The Power Supply
So, tell me, has your computer ever made a noise that sounds like one of your fans is dying? I'm sure you would know if it has, because it can be pretty loud and it usually just sounds awful! Well, either way, I'm willing to bet that your fan really isn't the culprit here. Nope, it could be your power supply instead. If you have a noisy fan, you smell something burning or you see smoke or flames shooting out the back of your computer, you may very well have a problem with your power supply. And I assure you, that's a whole lot worse than a dead fan if you don't catch it right away. Keep reading for more on this!
There are many different things that could cause your power supply to go bad. For instance, the fan that runs next to your power supply could get clogged up with dust and dirt and start to run much slower or the fan's bearings could start to wear off. When those things happen, your power supply is at risk of overheating and it will eventually fail. Or, it could have nothing to do with your fan. Perhaps the power supply itself was faulty from the get go and it only took a matter of time before it failed completely.
Even more so, if you're having trouble with your computer shutting down and restarting itself at random times, that could be another indicator that your power supply is going bad. And since your motherboard, CPU, disk drives, etc. all work off of the power supply, it's not a good idea to take a chance on it getting any better. If you do, you'll just have more trouble down the road. Don't worry though, replacing a power supply is rather easy to do and it's fairly cost friendly. So, if your computer is experiencing any of the symptoms I mentioned above, you'll want to check into getting a new power supply. It's a small price to pay for the safety of your computer!
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Here's a happy, happy Friday to you all! Make sure you keep reading to learn all about three easy methods for ordering from WorldStart, find out how you can easily cruise around your charts in MS Excel and learn how you can keep your passwords from expiring in various Windows operating systems. Also, be sure to check out the Friday Funnies for your daily laugh and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy and have a great weekend, everyone! : )
Absolutely AWESOME Noise-Cancelling Headphones!
Kill Background Noise By Flipping A Switch! Really!
Outstanding Listening Experience!
PLUS Incredible Sound And Amazing Comfort!
Just Wait Till You Feast Your Ears On This!
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!
Brilliant "Octopus" Design!
You'll Never Use A "Regular" Hub Again!!
On Sale Today ONLY!
Special Note - This was such an amazing hit yesterday in our Software Deals newsletter, I decided to yank what I had planned today and leave this on sale another day! You've got to check this one out - you'll never go back to a normal hub, that's for sure!
Sick of unplugging your hardware just to use a the USB Port? Even more sick of having to crawl around to the back of your computer and playing contortionist to find the free USB port? Well, have I got the cure to all your hardware sickness! This 4 USB 2.0 Hub!!!
Oh, but the big deal with this is the absolutely brilliant octopus-like arms that make plugging in your devices soooo much easier than a normal hub! I mean, you know how it goes - it's a huge hassle to pop a USB plug into a tiny, crowded port. We've all been there - adjusting, jiggling, flipping and pushing the plug just trying to get the stupid thing in.
Well, these arms make it so easy to plug in your USB devices you may find yourself buying computer accessories just so you can use it :-) Yup, finally a way to plug in your USB devices without the hassle! Just grab a free plug, turn it anyway you like, and pop your plug in! It doesn't sound like much, but let me tell ya, once you try it, you'll be hooked! I have one plugged into the front of my computer right now, and anyone who tries to "borrow" it is in for a serious hand-slappin'!!!
Oh, and it's more than just a pretty face too! It provides 4 hi-speed (2.0) USB Ports in a small compact size! This hub takes up almost zero space since it's mostly just cords! It will free up gobs of space your desktop! This guy is so small, that it could easily fit in your pocket!!! Really! You can take it anywhere, making it ideal for both notebook or desktop computers!!! (I can't wait to take this on the road)
Even Better- it even has 100% hot-swappable protection. What does this mean? Hot-swappable means that you can simply plug in your device when you need it, then yank it out when you're done. You don't need to take the time to formally eject it or have to worry about the stuff you have plugged in!!!! Cool :-)
Your price? Get this!! The coolest UBS hub on the planet can be yours today for just $12.97 and US Shipping is Free. I know, hard to believe you can get this much innovation for that kind of money! Run to the site before they sell out (Or before I decide just to keep them all for myself) Check it OUT:
PS: Yup, I love this hub!!! And I am sure you will too! Order one today, this deal is just too good to pass up- You'll be kicking yourself if you wait till tomorrow when the price will increase to $18.97!
