How to Remove pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys from Windows 7

Notice that pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys take up 7GB total!

To delete these files safely in Windows 7, you must disable “Hibernate Support” in your power options in the control panel.

1.  Go to Start > Search, type in “powercfg.cpl” go to advanced power options, find the “Sleep” section and make sure sleep is set to “never”

2.  We also need to make sure virtual memory is not enabled.   (coming soon)

9 Tips to Legitimize Your Small Business

Please note: These steps will get you in the right direction to setting up a scalable business, but you should consult with a reputable accountant and attorney before making any business decisions.  This information should not be considered legal advice.

From the last few years of experience, below are my favorite vendors to use when launching a new business.  These methods are all very cost effective, yet still scalable for when your business hopefully takes off.  Good luck!

1. Get a Logo Designed – 99 Designs (~$400)

Vendor: 99Designs

  • Post a logo project and give as much direction as possible to the prospective designers
  • BE ACTIVE give feedback as often as possible on designer submissions, active projects get much more designer competition
  • Don’t be afraid to give strong criticism to designers, and make sure to submit a rating for every design.

2. Register Your Domain and Hosting – Namecheap (~$6/mo)

Vendor: NameCheap

  • Strongly .COM and not .ly, .net, etc
  • Choose as short of a domain as possible
  • Add Namecheap’s WhoisGuard to protect your domain registration info from spammers.  It’s only $3 per year.
  • If you simply need an informational website, simply sign up for Namecheap’s $4/mo shared hosting plan.  If you have a database intensive website, you should seek consultation for a more powerful server solution.

3. Set up your business e-mail – Google Apps (free)

Vendor: Google

4. Incorporate and Trademark your company – Trademarkia (~$700)

Vendor: Trademarkia

  • You should consider trademarking both your company name, and separately trademarking your company logo, icon, or other marks.  Please seek legal advice on this.
  • Seek legal/accounting advice on whether an LLC, C Corp, S Corp, or other type of incorporation method will be right for you.
  • Seek legal advice on what state you should incorporate in.  Keep in mind that if you choose a state that you do not have active mailing address in, you will have to pay an annual fay for a registered agent service.
  • Make sure to save and backup a PDF copy of your articles of incorporation, and any other formal documents.

5. Register your EIN (free)

Vendor: IRS

  • Make sure to use your business address, or a permanent address when getting your EIN.  Most banks will require that your mailing address matches the address on your EIN document.
  • Make sure to save an electronic copy (backed up!) of your official EIN document.  You will need this to open a bank account.

6. Get a Business Bank Account (free)

Vendor: Bank of America

  • You can waive your monthly fee by using your business checking debit card once per month (Set it up as the payment method for your web hosting)
  • Use the Bank of America iPhone app to deposit checks from your phone

7. Get a Website Design Template ($~50)

Vendor: Themeforest

No need to pay thousands of dollars for a custom website design if you are just starting out.  Use a theme database like ThemeForest and get an awesome WordPress design template for less then $50.

  • Make sure you choose a WordPress template.
  • Choose something simple.  Complex themes have a lot of content sections you will not use, and you will have to pay your freelance developer to remove or hide those unwanted sections
  • Before buying a template, read the comments on the template and see if the author is responsive to questions.  This can come in handy later if you make a request for improvements.

8. Find a Freelancer to Launch your Website (~$400-$1000)

Vendor: Odesk

  • Post a project on Odesk asking for a PHP programmer with WordPress experience
  • Pay rates ranging from $10-$15 per hour are reasonable for a WordPress freelancer
  • In the project posting, specifically ask developer to send a link to the best wordpress site they have developed (and to only ONE site, not a massive list).  Most developers won’t read your special request, so you can quickly hide their applications.
  • Install WordPress on your Namecheap hosting account.  Instructions here.
  • Send the developer your ThemeForest template files.
  • Create a google doc with tasks, and share it with your developer
  • When giving feedback to any developer, use a screenshot tool to effectively communicate changes you request.

9. Bookkeeping, Expense Tracking, and Invoicing (free to start)

Vendor: Freshbooks

  • Get started with a basic account for free
  • When tracking expenses, use the spreadsheet import function to save time
  • Accept credit card payments for invoices.  Well worth the ~3% fees to save hours of time processing paper checks

 

Become a Gmail Power User 10 Minutes

1.  Learn The 5 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Locate the Gmail “Settings” section at the Top Right

Enable keyboard shortcuts in the Gmail Settings section

  • Tab+Enter – Send e-mail.
  • C” – Compose
  • E” – Archive message
  • “#” – Delete message (Shift+3)
  • SHIFT‘- Open email in a new window when combined with any other action.  (Shift+C will open a new compose message in a new window)
  • “?” Access the shortcuts cheat sheet (Shift + / )

2.  Explore Gmail Labs Features

Visit Settings > Labs to view the optional labs settings

Recommended Labs Features to Turn On:

  • Background Send – Helps avoid the 1-2 second delay each time you send an e-mail.
  • Undo-send – Gives you an extra 5 seconds to recall an e-mail if you hit send too quickly.
  • Signature Tweaks – Places your e-mail signature directly after your reply message, and removes the pesky “–” symbols.

