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***Microsoft Certification: Farewell To The MCSE*** Microsof unimarter UniMarter
***Microsoft Certification: Farewell To The MCSE***

Microsoft is in the middle of a major push to overhaul its certification program. Last year, they announced the new Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certification, which is not a written exam but rather a practical exam that will be graded by a board of examiners. Just applying for the certification will require 10 years' experience in IT as well as three years of practical experience as a network architect.For those of us not quite ready for that, Microsoft has announced that it's also going to revise other certifications. The MCSE that we've all come to know and love is going to be a thing of the past. In its place will be a series of specialization exams and IP Professional certification tracks.If you're currently an MCSE or working it, don't worry, you have plenty of time to adapt to the new tracks. Microsoft's official word is that the new certification structure will be implemented when the next Windows server / client version is released. For those holding MCDBAs, your current certification will remain valid and you'll have a chance to upgrade to the new certification with SQL Server 2005.Those of us who have been on the certification track for a while remember the outcry when Microsoft planned to phase out the much-maligned NT 4.0 certification in the move to Windows 2000. There was quite an outcry from many certified individuals who felt MS was being unreasonable in their timetable and planned lack of support for the 4.0 certification. Whether you agree with Microsoft's planned changes, I urge you to visit Microsoft's certification site regularly to keep up with these changes.Whether you choose to pursue any of these new tracks is your decision, but you owe it to yourself and your career to know about the new tracks. Change is inevitable in IT and the IT certification world, and you must be aware of these changes!Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933 , is the owner of The Bryant Advantage, home of free CCNA and CCNP tutorials, The Ultimate CCNA Study Package, and Ultimate CCNP Study Packages.
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***Microsoft Certification: The New MCTS Tracks And Exams*** unimarter UniMarter
***Microsoft Certification: The New MCTS Tracks And Exams***

Microsoft is revamping its certification tracks, and will eventually retire the familiar MCSE certificatons. The new certification setup is much like Cisco's, where there are specialist certifications to go along with the more general CCNA, then mid-level certifications such as the CCNP, and then a more-advanced practical exam modeled somewhat after the coveted CCIE certification.Microsoft's new specialist exams are the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exams. As of March 2006, there were five separate MCTS Tracks. Three of them deal with .NET Framework 2.0; these are the Web Application, Windows Applications, and Distributed Applications certifications. Each of these separate certifications requires the candidate to pass two exams. There is also a one-exam SQL Server 2005 certification, as well as a BizTalk Server 2006 single-exam certification.The initial question is "Why is Microsoft doing this?" According to their website, MS feels that IT hiring managers today have a tough time deciding which computer certifications best identify job candidates who best meet their needs. I know it's easy to take verbal shots at Microsoft (it'll be an Olympic sport one day), but this new series of certs does have appeal for hiring managers, which can only help qualified candidates. Instead of the more-general MCSE, which does still suffer from the overcertification of NT 4.0 MCSEs back in the day, these more-specific certifications will make it easier for the job candidate to prove that they can do the job - and easier for the hiring manager to make an informed decision.Microsoft hasn't announced the track that will eventually replace the MCSE, but this track will be revealed with the next client-server Windows release. It's up to you to stay informed of these changes, so I recommend you visit Microsoft's certification website often. "I didn't know" isn't much help once a certification expires!Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933 , is the owner of The Bryant Advantage, home of free CCNA and CCNP tutorials, The Ultimate CCNA Study Package, and Ultimate CCNP Study Packages.For a FREE copy of his latest e-books, ?How To Pass The CCNA? and ?How To Pass The CCNP?, visit the website and download your free copies. You can also get FREE CCNA and CCNP exam questions every day! Pass the CCNA exam with The Bryant Advantage!

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***Windows Data Recovery: Get Your Lost Data Back*** How to unimarter UniMarter
***Windows Data Recovery: Get Your Lost Data Back***

How to Perform a Windows Data RecoveryHard drive failure is not pretty. It can cause hours of anguish and pain if you have not performed backups. Here are some steps can you do to retrieve the data that is on your failing drive.The initial thing you should do when you are doing windows data recovery is to shut down the PC you need to do this on. The most important thing you can do is find another PC that is running Windows 2000 or XP. You would then download your PC recovery software onto the second PC, and go back to the PC you were on and remove the hard drive from it. Take that hard drive and install it on the second PC as a data drive. A laptop PC hard drive can be connected to your desktop PC with an adapter that is readily available at most PC stores you go to. You will then want to make sure that your windows program does not use the ?Check Disk? utility to repair the drive. Use your data recovery program to do your windows data recovery on the second PC you are using.What If You Do Not Have a Second PC?If you do not have a second PC, make sure you shut down your PC right away. With the second step of your windows data recovery, you are still going to have to remove the hard drive of this PC. You will then need to install a new drive, reinstall windows and use your recovery software on it. Once you have done this, you can install a new drive on your PC. Then you need to reinstall the drive back in the PC as a data drive. You have to make sure that the Windows ?Check Disk? utility program does not try to repair the drive when it is booted. Then you use your recovery software to restore the data to your new hard disk. This is how you do your windows data recovery.How can I plan for a loss of dataIf you would like your windows data recovery to go as easily as possible you want to make sure that you preserve your file by following this procedure. You will want to download and install your recovery program onto your PC. Once you have this program downloaded and installed, you can use it to search for files that you can't find and recover them to another drive that is on your PC. You can also move the files to a network-shared folder, USB external drive, memory stick or any other spot that you can temporarily store your files. Now you will have your windows data recovery accomplished.A.B. Newland is a Microsoft Certified Professional and has been working with data backup systems for over 15 years. Learn about the 10 biggest backup mistakes at the Data Recovery website

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***Two Easy Ways To Fix PC Bugs*** It?s a known fact that th unimarter UniMarter
***Two Easy Ways To Fix PC Bugs***

It?s a known fact that the majority of personal computers have corrupt files with errors on them. Problems with Windows Registry usually result in Windows crashes. But what is Windows Registry? You may ask. Every Microsoft Windows operating system has a registry holding a wealth of hardware and software configuration information of your computer. After using your PC for a period of time, you?ll notice it no longer works the way it used to. This is due in part to invalid entries existing in your registry. Windows communicates with its registry dozens of times every second and broken registry keys can make that communication difficult and slow.Whenever you install a program, new entries are written in the system registry. However, they may not be removed completely even if you ?successfully uninstalled? the program. Your registry gradually gets piled up with redundant or invalid entries, which would disrupt the smooth running of your computer.Creating regular backups of your registry might be a solution to preventing your system from crashing as a result of registry problems. However, replacing a new registry with an older one, in some cases, could cause newly installed programs or newly mounted hardware devices to malfunction because related hardware and software configuration data may get messed up.Another solution is to use registry cleaner software to scan and clean your registry. Registry cleaner software not only scans and fixes Windows Registry, but also provides advanced diagnostics tools for locating serious computer problems before they happen. By default, registry cleaner scans the registry for all types of errors, which is often called Automatic Scan. This is an option highly recommended for non-technical users. If you have basic computer knowledge, you can customize your settings and scan for particular types of registry errors, like shared DLL errors, missing fonts, and invalid startup entries.
There are many kinds of registry cleaner software on the market. Compare them first so that you can make an informed decision before buying it. Listed below are the factors need to be taken into consideration:1. Features ? The features provided should be easy to customize and well-organized.
2. Easy of setup and use ? No complex steps are required to install and use the program.
3. Support ? Check and see if the program comes with well-written and comprehensive help options. Responsible manufacturers are supposed to include their contact info in the help documentation.
4. Safety ? Altering registry might do more harm than good and wreak havoc on your computer. Make sure you are given related information about the program features before charging ahead.With regular system tune-ups, your computer will start running like a new PC and won?t crash all of a sudden, leaving you with a costly computer-mechanic bill and data loss. There are many advantages associated with cleaning registry. You need to take action and choose the registry cleaner software that suits your needs.Wayne Wu has been a freelance technical writer for several years. For more information about Registry Cleaner Software, check out http: / / www.businessinfo.tw / LP / fixregistry /

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***Important - Severe Windows Security Flaw: What You Can Do Righ unimarter UniMarter
***Important - Severe Windows Security Flaw: What You Can Do Right Now To Secure Your Data***

