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What is spam?

Spam is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message, in an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam costs the sender very little to send -- most of the costs are paid for by the recipient or the carriers rather than by the sender.

There are two main types of spam, and they have different effects on Internet users. Cancellable Usenet spam is a single message sent to 20 or more Usenet newsgroups. (Through long experience, Usenet users have found that any message posted to so many newsgroups is often not relevant to most or all of them.) Usenet spam is aimed at "lurkers", people who read newsgroups but rarely or never post and give their address away. Usenet spam robs users of the utility of the newsgroups by overwhelming them with a barrage of advertising or other irrelevant posts. Furthermore, Usenet spam subverts the ability of system administrators and owners to manage the topics they accept on their systems.

Email spam targets individual users with direct mail messages. Email spam lists are often created by scanning Usenet postings, stealing Internet mailing lists, or searching the Web for addresses. Email spams typically cost users money out-of-pocket to receive. Many people - anyone with measured phone service - read or receive their mail while the meter is running, so to speak. Spam costs them additional money. On top of that, it costs money for ISPs and online services to transmit spam, and these costs are transmitted directly to subscribers.

One particularly nasty variant of email spam is sending spam to mailing lists (public or private email discussion forums.) Because many mailing lists limit activity to their subscribers, spammers will use automated tools to subscribe to as many mailing lists as possible, so that they can grab the lists of addresses, or use the mailing list as a direct target for their attacks.

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What is Microblogging?

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Social networking. That phrase has been all the rage over the last couple of years. With sites like Facebook, MySpace and the like, more and more people are connecting with each other and interacting online. Blogs, too, are a popular way of sharing information and attracting an audience of people with similar interests.

But more and more people are making that kind of interaction quicker and shorter. Instead of writing long posts or email messages, they're tapping out quick missives telling their friends (and the wider world) what they're up to at the moment.

How do they do that? By microblogging
What is microblogging?

Microblogging is the act of posting short messages to the Web. And when we say short, we mean short. A microblog post, which is called an update (or, in the case of the most popular service out there, a tweet), can be a maximum of 140 characters, including spaces. In case you're wondering, the 140 character limit comes from microblogging's inspiration: SMS text messages sent from a mobile phone. A microblog update looks like this:

Presenting advice from Garr Reynolds: think naturalness not perfection - http://tinyurl.com/df26mj

Simply posting a 140 character message somewhere on the Web isn't the way it works, though. You have to use one of the many microblogging services that are out there. More on these in a moment. These services collect and publish updates in different ways. The central form of aggregation is called a timeline. That's just a collection of updates. The main page (or thereabouts) of most microblogging sites have a public timeline, which lists all of the latest posts from users. You can have a timeline of your own updates, which is on your own page (for example, http://identi.ca/scottnesbitt).

Microblogging services also allow people to subscribe to (also referred to as following) your updates, or at the very least read them. People can follow you or read your updates at the microblogging site or using software. A future TechTip will look at some popular microblogging clients.

As you've probably guessed, microblogging is very similar to conventional blogging. A microblog can focus on one topic, and can be used for personal or business reasons. The biggest difference is the length of the post and the immediacy. Microblogging is definitely more immediate – updates are instantaneous. In the time it takes for a conventional blogger to write and publish a post, a microblogger can post any number of updates.

Why do it?

Most microbloggers (in the words of a popular microblogging service) do it to “communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

A lot of people who microblog find it's an easier alternative to conventional blogging, or even using sites like FaceBook and MySpace. All you need to do is sign up and start typing. You don't have to worry about tweaking the look and feel of your microblog, or anything like that.

It's not just folks with time on their hands who do it, either. A lot of businesses and consultants put considerable effort into microblogging.

What's it good for?

Think of a group. Chances are that members of that group are microblogging. Friends microblog to keep up with each other, and to exchange information and gossip. Other people do it to share information or to promote their pet causes. Businesses microblog to get feedback from customers and to announce new products or share news. Consultants microblog to promote their business and to showcase their expertise. There have even been cases in which writers serialize the stories or poems that they're working on at a microblogging site. Nigerian author Ben Okri, for example, recently published a poem on a popular microblogging site.

On a recent visit to Toronto, actor and Twitter user LeVar Burton posted a message asking for a good place to have a pint. Not only did he get the recommendation, he also met up with a bunch of fans at that venue for what was a meetup of microbloggers in the real world.

Something that's become popular is people microblogging during presentations and conferences. They're sharing their thoughts, and the thoughts and ideas of presenters, with both fellow conference attendees and the wider world. Believe us, it's a lot easier and more immediate than liveblogging.

Where does microblogging fall flat?

One complaint about microblogging is that it can be more than just a bit narcissistic. Remember Web pages, circa 1996 or 1997? Or most personal blogs? Updates can be just as vapid. For many, except maybe someone's followers, the fact that the microblogger just got back from walking the dog and is eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich or that they're trying to read Finnegan's Wake for the sixth time isn't all that captivating.

While microblogging started as way of keeping friends, family, and classmates up to date, for many it's become a race to collect the most followers. They'll post updates about anything that will attract readers. Many purists view this as being insincere, since the person posting the updates really has little interest in what their writing about. They just want to be popular.

What services are out there?

The undisputed king of microblogging services is arguably Twitter. You've probably read about Twitter in a newspaper, a magazine, or a blog post. You might even know someone who regularly uses Twitter. Hundreds of thousands of people use Twitter, and post countless updates (called tweets in the Twitter world).

Make sure to follow Geeks.com on Twitter!

But it's not the only game on the Web. While other microblogging service may not come close to denting Twitter's market share, they do offer alternatives to the service. The services (around 100 of them worldwide) all work in generally the same way. The only things that differ are the terminology they use, some of the features, and the number of users. Here are a few popular services:

First up, Jaiku. Now owned by Google, Jaiku allows you not only to post updates (called jaikus) to the general public, but also to channels which are collections of updates on a single topic.

A service that's gaining in popularity is identi.ca. What sets identi.ca apart from most other microblogging services is that it's built using Open Source software. In the words of the developers: “If you don't like how Identi.ca works, you can take your data and the source code and set up your own server (or move your account to another one).”

An interesting take on microblogging comes in the form of Yammer, which has been termed “Twitter with a business model”. What makes Yammer unique is that it's focused on internal communication in companies. Instead of being based on the question “what are you up to?”, Yammer is based on the question “What are you working on?”. It's like an internal discussion board, but limited to 140 characters.

Finally, there's Plurk. In addition to letting you post short text updates (called plurks), Plurk lets you share images and videos from YouTube with your followers. Being able to share images and video definitely adds a very interesting dimension to microblogging.

