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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 - Remove EXIF Tags When Publishing to Facebook, Flickr


SUMMARY: Remove file metadata such as EXIF tags when uploading photos and videos to Facebook, Flickr, Windows Live, or other services via Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011.


When uploading photos via Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 to "the cloud", such as to Facebook, Flickr, or Windows Live, files may have embedded hidden metadata. These details may include the camera manufacturer, snapshot parameters such as the exposure time, or GPS location information. An example is the JPEG format, which may contain EXIF or other metadata.

If you'd rather this information not be published, you may want to use external software to manually remove the information from your files. Or, keep this information in your file copies, but have Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 remove all metadata before publishing:

1. Click the menu button near the top-left of the Gallery window.

2. Select "Options" from the pop-up menu.

Or, just press Alt + F then O.

3. The "Windows Live Photo Gallery Options" dialog box appears. Click the "Publish" tab.

4. Underneath "Publish settings", click the "Remove all file details" radio button. Note that you can click "Include all file details except for the following" and manually check/uncheck detail groups, but as the software warns you, that option may not remove all appropriate metadata.

Removing file details when publishing via Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

5. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

This tip was written regarding Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 Build 15.4.3502.922 running on a Windows Vista system. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.



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Underground Elephant Named Finalist in 2011 Stevie® Awards for...

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) January 18, 2011

Underground Elephant, a leader in online marketing and lead generation, was named a Finalist today in the National Sales Team of the Year category in the fifth annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.

The awards are presented by the Stevie® Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious American Business Awards. More than 800 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted to this year’s competition, an increase of more than 60 percent over 2010.

Underground Elephant has excelled in the education vertical as a direct result of a highly-accomplished and outstanding sales team. The sales team made a significant impact when they broke the barrier of entry into a competitive industry of more than 300 companies in June 2010. Within three months, Underground Elephant’s sales team was generating high-quality leads for the top for-profit colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

“Our sales department initially started as a two-person team and rapidly grew to 10 people within three months,” said Jason Kulpa, Founder and CEO of Underground Elephant. “Our team has proven to overcome the struggles associated with such substantial growth while maintaining quality and the highest level of customer service.”

Underground Elephant’s sales team has aligned themselves as a key performer across all vendors. Starting with only four clients in June 2010, the team has added 50 clients and over 150 schools to Underground Elephant’s esteemed client roster.

Today, allocation continues to increase each month across all clients. In 2010, the team broke year-end goals by 212 percent, generating over $3.5 million in revenue for Underground Elephant in six months. The team continues to generate over $1 million a month in revenue and has set their 2011 goals high at $20 million in the education vertical alone. Underground Elephant expects its sales department to expand in size and add additional team members as they continue to excel and generate high revenue for the company.

“Being named a Finalist in the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of international recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”

“I am extremely happy with the team’s level of dedication and proud that Underground Elephant has been named as a Finalist,” said Kulpa.

Winners will be announced during a gala banquet on Monday, February 21 at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Nominated customer service and sales executives from the U.S.A. and several other countries are expected to attend.

Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors will select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place January 24 - February 4. Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at http://www.stevieawards.com/sales.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at http://www.stevieawards.com. Sponsors of the 5th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include American Support, Infogroup, the Sales Management Association, and ValueSelling Associates.

About Underground Elephant
Underground Elephant generates high-quality leads in the education and financial sectors. They abide to the highest quality standards and continually strive towards improving user experience. Underground Elephant generates 100 percent of their traffic internally through paid and organic search methods and controls traffic from start to finish, creating value for their clients even after delivery. Underground Elephant is quickly establishing itself as an industry leader in online direct marketing--currently ranked as the 11th largest ad agency in San Diego. The organization is determined to create a movement and win-win relationships between advertisers and publishers through a tireless emphasis on integrity and quality.

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Colbi Stone
Underground Elephant
858.356.6022
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New England VMUG: DataCore Showcases Real World Case Studies and Its...

Foxborough, MA (PRWEB) January 18, 2011

At the New England VMware User Group meeting, DataCore Software, the premier provider of storage virtualization software, will present the economic advantages of a software-based storage infrastructure and will showcase many joint VMware and DataCore customer case studies to the nearly 1000 expected attendees at Gillette Stadium.

The New England VMware User Group meeting takes place January 20, 2011 and runs from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The location is Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035. DataCore Software is a Gold Sponsor of this event.

VMware vSphere solutions have modernized data centers, but the highly-available shared storage on which they depend are often too costly and not open and flexible. Storage has proved to be the biggest single source of downtime and slowdowns due to the degree of disk storage-related disruptions and I/O performance bottlenecks.

Attend the DataCore breakout session "Eliminate Storage-Related Downtime and Bottlenecks in Virtualized Environments" located on the Blue Level in Room 24 to learn what other users are doing and how you can:
    Eliminate single points of failure for 100% Uptime     Gain a 200% performance boost     Attain additional performance from your storage resources     Realize 60% cost savings

Hear how others are realizing the true promise of software-based virtual infrastructures and discover how your colleagues are reaping the benefits of combining VMware and software-based storage virtualization from DataCore. Showcased VMware and DataCore customers include:

    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists     Dinwiddie County Government     Town of South Windsor

Don't miss the opportunity to meet and discuss your IT environment issues with the DataCore team and enter our drawing to win DataCore storage virtualization software.

Software-based storage virtualization has been lauded as a "game changer" in a number of reports, including: InformationWeek's 'Storage Anonymous' Cover Story. Link: http://tinyurl.com/28qesna

More Details: New England VMware User Group

http://campaign.vmware.com/usergroup/invites/NewEngland_1-20-11.html

About DataCore Software

DataCore Software develops the storage virtualization software needed to get the highest availability, fastest performance and maximum utilization from storage resources in physical and virtual IT environments. It provides the critical third dimension on which the success of server and desktop virtualization projects hinge, regardless of the models and brands of storage devices used. For more information, call (877) 780-5111 or visit http://www.datacore.com.

DataCore and the DataCore logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Other DataCore product or service names or logos referenced herein are trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:

Stuart Smith
DataCore Software
954-377-6032
stuart(dot)smith(at)datacore(dot)com and publicrelations(at)datacore(dot)com

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Toni Iafrate
Davies Murphy Group (DMG)
781-418-2406
tiafrate(at)daviesmurphy(dot)com

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Miscellaneous Software - Free Software to Jiggle the Mouse to Stop the Screensaver


SUMMARY: Help prevent the screensaver from starting or the computer from going to sleep with the freeware Mouse Jiggler.


Windows users - are you waiting for a download to complete and want to monitor its progress from across the room? Are you watching a long Internet video or listening to music while a visualization is playing? Or are you scanning an interesting or important auto-refreshed Twitter feed?

Depending on your configuration, do any of the above and your screensaver might activate, your monitor might blank, or worse your computer may go to sleep or hibernate. To help stop this from happening without delving through a myriad of configuration items you can run "Mouse Jiggler" (sometimes called "MouseJiggle").

"Mouse Jiggler" does one simple task - it "jiggles" or moves the mouse pointer when you are not moving it yourself. This movement should stop idle processes from activating such as running a screensaver. While you might find the animated pointer interesting, it can make normal computer use difficult, so after running the software check "Zen jiggle" to fake the mouse movement signal to Windows without actually having the pointer move around.

More information and a download link can be found at the following site. Note that this requires the Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0 Redistributable if not already installed on your system:

* Mouse Jiggler

This tip was written regarding Mouse Jiggler v1.2 running on a Windows Vista system. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.


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Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition

In the last few months you may have seen previews and news stories regarding Intel's new Core i7 desktop processor family, formerly known as Nehalem. Today, we're able to publish our impressions of Intel's new chip and ultimately its new platform. We've selected the flagship, $999 Core i7-965 Extreme Edition CPU to represent the Core i7 family, which at launch later this month will include three other processors, starting at $284. These new chips all require a new chipset, which will only exist at first by way of a very expensive new motherboard. We don't ... Expand full review

In the last few months you may have seen previews and news stories regarding Intel's new Core i7 desktop processor family, formerly known as Nehalem. Today, we're able to publish our impressions of Intel's new chip and ultimately its new platform. We've selected the flagship, $999 Core i7-965 Extreme Edition CPU to represent the Core i7 family, which at launch later this month will include three other processors, starting at $284. These new chips all require a new chipset, which will only exist at first by way of a very expensive new motherboard. We don't expect mainstream users will adopt Core i7 in any variation at first, at least until the motherboard prices come down. But the well-heeled performance hounds who do make the leap will enjoy the fastest consumer CPUs on the market.

