Your dog spends a good part of his or her life sleeping. When awake, your beloved pooch is probably curious about what’s going on in the world — and will go out of his or her way to investigate matters. When confined to the limited space of a back yard, it can be frustrating for someone with four woefully short legs to catch a glimpse of the exciting world on the other side of the fence.
You can be a good human and solve your canine’s curiosity issues by installing something like the PetPeek Fence Window for pets, which will easily provide your dog with the clarity and vision usually afforded to the two-legged family members.
Sidewalk traffic and the comings and goings of the neighborhood will no longer be a walled-off secret to a pet given the courtesy of a PetPeek Fence Window. This can be fun for Fido, and an extra security feature for the household; if trouble really does come to visit, your dog will be the first one to know and announce the situation to the whole family.
The acrylic dome format of the fence window is 9.5 inches in diameter and allows the snoutier among us to really lean in for a full view of what’s on the other side. Plus it’s easy to clean and is proudly made in the United States.
The Fence Window Will Make Your Doggie Go ‘Woof-Woof’
I have a dog who lives next to my side yard. His bark makes it appear that he is furious and very territorial. When someone walks by his yard or rides past on a bicycle, I have observed him barking in spite of his tail wagging back and forth. It actually appears that he has a smile on his precious little puppy face and is merely saying hello to his neighbors.
The PetPeek Fence Window works both ways: startled humans who can usually only hear this dog’s ferocious-sounding barking could be reassured by being able to see the accompanying — and much friendlier — body language. And a pet lucky enough to have access to a PetPeek Fence Window will more easily recognize the familiar faces of the neighborhood and be less likely to freak out and jump over the fence in pursuit of an imagined intruder. Everybody wins!
I realize that many of us use tools like CCleaner to remove the junk and gunk from our computer systems. However we all have friends, relatives, neighbors, acquaintances and fellow employees that may not have the expertise to use advanced add-on tools, If you have ever tried to explain to someone how to use any type of computer tool, then you have seen the deer in the head light look. But we do have built-in Windows tool like Disk Cleanup that are effective and fairly easy to use.
One flaw when using Disk Cleanup in Windows XP using the NTFS file system, is that Disk Cleanup takes for ever to run. It also has a tendency to stop right in the middle of a scan and could freeze up your computer. The problem is that Disk Cleanup on a NTFS system wants to compress files.
To correct this situation we have two options.
Option #1 requires the knowledge on how to edit the registry. If you are not familiar with using a registry editor, stop right here and go to option #2. Open Regedit and delete this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerVolumeCachesCompress old files
Option #2 is simpler and recommended for users who are not experts in using the Windows operating system. Go to this link for Computer Educationand scroll down to the REG files for editing the Windows Registry. Click on the file Speed up Disk Cleanup (Windows XP) which will download a file onto your computer. Click on the file you just downloaded and it will automatically remove the registry entry mention in option #1.
With all of the television advertisements from companies claiming to have the secret cure to speed up your PC, Microsoft has six easy ways to do it on your own. These six easy steps are nothing new and have been used for years by most people who consider themselves guru’s. In addition to these suggestions, there are also other free software for you to use to keep your computer running fast.
Step #1. Remove spyware from your computer. I recommend using the free version of Malwarebytes. You will also need a good anti-virus program and I am using the free edition of Avast on my Windows 7 boxes. Others like the free program from Microsoft called Security Essentials. Another program that gets mentioned is AntiVir personal edition.
Step #2. Free up disk space. Microsoft recommends using their Disk Cleanup tool. I personally like CCleaner or Glary Utilites. Both of these tools do a very good job of cleaning out the junk and gunk that can clog up your operating system.
Step #3. Use the Disk Defragmentation built into Windows. This according to Microsoft will speed up access to your data. There is much controversy as to the benefits of defragging a hard disk. My personal opinion is that I recommend doing it. There are free programs such as Defraggler or Auslogics Disk Defrag.
Step #4. Also recommended is checking your disk for errors using the check disk utility. Here’s how:
Close all open files.
Click Start, and then click Computer.
In the Computer window (My Computer in Windows XP), right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
Click the Check Now button.
In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
Step #5. If you are using Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7, Microsoft recommends using Ready Boost. According to Microsoft, Ready Boost can help speed up your system. IMO your results may vary.
