Monday, July 30, 2007


Providing an unrivaled level of authenticity, NBA LIVE 08 introduces hot spots, using real NBA shot data to illuminate the locations on the floor where your players are most effective. Couple this with all-new signature go-to moves that capture the essence of the NBA's best, and you can now play the game on a console like you see it from the stands.

* All-new quickstrike ball-handling: Whether you're pushing the ball upcourt or backing down a defender inside, quicker, more responsive ball-handling moves allow you to break down opponents and take complete control of your game.
* Own the paint: Put the ball in the hands of your big men and go head-to-head in the lane. With all-new moves and counters, including pump fakes, drop-steps, and spins, post play has never been better.
* Hot and cold: Use the actual NBA shot tracking data to know who to feed and who to defend. An all-new on-screen overlay shows you exactly where a player is most dangerous.
* Go-to moves: Every player has a go-to move that they consistently go to when the game is on the line. Now the signature go-to moves of the NBA's best players have been realistically re-created to help you score when it counts. That patented step back jumper? A fadeaway with the big leg kick? If it's in the game, it's in the game.
* New look and feel: 5-on-5 gameplay has never looked so good. The game features enhanced player spacing and behavior logic in the half-court, upgraded passing and rebounding mechanics, and an all-new two player interaction engine.
* All-new shooting mechanics: From deep three-point shots well beyond the arc to 10-foot jump shots in the paint, every shot attempt has been redesigned to provide more fluid, realistic results. Dunks and lay-ups are now assigned to the same button command making highlight reel plays even easier to perform.
* The NBA goes live: Player faces, team uniforms, and authentic arenas jump to life behind the power of next-generation game graphics. Whether you're working on your game in the revamped practice gym, or playing in front of a packed house, feel what it's like to be an NBA superstar.
* Like butter: Running at a smooth 60 frames per second, NBA LIVE 08 is as close as you can get to the court, without dropping a dime for courtside seats.

Need For Speed ProStreet

Need for Speed™ ProStreet is a ground-breaking driving experience, as you are thrust into the midst of cutthroat head-to-head competition against the best street racers in a multitude of racing showdowns.

Street racing culture is accelerated with the ultimate stage for the pursuit of street racing supremacy. Build the ultimate performance-tuned battle machine, taking it to multi-disciplinary showdowns all over the world, and pitting your skills and reputation against the very best street racers.

* Photo-realistic graphics: Need for Speed: ProStreet boasts impeccable precision and impressively detailed graphics, effectively transporting you to the center of the action. This game is a true taste of raw adrenaline and racing with consequences.
* Autosculpt technology: The Autosculpt™ technology allows you to directly impact your car's performance, as well as personalize its appearance. Every dent, every scratch and every crumpled body panel is a battle scar, proof of your commitment and competitive mettle.
* Online play: The online mode redefines the meaning of competitive social play, to bring you the ultimate formula for an emotionally charged street racing showdown

MotoGP '07

Experience the sheer passion, speed, excitement, and spectacle of MotoGP, the most thrilling motor sport in the world!

MotoGP '07 brings the excitement and energy of the fans and media into the game world like never before. MotoGP '07 is the fifth game in the critically acclaimed MotoGP series and the definitive motorcycle racing game for Xbox 360™. Building on the success of MotoGP '06, the game focuses on expanding the atmosphere and depth of the series, capturing the passion of the sport, as well as rounding out the whole experience into the most accomplished racing game on Xbox 360.

* Full championship season: Experience the 2007 MotoGP championship season with the exclusive official MotoGP licensed game for Xbox 360. Updated riders, bikes and tracks accurately recreate the 2007 season.
* The power and the glory: Bring the spectacle and passion of attending a live MotoGP event into your living room.
* Custom bikes: Customize your bike and race on 17 different street tracks.
* Online challenges: Take to the track with up to 16-player online racing, or try out online pink slip racing in Extreme Mode.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08

Take on the world in Tiger Woods PGA Tour® 08. For the first time, every portion of your game is recorded—from your opening drive on the first hole in Play Now mode to your final putt in the FedEx Cup Championship. Post your most amazing performances on EA SPORTS™ GamerNet, a revolutionary interactive gaming hub that hosts user-created content online. Set the bar high by posting your top moments, and take on challenges set by others, to determine the world's greatest golfer. Take the world by storm with Tiger Woods PGA Tour® 08.

