First of all, if you're not sure what defragmentation means, please read here before you continue on with this tip. Then once you have the basics down, please read on! Alright, so it seems like I've had a lot of people ask me lately how often they should defrag their computer. That's a legit question and since so many of you want to know, I'm not going to waste any more time before I tell you. This is some very important information, so please keep reading if you care about your computer even in the least bit. Here we go!
Basically, how often you should defrag your computer depends on what you use your PC for. If you only use it for a few simple tasks, you probably won't need to run the defrag as often. On the other hand, if you use your computer for some major duties, you'll need to run it more. For example, maybe you only use your computer to send and receive e-mails, play a few games here and there, create a few Word documents or to just simply surf the Web. If that's the case, you can probably get by with defragging once a month or so. But, if you use your computer to play games all day long, download all kinds of music, videos and movies or if you create high-end graphics, you should defrag at least once a week.
Again, it all just depends on what you do with your PC. If you run it really hard most of the time, there will be a lot more data stored in your system that will need to be defragged. That way, everything will be neatly organized and ready for your next endeavor. All in all, the more you defrag, the longer your hard drive will function in top speed for you. Otherwise, it could run ragged and really start to bog you down too. One last thing: Just in case you're not sure how to get to the defrag window, go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter. Now you have no excuses left for not running your defrag. Get it done!
Don't stop now! Make sure you keep reading to learn all about defragmented vs. fragmented files, find out how you can scroll faster in MS Word and learn how you can locate any e-mail addresses you may have misplaced. Also, be sure to stay safe by reading this week's security article thanks to Gary and as always, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy!
WOW! Today's Digital Doorbuster!
You'll Never Need Another Flashdrive!
One Of The Biggest We've Ever Offered!
16 Whoppin' Gigs Of Space!
Replaces 23 CD-Roms!
Warning - Less Than 100 Available!
OK, we've had some seriously big flash drives in the past, but this one takes it to a new level! You read those headlines right - this is an enormous 16 Gigs of storage - impressive huh? I don't know about you, but I'm amazed that they could put THAT much storage in that small of a space!
A drive like this really makes you rethink flash drives! For example, I take along a portable hard drive when I go out of town shooting photos - but most of the time this would have plenty of space for all my backups - and it's tiny enough to ride completely unnoticed in my pocket!
Plus, with this much storage, you could really forget about storing ANY data on your computer - you could use this instead! Imagine - ALL of your data completely portable! With the amount of space on this, you could easily install software on it too! You could eliminate the need for a laptop with this thing! Imagine - just plug into any computer and instantly have all your data and software at your fingertips!
As for storage, here are some examples of what you could load onto this drive:
That's a LOT of data! Of course, you can also use these as a backup device! Now that's an easy to store - and reuse - backup idea!
Of course, these are USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.x) so they are seriously fast. Hey with 16 Gigs to fill, you need the speed! Plus, these are 100% Plug & Play with Windows XP & Vista - no drivers, no messin' around. Just plug it in and go!
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Make The Best Movie In The World- Your Own!
Movie Magic Made Incredibly Easy!!
Turn Your Movies Into Amazing Video CDs Or Post 'Em Online
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What An Amazing Deal!
MovieShop Select 6 is a program that I am soooo excited to tell ya about! If you shoot video (whether it is from a video camera, web cam, or digital camera), this is one piece of software you just gotta own! It's great!
How many times have you shot some amazing footage, but really wished you could do a little editing to make it even better? You know what I mean right? Think of all those home movies that you have to endure that include all kinds of mind-numbing parts - mindless conversations, camera left on as someone walks, maybe a tripod shot that covers an entire (yawn) event. Of course, somewhere on that video, something really great happens. Next time you want to watch that film, what are you going to do? Fast forward through all those boring parts, right? Wouldn't it be great if there were a way to edit the movie so you could keep the good and toss the bad? Of course it would be!
Well, that is why you gotta check out MovieShop Select 6! This program is too cool! And it will really (REALLY) make your home videos PERFECT!
Now many of you probably think that creating your own movies is a real pain in the neck- well not with the help of this stellar program! Wait until you load it into your computer! You're going to be amazed at how easy it is to make really cool movies with just a few simple clicks of the mouse! This program really makes that special movie magic phenomenally simple! In fact, you'd better set some time aside before you start with this one - it's really hard to pull yourself away! I did one movie really quick, then started going through my massive collection of videos on my computer - 3 hours later (felt like 20 minutes) I came up for air! I was having a real blast!
