What is Svchost.exe?
Anyone who's opened the task manager in any version of Windows has seen the process “svchost.exe” at one point or another. What's more confusing is that svchost is usually found to have more than one instance! What are they all doing there and just how much of my precious memory are they wasting?
Svchost is kind of a catch-all. It is used to host multiple services within one process. This helps to actually conserve memory in your system by having one process govern many. Stuff like Windows Update, the Event Log, Audio Services and bunches of other programs, processes and a the like are all found under the svchost umbrella.
If you want to identify what services are using svchost there are a couple of different ways.
In Windows XP:
In Windows Vista:
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Eat your heart out Alex Trebek! Here are the results from this past week's trivia question. I'll admit, that it was a little tricky, and it's true that TRON was one of the first feature length movies to use CG, but Toy Story is considered the first fully computer rendered feature film. Get ready, because the next question is up and it's looking at you with a challenge in its eyes!
This week our question is: "What is considered the World's first electronic digital computer?"
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OK, so you're a "clothes horse"! You know..you've got so many clothes you can outfit the entire army of a small country! (But for some reason, you still can't find a thing to wear!) Or, maybe you live in house or apartment where the closets are so small that you have to remind yourself where they are 'cause if you blink when you walk by, you miss 'em! Either way, the problem's the same: too many clothes for the amount of closet space! Well, before you take a sledge hammer to one of the closet walls (yeah, that'll work but kind of messy...just trust me on that one!) give these a try...THEY REALLY WORK!!!
A short while ago we got a delivery from one of our suppliers. There was the usual bunch of new things they wanted us to look at but they also included a note. It explained they sent along something a little different called, "Magic Hangers". Well as it turns out, they're the manufacturer of these and they asked us to just give these a try 'cause, "They work!", and they thought for sure that our readers would love them as much as everyone else who tried these!
OK, fine. Wanting to humor them more than anything else, I hung a set of these "Magic Hangers" up in the closet and, what do ya know!! They really DO work!
When you understand HOW these work, you're gonna be a believer just like I am! As you can see, there are Two Hanger Hooks connected by a bar that has 5 openings for hangers to fit into. The large hanger hooks fit over the closet bar and then you hang your individual in those five openings in the cross-bar. Then Just Lift Up One of the Large Hanger Hooks and let it drop. When you do that, you've just TRIPLED THE SIZE OF YOUR CLOSET SPACE!!! (And see...you didn't even a sledge hammer after all, did you?)
So, what happens is that instead of your clothes hanging HORIZONTALLY across the closet bar like they usually would, they hang VERTICALLY! All that horizontal room that use to be taken up by hangers is freed up!!! So now you can hang 5 articles of clothing where you previously could only hang ONE!
Not only does this give you more room in your closet, but WAIT TIL YOU SEE HOW NEAT YOUR CLOTHES ARE!!! As I'm sure you already know, when you jam a bunch of clothes into a crowded they get wrinkled so now you either have to iron them or take them to the dry cleaners! But when you use the "Magic Hangers", your CLOTHES STAY NEAT AND WRINKLE-FREE!!!
And these "Magic Hangers" are strong! STRONG ENOUGH TO HOLD UP TO 5 WINTER COATS!!! Just think...no more having to stuff those bulky overcoats in the garage or wherever you can make room! You'll have room now!
Put these in the kids' closet to keep them from fighting over closet space. (They'll probably find something else to fight about, but it won't be "no closet space"!) And these are great for college dorms, studio apartments or any place where space is a little cramped or especially when roommates need to share closet space!
As I said, we're working directly with the manufacturer on this one so we're going to give you a REALLY great price today! You can get a single hanger for just $2.97 (that's not a typo) or get a set of 8 for just $12.97! Now THAT'S A DEAL!
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WOW! Check this out - We just got an amazing deal on these fantastic, retractable, 4-In-1 Cable Adapter Kits! This has got to be one of the most brilliant ideas I've ever come across! Every desktop computer user should have one in their desk, and every laptop user should have one in their bag!
I'm so excited I'm throwing in a couple dancing bananas!
What the heck does it do? Ever need a cable but didn't have the right one? Oh, then you're gonna LOVE this little guy! This 4-in-1 cable covers all your most common connection needs!
Need to hook up a computer to a network?
This covers ALL of the above - and then some!
Here's how it works - it features not one, but two sets of retractable cables - one for phone and network, and the other for USB devices (and you can use both at once too). Just retract the cable - or cables - you need, plug in, and you're good to go! Finally - No more drawers or laptop bags full of different cables! This covers 95% or more of what any computer user will run into - and it's all in a compact little device!
