Archive for August, 2012

Mooresville Computer Repair Home or Office

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Mooresville Computer Repair   Home or Office

Mooresville Computer Repair Home or Office

When you get sick, you go see a doctor, he will examine you and determine what is wrong and then provide a solution to your issue.

Computer repair is very similar. Get your computer in front of a Certified repair technician, determine the problem and provide a solution to fix it…simple!

We specialize in Mooresville Computer Repair; it’s where we live, so it’s where we work. If your PC needs a visit, give me a call and I’ll come fix it!

Tim Grier
Computer Magician
CET Computer Magic
704-677-3035

Computer Cookie Crumbs

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

You bake cookies on a regular basis and leave them on your computer every time you use it. Cookies are small files which are stored on your computer and are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website. Cookies can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. Cookies allow the server to deliver a webpage tailored to particular user’s preferences, or the page itself can contain smart script which is aware of the data in the cookie and is able to carry information from one visit to the website to the next.

What Ingredients are in a Cookie?

Each cookie contains pairs of values known as the key and data (i.e. firstname, john). Once the cookie has been read by the code on the server or client computer, the data can be retrieved and used to customize the web page.

When are Cookies Created?

Data is added to a cookie when a new webpage is loaded. If cookies are enabled the the data handling page on a website would be responsible for storing the values in a cookie. If cookies are disabled the write operation will fail, and websites which rely on the cookie will either have to utilize a default action, or prompt the user to re-enter the information that would have been stored in the cookie.

Note: Cookies can only be used to store information that the user has volunteered or that the web server already has. It is possible that this information could be made available to specific third party websites.

Tim Grier
Computer Magician
CET Computer Magic
704-677-3035

How can I see my hidden files?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Unless you are experiencing computer issues you probably have not delved into your hidden files. They are there and they have a clear and defined purpose. Therefore the warning you receive depending on your version of windows when you make them visible. A  hidden directory or hidden file is a directory (folder) or file which file system utilities do not display by default. They are commonly used for storing user preferences or preserving the state of a utility. They are frequently created when using  the various utilities.

What can effect these unseen files?

Every time you do a Microsoft update you will find the base utility files that are hidden can be updated or deleted as the update directs. Another way that these files can be altered is by malicious programs that use this functionality to hide their presence.

Can I make these files visible?

Although it is not recommended to open and edit the files that are purposefully hidden, they can be made visible.

If you have Windows 7 or Vista:

  • To show hidden files, just click on the Organize button in any folder, and then select “Folder and Search Options” from the menu. Click the View tab, and then you should select “Show hidden files and folders” in the list. Just select that, and click OK.
  • If you are trying to get into the Windows directories, you might want to also remove the check box from “Hide protected operating system files” as well.

If you have Windows XP:

  • Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
  • Click the View tab.
  • Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK

Note: Deleting or modifying hidden files that are system related can cause functional issues such as applications not working correctly or the computer not restarting correctly. They should only be accessed by a qualified professional.

Tim Grier
Computer Magician
CET Computer Magic
704-677-3035