Is it right for you?

That depends. Some people will always think that microblogging is a waste of time and bandwidth. Others swear by it. We've met a number of people on both sides of that fence, and even more who inhabit the middle ground between them. The latter group uses microblogging, but isn't consumed by it.

The only way to find out if microblogging is right for you is to give it a try. Take a look at a microblogging service on the Web. Spend a week or two, and see how you like it – both as an updater and a follower. You might find that microblogging is a lot more fun and interesting than you thought it would be.

By Scott Nesbitt

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10 Things That Increase Your Intelligence

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We’re often told that there are three styles of learning and that the way in which we learn new things can fall into one of three areas: Behaviorism, which is the process of learning through the observation of something else, or “seeing it”. Cognitivism, which focuses on brain-based learning and memory-related information. Finally, there’s constructivism, which is learning through “building” new ideas based on one’s own experience, or “learning through doing”. However, these are really just the three main philosophical frameworks from which all learning theories are derived. In reality, there are around 80 different learning theories with other theories branching out from those. This article aims to clarify and to look at in more detail, the ideas behind a number of the more popular and commonly talked about theories of how we learn and why.

1. Observational Learning: Also referred to as the “monkey see, monkey do” method of learning. This happens when a person (or animal) exhibits behavioral changes after having observed another “model” do a similar thing. Also called the social learning theory, the observer will often mimic or imitate what is seen if the “observed” possesses characteristics that the observer finds attractive, for example, wealth or good looks. So, if we ever see someone (or ever do it ourselves) copying someone or indeed learning something from someone they admire, it’s all down to how we learn from observation and how people behave in the world around us.

2. Learning Styles: Because we’re all different, we have difference needs and desires, likes and dislikes. This can also be applied to the field of learning, in that we all have different ways of doing so. This theory is basically about how well a person can learn depending on how the learning experience is geared towards their particular style of learning or not. How a person will learn from an experience all depends on how their psychological type is when compared to the experience at hand. Concrete/Abstract learners will learn through solid experiences like learning and doing, analysis and observation, similar to what has been mentioned previously. Whilst active/reflective learners will learn better through though and reflection on the experience.

3. Communities of Practice: This refers to the process of social learning that happens when communities of people work and live in close approximation to one another. These “communities” may be neighborhoods of residents, or even people with common goals, it’s all about how they act towards each other as they strive to reach those goals. The term was coined by anthropologists Barbara Rogoff and Jean Lave, and has come to refer to communities that “practice” some sort of lifestyle, and into which new people that entered the group would enter and then attempt to pick up the social and cultural practices of said community.

4. Right Brain and Left Brain Learning: At one point or another, we’ve all heard about how the brain can be divided up into two hemispheres, with each side responsible for difference aspects of thinking (sometimes referred to as “modes” of thinking). It’s commonly thought that the left side is responsible for logical/scientific thinking, as well as analysis. While the right side is usually linked to more creative thinking, emotional and reflective in nature. Right/Left Learning also appears to be the subject of a number of short tests on the internet, supposedly letting you find out which “side” you lean towards.

5. Control/Choice Theory: Conceived by William Glasser, his theory states that behavior and learning are not caused by outside stimulus rather than what a person wants or needs at any given time. A better understanding of Control Theory will enable those who teach to better get their lesson across, because the learners will actively want to learn, and if students are unwilling to finish their homework, then it might well be because they view the work as basically being irrelevant to their basic human needs, as in, they don’t need to do it. Glasser came up with several ”drives” that every human has a need to fulfill in some respect, these are: Survival, power, love, freedom, fun and belonging. So if teachers are willing to motivate, care for, reward/praise and have faith in students and fulfill these innate desires, then learning is going to be whole lot easier.

6. Multiple Intelligences: Is a theory proposed by psychologist Howard Gardner and states that there are a number of ways in which people have a learning and understanding of what goes on around them, and that each of these ways are labeled as an “intelligence”, or a set of skills or methods in which people understand things. Gardner breaks these down into seven identified subsets of “intelligence”: Verbal, Logical, Visual, Body (physical motion and control), Musical, Interpersonal (interactions with others) and Intrapersonal (knowledge of oneself).

7. Brain-Based Learning: Is what it says, basically, that the brain is responsible for the learning aspect of life. That as long as the brain isn’t stopped from doing what it’s supposed to, then learning will happen. The theory also states that the morn we learn about the brain and the way it functions, the more we can relate how it processes learning and we can adjust our teaching patterns accordingly. Some examples of the main principles of this theory of understanding our minds include: That we have two types of memory – spatial and rote, each brain is unique, learning something usually involves peripheral attention as well as focused attention, and that learning is developmental.

8. Behaviorism: Briefly touched on at the start, Behaviorism is the theory that we learn via observation, that we “mimic” what behavior we see from those that come before us, and some even go so far as define learning as not much other than purely the acquisition of new behavior: We see what a teacher does/says and make that “behavior” our own. Research has gone into identifying different types of what is called “conditioning”, and that different types of conditioning may return different behavioral results. Classical conditioning is when a natural reflex occurs in response to some sort of stimulus, the experiment involving Pavlov’s dogs is arguably the most famous example of this, in which Pavlov gets dogs to salivate when a bell rings, this bell is – for the dogs – associated with the providing of tasty food. Another example of conditioning is ”operant conditioning”, when a response is reinforced through some method. A good example of this would be in the classroom, if a teacher rewards a student for good work, then because of reward, the response is likely to become more probable in the future (the response being good work from the student).

9. Theory of Cognitive Development: Also known as Piaget’s Developmental Theory, after Jean Piaget, a Swiss philosopher. His theory applies to the learning patterns of children whilst they’re growing up, that they build “cognitive structures” of how the view the world, which would involve the mental processes (schemes, concepts and responses, being some examples) required for dealing with a given situation, and that these structures would become increasingly complex as we grow up, that our intellect would grow as we learnt more and had to process ever more information.

10. Constructivism: Is the theory that we all learn by “doing”. It’s the philosophy that as we reflect on past experiences, we come to a much greater understanding of how the world works. Because our experiences are unique to us, so are our “rules” and “cognitive structures”, and this contributes to making each of us unique as a person, both in personality and in knowledge. Constructivism is when a learner is actively involved in creating new experiences that one can learn from, together with a teacher, who has these experience to pass on, thus creating unique cognitive experiences for all of the learners involved.