On 28 of December a severe Windows security flaw, WMF Flaw, was detected, in all Windows versions from Win98 to WinXP, no fixing patch exists yet. Using it, anyone can do any malicious action with your computer, steal or even erase your data.This article will help you understand what it is and how YOU can fix it until Microsoft releases a patch.By Washington Post: "Computers can be infected simply by visiting one of the Web sites or viewing an infected image in an e-mail through the preview pane [...] even if users did not click on anything or open any files.""Microsoft said in a statement yesterday that it is investigating the vulnerability and plans to issue a software patch to fix the problem. The company could not say how soon that patch would be available." http: / / www.washingtonpost.com / wp-dyn / content / article / 2005 / 12 / 29 / AR2005122901456.htmlHow severe it is: "This vulnerability can be used to install any type of malicious code, not just Trojans and spyware, but also worms, bots or viruses that can cause irreparable damage to computers," said Luis Corrons of Panda Software.In a security advisory posted on its Web site, Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability and the associated release of exploit code that could compromise PCs, and listed the operating systems at risk. Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP, Windows Server 2000, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium can be attacked using the newly-discovered vulnerability...http: / / www.microsoft.com / technet / security / advisory / 912840.mspxBlogAutoPublisher support expert comments on the situation, advising a cure:"The vulnerability is in the Microsoft Windows Graphics Rendering Engine, that is why the exploit affects Windows versions from Win98 to WinXP.Unlike other security vulnerabilities, this one allows a _data file_ to execute arbitrary code upon it being viewed. In other words, a (picture) data file can contain executable code to "help" Windows display it, and Windows will execute it unquestionably.Your computer can be infected whenever Windows uses its default image viewer to display certain image types. This means there is a long list of applications that are vulnerable that rely upon the image viewer code. Windows uses this code when previewing images, for example.*What YOU can do right NOW*, to secure your computer until a patch from Microsoft is released:Go to Start > Run, paste there the following line: regsvr32 / u shimgvw.dll and press OK.If everything goes right, you'll see the following message: "DllUnregisterServer in shimgvw.dll succeeded."It will disable the problematic dll, forcing all other programs to use their own engines, if exist. Keep in mind that this will disable thumbnail previews in Windows Explorer. One may experience problems with opening any image file after unregistering this dll.(To reactivate this feature: Start > Run > regsvr32 shimgvw.dll)We will send another update, when the patch from Microsoft is released, with instructions how to apply the patch and re-activate the feature."And another important thing: since this is such a serious flaw, you may start getting phishing emails pretending to originate at Microsoft, urging you to do something with your computer, apply some "patches". Don't do it.Find the true information at microsoft.com or wait for the links at microsoft.com we'll publish later.Copyright 2006 Olga Farber BeckerOlga's areas of research are internet marketing, blogs, RSS feeds. Find out 55 ways to use the Marketer's Blogging Software Olga recently released: http: / / blogautopublisher.com

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***Very Important: Update on Severe Windows Security Flaw - What unimarter UniMarter
***Very Important: Update on Severe Windows Security Flaw - What To Do Right Now To Secure Your Data***

Earlier we warned you about a serious security flaw, so-called "WMF flow." Several days later nearly one hundred different instances of exploitation of this newly discovered vulnerability had been found."Desktop users that suffered the effects of the IMF exploit describe it as a devastating experience to find their desktop computers completely taken over by an attacker.?When it hit, the screen suddenly said, ?Congratulations, you?re infected!?? said Brad Dinerman, vice president of information technology at MIS Alliance, a professional services outsourcing firm in Newton, Mass. It was clear that the computer running XP was no longer in his control.?It had root access, it wouldn?t let me log off or do anything,? Dinerman said. He said he ended up having to re-build the machine from scratch. He noted that his machine had been up-to-date in terms of software patches, anti-virus and anti-spyware software. ""...exploit has so many variants that anti-virus firms are having a difficult time keeping up with the exploit?s changes in attack code."http: / / www.networkingsmallbusiness.com / news / 2006 / 010306-sans-microsoft-patch.html"It enables clueless newcomers to easily craft highly variable and hard-to-detect variations of image files. Images that take over computers when viewed. And do this on all common Windows platforms. Meaning that there are hundreds of millions of vulnerable computers in the net right now."http: / / www.f-secure.com / weblog / archives / archive-012006.htmlCurrent news on the situation, by BlogAutoPublisher support expert:1. An official WMF Vulnerability update from Microsoft is now available. See more info and patches for various flavors of Windows at:http: / / www.microsoft.com / technet / security / Bulletin / MS06-001.mspxOr just go to http: / / update.microsoft.com / to pick up the right update automatically.The patch requires that the PC be rebooted.2. Microsoft is not fixing Windows 98 / ME.Microsoft has now "reclassified" the WMF vulnerability in Windows 95, 98, and ME as non-critical (instead of just fixing it!). This means that it will probably NOT be updated and patched to eliminate the WMF handling vulnerability that those older versions of Windows apparently still have. "Per the support life cycle of these versions, only vulnerabilities of critical severity would receive security updates," the company said.We urge you to upgrade, if possible, to WinXP which is much more secure and stable Windows version.3. After applying the Microsoft's patch, go to Start > Run, paste there the following line:regsvr32 shimgvw.dlland press OK. You should see the following message: "DllRegisterServer in shimgvw.dll succeeded."All your Windows "picture viewing" capabilities are back to normal now.Wishing you productive and secure 2006, BlogAutoPublisher Team.Copyright 2006 Olga Farber BeckerOlga specializes in internet marketing, blogs, RSS feeds. Find out 55 ways to use the Marketer's Blogging Software Olga and her partner recently released: http: / / blogautopublisher.com.

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***Moving Data to a New Hard Drive in an Emergency*** Yester unimarter UniMarter
***Moving Data to a New Hard Drive in an Emergency***

Yesterday I had to change my hard drive and had a few issues that I was able to fix.The problems started in the morning when my wife called me and told me that the computer would not boot. We have been having trouble with our hard drive for a while now and I was able to fix each time by just reseting the PC. This time though the computer was not seeing the hard drive. Using tools and knowledge that I had I had to do the following:Install new hard drive
First of all I had to install the new hard drive. I was able to do this by disconnecting my CDR and leaving myDVD drive, two old hard drives in the machine, plus a new 80 gig drive with a 16 meg cache. I was unsuccessful at loading Windows though as I kept getting an error as the Windows setup was starting, after loading the drivers I would get an error that it could not load the setup. I switched to my CDR from the DVD drive and had no problems.Setup Windows
I successfully did a quick format of the new drive (thanks for that new feature Windows XP) and successfully loaded Windows XP although now I have my operating system on the E drive.Rebuild hard drive partition table
After I booted to Windows I saw that my old drive was not showing up as a drive or a partition. If I reight clicked on the partition in disk Management it knew that the drive existed but could no longer find a partition on it. Windows Disk Management said that the drive was healthy, My first attempt was to create a partition but not to format the partition as I did not want to lose the data for good. I fought with this for a couple of hours as I did not back up lately and the wife would kill me if I lost all of her data. In the end I was able to use Test Disk from the Filesystem tools of the Dos Ultimate Boot Disk. It ends up that the partition table had a start but not an end and the program was able to fix this?.whew I would have been in trouble?.Migrate Windows and Office data
After I had the old drive back I went into the BIOS and chose to boot from that drive. I was able to boot to the old Windows XP installation easily enough and did not want to keep any of the data there but thought it would be a good idea to transfer my Windows settings using the file and settings transfer wizard in Windows. I saved the settings using the wizard and chose this as the old computer and in the destination I chose a folder I created on the new hard drive called ?transfer files?. I then decided to transfer only my settings as I knew that I was going to have to reload my software and would be manually copying over the file structure from the old drive to the new drive.I also moved all of my settings for MS Office using the Save my settings wizard from the MS Office 2003 tools section. I was able to copy the settings, which come across as an OPS file to the same place as my Windows Transfer Files and Settings.After I had moved the settings and files over I rebooted and went back into the BIOS and changed my first boot to the new hard drive and it?s windows XP installation. I was very happy to see that after running the wizrds for transfering the settings and after reloading MS Office 2003 I was able to move over my mail folder and saw all of my email, contacts, and best of all my email addresses (Still had to fill in the passwords for email but that?s OK). After a relogon I also had all of my desktop settings back includig the background picture of my daughter and the animated Pingu cursors.Copy data from bad drive
Next I just did a blanket move of all of the files from the old hard drive to new into a new folder that I created in the root of the drive. I did this simply to save time as I am not sure about the stability of the old hard drive and fear that I will lose it again.Reload software
I have started reloading software but as usual I am going to be slow about the move this time. I will install some of my favorite freewares and will install Streets and Trips, Adobe Acrobat, Macromedia Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop Elements and that?s it.I have roughly followed about half of my Reloading Windows tutorial but since I have both drives functioning at the moment I have tried to cut some corners and make this work well as well as getting my wife up and running quickly for her work stuff this morning.Bill Nadraszky is a Systems Analyst and runs several websites. For more Computer information you can visit Computer News. To start a computer support business you can visit XP Tech Support

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***Data Backups - One Key to Business Survival*** Your custo unimarter UniMarter
***Data Backups - One Key to Business Survival***

