Monday, January 30, 2012

Beginning HTML Basics For Web Design

Learn HTML Are you feeling a bit lost when someone mentions those four letters, “HTML”? Well it is actually very easy to learn and understand. We will cover how to set up a simple page, how to format text, insert images, and insert links. Lets start by explaining what it is exactly. When you visit a page, you see columns, images, links and different colours. This has all been written by someone (or someone used a program to write it). And it is written in HTML. All web pages are sent to your browser (such as “Internet Explorer” or “Firefox”) as HTML. HTML is the easiest “computer language” to learn. Now, when you write a formal letter to someone, there are things you add at the start and end aren't there (such as at the start their address, the date, and at the end your name and signature). Between these items you write the body of the letter. Well, in some ways, the basics of HTML is very similar. Let me just give you an example of a simple page. This would display the words “Welcome” in the browser (the numbers in bold are not part of the code – they are just line numbers so we know what we are talking about later on). 1] 2] 3] Site Title 4] 5] 6] 7] Welcome 8] 9] All tags start and end. A start tag looks like and and ending tag for it would look like . There are many tags - ... for underline, ... for bold etc. If we go back to the letter example, you normally write your address, the date, their address etc at the top. Well this is what the first four lines are like. The first line, (note, in html, it doesn't normally matter if it is upper or lower case. In some technologies such as xhtml it does, but for now it doesn't matter) just declares that between that html “tag” as it is known, and the ending html tag on line 9 (notice the back slash, indicating it has ended) it has html within it. The head contains information that isn't directly displayed by your browser. The tag contains the title of the page, which is shown at the top of your browser. Other things such as keywords go into your head tag, but thats a bit more advanced. You should put all your content within the <body> tag that you want the user to see inside the main part of their browser. <b>To do links</b> A link is something that lets you click on it, and it will request a new page. You use the anchor tag for this: <a href=”http://www.techneek.co.uk”>CLICK HERE </a> Do you see how that would work? It would display the words “CLICK HERE”, and that links to http://www.techneek.co.uk. This tag, the <a ... > tag has an example of an attribute to it – the href. Almost all attributes have a =" ". It is basically like saying, I have an anchor tag. I want to make it link to something. To tell it to link to something, you need to put href=”yourlink”. Remember when ending this tag (</a>), you don't need to put in the href. It is always just </a>. <b>Bold, Italic, Underline</b> These are really simple – you probably already know them. <b> bold text </b> for bold, <u> underline </u> or <i> italic </i> <b>Spaces in HTML</b> Spaces to some extent don't matter. I could write this line: <a href=”http://www.example.com”>example.com</a> as: <a href=”http://www.techneek.co.uk”> example link </a> In HTML, any multiplies of a space - ' ' just show up as one. To display more than one you need to type  . <b>Images</b> Images are really simple. It is just <img src=”yourimagelink”>. You don't even need an ending tag (no </img> tag!). If you want to specify the height/width, use height=”120” width=”400”; <img src=”yourimagelink.jpg” height=”99” width=”89”> Incase the image can't be loaded for yoru user, you should give an alternative text. This is also good for people who find it hard to see on the screen. To do this, add alt=”a description of your image”. I would personally recommend no more than 6 words. <img src=”youimagelink.jpg” width=”200” height=”100” alt=”View of a beach”> It is recommended that the only image types you use are Gifs (.gif), Jpegs (.jpg), or Portable Network Graphic (.png). Try and keep the file sizes down, some users are on very slow speeds. So there you are, you should be able to make a page now. Open up notepad, paste this template in: <html> <head> <title>Your first webpage ... Your content goes here, such as Computer Techneek! ... And replace the "..." bits with your content. Save it as a .htm or .html file (it makes no difference what you choose) and open it in your browser. Here is an example simple web page using everything we have covererd so far: Hello!! Hello! Welcome to my page! Click on the image to go to http://www.techneek.co.uk ”Techneek.co.uk Now you are ready to go further. I recommend that you search for things on your favourite search engine, such as: paragraph HTML tag hr html tag Center html tag basic CSS tutorial uploading webpage OR website tutorial server Have fun! Ashley Baker is the owner of TechNeek - a computer hardware component news and reviews site. If you need a review of a computer related matter, get down to http://www.techneek.co.uk!

