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Have you visited my new shop yet?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Whilst I get down to making the changes that I’ve listed so far, I’d like to tell you about a new online shop that I launched this week.

Since the middle of 2007 I have been producing a weekly podcast called “German Words Explained” in which we do exactly that: we explain German words.

With all the extra editions that we produced there are now 160 episodes, and we have decided to produce transcripts of them which can be purchased in the new store.

For more about that please visit the store announcement.

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I will report back next week on how the changes are going.  For the weekend I have two guest posts lined up which will I hope will be of interest.

How to Install a Samsung Printer

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

When you get a new printer it isn’t just a case of plugging it all in and away you go – if only. Instead there are various installation procedures that must be met, which are further complicated if you need to network it amongst numerous devices in a single office or home.

For the purposes of this blog post, I will go be concentrating on installations for Samsung Printers. Fortunately there isn’t anything wildly different amongst the various manufacturers, but if you’ve just bought yourself a new Samsung printer you may want to take a few hints from this short blog post. Anyway, you’ve got your new printer, it has been delivered to your office and you need to get it up and running. Well, after you’ve unpacked it all, located the various wires and cabling before assembling any component parts – for this you will need to consult the individual manufacturer’s installation guide.

Of course, if you’ve opted for one of the larger Samsung Colour Laser Multifunction Printers, you can expect a bulkier package with more parts to assemble and more room required to house it all. Despite their bulk and added complexity, it should be said that most Samsung Laser Colour Printers represent very good value. Not only do they not have the associated cost of including colour inks and components, they also merge a good number of devices all into one – mostly a scanner, fax and copier function, although more complex models will have increased specification and prices to match!

But I digress. Once your printer has been assembled and all wires have been connected up, you need to work on networking it with your computer system – whether that’s one device or more. This process begins by installing the driver. Your Samsung printer should come with a disk, or indeed a number of discs, which contain the driver information. In order for your computer and printer to effectively communicate, you will first need to have this installed.

If you’ve bought a model that isn’t brand new you might want to check for any updates only. You should be prompted if this is the case, but if not go along to and match your printer to the latest driver software available. As soon as you’ve completed all of this, you should be connected up to your new Samsung printer.

You will also need to install the device on any computers that will be sharing the Samsung printer. To achieve this you will need to go into the computer, find the Control Panel (assuming it is a Windows-based PC of course), then follow the Printers and Faxes tab. Here, if it isn’t already installed, you can choose to Add a Printer. If your printer isn’t showing then you’ll need to make sure that everything has been installed correctly and that the connection is properly setup. Once it’s up and running, give it a few test prints. This should ensure that the printer element is working on all the connected devices. If there are any issues, consult the manual or check through your installation process to ensure that you haven’t missed anything out. If you’ve purchased a multifunction printer, you should also try out the additional features remotely. To make sure that all the networked computers are all working as they should be, you might want to do some quick test scans.

Installing a multifunction printer comes with added challenges, but the driver should guide you through the installation process and ensure that your whole network can enjoy the benefits of its many functions. Regardless of the model you’ve chosen you should find that installation is a walk in the park, so don’t panic. If you do get stuck there is plenty of help available on the website or through their customer services, details of which can be found in your printer’s documentation.

Editor’s note: the views reflected here are those of our guest blogger, and do not necessarily concur with the advice we may give in a personal consultation.

How Do I Get Rid Of Spam

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Emails are a lot more useful without spam. It is a real nightmare to open the inbox and find dozens if not hundreds of spam messages and start sorting them to identify valuable mail from unsolicited messages. There are tools, tactics and strategies that can assist you in the attempt to get rid of spam without too much trouble and no investment at all.

Two separate email accounts should be created, one that can be used without restrictions and a real one that works just for private and businesss purposes. Whenever you get on a page or website that needs registration, you should type the all-good email address to get access to content. The private email address should remain private even when you have a website that you actively work on. You can get rid of spam if you know how to organize your professional email address.

A good spam filter or blocker that detects the unsolicited mail messages works just fine for the protection of the business email account. Even so, it is dangerous to open messages received from people you do not know professionally or whom haven’t contacted you otherwise. The spamming activity also proliferates because most spam emails have a notice of receipt function that informs the sender on whether you have opened the email or not.

Forwarded emails make another clever strategy used by spammers to collect long lists of email addresses. A spammer sends a funny message, a warning or some other catchy message and encourages you to forward it to friends. These mails circulating on the Internet will be collected later and used for various spamming schemes. When you don’t answer to forwarded messages you make one step further to get rid of spam.

Anti-spam tools are a very efficient way to keep unwanted emails away if they are supported by preventive measures as well. Depending on the features available and the selected settings, a software can get rid of spam more or less efficiently. Consider such issues carefully for a safer and improved communication with friends and business contacts.

Updates of filters and blockers are also essential when you try get rid of spam mail in the most effective way possible. Spammers require permanent adaptation to the blocking settings of the tools, and the features of both protective and malevolent software change and get more complex every day. The validity and efficiency of a protective program is limited because of the improvements corresponding to the rapidly altering world of the Internet.


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