Friday, May 28, 2010

Microsoft Is Making Some Serious Money!

Bill Gates and Microsoft are making some serious money!

This thought occurred to me when I was reading one of my older Microsoft manuals.

Microsoft provides a lot of helpful tools to help you with your computer problems. They provide direct assistance with a Microsoft Technical Engineer as well. They have a policy where if you still need answers to your technical questions they offer standard no-charge support for retail versions of their Microsoft products.

However if you are seeking help after hours then that is when they will start to charge you. If you require support after normal business hours then you have to purchase "Pay-Per-Incident Support. In the United States that is a fee of $35 per incident. In Canada the fee is $45 plus tax per incident. The support fees for calling their 800 number will be billed to your credit card. If you call their 900 phone number your calls will appear on your telephone bill.

If you have a problem that you think will take more than one phone call then you can purchase different accounts. For example for making 10 calls the cost is $295.

Now remember I said that this information was something that I found from one of my older Microsoft manuals. I don't know if this information still applies today. But I bet that when this manual came out people were using this service - the one(s) where they had to pay the fee - I bet that they were using it a lot!

This is yet another example of why Bill Gates is so rich!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What A Day!

Talk about having an anxiety attack!

I went to turn on my computer and it wouldn't come on! 'Now what was the matter' I thought? I checked the computer! It was working fine the last time I used it which was last night. I pushed the power button and nothing! The power light wasn't coming on so I checked the plug connection. That seemed to be okay. The power light on the monitor was working but the terminal power light was not!

So now I'm having a panic attack! How was I going to be able to work on my computer if I couldn't even get my computer to work! All these thoughts started racing in my head! I work from home and that was going to be a hard thing to do if I couldn't even work on my computer!

So I'm checking plugs and connections and I still couldn't figure out what was wrong! I was afraid that I was going to have to get a computer repair person to take a look at my computer and I really didn't want to have to spend the money for that!

My computer wouldn't come on, I couldn't go online - even to check my Google Adsense earnings for the day!

If you are anything like me then you have computer plugs all over the place and as long as they work you really don't have to (and don't want to) mess with it. I mean if it's working why mess with it?

So I resign myself to the fact that my computer is going to be out of commission for a while and then I notice that the extension cord was out of its socket! Good Grief! That was what the problem was!

So now I'm all plugged in and good to go!


Monday, December 7, 2009

Adobe Reader - A VERY Important Program!

I just didn't realize how important the Adobe Reader program was to me until I found out that I couldn't access it anymore!

You see I was quite comfortable with my older version of the Adobe Acrobate Reader. But as I continued to be online there were some .pdf files that I wanted to download and a newer / more cuurent version of the Adobe Reader program was needed! But every the pop up window came on asking whether or not I wanted to update to the most current version of the Adobe Reader program I would always click on "No" because to tell you the truth I really didn't want to be bothered with another long download. My older version of the Adobe Reader was working just fine for me!

But somewhere down the line I must have gotten tired of that pop up message asking me whether or not I wanted to download the latest version of the Adobe Reader program and I checked "Yes". However the latest version of Adobe Reader is a rather large download file and somewhere during the time that I was online and downloading the Adobe Reader program I must have interrupted the download process on more than one occasion.

I say that now because I downloaded a tutorial that was in a .pdf format and of course I was going to use the adobe reader program to take a look at it. Well when I clicked on my Adobe Reader program icon - nothing happened!

Surely I thought that one of my older versions of the Adobe Reader program would kick in but it didn't.

Since the current version of the Adobe Reader program wasn't working for me I decided to un-install it. Unfortunately when I did that it seems that I didn't have any versions of the Adobe Reader program installed!

So now what I am doing is currently downloading the latest version of the Adobe Reader program and since the latest version of the Adobe Reader program is over 25 megabytes in size it is going to take me a little to download the entire program. (I'm downloading it now as I am typing this blog post).

Another reason why the Adobe Reader program is important to me is because I have some ebooks and reports that I have for sale and they are in the .pdf format as well!

So I didn't know exactly how badly I would miss this program until I wasn't able to access it anymore!

I know that there are some Adobe Reader - like programs out there but I would rather have the original Adobe Reader program. Even if I decide to try out some of the other programs that are similar to the Adobe Reader program, I would want to have the original Adobe Reader program.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Interested In Getting A Dell Studio 15 For Free?

If you are interested in getting a Dell Studio 15 for free just click this link and fill in the required information. You are required to sign-up to join in order to be eligible to win the computer.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Slow Computer Night!

Sometimes I just get so frustrated when my computer runs so slowly! I have had both phone dial up and DSL and I can tell you that there have been slow times on both!

Sometimes I just want to pull my hair out when my computer runs so slowly when I'm online! I wanted to check my Adsense account to see how much money I have earned today but the computer is running so slowly that I decided to just wait and look at my Adsense later.

I see that the Internet is feeling stressed and I can see why!

Of course I have had days when my computer ran so fast that I couldn't even keep up with it but today is not that kind of day!

Of course I'm taking a step back and have told myself to be grateful! I'm typing this blog post now which means my computer is running and working and all that.....its just one of those "slow" days for me and my computer.

Monday, May 25, 2009


I have this program called "Anzio" that I downloaded some time ago! It was a free download and it also looked like a pretty interesting (and popular) program.

What the program does (as far as I know) is that it is some sort of telnet-related program. Telnet lets your computer talk to other computers.

I'm sure that I have used this program in the past - I just don't remember what I used it for?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Is Your Social Security Number Secure?

Here is a little experiment that you may want to try. (I can't take credit for this because I saw it mentioned elsewhere online.)

Type your social security number into one of the popular search engines. If you get no matches - GOOD!

