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Hello, I'm theymos (Michael). I specialize in computer questions. I will usually not answer other types of questions.Over 2000 questions answered, for great justice. I am very experienced with Windows XP and Vista, I know enough about Linux to use it well, and I've never used a Mac in my life.

While I am not nearly as active on Advicenators as I once was, feel free to send me private questions or links to interesting public questions.

I currently dual-boot XP and Vista. I use Vista primarily, with XP for games. If your problem is particularly interesting, I am able to boot into XP or even install an operating system on a spare computer.

Feel free to contact me by IM (at right) rather than or in addition to asking me questions on Advicenators. With that method, I am able to better diagnose your problem, and I can also use a special tool to take control of your computer and fix the problem for you.

My computer is nearly always on, so be aware that when my IM status is "away", it could mean "away for 10+ hours".

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Question:
Is the amazon streaming service that comes with prime membership any good? Do they have enough things to make it worthwhile, or do you still have to buy most everything good? And what is the quality like compared to netflix or hulu that I am used to?

Thank you!
theymos's answer:
I don't think that it's worth the full cost of Prime, but it's a nice bonus if you want the other Prime benefits. I've found quite a bit of good Amazon Instant Video content. Hulu has more stuff, though Amazon has no ads.

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Question:
I'm of shy nature, but I love making videos. I personally think I've got good ideas to entertain people with bad movie reviews, sketches, top 10, etc. The only thing is... I'm scared that people end up mocking me and/or dislike me.

I know you cannot be loved by everyone, but I'm scared I get more hate than appreciation. I really want to do this though, should I take a risk or being a liked youtuber is excessively hard?
theymos's answer:
People who dislike your videos will probably forget about you. (Though maybe not before leaving a negative comment.) You're unlikely to enrage someone so much that they'll follow you around on YouTube making nasty comments, especially if you follow a policy of not feeding trolls. Don't worry too much about this.

If you look at the old videos of many popular YouTubers, you'll see that their first videos are often awkward, low-quality, and scarcely-viewed. But they persisted, and for every thousand people who hated their videos or ignored them, maybe one person became a subscriber. Over the years, as they refined their video-making techniques, and as word spread, their popularity grew. However, becoming big on YouTube is pretty rare. You need to consistently create content for several years to get anywhere, it seems. Having hundreds of high-quality videos out there for people to stumble upon is key.

To start with, I recommend doing videos about somewhat niche things that haven't already been covered much by popular YouTubers. A video like, "Top 10 videos of 2013," is never going to be seen because people will see the thousands of more popular videos first. But a video like, "Review of Some Obscure Movie," will be seen by people searching for that movie. Try to use keywords that are searchable, but not dominated by more popular videos.

Good luck!

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Question:
So, it takes my laptop, the only thing in the house connected to our wifi, 10 minutes to buffer 3 seconds of a Youtube video in 240p quality. Am I doing something wrong or is our internet really that slow?
theymos's answer:
Is it faster when you're connected to the router directly? If it is, my first guess would be that there's a problem somewhere with the laptop's connection. Maybe something's wrong with the laptop's wireless adaptor causing high packet loss or something.

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Question:
So, lately my laptop won't let me click. For ex. I go onto Google and it won't let me click on the links. If I right click though I can 'open in new tab' which doesn't always work.

And this thing called 'sonar' always pops up and says a potential threat has been detected. and I always click block this file/behavior. And if I sign in to like watt pad, I can't. It won't let me create a new chapter b clicking 'new chapter'.

And I can't sign in!!! The place where you put in like the 'www.blababla' stuff is always blocking the sign in. My dad cleaned it with sonar, but apparently it hasn't fixed the clicking problem.

I have a windows 7 I got on august 8th early for my birthday. I have to admit I've been downloading songs PREVIOUSLY!

but haven't done so since. My laptop updated on November 1st or 2nd

. I think it's 2010 or whenever was the latest thing for windows 7.

Please help :( and Im only 13 so saying big words is difficult. lol. but, I really need help!

Btw, whenever I go on extragram this thing 'used' to pop up when I signed in and it said 'email bla bla subscribe.' you know, usual and it won't let me exit or press continue!

I refreshed, reloaded and retried. Only reason why i work's is cuz i used my ipod. Thanks in advance! Please list instructions btw.
theymos's answer:
You should really find someone "in real life" who can look at the computer. It's hard to debug something like this over the Internet.

Try running this anti-malware software:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.safer-networking.org/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

I'd also try stopping processes from running at startup. One of them might be causing the problem.
http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_win7.html

It's also possible that your mouse button is just broken.

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Question:
I'm not sure if this is your kind of area but whatever...

Ever since last night, all Youtube videos that have ads don't load. The ads don't load, I can't skip them. I can choose if I want 1 commercial ad or some specific one, no matter what I choose it does not load the ad and does not continue to the video. Any videos without ads load just dandily. I'm using Google Chrome and I don't have any ad blocking plug-ins or programs.

