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SLIM DOWN YOUR SYSTEM TRAY -
These days every program seems to put its icon in your system tray. (Those icons in the lower right bottom of your Windows bar. The icons do more than just fill up the taskbar, though. Each icon in the system tray represents a running program thatís using RAM and other system resources. High use of System Resources often makes the system act like it is short on RAM memory To identify the program associated with an icon, hold the mouse pointer over it until a title pops up.
Now ask yourself if you need that
program running at all times. If its something like a firewall or an anti-virus
programís auto protect module that does
something constructive while itís in background, the answer is yes. But if itís
like the little AOL icon that merely gives you yet
another way to launch its service, you probably can do without it. Right click
the icon and examine the menu that pops up.
Thereís often an Exit or Close option. When you select this, you may be asked
whether you want the program to restart the
next time you restart Windows; tell it you donít.
More Speedup of Your Computer Ed Jones
Add more memory to your computer. With Windows 98, having only 64 Megs on your computer is like dressing in a coffin. Having 128 megs is like dressing in a closet with the door closed. You need at least 256 megs.
If you are using Windows XP you need at least 256 Megs as bear minimum. A suggested minimum is 512 Megs. Better to have 1280 Megs. With even this it is suggested you get rid of ALL of the available programs running in the background. To determine this, do the following:
At the Start button press RUN then type in msconfig. Open this program and make the window about 1/2 of your screen. Select the last tab called Startups. Here you will see all of the programs running in your background and taking up your valuable resources (RAM). As I told you before, you did not have as much RAM as needed anyway. You need to uncheck the boxes of all programs not needed.
You need to go through this list with a heavy hand, but be careful not to eliminate needed programs.
Some programs are important. One has a hard time telling which programs are important. To determine which to keep go to the internet at http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_pages/startup_all.php and make
this the second screen on your desktop. Now you should have two windows, one showing msconfig and the other with the internet. On the internet the page will tell you what each programs does for you and help you decide to eliminate the program.
Even though you uncheck the box and eliminate it from startup, you can come back and reinstall it again by rechecking the box.
When you view the running programs, you might also discover that some of them are viruses or Worms.
Stop Junk E-Mail By Ed Jones
If you have a website, eliminate all reference to your E-Mail address at the website. Junk mailers have software that scans a vast number of websites and automatically picks up E-Mail addresses.
Go to your internet service provider (ISP) and look up your E-Mail preferences.
You can block all E-Mail with key words in the title that you want to filter, ie, sex, investments, money, etc. This works poorly.
Set your preferences to block all incoming mail THAT DOES NOT HAVE A RETURN ADDRESS. Almost all junk mail will not have a return address.
Some ISP's do not have these controls.
The above will block 99% of all unwanted e-mail.
Another method is to ask all of your friends not to send jokes to everybody in their address book. History has shown that this does not work for me.
A new method for spammers is to collect addresses is by filtering the chain emails for addresses. They have special software to separate the addresses. So, do not Forward email unless you cut off all of the addresses. If you forward email like this send everyone a BCC: (Blind Carbon Copy)
Many websites add spyware to your computer that can transmit your address book back to them.
Spyware can also send back your sensitive data and they can use it for illicit reasons. Go to Ad-Aware.com and download their spyware killer.
This applies to ALL of us who send e-mails.
More Reading to do.
If one or two come through from non-friends, you can also block specific senders.
Look at this address and find tips to block Spam etc
This site will have notes on stopping Unsolicited Commercial Email
Another site like this.
More stuff to read
Other Email tips include: Don't open attachments from strangers.
Make sure you run antivirus software that updates itself daily. Antivirus software is worthless if you use only the definitions that came on the disk.
Make sure you run a firewall. ZoneAlarm is good. www.zonealarm.com
Don't spam your friends. An email that implores you to "forward this to everyone in your address book" is almost certainly junk.
Always check the box that says "Don't e-mail me anything" when you register for a site. Better yet. Do not register software.
Don't click the "opt-out of this spam message" link at the bottom of most spam's. That just confirms to the spammer that they found a real, live e-mail address.
Don't post your real e-mail address on any web site or online forum. The ramm.org smudges your email address by using AT instead of @.
Shopping on the Web
By Ed Jones
The World Wide Web is a good place to investigate which
article to consider for purchase and what the costs should be. Once you have done your research you
have a basis of comparison. There
are many websites available, but two that I use are www.amazon.com and Buy.com.
Www.amazon.com has specifications and many reviews by users
that give an idea of some of the research that others have made on the product. The specifications can be compared to
different products and a better-informed decision can be made. Print out the specifications and a
detailed review can be made. It is
difficult to obtain the specifications in a local store and do a comparison this
thorough. The comments are useful,
but remember that some comments are biased because they have already purchased
the product. Read the comments of
some of the competition.
Sometimes the price locally is about the same as can be
purchased on the web so do not just automatically buy it on the web. Most of the time a local purchase will
allow you to return the product if found defective. If the local merchant says there is a
restocking fee for return, be cautious. Returning
a product by mail is more of a bother. Consider
also that locally you will have to pay a 6% state sales tax.
If you use www.pricescan.com you can find the lowest price on the web. Often the prices vary by about 20%.
If you purchase from the lowest price vendor you may find
that the product is either out of stock or there may by a 2-week delivery time. This means that it is out of stock. If you can wait 2 weeks, you may save
If you do decide to purchase on the web, make sure you visit a local store and touch and feel the product. Specifications alone may not give you the product that makes you happy. It may not fit your lifestyle or may be too complex to operate.
Annoyed with Pop-Up Adds?
When you go to sites such as www.ebay.com, www.microsoft.com, www.amazon.com you get pop-up and pop-under adds. Pop-up adds grabs attention from your browser window. Pop-under ads appear behind your browser window, leaving you alone until you close the browser window.
To get rid of the pop-up and pop-under ads, head to www.panicware.com and download Pop-Up Stopper. the free version is more than sufficient for day-to day pop-up extermination. The more advanced version is $20.
A free version of a pop-up stopper is available at http://www.lavasoft.nu/index.html. Bring joy to yourself by installing one of these popup stoppers and turn on the sound. Listen to all of the scumware being rejected from your computer.
Mozella Firefox is an alternative to Internet Explorer. It has its own blockers built into it. I prefer it to Internet Explorer.