This would be absolutely ideal to keep in a desk drawer for those times when you run home with a new gadget only to discover that it didn't include a cord! Just pull out your adapter kit, and you're instantly covered!
Where it really shines is in a laptop bag - and that's what I use mine for! No matter what I need to connect my laptop - phone jack, network, USB device (camera, hard drive, memory card reader, etc) - I'm completely covered with just ONE little gadget! The best part? No rat nest of wires in my laptop bag! FINALLY!!!
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WOW! THANK YOU to the hundreds who grabbed this bad boy yesterday and the day before! It just keeps on truckin! It's an amazing deal - so much so we had lots of calls and e-mails from people verifying the price! Hey, go to the store and these can go for $20! I tell ya, $5.97 is a STEAL by anyone's measure, well, unless of course you actually steal one from someone, but former legal indiscretions aside, you gotta grab one today! <switching to Scotty voice because I've seen too much Star Trek > "I doo nout know how much longer I can hold this price together cap'in"
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Ohhhh, I just LOVE it when I get a call from a supplier and they say something like, "Hey Steve, I got a problem. I have a bunch of extra 9 LED flashlights I need to move. Can you help?"
So, after a little back and forth, we agree on a price that even I couldn't believe I got! Soooooo - YOU get a jaw-droppin' deal on some fantastic 9 LED Flashlights! We're talking just $5.97 for a 9 LED Flashlight! We've never had 'em that cheap! Heck, I'm not sure anyone has ever had 'em that cheap! It's a knock-out deal, that's for sure!
Oh, and wait till you try 'em! Turn it on BUT don't look into it - this baby is really BRIGHT! It's absolutely amazing how much light those 9 LEDs throw out! You wouldn't think a flashlight this small would be this BLINDIN' BRIGHT!!! WOW!!
Speaking of size - wait till you feast your fingers on this little guy! It's super-compact and easily fits in the palm of your hand! Makes it super-easy to take anywhere! I already have one in each of my cars, and my wife keeps on in her purse. It's so small you don't even know it's there - till ya need it! Grab one for each of your cars, your camper, boat, house, garage, camera bag - anywhere you need a small, bright, reliable light!
Plus, this thing is REALLY well built too! Don't let the price fool ya! These aren't some cheap plastic lights - this bad boy is SOLID! We're talking a heavy-duty all aluminium barrel that can really take some serious pounding! Plus, the grip is just fantastic and I can personally attest that even when your hands are dripping wet (or snow covered), it's easy to keep ahold of! The design also keeps it from rolling around!
Get this - since this is an LED flashlight, it seems to run FOREVER on a set of batteries! Changing batteries or running out of juice is going to be a very RARE thing now! Oh, PLUS don't forget that you won't ever have to worry about the LEDs burning out - Heck, even if you kept it on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would take 11 YEARS before they would burn out! WOW!!!
If you've looked at LED flashlights, you know they are the pedigree of the lighting world - for a light like this, you're looking at least $20-$30 easy. Your cost? Again we're talking just $5.97 and US Shipping is FREE!! It's the BEST DEAL we've ever offered on an LED Flashlight! Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!
PS - At this price, you'd better grab a few! Can't go wrong for $5.97!! Not sure how long these will be available to us at this kind of price, so RUN to the site and get in on this as soon as you can! The price may increase without notice - get 'em while they're $5.97!!!
The Command Prompt is still used sometimes during Windows installations and repairs, so it remains a good feature to be familiar with.
To get a Command Prompt go to Start>Run and type in "command" (without the quotes). You'll get a black screen or window where you can do any procedure requiring a Command Prompt (like the old nslookup trick ).
~ Tiffany Garden
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Cell Styles That Express Your Sense of Style
So, yesterday we took a look at Cell Styles in Excel 2007. There's a lot to choose from on the styles palette, but what if none of them suit your exact needs or just aren't to your liking.
And for those of you using older versions of Excel don't go away. There's something here for you too! There's no palette of predefined cell formats in these older versions but you do have the abilities to create your own.
Either way, if you're looking to create a style that's all your own then this is what you'll need to know.
For my readers with older versions of Excel:
First, you need the Format menu, Style choice.
The Style dialog window opens looking like this:
The right side of the window is where you choose which attributes will be included in your style.
When you're ready to create a style click the Modify button.
