A Timeless Question Answered
Throughout the course of Windows history, one process has always stood out to me the most. It runs silently in your task manager, calmly taking up memory with little explanation as to what it does. Of course, I'm speaking of rundll32.exe. In fact, you may have seen it crop up a time or two when a program crashes, but other than that, it's just something that is “there”.
So what is it, exactly?
Well, Rundll32 is actually a medium for which other DLL files go through. Think of it like a baseball pitching machine, and the DLL files are the baseballs. Since there is no way to directly launch a DLL file by itself, Windows needs an application to do this. That's where rundll32.exe comes in. It launches functionality stored within 32 bit DLL files, thus the name, “run dll 32”.
Be warned, however, as malicious programs like spyware can run under the same name! Keep your virus scanning software up to date, and run weekly spyware checks! That way, you'll ensure that the process you've just learned about is the one with good intentions!
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A big win for our trivia goers this week! It's true! The original name of the Internet as we know it was Arpanet! Also known as "Advanced Research Projects Agency Network", Arpanet was brought to life in 1969 by the US Department of Defense during the Cold War and was the world's first operational packet switching network.
The new question is up and ready for your answer! This week's challenge is: "The word 'MODEM' is an acronym. What does it stand for?"
WOW! These were amazingly popular yesterday in our Sunday Special newsletter so we thought we'd offer then to you guys too! Check it out - everyone can use one of these!
WOW!!! Check Out This Deal On This Screwdriver Set!!!
It Has EVERYTHING You Need
And It's JUST THE RIGHT SIZE!
THIS Is One of Those Practical Set of Tools
That Every Single Home Shouldn't Be Without!
And At This Price, You Can't Afford NOT To Be!!!
This 32-Piece Mini Screwdriver Set is a fantastic deal because it's one of those "all-purpose" items that we all seem to need from time-to-time. And when you're in the middle of a project and you need it, well, it's just got to be there! Now you can keep this entire set neatly, all in one place where you need it so it's there by the ready!!!
And wait til you see what is included with this set!!!:
The 4.5-inch screwdriver has an easy-grip handle and even a swivel thumb rest to make fast work of the task at hand! The driver has an easy-to-use KEY-LESS CHUCK, so you can instantly swap-out any of the 30 bits that are included!
PLUS the 4.5-inch extension let's you can get to those hard to reach areas! And this has all the right screwdriver heads you'll need to get the job done! Slotted, Phillips and Posidriv and yes, even those ever elusive Torx bits are included! (If you've ever tried to find a "T-Hex" head, you know these are next to impossible to get. Well, we got ya covered 'cause THAT'S even included!)
All the bits are stored in three (3) bit holders that are labeled so you can quickly grab the right size:
Plus, the whole set comes in a compact, handy, hard-plastic holding case that's only 8.75" x 5.25" so it doesn't take up much room and can be stored just about anywhere!
This is PERFECT for the garage, tool box, modeler and hobbyist kits! And this is a MUST HAVE for that "kitchen utility draw" that we all have that holds all those "need to have" essentials of life!
Today you can have this home essential for only $13.97 and US shipping is FREE!!!
PS - This is a great deal at a "must-have" price so don't let this slip away! Price goes up to $18.97 on Monday!
Know Yourself - From The Inside Out!
Absolutely AMAZING Anatomy & Medical Software
Incredible, Jaw-Droppin' High-Res Maps Of The Entire Human Body!
Fantastic Medical Dictionary and Encyclopedia!
You've Just Got To See This!
The BEST Selling Human Anatomy Software in the USA!!!
Human Body 360 - DVD Professional Edition!
We've been waiting and waiting for this and it finally came in!! I heard this was a phenomenal program so I've been dying to see what all the hoopla was about! Now that I've seen it, all I can say is, WOW!! JUUUST AWESOME!!! This is the most fully updated and complete consumer anatomy software available anywhere!!! And when you load this into your computer you'll know why!
The program is called Human Body 360 - DVD Professional Edition, and it's actually THREE Programs In One!!
Anatomy Atlas - High resolution maps of the entire human body. You can pinpoint specific parts of the anatomy and you're guided with accompany text, graphics and animations!
