title:10 Ways To Save Time And Money With Packing And Shipping On Ebay author:Dave Bromley source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_1923.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:08 category:computers_and_internet article:

One problem with eBay is that unless you are careful you can end up spending far too much time on routine tasks such as packing and shipping. Not only is…

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title:10 Tips to Stay Safe and Secure Online author:Steve Robson source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_239.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:08 category:computers_and_internet article: The Internet can be a dangerous place. While you’re enjoying the convenience of online shopping, Internet banking and subscription websites, nasty people lurk around every corner. Hackers, fraudsters, identity thieves and many others would love to get hold of your personal details. And what stands between you and a security disaster? Your password. Just 8 little characters long, it’s your last line of defense online. Here are 10 tips for choosing and using bullet-proof passwords that will protect you from harm: Tip 1 – Avoid the obvious Passwords based on personal details are too easy to guess. Avoid using names, places, favorite sports teams, or “password”. Tip 2 – Make it non-dictionary One option a thief might try to crack your password is a brute-force dictionary attack. Choose something that you won’t find in any dictionary. Tip 3 – Use the full 8 characters The more characters a password contains the more secure it becomes, so fill that password field to the max. Tip 4 – Mix the case Deter thieves further by using a combination of upper and lower-case letters. A mIXeD cAsE password adds another layer of protection and is ever harder to guess. Tip 5 – Include non-alphabetic characters Adding numbers and non-alphabetic characters (like a hyphen) to your password makes it less likely to be cracked than something purely alphabetic. Tip 6 – Don’t write it down This should be obvious but it’s amazing how many scraps of paper surround the world’s PCs. Tip 7 – Assign a different password to each login id If thieves get hold of your password, they’ll try it in every online system available. Use a separate password at each website and you won’t have all your eggs in one basket. Tip 8 – Employ a password manager Remembering multiple secure passwords can be challenging. Specialist software like http://www.robo-form.com manages your passwords securely and automates the login process. Tip 9 – Logout when you’re done Always hit the logout button when you’ve finished using a secure site like online banking. Tip 10 – Close that browser Web pages and passwords can be cached in the browser, so close down your browser window for added security. Follow these simple common-sense tips and you’ll enjoy greater online security while benefiting from the many advantages the Internet has brought. ZZZZZZ

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title:10 Tips to =SPEED= up your PC author:Rohit Tokhi source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_264.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:08 category:computers_and_internet article: 1.Let your PC boot up completely before opening any applications. 2.Refresh the desktop after closing any application. This will remove any unused files from the RAM. 3.Do not set very large file size images as your wallpaper. Do not keep a wallpaper at all if your PC is low on RAM (less than 64 MB). 4.Do not clutter your Desktop with a lot of shortcuts. Each shortcut on the desktop uses up to 500 bytes of RAM 5.Empty the recycle bin regularly. The files are not really deleted from your hard drive until you empty the recycle bin. 6.Delete the temporary internet files regularly. 7.Defragment your hard drive once every two months. This will free up a lot of space on your hard drive and rearrange the files so that your applications run faster. 8.Always make two partitions in your hard drive. Install all large Softwares (like PSP, Photoshop, 3DS Max etc) in the second partition. Windows uses all the available empty space in C drive as virtual memory when your Computer RAM is full. Keep the C Drive as empty as possible. 9.When installing new Softwares disable the option of having a tray icon. The tray icons use up available RAM, and also slow down the booting of your PC. Also disable the option of starting the application automatically when the PC boots. You can disable these options later on also from the Tools or preferences menu in your application. 10. Protect your PC from dust. Dust causes the CPU cooling fan to jam and slow down thereby gradually heating your CPU and affecting the processing speed. Use compressed air to blow out any dust from the CPU. Never use vacuum. RAM IS THE WORKING AREA (DESKTOP) OF THE CPU, KEEP IT AS EMPTY AND UNCLUTTERED AS POSSIBLE! ZZZZZZ

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title:15 Ways to Promote eLearning Programs author:Catherine Franz source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_535.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:08 category:computers_and_internet article:

Pre-note: In this article, teleclass is an example used to illustrate one type of eLearning market. The tips work the same for other eLearning programs, including, but not limited to,…

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title:2 Common E-Mail Problems and What To Do About Them author:Marv Ko source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_1900.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:08 category:computers_and_internet article:

When it works well, e-mail can be great. It’s hard to beat e-mail for everything from staying in touch with family to requesting information from businesses or other organizations. Want…

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title:20 Extra Hous Per Week: What Would You Do? author:Daniel Tangredi source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_694.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:08 category:computers_and_internet article:

While I was in college, if you would have asked me what I would do if I had an extra 20 hours to spend in a week, the first thing…

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title:3 High Profit Reasons Why You Need To Enter The Hosting Business Today author:Andrew McNaught source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_2520.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:09 category:computers_and_internet article:

There are very few online businesses today that have the sort of potential for generating big profits consistently like a web hosting business does. In fact web hosting businesses are…

