What if I like my Desktop Messy?
Windows XP users are accustomed to having the balloon pop up that says” There are unused icons on your desktop”, right? But what if I like my desktop the way it is and don't want to be bothered with these messages anymore?
In that case, I bear good news, everyone! You can turn it off!
Right click on the desktop and choose “Properties”. In the next window click the desktop tab at the top and then the “Customize Desktop” button.
Under the “General” tab you'll see Desktop Cleanup towards the bottom of the window. Just uncheck the “Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days” selection and click OK. No fuss, no muss, and your Windows XP experience just got a little less annoying!
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Know what time it is? It's time to FINALLY get yourself a webcam! We just got an absolutely amazing deal on some incredible USB 2.0 Webcams W/ Mic and you're gonna love 'em!
I know, I know, folks who've never used a webcam before are always a bit nervous the first time they plug it in - will it work? Is it hard to setup? What do I do with it? Well, rest easy! Just plug in the webcam and install the easy to use software and you're good to go!
As for what you do with it - have I got an idea for you! We use these routinely with Yahoo's (FREE) Instant Messenger's "Webcam" feature! Just install the software, hook up your webcam, and select Webcam from the Messenger menu! You instantly have a way to "Video Chat" online!
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OK, all the above is great - but this camera has a few really ingenious features I just gotta brag about! First, it's designed to just right on the edge of your LCD monitor or laptop screen! No more balancing acts - only to watch the camera fall off a few seconds later! It also sits real well on flat surfaces :-)!
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This is a PS/2, OPTICAL mouse! If you're not sure what that means, don't worry - it's simple to understand and you'll LOVE what it'll mean for your computer use!
The older type of mouse had a little "ball" underneath the mouse. And when you moved the mouse, the ball would move and the ball would move and cause your mouse cursor to move. This was a "mechanical" type of action and it wasn't very accurate. I remember having to give it a giggle every once in a while 'cause the ball would get stuck. Then you'd have to open up the bottom and clean it out 'cause lint, dust and other debris would always stick to the ball, causing even MORE problems! But that's old technology...thank goodness!
Fast-forward to today, we now have "optical" technology, which Instead of using the mechanical movement of a ball, it uses "a light signal", or "optics"! The result is that the mouse is MUCH FASTER, more ACCURATE and just a whole lot easier to use! (And so a whole lot more fun to work with!) That's why this technology is LIGHT-YEARS ahead (no pun intended!) of the "ball-type" mouse! (Or "ball-and-chain"- type mouse, as it's more accurately called at times!)
PLUS, this is "ergonomically designed", so it'll fit nicely in your hand and it won't feel like you're rolling a tennis ball all over your desk! And it has a "scroll wheel" between the right and left buttons, which is nice! You can just move the scroll wheel instead of having to use the "scroll bar" along the side of a web page when you need to navigate up and down! The power of choice...it's a beautiful thing!
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I thought everyone would like these Tire Gauges, but WOW!!! What a response!! These are STILL GOING STRONG! People have been ordering several of these at a time. Gifts? Keep one in each car? Not sure but looks like a lot of folks know a bargain when they see one! Thank you to EVERYONE who jumped on this deal!!
And for those of you who may not be aware of it, we had some tire gauges in the past but THIS Tire Gauge is the lowest price we've had AND... IT'S DIGITAL!!! Super simple to use!!! You've got to check this out!!!
WOW! Here's The Product A LOT of You Have Been Waiting For...
And It's FINALLY IN!!!
This is an AMAZING Deal On This DIGITAL TIRE GAUGE!!!
Oh yeah...This Makes Checking Your Tire Pressure A Breeze!!!
Everybody knows you should keep your tires properly inflated because IT SAVES BIG BUCKS!!! In fact, here's what US Dept of Energy has to say about it, "You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires."
But that's not all... UNDER INFLATED TIRES WEAR FASTER... And THAT'S BIG BUCKS TOO! But probably MOST IMPORTANT of all is safety: PROPERLY INFLATED TIRES ARE SAFER!!!
We all know these things. But here's the question: "How can you check your tires QUICKLY, EASILY and REMEMBER TO DO IT REGULARLY?
Well, here's your answer: This DIGITAL TIRE GAUGE is fast and so simple to use! Press the button to turn it on and place the gauge over the tire valve and READ THE DIGITAL READ OUT! And what I really like about it is that it's compact and lightweight! PLUS it has a Key Ring so YOU CAN KEEP THIS ON YOUR OWN KEY RING!!! (How easy is that??) How often have you WANTED TO CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE but you just didn't have a tire gauge around? Now you've got it right where you need it!