Medical Encyclopedia - A detailed visual encyclopedia loaded with text and illustrations linked together
Illustrated Medical Dictionary - A complete medical dictionary containing over 82,000 entries including 63,000 definitions, 11,000 illustrations, and more than 73,000 audio pronunciations! It's like having a printed dictionary in your computer, except you don't have to reach any farther than your keyboard to look up the meaning of a word. Just type in a word into the dictionary search window, or select a word using your mouse, and the dictionary will find the meaning of the word instantly! And the "audio pronunciation feature" reads the word to you so you can hear exactly how to pronounce it correctly!
This a complete guide to the human body and how it works! And what's really cool is that the different programs all work together so you can drill-down and get as much detailed information as you need!
And let me tell you, there's a TON of information here!! Check this out:
Over 500 3-D models and animations
Over 3,000 detailed illustrations and graphics!
All together there's over 5,000 screens that cover virtually everything about the human body!
You're gonna love the high resolution images. You can print them out right from each screen!
One feature that I thought was really great is something called, the "X-Ray Viewer"! This lets you see different layers of the body at the same time. Here's a screen shot I took of one of the slides. Sorry the screen shot isn't better, but the graphics in this program are so detailed it's tough to show it with a small screen shot!
Anyway, I brought up one of the illustrations, which was the muscle system. Then I clicked on the "X-Ray viewer", which has a "slider handle" that you just click on and drag up and down. Wherever you have the slide it shows an "X-Ray" view of the part of the body that you have the slider over! So you can look at one illustration, click on the X-Ray viewer and slide it down and now you can see what's "below" the body system you're viewing! I was looking at the muscular system and right around the neck level I clicked on the "X-Ray viewer". So at that point it shows the circulatory system just below where I clicked! Very cool!!!
Here's another feature I liked called, "Virtual Reality" technology lets you move specific anatomical models to view them from a a variety of angles and perspectives. This is one of the 3-D models. Right below the model there's a section with some text that are detailed illustrations you can click on. (Again, I had to make these screen shots small so that I could include them here. The actual photos you see on the program are MUCH larger!) So you can click on an area of the diagram and you quickly zoom-in and get a "close up" view! If you double-click on an area of the photo, it'll bring up a page of text that gives you detailed information about what you're viewing!.
Plus you can click on a navigation arrow and now see the same section of the body from the side. Click again and now you see if from another angle! Cool, heh?
There's just so much to this program and so many features, I can't list them all. Hopefully this will give you a taste of why I like this so much! And this retails for $29.99 (and worth every penny) but you don't have to pay that! You've not even going to pay half of that! Because today we've got this hugely popular program for just $9.97 and US shipping is FREE!!! But you better hurry cause these will be gone pretty quick!
P.S. If you have teenagers or college students, how much easier would it be for them to use this to help them with their biology homework assignments!!! Are you kidding me?? They'll love it!!
If you have installed screen saver collections from a disk or the web, you'll recover more space if you uninstall the screen saver programs rather than just delete the files. XP users, go to the Start menu, go to My Computer, and select the Control Panel.
Click Add/Remove Programs. You'll have to find the name of the screen saver program in the list. If it has an Uninstall option for the whole collection, use that. If it doesn't, Change/Remove the screen saver program.
For screen savers that weren't installed as part of a collection, go to the Start Menu, My Computer, and choose your main drive (usually your C: drive).
The contents of your C: drive will appear in a new window. Click the Search icon in the toolbar and select All Files and Folders.
In the box labeled All or part of the file name, type in:
Enter. After a few seconds (or minutes, if your collection is particularly huge), you'll have a list of all the screen saver files on your drive. Right-click and delete what you don't want to keep.
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Shape It Up
Do you like MS WordArt's flash, but not always the shape of the text when it's created?
Do you know that you don't have to settle for the default shape of your WordArt text?
It's definitely within your control and just a quick couple of clicks away. With that, you can easily change your favorite WordArt into different shapes, arcs, banners, etc. It will take you longer to decide on a new shape than it will to actually make the change.
Good! Then let's take a look.
So, you've already got the WordArt created and you're ready to change its shape.
If you're using an older version of MS Office then you need to select the WordArt object and go to the WordArt toolbar that appears.
You're looking for the WordArt Shape button.
Moving on to those using a 2007 MS Office program:
You too need to select the WordArt object.