Core i7 has enough architecture changes to require a brand new connection design between the chip and the motherboard. This is no small change, because Intel has stuck with the LGA775 (land grid array) chip socket since the days of Pentium 4. The new socket design, LGA1366, will not accept any older Intel CPUs, nor will Core i7 work on any older motherboards.


Core i7 remains as pinless as older Intel CPUs, but it's otherwise all new.

Unlike a new socket design, new chipsets aren't uncommon with updated Intel CPUs. The last three Extreme Edition chips Intel has launched each required its own new motherboard circuitry, and Core i7 is no different. Intel's new Core i7-supporting X58 chipset will only appear in very high-end boards. We conducted this review with the Intel Extreme Motherboard DX58SO board, and we've already reported on a new X58 board from Asus. Expect Gigabyte, MSI, and Intel's other typical board partners to introduce their own new X58 boards, and we expect prices will stay at or around the $300 mark. For this reason, Core i7 will remain an enthusiast CPU until Intel introduces a more moderate, mass consumption-friendly Core i7-compatible chipset.

Faster memory access
The reason for this platform shift has to do in part with a fundamental design change in Intel's CPU architecture. As has long been rumored, Intel has finally adopted an integrated memory controller into its Core i7 CPUs. What this means is that instead of the CPU communicating with a separate controller on the motherboard before it can talk to the system memory, Core i7 can save a step, and essentially receive data from the system RAM directly.


Intel's new Extreme Motherboard DX58SO.

AMD adopted this integrated controller strategy in the early days of its Athlon dual-core processors, and it was one of the factors that led them to dominate the competing Intel Pentium D CPUs of that generation. Through superior design since then, Intel has regained its performance lead over AMD, and we suspect that by adding the on-chip memory controller to Core i7, Intel has only made it more difficult for AMD to find a design advantage moving forward.

A potential complication here is that the new memory controller has three channels to the RAM. That means that unlike most desktop setups, which involve two or four memory sticks, Core i7 systems will want memory sticks in multiples of three. Hence why Intel shipped our test system with only 3GB of RAM (we got creative with a 2x1GB, 1x2GB RAM configuration, for 4GB total for testing), and why in high-end PCs that use the new X58 platform, 3GB, 6GB, and 12GB configurations will be common. X58 will also only support DDR3 RAM, whose prices have thankfully come down over the past year.

Four cores, sometimes eight
If you've followed Intel's chips designs over the years, the term "Hyperthreading" shouldn't be unfamiliar. This technology lets Intel simulate more processing threads on top of its old dual-core Pentium 4 chips. It abandoned that strategy with the Core 2 family, but Intel has resurrected it with Core i7, and it's why you'll see eight processing threads when you bring up Windows' system performance screen. Few day-to-day programs will benefit from Hyperthreading, and it's more of a situational benefit for processing reliability and the scant few applications that can actually support so many threads. Core i7 will eventually hit eight native cores on a single CPU, or 16 processing streams with Hyperthreading, but Intel has not made it clear when that will happen. It may be worth the wait, if you know you'll need that much parallelism, but few consumers will.

Multigraphics agnostic
Another significant change with the Core i7/X58 landscape had to do with graphics cards. Intel's Skulltrail platform of last year supported both standards as well, but the specialized CPUs that made the board worthwhile were prohibitively expensive. With the X58 chipset, yes, it comes on an expensive motherboard, but you can purchase a Core i7 chip to go with it for less than $300. The Core 2 Extreme QX9775 Skulltrail CPU started at $1,500. Gamers who stay current with graphics cards should be especially happy with this flexibility, as changing 3D card vendors will no longer require a wholesale system rebuild.

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We tested both SLI and Crossfire setups on our Core i7 test bed and found both worked without trouble, requiring nothing more than installing the hardware and appropriate graphics-driver software as you would normally. As for their performance, AMD has issued a series of so-called "hot-fix" drivers to improve compatibility and frame rates of its cards with various PC games, which suggests that its software still needs to work out a few kinks on X58. Nvidia has not been shy to point out this fact (its beta drivers have worked fine), but we also find it telling that all three of the high-priced Core i7 gaming desktops we're currently reviewing come with multicard AMD configurations.

A quicker path
Finally, the last major change with Core i7 is the introduction of what Intel's calling the QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). Essentially this is the Intel version of AMD's HyperTransport interface between the CPU and the chipset. The major impact of the QPI for consumers is that Intel uses different QPI ratings to distinguish the Core i7-965 Extreme Edition from the non-Extreme Core i7 chips. Rated by Gigatransfers per second (Gigatransfers, or GT, refers to a million transfers of data), the Extreme Edition comes in at 6.4GT/sec, where the non-Extreme versions handle only 4.8GT/sec. In addition to that speed advantage, Intel also ships the Extreme version with an unlocked clock multiplier, which means it can be overclocked. The standard Core i7's will have to remain at their shipping speeds.

Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition

To put the Core i7-965 Extreme Edition in perspective, we compared it with the year-old Core 2 Extreme QX9650. The Core i7 boasts a faster clock speed and an L3 cache shared by the four cores that's four times larger than that of the older chip. With the integrated RAM controller on Core i7 replacing the need for a front side bus, the platforms are quite different from each other, so the specs don't tell the whole story. The performance results speak more clearly.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition

Adobe Photoshop CS3 test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition

CineBench 10
(Longer bars indicate faster performance)
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition

CPU-limited Far Cry 2
(1,024 x 768, low-quality, no AA/AF)
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition

Power consumption (in watts)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition

The Core i7 chip is faster than the QX9650 on every test, but we were most impressed by the CineBench multicore test and the Far Cry 2 benchmark, where Intel's new CPU established a sizable performance advantage. Gamers and digital-media editors may likely have assumed that Core i7 is worth their attention. As we can see from our testing, any such assumption is clearly justified.

We should add that the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 was actually surpassed earlier by the Core 2 Extreme QX9770, a $1,500 CPU that uses Intel's X48 chipset. Time constraints prevented us from testing that CPU as well, but based on early results from PC World Greece (via Engadget), it appears that Core i7 trounces that chip as well. We expect the Web will flood with reviews of the entire Core i7 family at the same time that this review launches. We encourage anyone considering a new CPU purchase to read as much coverage as possible to make the most informed buying decision. Any CPU with a $999 price tag merits careful consideration.

Power consumption
You'll note from our power-consumption tests that the Core i7 consumes almost the exact same amount of energy both at idle and while under load. We didn't expect major gains here, as each chip uses the same 45 nanometer process, runs at a similar clock speed, and with roughly the same number of transistors. Typically Intel gains power efficiency with chips introduced in a "tock" year, which involves a more efficient design of the chips from a "tick" year such as these. The Core i7-965 Extreme may have improved its relative power usage, in that it uses fewer transistors to do more work and at faster clock speeds than the older Core 2 Extreme chips. But anyone building a system with this new processor should expect to need an equivalently beefy power supply, especially if you intend to add multiple graphics cards and hard drives.

Find out more about how we test desktop systems.

System configurations:
Intel Core i7-956 Extreme Edition
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit; Intel DX58SO motherboard 4GB Kingston 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 graphics card; 74GB Western Digital 10,000 rpm hard drive

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit; Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition motherboard; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX280; 74GB Western Digital 10,000 rpm hard drive

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InterDyn AKA Announces New Executive Vice President of Sales and...

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 17, 2011

InterDyn AKA, a leading gold certified Microsoft partner announced Jim Bretschneider as executive vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role, Mr. Bretschneider will be responsible for the continued expansion of InterDyn AKA’s sales and marketing initiatives to achieve significant growth in revenue and profitability within key vertical markets and the Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM product lines.

"Bretschneider is a proven leader with a superior track record for accelerating growth and increasing software sales through a vertical market strategy,” said Alan Kahn, Co-CEO, InterDyn AKA. “Bretschneider’s eighteen-plus years of management experience will continue to solidify InterDyn AKA as a leading provider of Microsoft Business Solutions. He is ideally suited to drive InterDyn AKA’s aggressive growth plans particularly with the Dynamics AX, GP and CRM products and within our key vertical markets, media and entertainment and multi-channel retail. We are looking forward to him driving our strategic business initiatives and we are thrilled to have him on our team.”

Bretschneider’s executive leadership experience includes building and improving professional services organizations as well as selling and delivering advanced business solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics. Having served as managing director at Columbus IT USA Inc., he brings an extensive background in building successful sales teams and producing rapid and profitable growth. Bretschneider brings extensive experience in strategic account engagement and management, business and IT consulting for Fortune 500 and global companies and sales and implementation of Microsoft Dynamics Business Solutions in the USA, Europe and Asia.

