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Cool firefox addons you need

4 Cool Firefox Add-ons You Need

Copyright (c) 2008 Jim Edwards

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser still rates as the most popular and widely used browser for one simple reason: it rides along with every Windows installation.

But in response to security scares over the last few years, another browser took a bite out of Microsoft’s monopoly.

FireFox often represents the browser of choice for those who either dislike Microsoft (for whatever reason), or want more flexibility and functionality in their browser, specifically in the area of add-ons (also know as “plugins”).

Add-ons (little programs that enhance a web browser’s functionality) can trick out your browser to help you do everything from upload website files to speed dialing your favorite websites.

The overwhelming majority of add-ons for FireFox come free of charge (though donations are appreciated). Just log on to http://addons.mozilla.org and check out the free add-ons you can snag.

Note that once you get to the page, the little programs you can run with FireFox are under the “extensions” link. Here are a few of our favorites here in my office – just search for them by name once you log on to the Mozilla site (or use the links below).

** Forecastfox ** “Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension.” That’s a fancy way of saying you can always know what the weather reports say just by glancing down at your browser’s lower right corner.

This makes very handy tool to keep an eye out for thunderstorms or remind yourself that a sunny day awaits when you finish up a marathon session on your computer. http://tinyurl.com/yqv54y

** SpeedDial ** Everyone uses bookmarks or “favorites” at one point or another. But those who use them frequently create a problem for themselves. Every time you want to log on to your favorite sites, you must wade through dozens, hundreds, even thousands of links to find what you want.

Enter the “SpeedDial” add-on that helps you organize your most frequently used websites into a “dashboard” you can customize. You can even organize multiple speed dial directories around groups of web pages (business resources, shopping sites, etc.). http://tinyurl.com/2hhn7a

** FireFTP ** Anyone who owns a website needs the ability to upload files to their hosting account. You can either install a standalone FTP program, or you can use this nifty little browser add-on that turns FireFox into a neat little FTP utility.

“FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.” I really found this add-on helpful in my own business when it comes to fast access to the files on my websites. http://tinyurl.com/yv56ru

** Download Statusbar ** One annoying feature of Firefox involves the download window that opens up every time you download a file from the web. This can get in the way and actually disrupt your activity.

Enter the “Download Statusbar” add-on, which promises “View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing.”

Even though this add-on does make downloading more convenient, make sure to read the instructions before using it just to make sure you don’t get frustrated. http://tinyurl.com/29a456

Druid weapon

Druid Weapon

Druid Weapon Choices
Druids and weapons. Where to start? Let’s do an overview and go from there.
Druids in the World of Warcraft are able to use six different styles of weapons. These are a Staff, one handed Mace, two handed Mace, Dagger, Fist Weapons and Polearms. Druids may not use a shield nor can they dual wield however Druids can use items that are held in the “off hand.”
The trick comes in when you start to consider what sort of weapons to use and in what forms those weapons will be effective. For example, when in Bear, Dire Bear or Cat forms your Druid will not be “using” your weapons in combat, your Druid will be hitting your opponent with claws and teeth. This means that while any stat increases you gain from the weapon will be in effect many other effects will not, such as weapon procs. Weapons will not proc when a Druid is fighting in Bear or Car form because the Druid is not actually hitting anything with the weapon, okay? Now, in other forms such as Moonkin and Tree of Life Form, you can use weapons to their full effect, however you’re in those forms to either deal big spell damage or land big heals.
What weapons you strive to obtain either through drops, buying them at the auction house, quest or raid rewards will depend a great deal on your Druid build and your style of play. If you spend most of your time tanking in Bear it makes more sense to get weapons high in stat increases. If you are pure Balance or Restoration it may be worth looking into a weapon with a proc if your play style would take advantage of it.
A common question is on the choice between a two handed weapon such as a staff and a one handed weapon and an “off hand” item. Which is best? The answer depends totally on your goals for the character and the druid build you have put together. It really comes down to math on most occasions. When trying to decide between one nice two handed weapon and a nice set of one handed plus an off hand item literally write down the total gain your Druid would get from the two handed weapon and the total gain from both the one handed weapon and the off hand item. Which serves your Druid best?
An interesting thing comes up with weapon choice that makes little practical sense in the game: the “cool” factor. Many times I’ve seen Druids running around with a big flashy, glowing, spinning, sparkly two handed weapon that really does not benefit their Druid build and only benefits the “look” of their character. Had they chosen the alternative two piece set they would have a more effective Druid. No matter how cool your weapon looks if your Druid can’t deliver when it counts you’ll start rethinking your choice!

Laptops vs desktops

Laptops Vs Desktops

Laptops have always seemed a very desirable item to have. Not only do you look pretty good but you have the ability to take your computing anywhere. Up until recently thought I would have always advised against these.

Why would I do this? Well there were several factors – some are still applicable today. Laptops used to be very expensive. You would get much more power and reliability for spending half the money on a desktop PC than you would paying double the money for a laptop. What’s more, the laptops would often slow down dramatically when they heated up, not good considering that Laptops, with their minimal air circulation, heat up extremely quickly.

Another thing to consider is what happens if these laptops go wrong? On a desktop PC if your RAM fails you go and buy RAM from any manufacturer at the going rate and hey presto – you are back. Same applies to the motherboard and many other parts. All parts in a desktop PC can be chopped and changed, relatively easily and at a reasonable price.

