Category Archives: Life Hacks

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How to Find Information Online

With so many different ways today to find information online, it can sometimes be hard to know where to go to first. I want to look at the major and most effective ways to find information online.
The biggest and most commonly used method is to use a search engine such as Google or Bing. All  of these search engines offer similar features. Text search, Image search, Local search, Product search, are a few of the services they offer. It used to be only a few years ago where Google dominated the Search Engine market. Due largely to the fact that their search technology was the most advanced. Because of the huge investment other companies have put into their search technology, it’s getting harder and harder every day to say which one is really the best. With this in mind I think it comes down more now to which company do you prefer or which layout you like the most.

Another method used to find information is through what is called a Web Directory. Web directories will usually either be relative or general:

Relative – A relative web directory will contain information and links to websites that are all to do with one topic. An example would be a Weight Loss directory that contains only information and links to sites that have something to do with Weight Loss.

General – A general web directory is a site that will contain links and information to do with all types of categories. It will usually be arranged topically to allow ease of use in finding exactly what you want. The biggest and one of the most used directories is dmoz.org, which contains links and information to thousands of different sites, all arranged into categories.

I would recommend checking out a few of these sites, and really trying them out for yourself to see which one will be suit your needs. I’ve found that each site can be used most effectively in different situations. Happy information finding!


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Fix A Scratched CD

Ever had some archived data on a CD and get errors? That precious DVD with family photos have a scratch in it? Trust me. We have all been there. Here is how to fix it.

In this article I will be showing you four little known tips to fix scratched CD or DVD and recover the data within. Every user has had trouble with a scratched CD or DVD. The theory goes like this – A CD/DVD reader or player uses a laser beam to read the data on the disk. This laser beam crosses the protective plastic layer and reads the real recording metal layer. If the protective plastic layer is scratched, the laser will be unable to pass resulting in non-readable disc. In the case of data CDs the CD/DVD reader is unable to read the CD/DVD properly resulting in reading errors while in case of audio/video discs, the CD player skips when we play it.

If somehow we manage to re-smooth this protective layer then the laser will reach the data and read it, now there are many ways we can achieve this using common household item’s as discussed below:

1). Toothpaste – Yup! Toothpaste is our very first scratched CD/DVD fixer, you can use any non-gel based toothpaste for this, just put a very small amount of it on the scratched area and polish it gently using a cotton swab, sometimes the paste may cause new minor scratches but they are just superficial. Now just wash the cd using water.

2). If the above trick does not work try some metal polish like Brasso gently wiping with a soft cotton ball followed by application of Vaseline.

3). Baking Soda – make a small quantity of baking soda paste and apply using a soft cotton cloth buffing the bad scratch. Clean the baking soda before using the disc.

4). You can also try using some oil as a polishing agent this also works many times.

There are many daily use products that can be used to get the cd working just keep on experimenting, please note that you must take special care while using the above tips, be sure to try and preserve the rest of the cd that is not damaged just in case the cleaning process scratches it some more.

So that is some tips on how you can make a CD or DVD reusable after it has been scratched!


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Make Homemade Thermal Paste!

Category : Life Hacks

Is your computer overheating and you have no extra thermal compound to fix it? Snowed in? Can’t get to the store? How about fixing that problem yourself by making some jerryrigged thermal paste until you are able to get to the store and actually get some real stuff!

 

What you need

  1. Toothpaste – Use toothpaste without grit or whitening additives in it– the more basic the better!
  2. Petroleum Jelly – Any kind will do
  3. A Bowl – this just needs to be large enough to mix up some compound
  4. A toothpick – Mixer / Applicator

How to do it

  1. Get your materials together.
  2. Take all coolers and heatsinks off of the overheating cpu.
  3. Add 75:25 mixture of toothpaste to petroleum jelly into the bowl
  4. Mix with the toothpick until you can’t mix no more!
  5. Use the toothpick to apply the newly made paste to the cpu.
  6. Re affix all heatsinks and coolers and then let the compound set for an hour.

 

NOTE: I am not responsible if this causes your computer to overheat again. If that is what happens, then I would look into a new heatsink, better airflow, or more fans.