“InterDyn AKA is a highly respected Microsoft partner and I am very excited to be part of this team and look forward to playing a major role in the growth and expansion of the firm. This synergistic match will contribute to the companies’ ongoing alignment with Microsoft’s vertical strategy, whose vision is to have partners develop industry expertise and specialize in the development of industry solutions. InterDyn AKA’s deep industry expertise in the media and entertainment industry and their leading edge IP, DynamicsADvantage for GP and DynamicsADvantage for CRM in addition to their innovative Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions for multi-channel retail, further ensure a positive impact on earnings and will enhance new growth opportunities to expand their customer base within these vertical segments,” says Bretschneider.

About InterDyn AKA
InterDyn AKA is a leading Gold Certified partner dedicated to the sales, consulting, training and support of Microsoft Dynamics Business Solutions. InterDyn AKA focuses specifically on implementing and creating solutions around the Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains),Microsoft Dynamics AX (Axapta) and Microsoft Dynamics CRM applications and Microsoft based portals and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. As an InterDyn company, InterDyn AKA offers the advantage of specialized talents and industry expertise of more than 500 certified professionals supporting more than 3,500 customers worldwide. For more information about InterDyn AKA visit http://www.interdynaka.com.

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Codero Supports WebMatrix for Help in Configuring and Operating...

Lenexa, KS (Vocus/PRWEB) January 18, 2011

Optimized hosting infrastructure provider, Codero, now supports the debut of the new Microsoft WebMatrix for web development. This tool is available for anyone who wants to create a website and publish it on the Internet. When the user is ready to publish their site on the web, they can simply select Codero as their hosting provider for their website. Codero is one of an exclusive group of providers to be asked by Microsoft to be a hosting partner for the launch of WebMatrix.

WebMatrix was released in 13 languages January 13, 2011. The variety of templates and pre-built web applications available within WebMatrix makes it appropriate for every kind of user. Whether the developer uses WordPress or Joomla, the product is noted for being a simple and seamless way to get a website on the Internet.

The WebMatrix tool allows the creation of websites in two main ways: starting with open-source applications like Wordpress/Umbraco and Drupal; and creating them from scratch using HTML, CSS/ and JavaScript and ASP.Net Web Pages with “Razor” syntax.

“Codero embraces the opportunity to help make developers’ busy lives easier through a product such as this,” said Taylor Giddens, Director, Dedicated Services. “WebMatrix is a very simple way to build websites. You can start coding, testing and deploying your own site without worrying about configuring your own web server or managing databases. WebMatrix is just one of many ways Codero can support you with your hosting.”

About Codero
A leading provider of optimized hosting infrasctructure, Codero creates flexible, scalable solutions using dedicated and managed hosting. All Codero services and products are backed by SAS 70 Type II secure data centers, live 24/7/365 U.S.-based support and a seasoned staff with international experience in the hosting business for over 15 years. An industry innovator, Codero has a customer loyalty Rewards Program and offers green hosting from the Phoenix, Arizona data center and four points of presence. For more information about Codero, please visit http://www.codero.com.

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Western Digital WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit

The Western Digital Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit is very similar to the well-thought-out five-port Linksys PLK300 kit. However, it's much faster and offers three more network ports.

If you are looking to extend your network to the far corner of your basement at home, at around $110, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit is possibly the best deal among existing powerline adapter kits on the market.

Design, setup, and features
The Livewire kit comes with two identical powerline adapters, and each has four network ports. This means at the far end one adapter can host up to ... Expand full review

The Western Digital Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit is very similar to the well-thought-out five-port Linksys PLK300 kit. However, it's much faster and offers three more network ports.

If you are looking to extend your network to the far corner of your basement at home, at around $110, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit is possibly the best deal among existing powerline adapter kits on the market.

Design, setup, and features
The Livewire kit comes with two identical powerline adapters, and each has four network ports. This means at the far end one adapter can host up to four Ethernet-ready network devices out of the box. At the end where the other adapter is connected to the router, instead of losing one network port for it, you now gain three more, as the adapter can also work as a hub.

This is a great design, as you can use the two adapters interchangeably and don't have to worry about getting an extra hub to support the powerline connection in case you have already used up the router's ports. In the case of the Linksys PLK300 kit, the two adapters are different and can only be used at a specific end of the powerline connection.

The WD Livewire adapters themselves are rather bulky, about the size of a small squarish four-port hub. They have an on/off power switch and a sync button. Pressing on these buttons within 2 minutes of each other will create a private connection between the two adapters, preventing other HomePlug AV powerline adapters from connecting to them. This is a quick security feature to keep those living in the same apartment building from tapping into your local network or the Internet connection by using another powerline adapter.


The WD Livewire comes with a software application that helps manages the powerline connection.

When you want to disable this security feature to make the WD Livewire adapters work with other HomePlug AV adapters, you just need to reset them by sticking a pin into the tiny reset hole on the bottom.

Like all HomePlug AV adapters, the WD Livewire kit is not designed to work with power strips or surge protectors and needs to be plugged into the wall directly. We tried the adapters with a few power strips anyway, and they actually worked with some. However, they indeed didn't work with any surge protectors.

Each of the WD Livewire adapters comes with a standard detachable, relatively slim power cable, which allows you to place the adapter away from the power socket. The adapters automatically support the voltage ranging from 100V to 240V, meaning they can be used anywhere in the world.

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Like all other HomePlugAV powerline adapters, it's easy to set up the WD Livewire kit. You first connect one of the adapters to the existing network's router (or hub) and the other to devices at the far corner of the house to which you want to extend the network. After that you just need to plug both adapters into the power source and that's it. You just made yourself a powerline connection.

In case this is somehow still not clear enough, the WD Livewire also comes with a CD that contains a well-illustrated flash application to walk you through via a few steps. There's also a similarly well-illustrated setup poster included in the package.

The CD also has the WD Livewire utility software that helps manage and view the adapter's performance or upgrade the adapter's firmware.

Performance
The WD Livewire kit offered the best throughput performance among powerline adapter kits we've reviewed.

The kit consistently scored 40Mbps, significantly faster than the 32.5Mbps of the once-fastest Linksys PLK300 kit. This is a sustained throughput speed; we tested the adapters by moving a large amount of data from one computer to another via the powerline connection. At this speed the kit transferred 500MB of data in about 100 seconds. This is a comparable speed to that of fast wireless-N routers. Note, though, that this speed depends on the electrical wiring of the house/building where the kit is used, so the result may vary in your particular situation.

While this is a noticeable boost compared to other powerline adapters, the WD Livewire kit isn't able to stream high-def content as well as Western Digital claims. In our anecdotal tests, it worked fine with contents at 720p or lower. With 1080p, especially with Blu-ray bit rate, we experienced a delay and choppiness, even when we streamed just one movie to one client a time.

All in all, however, we found that the WD Livewire kit is the best among HomePlug AV adapters and it is a great alternative to a wireless connection.

Powerline adapter performance (in megabits per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Service and support
Western Digital backs the Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit with just a one-year warranty for the North America market, even though it offers a two-year warranty in Europe. The company's Web site is an excellent resource for support-related matters; it has a comprehensive list of forums, knowledge bases, driver downloads, installation help, and FAQs. Technical support is also available via live chat, e-mail, and phone.

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Heated Mouse on CBS News - The Early Show & YouTube

North Palm Springs, CA (PRWEB) January 17, 2011

Just in time for chilly work environments and frozen fingertips, the Heated Mouse by ValueRays® made its debut on CBS News - The Early Show with High Tech and Toasty Gadgets to Keep You Warm! Erica Hill and Brett Larson presented the heated tech gadgets segment and featured the Heated Mouse on January 11, 2011.

"It was a delightful surprise to receive an email from Early Show Producer Greg Tufaro about the Heated Mouse," said Anna Miller of ValueRays®, "We've always known the Heated Mouse was a great invention, and now CBS News shared the warming mouse with TV viewers everywhere!"

The Heated Mouse is available in two styles and prices range from $30-$35 with free USA shipping and no sales tax nationwide at HeatedMouse.com.

The special warm mouse is designed using a carbon fiber heating element making the heat generated from the mouse "infrared heat." Infrared heat warms the object not the air around it to create deep penetrating warmth through the skin's layers to the muscle tissue. People with arthritis, Raynauds, poor circulation, carpal tunnel and other hand ailments enjoy the infrared heat generated by the heated computer mouse.

