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  Thursday, May 18, 2017 – Permalink –

Wallpaper

Just some



There is a ton of free wallpaper out there. Here are some you might have missed.

Art. Lebedev Posters


Digital Blasphemy


Hubble Wallpaper


Visual Paradox


Prinz Online


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  Saturday, May 06, 2017 – Permalink –

Verbose Status


The whole story


If you have trouble with slow startup, shutdown, logon, or logoff, you might try this procedure.


This setting allows you to configure Windows so that you receive verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status messages!




  1. Go to Run and enter Regedit

  2. Find or create the key in

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.

  3. To enable verbose status messages create a new DWORD value called "verbosestatus" and set it to "1".


  4. In order to see the messages, an additional value called "DisableStatusMessages" should be set to "0".


  5. Restart Windows.
VerboseStatus


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  Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Permalink –

Back Me Up

Tomorrow is too late



There is a company called the Argentum Corporation. They produce some commercial products to help organize files and facilitate backups.

They, also, provide a free Back up guide
"This backup guide focuses on backing up in general, assists you in finding important data on your computer, explains you how to locate the proper paths, files and folders that may be recommended for regular backup.
The following topics are covered in detail:
  • My Documents backup,
  • Outlook data backup,
  • E-mail backup (Outlook Express),
  • registry backup,
  • messenger backup (ICQ, MSN, Yahoo!, AOL),
  • system folders backup and more"



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  Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Permalink –

Hosts File

I've got your number


"...the Hosts file is like an address book. When you type an address like www.yahoo.com into your browser, the Hosts file is consulted to see if you have the IP address, or "telephone number," for that site. If you do, then your computer will "call it" and the site will open. If not, your computer will ask your ISP's (internet service provider) computer for the phone number before it can "call" that site.
Most of the time, you do not have addresses in your "address book," because you have not put any there. Therefore, most of the time your computer asks for the IP address from your ISP to find sites."

What is a Hosts file?

MVPS.org has a Hosts file that you can download and install. It includes a BAT file that renames the old file before it saves the new one.
Hosts


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  Friday, April 07, 2017 – Permalink –

Guess a Password

Check your own

Who'd ever guess password as a password?


BookofJoe.com


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  Friday, March 31, 2017 – Permalink –

Command Line

Control Line

"The Windows command line is a mainstay for systems administrators and power users but is relatively unknown to many PC users. The purpose of this site is to make the power and utility of the command line more familiar to a wider community of computer users. Also under-appreciated are the related resources of batch files and scripts and these will be discussed as well."

CommandWindows.com


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  Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Permalink –

Hints and Tips

For Windows

A number of suggestions to use with Windows.

Ramesh Srinivasan
Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience


Ramesh's Site


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  Thursday, March 09, 2017 – Permalink –

Simple-Safe Passwords

Memorable and protective

A new approach does away with the need for long strings of letters and numbers.


TechnologyReview.com


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  Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Permalink –

Reliability Monitor

Track the behavior of your system

"This utility provides you with a canned set of preconfigured counters that you can easily use to monitor the reliability of your system over time. An overview of Windows Reliability Monitor and show you how to use its System Stability Chart to track the behavior of your system over its lifetime."
TechRepublic.com


Windows 10


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  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Permalink –

Shuffle Windows Media Player

Sort repeat

You have control over how Media player shuffles, repeats, and sorts content.


YouTube


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  Saturday, February 04, 2017 – Permalink –

Cut the Shortcut Arrow

Clean icons

If little things bother you, try this suggestion to remove the arrow that appears on shortcut icons.

HowToGeek.com


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  Friday, January 13, 2017 – Permalink –

Edit Control Panel

Add items

”Have you ever wondered where the Display Settings icon or Network Connections folder went in the Control Panel’s Classic View? For that matter, why can’t you search for them using the start menu search? Because they are prohibited from loading in the registry - that’s why.”

HowToGeek.com


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  Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Permalink –

Increase DLs

More bits

This is a registry hack that controls the number of downloads you can have at one time.

HowToGeek.com


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  Friday, December 30, 2016 – Permalink –

Resize Alt-Tab

Registry hack

Here are the instructions about how to size the thumbnails in Vista/Win7 to fit your screens resolution.

Windows 7


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  Sunday, December 18, 2016 – Permalink –

Undelete Deletes

Get it back


"It’s happened to most of us. You delete a file and realize you need it back. This guide will explain when you can get that file back and how to go about it."


 How to Recover a Deleted File


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  Friday, December 16, 2016 – Permalink –

UAC-Administrator

Full control

If you are overly confident about your skills, you might want to look at Greg Schultz's discussion on Administrator power.
”You should use the real Administrator account very sparingly - never make it your default modus operandi! Please note that you use this technique at your own risk.”
TechRepublic


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  Thursday, December 08, 2016 – Permalink –

Tipsy Windows

More suggestions

A lot of XP stuff, but many suggestions that are still useful.

Marvs Windows Tips


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  Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Permalink –

Cap On

A note

Here's how to have Windows notify you if the Cap Lock key is struck.
HowtoGeek.com


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  Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – Permalink –

Stop Logging In

Just stop

If you work in a secure environment, you can stop Windows from asking for your password.

Stop Asking


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  Monday, October 31, 2016 – Permalink –

Free Design Tools

Simple and free

Mauricio Duque has collected a list of 45 no cost design programs.
"Some of them are pretty decent alternatives, not only for those who are not willing to spend the big bucks, but also for those who need some specific tasks done, like resizing a batch of picture without needing to run the almighty Photoshop."