However if you do get some links then your social security number maybe being illegally used!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Computer Worm Expected To Act Up On April 1st!

The Conficker computer worm is expected to "act up" on April 1st 2009! (April Fool's Day!)

Once this worm activates it will be able to trigger to send spam, spread more infections, clog networks with traffic, or try and bring down Web sites.

You can read more about this by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yahoo Briefcase To Close!

Here is a copy of an email that I got:

Dear Yahoo! Briefcase user,

We will be officially closing Yahoo! Briefcase on March 30, 2009. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to download your files back to your computer. You will need to take action before we close, after which any files remaining on Yahoo! Briefcase will be deleted and no longer accessible.

To access your Yahoo! Briefcase account, click the link below:

If you are a Yahoo! Briefcase Premium subscriber, your current subscription will be canceled on March 30, 2009. We will refund the unused portion of your Premium subscription, if any. The refund will appear as a credit via the billing method we have on file for you. So please make sure that your billing information is correct and up-to-date. For more information, please visit

For additional information or to review a list of our frequently asked questions, click this link

We appreciate your being a Yahoo! Briefcase user.


Yahoo! Customer Support

You can find out the reason(s) why Yahoo is closing their Yahoo Briefcase by clicking here but the main reason they are closing it is because the usage of it has gone down.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thank Goodness For Computers!

I was sending a fax around 5 o'clock this afternoon and I thought that it would be a good thing to blog about this simply because being able to fax something at 5 in the afternoon on a Sunday is something that I am grateful to be able to do!

First of all I can remember a time when I had to fax something to my mortgage company a few years ago - maybe it was longer than that! I didn't have access to a fax machine at home plus those little printing shops were no where near me so I looked in the yellow pages and found this place that sends faxes for people at quite a hefty fee! But I had no choice because that was my only option at the time!

But now I am able to send a fax any time of the day or not and if I'm feeling really creative I can "mess" around with the fax to edit it and make it look different in all sorts of ways!

I have quite a few fax programs on my computer. Of course I have the fax program that came with Windows and I also have a fax program called WinFax - which is a great fax program! I also found this site online where you can get a free phone number and people from anywhere in the world can leave you either a voice message or send you a fax using that phone number! I also found another great site online where you can send a fax anywhere in the United States for free! They also have a paid version but with the free version you are only allowed to send one fax per day and the fax that you do send will have their advertisement on it - small price to pay to be able to fax long distance without having to pay a long distance fee!

I also have a fax program that came with my Lexmark-All-In-One and this is the program that I used to send my most recent fax!

I'm also able to pay my bills online but that's another blog post for another time - LOL!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sorry I Haven't Posted In A While!

That doesn't mean that I haven't been online - just the opposite!

I go to one website and that leads me to another web site and that leads me to another website and on and on and on and on!

My harddrive is getting quite full with the number of things that I have downloaded - most of them were free downloads!

Oh if we could only harness this power into being able to make money while on the Internet! I have read that there are quite a few internet millionaires out there and I'm hoping to be one of them!

As you can see I have Adsense ads on this blog and it does bring in some money but I'm hoping for quite a bit more! I wanna be one of those Adsense Millionaires too!

Just in case you don't know what Adsense is it is a program that lets you earn money when visitors to your site click on the ads that appear on your site. You can find out more about this program by going to The Adsense Consultant's Blog.

Of course there seem to be other ways of being able to make money online but I want something that is legitimate!

In the meantime I am having blissful fun exploring what the Internet has to offer!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Nine-Year-Old Has Passed Microsoft's Certified Professional Exam!

If that don't beat all!

You can read more about this story by clicking here!

Personally I don't think one has to go through the enornous cost involved with being legitimately certified - but hey that is just me!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I Can Create A PDF File!

Didn't even know this until I was messing around with Microsoft Word (I was looking for their resume template) and I saw the option to be able to turn a MicrosoftWord document into a .pdf file!

Of course I had to try it out and with the exception of a few formatting issues I was able to save the Microsoft Word document as a .pdf file! And I opened it up as a .pdf file just to make sure that I was able to do it!

This is great news for me because now I can make (and edit) my own .pdf files without having to buy the (very expensive) PDF Software!

Of course I'm dying to be able to open some of the .pdf files that I already so that I can edit and annotate them - so I may end up buying the PDF program anyway! - LOL!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Kitchen Sink!

I have been noticing for the past few days that I have been having problems getting in to my Google Adsense account and just being able to use the Google search engine.

It was quite annoying to say the least so when it happened again to me today I decided to find out more information about why this was happening.

First of all when I try to log-in to my Adsense account, I get this certificate warning kind of thing and the name on the certificate is kitchensinks!

Here is a screenshot:

I tried doing a search on them and so far haven't come up with anything but I have found some sites with people reporting that they are having the same problem - although a solution hasn't been found yet.

Here is the one relative link that I could find links:

10/26/08 Update!

I have been posting around to see what more information I can find.

11/12/08 Update!

For the past few weeks I haven't been having this problem as much. It has popped up on occasion but not nearly as much as it did before! I have been able to view my Adsense and I have also been able to use the Google search engine again! Can't say that I did anything in particular to solve this problem although I did get an interesting education about a computer's "host" file - which I edited (and also saved a backup copy of the original) and now my browser(s) are working much better now!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

So There I Was, At My Computer......

when the power went off!

We were right in the middle of hurricane hanah for my area - which is right near Philadelphia!

So there I was online with the computer and then everything went black!

The power outage lasted about 20 minutes and when everything came back on my computer monitor had the blue box that said it would shut off in 5 seconds!

Of course I panicked thinking something was wrong with my computer but it all ended well in the end.

I just shut my computer down for about 5 minutes and then re-booted it and now every thing is back to normal!