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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

I have decided that J River’s Media Jukebox is now my music player of choice.  I did an initial review in a previous post.  Now let’s cover the various features included in this application.  Today I will cover how to rip you CD’s into your favorite format.

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In my IT experience I have noticed that sometimes Remote Desktop can run painfully slow.  Here are a couple tricks to speed up the process.  We will change the display settings first.  Sure it won’t look as fancy, but when working on computers remotely, you just need the functionality.

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Well … I am not surprised about this Microsoft KB article.  They admit their latest greatest Service Pack 1 for Vista indeed breaks various programs some of which are security programs.

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I experienced an issue the other day at work in regards to Trend Micro’s PC-Cillin.  A colleague brought in their laptop complaining about a slowness issue.  While checking out Task Manager I noticed a CPU spike of 50%.  Turns out the culprit was a process called PcScnSrv.exe which allows PC-Cillin to scan activity on your computer for malware.  So any time you open any application or any type of computer activity PcScnSrv.exe scans and monitors every action.  This causes a major spike in CPU activity.  Sure my initial reaction was to remove Trend and put on a free alternative such as AVG or Avast Home Edition but my colleague just spent $60 to renew his license so I came up with a work around of sorts.  I have not seen any patch on Trend’s site that addresses this issue yet, so here is what I did.

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I guess I will continue this week’s theme of media players by introducing you to J River Media Jukebox.  I have to say I am quite impressed so far with this player. 

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As many of you know, after my iTunes rant, I have been trying out all sorts of new media players.  I guess I still have not found an “ultimate player” that I am completely satisfied with yet.  Each player seems to have its positive and negative points for me.  The trusty standby has been VLC although Spider Player and Foobar2000 come in close for my audio only needs.

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NOTE: You shouldn’t disable your page file unless you really really know what you are doing.

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If you like the look and feel of Vista but don’t want to deal with the headache of swapping Operating Systems, Vista Inspirat from the folks at Crystal XP might be worth considering.  Unlike an application such as Window Blinds … Vista Inspirat is completely free (although they do encourage donations).  With this program you aren’t going to have the Areo Glass effects, but it still is pretty neat. 

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If you have multiple users on your network domain and want to give a user administrator rights you need to add them to the Admin user group. The process is relatively simple, here is how.

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The last couple days have been completely chaotic working for the man.  So, I made the executive decision to stop everything and waste some time and mellow out.  I found a very cool way to do just that with the online game MIESTAS. 

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I am not a fan of the delay that can occur between clicking the start menu and waiting for it to display.  Here is a quick Registry tweak that will allow for the start menu to display more quickly

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When it comes to Internet Freedom I believe the candidate with the best position is Ron Paul.  You can check it out in his own words.

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For anyone even semi-familiar with the Internet I am sure you are aware of the Ron Paul Revolution.  His name currently is the #1 googled subject right now.  The Ron Paul presidential campaign has basically taken over YouTube and his support has gained reputable positions on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.  Although this is not a political site, I thought I would share a few tech related issues which relate to the Ron Paul campaign. 

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One of the most annoying pop up balloons I see when working on other peoples computers is the Desktop Cleanup Wizard in XP.  I really see no reason for this feature to be enabled by default.  Here is how to disable the annoyance.

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I was also informed of another cool Freeware game the other day and thought I would share it.  The game is Hurrican which is a remake of the classic Turrican.    

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A friend of mine recently turned me on to a cool freeware game called Knytt Stories.  This is a very cool and well designed 2D game that I spent a few hours on last night.  The graphics are not fascinating and the control is relatively easy, but the design and power ups you get to complete each adventure is addictive.  Plus the developers included some very cool relaxing music playing in the background. 

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I have been very impressed by the ZOHO Online Office Suite.  Yesterday we checked out ZOHO Sheets and Writer.  Today we will go more in depth and explore the other applications.

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For the regular readers of my Blog you know that I am a huge music enthusiast. After my Rant Against iTunes I tried out several players before finally sticking with Spider Player as my primary music listening application. The unfortunate thing about Spider is it doesn’t include a burning feature. I have added it to the Wishlist in their forum and hopefully in the future that feature will be added. So for the time being I am using a program that a buddy of mine suggested called CDBurnerXP.

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I have decided to try out the various alternatives to M$ Office that are out there.  Although I do think M$ Office 2007 is quite an improvement to 2003, it is always cool and geeky to check out everything.  Today I am going to cover ThinkFree Online which claims to be “The Best Online Office On Earth”.  Well … let’s see.  Here I am just going to go through creating a new “Word” document.

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It is inevitable as the tide … someone on your network is going to delete a valuable folder or file and deny they did it, even though you know they were the last to make changes.  Here is an advanced security tip to monitor activity on files and folders on the network.

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Sometimes it is necessary to be able to zoom in on electronic documents for easier viewing.  This is especially helpful for those who are visually impaired.  Like in most PDF viewers Outlook 2007 also has a zoom feature for reading and composing your emails.

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