Thursday, July 29, 2010

Clean Your Computer

 

I have a dirty secret Surprised smile. I've never cleaned my computer. Sure, I've dusted my monitor, but I haven't taken off the cover or tried to reach the crumbs lurking inside my keyboard.

“Your computer could fry if you don't keep it clean.”

Dust clogs the vents behind your computer, which causes your CPU to heat up—and heat is the biggest cause of component failure in computers. Regular cleaning could save you costly maintenance fees down the road.

Keep your computer in tip-top shape by following this guide to a spotless computer system.

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NOTE : This post is not about malicious software

Trying to clean up your computer in the antivirus software sense? This link will guide you to  the Microsoft Security website. It provides instructions, a free safety scan, and a malicious software removal tool that you can download.

 


Preparation


You'll need:

  • screwdriver(s)

  • can of compressed air (available from computer dealers or office-supply stores) or vacuum cleaner (operate on slowest speed and use the blow function because we definitely don’t want your vacuum cleaner to suck your components – “You know what I mean”)

  • cotton swabs (do not use a cotton ball)

  • cleaning agent (cif clean, colin etc.)

  • paper towels or anti-static cloths

  • water

 

NOTE : Always turn your computer off before you begin and unplug all the cords.

 

Let’s get started :  


Step 1: Inside the case

Using a screwdriver, remove the side of the case that's opposite your motherboard. Touch as little as possible inside the computer, keeping fingers away from cards and cords.

Blow air around all of the components and along the bottom of the case, keeping the nozzle at least four – five inches away from the machine. Blow air into the power supply box (SMPS) and into the fan (from the back of the case). Lastly, blow air into the floppy disk dive and CD/DVD drives. And finally wipe the inside of the cover with a lightly moistened cloth before replacing it.

I’ll say doing this every three months if your case sits on the floor, if you have a comp. table, if you have pets that shed, or if you smoke (bad habit Steaming mad). Otherwise, every six to eight months is just fine.

 


Step 2: Outside the case

Run a cotton swab dipped in cleaning agent around all of the openings on the back of your case. Give them one swipe with the damp end of the swab and one swipe with the dry end. Do this as often as you clean the inside of your computer.

 


Step 3: Keyboard

Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake it. Most of the crumbs and dust will fall out. Take a can of compressed air and blow into and around the keys. Next, take a cotton swab and dip it in cleaning agent. It should be damp, but not wet. Run the cotton swab around the outside of the keys. Rub the tops of the keys. If you have a laptop, follow the same procedure but take extra care with your machine. Do this monthly.

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If you have kids or li’l sister like me, you're worried about spills. If it happens, immediately turn off your computer, disconnect the keyboard, and flip it over. While the keyboard is upside down, blot the top with a paper towel, blow compressed air between the keys and leave it to air dry overnight. For laptops, liquid can easily penetrate the hard drive so turn the computer over immediately and and then leave it to air dry overnight.

Laptop spills need more attention because liquid can easily penetrate the keyboard and damage internal parts. For laptop spills, immediately turn off the computer and remove any external power source and other items plugged into it. Turn the laptop over, remove the battery, and then bring it to your nearest repair center to check for internal damage. Simply blowing compressed air into the keyboard and letting your computer air dry upside down overnight aren't enough because liquids can sit inside a laptop for days.

For all spills, be aware that anything other than plain water may cause severe damage, and never attempt to dry a keyboard or laptop in a microwave or conventional oven.Winking smile

 

 

 


Step 4: Mouse

Rub the top and bottom of your mouse with a paper towel dipped in cleaning agent. Open the back and remove the ball. Wash the ball with water and let it air dry. To clean inside the mouse, dip a cotton swab in cleaning agent and rub all of the components. Scrape hard-to-remove grime with your fingernail. Finally, blow air into the opening. Replace the ball and the cover. And if you have an Optical Mouse, just rub the top and bottom of your mouse with a paper towel dipped in cleaning agent. Do this monthly.

 


Step 5: Monitor

Moisten a paper towel or a soft, lint-free cloth with water. (You can also buy monitor cleaning products at computer-supply stores. Naaah!!) Don't spray liquid directly onto the screen—spray it on the cloth instead. Wipe the screen gently to remove dust and fingerprints. Never touch the back of the monitor.

For laptop screens, I suggests buying a special cleaning solution available at computer stores. Do this weekly.

Finally, make sure that everything is dry before you plug your computer back in OR…………………Lightning

 


Fin :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Do More With Your Middle Mouse Button

 


Supercharge your Mighty Middle One !!
 

Take a close look at your mouse. Chances are good that it has at least three buttons: left, right, and middle. (Note: Your middle button might be your scroll wheel, which on most mice is clickable.) I thought I'd home in on the middle button. Oh Yeah!!33746601-2-440-OVR-1

Why would I want to do that? Well, I just took an informal poll of about ten people (of course my friends and other friends), and guess how many of them actually use that middle button? A grand total of one. One! People, people, people...

 


Close Browser Tab Quickly

First up: browser tabs. I routinely have 10-15 tabs open in my browser at any given time. If I want to close a tab, I have to click it, then click the little X that appears on the tab. That's one more click than I prefer, and it brings into focus a tab I'm planning to close.  Confused smile Crazy, right?

If you middle-click any tab in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft IE, boom, it's gone. No need to make it visible first; no need to reach for the X. Just middle-click, boom Ninja.