How do I fix this?
theymos's answer:
Try Ctrl+F5 on the YouTube page.

If that doesn't work, I'd probably try clearing all of my browser data (cookies, cache, etc.). Also clear flash cookies if that doesn't work.

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Question:
Hello,

What websites would those experienced with using PHP recommend for beginners?
What other script languages are like PHP?

Is there a website with before and after examples with PHP code and it's function output? I learn better visually and by seeing how it comes together.
theymos's answer:
I'd recommend just reading through the PHP manual:
http://www.php.net/manual/en/
Many of the documentation pages for functions have usage examples.

PHP is a very poorly-designed programming language. It's sometimes nice to use because there are so many built-in functions, but it's slow, inconsistent, unsafe, uselessly-verbose, and error-prone. I'd recommend working with a better programming language to start with if you ever want to do any real programming. Python is popular now and fairly easy. Perl is similar to PHP (PHP was designed to be "Perl for the masses"), but Perl is actually competently-designed.

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Question:
I have a Kindle (normal Kindle). I got it for Christmas, I know how to use it perfectly fine. But I'm having an issue with something new I've never done before.
One of the books I purchased, the author said to email the review I had for the book to her and I would get a free kindle copy of her new book she had coming out. I did that and now a few months later, I have an email from her with the new kindle book she promised. She told me to just download the file to my Kindle but I'm not sure how. I don't know what folder to put the download in and I don't want to mess anything up.
The two folders I see are titled ".active-content-data" and "documents". The "documents" folder has the titles of the books I have downloaded in there but repeated multiple times with different file extensions. I thought that might be the correct folder but I want to ask just to make sure. I don't want to mess up my kindle and make it have any errors or things like that. I tried googling for an answer but I couldn't seem to type the right question phrase into Google that gave me any helpful information.

Thanks in advance.
theymos's answer:
I usually use this to transfer files to my Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000719931

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Question:
My computer is missing a lot of programs that we used to have. It won't download anything and I can't access any of the programs I have on my computer.Will it work if I wipe out my computer & re-install windows vista?
theymos's answer:
It won't help if your hard drive is broken, as I suspect.

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Question:


Every time I click on something on my computer a thing pops up saying:"Please choose the program you want to open with this file". It has adobe reader, internet explorer, quicktime & itunes, when I click on any of them, something pops up saying "view your downloads" , we can't download anything. It says that the program I need to download might not be on the computer? I'm using windows xp. Evertime I clock on any program in my computer something pops up saying "choose what program you want to open this with." or I might not have the right program. I can't get on windows media player, control panel, adobe reader, etc. I can't download or anything. What is wrong? How can I fix this?
Please help me!!! I can't download anything on my computer and I don't know why.
theymos's answer:
That sounds like something is seriously wrong. I doubt it's just a problem with the file associations -- it sounds like the programs themselves are also missing. I'd guess massive disk corruption.

Make sure your data is backed up ASAP.

Can you open things like Adobe Reader or Windows Media Player directly, without double-clicking a file? If you can, it might just be a software problem. If not, I think you'll need a new computer or repairs on this one.

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Question:
I bought a new laptop and it came with a free 1 month Norton Internet Security program and it is about to run out. What program would you recommend to replace it? I'm willing to spend a bit of cash (maybe around $100 at most) because I've had horrible experiences of not protecting my computer.
theymos's answer:
Microsoft Security Essentials:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials

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Question:
I want to know how to position your scroll box to the right side of your page. Codes like " and "float:right" do not work. Is there any other code that might suit on positioning your scroll box on a page? Including that the scroll box doesn't show behind an image on your page, but on top of the image.
theymos's answer:
I don't know what scroll box you're talking about, but usually you can just wrap whatever it is in . Like:

Whatever you want to float right.

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Question:
What is Internet Security software currently in the market today that consume less resources on our PCs?
theymos's answer:
I usually recommend Microsoft Security Essentials:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials

It's very resource-light. Probably the best free antivirus.

If you want to pay, ESET NOD32 is known for its low resource consumption and excellent detection. I've also heard good things about F-Secure.

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Question:
last night my desktop icons got big and i had no way of fixing that so can you be kind enough to post me a link to what i can download to make desktop icons smaller please
theymos's answer:
Right click empty space on your desktop and click [View -> Medium Icons].

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Question:
hey how do i get a video to feed for my webcam image instead of my actual live webcam looking at me? i have many cam but it wont let me play videos?
theymos's answer:
Here are a couple I found via Google:
http://www.areme.pl
http://www.webcamsimulator.com/

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Question:
I have been trying to uninstall UniBlue from my Computer but is keeps saying it can't be uninstalled.
theymos's answer:
Go to [start -> run] (or press WinKey+R) and run this:
msconfig
In the "services" and "startup" tab, uncheck anything that looks like it might be related to UniBlue. Then restart. It will hopefully not run automatically any more. You don't have to worry too much about leaving it installed -- it won't hurt anything as long as it doesn't ever run.

