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Cloudeight Information Avenue - Issue #523 - February 4, 2012 - Cloudeight Direct Computer Care

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Welcome to Issue #523 of InfoAve Free Edition! 

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Cloudeight Direct Computer Care

We are glad that so many of you have taken advantage of our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care. We have now helped more than 75 of you with your computers. And we have so many more to help. We're having fun and helping people - it's been a great experience for us so far. We look forward to helping you with your computer soon!

We're received so many nice comments from those we've helped - we'd like to share some of them with you:

A comment from Robin and Tom
I wanted to thank you again for all the help on our computer this past weekend. MusicBee is working wonderfully for us; no more skipped songs. I will be adding new music to it this weekend and can't wait to see how it works with our mp3 players.

I can't believe all the time you spent with us on Sat. & Sun. If we had taken our computer to a tech. I know it would have been gone for 5-7 days and cost at least $75 or more. Plus there would have been time lost while the tech would be calling and asking questions that you could due right there & then.

You were able to figure out what was happening with Windows Media Player, removed programs from our start menu that didn't need to be starting when the computer started. Now our computer is running much faster. I will be telling everyone on the Hill how GREAT this program is and they should sign up for it as soon as possible.

Also told some friends at work and will try and get them to join the Hill and check out your programs.

Thanks again for all the time & help.
Robin & Tom

A comment from Bill
Holy smoke,--talk about going the extra mile !!! Darcy (EB) stayed with me seemingly forever and really changed the way my computer works. The chat feature gave me opportunity to respond to questions to make sure she was correct in what was going on. It was fascinating to watch her work. The help I received is invaluable and at what a price. The word needs to get around !!!! Cheers, Bill in New Mexico.

Thanks Bill. We had a great time interacting with you while we fixed your computer. Who ever thought getting their computer fixed could be so much fun!, We're glad your computer is running great again. Thanks so much for your nice comments and your support. And thank you for using Cloudeight Direct Computer Care!  TC & EB

A comment from Ruth
Wow! What a wonderful experience with Cloudeight Direct Computer Care! I sure needed help and I got it in jig time with EB giving 200%. It was as if she were sitting right beside me. With the running conversation in the chat box, it was a very personal experience.

Thank you so much....I feel like I've been let out of a cage, and that you have my back. Taking my computer into a shop has never been very satisfactory and I highly recommend Cloudeight Direct Computer care to everyone! Ruth N.

Thank you, Ruth. We're glad we were able to help you with your computer.. It was nice getting to know you too! Thanks for your support and for using Cloudeight Direct Computer Care. And thank you so much for your very nice comments. TC & EB

Anyone who has ever taken their computer to a repair shop knows that you'll pay at least $50 (most often more) just to have a technician just look at your computer. Any time he or she spends working on your computer you're charged extra. Most service calls end up costing well over $100 - and there are seldom any guarantees. Until now, your choices were limited. Now you can get computer services performed by someone you trust. We are now able to provide you with direct, personal, one-on-one computer repair, help and assistance to you via our new service we call Cloudeight Direct Computer Care.

Get more information about our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care service here.

How does our new Cloudeight Direct Computer Care work?

You simply purchase Cloudeight Direct Computer Care keys via our Web site. When you have a computer problem you need help with, or if your computer is running slowly and you want to optimize it; or if you need help setting up email accounts or installing software, or if you need to have adware, spyware, malware removed, (or whatever computer assistance you require), you just fill out a special form and tell us a little about your computer and the problems you are having, or what you would like to have done, and we'll set up an appointment with you. Then we'll connect directly to your computer (with your permission, of course) and work with your computer directly - just as if we were sitting there with you. And it there's something which requires us to talk with you - we'll provide telephone support when necessary. Your satisfaction is guaranteed - or your money back

Our price-plans are simple: $39.95 for one repair service key or $99.95 for three repair service keys (that's less than $34 per service key!). Our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care keys never expire - you can use them today, tomorrow, next week or next year. It's like having computer repair insurance. We guarantee our services. We'll give you a prompt refund if you're not completely satisfied. It's that simple. Even if your computer is running great now, chances are you'll need help or service in the future  Take advantage of our low introductory pricing - we guarantee you won't find a better deal on personal, friendly computer care anywhere. We'll help you -- or your money back. You've got nothing to lose.