5 Things To Look At Before Installing Linux O/S

Is Linux the way to go? Well that’s a question that does not have a simple answer. Some people, mostly hardcore gurus, will say “Yes it sure is!” but believe it or not there are people who still like Windows. When it comes to deciding between installing Linux instead of Windows (or any other operating system) you must keep various things in mind. Below is a list of the five key things you need to consider before choosing. 1. Is this going to be used as a desktop or server system? – Linux has been primarily used in the mainstream server world as web and ftp servers. There are many types of servers that you can run with Linux such as DHCP (BOOTP in Linux terms), directory services (LDAP), and many more. 2. What software is going to run on this computer? – There are many applications that still have not been written for Linux. Check with your software vendor before installing Linux to see if they have a version of their software that will work. 3. Are you going to be playing games? – As with other software, there are lots of games that have not be ported over to Linux. If you are really into a certain game and it does not exist in a Linux version you might want to consider staying with Windows. 4. What is your level of computer knowledge? – Since Linux is completely different than Windows you will probably have to learn everything from scratch. Things such as installing software, booting up, and deleting files are completely different. If you are not willing to take some time to learn a new operating system then you may want to steer clear. 5. What is the price? – Well with Linux there are two price ranges, free and not so free. The main idea behind Linux is the “Open Source” concept. This basically means that the code of the operating system is free to use, distribute, and modify at your will. This is good because most Linux distributions are free. It also means that companies can package and sell it under their own name. Ordinarily if you want to go with Linux you should stick with the free versions. After you have considered these five questions you should have a good idea of whether or not to install Linux on your computer. The main benefit of Linux is that there are tons of free versions out there. Over the past few years Linux, in general, has grown quite well and there are many resources, on the web, where you can find information, explanations, and tutorials on just about anything to do with it.

You can Create Your Own Icons or Buy Them

Icons play a very important role in a product - both in software and in websites. Looking at them, the user gets an idea not only about the application, but also about the company that develops it. High-quality icons allow you to have an advantage over your competitors on the software market. Each software developer tries to make its software clearer for the user. Various means are used for that: tooltips, graphical elements, sound effects and other things that can explain the user what this or that feature in the application is for. In this article we will dwell upon icons - small graphical items as some of the most important elements in software and site development. It is worth taking a look at the software evolution because it is easy to notice at once that it is not the last place that the interface occupies in software. Any company engaged in the development of applications and sites tries to win users' appreciation not only by the functionality, but also by the beauty of their products. To create an attractive image, they employ designers or use the services of third-party companies specializing particularly in graphics. One of these companies is Aha-Soft, which has taken its place on the market of creating graphical elements. Let us take a look at software products and graphical elements developed by this company. There are several ways to create icons that can help the user to learn and use a software product: 1. Creating icons in ArtIcons Pro 2. Automatically creating icons out of images in Any to Icon 3. Using professional graphics tools: Corel Draw, PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, 3dMax 4. Searching the Internet for free icons 5. Searching Windows for icons with ArtIcons Pro as well 6. Ordering icons from designers 7. Buying ready-made icons at www.777icons.com The first variant is convenient for those companies who have a designer on their payroll who can create icons specifically for their application. Usually, a professional in this field has a narrow specialization and makes items for advertising purposes, site templates, etc. But he may be completely unable to create icons. Creating images in Any to Icon implies that you already have future icons, but they are in some other format (jpg, bmp, gif, png, etc.). This variant is bad only because it is not always that you have images at hand that could be converted. Using professional graphics tools is a good way out only if you know them perfectly. After you create an image, you have to convert it into the *.ico format. To do it, you should use special software. Any to Icon is one of such programs. Nevertheless, you will have to edit the image because a large image loses its definition and, therefore, its beauty when it gets reduced. Of course, you can use a wide choice of free icons easy to find on the Internet, but this way has several considerable disadvantages. 1. These icons are publicly available and, therefore, you lose the uniqueness of your application if you use them. And your project will look not quite the way you thought of it. Besides, publicly available icons should not be used in a commercial product since it should have its exclusive uniqueness and style, which is achieved by both its functionality and its design. 2. Despite the fact that there are a lot of free icons on the Internet, it is rather difficult to find images in one style that suit the purpose of the product. 3. Most icons available on the Internet are in the style of Windows 98 and earlier versions of this operating system. Taking into account that most users nowadays use Windows XP and some of them already use Windows Vista, such a product will look out-to-date, which may result in losing potential users. Searching Windows for icons with ArtIcons Pro will give you virtually the same results as a search on the Internet, except for the quantity - the choice on the Internet is much wider. It is a good decision to order graphics for your product from professional designers. In this case, the product will have its uniqueness, which users like so much. You can discuss all aspects and peculiarities with the designer, which will result in high-quality and absolutely individual icons that are 100% not used in other products. However, this way always has one considerable minus: the terms often get dragged out since it is extremely difficult to take into account all wishes of a customer. Buying ready-made icons differs from ordering them from a designer in several aspects: 1. You can choose those icons that suit your application best and, if you would like to make any changes, you will have to hire a designer and thus spend more. Besides, different developers can buy ready-made icons and you lose the uniqueness of your project. 2. You save a lot of material means because you contact a designer whom you have to explain what exactly you need. This article shows you various ways of getting a nice software design pleasant for the user and helping to understand what this or that feature is for. Icons can be used not only in the application itself, but also as an icon for files whose extension is associated with this application.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tips To Pound out Malware And Spyware