* All-new EA SPORTS GamerNet: Online interaction has been taken to the next level. Record everything from your greatest rounds to crazy, awe-inspiring shots, then post each challenge on EA SPORTS GamerNet for the world to beat. Earn points—and bragging rights—when players set their sights on you, or when you one-up challenges set by others.
* Put on your best photo game face: Put yourself in the game like never before. Use real-life photographs of yourself, friends, and family to create in-game characters that look just like the real thing. No artistic skill required!
* Confidence is a factor: All-new Shot Confidence tracks your performance on every hole. Analyze past performance with the Confidence Meter to identify strengths and weaknesses before every shot.
* FedEx Cup playoff courses: Experience the all-new FedExCup championship format by playing dream rounds at Westchester Country Club, TPC Boston, Cog Hill, and East Lake.
* Take on the most professional golfers ever: Featuring the greatest PGA and LPGA Tour pros, including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis, Christie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.

John Woo presents Stranglehold

Experience exhilerating third-person next-gen action as you continue the story of John Woo's influential action film, Hard Boiled, starring Chow Yun-Fat. In John Woo presents Stranglehold™, run into danger with a gun in each fist and take down the organized crime bosses who stepped over the line when they took your family.

Ensnared by a crime boss with a gripping secret, Inspector Tequila is forced to cross the line from sworn duty to bloody revenge. Engage your enemies with intense cinematic gun battles and cause massive environmental damage in real-time or revolutionary slow-motion Tequila Time.

* Signature cinematic action: Stranglehold allows you to play a John Woo-directed action blockbuster movie. Dual-wielding, stunt-laden gameplay combined with massive destructible environment ensures that Stranglehold will be a true tour-de-force. The environmental interactivity and two-fisted gunplay all come online, bringing the experience to a whole new level.
* Amazing gunplay and stunts: Experience snooth flowing gameplay, such as running up railings, swinging on chandeliers, and leaping onto moving objects, all without interrupting intense gun battles.
* Blockbuster Hollywood talent: Featuring the cinematic flare of acclaimed action director John Woo, Stranglehold also benefits from Woo's direction on storyline, camera placement, and cutscenes. Starring international action star Chow Yun-Fat as Inspector Tequila, the game's cast is also comprised of other A-list Hollywood talent.
* Environments as weapons: Using the Massive D™ physics engine, bring the world down on your enemies. Carve your own realistic path of destruction through environments and manuver through unique piles of debris which persist in the environment.
* Intense cinematic gun battles: Engage the enemy in Tequila Time™ by targeting and firing in real-time while the world dramatically slows and enjoy the exhileration of running up railings, swinging on chandeliers, and leaping onto moving objects, all without complex controls.
* Unreal 3.0 and Havok: Using a modified version of the Unreal 3.0 engine integrated with the Havok physics system, Stranglehold breathes new life into game environments and characters with its stunning graphics. Incredible physics make it possible for everything in the world to be destructible and interactive, allowing for an ever-changing battleground depending on how players approach different situations.

Medal of Honor Airborne

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Take to the skies in Medal of Honor Airborne™, and drop into grueling ground attacks in a bid to turn the tide of World War Two. Begin each mission in the air above Axis-controlled battlefields, then make your mark in the largest airborne operations in history.

Starting with your jump from a C-47 transport plane, every choice you make can seal your fate. In the air, control your parachute to select a landing spot that brings you the greatest strategic advantage. Follow the green smoke to recommended landing areas where Allied forces will be waiting, or go it alone by landing on rooftops or balconies. But craft your strategy carefully. Every move you make—from your choice of landing spot to the enemies you engage on the ground—determines your success in the mission, and whether or not you are truly one of theAirborne elite.