Your customer data is a precious resource that can literally be worth its weight in gold! If used properly, it can be mined over and over for additional sales and referrals. Do you use this gold mine to increase the profitability of your business?You should! It can mean the difference between business survival and failure.Why then do so few business owners take the time to ensure that it is adequately protected? Are we too busy? Perhaps you just didn?t know how to protect it, or couldn?t afford the software and hardware required to back up your data correctly.Ask yourself these questions:Is there anything more important to my business than my customer data? What would happen to my business if I were to loose all of my data?Consider this common scenario. A client calls frantic that she?d loose her business if she couldn?t recover her customer data. She had over five years of information on her computer when the hard drive decided to make her life interesting.So what are her choices? Renter the data manually, if she has any hard copies available. Call everyone and ask for their contact information again, won?t that make them feel secure about her company. Or call a data recovery technician. Their services can start at a thousand dollars and go up rapidly from there!Windows XP provides a fully functional backup utility, for free! In fact, many of the commercial backup products use this backup to save the data. All you are paying for is the user interface, the window you enter information into.Before you run the setup wizard, you need to answer a few questions.What data do I need to backup?Only backup data that is necessary. Use the KISS (Keep It Simple Silly) method. Your customer database and correspondence should be backed up as a minimum.How often do I want to back up my data?How often does your customer data change? Does a significant amount of data change on a daily basis? Weekly?Where do I want to store my data backup?Most data backups still use a tape drive to store the data. The problem is that they cost a fortune! The tapes alone are expensive. Alternatives are to store your data backup on another computer on your network or copy it to a CD or DVD writable disk.Ok, so you want to backup your data. What now? Before we do that review the table below:Full Backup
* Copies and stores a complete duplicate of your data every time it runs.
* Takes the most time to run and the most storage space.
* Quickest data recovery feature.
* Easiest!Incremental Backup
* Copies and stores only data changed since the last backup.
* Must be combined with a full backup, and any other incremental backups.
* Most complicated.Deferential Backup
* Copies and stores data changed since the last full backup.
* Must be combined with a full backup and the last deferential backup.
* Middle of the road.If you have a relatively small amount of data, I would suggest a daily full backup. If you have a larger amount of data you might combine the full backup with a deferential backup. Simple huh?The next question is how to store the data backup. Even though it takes a little extra work, I have my clients back their data up to a DVD writable disk. First, set the wizard to back the data up to a folder. Usually this folder is on another computer. Then burn this data to a DVD burner and place the disk it in a secure location for retrieval as necessary.If you don?t feel comfortable setting this up yourself, any competent PC technician can do it for you.Whether you do the setup yourself or have it setup by a professional technician you are taking the first step in ensuring the long term survival of your business. Please take the time to do this.Ultimately your customers don?t care how or why you lost their information, they just care that you did. I?ll leave you with this statistic:Estimates suggest that 80% of small businesses that suffer a serious computer failure cease trading within two years. Will yours be one of them?Parrott Writing Services, a San Antonio Texas company specializing in web content, ghostwriting, website optimization, online / offline ad copy and technical writing to small businesses.http: / / www.rickparrott.comSend an email to: EBOOK@sasecure.net for a FREE electronic copy of my eBook on Computer Security!

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***Backup Schmackup: I'm Afraid, Very Afraid!***
***Backup Schmackup: I'm Afraid, Very Afraid!***

"Why should you be afraid?", I can hear you ask.I just got an email from my friend Miche who said,"My laptop is sick at the hospital. Hard Drive failure.
Am praying data can be retrieved."Her exact words.Ohhhh : tremors of fear running up and down my spine!Why?Because ... and I have to be honest ... I haven't *backed up* my laptop for ages!Oh I can hear your derisive laughter, your looks of scorn ... I can feel your disbelief.Me - of all people - admitting this. My friends call me "TechieGirl"!Well, the best part of my friend's scary dilemma is that it's forcing me into action!I'm dusting off the cd burner and plugging into the power, plugging it into the USB slot - now how *hard* was that? I've got a stack of blank cds gathering dust on my desk ... why not use them?Hmm ... why not do a *big* backup on the first of each month, and a *mini* backup every Monday [or Tuesday or Friday ... whatever works best for you]?::::: Plan it! :::::OK - stick with me here - open your online Diary or Appointments Database or hard-copy Diary and make an appointment *with yourself* - which part of the week could you devote say a half hour to, to do a quick backup? What about when you sit down to open the mail, or read a report, do your return phonecalls? If you work from home, why not start the backup as soon as you get out of bed so it'll be done by the time you've had your walk, eaten your breakfast, and showered.I can hear you saying, "Oh it'll take too long ... I'll do it later ... tomorrow ... next week ... next month ...". And then one day I'll be getting an email or a call from you saying, "If only I'd backed up the computer ..."Imagine losing all your documents, projects, databases, passwords, software settings, names, addresses, phone numbers, email names, website links - YIKES! I'm scaring myself again!!!!If I lost even *one* thing in that list above, I'd be in BIG trouble - REAL BIG trouble.::::: What do I backup? :::::Good question. The most important thing NOT to backup is your software.You do have all the original cds, don't you? And you made copies of those cds when you bought the software, right, as a *backup* in case the original cd failed? Didn't you? Yeah, I thought so ... no-one bothers to do that, but it's the one thing which could save your hair from going white overnight after your computer dies.MUST backup:* LOGINS, ALL passwords, FTP access codes, banking details, etc. Where do you currently keep this info? Please don't tell me it's in a little book on your desk ... oh so easy to get lost, to get put in someone else's pocket, to go walk-about. You should have a password-protected spreadsheet or document, or even better - a password-protected database. I have a database which I open as soon as I create a new login, or add myself to a mailing list, or join a new news group etc - paste the info in *as* you create it, to ensure you'll *never* forget it. Sure, you sometimes get confirmation emails with this data ... but if your computer has *died* ... get the picture? You can't access the emails!* CLIENT documents / projects / websites (if you're a developer), in fact ANYTHING which could cause grief if you lost it or didn't have a copy of it. If you've printed a lot of this stuff, what would you need if you had a *fire* and lost all your paper files? Think about that. Hard. Now make a list and maybe have a backup cd for each Client or group of clients, depending on your business.* EMAIL software folder which should include ALL your emails. You do *keep* all emails don't you? Please tell me you're not one of those people who deletes emails as soon as you read them (business ones I mean). Have you ever considered that emails are a form of *database*? I can search my Eudora software for any word or phrase and in a nanosecond I have a list of emails relating to that item (all neatly filed in their email folders ... but that's *another* article!). I *love* Eudora's features! Getting back to business, emails with historical information on projects are invaluable to see who said what and when they said it. It's a timeline, tracking resource, for a project's life.* PHOTOS, personal, professional - unless you're using them all the time, these can be kept on CDs on a regular basis. When you download from the digital camera, save to cd straight away and save space on your hard drive [note to "self" : follow own suggestion]. If you have photos related to a project or client, save them to the Client cd you created earlier, if there's space.* FINANCIALS. All your spreadsheets, MYOB or whatever other software you use to track financials. Every document which the tax department might one day want to see ... for the past 7 years. Business plans, budgets, everything relating to your business which you'll need to continue to *be* in business.* FAXES - do you use online faxing like I do? Where every incoming fax comes into my inbox as an email? From now on, whenever one arrives, put it into a folder called FAXES or save with your client data. Faxes are also a record of what's transpired - another form of database. Plus if you use this kind of fax service, you're saving trees. :o>* INSURANCE. Keep quotes etc on your computer? You'll be needing these.* DATABASES - all of them. A must. Trust me, you'll kick yourself if you need one of these you didn't bother backing up.* COMPUTER DESKTOP. OK - what's still sitting on your desktop which hasn't be put away or filed yet? Probably a bunch o'stuff - clear this up before you backup, make your job that little bit easier.* EXCEPTION to the SOFTWARE RULE above - if you've bought any software online, or downloaded any software or programs of any kind for which you did not receive a cd, then back it up. If you've still got the Installer file, save that - it'll save time.* BROWSER Settings - go through your browser Preferences screens, take snapshots (like printscreen) of those settings - it'll save you a TON of time if you have to set up your email and ISP settings at a later date.* PDFs : have you downloaded any pdfs or purchased any ebooks? Are they all in the same download folder, or in a PDF or eBook folder? You'll want to save these.Oh boy - I just looked at my hard drive - 222 folders of stuff - I need to do some serious sorting and computer *housekeeping* before I do a backup, otherwise it'll take forever to sift through all that stuff! So here's the list of things to do:* tip : do it in bite-sized pieces, baby steps, little chunks each day* make a list of things you want to backup - think about your client info etc* do your computer housekeeping, put things away in folders, then put those folders in main folders to tidy up your own special filing system - do this on one day so it's not too overwhelming* on the next day, make sure you have spare cds - you might need a few, depending on how much filing needs to be done; go buy cds if you need to. Consider buying Read Write cds, rather than the regular cds - if you want to be able to add info to cds later.* if you've got an internal cd burner in your computer, you're a lucky dog - if you've got an external one, plug it in and make sure it works* when you're ready, start the software you need to backup (usually Toast or something similar)* be prepared for this to take at least an hour, maybe more if you've got a ton of stuff, but *don't * put it off! An hour spent now could save you *weeks* of worry and work in the future!* when you've done the first *big* backup, pat yourself on the back, you've accomplished a very important business task!!!While you're feeling smug and proud of yourself, think about when you should do your next backup. How much work would you be ok about losing? One day's worth? One week's worth? How about a month of work? Whichever is the one you choose, make *that* the amount of time before you do your first *mini* backup. Don't be afraid to set other backup procedures for times which suit you, your projects, your clients.The main question you need to ask yourself is,"How much work would it be OK to *lose* without it affecting me or my business?"::::: DON'T FORGET :::::Label your cds. How are you going to file them? In a cd box? Will they be in a hard plastic shell or sleeve? Where would it make sense to *see* the client name on the cover, when it's in the box? How easily would you be able to find a cd in that box? You can write on cds with thick permanent markers, or if you're really keen, you can print onto cd labels (available from many stationery companies).Keep 2 backup copies.If you don't work at home, it might be worthwhile keeping a backup copy of the backup - one at work, one at home. Just in case.Now that I've scared myself silly, I'm off to dust the cd burner and make a latte - don't expect me to reply to your emails over the next few hours, I'm doing a backup!? Teena Hughes is the Director of Build A Website Tonight, a website where you can build your own site online - with no skill - no fear - with no additional costs to update your site. Teena has been involved in the I.T. industry for over twenty years and has written many articles and ebooks, and loves to help people get their business started.http: / / www.BuildAWebsiteTonight.comSo easy, even an *adult* can do it!
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***Did You Loose Your Windows XP Password? What Should You Have unimarter UniMarter
***Did You Loose Your Windows XP Password? What Should You Have Done Before it Happened?***

