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Parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids safe.  Windows Vista has added a cool feature called Parental Controls which are very easy to use which help when it comes to computers and the Internet.  About a year ago I covered how to use the controls to filter unfavorable Websites.

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This article was written by Leon Steadman, the same helpful reader that showed us how to Use a Custom Theme for the XP Classic Logon Screen.

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While you child is logged into their account there will be an icon in the lower right corner by the clock showing Parental Controls are enabled.  Also, as the time gets closer for them to get off the computer, balloon notifications will appear in periodically telling them how much time is left.

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When it comes to the business world and office documents, there are tons of file formats, extensions, and associations to be considered.  When Adobe came out with the PDF format it was to be the “standard” and even that can be sometimes be difficult when dealing with conversion for different tasks and software utilities.

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We had a very some very exciting days this week and covered a lot of great content.  I am making a few tweaks and changes to my blog.  Most notably you can now sign up for an email subscription to receive my daily articles.

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This method is a basic and simple way to share content with friends, family, and colleagues on their iGoogle pages.  In future articles we will go inside the Google Gadget API and learn to create some cool and crazy flashing gizmo’s.     

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You made it through another week (you did right?) well even if your Friday is annoying you, I have a cool site you can dabble with to take the edge off.  Muxtape is a cool site that takes the “old school” era of sharing dubbed tapes into the digital music realm.  This site is not flashy or fancy … but it is just straight up cool. 

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As a home musician typically you’re going to have programs such as Fruity Loops or other VST (Virtual Studio Technology) instruments within your favorite DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).  If you are on a budget these programs are expensive enough, let alone purchasing the hardware.  A common device for home musicians is a MIDI keyboard.  You can buy a decent one for under $100 or with this tutorial, if you already have a game controller … Free!  Because there are so many possible configurations with different audio software this how-to is meant to get you started.  Once you have these basics you can play around and find the right combination of settings for you.  I am using a USB Logitech controller a couple years ago and Fruity Loops Studio 8.

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If you’ve ever saved a password when connecting to a website that requires authentication, for a remote desktop session or a mapped drive, you might have wondered where those passwords are saved. If you are a long time reader, you already know where, but you might be interested in how to create a shortcut directly to the dialog where you can manage those logons.

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Hopefully you have had to read Part 1 of using the SyncBack freeware application.  In this article I will cover some of the more advanced features of SyncBack and also the benefits of the paid version of SyncBack SE.

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