Raise Your Keyboard
Today, I have one question for you: "How do you feel about the height of your keyboard?" Okay, so that may seem like a pretty odd question, but believe me, it's legit for this quick tip! I'm talking about the height of your keyboard as it sits on your desk (or wherever you may keep it).
Some of you may know about this, but the rest of you may not, so I thought this would be a neat little entry for today's newsletter. Go ahead and flip your keyboard over on its back. What do you see? Besides some wording, etc., you should see two clips on either side of the keyboard. If you pull those clips out and then set your keyboard back down, you'll notice that it gains a little bit of height. Wow, who knew?!
Those special clips are there to help you get the most comfortable feel for your keyboard. If it's better for your hands to be a little higher as you type, use the clips. If you try it for awhile and decide you don't like it, push the clips back in and your keyboard will then sit flat on your desk once again. It's just an easy way to achieve the best fit for all of your typing needs. Check it out and let me know what you think!
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Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn how you can start going about replacing your faulty power supply, find out how you can easily remove and copy your toolbar buttons in various MS Office programs and learn how you can better deal with Google privacy concerns. Also, find out how you can color code your e-mails with today's video tip and as always, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy!
Special Note - Hey everyone, Steve here. Before we start, I want to let you know I personally think this is about the best value EVER on this kind of software (bests the snot out of McAfee and Norton)! They have really rewritten the book and taken it to the next level with this one. I'm running it on my personal desktop and on my laptop. You've gotta check this one out, you'll be glad you did. PLUS this is the current version that sells for $50 all day long, but we have our lowest price ever on it - just $9.97!! Really!
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WOW! I can't wait to share this one with ya! We just scored an amazing deal on my new favorite software - Iolo System Shield! Let me tell ya, this is NOT your run-of-the-mill Internet Security Suite! This does an amazing job of keeping your computer safe from hackers, spyware, and viruses - but read on, because the way this is implemented is far superior to ANY software like this I've used in the past! This really isn't your typical security suite - and you're gonna love it! I am personally running this software on my computer and it's by far the best I've used! I can't tell you how impressed I am with this - if you value your safety - and system performance, you've got to check this out!
OK, first off, I know you're probably already running anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a firewall - so why do you want this? Well, the thing that impresses me the most with this software suite is the absolute speed it brings to the table! Not just in scanning and such, but the very real lack of system hogging it does. Most suites like this are horrible - they really slow your system to a crawl - not this one! I uninstalled all my previous security software and tired this instead - WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! Frankly, there's a good chance that if you're currently using Norton, Mcafee, ect, when you replace them with this you're going to think you got a new computer! The difference is THAT dramatic! This speed-up alone is enough reason to switch if you ask me!
Next, I absolutely LOVE how this just runs in the background and stays out of the way. So many security programs love to tell you that they are updating your system, getting new virus definitions, scanning, whatever. It's an all day long affair of acknowledging boxes and virtually patting your software on the back, "Good boy - I'm glad you downloaded some updates!" Well, those annoyances are GONE with this - it just works in the background and updates itself when necessary without dozens of boxes telling you all about it - that alone was enough to make me switch! Of course, if it finds something serious, it'll let you know (all customizable too).
Oh, and let me tell you about the anti-virus - you're gonna love this! First, yes it keeps you safe from e-mail viruses, downloads, and monitors in the background - just like everyone's AV does. However, it's the little things that make you fall in love with this! First, don't you just HATE it when you're working on your computer and the stupid AV software comes up and starts a scan? Slows everything down - what a pain! This software will actually make sure the PC has been idle for a specified amount of time before it scans! It waits till you're away before it starts - is that cool or what??? Oh, and it pauses the scan if the PC starts getting used again! Again, this reason alone is enough to change! In fact, my wife read that and said, "Hey - I want this on my computer! My AV always starts scanning when I'm working!" So, one of my 3 installs is going there!
In addition, the anti-virus can be set to scan all files or just dangerous ones (saving time), can be set to scan all kinds of files, has HOURLY updates, can be set to scan when YOU want, and can even be set to exclude certain types of files if you want! Even scan incoming AND outgoing messages if you want - all fully customizable! Oh, and did I mention that it has a year of UNLIMITED tech support too in case you have trouble? WOW!!
