Hide your Mouse Pointer
Does your mouse pointer get in the way while you're typing? Wish there was a way to just make it go away, then pop back up after the deluge of keystrokes subsides? Well, I have just the solution, my friends!
Click Start>Settings>Control Panel and then double click Mouse.
Much the same operation here. Click Start>Control Panel>Mouse>Pointer Options, The same checkbox is present so put a check in it click Apply and then OK.
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Keep on truckin', everyone! Coming up down the page we'll see our ususal panoply of the best deals around, plus a helpful tip on gauging your Windows up-time, some MS Excel data representation tips with April and some light shed on what exactly "DVI" is. Also on the docket is Gary's Wednesday security feature! This week we're going to learn about some common password mistakes and what you can do to make yours safer! Everyone have a fantastic day out there!
WOW! Amazing MP3 Player!
It's Finally Time For YOU To Get An MP3 Player!
Super Easy To Use! Super Small!
You've Gotta Try This - It Just Doesn't Get Any Better!
Dirt Cheap Too!!
You're just gonna LOVE this one! We just got an absolutely outstanding deal on a small batch of 2GB MP3 Players! Just wait till you feast your eyes on the price - you're not gonna believe it's possible to go that low!
For now, let's have a look at this bad boy! First thing is: WOW - this guy is tiny! Just look at the photo - it fits on your finger with room to spare! It's so little it has to shop in the petite section at the MP3 mall :-) And it's light - like a feather light! When it arrives at your door and you open the package, you're going to be amazed! Best thing is when you go out walking, running or just generally using it, you'll hardly know it's there!
It may be small on size, but it's MAMMOTH on memory! This tiny little player can hold an astonishing 500 typical MP3 songs! That's a TON of music! Think of it this way - If you filled it up and hit Play at noon on Wednesday, you wouldn't run out of songs till Thursday at 1:00PM!! 25 Hours Of Music! WOW!!
Know what you're really gonna love about this? The clip-on part! I know, sounds funny, but the fact you can clip this on a jacket, pocket, bag - whatever - and hardly even know it's there is wonderful! Take it for walks, jogs, bicycling, roller blading, to the gym, to the park, out shopping - whatever - and it really and truly stays clipped on and out of the way! After all, if you can't manage it while you're using it, what's the point of having it?
Using it is really simple too! Here's the how ya do it:
1. Plug it into your computer and it will show up as an external drive under My Computer.
2. Drag and drop your MP3s to it (See below on how to get MP3s).
3. Hit play and enjoy!
How's that for easy? You'll be amazed at how effortless this is to use! (And if you have any problems with it, just contact our tech support :-)
Oh, and everyone worries about getting MP3s when they first get a player like this. No need to fret - It's soooo easy! You can use Windows Media Player to convert your CDs to MP3s, you can buy MP3s all over online (walmart has some great prices), then just drag & drop to your new player!
Almost forgot the most important part! YES - these sound incredible! Easily as good an an iPod! Your ears are gonna LOVE the ridiculously amazing sound treat they're in for!
Comes with everything you need too - a wall charger, earbuds, and USB cable!
Oh, and did I mention that you can also store regular files of ANY kind on this if you want? That's right - it can double as a flash drive!
Cool thing about these is, once you start using an MP3 player like this, you'll discover it's absolutely fantastic to have all your favorite music in one place! Mine is hooked up to a stereo on my desk, then when I go out I plug into my car radio, then I listen while I hike with my dog over in the park! It's fantastic!
OK, now the price. The closest thing to this is Apple's iPod Shuffle - and that costs a whopping $70 for a 2GB unit!
Your price for this little guy? Ready? Set? Here ya go - just $21.97 and US shipping is FREE! Is that mind-blowing or what? Why pay 4X, 5X, or even 6X as much? Give this a try - not only are you going to absolutely LOVE it, you'll be wearing a big 'ol grin knowing how much money you saved!
PS - Only a limited quantity of these are available! Make sure you get to the site as soon as you can! They're not gonna last!
PPS - This price WILL increase to $31.97 tomorrow! Get yours today!!
Whatever You Do - Don't Buy An External Hard Drive!
Make One Yourself And Save BIG!
Super Easy! Anyone Can Do It!
