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In this blog I will take you step by step through the steps you need to go through to back up the Second Life Cache in Windows Vista showing you through several screenshots.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Using backup software included in Windows Vista to schedule a regular backup of the Second Life Cache and
  2. Manually copy the folder to somewhere else on the hard drive such as Documents.

For this blog I will be using option 2 to show you how to back up the Second Life Cache in Windows Vista.

The steps are as follows:

Go to the Start Menu and select Computer as shown in Screenshot 1 and then double click on C: drive and you will see a folder called Users double click on it as shown in Screenshot 2.

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Screenshot 1: Go to the Start Menu and select Computer

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Screenshot 2: Double click on C: drive and you will see a folder called Users double click on it.

When you double click on Users you will see two folders called Public and whatever you have called yourself at log-on at this stage you will need to go to the Organise Menu and then click on Folder and Search Options as shown in Screenshot 3 and Screenshot 4.

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Screenshot 3: Click on the Options Menu

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Screenshot 4: Click on Folder and Search Options

Once you have opened the Folder Options you need to click on the View Tab and click on Show Hidden Files and Folders as shown in Screenshot 5

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Screenshot 5: Click on Folder Options and select Show Hidden Files and Folders

Double click on the folder that has your log-on name and double click on the AppData folder as shown in Screenshot 6.

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Screenshot 6: Double click on the AppData folder

At this stage three folders are displayed Local, LocalLow and Roaming, you need to double click on the Roaming folder as shown in Screenshot 7.

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Screenshot 7: Double click on the Roaming folder

Scroll down until you can see the Second Life folder and then double click on it as shown in Screenshot 8 and 9.

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Screenshot 8: Scroll down until you locate the Second Life folder

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Screenshot 9: Double click on the Second Life folder

You should now see several folders displayed browser_profile, cache, logs, your avitar name and user_settings.

Right click on the Cache folder and select Copy from the menu as shown in Screenshot 10.

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Screenshot 10: Right click on the Cache folder and select Copy

The next step is now to open the Start Menu and click on the Documents folder as shown in Screenshot 11.

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Screenshot 11: Click on the Start Menu and click on the Documents folder

With the Documents folder now open right click on any space you can find and select Paste as shown in Screenshot 12.

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Screenshot 12: Right click on any space you can find and select Paste

It is a good idea to back up the copy of the Second Life Cache folder you just pasted to the Documents folder to a CD or DVD depending on the size of the folder.

To hide files and folders you need to do the reversal of showing files and folders which can also be done while in the Documents folder.

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A  friend asked me some time ago why her computer was slow and crashed frequently while in Second Life the short answer is she needs to defragment her hard drive before using Second Life as the program places a lot of demand on a computer.

I find the best way to avoid the problem with Second Life crashing intermittently is to use CCleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) to clean the computer from accumulated junk and to also allow CCleaner to search for issues and then backing up the relevant registry entries when asked.

After  the registry entries have been backed up complete the cleaning process.

By backing up the registry entries this allows you to restore the registry prior to the cleaning process in the event of further problems caused by the deleting the registry entries.

I have never had the need to restore the deleted registry entries myself but that doesn’t mean anyone else would be in the same boat.

After using CCleaner I generally do a defragmentation of the hard drive as this places all the Second Life program files in one place on the hard drive helping the computer user to maintain stability in Second Life.

To use the Windows Defragmenter you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the windows XP Start Button and click it
  2. Click on All Programs then select Accessories
  3. Click on System Tools then select Windows Defragmenter

After doing a defrag of the hard drive the computer should now be stable while using Second Life, this is required each time you connect to the Second Life server in order to maintain stability and to avoid both a system reboot which occurs frequently for some SL users or Second Life crashing altogether which happens to me every now and then.

So hopefully this blog has helped you to overcome the problems of a highly fragmented hard drive slowing down the performance of your computer right down to a crawl.

As always enjoy my blog and feel free to make suggestions about the content and any topics for discussion you would like answers to, if your questions are beyond my area of expertise I will research the problem for you and get back to you in a relevant blog.