ALSO, You can use this on motorcycles or even bicycles! Give one to the kids and LET THEM KEEP TRACK OF THE TIRE PRESSURE ON THEIR BIKES! You might want to keep an extra one on a hook in the garage so it's handy for everyone! And at this ridiculously low price, you can grab a couple 'cause today we've got these for an AMAZING price of just $9.97 and US shipping is FREE!!! We've NEVER had a TIRE GAUGE priced THIS low...AND THIS IS DIGITAL!! WOW!!!
P.S. - So, increase your fuel efficiency, and save money on wear and tear on your tires!
Now that you know exactly what I'm talking about, let's learn how to create one of your own in an e-mail. You can do this whenever you want to share a certain Web site address with someone or if you want to give them someone else's e-mail address. You can go ahead and have it linked for your recipient, so all they have to do is click on it and they'll be whisked away to the right spot in no time! It's very convenient.
In most e-mail programs, you can type out a URL (for example, www.worldstart.com) and it will automatically hyperlink for you as soon as you hit the space bar. If for some reason it doesn't, you can do it manually as well. To do this, start a new e-mail and when you're ready for the hyperlink, click on the icon that looks like a globe with a chainlink around it.
It looks like this:
A box will then appear and you just have to type in the URL yourself. If it's a Web site, make sure you have http:// selected and if it's an e-mail address, have mailto: chosen. Click OK when you're done and the link will then show up in your e-mail. It will then be transferred to your recipient for easy opening.
Now, one more thing. If for some reason you can't click on the hyperlink icon, you can always go to the Insert menu, Hyperlink choice. That will bring up the same dialogue box for you and you will be able to get the link in place.
I did find out a couple of other things while I was researching this tip. Gmail does have the hyperlink option, but the icon in that program is just a chainlink. It doesn't have the globe, so if you use Gmail, keep an eye out for that. Also, I wasn't able to find a way to hyperlink in Hotmail. I may have passed over it, but there wasn't any real obvious way to do it.
Like I said, most e-mail programs will hyperlink automatically for you, so you usually don't have to worry about it. But, if the situation does arise, you'll know how to complete the task yourself now!
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If you're a fan of the SmartArt feature in Office 2007 then you may have experienced the frustration of trying to select a single shape in the diagram.
Or worse yet, when you're looking to select several shapes and you have the Ctrl + click thing down, too bad you keep accidentally clicking on something already selected… which deselects it, of course.
At this point you've got to be wondering if there's another way to select shapes in the diagram - one that doesn't require aspirin for the headache you have when you're done.
As expected, there is something we can do to make life a bit easier so let's take a look.
We've previously discussed the text pane that is attached to each SmartArt graphic. It's in this pane that you can use a bulleted list to type the text for the diagram. Office will then place the text into the individual shapes - much faster - and certainly a lot less clicking.
You can open the text pane either with the arrows that appear on the left side of the SmartArt when it's selected or you could try the Text Pane button located on SmartArt Tools, Design tab of the Ribbon.
Either way, you should be looking at something like this:
(The left side is the text pane and the right is the SmartArt. You can see that the text of "two" is selected and if you look at the dark blue gear you'll see that it's selected as well.)
Usually we're in here to enter text but this little gadget works "both" ways. That is, with the text already entered you can use it to select individual shapes.
Once the shapes are selected you can accomplish whatever formatting you had in mind - without the fuss and frustration of the individual selection can cause.
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Absolutely Fantastic 4 PORT HUB
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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 to find the free USB port? Well, have I got the cure to all of these hardware sicknesses! This 4 USB 2.0 Hub!!!
This hub is really amazing! It provides 4 hi-speed (2.0) USB Ports in a small compact size! Honest, this hub takes up almost zero space. It will free up so much room on 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!!!
If you are worried about having too many things plugged into USB ports at one time, Don't BE! This USB Hub has over current protection! I love this feature!!! I know I have a massive amount of things plugged into my USB ports- my mouse, key board, printer, digital camera, iPod, and about 2 flash drives. The Over current protection makes me feel extremely safe when dealing with all that expensive hardware!
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PS: I love this hub!!! And I am sure you will too! Order one today, this deal is just too good to pass up!
New Amazing Lamp Sensors Come On At Dusk And Off At Dawn!
Works On Lights Indoors And Out!
Better Than A Timer
And More Convenient Too!!!
Wait til You See The Special Price!!!
Personally, I like the idea putting my lights on a timer, for a couple of reasons. Number one, I don't like to come home to a dark house. But also, leaving no lights on in the house is an open invitation to prowlers. Might as well hang a big sign out front, "Hey!! Over here!! No one's home!!!) So I like the idea of using them and have been for years. And maybe you have too.