Steps #6. Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 7. This suggestion is of course, if and only if, your computer can support Windows 7.
I have read and suggest to those who are new to computers to read the free .pdf manual, ‘Windows On Speed: Ultimate Acceleration Manual’. You can get your free copy here.
Unfortunately, AVG 2011 slowed my system, so I uninstalled It. I will be using avast! for now.
There will be no follow-up report.
Back on October 5th, 2010 I wrote an article about the effects that the new version had caused, and the article generated many opinions and suggestions. [See original article here.] First of all, thanks to everyone who has commented and has made suggestions about switching to a different anti-virus program. Yesterday I even uninstalled AVG 9 and took another AV program for a trial spin. I chose to give avast! a try since it has a long record of success, similar to AVG, and Virus Bulletin gives it high marks. But last night I received a comment in which reader Drag stated:
I have been using AVG for years; I’m not ready to jump ship yet.
Well, Drag, neither am I. AVG is like an old trusted friend. I know how it functions and know what to expect. This is not to say that other programs are not as good. But as free programs go, I like AVG the best. Just my two cents.
I am giving AVG 2011 a second chance. I reinstalled the software last night and will use it for several weeks and see how it works for me. I will than do another review of AVG 2011. I went on the AVG site and found how to turn off LinkScanner from AVG’s FAQ section, which I have listed below:
If you wish to uninstall the LinkScanner component from AVG 2011 Free Edition, please proceed as follows:
I must admit that I am a 100% certified neat freak when it comes to my Windows desktop. Outside of a few gadgets I have selected for use, my desktop is clear of any clutter or icons. I use the taskbar to keep icons available that I use everyday and also use the hide option to keep the bar off of my desktop as well. So when I go to my wife’s computer which is cluttered with junk and gunk, it drives me nuts! LOL
This morning while doing my daily surfing, I stumbled on a free program called Fences. Fences allows a user to organize their desktop clutter into nice organized boxes. I downloaded the free program and I must say, it works very well. In fact, if you are a desktop icon junkie, a collector of junk, or someone who just wants to cleanup their desktop, I would recommend giving this program a try.
Here is what the Fences people say about their software:
Basic Features of the free version:
Rope off your desktop -Fences allows you to create shaded areas on your desktop that you can place icons in. You can label them however you wish, and move/resize them anywhere on the desktop. Pre-included layouts help speed the process for new users.
See your wallpaper again! Quickly hide & show all your icons with an easy double-click – Double click blank space on your desktop, and all your icons will fade out. Double click again, and they’ll return. We think this feature is so useful and unique, that we’ve applied for a patent on it. You can even pick icons and individual Fences to exclude!
Create snapshots, and have automatic scaling – Take and restore snapshots of your Fence layouts for backup, or for when you are doing different tasks. Change your resolultion for playing games and Fences will keep them in the same relative spots. In the Pro version of Fences, the “snapshot” feature has been enhanced to automatically take and keep recent snapshots on hand, ensuring your desktop layout never gets lost.
Take a look at a screen shot that shows how Fences ropes your desktop icons:
The feature I like is that you can select the number of boxes [fences] you wish to use, the names you wish to call each one, plus if you double click on the desktop the boxes are hidden from view. Another double click on the desktop brings back the boxes. Nice touch.
The software works with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, 32 bit and 64 bit.
This guide will explain how to use a Flash Memory drive to backup the Shared Documents folder on a computer.
Insert Flash Memory Drive into the USB port on the front, side or rear of the computer.
Double click “My Computer” on the Desktop or go to Start – My Computer.
Right Click the Shared Documents folder, select “Send To”, and then select “Removable Device”.
If you receive a prompt to overwrite the files currently on the drive, check to make sure you do not want the old versions of the files. If you do not receive the overwrite prompt, then proceed to step 5.
The files will begin to copy over to the Flash Memory drive. This can take a long time, depending upon the amount of data that is being transferred. When it is complete the “File Transfer” window will disappear.
In My Computer, Right Click the Removable Device and select Eject. It will then disappear from the screen and you can unplug the Flash Memory Card from the computer.
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When you start a program from another program, the new program window may appear behind all other open windows. For example, when you use Microsoft Word to open a Word attachment file in Microsoft Outlook, the new program window may appear behind all other open windows. Additionally, the new-window icon flashes on the taskbar. This symptom occurs on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer, on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, or on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer.