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It is easy to lose track of what your kids are doing online without being overly snoopy about their growing independence. Independence is a good thing when the child has demonstrated that they can make responsible decisions and good choices. Part of your responsibility as a parent is to provide the tools which will help them along this pathway. A good way to open communications with your child is to discuss the MySpace internet area with them. MySpace is a web site wh...

A Crash Course On Myspace For Parents

A Crash Course On Myspace For ParentsIt is easy to lose track of what your kids are doing online without being overly snoopy about their growing independence. Independence is a good thing when the child has demonstrated that they can make responsible decisions and good choices. Part of your responsibility as a parent is to provide the tools which will help them along this pathway. A good way to open communications with your child is to discuss the MySpace internet area with them. MySpace is a web site where teens and preteens can journal thoughts, add pictures, chat with others about their interest, and discuss events and problems which affect their daily lives. A great deal of controversy lately has surfaced around the site, because of the potential for unwelcome elements of discussion, pedophiles who may use the site as a springboard for meeting youngsters face to face or other unhealthy aspects. By understanding the mechanics of how MySpace works, parents are enabled to sit down with a preteen child and dialogue about the positive aspects of the web site as well as opening discussion about the dangers which can be found. Obviously, no parent is going to be able to totally block off any areas of the internet which might be perceived as unhealthy for the child. Often such actions will either be resented as overly controlling, or will create an interest where none existed previously. Some important tips to use with your youngster is how to set privacy and profile options for security online. You can also explain to your child the importance of not lying about your age, or giving out the real name of your school or other identifying information. The important part of this exercise is that it is done jointly with the child, so they learn not only how to use guidelines in making decisions, but that there are good reasons for the guidelines.

Compare HTML Files

Compare HTML Files

Fundamentals of HTML. HTML or the Hyper Text Markup Language is a type of language used to explain the texts of a Web page. It describes the syntax and the position of particular information's known as tags that explain the preferred composition of the text to the browser. An HTML article includes contents and tags that provide the information's to the browser on how to compose the article. One of the major qualities of HTML is the hyper text link which lets the HTML author to describe pages to linking or jump to another page. This particular capacity to jump to an additional page or to a complete different Web site is exceptional to the Web based article. HTML files can be compared as simple ASCII content files which mean content editor like Notepad for Windows or Simple text for Macintosh. These content editors are used to produce HTML articles or documents. Usually there are two basic HTML editors one is HTML for Windows and the other one is HTML for Macintosh which are optional. WYSIWYG or What You See Is What You Get is also among one of the HTML editors. They are similar like page layout software or word processors for Web documents. Their main aim is to offer authors of Web documents with the process of building pages with no knowledge of HTML.HTML Compare Files Overview. HTML files compare is said to be one of the best ways to locate modifications in various versions of Website and HTML pages. Similar to the word processor's revision tracking features the HTML compare works. This is a tool which compares two Web pages and emphasizes the differences regarding modifications, deletions and additions. With a very simple sensitive interface one can easily choose the directories and files to compare and later view the merged file demonstrating various changes to each of those pages. One can also compare several directories and produce a list of all the changes to be done to the directory. This is one of the best ways to locate changed graphics and new files. In order to compare HTML files one needs a Window PC and a disk space which is less the 50K.How Does the Compare HTML file work? Once the HTML Compare is opened one has to select a file the menu which he wants to compare. The Compare Directories or Files page appears, just click on compare files and select old. Later he has to choose the first directory from the dialog. After selecting the second directory click on the HTML compare. The HTML compare performs the comparison in several minutes which depends upon the size of the content. As it finishes comparing a browser window opens with a report file which shows all the results. The page appears with all the deleted files, new files and the changed files. Inn the changed files there are three links old, new and composite. Old files are those files which are found in the old directory where as new files are found in the new directory. Also by using the command line interface one can compare a series of files in a batch by executing the HTML compare.