3.  Understand the “Archive” Function

The “archive” button

  • In Gmail, you generally always “archive” instead of “delete”
  • When you “archive” something, you are simply removing it from the inbox.
  • You can always view your archived mail by either using the “search” or clicking “All Mail” on the left navigation

4.  Gmail Search is Crucial – Learn The 10 second rule

Why is Gmail better than Outlook, even on day one?  The search function is incredibly powerful, and saves time.

10 Second Rule: If you can’t find an e-mail after 10 seconds of browsing, search for it.

Search is not the slow, useless process you became accustomed to in Outlook.  In Gmail search, simply recall one unique keyword that might have been mentioned in an e-mail, and you instantly filter the number of e-mails you have to sift through to find your result.

Learn a few of the helpful shorthand codes you can enter in the search box to save time and narrow your results

 

 

  • from:
    • Narrow search to e-mails send from a specific e-mail address
  • to:
    • Narrow search to e-mails that has a specific e-mail address in the “TO” box
  • has:attachment
    • Includes only e-mails with an attachment
  • is:starred
    • Includes only starred e-mails (useful if you have certain emails you reference often)
  • in:sent
    • Equivalent of searching your sent mail folder.

5.  Inbox Zero

If you are properly using the “Archive” functionality, your ultimate goal is to get your inbox down to as few e-mails as possible
Have any other essential Gmail tips?

How to View All of Your Apple Products


Your hidden apple support profile.

Apple makes it extremely difficult to find this page, and after spending almost 10 minutes trying to locate it again, I decided to create this post as a reference.

Reasons to Bookmark your Apple Support Profile

  • Easily submit an AppleCare request
  • Keep track of your apple devices and serial numbers
  • Determine if your device is still under warranty

Bookmark this link:

https://supportprofile.apple.com/MySupportProfile.do

Beginner's Guide to iOS Passbook

Start using iOS Passbook in 5 Easy Steps

With  the launch of iOS 6 came the much anticipated Passbook app.  Despite passbook being out for over a month now, most people have no idea how to use it, so I decided to put together a painfully easy tutorial.  Let’s get to it.

Reasons to use passbook

  • Thin out your wallet by carrying around less loyalty and gift cards
  • Leave your wallet in your pocket, and pay with your phone in just a few taps
  • Avoid printing things like concert tickets, boarding passes, train tickets, etc.

1.  Start with a Starbucks card

If you live anywhere near a Starbucks, I recommend you bite the bullet and experience Passbook as soon as possible.  The easiest way to get started is to purchase a gift card at your local Starbucks and ask the cashier to load it with $5.

2.  Download the Starbucks app

Visit the iOS app store and download the free Starbucks app.

3.  Link your card to the Starbucks App

3.1 Click the + Icon at the top Right of the Starbucks App

3.1 Type in the numbers from your physical Starbucks card

 4.  Add your Starbucks card to the Passbook App

Once your card is added to the Starbucks app, you will see a Reload and Manage button under the card.  Hit the “Manage” button.

4.1 After hitting “Manage” select the option that says “Add Card to Passbook

5.  Open the Passbook app

Go back to your home screen on the iPhone, and open the Passbook app.  You should see your Starbucks card appear.

Your Starbucks pass will look something like this.

Save Time and Earn Rewards

Earn your Starbucks gold status in no time, and don’t worry about fishing your plastic Starbucks card out of your wallet.  By simply flashing your Starbucks card against a barcode reader at the cashier station, you are able to instantly pay and earn your Starbucks rewards.
See some of my other posts regarding Passbook.

Best Eggs Benedict in NYC

The Best: Sausage Benedict at Five Points

Breakfast Sausage Benedict from Five Points

Breakfast sausage, poached egg, and shrimp hollandaise on top of a cheddar scone.  It seriously does not get much better than this.  Highly recommend Five Points for brunch.

Five Points
31 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012
212.253.5700
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Disappointing: Johnnycake Benedict at North End Grill

Johnnycake Benedict at North End Grill

Lamb Bacon, Poached Egg, and Chipotle Hollandaise.  This sounded much better than it was.  The johnnycake was too thick, and very dry.  The lamb bacon was was miniscule, and did not contribute to the dish.  The albeit delicious chipotle hollandaise could not not even pull the dish together.

North End Grill
104 North End, New York, NY 10282
646.747.1600
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iOS Emergency Alert in NYC During Hurricane Sandy

During Hurricane Sandy on Monday, October 29th starting at 8:30PM Eastern, mobile users all around NYC received a mysterious alert message:

Go indoors immediately and remain inside.  DO NOT DRIVE.  Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only.

These emergency alerts are a new feature of iOS 6, allowing government agencies to send out critical messages to the public.  The U.S. Government’s emergency alert system was launched in May 2012, and this was the first alert to be sent out in NYC since the system launched.