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4 ways to speed up your PC

4 ways to speed up your PC By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer, help increase your PC speed, and help keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 to help make your computer faster, maintain your computer efficiently, and help safeguard your privacy when you’re online. Note: Some of the tools mentioned in this article require you to be logged on as an administrator. If you aren’t logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account. Remove spyware, and help protect

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Really reset a blackberry to factory defaults

How to do a real Factory Defaults Reset on a Blackberry Probably the only tool you will ever need to reset your blackberry to factory defaults is JL_Cmder, This handy little tool is a Java based app which allows you to do the low-level reset required in order to remove IT policies. You can even remove the devices OS all together, really handy for some Corrupt OS after failed update scenarios (507 Error) To do a full factory defaults reset on a blackberry: Download JL_Cmder v1.9.3 Here Connect your blackberry with the USB cable to your computer Extract the JL_Cmder to a directory Run the JL_Cmder.cmd Press Any key to continue. You will then

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Out of Office Template Email IT Department

Out of Office Template (Email) – IT Department I cannot tell you how many times iv seem these long-winded Out of office messages. Giving details on fault logging process, where the person is going, etc. or The out of office is a cut and paste from an out of office they received somewhere along the line and its full of errors. Iv even seen in a cut and paste where the engineer has a signature from another employee. This Out of Office template was designed because clearly something as simple as an Out of Office message is something that is often overlooked by a lot of engineers. As an IT Department it is critical that all our communic

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Enable out of office in Outlook 2007 & 2010

Microsoft Outlook 2007 When you go on leave, you might want to let people in your office know that you are away when they send an email to you. This can be accomplished in Microsoft Outlook 2007 using the Out of Office Assistant. In Outlook, click Tools… Select Out of Office Assistant… Select Send Out of Office auto-replies. You can also set a date and time range. Otherwise you can go back to this screen when you return and select Do not send Out of Office auto-replies. Microsoft Outlook 2010 Of you are an  user in an Exchange environment, you can easily set an Out of Office message if you’re going to be away for a few

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Changing Windows 8 power plans

Some basic steps to change Windows 8 Power plans Changing Windows 8 power plan and its related settings can be very effective in ensuring you system is running well yet still saving you money with excess power usage. Here are a few steps to help with selecting a power plan in Windows. Windows 8 may seem very strange at first but all the settings are there “Somewhere” and almost all are only a quick search charm away. Top Tip: The easiest way to get what you need in windows 8, is the search charm. To select an appropriate power plan for your laptop or PC, At the Start screen, type power options to open the Search charm. Select P

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IIS7 restart an Web site / recycle app pool

IIS7 how to restart an individual Web site or recycle app pool. When you use the iisreset command in IIS 7.0, the IIS Admin Service, the Windows Process Activation Service (WAS), and the World Wide Web Publishing Service (WWW Service) are stopped and restarted. You should avoid using iisreset unless absolutely necessary, because the Web server shuts down all applications that depend on these three services until the services successfully restart. This means that you lose existing state in your applications, your Web sites and applications become unavailable, and you risk unpredictable results by stopping processes before they finish.   Inst

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Understanding the Cisco IOS File Name Convention

Cisco IOS naming conventions can seem a bit confusing, however to avoid bricking a device its important that you have a full understanding of the Cisco IOS naming conventions. Before planning an upgrade or install of an IOS file, it is very important that you check the name of each IOS file. The IOS file name is usually similar to this form xxxx-yyy-ww.aaa-bb.bin 1. The xxxx is the platform. For example: c1005 – For 1005 platform c1600 – For 1600 platform c1700 – For 1700, 1720, and 1750 platforms c2500 – For 25xx, 3xxx, 5100, and AO (11.2 and later only) platforms c2600 – For 2600 platform c2800 – For Catalyst 2800 platform c29

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Top 10 keyboard shortcuts everyone should know