There is a common problem that happens with lot of computer users. This problem is the loss of a password. It happens to many of us due to the enormous number of application we use.Also, it can happen due to other reasons, like forgetting to keep the passwords in a safe place, or failing to update your password list after a change was made to it.In this case, when you need to recall the password, you will
be surprised to find out, that your password list doesn't help you since you forgot to update your record.Without a doubt, losing access to your computer is disastrous and is near impossible to regain, if you can't recall your password.You will lose all your saved work, applications, programs, and
whatever you have saved on your computer. You will have to go
through a new installation, which is time consuming.This is assuming you still can locate your original CD-ROM and registration key.The best solution to this big problem is to prevent it if you
can. You may not be able to prevent this problem from happening,
that is the loss of access to your Windows XP computer.However, there is one simple tool you can use right away that will prepare you to regain access to your computer.
Even if you lost the password, and unable to recall it at all.The trick is to use the tool before the problem happens. Once you prepare yourself, and get the toll ready, you will be able to regain access to your computer.Here is the solution: Creating a reset disk.When you are logged on you computer, you open the control panel
from the Start Menu, and click open the user accounts option. Is
is an icon inside the control panel window.Now, another window will open, with the title user accounts. In the top left side of this window, you will see "Related Tasks". Under the relate tasks, there is a link that says : "prevent a forgotten password".Once you click on this link, a wizard will open that will guide you in two steps to create a "Password Reset Disk". It will prompt you to enter a formatted floppy disk, and then it will create the disk.The resulting disk will let you reset the password in case you
lost the password. What you do is click on the "?" or help in the login box, so the system will prompt you to enter the Reset password disk you created before.Once you enter the floppy disk, and hit ok, you will be presented with a box with three inputs. The first is the new password, the second is the password confirmation, and the third is the password hint.In summary, creating a reset password disk, will save you lots of trouble, time, and loss of data. It is simple, and you can use this method on any Windows Xp computer, whether home, or Pro. edition. Don't delay it, create your disk once you are done reading this article.Thanks,
George ChamounFor tips about your Windows XP computer, visit our new website:
http: / / www.ResolveWindowsXpProblems.com

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***Micro$oft Speaks to Windows Mobile 5 Upgrade Issues*** It unimarter UniMarter
***Micro$oft Speaks to Windows Mobile 5 Upgrade Issues***

It's possible that advances in the Windows Mobile OS are somewhat dependent on the gaming community.We certainly have a few innovations that warrant a robust, stable OS capable of high-level API coding to partake of the best of the Pocket PC gaming realm.The desktop PC owes a debt of gratitude to gamers. Unless, of course, you think that the user base was doing nothing else but playing with their MS Office apps on a routine basis.The large drive towards hardware and processing power innovation is driven by folks largely like myself.Video card manufacturers like ATI and nVidia have been posting record sales of high-end 3D hardware acceleration cards for years, with desktop PC gamers more than willing to pony up over $600 CDN on the next massively multipipelined hardware behemoth.The Windows Mobile world can hardly be called a parallel gaming universe.A lot of frustration has been thrown Microsoft's way, largely because of recent developments. The hx4700 is a case in point.Hewlett Packard's only VGA display handheld was hampered by a revelation: no Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade could be issued for this device until the following spring.You'll find more details on the Brighthand.com site regarding this upgrade insight.Problem is, the mettle of the hardcore Pocket PC game community is lacking. A recent poll off of the IPaqHQ forum site revealed that only just over five percent have opted for a Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 5.The greater majority is still on WM 2003 Second Edition. The Pocket PC game community has spoken, and by and large they are satisfied with the game power harnessed by devices utilizing this brand of operating system.The Windows Mobile Team Blog entry was an epiphany of sorts. Mike Calligaro's Windows Mobile article blog spoke to issues concerning disparaging Micro$oft detractors who insist on transposing those dollar signs in the middle of the company name.His formula is as follows:(Total cost of doing the upgrade) / (number of people who will use it) = (unreasonable price)In essence, he attributes our PDA gaming community upgrade woes to diseconomies of scale, not greed.I agree with Mike's view because the dearth of hardware accelerated Pocket PC games speaks volumes.The newer accelerated titles like GeoRally EX are less prevalent than new software rendered 3D titles like FFRace - Fast Future Race.Even more revealing the former is targeted once again towards Axim x50v owners. If that in itself doesn't reek of a lack of PDA hardware compliancy, I don't know what does.I've dubbed this the PlayStation 2 syndrome: just like the popular gaming console, Pocket PC game developers are catching on to making the most of the programming libraries at hand and producing top-notch games that can be used from Pocket PC 2002 onwards.With such a broad compatibility demographic, I've already seen it; Pocket PC game production is issuing better games for common operating systems and is possible nearing its zenith for quality.If things continue like this it will certainly put a crimp on our future Windows Mobile upgrades.________________________________________________________________Damian Julien is a Pocket PC gaming authority and long time general gaming hobbyist and reviewer.He is an IT specialist by trade and has posted numerous articles on Pocket PC emulators, gaming and trends in the industry.http: / / www.pdagameguide.com /

#windowsmobile #pocketpcgame #pocketpcgaming
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***Will Your Computer Be Windows Vista Capable?*** Microsoft unimarter UniMarter
***Will Your Computer Be Windows Vista Capable?***

Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, which is due to go on widespread release in early 2007 will make huge demands of your computer's graphics capabilities.The term 'Aero Glass' may not mean much to a lot of you at the moment but it is the name that defines the new (less violent) world of graphics.It is the 3D front end for Windows Vista, Microsoft's new operating system, which is due next year.This allows the windows to be transparent and you can move them around in a 3D environment.However, the not so good news is that not everyone will have a PC that will be compatible.A lot of people buy PCs that do not have a separate and discrete graphics card. They have something called integrated graphics, which is basically built into their motherboard and controlled by the main processor via a small chip.Typically today you may buy an Intel PC that has graphics built in, or 'on board' as it's often called. That's where the questionable part may be - it may or may not work with Aero Glass, most likely not.Windows Vista turns up the graphic environment a few notches and as a result, demands much more of your computer's resources.A Windows Vista Capable PC to run only the basic version of Vista must include at least:

A modern processor (at least 800MHz)
512 MB of system memory
A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable
To be able to run Windows Vista Premium, your computer will need at least:

1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 GB of system memory
A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero
128 MB of graphics memory
40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space
DVD-ROM Drive
Audio output capability
Internet access capability
Should you wish to watch TV you will need a minimum of 1Gb of system memory to run Windows Media Center, not to mention a compatible tuner card.So what versions of Windows Vista will be available?

Windows Vista Business - for small to medium (SME) business users
Windows Vista Home Basic - the minimum Vista spec for basic users
Windows Vista Home Premium - the more advanced and new featured Vista
Windows Vista Ultimate - the best of business and home entertainment features
Does your computer currently have the basic requirements for Vista?
Luckily, Microsoft has a useful little gizmo, called the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor (beta), that you can download to scan your system and tell you what version of Vista your system is capable of handling (if any).One thing is for sure - the PC is about to get as much of a major overhaul as the Windows operating system.J Fox is a webmaster running a number of sites including those outlining broadband providers in the uk.