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If you are concerned as I am about the increase in online threats you will be happy to know that there is a way you can rate a web site based on criteria such as:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Vendor Reliability
  • Privacy
  • Child Safety

To do this you need to download the Web Of Trust (WOT) program from www.mywot.com and join as a basic member.

After you install the Web Of Trust add-on you will notice a green circle in your toolbar, this is the Web Of Trust add-on.

If you click on it a menu will open as depicted in Figure 1: Web Of Trust Add-on Menu for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

You can rate any web page you are visiting by clicking on the green circle and when the menu opens simply click anywhere on the coloured bar, red represents poor and green represents excellent.

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Figure 1: Web Of Trust Add-on Menu for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox

As you can see from Figure 2: Profile Tab below the profile tab displays information about yourself, though you can opt to hide this information, this tab also displays any comments you have left about the web sites you have rated.

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Figure 2: Profile Tab

The next tab allows you to edit different aspects of your profile, unfortunately I can’t show you a screenshot of that tab.

The next tab over is the My Ratings as you can see from Figure 2: My Ratings Tab shows you how you have rated web sites you have visited over time.

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Figure 3: My Ratings Tab

The next tab is the Public View Tab, this is how other members see your profile as you can see from the Figure 3: Public View Tab screenshot.

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Figure 4: Public View Tab

You can also see from Figures 2 & 3 of my profile I start off as a rookie level member and in Figure 4 I am a bronze level member as you rate web sites you go through different levels for example.

If you want to know more about the different levels go to www.mywot.com and go to the support menu for further assistance.

The Web Of Trust (WOT) add-on is available for both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox web browsers, you will also find videos on how the add-on works and how to use it efficiently.

I hope you all enjoy this blog as I thought I would use screenshots to show you all what the Web Of Trust is and how it can help reduce Internet threats such as phishing attempts.



I decided to do this blog on Microsoft Learning as I found it very interesting to know that Microsoft offer courses online about their software products which count towards obtaining Microsoft Certification.

As you can see from Screenshot 1: Microsoft Learning Website below this is the Microsoft Learning web page and can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/Learning/default.mspx.

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Screenshot 1: Microsoft Learning Website

If you click on the Training tab you are presented with several training options as you can see from Screenshot 2: Training Menu.

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Screenshot 2: Training Menu

We will now look at a the first few tabs in order for you to become familiar with what Microsoft has on offer in regards to computer training.

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Screenshot 3: Learning Manager (A)

After clicking on the Find Training tab you are presented with the Learning Manager web page which gives you several choices such as:

  • Learning Resource Types
  • Microsoft Technologies
  • Subject
  • Organisational Benefits

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Screenshot 3: Learning Manager (B)

After you click on the Manage My Learning tab you are presented with My Learning as shown in Screenshot 4: My Learning and Learning Catalogue.

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Screenshot 4: My Learning and Learning Catalogue

Before you can go any further you need to have a Windows Live ID in order to purchase and track your progress.

Courses vary in price from no cost up to about $100 depending on the nature of the training but check as I could be wrong about the cost.

Till next time as always enjoy my blog and if you have any suggestions for future blogs please don’t hesitate to let me know as this website is here to help people who visit my web page.


A short video I created to inspire people.


It has been awhile since I last blogged about Information Technology, I have been kept busy with my IT course of late and other side interest.

Over the past few days I have managed to create two videos using Ezvid www.ezvid.com for the Techcorp IT Solutions YouTube account as I want to create high quality content for both the Techcorp IT Solutions WordPress blog and YouTube Channel.

These are the two videos I created.

As I do tutorials I will be doing a combination of screen shots and a video of the overall process, please feel free to let me know if there is anything specific you would like me to touch on in my blogs.


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After the trouble I had installing WordPress 3.1 from tutorials I found after conducting a Google search I decided to write my own tutorial which I hope works for you all I found it pretty straight forward.

The first thing you need to do is download both XAMPP and WordPress 3.1 by going to their respective web addresses http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html and http://wordpress.org/download/.

After downloading both XAMPP and WordPress 3.1 we will now start the install of XAMPP and create a database for WordPress 3.1.


