Island Computer Tips
you know you can get free internet service? FREE
true, if you want free internet and you have a dial up modem
give it a try. There are many free internet providers
out there that require you to have a banner across the top of
your screen while you surf, such as the Netzero free access: http://www.netzero.com/.
If you leave your internet on for 15 minutes while not being
used they disconnect you; Also if you are on for more than 5
hours straight they will disconnect you. Don't be
concerned, get away from your computer for a while, give your
eyes a break, they would probably be buggin out by then
anyway. Just reconnect when you want. If Altavista
doesn't impress you there are many free providers out there
just type in free internet on your favorite search engine and
voila. Just check to see if they provide email service
before you join. Also see if they provide to your
site I mentioned above has an email account included, that is,
Hotmail, not Outlook Express.
want to miss a phone call while online?
you don't have to with modems that allow you to switch over to
your second line if you have one. I just saw one in a
computer flyer the other day; They run about $130 CDN.
Now if you don't have a double line or you don't want to go
out and spend more money on your computer when you already
have a modem try ICM (Internet Call Manager). This
service goes though your phone company and costs about $5 a
month added to your phone bill. http://www.internetcallmanager.com/
It allows you to respond to the person calling with either
"Will call you back" or "you call me back"
which you can customize if you like. Also, there is a
voice mail service provided provided by ICM if you don't want
to, or can't, reply to the caller.
to download a file but you lose your connection toward the end
and have to start all over again. FREE
all know how frustrating that can be, waiting for so long,
then having to start over. Now you can download
MYGETRIGHT, which is a program that solves that problem.
You can also tell your modem to disconnect and/or shutdown
your computer when finished downloading. If you become
disconnected from the internet for some reason you can just
hit resume and it will pick up where it left off when you're
reconnected. Just realize that for some dial up internet
providers including, I believe, all free internet providers
they will disconnect you after 15-20 minutes of no use.
This is the problem with downloading files longer than 20
minutes through MYGETRIGHT. For some reason this is not
considered using the internet and you will be cut off.
Thank God for resume. http://www.mygetright.com/
for a virus scanner? FREE
one of these two sites www.sophos.com
(go to the downloads section).
of changing search engines in order to find something? FREE
Dog Pile! This program searches like any other
search engine but uses many search engines at one time coming
up with the top results from all. Saves time finding
what your looking for.
to know when your friends are online? FREE
on at ICQ: http://www.icq.com/
. Makes it easier to talk to friends and/or send
programs/files to them. It also lets you know when
they're online by changing the color of their name and making
a knocking sound when they are coming online. Go to
their website to check it out.
about someone getting into your computer while your online? FREE
Why not get a
firewall at: https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
. Really I don't think it's very necessary to have one
unless you are on high speed internet where you're always
online. But just to be on the safe side check out this
site. It takes a little getting use to using but it's
relatively easy to use once do.
to view pictures and maybe try and get them into a better
ACDSEE3 which allows you to do just that. It allows you
to view pictures through a slide show type viewer. It
also allows you to zoom in and out and other features.
If you like to look at pictures this is the program for you.
wonder how and where to get the latest updates for Windows? FREE
look in your start menu you should see something that says
windows update. Connect to the internet and click on
this. It will take you to Microsoft update page where it
gives you choices on what you would like to update in your
version of "Windows". It never hurts to update
anything on your computer especially if your having problems
with errors, etc.
your tired of filling out registrations... FREE
handy program that I really like is called Gator. It
fills out forms for you instead of having to fill out
everything yourself. You just click on "fill
in" which appears in a little window on your screen and
it fills out forms, names, passwords, etc. http://www.gator.com/ .
to get music, videos or pictures?
Napster where you can download music for free.
Just type in the name of the song or artist and you will
probably find the music you're looking for. Just
remember that MP3's take up a good amount of space on your
computer so if you have a small capacity drive you may notice
yourself losing drive space very quick. Sign up at www.napster.com
. Also there is another program I have just found out
about called Scour Exchange. Here you can download
many different media types such as movies, music, pictures,
etc. Go to http://www.scour.com/
to have more options for listening to your MP3s? FREE
Winamp which includes an equalizer and is easier on the eyes
than Windows music player. You can also download skins
for your viewing pleasure. www.winamp.com
. I just downloaded a new music player the other day
called Sonique from http://www.sonique.com/.
It seems to be a good music player; So try out both and see
which one you prefer.
a document that your computer says it can't read? FREE
may need Acrobat Reader. It will open many documents
which resemble books such as service manuals. So if
you're having problems opening and/or reading a file, try it
out, that just might be your problem. www.adobe.com
songs right from your music cd to your computer. FREE
Realplayer with Realjukebox and you can do just that.
Realplayer as you probably already have seen plays clips and
videos that are on the internet. As an option you
can also download Realjukebox with the Realplayer. They
are two seperate programs and you can also download them
individually if you already have one or the other.
