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Spring cleaning your computer – in January

ERIN PHEIL
eRin pheiL
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I keep a text document on my computer filled with tips, tricks and interesting information that I use when writing these High Wired columns. When the document hit seven pages recently, I realized I need to do some serious maintenance. So, without further ado, here are some great items from my master idea list. You employ the items that sound helpful, and I’ll get my black marker and tidy up my list.– http://www.jiwire.com: This site, according to Time magazine, has “everything you always wanted to know about Wi-Fi but were afraid to ask!” Find hotspots (such as the Dillon Dam Brewery), learn practical tips, evaluate product reviews.

Wi-Fi, for those of you who are scratching your heads right now, is an abbreviation for wireless fidelity – an increasingly popular wireless technology that you can use to surf the Web when you’re out and about or to network your home computers. — Did you know: The abbreviations “MB” and “MEG” stand for the same thing – megabyte.– Do you ever search for flights online and think, “There’s got to be a cheaper flight than this?” Just for you, I’d like to introduce one of my new favorite travel search engines: Mobissimo (www.mobissimo.com).Based in my home town of San Mateo, Calif., Mobissimo is a great workhorse of a website that searches about 80 other travel websites so that you don’t have to. I’ve found it locates some super-cheap deals.

— Scam alert: When you hear a company advertise that its website receives “over 500,000 hits per month” – proceed with caution.Advertising a website’s number of hits is often a scam used to trick people into thinking a certain site receives far more traffic than it actually does. What you need to understand is that a website’s popularity is measured by the number of unique visitors, not hits – there is a difference.A “hit” is a single request made to a server for one specific object on your webpage. This object could be a graphic, a sound file, your HTML page itself, etc. Let’s say you have 50 different images on Page A in your website; this means that one unique visit to your page would equal over 50 hits. And if that same visitor then went on to visit Page B, your website could immediately accumulate another 50 hits. Keep this information in mind next time someone brags about the thousands of hits their website receives.

— Did you know: You see photos and images on the web everyday. Did you know that just about all of them are either JPEG (.jpg) files or GIF (.gif) files?– Two cool facts (provided by Office Depot) you probably didn’t know:: (1) On average, each toner cartridge recycled keeps 2.5 pounds of waste out of the trash and saves one-half gallon of petroleum. (2) One 100MB Zip disk can store the contents of a four-drawer filing cabinet; one CD-ROM can hold the equivalent of nearly a roomful of paper. (What a reduction in clutter and paper use!)I hope you found something useful here today. My list is still cluttered, though … guess this just means more for you next time! eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com). Based in Frisco, timeforcake is a creative web and graphic design firm. eRin can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at info@timeforcake.com.


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