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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.

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Question:
K,hey,I really want to be a cosmetician at the bay ,you know liek selling expensive cosmetics and stuff.I just finished my aesthetics course (skin care and make up are my fav),anywayz recently some1 told me that it is really hard to get into the bay right because you have to have liek 2+ sales years experience,so,I was wondering if any1 knows what its like in there and what are my chances of getting there ,even for part time,(I'm almost 18 n I've worked as a receptionist for a year).. Thanks a bunch.
theymos's answer:
http://www.hbc.com/hbc/careers/default.asp
If it's not on the site, you should contact them

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Question:
Our drama teacher just switched our musical on us from Anything Goes to Merrily We Roll Along. Because of their almost complete polarity, I now need a different song. I'm alto-second-soprano-ish. I don't know my exact range which I know makes this more difficult. My teacher suggested another ballad by Stephen Sondheim. So. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
theymos's answer:
-go to this site:
http://www.musicaltheatreaudition.com/smdb/
-Pick your gender, type of song, and vocal range ONLY, leave everything else blank and click submit query(if you get no results, remove type of song)
-pick some random song, ones with multiple words are best, but dont click it
-copy the name of the song and go to google.com, search for it, but but it in quotes("song"), and find the lyrics
-go to audio.alltheweb.com and search for the song, again in quotes, to find an audio recording.

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Question:
I am auditioning for Seussical the Musical in a few weeks. My range is Low D-High D, But would prefer to sing a song that I can belt.
It has to be upbeat and catchy.

Also- do you think I would be better suited for Mayzie LaBird, The Sour Kangaroo, or Gertrude McFuzz? I'm slightly overweight (5'3" and 168) and I'm a redhead. I look like I'm about 16 or 17 and the production is for ages 8-18.
Any advice would help.
theymos's answer:
-go to this site:
http://www.musicaltheatreaudition.com/smdb/
-Pick your gender, type of song, and vocal range ONLY, leave everything else blank and click submit query
-pick some random song, ones with multiple words are best, but dont click it
-copy the name of the song and go to google.com, search for it, but but it in quotes("song"), and find the lyrics
-go to audio.alltheweb.com and search for the song, again in quotes, to find an audio recording.

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Question:
Topic: The United Nations has come under some considerable criticism over the last few years for its failure to help nations develop and also to prevent domestication atrocities such as genocide. What kinds of problems has the UN failed to resolve? What measures have been taken by the UN to address these problems. Have they (or will they) be successful?
Thesis: Although considered an independent organization and a world government by many people, the UN doesn’t voice the opinion of the entire world. Rather, it echoes the voice of, or lack thereof, it’s main member-states. The self-interest and deficiency of support from developed countries has rendered the United Nations powerless and unable to fulfill it’s goals.
Could someone please check over that for me? Any feedback / ideas / links regarding the essay would be appreciated too.
I was up to my neck in Psych homework and totally forgot all about it. Now I have 34 hours to get this paper written :s
Thanks so much
theymos's answer:
Nice thesis. I'd change "the UN doesn't voice the opinion" to "the UN does not represent the opinion" or "does not adequately represent", though. It's best not to use contractions in formal papers. Also, I'd spell out United Nations the first time it's used in each paragraph.

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Question:
Anybody know there a site where you can read and still learn something everyday? even your no in school right now?
theymos's answer:
You could get the wikipedia article of the day at:
http://mail.wikipedia.org/mailman/listinfo/daily-article-l
Or take some classes at wikiversity:
http://wikiversity.org/
You can watch free university lectures online:
http://video.google.com/ucberkeley.html
Learn web design:
http://w3schools.com/
If you're interested in a particular topic, rate this and leave your email and what topic in the comments and I'll give you some links for that topic.

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Question:
I'm looking into getting a clear nose retainer. So I'll be able to hide my nose piercing. Does anyone know where I'd be able to find them? Please give specific store names. & Don't say Wal-mart or Target, because you CAN'T get them there. :]

Thanks.
theymos's answer:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000HM9QE2/nextag-jewelry-20/ref=nosim

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Question:
I don't understand this. Many people are beginning to say X-mas. Well, the whole point of Christmas is because it is the birth of Christ. Isn't calling Christmas X-mas taking the whole point of Christmas away?
theymos's answer:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas

Also, excuse me for being atheist, but yule was celebrated long before Christmas, on the same date, with the same celebrations before it was stolen by Christians.