Realjukebox (look for the free version) at
For both at once go to: http://www.real.com/player/index.html?src=000414realhome_1
(look for the free version).
a word processor but can't afford to pay for one? FREE
you don't have the money or just don't want to spend the money
on a word processor try AbiWord. This program is very
similar to Microsoft Word except for the fact that this is
completely free. Just download it from http://www.abisource.com/.
it annoying downloading programs you already downloaded
you have a
problem with your computer and for some reason or another you
lose everything, so you have to download everything all over
again. Not me, I got an older hard-drive, 540MB, and
connected it to my computer. I store all the programs,
still in compressed form, that I use on my computer on this
drive. Mind you, it is slower than a newer hard-drive
but a lot quicker than downloading everything off the internet
again using a 56k modem. They are very cheap priced and
quite easy to find in the classifieds or a local computer
store. Always remember to have a virus scanner installed
on your main hard-drive if you are buying your second one
second hand and also you should reformat your new drive before
putting it to use.
like the default sounds on your computer? Change, or remove
default sounds are very easy to change. Go into your
control panel (start menu/settings/...) and click on
sounds. Pick whatever sound you would like to change and
hit browse. Look throughout your computer for a sound
you would prefer. Once you have chosen the sound, click
on preview to be sure it is the one you want; Then hit
apply. If you don't want any windows sounds on your
computer, or you want a specific set of sounds, click on
schemes, choose, then hit apply.
you have table top computer speakers with their own volume
so, than there's no need for the volume control in the system
tray. To remove the volume control from the system tray, go
into: Control Panel/Multimedia/Audio and uncheck the
"show volume control on Taskbar" option and click
OK. If for some reason you need to adjust this volume setting
on your computer just go back into: Control
Panel/Multimedia/Audio and click on the button that says
Playback. This is where you will find the volume control.
ending up with lots of windows open? TIP
just go through one window at a time, without opening all the
windows in the process, just hold down CTRL each time you
click on a folder. This closes the window you were just at but
opens the next one you've chosen. If you need to go back, hit
BACK toward the top of your screen the same as you would if
you were surfing the net. Then again, say you left a lot of
windows open, it's easy to close them all at once; Just hold
down SHIFT and click the X on the last window you opened.
your internet provider disconnecting you if your trying to
download something that takes more than 15 min?
your mail goes through Outlook Express, such as mine does,
open it up and go into TOOLS, then OPTIONS. You should see in
the category General, below where it says Send/Receive
Messages, "Check for new messages every ( ) minutes. Put
in there, say, 10 minutes. Now if you want to download
something, and you know that you usually get disconnected
doing so. Just open up Outlook Express, and leave it open, it
will check for new mail every, whatever you specified. In
essance, this will keep you connected to your server while you
what everyone hates; Those annoying popups. Now you don't have
to see them anymore. All you have to do is download and
set up, a program called Proximitron http://mir.spaceports.com/~ptron/.
It gives you the options of not allowing popups, animated
gifs(pictures), and other great choices to help you enjoy your
to speed up your computer?TIP
click on "My Computer" and go to
"Properties". Then click on
"Performance", then "File System. Make
sure it is set at "Network Server" where it says
role of this computer then click "ok". If it
asks you to restart your computer say no. Then go
to "Virtual Memory" and choose "Let me specify
my own virtual memory settings". From there put in
"Min" (2 1/2 times your Ram in your computer).
Do the same with "Max". Click
"ok". Then restart your computer.
it seem your computer is getting slower and slower?TIP
into "My Computer" then to whatever drive you have
as your main drive, where "Windows" is installed ,
usually your "C:" drive. Then go into your
"Windows" folder where there are three folders you
are looking for. These folders are "Cookies",
"Temporary Internet Files" and "Temp".
You may need to click "show me all files" if you
cannot find these three folders. Now go into each of
these folders and delete everything in them. The
only file you may have a problem with is the "Index"
file in your "Cookies" folder. I don't
know what it's for but it cannot be deleted. If this
file is not in yours don't worry about it. Now, if you
like to look at web pages when you are offline, In other
words when you are not connected to the internet, and you
choose the option "Workoffline" you can look at web
pages which are stored in memory. These are the
"temporary internet files" and I recommend not
deleting them if you surf offline regularly, say if you have a
a file with an application that is different than it is
open a file with a different program just hold down the
"Shift" button while you right click the file.
This will open a dialog box which has the choice "Open
you keep forgetting the tips you've learned?TIP
it easier on yourself, every time you learn something new,
write it into a text file. I know how annoying it can be
to forget how to do something when you know you've done it
before. To make the text easily accessable I recommend
it being on your desktop. To create a new text file
right click on your desktop, then go into "New" then
click on "Text Document". It would be a good
idea to name it something like, "Tips". Now
every time you learn something just open the text and type it
you have a high speed internet connection?TIP
Every time you turn on or
restart your computer does it ask for your passwork for the
network. Well there is a way to get around that.
Go into your "Start menu" then to "Settings /
Control Panel", then click on "Network".
You will see a list of network components that are installed;
eg: "Client for microsoft networks",
"Dial up adapter", etc. Now scroll through to
see if you have "Microsoft family logon", if not ,
click on the "Add" button. There you
will see 3 choices, click on "Client" and then
"Add". There you will see
"Microsoft Family Logon" click on that and hit
"OK". Now look right below of where it says
"Add", it says "Primary Network Logon".
You want to scroll to through to find where it says
"Microsoft Family Logon" click on that and hit
"OK". It will now ask you to restart your
computer and you should not receive popup asking for your
network password anymore.
This is not recommended for those of you
who connect to a network at your office, say if you have
a Laptop that you take to work every day. There you
would need to put in your password to connect to your company
how your internet connection is compared to where it probably
seem your internet connection is slow compared to what you
expect it should be? Or are you getting really
good speeds for a dial up modem? Check your connection
speed at the following website. Note: Click on the tools
section on the left tool bar, then speed tests...