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Don't Get Scammed in HYIP

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There's a good general rule of thumb in life that also applies very well in the world of HYIPs: if it seems too good to be true, it generally is. This applies to the HYIP world when you have sites that offer unrealistic return rates, like 100% a day or more. Sure, they may pay off for a day or two, but they're mostly just trying to create a strong membership foundation before taking their money and running. But just because that happens doesn't mean that you shouldn't even bother investing at all in HYIPs. It just means that you have to be vigilant in order to maximize your profits. Here are some ways that you can scrutinize an HYIP to see if it's the right one for you or not.

All HYIPs are risky. But then again, so are stocks, bonds, mutual funds, FOREX trading, and most other investment realms. It's just that in this case, if you make intelligent, well thought out choices, you stand to make lucrative profits quickly. Look deeper into sites that have earning potentials that are congruent with your goals for making money.

Some HYIPs are longer term, meaning you'll make a healthy profit months into the cycle, while others are shorter term and allow you to make more money quicker. Each one has its risks and rewards, and that's why it's important to map our your conquest before setting out into the world. That's also why it's important to diversify between different programs. Not "putting all your eggs into one basket" allows you the security of knowing that if one program fails, you still have others to back it up. Divide your money up according to your earning goals between the different programs you choose, and you'll be able to have a healthier portfolio, just like in the stocks and FOREX world.

All in all, you want to be cautious and aware about how the HYIPs do business. If there's anything confusing or fishy about the site, just look for another one you feel comfortable with.

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50 Niche Search Engines

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Just about everyone has used a Google or Yahoo! search engine if they have been on the Internet. Certainly you can find what you need with them. But search engines that focus on a very specific topic can be really helpful too. If you are looking for a particular video, an old friend from high school, or the perfect handbag, a niche search engine can help. They can make life even better if you can use them in a pinch, like when you need to understand the wording on your grandfather’s will.


All of these searches will help you discover something new, whether it’s a new author you’ve never read or what size shoe you wear in Europe.

  1. Gnod. Search for books, music, movies and people with this search engine. The beauty is that it remembers your interests and focuses the search results on those things you are more likely to enjoy. Save time and enjoy the results of your search with this fun tool.
  2. Icerocket. This search engine was designed to take the advertising out of blog searches and definitely does that. It also offers video and MySpace searches too.
  3. Online Conversion. Need to adapt a recipe, find out what size shoes you need when ordering from Italy, or figure out if it’s too early to call Aunt Edna in London? This online conversion site will help you find anything you need.
  4. Rollyo. You can choose your own niche with this search engine. Select a search from several different categories such as reference, parenting, or the news and receive customized results to help you discover what you need to know.
  5. Snopes.com. If your mom loves to send you those warning emails about rats and soda cans, then you can find out the truth about them using this search site. Each rumor, myth, or legend is explained and given a rating of true, false, partially true, or undetermined. Finally, you can put that persistent urban legend to rest!
  6. SearchBug. This search engine looks up people, businesses, reverse phone numbers, and more. You can also check the validity of email addresses, phone numbers, zip codes, IP addresses, social security numbers and more.
  7. Tablefy. Finally…you can compare apples to oranges! Or find out the similarities and differences between the top Internet browsers, popular beverages, sports players, and more. This is a great resource for anyone working on a school project.
  8. Soople. Search for information from a number of specialized categories such as music, movies, video, stocks, other languages, and much more. You can even discover who is linking to your website.
  9. Web 2.0 Search Engine. Find tools to make your life easier with this search engine. Whether you want to manage your to-do or grocery list or want to enhance your blog, you can enter your project and receive links to tons of Web 2.0 tools.
  10. WikiSlice. This search engine is specifically for searching Wikipedia. Suppose you want to find everything about tennis in Wikipedia. You will receive a link to the main article about tennis as well as links to other articles that mention tennis.
  11. Spock. This people search not only finds people without search pricetags attached, it will even bring up photos if they are available. Search by name, email, location, or tag to find someone you know.

Buying Stuff

Buying online is easy, but buying exactly what you want, at the lowest price, or locally can be a challenge. These searches will help make online shopping almost the same as doing it in person.

  1. Like.com. This search engine has taken online shopping to a whole new level. If you’ve ever waded through pages upon pages of shoes trying to find exactly what you knew you wanted, then you will love shopping here. The visual search allows you to choose details, color, pattern, or shape to find exactly what you want.
  2. Pronto. Shop with the lowest price in mind at this search engine for bargain shoppers. Get your results arranged by price (high to low or low to high), rating, or relevance.
  3. Local.com. If you want to find a restaurant, place of business, or a service and you want to keep it local, use this search engine. You can browse by category or search by your zip code or city and state.
  4. retrevo. "Matching people and electronics," this search engine will help you find any electronic you want. Not only can you find out where to buy stuff, you can also find articles, forums, blogs, and more. If you need that missing owner’s manual for your TV, you can find it here.
  5. Slifter. If you are looking for a specific product and want to buy it locally, you’ll like this search engine. Enter your item and receive a listing of your local stores that carry that item. You can compare prices, too. If you want to take this service with you, set up Slifter to work on your mobile device.
  6. The Find. Putting all the other shopping search engines together, this one will search through hip boutiques, large department stores, and local shops. You can find a bargain or buy the top of the line with this comprehensive online shopping tool.

Making Sense of It All

Life can be confusing enough without someone throwing in words or phrases you don’t know. Use these searches to cut through the chaos and be in the know.

  1. MetaGlossery.com. Find the definition to anything on this powerful search engine. Enter a term, phrase, or acronym and get results with links that you can email or copy to your clipboard.
  2. Everybody’s Legal Glossary. Whether you need help decoding the paperwork on your house closing or want to understand that threatening note from your neighbor complaining about your barking pooch, you can find the definition of any legal term on this site.
  3. Dictionary of English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions. You may know it’s raining cats and dogs outside, but do you understand what it means if someone wears belt and suspenders? Find out what people are talking about with their funny turns of phrases with this fun idiom search tool.
  4. WestNet IT Glossary. Whether you are trying to figure out what’s going on with your computer or just wanting to understand that hot guy from the IT department, find out what IT technical terms mean with this resource.
  5. Travel Industry Dictionary. Search or browse this site to discover travel terms. If you are planning your vacation or trying to understand what your tour group will be doing during tomorrow’s excursion, find out here.
  6. NetLingo. Find out what your daughter said in that text she just sent you or discover what a "poke" is on Facebook with this fun search tool. If you don’t have a specific term you want to search, you can always browse alphabetically or by categories.

On the Go

These search engines are all designed specifically for mobile devices. Whether they help you find your way or save you on your bill, these will keep you mobile.

