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Computer Help

Making your computer run faster.

I’ve had a dell 9300 INSPIRON for about two years, The battery has died already. It started out with two plus hours of battery life, now having none. That’s because the Dell batteries that come in the PC originally are only made to last two years. That’s cheep.

Awhile ago I came across some programs called AdAware and CCleaner. These two programs really boosted my computers speed once I had run them. They delete all the junk on my computer such as Spyware and many other things like that. The first time I had run these CCleaner picked up five plus giga bytes of junk on my computer slowing me down. AdAware found a couple hundred Spyware files that were clogging up the system also. You can download CCleaner and AdAware here:

Download CCleaner

Download AdAware

One day I ran AdAware after checking my email in IE7 and guess what? It found 22 cookies, just from checking my email, nothing else, in there from IE7. That’s really bad. I’ve been having a few problems with AdAware lately. AdAware froze up in the middle of a scan multiple times so I just un installed it and re installed it from download.com. Crude, but effective.

Zip Drives

I currently have two flash drives (zip drives as I call them) but anyway. Whenever I plugged one or more of them in an AutoPlay window came up asking what I wanted to do. Well here’s how to fix that.

  1. First, plug your zip drive in
  2. Now go under My Computer and right click your zip drive, now scroll down until you see Properties and click it
  3. Now click on the tab AutoPlay
  4. You should now see a window with a drop down menu, a window with some program icons in it and two check circles under Actions
  5. Click on and select Select an action to preform:
  6. Now in the window click on the action you want to happen whenever you plug in your zip drive.
  7. Now click on Apply BEFORE YOU CLICK Okay or none of the changes you made will take effect

Though don’t worry, you can go back and change your choice whenever you feel the need.

Also while your here in this window you can click on the other tab Tools don’t worry though, your changes will be there when you get back. Now you can click Defragement Now… though it doesn’t really help.

XP Help And Support

Apple Support Apple Support Homepage. You’ll probably need a this if you use a Mac or anything made by Apple.

Repair Your Mac You’ll probably need a lot of this.

Apple Shortcut Keys It’s confusing, there’s a CTRL key and a Apple key. If you have been using a PC and you use the CTRL+C to copy you have to use the Apple key+C to copy. Same with Paste, Cut etc etc. Use the Apple key instead of the CTRL key.

Upgrades And Useful Programs

NetStumbler. It remains one of the tools of choice among war drivers, (according to PC Magazine) (people who cruise around in their cars with a laptop and high-gain antenna, scavenging unsecured wireless bandwidth). The NetStumbler utility shows access points, SSIDs, channels, and whether WEP is enabled. A separate screen displays signal strength. NetStumbler connects to a GPS so that you can accurately log the location of access points.

Tips

A nice thing to know is how much memory you have, you just right click on your drive C:\ scroll down until you see “properties” and there you have a pie chart with your used and free memory. Much easier than this.

Microsoft Shortcut Keys Maybe these will be useful if you can remember any of them.

This Is A Good Article To Read

Fix your friends’ PCs in five easy steps
This will help some of us who do that kind of thing.

The best backup solutions
It’s high time I did that, but yet, I haven’t and it looks like I wont be for awhile.

Screen recording.

I have AndySnap to take pictures of me screen or a portion when I need it. It doesn’t put it’s logo on the picture or anything.

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