Father’s Day Gifts That He Will Love

Father’s Day is coming up and I am sure that you would like some ideas as to what you can get your dad this time around. He must be tired of getting ties and handkerchiefs every year, so make his day a lot brighter this year by sending him some great tools that he can use around the house and even at work. I guarantee that he will adore you a lot more when he sees the shiny new “toy” you got him for Father’s Day! Look at the banners below and click on the one (or ones) that you think he will definitely like. The Father’s Day promotion for all items is from May 19, 2016 to June 19, 2016, so get his gift early to benefit from the huge savings.

Your dad is the most special man in your life. Make him feel appreciated by giving him one or more of the above-mentioned gifts. No matter which one you get him, he will appreciate it from his heart and he will know that you still love him.

Baldwin Hardware

Building a house or any other structure for that matter calls for construction material, or hardware items. There are many different types of hardware that a building will need to make it complete. It takes a lot out of persons who are building to source all the hardware supplies that they need. Going from store to store and making hundreds of phone calls is expensive and time consuming. Baldwin hardware takes all that hassle out of locating hardware items since they have what you in one place.

For all your Entrance Handlesets, Keyed Knobs, Keyed Levers, Privacy Knobs, Privacy Levers, Passage Knobs, Passage Levers, Bathroom Accessories, Switch Plates, Address Numbers, Hinges and Finials, Cabinet Knobs, and Cabinet Pulls, Baldwin Hardware has them at affordable prices. You can shop with confidence knowing you are getting what you pay for, and you can benefit from free shipping once your order exceeds $99. You can place your order online or call 1-866-528-0741 toll-free. Call right now so that you can get your hardware items quickly.

Used and Refurbished Cisco Network Hardware

Setting up a network can be quite expensive nowadays. The cost of the various components that are needed can dig into your pocket, especially if you are buying brand new hardware. Building a network, however, does not have to be expensive. DigitalHoop Networks, Inc. (DHN) provides top-quality used cisco network equipment including Routers, Switches, Security Devices, and many other accessories. This fast growing company has a website that lists most of the used and refurbished items on their inventory that generally come with a 1-year warranty.

They also have a number of compatible cables for Cisco switchers along with network modules, GBICs, memory, and a complete line of Ethernet patch cables that are available in many lengths and colors. When you order your used and refurbished Cisco equipment from DigitalHoop Networks, Inc. (DHN), you get fast shipping, and if you are having trouble finding something, you may contact their courteous customer service staff at 1-800-377-8402 or send an email to sales@digitalhoop.com. Same day shipping is also available most of the times. So, are you building a network? Get all your used and refurbished Cisco network hardware at DigitalHoop Networks, Inc. (DHN).

Do It Yourself – Repair Damaged Plaster Walls

The saying that knowledge is power is so true that it cannot be phrased in any other way. When you know something, you have been empowered to accomplish things you never thought possible. This is true when you are able to do things yourself. You are able to save money and time when you have the ability to accomplish certain tasks yourself in a manner that you like. Home improvement is one area in which many persons have learned to do things for themselves, accomplishing tasks at their leisure. A common task that many home owners have had to do at one time or another is fix a leak or repair damaged plaster walls.

I remember some years ago when some of my friends went to another friends house and attempted to fix a leaking pipe. At the start, the water was running out at a trickle. In the end, after they “completed” the repairs, the water was gushing heavily. This ended up costing the guys parents a lot more than they anticipated to pay in order to have the pipe repaired. If they were aware of an open, free community with thousands of articles and over 100 active forums on several do-it-yourself home improvement topics called DoItYourself.com, then they would have been able to do some research and see how to properly fix the pipe themselves. In fact, DoItYourself.com has a wide range of DVD’s that show you how to do many household projects yourself, helping you to get better results with your projects, even how to repair damaged plaster walls.

You can visit DoItYourself.com and purchase “DoItYourself” DVD’s so that your projects can be more successful. Why pay someone elase to do something for you when you can do it yourself? Whether you want to know how to decorate and paint, do electrical repairs, or repair damaged plaster, their DVD’s will help you. Getting the knowledge is the best thing you can do for yourself as you will always remember what to do. So visit DoItYourself.com today and increase your do it yourself skills.
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Common Computer Terms

For those of us who are versed in the use of computers, these simple terms that apply to computer technology may seem insignificant. But it is a fact that sometimes even the most experienced ones among us tend to ‘forget’ the meaning of some terms normally used in conjunction with computers. Though this article is really meant for newbies, we can all still benefit from its contents:

Computer Literacy: As long as you know something about computers, you are said to be computer literate.

Cyberphobia: The fear of learning and using new types of technology, even computers.

Hardware: The physical computer itself and its other physical components.

