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Helpful tips for April 2013
In this issue:
Articles of the day
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca
What’s this about Polar Bears?
Like puppies, they are born without vision and it takes about three weeks
for them to start seeing.
Which factors contribute to the gathering of fat in our tummies?
Why, stress at work, lack of physical activity, and sitting too much.
Add a poor diet to this.
What’s this about pineapple?
If you are able to pull the leaf in the middle out of the pineapple, then it
is either ripe or rotten.
Unable to pull it out, then it is still not ripe enough for consumption.
If you can pull it out and then you can smell the warm aroma of pine, then
presto! It is ripe enough for eating.
Here is something interesting about those cute pet turtles!
They are stone deaf!
Yes, they are and they use vibration to navigate.
That is, they use vibration to get around.
Okay, something for you about those troublesome weavles!
You can stop them from invading your home as follows:
When you first purchase such things as rice, pasta, flour, or sugar, put it
in the freezer when you bring them home and leave them there for a few days.
This helps to kill any weavle eggs that may have been in your stuff when you
Here is a piece of trivia for you:
What’s so special about the month of March for retailers?
Well, it is the month when the most pregnancy test packages are sold.
Right then, some very important tips for ciber safety!
Never give out your mother’s maiden name, your birth date, and your social
insurance number via email or on any website.
Do not allow any website to store your credit card number.
Now, something important to know about phone calls that you make from your
land line to a mobile phone and that is if it is a long distance call!
Guess what? You get charged for making these phone calls.
About your washer?
It is better to pour your fabric softener into the main tub itself rather
than doing this into the fabric softener recepticle.
Sometimes, this recepticle can become clogged up with remnants from the
Taken from Melanie Mama’s corner
With a huge bouquet of thanks to Dan Thompson at email@example.com
Instructions for setting up OE to access your Gmail account:
Log onto the Gmail Web site and click Settings in the top navigation bar.
Click the tab marked Forwarding and POP
Check Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for mail that arrives from now
Click Save Changes
In Outlook Express, click the Tools menu and select Accounts
Click Add | Mail …
Type your name and click Next
Enter your Gmail address and click Next
Under “My incoming mail server is a [dropdown box] server, select POP
Under “Incoming mail server,” type pop.gmail.com
Under “Outgoing mail (SMTP) server,” type smtp.gmail.com and click Next
Under “Account name,” type your Gmail address (
Under “Password,” type your Gmail password and click Next
Now configure the new account:
Highlight the account name and click Properties
Click the Servers tab
Under “Outgoing Mail Server,” ensure that the following is checked: My
server requires authentication
Click the Advanced tab
Ensure the following is checked under both “Outgoing Mail (SMTP)” and
“Incoming Mail (POP3): This server requires a secure connection
Under “Outgoing Server (SMTP)” type 465
Under “Incoming Server (POP3)” type 995
Click Apply, click OK and close.*
Leave No Trace: How To Completely Erase Your Hard Drives, SSDs and Thumb
With stories abounding of identity theft aided by information lifted from
discarded storage devices, you want devices you no longer plan to use to
have no usable information when they head out the door.
Here’s how to wipe them clean.
Why Erasing Files Is Not Enough
Sure, you could erase the contents of the drive, but keep this in mind: the
act of erasing a file does not remove it from a storage device.
When you erase/delete a file from your computer, it’s not really gone until
the areas of the disk it used are overwritten by new information. If you use
the normal Windows delete function, the “deleted” file is sent to the
Recycle Bin until the space it uses is required by other files. If you use
Shift-Delete to bypass the Recycle Bin, the space occupied by the file is
marked as available for other files. However, the file could be recovered
days or even weeks later with third-party data recovery software.
As long as the operating system does not reuse the space occupied by a file
with another file, the “deleted” file can be recovered.
With SSDs, the erased file situation is even more complex. SSDs store data
in blocks rather than in sectors as with magnetic storage. Overwriting a
block was previously used involves copying the contents of the block to
cache, wiping the block’s contents, delete the block to be overwritten from
cache, writing the new data to cache, and rewriting the block with the new
data. As an SSD is used with files that are deleted or changed frequently,
the performance can drop unless the drive (and operating system) support a
technology called TRIM that wipes out deleted data blocks as soon as the
file using the blocks is deleted. TRIM is supported by Windows 7 and by some
late model SSDs, but not by older Windows versions. So, disk wiping can be
both a security feature and a performance improvement strategy.
Data Wiping Versus File Erasure
While erasing files simply marks file space as available for reuse, data
wiping overwrites all data space on a storage device, replacing useful data
with garbage data. Depending upon the method used, the overwrite data could
be zeros (also known as “zero-fill”)
or could be various random patterns.
