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Pack For Moving With These 5 Simple Tips

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DIY tips for busy professionals who are facing a move. Are you facing a move in the near future or know someone who is? Moving can be exciting but also overwhelming, which is why we’ve put together these packing tips to simplify the process for you. For more help, contact us to help you pack, get your move organized or unpack and organize your new home. We’re here to make it easy on you.

  1. Locating boxes. If your moving company is not providing the boxes or you are making a local move, you a have a couple of options for obtaining supplies. Many moving companies offer used boxes for a reduced price or free. Also, grocery stores and liquor stores give away free boxes. Grocery stores typically unpack supplies in the morning so get there early before they have already recycled them.
  2. Order matters. You don’t want to start the packing process with your kitchen or you won’t be able to eat and serve meals for a week or longer. Begin with storage areas and closets that don’t get used as often. If you don’t anticipate a smooth transition from one home to the next or if space to store packed boxes is minimal, consider renting a PODS storage unit to hold boxes as you pack them. Order also matters within each box. Heavier items (like books) should be packed in small boxes or on the bottom only of larger boxes or they will get too heavy to lift. Lighter and delicate items should be placed near the top of boxes or in larger boxes.
  3. Tricks of the trade. Plates should be packed on their sides, not flat. Placing a foam plate between each one and then wrapping a pack in paper gives good protection. Use Glad Press & Seal to keep items in divided trays (think silverware drawer). Items stored in furniture drawers can stay put. To keep drawers from opening, wrap your furniture with stretch wrap film. Hanging clothing can be left on hangers. Use a trash bag and punch a hole in the bottom with your fingers. Place a group of hangers (10-15) through the whole to create a makeshift garment bag out of the trash bag. Place a second bag on the bottom of the clothing and pull up. The two bags can be sealed with packing tape to protect your clothing. Hanging clothing packs stack nicely on the back seat of a car or on top of boxes in the truck.
  4. Labeling is important. Whether you label the boxes with the room they should go to, the room they came from or the contents of the box, the key is to stay consistent. If movers will be carrying in the boxes, they are going to be looking for writing that tells them which room your box will go to. Signs on bedroom doors will help them know where to bring the boxes. Labeling things like curtain rods, hooks & nails for hanging things, cords & cables will also be a lifesaver on the other end. If your electronics cords scare you, take a picture of how they are all hooked up before you unhook and pack them. It’s also wise to backup your computer before unhooking. It may be awhile before it is hooked back up to your back up drive.
  5. Pack for your trip. If you are moving across country, you will need to pack for the travel days to your destination. I recommend packing for more days than expected, just in case. Moving vans are notorious for arriving late and sometimes boxes don’t get unpacked immediately. You will also want to put together an emergency folder to have with you in the car. Vital records, bills to pay, moving company information and to do lists can be stored here. Lastly, pack an essentials box with items you will need right away when you move in (toilet paper, paper plates, cutlery, coffee, etc).
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‘Winword Caused a General Protection Fault’ – Word Error and Recovery

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Normal.dot or global template is the basic template that Microsoft Word uses each time when you create a document. Even if you are using some other template, this global template always remains in use. Normal.dot file often gets corrupted leaving Word documents is suspect state. You should restore the documents damaged due to Normal.dot corruption from backup. But in some of the cases, backup is found as not updated, damaged or unavailable. Thus, in such situations, you should use word repair software to scan and repair your damaged Word document.

You might receive the similar error message when trying to open a Microsoft Word document:

“Winword caused a General Protection Fault in module USER.EXE”

You cannot access such document.

Cause

Probable causes for the above error to occur are:

o Normal.dot (Global Template) file is corrupted

o You have installed Word in Works Suite add-in program (included with MS Works Suite 2000) and the add-in program in corrupted.

o Installing MS Works Suite 2000 adds some additional functionality to Word. There are several new features added to File Menu, Mail Merge and Wizard.

Solution

To solve the above describes issues, you should follow these methods:

o Click Start->Search->All files and folders and type Normal.dot in All or part of the file name box. Select the Windows installed drive and click Search.

