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Everyone has experienced that moment when your smartphone is running low on battery power. You are continuously notified imminent disaster.

So here are some tips to increase your smartphone’s battery life.

1. Dim the screen - Lots of us love to watch those short clips on our smartphone while we are on the move. Watching videos on that bright display is really a nice experience. But that bright display on your smartphone sucks a lot out of the battery. So always dim the screen for normal usage of your smartphone.

2. Keep the screen timeout short - Always set your screen timeout to the shortest available as it will save a lot of battery life.

3. Turn off Bluetooth and WiFi - Some of us forget to turn off Bluetooth after receiving files or WiFi after our internet session is over which eats up a lot of power. Turning off WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use can add an extra hour of life to the battery.

4. Use your GPS carefully – GPS is big battery eater. It continuously send signals to satellites to set your location. Some Apps use GPS to track the location of restaurants and other destinations. You may be able to restrict use of your phone’s GPS by these apps if not required.

5. Kill extra apps - Apps also eat some percentage of your battery. So kill all the apps which are not in use.

Some apps like JuiceDefender for Android can help you extend your battery’s life.

Things are a little easier in Windows Phone. Open Settings > Battery Saver and check on Always turn on Battery saver when battery is low and also Turn on Battery Saver now, until next recharge. This turns off some services to help preserve and extend your battery.
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Here is a tiny but useful tip which tells you how to bring up the Task Manager directly in Windows 7 & Vista

In XP, if you hit the CTRL + ALT + DEL key combo you get the Task Manager running.

Do that in Windows 7 or Vista and you get a dialog screen, from where you then again select ‘Start Task Manager’.

In Windows 7 or Vista, to get task manager directly, hit CTRL + SHIFT + ESC instead !!!
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You may have heard of GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation program), a free and open source image editor. It performs only simple tasks like Paint does, but for more complicated and professional tasks there is an application called GIMPshop. It is a modification of GIMP and is intended to give the user a feel for Adobe Photoshop.

Its developer says that his original purpose for GIMPshop was to make Gimp accessible to the many Adobe Photoshop users out there and maybe along the way, convert a Photoshop pirate into a GIMP user.

The feature list of GIMP and GIMPshop is almost same as they both share some of same features, such as:

And many more…

But GIMPshop has modified some features to make GIMPshop resemble Photoshop, such as menu structure. The menu structure of GIMPshop looks just like that of Adobe Photoshop. The software uses a plugin called Deweirdifyer to combine its numerous operations to the MDI system used by Windows graphics packages.

To compete with Photoshop, GIMPshop uses third-party add-ons which support Photoshop plugins called pspi. All of the GIMP’s plugins remain available on GIMPshop.
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Should You Backup your Smart Phone?

The short answer is yes! Here's why: Smartphones are increasingly replacing normal mobile phones. A smartphone is a phone with PC-like capabilities.

What's great about having a smartphone is that they enable you to perform many tasks that previously would have required a full-sized computer. While a lot of these applications are "cloud based" which means that most or all of the data is stored on central servers (that you don't need to worry about backing up except if the cloud provider closes down or you discontinue your subscription to a paid service!) there is still quite a lot of important information that may only be stored on your smartphone.

As with all backups, this information builds little by little over time and sadly you may not recognise how important it is until it's too late. Some of the information that could be at risk on your phone includes:

► Photos and videos
► Emails
► Address books
► Calendar entries
► Documents, spreadsheets, presentations
► To-do lists
► Notes

So how do you backup your smartphone? Generally you back it up by joining it to a full sized computer periodically.

If your smartphone is an Apple iPhone, iTunes by default will do a backup of your device whenever it's attached to your computer. It will also keep a number of backups. For these people it's important to plug in your device regularly to back it up. Soon a new version of the iPhone Operating System is likely to provide the facility to backup directly to the cloud.

Blackberry devices have a similar computer-based backup and restore facility through "Blackberry Desktop Manager". Again you need to connect your blackberry to your computer to complete the backup so it's key that you do this regularly.

For other smartphones such as those running Android, you have to work a bit harder! While talked about for some time there is not yet an officially endorsed way to do a full backup of an Android device. This is likely to improve with time, but for now there are some third-party utilities that you can purchase which will backup most of the information on your Android. Just visit the Android Market and search for backup then try a few free/trial apps before you commit to purchasing one which works best for your device and needs.
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Google recently launched a new website simply called Good To Know, to inform users about Online safety and privacy, and about how to manage online data.
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Do you own a small business?
Sick of paying for accounting software?
Why not try the Open Source and FREE GnuCash software?

