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Monday, December 21, 2009

Computer Loop On ShopWiki

Computer Loop Public AnnouncementOnline shopping needs? Computers, electronics, apparels, footwear, jewelry & accessories, you name it... ShopWiki has got you covered. This is not an online store, it is a shopping engine that caters to numerous online stores with great deals. It's as simple as searching for the items you want in their site or searching for the specific brands you want. It will direct you to a particular retailer who has the items you are looking for.

Not convinced? Try checking out the Tech watches they have on the site. As weird as it may be, they do have calculator watches with a variety of styles and designs. Just like carrying a mini calculator with you all day long wrapped around your wrist! For the sports savvy people, a Timex mid-size pulse calculator watch can be an interesting search.


Computer Loop On

Computer Loop Public AnnouncementAuto insurance is a must in the United States. Whether you like it or not. The truth is, you are almost better off with insurance. The system is built in such a way that you have to have it and need to have it. That's just the way it is. is yet another helpful company that provides a service that can supply you with multiple car insurance quotes from the many existing companies selling car insurance. Your options will be layed out before you. This will enable you to make a decision that fits your budget, needs and wants.

The type of car you drive, demographics, and even your credit history could play a major role on insurance rates. It all depends on the insurance companies. Many tend to just choose the first company that approaches them. More commonly through mail and email. Then there are those who ask a friend or relative for advice on which car insurance company to go with. it is more likely that they will suggest the company that they are using themselves. How about for those of us who don't have any of these "luxuries" of information and biased opinions? That is where companies like comes into the picture. So if you are one of those who need advice but do not know where to start or who to ask... give it a shot!


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Computer Loop On New Jersey

Computer Loop Public AnnouncementNew Jersey, ranked 47th in the US in terms of area, with an estimated population of 8,682,661 (2008 estimation) is indeed a living city where things happen. Some of my favorite movies featured scenes of New Jersey such as 2005's "War of the Worlds", Nicholas Cage's "World Trade Center". Heck, Motion Picture technology was invented in New Jersey! A state to recognize no doubt.

If you ever happen to have any plans of moving to New Jersey or if you are already in New Jersey and looking to buy a home because of family, work or just to find a place in the world you can call home.

Also, I can't help but mention that one of my favorite games features areas from New Jersey... do you know which game? None other than Grand Theft Auto IV! Jersey City is called Alderney City in the game. If I don't decide to move to Jersey, I strongly might consider visiting. Have a great weekend everyone!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Computer Loop On The North Face

Computer Loop Public AnnouncementSo I was checking out some outdoor wear for a possible hiking/fishing trip coming up and did my usual search through the internet and what not. I came across a specific brand called The North Face which had exactly what I was looking for. A product description that has computer users in mind! I was checking out the backpack section and saw that they describe what size laptops each bag can carry! Pretty cool and straight to the point.


Monday, November 16, 2009

How To Identify Your Motherboard

How To Identify Your MotherboardThere are many ways to find out what motherboard you have in your computer... one way would be to check your computer manual. There will be times though that your manual is missing, or perhaps your computer is second hand and you just didn't get a manual. I will add more resources to this article as they become available. For now, I use one method which has worked twice for me, where I had to identify a motherboard. I use "DriverGuides Toolkit". I thank my brother-in-law Von, for showing this site to me back when I was a super noob.

Here is the link to get you started: - main site - link to DriverGuide's Toolkit

Note: by the way, the picture above is a picture I took of a motherboard for computer I assembled... I plan to post an article about it soon! stay tuned :)


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Computer Loop On American Car Quotes

Computer Loop Public AnnouncementSo I was browsing the net the other day and was pleased to know that there are many options for people looking to get car insurance. AAA, State Farm, etc... there are so many... but how do you know which is best for you? A very good question when you have so many options available. That is where American Car Quotes comes in... which helps individuals get auto insurance. That's right... you enter your info... and ACQ does the rest to see which auto insurance will be the best for you based on the info that you provide. Pretty sweet huh?

Here are the links to help you out:

How much?


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How To Know Which Memory To Use

There comes a time when a person wants to upgrade his computer. One of the most basic things to look into when wanting to give your computer that extra boost is memory... an lots of it! Problem is, how do you know how much memory your computer will take, what brands?... The truth is there are so many varying memory options to choose from and you can't just go out and buy whatever you like and think it will work right. Save yourself some time and money and ask someone who knows about these things. Trust me. Now then, for those who are no stranger in upgrading their computers and/or confident and set on doing the upgrades yourself, you may wonder how do find out which memory to use? One of the best methods is to look up your motherboard specs... there you will find how what memory is supported. Another method is to use a memory configurator available online. It does not neccessarily mean you have to buy from the site who supplied the configurator... it simply gives you suggestions from their available products.

