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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #60 on: November 27, 2007, 07:31:24 AM »
That is just awesome, thanks! I missed the memo.

(that was for your previous post)

I did okay on the second one 'til I reached: UNIX... but it does sound cool.   ;D

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PS, do you mind if I add this link to my January 08 newsletter? (Sorry, December is put to bed.) http://www.phpbb88.com/folding/viewtopic.php?t=258&mforum=folding

Unix isn't hard, it just turns everything backwards from DOS and uses a few different directs.  LOL   only geeks need to know that stuff. Tim was showing off his stuff there.

However Nadine, I would truly like to visit your blog. The above link goes to Folding @ Home, which is something else Tim got me into. I've followed the You Tube link, too. Do you have a link for your blog?

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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #61 on: November 27, 2007, 10:45:29 AM »
Tim, betcha you can find it on your own...

*hint* look on my website.

Found it.  I happen to like shameless advertising, so of course you can print the link.  :)  Thanks for thinking of it.  :)
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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #62 on: November 27, 2007, 11:36:11 AM »
Since I use Internet Explorer 7.0, each of these threads opens from my email into a new tab. At times I will have too many tabs open and it will begin to wear thin on my patience.

I can chase down all the little Xes to close the tabs, or much easier, I can Ctrl+W and keep closing them one after another.

If you want to stop a whole program, that is close IE down completely, Alt+F4 does that. Any program, including IE or Word or Excel or pop up windows that are annoying you.

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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #63 on: November 27, 2007, 03:02:18 PM »
Hi,
I may have missed these in the earlier posts, so apologies if this is a double.

I've had horizontal shifting problems with touchpads too. I think it happens because in certain areas of the touchpad, it allows you to scroll like you would with a mouse. On my touchpad, the right side scrolls up and down and the very bottom scrolls left to right. I have to be careful and always make sure I look at the touchpad when I'm using it so I don't accidentally use the scroll stuff. It can be a bit of a pain in the neck once in a while but it really doesn't bother me that much; when you don't have a mouse it's actually very helpful.

This next one is part computer tip, part manuscript tip. Has anyone ever tried to use master documents to organize their manuscripts? It's not fun, and a lot of times, the information gets corrupted. I have a system I use for editing that seems to work really well. I put each of my chapters in a separate file, so I can get to each of them with one click. In those individual files, I highlight and colorize and note whatever I want, so I remember important things later. In my main manuscript file, I have a macro that "cleans up" all that extra stuff and formats the manuscript the way I want. I use fields to include every chapter in the file, and separate them with static page breaks, so even if one chapter ends up shrinking by a page or growing by however many pages, new chapters always stay on a new page, and they appear in their updated versions when you update the fields. The only drawback is that in order to prevent accidental modification of your original files, you have to lock the field result, and that makes it so every time the field is updated, if you want to see it in "manuscript format" you have to run your macro again. It's a pretty good system overall though; there are some good places online where you can learn how to write macro code.

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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #64 on: January 25, 2008, 10:22:01 PM »
This is a good thread and needs to stay in action. I've found several useful hints here.


Question for Tim. What is the best tip on stopping spam you can share with us?
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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #65 on: January 25, 2008, 11:31:33 PM »
This is a good thread and needs to stay in action. I've found several useful hints here.


Question for Tim. What is the best tip on stopping spam you can share with us?

Nuke Russia, but you didn't hear me say that.

Let me get my links updated and I'll give you a better answer in the morning, okay?  It's kind of a broad question for a quick answer.  The simple answer is not to give out your e-mail address, but that's not going to work in this electronic age.
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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #66 on: January 25, 2008, 11:47:52 PM »
Nuke Russia, but you didn't hear me say that. 

I'm a moderator on another forum and 80-90% of our spam comes from Russian IP addresses.  Grrrrrr.

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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #67 on: January 26, 2008, 09:38:32 AM »
Almost half the e-mail spam I get is in Russian.  That's just not right.  How am I supposed to stop spam I can't even read?
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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #68 on: January 26, 2008, 10:54:04 AM »
Question for Tim. What is the best tip on stopping spam you can share with us?

I've decided to answer this with my KISS method (Keep it Simple, Stupid).  Trust me, I could write a book on this subject.  The problem is, it would be out of date before it ever got to print.

I think the best tip I could give anyone right now is to realize spam is not just an annoyance anymore, it has transformed into a threat.  Just clicking on a link in a Google search could infect your computer and make it part of a criminal botnet.

I know what you're thinking, "But Tim, Google is safe!"

Go to http://www.siteadvisor.com and look for the download button.  Click it, and you'll be prompted to install a plug-in that will tell you if Google's search results are really safe.  Do that, then go to Google and search for "music downloads". 

See the yellow ! next to target's result?  Target will send you spam by default if you sign up.  Now scroll down a bit (5th in the list I got) to the kazza site.  See that red x?  Put your mouse over that and you'd see their one download is bad news for your computer.

It's not a perfect system as not every site has been or ever could be rated, but it's a reasonable start at protecting ourselves from those that will wish to do us harm for their own gain.
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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #69 on: January 26, 2008, 11:07:10 AM »
Don't click here.

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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #70 on: January 26, 2008, 11:39:05 AM »
I won't! Click- there!

There is another thing I learnt from a professional library set-up person. There is a tie-up between Google and some professional journals. Usually when we write for journals and send our papers to them, we also give up ownership for the piece. If the journal publishes the paper, they own it. These journals now pay google to figure on top of a searched list. Google makes its money fropm these journals. So the results you get are not necessarily the best- only the ones that pay google the best! The journals, then, provide only an abstract and request every interested person to pay for teh rest of the article. So the journal makes money endlessly on the work you put your heart and soul into and gave up rights for! I do not know if it is the same for other professions. It is in medicine. There are a lot of people who just do the work and donot bother about the publication. These people would not pay the journal or google and would never get known. I know this is different from spam. But it is a nexus!
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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #71 on: January 27, 2008, 08:50:24 PM »
Those are called "sponsored links" and have been a source of discussion for quite some time.  It isn't so much that Google (and Yahoo) charges sites to include them in search results, it's that they don't research the company at all before they take their money.  There is a certain public expectation that the results given by such large search engines are sites that can be trusted.  That isn't the case.

Searching for "download music" on Yahoo brings up 3 sponsored links that are flagged as red by SiteAdvisor.  The problems range from too much e-mail to issues with how the companies do business, including how they will infect your computer with their downloads.  The "expected public trust" level isn't being met.

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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #72 on: January 27, 2008, 10:34:15 PM »
Thanks for the tip ...
Went there ...
Tried to download as suggested ...

Received a message - Incomplete, downloader or web page may be corrupted  ???

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Re: Computer Help tips
« Reply #73 on: January 27, 2008, 10:48:42 PM »
I just reinstalled in both FireFox and Internet Explorer with no problems.  Perhaps there really was a network problem that interrupted your download. I'd try again (twice) and call me in the morning.  ;D
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