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As I have said in previous post on encryption over the Internet that in order for encryption to work it has to be a two-way communications model.

This means that not only does the client computer require a digitally signed encryption algorithm, this includes business servers right up to the Root Zone involving the DNS (Domain Name Server).

The DNS is responsible for translating web addresses such as www.bigpond.com into a binary language that the computer can understand and has been exploited by hackers through DNS Poisoning.

In it’s simplest form the DNS is what allows Internet traffic to freely move around the Internet, a handshake between the client computer and the server.

As I have said in the past, encryption needs to be implemented on both sides and really should be military grade encryption though some people would beg to differ and call this overkill.

This is what DNSSEC (Domain Name Server Security Extensions) does it encrypts data from the higher hierarchy of the Root Zone and is what the US Government is trying to implement in order to make the Internet a more reliable and safe environment for people to use for online commerce.

If you want to know more about this, Carolyn Duffy Marsan of Network World wrote an article on DNSSEC which can be found at PC World Australia http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/277677/techies_bypass_feds_dns_security?pp=1&fp=4&fpid=762453.

According to the article while the US Government works out DNSSEC, ICANN  (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has come up with an alternative approach to allow for DNSSEC deployment without the need for the DNS Root Server being digitally signed through an alternative approach called the ICANN Interim Trust Anchor Repository (ITAR) which allows for a fully functioning DNSSEC deployment without the need to wait for the root zone to be digitally signed.

Steve Gibson at www.grc.com has done several Security Now! podcast on DNS and encryption over the past twelve months which some of you blog readers might find interesting.

I often check the status of my computer’s security and have found that Shields Up always reports I am fully stealthed which is a good thing.

My Internet connection is through a D-Link DSL-G604T Wireless G ADSL Modem Router with UPnP disabled.

I  have Denial of Service (DoS) enabled which also enables SYN Flooding Checking and ICMP Redirection checking.

Under Port Scan Protection I have FIN/URG/PSH attack, Xmas Tree attack, Null Scan attack, SYN/RST attack and SYN/FIN attack all enabled.

Also under Service Filtering I have all these services enabled in the modem router’s firewall, Ping from External Network, Telnet from External Network, FTP from External Network, DNS from External Network, IKE from External Network, RIP from External Network and DHCP from External Network.

This is how I get a stealth on every port in my computer I also use the Windows Vista Firewall but even when I disable the Windows Vista Firewall I still get a stealth on every port.

Basically I am totally invisible on the Internet, the way to be I believe though it is possible to create total anonymity over the Internet by going through a proxy server such as TOR (The Onion Router).

What is questionable is what are your motives for total anonymity on the Internet are you being unethical or acting in a manner which could be seen as illegal.

Black hat hackers are sometimes caught because of their carelessness on covering their tracks I don’t condone this behavior nor am I interested in becoming a black hat hacker though I am interested in becoming an ethical hacker and assist clients in locating security vulnerabilities in misconfigured firewalls.

My background is in marketing with emphasis on e-marketing and online security this should be part of any organizational strategic marketing plan.

I look forward to hearing your comments and thoughts on this blog so please feel free to leave your comments as always.


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Over the past 3 weeks I have tried to get WordPress 3.0 to install on XAMPP with very little success, just when I think I have it, it tells me it can’t find the install path on the localhost which is generally http://localhost/xampp/htdocs/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php.

Well that is the directory root path WordPress 3.0 has been extracted to I followed all instructions in installing WordPress 3.0 from the tutorial at http://www.lifespy.com/2007/how-to-install-wordpress-offline/ and also looked at the forums and help at WordPress still nothing works.

It should really be a straight forward thing to do, I’d like to say I’m good and knowledgeable about computers but even for me this is challenging but none the less enjoying.

I’m determined to get WordPress 3.0 installed and up and running because I believe if I get someone else to do it for me where is the learning value of that.

If anyone has advice on how to get WordPress 3.0 to install please let me know I would be very interested in knowing how I can achieve this i’m wanting to install some plugins to this blog so I can improve the overall functionality of my blog.