Worldstart Computer Tips 10-28-2011
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In The News 10-28-2011
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology
Netflix Is A Sinking Ship
That’s what the numbers are telling us at least. In the most recent quarter, Netflix has lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers to its popular movie subscription service. This news follows up a quarter in which Netflix raised its price and renamed its movies-by-mail service to Qwikster (and changed it back again), leading to a complete PR disaster for the company.
The beginning of the losses most likely started back in July, as Netflix announced they would separate their movies-by-mail and online streaming services. Due to each service having its own price, the total amount a customer would have to pay for both would be, at the lowest, $16. The previous amount before the separation was only $10. Then in September, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced the renaming of the movies-by-mail service to Qwikster. After public backlash over the idea of needing two separate accounts Netflix decided to reverse their decision and cancel the idea of Qwikster.
The DVDs by mail service is seeming to be on the decline with online video streaming being in higher demand. Added to an increase in competitors with streaming video options, could this mark the steady decline of Netflix as we know it?
Apple Smart Cover – Not So Smart After All?
Your iPad 2 is vulnerable. Enabled the passcode protection feature in iOS 5? Nope, still vulnerable. A recent security flaw was recently discovered in the iPad 2 and all the potential perpetrator needs is an Apple Smart Cover. After a series of quick tricks with the cover and the power button, anyone can bypass the screen requiring you to enter the correct passcode – and straight to the home screen. At the moment this issue is confirmed on devices with iOS 5 as well as unconfirmed reports of version 4.3 being vulnerable as well.
It is assumed that Apple will issue a fix in the next iOS update. Until then, 9to5 Mac states the best temporary solution is to disable the Smart Cover locking function found in the Settings app.
Apparently Duct Tape Isn’t A Fix-All
Sure, duct tape can be used to patch up many things, but most people hope the plane they are riding isn’t patched up with the popular silver-backed adhesive. However, that happened to be the case for 200 passengers on a Ryanair flight. The plane was forced to make a U-turn mid-flight and go back to the airport after the pilot’s window came loose. Turns out the pilot’s window was also patched up with duct tape. According to the Irish Aviation Authority the tape was merely there to secure a window seal as a precautionary measure. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather the windows on my plane not rely on duct tape as a precaution.
"Everyone Wants My Earbuds!"
And You Get THESE Phenomenal Earbuds!
Noise Reduction! Extra Bass!
If you've ever tried to listen music with hard plastic earbuds, you've probably had the same gripes that I've had with 'em. Yeah, they're lightweight but the trouble is your ear has to be just the right size to fit them. You have to jam them in your ear - hoping and praying that they stay. But they always end up falling out... so you have to jam 'em so far into your ear that they're REALLY uncomfortable.
PS - At this price, might want to consider picking up 2 or three of these so you have one at your computer, one in the car and one you can stick in your pocket or purse for walks or bike rides!
They work like this: Let’s say a program needs to perform an operation. Rather than all the coding being built into the program, it uses a particular DLL file that, with a simple call, can perform the operation for it. Saves lots of programming time, especially since many of the common DLL files are already installed with Windows.
I’ve also had lots of people ask about deleting these files. Well, the best advice is not to, since many of your DLL files are used by more than one program. Going through and deleting the ones you *think* aren’t being used anymore is a lot like getting under the hood of your car and yanking wires that don’t look important.
If you’re really concerned about stray DLL files, make sure you run uninstall programs. Most programs include an uninstall program that will (should) take out all the extra DLL’s.
Most of the time if you hit the Start button, Programs, then go to the program’s listing, you can find an uninstall program. You can also click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel, and open the Add/ Remove programs icon. A screen will pop-up that can uninstall the software for you (again, it’s not foolproof, but it’s better than playing guessing games with your DLL’s).
If you remove a DLL file during an uninstall, it may be shared by another program, so when you run the other program, you will receive a missing file error message.
MS Outlook: Navigating Your Inbox Without the Mouse
Many people strive to free themselves from anything to do with the mouse… all the changing hand positions (keyboard, mouse, keyboard, mouse) gets a bit tiresome, and it definitely takes more time to complete tasks than it would if we just knew how to avoid the mouse.
Today I’ve got a few pieces of information that will help you navigate your message lists more efficiently.
We’ve all found that the up and down arrows will move your selection from one message to the next, and we’ve previously discussed used the Space Bar to read messages in the Reading Pane…
You’ve got to wonder… what else can we do without the mouse?
Well, quite a bit actually.