This will take you to the Format Cells dialog window. It's here that you really get to make things your own. Choose border, font, fill color anything you'd normally use for formatting can be set here.
Click OK when it's what you need.
Back in the Style dialog window give your style a name in the field at the top and click OK.
Voila! Now that the style is defined when you return to the Format menu, Style choice and pull down the list of available styles yours will be there along with the rest.
When you choose to apply a style then all selected cells will be changed to match whatever style picked from the list.
Moving on to Excel 2007
We're back on the Home tab of the Ribbon, Styles section. Open the styles palette with the down arrow.
At the very bottom of the palette you'll find a choice for New Cell Style. Click it.
The Style dialog window will appear where you can create a new format combination that you will find useful.
The bottom on the window is where you choose which attributes will be included in your style.
To actually set the formatting you'll need to click, well the Format button.
At this point you should be looking at your very familiar Format Cells dialog window. (In fact, the same one we've been using for years.)
Set the formatting that you need (same as any other time) and click OK.
Back in the Style dialog window be sure to name your new style and click OK.
And just like magic you'll find that the top section of the styles palette will now be a section of custom styles.
In fact, I found that it displayed my custom style in the group of 4 visible on the Home tab.
I just love it when I can truly have things all my way!
Do You Have A "Rat's Nest" of Long And Messy Cables Lying Around?
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Just Waiting For An Accident To Happen With Someone Tripping?
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Computers, appliances and telephones all have one thing in common: cords and cables...and plenty of them!! And that usually means one thing: a mess! I know...they're tough to tame. You just need a way to do it so you don't have to think about it any more. And we got it for ya! These are called the "CableNeat Clam" Cord Savers and they're so simple and heck...they work!
They're called "clams" because, well...they look like clams! And the "cord saver" part is because that's exactly what they do - save your cords and cables!
These just make so much sense, it isn't even funny!! A tangled mess of cords or cables spells nothin' but "Trouble". They take up a lot of space and they're dangerous! Someone could easily trip over them. The other thing is that if you have a bunch of cords under a desk and you try to vacuum there, the cords can easily get caught up in the vacuum rollers and mess up the vacuum AND break the cord (and pull stuff off the desk - yikes)! So in addition to the aggravation of having to vacuum around them all the time, now you're talking money out of your pocket...never fun!
But these are great because they're so easy to use, they take up hardly any room and they work with ANY type of cord or cable: audio, video or computer cables electric cords even extension cords!
And using these is a Snap! Here's all you do:
1. Hold one half of the CableNeat Clam, turn it inside out. Do the same on the other have. (Now both halves are open (and inside out).
2. Roll the excess cables/cords onto the center spool.
3. Close up the left and right Clam halves.
See! Simple as can be! And like I said, THESE WORK!!! Sure there are other ways that are "higher-tech" and a WHOLE LOT MORE MONEY to solve the problem of messy cords and cables, but why get fancy when "simple" works great! Besides, you'll save a whole lot of money this way! Speaking of saving a whole lot of money, I said we were having these at a special price and these are just $8.97 and US shipping is FREE!!!
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PS - Grab a few of these so you have enough for around the house. Remember, these work with cables for your computer, audio and video equipment, any electric cords and even your phone!!!
Have A High Definition TV?
It's Not REALLY High Def Unless You're Using An HDMI Cable!
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Other Cables Can't Deliver True High Definition - You MUST Use An HDMI Cable!
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Wanna here a sad little story that repeats itself all the time? People go out and buy an amazing new HD TV (Plasma, LCD, DLP ect) and when they plug it in and hook it up, they discover that, much to their dismay, the picture, well, sort of sucks. Why? It's all the in cables!
Unless you are connecting your DVD, Cable Box, Satellite Dish, Bluray, ect to your TV via an HDMI cable, you're just not getting the quality you paid for. Period. Other cables simply can't provide the bandwidth you need to get HD video to your TV at full resoultion. It's a shame to spend hundreds - or thousands - on a top notch TV, only to plug it in with crappy cables.
I can tell you from experience you'll be blown away at what a difference the right cable can make in your picture! I've used 'em all - from the basic yellow/red/white AV cables, to "S" video, then Component Video then to HDMI - and it gets better each time (with HDMI being kind of the hill)! Only problem is, HDMI cables can be crazy expensive at the big box stores - $50, $100, even $200!!
Want an affordable HDMI cable? We have 'em for you! These fantastic HDMI cables are going to upgrade your HD TV's picture instantly! We're talking 24K gold plated connectors, copper braided outer shield, and a design that's going to get you an amazingly clean, crisp picture!
