Helpful tips for August

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Helpful tips for August 2012

In this issue:

General tips
Tech tips
Security tips for home computer users

General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

What are four very vital things that you can drink for the flu?
Why, water, juice, soup, and jello.

For better dental hygene?
Rince well after each meal.
Make sure that you treat gingervitis as it could lead to such diseases as
heart diseaase, diabetes, and strokes.

When on a plane:
Do not use any mobile device before takeoff, as the plane is taxying, and as
it is about to land.

Which part of the body is most exposed to germs?
Why, it is your forearm.
Why? Because it is the part of your body that most comes in contact with

For those of you with cable boxes and have dealing with the Rogers Cable
Company in Canada:
Rogers only provides refurvished cable boxes and at no cost.
New boxes can only be bought if yhou are willing to pay for them.
HD boxes are only provided to you at no cost if your Internet services are
with Rogers.
These boxes also enable you to take advantage of the company’s PVR or
personal video recorder.

What’s this about salt and sugar?
They both absorb lots of water!

What’s this about death due to a fire?
Most of these deaths are caused by smoke inhilation.

What are two things that you can drink to flush out your kidneys?
Why, beer and coconut water!

How about those terrible and dangerous shingles!
They are caused by the germ left over from chicken pox and chances of
contracting shingles are greater as you grow older.

For those thinking of a Caribbean vacation and worried about hurricanes?
Well now! The hurricane season is generally from June to November.

What’s this about the benefit of drinking a coke gone flat;
Good to drink whenever your stomach is in upset mode. That is, when your
tummy is acting up.

When would be the best month for you to swim in the warm Caribbean ocean?
Why, the month of August; supposedly the calmest month for sea bathing in
the Caribbean.

When exactly would be lobster season?
According to the saying, the best months for hunting and eating those yummy
lobsters would be those months that do not end in RY.
So, March, April, May, June, July, and August.
Don’t hold us to this however.

Something to know about tides!
There is low tide and then there is high tide.
It takes approximately six hours for each tide to be completed.
Six hours for high tide and six hours for low tide.
High tide occurs when the sea covers the entire beach and low tide occurs
when the sea is way out exposing the entire shore’s line.

Death by drowning?
It occurs most among kids from one to four years.

Tech tips
Taken from Melanie Mama’s corner
With a huge bouquet of thanks to Dan Thompson at
Special thanks to Dan Thompson at

10 Windows Command Line Tips You Should Check Out

1. Drag and drop files for a full path

Tired of typing the long pathnames for files/folders buried deep inside a
folder tree? Just drag and drop the file onto the command prompt window and
you will get the full path and filename reveal to you.

2. Copy and paste from/to the command line

Click on the icon in the title bar and choose Edit > Mark. Now, drag over
the area you want to copy, hit Enter and the text is copied to the

Similarly, you can click on the icon in the title bar and choose Paste to
paste the text you already have on the clipboard. You can also do this by
right-clicking inside the command prompt window

3. Hit F7 for command line history

Hit F7 and you will get a complete list of commands that you executed. Use
the arrow keys to highlight the command you want to run again or just hit
the number key corresponding to the command that you want to execute.

4. History keys

Use F1 to paste the previous command one character at a time, F2 (followed
by a number) to paste the previous command up to the said number and F3 to
paste the previous command.

5. Run multiple commands

You can run multiple commands by separating them with &&.

Note that this doesn’t run the commands simultaneously. Instead, the command
towards the left is run first and if it completes successfully then the
second command will run. If the first command fails, then the second command
will not run

6. Go fullscreen

Hit Alt+Enter and now you have the entire screen to enter your commands and
view the output. Sadly,. this doesn’t work as expected in Vista and you
might have to do some additional tinkering.

7. Change window size

So you thought you knew the previous one? How would you change the size of
the window?

Use the mode command. Use mode ,
to change the size of the window. For example, mode 100, 50 will make the
window 100 characters wide and 50 lines high

8. Get help

Linux users turn to the man command when in doubt, while Windows users don’t
have complete manuals to refer.

All is not lost. You can get some help for most commands by using command /?
or command -help. You can also use the help command to see a list of
available commands, although the list is far from extensive.

9. Filter command output

If you are only interested in part of command output and don’t want to spend
time scanning the entire output, you can pass the output over to the find
command. for example, use the next line to only list the entry for Firefox
if it is running.

tasklist | find “firefox”

10. Sleep or pause for some time

If you have ever written a batch file and wanted to wait for a period of
time before you start executing the next command, you might have been amazed
to find the “sleep” command missing. You can however hack yourself a sleep
command using ping! Use ping -n 5 > NUL 2>&1 to wait for 5
seconds. Be warned that the timing would not be exact so don’t just bet your
life on it.


25 Useful and Time Saving Computer Tips

Here is the original article where all the tips came from on Monday through

I am providing this in case someone wants the article as a complete package.