Think that's great? Wait till you see the firewall! Blows Windows firewall away (along with every other firewall as far as I'm concerned)! First off, yes, it keeps hackers out - all firewalls do. But this also protects you in other ways. It can monitor when a program is trying to access the internet and send all your personal info to the mothership. That, to me, is HUGE! You never know if that program you just installed is completely trustworthy - so this keeps you safe!
Another fantastic idea that I'm really excited about is the "Idle Lock" - Get this - you can set it so that if you're not using the computer for a specified amount of time (set by you) that the network locks down - nothing can come in or out! I've always said the most secure internet connection is the one that's unplugged when not in use - and this does that!! Oh, and you can also lock your computer down with the press of a mouse if you like - right from the main page!
This can also show you how many attacks it has blocked, block the attacker's IP address for a specified (by you) amount of time, and has a lot of fully customizable options. Truth is though, that the default settings work fine for me! Oh, and again, this seems like it doesn't slow anything down at all - in fact, if you're using a different firewall, this will probably speed things up! I know one thing for sure, I'm installing this on my laptop for travel - it's just too dangerous to surf using wireless networks without it!
Finally, this also includes a fantastic anti-spyware program! Just like the rest of it, it's really fast, stays out of the way, and just does the job! It automatically updates and scanning is a breeze - and fast too! I don't think I've ever seen a spyware can that was soooo fast - and it did a great job! Found a few minor things that it easily fixed!
OK, that's the main stuff, but I also wanted to mention how much easier to use this is than most other security software. First off, I think 90% of the users out there can just install it and forget it - the default settings are really a nice balance and should work well for just about every computer out there. If you want to change stuff, it's really easy to do and the program has an excellent help file that, quite frankly, most users will never ever need!
The price? You're not going to believe this one - we're talking just $9.97 and US shipping is FREE! This is the current version and retails for $49.95 (check Iolo's site - it's not cheap), so $9.97 is an amazing deal. 1 Year worth of support and updates too! Oh, works on XP, Vista, & Win 2000!
Oh, and get this - it's a 3 user license!! So you can install this on up to 3 different computers! That's way less than $4.00 per computer! Grab a friend or two and have them chip in! For less than $4.00 per computer, you just can't go wrong! It's amazing and it's what I am going to be running from now on!
PS - Seriously, this is simply the best Anti-virus, Anti-Spyware, and Firewall software I've ever used and it's going to be on my machine from now on. My computer is soooo much faster now after getting rid of the other bloated software package I had been using - and this just has soooo many great options! Don't miss out!
WOW! This was HUGE in our Software Deals newsletter yesteday, so we're giving everyone on this newsletter a chance at it too! Don't miss out!
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Lowest We've Ever Had One For! Just $8.97!!! REALLY!
Ingenious Meter Actually Shows How Much Memory You Have Left!
It'll Be Your Favorite Flash Drive!
WOW! We just received a really GREAT price on some FANTASTIC Lexar 2 Gig Flash Drives! And these aren't your ordinary flash drives either - they have an absolutely ingenious built-in LCD meter on the outside of the drive that shows you EXACTLY how much memory is left! How's that for some good thinkin'?
I mean, think about it - don't you hate it when you grab a flash drive and plug it in - only to discover it's already full of other stuff you need to keep? Wouldn't it be great if, with just a glace, you could tell if you have any room left? Well, with these, you can! The built-in bar goes up like a thermometer as you add data to the drive! Best idea ever for a flash drive if you ask me!
And using these is so easy! All you have to do is just plug it into any USB port and then locate it as a drive under "My Computer". You can now drag and drop files or copy and paste them onto your Flash Drive. It works much the same as a regular hard drive. In addition, you can create folders, delete items, and edit stuff. You use it just like a floppy drive only it's MUCH easier!
Plus, this is 2GB, that's a TON of space. We're talking the equivalent of 3 and a half CDs!! Store 1000 songs, 500 photos (8MP in size), and THOUSANDS of documents and spreadsheets! USB Flash drives are just handy, I can't recommend 'em highly enough (and I don't know how we would ever get along without 'em)!
For TODAY ONLY these are just $8.97 and US shipping is FREE! These are no tiny flash drives - these are 2GB - and we've never had a 2GB flash drive cheaper!! These normally list anywhere from $30-$50 retail! WOW! You better get to the site quick, because these will sell out in no time! HURRY!
