Archive | September, 2011

10 Things YOU should NEVER Put on Facebook!

Did you know facebook has more then 800 million active users with about 60% of those people visiting the website on any given day!

Before you log on to facebook and post your next status update, photo or update your facebook profile, check out the top 10 things you should NOT post on facebook.

This may seem obvious but to many it is not. NEVER put your home address on your facebook profile under any circumstances. That is unless you welcome the idea of becoming another victim of identity theft.

We have all had a bad day at work or have worked for bosses we hate. If you choose to post you hate your boss or your boss sucks or complain and whine about your colleagues and customers then there is a good chance your boss will find out and that is probably not a great idea.

If you are involved in workplace romance that in itself is probably not a great idea. Posting it on Facebook is probably a great way to loose your job.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! Who does not like getting birthday wishes? Ok almost everybody would enjoy this but do NOT post the year you were born. If you choose to advertise to the whole world your complete birth date then you are inviting yourself to become another victim of identity theft.

If you are one of those people who use the same easy password for everything then well that in itself if just a bad idea. Additionally NEVER provide password reminder clues in your facebook profile such as your favorite sports team, place of birth, mothers maiden name and so forth.

Facebook users should avoid posting photographs of their home, especially of the inside of their homes which would likely show off your valuables to the entire world.

Avoid posting photos of your vacation or weekend getaway while you are away from home. Don’t be an idiot and invite criminals into your home while by broadcasting that you are out of town. If you insist on posting photos of your vacation or trip away from home, have a little common sense and wait until you return home to post these kinds of photos.

Likewise do NOT use your facebook profile to announce things such as “one more day until this or that concert or one more day until the beach”. This is like advertising and announcing hey everybody guess what? I wont be home all day Saturday so if you are a criminal come visit my home and burglarize my home while I am away enjoying the day at the beach or am rocking out at a concert or other event away from home.

Insurance companies are like vampires and leaches. These bloodsucking money hungry crooks are increasingly turning to the world wide web to see which clients are putting their property or themselves at risk by suck activities as skydiving, racing cars, enjoying your dirt bike or other activities which insurance companies deem as dangerous.

If you use another social media site like myspace, twitter, or linkedin, then use common sence if you decide to link your profiles together. An employer who sees your Linkedin profile may also visit your facebook or myspace profile if you advertise it. If you don’t want your company knowing about your personal life then don’t advertise it to them or make it easy for them to find. Instead keep your personal profiles locked down and not viewable by the general public and or by people you do not know and trust.



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What is the difference between USB 2.0 vs USB 3.0

What is the difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0?

USB 2.0 is capable of data transfer speeds of 480Mbps which is a little shy of 0.5 Gigabits per second.
USB 3.0 is capable of data transfer speeds of 5GBPS which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Simply put without getting into a bunch of technical jargon. This means transferring data would be noticeably faster with USB 3.0 when compared to USB 2.0. When we say transferring data we mean between a computer to a USB hard drive or thumb drive. This has absolutely nothing to do with computer networking data transfer speeds. Keep in mind your computer will have to support USB 3.0 in order for you to benefit from a USB 3.0 devise such as a USB 3.0 hard drive or USB thumb drive.

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Duplicate emails in Microsoft Outlook 2007

Sometimes my Outlook  email will duplicate itself. I came to work last Monday and all my emails I received the previous week showed up as unread mail in my Outlook (under the original dates, but as unread). Any reason why or what I should do to fix?

This problem may occur if you use the Leave a copy of messages on the server option, in Outlook.
Open outlook then…

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Mail Setup tab.
  3. Click the E-mail Accounts button.
  4. Double Click your email address.
  5. Click the More Settings button.
  6. Click the Advanced Tab
  7. Uncheck the check box that says the Leave a copy of messages on the server

If after this you continue to experience duplicate email problems please talk to your network administrator or your email hosting provider.

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What are the email attachment size limits for yahoo, hotmail, gmail and AOL ?

Do you know what the email attachment size limit is for Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail, and AOL?

Hotmail is 10MB
Yahoo is 20MB
Gmail is 20MB
AOL is 25MB

You can send and receive emails up top the above size limits which included the email message itself, header and email attachments. If the email exceed the thresholds above then you will need to compress the email or split the attachments into smaller emails. If you send a large email attachment that is under the threshold and you receive a bounce-back error message this most likely means that the recipient’s email provider or server has a smaller limit then you may want to consider transferring the attachments another way then email. Traditionally Email was not really designed to send and receive huge attachments. That’s what FTP also known as File Transfer Protocol is good for. If you do not know how to FTP files then you may want to ask your in house network administrator to help you should you have one. or another good alternative that is real easy to use is a file transfer service provider called You Send It. Whats nice is they offer free plans that are good for individuals and small businesses.

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Microsoft discloses Windows 8

Microsoft unveiled its next generation operating system which is called Microsoft Windows 8. Windows 8 is a drastic overhaul when compared to previous versions of Microsoft windows including Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Microsoft is gearing its focus on touch screen devices in an effort to compete against the Apple Ipad tablet. During a software developers conference in Anaheim California Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky whom is the president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live division. Steven spoke in depth about the new and upcoming operating system Microsoft Windows 8. Microsoft is going to be facing an uphill battle when it goes to sell its new operating system to businesses. Microsoft Windows 8 is expected to be released sometime in 2012 but as of right now nobody knows for sure. Now on the other hand consumers will most likely jump to the new operating system and many personal computer and laptop manufactures will likely roll out future computers with windows 8 for consumers to enjoy. This means that it is very possible we may see new computers in retail stores with windows 8 pre loaded on then again nobody knows for sure. Microsoft Steven Sinofsky stated he believes this new OS will be powering the table computers of the future. “We are going to completely reimage Microsoft Windows from the ground up inside out so it functions completely different with the memory in a computer all the way to how it interacts with new CPS’s – computer processors and all the way up to a brand spanking new GUI – graphical user interface. Some of the GUI changes are going to be focusing on the touch input controls which geared more for tablet computers – touch screens. Other features will include a built in “pop up keyboard inside the operating system and a built in spell checker.


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