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    April/May 2011WelcomeWelcome to the April / May Issue of Out & About Sutton Coldfield

    Welcome to the April / May issue, well its been very busy for the Out and About team. We have some a great editorial for those readers who may be getting in the garden or interested in sponsoring a local business woman. We have some great features coming in the future issues, we are now recruiting staff too!! Email Peter at the address below with Jobs in the subject -Distribution, Sales and Project Management roles needed. Forward you CV Today.

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    02 Norton Bathrooms04 Your Garden in Summer / Gilberts Landscaping05 SheffieldSheds/WordSearch06 Oakley Paving / The Woodworks / The Pine Shop / Loft Company 07 KC Electrical / AF Plastering / Pieceword08 Halpin Plumbing / P&S Multitrades / JV Digital Systems / Premier Doors09 Pampered Pooch / Mark Cassidy Plastering / Unique Conservatories10 Kilimanjaro Trek11 Devlin Wholesale12 - 13 Tradmark Flooring - Naturally Oak14 Cleaning Up Your Windows Clutter 15 AP Designs16 Squire Automotive17 Professional Computer Services / The Small Room18 - 19 Visiom Guard / Bakk Bathrooms20 Sutton Road Tyre / Four Oaks Glazing / UPVC Installations21 Roofguard / Dream Kitchens / ST Gas22 Internet Safety / SDS Painting / Richard Powell23 Suddz Bathrooms24 Adam Askey Windows

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  • Tips and advice from Deborah Barnish, award-winning garden designer, at Angel Tomney Design

    May is such a glorious month theres some new delight emerging every day. Multi-coloured swathes of tulips hold sway from early in the month while the heavy buds of voluptuous scented paeonies promise a fragrant show later on. But dont forget the bulbsthatfloweredsobravelyearlierintheyear. Now is the best time to lift and divide over-crowded clumps.

    If the sun is shining it is tempting to begin planting out tender plants such as cannas and dahlias, and bedding plants. But, do remember to listen out for warnings of late frosts which could spoil your summer displays and cover plantswithalayeroffleeceiftheovernighttemperature is going to approach freezing point.

    The same applies to pruning slightly tender shrubs such as hardy Fuchsias.Now that everything is in full growth, lawns need their weekly mowing and hedges may

    bereadyfortheirfirstcut.Pleasedocheckfor nesting birds before picking up the hedge trimmer and dont disturb them until the chicks havefledged.

    And if you havent already done so, consider putting up a nest box or two somewhere out of the direct sun and out of reach of neighbourhood cats.

    In the kitchen garden, keep making regular sowings of salad leaves, radishes and carrots for constant supplies of tender leaves and roots.

    Late maincrop potatoes can be planted now. Youmaystillfindseedpotatoesingardencentres, or order them on-line be quick. Earlier potatoes should be earthed up for the best crops and to keep tubers out of the light where they will turn green.

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  • Two Staffordshire businesswomen are stepping up to some serious training to help them walk to the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and raise 3,750 each for Compton Hospice.

    Natalie Aldred, 26, from Cannock, and Gill Fitzpatrick, 50, from Handsacre near Rugeley, are getting special instruction from personal trainer Emanuel Hamilakis at Fitness First in Cannock to prepare for the 10-day trek to climb Africas highest mountain in August.

    The pair are also going for broke to reach their fundraising target with a Las Vegas style ball on Saturday May 14 at the Premier Suite, in High Green, Cannock, above Bar Sport.

    They are betting the evening with a full casino, live entertainment and auction with a three-course meal will help them reach the 3,750 target they need to join the trip.

    Gill has also organised a rock night at St Marys Social Club in Cannock on Saturday April 2, featuring Cannock band Sixteria, tickets are 5 and doors open at 7pm.

    The pair have been raising funds for the challenge since the end of last year, including a curry night at the Chase Balti in Cannock.

    Natalie who runs Cannock-based Express Advertising said: It is quite daunting climbing 6,000 meters to the top of Kilimanjaro so were making sure were in top shape to get there.

