Or for the cleaning challenged
Recycle & Help the Earth
Recycle your used furniture and things
Good Computer Solutions
Keep Your Computer Clean
It will run better without spyware and trojans slowing down your machine
detect spy programs free - spy bot search and destroy
free or please donate when you can
is your computer Running Slow?
You may need more Disk Space or Memory. What are these and why would I need it?
Here is an illustration I heard that makes it simple. Think of your kitchen.
Windows XP with a 32 bit system processor needs 512 MB just for itself and a few basic things like email and typing. I think it is best to have 1 GB. Add more if you intend to multitask and have several larger programs open at the same time, like Photoshop and Illustrator. Increase it more if you like Gaming Programs. Win XP with 32 bit processor can only see/use up to 3 GB if your computer has that capacity.
Windows XP with a 64 bit system processor needs 1 GB for basic needs. Add up to 3 GB more for more speed.
Windows 7 with a 32 bit system needs at least 1 GB for basic uses and 16 GB of free (empty) Hard Disk space (your cabinets) to operate well. Add another GB if you wish to use Photoshop, etc. Gaming programs function better at 3 GB. A Windows 7 with 32 bit system can only see/use 4 GB.
Windows 7 with a 64 bit system needs a minimum of 2 GB for basic things and 20 GB of free (empty) Hard Disk space (your cabinets) to operate well.
So if your counterspace is only big enough for windows to function, you are in trouble and the computer is very slow as it labors to operate.
More Ram = faster computer
To make things simple and for you too see how much Ram you have and how much more you can install go to Crucial.com for their free system scanner. Yes, they sell Ram.
a windows troubleshooter
When Windows won't start...
Go to Emergency System Restore
If you can't start windows and it was working fine yesterday, ...
Turn on computer and press the F8 key while it is starting up
(this will take you to windows safe mode options)
Choose Safe Mode with a Command prompt
at the Dos prompt:
XP users type:
Vista users type:
then follow prompts to restore your computer back to a day when it was working correctly
Protect Your Kids on the Internet
I have tried several things to protect where children can go on the internet but was not happy with results. Kids can work around everything or they have a friend who can. Some programs only protect in their browser.
Try OpenDns. They protect on the Network Router that you use.
they do have a free version but $10.00 for the year is not bad. It works by changing the IP address that you access the internet.
Free Web Pages
Free Email Providers
Have you changed your service lately? Changed from cable to fils or satellite? Why should you have to constantly change your email also? Try a permanent email.
go to www.yahoo.com for free email or widgets
www.gmail.com for free email and phone calls
I like gmail because you can set up an email program like Microsoft Outlook or the free Thunderbird from Mozilla.org to read your email right on your computer.
And with Gmail you get a Google account which gives you access to Google Plus, YouTube, and all things Google.
Free Firewalls to keep you safe from hackers
Free Anti Virus
Avast Anti virus - free for home use
Threatfire anti virus for computer protection - free -
works by checking behavior of programs to guard against virus attacks
a Free Office Program
If you can't afford Microsoft Word get:
OpenOffice at OpenOffice.org
It is open source, which means a lot of different people work on this out of love, so it is free or you can give a small donation to encourage them to develop the program.
The features are:
a Free program - like "Illustrator"
Inkscape is another open source program for vector drawing. This is very much like Illustrator. Using a vector program means that you can resize your graphics, larger or smaller, and they hold their appearance. The graphic is not made of dots, so the graphic is not "pixelated" (or jagged like a staircase).
When you need a jpeg or png file, you can export your graphic that way. You can also "Save As" a pdf file. There is a learning curve with this program.
See Inkscape.org for the program
a Free Program - like "Photoshop"
If you can't afford Photoshop, then try Gimp. Another open source program that has been free forever. It is for making graphics with pixels (dots).
This is another program that requires a learning curve.
It will export as png or jpg
Go to Gimp.org for the program
Places to Learn Things
(this one is free)
Everything & Anything
A handy dandy extension for your browser to control all of those Facebook game invites and more...
It lets you know if someone has unfriended you.