  1. Boing. Designed for mobile devices, this search engine provides results with "mobile friendly load times and limited screen size formatting" so that you can get the best of the Internet on your wireless device. Save time and money with this great search engine.
  2. Cha Cha. If you are out and about and need to know the answer to any question, then call or text Cha Cha and you will receive a text with the answer. Need directions, forgot what time the movie starts, or just want to win that trivia game? Cha Cha has your answer.
  3. Berggisearch. Powered by Hakia, download this application to your cell phone to get an efficient search that brings results recommended by librarians, not advertisements.

News and Academic Searches

These search engines focus on news or academic results. From up-to-the-minute headlines to complete online texts, these sites will help you out.

  1. Google Scholar. This new Google search finds only scholarly literature. If you are trying to find the latest research or information on any topic ranging from diabetes to Oscar Wilde to tornadoes and don’t want to wade through the mess that can come up with other searches, this one will take your straight to the source.
  2. bookmach. If you are tired of all the spam that shows up when you are looking for news or searching blogs, then bookmach.com is the place for you. With over 3300 sources, you will only find the best when you use this search engine. You can save your searches to customize the home page so that your favorite topics are always there.
  3. Congoo. This search engine is a "real-time news, networking, and information portal." Get the latest news right on their home page or use the search engine to look up whatever news topic in which you are interested.
  4. Open Library. This search engine will find any book ever published. If you want to read one of those books online, you are in luck. Over 234,000 have full text available.
  5. Wikio. Search for the latest news here. Whether you want to search in video, blogs, or traditional text for your news or would like to explore a topic, you are sure to find the latest updates here.

Audio and Video

With so many photos, music, and video on the Internet, it can be difficult to find precisely what you need. These searches will narrow down the field and even help you find the perfect movie for tonight.

  1. Pixsy. This search engine is for photos and videos only. It works wonderfully if you are trying to find a photo of a potential hotel for your vacation, a movie trailer, or the latest photo of George Clooney.
  2. Blinkx. Enter your keyword and choose whether you want your video results in a traditional format or in a wall format. If you choose wall, you can see an entire page of results. Hovering over any one will move it to the right and begin playing.
  3. FindSounds. If you are looking for a new message alert for your text messages or want to have a Scooby Doo clip on your blog, you can find the sound you want here. The search is free, but if you want to upgrade to be able to organize and and edit, you will need to pay a subscription fee.
  4. Last.fm. Search for music on this site, then find other artists based on your music preferences. If you are a music lover, you won’t want to miss this site.
  5. Girafa. While the purpose of this site is to sell you on adding thumbnails to your website, it works wonderfully as a search engine that shows you what each resulting web site looks like. That way you can determine if the site looks interesting before you even have to click on it.
  6. SeeqPod. Search for videos, audio, presentations, or Flash with this search engine. You can choose your type of search from audio, video, text, or all three.
  7. What to Rent! Tired of standing in front of that imposing wall of DVDs at your local rental store? This site will help you decide which movies to rent. The first time you visit, you will need to select a user name and complete a short quiz. Next time you can go straight to movie recommendations.
  8. SkreemR. If you are looking for an MP3 file, here’s the place to go. Find music, podcasts, speeches, and more with this search engine. Only the best files show up at the top of your results list.
  9. Dailymotion. Search videos from real people on a variety of topics such as news, travel, or hobbies. Of course, there are those videos that are just plain silly, too.

The Search Engine is the Niche

With so many search engines out there, there are sure to be some that are so remarkable in their own right that they are the niche. The following search engines will change the way you view Internet searches. You may find a new favorite among these.

  1. Kartoo. Enter your keyword and you will receive a visual map of all the different topics that may pertain to your keyword. Hover your mouse over each and you will see an enlarged view of the first website on your left with a short description of the site. This search engine takes searching to a whole new level.
  2. Boxxet. Search for what interests you and you will get results from the "best of" news, blogs, videos, photos, and more. This site brings together the "unique combination of computer automation and community passion" to give you a totally new way of searching.
  3. Quintura. Enter your search terms and watch a cloud of related terms appear at the left while a list of links comes up on the right. Hover over one of the words or phrases in the cloud to get a whole new list of links. This search engine eliminates having to click through several spots to find what you want.
  4. Gimpsy. Gimpsy asks you to fill in your action word(s) to use this search engine. If you tell Gimpsy you want to travel, you will receive several different options from buying tickets to finding a travel agent.
  5. Ms. Dewey. If typical search engines are too impersonal for you, then give Ms. Dewey a try. Sexy, fun, and silly, Ms. Dewey will help you find what you want to know. Just be careful of that flying rubber band when you take too long.
  6. Ujiko. Reminiscent of a video game, this search engine gives you "expertise points" each time you use it. Ten points takes you to a new level. At each level, you receive new tools to enhance your searching experience.
  7. mnemomap. Enter a search term (this works best with just one word) and receive a graphic mapping out all possible directions the word could go as well as a list of links from the traditional web search, an image database, digg, del.icio.us, or YouTube.
  8. Trexy. Using the metaphor of trails, this search engine promises that you will never have to search twice again. By forming trails or following trails others have forged, you can eliminate unnecessary searching by getting straight to what you want. Happy Hiking!
  9. whonu. Try this search that takes the work out of narrowing down your topic. Type in a keyword and watch as several subcategories appear below. Selecting a subcategory brings more subcategories until you arrive at precisely what you want to find. From there, you can choose to search for text, video, images, news, blogs, and more.
  10. Yoople! Combining the searching power of Yahoo!, Google, and people, this search engine brings you results, then asks you to click and drag the results in an order you prefer. As more and more people rate certain links higher, then the results should bring a better search to everyone.

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How to Buying a Printer?

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These are most commonly used output devices used to get prints of documents on the pager. Different printers have different mechanisms. Therefore purchasing a printer can be a sometimes confusing task. The following is additional information that will help in your purchasing decisions.

Technology of printers

There are many types and technology of printer are available in market but the most popular and commonly used are inkjet and laser printer.

Ink Jet Printer. The inkjet printer is not-impact character printer and prints one character at a time. The printing quality of inkjet printer is measured by the number of tiny ink of drops per inch(dpi). Most inkjet printers range from 300 to 2400 dpi. Printers with higher dpi usually are more expensive but having high printing quality. The speed of an inkjet printer is measured by the number of pages per minute (ppm) it can print. Its printing speed is up to 15 ppm. Therefore purchasing a printer can be depends upon printers dpi and ppm but It depends upon user need.

