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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.

If you are a blogger that doesn’t want to show off your subscriber numbers, take note: Even though you aren’t displaying the Feedcount widget, if you’ve enabled it at any point we can still see your subscriber numbers if we just know the right URL to go to.

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Our motto here has always been “Computer Help from your Friendly How-To Geek”, and we try to provide help in the friendliest mode possible. Since we’d like to be more efficient in helping you I decided to write up some tips on the best way to get help.

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Every time I connect to my Ubuntu development server through my ssh client, I receive the same message and I’m getting tired of seeing it, so I decided to change the message to something else.

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A number of people have written in asking about a Vista Sidebar gadget for our latest articles feed. I finally got some time today, so I’ve thrown one together that isn’t exactly feature-rich, but does get the job done.

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As you install ever more software on your computer, your startup entries become littered with applications that slow down your boot time and typically waste your computer’s memory.

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Now the ribbon will change to show the blogging tools. Click on the Manage Accounts button.

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When properly configured, Firefox can become the ultimate web development tool, giving you direct access to the page you are working on so you can style your page in real-time, debug javascript or even edit the html.

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Dozens of people have written in and expressed their hatred of the new breadcrumb feature in Windows Vista’s Explorer address bar, and especially because you simply can’t turn it off… until now.

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One of the more advanced options for resizing your Windows Vista partition is to use the GParted Live CD, a bootable linux CD that takes you straight into GParted, the great linux utility for managing partitions. The problem is that if you resize your boot/system partition, you will be completely unable to boot without repairing windows.

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The Shrink Volume feature in Windows Vista has some serious limitations, which we’ll try and explain and then suggest a few workarounds that might help you out. Be careful when following these steps, because they could leave your system unable to boot… advanced geek level required.

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Microsoft has just released a set of updates for Windows Vista, divided into two separate update packs. One deals with performance and the other with reliability, and seems to fix quite a few issues with video drivers and hibernation.

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We’ve always been fans of the free Foxit PDF reader here, but when I came across an open-source PDF viewer that was even more lightweight and simple, I immediately switched.

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For those of you joining us in progress we’ve started something new here called the How-To Geek Bounty Program, where we sponsor software projects based on ideas suggested by the readers.

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Many people like myself don’t completely trust the various WordPress spam filters and elect to moderate all comments before they show up on the actual site, which ends up flooding your email with moderation notices.

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The keyword list is starting to get large, so the next version is going to probably switch to a regex array.

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If you like to subscribe to feeds using Firefox’s Live Bookmarks feature, the LiveClick extension gives you so many upgrades that I can only cover the highlights of how great it is.

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If you’re the type of person that always allows Firefox to save your login credentials for the sites you visit, you might be very frustrated when you come across a site that doesn’t even prompt you to save the credentials. We’ve got the lowdown on what’s going on here.

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The question I am asked most often is “How do I install a dual-boot with Windows XP on my new Windows Vista computer?” The answer is that it’s not that difficult, it’s just very time consuming, and you need to own a copy of Windows XP.

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If you are a fan of the Live Bookmarks feature, you might wonder how to make them update quicker since the default update time is once per hour, and there isn’t a place in the interface to configure this.

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Most of you are familiar with Mysticgeek, our resident IT Admin, because of all of his articles about Microsoft Office. What you probably don’t know is that he’s got his own personal blog hosted here at the How-To Geek Blogs, and he also writes for The Source, a new blog we are hosting dealing solely with open source.

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If you’ve ever wanted to be able to use tab characters in multi-line textboxes in Firefox, then you are in luck because somebody created a Firefox extension that allows you to do just that.

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If you are experiencing weird issues after upgrading your hardware, or you’ve just upgraded to the latest hardware device and aren’t seeing the performance you’d like, you might want to remove the old drivers which are still installed for the old hardware, even though you can’t normally see them in device manager.

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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.

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I wasn’t going to write another Firefox article tonight, but after restarting Firefox the automatic updater ran without my permission and broke my favorite extension. I could obviously crack open the extension and manually fix the problem, but it’s just ridiculous to have to do that.

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How many times have you wanted to put a sticky note on a page to remind you of something?  For instance, you could put a sticky note on digg.com so the next time you visit it tells you that you should really be doing something more productive.  =)

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