Is it possible for regular Joe’s to fix their own computer without needing to call a specialist in to do the computer repair? Yes! You can do it easy, and you can learn these techniques easy in the article I have written. You will be told exactly what you need to do and know, in order to get your PC fixed and working how you want it!There is always the option of calling upon a company like Geek Squad, from Best Buy, if you have the extra $350 to repair your computer. Let’s also state here their idea of computer repair is not what you need at all, unless you are looking for someone to come to your home with the intention of selling you software you don’t need, instead of repairing your computer. Later I will indulge all of you reading, my experience with this company, and how it brought amusement into my worldGoing through only the repairing techniques we need to know, I will not waste your time with confusing nonsense about how a computer works, or how did the computer get broken in the first place where it is in need of repair? Who cares right? What’s done is done, lets just fix the darn thing.I will show you how to do computer repair the easiest, most simplest way possible. We care about making our current computer situation better as it exists at this exact moment, ridding it of needing repair.The computer basics presented here and the articles that follow will be more than enough to eradicate 90% of your home PC problems, completely resolving them all so you don’t have to search the internet anymore for “computer problems” and how to fix your computer problems.You could be thinking, as I at one time did when I knew very little about computers or repairing them, that it will be near impossible to understand these square mysterious beeping towers or how they work none the less. It is a lot easier then you might think! You just need to know the what information is important about computer repair, discarding all the unnecessary stuff that most companies say in order to confuse you so you hire them. We do not need them! We have ourselves and by gosh darn it, we have this helpful article to guide you thought basic repair.repair steps are all the same.Let’s repeat, computer repairing steps are all the same, no matter if it is you doing it or a computer engineer doing it. The computer engineer goes though the basic steps while repairing a computer system, the same steps we are going to go over in this article. He might know what to do in that chance of 10% when a computer is more damaged then normal, but we are not going to worry ourselves with that odd chance.There are not hundreds of computer gurus that develop new and innovative ways to repair computers. These techniques have already been mapped out for us, and proven, so lets just utilize other peoples work and findings about computer repair, after all its free and legal!. Think of the same situation where you look up a recipe online to cook a fancy meal, it is the same idea!Now, I have been prepping you for too long telling you why I think you can do it. You know you can do it, you just need to believe in yourself and take repair one step at a time. I cannot stress that enough. This has to be done in steps… 1) before 2). Yes it sounds obvious but be strict on yourself about his, especially while learning how to do computer repair, you will make it easy on yourself.Usually when we fix something in life we have identify the problem.. blah blah. Skip identifying the problem! (not how you learned it in school huh?) Lets not even try to pinpoint a problem that needs repairing with our computer yet!We are going to first do a few very easy repair basics that will solve almost all computer issues (shhh overpriced Geek Squad doesn’t want you or anyone to know this).First Guide in Repairing your computer1) Click the Start Menu, a button that is visible while hovering over the start menu is the “run” button. Click the run button and a small window in the bottom left of your screen comes up.2) Type “msconfig” (with no quotation marks) in the box that is within the window.3) Another window comes up, now go to the tab to the right called “start up”4) Near the bottom of the window is a button called “disable all” click that button5) Then click the “apply” button just below the “disable all” button.6) X out of the window (close the window) and another window pops up. Click the “restart now” option.And there you have it! You just taught yourself how to do a very easy computer repair technique which will solve a lot of your PC issues.
Many parents, especially mothers who already stay at home, consider the idea of working from home. Current gasoline prices are an added incentive for a parent not to leave the house. There are many choices for work at home positions including copy writing, data entry, and medical billing. These jobs can be adapted to the worker who chooses to set up an office in their home. If you work from home using your computer you should look into article writing.Article writing is one of the little known options for working from home using your computer. Webmasters use articles to maximize the success of getting their website recognized by search engines. Most website developers do not compose the articles for their websites themselves. They hire people to do it. This means that companies have surfaced who hire people to write short articles with specific keyword content to provide this service to the webmasters. This has generated an opportunity for people who are seeking to work at home to earn a decent living. It is not a get rich scheme; you will not get rich writing articles. You will, with a lot of work and patience, be able to earn a paycheck and help to support your household.Web articles do not need to be long and once you learn the tricks to writing them, you will find that you can create several articles an hour. If you work from home using your computer several hours per day, you can earn a decent amount of money each week. The articles are targeted to several keywords or keyword phrases. These keywords are strategically placed in the article to maximize the chances of the web crawlers picking up on those keywords. Articles are generally three hundred to six hundred words in length. That sounds like a lot, but it really does not take long to write even 1000 words. Many times you will be asked to write several articles on the same subject. This can be very
easy once you learn how to rewrite paragraphs.If you choose to work from home with your computer, it is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants the opportunity to leave the rat race or spend more time with their children. It eliminates the need for after school care, child care for young children, emergency arrangements for a sick child, and expensive wardrobes to accommodate the needs of your job.It is also an excellent option for people who may be disabled or for other reasons unable to acquire traditional employment. You are able to work your own hours. You can work during the day, while the kids are at school, or at night after the kids go to bed. You can work while you cook. You can work while you do laundry.Working from home is convenient to you and beneficial to both the person who chooses to employ you and to your family. If you choose to work from home using your computer, you will be very happy that you made the choice when you see how happy your family is to have you around all of the time.