* Open battlefields: Start each mission with an airdrop into enemy territory where the landing spot you choose dramatically changes the course of battle. On the ground, tackle enemies and complete objectives in whatever order you choose, and navigate your way through a massive, free-roaming environment.
* Vertical combat: Fight on the ground or on rooftops, balconies, towers, ruins, and natural formations in a variety of environments authentic to the European theater of war.
* Affordance A.I.: A formidable new A.I. system delivers unpredictable and intelligent enemies which will challenge even your most battle-hardened strategies.
* Upgradeable weapons: Enhance your chosen weapon with authentic, customizable field modifications that affect your marksmanship.
* War is hell: How and where you engage the enemy triggers death animations unique to each and every encounter.

Mass Effect

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Mass Effect™ is a sci-fi action RPG created by BioWare, the commercially and critically acclaimed developer of Jade Empire™ and Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™. Mass Effect delivers an immersive, story-driven experience coupled with awe-inspiring visuals, delivered exclusively to the Xbox 360™.

As one of the first human beings to step onto the galactic stage, you face a grave threat that may destroy all of civilization. Your job is complicated by the fact that no one believes that there is any threat at all. Travel across an expansive universe, exploring the uncharted corners of the galaxy, searching for pieces of the truth in order to discover how to defeat the coming destruction.

* Explore uncharted worlds: Uncover a mystery that defies imagination as you travel to the far corners of the universe. Visit unexplored planets, finding side quests that unfold parallel to the main story. Discover alien life, new resources, ruined civilizations, and powerful technologies.
* Fight in real-time: Mass Effect features a real-time, squad-based, tactical combat system. Enjoy intense and exciting third-person action as you face off against your enemies. Engage your foes with ranged weapons, biotic powers, science-based magic, and tech powers, all accompanied by astonishing visuals.
* Customize your character: Build a stunning, photo-realistic character, expanding your skills and statistics as you progress. Utilize a deep reward system as you travel further afield and discover more about the coming invasion. Change the appearance of your characters with the additions of newly discovered weapons, equipment, and armor to make each one truly unique.
* Experience the next generation: Mass Effect takes full advantage of Xbox 360 hardware, providing players with photo-realistic high definition graphics, amazingly realistic characters, branching dialogue with A.I. responses, and a massive universe to explore. As the future of gaming continues to expand online, look for premium downloads on Xbox LIVE®.

Blue Dragon

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Famed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker and developer Artoon present the highly anticipated Xbox 360™ exclusive Blue Dragon. Featuring the character design of Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball Z and music by Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy, Blue Dragon is an epic role-playing game that centers on a young boy named Shu and several of his friends.

These unlikely heroes possess the power to control phantom shadows that mirror the actions of their masters, giving Shu and his comrades miraculous strength and magical powers.

The warriors can create and develop their combat styles by utilizing different types of Shadow Change, including Sword, Assassin, and Power Magic. Shu and his friends must use the shadows as weapons and wield their skills to save their world from impending doom.

Encountering various people on a planet where numerous ancient ruins remain, the characters and their shadows travel through a world full of mysteries and illusions, where the slightest touch can cause reactions of unparalleled magnitude.

* Innovative RPG gameplay features: As their quest progresses, warriors can create original attack methods by utilizing several types of Shadow Change, including Sword, Assassin, and Power Magic. You can choose to focus the hero on certain areas of expertise. Shadows level up and gain new abilities associated with the job they are currently doing. Once gained, abilities are not lost and remain available to use when needed.
* Massive scope and engrossing environments: Shu and his companions battle their way through an immense world filled with vividly illustrated remnants of ancient civilizations long forgotten.
* Stunning graphics: Taking full advantage of the power of Xbox 360, Blue Dragon engages you in a world and characters that are brought to life with vibrant colors and detail, from Shu's wild hair to his martial arts-style garb, conveying the beautiful simplicity and sense of adventure found in this truly next-generation RPG.
* Dazzling character design and effects: Toriyama’s unique influence is evident in the design of the game’s anime style characters, as their actions are enhanced with next-gen blur effects. Additionally, the game’s algorithmic animation system adds heightened realism to character and creature movements.
* Famed developer: Mistwalker is a creative company founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the original developer of Final Fantasy. Operated by a handful of experts, the direction of new Mistwalker is influenced by Sakaguchi’s extensive industry experience. Artoon is a digital entertainment design, development, and production company with rich talent and experience. Centering on the design and development of original content, Artoon is mainly involved in the development of software through external cooperation, as well as the design and production of entertainment content in the mobile communication category.