This will display the WordArt Tools Design tab on the Ribbon.
In the WordArt Styles section you'll find the Change Shape button - click it.
Regardless of your program version, at this point you should be looking at a palette with your WordArt shape choices.
Simply pick a shape from the palette and then sit back and watch the transformation begin.
Your WordArt will instantly transform to your requested shape. So, from now on, take control of your WordArt, because the shape is all up to you!
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Files In Your House As Entertainment? You BET!
WOW!! You've Never Had THIS Much Fun With BUGS!!
SHOCK 'Em DEAD With This Electronic, Bug-ZAPPIN' Gadget!
You Haven't Lived Till You've Zapped A Fly With An Electronic Tennis Racket!
You'll Have A BLAST As You Go Crazy With Bug-Zappin' Power!!
Best Part? No More Bug Guts After You Swat!
OK, WOW!! These are still sellin' like digital hotcakes! The pesky little bugs out there don't stand a chance! A BIG Thank YOU to the hundreds who ordered - I promise - you're gonna LOVE these things! If you didn't get a change to order, come on - you're missin' out on one of life's best times! Nothin' like sitting our your couch and zappin' flies with an electronic tennis racket! Check 'em out!
Like I mentioned last week, we've been TRYING to get these for over a year now! Now that we finally have 'em all I can say is: You're gonna love this thing! It looks like an ordinary tennis racket, but it's not! This baby is a bug zapper! REALLY! You just turn this bad boy on and swat yourself a fly, mosquito, ect, and ZAP!!! It's dead!
SOOOOO much more fun than a stupid old fly swatter - and man, that little "CRRRAAACKK" you hear when insect meets highly-charged metal is VERY satisfying :-)
OK, sure, it sounds like I'm maybe enjoying myself at a level that is just a bit south of healthy, but I just can't STAND all the summer bugs that get into the house - I gotta get those kids to close the doors! Oh, and the flies! Don't they just drive ya NUTS? Always buzzin' around your food, your kitchen, head, kids, dog, crawling on your TV set - ARRGHH! Well, with this little racket in hand, you'll get an evil grin each time one of those little critters invades your close personal space! Heck, you may even start looking forward to those little buggers getting inside! A quick swing a POW! Flyin' into your house was their last mistake! That'll teach 'em to mess with ya! BRUAHAHAHAHAH!!
Plus, these are much cleaner to use than a regular swatter or some nasty bug spray! Think about it - no more squished fly guts smeared all over your kitchen counter (window, screen, arm, face)! This ZAPS 'em dead - a much cleaner method if you ask me (and did I mention it was a LOT more fun?) Oh, and bug spray - YUK - you don't want to use that in your house!
How do they work? Just pop in a couple AA batteries, and press and hold the button at the side. In a matter of seconds, it builds up a surprisingly high-voltage charge (don't touch the grate if you're pressing the button - trust me on that one)! Swat the bug and POP!! He's (literally) toast!
OK, seriously, you've gotta give these a try - you really haven't lived until you've fried a fly or mosquito using an electric tennis racket! I personally had a set of these last year and you'd be surprised how many people absolutely LOVED 'em! Without exception, every friend and family member that came over asked what it was, then went off hunting. So, these are either REALLY cool or I hang out with LOTS of bizarre people! Either way, you won't know till you try!
Your price for all this bug-bustin' bliss? Just $9.97 and US Shipping is FREE! Hey, you just can't buy this much fun for that kind of money anymore! Grab yourself one - you'll LOVE it!
PS - These really are sweet - you've gotta give 'em a try. Hey, if you don't love it like I do, just send it back within 60 days for a refund - nothin' to lose - and you know you want to try it :-)!
If You're EVER, In Your Lifetime, Going To Get Another Computer...
YOU Really Need THIS!
This Will Save You HOURS Of Hassle! It's AMAZING!
Here's A Super Easy Way To Move SOFTWARE To Another Computer!!
We're Talking Point & Click!!!
PLUS - Save A Whoppin' 70%!!
WOW! If you missed out on this eariler this week, you gotta get to the site and get yours ordered while you still can! THANK YOU to the HUNDREDS that have already ordered! This has got to be the coolest program EVER!