The link to the page were the article is located is found at the end of
todays tip/article.

This is from

Windows and Mac users can take some time and tedium out of computing using
these tips.

It’s the little things that make using a computer easier and faster. Things
that make using the internet easier, such as typing only the name of the
site you want to go in your browser, no www.. If the address uses .com,
hitting Ctrl + Enter on your keyboard will automatically add the .com and
take you to the site. If a web address ends in .net, hit Shift + Enter, the
.net will automatically be added and off you’ll go to the site.

Not only that, but most browsers will take you to a .com address if all you
do is type in the name.

Try typing “microsoft” (minus quotes), or a site you prefer to visit into
your browser address bar, hit enter on your keyboard and see what happens.
Want to go to a site that has a .org address? No problem, just type the site
name, .org, (example:

hit enter on your keyboard, and your browser takes you there.

Those are a few tips off the top of my head, the article at has

Even better, the tips are organized into Windows/Mac, Windows only, and Mac

25 Useful and Time Saving Computer Tips


Certain Phrases You Shouldn’t Enter In Search Engines


Warning on search engine safety

Some net searches are leading users to websites that expose them to spam,
spyware and other dangerous downloads, reveals a report.

According to the research the most dangerous words to search for are “free

The report found that 64 percent of the sites found using this phrase were
flagged as causing problems for users.

The authors urged search sites to tighten up rules to ensure users are not
inadvertently exposed to harm.

Dangerous game

It is well known that visiting sites offering porn, gambling and free MP3s
leaves users at serious risk of falling victim to spyware and adware.
However, the research by Ben Edelman and Hannah Rosenbaum reveals that those
carrying out searches for innocuous subjects are at risk too.

The report looked at the websites returned for 1,394 popular keywords
searches found via Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL and Ask. The results returned for
each search term were then analysed using the Site Advisor security tool.
Once installed this piece of software warns users when they browse websites
known to be dangerous.

The most benign of the pages that Site Advisor flags up try to change
browser settings, to redirect people to ad sites, and the most dangerous
deluge users with spam or bundle adware and spyware in with downloads.

In one case signing up with one site led to a test e-mail address getting
more than 300 spam messages per week.


Free screensaver





Download Yahoo messenger

Lime wire

Free ringtones

Some of these risky sites use security flaws and loopholes in browsers to
install software without users’ knowledge and can lead to that machine being
hijacked or to a user losing personal data.

The riskiest search terms were associated with downloads (such as
“screensavers” and “free ringtones”) and file-sharing (such as “Bearshare”
and “limewire”). Searching under these categories returned a substantial
proportion of dangerous sites.

The authors speculate that spammers and scammers are turning to websites to
try to snare victims as efforts are made to stop spam before it reaches
e-mail inboxes.

“Where internet users go, attackers follow,” wrote the authors.

Across all searches approximately 4 to 6 percent of sites returned were
flagged as dangerous.

The authors noted that this was more “alarming” than it first appeared
because American net users carry out almost 6 billion searches per month.
This translates to 285 million clicks on these potentially dangerous sites
every month.

“Even a single visit to a dangerous site can have serious and lasting
implications for the average internet user,” wrote the authors. The number
of risky sites increases when users click on sponsored results, the adverts
generated to accompany particular search terms. Dangerous sites are two to
four times as common in sponsored results found the research.

“We are troubled by the untrustworthiness of search engines’ ads,” said the

The authors urged the search engines to get much tougher on those who buy
adverts to accompany searches and expose those that abuse visitors. “We’re
alarmed by the scope of these problems – by the many ways search engines
lead users to sites that can be harmful, or provide wrong information.


Security tips for home computer users
By the business desk team

One of the most intimidating things for any home computer user these days is
being able to stay one step ahead of those hackers and cyber pirates. It is
simply no longer enough to be able to just install the necessary software.
You need to know where to get it, why you need to do so, and how to install
This could all be very time consuming at the best of times! It could also
be very daunting and frightening and after a long hard day, you really don’t
want to spend time looking for information on the Internet. You would
rather just have someone supply you with what you need to know.
Impossible you say? Not really! Here at, our
research team can provide you with all kinds of information that will help
you to stay one step ahead. You request it and we provide it! Research
is our business.
Here is some free research info for you.

Your Printer Could Be a Security Sore Spot
By Eric Geier, PCWorld Your network printer or copier can be a serious
security liability. After all, these machines often handle sensitive
documents and information, and they could provide an access route to other
computers on the network–so you …
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10 commandments of Windows security
With the introduction of Windows 7, many PC and notebook users may feel more
secure than they did using older versions of the Microsoft operating system.
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Top 15 Cloud Storage Tips and Tasks
Along the way we assembled tips and hints for performing advanced cloud
storage … such as using the Home Sharing feature in iTunes or online
services like …
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