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I first signed up because I saw really simple computer questions with no answers, and I just had to answer them. Today, my column still has more answers to questions about computers than anything else, but feel free to ask about anything. I can follow up on questions too.

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I am 13 and a 7th grade girl. I have never gone out with a guy. There is this guy that I really like and I know that he likes me too because my friend asked him if he liked me and he said yes. He is always really sweet and I love to talk to him. I also like to talk to his friends. The only problem is that my friends think he is a nerd. He sort of is though but I'm ok with that because I'm pretty smart too.(straight A's) The only problem is my friends or other people will probably make fun of me for going out with someone in the "Nerd Herd". What should I do?

Go for it. You're the one going out with the guy, not your friends. If they're really your friends, they'll get over it.
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Hey! How do you change the "Comments" and "E-props" to something else on Xanga?

The code is available on this page:

http://help.xanga.com/topic/proper-coding?post_id=4139

It works on my Xanga. If it doesn't work on yours, post a link and I'll have a look.
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I seen you like to answer computer questions, so I decided to come to you for help. I am in desperate need of it =\

I will try to give you as much information as I possibly can. I would really appreciate any help you can give me. My advice column is "Melody" if by any chance you need additional information or to contact me for some reason.

I own a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, and have had it since January 2009.

I received an Ipod touch for my birthday last week, but my previously installed version of Itunes wouldn't let me sync any songs onto it until I upgraded my Itunes account. I did this, and everything went smoothly. I had the new version, and I got my songs synced.

My laptop was fine as far as I remember. It was slightly slower than usual, but nothing that was out of the ordinary. Yesterday my computer completely crashed. One time I tried to get on and it wouldn't even get off the "Welcome" screen. Another time it had be in Windows 98 format and sent me a popup saying my computer didn't support windows or something like that.

My stepdad called Dell's support center, and they charged us 60 dollars for inadequate service. The man we talked to was rude and unhelpful. He literally did nothing we hadn't already done, so that's 60 dollars of ours down the drain. He told us my Intunes caused a conflict, and that's what made my computer crash. He put us in to contact with another call center who wanted to charge us 120 dollars, and we just couldn't afford it. We told her no thanks, and hung up.

I still have a computer that isn't working though. I am so pissed off. I was under the mindset that Itunes was a reliable source, and I could download from Apple without hesitating. Obviously I was wrong? I need that computer for college. All of my notes, papers, study guides, everything is gone. I hate myself for not backing up my files, but I didn't think I needed to?

I guess my questions are these:
- Do you have any idea how I can fix my computer without paying a crapload of money?
- How am I supposed to get songs onto my 200 dollar ipod if I can't even trust the source that puts it on there?
- Can I sue Apple? lol.

You might be able to boot up the computer with a live CD.

Here are some instructions: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

iTunes itself is overall reliable. If your laptop was fine after you upgraded iTunes and then only crashed afterwards, I'm not sure if it is iTunes that is directly causing the problem, because I wouldn't think that it is able to cause that much damage. (Personally, I dislike iTunes anyway. There are alternatives, and many of them work well. Whether you trust them is up to you.)

Always backup your files. Nothing is 100% reliable.

By the way, sorry for taking so long to reply.
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Okay so i'm a 15 year old girl who wants to gain weight or muscle to be exact. I am beyond skinny which everyone says i'm lucky because i have a models body but i have really thin arms and chicken legs so i can't wear dresses or shorts or anything for that matter. i recently joined a gym and i bought this protein shake called amplified wheybolic extreme 60. I would like to know if it works and how long it takes. I haven't started drinking it because i don't wanna get all gross with huge muscles i just want my arms to not be so skinny and to have good enough legs i still wanna keep my body just make it not so skinny. Thanks in advance!!

The most obvious way to build your arms would be to lift weights. For your legs, running or cycling will do. These you can probably work into your normal daily routine in addition to working out in the gym. Dancing really helps too.

Keep in mind that any kind of exercise will help you build muscle, so if the exercises that I've mentioned aren't what you like, you have plenty of other options.

Don't worry about having grossly huge muscles. Bodybuilders spend a lot of time working out to achieve that kind of look. It's not easy.
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i want to get in shape & get this cellulite off my legs. does any one know how to tone my legs & butt? & would it cause me to lose my butt? & also ... i HATE my boobs. they're a c-cup. i just want a b. is there any way to work them out . make them a little less fatty. & lose a little weight there WITHOUT making them saggy?