Software: Programs that are used on the computer, like the Operating System (Windows, Mac, Unix, Linux).

Bit: Either 0 or 1 (both are bits)

Byte: A group of bits that represent a number, letter, or special character. 8 bits = 1 byte. When you think of bytes, think of storage. For example, you have kilobytes (1,000 bytes), megabytes (1,000,000 bytes), gigabytes (1,000,000,000 bytes), terabytes (1,000,000,000,000 bytes), and so on.

Encoding Systems: This is used by computers (each computer has its own encoding system) to convert any character that is input into it so that it can bve understood by the machine. Some types of Encoding Systems are ANSI, ASCII, and EPSI.

Control Unit (CU): This fetches instructions, directs the operation of internal commands, and issues commands that run the computer. It basically controls the processor.

Arithmetic and Logic Unit (ALU): It does all the mathematical calculations and arithmetic and logic operations.

Registers: These are high speed storage areas.

Cache: This is memory that allows the computer to load software much quicker.

Random Access Memory (RAM): This is the area that temporarily stores data. The size varies from kB (kilobytes) to TB (terabytes).

The Burning PC – And I Don’t Mean CD/DVD


Have you ever been doing some work on your computer and then it just suddenly shut off by itself? All you see happening after is your power light blinking. What does that signify? Well, believe it or not, the Power Supply in PC’s are designed to shut your computer off if it becomes too hot. I can attest to that as it has happened to me a few times. So, you may wonder what causes that to happen, and how can it be prevented.

Believe me when I say it is no rocket science trying to figure out why the computer turns itself off – simply put, it is a failsafe, safeguard measure if you will, to prevent damage to your PC hardware. Sometimes when you put your hand on the tower of your machines it is often times hot enough to burn you! That’s what I call “The Burning PC”. The main reason why this happens, though, is more often than not poor ventilation and insufficient cooling. When the air flow through the computer is restricted or is not moving rapidly enough, the air on the inside tends to warm up pretty fast. Soon, it becomes so hot that the components on the motherboard, along with other hardware, are in jeopardy of ‘spontaneously combusting’. So, it is at this time that the thermostat of the system kicks in and decides to kill your machines power.

Modern motherboards have thermostats that sense air and component temperatues and are intrinsically connected to software that monitor these temperatures and advise the user of any possible problems. They even go as far as telling you if your CPU fan is spinning too slow, or if your Chassis fan is malfunctioning. If things become critical, then a mandatory shutdown is enforced so as to allow the computer to cool sufficiently before allowing it to be turned back on. The system is that smart! Try turning your computer back on immediately after it powers itself off due to overhearting. It ain’t gonna happen!

So now we know why it turns itself off. What can we do to prevent it from happening again?

1. Ensure proper ventilation in the room it is located in.
2. Add more cooling fans to your tower.
3. Use a monitoring software that will warn you of impending trouble.
4. Install a cooling fan on the side of your PC that you use to access the components.
5. Remove the side panel that is used to access the inside of the computer. You may even allow a standing fan to blow air directly onto the motherboard.
6. Use your computer in a room with air conditioning.
7. Do not overload your Power Supply with devices that pull too much current from it. Always try to stick within the power rating of your Power Supply. By this I mean you should not have 3 DVD players, 2 CD players, and countless other PCI devices hooked up to your machine when in fact it can only manage 1 DVD and 1 CD player. Simple logics!
8. Check the state of your cooling fans regularly. They can, and do, go bad eventually. Replace them if necessary.

Well, what a mouthful. I really hope that all this information has helped you. Just remember to keep your computer cool and it will serve you for a long time.

Fixing External USB Hub Problems


Many times we have an external USB hub to support our various USB devices. It is normally referred to as a Generic USB Hub, though it may be called other names. In any case there are times when, for one reason or another, it just seems to stop working. I am sure you have experienced this at least once with one hooked up to your home or work PC. Fixing External USB Hub Problems can end up being a burdening task if it happens again and again and again….

Before addressing the problem, let us analyze when the hub normally acts up. For me, this usually happens after I take my computer out of hibernation mode. Why it happens only some times I really cannot understand. There may be times too when persons restart their PC’s and when Windows finally loads they cannot access their USB Hub. Another problematic factor can be if you unplug the device without first using the ‘Unplug or Eject Hardware’ feature (accessed by clicking the icon in the taskbar with a green arrow over a device). Then when it is plugged back in you may get a ‘Device Error’.

Okay then, enough with the depressing reasons. Let us focus on a few solutions to remedy the problem:

1. What most people tend to do is simply restart their computers, hoping everything will be okay when it comes back up. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. It may work some times but not all the time. As a first resort, however, you can try this method as there is a 50/50 chance the USB hub will be recognized after a reboot.