Bottom line: If you've got an HD TV and you're not using an HDMI cable, you're not watching HiDef TV - you're really not.
Want to grab a cable? Well, this 6 foot HDMI cable is just $12.97 and US shipping is FREE!
Anyone with an HDTV who's not using a cable is like a guy who won't drive his Ferrari past 25MPH! Grab one today!
PS - Obviously, make sure your TV has HDMI inputs (any current HDTV will) and make sure whatever components you're plugging in do as well (again, any newer equipment will).
What the F-Key F5 through F8
Soldiering on through the F-key series, we have F5 through F8. You've all asked for it again, but you'll have to go to the Worldstart site to get it!
I've actually been to this guy's gallery in Las Vegas! He comes up with some of the most realistic wood carvings and sculptures I've ever seen! Check out his car, coat and shower scene! He's a master of his trade!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Vista Firewall: Allowing Programs Through
With some of the new programs you install on your computer from the Internet or through other media types, you may experience some difficulty or permission issues because of the Windows Vista firewall. Luckily though, there's a workaround for it and you can start using it today. Let's see what we've got!
To be able to allow programs through the Vista firewall, follow these directions:
1.) Go to Start, Control Panel.
2.) From the Control Panel, select Windows Firewall. You will then see this screen:
That's it. I hope you have found this tip to be helpful!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami
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Welcome to a site that I just cannot wait to share with you! I think I've sent this link to everyone I know! This is an incredible painting of famous people throughout the world’s history.
Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante is a painting done in oil on canvas, it was created by Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, and you’ll even find them in the painting in the right corner near Dante.
As you look around the painting, you’ll be amazed at the sheer number of people in the image. Better yet, you can click on each figure and be taken to their Wikipedia page.
For example, if you click Shirley Temple in the foreground of the painting, you’ll be whisked away to her page on Wikipedia. The nice thing is that it opens in a new tab (if you’re using tabbed browsing) or a new window – so you don’t lose the painting.
What I really love about this is that if you click through several different figures in history you get the equivalent of a tasting of history. This painting and the concept of including the wiki links makes this site and interesting slice of interactive media.
I hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, it is just so neat! Check it out today!
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Got A Cellphone?
Then You're Gonna LOVE This!
Now THIS Is The Way
To Keep Your Cell Phone Out of Harms Way
But Still Keep It Close At Hand While You're Driving!!!
WOW!!! This Is A Must-Have For Teenage Drivers
Or Anyone Who Drives And Has A Cell Phone!
When you get in your car, do you usually just toss your cell phone on the passenger seat, or even worse, stash it in your pocket or purse and then when it rings, it's a mad dash to answer it! Not a good idea in the middle of traffic! Your eyes need to be on the road! We know that but then there's the "real world", right? Well, here's a solution that you're gonna love!
This "Cell Phone Caddy" is just the thing to keep your phone nearby without having to worry about "rooting" around to find it when you're in the middle of traffic! Th "caddy" has a frame that attaches to your air conditioning vents, and then the body of the "caddy" just fits in place to the frame!
Now you can keep your phone out of the way but still close at hand where you can see it! Great for "hands-free" cell phone use (something that's not only a good idea for safety reasons but has become the law in many places!) When you're phone rings, just glance at your phone that's craddled in your "Cell Phone Caddy" and see who's calling! It's so distracting when you get a call but you couldn't reach your phone in time and then you're wondering who it was that called!!! Now you'll be able to know and still keep safety "Number 1"!
Your cell phone is held in place with a a type of "cushioned" clamping mechanism that releases with the touch of a button on the side! Also your cell phone is supported at the bottom with a small "ledge" that it sits on while in the craddle.
If you'd rather have your phone positioned somewhere else, like on the top of your dashboard, YOU CAN DO THAT, TOO! Included in the package is double-sided adhesive material so you can firmly afix to your dashboard (or where ever!) and then secure the base of the "Cell Phone Caddy" to that!
And if you travel over a lot of "rough terrain" with bumps in the road, you can even screw it into your dashboard fram with the set of braket and screws that are also included! Now THAT'S about as secure as you can get!!! But the choice is yours and everything is included!
This is gonna put your mind at ease and still allow you to stay in control! And have we got a deal for you 'cause today you can grab this for only $6.97 and US shipping is FREE!!!
PS If this was double or even the price, it'd be worth it. But at this bargain price, what are you waiting for?? Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and grab one today! Price goes up tp $10.97 tomorrow! Yikes!
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