Saturday, March 21, 2009

Things you should know when buying used cars

If you are thinking of buying a used car, there are couple of things that you need to know about used cars. Questions like - for what purpose you are buying a used car, how many people will drive that car, was the car involved in any sort of accidents, did the previous owner of the car has been in any insurance trouble, and many other information is required. After all you are looking for a vehicle that takes you from your home to your office, market, and even to a small trip. Here are few things that you need to follow-up before you buy a second hand car.

Check the mile-meter :- Generally, a used car which have driven not more more than 12K miles per year is considered good but not always necessary.

Owner of the car :- Is he or she the real owner of that car? If yes, they have complete information that you may inquire about the car and other details. Also ask car owner why he or she is selling it.

Car Condition :- This is probably very important part. The owner may answer in his own style but don't always go with it because the car may not be in the condition as he describes If the owner says for 10 years old car in excellent condition, then it might be that he is just making all this up.

Accidents :- Has the car been in any accidents before? You can always check out for information online where available.

Maintenance Record :- Make sure you can check all the maintenance records.

Car accessories :- If the car has accessories like CD player or DVD player, check it out if it works.

Car Tires:- Don't forget to check out car Tires to see if they are Ok or worn out.

Test Drive :- Go for a test drive. Check brakes and paddle.

Vehicle Inspection :- If the owner allows, you can let an experienced guy to check out the car before you buy it. This is usually when you don't have much ideas on used cars.

Bargain :-If everything looks good, you can at least ask or request the owner to lower the price if possible, and if not then be happy that you have just got yourself a new car.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Run your Windows Xp faster than never before

If your Window Xp is running slower, then your computer need some cleanup. Here are some tips on how to run your Window Xp Run faster than never

Tip 1:
Disable Indexing Service

Indexing Service requires large amount of RAM. This is completely unnecessary.It is used to index all your files and folders that are on your computer which are indexed every time you perform search action. Even though you search for files or not, this file only eats up your RAM, so you better disable this.

To Disable this:
1. Click Start > Click Setting > Click Control Panel > Go to Add/Remove Programs >Click Add/Remove Window Components > Uncheck the Indexing services > Click Next

You are done!

Tip 2:
Optimize Display Setting:
You need to change display setting because if you have higher setting for your display properties then it will slow down you PC.

To optimize Display Setting :-

Go to Start > Click Settings > Click Control Panel > Click System > Click Advanced tab > Now in the Performance tab click Settings Leave only the following section ticked:
Show shadows under menus
Show shadows under mouse pointer
Show translucent selection rectangle
Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
Use visual styles on windows and buttons

Click OK and you are done!

Tip 3
Increasing the Folder browsing speed

Sometimes when you are browsing your folder, there is a delay and this is due to Window searching from all networks files and printers. You need to do following:

Open My Computer > Click on Tools menu > Click on Folder Options > Click on the View tab > Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box > Click Apply > Click Ok >Reboot your computer

( You have to reboot your computer in order to see the effect).

Tip 3
Removing unnecessary fonts for speeding up your PC

Many people don't know that fonts, especially TrueType fonts, eats up system resources and slow downs you computer. You need to get rid of those fonts which you never use.

To do this:
Click Start > Go to Setting > Click > Control Panel > Click Fonts folder > Then move your unnecessary fonts to backup folder, and in case if you need them, copy back to Font Folder again.
Believe it or not, this will speed up your computer if you have hundreds of Fonts laying around in your Font Folder.

Tip 4
Turning off System Restore

It is true that system restore can restore back your computer when you have trouble but having this setting turned on will take up gigabytes of space on your hard disk. You can always get third party restoration software instead of system restore.
To turn off system restore, take following step

Click Start> Click Setting> Open Control Panel > Click on Performance and Maintenance >Click on System
Click on the System Restore tab >Tick 'Turn off System Restore on All Drives' >Click 'Ok'

Tip 5
Disabling Sound

It has been seem that system sounds can slowdown your system boot ( startup and shut-down). To run your Window Xp faster, you need to disable sound settings.
For this you need to do following

Click Start > Click Setting> Open Control Panel > Click Sounds and Audio Devices >Check Place volume icon in taskbar > Click Sounds Tab >Choose "No Sounds" for the Sound Scheme > Click on "No" > Click on "Apply and Click "OK"

Tip 6
Getting rid of Temporary files

When you browse the internet, many images, videos, and lots of files get stored in a folder called TEMP. You can delete it by following step.

Click on Start > Click Run > Then Type '%temp%' ( without quote): You will see hundreds of files in that folder if you haven't deleted anything. Hit Ctrl + A ( selects all files) and hit Delete.
You will have now faster Window Xp

Tip 7
Keeping the Hardware Drivers up-to-date
Driver details can be found here:

Right Click on My Computer > Click Manage > Device Manager
You have to use Internet in order to check if your computer hardware drivers are up-to-date.

Tip 8
Disabling rarely used hardware services

There are some hardware services that your computer is not using. Some possible examples for general user computers are:
game ports, IR ports, MIDI devices, and Firewire.
This can be done by going to Device Manager ( Right Click My Computer > Manage) You can always re-enable the hardware services upon noticing the hardware is not function.

Tip 9
Checking Antivirus and Anti-Spyware Updates

Make sure you update Antivirus and Anti-Spyware is updated at regular basis. Generally most Antivirus and Anti-Spyware programs do upates automatically when you are connected to the internet.

Tip 10
Disabling unnecessary background processes on your computer
Your computer is maybe filled with lots of unnecessary process which are running at background and you may not notice. What you will notice is that your computer running too slow.

Some of unnecessary process which are always running and they are slowing down your computer are:
Computer Browser
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Routing & Remote Ac
Remote Registry (disabled for extra secuirty)
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Portable Media Serial Number
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Remote Registry Service
Secondary Logon
Remote Procedure Call Locator

To disable them, do take following steps:
Click Start > Click Run and type "services.msc".
You will lists of services, and the double-click on the service that you want to change. If you want to disable it then change the startup type to Disable.

If you did everything explained above, you Window XP will run faster than before.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The 48 Laws of Power

The book I came across today is 'The 48 Laws of Power' and caught my attention because it has some extra mile topics to focus over on someone who might think need an extra hand.

The presentation materials created in this book doesn't hurt to read. Whether you are working and thinking to bliss out your boss, or tangled into a relationship, or looking for solution to pull off a Bad-Mood Intervention, then you should try reading this book. From energy sapping slumps to circumstantial grumps, 'The 48 laws of Power' gives total sight of some overlooked secrets.