Nowadays, it's a sad but true fact that spyware and adware programs are a far greater threat to your internet security than the dreaded computer viruses. Indeed, spyware, adware and other so-called malware (such as key loggers and trojan horses) actually constitute the biggest single online threat to your privacy and the security of your data. It's also a major reason for system slowdowns on computers, as these types of programs generally use up precious system resources including RAM (memory) and hard drive space. So, let’s look at some basic facts about spyware and adware, where these programs come from, what they are, and what you can do about protecting yourself. Spyware comes in various guises and forms, but basically, it is a program or piece of information that is secretly placed on your computer, that sends data about you or your computer habits to someone else on the Internet, without your knowledge. This can be a company that is collecting data, or a thief seeking to steal access to your computer or the information held in your database (passwords, credit card details and so on). Spyware can also be a program that places unwanted ads on your computer, often in the form of a malicious cookie. A cookie is a little piece of information placed in your web browser to track your web habits, which, in its more generally benign form, is useful as, for example, a web site can see you have visited it before and let you on without a registration process. Again, in its more benign guise, a cookie can help you by keeping track of your progress through a web store. They are also used to customize website ads to your likes and dislikes. But, obviously, when they are used for spyware or adware purposes, a cookie is not a welcome guest on your PC! Spyware programs can get into your computer in several different ways. Sometimes they arrive as an automatic download from a website you are surfing. Porn and online gambling sites are notorious for this, for example. Sometimes, if you download a free or illegal piece of software, they are embedded in the installation process, or spyware can get on your computer via an email attachment that you shouldn't have opened. (Tip here - if an e-mail comes from an unrecognized source with an attachment, DO NOT open it - it's almost guaranteed to be some sort of program that you definitely don't want!) Spyware and adware are bad news for several reasons: They hog precious system resources like memory and hard disk space. If you computer runs much slower than it did previously, then it probably is infected with spyware. If you have never done a spyware scan, then it’s almost guaranteed that there is spyware on your system slowing things down. They can seriously compromise your privacy and security, providing outsiders with information about your computer habits. For example, by installing a keylogger, spyware can capture your keystrokes and send it to a third party. This can potentially expose your user IDs and passwords to thieves. Other program such as trojans which allows someone to log into your computer remotely and use it for their own purposes like sending spam or launching malicious attacks on other computers on the Internet, making it look like you are at fault. So, it’s bad! Let’s look at how to get rd of it. There are lots of both paid and free anti-spyware programs out there, and, like all things in life, some are better than others. The question often asked is, which is better, a free program or a paid one. The simple answer is that the best approach is a combination of the two, and, unlike anti-virus programs, you can run more than one anti-spyware program on your system without any problems. First thing to do is to install the totally free Malwarebytes Ant-Malware, which will eliminate 90-99 per cent of all known spyware. The, invest a little money in a good paid program like Kaspersky Internet Security, NoAdware or Spyware Nuker to complete the job for you. Yes, I know that it means spending some money, but if it can prevent someone stealing your credit card details, for example, then it's a sure fire thing that its going to be money well spent. Another advantage of the paid programs is that they generally have a more effective "pro-active" nature to them than the free programs do. In other words, they are usually far better at stopping spyware and adware actually getting into your PC in the first place, and, clearly, preventing the problem is far easier and less time consuming than having to deal with it once your PC becomes infected.