It's called PC Mover and if you're ever, in your lifetime, going to get another computer, you REALLY (and I mean REALLY) need to grab this title!!! PLUS - You're gonna save over 70% off of retail AND you get a USB Link Cable included for FREE! WOW!!
What's it do? Glad you asked! This software allows you to move the programs and files from your old PC onto your new PC! Here's a video overview (click the picture below - scroll down when you get to the page - it's a YouTube video with a review of the product):
What's got me so excited about this software is that it can actually move programs from one PC to another. Moving files is easy (just use a CD or flash drive), but moving software is always a problem.
First off, trying to move most programs by yourself is all but impossible. Sure, the main program might be under your Program Files folder, but during setup, it probably installed lots of DLL files under your Windows System directory, registered those same files with Windows, maybe it placed shortcuts, added startup items, dropped in templates - well, you get the idea. When most software is installed, you get components and pieces of the software scattered all over your hard drive. Manually finding every part and putting it back on a new computer, placed where it should be and registered with Windows is almost impossible.
Of course, you could sit in front of your computer for hours on end reinstalling all the software that was on your old PC, but talk about a hassle. Finding all the CDs, locating all the serial numbers, downloading updates and sitting around all day just isn't my idea of fun. Besides, I know for a fact that I personally have several programs on my computer right now where the original install CD has been lost! If you fall into that same category, then this software not only saves you tons of time and frustration, but tons of money as well! We took the software for a spin just to see if it works as advertised. Check this out...
Our Test Results - WOW!!!
April, our MS Office Tips writer, just purchased a new Vista PC. Unfortunately, she had tons of programs on her old XP computer - many of which she simply couldn't find the CDs for or that had been downloaded years ago. She was looking at literally hundreds of dollars in new software to replace those CDs. So, I told her I needed to test this new software and she enthusiastically decided to give it a try.
First off, we were very impressed that the whole process is "wizard" driven. You don't really need to know much more than how to click your mouse in order to make this software work!
The first step was to install the software on both PCs - easy enough. Then you attach them with the included USB link cable (just plug it into each PCs USB port). Again, so far, so good.
At this point, we were ready for some decisions. First you have the option to exclude files - say you don't want it to transfer .Tiff files for some reason. Just tell the software not to transfer those We wanted all the data files, so we left this alone. Then it asks you what folders you want to transfer over. This is mostly for your data files, so we left the checkmarks in for all the folders that had data.
Next, and this was the cool part, the software scans the old computer and finds ALL the software that has been installed. It gives you a list with little check boxes so you can select only the programs you want to transfer to the new machine! Now that's slick! I don't know about you, but I have loads of programs on my PC that I never use but haven't bothered to uninstall, so being able to select only the programs I want to transfer is great! April found she only needed about half of the stuff she had on her old computer transferred, so she unchecked everything else. Oh, and it even tells you when you already have the same software on your new PC (this program will not overwrite existing files, so you don't need to worry about data loss).
After all the selecting is done, you simply leave the computer to do its thing. The software will transfer all your files and programs automatically! Depending on how fast your computers are, and how much data you're moving, this can take some time. So, I recommend doing this before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, your new computer will be all set to go with all your old software and files on it! That's what we did with April's, and it was just awesome how well it worked. All the programs that we transferred worked perfectly on the new computer - no problems at all - not one, zilch. This software really does the job!! It's awesome!
I'm planning on a new PC sometime next year, but I've been dreading all the reinstalls that go with it. My current PC is something like 5 years old, so I have a HUGE amount of software and data on it. It would take me weeks to get a new PC to the way I like it. With this software, I'll be able to do it a half hour before I go to bed! I love it!!
Oh, and this is cool too. If you're not planning on a new PC right away, don't worry! The software is upgradable to the newest version whenever you decide to make the switch! So, if you're planning on a new PC anytime in the future, grab this title now and stick it on your shelf!
Oh, and I'm not the only one who thinks this is fantastic. Look at the reviews!
"Kudos to you and your team for developing a well thought out, well implemented, long-needed product. In a word, BRILLIANT!"
"I was astounded by how good a job it did. Every application on the new computer worked. All settings were intact…power users wanting to make save hours of tedious system reconstruction should find it a blissfully simple, remarkably effective time saver."
