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Clean that screen!
I've gotten a couple of questions recently concerning the upkeep of LCD screens. Those flat-panel beauties are a joy to look at, for sure, but once the power is turned off all sorts of streaks, smudges and other detritus appear. How is one to keep their super-cool, modern monitor looking it's best without permanently damaging it with harsh chemicals?
Well, let me tell you.
There are cleaning kits, which will run you about $12, and apart from setting you back a few bucks, don't offer cleaning power any more substantial than a four dollar rag and some good ol' H2o. What you'll need to buy is a microfiber cloth, which can be found at your local mega-mart or drugstore. Run it under some luke-warm water and ring that puppy out, and when I say ring it out I mean make sure that it's just barely moist. This is important, because if you're dripping water all over the screen the consequences could cost you another monitor, so be careful!
Make sure the monitor is turned off (obviously!) and wipe it down, making sure to be as gentle as a lamb. In no time you'll have a nice, spotless screen and peace of mind in knowing that you saved some money, too!
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OH, Yeah - The Coolest 4 Port USB Hub You've Ever Seen!
Brilliant "Octopus" Design!
You'll Never Use A "Regular" Hub Again!!
On Sale Today ONLY - Huge Price Break!
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 $10.97 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 $14.97!
These went like CRAZY on Friday and over the weekend! Oh, and check this out - We found the SAME DRIVE at buy.com for $86.47 after shipping! AND - they LIST for $138!!! We have 'em for $21.97 and our shipping is FREE if you live in the US! Killer deal! Take a look!!
Amazing 8GB Micro-Hard Drive!
Take All Your Stuff With You!
Way Cheaper Than A Flash Drive -
And Better Lookin' Too!
You've Just Gotta Try This!
Others Charge $80-$138 For It -
Our Price Is Just $21.97!!
These are just the coolest little hard drives we've ever come across! Not only are they about as good lookin' as a hard drive can get, but they are really tiny too! Just wait till you see yours :-) You're gonna LOVE 'em!
This works just like a flash drive - only it doesn't set you back as much money! Just plug it into your computer and it will show up as an external drive under My Computer. From there, simply drag and drop your files! Works on any XP or Vista computer - no drivers required! WOW!
Why not free up extra room on your computer's Hard Drive? Yeah...instead of jamming EVERYTHING onto the computer (you know...the one you never seem to get around to backing up!), why not keep all your favorite music, photos and other important stuff in one nice, convenient spot? Plus that way, you've got everything together when you want to show uncle Bob all the latest photos from your last vacation?
Oh, and these are FANTASTIC for backups too! You probably have loads of documents, information, spreadsheets, family photos, and music that you just can't afford to lose - Why not back 'em up onto a couple of these handy little drives? Makes it MUCH easier to keep track of and for the price you just can't go wrong!
Or if you've got SOOO many tunes you just "can't live without" and you're juggling three or four thumb drives- well STOP IT!!! (Besides, you're bound to loose one of 'em, poke an eye out or do something else that every mother in the world seems to warn their kids about doing!) Do the smart thing and keep them all together and neat all in one place! (Besides, your mother will be so proud!)
Anyway, in addition to the HUGE amount of capacity, this mini-HD is FAST! (USB 2.0 with data transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps!) So when "Uncle Bob" says he just has to have copies of those pictures, BAM! plug right into that USB port and you're done!!! Oh, and this comes pre-loaded with Mobile Launchpad, which is the start menu for your USB HD Drive! So no need to think about drivers, and all that. Again, this baby is 100% Plug 'N Play so you can Rock 'N Roll!!!
And, of course, we can't leave out the fact that this Mini HD looks gooood! Sleek, slick, compact,,,what else do you need.
Oh, and this comes with its own USB cable, a Quick Start Guide AND a travel wallet. (Can you say, "Accessorize"?)
These are going to go out the door in a hurry! I'd say grab one or two while you can for yourself...maybe even one as a gift if we still have any. Also, we just found this exact same drive at buy.com for $86.47 after shipping! Grab 'em from us for just $21.97 and US Shipping is FREE! Here's the link:
PS...You KNOW you're gonna need more storage - grab a couple of these today! Save over $100!!
