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Ashampoo has good programs, but I hate their way of hitting you with email. Its a miracle they havent been sued for spam activity emoticon emoticon emoticon

So, I stay clear of anything shampoo-ish

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Lesigner Girl said:

Thanks, Wizard. emoticon

If a computer always freezes while doing a regular defrag, will Ashampoo be able to do it without freezing?

I can ask the same of Glary, since disk cleanup freezes up the old computer as well.

Ashampoo should sort out your defrag problem LG but as Mooosey states they can send you lot of email which you don't really need so use another email account you don't normally use on a everyday basis.

It will offer you a 30day trial, after that you have to enter a serial number which they email you to the account you registered it to, I have a serial number somewhere which may work to save you all that spam they send you

Glary Utilities will again, clean up your drive and it also has other great utilities that can spring clean your computer. I do have the new TuneUp Utilities 2009 program if you would like it, this can help optimise your PC and clean it too, let me know if you do and I'll supply the link for you

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You mean you don't have to defrag a Mac? emoticon



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Oops I hit the send button before I'd replied, then it wouldn't let me edit.

No. If it starts behaving sluggishly, just restart. If that doesn't help, you run the disk doctor program and that fixes anything that might have got confused, I only run it maybe once a year and that only if something funny happens which is very, very rare. And you don't need anti-virus software, except on the 'parallels' program which is the Windows emulator. And that I only use to access Smileys Central because they won't allow Macs to have access to their database.
It's very stable, I let the software updater run at the end of the month to check for updates, when I have unused bandwidth for the month. I did this on Saturday while I watched a movie. When it was done, it asked me to restart, I did that and all was fine, everything that needed updating was done.
I sound like a fundamentalist when I talk about Macs but I know I'm not wrong. I've used pcs in business and when I visit friends who have them, and of course I have the PC facility on this machine, it drives me mad because everything is so complicated.
Like for instance, when I download something to the Mac from a website, I right click, it says "save as..' gives me the option of saving the item wherever I want to on my hard drive. And this includes any graphics I want. If the graphics are blocked, all I do is click alt, shift and the number 4 at the same time, and I can take a snapshot of the graphic which automatically goes to my harddrive and I can then open it in Photoshop.
When I want to download the Smileys in Smiley Central, I have to understand a whole lot of garbage to get the thing, almost having to write SC into my Will. So now I see the smiley I like I click on it and drag it to the Mac desktop and there I have it, no mess no fuss and no PC directory nonsense.
I just find the whole thing too complicated and too cumbersome.
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I use Uniblue power suite, but alas, it is not free emoticon

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Thank you all for that information. emoticon

MO, I'm so used to PC hotkeys that I hate using the Mac at work. Not only that, but I have already found two sites that don't work on it (Safari is all that computer has), and I rarely even get on the internet from work. I blame the web developers for this, though, especially since those two sites make enough money to afford a Mac or two for testing.

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Which two sites are those Lesa. I'd like to test them with Firefox. I must be honest and admit that I don't like Safari, It is the Mac standard and Mac purists swear by it. I prefer using FIrefox it's a lot more fun to use.

I understand that it takes an adjustment to get used to using a Mac, I know that because of having helped Petal make the transition.
But now that she's had it for 3 months, she won't use the PCs they have in their house under any circumstances. A bit like the way I feel when people come her for lessons and they bring their laptops with them, I make them use the Macs for internet surfing because I find the PC so cumbersome.
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http://mail.yahoo.com – When you log in, Safari on Mac will tell you that it's not compatible and you need to switch to Yahoo mail's classic layout. This makes the site usable, but not as nice as their current format.

http://www.skype.com – Again, the big problem comes after logging in, but unlike Yahoo, they don't offer any way around it. On the "Account" page, the whole section in the middle where all the links and information should be are just gone... nothing but white in the middle, except the far left and right edges of the blue/white/shadowed box. This renders Skype's website completely worthless on a Mac with the version of Safari we have at work.

I should probably note that the IE on my PC was obsolete until I updated it myself, so Safari on the Mac is probably way out of date as well. I only recently tried using it for these two sites, and only Skype's website once to change my call forwarding from my landline to my mobile because I forgot to do it before work. Rather than waste my 10-minute break upgrading the browser on the company computer, I just ended up using the PC for that.

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Which Mac operating system is it using Lesa? I've just updated my Intel Mac running OS10.5.6, I use Yahoo mail as one of my mail addresses very successfully and I downloaded Skype and use the interface on my desktop, I have it on permanently so my kids can call me at any time. Yahoo mail, asked me to verify my password and it's working fine. Both of them - in Safari.
It could simply be that someone needs to do a software update on it. Look under the Apple menu at the top left, click on 'about this Mac' to see the OS version. Under that is the software update utility, run that. It should update everything and then it should all work perfectly.
It even works with old machines. My IMac is running 10.3 (I think, it's not on at the moment, I've turned it off because of an expected electric storm) even that one gets updated from time to time.
Looked again, they are both working perfectly in Safari.
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It uses OSX (are there different versions of that like XP has SP2 and SP3?), but it could be an old version of Safari. I'll run an update sometime this week. Thanks for telling me how. emoticon

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