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Here's some good advice from DUMMIES eTIPS for Microsoft Windows. Hey, did you know you can go to http://etips.dummies.com and sign up for emails with all kinds of crazy tips? (We have rewritten a few details to make it match our version of Windows.) 
By the way, do everybody a favor and use your personal email address when you subscribe to newsletters. Using your personal email and not your "user(at)cvs.k12.mi.us" address reduces the amount of spam we all get. Thanks.

What to Do When Your Computer Freezes Up Solid

Every once in a while, Windows just drops the ball and wanders off somewhere to sit under a tree. You're left looking at a computer that just looks back. Panicked clicks don't do anything. Pressing every key on the keyboard doesn't do anything - or worse yet, the computer starts to beep at every key press.

When nothing on-screen moves except the mouse pointer, the computer is frozen up solid. Try the following approaches, in the following order, to correct the problem:

bulletApproach 1: Press Esc twice. 

This action usually doesn't work, but give it a shot anyway.

bulletApproach 2: Press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete all at the same time. A Windows Security Window opens. Click the "Task Manager" button. In the "Windows Task Manager" window, click the "Applications" tab.

If you're lucky, Windows Task Manager appears with the message that you discovered an "unresponsive application." The Task Manager lists the names of currently running programs - including the one that's not responding. Click the name of the program that's causing the mess and then click the End Task button. You lose any unsaved work in it, of course, but you should be used to that. (If you somehow stumbled onto the Ctrl+Alt+Delete combination by accident, press Esc at the unresponsive-application message to return to Windows.)

If that still doesn't do the trick, try clicking the Shut Down button in the Windows Security Window and choosing Restart from the pop-up menu. Your computer should shut down and restart, hopefully returning in a better mood.

bulletApproach 3: If the preceding approaches don't work, push the computer's reset button. 

When the Turn Off Computer box appears, choose Restart. With some computers, the reset button is in a hole in the case, requiring you to use a straightened paper clip to push the button. Some computers do not have a reset button. 

bulletApproach 4: If not even the reset button works, turn the computer off using the Power button and choose Restart from the Turn Off Computer box.

In some cases, you have to hold the Power button down for 5 seconds.

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B U Z Z W O R D S  O F T H E D A Y

MEETINGS: Meetings have become so tainted they now go by a number of other names. These definitions from a recent Jared Sandberg column in the Wall Street Journal were so accurate BuzzWhack decided to share them with its readers:

bulletBRIEFINGS -- meetings that last longer than intended
bulletSEMINARS -- expensive meetings with handouts
bulletPRESENTATIONS -- meetings preceded and followed by many other meetings
bulletVIDEOCONFERENCES -- meetings with technical difficulties
bulletCONFERENCE CALLS -- meetings with eye-rolling
Reprinted with permission: To see the full Buzzword Compliant Dictionary, just click here. http://www.buzzwhack.com

These super sites are making old books new again. (See our Top 10 Web sites of all time here and suggest yours!)
bulletTurning the Pages: http://www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/digitisation1.html: Discover the British Library's award-winning site created from the treasures of their collection. Just click on the links, wait a few moments, then turn the pages of their greatest books. Don't worry if you can't read Leonardo's handwriting, transcripts are available!
bulletRead Print: http://www.readprint.com/ : This "website offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast."
bulletProject Gutenberg http://gutenberg.net/: Forget that young whippersnapper, Read Print, Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of free electronic books! In addition to text, audio books are beginning to appear. 

Now here's a special end-of-the-year gift to you for having read this far. We've collected the complete text and audio files from Project Gutenberg for two of our favorite Sherlock Homes stories: A Study in Scarlet (in which Dr. Watson meets Sherlock for the first time) and The Sign of Four (which begins with Sherlock shooting up cocaine!). 

Open up the U:/ directory and look for a folder named Sherlock Holmes. (U:\Sherlock Holmes) There you'll find separate folders for each story. Each folder contains the following.

bulletA text file of the complete story.
bulletA Study in Scarlet
bulletThe Sign of Four
bulletAudio files (MP3 format) for each chapter. The Sign of Four is professionally read, while A Study in Scarlet uses a computer generated voice.
bulletA Windows Media Player playlist file, which collects the audio files in order for easy listening.
bulletA Study in Scarlet (4 hours, 22 minutes)
bulletThe Sign of Four (4 hours, 15 minutes)

Accessing these files at "Holme" is elementary, my dear Watson. Go to this page for links to most of these files. While the text files would easily fit on one floppy, you'd need to burn a CD to contain all the audio files. Enjoy!

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Craig McBain
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