8 Things You Must Know Before Building A PC

8 Things You Must Know Before Building A PC

Perhaps you're interested in learning how to build your own computer. That's great, really!I've put together a list of 8 things you MUST know before you ever start to build your own PC. You'll be in a world of hurt if you don't have these down.Tip #1 Safety FirstI hope you didnt think the last time youd hear safety first was in your Drivers Education classes! Working on any electronics, including computers, has its risks and requires certain precautions. Having said that, whats the first part you should purchase when building your own computer?* Motherboard?* Processor?* Computer Case?Nope, those are all wrong. And honestly, they arent even close!A computer tool kit should be the first thing you purchase. Normal household tools arent suited to working on a computer because theyre often dirty, rusty, and magnetic. Here are some things you must have in your computer tool kit :Antistatic wrist band This is a must-have for any computer builder. Your computer's components are very sensitive to static electricity. Make sure that you ALWAYS have your antistatic wrist band on when working on your computer. You must attach it to a ground source, usually a large piece of metal works well. This removes any free electrons, which cause static charge, from your body to the ground. Also, as an additional measure, before touching any hardware, touch your computers metal frame. This will also help put your bodys charge at equilibrium with your PCs.Needle-nose pliers and Tweezers - These tools are useful when handling small screws and bits of metal. Your computer's circuitry is very precise and you'll need some good tweezers and pliers to hold things into place.Screwdrivers This is an obvious requirement for computer tool kits. You should have at least one small Phillips and Flathead screwdriver in your kit.Spare parts container - You'll be surprised how handy one of these will be. They can be used to store small parts, screws, spacers, etc.Nut drivers - Although these aren't a requirement for your tool kit, most tool kits come with some nut drivers. I have yet to use mine, but someday I'll probably need them.Small flash light - Most computer tool kits don't come with a small flashlight, but it is a good thing to have when youre working in a dark computer case. A keychain type flashlight works great for this purpose!Also, make sure all of your tools are NOT magnetic. Many screwdrivers for small screws are magnetic to help hold the screw in place. You dont want this when dealing with your computer hardware because the magnetic field could damage your components.I cant stress this enough; having the correct tools is the easiest way to avoid damaging your components that could easily cost you hundreds of dollars. And please turn off and UNPLUG your computer before working on it, the last thing you need is a phobia of computers after youve been inadvertently shocked by one.Tip #2 - Buy everything at onceThis is was a major mistake that I made as a rookie computer builder. I know how anxious you may be to build your first computer; I can still remember how excited I was when UPS delivered my first part. But before you start buying parts left & right, you should set down and answer the following questions:* What do I want to do with my computer?Simple internet browsing? Word processing? Graphic design? Audio and video editing? Play video games?* How long do I want this computer to last me?Only for a couple years. Forever!The idea here is to decide where your money will be best spent to maximize the use and/or life of your computer parts. For long term and/or intensive use, such as video/image editing, youll want something that you can easily upgrade over time. While for short term and/or simpler tasks, a cheaper, less upgradeable PC should work fine.The easiest way to assure that all of your computer components will be compatible is to purchase them all at the same time. This way you can compare the features and requirements all at once.I recommend that you start with your motherboard and processor. Many companies sell motherboard & processor bundles . A bundle is great way to start buying your computer parts because usually youll get a deal when you buy the processor and motherboard together. In addition, the processor will be compatible in that particular motherboard, which is one less thing youll have to worry about.Next, select the type of RAM that is compatible with your motherboard and decide how many MBs of power you want with it. Generally 512 MB of RAM will be sufficient. If you plan on doing image/video editing, or playing video games on your PC, 1 GB of RAM would be better suited for this job.Now you can decide what types of extra components you want, such as a video card, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, etc.Once youve picked those out, determine roughly how much wattage of power youll need from your power supply . Ive attached a power usage chart below with how much each component uses, but these are only averages, so I cant guarantee this is what youll observe.Device [Power required (Watts)]Video card [20 - 30]PCI card [5]Floppy Drive [5]CD, DVD-ROM [10-25]RAM per 128 MB [8]Hard Drive [15-35]Motherboard [20-30]CPU [25-70]Generally 400 watts should be plenty of power, even for the most power hungry systems you can build. Also consider purchasing a quiet power supply, because the power supply is generally your noisiest piece of hardware. I personally use a 400 Watt Zalman Quiet Power Supply (pictured at left) that I love. It provides tons of power with virtually no sound.By purchasing everything at once you can ascertain that your computer parts will support all of your computing needs. Another benefit is that youll save money on shipping charges by purchasing everything at once rather than separately.

