Disk Usage

 

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Disk Usage is a very straight forward app.  I won’t even go in to much detail other than: it’s free, and VERY helpful.  Want to know why you have such a small amount of free space on your phone’s internal memory, or your SD Card?  This will graphically display your files and apps so that you can easily track down what the biggest files are and decide if you want to uninstall the app or just delete the files straight away.  You can zoom in by clicking in to each ‘directory’ and it will expand to show which files are taking up the space.  It’s so easy to use and so useful – you should go get it.  Now.

 

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Audiogalaxy

What is Audiogalaxy?  Brilliant, that’s what!

 

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If you remember the name from about 2001, you may be thinking of that program that was just like the original Napster, or Kazaa, or LimeWire.  But now they’ve turned over a new leaf.  Where Amazon just recently released their Cloud Player, and in the process angered a lot of record labels, Audio Galaxy is trying to tip toe around the subject of “ownership.”  Rather than hosting your files for you, the mp3s never actually leave your computer in their current form – they are streamed directly from your PC to your handset.  With Audiogalaxy installed on my Android, I can go anywhere and take well over 30,000 songs with me.  I’m absolutely in love with Audiogalaxy.

 

I don’t know what their business model will be, or how they intend to make money, but I’ll tell you what: I’m onboard so far.  I love their service, even more than Amazon’s free 5 GB of web space.  I will be a paying subscriber, just as long as their prices are competitive with Amazons (which, since they will be providing the servers and the bandwidth, but not the storage, they should be able to compete, even with Amazon).

 

Sign up on Audiogalaxy.com then install the app for your phone!

1 of 5: Google Goggles

Today is the very special App Wendesday!  I’m bringing you a new app worth checking out every few hours, a total of 5 apps today.

 

First?  You need Google Goggles.  That way you can really use those QR codes that are popping up all over the world.  You know, like this one?

 

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See?  What do you do with that!?  I’ll tell you what.  You install Google Goggles on your phone from the Android Market, and let it do the rest.  But you can do so much more with it.  Search for a company logo, search for images similar to something you’re seeing right now, or even product search.  Scan a barcode on a product box and search for it online, because we know the in store displays never have enough information.

 

Want to know more about how Google Goggles works?  Watch the video below.

 

Special App Wednesday tomorrow

To make up for the lack of posts last week, tomorrow’s App Wednesday will include a couple of bonus posts.  I look forward to sharing a few handy apps that I like – you should get ready to download away!

My Printer Stopped Working, now what?

Update: If you’ve already tried everything below, see the sequel to this article!

Tales from the Help Desk?  It’s time for another Tech Tip Tuesday!

Ever hear of someone taking a few seconds to “reset the print spooler” and their computer magically started working for them?  Sometimes it really is that easy.  Resetting the print spooler takes about 10 seconds and is far more efficient than rebooting your whole computer.  So if you’re asking how do I restart the print spooler?  There are several ways.

 

If you’re familiar with the Command Prompt you can simply load one up and type in the following two commands:

net stop spooler

net start spooler

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You’re done!  Your printer should start spitting out pages again.

 

If the command prompt feels just a little overwhelming for you, don’t worry – there’s an easier point and click way to do it.  If you’re in Windows XP, click on Start then Run, type the word “Services” and press Enter or click OK.  In Windows 7, click on the start menu and “search” for the Services console.

 

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Once the Services console is loaded up, scroll through the big long list.  Don’t let the quantity scare you, you’re just looking for the Print Spooler Service.  Once you find it, RIGHT CLICK on it, then click RESTART from the right click menu.  A progress bar will pop up for a few seconds saying that it is stopping, then another will pop up saying it is starting.  And you’re done!

 

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One more method for getting to the “Services” console that works in Windows XP / Vista / 7 – Right Click on the My Computer or Computer icon, then click Manage from the right click menu.  Then, on the left side, click Services.  You can memorize this process, then no matter what computer you find yourself working on, you can most likely find the quickest way to reset the print spooler.