Malwarebytes-antimalware

Firefox Extensions 10 Good Ones

Like most web developers or SEO professionals, I use a vast array of tools to get the job done. I use a combination of desktop and web applications, some purchased and some free. Everyone I know has downloaded a free copy of Mozilla Firefox, but few realize that by installing some of the 1,500 free extensions they can eliminate the need for most of the other applications they currently use. Below are my 13 favorite extensions for web professionals (in no particular order): HTML Validator (http://users.skynet.be/mgueury/mozilla/) – validates web pages to the W3C HTML standards with a simple green check in the corner of the page if the page validates, a red check if it doesn’t, and a yellow exclamation point if there are warnings. It also includes an enhanced view of source code that allows you to see where errors are within the code. FireFTP (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/684/) – free, secure, cross-platform FTP client that provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers. This eliminates a piece of software for those of you who use a separate program for FTP. Professor X (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2823/) – lets you view header information without having to view source code. The page “slides” down and Professor X shows you the contents of the page's head element, including Meta, Script and Style content. NikkelWHOIS (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2646/) –view the WHOIS information for any page by clicking the button on the top-right of the browser. IE Tab (http://ietab.mozdev.org) – sick of swapping between Internet Explorer and Firefox when testing out a web page you’re developing? With IE Tab you can view Internet Explorer in a Firefox Tab! FireBug (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1843/) – an advanced debugger console that lets you monitor your JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Ajax. Codetech (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1002/) – web page editor that has the feel of Dreamweaver. An amazing extension for anyone doing web design that doesn’t want to fork out a few hundred dollars for Dreamweaver. Server Switcher (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2409/) – easily switch between sites on your development and live servers by clicking the switch server icon. SEO for Firefox (http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/seo-for-firefox.html) – pulls useful market research data right into Google's and Yahoo!'s search results, including Google PR, Age, links, Alexa rank, WHOIS, and more. It also adds a few helpful links to the top of the search pages, including Google Trends, Google Traffic Estimator, and the Overture View Bid tool. Yet Another Window Resizer (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2498/) – allows you to resize browser window to default screen resolutions. AdSense Preview (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2132/) – preview the Google AdSense ads that would appear on that page. This is incredibly useful if you are considering putting AdSense on a page and don’t want to go through the hassle of signing up for an account and putting the ads up just to see what type of ads will show. Screen grab (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1146/) – takes a screenshot of the webpage and saves it as an image file. This saves a ton of time compared to the method I used to use – take a screenshot and open Adobe Photoshop to crop the image. Server Spy (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2036/) – indicates what brand of HTTP server (Apache, IIS, etc.) runs on the visited site on the lower-right side of the browser.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Master 10 Methods To Speed Up Your PC

Many people are interested in making the most of their hardware. So here are 10 simple tips on how to make your Windows XP computer run faster without having to purchase additional hardware. 

 1. Defrag Disk to Speed Up Access to Data One of the factors that slow the performance of the computer is disk fragmentation. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together.

 To speed up the response time, you should monthly run Disk Defragmenter, a Windows utility that defrags and consolidates fragmented files for quicker computer response.   Follow Start  All Programs Accessories System Tools & Disk Defragmenter  Click the drives you want to defrag and click Analyze Click Defragment

 2. Detect and Repair Disk Errors Over time, your hard disk develops bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing difficult or even impossible. To detect and repair disk errors, Windows has a built-in tool called the Error Checking utility. It’ll search the hard disk for bad sectors and system errors and repair them for faster performance. Follow Start My Computer In My Computer right-click the hard disk you want to scan and click Properties Click the Tools tab  Click Check Now  Select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box  Click Start

 3. Disable Indexing Services Indexing Services is a little application that uses a lot of CPU. By indexing and updating lists of all the files on the computer, it helps you to do a search for something faster as it scans the index list. But if you know where your files are, you can disable this system service. It won’t do any harm to you machine, whether you search often or not very often. * Go to Start * Click Settings * Click Control Panel * Double-click Add/Remove Programs * Click the 
Add/Remove Window Components * Uncheck the Indexing services * Click Next

  4. Optimize Display Settings Windows XP is a looker. But it costs you system resources that are used to display all the visual items and effects. Windows looks fine if you disable most of the settings and leave the following: * Show shadows under menus * Show shadows under mouse pointer * Show translucent selection rectangle * Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop * Use visual styles on windows and buttons 

 5. Disable Performance Counters Windows XP has a performance monitor utility which monitors several areas of your PC’s performance. These utilities take up system resources so disabling is a good idea. * Download and install the Extensible Performance Counter List (http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/exctrlst-o.asp) * Then select each counter in turn in the ‘Extensible performance counters’ window and clear the ‘performance counters enabled’ checkbox at the bottom button below 6

. Optimize Your Pagefile You can optimize your pagefile. Setting a fixed size to your pagefile saves the operating system from the need to resize the pagefile. * Right click on My Computer and select Properties * Select the Advanced tab * Under Performance choose the Settings button * Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change * Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.

