TWT Newsletter, Issue #025 –, – Our first Superguide CD-ROM out now!
Hello again from the Top-Windows-Tutorials.com team! We’re very excited to bring you our newsletter this month as we want to tell you about an important development on our site. Of course, all our regular features are present and correct too, so without further delay, let the newsletter commence!
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In this months issue:-
1) What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com?
2) The first Top-Windows-Tutorials.com Superguide is here!
3) Tip of the Month – Ensure your PC is well ventilated
4) Free Utility of the Month – MozBackup
5) Our top PC games from E3 2009
What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com?
In May, we continued to bring you more PC maintenance tutorials to help you keep your Windows PC running in tip-top condition. We brought you a tutorial on the Disk Cleanup Utility, XP users should click here for this tutorial, while Vista users should click here.
Then, we delved into the murky world of the Windows Registry cleaner. Find out why you should think long and hard before buying one of these tools by reading our article The truth behind the Windows registry cleaner.
As always, we’ll keep adding content to our site throughout the coming months, so don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS feed!
The first Top-Windows-Tutorials.com Superguide is here!
As our readers know and appreciate, here at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com we like to do things differently. While most sites bring you either jargon filled written tutorials, or video tutorials in a tiny window, laced with adverts, we bring you full sized advert free video content with easy to understand written notes. Our newest product is no different. Read on to find out why.
The new fad amongst small and medium sized websites is electronic books or e-books. E-books are seen as a quick way to make money by many web-masters. Surfers pay a fee (up to $50 or more on some sites) and receive a PDF document in return, that they can print or read on screen. The quality of these e-books varies widely, some are well written, others amateurish.
At Top-Windows-Tutorials.com, we consider the e-book format to be outdated and flawed. Moving a book into a computer brings the reader virtually none of the benefits of the computer and several disadvantages, such as eye strain and reduced portability. Because of this, we decided to create a whole new kind of product that would combine the best of the e-book format and still take advantage of your computers capabilities, and the Superguide was born!
Superguides are CD or DVD ROM discs which can be run from any Windows XP or Windows Vista PC. The discs contain video content at a choice of different sizes and resolutions, (in even higher qualities than you are used to seeing on our site!) e-book content which can easily be printed as well as worksheets and additional materials.
Our very first Superguide is the “OpenOffice.org Writer Superguide”. With this fantastic CD-ROM, you can learn how to use one of the most useful productivity tools available on a computer, the word processor. This 16 step programme takes you from novice to professional at your own pace, with both written and video lessons as well as accompanying worksheets and solutions. Whether you want to brush up your CV/Resume, write professional looking essays for school, college, university or work or simply write letters and produce stationery for your home or home business, with the OpenOffice.org Writer Superguide, you’ll be able to do all this and more with ease and confidence!
Tip of the Month – Ensure your PC is well ventilated
It’s such a simple and logical thing, but many users overlook it. Modern PC’s produce heat, lots of heat. Modern processors and graphics cards do an incredible amount of work in the blink of an eye. All that work produces more and more heat that must be pushed out of the computers case in order to prevent overheating.
In spite of this, many users still put their PC’s in tiny, cramped cupboards or alcoves. With the summer fast approaching, temperatures are set to go up and if your computer gets too hot, it can crash, randomly reboot or even stop working permanently. Place your PC on your desk or under your desk with plenty of room at the back and top for the heat to dissipate. Laptop users should also be careful not to block the vents at the rear of their machines.
Free Utility of the Month – MozBackup
If you are a long time user of either Mozilla Firefox internet browser or Thunderbird e-mail, chances are you have the programs configured exactly to your liking. You may have dozens of bookmarked sites in Firefox and lots of e-mails and folders configured in Thunderbird. What happens when you buy a new PC, or need to upgrade or reinstall the operating system on your existing PC? Do you spend an hour or two getting your Firefox and Thunderbird programs set up? Well, now you don’t have to.
MozBackup can take a complete backup of your Firefox or Thunderbird configurations and restore them on another PC, quickly and easily. Simply run the program, save the backup to a removable drive or somewhere on your home network, then run the program again on your new PC and restore the settings. MozBackup can save and restore bookmarks, e-mails, e-mail account settings (such as passwords and mail rules) and pretty much anything associated with Firefox or Thunderbird (as well as several other Mozilla applications!).
In our tests, MozBackup performed flawlessly on everything but Firefox extensions, which we had to restore by hand. A very handy utility for anyone who needs to backup or migrate their Mozilla software. You can download MozBackup here.
Our top PC games from E3 2009
Those of you who game on your PC will probably be aware that the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo took place this month. E3 is possibly the most important annual trade show for the computer and video game market and it’s here the gaming world turns to to see the first previews of the latest and greatest videogames.
Both Nintendo and Microsoft unveiled new controllers for their systems. Microsoft’s fascinating looking Project Natal, a controller system that uses gestures and voice recognition only, wont be ready for some time yet. Nintendo’s new MotionPlus Wii controller upgrade, which promises highly accurate and much improved motion capture, is due to be released in the near future.
For PC gamers, there were several interesting looking titles. Left 4 Dead 2 (suitable for adults only), the sequel to last years zombie survival blockbuster, was officially unveiled. Bioshock 2 (suitable for adults only), the sequel to one of our favourite PC games of recent times, was also officially announced. Those of you who prefer online games should be excited about Star Wars:- The Old Republic, a massively multiplayer Star Wars game set during the war between The Empire and The Republic.
Those of you who prefer something less violent will be pleased to know that the popular Sims franchise has now reached its third outing. Sims 3 featured heavily in EA’s E3 2009 lineup and is now out worldwide.
If you are a PC gamer, remember that games are some of the most demanding types of program that home users run on their computers. Gamers should be particularly careful to keep their PC up to date with not only the latest Windows updates but also the latest graphics card drivers. A slow PC is no fun at the best of times, but even worse when you want to play your favourite games, so don’t forget to check our guide to troubleshooting your PC and our guide to making Windows faster.
That completes our Newsletter for this month. Once again, thank you for reading, we hope that you found it informative and useful. If you did not then please let us know why, you can contact us by visiting this page. If you have enjoyed this newsletter, feel free to pass it on to all your friends and family, or better still encourage them to sign up for their own copy! Until next month, keep checking Top-Windows-Tutorials.com and enjoy happy, safe and stress-free computing!