#windows #vista #software #computers #computing #home #business #operatingsystems #hardware #graphics
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***Make a Linux Home Data Server of an Old PC*** So, you've unimarter UniMarter
***Make a Linux Home Data Server of an Old PC***

So, you've got an old computer, and you don't know what to do with it. Sure, it can't play new video games, maybe can't run the latest and greatest software, don't fret, it's not totally worthless. Converting your old computer in to a home data server opens a range of possibilities, and a range of new things you can do with your computer(s) and the network.So, how do you do it? Well, if it's already set up for Windows Networking, you've got the basics set up for a Windows file server, and can simply use your local area network for transfering / working with files, however, this article is going to show you the more effective, and more powerful way: setting up a Linux file server.The first step is to pick a Linux distro, DistroWatch.com lists the most popular distributions, and reviews a range of distributions, we're going to use the Ubuntu [5.10] operating system, with a server installation, simply because it's the operating system this author uses for his desktop, and is quickly becoming the most popular distribution around.Your old computer likely has enough memory, and a powerful enough CPU to run Ubuntu, however, if you intend to use this server as a major central file server, it will likely need a new hard-drive. You can deal with that on your own.When you insert the Ubuntu CD, and boot to it, instead of just pressing [enter] at the boot screen, type 'server' then press enter - this will prevent it from installing any of the *-desktop packages, and not setting up any unneeded applications.After following the steps of installation, you will be prompted with a logon screen - enter the username and password you provided during installation, and you are in your brand new Linux system. From here, you can do everything from browse the web, to set up the computer for various networking tasks, to play a range of Linux-based games.Package management is a critical part of running a Linux system, luckily Ubuntu comes with two distinct and useful tools to aid in your package managing. Aptitude [which, is actually just a UI for apt-get] and apt-get.A package called "samba" will allow you to set up proper networking between Linux and Windows computers (at least, we hope you've got your networking issues sorted out). Running "sudo apt-get install samba" in your new command line will tell the apt-get application to install the samba package, and set it up with default settings.Once samba is installed, you'll want to set it up to share certain files / directories, and set them up on your network - samba networking is a massive topic of it's own, and way beyond the scope of this article, however, running "man samba" will give you the samba manual file, which lists off a series of other manuals to look at. Google's always helpful too. :)Now, once you have networking and samba set up, you should be able to transfer files between Windows and Linux through Network Neighborhood / smbclient - you've now got a basic data server set up. That was easy, wasn't it?For those who want to go further, Pure-FTPd will allow you to set up a fully featured FTP (file transfer protocol) server on this box, which you could use to access your files remotely from any computer set up with an FTP client (Windows Explorer has one built in!), setting up an Apache based web-server is fairly simple with Ubuntu's apt-get packages, and OpenSSH allows the user to remotely log in to the Linux shell from any computer equipped with an SSH client.A slight advancement to this system could allow you to set up Bash scripts combined with cron would allow you to set up scripts which immediately backup files every X days, or scripts to do certain processing to files at certain times - the possibilities are effectively endless.Adan X. Knife is a computer scientist, entrepreneur and web developer. He currently runs a network of websites including one about High Definition Technology and a Free Games Library. He also runs a range of communication related sites including his cellular phone reviews site.

#samba #linux #server #homeserver #dataserver #apache #man #windows #networking #ubuntu
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***Getting Started With Your New Printer*** If you have rece unimarter UniMarter
***Getting Started With Your New Printer***

If you have recently bought yourself a new printer, follow the directions in the manual for setting up cables. Put the installation CD into the CD drive and follow the set up instructions.If you are using Windows 95 / 98, select Start Menu, then select Printers. Now select Add Printer, select Local Printer. Choose your printer (If your printer is not listed, choose the one closest to yours and select OK).For the Mac, select go to server, (or chooser) and then select printer. Then choose your printer. (If your printer is not listed, then select the closest one.) Then select install.
If you are using Windows XP, then the PC will prompt you for the drivers and install the relevant one from the CD itself (if the appropriate driver is not in the database already).If you have any problems printing, first check your cable connections. If you get repeated error messages, then reboot your computer and redo the steps above.
If you would like to upgrade the driver of your currently installed printed, then follow the steps given in the next sub-topic.Installing Printer Drivers
A printer driver is a piece of software that allows the computer to communicate with the printer. Without this software, the printer would be hopelessly lost since it does not speak the same language! Printer manufacturers often update the drivers and these they can be easily downloaded form the company?s website for free. It is a good idea to keep a check on your printer driver version and upgrade if it is too far out of date.
Here is how you can check your print driver version number:
Windows XP1. Click the Windows Start button, choose Control Panel, and then choose ?Printers and Faxes.?
2. Right-click your default printer and choose Properties. (Your default printer will have a checkmark within a black circle above the printer icon.)
3. Click the General tab, click the ?Print Test Page? button, and then click OK to print the test page.
Windows 95 / 981. Click the Windows Start button, choose Settings, and then Printers.
2. Right-click your default printer and choose Properties. (Your default printer will have a checkmark within a black circle above the printer icon.)
3. Click the General tab, click the ?Print Test Page? button, and then click OK to print the test page.Look on the test page for Driver Version.
All major printer manufactures have web sites that allow you to freely download their printer drivers. To do so, you will need your printer?s manufacturer and model number. When you go to the web site, look for words such as ?Downloads?, ?Drivers?, ?Software?, or ?Support? and shortlist your model.
Given below are the website URLs for the popular brands:
Hewlett Packard ? http: / / welcome.hp.com / country / uk / en / support.html?pageDisplay=drivers
Canon ? http: / / software.canon-europe.com /
Epson ? http: / / emeasupport.epson-europe.com / downloads.aspx?LNG=en-EU
Lexmark ? http: / / support.lexmark.com / cgi-perl / selections.cgi?ccs=227:5:0:0:0:0&target=http: / / downloads.lexmark.com / cgi-perl / downloads.cgi&&req=:::::
Xerox ? http: / / www.support.xerox.com / go / prodselect.asp?Xlang=en_GB&metrics=HDR
Brother ? http: / / www.brother.com / E-ftp / info / index_eu.htmlTroubleshooting Printer Problems
In this section, you?ll find some of the more common problems that cause 45 percent of the help centre phone calls.If nothing has occurred since the last time you used your printer, chances are the problem is quite straightforward. As obvious as it sounds, check to ensure that the printer is turned on. It is quite possible that somebody might have turned it off while you were away from your desk or computer. Make sure the printed is connected properly and there is power to the printer. All printers have some kind of LED that lets you know if it is powered up.If the printer is turned on but has some flashing lights, then check with your owner?s manual to see what the lights mean. Most of these indicators will be related either to paper, ink, or toner.Make sure there is enough paper in the printer. Refill the paper tray if it?s empty. Make sure you ?fan? the paper stack before putting it in the printer. When the paper stack is cut and packed at the factory, it sometimes causes the pages to stick together. Fanning the paper simply involves flipping through the paper stack with your thumb. This ruffling separates the paper, thereby reducing paper jams.If the paper is stacked well, then check for a mis-feed or paper jam. Remove the paper stack and check the feed area for jammed paper. You may have to open several panels to make a thorough examination. Even a small piece of paper stuck inside the printer can cause problems. You might have to use tweezers to remove small pieces. Be careful of any contact of the tweezers with printer parts to avoid any damage.If everything listed above is in place, then check the wire that connects the printer to the computer. You may be using a parallel or a USB connection. Make sure the cable is connected properly. Turn the equipment off and remove and re-insert the connection on both the printer and the computer to ensure a solid connection. If you are at work and your printer is connected to what appears to be a telephone wire, then you should call your resident network expert.If the printer is functioning but only seems to print illegible garbage, then that is a good indication of a printer driver problem. Try re-booting the computer and turning the printer off and on before making any changes to the driver. If after re-booting you still have the problem, it's probably time to replace the printer driver. You can download the driver from the website URLs listed earlier in this articles. Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer to install your driver.
Scanner can also sometimes interfere with printers. Try re-installing the software for both but install the printer driver first, and the scanner driver afterwards.If nothing listed above results in a solution, then perhaps it might be time to call the printer manufacturer. Make sure that you are near the printer when you call and have all your warranty information available at hand.John Sollars is the director of Solar Electronics, an ink and pc peripheral suppliers based in the UK. To get access to a comprehensive online store of original and re-manufactured printer inks plus paper and other computer consumables please visit http: / / www.mega-office.co.uk.

#CDdrive #WindowsXP #printer #USBconnection #HewlettPackard #Canon #Epson #Lexmark
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***Using the Windows Double Monitor Feature to Increase Your Prod unimarter UniMarter
***Using the Windows Double Monitor Feature to Increase Your Productivity!***

Within windows, you can use a feature that is pretty powerful to increase your productivity. This is the windows multiple monitor feature. Imagine having a document on your computer that you need to see while you type another document. This is what the double monitor feature allows you to do.This feature is supported nicely in Windows XP. You can have a smaller monitor off to the right while you type your document on your main monitor.To use this feature, you will need to buy a video card that supports multiple monitors. ATI manufactures a great video card called the VGA All In Wonder. You can pick this card up at your local computer super store for around $100.00.If all you want to do is use the two monitor feature and are not big into games or multi tasking many programs at once, then this is all you will need. However, if you like to play high graphic games, then you will want to get a video card with a good amount of memory. Just ask the sales person at the store to help you. Make sure they understand what it is exactly, you are trying to do.Once you purchase the video card, if you can install it yourself then great. If not, then see if the store can do it for you or find a knowledgeable friend to help you out. Just having a friend install the card, can save you anywhere from $50.00 to $100.00.After the video card is installed, it?s time to hook up your second monitor to number two VGA output of the video card.All you will really need is a cheap monitor for your 2nd monitor. Look in your local phone book for used computer dealers or on the internet. Just go to Google and type in ?used computer monitors? and your location. This should allow you to find somewhere close to your home.Using the multiple monitor feature in Windows.Once you have everything set up with both monitors in place. Turn on the other monitor in Windows. You do this by clicking on your main desktop and selecting properties from the pop up menu. Next you need to click on the setting tab. Here you will see the numbers 1 and 2 in bold white letters. Click the number 2 and you should see two little check boxes off to the left. Click on the one that reads, extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor. If you other monitor was off and the light was just blinking, then doing this should turn it on.Once the 2nd monitor is turned on, all you have to do is open whatever application you want and resize it to half screen. Then, just drag it all the way to the other screen. You should now be able to move your mouse and applications freely between both monitors.Todd Jirecek knows how to keep a computer virus free. He has been doing so for the last 15 years and he wants you to Learn how to keep your computer Virus Hacker and Spyware Free for good once and for all. http: / / www.virushackerfreeinanhour.com