Warning! Warning! Warning!Beware of VoIP internet service providers that operate on industry standard codec and industry standard protocols because they are PUBLICLY OPEN and INTERPRETABLE! This also includes, but is not limited to, peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.In plain terms, this means, if you subscribe to, or considering subscribing to a VoIP internet solution provider who operates on these industry standards – and over 90% do — you have inadvertently made yourself vulnerable to the criminal activities of hackers.Regardless of the type of anti virus software you have on your computer, the publicly accessible industry standards provide a pathway by which these criminals can access your computer to plant viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and/or steal your identity.Like sharks in a feeding frenzy, unscrupulous criminal hackers view systems operating on these industry standards as their personal “Cash Cow” because of the ease by which they can access your computer and gather your information to sell to other criminals.Did you know that some hacker-friendly providers offer processor chips that are only sold on the Internet?Did you know that hacker-friendly providers actually offer hacker software that enables these criminals to deliberately disable security on computers, access your personal and confidential information, as well as inject their viruses, worms, and/or Trojan horses?For instance, “Vomit” is a free download software that was designed to convert VoIP phone conversations into a wave file which could be played with standard sound players. Hackers gleefully interpret this as a tool they can utilize to attack unsuspecting victims.Hacker manuals are also easily accessible via the Internet. One of these manuals shows how to DoS other sites. DoSing (Disruption of Service) involves gaining unauthorized access to the “command prompt” on your computer and using it to tie up your vital Internet services. When a hacker invades your system, they can then delete or create files and emails, modify security features, and plant viruses or time bombs onto your computer.”Sniff” is another tool (originally intended to help telecommunication professionals detect and solve problems) that criminal hackers use to tamper with the protocol and “sniff out” data. When hackers sniff out a data packet from Internet traffic, they reconstruct it to intercept conversations. This enables them to eavesdrop on conversations, gather information, and sell it to other unprincipled criminal entities.Identity TheftIdentity theft is one of the most sinister of vulnerabilities you can inadvertently be subjected to. Identity theft is defined by the Department of Justice as”…the wrongful obtaining and using of someone else’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.”Identity theft is the by-product of unscrupulous criminal individuals obtaining your social security number (including those of your spouse and children), your bank account, your credit card information, etc. Your information is then sold to other criminal entities for profit. Using your information, these criminals can then:· access your bank account funds· create new bank accounts with your information· create driver’s licenses· create passportsAttorney General Ashcroft stated that,”Identity theft carries a heavy price, both in the damage to individuals whose identities are stolen and the enormous cost to America’s businesses.”Don’t be naïve enough to think it won’t happen or couldn’t happen to you!A group hosting a website known as shadowcrew.com was indicted on conspiracy charges for stealing credit card numbers and identity documents, then selling them online. While this group allegedly trafficked $1.7 million in stolen credit card numbers, they also caused losses in excess of $4 million.According to a Press Release issued by the Department of Justice on February 28, 2005, a hacker was convicted of several counts of fraud, one in which”…he fraudulently possessed more than 15 computer usernames and passwords belonging to other persons for the purpose of accessing their bank and financial services accounts, opening online bank accounts in the names of those persons, and transferring funds to unauthorized accounts.”If you are using a VoIP internet service provider and do not want to be a victim of Identity Theft, then take the first step to protect yourself — don’t use VoIP internet service providers operating on industry standard codec and industry standard protocols.Viruses, Worms, and Trojan HorsesOn January 28, 2005, a press Release issued by the Department of Justice reported that a 19 year old was convicted for his criminal activity by “…creating and unleashing a variant of the MS Blaster computer worm.” Christopher Wray, Attorney General – Criminal Division stated that,”This … malicious attack on the information superhighway caused an economic and technological disruption that was felt around the world.”On February 11, 2005, in a Press Release issued by the Department of Justice, reported that another criminal was sentenced for circulating a worm. This worm,”directed the infected computers to launch a distributed denial of service (DOS) attack against Microsoft’s main web site causing the site to shutdown and thus became inaccessible to the public for approximately four hours.”March 7, 2005, Symantec.com posted discovery of a worm named “W32.Serflog.B” that spread through file-sharing networks and MSN Messenger – networks that operate on publicly open and interpretable industry standard codec and protocols, including P2P systems, as well as Instant Messaging systems–none of which are protected, regardless of the anti virus software on your computer. The W32.Serflog.B worm also lowers security settings and appears as