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  1. Unfortunately, without knowing the name of the app and type of phone (iPhone or Android or Windows?) it will be impossible to help you on a technical level.
  2. agreed, Also note that League of Legends uses only 20 Megabytes per hour of online game play. Or in other words it uses 0.045 Megabits per second. But it's easily possible a computer running it could be using more between updates, web browsing, and other things going on in the background.
  3. This was originally a comment on BananaJoe's answer but it became too long and had to be converted to an answer. I have to both agree and disagree with ComputerExpert on this. It is not "better" generally speaking. It depends on the user. A gaming PC can upgraded and has far more titles available, better graphics, and support for more gamepads. It also isn't locked into a particular OS and can be used to do a lot more than just gaming. I do believe the ultimate gaming experience can be had on a properly rigged PC. Then again on the other hand a gaming PC is really expensive. And if you are a child or non-proficient with technology you may not even be able to figure out how to use it properly. In that case, the simple solution would be to go for a console. But I wouldn't recommend buying a console right now. Microsoft is already on its way to releasing the next generation Xbox 720 and Nintendo is going after the next Wii. I can't imagine Sony's PS4 is far behind. I know prices on current consoles have dropped, but they will drop even more upon the release of the next gen. Or at that point if money is an issue you can just pick up the new one. TL;DR - If money and time aren't an issue. Get a gaming PC. If you need something simple and cheap that works out of the box, get a console.
  4. Chrome runs in its own virtualized-sandboxed environment. Because of this each tab, or sometimes set of tabs on the same website, are open in their own process. This is good for a few reasons. The first one is stability. If a particular tab crashes it won't bring down your entire browser. Secondly, for security. If a plugin on an individual page tries to do something malicious Chrome can block it without interfering with the rest of your browsing experience.
  5. If you didn't like the other one, this Laptop is also pretty solid. http://www.neweggbusiness.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230401 Note that the price was only $360 yesterday, plus the discount code, which brought it down to $330.It has slightly better stats than the i3. I would not pay more than $400 for this. Asus A53Z-NS61 Quad Core Laptop A6-3420M CPU,15.6" LED 3GB DDR3 320GB HDD, Radeon HD 6520 DVDRW HDMI, USB 3.0, WiFi-N 6 Cell The GPU is integrated, but it is a big step up from not having one at all. The ram is expandable to 8GB. Here's the benchmark
  6. I'd would most definitely go with Lenovo or Asus before buying any of the crap that Dell or HP carries.
  7. Everything Asus makes is solid. I built a PC in 2001 using purely Asus components, with an ATI video card (Asus now owns ATI as well). That PC lasted until 2011, 10 years of solid abuse playing video games and installing terrible viruses from file-sharing sites and bit-torrents. It was used every single day. It still works today even, but the video card crapped out.
  8. This is one of the best laptop deals I've seen in a while. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+15.6%22+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+320GB+Hard+Drive+-+Textured+Black+Suit/3677442.p?id=1218426416903&skuId=3677442 If you can live without a dedicated GPU that is... (which just means no gaming or high level video editing, 3D modeling, etc...) $320 + tax, free shipping Asus X54L-BBK2 Laptop Intel Core i3-2330M (2.2GHz) 15.6" (1366 x 768) screen LED 4GB DDR3 320GB HDD USB 3.0 WiFi-N, Webcam DVDRW, 4-Cell Win 7 Prem (Textured Black Suit) For under $350 bucks, that thing rocks. Just replace the harddrive with an SSD and it will be smoking fast. An i3 is really all you need if you are just using it for work / school / web browsing. No HDMI-output, but o well. Also the benchmarks on this CPU are awesome.
  9. With that said, I still use Google for too much than I probably should. Their services are just so fantastic that it is hard to stay away from them.
  10. I don't know of any easy way to do this. There are some add-ins you can buy. The downside is they cost $$. Double check that they work with 64-bit if you are using that. MAPI SendLater - There is a free edition of this for personal use. Taxcalc Accounts Production Sperry: Schedule Recurring Email LBE Email Scheduler The hard way With some Visual Basic knowledge it should be possible to write a script that does this. These three pages can get you started on the code required for it. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=239091 http://www.outlookcode.com/d/forms/skedrpt.htm http://www.serverwatch.com/tutorials/article.php/1474711/Send-Email-Using-Microsoft-Outlook-Automation.htm Perhaps someone else might have a better answer.