Now if your RAM or motherboard fails in your laptop what happens here? Well basically the manufacturers have you by the short and curlies. You can generally only buy the parts from the manufacturer directly, they can charge what they like as there is minimal if not zero competition. Not only can they charge what they like, you can often wait weeks to get the necessary part.

People also have this idea with laptops that they can take their computers anywhere and play their games or surf the Internet with total freedom – This is partly true of a new laptop with a new battery. After what I think is quite a short time your battery will no longer hold its charge for the 2 hours it did when it was new. It will now only last half an hour – and of course, if you are doing something demanding, like game play or similar, you can expect this time to reduce by at least half again.

So your portable computer now has to be plugged into the mains – therefore not so portable after all!

So far I have put the laptop down, it’s expensive if it work, it’s very expensive if it breaks. It’s not as potable as you think and it’s performance is not going to be as good as you hoped.

This is all changing now as laptops have plummeted in cost. Whereas you used to have to pay a minimum of ?600 ($1200 approx.) for a low spec machine, you can now pick up a decent make, decent specced machine for about half that price. Now if you weigh up the fact that a desktop PC is going to cost you around ?200 for anything half usable, then you need a monitor – the laptop is already winning on cost. Also the technology regarding heat dissipation has improved dramatically so you can expect your laptop to stay cool for longer and perform better in the heat.

Yes the battery life has somewhat improved but still a lot of work to be done here to make them ultimately portable. However the new light compact machines can easily be transported from home, to the office, to your mates etc etc with ease and all your data comes with it.

You of course still have the issue if something goes wrong but there are now thousands of these machines being sold – this means, if you pick a decent brand, there are loads of spare parts around on Ebay or similar.

I now do all my work on a laptop. I plug in an external keyboard, as typing on a laptop keyboard is not comfortable. If I did want to play any games then I think I would still side with the desktop – but for day to day use the laptop is the winner. Easy to put away, minimal wires, minimal mess and ultimately a portable office.

Data recoveryits better to stay prepared

DATA RECOVERY—It's Better to Stay Prepared

Data Recovery becomes the most crucial task during the event of data loss. In fact, we come to understand its importance when the situation arises. So, when can an even of data loss occur? Why does it happen? How can we avert it? Get some tech support to learn more about data loss and data recovery.
The Reasons Behind Data Loss
There can be several reasons why an event of data loss may happen:
1)    Operating System crash
2)    Hard drive crash, which is either a mechanical problem with the hard drive (hard disk problem) or a partition failure in the drive.
3)    Accidental deletion of files and folders.
There could be several reasons why you may lose data. The operating system may get crashed due to virus attack, which eventually restricts you from accessing files. The obvious remedy would be the System Rescue CD, which can be used to handle the corrupted boot partitions and reload/repair the operating system. However, all possible efforts should be made to restore the system before we go for a total format. Because by going for total format, you will lose all your data.
Since the computer does not use the hard drive to boot when the rescue CD is used, we can do a lot of troubleshooting on the “free” hard drive. The hard drive is not free if it is being used for booting. As a result, effective troubleshooting cannot be done on it. Whenever the command prompt is accessible while running the rescue CD, the hard drive can be checked for physical and logical errors with various commands. Errors with system files can also be checked here. It is possible to recover data from not only hard drives but also from CD ROMs, flash drives, memory sticks etc. So lost photos can be recovered from memory sticks, which is a cool feature of a third party data recovery software.
If the hard drive crash is due to corrupted partitions only, then you can handle it with the help of some software. However recreation of partitions will cause total data loss. So it is better to get prepared before you can recreate partitions – take necessary data backup.
A physical corruption of the hard drive cannot be repaired easily. The hard drive will have to be opened under controlled conditions to repair it, which is not quite possible without a fully equipped laboratory.
If you have deleted files or folders accidentally, it is better not to use the hard drive further for other works like saving newer files and folders etc. It is better to call a help desk specialist at this point of time. The more you use the hard drive after deletion of a specific file, lesser is the chance of a successful recovery of that file. It should be noted here that, rewriting of hard drive space after an accidental deletion of a file should be avoided. Actually, whenever a file gets deleted, the entry of the respective file in the hard drive gets deleted from a list that the hard drive maintains for a specific file. Bitwise deletion does not really take place, which makes that recovery possible. However, there are software available that can make a deletion permanent and no other software would be able to recover a file after it is deleted bitwise. Generally it is done at a drive level and not at a per file basis.
A few best practices:
1)    If it is Vista Ultimate that you are using, then a Complete PC Backup on a separate media is recommended. It is like copying everything including dlls and executables, thereby making the backup copy an exact replica of your hard drive. This is not saved as an ISO image and hence, you cannot really use that back up media a “live” media. It means, you cannot use that to boot the system but you can use it to take back your computer to the exact configuration as it was before.
2)    Instead of one hard drive with a huge space, consider using two hard drives of smaller size. Use one as the master and the other as the slave while installing them. It is very easy to access one hard drive from the other, no matter whether the problem is software-based or anything else.
3)    More than one partition for a single hard drive is better.
4)    For any problem, you can contact a help desk specialist before trying out anything blindly and hence worsening the matter.