Archives For October 2011

Most people don’t even think about surge protection when they buy a PC, but when you go out and spend a lot of money on a machine it is wise to think about this sort of protection.

Below are some of the reasons why :

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How to Recover Deleted Items Using Microsoft Outlook
Note: these procedures only apply if you have installed Outlook and you are connected to an Exchange Server.

When items are deleted from a folder in a mailbox, those items are first transferred to the deleted items folder of that mailbox. The items can then be deleted from the deleted items folder. This provides a measure of protection in case of accidental deletion. After the items are deleted from the deleted items folder, the items can still be recovered for up to 30 days by using the Recover Deleted Items function.

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The internet is the world’s biggest library with billions of pages of information.  If you don’t know the exact address of the website you need then finding the information you require can be quite a challenge.  This page will hopefully give you a few pointers to help you with searching the internet and a few considerations for checking the information you have found.

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Using the internet safely is about being aware of the dangers and taking sensible precautions.  Surf the websites below to find out how to be e-safe.

ICT AUP – The College acceptable ICT Usage Policy for Students.

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Sidmouth College’s Acceptable ICT Use Policy for Students

Acceptable Internet Use Policy
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Optimization and Cleaning
If your PC is running slowly then try CCleaner. It is the number-one tool for cleaning and streamlining your Windows PC. Using it protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
This useful utility can cleanse temporary or potentially unwanted files left behind by a variety of different applications along with browsing history, recycle bin contents, internet cookies,  file fragments, log files, memory dumps,system caches  and a whole host of other data.

CCleaner also has an integrated registry cleaner to seek and destroy problems within the Windows registry. It gives other options for alteration of programmes installed on your computer as well as start-up configurations.

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CCleaner for Windows PC
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Your guide to available Windows Parental Controls

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Windows Parental Controls

Parental controls are a host of useful features that come with Windows Vista and Windows 7 to ensure that your child is safe whilst using the computer. Once configured, you can block or allow specific programmes to run, set limits (allocate specified times) to when your child can log-on to their account on the computer as well as regulating access to games which are installed on the computer.

The following instructions show how you can utilise these tools to make sure your child stays safe. Using an administrative account on your computer, open the ‘Control Panel’ (situated in the Start menu) and find ‘User Accounts and Family Safety’. Now click ‘Set up parental controls for any user’. You should be presented with a screen similar to the one shown below.

In this scenario, ‘Dad’ is letting ‘Robby’ use his laptop but wants to make sure it is only used for certain things at certain times. If you do not have an account for your child, then click ‘Create a new user account’ and ensure they are a ‘standard user’. Once you have set up the relevant accounts then you are ready to customise their access to various features across windows. Select the account you wish to implement control features on by clicking on the account name. You will be presented with a screen similar to the one shown below.

By default Parental Controls will be off. To enable them, select ‘On, enforce current settings’. Adjustments that can be made to account settings can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. To control when the user can log-on to the system, click ‘Time limits’ – you will be presented with a screen similar to the one below.

This matrix shows hours of the day and days of the week. To block log-in access at specific times, simply click and drag over the boxes to turn them blue. Here, we can see that ‘Dad’ has blocked ‘Robby’s access to the computer on Sunday evening between the hours of 8pm to 8am the following day. Once desired times have been blocked, select ‘Ok’.

The next feature available for use is blocking or filtering of games. Click on ‘Games’ to bring up the following screen.

If you want your child to be able to play games, then leave ‘Yes’ selected at the top. Other options on this page include filtering of games by game age rating or by specific names if this is required. Once you are happy with your selection, click ‘Ok’. In the example we can see that ‘Dad’ is happy for ‘Robby’ to play games.

The final option that you can configure is ‘Allow and block specific programs’. If there are certain applications that you do not wish your child to run at all then click this in the ‘User controls’ menu. You will be presented with a screen similar to the one below.

Scrolling through this list, you can see all the different programmes which have been installed on your computer. To allow your child access to one, select the tick-box next to the programme in question.  Here we can see that ‘Dad’ only wants ‘Robby’ to use Windows Media Player. Once you have made your selection, click ‘Ok’.




Windows Live Family Safety

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