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Archive for January, 2009

Steps to Do Before You Install Windows

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

There is a new version of Microsoft Windows coming every few years. You might want to purchase the newest one, but you do not have to. It is totally up to you. Before you install new Windows, make sure you do a few things though like:
• Back up all your files to another drive. It is important that you do a clean install rather than an upgrade. I am recommending a backup in case something goes wrong with your new installation.
• Make sure that your hardware is correctly installed. This usually applies to new computers.
• Remember to check your BIOS and instruct it to boot from CD. This way the Windows installer is going to run automatically when you insert a CD. Otherwise, it is going to try to access your operating system from your HDD.
• You will be asked to put a CD in your CD ROM drive, so make sure that this one is prepared too.
• Make sure that you have the right copy of Microsoft Windows. If you have a pirated copy, you might encounter some problems, especially from the legal system sooner or later.
Like I said, if you are happy with your current Windows, you don’t have to buy anything, as the cost is quite high, especially if you have a few computers in your household.

Your Child and The Internet

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Children are often trusting and naive. They are most likely to believe everything that is happening on the Internet around them to be true and genuine. Of course, we adults, know this not to be true and are a lot more suspicious. Here are some of the things that can happen to your child or possibly teenager on the Internet:

• Internet bullying is wide spread. Watch out for any signal of it as it is quite common, and your child might be affected. This can affect your child’s self-esteem.
• Child predators are present on the Internet. Do not allow your child to meet with anybody that he met on the Internet. There might be some exceptions, but it is better to be cautious.
• Your child might become a victim of online scams. Try to have access to any Internet interaction which could potentially involve money.
• Your child might be lied to on numerous occasions. I am sure that if you teach your child how to use the internet properly, it will be a safe place for him to be. The best thing that you can teach him is not to trust anybody too much on the net.
Hopefully, the above list will help you to react in time, and avoid some of the situations which may occur otherwise. You, as an adult, should also spend some time on the Internet in order to learn what potential dangers await your child.

Apple iTunes DRM-Free

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Apple iTunes has become one of the most popular places where people buy music. While there is some competition, data seems to suggest that competitors, such as Amazon.com’s DRM-free music store, seem to have a very small impact on Apple iTunes. The data further suggests that only 10% of Amazon’s MP3 customers had previously purchased digital music from iTunes. Many analysts predicted that Amazon would be a threat to iTunes, but so far it looks like they attract different type of customers and may not be in direct competition. On the side note iTunes have recently become the largest US music retailer, surpassing Wal-mart. Apple sells over ten times more tracks then Amazon and it seems that no dangerous competitor is going to arise anytime soon. The reason for this might be that iTunes became a powerful brand which is very well known by now. One of the recent changes to iTunes is the fact of dropping DRM (digital rights management) from music. Why drop DRM? While DRM was created to limit any unauthorized use, it seems that effective DRM is impossible, and at the same time it is inconvenient for legit users. Many believe that this is a step in the right direction.

Enabling Administrator Account in Vista

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Administrator account in Vista is disabled by default to prohibit malicious programs from accessing it. While it sounds like a good idea, it is quite inconvenient. Believe me, you want to have your administrator account to be enabled on your PC, because there are so many benefits. If you are the administrator of your PC, you want your admin account to be enabled, because otherwise you will not be able to install and run many programs that normally as an admin you would be. After all, you are the admin of your PC, so why pretend that you are not? Here are the steps you should do to enable it:

  • Click on Start Menu, right click on Computer and left click on Manage.
  • Expand “Local User and Groups” and click on “User”.
  • Right click on the Administrator account and select Properties.
  • Uncheck the box “Account is Disabled”.
  • As you see, it isn’t that complicated, but the problem is that many novice users might have problems enabling this account, and that is why I think it was not a wise decision to disable it in the first place.
    You will be able to install all programs without any problems while using the Administrator account. If you are a user of earlier versions of Windows such as Windows XP, you won’t have to worry about these steps, because your administrator account is not disabled by default.

    Technology and Exercise

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    Many people would associate technology with computers, and as we know, computers do not have a lot to do with exercise. Actually, we would usually assume that technology contributes to people having less exercise. Nonetheless, technology can greatly aid in doing any exercise, and I am going to show an example in this post pertaining to running.
    It would be great to know the number of steps you make when you run. It seems that once again Adidas has released running shoes with a built-in pedometer. The interesting part is that it is a self-contained model with a microprocessor fitted over the laces of the left shoe. The face of the shoe has a small LCD screen and connects by a wire to a sensor built into the sole of the shoe underneath the big toe. The runner has the possibility to indicate his stride length and body weight by using two buttons. After running it is possible to read such data as distance covered, time, average speed and caloric expenditure. While nor everyone might have a need for such a shoe, it is definitely an interesting idea with well implemented design. The shoe currently costs over $100, and is labeled as Micropacer.
    There can be many ways that technology can aid people who exercise, so maybe we shouldn’t be so biased in assuming that technology contributes to people being less healthy?