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    Do I Have Service Pack 3?

    Since last week's news article, I've received a bunch of e-mails concerning the impending end of support for Windows XP Service Pack 2. The main question I get, though, is just a matter of identification.

    “How do I find out if I have Windows XP Service Pack 3?”

    It's easy, actually! Just follow these steps.

    Just right-click on My Computer and select “Properties”. The the System Properties window should pop up. Now take a look at it.

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    Under the “System” heading, you should see which Service Pack is currently installed. If you see Service Pack 2, then it's time to use Windows Update to get up to speed!


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    Which services can I disable in Windows?

    First, you will want to have a restore point already created, so I will wait here while you do that, in case you haven't already done so.

    Done? Okay, great, let's get going on disabling some of the services on your computer so you can save some disk space and allow your computer to run a little bit smoother.

    First, click Start, Control Panel. Now, choose the Administrative Tools link (XP users will have to click on "Performance and Maintenance" first, then "Administrative Tools", Windows Vista and 7 users need only type "Administrative Tools" into their search bar). Once there, click on Services and a list of all the services installed on your computer will come up. You can maximize the window, so you can see the status of each service.

    The first column contains the complete description of the service. Run your mouse pointer over the words so you can see the whole description written out. The next column is the status of each service. If it says "Started," that means that particular service is presently running. Next, you see the Startup Type, which tells you if the service starts automatically when you boot up your computer or if it has to be done manually. Some services may also be disabled. The next column is just telling you how you logged on for each service, whether it be through your local system or by a network service.

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    Now, we're getting to the good part. The following services are ones that can be safely disabled, while still allowing your computer to run normally. Disabling some of these services will help you save some of your disk space, which is always a great thing!

    Disabling a service is pretty easy to do, but do it with caution as to make sure you don't hit the wrong thing. Just highlight the service you want to turn off and right click on it, choosing "Properties". A service sheet will come up for that service and you'll want to look under the general tab. Here, you can choose to stop the service or turn it back on (either automatically or manually). If you have XP, once you highlight the service, blue links will show up off to the left that say Stop or Restart the service. You can click on those to do the same thing as going into the Properties menu.

    Okay, here's the list you've been waiting for:

    Alerter: Only alerts you of administrative alerts. You don't need them.

    Application Management: Processes installation requests for Intellimirror programs. Don't even know what those are? That's why you can disable it.

    ClipBook: Allows ClipBook Viewer to store information and then share it with remote computers. You don't really need to do that, do you?

    Computer Browser: Works with networks and if you don't have a network, you don't need it.

    Distributed Transaction Coordinator: Works with databases, message queues and file systems of networks. Once again, if you don't use a network, you can disable this.

    Error Reporting Service: All this does is send a crash report to Microsoft. They don't need to know, do they?

    Indexing Service: Indexes files and provides quick access to those files. This is another network use, so you can disable it.

    Internet Connection Firewall (ICF): Involves Internet Connection Sharing and is just another network use.

    Logical Disk Manager/Logical Disk Manager Administrative: This service deals with adding drives to your system. If you're not going to be doing that, you can disable this one.

    Machine Debug Manager: Works with Visual Studio debugging. You probably won't use it.

    Messenger: Sends Alerter messages between the clients and servers. Another network service you probably won't need.

    Net Logon: Account authentication for network domains. Don't need this one either.

    NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing.Network DDE DSDM: Allows other authorized users to access your computer through NetMeeting. Once again, if you don't have a network or have no need to allow other users on your computer, you can disable this one.

    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager/Remote Access Auto Connection Manager: This one is the same as the above.

    Secondary Logon: Enables starting processes under other credentials, which is not necessary.

    SSDP Discovery: Locates UPnP devices on a home network. Sound confusing? That's why you can disable it.

    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper: You'll only need this if you use NetBIOS for a local network.

    Telnet: Allows remote users to log on to your computer and run programs. I'm sure you don't want other users to be able to telnet into your system, do you? Disable it!