#Doublemonitor #windows #videocard #ati #xp #virus #hacker
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***Dual Boot Windows 9x with NT or Linux*** Installing windo unimarter UniMarter
***Dual Boot Windows 9x with NT or Linux***

Installing windows is pretty easy if you know what you are doing, but it can be a complete mess if you are still learning. Dual booting can have advantages if you have a game that support one platform or you want to learn to use a different operating system.You can install windows NT(Windows 2000 and Windows XP) as part of a dual boat or multi-boot combination, with windows 9x. It is also possible to run any Microsoft Operating system with Linux.The Requirements for setting up dual-boot system are relatively minimal compared to a single boat. The biggest disadvantage of dual boot is Disk space, and depending on whether you will be dual booting windows 9x with windows NT or Microsoft operating system with Linux, you my have to install a second hard drive or partition the one you are currently using. There are software?s available that you can use if you want to partition your hard drive. The good one is partition magic; it allows you to create a second partition without losing your data. It is possible to install windows 9x and Windows NT on one partition but in different folders, I wouldn?t recommend it to anyone who is still learning dual booting.Choosing the right file system for your Windows NT can be advantages to users of windows 9x as this will allow them access to windows NT partition. Windows NT support both Fat32 and NTFS while windows 9x only support Fat32. Which means 9x can?t read NTFS partitions, so it is recommended to choose the correct file system carefully, and put under consideration the file system you want to use.When you are ready to install your operating system, it is very important to start with windows 9x then Windows NT. Your primary partition must be formatted with Fat32. If you?re dual boot is a combination of Microsoft OS and Linux, then I will recommend you start with Microsoft OS, but make sure you have a second partition as Linux is going to create its own file systems and partitions.Prior to your installation make sure you do backup of your Data for incase something goes wrong. Start windows 98 installation from windows boot CD then follow the instruction on the screen, once installation is complete, insert windows NT or Linux CD and follow instruction on the screen, don?t forget to select a different partition, this partition will be D: or F: depending on how many drives you have.You will have to install your software applications on both sides. It is pretty easy to dual boot your operating systems, although I personally don?t recommend it, as now days we have virtual pc?s that can be used, and you don?t have to reboot your pc in order to access the other operating system. The good virtual machine is Microsoft Virtual PC.Alfred Moloto is a computer consultant and owner of http: / / www.compuplanet.co.za He can be reached at moloto@compuplanet.co.za

#dualbooting #linuxboot #windowsdualboot #multi -boot #windows #NTFS #FAT32
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***Computer Support***

Lets assume you are already using computer systems running some version(s) of Windows. One thing is a given, if you own computers and you are running Windows; you will have problems. This is nothing against Microsoft Windows. It's just that writing a computer operating system that will work with thousands of programs running on a thousand different computers is an impossibility. So the best thing you can do is prepare for when a problem occurs, and it WILL happen at the worst possible time.If you are running a business and your computer systems are critical to your operation and assuming you are not already a computer expert, your best support solution is to enter into a support agreement with a qualified service organization. This is also one of the reasons why you want to use PC's running Microsoft Windows inspite of the inherent problems. No matter where your business is located, you will usually find a service organization within a 25 mile radius of you that can support the Windows platform.Look in the phone book, check them out. Talk to them. Many times you can tell what type of service they are going to provide just by talking to them. Have them visit your place of business, familiarize them with your business tools and practices. Make sure they are familiar with what your support requirements are. If it is a one person shop, find out who supports them when they go on vacation or get sick and make sure their replacement is familiar with your systems, as well.Check out their service agreement. First of all make sure, everything is in writing. Some points to look for in any service agreement:* Guaranteed response time. Be realistic here but at the same time be real clear on what your needs are. The quicker the response you require, the more it will cost.* On-hand replacements. If your printer fails can they at least replace it with something similar until the repair part arrives in three weeks? Will they stick around long enough to make sure the replacement printer works with your existing systems?* Contractual obligation to find a solution, even a temporary solution. The more specific you are here, the less chance there is for misunderstanding.* Periodic maintenance. Many problems can be avoided if periodic maintenance is built into the program. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," goes double with computer systems. And make sure it is clear what they do and how often they do it. Keep in mind your Windows will run a LOT more reliably with a periodic maintenance program in place.For the last twenty years I have been the IT service manager and lead engineer for the top computer dealer in my area. I also spent nine years as a manager, network administrator and helpdesk administrator for several Fortune 500 companies. For more information on how to more efficiently support, purchase and select business systems, check out http: / / www.savemoneycomputersoftwarehardware.com

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***Dual Boot Windows and Linux: Single and Multiple Hard Drives** unimarter UniMarter
***Dual Boot Windows and Linux: Single and Multiple Hard Drives***

The internet is full of technical articles, many of which are way too complicated for the average computer user who just wants to solve a simple problem. If you pay close attention, the internet is also a place where the "gurus" spend a lot of time yelling for help in discussion boards and forums. So don?t feel bad, nobody has all the answers.So you want to dual boot Windows and Linux on the same computer?it is really quite easy. I only have enough room here to tell you the most common way to do this on a single hard drive or using multiple hard drives. Obviously then, there are many ways to get the job done, but there are some critical things you should know. Let?s start with some critical information.Windows and Linux: Same Hard Drive
The windows operating system MUST occupy the master boot record (MBR). Linux, on the other hand does not have to. In this scenario, you must install windows first! After Windows has been successfully installed, then you can install Linux. This is critical! The Linux "boot loader" is called GRUB. When you install Linux?MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT INSTALL THE LINUX BOOT LOADER TO THE MBR.Configure the Windows Boot Loader: A Two Step Process
It is also possible to use GRUB to dual boot Windows and Linux on the same drive but this is a bit more complex?the Windows boot loader will get the job done. In the following commands, you will create a copy of the Linux boot sector and then save it in a file in the top level directory under Windows (C:).Step 1: Linux
From the shell in your Linux installation (boot from your installation disks):
Execute the following shell command, replacing / dev / hda3 with the location of your Linux boot partition.shell# dd if= / dev / hda3 of= / bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1Copy the new file?bootsect.lnx?to a floppy disk and reboot to Windows.Step 2: Windows
Copy bootsect.lnx to C: in Windows. Then execute the following command at the DOS prompt.C:> attrib -H -R -S boot.iniEdit boot.ini so that the first two lines are:[boot loader]
timeout=30After the last line, add:c:bootsect.lnx="Start Linux"That?s it, you are done! Reboot your machine and you will see a menu allowing you to select either Windows or Linux. Congratulations.Windows and Linux: Two Hard Drives
This is also quite easy. In this case, you will boot to the Linux drive. We will add Windows to the Linux boot loader (i.e., GRUB). GRUB is my favorite boot loader.Edit the / boot / grub / grub.conf file. One of the very first lines should contain:timeout=30After the last line add:title Start Windows
map (hd1) (hd0)
map (hd0) (hd1)
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1Reboot your machine to the Linux drive and you will see a menu allowing you to select between Linux or Windows. Nice work!This article is obviously short and does not include any explanations of how these commands work. There are variations on what I have shown here depending on your hardware setup, but I believe that these are the most common and should get the job done nicely. I would be happy to direct you to additional resources if this does not work for you.Copyright 2005 Majella.usDavid Picella is a Family Nurse Practitioner and PhD Student at UW Milwaukee. You can find additional technichal resources for this article in the technology section at: http: / / www.majella.us

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***How to Check Your IP*** So you need to check your IP addr unimarter UniMarter
***How to Check Your IP***

So you need to check your IP address, for whatever reason. Maybe you're playing an online game with a friend, or you need to access your PC remotely. Whatever the reason, there are a number of different ways you can check your IP address.One of the easiest ways is to run an "ipconfig" command in dos prompt. You can access a DOS prompt from windows by hitting start, then run, and typing cmd in the run box. A MS-DOS dialog box will appear. Try typing "ipconfig" in this window.This will come back with the IP of your computer. However, if you are running a home network or an office network, this will only give you your local IP. This is the IP that has been assigned to you by your router or hub. If you want to check your external IP (which is the one used to connect to your computer or local network) then you need to access your router settings, usually accessed by typing 192.168.1.1 into your browser (or whatever local IP your router has been assigned. Usually, 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.1.0 will be your default gateway IP. "Default gateway IP" meaning your router, as your router is used as your gateway for accessing the Internet).After you've brought up your router information page (and logged in, which is sometimes required), look for a status page, and your "WAN IP." This IP is the IP assigned to your router as your external IP for your incoming traffic.Now, should you need to check your external IP and you can't access your router, you could use an IP checker on the Internet. A simple Google or Yahoo search for "IP checker" will give you a list of sites that use an easy script to tell you your IP. There is also certain programs in Windows that will give you this result. Try looking around.I am a young, aspiring computer engineer into Internet Marketing, hardware, software, web design, SEO and just about anything related to computers. Please come check out my growing PC forum at http: / / www.markspcforum.com

