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Table of Contents:

Links to specific sections of DCI's site.

Why Buy a DCI Computer

Support !

Buyer Beware !
Prices Computers ! Pictures of Components! Prices Service
Custom Price Worksheet ! Virus Protection Tips Compare Prices
Popular Support Sites Suggested Readings Backup Methods
Popular Web Sites Web Destinations Page FAQ’s
Troubleshooting Methods Keyboard Shortcuts Contact Us
Downloads Scenic Pics for DLoad Animated Gif files
Parts and Reviews ! Articles Technical Archive
Why some do not buy a DCI Beginner Training Advanced Tips
Tips to Protect your Setup ! A Few Colorful Ads ! Basic Tips Win101
Several Cool Image Demos    
About Us About Dave our Founder Thank You’s

Popular Web Sites:


My Favorite Web Search Site.


DCI’s Web Index Home Page


A small sample of letters showing how poorly the big name (Dell, Gateway, CompUSA, Etc) volume computer vendors sometimes support their customers.

Test Your Internet Security

Run Shields Up and Probe My Ports tests at Gibson Research Site to test how vulnerable/open your computer is to outside access.  www.grc.com

Zip Code Finder

Look up Zip Code give Address via USPS

Movie Reviews

Movie Reviews via Yahoo.


Movies Showing at the Palace Theatre Elmwood


Current Weather Info for New Orleans and Elsewhere


World News

Stock Price Lookup

Stock Quotes via Yahoo.

White & Yellow Pages

The Real White and Yellow Pages Online

Zip Code

Find Zip Codes from Address via USPS

Reference Desk

Almanacs, Encyclopedias, Facts, Stats, Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Translators, Find People, Bible, Time, Help, Advice, Area Codes, Airlines, Calculators, Links, etc!

Research It

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Translators, Quotes, Maps, Area Codes, Facts, Financial Tools, Shipping tools etc.

Driving Directions

Handy reference for getting directions.


PC Magazine online computer trade magazine..


PC World online computer trade magazine


C Net online computer journal

Top 100 Web Sites

Index of Top Rated Sites according to PC Magazine

Links to Technical Journal

Online Computer Technical Journal Type Sites that we frequent.

TV Listing

TV Guide online


Play Cards - Hearts, Spades, Etc Online against others.

Popular Support Sites:

Microsoft Online Knowledgebase

C|Net Help and Tutorials

Hewlett Packard Product Support

ZDNet Online Help and Tutorials

Epson Product Support

Tech Company Finder

nVidia / ATI Video Card Support

My Help Desk

Corel Product Support

Microsoft Windows Updates


Links to Virus Information Articles and Tools:

A good virus article that reinforces some of our recommendations.  An article written by WinMag.com. Sadly they have vanished so we put a copy of the article on our website, but any links within that article that point to WinMag.com of course will not work properly.  Regardless THESE Days you NEED to have a current up-to-date virus scanner running on your computer!  You can lessen the slow down effect a virus scanner has on your system by excluding certain files and or folders you use regularly and you know to be safe from viruses.

Symantec Norton Antivirus Updates – Updates to Norton Anti-Virus Definitions

McAfee Updates – Updates to Virus Definitions Database.  Can unzip and copy just the dat files to update the DOS version of their virus scanner.

Ad-Aware Utility – Shows suspicious programs running on your computer. Also install the Reference update so you can download the updated reference file.  You can download then from our site click here or go to the Developers Site to get it Direct.

Online Virus Scanners:

Symantec's Online Virus Information Library and
McAfee’s Online Virus information Library
useful to research and get more details on what specific viruses do.


Destinations Web Index

       Pick You Size

  800x600 - view | download

1024x768 - view | download

1280x960 - view | download

A home/start page that can be stored on your local C drive. List your most frequented web destinations for fast access and easy review  when you start your browser. Three Versions - for screens running at 800x600, 1024x768 or 1280x960.  Contains a one screen Index to popular Web Sites. Download, Unzip to a Folder you choose, Open index.htm in IE and set IE's tools |  Internet Options to use current page as home page if you desire.

DCI Internet Explorer Favorites List

A copy of our Internet Explorer Favorites Links located under C:\Windows\Favorites\DCI’s List.

Scenic Pictures

A small sample of some of the scenic wallpaper 800x600 resolution images we include with a computer purchase.




A more powerful DOS xCopy command for those that use xCopy to Backup entire software setups.

Text Aloud

Reads any text you copy to the clipboard and more. See a Review here.


FTP Transfer Program Shareware version LE32.

Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader for Win9x and 2000. But you may want to get the latest version direct from Adobe.

TweakUI - XP

Microsoft's Tweak UI (User Interface tweaker) for advanced users only. For Windows XP

TweakUI - 9x

Microsoft's Tweak UI (User Interface tweaker) for advanced users only. For Windows 9x


A 3rd Party TweakUI type program with more features. For Advance Users Only! For Windows 98/ME/2000 or XP

Karen Replicator

A 3rd Party TweakUI type program with more features. For Advance Users Only! For Windows 98/ME/2000 or XP

XP Power Toys for Windows XP

Microsoft Tools for Windows XP Includes TweakUI - XP and Fast Switcher, Cool Switch, Calculator, Virtual Desktop Manager, etc

3D US Flag Screen Saver

A cool 3D US Flag for a Screen Saver from Microsoft.