YouTube features a viral video called Hot & Sexy - In Your Hand! Search YouTube for Heated Mouse. At the end of the video, there's a coupon code for 10% off at HeatedMouse.com. Make sure to watch the video to get the 10% off coupon code.

ValueRays® Infrared Heated Gadgets are available online at ValueRays.com and HeatedMouse.com. There are deep discounts available because the more you buy, the more you save. See the websites for more details.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Google Chrome - View and Manage Your Tabs in a Vertical List


SUMMARY: Manage tabs in Google Chrome via a popup with the "Vertical Tabs" extension.


If you open many tabs in Google Chrome, unless you have a very wide monitor or browser window extending multiple monitors, you cannot view the page titles of each tab in their entireties onscreen. While you can hover over a tab to view one full title, if you need to manage your tabs, wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to view all titles simultaneously?

The "VerticalTabs" extension for Google Chrome allows you to manage your tabs in a different way, via a vertical list you can display as a popup with the click of a button. Once opened you can rearrange tabs in the list, close tabs, or if you have a lot of tabs opened, search for opened tabs.

Managing tabs in Google Chrome via the "VerticalTabs" extension

To install:

1. From Google Chrome, visit the "VerticalTabs" page.

2. Click the "Install" button.

Installing the "VerticalTabs" extension

Once installed, to open the list of tabs vertically in a popup, just click the new VerticalTabs button that appears in the Toolbar.

You can configure the extension by right-clicking the button and selecting "Options". Change the width of the popup, adjust the title line size, and toggle whether or not the number of tabs should appear in the button. You can also see keyboard shortcuts that work when viewing the popup.

Configuring the "VerticalTabs" extension for Google Chrome

This tip was written regarding Google Chrome v9.0.597.47 beta and the "VerticalTabs" extension v2.0.1 running on a Windows Vista machine. Features, information, and screenshots are subject to change between versions and operating systems.



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CoreSite/CENX Data Center Agreement Accelerates Growth of the World’s...

Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) January 18, 2011

CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR), a national provider of powerful, network-rich data centers, and CENX, Inc., operator of the world’s first and most connected Carrier Ethernet Exchanges, today announced the execution of an agreement enabling CENX to offer its Carrier Ethernet Exchange services in CoreSite data centers. The agreement supports CENX expansion to new markets, including the Bay Area, Boston, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC as well as additional data centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

The increased data center presence readies CENX for immediate growth, with some industry analysts projecting the Carrier Ethernet market to hit $40 billion by 2014. CoreSite’s data center offering creates an efficient, reliable deliverable to Exchange members with a single data center provider to uphold service level agreements and uptime guarantees. CoreSite data centers are SAS 70 certified, with 99.999% uptime posted across the portfolio since its inception.

CENX will own and operate its Carrier Ethernet Exchange services, with CoreSite’s network-dense data centers providing national access points. CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchanges offer access to more than 15 million Ethernet Service Locations (ESLs), the most of any Carrier Ethernet Exchange provider (based on published data). CENX Exchange members benefit from extended network reach, route optimization and diversification, and cost savings. At full deployment, CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchange services are expected to be available to all of CoreSite’s 600+ data center customers.

“At CoreSite, our mission is to find new ways to deliver increased value to every customer, while focusing on what we do best: data centers and peering,” said Thomas M. Ray, president and CEO of CoreSite. “The agreement with CENX enables our data center customers to benefit immediately from Carrier Ethernet services with a leading provider, augmenting the range of interconnection and peering currently available in our data centers. We believe that the CENX platform will create additional value to our customers, who currently rely upon CoreSite to facilitate or provide over 9,000 interconnections making Internet and other forms of communication increasingly efficient, responsive and reliable.”

“As a result of CoreSite’s extensive data center presence, CENX is well-positioned for significant growth,” said Nan Chen, President of CENX. “As the world’s first, largest and most connected Carrier Ethernet Exchanges, we believe that combining our services with CoreSite’s strong, well-connected data centers and our innovation in integrating Carrier Ethernet services, IP, voice, and video connections over a single or protected high-speed connection, we will provide an extremely compelling platform for service and content providers alike.”

About CoreSite
CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR) delivers powerful, network-rich data centers that optimize, secure and interconnect the mission-critical IT assets of the world’s top organizations. 600+ customers, including Global 1000 enterprises, cloud providers, financial firms, and Government agencies, choose CoreSite for reliability, service and expertise in delivering customized, flexible data center solutions. CoreSite offers private data centers and suites, cage-to-cabinet colocation, and interconnection services, such as Any2, CoreSite’s Internet exchange. The company’s portfolio comprises more than two million square feet, including space held for redevelopment and development, and provides access to 200+ network service providers via 11 data centers in seven key U.S. economic centers. Obtain more information at http://www.CoreSite.com.

About CENX
CENX, Inc., operates the world’s first and most connected Carrier Ethernet exchanges. CENX delivers award-winning, carrier-neutral, location-neutral, Carrier Ethernet exchange services to global, regional and local telecom/ internet service providers. CENX interconnects service providers’ Carrier Ethernet networks worldwide, providing access to more than 15 million Ethernet Service Locations. CENX’s several 2010 innovation and service awards included Best New Telecom Service. CENX simplifies, integrates, monitors and expedites services, enabling vast revenue opportunities, dramatic cost-saving and Carrier Ethernet global ubiquity -- a foundation for next generation telecommunications networks. Through its work in the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) and in the industry, the CENX management team has played a leading role in the definition of standards and the development of the Carrier Ethernet market over the past nine years. For more information please contact CENX at info(at)cenx(dot)com, +1 847 905 1020, or visit http://www.cenx.com.

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Asus Eee PC 1005HA (Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, XP Home, white)

Editors' note: We've reviewed a more recent retail-exclusive version of the Asus Eee PC 1005HA, called the Asus 1005HAGB-BBY-BK01X.

We were very fond of the previous version of Asus' Eee PC, the 1008HA, which represented a radical design change from the boxy Eee PCs of the past. But its high-end (for a Netbook) price, at $429, slipped just over the line for many, and its nonremovable battery wasn't as long-lasting as we've seen in other Eee PCs.

The latest revision, called the 1005HA, keeps the slim, tapered design but ditches the somewhat cumbersome cover flaps on the

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Editors' note: We've reviewed a more recent retail-exclusive version of the Asus Eee PC 1005HA, called the Asus 1005HAGB-BBY-BK01X.

We were very fond of the previous version of Asus' Eee PC, the 1008HA, which represented a radical design change from the boxy Eee PCs of the past. But its high-end (for a Netbook) price, at $429, slipped just over the line for many, and its nonremovable battery wasn't as long-lasting as we've seen in other Eee PCs.

The latest revision, called the 1005HA, keeps the slim, tapered design but ditches the somewhat cumbersome cover flaps on the ports and adds a more traditional six-cell battery. This means a slightly thicker and heavier system, but also one that's our current Netbook battery life leader. Add in a slightly shaved price tag, down to a more reasonable $389 (although some perfectly usable Netbooks are down to $299), and you have what may be our new go-to Netbook choice.

Mobile Intel GMA 950 (integrated)System weight / Weight with AC adapter

The design of the 1005HA is based on the (slightly slimmer) 1008HA model. There's a tapered front lip, but the new model lacks some of the space-saving features of the 1008HA, such as the angled Ethernet jack and hidden mini-VGA port. Rather than a potentially smaller SSD drive, there's a standard 160GB HDD inside, augmented by a free 10GB online data storage subscription for backing up files to a remote server.

While slightly thicker and heavier than other recent Netbooks, it's still a vast improvement over the first few generations of mini laptops, which had a universally boxy, toylike feel. Our review unit was glossy black, which was prone to picking up fingerprints; blue is also available.

The flat, wide keyboard, similar to what we saw on the Eee PC 1008HA, is among the better Netbook keyboards we've used, and the full-size right Shift key is one of those things you don't realize is very important until it goes missing. The touch pad is demarcated by a rectangle of raised dots on the wrist rest, and works well, although we found ourselves going into the touch pad settings and jacking up the default pointer speed.

A single quick-access button above the keyboard is for disabling the touch pad (handy if you're using an external USB mouse), and Asus' different preset power profiles are accessible by hitting the FN key plus the space bar. New to this model is a software suite that acts as a software dock popping out of the top of the screen (by default, but switchable). From there, you can access functions such as screen brightness presets and media players. Most Netbook users we talk to are no-nonsense types who just want to surf the Web or send e-mail, so learning the ins and outs of a proprietary menu bar system may not be high in the list of priorities.