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Question:
A big HUGE thing I hate like crazy is when people go digging for compliments. I find it kind of pathetic, but in my home I am constantly torn apart and picked at for every little thing. Always told I'm not pretty or not smart and that I'm a terrible person and noones ever going to want to marry me. (Theres alot more I just dont wanna say it all.) Well because of this I have been losing more and more confidence and I've been tending to go digging for compliments. I mean I always get compliments from everyone, about how I look and how I dress, but at times when I'm not I get insicure. I know that might sound pathetic but i start feeling really bad and down about everything about me and feel the need to have other say good things about me. Is there anything I can do to lift my confidence and stop me from being the type of person I hate? or is it just a self problem that i have to overcome?
Thanks to taking the time to read this,
sorry im being so immature and stupidd.
theymos's answer:
First, you have to figure out what is really the truth. After you do that, stick with it. Don't listen to people who tell you you are better or worse that how you really are. But dont't make a scene of it, just ignore those comments that aren't true, or say "no" in such cases. It's important to also ignore someone that says you're better than you are.

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Question:
Well im trying out for the play brigadoon and there was a tryout today and i had nothing to sing so i sang mary had a little lamb, well i thought i needed somthing better after today so theres one more auditon tomarrow and if anyone could please recommend songs that'd be great.
theymos's answer:
They're looking for 3 things:
-how well you sing
-how you react under pressure
-and, to a lesser extent, your originality

-Ok, so go to this site:
http://www.musicaltheatreaudition.com/smdb/
-Pick your gender and vocal range ONLY, leave everything else blank and click submit query
-pick some random song, ones with multiple words are best, but dont click it
-copy the name of the song and go to google.com, search for it, but but it in quotes("song"), and find the lyrics
-go to audio.alltheweb.com and search for the song, again in quotes, to find an audio recording.
If you use one of the songs on that site and sing it correctly, I'm sure they'll be impressed.

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Question:
I'm doing a small progect on Comte de Rochambeau, and every time I search on him I get a name way longer, with his name in it. To be specific, i get Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau. Is that his full name? Should I search for information using this full name? Will I obtain more results that way, because using Comte de Rochambeau doesnt help me get anything. THANKS!
theymos's answer:
that's his full name. I think(though I've never taken French or anything) comte de rochambeau means count of rochambeau(a city or something). You should try searching both ways. Wikipedia has a nice article, though It's not a scholarly source, and you can't use it on a really formal report: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comte_de_Rochambeau

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Question:
im going into archetecture and im debating on going to Carleton, Ottawa, Waterloo and Toronto, cause most of them offer archetecture as a major and others are closer to home and offer good math programs...which to pick for a cheaper, better education...and what grades do i need to get in?...
theymos's answer:
carleton cost: http://www.carleton.ca/fees/06FW/fees/feeIndex.html
carleton requirements:
http://admissions.carleton.ca/applicant/requirements/on.html
ottawa requirements: http://www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1727
ottawa cost:
http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/info/regist/fees/fees2006_en.htm
waterloo requirements:
http://findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca/admissions/requirements.htm
waterloo cost:
http://findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca/financing/expenses.htm
toronto cost:
http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/English/Tuition-Fee-Schedule-2006-07.html
toronto requirements:
http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/prospective/admissions/requirements

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Question:
I need advice on any known CPU cooler that will fit on the CPU1 socket of this motherboard. (Tyan 2469 k7x thunder pro)

The problem is that the cooler most not be much larger than 60x60mm since the components on the board get in the way of anything larger.

Any Socket A, or Socket 370 cpu coolers you know of that fit that size parameter and will also cool an AthlonMP 1600+, 1900+, 2000+, 2100+, 2200+, 2400+ or 2800+ would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Signed,

My AthalonMP has a fever.
theymos's answer:
Go to newegg.com and search for '"socket A" +"60mm"' with the double quotes(") and the plus, but not single quotes('). It'll give you 3 fans. If you can't find what you want search "60mm" and it'll give you more. If you still can't find it, you should file a question with protonic.com, they have people that are A+ certified and are more likely to answer your question.

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Question:
i am 16 years old and i hear voics and see things. i get really scared and when the voices talk to me they tell me to kill myself or hurt myself. and if i dont do what they tell me to they threaten to hurt me. it really scares me. my mom tries to tell me thats the voices arent real but they feel soo real to me and i freak out when i start hearing them. when they talk to me i dont remember where i am or who i am around at the time. i have been hospitalized and placed in special ed. at skool. but no one can help me because when i hear them all i can think to do is do what they are telling me to. and when i snap out of it i am always laying on the floor disoriented and there is always 2 people standing close to me. how should i cope with this? what could i do to make the voices stop? HELP ME PLEASE I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF ADVICE!
theymos's answer:
You should consider meditation; often people can overcome these kinds of issues with it, sometimes even if medicine doesn't work.

