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    • in reply to: Canned air vs. blower #1443966

      If you have a portable air compressor lying around the garage that’ll do the trick quite nicely, …and then some.
      If not, smile, and get the canned air and pay 6 to 9 dollars for it.

      Another excellent alternative would be the dishwasher. Just make certain; 1. the temperature doesn’t exceed melting point of
      plastics, 2. the water isn’t too hard, and finally, 3. you dry everything really well in the sun, on the dash of your vehicle
      for a few days, at least.

      The dishwasher bit is an effective red neck solution, which I’m told works surprisingly well for cigarette smoke.

      I am not kidding, I have used a hand held leaf blower. Take the PC Tower out to the patio, stay far enough away to control the air pressure on internal parts, aim carefully and see the dust billowing out. Follow up with an “Air Rocket” to finish small leftover dust.

    • in reply to: Add-ons that help browsers block Web trackers #1405963

      Well DavidFB,
      I would say it all depends on how one behaves on the internet. If I a hang out my dirty laundry on all the social networking sites, visit questionable websites, don’t
      secure my PC, search for information which would raise eyebrows if it was done at a party, expect to get caught with your pants down sooner or later. What I do in private live and on the internet will not result in a profile, if assembled, I would have to hide. Have you forgotten the good old days of excessive junk mail. That was, and is fueled, by third parties selling your address. Give me a small advertisement on a website any time, which with one glance I ignore without having to fill up my trash can with paper.
      Let the “other store rep follow me around to other stores”, it’s healthy competition. What harm is this going to inflict on me? He will know I am shopping around and he will have to do more to get my business.
      So, I am profiled and someone wants to target me with sales promotions, do the force me to purchase? I think not.
      If I broadcast my illnesses, secret desires, political and religious views, all over the social networks and then get all kinds of offers (out of the blue, how dare they), you don’t deserve any better.

    • in reply to: Add-ons that help browsers block Web trackers #1405581

      Paranoia comes to mind. Showing me adds based on my interest in certain products, has advantages for me. It allows me to quickly compare pricing and services by simply clicking on the adds of companies who want my business. No need to hunt for suppliers of the product I am interested in. Amazon is the innovator of this and a master at it.
      I just was in the market for a specific high end PC monitor. The moment I researched it, pop-ups for this monitor or similars, appeared on websites I visited. Now I had more resources to check pricing than I normally would have checked out. End results, I saved about 40% on the purchase by buying from a supplier I never heard of before.
      Now, if these pop-ups would be as noisy as the endless commercials on TV, this would be a different story.

    • in reply to: What to do about bad technical support #1296035

      I was learning to work with, and fix computers, the hard way. The learning curve was steep and the so called dismal tech support situation left me no choice. With a technical background in mechanics and electrical systems I only had to figure out how computers work. The mostly questionable tech support that I was faced with, forced me to solve problems myself.
      I don’t want to rehash here all the horror stories about incompetent, language and skill challenged tech support personnel, located somewhere in India. I have encountered them all. Since I am retired with time on my hands, the interaction with this people has become fun. I have used quite a few generations of top of the line Dell computers, and got to know there tech support system quite well. The interaction with the zombies which pick up the phone on your first call or answer your initial e-mail is is an exercise in futility, until you get past them to the so called “higher level”. They all have canned friendliness and responses to your problem. Many times I told them that I fully understand that trouble shooting at a distance is sometimes not easy, but at least take into account that there might be somebody who knows what he is talking about and just wants to get a piece of hardware replaced under warranty.
      Case in point:
      On a Dell 9100 desktop unit, I had a problem with a interrupted boot sequence. The unit would power up, fans start running, but after a few seconds when the hard drive should spin up, shuts down. Before I contact Dell, I dig into the unit, do my trouble shooting (want bore you with details), and determine that it is the power supply. Write e-mail to Dell with an explanation as to why I think it is the power supply, surprisingly no questions ask, Dell sends a new one, and I instal.
      Now, the fun part with tech support really starts, this time with an over enthusiastic support team (“we own this case and will stay with it until it is resolved”, i was assured) . Initially the new power supply solved the problem, but the next day, I encountered the same situation. Curious, this was not what I expected. My system was under full extended warranty with free home tech service. So, after contacting Dell again, the tech came and installed a motherboard (maybe Dell knows something i don’t know). It worked while he was at the house, but later that day the same problem again. Now I had the feeling I need to do my own trouble shooting again. Since the motherboard did not cause the problem(it could have been possible), and exactly the same symptoms I attributed to a faulty power supply persisted, I went after the power supply again. Lightning can strike twice, the replacement power supply was bad. (no power to the motherboard, wiggle wires coming out of the power supply, I get partial power).
      Asking the support team to send me another power supply went nowhere. After all, they just sent me a new one, I must be wrong. Over the course of 3-4 days the tech person arrived at my house with boxes of parts and proceeded to replace every component inside the case, except the hard drive which for obvious reasons, I did not let him do. Only after I was the owner of a non functioning new computer again and I was lucky to get a hold of a female, state side tech support person, did I get the requested power supply and the problem was fixed.

      Another case: A Dell laptop i need to fix for a friend, has a problem with shutting down after he plays a DVD for about 10 minutes. I run the Dell diagnostic, which indicates the CPU fan is not working properly. Makes sense, the DVD play is a strain on the CPU, overheats and the unit shots down. Dell was informed of this, I was told to send the unit in for repair. Get a call to ask if it is alright to proceed to replace the hard drive. Strange, but told them to go ahead, I had backed up a mirror image of the hard drive. The unit came back, for what ever reason only the hard drive was replaced, it was still shutting dawn playing a DVD. Now I got made, was moved to a higher level of tech support (we own your case now…….), gave them the test results of actual CPU temperature rises during DVD play, questioned there replacing of the hard drive and not the CPU fan, and sent the unit back.
      The fan was replaced, DVD play was fine, but now they screwed up the sound system. Finally the laptop was replaced by Dell.

      It is bad enough to be exposed to incompetent tech support personnel, but screwing up a situation where you do the trouble shooting for them, takes the cake. Pity the people who are at the total mercy of tech support.

    • My sentiments exactly!
      The windows backup utility is a joke. I tried it, just for the fun of it and to find out what it can do, after you pointed to it. (I use Acronis). My C drive has a used space of 413GB and I followed the Windows backup procedures. Not only took it some 5 hours to finish the backup, but it also filled my 1TB backup hard drive to 98%. I never even tried to find out if one can retrieve specific files if need to. I question if this possible.

      Oskar F. Neuhold

    • in reply to: Windows 7 just quits #1277461

      Just a guess. Re-seat your memory modules. Pull them and push them back in, making sure they are seated properly.

    • I do not use Win Live Mail but assume it would work just the same.
      Highlight the image ore multiple images. Right click on them, this will bring up a dialogue box, click “Send to”, next click “Mail recipient”. This opens the “Attach files” dialogue where you can select the picture size. Click “Attach”, which opens the E-mail client with the re sized files placed in the attachment field.

    • in reply to: Folders “Access is denied” #1209953

      I understand that MS has taken it upon themselves in Windows 7 to protect the “system admin” with regard to permissions.
      …And not a bad idea too when you think about it

      I’ve needed to get in there to access the “send to” folder on occasion, and this is how I did it;
      First unhide all folders and files.
      Go to the “properties>>security” of whatever folder you want access to. Go to “edit”, remove “everyone” from the list.

      I’m quite sure there is another way of doing this, and someone may post it, but this one works 100% for me.

      Thanks ‘CLiNT’, this did the trick!


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