    Gill who runs The Local Bookkeeper in Cannock said: Weve had great support so far with lots of people giving us venues and services for free, were just hoping people can a bit more money down for us at the Las Vegas night and get us to our fundraising target.

    To buy tickets for the ball, priced 40, contact Natalie on 07971 664986 or for the rock night contact Gill on 07851 577557.

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    Naturally Oak offers three ranges incorporating engineered, semi-solid and solid oak floors. Our engineered floors even come with a glueless locking system making it very DIY friendly. Alternatively our solid and semi solid floors can glued or nailed in the traditional manner.

    Whether you are looking for solid or engineered wood flooring you will gain a floor which is personal to you and totally unique. All three of the ranges are finished on site at our factory in Tamworth using Rubio oils, one of the worlds most durable surface treatments, while still offering an almost endless array of colours.

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    Maintenance of the floor is kept to a minimum as the surface finish is very resilient when cured and normally only requires cleaning with a damp mop and a hoover. Should repair or restoration of the floor become necessary, it is is made very simple and easy using our range of dedicated maintenance and repair products.

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  • OPEN YOUR WINDOWSNow that Windows 7 is here I thought I would take a look under the hood - there is a lot to like about Windows 7, not least its many improvements over Vista: the new OS is faster, less demanding on resources, has better designed security and contains many new productivity-boosting features. However the system is still open to spyware and will become slower and more unstable the more you use your PC, adding and removing applications, the more junk builds up throughout your system. You need to treat the problem, detoxing your PC on a regular basis to remove the leftovers but how, exactly? and whats the best way to remove it all and restore your system to its optimum performance?

    SORT IT OUTFor many years the default idea was to run the built in windows disk defrag but now free software called auslogics disk defrag is available for all windows platforms at http://download.cnet.com/Auslogics-Disk-Defrag/3000-2094_4-10567503.html.Wetoldtheprogramtooptimiseourfilelayout (go to Settings | Program Settings | Algorithms | Move systemfilestothebeginningofthedisk)andsetittowork.Thisdeliveredrealbenefits.Boottimefellfrom29to26seconds; IE was usable after 107 seconds, a 23 per cent improvement; and launch time for Outlook fell by a third. We cant guarantee youll see similar results, as every defrag situation is different, but its clear that Windows 7s defrag tool alone wont necessarily do the job. We advise you click Start, type defrag, click Disk Defragmenter and make sure that scheduled defrags are turned off for the moment. Then install auslogics disk defrag turn on the option to relocate yoursystemfiles,clickSettings|ProgramSettings|Schedule and set it to run every few days to keep your drive running optimally.

    AT YOUR SERVICEA near two-minute wait before we could access the web was far too long. To cut this down we needed to reduce the work that Windows had to do during the boot process, and one effective way to do this was to work on our Windows services. Launching the Services applet by typing in the search bar (services.msc) revealed the many changes that could be made. For instance, the Distributed Link Tracking ClientmaintainslinksbetweenNTFSfilesacrossanetworkand is started by default. You dont use the this service, though, double-clicking it and setting the Startup Type to Disabled will turn it off. IP Helper is similarly pointless unless you have access to an IP6 network, and the Windows Media Player Network Sharing and Media Center Extender services can go unless youre using them to share your musicandvideos.Otherservicescanbeconfiguredtostart with a delay, giving priority to other tasks and helping your PC to become usable more quickly. The Background Intelligent Transfer Service is important when downloading Windows Updates, but it doesnt have to be available when you start your PC. Double-click this and set its Startup Type to Automatic (Delayed Start). Try the same with Disk Defragmenter, Windows Backup, Windows Search and Windows Update.

    FIRE IT UPFilling up a PC with numerous start-up programs will really slow it down, yet software authors continue to do this by default, so its a good idea to prune your start-up tasks on a regular basis. Start by quickly browsing your Start | All Programs menu. Is there anything you no longer need?

    Uninstallitnow.Next,welaunchedmsconfigbytypingin on the search bar once running click startup tab and often you will see programs like QuickTime, iTunes, Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Orbit Downloader, PowerDVD and RealPlayer are all very useful tools, but we didnt want any of them to launch at boot time also there may be a few redundant start-up programs that have been there since your PC arrived. The precise results of all this tweaking will dependonhowyourPCisconfigured,butwesawimmediatebenefits.Therewaslessdiskthrashingatboottime,IEwasnow usable in only 71 seconds, and wed freed up more than 100MB of RAM for the rest of our system.