There is a long list of features supported by GNUCash which includes:

Double-Entry bookkeeping
HBCI support
Stock/Mutual Fund Portfolios
Bank and Credit Card reconciliation
SQL support
Scheduled Transactions
Transaction-Import Matching Support
Mortgage and Loan Repayment Assistant
Built-in and custom reports and charts
And Many More…

Small business accounting features include:

Accounts Receivable (A/R)
Accounts Payable (A/P) including bills due reminders
Employee expense voucher
Mapping to income tax schedules and TXF export for import into tax prep software (US)
Setting up tax tables and applying sales tax on invoices
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New version of Password Safe is available.
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Get networked - using your Power Points!

If you've ever been confronted with moving your ADSL router or other networked devices, there may be a better way than running network cabling.

I had to address this exact issue recently when I had to move a customer's ADSL router. The customer wanted the modem out of sight, and wireless wasn’t an option due the constant video streaming to their TV. So the only solution I could use without getting an electrician onsite was a system called "Ethernet over Power" which solved the issue in a matter of minutes through an easy non-technical setup.

First a brief run down on how Ethernet over Power works:

Simply put, it uses two adapters which plug into any power socket. You just connect the devices which need to be networked into the adaptors, and they communicate by using your existing power wiring through your house or workplace.

This is also a fantastic solution for any of those tricky black-out spots where the Wi-Fi signal isn’t strong enough to reach, or the speed is just unbearable to live with.

Are you running unattractive Ethernet cables through the walls or above the ceiling? Ethernet over Power can replace these cables and possibly get you into the good books with the missus once again (if that’s possible).

So I’m going to be up straight with you, and answer that question that’s in the back of your head right now, “what is the compromise”?

These devices are nowhere near the speed they quote, eg. 200mbs & 500mbs. Research has seen them average 30 – 60mbs which is fast enough for the average user to stream high definition videos as I did in this case. I will always say this, there is no substitute for pure Ethernet, so I don’t recommend using these for games which require super low latency. Games like FPS (First Person shooters) like Battlefield, Call of Duty, Team Fortress and so on. However I’ve found Ethernet of Power better than gaming over a Wi-Fi network.

So which one should you buy?

We and our customers have had good experiences with adapters from Netgear and Netcomm and we can supply these from between $100 and $170 depending on the number of connections and speed of the connection that you require.

When are Ethernet over Power converters not a good idea?

When they don’t work in your environment! This sounds a bit silly, but what I mean is that for all sorts of environmental reasons they will sometimes not work well or at all. Sometimes this can be fixed by moving them to a different power point, and at other times it will not. The only way to be sure is to try them. These devices will only work if the 2 different power points are on the same power circuit in your house or office. ie. on the same fuse or circuit breaker.

If you need a really fast, reliable connection, you will still get the best results by installing a network cable. So these are not going to replace conventional network cabling in many business environments.
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A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.
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Computer & Laptop repairs and sales, Website Design

We are located in Morayfield near Caboolture in Queensland, and provide a range of professional IT and Computer Services including Custom Built Computers, Laptops, Computer Parts, Peripherals, Computer Repairs, Upgrades, Networking (both Wired and Wireless), Servicing, Virus Removal and Spyware Removal, Website Design and Website Hosting, Domain Names, Data Recovery and Data Backup, and much more!!! A mobile computer repair service is available, as is Remote Online Computer Repair.

In particular, we have extensive knowledge and experience in Spyware and Virus removal.  Some viruses and spyware can be very difficult to remove and may take some time to effectively clean, so we recommend that you drop the infected system off and leave it with us rather than opt for our mobile service as this is a more cost effective and efficient solution.

Another area in which we are expanding is Website Design and Development, and Website Hosting services.  We can design and host your website, register a Domain Name, and provide ecommerce solutions as well.   All of our websites employ a Content Management System (CMS), which means you can log-in to the back-end of the website and edit pages yourself, and if you include an ecommerce option, you can add, edit, remove products yourself without being reliant upon us to do it for you.

We are now also an authorised Telstra Dealer.  Being an authorised Telstra Dealer means that we can supply all Telstra services and products including Telstra Mobile Phones and Plans, process Phone Line applications, Telstra Wireless Broadband, Bigpond ADSL Broadband, Telstra Business Broadband and more.

We service areas north of Brisbane including Morayfield, Burpengary, Caboolture, Upper Caboolture, Rocksberg, Bellmere, Beerburrum, Elimbah, Narangba, Kallangur, Dakabin, Petrie, Strathpine, Bray Park, Lawnton, Warner, Cashmere, Ningi, Bribie Island, Sandstone Point, Deception Bay, Wamuran, Woodford, Kippa Ring, Margate, Redcliffe, Mango Hill, North Lakes, Murrumba Downs, Scarborough, Clontarf, and other areas on a case by case basis.