Products that can be used for wiping hard disks might not be suitable for
wiping other types of drives. In this article, we will look at methods for
securely wiping hard disks, USB flash memory devices, flash memory cards,
Zero-Fill a Hard Disk
Time Needed: several hours (varies with size and speed of drive)
Software: Hard disk utility software from your drive vendor
Media: blank CD or floppy disk
Although writing zeroes across the entire hard disk surface (aka
is not sufficient to meet government data sanitation (disk wiping) standards
such as DoD 5220.22-M or the more comprehensive Standards and Technologies
Special Publication 800-88,
overwriting the entire hard disk prevents most types of data recovery from
Here’s where to get zero-fill software from hard disk vendors:
Drive Fitness Test (see website for specific models supported)
Select the Erase Drive feature to zero-fill your hard disk
HUtil (see website for specific models supported)
Use Tool, Erase HDD to zero-fill your hard disk
Seagate (including Maxtor)
SeaTools for DOS (see website for specific models supported)
Use Full Erase to zero-fill your hard disk
Data Lifeguard Diagnostics (select drive model for specific version
Use Write Zeros to drive to zero-fill your hard disk
1. Determine the brand and model of hard disk you want to overwrite.
2. Download a CD ISO image or a floppy disk image (depending upon your
equipment) and use the image to create bootable media. The floppy disk image
run it, insert a blank floppy disk when prompted, and the image is created
on the disk. You will need to use a CD burning program that works with ISO
images to convert the ISO image into a bootable CD.
Here is a link to some iso recognition cd burning programs.
“The Last CDDVD Burning guide You Will Ever Need”
3. Restart your computer with the bootable media you created in Step 2.
4. Select the hard disk to zero-fill when prompted.
5. Choose the option to zero-fill the hard disk.
6. When the program is finished, follow the on-screen instructions to shut
down or restart your computer.
7. Remove the wiped hard disk; you can now reuse or recycle the hard disk.
Looking For Free Wi-Fi In Your Area? Are you preparing for a trip? Well
MetroFreeFi.com offers a really nice service where you can choose states
from a menu, and MetroFreeFi will generate a Notes file for your iPod or
compatible notetaker. Drop the files on your iPod or notetaker and you’re
good to go!
I thought I knew most of the free Wi-Fi spots in Louisville, but the MFF
file showed me about a dozen I was unaware of. Some of the notes even detail
special procedures for getting a WEP key for particular locations.
It’s a free service, and well worth the time.
Click this link to find Wi-Fi hotspots in your area:
“At LaptopFriendlyCafes.com you’ll find your local free Wi-Fi and power
ready laptop spots. We have over 300 tried and tested cafes listed worldwide
where you can power up your laptop, surf the web for free and enjoy a
Click this link to visit
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
how to Install Windows Virtual PC on Your Windows 7 Computer
Microsoft is hoping to take away everyone’s reasons for not upgrading to
Windows 7 by making sure
that you’ll be able to run just about any program or operating system you
want with your Windows 7 computer using Windows Virtual PC.
You can use Windows Virtual PC with Windows 7 to create virtual machines
that allow you to run older legacy software that is not compatible with
You can also use Windows Virtual PC to enable you to run another Microsoft
tool called Windows XP Mode,
which allows you to install Windows XP-compatible software and run it
seamlessly in Windows 7.
Windows Virtual PC has many improvements over the original Virtual PC 2007,
including the ability to access USB devices,
to run multiple virtual machines concurrently, to access your virtual
machines through Windows Explorer,
and to launch and run Windows XP Mode programs directly from Windows 7.
Windows Virtual PC has specific system requirements.
Your PC must have a 1GHz processor and a CPU that supports virtualization.
You’ll also want at least 15 GB of hard drive space for each virtual machine
you set up.
You can use Windows Virtual PC with any version of Windows 7 other than the
Not sure whether your machine supports virtualization?
Download Microsoft’s virtualization testing tool.
Just double click the downloaded file and it will examine your PC and tell
you whether your PC can handle Windows Virtual PC
and whether the technology is enabled in your BIOS.
Open Internet Explorer and go to the Windows Virtual PC download page. Click
Microsoft needs to run Windows Genuine Advantage to ensure that you have a
legitimate copy of Windows 7.
If you plan to run Windows XP Mode, you can go directly the Virtual PC Web
site to download both files at the same time.
However, Windows XP Mode is only compatible with Windows 7 Professional and
Click the Download Files Below link and click Download for the file that
matches your system’s architecture.
The Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu file is for the 32-bit system
and Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu is for the 64-bit system.
Before you install the Windows Virtual PC program, your PC’s virtualization
technology needs to be enabled in your system BIOS.
Each manufacturer uses a different process for this, so check your owner’s
manual or go to the Configure BIOS page of the Windows Virtual PC
web site for manufacturer-specific directions.
Locate and double-click the downloaded file on your PC.
You might need to click Continue if prompted by User Account Control.
When the installer finishes loading, click Yes to begin the installation.
Microsoft shows you the licensing terms for Windows Virtual PC.
Click I Accept. Then click Restart Now.
When Windows 7 restarts, you can access Windows Virtual PC by typing
“virtual” at the Start menu’s search box.