Think of Cloudeight Direct as inexpensive insurance for your computer. Even if your computer doesn't need repair right now, you can buy your service keys now and use them whenever you need them.  Our Cloudeight Direct Service Keys never expire. Get yours now and save!

Get more information about our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care service here.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Marty wants to know if we have an alternate free image-based backup tool
Hi. Love your newsletters! I have been following your recommendations for years. Youíve been recommending Paragon Backup and Recovery free for awhile. It may be a great program but itís too complicated for this old man lol. Is there another backup program...

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Sharon wants to know another way to book into Safe Mode
Hi guys. I love your newsletters. In the past couple weeks Iíve had to boot into safe mode. Pressing the F8 key either holding it down or tapping the F8 key when my computer is booting doesnít always work for me. Sometimes ...

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COMPUTER TIPS AND TRICKS

And Just How Fast is YOUR Browser?
All computer users

EB and I argue all the time about Internet Explorer. I say itís junk; she says itís great. Itís a matter of personal taste. Or is it? Does your browser make a difference? As with all things on the Internet, misinformation abounds. Thereís only one sure way of testing how fast a browser is...

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You Don't Need No Stinkin' Attachments
All computer users

It came to our attention this week that many people still send large attachments via email. That can be a problem. Some ISPs have a limit on the size of attachments you can send. Web mail providers (Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.) have limits too. Since most people have high-speed Internet access Ė itís tempting to send large files as attachments...

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Thoughts about a Letter to the Editor of USA Today
How priorities get skewed by misinformation about ďonline trackingĒ

Weíve always thought that people allow themselves to be concerned with the insignificant, while disregarding the important. I recently read a letter to the editor in USA Today (USA Today Ė January 31, 2012). I donít know what to say about this manís comments, except to say I think his comments typify how most people feel about so-called ďonline trackingĒ.

Hereís a man who was looking at furniture online and finds it unnerving that he would see ads for furniture appear during his browsing sessions during the next week....

Read the rest here.


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THIS WEEK'S FREEWARE PICK

Today's Cloudeight Freeware Pick: Music to Your Ears

Youíve heard of spelling bees, quilting bees, honey bees, and, ah yes, the birds and bees. But have you ever heard of the music bee? I didnít think so. Thereís a story here, and Iím going to tell it to you Ė because, well, you know how I am.

About a week ago, I was helping some nice people with their computer (Shameless plug for Cloudeight Direct Computer Care here). They were having trouble with Windows Media Player 11 on Windows XP. These folks, like many other music-loving people, had iTunes.

Find out what our freeware pick is this week.


This week's essay

Down On The Farm

These are the dog days of winter and there is not much to do in my pathetic, little town this time of year. I suppose though, it's all relative. Some folks find plenty to do indoors. I saw a bunch of people the other day standing around in Wal-mart and watching them put up St. Patrick's Day decorations. There was also a big crowd gathered in Wal-mart on February 15. They were watching Wal-mart "associates" tear down those big, red hearts and toss old boxes of unsold, out-of-date chocolates into the "reduced" bin. I can imagine that it was kind of exciting, watching those hearts being dumped into the "I am not wanted" bin. I think there must be something profound in all of that, but for the life of me, I can't get my head around it.

Winter is taking its toll on me. These bitter, cloudy, winter days seem to run together in an endless trail of torture this time of year. Nature's way of exacting a toll on someone foolish enough to live where I do? While there are some signs that winter is entering its golden years - tulips and crocuses sticking their heads up out of the frozen ground, the sun setting later and in a more northerly inclination - I know March will bring nothing but more harsh, wet, windy weather. Sometimes I think March is the cruelest month of all...

Read the rest of this essay here.


Our Information Avenue Web Site

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Cloudeight Direct Computer Care is now available worldwide!
We'll make your computer repair session fun!

We can make having your computer repaired, fun. We work with you one-to-one and help you get the most out of your computer. One of our Cloudeight Direct customers called us "The Tweak Squad". We like that -- better than the GeekSquad anyway! We will make your computer repair session a pleasant experience for you. Really!

You'll pay at least $50 (most often more) just to have a technician just look at your computer. If me he or she spends any time working on your computer you will be charged for that time. Most service calls end up costing well over $100 - and most of the time you don't get any guarantees. Until now, your choices were limited. Now you can get computer services performed by people you trust. We are now able to provide you with direct, personal, one-on-one computer repair, help and assistance to you via our new service we call Cloudeight Direct Computer Care.

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February 4, 2012

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