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If you’ve started using the beta of Firefox 3, you’ve probably already seen the new Smart Bookmarks folder that is created by default. This folder can be useful for looking up sites you just visited or bookmarked… but how do you get it back if you accidentally deleted it?

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Sometimes when setting up computer workstations for company employees and / or family members, you might not want certain default XP applications to be accessible. In this tutorial I will show you how to disable the features Outlook Express, Windows Media Player, and MSN Instant Messenger.  Keep in mind that this process does not technically remove these applications but it makes them not available.

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Since it is Earth Day I thought I would include a quick post on how cool Freecycle groups are.  I doubt these groups will “save the world” or anything like that, they are pretty cool to join nonetheless.  I have found some cool tech items and other items that come in handy for everyday living.  If you are a geek who likes to hack and play around with legacy computers and video game systems then this is a great way to acquire them.  One time a home owner gave away a brand new 52″ HD TV!  I live in a rural area … and there is a lot of ground to cover so I am a member of two different groups in different nearby counties. 

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If you are having issues with Internet Explorer running extremely slow, crashing, locking up, or just generally behaving badly, there are a couple of troubleshooting steps that you can follow to likely fix the problem. And no, I’m not going to just tell you to install Firefox.

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A reader wrote in yesterday asking why she no longer had the “pretty” glass windows, and how to get them back. It occurred to me that there might be other people with the same issue, so I’m writing up the (fairly simple) instructions for others that might have the same question.

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Last week i wrote about switching my main OS to Kubuntu and so far everything has been going fairly well except for a few configurations here and there. I hope to have some cool posts regarding Linux topics in the near future. One of the things I really have enjoyed so far is Open Office. We can install Open Office on a Windows machine as well.  If you have never heard of or used Open Office I thought I would take the time to show you around. This office suite is completely free and a great alternative to Microsoft Office. Below are a series of screen shots in order they appear during initial installation.  These shots are from my Vista machine.  These are fairly straight forward and I have left comments on certain ones. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions!

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Seeing how it is the worst day of the week … working for “The Man”.  I figured I would bring attention to a cool game to waste the workday on.  I have not played all of the games on Addicting Games, but Bloxorz is truly addictive.  Very cool graphics and interesting and subtle sound effects.  

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One of the things that has really annoyed me about running Firefox on Vista is that Internet Explorer looks really slick with the Aero Glass extending down onto the entire navigation bar… and Firefox just looks pathetic sitting next to it. Thanks to the Glasser extension from my new favorite person 6XGate, IE no longer holds the edge in slick UI.

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Have you ever noticed that many files don’t seem to work in the Preview Pane in Windows Vista’s Explorer?  Until recently the only way to work around this was a painful registry hack… but now there’s a utility that will let you easily add file types to the preview list.

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One thing I like to do is point out the extra software applications try to sneak in during installation.  Especially it that software can definitely be considered “Crap-Ware”.  I have found a couple of instances of this while reinstalling Trillian on my Vista machine. 

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