 7. Remove Fonts for Speed Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require. * Open Control Panel * Open Fonts folder * Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:\FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.

  8. Use a Flash Memory to Boost Performance To improve performance, you need to install additional RAM memory. It’ll let you boot your OS much quicker and run many applications and access data quicker. There is no easiest and more technically elegant way to do it than use eBoostr (http://www.eboostr.com). eBoostr is a little program that lets you improve a performance of any computer, powered by Windows XP in much the same way as Vista’s ReadyBoost. With eBoostr, if you have a flash drive, such as a USB flash thumb drive or an SD card, you can use it to make your computer run better. Simply plug in a flash drive through a USB socket and Windows XP will use eBoostr to utilize the flash memory to improve performance. The product shows the best results for frequently used applications and data, which becomes a great feature for people who are using office programs, graphics applications or developer tools. It’ll surely attract a special attention of laptop owners as laptop upgrade is usually more complicated and laptop hard drives are by definition slower than those of desktops.

9. Perform a Boot Defragment There's a simple way to speed up XP startup: make your system do a boot defragment, which will put all the boot files next to one another on your hard disk. When boot files are in close proximity to one another, your system will start faster. On most systems, boot defragment should be enabled by default, but it might not be on yours, or it might have been changed inadvertently. To make sure that boot defragment is enabled: * Run the Registry Editor * Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction * Set the Enable string value to Y if it is not already set to Y. * Exit the Registry * Reboot

  10- use the free tool Ccleaner to clean the registry but only after running a antispyware program like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

10 Web Site Design And Writing No-No's
by Larry Miller

1. Don't load your web site with a lot of high tech
clutter. Your visitors may miss your whole sales
message.


2. Don't use unnecessary words or phrases on your
site. You only have so much time to get your visitor's
attention and interest; make ever word count.


3. Don't make the mistake that everyone will totally
understand your web site message. Use descriptive
words and examples to get your point across.


4. Don't write your strongest point or benefit only
once. You should repeat it at least 3 times because
some people may miss it.


5. Don't push all your words together on your web
site. People like to skim; use plenty of headings
and sub headings.


6. Don't use site content your target audience isn't
interested in. If people are coming to your site to
find info about fishing don't include soccer content.


7. Don't use 50 different content formats all over
your web site. Use the same fonts, text sizes, text
colors, etc.


8. Don't use words your web site visitors might not
understand. People are not going to stop and look
in a dictionary, they will just go to another site.


9. Don't let selling words and phrases go unnoticed.
Highlight important words and phrases with color,
bolding, italics, underlining, etc.


10. Don't forget to use words that create emotion.
All people have emotions, people will have more
interest when they are emotionally attached.


More computer tips and how to tutorials that can
help with spyware removal or to just speed up your
computer and many more at http://youtube.com/user/larrydmi

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How To Understand Computer Drivers

Not a lot people know about device drivers until they need to find one, be it for a printer or most typically a modem driver. Finding one can be very difficult to say the least if you are using HSP based modem drivers. What is a Device Driver? Every device, be it be a printer, modem, or keyboard, must have a driver program. Many device drivers, such as the keyboard driver, come with the operating system. For other devices, you may need to load a new driver when you connect the device to your computer. Note that in the older DOS systems, drivers are files with a.SYS extension. now in Windows environments, drivers often have a.DRV extension. What do they do? A device driver is nothing more than a glorified translator which fits between the device and programs that use the device. Each device be it a modem or printer has its own set of commands that only its driver knows. That bieng said, however most programs access devices by using generic commands. The device driver, therefore, accepts generic commands from a program and then translates them into specialized commands for the device. Finding them: Finding a driver can be very difficult as most manufactures manufacture a device and after 2 or 3 years change and make a different version. Finding a driver for your device becomes a task as the manufactures remove the drivers from their website and refuse to support them. They hope that you will upgrade to their new line of products, but there is no need if you know where to find your drivers. Try the following website www.driverguide.com which not only has more than 2,000 drivers but finds what you are looking for, free. Also hereis another site with free drivers driverzone.com Remember, don't upgrade unless you want to. There is no need to buy new, when the old printer or modem worked just fine!

