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Just took a very quick look at your site.  I'll definitely return for a closer look, but I thought I'd offer one comment now.  I see that "Helps for the computer novice" is in large letters on your site's home page.  Like 40hz, I'm a bit bothered by "Helps."  Why not just change that to "Help"?  I like "Help for the computer novice"; I don't think you need 40hz's longer suggestion, but I agree with him about "helps."

Good luck with the site!

I agree with both of you and I thank you for the suggestion. I will make this change when I am able to get to the computer on which the image file resides. Unfortunately, that probably will not be for a few hours.


I noticed one very minor thing that catches my attention every time I go to your site.

It's in the flash video and on the "About" page. It's the phrase: "helps for the more novice user."

Maybe it's just me, but I think it should read "a variety of help for the more novice computer users."

Help+s (i.e. helps) is always a verb. 'Help' without an 's' can be a noun. And when used as a noun, its plural form is the same as its singular (i.e. no 's').

And since I'm on a niggle (feel free to ignore all of this BTW) I'd probably rephrase it either to read:

"a variety of help for more novice computer users." (drop the 'the' before "more novice")


"a variety of help for the more novice computer user."  (make 'users' singular)

Just my  :two:  :) :Thmbsup:

Thanks for that suggestion. I am a bit of a stickler for proper grammar, so I appreciate your pointing out to me how I have erred in that area. As is the case with most of us, I am usually a poor proofreader of my own writing, so it is very helpful to have someone else to look these things over.


Thanks for the comments. I knew that I could count on some helpful feedback.

Best of luck  :up: There is a missing image beside the search on top of the page
Also why Joomla  :o ............. just kidding hehe

The "Search..." is some sort of goofy template issue. I had the problem with a previous template as well, but I cannot seem to remember how I fixed it. I have removed the search feature until I can get this fixed. Thanks for the input. By the way, I choose Joomla because I am familiar with it, having used it for about 8 years now. I had given some thought to using WordPress for the site, but I know Joomla a bit better. I may transition at some point, however.

The white on white mouseover menu item thing is a bit disconcerting, but good luck with the project.

Thanks Stoic, I had not even noticed that. I removed that module and moved the link to the main menu.

Again, I appreciate all of the feedback. You guys are great.


I have been a DC member for almost 7 years now and am a daily visitor, although I have not been one to post very much. I am posting now to let you know that I have launched a new website offering a variety of helps for the more novice computer users. I have posted a number of tips, tutorials, and software reviews and will adding content daily. I would certainly appreciate any constructive feedback.

I launched the website for two reason. First, I enjoy almost all things related to the computer and feel that I can share some insights with others. Second, I also launched the site in the hope that it would generate some supplemental income for my family. I have a full-time job, but I find that I need to supplement my income a bit. To that end, the site includes advertising. Some of the advertising is in the form of banner ads from vendors with whom I have established an affiliate relationship. There are also some Google AdSense ads. My hope is that this sort of thing is not self-serving and offensive to potential visitors to my site. This is my first attempt at monetizing a website. If those of you who have more experience at this sort of thing have any suggestions, I would be glad to hear from you. Let me also add that the potential to earn a bit of income from a vendor whose product I review in no way impacts the review given. I seek to be as objective as possible. If I like program and find it useful, I will state that fact even if I gain nothing monetarily by so doing. Likewise, if I find a product to be lacking in some way, I will not hesitate to let my readers know that even if I have an affiliate relationship with that vendor. I do not believe in the practice of paying someone to give a product a positive review.

The name of my site is CompGator and it is located at

General Software Discussion / Opinions on System Utilties Suites
« on: March 01, 2011, 07:42 AM »
I think that the DC forum is great. I do not post very much, but I do read a great many of the posts and I often make software purchase decisions on the basis of what I read here at DC. With that in mind, I would very much like to know the opinions of the some of the DCers about system utilities suites (I don't know what else to call these programs) for Windows 7. What I have in mind are programs such as:

Tune-Up Utilities 2011

System Mechanic by Iolo

Fix-It Utilities 11

Any others that may come to mind.

What I would like to know is how useful others find these utilities to be? Are they useful at all? Do they do more harm than good?

Your responses are greatly appreciated.

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