Wow! Now That's A BRIGHT Idea!
Awesome New Desk Lamp!
Flexible Neck, Super Shiny LEDs
No Cords- Take This Light With You Everywhere!
Wow! We just got in these super bright Flexible LED Desk Lamps, and this baby is never leaving my desk again!
It's really, really great! Not only is it amazingly light weight, it has this super-flexible neck that allows you to twist it and bend it to where ever you need the most light!
Speaking of light- man- oh- man you'll be amazed how much light this little guy throws! After I plugged in the 3 AAA batteries, this lamp automatically turned on, and it nearly blinded me! Those little LED's were nice and bright!
Another awesome thing about this handy desk lamp is that it runs on batteries, which means no need to fuss with messy electrical cords. And because you are using LED lights, not only is saving battery power, but the little LEDs will never burn out! I am tellin' ya- this lamp will run strong for way over 50,000 hours! WOW!
Wouldn't this be just fantastic for traveling? I was in a hotel last weekend on one of my photo trips and it just didn't have enough light. Well, when I saw this light this week, I decided that this is going to be added to my laptop bag! If you travel with your laptop, this is a real no-brainer!
I have mine set up on my desk, angled at my keyboard! And It works great! But this light is also perfect if you are into little craft projects where you need a little extra light! Better yet- it works great as a book light too! You gotta check out this handy desk light- just click the little on/ off button and you will never be caught in the dark!
Cost? Wow- we have a super special for you today- just $10.97 and US Shipping is Free!
The Price will increase to $16.97 soon! Order now!
I have three suggestions for you today that may make your ordering experience with WorldStart just a tad bit easier (I hope so anyway!) Two of them have to do with ordering straight from our newsletter and the other is an easy way you can do it on our actual Web site. Okay, let's check them out!
1.) Here's the first scenario: You just got your morning coffee, you log on to your computer, check your e-mail and the first one you open is WorldStart's Computer Tips newsletter. You look through the whole thing and you see that two of our items look very interesting. You read through the advertisements for them one more time and you decide you better buy them before they're gone. So, to place your order for the first one, you click on the item's link and add it to your cart. But wait, what do you do about the second item? How can you get that onto the same order with the other one? Well, allow me to walk you through the process!
Let's start from the very beginning. To order the first item, you click on its link and our shopping cart page opens. Next, click on the Add to Cart button. That page will show you the item you want, the quantity and the price. Now, to order the second item, click on the Continue Shopping button. That will take you to our Software Store page, but all you have to do is go back to our newsletter in your e-mail and find the other item you want to buy. Then just click on its link and hit the Add to Cart button again. That item will then be added along with the first one and your new total price will show up. If you're done, you can then just click on the Checkout button to enter in your payment information. Or, if you want to continue shopping, just go back to the newsletter and add anything else you want to your cart. In the end, all of your items will be grouped together on the same order. Cool, huh?!
2.) If, for some reason, you don't like the above method, you can try this one. First, go ahead and open our newsletter in your e-mail and just leave it there. Next, open up a browser window. When you do that, you will have two windows open: your e-mail window and a browser window. (If you get your e-mail through your Web browser, you'll just need to have two browser windows open at the same time). In your browser, type in www.worldstart.com to go to our Web site. Once you're there, click on the Software Store tab. You'll then see all of our items for sale and the different categories you can choose from. Now, leave that page open and go back to your e-mail where you can see our newsletter.