Cycling or walking are the best ways to tone your legs, especially if you do it for transport. The need to get to your destination on time is a great motivation to exercise.

There is no way to target weight loss to a specific part of the body. If you lose weight, some of it may come off your boobs, but you can't count on it. As long as you don't lose weight too quickly, it shouldn't make your boobs saggy.
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Hello, my boyfriend recently told me he loves black roses, and for a date, i wanted to get them for him, then i read that they symbolize the death or farewell of something so would that be giving a bad idea? i was thinking 12 roses-6 purple, 6 black. would that be okay or be sending a bad message? thank you!

Yes, black roses can symbolise death or farewell, but they can also mean rebirth and revitalisation. Apparently, they can also mean pure love because they're so hard to find. (Black roses do not grow naturally.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_rose_%28symbolism%29

At the end of the day, they mean what you want them to mean. If your boyfriend told you that he loves black roses, then giving him black roses means you're paying attention to what he's telling you. Go for it.
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How do I delete a myspace I dont want anymore?

The MySpace FAQ has instructions for this.

http://faq.myspace.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/285
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i really want to buy the sims 2 castaway for the PC but i can't find it in stores or online. i don't have any friends who have the game.
so how else can i get it?

i would prefer digital download from a website but if you can only find it in a store, i'll be fine with that too :)

thanks

The PC version is called The Sims Castaway Stories.

Here it is: http://thesims2.ea.com/about/sims_stories/index.php
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Where can I catch Abra in Pokémon silver?

Thanks.

Bulbapedia has the information you want. Here: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Abra_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29#Game_locations
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I have a question. Would anyone try a 69er?

My bf of 11 months now brought it up (we're dating online of coruse) He never brought this up before till just a few minutes ago.
Am i being a prude for not wanting to try 69er?

If you don't want to try, it's your choice. You're entitled to your preferences and boundaries. Don't let anyone judge you on that.
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Okay I have had my ipod for about 3 years. I love it, I have about 500 songs on it! My old computer with my itunes that had all my songs on it crashed. So I got me a new one a little while ago. I have itunes downloaded but i don't know if i should use it? I bought some new songs i wanna download but when i plug in my ipod to sync, it doesn't give me the option to put all the songs on my ipod already in my current itunes library. I don't want to loose them they costs to much. What should I do?

First, make sure you have enabled disk use. (Here are the instructions for enabling disk use: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1478)

Now go to Windows Explorer (if you're using Windows) or Finder (if you're using a Mac), and look at the files in your iPod. All the music should be under iPod_Control/Music. Copy them to your computer.
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18/Female

I am a freshman at my local community college, and in my second semester. Right now I am just taking my general education reqirements, so picking a major hasn't been that big of a deal. Now however, I have to pick a major before my next semester. I have no idea what I want to do or what I want to major in! It's driving me crazy, and the pressure is really starting to get to me. It's all so confusing; normally when I give advice I always tell confused students to see an advisor, but I don't even know who to see or what to ask. There are general ed. advisors, transfer advisors, course advisors, etc. I feel completely lost. I don't even know what school I am going to transfer to, or if I am even going to transfer.

I have been back and forth between going to law school, elementary teaching, counceling, ultrasound/radiology technician, journalism/writing, opening a business, and plenty more! I have no idea what I am going to do, and I am terrified I am going to make the wrong choice.

Some general information:

- I live in a small town, so I don't know if opening a business would be a good choice. I have no intentions on moving to far away.

- I am shy. It sucks as far as getting a job goes, but it is what it is.

- Making a good amount of money is important, but so is enjoying what I do. That's what makes the choice the most difficult.

- I have a boyfriend that I have been seeing for five years, so I want to start a family sooner rather than later. Going to school for ten years is not something I would particulary want to do.

- I love children

- I love giving advice and helping people.

I guess I am just looking for some guidance, options, advice? I don't know. HELP!!

Think about your strengths and weaknesses.

In practical terms, being good at science would help with being a technician. Good social skills would be important for just about anything, but especially so for counselling, teaching, and business.

In terms of making money, consider job stability and risks as well as the absolute amount of money you can make. You can make a lot of money being a lawyer, but do consider whether you can get into law school in the first place, and whether you really want to be a lawyer if you're shy.