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title:3 Easy Step To Locate A Real Bargain On Laptop Batteries author:Jim Panyavorachart source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_232.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:08 category:computers_and_internet article: Looking for a real bargain on laptop batteries? How do I know the batteries are running good as advertised? Which merchants are offering quality rechargeable cells? Where can I get the bargain? Where to buy? Many of you have some of these questions? Certainly!!. We surely want to saving our hard to earn $$ and only buy quality cells. Here are the simple 7 ways to to locate the real bargain. 1. Shop online Why? Most of suppliers/distributors are now targetting retail consumers themselves. The online store overheads are much less than retail stores. No store leasing, No utitlity bills and much less employee payrolls. With all these, they can pass the big savings to customers. Importantly, they have the same guarantee and warranty as retail stores..plus…it’s convenient!!! Quailty merchants offer FREE shipping!! 2. Find the saving coupons This is the beauty!!….”saving coupons”….Online marketting is highly competitive. They are million of stores out there. Merchants want to get noticed, they want sales…they issue saving coupons for marketting…….buying your laptop batteries using “online saving coupon” is double savings. how to find?…here we go…. go to your favorite search engines “laptop battery coupon” as an example. you will find many coupons from many merchants…..now what…which one to buy?? ….let move to the next step. 3. Find the quality merchants (ONLY) Now we found many merchants selling online and offering saving coupons. Let buy…?? Nope…not yet…..please make no mistake – buy from the cheapest possible stores is NOT a real bargain. We also want quality. laptop batteries need to meet or exceed the original battery specification. Merchants need to own the following qualities… Free shipping Free handling Free customer support Well established in battery industry 30 days return policy Full manufacturer warranty Guarantee to meet or exceed the original specification 100% fully compatible with your laptops Online FAQs for yor battery inquiries Optional express shipping How do we know?…..Let brainstorm!!!!…Let hear from others!!!….Review customer comments….Most quality merchants are listing their customer testimonials, customer ratings from 3rd party rating system such as BizRate, epinion,Pricegrabber or Dealtime. You can normally locate the Bizrate reviews at the merchants’ homepages. Simply click on the links they provide to review previous customers’ comments. Simply follow these 3 easy steps, you will find the real bargain comparing to local retail stores. Have a pleasant online shopping experience!! ZZZZZZ