Laser Printer. A Laser printer is the fastest and high quality printer, but a laser printers are more expensive than inkjet printers and their print quality is also higher. The print quality and printing speed of laser printers make them ideal for offices and business. The laser printer can print text and graphics in very high quality resolution. The commonly user laser printers have resolution of 300 or 600 dpi and printing speed is from 5 to 30 ppm. The high quality laser printers have resolution from 600 to 2400 dpi. The printing speed of these printers is also more than 150 ppm.

Speed and price range

The price of laser printers depend on the quality and printing speed. The color printers are more costly than black-and-white laser printers. The higher the resolution and speed, the more expensive the printer.The price range can vary depending upon the quality of the printer and the type of printer for example inkjet, laser printers.


Once you have reviewed the appropriate information and believe that you are ready to make a purchase of a printer ensure that the source which you plan on purchasing the printer from is a reputable source and you have reviewed our section on what to look out for when purchasing over the Internet.

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Tips On Buying A Computer Memory.

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Introduction of Computer memory.

The Computer memory plays very important role in data processing. Computer memory means the computer can use powerful program with large size. It also improves the data procession speed of computer, that is way it is very important to verify When purchasing a computer memory, this memory is suitable for your computer and needs. Below is a listing of different considerations and tips to look for when purchasing computer memory.

Type Of Memory

There are many types of memory available in market, Before purchasing any memory or considering purchasing memory it is important that you distinguish the type of memory that is required. Below is a listing of some of the configurations of computer memory.

Memory type: SIMM, DIMM, RIMM,
Amount of Pins: 72-Pin, 30-Pin, etc..
Speed of memory: 10ns, 60ns, 70ns, etc..
Below is a listing of additional considerations to look out when purchasing computer memory.

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Credit Repair


Have you ever had a problem with your debt or loan? Or are you having problem with it? As we know that having debt or loan, such as a home loan, car loan, payday loan and others gives a lot of advantages for the users. It helps many people, especially those who do not have a big salary. One problem that usually appears is when they are not able to pay the payment. If they do not pay the payment as well as possible and on time, it will make their credit rating worse and worse. If it happens, it will be hard for them to get more loans or debt in the future.

Luckily, the situation above has been anticipated by many people, business or company. Many people, business or company offer credit repair for those who have bad credit ratings. From many websites that give credit repair, one web site that can be trusted is repairyourbadcredit.com. Repairyourbadcredit.com will help the people with any bad credit history. When you decide to repair credit here, you will never get any frustration, be able to save a lot of time, and money. If you need tips to improve your present credit rating, you are in the right place because they will lead you how to improve the credit rating. So, now having bad credit is not a big deal, find a place to fix credit is easy since there is repairyourbadcredit.com.

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Tips On Buying A CD-ROM Drives.


CD-ROM drive is used with computer to read the information from the CD-ROM. Today CD-ROM drives have transfer rates ranging from 48X to 75X or more. Generally Purchasing a CD-ROM drive relatively easy task however can involve some considerations when purchasing.

Technology of CD-ROM

Before considering purchasing a CD-ROM it is also good consider the other available options.

CD-R - A CD-writer or recorder (or simply CD-R drive) is used to write data on CD-R disks. Usually, a CD-writer can read information from CD as well as write information on CD, The locally produced CD-R disks are created with CD writer. The speed of these drives is up to 52X or more.

CD-RW - You must have a CD-RW drive to write date on the CD-RW. These drives have read and write speed is up to 52X or more but the re-write speed is 10X or more. The CD-RW drive is advanced and more expensive than CD-R drive. It can write data on both CD-R and CD-RW discs and also read data from them

DVD - DVD stands for Digital Video Disk Versatile Disc. DVD-ROM is an extremely high capacity optical disc with storage capacity from 4.7 GB to 17 GB.


Today CD-ROM drives have transfer rates or speeds ranging from 52X to 72X or more. For Example, a 52X CD-ROM drive has a data transfer rate of 7,200 KBps (i.e. 48 X 150 = 7200)or 7.2 MBps. It means that the higher the number, the faster the CD-ROM drive. This speed is generally only going to be noticeable when installing a program or copying large amounts of data from a CD.


For a CD-ROM drive, not to be confused with a CD-R, CD-RW or DVD drive can vary depending upon the speed and the interface the CD-ROM drive uses.

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Information About Purchasing A New Computer Chassis

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Generally there are two types of Computer Case are available in market, for Example Tower case and desktop case. The system unit of the desktop personal computer can lie flat on the desk or table and the monitor is usually placed on the system unit. An other model of the computer case is known tower. The system unit of the tower PC is vertically placed on the desk or table. But purchasing a computer case is generally not an important consideration when you are going to buy a Computer. However it depends upon the user needs and choice to building a computer case may find it important to consider the following considerations.


  • Color of Case

  • Type of Case (Tower case and Desktop case)

  • Size of Case

The main and important factor is Upgrade availability in case.

  • Please must consider that case have enough slots which will allow you to add additional hard disk CD-ROM, Floppy drives or other drives.

  • Other main consideration is that case have the availability for slots for additional cards to be placed in. For Example VGA Card, LAN card and internal Modem.

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How To Earn Money Online In Ten Easy Steps


So you want to earn money online? Then you are like thousands of others that have turned to the Internet as a career choice. However unlike the typical nine to five job, owning an Internet Business is a whole different experience. You are now responsible for many different jobs in order to set your Internet Business up successfully. It is important to understand your new responsibilities and why each step is important to the foundation of your business.

So many times people turn to the Internet to earn money online with high hopes and dreams. The sad fact is the idea of having a successful online business often clouds ones judgment, as they picture a care free day while making money. I wish I could tell you that just because this is your home business that you will have limited responsibilities, however I think you will be enlightened to a whole new idea after you finish reading this article.

I know you have seen the advertisements that say they have made money while sleeping, golfing, and vacationing. While yes this does happen, it doesn't happen without work involved. Its time you got real and understood what will be expected of you in order to have your Internet Business successful.

1.)Advertising and Marketing- Online Marketing is The core of any business. Get some marketing training. Instead of depending on companies to do you Marketing for you, look for other companies to help you to accomplish this.

2.)Mentor - Build a relationship with your mentor. A good mentor will want to meet with you a minimum of three times a week at the beginning. Following through with appointments, and learning from you mentor can really make or break you business.

3.)Education- Business education should be an ongoing strategy. Always include time to improve on yourself and learn new techniques that will assist you in building your Internet Business.

4.)Consistency- With online marketing you has to have a consistency, especially when using the free marketing techniques. Setting out to consistently build your online business will mean failure and success.