Great Way To Give Your Old Hard Drives A Reason To Live!
I'm so excited! We just got a jaw-droppin' deal on some do-it-yourself External Hard Drive Cases! I've used these in the past (a lot, actually), and I've saved literally HUNDREDS over buying the "prefab" deals at the stores! Super easy too - my 7 year old can do it!
OK, so how's this work anyway? Glad you asked! Really easy - we sell you this great little case, you take an internal Hard Drive (IDE connection) and just plug it in. Put the case back together (a few screws - not hard), then plug it in! That's it! When you plug it into your computer's USB port windows will AUTOMATICALLY install the drive and list it under MyComputer! It's just like plugging in a GIANT flashdrive! It's THAT easy!
From there, just use it like any other drive! It's an absolutely fantastic idea for extra storage or backups!
PLUS, like I say, this can save a TON on money! There are two ways to do this - The first is to watch for a sale on internal Hard Drives at your local electronics store. You can get HUGE drives for less than $100 all day long! I've seen them for less than $40 after rebates and such! You get them for WAY less than external drives since you're not buying some snazzy case.
The second way these save money is letting you give new life to old hard drives! You know how it is - you have that old computer sitting in your closet - there's nothing on it you need anymore, it's really not worth anything, but you're worried about throwing it away. Why not salvage it's old HD and stick it into this handy case? You instantly have an external HD - for less than $20!
Now, I know you may be a little worried about having to assemble something like this, but trust me, it's easy. If you've ever used a screwdriver and plugged a lamp into the wall, you're qualified! You simply take any IDE drive up to 750GB, in plug the power cord (inside the case), then just push it into place! A few screws later and the case is assembled! I put mine together in less than 5 minutes! Really! Still not sure? I'll make you a deal - if you can't figure it out, you can call out tech support and they'll walk you though it!
OK, ready for the deal? We have these on sale today for just $18.97 and US shipping is FREE! This can save you TONS of money on external drives! Easy to do, cheap, and quick! Grab one, grab a dozen - for this kind of money you just can't go wrong!
PS - It's never been easier - or cheaper - to make your own external HD! PLUS - if down the road you decide the drive you started with is too small, you can always just take this apart and "upgrade" it yourself in a few minutes! Don't miss out!
Back By Popular Demand! We've sold over 600 of these in the last week or two, and the orders just won't stop! Thank YOU to everyone who grabbed one (or in many cases, two or three)! You'll love it! If you've been missing out, I put them on sale again for you today! Get 'em while you can!
Awesome! Turn 1 USB Port Into 4!
Brilliant "Stand Up" Design Keeps Wires More Organized!
Stop Crawling Around On The Floor!
Set This On Your Desk And Always Have A Place To Plug In!
Jaw-Droppin', Mind-Blowin' Deal Too!
Special Price - Today ONLY!
Know what you can never have enough of? USB ports! You know how it is - everything you want to plug into your computer requires what? A USB port! It's really easy to run out of those little buggers, ya know? Well, that's where this amazing idea comes in!
We have these really cool, really new 4 Port USB 2.0 Hubs that magically turn 1 USB port into 4! David Copperfiled doesn't have anything on these babies!
Oh, and look at these - instead of laying down on their side like some kind of lazy hub, they stand up! Why didn't I think of that? What a brilliant idea! Just wait till you try it! The ingenious design makes surprisingly easy to plug in (and yank out) your USB cords! I tried one out at home and was pleasantly surprised at how much more organized all the cords stay - no more rat's nest!
Know what else is really great about these? They sit right on your desk so no more crawling around on the floor playing contortionist while you're trying to plug a USB cord into the back of your computer! Yeah, you know the game - you wiggle around on the floor, pull one USB plug, replace it with your new gadget, then get back to your computer, then figure out that you accidently unplugged your mouse, you go back under, unplug your new gadget, plug your mouse back in, unplug something else, plug your gadget back in - isn't enough, enough? Stick this hub on your desk and stay off that floor!
TIP ALERT!! TIP ALERT!!