PS - Get to the site and get yours ordered right away! With this great price I know they're going to go fast! The price will increase to $18.97 soon (if there are any left that is ;-)
To begin, if you think your power supply has gone bad, there are a few things you should check on before you go out and buy a whole new one. For one, make sure your power cord is plugged into both the wall socket and the power supply. Next, check on your power strip or surge protector (if you use one). Is it turned on and does it seem to be working properly? If the problem lies within your power strip, that will be a lot easier to fix than replacing your whole power supply. Lastly, make sure your power supply is actually turned on. It should have an On/Off switch, so just double check to ensure it's powered up. Now, if after checking out all of those things, you still think your power supply is faulty, continue reading to see what you can do next.
If your power supply has gone bad, you'll obviously need to replace it. It's a pretty easy procedure, so you should be able to do it on your own, but if you don't feel comfortable with it, please find some help. Before you do anything, you'll need to remove all of the plugs, cables, etc. that are attached to your computer tower. You don't want any power flowing through your system while you're doing that, so make sure everything is unplugged. Next, go ahead and open up your computer case. There are several different cases, so I can't tell you exactly how to take yours off, but you should just need to undo a couple screws and the outside panel should slide off for you.
Once you have your case open, you'll need to locate the power supply. It's basically a metal box with several colored wires that hook up to the motherboard and some of your computer's other components. Next, unhook all the connectors that run to those components inside your unit. You don't need to tug very hard on them, as they usually come out pretty easily. You may have to work a little harder on some, but they should all disconnect with little effort. It's also a good idea to take notes of all the components you disconnect so that you can reconnect them quicker when you're installing your new power supply.
Once everything's unhooked, you'll need to remove the power supply from your PC's case. It's usually put in place with mounting screws, so just remove those and slide the unit out. If any of the other components are in your way, you may need to remove those as well, but make sure you keep the screws lined up so that you can easily reattach everything later on. Also, you do not need to use much force when taking the power supply out. Just gently slide it out of its position.
Now, the next thing you need to focus on is purchasing a new power supply. Most power supplies these days are the ATX version, but it mainly depends on how old your computer is. For example, if your computer still has an AT style power supply, that's rather old and you may want to think about replacing your whole computer, instead of just the power supply. On the other hand, if you have an ATX motherboard plug and an ATX connector to your power supply, you'll be good to go. If you're not sure what kind to buy, refer to your computer's user manual for help. It should tell you how many watts you need, but again, that also depends on what you use your computer for. If you're big into gaming, etc., you may want to add a little wattage to your new power supply. A good rule to go by is to check the wattage your current power supply has and then increase it by 100 or 200 watts to be safe.
Power supplies aren't really known by brand names, but you can always search for them with your favorite search engine to learn a little more about them before you actually purchase one. I know Tiger Direct is a good name if you want to order yours online. Otherwise, power supplies are available at most electronics stores.
Okay, let's take a breather. I know all of this is quite a bit to take in, so I'm going to stop here for today. I don't want to overwhelm you too much with all this power supply talk, so we'll just finish up tomorrow. We'll go over how to install your new power supply and how to get your computer back up and running like it should be! So, go ahead, read through this a couple times and I'll meet you right back here tomorrow to finish. See ya!
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Remove and Copy Toolbar Buttons
Are you an MS Office user who likes to customize your workspace?
Specifically, do you do a lot of toolbar customizing?
(Obviously, most of the 2007 programs don't have toolbars, so this doesn't apply to those. However, Outlook and Publisher 2007 still use the old menu and toolbar system and it does work for them).
Here are a couple of quick tricks for you. These are anytime customizations that may help you along your way.
Yep, that's right. Experienced toolbar customizers are used to opening the Customize window to accomplish that stuff, but it's not needed for these tricks.
Just a couple extra tips for making your work environment all yours!
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Knock Out Background Noise With The Flip Of A Switch!
You'll LOVE These Noise-Cancelling Headphones!
Outstanding Listening Experience!
PLUS Incredible Sound And Amazing Comfort!
Just Wait Till You Feast Your Ears On This!