5.)Leadership - Learning to be a leader in the Industry is what clearly set you apart from the rest. Even if you are a beginner to building a business you should be training to be a leader in the industry. Learning to that the proper way will allow you to stand out against the competition

6.)Blogging - this is often a missed yet highly effective way to market and online business. It not only drives people to your website, but it also brands you and allows you customers a way to get to know you.

7.)Improvement - You should never stop expanding your knowledge. No matter how much money you earn online you should set out to expand your knowledge. Continuing your path to improving yourself and your business will give you the upper edge over the competition.

8.)Training - Keep training and there is so many different ways that you can expand your business. If you don't continue to expand your training then you will never learn knew inventive ways to drive traffic to your website.

9.)Website - Unique and Professional websites that brand yourself is the best type of website to own. If you have a website that is properly done and easy to navigate it will make an impression your visitors. Make sure you don't follow the same website that everyone else out there has, be different and unique your customers will appreciate you for it.

10.)Statistics - You have to keep online marketing and conversion statistics weekly and monthly. Knowing what is working online and what is not working online will eliminate the things that don't work and leverage your time to work on things that do work.

As you can tell in order to have success online, you have work and expectations of yourself in order to have you online business work. The ads may claim you will obtain passive income with no work, and as much as I wish I could share with you that is truth it is false. In fact you have now taken on bookkeeper, manager, boss, and marketing experts. Although it all may feel overwhelming once you get you business on a schedule and learn to handle your new responsibilities you will then understand the benefits and of owning your own business.

In conclusion do your business justice by understanding the fundamentals of growing it. Don't sit back and wait for the Internet to evolve to the point where there is no work and all play. Until modern technology advances there always is work involved in order to be able to earn money online.

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Tips, Tools, and Resources for Power Searching

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Librarians are known in their communities as the go-to resource for power searches, research projects and answers to every kind of query. As informed as librarians are, however, they can always use some help harnessing the overwhelming amount of information available online. This list of 50 tips, guides and tools is designed to give librarians some help when searching Google for quality, relevant information for themselves and their patrons.

Advanced Search Tips

To perform an advanced search on Google that will narrow down your results, consider the following tips.

  1. Choose a domain name: If you’re looking for quality, authoritative information, select the Google Advanced Search option that only brings up .edu or .gov sites.
  2. Select a time period: This tip is especially helpful for science searches or if you need to find information that falls between a specific time period.
  3. Top 5 Google Search Tips: Get tips for using "hardcore Google" by watching this video.
  4. Usage Rights: Google lets searchers use the User Rights feature to specifically find material of any file type that can be shared and modified.
  5. Change language: To find source material, sometimes you need to bring up the content in its original language. Don’t forget to set this preference during your search to increase your chances of finding the original document.
  6. SafeSearch filtering: If you only want kid safe or public appropriate material brought up during your search, choose either the moderate or strict filtering option in your preferences.
  7. Negative terms: Weed out information you don’t want by putting the minus sign behind your keyword and then typing in another keyword that represents the definition of what you don’t want displayed. For an example, follow the link.
  8. link: If you want to find secondary source material that still links to a widely known authoritative site, type in [link:] and then the address of the site you want links to.
  9. Other Information Needs: Visit this page to find shortcuts for finding pages with certain words in the title, at certain domain names and more.
  10. related: The related feature gives you the option of searching for a page that is very similar to a website you already know. If you need an extra source or two for your project, you can type in [related:] and then the address of the site you’re using as an example for what you want to find.

Google Search Tools

Take advantage of Google’s many different search tools that can quickly connect you to literature and nonfiction guides, patents, scholarly articles, news archives and more.

  1. Google Blog Search: When you want your results to include blog content only, use this search.
  2. Google Book Search: Besides being able to search for actual books, this search also lets you find keywords and phrases that appear in books.
  3. Google Image: When you’re only searching for images, turn to this search engine powered by Google to find the most popular pics on the Web.
  4. News Archive Search: The days of microfiche and microfilm may be over thanks to the Google News Archive Search, which "provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives" and can display your results in a timeline.
  5. Power Search Tool: Watch this video for an introduction to Google’s Power Search Tool, which can narrow down your search by file type, search engine, definitions, history and a lot more.
  6. Desktop: Librarians who work on Macs can easily search all of the overwhelming content, saved websites and other files on their computer with this handy tool.
  7. Patent Search: For scientific, product, engineering and historical searches involving patents, you can look up over 7 million patents with photos and other information here.
  8. Google Custom Search: Create your own search engine powered by Google that reflects the needs of your library and community. You can choose to include certain websites, customize display options and more.
  9. Search by Number: For administrative purposes, use the Search by Number tools to track packages, find patents and look up U.S. area codes.
  10. Earth: If your library needs maps or aerial images of buildings, the community, or virtually any place on the planet, use the free Google Earth tool for your searches. Google Earth Plus and Google Earth Pro offer paid upgrades that include GPS and "access the ultimate research, presentation, and collaboration tool for location-specific information."
  11. Google Scholar: Google Scholar is a popular search engine that connects you to quality sites, journals, articles, abstracts, citations, research material and more.
  12. Finance: Help your patrons find stock quotes, market information and industry news on this niche site.
  13. Google Power Search: With a keyword search box and a drop down tab for different file types, this easy search engine lets you find images, Web content, video, music and more.
  14. Special Searches: When you need to conduct a search within a specific topic, like computers, politics or colleges and universities, use this tool to only bring up information that’s truly relevant.

Google Apps and Resources

Watch these videos and learn about Google’s apps and secret search commands to tap into parts of the Internet you never thought you’d be able to reach.

  1. Advanced Search Made Easy: Google’s Web Search Help Center provides great advice for maximizing the benefits of the advanced search, including choosing a specific domain, language, file type or period of time.
  2. Top 5 Hidden Google Search Commands: This YouTube video reveals simple tips for finding exactly what you want, including file types, metric conversions and answers to math problems.
  3. Language Tools: Find websites in different languages, translate a web page, and even alter the Google interface so that it reflects a particular language or country, from Sweden to Albania to Colombia to Liechtenstein.
  4. Google Toolbar: Install the Google Toolbar into your Firefox browser so that you can conduct a search from any place online.
  5. Improve Your Search Experience: This Google site gives tips on using reference tools, local searches, searching by number and other features.
  6. Google Notebook: Google Notebook is a librarian’s best friend, as it help you organize all of your clips, frequently visited websites and other research information.
  7. Translate: View websites in other languages by having them translated here.
  8. Web Accelerator: Speed up your searches and make your library run much more efficiently with this Google tool that helps your browser run more quickly.
  9. Search Results Page: Here, every part of a Google search results page is explained, helping you figure out where to find search statistics, navigation links, suggested sites and more.
  10. Google Sites: Librarians can use this Google app to share results and research with patrons or other librarians, making power searching a lot faster and more community-driven.