Oh, do you have a laptop? Ever hook it up to a regular keyboard and mouse? What about a flash drive? An external HD? An MP3 player? Want to make it easier? Just get this hub and plug your accessories into it - Your mouse, keyboard, and whatever else. Now, next time you need to use your laptop, instead of playing musical USB ports with your accessories, just plug this 4 Port USB hub into your laptop! A single plug and you have up to 4 accessories running!
Your price? You'll love this - we have these for just $8.97 and US shipping is FREE! For that kind of money, you'd be nuts to miss out! You know you'll need one of these down the road - why pay $30 for some lame hub from a big box store later? Get this now - you'll love it!
PS - The price WILL increase to $14.97 tomorrow! <Switches to Arnold Schwarzenegger voice> D
XP and Vista Uptime
If you leave your computer running 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), you might be interested in determining the amount of uptime that has accumulated since your last reboot. Luckily, it's very easy to find that information in both Windows XP and Vista. Let's take a look!
Tracking Uptime in Vista
To find Vistas uptime, right click on your taskbar and select Task Manager.
To find the uptime in XP, go to Start, Run, type in "cmd" and then click OK.
Find your uptime today!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami
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Two in One
Ever find yourself faced with multiple sets of data in MS Excel?
Did you decide that you wanted them charted together and yet with different types of data representation?
For example, maybe you'd like to see one set of data in a line graph and the other with bars?
If this is your preference then you might be happily surprised to find that you can accomplish this goal - to have a multi-type chart - with just a couple of clicks beyond the creation of your original, single-type chart.
These steps should change this:
into something like this:
Voila! Two chart types in one.
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The Best Greeting Card-Making Software EVER!
Make Hallmark Cards Right From Your Computer!
What A Deal Too!!
WOW! We've featured lots of card-making software, but seriously, who makes cards better than Hallmark? And with Hallmark Card Studio you can make amazing Hallmark Cards right from your own home!!
I don't know how Hallmark keeps out doing themselves again and again!!! Each previous edition of the software has been good- but not this good!!!
So what does this software do?
Basically, this it allows you make Hallmark cards right from your computer. Yes, they are authentic cards with even the "Hallmark" trademark on the back. The program comes with predesigned cards with pictures, graphics, and expressions. All you do is customize it (if you like). If you really want to make your card unique, they even have the ones where you insert your own picture (of course, you do this through your computer so it looks fantastic).
And it is so easy to use!!! By far, I would say this is one of the easiest programs I have ever used! All you have to do is just point and click to create your cards. I was shocked!!! I mean could anything be any easier to use?
Curious about what the finished product will look like once it is printed? Check it out! It was really awesome!
This program includes 10,000 different images, 5400 Hallmark cards, projects, and tons more! This gives you over 1 million ways to create your personalized cards.
Personally, I really like that the cards are "pre-written". It makes it so much easier. I never have to rush through the store again looking for the perfect card. It really has saved me time!!!
Of course, you can replace what they say with what you want to say (or add to it, modify, etc). Plus, people really dig you more custom message and what to know where you found such a personalized card.
Oh, and it's not just limited to the printing out out-dated paper cards (that's so 20th century) - you can also send e-mail greetings complete with animated pictures and sounds!
As if all the above weren't enough, this can also do scrapbooks, calendars, and even has a really good built-in photo editor! WOW!! And just wait till you check out the event planner!Â Never forget to send another card - this will remind you! How cool is that??
All this probably sounds really expensive!!! Relax!!! Your price is just $6.97 (retail $49.95)! Of course, if you live in the US shipping is FREE! Here's a link with all the info:
Hurry on this one. Last time we sold this program, they flew out the door!!! And remember- the price will increase to $18.97 tomorrow!!!!
WOW!! Can't Go Wrong For $6.97! Lowest Price EVER!
Deal Is ONLY Good Today, 03-25-2009!
JUST STOP RIGHT THERE!
The Shocking Truth About Your Hard Drive!
Don't Throw Out That Old Hard Drive!!
Don't Give Away Your Old Computer!
You Gotta Read This - It'll Scare The Heck Outta Ya!
Recent studies show that 74% of hard drives sold, given away, or thrown out (in the computer or out) contain data that can be easily read and recovered - and 36% of those hard drives had even been reformatted. You absolutely, positively, have to permanently get that data off of there!!