Again, you want to purchase two of our items, so go ahead and click on the link for the first one and click on the Add to Cart button. Next, hit the Continue Shopping button. Now, instead of going back to your e-mail for the second item, you can just go to the top of that page and click on the Newsletters tab. On the next page, click on the first link you see for the Computer Tips newsletter. You can then scroll through that to find the next item you want to purchase. Then just click on its link and hit the Add to Cart button again. That will add the second item to your order and your new total price will show up. Again, if you want to continue shopping, you can do the exact same thing or if you're done, just hit the Checkout button to enter in your payment information. It's just a little faster way to order if you don't want to go back and forth to your e-mail.
Or, to make it even easier, you can order straight through our Web site. You can look over the newsletter in your e-mail, but when you're ready to order, just go to www.worldstart.com, click on the Newsletters tab and choose the first link for the Computer Tips newsletter. You'll then see the same newsletter that's in your e-mail and you can just do your shopping from there. There are always options!
3.) The last method is still easy, but I'm not sure how many of you will want to deal with it. I will still tell you about it though, because I promised I would! This one allows you to use our product ID numbers to place your order. In our newsletters, we include a link for every item we advertise. At the very end of that link, there is a number (it's usually four digits) and it's the product ID.
It looks something like this: http://store.worldstart.com/product.php?productid=3943.
So, once you find the item you'd like to order, look for that ID number and either memorize it or write it down. Next, go to our Web site and click on the Software Store tab. You'll then need to click on an item just so we can get this started. You can click on any item. Our Software Store page has several items right in the middle and you can click on any one of those to begin. Once that page opens, go up to the URL and find the product ID number. It may be mixed in with everything else or it may be at the very end. Either way, just erase those numbers and type in the one for the item you want to order. That product's page will then open and you can click on the Add to Cart button to begin your order. You can then hit the Continue Shopping button and do the same thing again. Just do that until you have all the items you want in your cart. Lastly, just hit the Checkout button and you'll be all set.
Whew! I know all of that is a little confusing, but I hope I explained it well enough. They're just three different ways you can shop on our Web site. If you're having trouble ordering, just read through these methods carefully and you should be able to get what you want. Our Web site really isn't that hard to work with, you just have to know what to look for. Good luck and as always, thank you for ordering!
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Cruising Around Your Charts
Do you use MS Excel charts?
If so, do you find it difficult to select just the "right" portion of your chart? Or, maybe you have the opposite problem. You can select portions easily, but you can't seem to select the whole thing. Are you tired of all those mis-clicks?
Whatever your selection problems may be, you just might find a solution if you keep reading!
Let's begin big! To select the entire chart, try Ctrl + a click on the chart.
Now, let's move to the smaller details. To select a specific section of the chart, give this little trick a whirl. First, click anywhere in the chart and then use the arrow keys.
At last, a way to select chart pieces without a bunch of mis-clicks!
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Save Big Bucks On Hard Drive Space!
Ingenious Hard Drive Dock Pays For Itself!
Best Way To Manage Your Extra Files!
Here's one you'll really LOVE! Do you use external hard drives for your backups or extra storage? I know I do - well, I used to anyhow! We just found an item you're really gonna be excited about - it's got to be one of the best ideas I've seen for saving some big bucks in storage! It's a Hard Drive Dock and it's gonna be your new best friend!
First - the problem: External hard drives are stupid expensive. OK, they are getting cheaper, but ever notice how an internal hard drive of the same size will ALWAYS be cheaper then the external version? Sometimes by a huge margin too! Of course, the internal drive doesn't need a fancy case, switches, or power cords like the external drive does, so it should be cheaper. Now, wouldn't it be great if you could use an internal hard drive outside of your computer for backups and extra storage? That's EXACTLY what this does!
This cool little dock lets you use any SATA / eSATA hard drive just by popping it into the dock! (note - that pretty much covers any drive less than 4 years old - and quite a few older than 4 yrs) PLUS it works for regular 3.5" desktop drives AND 2.5" laptop drives - both sizes are covered! So, if you have an old SATA hard drive sitting in a drawer, in an old computer, or whatever - you can get some new life out of it by popping it into this dock! Think of it as an almost free external hard drive!