How About A Really Cool Way To Backup Data?
On Sale Today ONLY 03-30-2009!
Ohh, Keep reading, you're definitely gonna want to check this out ~
WOW - we just came across the handiest little USB Cable Adapter that you're absolutely going to love! Check out these two great uses:
Easily retrieve information from your old hard drive ~
Turn an internal drive into a convenient external drive for back-ups ~
Now, this is where this USB Cable Adapter comes in really handy. Again, just hook the adapter up to your "internal" drive (it doesn't have to be inside your computer) and then plug into an existing USB port on your computer. Again, easy-peasy! The drive will show up as an external drive on your computer and you can easily back-up all your files ~ pretty cool, huh? When you're done, you can disconnect and store the drive in a drawer ~ no need to have it taking up desk space! And, you've saved about $130.00 by using an "internal" drive as your backup drive!
If you find yourself in either of these situations, I'm telling you ~ you've got to give this a try. You won't believe how easy this really is ~ even the "non-techies" will be surprised! Oh, yeah ~ almost forgot, TODAY ONLY your cost is just $19.97 and that includes FREE shipping in the US!
This Price will increase to $29.97 tomorrow!!!
Absolutely Mind-Blowin' Card Reader Deal!
Just $7.97!!! Really!
WOW!! I Think I am Speechless!!!
Now That's A Price That'll Really Make You Smile!!! :-D
If I had to name my top favorite gadgets, card readers would definitely be on the list! I have so many SD cards, that a card reader is the only way I view what is stored on any given card. I just find them so cool and convenient. And they are so much easier to use than a messy cord. However, this amazing card reader really caught my attention, and I know it will catch yours too!
First, we have never sold card reader like this for a price as low as $7.97! WOW! We have done $9.97, $10.97, heck even $16.97- but never before have we had one for a price as low as $7.97! Now that is just awesome!
Everyone with an SD (secure digital), MMC, or RS card (or any variation thereof) will just LOVE this card reader!!
Think about it, what would be easier- popping out your memory card, sliding it into the card reader, and plugging it into your USB port? Or, finding that cable that came with your device, untangling it (because you know they are always tangled), plugging it into your USB port, transferring your files, then following the cord as you go through the jungle of cords behind your computer, searching for the correct USB port and finally unplugging it? I think that answer is a real no-brainer! Of course, the card reader option is the easiest way to transfer your information from your card to your computer or vice versa!
Next, let's discuss the design! This card reader is extremely compact and lightweight, therefore, making it perfect for anyone on the go!!! And the best part is, this card reader has Plug and Play, allowing it to work on any computer without having to install anything! Better yet, because you can transfer files to and from this card reader, it will work as a flash drive too!!!
Because it uses USB 2.0, this card reader has blistering fast data transfer speed, and will definitely satisfy all your data transfer needs. This is one that you just have to check out!!! I just adore it, and for the price of just $7.97 and US Shipping is Free, you will adore yours too!
P.S. Unfortunately, we only have a limited quantity of these in stock, and for that low price, I know they are going to just fly out the door! Order yours now, before they are gone!!!
Q: What is dwm.exe and why is it running in Windows Vista?
Because Vista is keeping track of the contents of each window, it can add effects when layering the windows such as the transparency we're all used to, as well as the live preview thumbnails. The benefit to using this approach is that Windows Vista can utilize the hardware acceleration features in your video card to create very smooth animations for minimizing and restoring, and even for the transparency effects.
What about Memory Usage?
The size of the DWM process is controlled by the number of windows that you have open, since each window requires a buffer in memory to store the contents of the window. If you have a large number of very large windows open, DWM will use more memory. The benefits of using a compositing window manager are worth that relatively small amount of memory under most circumstances.
Does Switching to the Vista Basic Theme turn it off?
The short answer is no, just switching to the Vista Basic theme will not turn off DWM, but it will reduce the memory usage a great deal. How do you switch to Vista Basic? Just right-click on the desktop, choose Personalize, and then Window Color and Appearance:
Click on Classic Appearance Properties at the bottom:
Then choose Windows Vista Basic and click the Apply button:
When you open up Task Manager again and notice the amount of memory usage for dwm.exe, you will notice the drop in usage to a larger extent and will get you surprised by the drop. Happy working with Windows Vista!