Speed Up Your Slow PC

Is your PC slowing down? Or maybe it crashing more and more, Well if that's the case it just might because your PC is suffering old age! Yes that's right just like people PCs suffer from the ageing process too.

 But there's good news But unlike people you can actually turn back the ageing process and bring your beloved PC back to life. All it takes is a couple of easy to follow tips to ignite your PC's performance to full speed again.

 Just follow these easy to follow steps: System configuration utility Even when your computer's sat there doing nothing it could be running at least 50 programs! These are programs that a munching away at your poor old CPU and not to mention having a right good go at your memory as well.

The reason for this is because over time the more stuff you install the more crap that builds up and even if you don't even use that program, there's a damn good chance that it's running in the background.

 To see what I mean hit CTRL +ALT + DELETE then press the processes tab. It will show you how many processes that are running in the background. 1. To solve this little dilemma just go the Start or Run for XP owners, and type MSCONFIG.

 2. The System configuration will appear and from in there go to the STARTUP tab.

 3. Once you've selected the STARTUP tab you'll be presented all the programs that are running in the background of your PC. What I would recommend is turning everything off apart from your anti virus. If you do see anything what you do want on for example MSN messenger by all means keep it on but the more you have running in the background the more it'll sap your PC's performance and will also affect you're  Boot times as well.

 System configuration utility part 2 Now still hanging around in the System Configuration Utility, go to the second tab called SERVICES and go to and untick the HIDE ALL MICROSOFT SERVICES. We've got to do this (unless you're a bit more experienced) because if you go and turn one of Microsoft's services you could just mess your entire PC up and we don't want that do we.

 Once you've unticked the box you should be just left with all the non Microsoft services. once again I would recommend to turn them all off but the anti viruses services. Once you've decided what and what not gets the chop click apply and you're done. Performance Options Depending on which OS (operating system) your using, this could make or brake it. If your using Windows Vista? I would recommend turning some the visual effects of especially on the lower end systems. However if your using XP, the performance will be less impressive but I believe every ounce of performance is crucial. Besides, you won't even notice half of these switched of anyway. Now as much as I would love to tell you how to get to these options, the ways to get there are very different when compared to Vista and XP. So a way around this (and probably a cop out as well) I'll just tell the vista owners to type in PERFORMANCE into the search bar, select PERFORMANCE INFORMATION AND TOOLS and click ADJUST VISUAL EFFECTS and you'll find your way there. For XP owners read on:

 1. Go to Start, Control Panel and select PERFORMANCE AND MAINTENANCE. 2. Then ADJUST VISUAL EFFECTS you should find yourself there. Now I would recommend turning them all off barring the last one. The last one keeps the modern Windows feel which I personally like but hay, everyone's different. Uninstalling A fast Hard drive is a empty hard drive. So if you've got an hard drive full to the brim, delete the programs and games you don't need to speed up your Hard drive and watch those boot times fly! Tip: If you're a gamer (like me) What you can do is save the save game file and uninstall the full game. This way you can get the wanted gigs of space back but not lose your place on Crysis. Cool eh.

 Defragging Now there's hundreds of other tips I wanted to share with you but I wanted to keep this article as short as possible to prevent you been bored to death. but the ver last thing I would do to my PC once I finish optimizing it is to defrag it. Now your probably thinking that yes I already know that James. But what I would recommend doing is using a different defragger especially if your using the dreaded Vista defragger. Now as you've probably gathered, I can't stand Vista's defragger, I think it's actually a step backwards, not a step forward. But what really annoys me about it is that you have no idea how long it will takes and how defragmented your hardrive is.

 But don't worry, because I'm going to show you to download a much better one then Vista's own shoddy attempt. Auslogics Disk defragger is its name and I think you'll find it quick and easy to use and it seems to do quite a good job as well. And another thing.. It's completely free to download as well. Just Google "Auslogics Disk defragger" and you should find it in no time. Iobit is another company that offers very good freeware smart defrag is an excellent program to defrag your pc and is very fast and can defrag boot up files and also has a auto defrag option.

Desktop Computer

Desktop Computer and Wireless

We live in an age of technology and as such we are always looking for ways to make life easier or ways to make things look better. In the home or office (or even the home office) making things look better involves getting rid of clutter.