Snap2Objects.com


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  Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Permalink –

Convert Graphic Styles

Straight forward

Often you will have pictures in one format and want to explore using it in a different manner.
Built into Office 2003/7/10 is a mini app called Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

1. Go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > Microsoft Office Picture Manager
2. Browse to the images you want to convert and select them
3. Go to File > Export
4. Under Export with this file format, click the dropdown and select one of the formats (TIFF, PNG, JPG, BMP. . .)


Converting WMF's


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  Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Permalink –

Temp Files

Where they live and breathe


Ed Bott discusses temp files; care, feeding, and cleaning.


Ed Bott


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  Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Permalink –

Flip Text

This text is right side up


uʍop ǝpısdn sı sıɥʇ

This site accepts your perfect prose and turns it around.
(with Unicode)

RevFad.com


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  Monday, October 10, 2016 – Permalink –

Onscreen Keyboard

Tap or Click?


If you would like to have a keyboard on your screen that can be activated with your mouse you're in luck

Type osk in Start Run




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  Monday, October 03, 2016 – Permalink –

Context Clutter

Registry mop


When you Right-click the desktop, a “Context” menu appears. Some programs like to sneak in and add shortcuts to their very important applications.
If your context menu has been cluttered up, here are some instructions and tips to clean it up.


HowToGeek.com


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  Monday, September 26, 2016 – Permalink –

Clean PC

Wash and dry

"Your computer could fry if you don't keep it clean," says Jonathon Millman, chief technology officer for Hooplah Interactive.
Dust clogs the vents behind your computer, which causes your CPU to heat up—and heat is the biggest cause of component failure in computers. Regular cleaning could save you costly maintenance fees down the road.
Here are some suggestions for Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall cleaning:

PC Gamer


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  Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Permalink –

Name That File

Rules, more rules


There are still some restrictions on what a file can be named. Here are a couple of links that give more details:

VLaurie.com

MSDN.Microsoft.com

Microsoft.com


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  Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Permalink –

Taskmanager Look

You control


"If you want to leave your Task Manager showing on your desktop for a period of time, it can be nice to hide the title bar and gain that space for displaying more information. To do this, simply double-click on the empty area to the right of the tabs. Once it has switched views, you can switch back quickly by double-clicking anywhere on the border."



DigitalTrends


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  Monday, September 05, 2016 – Permalink –

Keyboard and Key Tips

Finger it out



2007-13 apps look different because of the ribbon, but the keyboard can still be used to speed up tasks.
Microsoft has an online courses that may help

After completing this course you will be able to:
Accomplish tasks by using sequential shortcut keys, known as Key Tips, shown on the Ribbon.
Navigate around the Ribbon using the TAB key and arrow keys.
Accomplish tasks by using key combinations — keys you press at the same time - exactly as you've done in previous versions of Office.
Office.Microsoft.com/Training


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  Saturday, September 03, 2016 – Permalink –

Print Spool Cleaning

When all else fails

When you can't get a document out of the Print queue, here's a suggestion:

Type "services.msc" at the Command prompt. That will open the Services
Window.

Scroll down the alphabetical list in the right window pane until you come
to "Print Spooler"

Right-click this entry, then select "stop".

Open Windows Explorer.

The usual path to the spool folder is:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Spool\PRINTERS

Delete every file within this folder to empty the print queue

Close the explorer window.
Return to your Services window.
Right-click the Print Spool entry and select
"Start" from the list. Close the services window and try printing again.

(You can also go to a command prompt and type net stop spooler or net start spooler to start and stop the service.)

See TopFreeStuff.com

For the brave, here’s a macro that will do the job:

@echo off
echo.
echo Purging the print queue . . .
net stop Spooler
echo Deleting all print jobs . . .
ping localhost -n 4 > nul
del /q %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\printers\*.*
net start Spooler
echo Done!
ping localhost -n 4 > nul



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  Tuesday, August 30, 2016 – Permalink –

Time it Right

No need to wind your PC


Windows will go out to the Internet to verify or correct its time settings.


"If you wish to check your synchronization settings, look for the clock at the bottom right and double click on the time to bring up your time settings.
  • You can adjust your local time and date by hand on the first tab,
  • you can adjust your time zone location on the second,
  • and on the third, labeled Internet Time, you can view your current atomic clock sync settings."


Worldtimeserver.com:
Atomic Clock Sync Settings

National Institute of Standards and Technology:
Time and Frequency Division

Time signals can also be heard on shortwave radio or by phone.
"The audio portions of the WWV and WWVH broadcasts can also be heard by telephone.
The time announcements are normally delayed by less than 30 ms when using land lines from within the continental United States, and the stability (delay variation) is generally 1 ms.
When mobile phones are used, the delays are often more than 100 ms due to the multiple access methods used to share cell channels.
In rare instances when the telephone connection is made by satellite, the time is delayed by 250 to 500 ms.
To hear these broadcasts, dial (303) 499-7111 for WWV (Colorado), and (808) 335-4363 for WWVH (Hawaii). Callers are disconnected after 2 minutes. These are not toll-free numbers; callers outside the local calling area are charged for the call at regular long-distance rates.

The telephone service is very popular. The WWV number receives over 1 million calls per year, and the WWVH number receives more than 50,000."


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