Get help from the Windows 7 Reliability Monitor

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: Help, Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , |

Windows Secrets tell you how to Get help from the Windows Reliability Monitor.

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Simple monitor rotation utility: iRotate

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , |

Office Watch recommends a simple monitor rotation utility called iRotate.

This freeware works on different PCs, graphics cards and versions of Windows.  However, Office Watch suggests disabling the default shortcuts so they don’t interfere with Microsoft Office, if you have that.

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ScreenFix freeware

Posted on January 11, 2010. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , |

JScreenFix is an online set of tests to check your monitor/screen for brightness, dead pixels, flicker, and a number of other problem areas.

Black Screen Fix will try to fix bad pixels.

Free.

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Sucuri: Free Website Security Monitoring

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Security, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Sucuri: Free Website Security Monitoring.

Sucuri is a free website security monitoring service which can scan your site at regular intervals and notify about any unauthorized changes via email, SMS or Twitter. It checks for things like DNS and Whois hijacking, blacklisting, malware injection and site defacement.”

Good precaution to take these days.

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Follow That Page web monitor

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Online Software, searching | Tags: , , , , , , |

Follow That Page – web monitor: we send you an email when your favorite page has changed.

A free service.

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How to Make Your PC Easier on Your Eyes

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Gizmo Richards at TechSupport Alert has a post on How to Make Your PC Easier on Your Eyes.

He recommends F.lux “a freeware program that adjusts the color of your screen depending on the time of day. So at night, F.lux makes the screen look warmer and less glaringly blue than during the day. The end result is a screen that is much easier on the eyes.

F.lux works by changing the color temperature of your display. The default setting is 3400K for night and 6500K for daytime. This can affect color sensitive work such as editing digital photographs but there is a disable switch that allows you to turn F.lux off.”

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Active@ Hard Disk Monitor checks your drive

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Active@ Hard Disk Monitor has SMART diagnostic & HDD health control software for Windows XP/Vista/2003 Server 2008.

“…a disk utility that checks and monitors the status of your hard drives to help prevent data loss. The system is based on the Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.).

This software monitors hard disk parameters such as Temperature, Head Flying Height and Spin-Up Time and notifies a user when a critical condition occurs. Disk Monitor also displays hard disk information, current S.M.A.R.T. attributes and the overall status of the hard disk’s health.

Advanced disk scan allows you to detect bad sectors on a disk surface. The software can be launched automatically at Windows startup and monitor the system in the background. An icon in the System Tray can display the temperature for selected HDDs.”

Freeware (pay version adds network support).

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Bandwidth monitor/speed/traffic monitoring tools

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

Softperfect has tools: Bandwidth monitor, bandwidth speed test, bandwidth and traffic monitoring tool for Windows.

Trying to see how fast your Internet Service Provider really is?  Here are the tools you can use to check the claims.

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Active@ Hard Disk Monitor

Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, maintenance, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Active@ Hard Disk Monitor is a SMART diagnostic, HDD Temperature & Health control software for Windows XP Vista 2003 Server 2008…

“This software monitors hard disk parameters such as Temperature, Head Flying Height and Spin-Up Time and notifies a user when a critical condition occurs. Disk Monitor also displays hard disk information, current S.M.A.R.T. attributes and the overall status of the hard disk’s health.”

“Advanced disk scan allows you to detect bad sectors on a disk surface. The software can be launched automatically at Windows startup and monitor the system in the background. An icon in the System Tray can display the temperature for selected HDDs.”

There is a freeware and a pay version of this.

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Can you revive a dead pixel?

Posted on March 11, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, repair | Tags: , , , , , , , |

[updated 2009.8.10]

MakeUseOf has a review of a program called Killdeadpixel which is intended for LCD screens.

“All you have to do is drag the provided graphic onto a dead pixel and let it stay there for about an hour. The graphic will try to fix it by rapidly changing nearby pixels. Although it won’t work for all cases, it does fix most of the broken pixels.”

“If the first method fails, there are two things you can still try:

* 1. Get a soft cloth and gently massage the dead pixel.
* 2. You can also try using a bigger (800×600 or 1024×768) resolution and leave it on the screen for about 12 hours.*”

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Remember ‘test patterns’?

Posted on December 4, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the early days of television, you might see a ‘test pattern’ sent, sometimes with a big Native American head in full feathered dress, along with special graphics to use in adjusting signals and TV sets.

DisplayMate includes six sample full-screen test patterns and associated help screens for setting up your display. It runs at any resolution, color depth, and screen shape or aspect ratio. Note: This demo only provides a glimpse of the full product, which includes 100-plus test patterns that are substantially more powerful.  However, if the demo is enough to do the job…

Recommended by PC Annoyances (the book).

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LCD monitors improved with ClearTweak

Posted on December 3, 2007. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , |

ClearTweak Freeware. With this free utility, you can improve the quality of your LCD monitor’s text display by adjusting your Windows XP ClearType settings. You can choose no font smoothing, standard font smoothing, or ClearType font smoothing. The program lets you enter sample text, so you can preview your changes before making them on your desktop. Recommended by PC Annoyances

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Turn on your backlight… again

Posted on December 3, 2007. Filed under: Hardware, Help, repair | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

LCD monitor backlight repair is a how-to on replacing your LCD monitor’s backlight.

This is intended for desk monitors only – not laptops. Be sure that you can’t get it repaired under warranty first, or this will void your warranty.

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