Now, I know what you're thinking - With all that cutting, slicing and stretching, video editing could be a very long, boring process- NOT with MovieShop Select 6! This program has all of the advanced video editing tools but it is super easy to use too- all thanks to the amazing comprehensive tutorials that make editing your movies and creating spectacular new videos incredibly easy!
Oh, and it's all drag and drop simple too!! Really, all you have to do is cut the video footage you want to use, then drag it to the bottom movie reel, choose a transition, add some music, then pick the section you want to cut and use and drag that to the bottom real as well. The program automatically connects the two separate scenes together! There is nothing else for you to do but enjoy you new creation! Pretty cool huh? I thought so!
You can even add real cool professional touches like music, transitions, and titles! Make the scene fade out and the music soften all at the same time! Even add your own ending credits too! There's no doubt about it, you'll feel like you are watching a movie edited by the big shots out in Hollywood- these features are just that cool!
I am going to use this to make a highlights movie of all of my my son's first baseball games and hand them out to his coaches, team mates, and his grandparents as Christmas presents. They are all going to love it- plus it will really save me some money this holiday season! Everyone is going to be blown away!
Another great thing this program lets you do is share your movies by burning them to a CD that will play in any DVD player! How about that - you don't even need a DVD burner to make a disk to play in a DVD player! Or better yet, post them to the web or send them off through your email! How awesome is that!!! Now everyone you know can share your great video in a matter of seconds!!! :-)
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro- this video editing software is simply amazing! It has it all to create beautiful movies in just a few quick steps!
And don't forget about the price! It truly is unbeatable! Most video editing software is outrageously priced (we're talking $60+ , but you can get into the $100+ range real quick too), and it isn't not even close to being as user friendly as MovieShop Select 6! Today only get MovieShop 6 for the super low price of just $7.97 and US Shipping is Free! Don't miss out on this fabulous deal! Order now!
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They're Flying Out The Door!
You'll Never Count & Sort Change By Hand Again!
What A Brilliant Idea!
Even Keeps A Running Total!
The Best Money You'll Ever Spend On, Well, Money!!
Wow! These a a huge hit! Everytime I checked on our orders, I was shocked at how quickly these were going! Don't get me wrong, I knew these were going to be a hit (heck I have three for myself - one for me, one for each kid), but WOW - people were ordering 2, 3 5 even 8 or 10 at a time! You know a cool idea when you see it, that's for sure! Thanks Everyone! Now if you missed your chance yesterday- you gotta order yours today! Don't miss out on this one! It's my favorite gadget of the year- and you're going to love it too! :-)
How many times have you emptied out your pockets, purse or wallet and discovered a handful of loose change? You probably have a nice jar collecting all that extra coin, and I'll just bet you've wanted to go cash it in, but you're holding off 'cuz sorting it is such an amazing hassle! Counting out all the little nickels, dimes and quarters, putting them neatly into piles - takes half the day!
Well, we have just the gadget for you! This is officially my favorite gadget this year! It's called the Money Machine 2 and this new version actually counts and sorts all that loose change for you! How awesome is that?!?
With this Money Machine you get to say goodbye to all the hassle of counting your loose change! It electronically sorts and counts every coin as you deposit it. Just slide them into the slot and it starts working! Once the jar is full, just take your change out and hit the reset button to start it over! It's fantastic! Look how nicely it sorts your change! Talk about making it easy to wrap!
Wish I would have thought of this:
What's even cooler is that this machine will actually keep a running total of all the money you have currently deposited! In a quick glance, you will be able to see how much money you have saved! Check out this shot of the awesome counter!
I tell ya, I snagged one of these as soon as they came in and started looking for change. I had a jar that sat on my dresser full of change, pulled the extra change out of my jeep, even found a bunch in my luggage! I had it sorted in no time and rolled a whoppin' $315.50 - way more than I thought I had! Thanks to this machine, my Christmas budget went WAY up! How much money do you have just laying around? Use this machine and cash it in! What are you waiting for??