2. This step may seem to be long but, in fact, it is not. Open up Control Panel (Start – Settings – Control Panel). Double-click on System. This will open the System Properties box. Next, click on the Hardware tab. Then click on Device Manager. You should now be seeing a list of all your installed hardware. To locate the problem device, look for a yellow question sign under ‘Universal Serial Bus Controllers’. Ordinarily the name you would see beside the question sign is ‘Generic USB Hub’. You may see something a bit different, but as long as the yellow question sign is beside it and says something with USB and Hub then that’s the device.

Right-click on the device and choose ‘Uninstall..’ and click OK when a dialog box pops up asking you to confirm device removal. Then unplug the USB Hub from the computer and wait a few seconds. (Note however that some operating systems may require a restart of the computer. If so, go ahead and do it.) Plug it back in and it should automatically re-install (provided your computer has Plug-and-Play enabled). If your USB Hub uses drivers that are located on a floppy disk or CD, install it using these drivers if the computer asks you for them. You should now be able to use the device.

The above mentioned solution is not limited to USB Hub problems but can be applied to other USB devices that may be giving you problems. I will discuss how to deal with other USB devices in subsequent articles.

Notebook Computers and Laptops


I recently decided to check the cost of a new notebook computer. I guess the cost of most of them may be justified, but I really wish they were a bit cheaper. Keeping up with the latest technology is truly a costly affair.

Anyway, I would like your opinion. Which laptop would you recommend as being the best, in terms of features and price combined?

I have a list below. Tell me which is the best, in your opinion:

Lenovo ThinkPad X60s
HP Pavilion dv5000z Turion 64 (2.2GHz)
Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600
Dell Inspiron E1705
Sony VAIO VGN-TX670P
HP Pavilion dv5000z Turion 64 (2.2GHz)
Toshiba Satellite P105-S921
Dell XPS M1710
Apple PowerBook G4 (12-inch, SuperDrive)
Apple MacBook Pro (15.4-inch, 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo)

Better yet, if you own one of these, your opinion would be even more “educated” than someone who does not. Nonetheless, all opinions are welcome. This is because there are a number of people who read this blog that are wondering the same thing as I am.

Data Backup Devices

Indecision can be a hell of a thing. Why do I say this? Well, a few years back, when I never used to backup my important stuff, I lost all (well, most) of my important files when my hard drive crashed. I was so upset with myself that …. well, I can’t even describe how I really felt. It was an empty feeling. Imagine losing ALL of your important documents and files!

Of course, that never happened to me again! I immediately invested in a Zip Drive to backup my files. And, later as time went by I bought a CD Burner to make copies on CD and DVD. I even have a Flash Drive to do some minor backups of smaller files. All this underscores the importance of making copies of what you may consider important. All too often persons lose vital documents to ‘Mr. Crash’ or ‘Ms. Bad Sector’.

So, what options are there that are geared towards performing a backup of your files? I mentioned a few at the start, but here is a list that is not limited to the options stated here:

1. Jazz Drive
2. Zip Drive
3. Re-Writable Compact Disc (CDRW)
4. Digital Video Disc (DVD)
5. Flash Drive (plugs into USB)
6. Tape Drive

The time period between your backups is up to you. But my advice to you is: Backup each time you make major (even minor) changes to your files. And use software that will give you value for money. For example, Microsoft Backup is a powerful and easy-to-use utility to use. You can do research for others that you may be more comfortable with.

I can assure you that the small investment you make in a backup device will seem negligible to the hours of work you will save and all the heartache you will save yourself if you should end up losing your files for not backing them up. So, if you don’t have even one of these devices, please go out and get one today!

Overclocking Your Processor


Many people have gone the route of overclocking their processor for faster speeds. While this practice is not uncommon, if it is not done under the right conditions it can result in your procesor suddenly quitting on you.

A major factor that affects overclocking is the operating temperature. The faster the CPU is the greater the temperature. This simply means that if one chooses to overclock a CPU, you have to ensure that you have a good air flow through your case. As a matter of fact, the size of the fan that cools the processor will have to be increased to improve cooling on the CPU. The heat sink too needs to be large enough to handle the large heat dissipation in an effective manner.

Overclocking can be done in a number of ways. For example, some people hardwire certain pins on the CPU to achieve this feat. Others use software that tweak the BIOS (usually a 15% overclock is achieved) to increase the speed. Either way, consideration has to be given to the temperatures that can reached by the CPU and steps must be taken to keep the temperature in check.

My advice: BEFORE overclocking make sure to read up on it, paying special attention to the make of the processor (AMD, Intel, etc.) and the effective operating temperatures of each. Remember that overclocking reduces the life of your processor and it can fail without any warning, especially if temperatures are not kept in check.