This is my site for links to Genuine Free Stuff as well as some useful advice. I use most of these programs regularly. It's good gear. It's all worth having.

** April 2014. Major revamp and update for relevance happening, especially now that support for Windows XP has ended, and now that we all are addicted to our Android phones. A lot of old stuff is going.

This post in particular started this whole website...

I have been building and using computers since about the Ice Age, from DOS 3 through to Windows 7.
I have been mucking about with mobile phones for quite some time, using Symbian S60 and then Android.

Press F8 at boot to start in safe mode - Windows XP and 7
To see the details of you computer, download, install and run 'Speccy' - shows Operating System, Firewall, Anti-virus and hardware.
If you think you have a virus, start here 'Free Online Virus Scan'. Try any or all, and be patient.

February 10, 2014

How to pack for holidays - The Universal Packing List

Here's a very handy website that I have used a fair bit, especially when going overseas.

Here's the link - The Universal Packing List.

Generate a custom packing list for any journey.

This was the list it generated for my two week trip to Bali.
Check the expiration date of your passport
Make a lunch
Pet Care
Unplug electrical stuff
Empty all trash cans
Confirm airline tickets
Memorize PIN codes to credit cards
Check out what hospitals are covered by your health insurance
Get travel insurance
Change money
Install or recharge batteries
Get maps
Forward (or hold) delivery of newspapers and magazines

To do for longer trips
Balance your bank account
Wash clothes
Pay the rent and other necessary bills
Plant care
Store away things that are easy to steal
Empty your fridge of perishables
Hold delivery of snail mail

Core vaccinations
Typhus vaccination
Typhoid vaccination
Polio vaccination
Tetanus vaccination
Destination specific vaccinations
Yellow Fever vaccination
Cholera vaccination
Hepatitis vaccination
Plague vaccination
Meningitis vaccination
Japanese B Encephalitis vaccination

Trousers ( Pants, Jeans )
Cap ( Hat )
Sandals ( Flip-flops )
Optional clothes
Swimming trunks ( Bikini )
Beach pants

Money and documents
Vaccination certificate
Insurance certificate ( Health Insurance card )
Paper from your local social insurance office
Credit/ATM cards ( Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express etc )
ID card
Address list (with phone numbers and email addresses)
Optional documents
This packing list
Photocopies of passport and other important documents
International Student Identification Card ( ISIC )
Tourist organization certificate
For carrying money and documents
Paper folder
Airline tickets

Things for packing
Small extra backpack ( Knap sack, Day pack )
Plastic bags ( Ziploc )
Stuff Sack
Small box
Luggage belt
Eating equipment
Multi-tool ( Folding knife )
Miscellaneous equipment
Extra things
Safety pins

Toilet bag ( Bathroom bag, Necessaire )
Toothbrush ( Electric toothbrush with charger )
Sunblock lotion
Extra glasses
Hygiene (optional)
Hair brush
Laundry bag
Fingernail clippers

General health items
Prescription medicine
Sore tape ( Adhesive tape )
Insect repellent
Band-Aids ( Plaster )
First aid kit
Water bottle
Water purifying filter
Pills, tablets and medicines
Water purifying tablets
Motion sickness tablets
Fever tablets
Pain killers
Allergy pills ( Anti-histamines )
Malaria tablets

General electrical items
Cell Phone ( Mobile Phone, Cellular Phone )
Charger to Cell Phone
Wall socket adapter
Flashlight ( Torch )
Bookmark reading light
Extra batteries for your camera, flash, torch, watch, MP3-player, PDA and GPS
Digital Camera equipment
Digital camera
Memory cards
Battery charger for camera

Packed and ready. Cheers. Si
Checked April 2014 for link and relevance - still brilliant.

February 1, 2014

How To check your start up programs using Quick StartUp and . Windows XP and Windows 7. April 2014

Here's my latest find. Use this to check what programs start up at boot - and check what they are too.
It's a free start-up clean-up program called Quick Startup.
Here's the link - Quick StartUp at Glarysoft

It looks like this...

"Quick StartUp organizes applications that auto-run using Registry, Startup folders in the Start menu and Win.ini file.

Do you have a ton of programs that start automatically each time Windows starts? Surely you are not using all of them right away, so there is no sense waiting for all of them to load and to start at the hourglass. Quick Startup allows you inspect, edit, temporary disable or delete such programs.

When you select a startup entry in the list, Quick StartUp displays detailed information on the program in the Details box at the bottom of the window.

You can easily determine whether or not you wish to have the program started on the basis of the Product name and Company. If you have never heard of the company or the product, then the entry is probably not needed.

Click the check box in front of an entry to clear it, and the program will no longer be started the next time you start Windows. In this way, you can find out for certain whether the entry is needed."

If you click the link at the very bottom that says "More Information", it will take you to an online library of most known programs and how relevant they are to your start-up.

Go get it. It's essential stuff.
Cheers. Si.
Checked April 2014 for link and relevance. Still valid for Windows XP and Windows 7 - I used this just two days ago. Still a very useful program with peer voted context.