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Something cool for Windows XP and Vista users.
Monday. 3.23.09 11:31 am
Thanks to all the mo rons that like to blog while nutang is out of order my blog that I made before the crash was never read so I am reiterating.

Have you ever needed to rememeber something that popped up on your screen? Ever been to a site like flicker and wanted to save a private photo or a a image made by a flash object? Take a large picture of your avatar on IMVU? Need a screen shot from your windows desktop?

Here is the key. Windows XP users can take screen shots of anything on your screen. It's this simple. On a standard keyboard simply Press the PRINT SCREEN Button. Or PRT SCRN on some keyboards.

After pressing the PRT SCRN button the screen is turned into an image and is stored on the clip board. To view edit and save it simply goto MSPAINT or some kind of image program and click EDIT then PASTE. What you done is copy the screen and pasted it to Paint.

Windows Vista Home Premium, Enterprise, Small Bussiness, and Ultimate have a screen shot capture tool, called the Snipping Tool.





Really cool little tool you can select portions of the screen to capture. You can do a freehand capture, a rectangular capture, a window capture or of course a full screen capture. Once you capture something a preview window comes up and you can save it from there, however it cannot capture it's own window. I got that screen shot from using the PRT SCRN button.

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Somthing cool for Windows XP & Vista Users
Tuesday. 3.10.09 9:09 am
Have you ever needed to rememeber something that popped up on your screen? Ever been to a site like flicker and wanted to save a private photo or a a image made by a flash object? Take a large picture of your avatar on IMVU? Need a screen shot from your windows desktop?

Here is the key. Windows XP users can take screen shots of anything on your screen. It's this simple. On a standard keyboard simply Press the PRINT SCREEN Button. Or PRT SCRN on some keyboards.

After pressing the PRT SCRN button the screen is turned into an image and is stored on the clip board. To view edit and save it simply goto MSPAINT or some kind of image program and click EDIT then PASTE. What you done is copy the screen and pasted it to Paint.

Windows Vista Home Premium, Enterprise, Small Bussiness, and Ultimate have a screen shot capture tool, called the Snipping Tool.



Really cool little tool you can select portions of the screen to capture. You can do a freehand capture, a rectangular capture, a window capture or of course a full screen capture. Once you capture something a preview window comes up and you can save it from there, however it cannot capture it's own window. I got that screen shot from using the PRT SCRN button.

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About Taylor Swift and Her hair.
Thursday. 3.5.09 10:28 pm
mood: Hmmm
listening to: Taylor Swift
watching: Youtube

Ok so this is so unusual for me. I am making a blog about a celeb. Yes Taylor Swift, I absolutly adore her. Big shock? Also would you believe I am extremly obsessed with ladies hairstyles and fashion? Yes me the the macho firefightin, Mr. Fix it, Conservitive Rightwinger.

Ok so there is a lot being said about her appearence on CSI. Where she sports a shorter brunette hair style.

I hate to say it but she looks homley and blah with brown hair. Also straight + bang = evil. This is a tv show for crying out loud she is playing another person not herself, and she does a freakin great job, at least with her appearence. I heard a rumor that her charactor dies in the show. I don't know I never watch tv. Would we want to watch a show where sweet adorable little Taylor is murdered? Or rather that fictisious charactor bites the dust?

Ok that off my chest. Here is a couple things that will work great for Taylor in my humble hair obsessed opinion.

Cut it off! Bleach it good.

Go with a nice short crop. Do some gel and kinda spike and wave it some with her hand, put on some heels and go with a cute one piece dress and strut her stuff. The short hair will add symentry and make her appear taller. Ok so I like tall girls. Also the short hair would bring out the lovliness of her neck and nape. Also short hair causes you to look more at her God blessed eyes they are so pretty! Also will put less emphasis on her nose but more on her mouth. Most of all short hair multiplies the cute factor by 10, I mean she is so cute as it is. That is just her image, how she is portrayed.

The other option is just leave it long blonde and curly. She either needs to keeps it cropped and shiny or curly and long. Curly long hair does somthing to bring up the cute factor in her. Prolly because it is a rarly seen style, and it's part of her original sweet innocent image that she has always portrayed.

Ok better stop here. I know, I know this is a strange blog for me, but I like to come out with some of my obsessive short hair loving thoughts occationally. So my ears were tickled when I heard Taylor Swift and hair in the same sentence.

Alright hit me with all your comments.

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Keep your Computer Healthy and Fast Part 4
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Clean up your startup!
mood: Tired but loving it.
listening to: The Killers
watching: Tv is for Loozers

Ok how fast does your pc boot? HMMM. Let's put it this way, if you start your computer and immediately go take pee and come back. Your pc should be totally booted and ready to use.