Rename the Normal.dot file to Oldnormal.dot. Upon restating Word, it will recreate a new global template.

o If the issue doesn’t resolve, insert MS the Microsoft Works Suite Disk 1 CD-ROM into the system and press and hold down SHIFT key while inserting it. Next, remove Word in Works Suite add-in program using Add or Remove Programs wizard of Control Panel.

o The existing issue should get resolved by following above steps. But if you find Word document(s) as damaged due to Normal.dot corruption, try restoring from backup. In case of backup concerns, you need to use word recovery applications.

Word repair tools scan a damaged document using powerful scanning algorithms and restore them. These are non-destructive applications with self-descriptive interface and complete documentation.

Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery is an advanced tool to repair and restore Microsoft Word documents. It is available with support to Word 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000 and certain powerful Word Recovery features. It can restore all objects like hyperlinks, tables, images, drawings, macros and others. It is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000 and NT.

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Free Recovery Software Options For Resolving a Hard Drive Failure

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When your computer throws up an error message stating there has been an ‘error reading fixed disk’ or ‘hard drive failure’ then do not panic that your computer and all its data are completely lost just yet. Before you send your computer off to be repaired there are some free recovery software tools that can assist you.

The starting point for troubleshooting a hard drive failure is to think of any new hardware you just added. These can cause system conflicts with your drive (effectively making it disappear to the BIOS) that can be resolved by removing the hardware.

Next, if your computer is failing to start properly then try booting up in safe-mode. If this works then the issue is software related, rather than being a hardware issue, which is a positive sign. Make copies of all your crucial data before attempting any repairs.

Your disk may simply have faults with the partition table and master boot record system files. There is a great free tool called Test Disk by CG Security that can automate repairs to these files for you quite effectively.

It is also possible your Windows registry has been corrupted. You can use Windows System Restore tool (in programs > accessories > system tools) to revert your system files back to a set checkpoint. While this will roll back any recent registry damage, it will also affect any programs installed/updated from the version date. This can be remedied though by reinstalling the applications.

Finally, if you feel your data has been lost, deleted or formatted then free recovery software such as Recuva or PC Inspectors Smart Recover can help identify files still left on the the hard drive.

If these steps do not help or you feel there is a mechanical fault in the hard drive (bearings/reading heads seized, etc.) then data recovery experts have the requisite disk reading tools and specialist recovery software to read even broken disks.

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Vital Factors to Consider When Choosing a Colocation Service Provider

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The process of server colocation is gaining popularity with each passing day. This is due to the many benefits that the service offers to the clients. Out of the increased popularity, many service providers have come up to meet the high demand. As a result of this, competitive prices and services have come up hence making the decision easier. However, it is important to understand that not all the service providers render what they claim. Some are out to make money at the expense of the clients hence the need to consider a few factors before committing oneself to any given provider.

The first and the most important factor that ought to be considered is the cost of the service. In colocation, one hires the equipment to get the servers up and have them well managed. This is a type of rental service. Different fee structures are incurred from different service providers. This is especially because of the high competition that exists and minor policies by the service provider. Generally, the fee is usually based on the size of the servers and the bandwidth that one will receives. Comparing can help one in getting the most competitive prices. Affordable costs enable one to enjoy all the features without any strains. However, it is important for one not to compromise the quality of the services for cost.

The next thing that one has to consider in a colocation firm is the size of bandwidth that one will get. This is the factor that determines the reliability of the connection that one will get to the servers. A poor or slow connection leads to the slow down of the business activities and the subsequent pushing away of the potential clients. It is highly advised to choose a service provider with the highest possible bandwidth. This will ease the access and hence enable better performance.

The security of the services rendered matters a lot. The company’s servers contain vital information which if poorly handled can lead to the nose dive of the business. The service provider should therefore be having the most reliable security to the servers. This is both through remote access, manual alteration by the unauthorized as well as physical damages. It is important that one check on the security measures employed by the firm and gauge whether they are reliable or not.

The services offered by the colocation company have also to be considered. The data center should be able to offer all the necessary technical support with great reliability to ensure that the server performance is ensured round the clock. It is highly recommended that one look at the professionalism of the technical support staff and how fast they are at responding to malfunctions. This will ensure reliability at all times.

It is important for one to discuss the features of the service provider with an experienced person in the field. This will help determine any loopholes and the strong points.

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