Old  September 19th, 2005, 12:56am     #91
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Nickyle's Signature Glitter Name Tutorial
So many people have asked me how to do these so I have decided to post here a tutorial on how I have been making some of the sparkly/glitter names you have seen here at OLS. For everyone that doesn't have PhotoShop Pro here is an easy way to do them.

1. BANNER GENERATOR , first you need to make a banner of your name.
Banner Text: type in the name you want to use
Font type: Choose the font you want to use (you can see them all at the bottom of the page by clicking on 'font examples')
Font size: This determines how large your font will be, remember OLS limits your size to 350x100 so depending on your name 40-60 should be about fine
Border size: Leave this at 10
Text color: Change to WHITE
Background color: Change to TRANSPARENT
User Type: Click the button beside Regular
Click submit.
Next page will show your name in white, right click your mouse to check the size of your name (remember under 350x100). Copy the URL of your image.

2. IMAGE MAGICK
Put the URL of your banner name in the blank space where it says URL, click the 'view' button
On the next page you will NOT see your name, but it is there
At the top of the page click on COMPOSITE
Paste the URL address to the glitter you want to use in your name (I have added a bunch of glitter links below for you to choose from)
Change the GRAVITY to NORTHWEST
Change COMPOSE to ATOP
Put a check mark beside MISCELLANEOUS OPTIONS
Scroll back up and just below the url address you put in click on the 'composite' button
You will now see your name filled in with the glitter

3. Click on the OUTPUT button at the top of the page, make sure 'gif' is selected in the format box, a check is beside 'multi-frame file' and click the 'press to OUTPUT' button

On the next page click on your name (the largest one), you will now see your name all by itself on a page, this is your final image. Copy the url address and take it to your photo host. Image Magick DOES NOT store your picture. Do not just save it to your computer by right clicking or you will lose the animation. If you do not have a photo host then use somewhere like www.photobucket.com (it is free and easy to use).

Instructions on using PhotoBucket:
1. Go to www.photobucket.com
2. Register an account with them
3. Click on 'My ALBUM'
4. Click on 'ADD PICTURES FROM URL'
5. Paste the URL of your glitterized name where it says http:// make sure you do not duplicate the http://
6. Click submit
7. On the next page you will see your name with 3 different format codes (URL, TAG, IMG). For OLS you will choose and copy the IMG code.

Come back to OLS:
On the top of any forum page click on USER CP
On the left click on EDIT SIGNATURE
In the blank space paste the IMG address from photobucket
Click submit (or preview if you want to see it first)
You are now done! Send me a pm so I can see your new signature, pat yourself on the back, then go win something great!


P.S. Any problems please pm me and I will try to help.

GLITTER LINKS:
http://www.geocities.com/smhart33/GLITTERS.html (don't forget to click 'next', she has lots of pages of glitters)
http://www.lalaalyssa.com/aly/glitterfills.html
http://glitterkitty.5u.com/whats_new.html
http://members.tripod.com/~osodeoro...Sparkelies.html
(There are a TON more sites on the internet and you are NOT limited to only using glitter/sparkly names, you can use any background you want, have fun with it, try/test/and test again, it is a trial and error thing).

P.S. Some of the glitters are so fast that it will make your signature "blink" more than sparkle, you will just have to play around with different ones to get it the way you want it. Just explore, not much you can hurt but try and try again

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  Old  September 20th, 2005, 1:28pm     #92
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  Old  September 27th, 2005, 1:35pm     #93
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Thumbs up Create a Windows CD
September 27th, 2005

Answer Line: Create a Windows CD

Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector

My new laptop came with a recovery disc but not with a stand-alone
Windows XP CD. What can I do?

--Abdul Hamid, Denver

Microsoft requires that every PC bundled with Windows provide some way
of restoring the operating system, but too many bundled Windows XP
"restore" CDs merely return your hard drive to its factory condition,
which wipes out all of your data and any apps you've added.

Fortunately, vendors appear to be moving away from these data-wiping
recovery discs. I recently looked at new PCs from ABS, Dell, Gateway,
Lenovo, and WinBook, all of which came with either a real Windows XP
CD or another way to perform nondestructive OS reinstalls.

