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Virus Map

July 31st, 2009
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If you want to protect your PC from viruses it is a good idea to know what to protect your computer from. If you will know what are the most dangerous viruses circulating in your area/country, then you will be very well prepared to protect your PC. MalwareCity has an interesting map, which shows exactly that. You can choose a continent such as North America or Europe, and after you move your mouse over a country you will see the top five viruses. Additionally, you will be able to see the infected percentage and compare it within different countries. I am not sure how the infected percentage was calculated, but it looks alarmingly high, as some countries had an infected percentage of 60%. You can have access to the map by visiting malwarecity.com/real-time/virus-map.php.

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Taking Care of Plants

July 27th, 2009
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Those of us who have a lot of plants in our house could use some help when it comes to watering them. There is a gadget that can help you with this task by monitoring chemical signs, such as an increase in salt and sugar content. Actually, such devices are being sold to farmers, so you may not benefit from them that much at the moment. However, I believe it is still an interesting device to hear about. This device can spot any problems with the plant a lot earlier than it would be otherwise possibly by observing physical signs. For example, increase in salt and sugar content in the cells occurs a lot earlier than anything else that we can spot with our bare eyes. The data can then be transmitted to a farmer’s computer, along with the information with which plants there are problems. By using such devices farmers can ensure that there will not be any unpleasant surprises. I think that in the future every flower pot is going to have such a device implemented. It would greatly help in taking care of plants, so I see no reason why such devices would not eventually become popular. What do you think about it?

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Buying Computer Components

July 24th, 2009
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A lot of computer owners  purchase speakers, routers, case fans, modems, cables, etc. Very often some expertise is required in order to know whether the device or component they are buying is going to be compatible with their computer.
Anyway, I know a person who once bought a heatsink for his PC, but he was not really convinced it will be compatible. When he tried to install it at home, he noticed that he was right, and that indeed it was not compatible. He returned the item to the computer store.
What you can learn from this story is to buy computer components only from stores that allow you to return items. That is because there are so many different brands and products that you may never know if that specific component will be compatible with your computer.

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OpenID and Blogs

July 20th, 2009
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Last year Google changed its policy concerning the way bloggers can comment on blogs hosted by Blogspot. To leave a comment, a person who does not have a Google account will be able to use an OpenID login for that purpose. This will be the same login used for popular services like WordPress.com, LiveJournal, and AOL Journals. What does it mean for bloggers who have their blogs hosted on Blogspot? The benefits include the reduction of the amount of spammers that flooded our blogs. It also saved us precious time that otherwise we would have to spend deleting worthless comments. I think that unfortunately these changes also reduced the number of comments in general. However, in the end it was probably worth it.

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Street View in Europe

July 13th, 2009
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Google is quite proud of their project Street View, and it seems that Street View might be soon coming to Europe. Street View provides panoramic street-level views of important locations, and allows users to view photos in different sizes, from any direction, and from a variety of angles. Various interested parties have been wondering whether the EU will even approve Street View. One may ask why would the EU not like something about Street View? The answer is that there might be some issues with privacy, as many people would potentially be visible on those photos. Of course, Google does not have the means to ask each person for their permission to be included on some of the photos. On the bright side, Google has stated that the faces of people will be automatically blurred by special software. Almost for the whole last year, a fleet of Opel Astras has been making photos that will be used for Street View Europe. It means that Street View might be released in Europe very soon.

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Viewing Ads #2

July 6th, 2009
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As I mentioned in my previous post, Clixsense is a company that pays its users to view ads. When it comes to the reaction to this program in the community, there is not a consensus when it comes to agreeing if this is a good money making program or not. Many people joined the program, because they have nothing to lose. Overall, I think this is a good opportunity to check out, but it depends on what are your objectives. That is why I have listed below for whom this program may be attractive.

For whom this program might be especially attractive:

-People who do not mind viewing ads. Since you can indicate your interests you might come across some ads which you will benefit from.
-People who are able to have referrals signed under them. You could potentially earn a lot more this way.
-People who want to learn how “Get Paid to View Ads” systems work.
-People willing to experiment with buying premium membership.