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Re-Arranging Slides Without Switching Views
Do you use MS PowerPoint's Slide Sorter view to rearrange your presentations?
Ever find yourself wishing that you didn't have to switch from the Normal view to accomplish this task?
Do you have PowerPoint XP, 2003 or 2007?
If you answered yes to all three questions, then I have some good news for you. In the newer versions of PowerPoint, you can rearrange slides while still in the Normal view!
Here's the scoop.
You're looking for the Slides tab, which is found on the left side of the screen when you're in the Normal view.
Don't worry if you've already closed this tab - we can get it back.
In older versions of PowerPoint simply return to the View menu and choose the Normal view. This will restore the panes, giving you access to the Slides tab again.
PowerPoint 2007 will have what you need on the View tab of the Ribbon. Click the Normal view button (even though it's already selected) and your pane will be restored.
Once you've got the Slides tab open, it's a simple matter of click-hold-and-drag for slide relocation.
It's just like the Slide Sorter, but without the hassle of switching views!
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Master THE Most Popular Programs....With EASE!!!
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Special Price - Today Only - 03-30-2009!
You've probably been wanting to learn how to use a bunch of programs that you've just dabbled with up til now. Well, here's your chance to really dominate 'em!
And unlock all the bells and whistles that have been lurking under the hood just waiting for you to "Crack the Code"!
So...what programs are we talking about? Well, how about the COMPLETE Microsoft® Office® suite of programs., including:
Pretty impressive, heh? But hang on...we've only just started!
Ever wanted to know how to make your own newsletters, brochures, or fliers? (Got you covered!)
How 'bout sprucing up those digital photos you've got sitting on that hard drive? (Got ya there, too!)
Been thinking about putting together a web page? (Oh yeah...we can get you started on that, too!)
Check out this list of courses that are ALSO covered:
See...told you it was AWESOME! This will keep you busy for quite some time, don't ya think?
And what you're going to find is that this is the Easiest and Fastest way to learn these programs!
This course was created by a company called "LEARN2". Now that may not mean much to you...until you realize that this company's training programs have been used by Fortune 500 companies and leading government agencies to train some of their KEY employees for over a decade! Why? Because their system works!
You see, you don't just sit there trying to learn by reading out of a book. (We all know how well THAT usually works - especially trying to learn a computer program. zzzzzzzz) Well, they do something VERY different. Instead, you watch a series of short, but in-depth video presentations, that shows you what to do and how to do it. Each lesson has step-by-step simulations with easy visual and audio instructions.
The result is this system has proven to increase the rate of retention. In other words, you learn more and you remember what you learn! (How's THAT for a novel concept!)
Oh, and, by the way, this company's training carries the "Microsoft® Approved Courseware" designation. In fact, their training information covers the very same material included in the "MS Certified Specialist" Certification level! So understand...you're running with the very best!
And wait til you see what this course covers. (I think you'll be impressed as we were!)
As you might expect from the title, this program covers the entire suite of Microsoft® Office® programs...ALL of them!
But hang on a second...check this out.
How many times have you tried to learn a program but then the teaching information was for a DIFFERENT version of the program than YOU had? (You know...you've got last year's version, but the program covers the latest version, which (of course) you just don't happen to have!) This program not only has the most current version of MS Office®, but it ALSO has the earlier versions... for each program that makes up MS Office®!
So even if you don't have the latest version of each MS Office® program, you don't need to let that stop you. Learn the version that you have right now. If you decide to upgrade your MS Office® in the future, fine, learn those versions at that time. Or if you really want to increase your job skills, learn all of the programs and become familiar with all of the versions. (Hello, "Super Star" !)
Just so you know, this is T-H-E FULL- BLOWN training course on Microsoft®® Office®®. (There is a "shortened" version of this course that's called, "Learn2 Training Essentials"). This is ain't it. This is, "LEARN2 Training Complete". And there's a reason they called it that.
