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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:
Okay, so I'm going to need to fast for a long period of time to get a bunch of blood work done, ect. (I'm getting cholesterol tests, which is why I cant eat the days of the tests) so I was wondering if there are any ways to get my mind off food. I'm huge on eating many snacks during the day, so this will be hard for me. If any of you have any effective tecniques or anything, please help me out. =D.


Thanks Alot in advance!!
-Lynn.
theymos's answer:
drink a lot of liquids(some tests require only water, though) instead of food.

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Question:
what are stretch marks?
theymos's answer:
go here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stretch_marks

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Question:
my computer is runnning too slow how can i fix it?
-i already deleted unused programs and music
-i also hav fast internet(dsl) and it still lags
-i hav yahoo virus protecting so it should hav a virus
-wat can i do?
-i hav heard of downloading a disk cleaner should i do that
theymos's answer:
there's a bunch of different things you can do. First, download spybot:search and destroy at:
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
install, update, and run it. then go to:
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
and run housecall to see if you have viruses. Then go to Start>all programs>accesories>system tools>disk cleanup and run that. Then go to start>all prgarms>accesories>system tools>defragmentor and run that. Then go to pcpitstop.com, register, run tests, and follow their advice. Then go to http://www.iobit.com/ and download, install, and run "advanced windowscare". You can go to start>run and type msconfig, this will allow you to significantly speed up your computer, though you could really mess it up, too.

If you need any help with any of these, you can leave an IM username in the feedback and i'll walk you through it.

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Question:
is limewire leagal?
even if its a sharing program?
theymos's answer:
the program is legal. However, 90% of the things you download with it are illegal.

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Question:
is there any program that like, when you zoom on in a picture and it gets all like pixelated and blurry, anything to make that go away? prefer it to be free.. thanks
theymos's answer:
not that's impossible. When they do that on CSI and other shows, it isn't real.

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Question:
what are the risks of sucking in helium to make ur voice high pitched??
theymos's answer:
it's like going up to the tailpipe of a car and breathing in. If you breath pure He for too long, you'll die because there is no oxygen. Just taking a breath will not immediately harm you, but it'll kill some brain cells. Also, NEVER breath anything directly from a cylinder, the pressure could explode your lungs.

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Question:
okay so ive been bestfriends with this kid for about a year now.. but the problem is hes 11 and im 14. i went out with him before over the summer. and sometimes whenever he flirts with me or talks to me i start liking him again.. and he used to like me a little while ago but i dont think he does anymore but were like really good friends.. last time we broke up because he liked this other girl.. if he does ask me out i dont know if i should say yes to him and trust him this time or say no cause of the age difference? but when i like him i like him a lott! and i think its going to be happening soon and i need advice

please help mee!!!!!
theymos's answer:
You definitely shouldn't reject him for his age. Look at it this way: if you were 44, he'd be 41; not a big age difference at all.

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Question:
Okay so I have a website, and I wanna like make it where people have to sign up on it and log in to use it. But I wanna do this for free and I cant seem to find a site to make it or nothing. So I was wondering if anyone knew like where I could make this without downloading anything or having to pay any money. Urgent help would be much apprecaited. =]
theymos's answer:
you need to learn a language like PHP or ASP to do anything like that.

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Question:
How do u make scrolls on your column? Thanks
theymos's answer:
if you mean make a section within scroll bars, you do this

stuff within scroll bars

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Question:
While christmas coming up, i still have a lot of christmas shopping to do, especially for my guy friends. I asked several of my guy friends what they wanted and pretty much the responses were the same. "i dont know", " i dont care" and the most specific which was "something funny yet practical" .... yeah.

Does anyone have any more specific suggestions on what to get guys (around the age of 17) and aren't that expensive since i'm shopping for like eight guys? please and thank you!
theymos's answer:
http://presentpicker.com/ppp/quick/quick.html
Don't worry though, he really won't be upset no matter what you get him(though you could make him extra happy)

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Question:
one of my friends send me an email today and told me all about this website called imvu.com and its really cool.But you need to download it at the end and i have aol.Will my computer get ruined if i download it???Thanx in advance!
theymos's answer:
no, why would your computer be ruined? There's no spyware/viruses, if that's what you mean. If it says not to use AOL browser, go to start>all programs>internet explorer and download it from there.

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Question:
I have this friend.She is a really great person to be around but sometimes she hits me for no reason.She pulls my hair and i yell at her and tell her to stop but she keeps on doing it anyways.What should i do?I already talked to her about it.
theymos's answer:
do the same things to her as hard as you can whenever she does

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Question:
i was wonderin about the child labor laws in georgia.. everything i read is confusing to understand exactly what they are. im 16 and need to know how many hours/days i can work a week. thanx
theymos's answer:
http://www.dol.state.ga.us/em/cl_summary_sheet.htm
no restriction on hours, though there are other restrictions

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Question:
What are the names of some websites that give discounts to school teachers, students, ect? I knew about some, but i can't seem to find them anymore.
~Ank
theymos's answer:
go to google and search for "teacher discount" without quotes.

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Question:
Can some people tell me about garage band and acid and any other songwirting programs youc an use on the comp? Which ones good, how to use it, etc. Because I'm thinking of buying one. Please don't copy n paste something from a webstie about it, I want your own opinions and your information from your experience. Thanks.
theymos's answer:
go to download.com and click audio/video on the left. then click audio production. You can then search or filter 400 or so programs they have. Most the the programs have reviews on the site from users.

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Question:
ok i neeeddd to no how you get a song for myspace. i mean like a song NOT on a myspace music profile. i want the song harajuku girls by: gwen stefani nd its not on her myspace music profile. i wuld like the site to be free no " only $0.99 a month!!!" or anything any links or HTML codes to the song wuld be flippin AWESOME!


thx sooo much ppl!
theymos's answer:
go to audio.alltheweb.com enter "harajuku girls" WITH quotes. You might have to go through quite a few pages to find it.

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Question:
i want to start a blog or join one or start my own website but i want it to so kids can go there to get help wiht cutting. how do i do this? where should i go? and how can i know that people will actualy visit this site?
theymos's answer:
if you allow me to link to myself on every page, I'll help you set everything up(including everything you mentioned). Leave your email in the feedback if you want me to help!

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Question:
Is it true the governemnt can watch real time satelights like people walking in real time??
theymos's answer:
Yes. Commercial satellites like the ones used on Google maps can see quite a bit too:
http://tinyurl.com/ydxt2r
the government ones can read a liscense plate on a car and see in real time

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Question:
For the last week or two I've been going to bed at 10 or 11 PM, as I always do. But for some reason I can't fall asleep until 3 or 4 or 5 AM. I've stayed home from school 3 or 4 days now because I can't stop falling asleep during the day. It's DRIVING ME CRAZY!!! I haven't been eating or drinking anything with caffeiene in it, I go to bed at like the exact same time every night and set my alarm for the exact same time every day, I set aside at least 8 hours to sleep, I'm eating really healthy and getting enough excercise...what's wrong with me???
theymos's answer:
Take some NyQuil or something before you go to bed for a few days so you get back on your regular sleep schedule. If you're having problems after that you should see a doctor.

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Question:
im not sure if this is where the question should go but i want to go to a site for cutting. or start a website for people who cut or self injur them selfs does anyone have any idea where i should go?
theymos's answer:
Do a google search, I'm sure there's something.

If you want to start one and you let me link to myself on every page, I'll make you a site and show you how to host it. Leave your email in the feedback if you do.

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