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Refreshing-Reloading your browser ensures that old data, graphics, prices, etc., are removed, and only the current data are downloaded. Here's how you do it. NOTE: Older versions of a browser especially may require manual refreshing of their memory, i.e., cache.

  Windows Users: Right-click your mouse, then make the 'Refresh' or 'Reload' selection with your cursor.

Mac Users: Press Command key (the Apple image key) and R. Or click and hold your mouse, then make the 'Refresh' or 'Reload' selection with your cursor.

NOTE: Some older browsers may require the 'Refresh-Reload' function to be manually set as a default thereby avoiding the necessity for the above procedure. Check your browser Preferences for this option.


If persistent issues develop, Restart-Reboot your computer as a last resort. Many Web browsers automatically reload the browser cache-memory at Restart. Most often, a simple Reboot of your computer can resolve a balky browser, aggravating glitches, and stubborn software conflicts, saving you a lot of time and frustration. However, sometimes it's just a host server that goes down, which requires several minutes of everybody's patience for its return to service. And don't forget to 'defrag' your PC monthly. See Notes.*

CUT   Welcome COPY

NOTE: Typing a Web address to your browser or search engine
one digit at a time is unnecessary and a big waste of time.
Here's an easy way to save yourself a lot of time and effort.


Welcome 'Highlight' the Web address, or any words you want to cut-copy with your cursor, i.e., select the text to be copied by moving your cursor over the characters while pressing your mouse-cursor (left) button.

Welcome Press Control and C ('C' stands for Cut-Copy). Note: Mac, press Command (the Apple image key) and C.

Welcome Go to your browser window and highlight the existing data with your cursor.

Welcome Press Control and V ('V' stands for View-Paste). Note: Mac, press Command and V. The new copy will be pasted in your browser replacing the previous data.

Welcome Click Enter. The new Web page will now appear. Note: If you want to make sure that you have downloaded the very latest data, See Refreshing.

When copying Web addresses especially make sure you don't include any extra spacing or characters as this will result in an "Unable to find Web address" or similar error message.


  Windows Users: To magnify text, simultaneously press Control and + keys. To minify text, press Control and minus keys, i.e., the Control and hyphen (-) keys.

 Mac Users: To magnify text, simultaneously press Command (Apple image key) and + keys. To minify text, press Command and minus keys, i.e., the Command and hyphen (-) keys.

Try it now!


What is file fragmentation? For your computer to work at peak performance, files on the hard drive should be lined up neatly -- one after the other, end-to-end, without gaping spaces between them. But as you use your computer, the files get fragmented. How?

When you create a new file, it can be split up into blocks and stored in multiple locations. Deleting documents or programs leaves empty spaces. And it only gets worse over time.

So when you want to use one of those fragmented files, your hard drive has to work extra hard to read and write -- zipping across the drive platter to find all the pieces and parts. If a file is written in several parts across the hard drive, it takes longer to open. Defragmenting or "defragging" the hard drive is like running a virtual broom over it, sweeping the files together again.

If you use Vista or Windows 7 as your operating system, you can stop reading now. Both of these newer versions of Windows automatically defragment the disk in the background when the computer is idle. Problem solved.

But if you use Windows XP, you need to regularly do a little hard drive house-cleaning to keep your PC in top working order. This is an easy task using the Disk Defragmenter tool that comes with Windows XP. Note:If you need further instruction, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Bird at 800-528-0413, Ext. 354 and he will be happy to instruct you over the phone at no cost.


What do I do now?


To find the DISK DEFRAGMENTER on your PC...


1. Click Start, and then click All Programs.
2. Click Accessories, and then click System Tools.
3. Choose Disk Defragmenter.
4. Select the drive you want to defrag, if more than one disk drive is indicated.


Welcome Click the "Analyze" button to find out the estimated disk usage before defragmentation.

When the analysis is complete, you can choose to view the report.

Click the "Defragment" button to begin the defrag process. This utility will collect the scattered file fragments and write them to adjacent clusters so each file occupies an unbroken section of the hard drive. In addition, it shows you a colorful visual display of the process.

IMPORTANT: Do not use your computer while the defrag utility is working. Each time you write to disk, the defrag begins anew. --

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Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, recently reported that identifying information for 143 million customers had potentially been compromised. Equifax is offering a free 1-year credit protection plan if your Social Security number appears to have been jeopardized.

Before taking any action, check out the links below:

1) Why you may NOT want to accept the Equifax offer;

2) Credit Freeze Guide to protect against identity theft.

Cautionary Note: It's extremely important if you execute a Credit Freeze to keep track of the security number/code in the most secure place possible. You'll need it to 'thaw' your credit. If you lose the security number/code, it is extremely difficult.

Check out these links. See Equifax Free Credit Monitoring. See Credit Freeze Guide. --

You think you've got PC issues?

TECH SUPPORT: "How can I help you?"

CALLER: "Last night my computer started making a lot of hissing noises so I shut it down. This morning when I turned it on the computer started hissing and cracking, then started smoking with a bad smell, then nothing."

TECH SUPPORT: "I will have a technician come over first thing this morning. Leave the computer just like it is, so they can find the problem and fix it, or change it out with another computer. Give me your address and phone number, and a technician will be there just as soon as he can."

When the technician got there, the lady showed him where the computer was and told him what happened, this is what he found.



The technician told her: "It must have been after the 'mouse'!" The woman didn't think that was very funny at all!

CALLER: Hi, our printer is not working.

TECH SUPPORT: What is wrong with it?

CALLER: The mouse is jammed.

TECH SUPPORT: Mouse? Printers don't have a mouse!

CALLER: Oh really? ... Let me send you a picture!

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