Do you have an old computer you're thinking about giving away? Maybe an old hard drive that needs to be thrown out? Well, if you do, you MUST GET THAT DATA OFF THERE!!
Well, we have some really easy to use software that will keep you safe called DriveScrubber. Just pop the CD into your computer (or make a floppy if you still have a drive for one of those) and reboot. Even if you can't boot to Windows, you can still erase that drive with this software!
Think about it - you wouldn't toss paperwork with credit card, bank, or social security numbers in the trash without shredding the heck out of 'em would you? Of course not! However, day in and day out, people toss out old computers and think that just deleting or formatting a drive is going to get rid of all the personal info they had on it - not a chance!
WARNING - When you delete a file, it's not really gone. You might want to read that last sentence again because it's really important. The area where the file lives on your hard drive simply gets tagged as free space, but until it's overwritten, that data is VERY recoverable. I formatted a test drive and ran recovery software on it awhile ago just to see what would happen. Nearly EVERYTHING was easily recoverable! No problem at all!
If you've ever used your computer to check on your banking, buy a product online, or anything that involves your personal info, then that info might be easily available when you get rid of your old hardware! Yikes!
Don't think it can happen to you? Well, two MIT students did a study. They went and purchased 158 used hard drives for less than $1000 from a web swap-meet type site. When they went through the drives, they found over 5,000 credit card numbers, medical reports, lots of personal and corporate financial information, and gigs of personal e-mail. And get this - 60% of the drives had been formatted!!!
There are people who look for old computers at the curb or in the dumpster just to pull info off the hard drive or sell the drives to others! Plus, if you just "donate" an old computer you have no idea what really is going to happen to it! If this doesn't scare the heck out of you, then you shouldn't be using a computer!
Once you insert the Drive Scrubber disk, your computer will boot to the CD or the floppy, and has an easy to use interface that makes wiping a drive a snap. Just select the drive and select the "erase" button. ALL the info on the drive will be gone - permanently and forever! You can still reformat the drive and install Windows again once this is done - but any info you had on the drive will be completely gone. No worries about anyone ever using your hard drive or old computer to steal you personal info! It's great!
I personally have a couple of old hard drives sitting around that I just didn't want to throw out. Now I'll be able to completely erase them and toss them into the trash knowing that no one will EVER be able to recover any of my personal data from that drive.
Your cost for all this protection? Just $6.97 and US shipping is FREE! Sure, it's not a program that you'll use every day, but everyone with a computer WILL need to use it someday! For this kind of money, it's insane not to be safe. Check it out:
PS - This price is ONLY good today - first thing Thursday the price will increase to $12.97! Get yours today
Laser Printer Safety
No, it will not cut your finger off, but laser printers do have some safety guidelines to follow for proper maintenance, operation and even the personal health of the user! It's not just a pretty face that prints out razor sharp images, that's for sure! Head on over to the WS site and get all the guidelines!
In 2005, the game Sudoku became an international craze. My mom is even hooked on playing it. What is it? Well, it is a game you can solve by using logic. “The objective is to fill a 9x9 grid so that each column, each row and each of the nine 3x3 boxes contains the digits from 1 to 9. Sound interesting? Leap over to Worldstart in person and check out a FREE version you play online!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
What is DVI?
The old CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor is an analog device. That means that your graphics card must convert the computer's digital signal into a signal that the CRT monitor can understand. Of course, there's always something lost in the process.
The LCD monitor is a digital device. If you use the DVI connection there'll be no loss of image quality or signal corruption. That is why you get a crisper image.
Here's the snag: if your graphics card doesn't have a DVI connector then you're stuck using the old VGA connection. Your LCD monitor should have a VGA connector as well, but keep in mind that you'll be getting an analog signal so it won't be as clean as purely digital. It may be worth your while to get a new graphics card with either DVI-D (digital only) or DVI-I (digital or analog with adapter) connectors so you can get the most out of your LCD monitor.
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Windows SteadyState part 2
Last week, I started telling you about a program called Windows SteadyState. If you missed part one, feel free to check it out here. Last weeks article talked about the Global Computer Setting of SteadyState. Today, I am going to talk about some of the user settings for this awesome program!