Power Searching Guides and Ideas

Here you’ll find how-to guides and ideas to help you with your power search, from finding different file types to using Google Book search in new ways.

  1. How to do an advanced search on Google Book Search: Watch this short YouTube tutorial for tips on doing the advanced search on this specific Google search engine.
  2. How to Use Google Search Like a Professional User: In this video, you’ll get tips for looking up basic information and getting the results you want to appear higher up in your queue.
  3. How to Use Google Trends for Keyword Search: Learn how checking statistics can give you an edge in your search.
  4. How to Find Any Type of File Using Google: If you’re having a hard time finding music files, images or specific downloads during your search, consider the tips presented in this video.
  5. Google Search Tips: This tutorial goes over Google search tools that can help teachers, students and librarians find what they need.
  6. Google Book Search: Researching Your (Ancestral) Roots: Get inspired to use Google Book Search for a genealogical project.
  7. 12 Quick Tips to Search Google Like and Expert: Tips in this guide include knowing when to exclude words, doing a site specific search, and searching for specific document types.
  8. Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks: To help patrons find even the most obscure material, use this guide to learn Google’s secrets.
  9. 10 Most Amazing Google Search Tricks: From abbreviations and definitions to live commentaries, get quick search tips here.
  10. 20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches: The Dumb Little Man offers up 20 tips for efficient Google power searching, from quotes to the wildcard symbol to vertical searches to types of numbers to cached pages.

Google Hacks for Librarians

These hacks are great for librarians who want to learn about the Google tips and tricks that will help them find information for students, teachers and the public.

  1. Secret Google Tips for Researchers: Part 1: This is part one of a five-part series that helps serious researchers use Google more efficiently, including searching groups, using quotes and stems, and more.
  2. Librarians and Google: Tips of the Trade: Librarians and librarian media specialists talk about the Google tools they love to use.
  3. Internet Librarian: 30 Search Tips in 40 Minutes: Elizabeth Lane Lawley from the mamamusings blog gives great tips for online searches, including many Google hacks.
  4. Google Guide: Making Searching Even Easier: This page is full of shortcuts, abbreviations and tips for conducting specialized searches.
  5. Google Hacks: Tips and Tools for Finding the World’s Information: View this book online through Google Books to find very useful tips for getting to the information you want on Google.
  6. Create a Google Custom Search Engine: The website Google Librarian Central provides this how-to for librarians who want to create a custom search engine for their community.

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Doing Your Due Diligence

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So now you have a select group of HYIPs that you would like to invest in. You've mapped out your plan to maximize your earnings, and you're ready to set out into the HYIP world, and you're going to rake in the dough! Not so fast. Before you put your money in the hands of an HYIP admin, it's important to do your Due Diligence to find out more about the site and the admin before you hand over your money. Here's how you can accomplish this.

Many HYIP investors get caught up in the game of profits. They spot the first HYIP that promises amazing returns, and they shove their money at it. Before you lose it all playing this way, let's figure out who is behind these HYIPs first. Do a Whois information search on the site and see if there are any verifiable contact details in it. If it's full of useless information, that means the admin of the site doesn't want to be traced. Walk away.

Check out the site itself. If it looks like many other sites out there, they're probably using a cheap premade script. This is a big red flag. Not only does it mean that they're probably not in it for the long haul because they didn't invest in a strong, independent script, but most of the premade scripts are easily cracked and intruded on by hackers who can steal your money and your private information. Also be sure to check all the pages on the site for text that seems copied from other sites. We've seen some excellent examples like site names that differed from the domain name. Big red flag, again. If they did not bother to create a trustworthy-looking website, why should you invest in them? You are more likely to see some return if you choose a company carefully, paying attention to all the aspects.

Forums and monitors are a great way to figure out who is paying and who isn't. Look past the bickering that they bring and sift for useful information. It might make the difference between investing in a strong HYIP and a dead one.

And finally, you can just ask the admin some questions. Ask them about their background, why they think they can make money in the HYIP field, contact information, etc. If you don't feel comfortable in their answers, don't feel comfortable giving them your money.

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Tips For Buying A Hard Drive

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Today hard disk is most commonly used storage device in personal computers and laptop computers. Mostly application program and operation systems require hard disk for installation and operation. That is way it is very important to verify When purchasing a hard disk drive, this hard disk drive is suitable for your uses and has or does not have the options you may or may not need.

Interface of the hard disk

There are many types (interface) of hard disks available in the market for example IDE/ATA,SCSI,External hard drive. That is why first decide your need is internal or external hard drives. When looking to purchase a hard disk drive the first it is important consideration is the Interface the hard disk drive uses to communicate with the computer .


This type of hard disk is used with IBM compatible computers, and very easy to install in a computer. Each IBM computer has the availability for a maximum of four IDE devices, for example IDE hard disk , CD drive and DVD drive.


The SCSI interface is generally a better and faster solution when compared to IDE/ATA but this solution is not best for common user only best for server level machine. however in some cases can be more difficult to install. To install a SCSI hard disk drive you must have a SCSI card and an available connection on the SCSI cable connecting to the SCSI card.


External Hard disk
There are many solutions are also available; these include, USB Hard disk drive, Fire wire Hard disk drive and Parallel Hard disk drive. The main benefit with external hard disk, you can move it where you want very easily. Mostly external hard disk is used for data backup and change the physical location of data.

Other considerations

Here are some important considerations to look at when purchasing a computer new hard disk drive:

Speed: Hare disk speed is playing an important role when your consider a computer speed. The accessing speed of hard disk is also very high as compare to other storage devices. It is from 5 to 15 MBps. The platters of hard disk rotate from 3000 to 10,000 revolution per min.

Warranty: How long is the warranty and what does it cover.

Support : Is the technical support number a free number is it open 24 hours 7 days a week.

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Tips On Buying A Desktop Computer


A desktop personal computer is a most popular mode of personal computer. The system unit of the desktop personal computer can lie flat on the desk or table. In desktop personal computer, is usually placed on the system unit. A Purchasing a home or business computer can be a big and sometimes costly decision. Below is a listing of helpful suggestions for what to look for and ask when purchasing a home or business computer new or used.


