Oct 21 2009

Below is a very basic way to check for error’s when creating basic Vb-script’s. Just add this procedure to your script and call it after your main code has been executed. This is useful if you run and test a lot of scripts from the command prompt on a Windows machine. I wouldn’t recommend this as a long term production solution but it’s quick and gets the job done for trouble shooting!

Aug 20 2009

HD size in Windows?

Posted by: Chace in Categories: Thoughts, Tips & Tricks.
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The other night at golf league one of the members was commenting on how he ordered a new computer and “upon delivery the hard drive was reported as 20gb less than what the size on the website” had advertised. He was supposed to have 160gb hard drive, but when Windows was installed and the drive was viewed for available space it showed around 149gb. With the hefty Windows install, the drive was down close to 125gb. I had a good idea of what was going on as far as interpreting what a hard drive truly consisted of and how the computer interpreted it. A quick Google search pulled up some forum debates and a few good articles. Tech Support Guy Forums has a member that gave a pretty straightforward answer.

That’s right. That is the true amount of space on a one terabyte drive. The manufacturer’s use 1000 kb as one MB, rather than 1024 kb.

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Nov 17 2008

Speed up your PC for FREE!

Posted by: Chace in Categories: PC, Tips & Tricks.
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We all have seen the advertisement for FinallyFast.com and their software that cleans up several temp items on your computer making it run faster, or at least reduce the clutter. I recently downloaded this and once I ran the scan it wanted me to pay for it to fix the issues which is their ‘gotcha’. Well I am here to tell you NOT to buy that but instead download CCleaner which is essentially the same thing but it’s free! I use it on my rig at home, my laptop, and even computers I fix for family and friends.

Once you download the cleaner I recommend you run it once through the Cleanup scan and fix, and then twice for the Registry scan and fix. Sometimes once the first pass of the Registry completes it will find new errors the second time.

Another thing you can do once you have ran through the cleaner is navigate to your control panel and use Windows Update to search, download and install any updates that you might be missing. One thing I find with a lot of PC I am asked to fix is that people don’t keep their OS and Programs up-to-date which could be a big reason your computer is slower than it was before, especially if they are updates associated with Windows.

One last thing that will help keep your machine running fast is an anti-virus software program and securing your home wireless network if you have one.

To be honest I have been using a free anti-virus program for almost 4 years now and I have had no issues causing failure on both of my laptops, or my desktop. I use Avast Home Edition and it works great and is absolutely free! Some of the features it has is a monitoring system that will alert you immediately if it finds an issue so you can address it right away. Avast automatically updates it’s virus database to keep up with new versions of harmful virus’. There is also a boot time scan that works very well as far as getting rid of a virus if you manage to get one. Aside from having to register for this product it is well worth it, especially there is hardly any if any spam at all from Avast.

To secure your wireless connection at home you can do one of two things. You can use the instructions that should have came with your wireless router to setup some type of security on your wireless. If you are like most people instructions are for the brainless and they were likely discarded with the packaging. If this is the case you can find most router models manuals online, just Google your router brand and model number.

Hopefully this is helpful and let me know if you have other questions.

Oct 17 2008

Shortcuts Saved My Life

Posted by: Chace in Categories: Tips & Tricks.
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Many of us work on computers everyday, some more than others. Whether it be for work, pleasure, business, research or otherwise we all interact with them, sometimes more than we want to. This post is just a quick one to let you know all the spiffy shortcuts that Windows provides for us to make things easier and quicker, plus a couple that you might find helpful if all you have is a keyboard and no mouse!

• CTRL+C: Copy
• CTRL+X: Cut
• CTRL+V: Paste
• CTRL+Z: Undo
• CTRL+B: Bold
• CTRL+U: Underline
• CTRL+I: Italic
• F1: Help
• CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
• ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
• ALT+F4: Quit program
• SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently
• ALT+SPACE: Display’s active windows System menu
• ALT+SPACE+M: Allows you to use the arrow keys to move a window

These are a few of the most useful or common key combinations. For a more comprehensive list and some more advanced options take a look at the Windows Support site