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Display Projection on Windows 7

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Do you wonder how to get your laptop display onto an external projector? That is very easy to do with Windows 7. Simply hit Win+P, and the following pop-up window will appear:

Use mouse or the arrow keys (or keep hitting Win+P) to switch form “clone”, “extend” or “external only” display settings. For broader control over presentation settings, press Win+X to open the Windows Mobility Center, which allows you to turn on a presentation “mode” that switches IM clients to do not disturb, disables screensavers, sets a neutral wallpaper etc. (Note that this feature is also available in Windows Vista.)

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November 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

‘Laptop thigh’ skin rash warning

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Very interesting article about safety use of laptops. If you work a lot with your laptop on your lap you better read this.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11476251

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October 11, 2010 at 7:47 am

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IMAP mail notification not working in Outlook 2010

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I’m using an IMAP account and since I upgraded to Outlook 2010, I no longer get any new mail alerts. I was using that feature in Outlook 2007 or previous. I want it back!!

This is a bug in Outlook 2010 but only if you are working with IMAP account. And there is no fix for that issue at the moment but you can do a workaround.

Workaround
Until a fix is released, you can create an alert rule as a workaround;

  1. Select the Inbox folder of your IMAP account.
  2. On the Home tab, click on the Rules button and choose Manage Rules & Alerts…
  3. Click on; New Rule…
  4. Select: “Apply rule on messages I receive” and press the Next button.
  5. Verify that no condition is selected and press Next.
  6. A warning will pop-up stating that this rule will apply to all messages. Press “Yes” to indicate that that is correct.
  7. Select one or more of the following actions;
    • play a sound
      at the bottom, click on “a sound” and browse to
      Windows 7 and Windows Vista: C:\Media\Windows Notify.wav
      Windows XP: C:\Media\Windows XP Notify.wav
    • display a specific message in the New Item Alert window
      at the bottom, click on “a specific message” and type your custom message. For instance;
      New IMAP messages
    • display a Desktop Alert
  8. Click Next and then Next again to skip the exceptions dialog.
  9. Specify a name for the rule and press Finish to complete the rule.
  10. If needed move the created rule all the way to the top.

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October 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Google Chrome Portable Internet Browser

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Free repair tool of the week – Google Chrome Portable.  A portable browser is very handy when the installed browser is corrupted or not working correctly. It is for your convenience that system is not at fault. It is also useful for a work-around before you get rid of those annoying viruses.

Google Chrome features:

  • Quick to start up
  • Loads web pages instantly
  • Runs web applications faster than ever
  • Designed for efficiency and ease of use
  • Search and navigate from the same box
  • Arrange and organize tabs

Because Google Chrome is portable it is very safe to use on any machine.

Download from PortableApps.com – 11mb Download

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September 24, 2010 at 9:46 am

Online safety Yes? or No?

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Am I secure online?  This is one big unknown for a typical user. How can I know that, you ask? Monthly, weekly or even daily there are patches issued for a software installed on your computer. Some software  do it automatically some don’t. Checking them all can be difficult and painful process. That is why not many do it but should do.
There is a quick solution for this. Simply go on to Secunia.com website and you have an option to run a free scan of most popular and important components of your system. Check this out.

There is also Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) program that installs on a windows. It’s free for Home Users and gives you more detailed information about detected vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks.  You can download it from the same website here.

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July 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

New Type of Phishing Attack Goes After Your Browser Tabs

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Tabnabbing operates in reverse of most phishing attacks in that it doesn’t ask users to click on a obfuscated link but instead loads a fake page in one of the open tabs in your browser.

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July 27, 2010 at 9:28 am

Tips: Use your laptop safe in a hot weather

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Over last few weeks we had really nice and hot weather here in Birmingham. It is known fact that laptops get hotter than other computers and they need special care. If you don’t do that you can seriously damage you laptop. There are some makes and models that are more at risk then others (like HP dv2000, dv3000, dv6000, dv9000 series).Some overheated laptop symptoms are slowness, sluggishness or crashing. Most laptops run safely at 50-95 degrees. But do not leave your laptop in over heated cars as it will cause damage. Here are some tips for helping your laptop to keep its cool.

  1. Go Green and keep it cool.
    For usual tasks like browsing internet or word processing switching to energy saving mode is a great idea. It conserve energy and keeps your laptop cool. To change current power saving scheme simply right-click on battery icon on a right-down corner and choose Power Options.
  2. Get a Cooling Pad.
    Most gadgets are useless and brings nothing good for you laptop but Cooling Pad is different. It is a pad that your laptop rests upon and has a fan that cools the bottom of your computer. So if your only computer at home is laptop and you need to work long hours in a hot day – get one. It’s worth its price unless you don’t mind paying big bill for laptop repair.
  3. Turn it off.
    When you are done and you are not using it – turn it off. This should be a common sense given these days to conserve and not waste energy.
  4. To help ventilate your laptop system don’t block places where your laptop vents are located. Make sure vents are clean and free of dust. You can get a can of compressed air and blow some through radiator and fan once in a while(remember to turn it off before doing so).
  5. Stay out of direct sun.
    It’s better to be safe (and cool) than sorry. It’s very easy to make your battery life suffer because they are not heat-friendly. Just few direct sun exposures and don’t get surprised you will need a new one.
  6. Back it up.
    Backup is crucial – you should know that if you value your data. At least it is a good idea to have it in a habit. Or you can keep your important files on an external drive.

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July 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

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