Opening a business also has the potential of making a lot of money, but if you live in a small town and don't want to move away, that might not be the best option. Also, you will need money to start the business, and there will be risk.

Teaching doesn't get you as much money, but there is generally demand for teachers, so it would be a good choice in terms of job stability, and ditto for being a technician. Counselling would fall in this category too, but you might need to spend more time in training than with either teaching or being a technician. If you like helping people, these would be good choices.
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do helium balloons shrink or deflate quickly in cold weather (like 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit)
I want to get some helium balloons to leave outside for a friend's birthday and i was wondering if they would last overnight, or if i put them there in the morning would they last for up to 8 hours?
thanks! xo

Helium balloons deflate due to diffusion of the helium. Lower temperatures would slow down this process, but probably not very significantly.

They will probably last around 8 hours. When I got helium balloons, they lasted almost that long, and that was at higher temperatures.
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Are there any Twitter apps for the Samsung Mythic that I can get?

The Samsung Mythic should come with AT&T SocialNet, which allows you to use Facebook, Twitter, and some other social networking sites.

If you need different ones, look for Twitter apps for the TouchWiz platform, which is what the Samsung Mythic runs.

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I was raped last summer and I just can't get it out of my head. It was the worst thing that has EVER happened to me. I was staying with my dad at his house and I went to hang out with some people there and when I was walking home this guy totally raped me. I was frightened and I'm still not over it even though I told both of my parents immediately.

The main reason I'm having problems dealing with it is because I had an orgasm when I was raped. It was not the first time I had actually had sex but it was the first orgasm I had experienced. I didn't like the sex though! I didn't WANT to be raped or anything! I don't know what happened and why I had the orgasm. I feel so stupid and disgusting. What is wrong with me for doing that?!

How do I get past this and move on with my life? I keep reliving this experience and the sensation of the orgasm. It's horrible and I don't know what to think of myself. Please help...

Sorry to hear about it.

The one thing I can tell you is that an orgasm is a physical reaction, and it does NOT necessarily mean that you liked or wanted the sex. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.

There is only so much people on the internet can do. Please seek professional help.

I hope you get better.
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I really can't figure it out! haha help me out? I need it to be private. thanks

Click "My Account" (it's on the top right corner next to "Log Out"), then "Privacy", and choose the privacy setting for each individual aspect of your profile.

You can also change the visibility of individual modules by going to the "Customise Profile" page and clicking the "Visibility" icon in each module.
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Okay, well i get my period on the 30th of every month and it goes for 7 days...it's pretty regular..how many days is my cycle?

The definition of one cycle is the number of days from the first day of your period to the first day of the next one. If your period starts on the same day of each month, it's probably around 30 days. (It is normal to have slight variations.)
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Does cutting your hair more often REALLY make it grow faster?

ARE there any methods to making hair grow faster?

What is the best way (and/or product) to restore health to hair? my hair's pretty damaged right now becuase i've been dying it a LOT for the past 2 years (I've stopped now).

No, cutting your hair does not affect the rate at which it grows. Frequent brushing doesn't either.

Hair growth rate is largely determined by genes. However, staying healthy will help ensure that your hair grows to its full potential. Make sure you get enough protein and vitamins.

Not dyeing your hair helps a lot. Using the kind of shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair's condition will be enough. The ones that are made for dry hair generally work well. The brand doesn't matter. Pick one that you like.
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so i would go to the photos application and i can't find the "upload photo" thingy.

can someone tell me where i could find it?

Click "Create a Photo Album" on the top right corner, or "My photos" to select an existing album. That will take you to the upload screen.
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I've had my period since I was 11, on an anniversary of 9-11, ironically.

I've never really noticed my breasts growing any, though. I've worn a bra, but because I'm overweight I'm going to have some boobage.

I'm 14 now, in a B cup. My periods are regular, and at 5'8 I think I've finally stopped growing taller.


Will my boobs ever grow?


My mother's family all has huge boobs, even when my mom was skinny she had boobs. My father's side, his mother had a C, at least.

Please no answers telling me to accept myself. I'm just curious, I'm fine if my breasts don't grow :)

Boobs can continue to develop until your early twenties, so you do still have a chance that yours might start growing eventually.

I thought I've stopped growing taller when I was 14 too, but I started growing again last year. I'm now 20, and I'm still growing. (I'm not as tall as you though.)
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