From the March, 2007 Cyberspace News

Bypassing The Recycling Bin

 Recycling Bin and then deleting them?  If you’re completely, unquestionably sure you want to delete a file and don’t need the    security of sending it to the Recycling Bin, then hold down the Shift key when you right –click a file and select Delete.  You’ll be asked to confirm the deletion, but it will not ask you if you want to send the file to the Recycling Bin.

   If something this permanent makes you nervous, then just keep using the Recycling Bin and periodically delete from there.  


Tips, Tips, Tips

Here are some handy computer tips, courtesy of the website

$-- If you’ve begun to run low on ink or if you don’t use your printer every few days, your printer heads can clog with slowly drying ink.  Run a test print to see if you notice gaps in the lines or other unacceptable printing.  If so, you can clean the heads in a couple of ways.  Your printer’s Properties dialog box probably allows you to activate a head-cleaning utility that cleans the heads by forcing more ink out of them.  You can, however, save ink by doing the job yourself.  Just remove the cartridge and clean the nozzles with a clean cloth and rubbing alcohol.

$-- If you burn a lot of CDs or DVDs, defrag your hard drive frequently.  Hard drives don’t usually store an entire file in one location; instead, they split the file into parts and store each part in gaps created on the drive when you delete other files. For example, if you've stored five 100KB files on a hard drive and you delete the third one, the drive has 100KB of unused space. The next time it saves a file, it splits 100KB of that file and stores that portion in the   vacant 100KB space. When you load that file, the file system has to search for all of the file's components. When you defrag the drive, you move the  portions of files into       contiguous positions, speeding the data transfer, and  decreasing the likelihood of errors.

$-- If your computer is running slowly, you don't necessarily need to reinstall your operating system. make sure that you don’t have unwanted programs hogging your memory. Do thorough spyware and antivirus scans, and then uninstall any unnecessary programs.   Check your system tray. Are there a lot of programs running? Disable anything that you don’t actually need, then see if your system performance improves. If all these fixes don’t help, and it’s been at least a year since you got your computer or you reinstalled the OS, then your PC might be a good candidate for reinstalling the OS.