Cell Phone Rebates Are Often An Illusion

Cell Phone Rebates Are Often An Illusion

So you are looking for a new cell phone. Everywhere you look you see advertisements for free cell phones. You have physical stores that have the free cell phones available for you to inspect and you also have the online stores that usually have a larger selection of free cell phones from which to choose. The catch is that the cell phones are really not free since you have to sign a two-year service contract but that is a different story. You usually have to actually pay for the phone up front and then mail-in a rebate form. So it really is the price of the phone that you pay up front mail-in rebate = the free phone. But the rebate is not guaranteed. Once you mail in the rebate form you must hope that you are one of the lucky ones that actually receive the rebate check in the mail. I know you are probably asking: What do you mean be saying one of the lucky ones? Well the rebates are basically the enticement that creates the illusion that the cell phone is free. It is the rebates that influence the decision to buy many of the free cell phones. But there is usually a catch to the rebates. You will see that the rebates have their own set of fine print that you need to navigate through. As you read through that fine print, you will notice that you usually have to wait a specified period before you are eligible for the rebate. Once the waiting period is over you usually have a limited time in which to mail in the rebate form and the supporting documentation. This waiting period is a trick in which the companies hope you forget about mailing in the rebate and if you do remember the limited window is set in hopes that the window will have passed by time you remember the rebate. Let us say that you are one of the people that remember to mail in the rebate on time. Now you will find that there are often long delays in the processing of your rebate. This again is a trick that tries to help you forget about the rebate over time. If you do remember and try to check the status of your rebate, more time is usually required before you are given an answer. Once again they are trying to help you forget. But you still remember and check on the rebate status again only to receive an answer that you forgot to include some of many items of information and documentation required by the rebate company. Your answer may be that the information was given when you purchased the phone. However, that does not matter since the rebate company is often a different company from the one in which you actually bought the phone. So you may receive the line that you are no longer eligible for the rebate.This rebate fiasco got so bad with one online cell phone provider that the Federal Trade Commission had to actually step in a require that the company pay rebates to the many of customers that it had defrauded. So remember that cell phones are not really free regardless for what the promised rebates happen to offer.

Laptop Accessories You Can't Live Without

Now that youve spent several hundred dollars or more on your laptop, its time to look into accessories and add-ons that you shouldnt be caught without. Some are necessary for your computers well being, while others simplify your life through ergonomics or another means of simplifying things.You could spend a few hundred dollars on these accessories and add-ons, but thats okay. Depending on how you use your laptop, this additional investment could actually make you more productive, thus giving you an increased earning potential or at least a little more free time to spend with the family.- Internet security software. This is vital for high-speed connections, especially those of the wireless variety. They are the most vulnerable to hackers and data thieves, so pick a reliable and trustworthy security suite.Firewalls or all-in-one package products are both good options, but if you go with the former you should complement it with antivirus and spyware protection. Either way, youre reducing intrusions of all kinds, which will give you more freedom to enjoy your portable Internet connection.- Data backup solutions. The CD burner that came with your laptop is a good way to save multiple copies of your important data, but there are faster and more portable options.One option is to buy and use a flash drive. Most use USB 2.0, which means that they save and retrieve data as fast as you need them to read and write. Theyre basically tiny hard drives that can fit into your pocket or on a keychain.Another good choice is an external hard drive. This can be left at home or the office so that you can back up all of your data once a week or so and leave it there. Youll appreciate not having all of your data in the same place if something catastrophic, like a flood or fire, happens.- Accident coverage insurance. Okay, so YOU might be the worlds most cautious and conscientious person, whos never had any sort of accident with any electronic product, but what about the people around you? Not everything is within your control, but with accident insurance you wont have to worry about the consequences of your daughter-in-law accidentally knocking your brand-new laptop off the kitchen counter.Most insurance is offered when you purchase your computer, but third-party coverage can be found for a reasonable price. Do Web searches or ask your laptop-enabled friends and coworkers: odds are someone will know what you need.- Warranty coverage. This should be purchased when you get the laptop. Itll cover just about anything that goes wrong, from broken keyboards to display problems.Before you buy the warranty, though, you should make sure that you are familiar with its terms as well as any options that you might have. Its important to know how long the manufacturers original warranty is in place as well as what differs between its coverage and that of the extended warranty that youre thinking of buying. You should also know what youll have to go through to make a claim as well as how much, if anything, youll have to pay of your own money.- A security system if you travel with the laptop. These can be found at any computer store or online. The price range is very broad, so research before you buy. You need to know exactly what sort of locking/security system you need to keep your laptop from being stolen. Its worth the investment even if your insurance covers theft. Even if you have replacement coverage, your warranty wont replace the data on the stolen computer. Its best to protect it as much as possible.- A padded travel case. This is important if you travel anywhere with the laptop. It helps protect it from exterior scratches and provides a little padding if you accidentally drop it. This wont do much good if it falls down eight flights of stairs and hits a cement floor at the bottom, of course, but a smaller and less horrifying accident can be made less traumatic with a little padding. And with the case, you also have a convenient place to store other computer stuff, like your extra battery and the charger.- A cooling pad if you intend to use your laptop as an actual laptop. If your computer is on your lap, odds are youll have nicely toasted upper legs when youre finished. Even with todays technology, portable computers can become very warm to say the least. A cooling pad or stand will provide a buffer between your legs and the computer. Itll also give you another sweet accessory to brag about in computer forums and company meetings.- An external keyboard to plug in to a USB port. This is important if youre stationed in, say, your home office with the laptop and want to do lots of typing. Most laptop keyboards can become uncomfortable after long-time use, but a regular ergonomic keyboard will offer plenty of comfort. Youll also have the advantage of picking out an external keyboard with Internet hot keys and other features that the laptops model wont give you. And your laptops keyboard will last longer if you dont use it when you can use the external one.- Better yet, invest in a docking station so that your laptop can become a desktop when youre at home or in the office. Youll have to buy a desktop monitor to go with it, but youll appreciate not having to hunch over the laptop the entire workday. You can also position the desktop monitor basically wherever you want for improved comfort and visibility. Or, if youre busy with an online poker tournament when youre supposed to be working, you can arrange your docked desktop so that your boss cant see it.- Retractable USB cables. These are great for people who dont want to trip over a tangle of cords when they have three or four USB devices hooked up to the computer. These cords are also very easy to store (say, in your nice leather traveling case) because they compact easily.- A better battery. This is especially important for traveling users. Many of the batteries that come with laptops will only work for 45 minutes to one hour. Invest in a larger, better battery so that you wont have to run around in circles looking for a power outlet.With the above accessories, however, youll be able to relax and play or work with your computer instead of having to constantly worry about what-if situations. There are countless other accessories on the market, with new ideas and technologies emerging almost every day. You should keep up to date with trends and new designs by visiting computer forums or reading computer magazines on a fairly regular basis. You might find some new accessory that you cant live without.