Below are two links which will direct you to their respective configurator page, just follow the instructions and I hope you will be able to find the right memory for your computer:

I'm sure there are more, feel free to let me know so that I can add them to my list.



Friday, August 21, 2009

Windows Does Not Want To Start

Have you ever encountered a situation where Windows just can't start? Well in this post I will describe 2 procedures that I follow when this issue occurs. I use this as a basic way of solving the problem as sometimes with computers, a problem is usually solved in a simple manner rather than a complex manner.

Procedure #1:
Power down your computer and check to see if all cables are fitted well... any loose or slightly detached cables could cause startup problems. Connect everything well including keyboards, mouse, monitor etc... move your computer if you must to get to all the connections. Now power up your computer.

If you got it to start then good for you! If not proceed to Procedure #2 if you can...please read the note before proceeding...

Note: Procedure #2 requires that you have some working knowledge and expertise in handling internal computer components and cables and are authorized to open your case/tower (some cases/towers have a warranty sticker which may still grant you free service, so check first before you attempt this procedure). It also requires that you have an Antistatic Wrist Strap so to reduce the chances of damaging any of your internal components. If you are not qualified to do this then seek a computer repair person to do this for you, might as well even tell him/her the problem you are encountering.

Procedure #2
Power down your computer and detach all your external cables so that you can literally place your computer tower/case on a clear sturdy table. Open your case access panel and wear an Antistatic Wrist Strap. Begin checking your internal cables to see if they are all well fitted. This includes all ide cables, all sata cables and all power cables to and from all your devices and motherboard. Make sure everything is well fitted. Take off your antistatic wrist strap when you are done inspecting all cables. Close your case/tower. Plug all external cables again... mouse, keyboard, power cables etc. Power up your computer and hopefully windows starts up normally!

The 2 procedures are very basic and could save you a trip to the repair person if you can perform procedure #1 and are qualified to perform procedure #2 should #1 not solve your issue.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Opening .dat Files On A Mac

I ran into this problem once when I received an email from someone who wanted me to read a pdf he/she had attached. It might have been from a windows user, but I did not have time to ask and simply needed to read the darn thing. I expected a pdf file and instead got a file that had the .dat extension. Imagine the frown on my face. I quickly did a little research on such formats in relation with macs and came across a nice site that carried the solution to my problem:

It is free and easy to setup, and you will be able to extract the pdf/s from the .dat file with ease. Hope this helps.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Increasing Font Size On Windows

This is fairly simple to achieve:

On Windows XP

  1. right click on desktop
  2. select properties from the pop-up menu
  3. select the "Appearance" tab
  4. under "Font size", you may choose from the 3 available options (normal, large, or extra large)
  5. after making your preference, click "apply" and then "ok"


Friday, June 12, 2009

Recycling In Retrospect When Hard Drive Is Full

Retrospect is a handy back-up management software which anyone can use to automate a back-up for important files at work or at home. Those of you who have never used it and are looking for a back-up solution should consider taking a look at it. Now for those who have been using it, some of you have probably came to a point where Retrospect cannot back-up anymore due to insufficient space. What to do? Well here I will enumerate a step by step procedure on how to 'reset' your hard drive so that it can go about its back-up business until it needs to be 'reset' again. The following procedure may be customized to meet your needs:

  1. open retrospect
  2. automate
  3. scripts
  4. double click "EasyScript Backup"
  5. click schedule
  6. click add
  7. check "single date" and hit "ok"
  8. enter [todays date] and [adjust time to preferred time]
  9. under action set to [Recycle Backup] to [current backup hard drive plugged in]
  10. click "ok"
  11. click "ok" again
  12. close "Backup: EasyScript Backup" window
  13. click "save" on pop-up window
  14. close retrospect
  15. wait for it to run at the time you specified and it will recycle (reset) your hard drive resulting in more available space for Retrospect to conduct its operations


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Internet Speed Test

I found this cool and handy tool to test your internet speed. Feel free to test your connection anytime!

Note: If the speed test does not seem to display correctly, just click Here and it should do the trick.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Restore Missing DVD Drive

So your dvd-rom icon under My Computer decided to runaway?! I had this happen to me early this year and have only recently had the urge to fix and restore my missing dvd drive. Restarting many times did not help, and at one point I almost came to the point of reformatting my computer. Instinct had me do a more comprehensive search in the internet before using my last resort option of having to reformat. I found to forums which helped me fix and restore the missing dvd drive:

The first link is pretty straight forward with instructions and the second link has a more in depth explanation with instructions along with instructions for various windows operating systems.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Printing Comment Indicators In Excel

I found myself one day having to print those little comment ticks that we all see when we insert a comment on a specified box in Excel. After surfing the web for some clues as to how to achieve this, I stumbled across 2 sites that carried the solution:

The process is not as easy as anyone would like it to be. But it does the job.

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