 



Open Links In New Tab

When you middle-click a link in Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer (not sure about Opera, wait let me check….. ya opera too), that link opens immediately in a new tab.

Incidentally, you can accomplish the same thing by holding down the Ctrl key and left-clicking a link. But why bother with that when you can just as easily click the middle mouse button?

 


Open All Your Often-Used Sites

Let's say that you use Chrome or IE and you've organized a handful of favorite sites--you know, the ones you visit daily--into a folder. (Smart move)

Here's an even smarter one: You can instantly open every link in a folder, each in its own tab, by middle-clicking that folder. (Go On Try it… wait now don’t say that you don’t know “How To Create a New Folder in your Bookmarks Barwell here’s one for Google Chrome).

This works regardless of where the folder is located: your bookmarks toolbar, your navigation toolbar, even a pull-down menu. One middle-click of a folder and presto: every link therein opens in a new tab.

 


Scroll In Your Docs

Have you ever wondered what happens when you click and hold the middle mouse button? Glad you asked. This action activates a handy page-scrolling option in applications like Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Reader, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer too.

In other words, when you click and hold the middle mouse button, you can then drag your mouse forward or back to scroll up or down the page, respectively. This feature is intended for folks who don't have a scroll wheel, but it works just as well with scroll wheels--and I know many people who prefer the speed of middle-click scrolling to the slow, steady pace of wheel scrolling.

 

 


Customize Your Scroll Speed

After the mouse itself, the mouse wheel is the single greatest navigation tool ever invented. Mine is spinning constantly, especially in Chrome, where I use it to zip up and down Web pages.

By default, however, one "turn" of the mouse wheel scrolls only a few lines at a time--and I want to move faster. Fortunately, there's a fairly easy way to adjust Windows OS scroll speed. Even better, there's a keyboard shortcut that can slow it down again for "precision" scrolling.

Here's how to change the default scroll speed:

  1. Go to Start Menu, then Click Run.
  2. In the Run Window type main.cpl and hit enter.
  3. The Mouse Properties Window will appear.

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4.   Here in the Wheel Tab, you can change the Scroll Speed under Vertical and Horizontal  Section.

5.    After that just Hit enter and you are Done.


Fin :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Facebook Status Tips ‘n’ Tricks

 
With Facebook’s ever changing layout, and the fact that other social networking websites (you know what i mean) are continuously trying to give something new from there real-time updatable status messages, it’s easy to figure out some cool tricks for your humble Facebook status.
 
I’ve pulled together 5 great How-to tips that will help you get the most out of your status updates.
 
Perfect for new Facebook users, or anyone who is looking for a refresher, read on and let me know the ones you like in the comments below.
   

1. How To : Add Dislike Option to Your Facebook Status Update


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“Like” buttons are every where on Facebook, and they’re every where on the web seriously Baring teeth smile. But what if you want to update your status or share something that your friends can “dislike?” I know, your friends can choose to “comment” on your post, but where’s the fun in that?
 
The clever Status Magic Facebook app can add a dislike button to any status updates posted via the app. And if you wanted to really mix it up you can actually customize the second emotion to anything, such as “love,” “hate,” “disagree” or even “LOLs.”
 

2. How To : Hide Status Updates From Certain People


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Using Facebook’s general privacy settings (find these by hitting “account” on the top right of a Facebook page) you can select whether everyone, just friends or friends of friends can see your status updates. However, there is a way to narrow those options down even further.
 
You can select specific friend lists to see your status (college, may be work or special interest groups, etc.) or even individual people by name, which is useful for anyone organizing a surprise party Birthday cake.
 
To take advantage of these options, click the padlock icon just below your “what’s on your mind” box on your wall and a drop down menu should appear. Selecting “customize” will bring up more options such as “make this visible to” and “hide from” with the option to make your selection a default.
 

3.  How To: Pre-Schedule Status Updates

 
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While SocialOomph (TweetLater.com), Sendible and HootSuite offer the same kind of service, the simplest way to schedule Facebook status updates is by using the easy, free Later Bro service.

Just sign in with Facebook Connect, select your time zone, type in what it is you’d like to say, set the calendar and clock to when you’d like to say it, and punch it!  
 

4. How To : Tag People In Your Status Updates


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This was quite a big deal when it was announced this past September, but from the amount of searches on the topic “how can I make someone’s name go blue in a Facebook status?” (funny right) it seems it’s not universally known.
To mention someone in a status update just type “@” (same as twitter Nerd smile copy cat) in the status bar and start typing their name as it appears on Facebook. An auto-generated list will then come up with people in your social circle whose name starts with the letters you’ve typed. The feature also works with pages, brands, events and companies.

Hit the name you want, complete the update, click share and the name will become a hyperlink (you won’t see the @ symbol) and will appear in blue text.
   


5. How To : Add Symbols In Your Facebook Status

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Although there are plenty of emoticons that work with Facebook Chat, typing “:)” into Facebook’s status bar will not magically transform into a smiley yellow face. In fact, the only symbol you can create in a Facebook status update through the shortcut keys is a ♥, by typing “<3".

While this won't bother many Facebook users, others more used to punctuating their missives can copy and paste web-happy, universal symbols into the box, as you can see in the screen grab above.

PC users can also access some symbols by hitting “alt” + various number combinations (on a numerical keypad). So, while smileys are yet to hit Facebook statuses, you can annoy or amuse your buddies with symbols right now.



Fin :)