timeforcake: Computer tip & 5 links
Ever touch your computer and find it’s much, much hotter than you’d expect? It’s easy to shrug overheating off, especially if you don’t notice a change in your computer’s performance. A too-hot computer can cause some serious problems over time, though – like frying your central processing unit (CPU). You don’t want to end up losing data, do you?Fortunately, the fix is often really simple: your computer needs a quick dusting. Just like the space between the bottom of your couch and the floor accumulates dust bunnies if you don’t sweep under there regularly, your computer gets dust bunnies inside its inner workings. Those dust bunnies clog your computer’s cooling vents, which keeps them from doing what they’re supposed to do: allow airflow and stop your computer from overheating. Some computer shops are willing to do a quick dust-out for you, but you’ll wind up paying for the privilege of having someone else do your dirty work. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to do the job yourself. This article from LifeHacker [http://tinyurl.com/4hwpb8r] gives simple step-by-step instructions on effectively dusting out the inside of your computer. All you’ll need is a Phillips head screwdriver, mechanical oil and a can of compressed air.
1. http://tinyurl.com/48xq6tj – A nifty app that allows you to create a blacklist for your Android phone. Block calls and texts for specific numbers, prevent unknown callers or texters from getting through, import multiple contacts into your blacklist, etc.2. http://tinyurl.com/yc6ahuv – An exceptionally well-animated short (8 minutes) from “The Story of Stuff” project called The Story of Bottle Water. Watch this beautifully done animation and learn about the tactics used by the bottled water industry to manufacture demand and encourage Americans to continue buying over half a billion bottles of water… every week.3. http://picresize.com – Crop and/or resize images quickly. No downloads, no signups, no cost. Just upload your file, crop or resize, then save your new file. 4. http://tinyurl.com/6zrh987 – If you have a friend with a tendency to go (horrendously) overboard when IM’ing or texting, try sending him one of these clever/cool/snarky callout cards. (You can find some additional callout card options for “textual harassment” here: http://tinyurl.com/67v3bld)5. http://foxfly.com – A group-messaging service that “makes it easy to keep in touch with the groups that are most important to you.” Share whatever you’d like with private groups and “leave… your other ‘friends’ on Facebook.” Three things you should know: 1) The service is free. 2) You can create as many groups as you’d like, but groups have a max of 15 people each.. 3) The FoxFly App is currently only available for iPhones, but the company is working on versions for Android, Blackberry, and Nokia.erin pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a Web design/development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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