Today there are two options to buy a computer, a new or used computer. Used computer are some time out of date, but you can buy it with very low price as compare to new computer, but I think branded or used computer are much stable than a new computer. Before purchasing a computer consider if you should purchase a new or used computer. Many individuals sell computer before they are out of date allow you to purchase a relatively decent computer. Before purchasing a new computer from a computer manufacture look at what is available and review the below precautions when purchasing a computer.

More Considerations

When purchasing a computer it is likely that you will have a general idea of what you may like in the computer or how you would like to configure the computer. Below is a listing of the various components likely to be found in a computer and recommendations and tips when considering any of the following components.


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Generally there are two types of Computer Case are available in market, for Example Tower case and desktop case. The system unit of the desktop personal computer can lie flat on the desk or table and the monitor is usually placed on the system unit. An other model of the computer case is known tower. The system unit of the tower PC is vertically placed on the desk or table. But purchasing a computer case is generally not an important consideration when you are going to buy a Computer. However it depends upon the user needs and choice to building a computer case may find it important to consider the following considerations.

CD Media

CD-R -always will be an important consideration to think about when purchasing a new computer or used computer. A CD-writer or recorder (or simply CD-R drive) is used to write data on CD-R disks. Usually, a CD-writer can read information from CD as well as write information on CD, The locally produced CD-R disks are created with CD writer. The speed of these drives is up to 52X or more.

CD-RW - You must have a CD-RW drive to write date on the CD-RW. These drives have read and write speed is up to 52X or more but the re-write speed is 10X or more. The CD-RW drive is advanced and more expensive than CD-R drive. It can write data on both CD-R and CD-RW discs and also read data from them

DVD - DVD stands for Digital Video Disk Versatile Disc. DVD-ROM is an extremely high capacity optical disc with storage capacity from 4.7 GB to 17 GB.

Hard Drive

Hard drives have and always will be an important consideration to think about when purchasing a new computer or used computer. Hard disk is most commonly used storage device in personal computers and laptop computers. Most application programs and operation systems require hard disk for installation and operation.


The computer processor is and will always be an important consideration when purchasing a computer. Processor is considered the brain of the computer. The CPU fetches instructions of program from main memory and executes them one by one. The speed of the CPU is measured in Mega Hertz or Giga Hertz and speed from 500 MHz to 3.4 GHz, it depends upon a user needs, that is why purchasing a processor is an important consideration when building or buying a computer. There are several considerations and additional information about what to ask and look for when purchasing a processor directly or already installed into a computer.

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Gold Made Easy


Do you have any gold? Or Do you like to collect any gold? I hope you do because if we have gold, it will be pride for us. Having is not only for pride but also for spending hobby, showing the wealth and have self satisfaction, that is why many people like wearing or collecting gold. To get or buy gold, we can get it in many gold stores around the neighborhood.

How about buying it online or in the Internet? Can we do that? Yes, you can because now there are many online gold stores available in the Internet and Gold Made Easy is one of them. When you visit goldmadeeasy.com, you will see many gold coin sold here and most of them have good design, such as; Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle MS 65, The American Gold Buffalo, The American Gold Eagle and many more. The prices are suitable with the design, quality and beauty of the gold. Besides being able to buy gold, we can also sell our gold here. You can also use sell gold in Gold Made Easy. So, anytime you need to buy and sell Gold as well as acquiring a gold and precious metal portfolio, visit goldmadeeasy.com or contact them at 1-800-940-7793.

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Write CDs And DVDs

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There are many commercial CD/DVD writer programs that you can use which offer a lot of features for creating data and audio CDs and DVDs. This tutorial uses a simple free program called DeepBurner Free.

CD/DVD writer drives are able to "burn" discs so that you can create

your own data, music or video discs, especially useful for backing up large amounts of data.

There are two main categories of writeable discs you can buy: Recordable discs such as CD-R or DVD-R or DVD
+R are discs that can only be written once, whereas Re-Writeable discs such as CD-RW or DVD-RW or DVD+RW can be written over many times.

Install DeepBurner

Download the DeepBurner Free program from www.deepburner.com.

Double-click the file you downloaded to run the install program. During setup, use the Next button to move t
hrough the options screens.

Select your language and agree to the License Agreement. Leave the destination f
older as it is, and select the Full setup.

Leave the program group as DeepBurner, and wait for the program to install. If you want to, you can read the Read Me file which contains some information about the program. When ready, click Finish.

Getting Started

Insert the recordable or re-writeable CD or DVD you want to burn into your drive.

The program can be started by double-clicking the DeepBurner desktop shortcut, or by clicking on the Start menu then All Programs > DeepBurner > DeepBurner.

First you will need to choose whether you want to burn a Data CD/DVD or an Audio CD.

A Data disc can contain any kind of file and is useful for storing and backing up your PC files. An audio CD is like an album you buy from a shop; it stores music files as audio tracks and can be played in a CD player or on your PC.

Data Disc

To burn a disc of data files, select Create data CD/DVD and click Next.

The New Project window will appear and you will be given the option of creating a multisession disc. If you choose this option, it means you can burn more files to the same disc at another time, if not you will have to start from the beginning and burn all the files again.

Now on your desktop, double-click the My Documents icon or open a new window, and locate the files you want to burn.
Click and drag the files from the window into the DeepBurner box below where it says Name, Size and Description.

You can continue adding the files you want to burn to this list, but keep an eye on the bar below which shows how much space your files will use up on the disc. An average CD allows a total of around 650MB - 700MB and an average DVD is around 4.7GB.

When you are finished, click the Burn disc icon from the menu on the left, then click the Burn button to begin writing your files to the CD/DVD.

To ensure burning is successful, it is best not to run other programs and to leave your PC alone until it has finished.

Time Remaining shows how long before the burning is finished. When it is done, the disc will be ejected.

When the message 'Burn completed successfully. Please insert next disc' appears, click Cancel and then close DeepBurner. Click No if asked to Save Changes.

Audio Disc

If you want to burn a CD-R disc of music tracks, select Audio CD as Project Type.

Click and drag song files such as MP3s into the box in DeepBurner, as with data files.

With Audio CDs you can rearrange the files into the order you want them to play on the CD. Click to select a particular track and use the arrow buttons above to move the file up or down the list.

When finished, click the Burn Disk icon and click the Burn button.

DeepBurner will now convert your song files into audio tracks and then start writing them to the CD.

Erase Re-Writeable Disc

On the Burn disc window, the Erase button allows you to wipe a RW disc so it is blank ready for burning.

Use Quick erase unless you have previously stored private data on the disc, in which case it may be better to use Full erase to completely remove any trace of the previous data.

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