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Week in Geek: Microsoft Takes Down a 100,000 PC Botnet Edition

This week we learned how to tell what type of memory Linux PCs have installed, manage iPods with MediaMonkey, clean up a messy Internet Explorer context menu, convert a PowerPoint 2010 presentation to video, switch Windows 7 to the XP Style Alt-Tab switcher, and more.

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Weekly Feature

If you are wanting a splash screen that adds a touch of style your Ubuntu systems, then here is one worth taking a look at. Ubuntu sunrise plymouth comes with the necessary files and installation/setup instructions.

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Ubuntu sunrise plymouth GNOME Splash Screen

Random Geek Links

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Geek Video of the Week

Our hero has just managed to save the princess but is unable to move onto the next level. Watch as he finds the solution to his dilemma!

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Sysadmin Geek Tips

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The Geek on Lifehacker

The command line isn’t just for wise Linux beards. It’s actually an awesome tool with almost limitless functionality. Here’s a primer on how it works, and how you can do almost anything with it.

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A Command Line Primer for Beginners

Random TinyHacker Links

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Super User Questions

New popular questions and answers for you from Super User’s top questions of the week.

Latest Reviews at How-To Geek

Enjoy reading through this week’s software review.

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  • SlimDrivers Beta Provides Automatic Updates for Your Windows PC
    SlimDrivers is a utility currently in Public Beta that allows you to easily update your computer hardware drivers. It provides an easy way to update PC drivers, back them up, roll them back if they don’t work, and allows you to schedule updates as well.

How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap

Here are the hottest articles for the week at How-To Geek.

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One Year Ago on How-To Geek

Another great batch of articles from last year for you to enjoy.

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The Geek Note

That wraps things up for this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you have not done so yet, then stop by our new ETC Section to see our growing collection of random geeky links and news.

Got a great tip? Make sure to send it in to us at tips@howtogeek.com.

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Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/12/10

Comments (7)

  1. BrianA

    Week in Geek: Microsoft Takes Down a 100,000 PC Botnet Edition

    Am I the only one who came here to read this? – then couldn’t find it

  2. Andrei

    @Brian
    It’s actually the first link under “Random Geek Links” called “Microsoft Drives the Last Nail into Waledac’s Coffin” (from Sofpedia):
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Drives-the-Last-Nail-into-Waledac-s-Coffin-155772.shtml

    But I have to agree with you that I had a hard time finding this.

  3. JW

    exactly, BrianA! I didn’t see it either… >:(

  4. clefty

    Did anyone find it? I see the header but can’t find the article

  5. Hatryst

    Hello BrianA and JW, welcome to HTG…

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Drives-the-Last-Nail-into-Waledac-s-Coffin-155772.shtml

    Probably, you missed it. It is the FIRST LINK in Random Geek Links :)

  6. Asian Angel

    @BrianA, JW, & clefty – The title is a reference to the first article in the random links section (Microsoft Drives the Last Nail into Waledac’s Coffin).

  7. Dwight Stegall

    Also I suggest you don’t update your computer’s audio drivers. Twice now I have had problems. I thought the first time was a fluke but it wasn’t. After updating the audio drivers in Vista and Win 7 it sometimes says my speakers aren’t connected and my broadband isn’t connected but both work ok. Right now there is a red x over my broadband connection. I suggest you don’t update any drivers. Let Windows Update do tat or you’ll be sorry.

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