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timeforcake: Computer & biz tips plus 5 links

Erin Pheil special to the daily

I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a bold assumption: you don’t use your Windows XP built-in search every day, do you? I bet you don’t even use it once a week, right? Actually, now that I think about it, I’m going to go ahead and guess that entire months go by without you using that search functionality – yes? I knew it! My powers of assumption appear to be incredibly on-point today. So now that we’ve confirmed you don’t use XP’s built in search on a regular basis, let’s take advantage of this information to speed up your computer a bit, shall we?Today we’ll be turning off your Windows Indexing Service, a service that reduces the performance and speed of your computer by constantly, furiously running in the background in an effort to update an index of alllllll the files on your system – just so that your Windows XP searches will execute as fast as possible. You know, those searches you never conduct. All we need to do to give our Windows Indexing Service a well needed, permanent rest is…Click on Start>Control PanelClick on Add/Remove ProgramsLook over in the left-hand column of the window that pops up. Click Add/Remove Windows ComponentsUncheck “Indexing Service” Bonus tip: If you never use Windows Messenger (and it’s very likely you do not), uncheck that box too!Click Next, then FinishNow just look how fast your computer is zooming about! All done, great job.

I recently came across a wonderful article written by Trenton Moss that discussed the importance of credibility in business websites.Web credibility is all about presenting your business on your website in such a way that you come across as trustworthy and knowledgeable. (And … hopefully you truly *are* both of those things… right?) Making adjustments and updates that result in a more credible website can reap huge rewards for your business, so have a look at Trenton’s five recommendations for making your business website more credible (and therefore more effective):1) You must prove there’s a real organization behind your website.2) Your website needs to provide “sensitive” information.3) All statements and claims should be backed up by third-party evidence.4) There has to be proof that your organization is growing and has clients.5) Your website needs to have an air of professionalism and confidence.If your company has its own website (and I really, really hope it does), I highly recommend you read Trenton’s complete article, which can be found right here: http://tinyurl.com/ybbcy86.

1) http://tinyurl.com/ylpwyuu – Fifty amazingly realistic computer-generated portraits. Several of these works of art will have you scratching your head and thinking, “Wait, what? That isn’t … real??”2) http://tinyurl.com/crmohg – How to mine Twitter for business leads.3) http://tinyurl.com/davnn2 – Mac Users Only: NameChanger saves you oodles of time and effort by quickly renaming batches of files for you, all at once.4) http://lifehacker.com/5342899/ – A popular 2009 “top 10” post on the fantastic Lifehacker blog: “Top 10 Tricks MacGyver would be proud of.” (Fix a car door dent with canned air and a hair dryer, anyone?)5) http://www.pdftoword.com – An excellent (and free!) online PDF-to-Word conversion tool.eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.


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