Stuntman Ignition

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Plunge into the adrenaline-fueled role of a Hollywood stunt driver in Stuntman®: Ignition™, and master the most breathtaking, death-defying vehicle-based stunts ever filmed. As the newest stuntman in Hollywood, you must rise to stardom by combining reckless maneuvering with perfect execution to unlock big-budget blockbusters and lucrative commercial deals. Create movie magic in six uniquely themed films on 36 different stunt runs with over 25 vehicles, or take the action online to challenge rival stuntmen in the ultimate backlot showdown.

  • You are the stuntman: Feel the rush of pulling off the most breathtaking, death-defying stunts ever filmed.
  • Intense driving action: Perfectly execute a series of dangerous, high-speed vehicle stunts with intense, precision driving.
  • Build your career: Amp up the action by improvising reckless maneuvers during movie stunt runs to unlock bigger-budget movies and commercial jobs.
  • Online multiplayer: Steal stunts from rival stuntmen as you battle on the film sets, or through custom-built backlot multiplayer arenas.
  • Construct your own stunts: Devise your own insane stunt runs and challenge other stuntmen online to beat you at your own game.
  • Unique vehicles: Master your control of more than 25 unique vehicles, including exotic sports cars, motorcycles and hovercraft.
  • Welcome to Hollywood: Showcase your skills in a wide variety of big-budget action films, commercial shoots, and tournaments.

Grand Theft Auto IV

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The hugely anticipated, new installment in the ground-breaking Grand Theft Auto series is set to arrive in October 2007.

Grand Theft Auto IV™ is now finally on the horizon.

Madden NFL 08

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Feel what it's like to be a field general making key personnel decisions on both sides of the ball during the game's biggest moments in Madden NFL 08. Play to your team's strengths by immediately reading your opponent's schemes and reacting to the action as soon as the ball is snapped. Create mismatches and exploit weaknesses as you read and react with Madden NFL 08.

* All-new Read and React system: New player skill icons identify on-field strengths and weaknesses, providing an immediate read on what your opponent is giving you. Quickly react, create mismatches, and exploit opponent weaknesses before every play.

* All-new Front Office Mode: Take full control of every aspect of an NFL franchise. Construct a state-of-the-art stadium, set concession prices, hire your coaching staff, draft players, and manage the entire operation from the top down to build your dynasty.

* Your own championship ring: Increase your Madden Gamer Level to help create and customize your own in-game championship ring.

* Madden unmatched: All-new player moves, including auto-motion, backward passes and low-hitting tackles, plus ultra-smooth gameplay provide the most realistic NFL gaming experience ever. Control receivers and make spectacular catches or key possession receptions, or roam the secondary and jar the ball loose with big hits and ball-stripping tackles.

Halo 3

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The epic saga continues with Halo® 3, the hugely anticipated third chapter in the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo franchise. Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax.

Halo 3 represents the third chapter in the Halo trilogy—an international award-winning action series that grew into a global entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 14.5 million units worldwide, logging more than 650 million hours of multiplayer action on Xbox LIVE®, and spawning action figures, books, a graphic novel, apparel, an upcoming film adaptation, and more.

  • Epic story: The thrilling conclusion to the epic Halo trilogy.
  • Next-gen advantage: Taking full advantage of the power of Xbox 360™, Halo 3 expands on everything that has made the Halo franchise great, adding a wealth of technical and gameplay advancements.
  • Evolution of design: Next-generation high-definition visuals, enhanced A.I., an advanced real-time lighting engine, and new weapons, characters, and challenges are just a few examples of Halo 3's evolution of design and technology.
  • Unparalleled experience: Ultimately, these improvements provide gamers with an unparalleled experience and, in the end, tell an even more compelling and engrossing story.
  • Online multiplayer: The most complete online multiplayer experience ever conceived.
  • Only on Xbox 360.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


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BioShock is the "genetically enhanced" first-person shooter that lets you do things never before possible in the genre. Turn everything into a weapon, biologically mod your body with plasmids, hack devices and systems, upgrade your weapons and craft new ammo variants, and experiment with different battle techniques.

