any of these sections, you can head over to the Help section, which will walk you through it step by step and probably answer whatever questions arise.
Are you ready to name those tunes? Well, get out there and start listening! Only you can put someone else’s mind to rest by naming their tune!
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Monday, October 27, 2008
Computer Tips [ Don't Burn Up Your Computer + Smart Ways To Maintain Your PC + Cool E-mail Trick ] 10/28/08
Personal & Educational Use Only This blog consists mainly of FREE newsletters from computer web gurus that I receive. I thought you might like to see them all in one place than try to discover them on your own. A moderate amount of editing may be done to eliminate unrelated repetitious ads or unnecessary text which bloat the post. However I have given the authors full credit and will not remove their site links because you deserve to see where it comes from and they deserve to get credit for what they have written. Your use of this site is simply for educational purposes. For more computer-related help go to: CPEDLEY.COM for free software, advice and tips on low cost products which are very helpful. If you want to contact the editor, please go CPEDLEY.COM and check the Contact page for email address.