    CONFIGUREWeve concentrated on cleaning up Windows clutter, but your apps can also collect pointless add-ons. Take Internet Explorer, for instance. While installing software, we accepted every offer of a shiny new IE add-on, with the result being that we now had four extra toolbars. Clicking Tools | Manage Add-ons and disabling these freed up a surprisingly high 28 to 36MB of RAM, cut four seconds off the time it took for IE to load and then shaved half a second off every subsequent relaunch.TypicalMicrosoftinefficiency?Apparentlynot.Wehad also accumulated eight Firefox extensions AdBlock Plus, DownloadThemAll and so on and uninstalling those halved the browsers relaunch time and saved us around 26MB of RAM. So by all means keep the extensions you use, but remember that they come at a price get rid of any that are surplus to requirements. Its a similar story with MicrosoftOffice.Outlook2007,forinstance,comeswithmany unnecessary add-ons, and programs like iTunes will install more (without even asking). Disabling all but the key search add-on saved 19MB of RAM on our test system (see the Optimising Outlook box for the details), and while the initial launch appeared little different, subsequent launches now required only around 0.4 seconds. Clear unwanted emails out of your inbox for a further speed boost, then checkWord,ExcelandotherOfficecomponentsforfurtherunnecessary add-ons (though dont remove anything unless youre sure you dont need it).

    CLEAN IT UPCongratulations, youve done the hard work its time to clean up. Click Start, type cleanmgr and press [Enter] to launch Disk Cleanup. Follow the instructions and clean up as muchofthejunkthatitfindsasyoucan.Youcangetmorethorough clean-up help from a tool like CCLEANER available athttp://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/.Itsnotamagic solution we tried it, and cleaning our Registry made little difference at all to the system but it does give you acentralplacetocleanupyourbrowserstemporaryfiles.Thatreallydidhelp,cuttinganotherfivesecondsoffthetimeit took IE to load and become usable. Boot time, originally 22 seconds, had initially risen to 30, but wed brought it back down to 24. The time it took IE to load and display Google a horrible 140 seconds, was now 35. We had 300MB more RAM available, and our applications had been tuned to require less than they previously did.(See our advert on page 17)


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  • Everybody knows that the internet isn't the safest of places,so the types of people that your children are in danger of mixing with, and the undesired information that they haveaccess to, shouldn't come as a surprise.So how can you help to ensure your child's safety?EXPLAIN THE BASICSPersonal information should always be kept that way, so makesure your child understands that they must never give this outto anybody they do not know over the internet. The minimalistof information, such as gender and age, could easily be usedagainst them.SET BOUNDARIES:Ask them to show you what websites and information theyare accessing, and make sure they understand what youwould consider to be inappropriate. If necessary, you could alsoinstall parental control software, which allows you to filter websites.CHECK WHO THEY ARE CONTACTING:Make sure your child only talks to their friends who havedirectly given their email/SNS to them, and they have proof ofwho it is. People can be anybody they desire over the internet, and it is becoming more common.NEVER LEAVE THEM ALONE:Keeping the computer in a family room means that you caneasily check what your child is doing, and knowing that you areinterested, and seeing that you are near, may prevent themfrom even considering to visit inappropriate websites.SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES (SNS):Social networking sites such as Bebo and Myspace have a minimumsubscribing age of 13 and 14 to protect your children. However, this doesn't always stop them from using fake identification, so make sure they take these restrictions seriously,and not take advantage of them. It may also be a good ideato take into account your child's behavioural changes. Thingssuch as an unusual lack of confidence, avoiding family members,and a sudden loss of interest in using the computer are typicalsigns of cyber bullying. A survey said that 58% of youngchildren did not tell their parents or an adult about somethingmean or hurtful that happened to them online, so keeping aclose eye on who they are talking to, and monitoring whatthey are doing on the internet, could prevent this.

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