  11. Jeff writes: I have read a few of your articles about scheduling Outlook emails. I have a question about taking this a step further. In our office, we have Outlook 2010. Issue – some of the execs have now asked that the subordinates email them a daily plan. Every morning we email our calendars with “limited details” to our bosses. Many of us forget when we come straight into full voicemail boxes and back-to-back meetings. So I have been looking for a way to use a Rule or some other mechanism to do this each weekday automatically. I hope you get the idea by now, but… Each morning at a specified time, Outlook will email my daily calendar with limited details to a specified list. Of course, we all share calendars with each other. Some of the bosses will take the 2 clicks to check our calendars, but others want it sent as described above. Any ideas? -Jeff
  12. Gavin writes: Just wondering if I can do personalised mail merge on Mac Outlook please? Can't find the mail merge icon anywhere and it is driving my crazy! Big thanks
  13. Hi Ray, Good question. If an Internet Browser did track your browsing, it would be a huge compromise to privacy. It would likewise be a huge deal if the Windows 7 operating system tracked your information and sent it back to Microsoft. That still wouldn't be quite as bad as what happens online when using Google, as only Microsoft would have your information vs. Google and hundreds of advertising companies and websites tracking it. Fortunately, the Windows 7 operating system itself does not do this, short of if you enable the Customer Experience Program and the Genuine Microsoft software validation. And even in those cases, only anonymous system hardware, cd-key, and performance data is sent back. You can also disable whether either of those happens. Windows XP included a search companion which sent search terms to Microsoft when an internet search was performed, but that has been done away with in Windows 7. Your privacy is safe in Windows 7. Just watch out for individual applications you install that might be transmitting data, though usually you can stop that from happening with the Windows Firewall. Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox do also not do this to any malicious extent. Although if you have Google or another mainstream search engine set to your Omnibar (address bar) search it will collect data on all searches performed in the address bar, and if instant search is enable (like in Chrome) anything typed into the address bar can be tracked. Firefox (and even the Thunderbird email client) have been known to call home to Mozilla's servers to transmit basic census information, but this can be disabled. If you use any of Google's online products, everything you do is tracked and sent to Google. This is how it works with any online web-app or "cloud" solution. Free and "Cloud" service comes at a price; the price of your privacy. Even if you pay for "cloud" service, the company still has access to your data. Example ala Google Apps for business. Ideally it is best to check the terms of service and privacy policy for each piece of software you use, specifically internet browsers as having one of those track would be the most invasive. You can find the privacy policy for Chrome here. Google was sued at one point and forced to re-write it in a way that is easy to understand. The policy for Internet Explorer is here. Somewhat recently Google complained Internet Explorer's policy on cookies was bad, but only because it disables 3rd party tracking cookies that don't meet certain standards (such as Google's). Firefox's privacy policy. Windows 7 privacy policy.
  14. Ray writes: "Hello Austin, I read your article concerning search engines that don’t record your address when browsing the internet. My question to you is if you are using Windows Explorer 9 browser does it send info back to Microsoft or anyone else when using one of the search engines i.e. Duck Duck Go or Startpage which would negate the whole purpose of those engines. Reason I’m asking is I don’t trust the system and don’t fully understand OS Windows 7 well enough to make the call for myself. Would you please explain? Thanks, Ray"
  15. I've never heard of a cell phone service that doesn't automatically come with caller ID. Make sure that each contact has the correct number for incoming calls. Placing a 1 (country code) in front of the number can sometimes mess with the system as well. Also make sure you are saving the contact's profile after assigning each ringtone, it is the save button at the bottom of the screen.
  16. Check your Settings > Accounts & Sync page. It is possible that sync was somehow turned off for your Google account, or an app may have switched it between accounts. Unless sync is enabled, you cannot purchase apps; and of course if it is enabled for the wrong account that has no payment information attached you won't be able to purchase either.
  17. I think the answer to this is gathering your Office 2003 dictionary file. Open it with a text editor (Notepad++) and then copy the data over to the 2010, as you mentioned. The 2003 dictionary file should be located in: C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Proof\CUSTOM.DIC For 2010, you can find the location by following the article linked in your question!
  18. Paulo B writes: Thank you for the great info on http://www.groovypost.com/howto/microsoft/remove-add-words-to-office->2010-word-dictionary/. I wonder if you would you further know how to copy autocorrect entries from word 2003 to word 2010? I >guess it would be a matter of finding the word 2010 autocorrect file and add the info from the word 2003 >file but I am not able to do that... Kind regards , Paulo B.
  19. Great answer, I received this question via email and directed him to your response. Thanks RShores!
  20. Randy Writes: Hi, How do I send an Outlook Contact Group, including its names, addresses, etc., to another computer? Thanks,
  21. Mark writes: Anyway, do you know how,or is it possible to have excel sheet bar displayed in, say two tiers?I do price lists for my company and we carry over 50 different lines of products (automotive) in one price list . So it is tiresome to be going from one end of the list to the other. If it is possible,could you post a turorial? The result should look like this:
  22. Jon S. writes: Your article comes very close to what I am trying to set up with a rather large list of e-mail addresses (usually 200 to 300 a month), and what I am trying to do is figure some way to quickly set this up as a contact group or list of contacts so we can do a merge and personalize the e-mail, rather than making it generic. Any suggestions? Manual entry would be WAY too time-consuming.
  23. Acurtis writes: Hello, Don't know about you, but about 20 times a day I seems to have to enter my Email for a variety of reasons (and Auto Fill doesn't cut it). Is there a keyboard shortcut (say, 'EM') that I could hit in ANY field regardless of application that would populated my Email, instead of typing it (it's fairly long)? Thanks
  24. That sounds like strange behavior for CCleaner. Are you running an old out-dated version? If it is the case, just restore a CCleaner backup of the registry.By default whenever you "Fix Selected Issues" in the CCleaner registry scanner it will ask you if you want to create a backup. The default backup storage folder is your ~Documents folder. Registry backups are stored as .reg and usually follow the cc_12345678_123456.reg syntax. To restore one of these registry files, just double-click it and click Yes when Windows asks you if you want to allow it to modify the registry. Try restoring them in sequential order based upon Date Modified (latest to earliest) until your contacts reappear. If you get to the end of the list and your contacts are still missing, it wasn't CCleaner that destroyed your contacts.
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