    Terminal Services: Gives access to other users to be connected to one basic machine, as well as, desktop displays and other applications. You can shut this one down.

    Themes: If you don't use desktop themes, you don't need this one. If you do, keep it going.

    Windows Time: Synchronizes all systems on a network time.

    Workstation: Same as above.

    Whew, that's a lot, huh? Just keep in mind that these are just suggestions and you don't have to turn off some of these services if you don't want to. Especially don't turn them off if you think you're going to be needing them again someday. But, at least going through the list of your services will help you to determine what's running on your computer that may not need to be. You may be surprised at all you can turn off to save you some computer space.

    Note: Make sure you do not turn off any services that are not on this list unless you are an advanced user and you are certain that turning them off will not hurt your computer's operation.


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    See It All Without a Horizontal Scroll
    What's your preferred View when working in MS Word?

    If it's the Print / Page Layout view then you don't have a clue about what I'm about to ask, but for the rest of you

    Do you find that when working in MS Word you're constantly scrolling left and right to see all of your text?

    Maybe your monitor isn't as wide as you would like or maybe you have to use a couple of programs windows side-by-side and it causes some issues with the amount of text you can see.

    Whatever the case, you find yourself wishing that you could avoid the left right movement.

    Good news! Microsoft has thought of this one and we can set Word to wrap text within the document window - you just have to know where to make the choice.

    Let's start with older versions of Word:

    First step is the Tools menu, Options choice.

    On the View tab, bottom section check "Wrap to window".

    Click OK.

    Using Word 2007? No problem.

    You go to the Office Button, Word Options button.

    In the Advanced Options category, "Show document content" section, select the "Show text wrapped within the document window" checkbox.

    Click OK.

    That's it - now when you're working with a document in a document window that isn't as wide as you'd like Word will give you a helping hand by wrapping for only the space you can see.

    Oh, and no worries - there won't be any consequences for your printed document - this one is all about what you can see.


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    Scrub Up Your Vista
    Did you know that metadata within your files can tell a lot about you? For example, your digital camera records data about when a picture was taken and what camera was used. Your documents and spreadsheets contain details about who created them and your music files are tagged with artist and album information. And the list can go on and on. So, with all of that information widely known on your computer, it's wise to clean them up a bit every once in awhile. That's right, it's time to give your Windows Vista files a scrub down!

    To "scrub" a file of unwanted metadata in Vista, simply follow these steps:

    1.) Open the file you want to clean in Windows Explorer.

    2.) Right click on the file's icon and choose Properties.

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    3.) Under the Details tab, click Remove Properties and Personal Information. That will then open the Remove Properties dialogue box:

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    At this point, you have two choices. The default option creates a copy of your file (using the original file name with the word "copy" appended to it) and removes all the properties it can change, based on the file type. Or, you can choose the second option, which selectively removes the properties from the file. If you see a checkbox next to a property, you can erase that property's current content. If there's no checkbox, the data is non-removable.

    Make sure you use common sense when you're making your choice. The second option zeroes out the metadata, but it does nothing with the contents of the file itself. Therefore, the first option may be your best bet. Just take some time to think about all the files you have on your computer and what sort of information they may contain. Then scrub them up as you deem necessary. That's it!


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    Beach Photography

    Vast stretches of sand, water and skies coupled with the the lazy drone of the wind is all you can think of when you say the word &lsquo;beach&rsquo;. What do you do when you go to a beach with your family or say, a couple of friends who want to lie around on the sand and soak up some sun? You absorb the beauty around you and pray that you will be the only group around so you can click some great pictures. You select the spots that show the water, the sand and the sun as you try to get the entire stretch of the beach within your frame. And being a digital person, you do not have to worry about limiting the number of shots you take. These are the tips you have been waiting for!