#IP #IPchecker #IPconfig #windows #computertechsupport
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***Advanced Tips on Speeding Up Your PC*** Other then keepin unimarter UniMarter
***Advanced Tips on Speeding Up Your PC***

Other then keeping your HDD free of viruses, spyware, and ad-ware at all times, there are other methods for speeding up system speed which you may like to employ. One of these is overclocking. Overclocking is a method of increasing your system speed by increasing the frequency at which your CPU operates at. If this interests you, please refer to our guide on overclocking.Other methods of keeping your computer up to speed include: -Running defrags / scandisks on your PC once to twice a month
-Upgrading your RAM by installing faster, or more memory
-Formatting at least once a yearRunning a defrag is easy. You can find this windows tool in programs--->accessories--->system tools. You can also find scandisk on this same menu. Running defrags / scandisks will help to improve your hard drive read / write time. Scandisk and Defragmentation work to fix corrupted files on your PC. These files become corrupted when you restart your computer by using the reset button, or by being careless with your hard drive (like not bolting it properly to your case or removing it constantly).You could also use a tool called a Registry Fixer. Sometimes, especially if you have been infected recently with a virus, spy-ware, or ad-ware, these programs work to fix your registry and repair certain errors. This is more for an advanced user, however, as some of these programs can be difficult to grasp.There are also several registry tweaks programmers have produced which improve startup and shutdown times by skipping some uneeded parts of processes. These are also recommended for advanced users as they can sometimes result in a hardware or software error, although such incompatibilities would likely be rare. If however they do cause a problem, post your problem on our forums and we will try to help.I am a young, aspiring computer engineer into Internet Marketing, hardware, software, web design, SEO and just about anything related to computers. Please come check out my growing PC forum at http: / / www.markspcforum.com

#Computertechsupport #hardware #defrag #scandisk #overclocking #RAM #Windows
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***An Inexpensive Solution to Securing Public Access Computers*** unimarter UniMarter
***An Inexpensive Solution to Securing Public Access Computers***

Offering secure public Internet access is not as easy as it may seem. As the IT manager for a mid-sized public library, it?s become apparent to me that creating a secure network of library workstations for use by the public is more important than ever before. System administrators have the responsibility of protecting the library's networks and systems, while ensuring quality and speedy service to all patrons. Offering public Internet access requires a dynamic security plan that is constantly under revision, taking into account the technical changes of the times. Traditionally, the software options available for help in this regard come at a significant price, often forcing libraries to spend thousands of dollars securing their computer rooms.Sold per module or license, many of these software solutions offer a variety of features, but often fall short of actually securing the workstation. Plagued with stability issues, it?s not uncommon for many of these security solutions to crash and leave an administrative-level desktop open for public use. After test-driving a seemingly endless amount of pro-active protection software packages, the PC?s I administrate were still accumulating spy ware, browser hijacks, and tracking cookies on a daily basis. That is, until I came across the completely free software solution that actually does what others claim to -- tightly secure any and every Windows 2000 / XP Pro workstation.The Public Access Computer Security Tool is a complete software security system designed by, and offered freely through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Designed for any public access computer that runs Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional, it helps keep workstations secure by restricting public access to the machine, and creating customizable profile environments to meet patron needs, without compromising the ever-important administrative access to the terminal.So how does the Public Access Computer Security Tool work? By utilizing three separate layers of pro-active security restrictions (system restrictions, profiles, and profile restrictions), patron access is limited to a desktop completely configurable by the Administrator, and locked down at the policy level. This results in a computer environment that performs flawlessly, despite the ?heavy use? factor that?s become synonymous with the public access computing world.After installing and configuring the Public Access Computer Security Tool on our library?s ten public access Internet machines, the days of spy ware, instant messengers, and search bars are now behind us. I?m confident our public access terminals are now properly secure. Stability is not an issue any more; the operating system itself is reconfigured to disable access to sensitive parts of the machine. There?s absolutely no way for patrons to intentionally or accidentally disrupt the functioning of the computer, as they are limited to the software we?ve given them access to.Best of all, libraries on the tightest of budgets can use the Public Access Computer Security Tool for every public access terminal in the building, and not owe a single dollar. The software is completely free and requires no license / registrations. As an IT administrator, if you?re shopping around for public access solutions, I suggest you check out the Public Access Computer Security Tool. Further information and links to downloading the tool at available at: http: / / www.pacomputing.org / PACTool / pactoolhome.aspx.Jim Frank is the Head of Computer Services for the Berwyn Public Library. He can be reached by emailing jiminberwyn@gmail.com. A support forum for the Public Access Security Tool can be found by visiting http: / / www.securepc.org. (NOTE TO EDITORS: This article may be edited for publication in your newsletter or on your website, but must include the author?s name, and the title of the article.)

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***Putting it All Together: The search for a Pocket PC Phone*** unimarter UniMarter
***Putting it All Together: The search for a Pocket PC Phone***

When I decided that I needed to replace my terribly out of date mobile phone ? an old Nextel i1000plus - my thoughts eventually wandered toward a pda phone. For those that know me this probably seemed like a no brainer. I have a long history of pda dependence going back years to a Palm 3X. However, I already had a pda that I was quite happy with. For the last year and a half I had used my HP iPAQ 2215 for everything from a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), an e-book reader, an MP3 player, a photo wallet, an alarm clock, a mobile web browser(utilizing a compact flash wifi card), among many other things. Trying to cram a phone in to all of this seemed overwhelming, but curiosity - and my need for a new gadget - got the better of me. My search was twofold - look for a new mobile phone and a new provider. With my current cellular provider I didn?t get any reception in my home so I needed to find a carrier that did.Through various unscientific means such as my own opinion polls of friends and work associates in conjunction with some internet research I whittled my way down to either Cingular or Verizon. Both tended to get high marks from the users I polled and the from internet research. With this part of the equation worked out I went online to see what kind of phones each had to offer. I was willing to go with a 2 year commitment in the hopes of getting a better deal on phone and plan pricing. In addition I wanted to get a group plan where my wife and I could share minutes.So, now I?m looking on each company?s respective websites for their state of the art Pocket PC phones. I?m not talking about the Smart phones ? these are the phones with Pocket PC software jammed into a tiny little screen that isn?t even a touch screen ? that just wouldn?t satisfy my needs. I?m talking about the full blown, ?why are you talking into your calculator?? Pocket PC phones ? the uber-geek, pocket protector included kind of micro computer powerhouse. After all, I?m married now and I?m really not worried about public opinion or impressing anyone with my sleek, stylish, sexy new cell phone.I?m hoping to spend around $300.00. I figure I can sell my iPAQ 2215 on eBAY for $200.00 and $100.00 for a new phone seems like a pretty good deal.So, what I find is one heck of a price tag. Verizon has the much talked about Treo 700. This is the first Treo with the Pocket PC operating system ? Windows Mobile 5.0. This comes in at $500.00. Way too pricey for me and it doesn?t even have Wifi.Cingular?s best price on a PocketPC phone wasn?t much better. I could get an HP iPAQ hw6510 for $400.00. Again, no wifi. This is a real sticking point for me. I don?t see any reason why a device designed for communication would leave out this major specification. Being able to connect to an 802.11b / g wireless network when it is available is a necessity.Okay, back to the drawing board, maybe I can try this from a different angle ? Ebay.Looking up ?Pocket PC phone? on Ebay gets you quite a lot of hits with a good assortment of newer and older Pocket PC phones. At this point I?m thinking that I could get something maybe slightly used that would meet all of my requirements. This would also give me a good cross section of exactly what is out there and what features are available in this type of gadget.
After going through quite a lot of auction descriptions and cross referencing manufacturer web sites I had set my sites on a particular phone, the Siemens SX66. This particular phone / pda combo had been offered by Cingular until recently and it no longer showed on their website. It seemed to fit my wish list: a fast 400mhz xscale processor, wifi, Bluetooth, SDIO slot and it had a slide out keyboard for text input. So, I watched a few auctions and kept an eye on the prices.But, sometimes you just have to get off of the internet and hit the brick and mortar. I went to my local Verizon and Cingular stores and talked to the sales reps about what plans I was looking for. I wasn?t impressed with my long wait at the Verizon Wireless store or the pushy salesman that I got. He seemed to think he knew just what I needed and kept showing me phones and plans that I just wasn?t interested in.I had a different experience at the Cingular store. The sales rep showed me a map of the cell coverage around my home, he talked to me about the plans that I had seen on the website and when I mentioned to him that I had been looking at a Siemens SX66 Pocket PC phone on Ebay he went into the back of the store and came out with the last SX66 that they had. I signed on to a 2 year deal with Cingular that night with a heck of a good deal on a Pocket PC phone that had all the specifications that I had been looking for.And you know what? I can even talk on my Siemens SX66 sitting in my living room.Michael Keenan is a Project Manager at DD&C (http: / / www.dugancom.com) and contributes to product research for their ecommerce web store at http: / / www.dugancom.com / catalog / and personally helps to maintain their computer support forum at http: / / forum.dugancom.com

