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Snipping Tool

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Snipping ToolThere’s a hidden tool included with Windows 7 that I’m glad to have found out about as well as a little embarrassed I didn’t already know about it! It’s called the Snipping Tool and it quite easily lets you capture any part of your screen an save it in a choice of formats. When I have had to do this in the past, I used either a program like Snagit, or I would do the Alt-PrintScreen thingy and paste into an image editing tool like Paint. Then I would crop the picture to what I want before saving it.

Snipping Tool MenuUsing Snipping, you’re cropping the pic before copying it as all you need do is click and drag your mouse to form a box around the part you want. You can then save the results, add highlights to it or send it to the clipboard. Easy-peasy. You can even choose to draw a box free-form or select the entire screen.

How do you find this nifty little app? The easiest way is to click on your Start button and type ‘snipping’ into the ‘Search Programs and Files’ box. When ‘Snipping Tool’ appears in the top of the box, right click it and select ‘Send to Desktop’. Done.

It is said that a picture is worth a 1000 words, and now they’re easier to get than ever!

Till next time, Happy Snipping!

Love, Poppy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Speed Up Your PC Infomercials

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Double My SpeedFor a long while, the television viewing public had been inundated by those annoying, moronic and an insult-to-one’s-intelligence adverts for miracle software applications like ‘DoubleMySpeed.com’. I wrote ‘had’ in the opening sentence because I have noted a decided reduction in the frequency of those adverts. They’re still around, just not as often, thank heavens. There is a reason for it. The company that wrote and sells ‘DoubleMySpeed’, CyberDefender, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in United Sates Federal Court on February 23, 2012, citing $5.7 Million in assets against $42.5 Million in debts.

Sloooooow ComputerIn my opinion, it couldn’t happen to a nicer company. From what friends and co-workers have told me, they are consummate hard-sell artists. You down load their ‘free’ software, it scans your PC, finds thousands of ‘errors’ and tells you you have to buy their $59 product to ‘fix’ all the issues it found. Their ‘free’ app will not clean anything, it only reports on what it purported to find. Now here’s the kicker. In many cases, the $59 product will fail to fix a ‘serious’ problem and tells you to contact Technical Support so they can advise you on how tho fix your problem. They will tell you you need to purchase a support contract which ranges from $234 to over $400, depending, I guess, on how easy a pigeon you are. Suppose you tell them to ‘Fuck Off!’ like I would. you’re left with a compromised PC with what can only be described as malware that runs slower than molasses in January.

So you try to uninstall the piece of offal. Sorry… It won’t uninstall. And o yeah… Along the way it installed a toolbar with out your permission too! If you know your way around a PC, you can use the brute force method of booting into Safe Mode, delete the directories in which it installed itself, run CCLeaner to purge the Registry and MalWareBytes to clean up anything left over. But guess what? Even if you didn’t fall for the $59 scam, you can’t uninstall the ‘free’ version either! Those couldn’t cope with the manual removal method and didn’t know somebody like me most times ended up reformatting their hard drive and installing the O/S from scratch.

Oh, please!Here’s something else you may find interesting. All those television adverts from ‘MaxMySpeed.com’, ‘DoubleMySpeed.com’ and ‘MyCleanPC.com’ competing for your money? They are ALL owned by CyberDefender! So no matter which one you chose, you’re fucked!

But they’ve filed for bankruptcy and the frequency of the commercials has slowed to a trickle so everything is right with the world. Uh-uh. CyberDefender as part of their re-organization, has sold the company, lock, stock and barrel to Guthy-Renker Corp which just happens to be one of the world’s largest producer of.. Wait for it…. INFOMERCIALS!!! You thought the adverts were annoying before; just wait. You ain’t seen nuttin’ yet!

Love ya all!

Poppy xxxxxx

Send Me Your Nude Photos

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Poppy by the PoolThat’s right, send me your nude photos! I’ve been described as oversexed because I really enjoy sex and I enjoy looking at photos of nude people, but I really don’t see that as a problem and neither does The Boyfriend! You’ve all seen me in the nude, so how about returning the favour? If you send me your nude pics, I’ll post them on a page in my blog. Don’t worry, I will NOT include any identifying information so have no fears!

My Hard NipplesSo come on! If you’ve never posed in the nude before, you have no idea how liberating it makes you feel. Be a little daring! But if you don’t feel comfortable being totally nude, topless photos are always welcome, and you don’t have to show your face if you’d rather not. After all, teasing can be very erotic as well.

Take your digital pics (preferably large sized) and send them in JPG or PNG format to my personal address, Poppy@TheSexyTechie.com and remember, it’s your patriotic duty to help provide stimulus and this idea is certainly stimulating!

Love you all!

Poppy xxxxxxxxxx

Best Media Player

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PixelationWe’ve all suffered through the frustrating moment when you download a media file, try to play it and all you get is the audio with no video. Most times you don’t get an error code, just a blank screen. The problem? You’re missing some obscure CODEC which is required to ‘decode’ the video stream and allow your player to display it. Other manifestations of a missing or out-dated CODEC are extreme pixelation and distorted images. I’ve also seen where the video plays, but is upside down. But now comes the hard part. Which one of the hundreds of available CODECS are you missing? Is the website you’ve never heard of a reliable source? Will you end up with hundreds of CODECS you don’t need because you had to download a CODEC bundle to get the one you want? Good luck. It is hard enough to figure exactly which CODEC you need, but that effort is further complicated by figuring out which version of the CODEC will work in your particular situation.

DistortionPersonally, I do not like the idea of downloading unknown, possibly virus-laden, code from dodgy websites. Not to mention possibly ending up with with hundreds of these little add-ons on my hard drive. One more thing of which you need to be aware: It is entirely possible that a CODEC doesn’t even exist that would enable that must-see video to be viewed by your media player of choice. Thankfully, there are a couple of approaches to this dilemma. You could download media player after media player (and there are dozens of them) in an effort to find the one that can play your media file natively, but who wants to end up with five or six media players and then keep it all sorted as to which one plays what.

K-Lite CODEC PackYou could go the CODEC route, but in the past, I’ve downloaded CODECS that did much, much more harm than good. But it’s your choice. If you want what is the most reliable and well known CODEC pack, download and install K-Lite. It comes in several different sizes from basic to mega and also has a 64bit pack.

VLC Media PlayerPerhaps I can change your mind about media players. While there are several excellent free players available for download, I and others have had the best experience with an open-source player from VideoLAN called VLC. Personally, I have yet to find a media format that it can’t handle right out of the gate. It installs quickly, is not a resource hog, and is 100% free, including all updates. It is highly customizable including hundreds of different skins and documentation on how to create your own.

Kim KardashianIt is available for Windows, MAC and many different flavours of UNIX and LINUX. The user forums on the VideoLAN site also provide a massive amount of help for any issues you may encounter and since it is open-source, VideoLAN makes the source code available for download for you adventurous sorts who enjoy finding out how things work and possibly improve on them yourself.

Paris HiltonWhen all is said and done, it simply appeals to me to not have half a dozen different media players and hundreds of CODECS on my system.

Let me know which approach appeals to you and why, because now you can go back and watch your downloaded copies of the Kim Kardashian and the Paris Hilton sex tapes! Till next time…

Love ya, Poppy

4th of July

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Here in the States (or The Colonies, as they are sometimes referred to in the UK!) it’s time to celebrate Independence Day. I understand the traditional way is with fireworks and having a Barbie-Que!

Poppy xxxxxxx


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