This gadget is going to put a big 'ol grin on your face every time you use it! You'll be just like me - searching your house, digging in between the couch cushions looking for extra change just to see your money being sorted and counted! Oh yeah - You are going to love this machine!
And the cost is amazing too! (Seriously, I'll bet this "pays for itself" - and then some - with just one filling of the machine!) Today only get this amazing money machine for just $16.97 and US SHIPPING IS FREE! Order now!
PS: We have a very limited supply of these, so please order now before they are gone!
So, after your defrag finishes, do you sometimes have a few files left over that refuse to defrag? If you do, don't worry too much about it. This is normal for most computers. Basically, the defrag process focuses on putting all the parts of a file next to each other on your hard drive, but in reality, not all files need to be placed that way. Of course, when the files are compacted together, it creates less work for your hard drive, but that's not at all completely necessary.
Along with that, there are some other reasons why all your files may not defrag. First of all, your computer needs at least 20 percent of available space to be able to even start a defrag. If you don't have enough open space for a particular file, it probably won't change.
The next scenario may be that the file is being used by some other program you may still have open. It's suggested that you close down all running programs when you perform a defrag, so make sure you do that next time. Now, there is a way to check this when your defrag is complete though. Check them by looking through the list of all the non-defragged files and see if you do happen to have a program running that may be using them. If so, you can shut that program down and start the defrag process again. The file should then go through successfully for you.
Now, still going along with that, the problem may lie in your operating system. An operating system usually has several files open in order to do its normal work. This too can cause a failed defragged file. To try and avoid this, boot up your computer using your boot disk instead of doing it the regular way. Running it from the CD and not your hard drive may help the defrag to run properly.
Well, there are some suggestions for you in case you're really worried about certain files not defragmenting. If you think those files are severely fragmented, you should go ahead and try those options, but if they're not, you don't really need to worry about it. As I said before, some files will still run perfectly fine in their fragmented mode. Yes, your hard drive will work a little harder to find all the parts of it each time you want to use that particular file, but that's part of its job. It's not going to hurt it, especially if you have the majority of your files defragged and ready to go.
If you get a testing of at least a 95 percent defrag performance, your computer will be good to go. If you want, feel free to jump through the loops of fixing those few files, but sometimes, it's just not worth the trouble. If you run a defrag regularly, your computer will be at its best optimum performance and all will be well. It's your choice!
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Faster Scrolling in Word
Do you have an MS Word document that's completely full of graphics? Hate the extra time it takes to scroll through a document like that? Would you like Word to work a little faster with the document for you?
If you've answered, "Yes, yes and yes," here's a quick trick to help with the slowdown that all the extra pictures tend to cause.
Word has the ability to use something called a Picture Placeholder in your documents, displaying only an empty box where the picture belongs. When you use the Print Preview feature, you'll see the pictures. When you print your document, you'll see the pictures. But, when you edit your document, you'll only see an empty frame where your picture will be.
By doing that, your system doesn't have to use the memory and time to load up the pictures. It's only working with an empty frame, so the scrolling speed during your editing will increase, saving you time and frustration!
Ready to learn the "how to" of this? I thought you might be, so let's get to it!
In older versions of MS Word, Picture Placeholders can be found on the Tools menu, Options choice, View tab.
In Word 2007, you'll need to use the Office Button to get to the Word Options button.
Once you're in the Options dialogue window, you need to go to Advanced options and scroll down to the Show document content section.
In any version, you need to locate and check the option for Picture Placeholders and then click OK.
That's it. You should find that you're now able to zoom, zoom, zoom when you scroll!
Awesome!! Portable External DVD Drive & Burner!
Take Your DVD Burning Capabilities With You!
Any Computer Can Have A DVD Burner!
Plug & Play Install Too!
WOW - if you don't have a DVD drive Or DVD Burner in your computer, now's the time to get one ~ this one is FANTASTIC!
I started checking prices on these a couple of weeks ago because I really wanted one of these for myself. I have an older notebook computer I use at home that does not have a DVD-Rom drive - Much less a burner (bummer!). Much of the newer software that is coming out is only available on a DVD-Rom so if you're like me, and don't have a DVD-Rom drive, you're out of luck. Plus, since you can cram abotu 8.5 GIG on a DVD, they make for some handy backup devices!
