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Turn Off Skype Pop Up Advertisement Messages As Well As Skype Tip And Help Messages

By default the Skype application enables two annoying configuration items that can be in the way when using Skype. The first item is labeled Skype Promotions and will pop up an window over the top of your Skype friends list that offers deals typically on Skype services. The second item is labeled Help and Skype tips which is less annoying than the Promotions pop over however it still can get in the way and visiting the Skype support site will provide the same results. Both of these items are configured in the Skype client under Alerts & messages. An example of a Skype Promotion is displayed below and as you can see it will hover right over your Skype friends list.

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DirecTV HR21: A Problem Has Been Detected In The Storage Device

I was watching a television show late last night via my DirecTV account. The show I was watching has previously been recorded on my DVR and at the time two other shows were recording. When the show I was watching was over I attempted to delete it which it appeared to do but then it locked up one of the shows I was currently recording. Once locked up I was unable to use my DirecTV HD DVR HR21-700 remote to do anything. I waited for about 15 minutes to make sure it wasn’t recover since I had never had one of my DirecTV HD receivers do this before. After waiting that initial time period I decided to go ahead and reboot the receiver which I did by unplugging the power, waiting 15 seconds, and then watching it reboot through its normal cycle. The receiver appeared to be starting as it typically does until it got to the last two steps and after a couple seconds at the final step 1 of 2 the receiver got a blue screen with the message “A problem has been detected in the storage device” message as shown below.

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Panasonic DP-2330 Printer Driver, Download & Install DP-2330 Drivers

A client of mine recently purchased a Panasonic DP-2330 Digital Imaging System. This device functions as a copier and a network printer which can output up to 23 color pages per minute. There are many features to the device that make it a great addition to any office that needs a centralized network printer.

I have installed the Panasonic DP-2330 on Windows Vista Business Edition (32-Bit/64-Bit), Windows XP Home Edition, and Windows XP Professional. This printer will not install automatically using the drivers that come with Windows so you are required to download the GDI printer driver from Panasonic. Use the information below to download and install the printer driver for the DP-2330.

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How to Delete Specific Items From Your Google Search History

If you have enabled the Google Search History feature then every time you search for anything via Google then it will be stored and you can browse this data at a later date. At some point when you sign up for a Google account you will be asked if you want to enable the Google History feature which can be enabled or disabled at any time. The cool thing about this is everything you do will be tracked so if you visited a site a month ago but you cannot remember specifically what it was you can actually go back in your Google History to obtain the details about that site so you can visit it again. Google History will also allow you to know how often you have searched for a certain term, how many terms you searched for each day on Google, or how many web pages visited every day via Google.

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Add The Number of Comments And A Link To Comments To Your WordPress RSS Feed

Your WordPress blog automatically has RSS feed functionality built into it. This allows people to aggregate data from multiple sites in one location to read a lot of data quickly. I personally prefer reading the data on each specific site however I have a lot of friends who prefer to use RSS feeds and then if they want to they will visit the site for more information. One of my friends recently pointed out that it would be nice if he knew when articles had comments associated to them so if a post had more data related to the post included in the comments he could read them. WordPress by default includes a post feed and a comment feed. The comment feed is not very useful since its a full list of comments and doesn’t organize them by post so if there is a conversation between numerous people in one article its hard to read correctly.