On the other hand, if you're like me and take a lot of photos (or video), you can just buy a less expensive internal hard drive next time you need more space and plug it into this dock! Heck, I got a 300GB drive the other day on sale for $44! An external drive would have been easily three times that much! When you think of how expensive external hard drives are compared to internal drives, you can see this will easily pay for itself the first time you use it! Besides, since I'm just using these for backups and extra storage, why do I need some slick-looking case? I'll save my money, thank you!
Plus, just wait till you go to store those internal hard drives - you're in for a treat!! You know how those external drives are big, bulky, and just take up way too much space? Well, when you use internal drives with this dock, you can just stick 'em in a drawer like I do! I'm actually thinking about taking apart a couple of my old external drive cases to pull the hard drives for use with this - I'd love to save some space since I feel like I'm getting overrun with external HDs!!!
Worried about speed? Well, this is just as fast as any external hard drive - it's USB 2.0, so it's really, really gonna move your data quickly. You get the same speed and performance of an external HD, without the extra expense and bulk! It's even hot-swappable!
Finally, I think these would be great for getting data off other hard drives to copy over to your computer. My sister's laptop just died, so I took it apart and pulled the little hard drive out of it. Since this works with regular size and laptop drives, I plugged it into this dock and we copied all her old files and photos onto a new computer - now that's cool!
Your cost? Just $39.97 and US shipping is FREE! No, it's not the cheapest thing we've ever offered, BUT I'll bet you'll easily save the price of this dock by the money you'll save buying internal rather than external drives! It really does pays for itself!
PS - Note that there is a limited number of these available, so you'll have to hurry or you'll miss out! Don't get stuck with big, expensive external drives - grab one of these today! You'll love it!
Amazing Memroy Card Works In Digital Cameras AND Most Cell Phones!
Get A 1 GB MicroSD / Transflash / SD Card - Just $6.88!
A Must-Have For Everyone!
Don't Pay $40 Somewhere Else!
WOW! Here's one memory card combo you've just gotta grab! We have an awesome 1 GB MicroSD/Transflash Memory card with an SD card adapter! Works in phones AND cameras! How cool is that? One card for everything!
How's it work? The card itself is a MicroSd (also known as Transflash) card. These are what's usually used in cell phones, PDAs, ect (of course, check your phone to make sure). However, rather than just being limited to your phone, these also come with an SD Card adapter! You just pop this into the SD Adapter, and you instantly have a 1GB SD Card! So, if you need a Micro SD OR a regular SD card, this has you covered!
Great thing about these little memory cards is if you have a cell phone that allows memory cards, you can store all those cell phone photos and videos right to this card! Can you imagine how much you'd pay for a memory card for you phone at wireless store? Ouch!
You'll love that this doubles as an SD card too! In fact, for the price even if you don't need it for your phone, might as well get a couple for your camera! Just pop it into the adapter and you have a full-fledged 1GB SD card ready to go! No matter what you need memory for, this has you covered!
Plus, these are from SanDisk, so you know you're getting the best memory cards on the planet! I use SanDisk in all my equipment and I've never, ever lost an image from their cards! Super-reliable!
You cost? Again, today only, just $6.88!! Is that incredible or what? Est. Retail value is $39.99 - that's a 77% savings! A year ago, you'd pay 5X that amount for a regular SD card, and with this you have both a MicroSd and a regular SD card in one! Only for today, so run to the site and get it while you can!
PS - Remember, this price on this WILL increase to $14.97 tomorrow! Get this while you can!
Listen To Your Mp3 Player / iPod Through Your Car Radio!
RCA Wireless Transmitter ROCKS!!
Blowout Deal Too!
Here's one I know you're gonna love! We have these fantastic RCA Wireless Transmitters and they are an absolute MUST-HAVE for anyone with an MP3 player or iPod!
Soooo easy to use - Simply plug your player into this transmitter, pick an channel, and listen to your music right through your car radio! Ridiculously easy - and just wait till you hear the sharp, crystal-clear sound!
I've used these for years and let me tell ya firsthand- you will absolutely LOVE having a transmitter! Why carry around dozens of CDs when all your music is already on your iPod or MP3 player? With this, you just plug it in and have all your music transmitted to your car radio! Just wait till you take your first trip with this along - you'll wonder how you ever got along without one! Heck, these should be standard equipment for anyone with an iPod or MP3 player!