Using keyboard shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, and help keep you focused. For example, highlighting text with the keyboard and pressing Ctrl + C is much faster than taking your hand from the keyboard, highlighting the text using the mouse, clicking copy from the file menu, and then putting your hand back in place on the keyboard. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use. Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert Copy the highlighted text or selected item. Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert Paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard. Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y Undo any change. Fo

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ip tcp adjust-mss causing browsing problems

Cisco Router causing browsing problems after installing a cisco router I saw that users were not able to browse the internet, strangely enough they could open the home page or the landing page of a website but could browse no further, as in click a link on the site or view the next page. after a few hours of troubleshooting it turned out to be a really simple fix all I had to do was make a minor tweak to the mass adjust. ip tcp adjust-mss 1300 What does the ip tcp adjust-mss do. Any packet that contains an initial tcp header flowing through your router will be examined against the mss. The mss in the header will be lowered to this amount if

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Free WordPress Gold Price Plugin

Found this handy little plugin, where by using only shortcode you can place the Kitco price of gold anywhere on your website in pages, posts, widgets and RSS feed. The gold price output is simple plain text so is unobtrusive. The live gold price output aligned with the Kitco spot gold bid price and is never more than $0.07 per gram different than the published kitco price. Advantages over other solutions: It updates automatically every 1 minute. There are no costs, backlinks or advertising! Its FREE If you have any questions or need help with the plugin please email us at info@gold-feed.com Looking for the paid version of this plugin? Visi

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UPS Delivery Notification Tracking Number

If you receive an email with the following subject? and it has an .html attachment there is a good chance that it is a virus, the attachment is a very good copy of a DHL notification tempting you into clicking a link which installs some nasty stuff.     Subject: UPS Delivery Notification, Tracking Number AQ4QALSP4NJ3X7J50Y Sending address: auto-notify@ups.com Display Name: UPS Quantum View  

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How to setup XAMPP on windows

How to setup/install apache (XAMPP) on windows XAMPP is probably the simplest and Fastest way to get Apache installed on your Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, and 7 system. XAMPP contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP + PEAR, Perl, mod_php, mod_perl, mod_ssl, OpenSSL, phpMyAdmin, Webalizer, Mercury Mail Transport System It will run on any Win32 Systems, Step 1: Download XAMPP Here: http://www.apachefriends.org/download.php?xampp-win32-1.7.4-VC6-installer.exe Step 2: Run the Installer, it is an extremely simple insall process, Default setup will be perfect 99% of the time   Step 3: After the installation, you can find the XAMPP control Utility

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Restore deleted files from recycle bin

restore deleted files even after they have been emptied from the recycle bin One of my favorite tech tools is called Restoration. It’s a stand-alone Windows based file recovery program. It allows you to restore deleted files even after they have been emptied from the recycle bin. Restoration requires no install and because of this, you can put it on your flash drive and take it with you wherever you go. I would like to show you how to use it. Step 1: Download Restoration. Step 2: Open up Restoration and choose the drive you want to scan. If you know the file name or at least part of it, type it into the “All or part of the file” box. If

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How to Enable hidden themes Windows 7

How to Enable hidden themes Windows 7 Windows 7 by default has only few themes available for customization. People who are not satisfied with these in build themes can get few more themes for Windows 7 which are actually hidden. These themes are available for certain regional countries such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain, United States and South Africa. These themes can be revealed and used by the following steps. Open Windows Explorer and click Organise Select Folder and Search Options and navigate to the View tab. Select Show hidden files, folders and drivers and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). Click Yes,

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Foxit Adobe Acrobat Alternative Free

Foxit Adobe Acrobat Alternative Free PDF is one of the most trusted and advanced way documentation. In PF, you get lot many options which are not there in Word. The most important thing is compatibility. You can open any PDF document on any computer using a reader. Since PDF reader “Adobe Acrobat” is bit bulky in size and takes much space, here is another reader for PDFs which is light in weight i.e. less bulky and really open faster than Acrobat. Yes, It is free. Foxit Reader is a free PDF reader for windows, Linux. Here is the Download Link for Windows and Linux. Download Foxit Reader for Windows Download Foxit Reader for Linux Advantag

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