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REQUIRING (OR NOT) A PASSWORD IN WINDOWS

In Windows 7 (and possibly earlier and later versions), use NETPLWIZ and check (or uncheck) the box that says something to the effect of require users to enter passwords. Make sure that your own username is highlighted before you check/uncheck that box.... read more

WINDOWS IN VIRTUAL MACHINE

I'm going to try running Windows in a virtual machine after installing Linux on my PC, as per these instructions: superuser.com. It'll probably suck (because Linux sucks), but after all of NSA's Windows backdoors were published online (somewhere, look it up), I'm almost afraid to use my Windows mach... read more

LINUX ON CHROMEBOOK

Installing Ubuntu Linux on my Chromebook as per these instructions: lifehacker. I hope it works! And I hope I like it. I got tired of some of the limitations of the ChromeOS. I'll still be able to toggle back and forth between the two operating systems.See also Windows in virtual machine or Turn Com... read more

UPGRADING TO WINDOWS 7

Yes, I know Windows 8 is out, but I'm always a version or two behind at home. I'm upgrading my wife's computer, not my own. She got MS Office 2013 for $10 from work.Incredible deal, right?. But it requires Windows 7 or 8. So, yeah, Microsoft got us in the end, but we're still getting off cheap. My w... read more

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WORDSTAR

I barely used it, but I found this interesting because I was once a word processor (human, not program) back in the mid-80s to early 90s.Whatever happened to WordStar... read more

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Open Source Human Resource Management Software. FYI in case you're looking for such, even though we hate the term human resource. Ironically, it's dehumanizing. :) Human Resource Management Software (HRMS) - OrangeHRM.... read more

SPECIAL CHARACTERS IN WORD PERFECT FOR DOS

It all starts with Ctrl-V, followed by the number combinations shown on the screen that comes up. For example, the tilde is Ctrl-V 002, although it doesn't show up on my screen, but maybe it'll work on yours. The accent grave is 047, the accent acute is 041 if I'm reading their chart correctly.... read more

INSTALL MULTIPLE APPS AT ONCE WITHOUT TOOLBARS IN CLICKING NEXT

Fantastic online app here. It does what I've done before, but they do it better. I'm not jealous. I'm not a programmer, really, I'm an implementer/integrator. Yeah, that's it. :) Oh yeah, here's the link: ninite.com/... read more

OPEN DIALOG DEFAULT SORT ORDER

Mine got messed up somehow, and it drove me nuts until I found this: jevon.org/wiki/Changing-Open-Dialog-Default-Sort-Order-in-Windows UPDATE: Only problem is ... the above didn't work! :) Not for browsing folders through My Computer or whatever, anyway. The way you fix THAT is to set the view the... read more

REMOVING WINDOWS DESKTOP SEARCH

Well, I thought I liked this version 4 better than version 3. I hated version 3. But, it turns out, version 4 is no better. It starts and finds things quicker (for me, anyway), but it ruins the computer's performance the rest of the time! Remove it from your Startup group (Start, All Programs, S... read more

SCREENSAVERS

A note about screensaversAvoid any toolbars that don't come with Windows from Microsoft. I just had a customer whose Internet Explorer wouldn't close after they installed My.Freeze.Com screensaver. Luckily, it uninstalled properly when using its uninstall program this time. These things just cause... read more

SHOW DESKTOP ICON MISSING

QUESTION: My Show Desktop icon just disappeared from my Quick Start menu. How do I restore that?ANSWER: It probably got bumped aside by something else putting an icon in that space. You can drag that double greater than (>%gt;) sign and make that space wider. OR just temporarily expand that s... read more

LOUD "BEEP" SOUND

QUESTION: Is there any way to turn off the loud BEEP sound that occurs when Intel Proset detects a wireless network? I've tried going to control panel and muting all the sounds, but that doesn't seem to work.ANSWER: Try going into Intel ProSet Wireless, Tools, Application Settings, uncheck Show Al... read more

CAN'T PASTE ANYTHING INTO OUTLOOK

QUESTION: I can't paste anything into Outlook, but I can into Word, etc.ANSWER: Open Microsoft Word, go to TOOLS OPTIONS Select the SAVE tab and uncheck Embed smart tags.Also, there's a security feature in Outlook that, in certain situations requires that you have a New Mail window open first, THE... read more

CAN'T SEE SENT ITEMS IN OUTLOOK

QUESTION: I can't see any of my Sent Items in Outlook () anymoreANSWER: Try the following:Click ViewArrange ByCurrent ViewCustomize Current ViewFilter OFF... read more

YES, THAT PC CLEANUP APP YOU SAW ON TV AT 3AM IS A WASTE

"Their next play is to make it seem like everything is wrong with your PC" Yes, that PC cleanup app you saw on TV at 3am is a waste.... read more

FREE REMOTE CONTROL SOFTWARE

This looks really good: teamviewer.com/index.aspx Of course, I've already been using the one from Zoho, too, here: meeting.zoho.com/agent/ZohoMeetingSetup.exe... read more

SAVING WORD DOCUMENTS

In Word 2003 (and possibly older versions), go to Tools, Options, Save and check (if not already) the following settings:Always create backup copyAllow background savesMake local copy of files stored on network...Save AutoRecover info ...Save smart tags as XMLIn Word 2007, go to Word Options (under ... read more

SOFTWARE UPDATER

CNET has created a fantastic new service called Tech Tracker that I wish I'd come up with. It tracks and keeps up to date all of the software on your computer! Mac or Windows! The only catch is that you have to create an account on their site and give them your email address. Hopefully it's worth it... read more

YOUR OUTGOING MAIL SERVER

Hopefully yours is listed here, anyway. :) amailsender.com/support/smtpserver/... read more


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