First, let’s talk about the left and right arrow keys.
These handy little gems will collapse (left arrow key):
Get the rest here!
First, open Chrome and click on the wrench icon in the upper right-hand corner. In the Options window that pops up, click the Personal Stuff tab and click on Autofill options in the Form autofill section.
Now, click Add address… (we’re going to skip Add credit card… for security reasons, but you get the picture.)
Read the rest of this tip here!
The site is setup blog style, so you can just scroll down the page to navigate. There are three entries per page, which is a format I really like. It gives each entry enough space to stand out and be visually appealing as well as to convey the quote, if there is one.
You can also use the navigation strip at the top of the page with the following categories of interest to us: Gallery, Quotes, and Tattoo Corner. If you mouse over each of these there is a drop down menu that lets you delve deeper into the content for each section.
I know that tattoos can be controversial, but personally, I love that they’ve included tattoos among the art. If you think about what tattoos can mean to the person that gets one done, there is certainly a lot of inspiration to be found. Also, if you mouse over Tattoo Corner, and then select Tattoo Advice and History, you can find out all about the history of tattoos. That was quite a pleasant surprise to my history loving self!
I enjoyed surfing through this site so much that I spent all morning going through the entries. I really loved the Lawrence Yang Interview video, you can check it out directly here. So, just be warned that it can suck you in, and make you lose track of time.
Is Your WiFi Signal a WEAKLING?
Is Your Current LAN Adapter Slow and Outdated?
THINGS WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER...
If You Had THIS One!
WICKED FAST, UNBELIEVABLY STRONG!
Your Old LAN Adapter is About to Look Downright Foolish!
Get Wicked Fast Speed & Extended Coverage!
So you just set up your new wireless router at home so you can enjoy wireless anywhere in the house. There's only one problem... "anywhere" isn't quite right, is it? What always seems to happen? There's the one spot in your home that you enjoy relaxing and browsing the Internet...but that seems to be the spot where you just can't get quite enough signal. It's just a little too slow and too weak.
My one question to you is - Why should you have to put up with that slow, weak, crappy internet connection? Huh??
Or - how about when you're at a hotel that brags about having "wireless internet"? Yeah, we've all been there - they ALWAYS seem to stick you in a room that's juuusssst out of reach of that wonderful "wireless internet" they claim to have.
So, what if there was an ANTENNA you could plug into your laptop or desktop computer that would give a little extra coverage that your lookin' for??
Well, we found one! This blazin' fast Dynamode 150Mbps 802.11n adapter with a 3dBi antenna...is gonna give your signal that extra ump that it needs!!
So - last weekend I took the family to one of my favorite hotel resorts and decided to bring this bad boy along. I had my laptop in my hotel room and was only gettin' between 1 and 2 bars.
I plugged this little sucker in an WA-POW....I had 4 bars!!! Talk about a boost!!! I'm always bringing this little guy everywhere my laptop goes from now on!!!!
This surfin' is smokin fast too!! In the bad old days (like last month), if you had an 802.11g adapter, you'd be stuck cruising along at 54Mbps - this does a whoppin' 150Mbps! You don't even need to know that Mbps means Mega Bits Per Second to see it's nearly 3x's faster!
Setup is super easy too - it's just a wireless USB internet adapter with a powerful antenna, so just plug it into your computer, run the software, and a few minutes later you're surfing! You can be up to 984 feet away and STILL pull in a good signal! Now THAT'S impressive!!
Bottom line - if you are sick and tired of weak WiFi signals and surfing the net at super-slow speeds, it's time to upgrade the Lamborghini of LAN adapters!!!
Your price? Just $18.97 and US shipping is FREE! Heck, you can't buy a standard wireless internet adapter from the big box stores for that kind of money, let alone one with extra coverage at insanely fast speeds!!!!
Quick Note - I didn't have time to actually get new fall photos ready - I know, I suck.
So, anyhow, I'm featuring a couple new images, plus a "classic" that DOES have some fall color. Also, there are a number of other non-featured images at the site that are just overflowing with fall color if you really have your heart set on some colorful leaves. Plus, there's a new photo or two that have been added that aren't featured, so lots to choose from.
All the desktop wallpaper below is 100% free. Note that the wallpaper is now on the new site, Backcountry Gallery, so head on over and check it out!
It can all be found here:
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Friday, 28 October 2011
Computer Tips [ What Does That File Actually Do Anyway? + Take The Pain Out Of Filling In Forms + What's New In The World Of Technology? ] 10/28/2011
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