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Mount Shasta Herald

Tech Tip: Speeding up your computer

Does your computer take forever to load programs or change pages when you're surfing the Internet? Does it constantly freeze up? Having a professional examine your system can be costly, and buying a new computer is often unnecessary. Here are some steps you can follow to keep your system running at its best:

- Limit open programs and windows to maximize your computer speed.

- When in doubt, reboot. Often this is all the system needs to begin functioning at a normal pace again.

- Use a registry cleaner. Even if you're extremely careful about how you use your computer and never download questionable material, over time it is inevitable that your system will accumulate unwanted registry entries, errors, clutter and debris. (ARA)

This Week’s Sign of a Bad Economy

An Australian man put his life up for bid on eBay and received $100,000 less than he expected. The man, who recently divorced, was selling all his possessions, his friends and his job (assuming the purchaser wants to/can do rug-store work) and expected to get about $500,000, but he settled for about $400,000. The seller plans to travel and create a new life for himself.

Tip of the Week: Thinking of downshifting?

Professionals more and more are trading in their high-paying, high-stress careers for a more fulfilling life. This trend, known as downshifting, is catching on, as over-worked professionals seek to find balance in their lives. For those who might be considering downshifting, it's important to consider how a career change will alter your life. Dr. Samuel Carrol, business department chair at Everest University in Orange Park, Fla., said, "You have to take your finances into consideration. There is a lot of planning that needs to happen before you make any big changes. Specifically, you need to be thinking about how to meet costs of your insurance, children's education, and mortgage and retirement savings. That being said, with careful planning, changing careers can be done well and can be incredibly satisfying."

In addition to financial planning, downshifting may also require going back to school. "Many downshifters want to open a new business -- perhaps a bed and breakfast, or local used book store or massage therapy business," Carrol said. "Starting a new business in something you are passionate about is a great way to find a fulfilling career, but at the same time, you want to make sure you have the knowledge you need to be successful.” (ARA)

The List

Here are the world’s most corrupt countries, according to Forbes:

1. Myanmar (Burma) (tie)

1. Somalia (tie)

3. Iraq

4. Haiti

5. Uzbekistan (tie)

5. Tonga (tie)

7. Sudan (tie)

7. Chad (tie)

7. Afghanistan (tie)

10. Laos (tie)

10. Guinea (tie)

10. Equatorial Guinea (tie)

10. Democratic Republic of Congo (tie)

Quote of Note

“The first adjustment for people is in the size of vehicle. But when people make that next big decision, about jobs and housing, that’s when we’ll see what appears to be a full-scale shift.”

Catherine Mann, a Brandeis University economist, on what the future will look like if gas prices remain as high (or even go higher) as they currently are.

Number to Know: 27.9

Percent that sales fell for Ford Motor Co. in June. The company reported that sales of its larger vehicles are down as much as 52 percent from a year ago.

Tech News

Windows XP will no longer be available on new computers as of Monday, according to the company. Despite resistance to Microsoft’s newest operating system, Vista, the company is moving ahead without XP. It will provide technical support for XP systems through 2009.

GateHouse News Service