a blank message window on the MSN Messenger.If you don’t want to be the next victim of the devastation created by worms, STOP using services that operate on industry standard codec and protocols, and/or services that incorporate P2P systems.Anti virus software does not incorporate protection for Instant Messaging services. In addition, Instant Messaging services, in and of themselves, do not include protection for their users.If you like the convenience of text chatting via Instant Messaging, then use a VoIP internet service provider that includes the Instant Messaging feature — one that does not operate on industry standard codec or industry standard protocols that are publicly open and accessible.Optimally secure VoIP service providers that incorporate a secure Instant Messaging feature, operate from their own proprietary high end encryption codec on patented technology that is hosted in a professional facility. Simply put, when a VoIP internet service provider operates on optimally secure platforms, the Instant Messaging feature on the VoIP softphone, is also protected with their technology.A Trojan horse is a program that internet criminals use to interrupt and interfere with your security software and produces the following results· Terminates processes· Removes registry entries· Stops services· Delete filesHackers, who have gained access to your computer, because of the programs and software as mentioned above, are having a field day incorporating this nasty little program into their arsenal of weapons.As recently as March 4, 2005, a new Trojan horse was discovered that modified settings in Internet Explorer. Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP were the reported systems that could be affected.Here’s the bottom line.1. If you are currently using a VoIP internet solution provider that operates on industry standard codec and industry standard protocols that are publicly open and interpretable, you need to make a decision:a. Continue enticing criminal hackers and remain on their service, orb. Take immediate corrective action.2. If you are currently using Instant Messaging of any sort, you need to make a decisiona. Continue enticing criminal hackers and remain as a user of their service, orb. Take immediate corrective action.If you decide to take immediate corrective action:1. Find a VoIP internet solution provider that has their own proprietary high end encryption codec2. Find a VoIP internet solution provider that has their own proprietary patented technology3. Find a VoIP internet solution provider that hosts their proprietary patented technology in a professional facility4. 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The processing power of the modern PC means that any aspiring musician can record their own music at home, to professional standards, and on a limited budget. What ever genre you’re into, you can start making your own music with just a modest amount of time and investment. In this first article I’ll guide you through the hardware required to get you started.Wired for SoundAll PCs come with some kind of sound card built into them. Typically this is a chipset built into the mother board, which will control both what you hear from your computer, as well as any sound input by you, e.g. if you’ve ever used Skype you’ll have used your computer’s microphone input to communicate.However if you’re serious about its use as an audio tool this standard internal sound card is unlikely to be up to the task. Take a look round the back of your PC, or in the case of a laptop possibly round the front. You should see a few inputs, typically ones for accepting a microphone input, a line input (for accepting an external signal, such as from a guitar), and a line out – for sending the output from your computer to, for example, an external amp and set of speakers.So, if for example you’re a guitarist you can just plug straight in to the Line In socket and start recording, right? Well certainly there’s nothing to stop you doing so, except you’ll more than likely be disappointed by the resulting sound quality. Also, once you start recording with dedicated audio software (we’ll go into this in the next article) you’ll run into major latency issues. Latency is the lag time between the input and output of a sound in a computer, e.g. the time between you hitting a note on your guitar, the computer processing it, and then hearing the output. Using a standard PC soundcard this lag time is likely to be so big as to render the recording software useless.What’s required is a sound card or interface dedicated to music recording. Fortunately not only are you spoilt for choice in this area, the technology in these units has advanced so much that even the ones at the budget end of the scale will be up to the task in most cases, particularly if you’re a musician working solo. The interface for these units will usually offer dedicated audio inputs and outputs for audio recording, such as microphone ins (known as XLR inputs) and ¼ inch jack ins/outs – the cable type you’ll be familiar with if you’re a guitarist.The other good news is that many of the modern units are self contained. They connect to your computer via USB or Firewire (the latter is more common for Mac users), after which software and drivers are installed and, hey presto, you’ve got a PC ready for recording music!A good interface to get you started will cost something in the range of £50 to £150 (80 to 240 USD approx.). A few specific ones to consider are the Alesis IO/2 Express, the M-Audio Fast Track USB V2, the Tascam US-200, and the Yamaha Audiogram 3.Monitoring the SituationAs well as getting a good quality recording in to your computer, you want to ensure that the resulting output sounds as clear as possible. For this you’ll need a good