For whom this program might not be as attractive:
-People wanting to earn a lot of money very quickly. I do not believe this is the ultimate money making opportunity. However, a little money is better than nothing.
-People “hating” ads. We are used to spam arriving at our mailbox, so I imagine some people simply cannot stand spam or ads.

If you have any experience with this company, then let me know by posting a comment.

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Act Training

July 6th, 2009
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No two businesses are alike. Each business has its own unique needs and its own unique goals. Utilizing the right types of tools can impact the way people do their businesses. Without the right tools, a company is left on its own, without any chance to compete with its competitors. Today, more and more companies use software and tools that help them run more smoothly and effectively. A good example of software for businesses is ACT! provided by AspenTech Consulting Group. ACT! is more than just a piece of software out of the box. With the right Act Training, you can utilize the software to its full potential. The company offers Act Support for those who have questions related to the product or to their businesses. Whenever you are in doubt, you can contact them immediately. The best thing about ACT! is the fact that it can come completely optimized for the needs of your business. This set of tools is ready to report, analyze, measure, record and communicate every aspect of running your own company. The software is responsible for the complete management of your company. The software will help you in your project planning, design implementation, training, and in many other ways. Thanks to Act Software Support, you can learn how you can utilize the software in the most effective way. Your needs will be assessed so that AspenTech Consulting Group knows how to modify the software to suit your needs. After implementation and training, you will be ready to integrate solutions that will help you run your business in a completely new way.

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Viewing Ads

July 6th, 2009
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From time to time, I like to inform my readers of some ways to make extra cash. This time I will focus on a relatively unknown company. Clixsense is a company that pays its users to view ads. Basically, you get paid for browsing ads and viewing them for 30 seconds. You can view up to 5 ads per day, and you get paid for viewing each ad from $0.01 up to $5. Usually you will be paid from $0.01 to $0.1. You can select the type of ads you wish to view, so they can match your interests. You can also select all of them, since you can earn more money this way. Payments are made by check on the 10th each month, provided that your earnings amounted to $10. If your account balance is less than $10, earnings will carry forward until you have met the minimum check requirement.
This company also offers an affiliate program where you earn 10% of the revenues collected from your referrals and 50% commission on any member you refer who upgrades their account to premium status. Premium status enables you to view more ads, but costs $10. I do not think you should upgrade to premium status, because I do not believe you should pay for money making programs.

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Search Engine Affiliate Program

July 5th, 2009
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Search engines are probably one of the most useful things that you will ever come across while surfing the Web. You need to use a search engine, because you want to find the information you need. I have always been amazed by looking at how search engines work. Even though the Internet has grown more and more complex recently, creators of search engines do everything to make searching online easy and convenient. Every day, thousands of new websites appear on the Internet. It is in our best interest to use the best search engine that will allow us to find the information we need quickly. What I have learned recently is the fact that you can even make money online with some of the search engines on the Internet. You will benefit from the affiliate program offered by leapfish.com if you are a webmaster and have at least one website. Making money online with leapfish.com is very easy. In fact, you do not even have to do almost anything at all. All you need to do is to install LeapFish widget or widgets on your website. If you do it and you visitors use it to search for information on the Web, you are going to receive commission. This easy to participate program can bring you even up to $500 per month or more. It all depends on your traffic and your visitors. This is a lot taking into account that you do not have to do anything. The money will just keep flowing to your account. Additionally, by becoming an affiliate marketer, you can win free macbook air. To enter the contest, you need to be one of the first 1000 members to join the affiliate program of LeapFish. Entering the program is free and it will never cost you anything.

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Increasing Windows Page File

July 2nd, 2009
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A page file in the Windows operating system is a temporary source of memory used by the system in processing functions. The problem is that if your page file is too small, then your computer might be suffering from poor performance. Fortunately, there is a way to increase the page file and you can do it by right clicking on My Computer -> Properties->Advanced Tab -> Settings. After clicking on the advanced button you can change the size of your virtual memory. Most computers do not need this adjustment, but you may want to verify if your page file is around 1.5 times the amount of your RAM, as this is the recommended setting.

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