* Biologically mod your body: Plasmids are genetic augmentations that empower you with dozens of fantastic abilities. Send Electrobolts storming from your fingertips, unleash a swarm of hornets hatched from the veins of your arms, strategically turn enemies against one another with irritants.

* Take control of your world: Hack devices and systems to reprogram enemy security bots into personal bodyguards, modify vending machines to change prices, and transform machine gun security turrets into powerless pieces of metal.

* Upgrade your weapons: Look for Fire-For-Effect stations located through Rapture. Craft variants of ammo and plasmids by picking up materials in the city to modify them at U-Invent kiosks.

* Experiment with battle techniques: With BioShock’s free-form combat options, gameplay scenarios can be approached with a variety of weapons, active and passive plasmids, environmental objects utilization, exploitation of political alliances, or a combination of techniques. Find your style but know when to adapt.

* Explore an incredible world: The unique art deco world hidden deep under the ocean is vividly illustrated with realistic water effects and truly next generation graphics.

* Make meaningful decisions: Do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture to save yourself … or risk all to become their savior?

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Two Worlds

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Two Worlds™ is a role-playing adventure that allows you to completely shape the story in which you take part. Overthrow kings, sack cities, eradicate entire organizations, the actions you take matter. It's up to you to save the world … or destroy it.

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  • Vibrant world: The game offers a freedom of choice unseen in any other role-playing adventure. The world literally comes to life, reacting and changing to decisions made by the player.

  • Natural character development: Experiment with different careers and reverse your choices if necessary. Experience total open and unlimited character development.

  • Dynamic combat: Spectacular and dynamic combat combines intuitive controls, intense action, tactical challenges and movie-like visuals. Even traps and snares can be used to weaken the enemy. A deep and intuitive weapon upgrade and enchanting system will keep your tools of the trade sharp and ready for action.

  • Creative magic: Use a unique magic system assembling your spells by collecting, combining, and arranging arcane cards.

  • Mounted travel and combat: Choose from a wide array of mounts to travel and fight on, from horses to tamed lizards and other beasts.

  • Stunning graphics: Beautifully rendered terrains feature ultra-sharp texturing and stunning design, combined with a sophisticated weather system and hyper-realistic physics. Seamless indoor/outdoor environments help create more realistic urban environments.

  • Multiplayer: Up to 8 Xbox 360™ players online.

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Simple Things You Can Do To Speed Up a Slow Computer

Defrag To Speed Up Your Computer

When your computer stores a document, it starts to put the document in the first area of free space on your hard drive and then when it runs out of room there, it stores another part of the file on the next space available and so on, until the entire document is stored. One simple Word document may be stored in many different spots. When you access the fragmented document again, it has to go to all the spots on your hard drive, gather the information, put it together and then display it. If you have a lot of fragmented files it takes time for the computer to find the data. It will take a while to run defrag so you might want to leave this task for last (like before bed) and you should free up as much space as possible before defraging, To defrag your hard drive with Windows XP, go to:

• Start
• Programs
• Accessories
• System Tools
• Disk Defragmenter

Other Windows operating systems has the disk defragementer tool in a similar location. If you can't find it, go to Windows help and search for "defrag" to find out how to run it.

Clean Temporary Files To Speed Up Your Computer

Windows loves to write files all the time to your hard drive and until you run out of room on your hard drive or ask it to clean it up, it will leave old temporary files there. Windows XP comes with a handy program that cleans them up.
To clean up temporary files on your hard drive with Windows XP, go to:

• Start
• Programs
• Accessories
• System Tools
• Disk Cleanup

For other Windows operating systems you may have manually remove temporary files. To find out how, go to Windows help and search for "temporary files".

Clean Up Your Desktop To Speed Up Your Computer

Having a clean desktop is important enough that Windows XP now asks you to clean up unused desktop icons. If you have always ignored the prompt like I used to, you can either clean them up manually by right clicking your mouse on them and selecting delete or you can access the Windows XP program.

• Start
• Control Panel
• Double-click "Display".
• Click the "Desktop" tab.
• Click the "Customize Desktop" button at the bottom.
• Click the "General" tab.
• Click the "Clean Desktop Now" button at the bottom.

