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The Computer Dilemma

Last week I suffered two virus attacks to my laptop. Yes, I said suffered because I have become one with my computer and the world wide web. I talk with my friends, family, and blog readers through Facebook, Twitter, Windows Messenger, and most important: email!

I check my email at least 25 times a day. A little email giddy I know, but if I don’t, it piles up and I miss out on stuff. And I don’t like missing out on stuff!

Well, back to the dreaded virus. While I was going through the motions of having someone remove it and upgrade my windows, I lost the setup for my printer/scanner. The printer works but now I can’t scan and upload anything. I want a wireless scanner and printer anyway so I would not have to leave wherever I am at home to hook up to my printer. It’s a modern day pain but I am grateful for having such a nice printer that was a gift!

Recently, I was at the Wal-mart, better known as Wally World, and was looking around in their electronics department in search of a new printer with a scanner. I came across a very nice looking printer that was compact, matched my decor, and had all the bells and whistles but no price. I looked above , below, to the left and to the right but no price for this model. So, I loaded it up and rolled it over to the check out stand for a price check.

As I waited on the two customers ahead of me to complete their purchases, another sales associate came up to me and commented on the printer I had in the cart. I mentioned that I could not find a price and he instantly whipped out this hand gun thing-a-ma-jig and squeezed the trigger. Voila, the price was more than I cared to pay for it but it was amazing that I could get the info I needed that easily.

Being a gadget guru, I looked up the model of the scanner used at the store but couldn’t find it. I did find one quite similar to it.

Now the mommies and primary shoppers of the world could use one of these that works on a universal bar coding system to identify the price of any and everything that is not listed as it should be!

Now to find the printer I want at the price I’m willing to pay. Believe me, I’m not holding my breath about finding it!

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Managing your Demos

Managing your Demos

Like you can probably tell from the title and the short description, I want to share with you how to manage your demos. If you’ve ever been in the habit of watching demos, the amount of demos you have in your collection can be overwhelming especially when you’re trying to find one in particular. Well here are some of the steps I take to remedy this issue.

1. Rename your archives: sometimes it’s not enough to have an archive numbered or named blackman vs teo. Something more descriptive is required… like Teo’s Laughable Defeat, or you can take a systematic approach by doing something like Blackman_vs_Teo_2, which works well also. Just make sure it points out the specific file’s identity to you.

2. Get rid of the demos that you for sure don’t want.I don’t mean delete all the ones that you’ve seen, but rather delete the trash replays. For instance, for me, I may have a typical replay of me versing a computer that isn’t worth rewatching or a match on GamerRanger that ends in 2 minutes because of a network error. Something like that is of no value so I’ll remove them from my collection. (This one is tough for me because I’m a bit of a pack rat).

3. The final and best step! Reduce the clutter by… Subsequent to step two, create a .7z archive of the remaining demos you have and keep it in your ‘Tzar/Demos’ folder. After you do this, your demos are backed-up so you can now delete all the unarchived demos from the folder. From here on out, whenever you want to watch a specific demo, you can go into the archive and dump the demo(s) into the Demos folder. (Note: Tzar will not recognize the .7z file but it will recognize the raw .wdm file. That is why this works to reduce clutter). After you’ve finished, you’re free to delete the raw demos to keep down the number of files. Also to add any new demos to your collection, just drag them into that archive and *BAM* they are saved!

Conclusion: So I just helped you: Optimize your demo collection by deleting useless demos, Identify and Recognize specific demos by selective naming, and lastly, Reduce clutter by packing all the demos into a neat .7z archive.

If you have any questions, comments, or other suggestions regarding this, feel free to comment here and I’ll make corresponding editions if need be! Thanks for your time. I hope this helps!

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