This is where the wireless desktop comes into play. No wires means less clutter and because when using Bluetooth wireless devices line of sight is not needed, you can use your desk space to its optimum with no worries.

 There is more to the wireless desktop than you might think as well. You will all be aware that you can get a wireless keyboard and mouse. But wireless technology and Bluetooth in particular stretches much further than that. Your mobile phone if a recent one will probably have Bluetooth technology built into it.

 This means that you can easily connect it to your PC. Companies such as Logitech offer software that really gets your mobile phone and your PC working together. Synchronization is just one aspect of this, but how about being able to type an SMS text message on your keyboard and send it without having to touch your phone.

 This is all possible with the power of bluetooth communication with your mobile phone and is not the only method of contact with bluetooth. You can also get Bluetooth headsets that work with Microsoft Messenger so you can add an easy chat functionality to your desktop.

 As new products come on the market bluetooth becomes more and more popular. Peripheral devices such as Printers and Scanners can now be found. The Wireless Keyboard and Mouse This is the first device that you will probably buy for your wireless desktop. This is the basic starting point and probably the most effective. The keyboard and mouse wires cannot be hidden away from sight as they have to be straight in front of you. plus limiting the mouse wire can mean limiting the mouse movement as well. So A wireless keyboard and mouse will give you a better looking desktop as well as freedom to move your keyboard where you want it.

 You can have it on your lap or anywhere else in range. Having a wireless mouse will also help in gaming. Most wireless mice are just as responsive as corded ones and your wire wont snag at that vital moment when online gaming. Wireless Printers While printers are available as wi fi they are still not completely wireless. The advantages of the wireless printer as well as the lack of wires behind your PC is the range can be increased as well as you being able to place your printer in a place where a USB cable would be unsuitable to travel. A second advantage would be that connecting your printer to a wireless network for sharing will be much easier. Wireless Networking I think the biggest advantage of wireless technology has to be Wireless Networking. While Bluetooth technology is does not have the range in which to be affective at networking computers together.

RF technology is still used however and is very easy to setup. For a simple network (peer to peer) on two computers all you need is two wireless networking cards setup to the same channel. More complex networks can also be setup using a server and workstations. Anything you can do with a wired network you can do with wireless technology.

 While we keep saying that the main advantage of wireless technology is that you don't have wires lying around everywhere, this is more true than ever when we are talking about wireless networking. When your computers are likely to be located in different room, the last thing you want is for wires to be laid around your home or office being an eyesore. Plus should you wish to move your computer at anytime, you don't have to re-route the wires connecting your network together. Security on Wireless networks is set by adding a name for your network which all computers on that network must be assigned to connect to, plus then you can add a password to keep unwanted intruders out from your files. Software firewalls are also recommended on wireless connections (as well as wired) just for added security against unwanted virus' or Adware/Spyware.

Wireless Headphones / Microphone Wireless headphones are readily available from many manufacturers. These are really one of the most practical uses of wireless technology behind the networking. Wireless headphones allow you to freely listen to your music, game or whatever noise your PC is making anywhere in your room without the restriction of wires. Even if your wires are long enough they will still be a little dangerous stretched across the room. And we all know you like to dance around your room listening to your favourite tracks. A set of wireless headphones could save you a few quid on broken items that your headphone wires have snagged on and brought crashing down to the floor.

Wireless Speakers Wireless speakers are poking out of the woodwork and those of you that have a 5.1 or above sound system will just how many wires are involved in that setup. Not only do you have connection to the computer but each speaker is connected to the sub / power box and and you also have the volume control to deal with. At time of writing this the US seem to have a decent supply of wireless speakers where as only a few can be found in the UK. I am very sure that wireless speakers will become a lot more popular in the UK over the next couple of months. Wireless speakers will remove loads of wires from the back of your computer. Using a 5.1 wireless system will allow you to place your speakers in the perfect position without any restrictions or ugly wires running along your walls or floor.