Kill the Spyware To Speed Up Your Computer

Spyware seems to be almost unavoidable if you are online. I have always been very careful with keeping my virus protection up to date but I had a few spyware problems myself that was probably slowing down my computer. The basic version of AdAware is a free program that it will get rid of this annoyance.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

New USB gadget allows for inflight recharge

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You’re right in the middle of a great movie and your laptop dies. You’re listening to a really great album on your iPod and it dies. What can one do when you’re in the middle of a long, perhaps international, flight and you must face a hours and hours of boredom because you’re tech let you down with dead batteries? You could bring along a solar battery charger, but that only works as long as the plane is traveling with the sun in the window.

Well, you can now use the Power Executive Bundle by Inflight. This line of USB power units plug into the passenger seat audio jack to provide regulated power to the attached USB plug & charging cable/connector. Travelers can now charge up any device and get back to fighting the ongoing battle of airline boredom.

The Executive model comes with a Plug-in tip for the iPod, that also supports the Nano, Mini, 4G (click wheel), Video iPod, and even the iPhone. The Shuffle doesn’t need a special plug in and can be powered up directly. In addition, it also comes with a mini B tip for Blackberrys, and Moto & Razor cellphones. The power charger also plugs into any conventional USB cable for powering up a laptop battery.

Cost is about $35-45.

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Corega unveils speakers for iPod Shuffle 2G

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Corega of Japan has just released the CG-IPSPDC02 ultra portable speaker system for those who own the 2nd generation iPod Shuffle. It comes in five different colors that match the corresponding Shuffle, boasting a couple of 20 x 25mm anti-magnetic speakers. For those interested in the performance details, the Corega speakers offer a playback frequency of 200Hz~16 kHz and a signal-to-noise ratio of 70dB for soft, clear sound. You can also hook up this speakers to a PC via the rear USB connection. Alternatively a pair of AAA batteries power these Corega speakers as well. It retails for $30 a pop.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Windows XP Hotkeys - keyboard Shortcuts

CTRL and A Selects all the items in the active window.
CTRL and C Copies the item or items to the Clipboard and can be pasted using CTRL and V.
CTRL and F Displays the Find all files dialog box.
CTRL and G Displays the Go to folder dialog box.
CTRL and N Displays the New dialog box.
CTRL and O Displays the Open dialog box.
CTRL and P Displays the Print dialog box.
CTRL and S Displays the Save dialog box.
CTRL and V Pastes the copied item or items from the Clipboard.
CTRL and X Cuts the item or items selected to the Clipboard.
CTRL and Z Undoes the last action.
CTRL and F4 Closes the active document window.
CTRL while dragging an item Copy the selected item
CTRL+SHIFT with arrow keys Highlight a block of text
CTRL+F4 Close the active document
CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu
CTRL and F6 Opens the next document window in the active application.

ALT+ENTER View the properties for the selected item
ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program
ALT+SPACEBAR Open the shortcut menu for the active window
ALT+TAB Switch between the open items
ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened

F1 key Gives help on the active window or selected item.
F2 key Rename the selected item
F3 key Search for a file or a folder
F4 key Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
F5 key Update the active window
F6 key Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10 key Activate the menu bar in the active program

Windows Logo Display or hide the Start menu
Windows Logo+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box
Windows Logo+D Display the desktop
Windows Logo+M Minimize all of the windows
Windows Logo+SHIFT+M Restore the minimized windows
Windows Logo+E Open My Computer
Windows Logo+F Search for a file or a folder
CTRL+Windows Logo+F Search for computers
Windows Logo+F1 Display Windows Help
Windows Logo+ L Lock the keyboard
Windows Logo+R Open the Run dialog box
Windows Logo+U Open Utility Manager

TAB Move forward through the options
SHIFT+TAB Move backward through the options
CTRL+TAB Move forward through the tabs
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward through the tabs
ALT+Underlined letter Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option
ENTER Perform the command for the active option or button
SPACEBAR Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
F1 key Display Help
F4 key Display the items in the active list
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
BACKSPACE Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