Whoa that’s quick how this be achieved? Well did you do the last 3 steps? Is your pc clear of malware, hard disk clean and unfraggmented?

Sure it is now you need to clean the startup. A computer boots by loading programs. The more programs it has to run the longer it takes to boot. That makes good sense. So if your computer is starting unnecessary programs your computer is taking longer than it needs to.

One of first things to do is to stop IM's from starting on boot up. Yahoo Messager seems to be the worst tied with IMVU. I use both of these programs great software but slow as Christmas when loading during bootup. AIM and Windows Live Messager are also annoying.

All of these IM's have a preference menu within them. You can stop them from coming up on windows start. Simply uncheck the option of starting on windows startup. On IMVU Messenger when you sign in there is a dialog box where you enter your avatar name and password. Uncheck run on windows startup there.

Basically you need to stop any programs that use the internet from running during the boot unless they are necessary for some strange reason. Check inside the programs to see if they have an option that can be set in their preferences to not run on start up.

If not and they are running on startup check inside the start up folder in your start menu, you know the start button then all programs then there is a folder called startup. Anything in that folder will start during boot up. All you got to do to stop them is delete or move the programs from the Start Up folder. Hey keep in mind if you don't like the program uninstall it.

Next thing you do, clean up icons. Every icon on your desktop and start menu takes time to load. If you uninstall software the icons are usually left behind. Get rid of all unnecessary icons. Store your documents in the My Documents folder or somewhere besides your desktop.

Now if you uninstall programs it can leave the folder behind in the start menu. Delete all these old icons.

Each and every icon and shortcut, needed or unneeded takes time to load during boot up!

Now that we took care of those pesky obvious programs now we can target those sneaky ones. The ones that do stuff in the background without your knowledge. The kind of software that shutters at my name.

Now let me introduce you to MSCONFIG, Your most powerful ally in the war against slow boot up. To access this program click the start button click run, and simply type MSCONFIG.



See the tab that says start up? Inside the tab there is a list of programs that run during the boot process. Simply uncheck all the programs you don't want to run.

!!!BE WARNED LOOK OUT CAUTION!!!


You can really screw up your pc with Msconfig. Some programs have to run on bootup for your pc to run. Some devices need programs in this list to operate. So if you do not know what a program is google it. Before unchecking it, make sure it's not an important system or hardware program.

Once you do all of this Click apply, then click ok it will ask to restart the computer go ahead and restart.

You should be able to tell a big difference in the boot time if you did all the things above, and did not disable any essential programs. A dialog will come talking about how you selected selective startup. Click the check box that says not to show this again and click ok.

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Keep your Computer Healthy and Fast Part 3
Wednesday. 2.25.09 4:03 pm
watching: Umm TV is loozers
listening to: Taylor Swift
mood: Whatever with a slight angst

Defragment

One of the best ways to keep your computer speedy is defragmentation. A lot of folks like to go around saying that they defrag their pc because it’s so nerdy and smart sounding. Really defragging doesn’t make you a cool pc guru but it does in fact help keep your pc running smooth.

So what is defragging, and why do you need to do it? As you save files, install software and anything that uses your hard drive, your hard drive becomes fragmented. Basically it sticks bytes of info in the most convenient place on the face of your hard drive. So a file becomes scattered all over your drive. When it is scattered it takes longer to find all of the bytes, because some are on the outside some are in the middle some are in the inside and everywhere in between. Therefore the file is fragmented.

Microsoft Windows comes with a tool that will defragment all your files. Defragmentation is the process that finds all the file fragments and lines them up all together. When files are neatly lined up the hard drive can find and read them much faster. In fact if you are using a heavily fragmented drive defragmentation can actually double your computers speed.

To access the defrag program follow these directions

1 go to My Computer
2 Right Click on your hard disk C: (most of the time it’s the C: Drive)
3 Click properties
4 Click the tools tab.
5 Click Defragment

The defragment program will start.
BE WARNED!
Defragmentation can take forever to complete. Several minutes to 2 days depending on how bad and full your drive is. Compressed drives also take much longer to defragment.

Microsoft is not the author of the defragment program. A company called DisKeeper created it. The windows version of Defragment cannot be scheduled. So if you would like to have the ability to schedule defrags on XP you must purchase a copy Diskeeper. Diskeeper 2007 can defragment on the fly so your hard drive stays much less fragmented. It also can defragment the master file table making it theoretically possible make your pc faster than it was new from the factory.