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title:22 Questions to Ask Before You Use Any Shopping Cart System author:Tom Antion source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_1012.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:08 category:computers_and_internet article: Many seasoned professional speakers agree that you can make more money selling your knowledge in the form of products than you can speaking. You can use traditional methods to sell products such as direct mail, catalogs and advertising. However, if you have a great online presence, the entire world is your marketplace at a fraction of the cost of most traditional methods. To easily sell to this worldwide marketplace, you need a great shopping cart system. Choosing a shopping cart system is perhaps the most important single decision you’ll make in your online marketing career. This is because: You’re stuck with the decision for a long time. If you buy into a system that isn’t adequate, it can cost you money–big money- because it won’t maximize the amount of money spent by each visitor. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of off-the-shelf, free and alternative products out there vying for your money, time or both. And most of them are junk. Don’t suffer like I did I learned the hard way. When I started on the Internet I couldn’t find a decent shopping cart program, so I took one that was highly recommended by my ISP (I now know the only reason they suggested it was because it made them the most money. They didn’t care if it was the best one for me or not). What a headache! The system wouldn’t do anything but take the order, but you had to have a PhD in computer science to work on it. Here are 21 questions you absolutely, unfailingly must ask anyone trying to sell you a shopping cart. If you don’t hear positive answers to the majority of these questions, put your wallet back into your pocket and evaluate the next option. Don’t get stuck with a crappy shopping cart, even if they give it to you free. If you have a poor shopping cart, get rid of it. I know that hurts, because you may have spent lots of time and money getting it going, but a bad one will cost you many thousands of dollars by waiting to replace it later rather than sooner. Oh, and one more thing: if you hear the shopping cart programmer answer one of the questions below by saying, “Well, we could make it do that,” run away even faster, because you’re going to get stuck with a big custom programming bill with no guarantees that the cart is going to work the way you expected. Every question below is very important when it comes to having a quality shopping cart system that gets more money out of the same number of visitors. 1. Will it calculate shipping and tax? 2. Does it handle specialized shipping like FedEx and UPS? 3. Will it automatically deliver hard goods and soft goods (e- books and other digital products) in the same transaction? 4. Does it offer customizable “Return to Shopping” pages without needing custom programming? This is important so you can send your customers to the most likely product they will buy next. Standard carts just send customers back to the main catalog, which forces them to search for related products. This is both irritating and time-consuming. Any delays in finding what they want could mean a lost sale, when they finally throw their hands up in disgust and move on to your competitor’s site. 5. Does it offer customizable “Thank You” pages based on what the customer just bought? These are pages where savvy marketers put affiliate links and other offers specifically related to the customer’s interests. When a customer clicks on one of these links and buys something from someone else, you get a commission. 6. Does it deliver receipt and confirmation e-mails automatically? The customer wants to know immediately that the order went through. If he or she is unsure, you are going to have to field many wasted e-mails and phone calls letting the customer know everything is OK. 7. Does it allow multiple order and dropship e-mails? In many cases, several different people in your organization and/or outside your organization need notice of an order. Again, you don’t want to have to do this manually. 8. Does it have a Web-based administration page so you can work on your cart from any computer that has Internet access? 9. Does it include encryption technology and a secure server? Many companies make a fortune by sucking you in with a cheap or free cart and then make money on selling you an overpriced secure server. 10. Does it deliver easy output to your accounting software? You want to be able to import and export data easily between the cart and whatever programs you have that need to share the customer and sales information. 11. Does it have its own associate/affiliate program or is it easily compatible with other major brands of associate software? An affiliate program lets other people promote and sell your products on their Web sites. You don’t pay them unless they sell something. When I tried to get an associate/affiliate program to work with my old cart, it cost me six months of down time and untold amounts of money lost because it wouldn’t work. The associate program people blamed the shopping cart people and vice versa. But ultimately I was left holding the bag. 12. Does it have integrated up-sell modules? The ability to offer more related products to customers making a purchase makes me a small fortune each month. We call it, “Do you want fries with that?” If you don’t have this ability, you are leaving many thousands of dollars on the table from people who would have spent more if your cart just gave them the chance. 13. Does it have an integrated sales and prospect database? In the old days I would have to print out orders and then retype them into ACT or some other database program. A good shopping cart system eliminates all this hassle and potential for error and gives you instant access to your sales reports and clients. 14. Does it have broadcast e-mail capability? Good shopping cart systems are able to manipulate your customer database instantly and send e-mails to any segment or sub-segment of your clients and handle unlimited e-mail magazines. Again, in the old days I would have to be genius enough to pick out segments of the database, export them to a file, import them into a mail program and then an hour later send the darn e-mail. Now this is all done in a few seconds. 15. Does it have mail merge capability? The e-mails sent are personalized to the recipients in any number of ways. Their names can be popped in to the subject line and in various portions of the body of the e-mail. You can merge “what they bought,” “when they bought,” “where they live” or just about anything that will make them feel the e-mail was just for them. Virtually all studies show that mail merge gets a much higher response than plain broadcast e-mail. 16. Can it handle coupons and other discounts? You can make a deal with Joe Blow that everyone coming from his Web site gets an automatic discount — either a percentage or dollar amount. This makes Joe look great to his visitors and makes more sales for you. Here’s a secret: Joe is your affiliate and makes money on the sale too, so he’s got a great incentive to keep your discounts and coupons in front of his visitors. Good shopping cart systems can automate all of this and also handle any quantity discounts you offer. 17. Can it work for multiple Web sites with no extra fees? When I first started I had to get a separate (and expensive) license for each site and a separate merchant account too. Not only was this a great deal of expense, the hassle with installation every time you wanted a new site to go up was enormous. Modern carts can sell bras on one site and bibles on another, and no one knows the difference. The carts run on their own servers so there is no expensive installation and set-up is immediate. 18. Does it have unlimited and fully integrated “sequential” autoresponders? This is one of the most powerful features when it comes to Internet marketing. This feature follows up automatically over and over again to your clients and prospects to provide them customer care and to sell them more products and services. You can even provide free or paid e-mail courses, and each part of the course is delivered automatically. 19. Does it have ad tracking tied into actual sales? Simple ad tracking can be had all over the ‘Net, but it is pretty much worthless unless it is tied to actual sales. This is called the “conversion ratio.” Your cart system should be able to tell you how many people clicked on a particular promotion and how many people bought. This is the only way you can determine if an ad paid off. Good carts will also automatically split test one of your sales pages against another and tell you which page sells more. You keep the page that sells more and get rid of the page that sells less. 20. Does it have a pop-up box builder? Even though many people hate popup boxes, they work. I use them judiciously to make all kinds of offers, and I have the sales figures to prove they get more money out of the same number of people. If you know how to use them properly, no one gets upset. 21. Does it have a printable off-line order form? Believe it or not, many people are still afraid to put their credit card numbers into a Web site. I still get lots of fax orders and phone orders. If you want to maximize your sales, your cart must take these kinds of orders easily. 22. Does it provide free training? You’ll need training in both the basic set up of using your shopping cart and determining your online sales strategy, so that you maximize the amount of money spent by each customer. ZZZZZZ

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title:212 Newsmaker Night with John Battelle: Arthur of The Search author:Joseph Pratt source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_2885.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:09 category:computers_and_internet article:

I?m looking at John Battelle?s words that I jotted onto my notepad: ?ephemeral to the eternal?. He was describing the permanent trace we leave behind as Internet users ? how…

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