Too many processes at start-up 

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Good Morning,  !
Today is Tuesday, Aug 9

Thank you John H!

A friend asked me what kind of equipment was required to
use Skype. 

A keyboard or something to type, even a touch screen would 
do fine. Anything beyond that is entirely optional.
If you want to use it to voice call land lines and cell phones,
then a head set or microphone and speakers come in handy.
Ear-bud head sets are usually $2.39 and up.
Ear cup head sets are usually from $4.95 and up.
Naturally, equipment made for TV studios is considerably
more expensive, mostly because they have limitless amounts
of money.

The same goes for video chatting. That is entirely optional,
and after the novelty wears off, is usually not much used.
However, if you do want free video chatting, Skype
has a plug and play "Buddy Cam" for $30. 

Yes, you can get web cams for a lot less than that, but you 
may have to read instructions to get the computer to 
recognize them.

The cost and quality of the camera is not really important.
A cheap under $20 camera and a fast Internet connection
produces much better results than the most expensive camera
and a slow connection.

However, don't fret about a camera. You probably won't use
it that much anyway. Who wants to check their hair etc each
time before talking to somebody? 

98% of the time I just use text. 1.9% of the time I use voice,
and only 0.1% of the time I use video.  

And of the video calls, most of them are people trying out
their new video and testing it by skyping dearwebby.

One tip I have to mention amost every time.
Make sure, there is no window behind you!
Web cams are like security cams and reach far into the dark.
What might seem dark to you, is still quite bright for the
camera, and a light window behind you makes your face
black and unrecognizable. If you can't change the location,
put some curtains or blinds in front of the window.

And don't be shy about skyping me to test your system.

Have FUN!

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From the Tech Support Pits: From: Duane Re: Too many processes starting up Hi Webby, I would like to stop so many processes from starting up when I start my computer. I would like to only start up with the necessary ones but when I look at them all I just don't understand which is which an you tell me what all those abbreviations stand for? Thanks, Duane Dear Duane People have wanted and demanded that since the days of DOS, and Microsoft has consistently done the opposite. About all you can do is use programs like "StartUpCop" to weed out a few optional programs and shuffle some of the mandatory ones to get a faster start-up. You can get StartUpCop from my Tool Box, but I would not guarantee, that you gain a huge amount of time. It's prime use is to move optional and not immediately required programs farther down the start-up list, and others, that you need immediately, like for example Skype, closer to the top. Have FUN! DearWebby
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