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Keep your Computer Healthy and Fast Part 2
Thursday. 2.19.09 2:24 pm
Remove cumbersome antivirus programs. Like Norton and MacAfee. Norton is EVIL! The truth is that Norton Anti-Virus has been become the enemy. A program intended to stop viruses from hurting your computer. When at the same time it monitors all your files, even system files effectively slowing your computer down significantly. Now one thing many people do not understand is that a lot of the worst virus’s cannot be detected by any antivirus software. The reason is because your computer is dumb. It’s even dumber than you. Antivirus software will not keep you from installing a program, even a malicious virus type program that can damage your pc. Antivirus software can only block programs that forcefully try and execute without any previous permission from you or any of your software.
My recommendation is this. Completely and utterly remove Norton and MacAfee from your system. They completely use way too many computer resources. Resources that you need to run fast and effectively. So two pieces of Antivirus I recommend are AVG and CA eTrust.
AVG is great for a free program. It uses fewer resources than Norton and MacAfee. It updates daily and can be scheduled to run full or quick system scans. This is very convenient! Simply schedule it to scan at a time you are not using your computer.
CA eTrust is better, but it is not free. It has a real time file monitor like Norton but there is no noticeable degradation in computer performance like observed with Norton. CA eTrust is better than AVG, as AVG updates daily. CA eTrust can update every 15 min.

Now of course, malware protection. Malware is software that is malicious. It slows your pc down, it can steal sensitive information like credit card numbers and such, it can cause a relentless pop up attack, and last they do it all without you know knowing it!

So the truth is there are millions of these malware programs. I mean millions.

Guess what? You got malware, and its doing bad things on your computer as you are reading this. You can find and stop these programs. There is a real simple solution. Download three programs.

Spybot Search & Destroy from Safer Networking INC
Malware Bytes from Malwarebytes.org
Ad-Aware from Lavasoft

Hey just google them. You will find them. Run a scan with each program. After you run each program you will be at least 99% free of malware.

If you had lots of malware and removed it you should be able to notice drastic increase in performance.

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Keep your computer Healthy and Fast Part 1
Wednesday. 2.11.09 3:32 pm
Routinely use disk clean up.

Disc clean up is simple enough to use. Freeing up hard drive space can significantly improve performance only if your drive is nearly completely full. The reason is that your pc uses a small amount of hard drive space as Random Access Memory. This is called Virtual memory or memory shadowing. If your drive is full then you will experience lockups and overall ¡§slowness¡¨.
Although the amount of hard drive space will not affect your computer performance except in extreme cases I consider hard drive space to be a quality of performance.

The sad thing is that most full hard drives are full of trash you prolly never even seen or knew even existed. ƒ¼

Did you know that when you burn CD copies that it creates a very large file called a disk image for each CD into your temporary file folder? So if you do a lot of CD copying you can fill your hard drive completely up in just a few months? Good news is that you can delete all these files. In fact I deleted 27GB of temporary CD image files on a pc one time. This was huge considering the hard drive had only 60GB capacity.

Now other programs make temporary files as well. Some are well designed and remove them when they no longer need them but others are poor and leave them there. Here is a way to access your temporary files:

1 click Start
2 Click Run
3 Type %temp%

Click ok and the temp directory will appear in windows explorer. All the files inside this folder can be deleted, BUT DO NOT DELETE THE TEMP FOLDER. You may not be able to delete some of the files because they are in use by a program or service. Don¡¦t worry about them.
Now use your disk cleanup application by:

1 Goto My Computer
2 Right Click on your hard drive Prolly C:
3 Click properties.
4 On the tab with the pie chart click disk cleanup.

When disk clean up comes up simply select the files you want to delete. You may see a option to compress old files. It may look like a very attractive option but be warned it could take several minutes to several hours to compress these files.
Another thing that can use up a lot of drive space are system restore points. Now do note windows can use 10% or more of your hard drive space to save these restore points. In XP you can adjust the amount of space used for system restore. You can set that yourself, but don¡¦t worry about it. While the Disk Cleanup window is up click on the More Options tab. In this tab there an option at the bottom to delete all but the most recent restore points. Before you do this understand that you will not be able to restore your computer to a time before the last restore point was made. So only do this if you are 100% confident that your computer is healthy. Once you delete these files you should be able to free a GB¡¦s.

Ok that is all for the Disk Clean up blog.

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Back soon...
Wednesday. 2.11.09 1:27 pm
Well Actually…

It’s been a really long time since my last blog. I wanted to give all fair warning. I am gonna be back soon.

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