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Question:
I have already tried tunebite, soundtaxi and noteburner and they all had mass amounts of popups which caused my computer to lag and then eventually stop & require a restart. if you have any dependable links for these programs that won't lead to these problems, or else similar programs that you know are effective please let me know. time limit on the recordings can't be less then 3 minutes please & thankyou (or else I just find it to be pointless lol). this is a new computer (it's Gateway if that matters) so I can't figure out why these programs would be failing unless the programs themselves are flawed or just designed to mess stuff up. anyways thanks in advance for any advice :)
theymos's answer:
Some audio drivers support an "audio loopback" or "stereo mix" device, which allows you to record the sound being output to your speakers. If your computer supports that, using it to record the music would probably be the easiest method. To see if it is enabled, try recording with Audacity ( http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ ) while you play the music. If it doesn't capture anything, look in [Control panel -> sounds -> recording] to see if you can enable "stereo mix" or "audio loopback". Some drivers don't support this at all, though.

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Question:
Anyone have experience converting to the new FireFox 4 browser? I remember how "interesting" thing were when FireFox 3 first came out.

Should I upgrade now? Are the bugs worked out? Should I wait for a few minor releases first?

Your opinions would help.

theymos's answer:
I'm not upgrading until 3.6 support ends. New software is less secure and less stable than old software, so I want to wait until everything has had time to settle. I've also hated every single user interface change since Firefox 2.0, and I want to wait for extensions to come out that reverse whatever terrible things the Firefox UI team has cooked up this time.

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Question:
I have a laptop its an hp runs on windows 7, i do look at porn and i have been for a while but ive always had antivirus because i tried every free trial out there now i'm out of free trails and i still look at porn but i always delete my history but ever since the antivirus was gone my computer always lags i cant watch a video ANY video from youtube ect longer that 5 mintues because my computer starts sounding like a broken record and the video keeps pausing and slowing down and i cant listen to music for a long time either of my computer starts acting up the music starts sounding slow and stuff and i have a free malware(not antivirus) thingy that is called spybot and it scans everything and sometimes i look at the details of whats its scanning and its
"running bot check 2224/1297978-internet"
for example im guessing that means it scanning the internet well the whole point of this explanation is that sometimes it says
"running bot check 1399/1297978-pornhb"
or "running bot check 1398/1297978-PORNxx"
i always delete my history and cookies cache whatever but obviously porn is still somewhere in my computer but the problem is i dont know where because thats all the scan specifies it doesnt say where it is.I am planning to stop looking at porn on my computer because i know its what is making it slow and sometimes it even makes my internet mess up whenever im not even looking at it and says i have no internet and i have to restore the computer at least twice a day and it goes back to normal, so how can i remove this from my computer or where would it be or is an antivirus my only option the only reason i don't go ahead and install one is because im broke right now...Any thing will help guys sorry for the long message just wanting to put as much detail as possible for better understanding hopefully.
theymos's answer:
Don't pay attention to Spybot's text. It lists all the things it's checking for, regardless of whether they're actually on your computer.

Use a Portable Firefox installation to hide your surfing activity:
http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable
This also will help isolate the undesired addons/malware you're downloading.

You probably have some malware on your computer. Try running http://www.malwarebytes.org/ . Also make sure you uninstall all of the non-functioning antivirus programs, as well as all other programs you don't actually use. If that doesn't help, post here:
http://www.malwareremoval.com/

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Question:
Alright im about to start my own computer business and i need a contract that explains everything i do not want to miss anything well its going to be a computer repair business and do not want to be screwed if i have legal issues so can someone help me it would be greatly appreciated
theymos's answer:
The only safe thing to do is contact a lawyer.

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Question:
I'm currently using a Macbook Pro and am trying to listen to my friend's radio show, which is throug this link:

http://isumedia.ilstu.edu/wznd
From: http://www.wnzd.com

But it says quicktime can't support it and when I click "listen now" I just get a blank black screen.

Any ideas on how to fix this? Thanks!
theymos's answer:
VLC can play it:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Go to [Media -> Open network stream] and input the isumedia.ilstu.edu/wznd URL.

Quicktime can probably play the actual audio stream, but the site is using "ASF Playlist" format, which is quite obscure. I have created a replacement file, which should work better. Try the first link, and send both links to the publisher if it works:
http://theymos.com/adv/wzndNEW.asx
http://pastebin.com/kpr3k1sZ
The publisher should just host this file somewhere on the site and link to it instead of the "isumedia.ilstu.edu/wznd" URL. No special configuration is necessary.

Tell me if they actually use my version...

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