The 10.1-inch LED display offers a 1,024x600 native resolution, which is standard for a Netbook, although higher-end systems are starting to add 1,366x768 display options. The backlit LED allows the lid to be very thin, and also use less power than a more traditional LCD display.

Average for category [Netbook]Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacksEthernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, BluetoothEthernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

The 1005HA offers a fairly standard set of ports and connections, lacking only the ExpressCard slot we've seen on some high-end Netbooks. We prefer to have our connections out in the open, rather than hidden behind hinged plastic doors (as in the 1008HA model), although we have to admit, the 1008's tiny, angled Ethernet jack was an impressive engineering feat.

With Intel's N280 Atom CPU, the system was, not surprisingly, on par with other current Netbooks, even those with the slightly slower N270 version of the ubiquitous Atom. We have yet to meet an Atom-powered Netbook that vastly outperformed or underperformed the pack. The basic rule of thumb is that for basic tasks such as word processing, Web surfing, and e-mail, an Atom Netbook is more than adequate, as long as you keep your expectations modest.

The real star here is the system's battery life. Asus has always had some of the longest-lived Netbooks, and the new 1005HA got an impressive 6 hours and 51 minutes in our video playback battery drain test--about 30 minutes more than our previous leader, the Eee PC 1000HE, and more than 2 hours better than the nonremovable battery in the 1008HA model.

Asus also includes its Super Hybrid Engine feature in the system, which is essentially a series of power-saving presets to further extend battery life. These are mostly power consumption tweaks one could perform individually, but it's handy to have them all in one place.

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Asus covers its laptops with a standard, one-year parts-and-labor warranty, and it offers online Web-based help and a toll-free phone number. The company's support Web site has improved over the past few years, and includes easy to find driver downloads FAQs.

Multimedia Multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Find out more about how we test laptops.

System configurations:

Asus Eee PC 1005HA
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1000HE
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1008HA
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

HP Mini 110
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Toshiba Mini NB205
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire One AOD250
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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Microsoft Excel 2010 - Choose Where Saved and AutoRecover Files Go


SUMMARY: If you need to store workbooks and AutoRecover files elsewhere, configure Excel 2010 as to where they should be placed.


Do you have multiple hard drives or partitions and want to save Microsoft Excel 2010 workbooks and AutoRecover files on a location reserved for data? Or do you just want to organize your files differently on your one hard drive / partition?

By default, Excel 2010 saves AutoRecover files in your user's "AppData" folder (for Windows 7 users, this is C:\ Users\ [YOUR_USER_NAME]\ AppData\ Roaming\ Microsoft\ Excel\). While workbooks can be saved anywhere, the default location is your Documents folder (for Windows 7 users, this is by default C:\ Users\ [YOUR_USER_NAME]\ Documents). Here's how to change these locations:

1. Select the "File" tab in the Ribbon.

2. The Microsoft Office Backstage View appears. Click the "Options" button.

(Or instead of steps 1 and 2, press Alt + T, then the letter O.)

3. The "Excel Options" dialog box appears. Click "Save" in the left pane.

4. In the right pane, underneath "Save workbooks", you will find two text boxes. One is next to "AutoRecover file location", the other next to "Default file location". Click on a box and enter a new path to change the respective file location. Note that you must enter path names exact as there are no "Browse" buttons.

Configuring Excel 2010 where to save AutoRecover files and workbooks

5. Click "OK" on the bottom-right of the dialog box to close it.



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Facebook Ad Management Tools From Clickable Enable Social Advertising...

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 18, 2011

Clickable, the all-in-one solution for online advertisers, today announces new tools and services to make creating and managing Facebook Ads simple, fast and scalable. Now in public beta, the new Facebook Advertising Suite is an extension of Clickable Pro, the award-winning pay-per-click bid management technology.

Clickable’s Facebook Advertising Suite introduces modular tools to create, manage and deliver dozens of ads all at once from combinations of images, ad copy and target audiences. The Suite’s ad builder can assign ads to multiple campaigns, or even create new campaigns. And the Suite’s media and target libraries allow marketers to easily store and manage assets for future use with intuitive tagging and descriptions.

Clickable Pro’s Facebook Advertising Suite also works with Clickable Conversion Tracking, a powerful online monitoring system that tracks website conversions from Facebook, along with all other advertising networks, with a single tag. Combined with Facebook’s internal conversion tracking and “social context” metrics, Clickable provides a complete picture of advertising engagement and performance.

"As a member of the Facebook Ads API beta program, Clickable was one of the first live Web services to pioneer search and social advertising within a single management tool,” said David S. Kidder, Clickable co-founder and chief executive officer. "Clickable’s latest technology for Facebook Ads emphasizes our commitment to help advertisers unlock full value and discover new opportunities across multiple ad networks and emerging channels.”

In addition to technology, Clickable Solutions include dedicated PPC and social advertising experts to create custom programs that drive advertising performance across all major ad networks, including Google, Bing and Facebook. Clickable Solutions can include campaign strategy, creative development, campaign launches, tracking, optimization and ongoing opportunity analysis.

“We will continue releasing more features and technologies to help advertisers become more efficient and effective with Facebook Ads,” said Nidhi Khator, Clickable Product Manager for social advertising. “We also will extend many of Clickable’s favorite bid-management features to Facebook advertising, including sophisticated reporting and recommendations, bulk editing, ad scheduling and campaign visualization.”

To get started, visit http://www.clickable.com/facebook

About Clickable:
Clickable is the all-in-one solution that makes online advertising Simple, Sophisticated and Profitable (tm). Clickable reduces the time and complexity of managing multiple ad networks, such as Google, Yahoo, Bing and Facebook. Clickable is powered by dedicated search and social advertising specialists, along with award-winning PPC bid management and conversion tracking technology. Clickable empowers advertisers to maximize their ROI with complete transparency. That's why customers often say: "Clickable is like having a trusted expert always by your side ensuring success." To learn more, visit http://www.Clickable.com.

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Microsoft Word 2010 - Stop Hyperlinking URLs Already!


SUMMARY: Word 2010 automatically hyperlinks URLs and network addresses as you type them into your documents, even gopher addresses. Learn how to stop this practice.


Type a network or Internet path into a Microsoft Word 2010 document, even one relating to the gopher protocol, and Word will cheerfully convert the text into a live hyperlink. The text becomes blue and underlined, and holding down the Ctrl key while clicking a link accesses it.

Though some like this practice, others find this automatic hyperlinking extremely irksome as they want hyperlinks to share the same text formatting characteristics as surrounding text. So, here's how to stop it:

1. Select the "File" tab in the Ribbon.

2. The Microsoft Office Backstage View appears. Click the "Options" button.

(Or instead of steps 1 and 2, press Alt + T, then the letter O.)

3. The "Word Options" dialog box appears. Click "Proofing" in the left pane.

4. In the right pane, underneath "AutoCorrect options", click the "AutoCorrect Options" button.

Changing Word's AutoCorrect Options

5. The "AutoCorrect" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Click the "AutoFormat" tab.

6. Underneath "Replace", uncheck the option: "Internet and network paths with hyperlinks".

Removing automatic path hyperlinking in Word 2010, part 1

7. Click the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab.

8. Underneath "Replace as you type", uncheck the option: "Internet and network paths with hyperlinks".

Removing automatic path hyperlinking in Word 2010, part 2

9. Click "OK" on the dialog boxes to close them.



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Crawford Technologies Archives Print Output in EMC Documentum

(PRWEB) January 18, 2011

Crawford Technologies today announced the release of v2.6 of its PRO Archiver product for archiving print output in EMC’s Documentum. PRO Archiver includes capabilities such as:
    An enterprise-class scalable processing server.    Support for transforming, indexing and archiving of text, PDF, AFP, Metacode/DJDE, Postscript, and PCL files containing multiple documents.    Archiving to EMC’s Documentum and EMC’s Documentum High-Volume Server (HVS).    Utilizes open standard archival formats including PDF and PDF/A.    Extendable plug-in based architecture.

CrawfordTech’s PRO Archiver version 2.6 is backwards compatible with EMC’s Documentum Archive Services for Reports (ASR) v2.5 product and provides an upgrade path for current EMC ASR users. PRO Archiver makes an excellent solution for new and current Documentum users who want to manage reports and transactional customer communication documents in Documentum.

To provide maximum performance for large enterprises, PRO Archiver v2.6 includes a unique 'Store in Documentum Express' plug-in. This plug-in provides the ability to store content in the Documentum High Volume Server (HVS). HVS is an extension of Documentum with the ability to ingest and process mass volumes of content at extremely high rates. HVS provides an improved ingestion API that includes blocking and scoping. By leveraging this new API, the Documentum Express Plug-in is able to improve ingestion performance into Documentum.

