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10 ways to Improve Windows XP Performance

Disabling certain Windows XP services can enhance performance and security – but it’s essential to know which ones you can safely turn off.

1: Automatic Updates

New security updates will not be automatically installed to your computer.

2: Cryptographic Services

Disable Cryptographic Services at your peril! Automatic Updates will not function and you will have problems with Task Manager as well as other security mechanisms.

3: Plug and Play
If you disable Plug and Play, your computer will be unstable and incapable of detecting hardware changes.

4: Print Spooler
When the Print Spooler service is not running, printing on the local machine is not possible.
  
5: Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Bad news. The system will not boot. Don’t disable this service.

6: Workstation
Disable the Workstation service and your computer will be unable to connect to remote Microsoft Network resources.

7: Network Location Awareness (NLA)
Your computer will not be able to fully connect to and use wireless networks

8: DHCP Client
Without the DHCP Client service, you’ll need to manually assign static IP addresses to every Windows XP system on your network. If you use DHCP to assign other parameters, such as WINS information, you’ll need to provide that information manually as well.

9: Network Connections

If this service is disabled, network configuration is not possible. New network connections can’t be created and services that need network information will fail.

10: DNS Client

If you stop this service, you will disable your computer’s ability to resolve names to IP addresses, basically rendering Web browsing all but impossible.

Nokia Notebooks – Nokia to Launch Netbook Booklet 3G

Nokia Notebooks – Nokia to Launch Notebooks

The mobile giant Nokia is all set and geared to connect people, not with otherwise new versions of Nseries, but this time with notebooks. Behind the scenes is a technical collaboration of Nokia with Quanta and Compal, world’s largest OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer).

Do you know that it would be Intel’s Atom Chips in Nokia notebook supplied by Quanta? So, as Nokia joined hands with Intel, something like this was bound to happen. With Acer’s announcement that it is entering into the mobile industry, Nokia wasted no time to make a giant leap to enter the notebook industry.

The buzz in the market today is that Nokia notebook will also be based on Qualcomm Snapdragon chip that would be exclusively engineered by Compal. However, one needs to keep an eye on which operating system the Nokia smartbook will be based.

So, come Q3 of 2009 and world’s notebook industry is getting hotter with big players.

The One Simple Trick That Can Double Your Adsense

The One Simple Trick That Can Double Your Adsense

I’ve been working with Google’s Adsense program for a while now. If you’re not
already in the program, why not take a look at it now at
https://www.google.com/adsense. I really like Adsense. It makes me money
and it’s easy to work with. Just some simple copy & paste into your webpage
and you’re done. Right?

Wrong! You can do it that way if you want. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get lucky
and get a lot of clicks. But if you’re really serious about making a lot of money
with the program, you’re going to have to tweak it a little.

I’ve invested quite a bit of time experimenting with the program. When I first
signed up, I got some clicks and made a tiny bit of money. That wasn’t good
enough. I knew there must be a way to get more of my visitors to click on the
ads.

Google has a strict policy about not pointing to the ads in any way or asking
people to click on them, so there were two things I couldn’t do. What else was
there?

Then I remembered reading an article once that discussed the psychological
impact of colors on the human mind. I started researching everything I could
find on the subject.

After a lot of reading, many tests and periods of watching my clicks go up and
down, I found the one color combination that seemed to work the best.
Testing previously done at supermarkets had revealed that the same product
could pull more sales from just changing the colors of the label. What were
these colors? Red and yellow! The combination of these two colors has an
immediate impact on the person who sees them. They make your eyes stop and
focus. They pull your eyes right to that part of the page. They grab your
attention! I’m not sure exactly why the combination of red and yellow does this,
but it does. On one of my sites, I changed my Adsense ads to a bright red
border and a yellow background with black text and URL.

My click through rate more than doubled with just that one simple change.
That’s what worked on my site. Your site’s color scheme may work better with a
slightly different color combination. Try lots of different color variations. Make a
change in the morning and let it ride for the whole day. The next morning, try a
different set of colors. Change the border, background, text. Change everything
you can. Most importantly, keep detailed records of the color scheme you used,
click ratio and revenue generated.

After you’ve done all the experimenting you want to, go back to the most
profitable one and let it run for a week or so and see how it does. I’m always
trying different colors even after my run of good clicks with red and yellow.
There are a lot of color combinations to choose from. You never know when
you’ll find just the right one.

The Truth About Google’s Adsense Affiliate Program

The truth about Google’s Adsense program is that it is amazing. It’s the greatest
affiliate program ever invented. There is no affiliate program that even comes
close. If you are not using Google’s Adsense, you’re truly missing out on a great
opportunity. I’ve tried several other affiliate programs, and the only one that is
creating revenue even close to Google’s, is the Amazon.com affiliate program.
Amazon.com’s affiliate program pays 5% commission and up for shipped
products. It’s not really clear how Google pays you, but let me tell you it seems
very fair. They do not pay per clicks, leads, or click throughs; they have a secret
formula that no one will tell. But trust me it works. I was making pennies off of
clicks monthly, until I joined Google. Then the pennies became dollars.

Here are some basic tips for signing up with Google’s Adsense program.

Tip # 1 If you search multiple websites in different categories you’ll find one
thing in common. Almost all of them have Google ads and nothing else. This is
because most other programs are a waste of time. Don’t take my word for it.
Try other programs, but don’t skip Google’s Adsense.

Tip # 2 Google’s search spiders are so specific, that the ads that appear on each
page correspond exactly to some element of that page. Therefore, having ads
from other companies is not a good idea.

TIP # 3 You can place text, image, banner ads and even a search box that will
earn your company revenue. Do not place a search box from another company
on the same page as Google’s search box. They may stop working with you.
In summary, the Adsense program is a great way to make revenue, has
incredibly targeted ads and don’t use other search boxes on the same page as a
Google search box. If you have any questions about Google’s Adsense program,
you can email me at [email protected]

Shawn Ventura is the CEO of http://techpizza.com. He lives with his family in
New York, and is a freelance technology writer.