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    1. Make the ordinary look extraordinary

    Completely wipe out the images of all those beach shots you might have seen or clicked before. With the right eye, one can add extra beauty by clicking pictures even from the same old spots you have snapped before! Be aware though, that they differ in the surroundings. The weather determines the hues rendered by the sun to the shore, and the present populace have their effects, too. Walk to the edge of the water, turn around and capture whatever is in your frame; it might be composed of a scene on a typical beach with the general public along with the vendors. Make sure the shots are not empty and boring without any point of interest. Make people stop and look at your photo for a longer time by focussing on a point of interest, making your photo revolve around a particular theme. Center on a pair of slippers on the sand or perhaps a pair of lasting footprints -maybe even a pair of sunglasses. A tower, sand castles and water crashing on a rock by the beach go a long way in giving you the ideal feature shots to your vacation album.

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    2. When should you shoot?

    The sun during its rising and setting cycles emits a set of hues that are not produced by it at any other time of the day. Visit the beach with the camera early in the morning when the sun just about to rise and capture its first few rays dancing around on the water. Also, this is the time when there aren&rsquo;t too many people strolling around. The evening rays are golden and warm and can give you a very interesting combination of shadows and color.

    3. Exposure issues

    Summer time on a beach is incredibly sunny, and when you are shooting on auto mode, you will want to under-expose those shots. Play around and experiment with different levels of exposure with a manual mode. You may even want to try over-exposing by a step or two after checking how much exposure is achieved in the auto shot, as this will give you rare phenomenon of mixing lights of different intensity depending upon which part of the beach you are shooting at. Under-expose or over-expose subjects selectively depending upon the foliage and the brightness.

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    4. Flash impromptu

    Avoiding the formation of shadows in your snap is simple. When you are out shooting people on a bright day, you will end up creating shadows cast by the hat or glasses they might be wearing. Fire the flash right at the moment you are shooting and completely eliminate the shadows. If you do not apply this, you will end up filling your photos with merely silhouettes of the people you are shooting. Don&rsquo;t use the flash in its full force. Experiment with various levels of brightness and choose the optimum. If the flash is too bright for the frame, you are shooting, move back from the subject and flash only on getting to the appropriate level of zoom. This will decrease the impact of the flash although the frame is small.

    6. Weather shouldn&rsquo;t bother you!

    Get those rare moments when the weather is really rough, the sky looks scary and the entire beach takes a darker tone. This is the time when no one comes near the shoreline because the sea is stormy and the clouds are dark, grey and dramatic. Shots framing the wind blowing lifeguard flags, trees and everything around can really capture the scene giving you those stormy, atmospheric shots. Catch a bolt of lightning striking the sea or the sand and make it even more beautiful.

    7. Break out of shooting only color!

    Strip colour off your favourite photo and see how it looks. The very feel of the photo will change. On some pictures, it might change for the better; it may also make others look worse. Once you are done with clicking a snap, try changing the color to black and white. When you have taken a shot of a dull and overcast day by the beach, turning it into black and white might make it look calmer and livelier!

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    ~Zahid Javali

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    Homemade Christmas Gifts

    While Christmas isn&rsquo;t all about presents, there is a certain spirit of giving that comes with the holiday. With money being tight due to the economy, you might be in the same position as I am and are trying to find ways to make homemade gifts for your loved ones. I&rsquo;m crocheting scarves for my family, hopefully, I&rsquo;ll finish them in time.

    I thought that you all might like or want to make homemade gifts, but may not know what to make. That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m bringing you this blog entry of 50 homemade gift ideas.

    It&rsquo;s easy to navigate you just scroll down the page. Find the gift idea you&rsquo;re interested in and click the link to that idea. What the bloggers at Not Made of Money have done is correlate a list of 50 different gift ideas all over the web so that you don&rsquo;t have to go and do all that searching yourself.

    The gift ideas include homemade ornaments, cookies in a jar, dog biscuits in a jar, photo frames, snow globes, and more! They&rsquo;ve listed sewing projects, knitting projects, no-sew projects, cooking, no cooking, and there are even ideas that involve scrapbooking!

    This is a fantastic site to give you an idea of something really neat to make your loved ones for Christmas. Check it out today!


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