If your PC lacks a Windows CD, a folder named 'i386' containing the
Windows installation files is probably in the root directory of drive
C: or in your C:\Windows folder. Your system may have several i386
folders, but the one you want has a lot of files with extensions
ending in underscores (_), along with the executable files expand.exe,
regedit.exe, and winnt32.exe. Copy this folder onto a CD for
safekeeping, though you'll use the version on the hard drive to
actually reinstall Windows.

Keep your 25-character Windows Product Key handy--you'll need it to
reinstall the OS. The number is on the back of your PC, on the bottom
of your notebook, or in some other hard-to-read spot; it may be listed
in the documentation as well.

You'll also need a bootable CD for starting the install process. Bart
Lagerweij's free PE Builder creates a CD-bootable version of XP called
Bart's Pre-install Environment, or BartPE, from either a Windows CD or
the i386 folder. Download PE Builder here:
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

Open PE Builder's main dialog box and select the folder or drive
containing your i386 folder, but not the folder itself. Check Create
ISO image, click Burn to CD, and select your CD-RW drive from the
Device drop-down menu. If PE Builder doesn't support your burner,
double-click the PE Builder--created .iso file to launch your CD
authoring program and burn the CD.

To reinstall Windows, boot from the BartPE CD you just created and
select Go, Programs, A43 File Management Utility. Navigate to the hard
drive's i386 folder (do not use the i386 folder on the CD).
Double-click winnt32.exe to start the installation process. When the
installation program closes, reboot your PC, remove the CD, and select
Microsoft Windows XP Setup from the resulting boot menu. The
installation will pick up where it left off.

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  Old  September 30th, 2005, 1:29pm     #94
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Thumbs up Your IP, ISP and location
Your IP, ISP and location
See country and physical location
of any IP address including yours.
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  Old  September 30th, 2005, 6:47pm     #95
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Lightbulb Common security related terms
Adware - (ADvertisementWARE) - Any software application or program in which advertising banners are displayed or Pop-up windows appear while the program is running. Adware is considered "spyware" and is installed without the user's knowledge. It typically displays targeted ads based on words searched for on the Web or derived from a user's surfing habits that have been periodically sent in the background to a Web server.

Adserver - A Web-based server that delivers banner ads to the requesting Web pages. For websites that sell their own ads, the adserver may be an in-house or co-located machine at an Internet service provider (ISP), or it may be owned by an Internet advertising company.

Browser Hijacker - Any program that changes some settings in your browser. Browser hijackers commonly redirect your "search" page to pass all searches to a certain pay-per-search site, change the default home page to the desired company page and often transmit URLs (websites) viewed toward the desired company server.

Cookie - A small data file created by a Web server that is stored on your computer either temporarily for that session only or permanently on the hard disk (persistent cookie). Cookies provide a way for the Web site to identify users and keep track of their preferences. It is also commonly used to "maintain the state" of the session as a user browses around on the site.

Note: The default settings in your Web browser typically allow "first-party" cookies that do not contain any personal information, but "third-party" cookies are created by a Web site other than the one you are currently visiting; for example, by a third-party advertiser on that site. A lot of personal data resides in the cookie files in your computer. As a result, this storehouse of private information is sometimes the object of attack.

Dialer - A type of software that silently disconnects your modem from your usual Internet service provider and dials another phone number. The new number is usually a long distance or 1-900 billable call.

E-mail Harvester - A person or software that searches the Internet looking for valid e-mail addresses. e-mail addresses are compiled into directories that are purchased and maintained by spammers.

Firewall - Any software program or hardware device designed to prevent computers on a network from communicating directly with external computer systems by filtering the information coming through the Internet connection into your private network or computer system . A Firewall keeps hackers out and personal data in by acting as a barrier through which all information passing between the network or computer and external systems must pass.

Hacker - A slang term for a person who writes programs in an attempt to gain unauthorized access to computer systems Although it may refer to any programmer, it implies very tedious "hacking away" in an attempt to steal, disrupt or corrupt a computer system or network.

Hoax - Usually an e-mail that gets mailed in chain letter fashion describing some devastating, highly unlikely type of virus. Hoaxes are detectable as having no file attachment, no reference to a third party who can validate the claim.

Note: Some "hoaxes" instruct you to change or delete a specific system file or setting which can damage your system.

Keyboard logger - A computer program or hardware device specialized to record your keystrokes. It can record anything that you type, including your passwords, e-mails, credit card number. They save the recorded keystrokes into a log file or send them to another machine. Most keyloggers can be detected by spyware removal software.

