Biz Bits: PC running slowly? Here’s a tip
Tech Tip: Speed up your computer
Does it take your PC forever to load software? Do you get error messages when you try to uninstall software? Do you have desktop icons that aren't working? If so, your computer is likely experiencing problems with its registry database, the operating system component that stores information about the system, application settings and hardware. The most common causes of problems are the installation and removal of software, online games, application crashes and upgrades of software programs.
Protect your system with something such as Advanced Registry Optimizer 5 (ARO 5), which will safely and effectively scan, identify and repair harmful errors on your computer. A free version of this program is available at www.sammsoft.com.
Ever wonder how much of their money people spend on food and beverages (non-alcoholic)? Here are the numbers from around the world, according to a Forbes.com analysis:
Argentina: 22 percent
Australia: 9 percent
Brazil: 15 percent
Canada: 8 percent
China: 24 percent
Croatia: 23 percent
Egypt: 43 percent
Ethiopia: 55 percent
Finland: 9 percent
France: 11 percent
India: 34 percent
Japan: 12 percent
Russia: 25 percent
Saudi Arabia: 18 percent
South Africa: 18 percent
Turkey: 23 percent
United States: 6 percent
Vietnam: 31 percent
PR Move of the Week
Talk about bad timing. Greyhound quickly moved this week to take down billboards and get rid of its other ads for the bus line in the wake of a horrific beheading on a bus in Canada. The reason? The ad’s theme was "There's a reason you've never heard of 'bus rage.'"
Quote of Note
"They used sophisticated computer hacking techniques that would allow them to breach security systems and install programs that gathered enormous quantities of personal financial data, which they then allegedly either sold to others or used themselves. And in total, they caused widespread losses by banks, retailers, and consumers."
Attorney General Michael Mukasey on a widespread hacking/identity theft scam that was busted recently. So far, 11 people have been charged, and officials said more than 41 million credit card and debit card numbers were stolen.
Number to Know: $821 million
Amount of money that Freddie Mac lost in the second quarter. A year ago, the company reported a profit of $729 million.
Tip of the Week: Back to school for parents
Looking for a way to enhance your career? After you send your children back to school, you might want to go back to school yourself -- with a career-building certificate program.
"For time-pressed parents, certificate programs may offer a relatively quick path to career enhancement," says Stephen Semprevivo, president of ClassesUSA.com, a free online resource that can assist prospective students in finding degree and certificate programs best suited to advancing their personal and professional goals. "Earning a certificate can show your current - and future - employer that you have the skills and dedication necessary to thrive in today's competitive business landscape."
Not only can certificate programs enhance a worker's current marketability to employers, they can also serve as a jumping off point for additional education; in some cases, credits earned in the pursuit of a certificate can be applied toward a degree program. (ARA)
GateHouse News Service