pair of speakers, or more specifically, studio monitors. These are speakers with music production specifically in mind, designed for the user to sit close to (unlike conventional hi-fi speakers, which are designed to fill up the room with sound) and monitor the playback of an audio recording. They’ll allow you to pick up any imperfections in the recording and remedy them. This will be particularly important if you ever starting mixing your own music (more on this in the next article).To avoid unnecessary hassle, particularly when you’re just starting out, you should probably consider a set of active monitors. These are monitors that have their own built in amplifier, eliminating the need to purchase a separate amp to drive them, as is the case with passive monitors.How much to spend on a pair? Assuming your serious about recording, I’d have to say this is one area where being overly budget-conscious could turn out to be a false economy, so quite simply get the best pair you can afford. That being said, their price can spiral well into four figures and beyond, which is obviously completely unrealistic, especially if you’re just starting out.Having used them for several years, one brand and model I can strongly recommend are the Tannoy Reveal series. They’re active, and the price for a pair of them in their latest incarnation, the 501a, will set you back about £250 (400 USD approx). There are however other models in a similar price range worth considering, such as theMackie MR 5, Yamaha’s HS 50M Active, and M-Audio’s BX 8A Active.HeadphonesA good pair of headphones is also a must have. These should be of the closed-back variety as this will minimise sound bleed from the headphones – when you come to record with a microphone (see below) you’ll want to ensure the mic is only picking up the sound of your instrument, and not extraneous sound from you headphones, such as the track you are playing along with.A decent set doesn’t come particularly cheap, however AKG, for example, manufacture some in the £20 – 50 (30 – 80 USD) range, which should be adequate to start you off.MicrophonesWhatever type of music you’re recording, investing in a decent mic is a good idea. Most obviously it would be for recording vocals, however a single versatile mic can also be used for capturing all kinds of acoustic instruments, such as guitars, brass instruments and hand drums. You could also, for example, use it to capture the authentic sound from your guitar amplifier, simply by positioning it in front of the amp and running it to an input on your audio interface.The two most common types of mic you’ll likely encounter are the condenser and dynamic. Condenser mics are more common in the studio, owing to their generally high quality audio capture, perfect for recording. Dynamics mics are more common in a live setting as they’re able to accept much higher volumes than condensers without causing feedback. They also don’t need to be powered, unlike condensers.If all you’re concerned with right now is home studio work, then I’d recommend a good condenser mic to start with. Some names to consider are the Rode NT3, the AKG Perception 170, and the sE Electronics SE-1a. These are all in the £50 – £150 (80 – 240 USD approx) price range and should be versatile for most applications.That said, don’t discount dynamics mics totally at this stage. One in particular, the Sure SM58, these days prices around £110 (180 USD approx), has been a staple of both studio and stage for decades and is well worth considering.Keys to SuccessIf you’re a keyboard player you may already own a keyboard with USB capability, if it was purchased relatively recently. If not you should certainly consider investing in a controller keyboard as this will open up all a whole range of musical possibilities.Controller keyboards do not contain any sounds of their own, but instead send the signals they receive by you playing the instrument as digital data, which is then triggered as a sound source on your computer. This data is known as MIDI data, which on modern controller keyboards is sent via USB.If that all sounds a bit technical, don’t worry. Basically a controller keyboard will give you the capability to work with a whole array of sounds triggered from your computer as opposed to the keyboard itself. This could be synthesizers, samplers, drum modules, or just about anything you can imagine. Even if you’re not a keyboard player you might see some advantages to owning one, as it’ll allow you to trigger and work with sound sources in a much easier and more intuitive way.Controller keyboards are made by a whole plethora of manufacturers, from the famous names of Korg, Roland andYamaha, to brands specialising in controllers alone such as M-Audio, Behringer and CME. Which particular model you go for very much depends on your ability. There’s no point in investing £500 in a controller if all you’ll likely need for it to do is trigger the odd drum sample. If that’s the case there are plenty of mini controllers in the sub £100 bracket that’ll do the job just fine.SummaryThat about covers it as far as the basic hardware’s concerned. Having read all that and totalled up the price for all the necessary gear, you might be feeling a bit daunted. But let’s put it into context. For an outlay of about £500 you’ll essentially be buying yourself your own recording studio. That’s about what you’d expect to pay for a couple of days at a pro studio. While there’s certainly a bit of a learning curve – you won’t become a master producer and engineer overnight – giving yourself the ability to record and mix your own music for a relatively small investment to me really is a no-brainer.In the next article I’ll cover the software you’ll need, and the good news here is a lot of it won’t cost you a penny!