This LG 18x USB 2.0 DVD±RW External Drive is nothing short of awesome! I had it out of the box, hooked up to my computer and was installing a new program in less than 10 minutes! It's really that easy! And now, not only can I load programs from DVD-Rom, but I can also burn to DVD-Rom as well (DVDs hold a ton more data than CDs - 8.5 GB vs 680 Meg to be exact- figure 12 CDs per DVD). The other great thing about this drive is that it can read and burn to CDs as well so you're not limited just to DVDs here - pretty cool, huh?
PLUS this has LightScribe - you know, that cool system where it can "print" a silkscreen quality label right onto your DVD for ya! Now that's cool! I only use it to make a quick reference label so I know what's on the disk, but you can really create a work of art with it if you like!
Oh, and here's another reason I really wanted one of these... on my work computer I only have one disk drive so anytime I need to burn data from one CD or DVD to another, I have to transfer the data to my hard drive first and then burn it to my disk (a slow process). Now, I can burn right from one drive to another, no need to burn to the hard drive first - yeah! And, since this DVD-Rom drive is so portable, I can easily take this from work to home or basically, any computer at all. Can you say, "convenient"?
Again, I gotta tell you the installation (if you want to call it that, it's just so easy) is a breeze - my 8 year old niece could do this! Simply plug the DVD-Rom drive into an open USB port on your computer (cable included) and plug into your AC power supply (cable also included). The new DVD-Rom drive will now show up under "My Computer" so you can begin using it right away ~ no muss, no fuss! The USB 2.0 interface provides fast data transfers and ensures compatibility with a range of systems. I'm telling you, you're going to love the added convenience of a DVD-Rom drive on your computer!
And, we got such a great deal on these you definitely want to grab one while you can - your cost is just $64.97 and US shipping is FREE (we'll even send it in a brown UPS truck for ya)! When I did my comparison shopping, the price range I found at the "big box" stores was scary - between $125.00 - $249.00 so I know this is an AWESOME deal! Check it out here:
PS - This is a very limited quantity deal and we do tend to sell out on these hard to find items, so don't wait to order!
No More Crawlin' On The Floor!
4 Port USB Hub Saves The Day!
On Sale Today (12/03/08)!
You know how it is - From Keyboards and Mice to Flash Drives and Digital Card Readers, everything today is running on USB. However, did you ever notice how there are never enough USB ports to plug in all of those devices? I seriously don't know what computer designers were thinking. Glancing over towards my computer, I have 6 gadgets plugged in right now!
That is why I just love USB hubs - they give me more ports to help support my USB gadget addiction! Plus, hubs give me easier access to USB plugs - no more crawling around on the floor, laying on the computer, groping blindly around the back, yanking one USB plug out to try and pop another one in! Yup, I've lived that little adventure too!
You should have seen how pathetic I was when I needed to print something prior to this hub! Picture me on all fours, straddling the computer trying to pull the USB plug to my external HD, then struggling to plug the printer in, finally getting it and printing out my document, then going back through the process to plug the HD back in! You'd think I was takin' crazy pills!
Now, enter this 4 Port USB hub (play choir "ahhhhhhhhh" music here)! These are just fantastic! You plug them in and instantly have 4 ports you can set on your desktop - completely plug & play too! Instant access to fast USB 2.0 ports means more gadgets - and no more crawling around on the floor! (Yes, it looks like it only has three ports from the picture, but there's one in the back too.)
Speaking of USB 2.0, yup, this is really fast! It's transfer at a blistering rate of 480Mps - it moves a lot of data very quickly! Still works great with all your USB 1.x devices too!
Oh, and this is super-slim too, so really easy to find space for it in your laptop bag! You know how laptops are - never enough USB ports. Take one of these along and kiss that problem goodbye! Works good for saving desktop real estate too!
But, personally, I would say the best part of this hub (and another reason why it is my favorite) is the price. We're taking just $10.97 and US Shipping is Free! Now that one fantastic deal - and you just know - 'tis the season for USB gadgets under your tree! Don't wish you had one in a few weeks - Check out the page:
PS: If you were to walk into your local retail store, you would pay nearly $25.00 for the same quality of hub. Don't miss this offer, you can never have too many USB hubs! And the price will increase to $14.97 on Thursday!