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***Speed Up Your Pocket PC Guide*** While new Pocket PC owne unimarter UniMarter
***Speed Up Your Pocket PC Guide***

While new Pocket PC owners are usually excited with their purchase,
their enthusiasm is often dampened once they run into stability and
speed issues. This guide will walk you through several tips to keep
your machine slick and well-oiled. As with any system or
registry tweaks, always backup in case something does go amiss.
Remember, we're not responsible for any loss of data.1. Disable Windows menu animationSwitching
off eye candies like animation keeps your handheld zippy. To do so,
you'll need a registry editor like PHM RegEdit to modify the registry.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEMGWEMenu, then change the value
of "AniType" from 6 (default) to 0. This disables the menu animation.If doing this is a daunting task, an easy alternative is with RegKing. This nifty freeware lets you toggle the menu animation easily and offers other tweaks.2. Increase display cacheAnother
tip to speed up the display is to increase the glyph cache value.
However, this will take up more system memory. Launch your registry
editor and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMGDIGLYPHCACHE. Change
the value of "limit" from 8192 (default) to 16384 or even 32768.If meddling the registry is unnerving for you, RegKing gets this done in a few taps.3. Close not minimizeIf
you are unaware, when you tap on the close button, the program only
minimizes. Hence, you may end up with a string of programs running on
the background taking up valuable memory. Check out our wrapper on
freeware task managers to better manage your device's resources.If you don't mind spending a little, we recommend Spb Pocket Plus. In addition to task management, this feature-laden software adds a launcher, battery meter and other functions.4. Remove unused programsAlthough
processor speed is important to system performance, the availability of
memory plays an equally crucial role. When it comes to Pocket PC, the
more free memory, the better. Programs consumes precious memory so
uninstall those you don't require. Go to Start / Settings / System / Remove
Programs to uninstall them.5. Relocate big files to storage cardInstead
of keeping space-intensive data on your main memory, move these files
to your storage cards instead. A quick way to identify files hogging
the space is via WIMR.
Thereafter, using the built-in File Explorer, just cut and paste to
move files off the main memory. Make sure these are data files rather
than executables or you may break your programs.6. Install programs onto external storage If
you need a host of software on your Pocket PC, there's no way all of
them can be installed on your main memory. Whenever possible, choose to
install programs onto a flash memory card or even non-volatile memory
such as iPAQ File Store. This frees up main memory for running
programs.7. Remove redundant folders and filesLike
your Windows desktop, the uninstall routine on the Pocket PC often does
a bad job leaving orphaned folders and files. Manually remove them
using File Explorer.In addition, programs may accumulate redundant data over time. Rather than removing them manually, install SpeedClean, a free tool that deletes Temporary internet files, Cookies and the Temp folder with ease.8. Clean up the registryOver time your registry may be choked up with redundant entries. Hunt these down with Remover or Pocket Mechanic.Want
to save some dough and don't mind getting your hands dirty? Try
manually removing them from the registry. Launch your registry editor
and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREApps and
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWARE. Delete entries of programs that have been
uninstalled but still lurk in the registry. This won't do as good a job
by Remover and Pocket Mechanic but should be suffice.8. OverclockingIf having the fastest Pocket PC means the world to you, try overclocking it. Immiersoft's XCPUScalar or Pocket Hack Masterfrom Anton Tomov let you run your handheld at speeds higher than it's
designed for. Beware though, there's a good chance your device may
freeze or even hard-reset.For more PocketPC tips and tricks along with the latest PDA software and freeware check the Mobiletopsoft.com web site

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***Speed up Windows Mobile 5 Pocket Device*** Windows Mobile unimarter UniMarter
***Speed up Windows Mobile 5 Pocket Device***

Windows Mobile 5 gives us some important new features including persistent storage. When I heard that there was an upgrade for my HP iPAQ hx2410 Pocket PC I was eager to upgrade, along with many others. Unfortunately, the upgrade has not been smooth for many and performance has been a real problem. But I can tell you that the performance issue is solved by doing the following:*If you are not comfortable with editing your registry you should not do so, just get the newest version of Tweaks2k2* Using a registry editor lookup and change the following three values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemStorageManagerFATFSCacheSize=0x1000(4096)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemStorageManagerFATFSEnableCache=0x1(1)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemStorageManagerFiltersfsreplxfiltReplStoreCacheSize=0x1000(4096)

Be sure to choose Tools>Exit in order to have the settings applied to the registry and then turn off your Windows Mobile device, don't reset yet! You have to do this because WM5 keeps some things in RAM and by cycling the power it will write to ROM.

Now, soft reset your device.

We aren't done yet, although you will probably notice a difference in performance right away.

Now, you need to stop Activesync from periodically starting on it's own. To do so open Activesync on your WM5 device and tap on Menu>Add Server Source. Add any info to create a fake server sync. After that is complete go to Menu>Schedule and change the two dropdowns to "Manual" and tap "ok" at the top right. You can now go to Menu>Options and delete the Exchange Server setting you just added. Now Activesync will not start when you cradle your device.

Error Reporting is real drain on the battery and on performance. It is simple to disable, just go to Start>Settings>System(tab) and tap the Error Reporting icon. Change the setting to "Disable error reporting".

For good measure, soft reset again. Everything should be MUCH snappier!!If you want to stay in touch with latest Pocket PC Hints and Tips or Pocket PC and Smartphone Software and freeware visit us at http: / / www.mobiletopsoft.com

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***Shopping for a Laptop*** Shopping for a laptop is overwhe unimarter UniMarter
***Shopping for a Laptop***

Shopping for a laptop is overwhelming because of the numerous choices. No one can tell you what you need or don't need, except maybe your spouse, parent, kid, local geek, or know-it-all who knows you. But it's still good to know a few things about buying a laptop. An educated customer is a happy customer, right?Most important question when starting this research: do you need a laptop? If you need a combo desktop / laptop, you can get a laptop with a docking station.A common question is whether or not to get one with wireless. The question to you -- are you going to use it? Will you have places to wirelessly connect with? Remember, when you have a wireless laptop, it has to connect to a hub or Wi-Fi (like Starbucks or a cell phone). Some hotels are starting to set up wireless and others requiring plugging in. If you buy a laptop without wireless and change your mind, you can add it later with a card. Only difference is it won't be built-in. Not a big deal. Mine is not built-in.FYI: Most laptops come with a 10 / 100 Ethernet NIC built-in.For me, I have a cheap dial-up account with a national service. Good thing because I used it in the hospital. Not every place has wireless or free wireless (Starbucks isn't free, or at least, not all locations from what I understand). So before I travel, I look up the service's local numbers of where I am going so I'll have them.As for what model -- you'll get different answers from everyone. People love and hate Dells. Love and hate IBMs. What makes Dell different is that you can pick and choose what items you want on your laptop. IBM has a good reputation. Of course, Macs are nice, if you want to go the Apple way. Buying a refurbished laptop is cool. We have two of them in our house and we're happy with 'em. Saved a bit of money, too.Screen. Picking the right screen is based on graphical need. I got a nice wide one, but my laptop be heavy, dude. I don't travel much, so weight isn't an issue. When I do travel, the weight of the laptop isn't a big deal because I benefit from the video memory more than the weight.The video card is built into the motherboard, just like a lot of desktops. What you have to watch with a laptop is make sure you get the video you want. If you are going to use graphic intensive programs, then go for more video memory. In the past laptops were not geared toward graphic intense applications. Then the DVD came along and changed that.A screen is not as replaceable to interchangeable like a harddrive, a wireless card, or a DVD drive. I invest more in the screen so it lasts longer since everything else can be upgraded or replaced.How often do you plan to lug it around? Believe me. No matter how light the laptop feels, it's a bag of bricks when you've walked with it all day at a conference. That's why I have a backpack case for my laptop. Much easier for long treks with the laptop. So weight didn't get a priority with me.A laptop is useless without an operating system and software. Before we get into details. There is a snag. If you are buying from a major reseller (IBM, Dell, HP, Compaq, etc.) It is going to come with an operating system, whether you like it or not. This is due to their licencing agreements with Microsoft. If this is not an issue, here are the considerations.Do you want it to come with it or do you have licensed software you can load on it? When buying a computer with the operating system and bonus software, remember you don't get books or separate CDs loaded with the applications. Some companies provide CDs for using when you have to reformat a computer and these programs will load back up. Some people don't like this and prefer to buy the applications separately.This is a suggested process for shopping for a laptop:
Decide what you must have and write those down.Search for products that have these things.Search for and read reviews on the finalists.Narrow down the list as much as possible (one to three items) to the ones you will be happy with buying.Comparison shop for the best offer.
Meryl K. Evans is the Content Maven behind meryl's notes, eNewsletter Journal, and The Remediator Security Digest. She is also a PC Today columnist and a tour guide at InformIT. She is geared to tackle your editing, writing, content, and process needs. The native Texan resides in Plano, Texas, a heartbeat north of Dallas, and doesn't wear a 10-gallon hat or cowboy boots.

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