As for the deal - this is incredible! This software sells for around $80 - but your cost is just $20.97 and US shipping is FREE! Is that amazing or what?? We SOLD OUT our first batch of these last week BEFORE 10:00AM and have a VERY limited quantity of our last batch left, so you'll need to get to the site quickly to take advantage of this one:
PS - If you think you're ever, in your lifetime, going to get a new PC you really need to grab this software! After seeing how great this works firsthand, I can't imagine migrating to a new computer without it. I know it's going to save me gobs of time and money when it comes time for the big upgrade!
Explorer This, Explorer That
Microsoft has a habit of naming things alike, and this can lead to some confusion....okay, a lot of confusion! Take Internet Explorer and Explorer, for example. Which is which? We have the answer, but it's only at Worldstart.com!
Okay, how did that guy just survive a gigantic explosion and walk away totally unscathed? Hollywood carries many a mystery in the physics department, so go to the WS site today to discover and debunk for yourself!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
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Monday Video Tip
Change your desktop
Tired of that same old boring desktop, day in and day out? Want to give it a changin'? Thank goodness for the technological wonder that is the Monday Video Tip, then! Click below and commence to customization!
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This is one of the options on this site, and by far and away my favorite (check out the tabs for the other options) and it is way too funny! I’ve honestly been fooling around with this site for a couple of hours now. What you’re going to need is a nice clear, face on photo to make your avatar out of.
You can upload your photo one of two ways: click the browse button and find where it is located on your computer and open it up, or you can type in the URL from where you have your photo uploaded already (photobucket, facebook, etc).
Once you have your photo ready to go, you’ll need to select what sort of effect you want. Your options are: Emotion, Collages, Bizarre Filters, Animated Mask Effects, or Animated Frames.
After you’ve selected the effect you want, you’ll need to make some decisions. What size do you want your avatar, the default is 130 but some places only allow avatars to 100. You can also disable animation – this is very useful for the animated frames. Next you can set the number of frames the animation has, and how fast or slow you want the animation to go.
Now either save it to your hard drive or share it with the buttons below the options you were just editing. Make sure you pick either of those options or your photo will only exist there for 12 hours!
Check it out today!
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WOW!! These went like CRAZY Friday and over the weekend, so, what the heck - here's one more shot at 'em! They have it all - easy to use, fast, good software - If you need some wireless internet access, THIS is the way to go!
Fantastic New Wireless Network Adapter!
Plug & Play - Instant Wireless Access!
Whatever You Do...
Don't Blow $100 Somewhere Else!!
Special Introductory Price!
Grab This For Just $16.97!! REALLY!!
WOW - If you use any kind of wireless network (at home or on the road), this is something you've just gotta grab!
We have an awesome USB Wireless LAN Adapter for you today and it's about the coolest wireless accessory I've ever seen! This takes plug and play to a new level - you plug this little device into your computer (desktop or laptop) and in a matter of seconds you have a wireless network adapter installed and ready to use! Talk about making easy to get on a wireless network, huh? And look how small it is! This is the way to go - especially if you travel with your laptop!
If you have a wireless network you want to jump onto at home, at a friend's house, at a hotel, or at a favorite restaurant, this makes getting connected almost too easy. Oh, and if you're on the road and long for an easy to use wireless solution, this is a no-brainer. Look at these features:
Plus this device has a operating range of up to 984 feet!!! WOW!! Now that is super far!!!! That will make sure you get connected whenever you need to be connected!!!
I purchased a wireless card for my laptop last year and it set me back $100! Plus, it was a pain in the digital rear to install the thing. What a headache! If you have an older laptop at home and haven't wanted to invest in a wireless card or hassle with hooking it up, this is definitely the way to go!!!
Well, this is super easy to install and your cost is just $16.97! With FREE US shipping and our 60 day money back guarantee, you just can't go wrong. Plus, this is the lowest price we've ever offered it for! WOW!
OK, you can go wrong - if you wait too long! We only have a limited quantity of these available. Check it out:
PS - Don't blow $100 on one of these somewhere else - go wireless TODAY for just $16.97! Our lowest price ever!
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Computer Tips [ So What's Taking Up All My Memory? + Feeling Full? Free Some Space With This New Trick + The Cure To A Dull Desktop ] 06/15/2009
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.