Here's what I DON'T like about 'em though: you have to adjust them according to when the sun comes up and goes down (or you waste a lot of money by having lights on during the day when it's not necessary.) So there I'd go scootin' under end tables crawling' around to adjust those dials. And then those dials are SO SMALL! A simple thing like that ends up turning into a 1/2 hour project!
And then I found these - Lamp Sensors! And when I did, "the light bulb definitely went on", and I knew these were gonna be fantastic! Oh yessss! Just what the doctor ordered! These work on the same principle as those mechanical timers - they turn the light on and off automatically. The difference, and IT IS A BIG DIFFERENCE! is that these sensors turn on at dusk and off at sunrise...AUTOMATICALLY! The SENSOR "senses" the presence of daylight and THAT'S how these work. So, what this means for mean (and you!) is that it doesn't matter if it's "Daylight Savings" or the sun comes up early, goes down late....I don't care! At least I don't care about having to run around like a madman and adjust those timers to "adjust" them going on and off because of the change of seasons. These sensors do it for me!!! Well, la-de-da!!!
Here's another thing I like about these Lamp Sensors: I wanted to have the outside porch light go on and off with a timer but guess what? The timers I used had to plug into an AC outlet and then the lamp would plug into the timer! That doesn't work with a porch light 'cause there's no plug! At least not with mine. So those timers wouldn't work! These Lamp Sensors DON'T NEED TO BE PLUGGED INTO AN OUTLET! So, THEY CAN WORK ON THOSE PORCH LIGHTS!!!
Better yet, they are sooo easy to to install! All you have to do is screw them into your lamp's socket and then screw your light bulb into the sensor! There are no screws or tools involved! :-) Better yet, you will never walk into a dark house again!
So, now I can have have the lights on, only when I need them (when it's dark outside!) and so I'm not wasting electricity! Kind of like having my cake and eating it too! And having those porch lights on are especially great when you go out of town! Think about THAT one for a second! Potential robbers usually don't suspect you're away when the lights automatically turn on and off...especially the PORCH LIGHT!! I look at this is like the most inexpensive home security system you could ever get!
Saving money and convenience - gotta love it! And I know you're gonna love these too! Especially when you see this amazing deal we have for you today! Get one set (2 sensors) for just $9.97 or pick up two (4 sensors) for just $16.97!!! And US Shipping is Free!! So there you go!! Get a great deal on one set (includes a two sensors) for just $9.97 or really get a super bargain by getting two sets (for a total of four sensors) for just $16.97!!!
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PS: As an idea, you might want to get a couple a split the cost with a neighbor or give one as a gift!
Transport Your CD's and DVD's With Ease!
Perfect For Road Trips!
We got a really great deal on these and just had to pass it along to you all! Since I think these are so great, I got Steve to agree to this 1-day sale (yeah!) so the price is truly unbeatable! Your cost - today only - is just $5.97 and shipping in the US is FREE! For this price, you just have to grab one (or two)! With the unbreakable case, you can take this with you just about anywhere! Check it out:
PS - The price will increase to $9.97 on Thursday, so don't wait - get to the site and get yours ordered right away!!!
Browse the Web from Outlook
That's right, you heard me! You can actually browse the web from an e-mail program. This might not be your e-mail client's job, per-se, but in a pinch it may come in handy. You know, just head over to the Worldstart site and get the 4-1-1. It might be worth your while to have this on mental file!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
The iLane is a portable gadget that you put in your car, possibly on the dashboard or wherever it’s most convenient for you. It hooks up to most smart phones, blackberries, and other handheld devices and allows you to have complete control over these devices solely by using voice commands.
It allows you to send, receive and manage your emails, instant messages, text messages, and SMS messages by voice commands. You also can get the weather, sports, business and entertainment news.
You can choose to compose, open, delete, reply now or later to your emails and messages. You also can answer phones calls, make phone calls, merge phone calls and multi task between functions, etc. If you have a Blackberry you can access your applications and work in them as if you were entering data from a keyboard.
All of this voice-enabled magic also extends to allow your voice to control your email, calendar and other functions on your chosen device. You can even use Bluetooth to listen to your emails and messages. It's all possible though iLane. Give it a look up on your favorite search engine to find out more!
Oh yeah, one more thing. The iLane will automatic shut down when you exit your automobile.
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Autorun goes Bye Bye!
Last week, Microsoft announced a pretty major change in security policy for windows XP, Vista and the upcoming Version 7 of their operating systems. Ever since the beginning, when you would plug in a device such as an external hard drive or flash drive, the "auto run" dialog box would appear. This box would many times offer you frequently used options for starting your device.
