Helpful tips for December 2013

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Helpful tips for December 2013

In this issue:

General tips
Tech tips
Articles of the day

General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

So, which are the most popular colors for cars this year?
Why, White, silver, and black.

What is a good solution to rid yourself of those pesky roches?
A mixture of sugar and baking soda.

Other benefits to using baking soda?
To clean the insides of your white cups.

Right then: Which is the most eaten fruit in the world?
It is the sweet Mango fruit!

Where in our World can we find the most nutmeg spice?
In the spice island of Grenada.

Which is the most popular spice in our universe?
It is Cilantro!

Why are bands placed on the claws of lobsters after they have been caught?
So as to prevent them from attacking each other
And to protect us from them as well.

What’s this about olive oil?
Olive oil heats much more quickly than Canola oil or sun flower seed oil.

Here’s something important to know when next you are booking your flights!
It is generally more expensive to fly on weekends.

What is the difference between gravy and sauce?
The gravy mixture contains flower in order to thicken it whereas the sauce
mixture does not.


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

Windows Hibernate Or Sleep, What’s The Difference?

By Thomas on February 16, 2011

There are many ways to shut down and restart your computer, but – which does
what, and which should you use when?

The answer depends mostly on you. Are you into saving energy or boot-up
time? How often do you leave your computer and for how long?

There are three main shut-down options available in Windows: Shut-Down,
Sleep and Hibernate. Names may vary depending on the Windows version. In
Vista and Windows 7, there is also a fourth option; Hybrid Sleep.

Let’s explore the topic.

Environmental friendly If your concern is to save energy, and you don’t mind
the longer Boot Up time, then you should always use the “Shut Down” option.
This will shut down every running service and application and wipe clean
your RAM. This option saves the most energy as the computer is not using any
power at all when in this state. There might be some power consumption from
the main-board as it is still connected to your outlet, but this is
significantly little.

Hibernate Vs Sleep

The difference between the two is power-consumption, one uses less power
than the other.

Sleep Feature = Pause

Sleep is a power-saving state which keeps enough voltage across your RAM to
retain the memory for when you “wake up” your computer again. This mode uses
the most power of all the “Power-Off Modes” as the computer needs to be able
to keep your RAM alive.

The Sleep Feature is recommended when you leave your computer for a short
period, like going to lunch or stepping out for a few hours. Putting your
computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player, the computer
immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want
to resume working, usually within seconds.


The Hibernate function was intended primarily for laptop users, though
available for Desktop Computers as well. This mode lets you save much more
power when not using your computer, as in saving battery. When you put the
computer in Hibernate Mode, it stores the contents of your RAM (Services,
clipboard etc.) to your hard-drive, hiberfile.sys, which on reboot is read
back into the RAM

Read more about RAM here:

which takes about a minute to be completed, but on the upside you do save
more energy.

Hybrid Sleep

Hybrid sleep is both Sleep and Hibernate, primarily intended for Desktop

Hybrid Sleep keeps the RAM alive (as in Sleep Mode) and stores the Contents
of your RAM to your Hard-Drive, in case of a power failure. It also stores
any open documents before putting your computer into a low-power state which
allows for a quick Reboot later on. When hybrid sleep is turned on, putting
your computer into sleep automatically puts your computer into hybrid sleep.


YouTube To MP3 Converter

Article Source: Fred’s Head, October 2010 is the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3.
You don’t need an account, the only thing you need is a YouTube URL.

They will start to convert the audio track of your video to mp3 as soon as
you submit it and you can download it. Different from other services, the
whole conversion process will be performed by their site and within a matter
of minutes, you download the audio file from their servers.

Because conversion is performed online, everything is platform-independent:
You can use it with your Mac, a Linux PC or even an iPhone. All conversions
will be performed in high quality mode with a bitrate of at least 128
kBit/s. The service is completely free, please allow approximately three to
four minutes per video.

Click this link to create MP3 files with:


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to Set Up a Homegroup in Windows 7

By Andy Rathbone

The easiest way to set up a network for sharing files and devices is to use
the new Homegroup feature in Windows 7. Setting up a Homegroup in Windows 7
streamlines the network creation process and provides a simple way to let
every PC in the house share files, including music, photos, and movies, and
even the household or office printer.

The catch? Homegroups only work completely with other Windows 7 PCs.
But even if you have only one Windows 7 PC in your home network, set up its
Homegroup anyway.
Creating a Homegroup will let every user account on that Windows 7 PC share
their files more quickly and easily with each other and will let your PC
share files with older PCs still running Windows Vista or Windows XP.

PCs running Windows 7 Starter Edition can’t create a Homegroup, but they can
join one.

Click the Library icon on your taskbar to launch your Libraries window.

Right-click the Homegroup link in the Navigation Pane and click the Create a
Homegroup button.

If you don’t spot the words Create a Homegroup, your Homegroup is already
set up on this PC; choose Change Homegroup Settings instead, and move to the
next step.

If you see a Join Now button instead, a Homegroup has been created on
another PC in your network. You’ll need to get the password from the PC that
created the Homegroup in order to join.

Select what items to share on your Homegroup and click Next or Save Changes.

Select an item’s check box to share it; remove the check mark to stop
sharing. Windows 7 normally shares your Pictures, Music, and Videos
libraries, as well as any printer that’s attached to any PC on your
Homegroup. You might want to leave your Documents library unshared if it
contains more private items.

Sharing a folder simply lets other people access that folder’s files – view
the pictures or watch a video, for example. They can neither change nor
delete those files, nor can they create or place any files in your folder.

Process the password and click Finish.

Type the password into each Windows 7 PC within your Homegroup.
Windows 7 spits out a customized password for your Homegroup. The password
contains a mixture of numbers and letters. It is case sensitive, so write it
down carefully.

Forgot the all-important Homegroup password? You can find it on any PC on
the Homegroup: Open any folder, right-click the word Homegroup in the
Navigation Pane, and then choose View Homegroup Password.



How to Modify Windows 7’s Text to Speech Settings

By Greg Harvey

If you use Windows’ handy Text to Speech feature with Excel (or any other
program), you can modify two different settings: the voice you hear and the
speed at which it reads.
You can use Windows’ Text to Speech feature to have the computer read text
back to you, which comes in very handy when you want to hear a series of
cell values read back to you as you visually verify them on a separate
printed page.

Unfortunately, at the moment, Excel is the only Office application that
currently supports this great Text to Speech feature.

Choose Start, Control Panel, Ease of Access, Text to Speech.

The Speech Properties dialog box appears.

Click the Text to Speech tab and choose your options.

You can modify two Text to Speech settings:

Voice Selection:
By default, the only digital voice included in Windows 7 is a female voice
called Microsoft Anna who speaks American English. However, you can add
other digital voices and choose them by selecting one of them from the
drop-down menu.

Voice Speed:
Drag the slider in the Voice Speed area to the left to make the voice slower
or to the right to make it faster.

Click the Preview Voice button to listen to your changes before you click

If you’re using Excel 2007, you first need to add the Speak commands to the
Excel Quick Access toolbar before you can use the Windows Text to Speech

To use Text to Speech with Excel 2003, display the Text to Speech toolbar
(View, Toolbars, Text to Speech).


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