Low Battery Alarm
Do you use a laptop for most of your computing needs? Do you often use it in wireless mode without your power cord? Yes, it's very convenient to use it that way, because you can take your laptop around with you, but what if your battery starts to run low? Do you always realize your battery's low or does your laptop usually turn itself off, because it's too late? Well, it doesn't have to be like that anymore. In fact, there's an alarm you can set on your laptop that will tell you exactly when your battery starts to run down. Want to know how to set that up for yourself? Then you've got to check out the tip on our homepage today. It's all right there!
Find Your Spot
So, tell me, are you in between jobs right now? Are you thinking about moving to a new city? Are you getting ready to retire and you're having a little trouble deciding where you should go? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I've got a Web site that can help you figure everything out! It's called Find Your Spot and with just a short quiz, it will give you some suggestions on where you should live, work and even retire. It's so much fun and who knows, it might even help make your decision a little easier. It's the cool site featured on our homepage today, so be sure to check it out!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Lost E-mail Addresses
Another reader asks: I lost some of the e-mail addresses for my friends and family. How can I find them again?
Unfortunately, we have all lost an e-mail address at some point or another. Isn't it just the pits?! I know it has happened to me several times and I just go crazy over finding it again. So, if your e-mail address book somehow got deleted or if you just flat out lost your list of contacts, what can you do? Do you just stop e-mailing those people forever? No, don't do that! Try the following tips before you ever go that far.
One of the best ways to go about recovering e-mail addresses is to just ask. You can ask the actual person or if you feel bad for losing their address, ask around to other friends and family members to see if they know the e-mail address you're looking for. Or, if you misplaced a co-worker's address, ask the other people you work with. Someone is bound to know and they can just forward the information to you.
If you can't really use that method, start looking through your saved e-mails. Chances are, you saved an e-mail from the person whose address you lost and you can just find the old e-mail and copy it down. Also, try looking through your sent e-mails. Most e-mail programs save sent e-mails for quite awhile and you may be able to locate the missing address from one of those. See, there are ways around these things!
Also, if the person has their own personal Web site or if they run a blog (or something similar), they may have their e-mail address listed there. You can just go there and copy down the address. It doesn't hurt to at least try!
Now, if you're looking for an e-mail address of an old classmate or someone who never even gave you their address, you may want to try a classmates Web site and search by their name. You may have better results that way. You can also try searching by their real name on a "people search" Web site. Sometimes people include their e-mail addresses along with the rest of their contact information. If you're lucky, you might be able to find it that way.
I've got one more for you! Did you know that you can add e-mail addresses to your favorites in a Web browser? Well, you can. Read here to learn how. That is just one more easy way to keep track of all the e-mail addresses you have.
Well, there you go. Hopefully one of these suggestions will help you find your missing e-mail addresses so that you can resume contact with the ones you love!
A reader asks: The other day, I received a port scan attack notice from my personal firewall. How do I prevent them from coming in at all? Any advice would be very helpful. Thank you!
This is a very good question! I'm sure many of you out there have received a warning like that from your firewall software at one time or another. Those warnings usually say that someone is attempting an attack on your computer. It will then give you the IP address of the attacker and also what kind of an attack it is.
Believe it or not, that is a good thing! Think of it this way: if you didn't have your firewall software, you wouldn't even know the attack was happening. Someone could be attacking your system and you would get no warning at all. Your computer would just eventually crash, due to the overwhelming data coming into your system. But, because of the firewall software, the attack was detected and blocked before any damage was done. That is the main reason why you should have a firewall on your computer.
Now, I'm sure some of you are thinking, “How do I stop these attacks from getting to my computer?” That's another great question! Unfortunately, there's really no way to stop the attacks from coming in. Usually, the attacks are completely random and they simply target your IP address.
On the other hand, there is a way to stop most of them from doing any harm. That can be done by putting up an additional line of defense between your connection and your computer. That wall is called a router. If you install a router on your connection, the router will be attacked instead of your computer. The router will then simply reject the attack and it will never get into your system.
So, the next time your firewall software warns you of an attack, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because you are protected. Doesn't that feel good? Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Computer Tips [ Firewall Attacks - How Dangerous? + E-mail Disaster Recovery +Your Defrag Questions Answered ] 12/03/08
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.