Emergency Recovery Utility for Win NT thru XP. For those that don't trus System Restore This program can also backup XP's system files/hives and you can keep them safe like on a CD.  Plus some batch routines I use to automate the backup

Disk Pie

Utility that shows graphically what is taking up how much space on your hard drives.

Compare Folders

Utility to show contents of two folders and allow you to compare files, copy etc.

Calculator Plus

Calculator with Tape and common metric/English Conversion Functions.

Temperature Monitor

Temperature Monitoring Program. If your having lockups you might want to run this to watch and log your system temperature readings. Works with Asus brand motherboards


Shows suspicious programs running on your computer and allows you to remove them. Or get it direct from here.

BHO Captor

Shows you what "Browser Help Objects" have been plugged into your Browser and allows you to remove them.



First mistake - Many PC buyers make is that they shop for a computer like they buy other appliances

Computer Reliability and Customer Satisfaction poll by PC Magazine - showing that unknown brand desktop computer from local vendors may very well be your best source.

Windows Basic Training and Tips - A collection of tips that beginners and intermediate Windows users should be familiar with.

DCI's Archive of Windows XP Tips - A collection of advanced Windows XP tips and fixes.

Troubleshooting and Stopping Background Programs - Methods to stop unneeded programs that start every time you start your computer and thus free up some system resources.

Network Cable Diagrams: - Reference charts on wiring Network Strait thru and cross over cables


Buyer Beware:

Links to letters from people that regret having
bought from the popular name-brand computer vendors.

Any profanity found under these links is not our doing.

General Sites with Complaint Letters on Various Computer Vendors:


Dell: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,
        17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, ... and our personal experiences

Gateway: Is particularly easy to find complaints on and we are sure that some
               law firm will be making a killing in a class action suit against them.
     1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,
      17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, ... and our experiences

- Like Gateway so many complaints to be found.
      1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, ...

Note: We are not bothering to gather extensive links on the following as they are
         less used computer brands and keeping so many links updated is difficult.

HP: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, ...

CompUSA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,  ...

Micron: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ...

IBM: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, ...

eMachines: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ...

Best Buy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,  ...

Circuit City: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,  ...

PeoplePC: 1, 2, 3, ...

F Web links change frequently so if any of the above links are a dead-end
please bear with us as we will be checking and updating them on occasion.


Some links to 3rd party web sites that reinforce some
of our points and philosophy of selling only systems
assembled from industry standard components include;

1 2 3 4 5 6

“Return if you can” - by PC World

“Limited Unlimited Phone Support” - by PC World

A DCI referral online.


Links to a few of the online technical
journals type sites we keep up with;

Technical Links

PC Magazine

ARS Technica

PC World

Planet Hardware

Sharky Extreme

Extreme Tech


Hardware Central

Ace's Hardware

Tom's Hardware Guide


Links to a few of the many manufacturers
of industry standard components;

 Motherboards: Manufacturers of Industry Standard Motherboards

Asus, Abit, Soyo, MSI, Tyan, Super Micro,
iWill, Giga-byte, AOpen, Spacewalker,
ECS, Azza, Transcend, TMC, Protech, Etc.

Note: None of the big name PC manufacturers use any of the above industry standard motherboards, yet these manufacturers manage to sell a lot of boards. So there must be a lot of people out there that think like we do; that when it comes to buying desktop computers, using industry standard components is of utmost importance, so as not to be at the mercy of any one company for parts or service. Sometimes people see these lists and hear us harp on buying industry standard computers and try to go it alone and assemble their computer piece-meal themselves and have great difficulties and may think we had given them bad advice. I would not even try building a singleton (without an inventory of similar parts to test against) system by myself. Believe me we are worth what we charge and you do not want to go it alone. We have provided these links to clarify our philosophy not to suggest anyone should go it alone, but if you wish to do it yourself in order to be more self sufficient and knowledgeable then just ask and we will provide you at no additional charge the opportunity to assist in your computers assembly and software setup configuration.

Cases & Power Supply Manufacturers:

PC Cases, Addtronics, Superpower, Many More

PC Power and Cooling, Case Outlet, Gorilla,

Etc. (must be hundreds.)

Hard Drives:

IBM, Maxtor, Western Digital, Seagate

Popular Video Cards:

nVidia, ATI, Hercules

Sound Cards:

Creative Labs Sound Blasters

CD-RW Drives:

Plextor, TDK


Intel Pentium IV



F Link to Pictures and More information on
the components we use to assemble a computer.

Web links change frequently so if any of the above links are a dead end please bear with us as we will be checking and updating them on occasion.  Most users can search the Internet without our assistance, but if you can’t then it is time to practice or just call us and we will gladly try to help you find what you are looking for at no charge.


Sample Multi-Media Online:

Alanis Morissette - Thank You.mp3
Madonna Video - Frozen.wmv

Pretty Site Fix:

As you may need a pretty-fix after spending much time on
this site, here are some links to some prettier graphics sites.
Flash Site Demo

Scenic Pictures from DCI

Animated Gif's

Some Cool HTML Samples using any ANFY - Coming SOON?


A Shockwave Flash Presentation - In memory of those that suffered
Sep, 11 2001. Requires a high speed internet connection.


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