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Question:
I am 15 years old and i have really dark circles under my eyes and fine lines. i didnt have them during the summer but when school started i must be stressed because all of a sudden they showed up. Does any know any products to help this? most concealer dont work too good and they give me fine lines. any help? thanks
theymos's answer:
Get more sleep, you should get at least 8-9hrs a night.

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Question:
Does anyone know what like program put all these cool things on peoples pictures like this...

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=79367038


or this...

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=122972158

or even this...

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=103141973&MyToken=713e54fb-af2d-4da9-a0e5-b8d6096327fb

If you know what program can you give me a place were i can go download it this is FREE?!?!

please and thank you
theymos's answer:
The text is using an editing program like gimp for windows(gimp.org/windows). The pictures that change are in the GIF file format. I believe that you can use irfanview(irfanview.com) to make those

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Question:
i'm 16 and my family never listens to me when somthing happens to my younger brother(14) and sister(13) that is an accident. the other day my sister and i accidentally ran into eachother is a small hallway and she started to cry and i got grounded because i 'shoved' her into the wall. my parents never belive me because i lied 1 time about my sister having someone in her class to help her put with something that i had no idea about what her teacher wanted her to do. my brother is always beating me up and calling me fat, a hoe, and a bitch in front of my parents and he never gets in trouble even tough they watch him do it. no one in my family treats me fairly and the other day on our way home from the boling alley my parents were telling my how to fix my bowling but i told them that still had to work on throwing the ball properly and and they made me walk halfway to our house which was about 10 miles from where they kicked me out of the car. is there anyway for me to get my family to treat me better and get them to listen to me. i don't want to get taken away from my faily. i know that i'm the oldest but that doesn't mean that my family has to treat me like this. is there any way to get my family to respect me?
theymos's answer:
The government can force your family into counciling, which is the best you can hope for in your situation. Talk to your teacher, or someone else who works for the government about it.

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Question:
how do you figure out your URL thing?
theymos's answer:
go to whatismyip.com that is your url unless you buy a domain

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Question:
my name is katie. i am writing for advice because i found a glass pipe with weed in it in my moms purse about 6 months ago. we got into a huge fight about it and she promised me she would get rid of it.; i never saw after that. but the other day i was looking in my moms purse for my library card and it was in there. i am so sick of smelling that smell on her clothes. it makes me really depressed and today i couldnt take the pain anymore and i cut my arm with a pair of scissors. i am so sad. i am lost and confused as to why she lied to me and about something so horrible to lie about. she could get in huge trouble for this. and i dont want to lose her over something like drugs. i am just really depressed and i havent talked since i cut myself. my arm is still bleeding and i did it in the early afternoon. i dont want my special ed teachers or therapist to find out. i am terrified of going back to the hospital because last time i went there i was put in restraints for trying to hurt myself. please help me. i am so scared.
theymos's answer:
There are a number of things you could do. They all kind of suck. The best thing, I think, is for you to do nothing, your mother probobly wont get caught. However, if you become unbearably depressed you need to remove yourself from the situation; get help from the government/school so you are taken care of somewhere else, or run away from home. You could also talk to a therapist, but that will probobly result in your mother being arrested AND you being taken care of by someone else AND being put on medicine and many other bad things; so avoid doing that if you can.

If you need any more help you can contact me directly at theymos@lycos.com , I'll be able to answer more thoroughly that way.

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Question:
I have to write an essay on what the press' role is on the executive branch-and for my introduction, I have to include concession views. Does anyone know what that is--?? I have to include three and then identify reasons to be explored..such as?? I've tried looking it up. All I got was this one answer on yahoo or w/e that really didn't help me at all. Can anyoneee here help? Thanks
theymos's answer:
Those are views that are different to the one you're taking. Typically you present these views and tell the downsides to them and how yours is better.

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Question:
is it true that when you watch tv, go on the computer, and use your cellphone it increases the risk of brain cancer??
theymos's answer:
All electronic devices output some radiation that could cause cancer. However, salt substitute(which is somewhat radioactive) radiates more than these devices, and people EAT that all the time, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

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