WOW!! These were HUGE on Friday and over the weekend! Talk about a home-run - Thank YOU to everyone who ordered! If you missed out, get in on all the excitement and grab yourself a pair of these! You'll be blown away! Check this out:
Psst - Hey, wanna really (really) great set of headphones? Maybe the best you've ever tried? We just got an absolutely amazing deal on a brand new product! We have the new Sentry Noise Cancelling Headphones and these are going to absolutely blow you away!
Let's get right to it and talk about the noise cancelling part. Now, I've seen noise cancelling headphones go well beyond the $100 mark, so yeah, I was a little skeptical too. I mean, could these be for real? So, I put them on and did some testing.
I started by hooking up to my iPod (any MP3 player, stereo, CD player, etc will work with these), and flipped on the noise cancelling. WOW! Really seemed to work good, but was it just my imagination? So, I decided to try these WITHOUT the music and see what happened. I have couple noisy computer fans that I could easily hear with the iPod off, so I stood by those with my headphones on. I hit the Noise Cancelling switch, and just like that the fan sound disappeared! I strained to hear it, but it really was gone! I turned off the noise cancelling and I could easily hear it again, back on, it's GONE! WOW!! Talk about impressive! These work GREAT!
Can you imagine how cool these are going to be? Just a quick flip of the noise-cancelling switch gets rid of droning, background noise! Just think about how fantastic these are going to be on your next plane trip - no more cranking the volume all the way up just to hear over the engines! Oh, and what about while working out? Wouldn't it be great to cancel out the sound of the treadmill, bike ect? What about if you're just in a noisy room? A flip of the switch and it's just you and your music!
Oh, and think about it - since you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise, these could literally save your hearing!
OK, the noise cancelling part is absolutely fantastic, but just wait till you slip these over your ears! Amazingly comfortable! In fact, my wife had a set of Bose headphones (that cost 2X as much and weren't noise-cancelling), and actually switched to these! Not just for the noise-cancelling, but mostly because these were SO MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE! They feature really soft padding, a incredibly well designed and comfortable headband, PLUS the ear pieces on both sides actually swivel around - a perfect fit every time! Even if you don't need the noise-cancelling part, these are well worth it just for the comfort!
PLUS, they sound absolutely amazing! You are in for a real treat first time you put these on! You're going to absolutely LOVE the full range of sound you get to experience! The lows are rich and the highs crisp and sharp! Close your eyes and you'll feel like you're completely engulfed in music! You may even notice instruments in your songs you never knew where there! The range is really incredible!
Now, if you've shopped for noise cancelling headphones before, you know they can be pricey. Bose can go for $350, Sony for $400, JVC is a bargain and can be found for $90, Monster gets $300 - but wait till you see your deal!
Your price? Get this, you can get these for just $28.97 and US shipping is FREE! Let me tell ya, for that kind of money you just can't go wrong! I know it sounds too good to be true, but just wait till you try 'em! You'll be a believer too! Check 'em out:
PS - Don't spend hundreds on a set of noise-cancelling headphones - you've gotta give these a try! Super comfortable, sound great, and they cancel out background noise with the flip of a switch! Get your today!
Fantastic New Motion Utility Light!
No Wires- No Installation
Really Bright Too!
Wow! What a super idea! This amazing new motion sensor light is definitely a must have for every household! Why? Well don't stop reading now!
First off, this light is brilliantly designed! It's super slim, small, and compact, making it perfect for any indoor location where you want a little more light:
Plus it's motion activated, so it only comes on when you're in the room!
Now the size is great, but the versatility is even better! This mini utility light works on batteries! You know what that means right- there is no messy installation and you won't have to deal with all those dangerous electrical wires! Better yet, you can use this light absolutely anywhere- even if there isn't a plug or wiring available! I am tellin' ya- this light is perfect! Just click on the "on" switch, and whenever it detects motion, the powerful LED will really brighten your path!
Plus, the engineers created this light so it can stand up right, or with the attached hook, you can hang it anywhere you choose. Pretty cool huh?
They are really fashionable and will go great anywhere in my house! I have one hanging in my foyer! On those cold, dark winter nights, I will never again walk into a dark house! Plus, I put one on my bathtub, and it really helps set the relaxing mood! Check out this sample pic!
Another great place for these light is 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!