To provide additional flexibility and performance to handle all environments, PRO Archiver v2.6 provides users with a variety of bursting models, including pre-burst, full-burst, no-burst, and section bursting. The pre-burst model allows the content to be burst at the time the print file is converted into PDF or PDF/A providing the ultimate in bursting performance.

Another unique capability of PRO Archiver is its ability to archive indexed files of any type. This is a powerful new feature that can be used to migrate from one repository to another. Once the content and the metadata have been extracted from the legacy repository, PRO Archiver v2.6 can accept the metadata in XML format, the content in its native format, and store and index that content into Documentum or Documentum HVS.

“PRO Archiver v2.6 is a major step forward, providing an enterprise-class solution for integration of reports and transactional customer communications documents into the world’s favorite Enterprise Content Management system, EMC’s Documentum” said Ernie Crawford, President, Crawford Technologies Inc. “Commensurate with this announcement, we are now in the process of migrating customers with the older EMC ASR product to PRO Archiver so they can take advantage of the new capabilities and to guarantee a product roadmap for the future”, adds Crawford.

Crawford Technologies is continuing their offer to provide a free license for existing ASR customers. Any company that purchased ASR from EMC prior to June 17, 2010 will be able to upgrade from ASR to PRO Archiver v2.6 if they sign a maintenance agreement with CrawfordTech by June 30, 2011. After that date, ASR customers will need to purchase licenses for the PRO Archiver product.

About Crawford Technologies Inc.

Since 1995, Crawford Technologies’ award-winning solutions have helped over 700 companies around the world reduce costs associated with communications’ processes by delivering bills, statements and other mission-critical transactional communications to their customers in the format they need, when they need it. This includes alternate format documents in Braille, Large Print, Audio and E-text for visually impaired and print-disabled customers.

With CrawfordTech’s range of unique software products and services, our clients simplify, automate and extend document delivery cost effectively - irrespective of current, legacy or future standards in infrastructure or document output. These clients, including four of the top five US banks, four of the top five US insurance companies and four of the world’s top five car manufacturers, are realizing high-value results as costs associated with document processes are minimized through automation, new opportunities for savings across critical communications are realized and they react quickly to changes in regulations, policies, business requirements and technical infrastructure.

CrawfordTech’s quality software, expert support and print business knowledge help clients to meet operational, service, marketing, legal and compliance requirements and automate the delivery of billions of communications to their customers annually. Simply put, companies look to Crawford Technologies for a platform-independent approach, leading system performance and superior output fidelity. Please visit http://www.crawfordtech.com to find out more about CrawfordTech’s clients, people, partners and solutions.

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Georgian Partners Makes it More Convenient for Investors to Close the...

Montreal, QC (Vocus/PRWEB) January 19, 2011

Silanis Technology, the e-signature provider for 21st Century, Liberty Mutual and the US Army, today announced that Georgian Partners, a Canadian growth equity investment firm, will make it easier and more convenient for investors to close business deals. Georgian Partners will use Silanis’ e-SignLive online e-signature services to complete high-value investment transactions over the web.

“When you’re dealing with large investments, the importance of signing contracts quickly and efficiently is paramount,” said John Berton, co-founder and managing partner of Georgian Partners. “We were impressed with just how convenient and easy it was to sign contracts electronically using e-SignLive, even though there were multiple parties and documents involved.”

In a global economy where investors frequently travel, returning signed documents on time in order to meet rigid regulatory or contractual deadlines can be a challenge - especially when there can be as many as 40 parties involved and people need to gain access to a printer, scanner or fax machine.

“These are extremely time-sensitive documents. We often have only one day to meet the deadlines set down by regulatory bodies or by our own business negotiations,” said Berton. “It used to take quite a bit of time to manage the signing process, and make sure that everyone reviewed the appropriate documents and signed correctly. ”

Previously, the process for signing off on a new investment purchase was very time-consuming. Documents, such as new shareholder and investment agreements, non-disclosure agreements or purchase of sale contract would be emailed to all parties, along with their signatory sheets, who would then need to print them off, sign them by hand, and then either scan them or fax them back to Georgian Partners and its lawyers for verification and collation.

Using e-SignLive, Georgian Partners’ investors can now easily and securely review and sign documents over the web from any mobile device. Georgian Partners can also easily monitor the whole signing process virtually, saving them both time and legal fees.

And because e-SignLive records the entire web-based signing process from start to finish, including all web pages and documents that were presented to the signees, along with how long they spent reviewing the information, and all actions that were taken, Georgian Partners will capture and be able to reproduce stronger audit trail information and legal evidence than was possible when they were using pen and paper signatures.

“There was absolutely no hesitation around electronically signing off on a transaction worth millions of dollars. We plan to use e-SignLive for all future transactions.”

Silanis’ e-SignLive is a subscription-based cloud service, which is integrated with the IBM LotusLive platform to combine electronic signature capabilities with online collaboration and business networking. Its e-SignRoom component enables multiple documents to be reviewed and signed electronically by multiple people, while also giving business process owners real-time visibility into time-sensitive e-signing activities in order to monitor who has signed what documents and when.

About Georgian Partners
Georgian Partners is as growth equity firm investing in expansion and later stage enterprise software and information aggregation companies. Founded by successful entrepreneurs and technology executives, GP leverages global software expertise to directly impact the success of companies.

About Silanis
Silanis' solutions have processed hundreds of millions of e-signatures since the company was founded in 1992 (50 million in 2010 alone), making it the most widely used e-signature solution. The world’s largest insurance and financial services companies, government agencies, and service providers depend on Silanis to accelerate business transactions and reduce costs while improving compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The company’s on-premise, cloud and SaaS e-signature solutions eliminate manual, paper-based processing to enable e-commerce and e-government transactions to be executed fully electronically from start to finish.

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Wix Support Bar Gives Free Help on How to Make a Website

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 18, 2011

A few weeks ago, internet start-up Wix.com opened the Wix Support Bar, providing free, in-person support for users of Wix' website builder platform. Users receive help with anything relating to their site, from using Wix’ free online platform, to setting up an account with Google Analytics in order to track the performance of one’s website creation.

Wix itself consists of a powerful drag & drop platform that allows for the easy creation of customized Flash websites. An impressive collection of free website templates divided by niche are fully customizable so users can transform pre-designed websites into their own unique sites. The tool is free and extremely useful for small business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, non profit organizations and hobbyists seeking to promote themselves online with a customized website.

The Wix Support Bar makes the whole process even easier, providing users with free, in-person support on how to make a website with Wix’ free website builder. The Wix Support Bar is located inside the Wix Lounge - a posh, loft-style free workspace open to the public in August of 2010.

Here’s how it works: 1-hour sessions by appointment are given from 10am - 6pm, Monday - Friday. Walk-in hours are between 3-5pm, Monday - Friday. The sessions are offered entirely for free, and consist of a Wix expert walking users through any website-building issues. If the session requires more time the user can schedule a follow-up appointment, also free of charge.

Founder and CEO of Wix.com, Avishai Abrahami, comments: “For a business owner or entrepreneur to be able to receive free, one-on-one support lets that individual get the help he or she needs, in the most direct way possible. We’re thrilled to offer this extra customer service initiative to our beloved Wix Community, and are excited to connect with our users at this level.”

Wix is a market leader when it comes to web design and creation. Innovation and communication are cornerstones of Wix’ philosophy. The company is highly attuned to the needs of its users, constantly churning out new product features, improving the ease of use of its platform. Wix recently launched the Spanish version of its free website builder, catering to the needs of its already large Spanish-speaking market. The Support Bar marks a continuation of the product-user relationship.

Abrahami says, “The Support Bar actually offers help in two directions; our users teach us a great deal about how to improve our product, and the Support Bar will no doubt provide a new channel of communication, giving us fresh new ways of thinking as we continue to improve the user experience.”

To make an appointment for a free Support Bar session visit the Wix Lounge website - a site itself built with Wix. Click on Support Bar > Sign Up, or e-mail ariele [at] wix [dot] com to schedule an appointment. The Support Bar is also open for walk-ins during most of the web-related events hosted by the Wix Lounge. Details are found on the Wix Lounge website.

Wix.com was started in 2006 and is based in New York, with offices in San Fransisco and Tel Aviv. The company is backed by investors Mangrove Capital Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Benchmark Capital. Access to the Wix platform and all templates is free by signing up at Wix.com. Premium packages offer advanced web features like connecting to one’s own domain and the ability to sell products from inside one’s site. The Wix Lounge is located at 10 West 18th Street, on the 2nd floor, in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 - Is Underlined Text Boring? Apply Waves, Dots, Colors, More


SUMMARY: A variety of ways to underline text is at your disposal when designing slides in PowerPoint 2010.