END Display the bottom of the active window
HOME Display the top of the active window
NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder
NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) Display the contents of the selected folder
NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) Collapse the selected folder
LEFT ARROW Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder
RIGHT ARROW Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox

CTRL + A Select all text on a webpage
CTRL + B Open the Bookmarks sidebar
CTRL + C Copy the selected text to the Windows clipboard
CTRL + D Bookmark the current webpage
CTRL + F Find text within the current webpage
CTRL + G Find more text within the same webpage
CTRL + H Opens the webpage History sidebar
CTRL + I Open the Bookmarks sidebar
CTRL + J Opens the Download Dialogue Box
CTRL + K Places the cursor in the Web Search box ready to type your search
CTRL + L Places the cursor into the URL box ready to type a website address
CTRL + M Opens your mail program (if you have one) to create a new email message
CTRL + N Opens a new Firefox window
CTRL + O Open a local file
CTRL + P Print the current webpage
CTRL + R Reloads the current webpage
CTRL + S Save the current webpage on your PC
CTRL + T Opens a new Firefox Tab
CTRL + U View the page source of the current webpage
CTRL + V Paste the contents of the Windows clipboard
CTRL + W Closes the current Firefox Tab or Window (if more than one tab is open)
CTRL + X Cut the selected text
CTRL + Z Undo the last action

Thanko FMP3 Watch

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Thanko, that provider of all things gimmicky but good, has just launched another surprisingly useful tool, this time the FMP3 Watch. As the name suggests, we're talking combo MP3 (and WMA too) player and FM transmitter.

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That's surely enough to make even Mr. Bond a bit envious (although I'm sure those innards would be packed in something from Omega, or whoever the sponsor for the next film ends up being). The watch not only plays files and do the iTrip-thing, great for car travel, but also includes a voice recorder—perfect for on-the-street podcast recordings—as well as line-in recording. Capacity runs three sizes (512MB, 1GB, 2GB), and transfers are done through the included USB cables (USB 2.0 port on the watch). It's even water resistant! Thank you, Thanko.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Top Ten Computer Problems


My computer is running sloooooowly. This is usually the result of a combination of factors. Too many programs auto-starting, adware and spyware running in the background, inadequate RAM, filesystem and/or pagefile fragmentation, registry conflicts, and a buildup of garbage files on the hard drive can all contribute to general slowness. Usually, a tuneup (and maybe a RAM upgrade) is all that's needed to perk up a sleepy machine.


Can't get on the Internet. Many of the same factors listed in number 1 (above) can also affect Internet and network connectivity. Other possibilities include a bad modem or network card, bad cables, corrupted drivers, or viruses.


Computer dials itself onto the Internet all by itself. Adware or spyware is usually the culprit. Other possibilities include programs that are set to update themselves automatically are opening up an Internet connection to do so; malicious programs (viruses, worms, or trojans) are attempting to do their dastardly deeds; or "dialers" installed by unsavory Web sites are trying to connect.


My browser's home page or default search engine has changed itself. No, it's been hijacked. This is another type of marketing spyware that is becoming more prevalent in recent months.


My computer locks up, freezes, or goes to the Blue Screen of Death. Spyware, inadequate or defective RAM, registry conflicts, missing or corrupted dll's, filesystem or pagefile fragmentation, bad device drivers, viruses... the list goes on. But amazingly, about 80 per cent of the time, a tune-up is all that's needed to rectify the problems.


My computer keeps turning itself on all by itself. Usually this means that the BIOS is set to "wake on LAN" or "wake on modem."


My computer's clock keeps losing time. The CMOS battery is dying. It's replaceable.


My computer spontaneously reboots itself. This is almost always a hardware problem. Usually its the power supply, RAM, processor. or a dirty or defective cooling fan. Some viruses, worms, and trojans can also cause this to happen.


My computer is making noises. Most likely, some moving part is failing. It could be the hard drive or one of the various fans. Sometimes, however, squealing or whining sounds can have purely electronic origins. Whatever the case, it's important to shut down the machine and have it checked immediately.


My computer won't boot. Could be any number of things, starting with the power cord not being plugged in. Check that first. You wouldn't believe how many times we've responded to calls where the computer simply wasn't plugged in. If that doesn't work, then call us.