Here is another great pic:
I just grabbed several of these amazing motion lights- These lights are just fabulous! And the price is perfect too! Just $14.97 and US Shipping Is Free! WOW! Pick Up 1,2, or even 3 of them today! They are just great!
PS: I am tellin' ya what- to not deal with wires and that mess, and to have amazing light, this $14.97 is definitely money well spent! Order now while our supplies last!
Organize Those Cords
Let me see a show of hands. How many of you have a million and one cords lying around your computer desk? There's one over here and one over there, not to mention all the ones in between. I mean, do you even know what they all belong to?! I used to have a big mess of tangled cords under my desk, but that all changed when I came across the tip on our homepage today. It gives you great advice for organizing all of your cords so that you won't ever have to worry about them again. Give it a try!
A Ghost in My Suitcase
So, tell me, do you enjoy scary things? You know, like haunted houses or creepy corn mazes. Do you like to travel to places that are supposedly haunted, just for the thrill of it? Well, if you do, you're going to love the cool site we're showcasing on our homepage today. It's called A Ghost in My Suitcase and it's your guide to haunted traveling. It tells you where the best haunted places are, it gives you a complete travel guide and so much more. Check it out and have a spooky good time!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Google Privacy Concerns
Ever since the Google Street View program was released in May 2007, many people have been complaining about the privacy issues associated with it. Apart from seeing their houses on Google's Web site, people have reported seeing themselves on the Internet as well. Now, I'd say that's taking it a bit too far. If you agree, here’s how you can keep your home and yourself a little more private!
1.) If you don’t want your house to show up in the Google Street View program because of privacy issues, all you have to do is click on the Report a Concern button, shown below.
2.) Next, choose Privacy Concerns for the reason why you don’t want the image shown in Street View.
3.) Now, describe why you don’t want the image in Street View and then enter in your e-mail address.
4.) Next, move the Street View image until the red rectangle is centered over your property.
That's it! Google will then review your concerns and delete the image if they agree with you. Yes!
~ Brandon Zubek
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Color Code Your E-mail - Video Tip
How many e-mails do you get in a day? You may get more some days than others, but either way, I'm sure you have to sort through several messages on a daily basis. That can turn into a tough job, especially if you're looking for a certain e-mail and can't find it among the piles and piles of others. Well, all of that can be fixed with just a little color. With today's video tip, you'll learn how to color code your e-mail so that you can find specific e-mails in a matter of seconds. Sounds cool, doesn't it?! To get started, just click on the link below.
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I truly believe that kindness triggers more kindness. An excellent example of that happened to me recently. My roommate and I were on our way to an appointment with her doctor. We got in the car and were all set to go when we remembered we left the cookies we made for her dad in the house. So, she tries to back into the drive way, but misses it and hits a snowdrift in our yard. We try to pull back out, but we were stuck! Then one of our neighbors came out of his house to walk his dogs and sees that we're in trouble. He takes his dogs back in the house, grabs his shovel and dashes across the street to help us.
Thanks to his kindness, we were able to get to the doctor’s office on time and we arrived in enough time to help an elderly woman get past the icy walkway. We helped her into the office and she was so grateful that someone would help her, she couldn’t stop smiling. Once she was settled in to wait on the doctor, I noticed she was seated across from a little girl with the flu who just looked miserable. The woman we helped struck up a conversation with her, got her to smile and took her mind off being sick.
With all the bad news in the world these days, it was so refreshing to find this Web site. Thanks-O-Meter celebrates those every day events of kindness, charity and anything that deserves a thank you!
It works by you selecting a thank you, choosing how it made you feel and then sharing your story. For my story, I chose "For Being Great Neighbors" and it made me feel lucky and grateful. Then I selected to share my story. It was hard to keep it within the 500 character limit, but I managed to do it.
Don’t have anything to share right now? Well, that’s no problem! You can enjoy all the stories everyone else has submitted on the site. Just click on the Stories tab at the top of the page. Then select an emotion and it will give you a listing of stories you can read that were tagged with that particular emotion.
This Web site has a wonderful concept and I hope you’ll not only share your own personal stories, but enjoy the others as well. Check it out today!
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
Computer Tips [ Google Lets Everyone See You + Keyboard In Comfort + How To Replace Your Power Supply ] 02/09/09
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