Jeffs Reviews

I review computer hardware and software, consumer electronics, kitchen gadgets and tools. Almost all I know about computers comes from hands on learning on the internet on my own, no classes or college in computers. I have built a few computers on my own and do all the work for all the reviews I write, contacting the companies myself and asking for things I am interested in purchasing myself. I work hard to bring you my opinions of the things I review and hope you enjoy my writing.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Annoying Websites

Nothing annoys me more than going to a website and when I try to close it , the darn thing won't.

You've probably had this happen to you and I really should not have even bothered going there in the first place but who do these people think they are fooling?

I get lots of junk mail just like the rest of you, we all do, so when something doesn't get caught by my internet providers spam bots and my own internet security program, Trend Micro's, than I am interested in seeing what's up. So I click on this one, some dumb add for a guy selling a guaranteed way to earn $24,000 in 24 hours or some such nonsense, and try to close the web page. It pops up a box and says you really don't want to close this do you, when you click on the red X it opens the page again and other junk.

If you click on other buttons in the pop up window it just goes back to that page or others just like it from this guy who is getting rich not off his money making scheme but your money for telling you how to get rich. Its an endless cycle and only stops if you Ctrl Alt Del and close Internet Explorer.

These people think that if I get taken back to the page I started at I will suddenly think, "Hey they really want me to look at this so I should pay attention..."

Instead what I am thinking is ,"&^*% *@^#^ $&^*& ^(*&* (*(&& ^%%$"!!!

They are not going to impress me by using the close box of the web page as a link back to their web page or other such silly things with web pages and they are just going to get people mad, so why bother.

It's this silly idea that people trying to sell you an idea on how to get rich will try anything to sell you their "Miracle get rich quick scheme that works all the time or double your money back." Add in any term that would apply as to why anyone from that web site would want you to stay there.

In fact it only gets him richer and you less by the cost of his program, but I digress, I was on the topic of silly web page tricks and not on people falling for money making schemes that don't really work.

If you do get stuck in one of those web page black holes where pages just keep opening up and you keep going nowhere, open up the Windows Task Manager by holding down the Control, Alt and hitting the Delete key, click on Start Task Manager and then on the Applications Tab highlight the Internet Explorer, big E with gold circle, by clicking on it and click on End Task.

This will close your Web Browser and get rid of all those popups and stuff, you can just open up Internet Explorer again and even go back to pages you may have been on before you visited the web page nightmare using your History.

By the way there is a real way to make lots of money, its called a job. If your good at something that others want or need, you'll make money at it. Otherwise it's the same old deal, I'll sell you these magic beans that will solve all your worldly problems, and it will only cost you every penny you have plus 10%.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Beware Windows Vista Updates

I had an odd and very frustrating thing happen over the last few weeks and ending yesterday. I updated Windows Vista on my two computers like I do routinely as well as some house keeping like backups and cleaning out old programs.

One update, not sure which one but others have had this, really trashed my startup.

First my loading bar, that little green bar that comes on your screen while Windows Vista does its thing to get ready for work, was pausing for a half a minute while Vista was laoding on startup.

I would have this half a minute delay during Windows bootup and it was annoying because nothing I could do seemed to make a difference. I looked at boot logs and several drivers were failing to load repeatedly and finally they would get together and work correctly.

Yesterday it got really worse, it would take three minutes for Vista to load and I got sick of this. After much internet searching they were complaining mostly about USB devices in a recent update of Vista, I removed all USB devices during startup to no avail. Then one post on a forum mentioned memory card readers as USB devices and my problems were solved.

I removed the memory card reader bay device I had in the computer and my computer no longer paused at all during startup. Get your aact together Microsoft and stop updating stuff that doesn't update things but makes things worse for many.

This was a very frustrating thing as UI tried to find out the cause of something that had nothing to do with my system but with something Microsoft said I needed.

Just goes to show that somethings are not what we do or have but its the other guys fault.

If your having computer problems, especially errors or something that says something, find out more about it on the internet. Type your exact problem in google and you can often find several people who have the same problem. To find a solution add "solved" to your search and you can get several cures, hopefully.