This program comes with Five!!! (count 'em... FIVE CD-ROMs, each packed with audio and video presentations! And each CD-ROM features in-depth instruction on an Office® program as well as an introduction to Windows® Vista®. There's over 1400 topics covered! The bottom-line: go thru this course, complete the exercises and YOU WILL KNOW Microsoft® Office®.
To give you some idea of the depth covered in these courses, I took some screenshots for you to look at.
Here I opened the section on Microsoft® Access® (the database program). Once inside, you see the Course Menu for Level 1
When you click on one of the modules, you'll see the lessons within that module. (Here you can see the lessons within Module 3.)
Once you click on one of the lessons, you see the presentations within that lesson.
Here's a screenshot of one of the exercises in Access®. As you can see, the training is VERY thorough!
And if you're already familiar with Microsoft® Office® but you'd like to "brush-up" a little or if you'd like to increase your skills in a certain area, no problem. You'll love the way these modules are set up because you can focus on any one specific area you want OR learn any of the programs from the ground up!
Imagine... the pride and feeling of accomplishment you'll feel when you've mastered THE most popular computer programs used today.
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Yikes! The price is going up to $16.97 Tuesday! Better order now!!
Obsolete Computer Museum
Think your computer is old? Think again! Today on the WS site we have a gem for computer buffs, historians and those who are feeling a little self-conscious about their current system configuration. Stop by and check it out!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
An Alternative to Ctrl + A In MS Word
We all know that Ctrl + A in MS Word selects the entire documentworks great, and for everyone who likes to keep their hands on the keyboard, it's a necessary tool.
But what about people who are more "mouse oriented"?
You know, people who have duties that require regular or constant mouse contact? It's a bit annoying to keep removing their hand from the mouse to the keyboard and back again. (Basically, on the other side of the coin, as annoying as my keyboard enthusiasts find the mouse.)
So, is there some easy way for these people to accomplish the selection of everything without Ctrl + A (or the all too messy dragging of the highlight through the document)? And we could never forget the ever-popular click at the beginning, hold the Shift key and click at the end.)
I'm happy to report that there is a one-key / one-click solution to the situation. You can select it all and never take your hand off the mouse.
Next time you want it all move your mouse pointer into the left margin, hold down the Ctrl key then click.
Everything selected, no dragging, hand still in place on the mouse.
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Monday Video Tip
The advent of the wheel mouse has revolutionized the way we do the Internet and just about every other computer-related activity, hasn't it? This week's video tip focuses on just that: the cool stuff you can do with your mouse wheel! Click the link below and take a gander! ;)
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The Chocolate Life
If you've got a sweet tooth, or you just simply can't resist a good piece of chocolate, then this site is definitely for you. Welcome to the Chocolate Life!
Here you can appreciate and learn about different kinds of chocolate as well as read reviews on specific types of chocolate. If you scroll down the main page you will find lots of different articles on different kinds and aspects of chocolate. This is but one way to get started on this site. You could also choose the side menu options.
Under "Review Categories" you will find: Chocolatiers, Styles, Specialty, and Other. If you scroll a little further down you get the Archives menu.
Chocolatiers This section includes Prestige, Gourmet, Mass Market Premium, Eating Chocolate (Bars), Baking Chocolate, Hot/Drinking Chocolate, and Gourmet Candy Bars. All filled with interesting articles on chocolate. From Godiva to Hot Chocolate at your favorite Starbucks, you get lots of style, flavor, and information.
Styles This section is divided up by country you can choose from: American, European, French and Nouvelle American. Find out where some of your favorites originated.
Specialty Soy Chocolate?!? While definitely not for me, it does cover a larger market than you would think as well as boasting a Sugar Free/Low Carb section for all of you Atkins and South Beach fans.
Other This section is a little fun and frisky! Taste Offs, and the Quick Bites section. The Quick Bites are little snippets of information on different types of chocolates, just kind of a "did you know", here are some neat facts, section.
And then of course there are the Archives where you can check out your favorite section in review.
Well I'm off to Godiva to fill my chocolate craving with some chocolate covered strawberries, try not to get too hungry while surfing this site!
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