Well, this is all going to change. Starting soon with XP and Vista, Microsoft will be disabling the auto run feature for all devices other than cd-roms. This means that when you plug in a flash drive or hard drive, you will not get your auto run option. I'm sure that for some of you this will seem like a huge pain in the you know where, but there is a method to this madness.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the conficker worm and how it spreads. Conficker and many other worms spread by exploiting the auto run in windows. If you have an infected device and you plug it in, you will be infected because of this exploit. Microsoft decided to disable this option to fight against works such as Conficker.
So keep an eye out for this change. It's coming soon to an OS near you!
Till next time, stay safe out there!
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I must be on a music kick this week. Actually it is probably because it is spring. I am doing a lot of house cleaning and I listen to lots of music while I clean.
(You do need Quick Time to listen to the music samples on this site. You can get it here).
This site is devoted to odd musical instruments. You can get the instrument's name, its description and then if you click the little speaker icon, you can hear what it sounds like. Each name is a link. Just click the instrument's name to see a picture and get more information about it.
Or, if you'd rather, you can just click the Grand Tour link near the top of the page and go through the entire gallery, which is what I did. To surf through, click the next button. To go back, click the back button. You get all the information, pictures and the ability to use the sound link this way all at once as well.
A lot of these instruments are simply amazing; both in looks and in sound. Some look so strange that you cant believe they make music. I really appreciate that they included sound clips for some of them. For example, the Windform, the Uncello, the jomama, the Due Capi and many more.
I want to mention that a lot of these instruments have great links attached to them for your viewing pleasure. I did not have time to visit all the links, but some of the ones I did were excellent. So, if you find a favorite instrument, dont be afraid to explore it and learn more about it!
Some of my favorites are the trimeister, the dulcimer, the didjibodhrán, bandura, chrysalis and of course, the didgeridoo.
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PREPARE TO BE BLOWN AWAY!!!
WARNING: Make Sure You Have The Volume Turned DOWN Before you Plug These in!!
These Portable Speakers Are A "Concert Hall In a Box"!!!
I'VE GOT TO TELL YA WHAT HAPPENED when we first got these in. I Plugged these into the headphone jack of my desktop computer and clicked on an Internet radio station to get some music.BUT I didn't bother to check the VOLUME LEVEL of my computer! When I turned on the power to these portable speakers, it startled me so much, I JUMPED ABOUT A FOOT OUT OF MY CHAIR!
WOW!!! WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THESE "LITTLE" SPEAKERS COULD BE THAT POWERFUL!!
I'm tellin' ya...you're gonna be surprised how POWERFUL this little speaker system is! Whew!!!
What's funny is this speaker system is actually made so you carry it around with you wherever go. They're about the size of an eye glass case and the speakers themselves fold up and tuck safely away inside the hard-shell case. So when I first saw these I thought, "These are so small! How POWERFUL could these actually be? Well, I found out quick enough...PLENTY POWERFUL!!! These things ROCK...and you're gonna love 'em!!!
What I like about these is that they work with ANY AUDIO DEVICE that has a headphone jack! So you can use this with your mp3 player, satellite radio, laptop computer, CD player, portable DVD player even portable game! (The kids will LOVE to hear their gaming devices take on a "BIG 3-D sound!)
PLUS, you don't have to plug these into an AC electrical outlet because they work on four "AA" batteries, so you can play your audio devices just about anywhere! which makes 'em REALLY convenient! There's a audio cord that's neatly attached to the speakers, and you just plug that into whatever device you want to listen to! And when you're done, just unplug the cord and tuck it back into the case! THAT'S A REALLY A GREAT idea not only for easy travel but to protect the speaker system, too!
What's REALLY AMAZING about these speakers is that YOU CAN EVEN USE THESE WITH YOUR DESKTOP COMPUTER! How's THAT for versatility! So, if you don't have a set of speakers for your desktop computer or you're not happy with the ones you have, before you rush out and buy a more expensive set of speakers, PUT THESE to the test just like I did! You're gonna LOVE the sound! Plus - you'll be saving yourself a LOT of money!
And the "icing on the cake" is that you'll ALSO have a FANTASTIC set of portable speakers that you can take with you anywhere and play your portable devices! Oh man!!! How sweet is THAT? The only thing that can make this even sweeter is an amazing price - $14.97 and US shipping is FREE!!! Is that crazy or what???
I've heard small computer systems that were in the $40-50 range that didn't sound HALF as good as these beauties! These are something you're gonna want to have for home AND on the go so grab one now at this crazy price!
P.S. - BIG SOUND for on the go! So go grab one before they all go out the door!
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Computer Tips [ Next Big Step To Keep You Safe + Opening A Whole New World With Email + Keep Your Clutter ] 05/13/2009
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.