Monday, January 23, 2012

DSL High Speed Connection

Confused about DSL? So was I at one time! However, it is no big deal to get an understanding about what it is, how it works and how it compares to your other choices for getting high speed internet access. Faster and faster dialup telephone modems were all the rage, until DSL and cable modems came about. We can laughingly look back at those old slow modems and the tell tale dialing sounds that you could hear as they attempted to log on. You may also wonder why DSL needs a telephone connection. Simply put, the telephone company has special equipment in place to handle DSL traffic. Even though it operates on your existing telephone line, it does not interfere with your regular telephone service. You will never know that DSL is operating in the background. Once you upgrade, you will wonder why you ever bothered with the slow way. You will equate it to walking backwards. You will need a relatively newer computer to be able to use DSL. Do not worry though; the requirements are not that high. However, if you have a really old machine you will need to get a better one. You will not be sorry you did. The minimum requirements are a Windows 98 operating system, a 233 MHz machine, a CD drive, 64-128 MB memory and either a USB or 10Base-T Ethernet port. There is no need to worry if you do not understand any of that. You can always use your existing computer connection to have your computer checked for compatibility. Besides a decent computer, you will also need to somewhat near the DSL office. It is even possible that your neighbor can get DSL while you cannot. You can also do a preliminary check online to see if you should be able to get service. There are some other factors that may limit your ability to get DSL in your present location. Basically, it might work and it might not. But, as your telephone provider upgrades it may be possible in the future. Getting high speed internet access with a cable modem is usually less finicky than DSL. However, cable access usually comes at a higher price. To install DSL on your computer is not hard. If you sign up for it online, you will get an installation kit in the mail. Give your self at least an hour for the process. Open the box, unpack the modem and look at the install directions. Follow the directions in the order given and you should have no trouble. If your installation does not work, call the support line. If they cannot assist you in getting it to work, just send it all back. Be patient and do not let anything or anyone intimidate you. If DSL works for your situation, then you will be very satisfied. A fast internet connection is something that you can only fully appreciate once you have experienced it. You will never want to go back to dialup.
DSL Modem

Friday, January 13, 2012

Computer Tips For Newbies Easy Learn

There are many ways to learn about any subject of interest, but the problem with most of them, you only remember part of the subject with most learning methods. Video learning on the other hand when done as the over the shoulder method,newbies on any subject can take in almost 100% at the first viewing as long as there are no distractions going on while they are viewing the content. The how to type of computer tips on video is like watching a movie that you can enjoy and relax while soaking up the knowledge a lot quicker then say reading a article or a book,and even if all is not remembered right away you will just rewind that video or fast forward to cement in that spot of knowledge that slipped by the first time. Computer Tips that are about assembling or dismantling something,say putting together a computer from scratch,can be practised right after watching a video or during the video with simple push of the pause button. How to remove spyware from your computer is easy if you can watch someone else removing it and watching over their shoulder how its done. Articles that use images are a help, but not as good as video for learning,that's why youtube is so popular like over 3 billion views a day as of may 2011 that's a lot of views. Youtube consists of channels that have a list of videos on them they can be very short or longer depending on their account type, youtube has their own search box for searching videos on their site and is very fast.

over the shoulder learning

Monday, January 2, 2012

Computer Shuts Down is Not a Power Supply Problem

Sometimes a computer that is shutting down after every restart is not a power supply problem. First let me give you the computer specs The computer was a custom build that I did and is about 5 years old its motherboard is a ASRock K8NFG-SATA2 a socket 754 with an AMD Altlon 2.4 Gigahertz I believe.

 I was doing a normal install of XP pro and yes I still sometimes use it because I like XP, not as much as Linux but its ok. I was almost finished with the updates maybe a little under 200 or so,then I noticed there was a few Hardware driver updates listed on the windows update site,usually I stay away from driver updates from here because of compatibility problems with different pcs, yet one of them was for the AMD processor so I thought this must be ok to install.

 The main updates were finished so I started AMD processor update so I shut the computer down when all updates were finished, when I restarted the computer in the mourning it would get to just before windows loads and shut down it did this a few times before I decided to check the bios settings in the motherboard, for a quick shot at fixing a related driver problem that this update could have done I went to one of the top tabs then setting the motherboard back to Optimum Settings, did a restart and checked to see if windows would load all the way and it did.

 On this ASROCK K8NF4G-SATA2 it was the f2 key that puts you in to the bios settings sometimes it is a good idea to check the bios settings or to revert them to the optimum settings then save it and do a restart.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Computer Tips For Music

Great Music Videos can be found in a lot of places, usually by doing a search on google or another website,but sometimes the results are not that great!. Search for your artist by name in a speciality search engine or a site that has plenty of music downloads,like new bands and old alike. Some sites let you sample the music that comes up that way you will know you like it when its downloaded or delivered. Many bands play the same songs, like the one below not originally done by the band Vanilla Ice, but check Out Wild Cherry! Happy New Year good Buy 2011Find the music you want at EasySearchMusic