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Welcome to Bagheera, a site devoted to endangered species. Endangered species have always had a spot in my heart ever since I was a little girl when my dad first started teaching me about them. Both now and then, I have found the idea of animals disappearing off the face of the Earth forever incredibly sad.
This site is easy to navigate with four main sections: In the Wild, In the Class, Resources and News. There is also a featured section in the middle of the page where you will find: Tigers in Crisis, Imagine Animals, Endangered TV and Rock Earth.
In the Wild - This section is where you can get information about the animals that are rapidly vanishing from the Earth. Select an animal from the drop down list to learn about it.
In the Class - Here you will find teaching resources to teach about endangered animals in the classroom. The information ranges from classroom activities to suggested reading and there is even a glossary of terms.
Resources - This is a listing of Endangered Animals resources. It has links to other sites where you can learn more about the species that are endangered and even check out the 2006 List of Endangered Species.
News - Here you can check out news articles from all over the world that relate to endangered species.
The Features section takes you to featured sites. It opens in another window so that you dont lose the Bagheera site.
Tigers in Crisis - This site is devoted to endangered tigers. I learned a lot about tigers, as well as, their critical endangerment here. Did you know there are five different types of tigers? Or that there are three types of tigers have already been driven into extinction? I sure didn’t have a clue.
Imagine Animals - Here you can not only learn about endangered animals, you can see images of them as well. Just choose an endangered animal from the drop down box and you’ll learn all about it. You’ll find pictures along the top of the page for that animal’s section as well.
Endangered Earth - This looks like the main page for all of these other pages. Oops! Well, that’s okay. There is still a lot of cool stuff here. You can read the About section and learn why these sites exist. You can also check out the Tour section and see endangered animals by country. The Journal section lets you read the journals for the different sites too.
I found this site to be an eye opening and educational experience. At the very least, I learned a lot about animals that I never knew. Check it out!
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PSSST - Want A Killer Flashlight?
We Just Found The BEST LED Flashlight Ever!
41 Brilliantly Bright LEDs
Aircraft Aluminum - Tough & Rugged As Can Be!
Could Be The Last Flashlight You Ever Buy!
Ready for a real flashlight? Oh, you are gonna LOVE this! We just got these fantastic 41 LED Flashlights and let me tell ya - they are BRIGHT! Why wouldn't they be though? 41 is a lot of little LEDs crammed into the front of that thing!
Oh, and guess how big this thing is? If you guessed over 5" long, then you missed! You read that right - we're talking a whoppin' 41 bright-as-blazes LEDs in a small 5" long flashlight! Plus, since it's just 5" long it's the perfect size for, well, every use! It stores really easy in a glovebox, drawer, purse, ect, and ohh, just wait till you hold it - flashlight nirvana! The size fits your hand perfectly! Not too small, not some huge monster - it's really a great size!
Speaking of holding it, just wait till you get a grip on on the aircraft aluminum body - it's SOLID! Feels like you could probably hammer a nail in with this thing - then go back to using it as flashlight (OK, don't do that - but it is built solid)!
Take a look at the pict - if you think it's easy to hang onto when it's wet - you're 100% right! It also features a really nice rubberized push button that works with a good solid click AND it even has an "O" ring seal to help keep water out! No matter what the weather, it's there to help!
I'm tellin' ya, if you need a solid, well-built flashlight, look no further - ya just found it! Heck, even the LEDs will last 100,000 hours - that's like running it for 11 years straight! I like these so much I didn't just grab one for me - I grabbed a some for friends and family too!
Stop messing around with those unreliable cheapo plastic flashlights with the old-style bulbs that always burn out. Stop wishing your flashlight worked right when you need it most- treat yourself to the real deal today!
Price? Oh, you're not gonna believe this one - we're talking just $12.97 and US shipping is FREE! Yeah, really - $12.97! A good LED flashlight can easily go for a heck of a lot more ($30, $50, even over $100!), so it's crazy not to grab yourself a light or two! If you don't love it, send it back within 60 days for a refund -nothin' to lose!
PS - Don't miss out - this is easily one of the best lights we've ever offered and it's going to last you a LONG time. It'll probably get lost before you wear it out!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Computer Tips [ Great Way To Protect Your Computer + Is Your Windows Running Too Much? + Better Typing Trick ] 03/25/2009
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.