You probably know that pressing the "U" button in the "Font" section of the "Home" tab of the Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon underlines the selected text. CTRL + U does the same thing.

What you might not know is that there are other ways you can underline text such as with dots, dashes, double underlines, and waves. You can even make the underline colors different from the font colors, as seen in the screenshot to the right.

1. Select the text you wish to underline.

2. Open the "Font" dialog box. You can do this by selecting the "Home" tab in the Ribbon, then clicking the arrow at the bottom-right of the "Font" section. Or, press CTRL + SHIFT + F.

Opening the "Font" dialog box in PowerPoint 2010

3. The "Font" dialog box appears. As desired, click the pull-down next to "Underline style" to choose from a variety of different ways to underline your text. Click the pull-down next to "Underline color" to open a pop-up menu where you can choose a different color underline. Clicking the "More Colors" link in this pop-up menu lets you choose from any color.

Applying font underline options in PowerPoint 2010

4. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.



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Velocity Micro Vector Holiday Edition (overclocked Intel Core i5 760)

Editors' note: This review has been updated to indicate that this PC can support two graphics cards from ATI, not from Nvidia.

Velocity Micro's $999 Vector Holiday Edition might be one of the best desktop deals we've ever seen. For just under $1,000, this system provides impressive day-to-day performance from an overclocked, stable CPU, competent 3D gaming via its upper-midrange Nvidia 3D card, and a Blu-ray drive to top it all off. We wouldn't expect this deal to last beyond the holiday season, but for as long as it's available, this desktop is an amazing ... Expand full review

Editors' note: This review has been updated to indicate that this PC can support two graphics cards from ATI, not from Nvidia.

Velocity Micro's $999 Vector Holiday Edition might be one of the best desktop deals we've ever seen. For just under $1,000, this system provides impressive day-to-day performance from an overclocked, stable CPU, competent 3D gaming via its upper-midrange Nvidia 3D card, and a Blu-ray drive to top it all off. We wouldn't expect this deal to last beyond the holiday season, but for as long as it's available, this desktop is an amazing bargain, and easy to recommend to anyone looking for a reasonably priced do-it-all performance computer.

We've professed our appreciation for Velocity Micro's sturdy, clean-lined cases many times in the past. The overall build quality remains high, as indicated by the clean interior and expertly wrapped and secured cables. The case design is showing its age with its lack of front-panel hard-drive access, but we're willing to forgive that absence here due to the fact that this system is such a great deal.

3.62GHz Intel Core i5 760 (overclocked)Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

How great a deal, you ask? Consider the $999 Vector Holiday Edition next to Gateway's $1,099 FX6840-15e. While the Gateway has a higher-end processor in its Core i7 CPU, Velocity Micro compels a remarkable performance boost from its Core i5 760 CPU through overclocking. We tested the overclock using the Linpack CPU stability test and the system showed no sign of variation in its clock speed or accuracy as it endured the heavy processing workload. Velocity Micro makes the overclocking option for this chip available for no premium over a standard Core i5 760, and given the Velocity's performance advantage documented below, the stability, and the price equality, we can think of no reason not to select the overclocking option.

In addition to the overclocked CPU, the Vector Holiday Edition also for the most part either matches or exceeds the Gateway in terms of hardware for the dollar. The Gateway has twice the system memory, but otherwise, the Velocity Micro system has the same 1TB-sized hard drive and a faster 3D graphics card, as well as a Blu-ray drive and wireless networking. Thanks to the Asus P7P55D-E motherboard, the Vector Holiday Edition also supports ATI's Crossfire multiple graphics card standard. The system as configured comes with an Nvidia card, but fortunately Velocity Micro offers an ATI Radeon HD 6850 for an extra $50. That card is roughly equivalent to the GeForce GTX 460 currently installed, and would provide a solid starting point if you wanted to add a second card later on.

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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The Vector Holiday Edition excelled in our application performance tests, especially when you consider that it's the least expensive system among our comparison units. The Maingear and the Digital Storm both come in above $2,000, but the Acer Predator is a $1,349 system, and the Vector beats that PC, as well as the $1,099 Gateway, on all but our Cinebench tests.

Those systems do indeed have an advantage on pure multithreaded performance tasks like Cinebench because of their Core i7 CPUs. That chip features four native processing cores, plus four additional processing threads via Intel's Hyper-Threading technology. With eight processing threads to the Velocity Micro's four with its non-Hyper-Threaded Core i5, the Core i7 PCs are better equipped for tasks like video rendering, at least with programs that draw on the CPU for that kind of processing. Newer versions of Adobe's Creative Suite, Windows 7 itself, and other applications are starting to use graphics cards more and more for their superior parallel processing capabilities. While some apps still rely on multicore CPUs, support for GPU computing is growing, which means you shouldn't necessarily write the Velocity Micro off for multimedia editing or other multithreaded tasks.

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For gaming, the Velocity Micro system invites no caveats. It outperformed the Gateway and Acer systems on every test, and its 91 frames-per-second score on our 1,920x1,080-resolution Far Cry 2 test suggests that even at high resolutions you should be able to play any PC game out there at high image quality. You might see some lag on the most demanding titles if you get into 3D effects and high resolutions on multiple monitors. If that's your goal, adding a second GeForce GTX 460 card for another $200 or so should provide the solution.

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Velocity Micro has sent us other lower-cost gaming PCs that support multiple graphics cards, but we were dismayed to find that one of the last ones we reviewed switched to a single-card motherboard shortly after we reviewed it. That can happen, especially to smaller vendors, but we're heartened this time around in that Velocity Micro is still offering the same motherboard a month or so into this PC's availability on its Web site. Velocity Micro says despite the "Holiday Edition" name, this configuration will be available through January 1, and it may be extended to a "Winter Edition" afterward if demand is high enough.

Aside from the ability to accept a second graphics card, the Vector Holiday Edition also offers a fair number of other internal expansion possibilities. The system already comes with 4GB of RAM by way of two 2GB memory sticks, but you also get room for two more, allowing you to double the memory easily. You also get two 1x PCI Express card slots, as well as two standard PCI slots. One has a wireless networking card in it, and you'd need to move it to add a second graphics card due to slot overlap, but either way we're impressed by the extent to which this PC is both feature-rich and expandable.

That diversity extends to the outside of the Velocity Micro as well. You get the usual array of USB 2.0 jacks, but the motherboard also provides two USB 3.0 inputs, as well as FireWire and eSATA jacks. That's should leave you free to connect the vast majority of external devices. Velocity Micro also provides a pair of PS/2 mouse and keyboard inputs for your old school input devices. Audio jacks come by way of an S/PDIF optical output, as well as jacks for 7.1 analog output. For video, the graphics card includes two DVI ports, as well as a Mini-HDMI output.

Velocity Micro Vector Holiday EditionAnnual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh)

Given its overclocked CPU, we're not surprised to find the Velocity Micro consumes more power than either the Acer or the Gateway. At least you get the extra performance. Expect to see a not-insignificant $5.67 or so extra each month on your power bill for this PC.

Velocity Micro's service and support compares well with that of other boutique vendors. Like Falcon Northwest and others, Velocity Micro relies exclusively on in-house phone support technicians, and though it doesn't offer 24-7 phone support, you can get in touch from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, which is a pretty fair window. The warranty on the system covers parts and labor for a year, as well as one year of depot repair service. And Velocity's Web site has all kinds of useful support resources.

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System configurations:

Acer Aspire Predator AG5900-U3092
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.93GHz Intel Core i7 870; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card; 1.5TB, 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive

Digital Storm Special Ops
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 3.07GHz Intel Core i7 950; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; (2)1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards; 80GB Corsair Drive Force solid-state hard drive; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive

Gateway FX6840-15e
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.93GHz Intel Core i7 870; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card; 1TB, 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive

Maingear F131
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit; 3.87GHz (overclocked) Intel Core i7 960; 6GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; (2) 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards; 80GB Intel X25-M solid-state hard drive; 1.5TB 5,400rpm Western Digital hard drive

Velocity Micro Vector Holiday Edition
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 3.62GHz Intel Core i5 760; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 768GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card; 1TB, 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive

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Asus Eee PC 1005HA (Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, XP Home, blue)

Editors' note: We've reviewed a more recent retail-exclusive version of the Asus Eee PC 1005HA, called the Asus 1005HAGB-BBY-BK01X.