Pop-up - A small window that is displayed on top of the existing windows on screen. A popup window can be used in any application to display new information. It is widely used on Web pages to cause an ad to "pop up;" however, pop-ups can be prevented or made to appear beneath the browser window using various pop-up blockers.

Spam - e-mail that is not requested. Also known as "unsolicited commercial e-mail" (UCE), "unsolicited bulk e-mail" (UBE), "gray mail" and just plain "junk mail,". Spam is used to advertise products or to broadcast some political or social commentary.

Spamware - Software used by spammers to send large amounts of spam to e-mail address lists. Spamware is also a variety of trojan that can turn your computer into a sender of spam or even viruses.

Spyware - Software that sends information about your Web surfing habits to its Web site. Spyware is often installed without the userís knowledge or explicit permission in combination with a free download.

Trojan Horse - A program that appears legitimate, but performs some illicit activity when it is run. It may be used to locate password information or make the system more vulnerable to future entry or simply destroy programs or data on the hard disk.

Virus - Software used to infect a computer. After the virus code is written, it is buried within an existing program. Once that program is executed, the virus code is activated and attaches copies of itself to other programs in the system. Infected programs copy the virus to other programs.

Worm - A destructive program that replicates itself throughout disk and memory, using up computer resources until it becomes unusable.

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Lightbulb Troubleshooting Windows XP, Tweaks and Fixes for Windows XP
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Lightbulb The Elder Geek on Windows XP
Useful information about Windows XP including tweaks, guides, installation tips, registry edits, pagefile sizing, updates, and an XP Forum.
www.theeldergeek.com/ - 68k - Sep 29, 2005

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  Old  October 3rd, 2005, 9:41pm     #99
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Lightbulb ExplorerXP
Windows Explorer could do so much more than it does. Luckily,
ExplorerXP goes the extra mile. For starters, this file manager uses
tabs, making it easier to keep track of your files. ExplorerXP shows
you folder size--not just file size--information, and it shows you the
actual size of compressed files and folders. This program supports USB
devices. It also lets you merge and split files and rename several
files at once.

Version: 1.06
Price: Free

Download ExplorerXP now at:
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  Old  October 5th, 2005, 9:35am     #100
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  Old  October 7th, 2005, 3:42pm     #101
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Thumbs up Erase Your Hard Drive--How to
People give their old PCs away to family members, charities, and some end up for resale at the local PC repair shop without ever being properly wiped clean. Everything stored on your PC is on the hard drive. There was a two-year experiment done by MIT graduates Simon Garfinkel and Abhi Shelat where they collected 156 hard drives from various places (the web, eBay, PC shops, and businesses). Out of the 158 drives tested, 129 drives worked and hardly any of them were properly wiped clean. There were thousands of credit card numbers, private "adult" stuff, love letters, you name it, that was completely recoverable on these drives.

Most people believe that deleting data and then cleaning out the recycle bin does a sufficient job. This is NOT the case. When you delete something in windows, it just marks it to be overwritten. There is also a misconception that formatting a hard drive permanently erases stored data. This is also not true. A format just reconstructs the allocation table and checks the blocks on the disk. It does nothing actively to remove the data, it simply leaves it "unprotected". With both of these scenarios, a skilled person with the right software can recover data that was thought to be unrecoverable.

So, how do we erase this data on a hard drive for good? You can physically destroy the drive, but that's not as easy as you think. You would be amazed at what people can recover data from. There are cases where people have drilled holes in the platters, and data could still be recovered. You can take it to a PC repair store that has a degausser that removes all the magnetism from the drive leaving it useless for good, but this can be way too expensive to justify the price for the common end user. You can write Zeros to the drive with the utilities at the hard drive manufacturer's site and that will stop most people, but experienced users can still recover it.

If you don't want to destroy the drive, and are concerned about keeping your privacy then check out these two free programs that can take your hard drive to a state of non-recoverability...
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Free Registry Fix
Unlike many Registry cleaners, Free Registry Fix includes an Undo
function. If you make a change that doesn't seem to help, you can
safely undo it and restore the Registry to the way it was. The program
employs high-performance conflict identification algorithms to make
the process speedy.

Version: 2.3
Price: Free

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Resizing Picture Files for Emailing in Windows XP ... Resizing photos is easily
accomplished in Windows XP. There may be several reasons you need to resize ...

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Useful information about Windows XP including tweaks, guides, ... PC whether or
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