The Need For Speed Computer Style

In my last post I talked about some measures that I’ve taken to speed up my WordPress blog and while this is something I have to do every now and again I’m lucky enough not to have to worry about my PC. I used to worry about it some time back when I used to take ages deleting old files and stuff in order to get the old gal to go a little faster but now I’ve got a little utility to do it for me.

The program I use is called TuneUp Utilities and I’ve set it up to scan my computer every Friday. So, every Friday at 5.15 pm it searches the hard drive and corrects any registry problems, removes invalid shortcuts, frees up disk space and optimizes hard disk performance.  As you can see from the following image of the start page although my PC is fully optimized I have one problem that threatens my overall computer health. Clicking on the link tells me that I haven’t checked the hard drive for errors over the last three months and that I should check it for errors using Tuneup Disk Doctor which it’s now doing as I write this post.

I admit it, I’ve been slack because although it does a rudimentary cleanup of the system during it’s weekly checkup I do need to manually optimize it occasionally just so as to make sure it doesn’t delete files that I still need.

What I like most about it is it’s ease of use as everything works at a click of the mouse and whenever it comes across a problem it tells me clearly what it is and gives me a selection of solutions that will resolve the problem that is easy to follow. Just as an example, as part of the optimization process it presented me with a list of programs that were rarely used and upon my order removed them from the computer. A whole lot easier than going through the ‘Add Remove Programs’ Windows option.

So, just to summarize here are some of the tasks that TuneUp Utilities will do for you.

  • Secure data protection
  • Reliable data recovery
  • Dependable registry cleaning
  • User friendly controls
  • Simple and thorough 1-click maintenance
  • Individual Windows styling

If your computer isn’t running at it’s optimum level perhaps it’s time you tackled the problem by utilizing TuneUp Utilities arsenal and what better way than by making use of their free trial offer.

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Skysa Could be The Coolest Add On For Any Blog

I know how observant all of you are and so I reckon you’ve all noticed that cool looking bar at the bottom of my blog and have probably been wondering what it was all about. Well I’m here to put your mind at ease by telling you a little about my latest addition to WassupBlog, my Skysa App Bar!

The first thing you should know is that it’s free. The next thing is that it’s really easy to install, just one line of code, and from what I can see it doesn’t seem to slow the page load at all, and that is very important.

Once installed on your blog you can change the settings from the main website, adding Apps as you see fit, and any changes you make will automatically show on your Skysa Bar.  I’ve gone for the chat room, sorry members only; a simple text ticker; a bar that will translate the blog into other languages, although this tends to take awhile; a comment app that funny enough allows people to leave comments; an announcement app that allows you to make announcements to your readers; my twitter link and a few apps that allow users to share content using popular social sites such as Twitter, Digg and the like. These are only a few of the many apps available and apparently there are a lot more to come.

Once you’ve installed the app I would suggest you promote it because as an affiliate you get paid a dollar for every person who installs it, and 25 cents for everyone that signs up under them. Now that’s not a bad deal at all, and it all get’s paid into your PayPal account.

As I’m writing this I’ve noticed the language app doesn’t seem to be doing anything so I left a post on their forum and I reckon it will be interesting to see how long before they come to my aid.

Language app aside I am pretty impressed with it and I must thank John of PotPolitics fame for bringing it to my attention.

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Using Your Website As A Marketing Tool

I was lucky enough to get hold of an eBook written by Mitch, a well known blogger who amongst other blogs runs the popular I’m Just Sharing Blog, and I thought only fitting that I write a review of it.

In Mitch’s eBook, Using Your Website As A Marketing Tool, he outlines the importance a website can play as part of any marketing campaign and how as a small business you could be missing out on the huge potential by not having one.  Mitch also stresses that while it is important to have a website you don’t want one that is poorly designed or looks cheap, for obvious reasons.

Unlike some eBooks that I’ve read that tells you to do something but doesn’t tell you why you should do it this eBook states reasons for why things should be done, starting off with the reasons as to why you should have a website. I find that this will be more acceptable to the average reader as the reason for getting any book is to learn all the ins and outs.

Mitch then asks the same question but states that perhaps some people shouldn’t have a website. At first I found this a little unusual, but once I started reading I understood what Mitch was getting at. There’s a fair bit involved with having a good website and that perhaps some people could not afford to have a professionally designed one. Rather than opt for a cheesy cheap one they’d be better off not having one at all.

The eBook then goes on to explain everything that’s involved in owning and maintaining a good website. Something that everyone who is thinking of starting one should know. You will learn about domains and their relative costs, hosting and even the importance of design, with some samples thrown in for good measure.

Considering it’s just over 50 pages long Mitch has managed to put a fair bit of information into the eBook, including simple HTML coding, discussing CSS, SEO, Keywords, just about everything you need to know if you were thinking of starting your own website.

What this book doesn’t do is to show you how to actually build a website from scratch. What it does do is show you what’s involved in having a website and how a good website can help your marketing strategy. Armed with this book you will have a better idea as to what avenue to follow when the time comes for you to have your own website.

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