Spyware Removals

Spyware Removals can bring fear in just the thought of having the word Spyware associated with your PC. So, first lets not panic and second find a good Spyware Removal Tool if there is not one already inside your Computer. There are many programs out there designed to help protect you and your PC, one such Program is Spyware Doctor which the name itself tells you it will fix your PC the same as if you had Spyware in you and went to your doctor to get a Prescription. The main and biggest difference is where you might have to wait for the Medicine to work, however these tools work within minutes of starting their programs.Pro'sThe biggest Pro to Spyware Removal is that you can find one that works for you, and continues to work without your having to tell it too. Another Pro is something mentioned already and that is that the Spyware is Removed within minutes. There ratio between Spyware and Removal tools are astounding but the best part is that the geniuses who created these wonderful tools are constantly keeping an eye out and upgrading and adding to their programs all the time.ConsI am afraid to say that there are cons to this useful and I am sorry to say necessary part of your Computer Life, the bag guys, the ones who get kicks out of creating things like Spyware are working as hard as the good guys to keep a step ahead. Though unlike the Good Guys the Spyware Junkies are becoming more and more tenacious. Another Con is finding the right Spyware Removal Tool for you, there are many out that promise to do the job however they prey on normal people just like the Spyware attacks your PC.User AbilityWell User Ability is a wide term and even wider subject when it comes to something like Spyware Removal. There are more discussions about what you can do and what you can use then there is Tools out there. The first and most controversial is Does it Work? well it depends on which one you choose and what it does. There are many available that does a numerous amount things to protect your PC all in one Program, and whether or not if they work? Well read articles and reviews about the Spyware Removal Tools you are looking into, see where they are rated and by whom. AS far as the Programs themselves, many just have a run feature, be it start, a play button, or automatically on their own. Making their ease of use top notch.Safety and SecurityWhen it comes to Safety the Removal Tools you use can be just as bad as the Spyware itself. Some promise to fix the problem and end causing more, while others just cannot do the job. The Security Side is easier to deal with, only a few of these ask for your email address and name when you go to download and none require more than the basic information when you install them, and a very few removes every key stroke to keep hackers from finding out your information.Summary and RatingAfter going over the options, the Pros and Cons, and just how easy these tools are to use, the words Spyware Removal is not so scary now, and being informed is always the best defense and offense you could ever ask for or need.Rating can vary from one Product to another however after considering all the options out there against not doing anything at all, I give Spyware Removal Tools a large and heart stopping 10.

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It is easy to lose track of what your kids are doing online without being overly snoopy about their growing independence. Independence is a good thing when the child has demonstrated that they can make responsible decisions and good choices. Part of your responsibility as a parent is to provide the tools which will help them along this pathway. A good way to open communications with your child is to discuss the MySpace internet area with them. MySpace is a web site wh...