Plus, this little unit seems to run forever on a single set of "AAA" batteries! No tangled cords to plug into your cigarette lighter and compete with your phone charger - it's all a self contained unit! Oh, and here's a secret I figured out: Next time you travel, take this little gem into your hotel room and listen to what YOU want through the little radio by the bed! How cool is that?
Your cost? You get all this musical transmitted bliss for just $12.97 and US shipping is FREE! Go ahead - look around at your local stores - you can easily spend $50-$100 on one of these! Don't toss away your money - grab this while you can!
PS - I promise you - once you try one of these you'll absolutely LOVE it! Go on, grab yourself one today - if you don't absolutely love it, send it back within 2 months and I'll give you a refund! Once you get it, you'll really wonder how you got along without it!
Apply or OK?
You've all run into the Apply or OK situation before, haven't you? You know, every time you change something on your computer, you have to either hit Apply or OK in order for the changes to take effect. Or, do you just have to hit Apply? Just OK? As you can see, it's difficult to figure out which one you're supposed to click on. But with the help of the tip on our homepage today, you'll be an Apply or OK expert! The tip tells you which one you should choose and when you should choose it. It's quite helpful, so be sure to check it out!
The History of Eating Utensils
Okay, this is a fun one for you! Have you ever wondered how eating utensils were invented? I mean, we use spoons, forks, knives, etc. everyday, so it's pretty interesting to stop and wonder how they came to be. And if you visit the cool site we're showcasing on our homepage today, you'll learn all about the history behind the eating utensils we all use. It's one of the coolest Web sites I've ever seen, so give it a look see today!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Keeping Your Passwords
Did you know that Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate all have a built-in feature that allows user accounts to have password expiration dates? And the real problem comes in when your local user account has been set to expire a password, because there's not an obvious place to change the setting. Luckily though, it's very easy to do and if you'd like to learn how, please keep reading! (Note: This problem doesn't exist in the Home editions of Windows).
First, in Windows Vista, open the Local Users and Groups administration panel by typing "lusrmgr.msc" (without the quotes) in to the Start menu search box. Select Users in the left hand pane and then double click on your user account. (In Windows XP, use the Run command instead of the search box).
Now, if you're using the Home edition of either Windows XP or Vista, you can download the User Manager for XP/Vista Home from XPHomeTools. It’s a shareware software, but you can use the trial version to disable your password expiration. You can download it right here.
I hope this tip has been helpful to you!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami
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I found a great new way to discover recipes! You have to check out this Web site if you love to cook and want to try new things. On the main page, you’re greeted with the Chef of the Day and the Recipe of the Day!
Chef of the Day – Here you'll learn all about the person they’ve selected as the Chef of the Day. You’ll find out if they own a restaurant, if they have cookbooks and even if they're ever on TV! This is a great way to see the faces behind some of the top notch restaurants around the country and the world.
Recipe of the Day – Here you'll find the recipe they’ve assigned for today. If you click on it, you'll go directly to the recipe page where you can click on View This Recipe to get the full recipe. While that’s a great way to discover new recipes, you’ve also been led to the area where you can search all the recipes on the entire site!
If you scroll down past the Recipe of the Day, you’ll find different ways to browse the recipes on the Web site. You can browse by: Main Ingredient, Cuisine, Holiday/Occasion, Meal/Course, Chef/Author and even by Method.
There's also a search engine at the top of the page. There you can put in the name of a chef, ingredient or recipe and click Search to be given access to hundreds of wonderful recipes. Just try typing in cheese and see what comes up! Or, you can be adventurous and click on the Surprise Me button. Was I adventurous, you ask? Of course I was! That was the first button I clicked on after checking out the Recipe of the Day.
Go on now, find a recipe and get in the kitchen!
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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Computer Tips [ Is Your Computer About To Die? Power Supply Troubles + Get Cooking + Friday Funnies ] 02/06/09
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.