We were very fond of the previous version of Asus' Eee PC, the 1008HA, which represented a radical design change from the boxy Eee PCs of the past. But its high-end (for a Netbook) price, at $429, slipped just over the line for many, and its nonremovable battery wasn't as long-lasting as we've seen in other Eee PCs.

The latest revision, called the 1005HA, keeps the slim, tapered design but ditches the somewhat cumbersome cover flaps on the

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Editors' note: We've reviewed a more recent retail-exclusive version of the Asus Eee PC 1005HA, called the Asus 1005HAGB-BBY-BK01X.

We were very fond of the previous version of Asus' Eee PC, the 1008HA, which represented a radical design change from the boxy Eee PCs of the past. But its high-end (for a Netbook) price, at $429, slipped just over the line for many, and its nonremovable battery wasn't as long-lasting as we've seen in other Eee PCs.

The latest revision, called the 1005HA, keeps the slim, tapered design but ditches the somewhat cumbersome cover flaps on the ports and adds a more traditional six-cell battery. This means a slightly thicker and heavier system, but also one that's our current Netbook battery life leader. Add in a slightly shaved price tag, down to a more reasonable $389 (although some perfectly usable Netbooks are down to $299), and you have what may be our new go-to Netbook choice.

Mobile Intel GMA 950 (integrated)System weight / Weight with AC adapter

The design of the 1005HA is based on the (slightly slimmer) 1008HA model. There's a tapered front lip, but the new model lacks some of the space-saving features of the 1008HA, such as the angled Ethernet jack and hidden mini-VGA port. Rather than a potentially smaller SSD drive, there's a standard 160GB HDD inside, augmented by a free 10GB online data storage subscription for backing up files to a remote server.

While slightly thicker and heavier than other recent Netbooks, it's still a vast improvement over the first few generations of mini laptops, which had a universally boxy, toylike feel. Our review unit was glossy black, which was prone to picking up fingerprints; blue is also available.

The flat, wide keyboard, similar to what we saw on the Eee PC 1008HA, is among the better Netbook keyboards we've used, and the full-size right Shift key is one of those things you don't realize is very important until it goes missing. The touch pad is demarcated by a rectangle of raised dots on the wrist rest, and works well, although we found ourselves going into the touch pad settings and jacking up the default pointer speed.

A single quick-access button above the keyboard is for disabling the touch pad (handy if you're using an external USB mouse), and Asus' different preset power profiles are accessible by hitting the FN key plus the space bar. New to this model is a software suite that acts as a software dock popping out of the top of the screen (by default, but switchable). From there, you can access functions such as screen brightness presets and media players. Most Netbook users we talk to are no-nonsense types who just want to surf the Web or send e-mail, so learning the ins and outs of a proprietary menu bar system may not be high in the list of priorities.

The 10.1-inch LED display offers a 1,024x600 native resolution, which is standard for a Netbook, although higher-end systems are starting to add 1,366x768 display options. The backlit LED allows the lid to be very thin, and also use less power than a more traditional LCD display.

Average for category [Netbook]Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacksEthernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, BluetoothEthernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

The 1005HA offers a fairly standard set of ports and connections, lacking only the ExpressCard slot we've seen on some high-end Netbooks. We prefer to have our connections out in the open, rather than hidden behind hinged plastic doors (as in the 1008HA model), although we have to admit, the 1008's tiny, angled Ethernet jack was an impressive engineering feat.

With Intel's N280 Atom CPU, the system was, not surprisingly, on par with other current Netbooks, even those with the slightly slower N270 version of the ubiquitous Atom. We have yet to meet an Atom-powered Netbook that vastly outperformed or underperformed the pack. The basic rule of thumb is that for basic tasks such as word processing, Web surfing, and e-mail, an Atom Netbook is more than adequate, as long as you keep your expectations modest.

The real star here is the system's battery life. Asus has always had some of the longest-lived Netbooks, and the new 1005HA got an impressive 6 hours and 51 minutes in our video playback battery drain test--about 30 minutes more than our previous leader, the Eee PC 1000HE, and more than 2 hours better than the nonremovable battery in the 1008HA model.

Asus also includes its Super Hybrid Engine feature in the system, which is essentially a series of power-saving presets to further extend battery life. These are mostly power consumption tweaks one could perform individually, but it's handy to have them all in one place.

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Asus covers its laptops with a standard, one-year parts-and-labor warranty, and it offers online Web-based help and a toll-free phone number. The company's support Web site has improved over the past few years, and includes easy to find driver downloads FAQs.

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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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System configurations:

Asus Eee PC 1005HA
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1000HE
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1008HA
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

HP Mini 110
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Toshiba Mini NB205
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire One AOD250
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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RepairStadt Named Official Computer Support Company of the New England...

Swampscott, MA (PRWEB) January 18, 2011

RepairStadt® (http://www.repairstadt.com), a trusted global provider of remote computer maintenance and repair services, announced today that it has been named the official computer support company of the 2011 New England Home Show (http://www.newenglandhomeshows.com). RepairStadt will provide on-site support services for all exhibitors at the event, which will take place on February 24-27, 2011 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. The Company will also showcase its preventative maintenance subscription and ResQue Me® emergency services—which for many home computer users in New England are proving to be very attractive and affordable alternatives to what’s offered by national chain stores.

In celebration of its involvement in the New England Home Show, RepairStadt will also offer a free, on-site PC repair clinic. Consumers who are experiencing problems with their laptop computers can bring them to Booth 236 where the Company will diagnose and attempt to fix those problems on the spot. If its technicians can’t fix a problem(s) within 30 minutes, consumers will have the option of setting a follow-up repair appointment.

Additionally, RepairStadt is extending a special offer to anyone who signs up for its monthly computer maintenance service – via phone, online or on-site – between now and the close of the home show. New subscribers, will not only receive 50% off the monthly $19.99 subscription fee for their first month, they will also be entered in a drawing to win a new Apple iPad. Home computer users will be able to take advantage of a great deal, while getting the personalized, expert support other consumers throughout the region have come to rely on.

Margaretta Simpson of Marblehead, Mass. states, “I’m a graphic designer who works from home so my computer system is critical to how I make my living. I have a fairly complicated setup with several computers, printers and peripherals and don’t have the time to monitor for potential problems or shop around for hardware and software upgrades. Not only does RepairStadt go out, buy what I need and install it for me, they work directly with ISPs and hardware vendors on my behalf, which is a great perk.”

“RepairStadt completely alleviates my computer burdens—and at a fraction of the cost of anyone else I’ve seen out there,” adds Ms. Simpson. “In fact, RepairStadt’s maintenance service is at least 50% less than what I’ve paid in the past and my dedicated technician is available anytime I need them. The Company definitely gets an A+ as far as I’m concerned.”

For a monthly subscription of only $19.99 per household, home computer users get peace of mind knowing that an experienced, personal technician will monitor their systems and ensure they are running at peak efficiency. RepairStadt’s dedicated team of professionals is well-versed in the broad spectrum of operating systems, hardware and software and is unbiased to manufactures, retail stores and Internet Service providers—so there is none of the dreaded ‘up sell’ consumers may get from other services.

"As a self-proclaimed ‘technologically challenged’ person I am delighted with the competent, knowledgeable and personalized service I get from Repairstadt,” said Carolyn Perlow, home subscriber and owner of EventMakers (http://www.carolynperlow.com) in Marblehead, Mass. “Its technicians are expert problem solvers and readily available whenever I need them.”

“We are pleased to be able to play a role in helping computer operations run smoothly for our fellow exhibitors at the New England Home Show,” said Jason Stadtlander, founder of RepairStadt. “We also look forward to introducing attendees to our hassle-free approach to traditional tech support. Home computer users don’t have to feel like a number anymore, they can get the individual and affordable computer support they deserve. We are bringing back the personal touch of the ‘Mom and Pop’ shop on a global scale. We take great pride in getting to know our customers and being the trusted ‘go to’ for all of their computer maintenance and support needs—all while saving them valuable time and money.”

To register for RepairStadt, businesses and consumers can simply contact the company at 888.777.0383 or visit http://www.repairstadt.com.

About RepairStadt
RepairStadt provides consumers and small businesses with affordable 24-hour, seven day a week remote computer maintenance and repair services. The company takes a highly personalized approach to helping customers get optimal performance from their computers—alleviating the aggravation that can come with technology problems and maintaining an individual system or network. For more information about RepairStadt’s monthly subscription-based maintenance services and anytime ResQue Me support please contact them at 888.777.0383 or info@repairstadt.com.

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