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In my latest article on Lifehacker, I examined some of the most offensive myths out there regarding PC performance tweaking, and debunk them once and for all:

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So far we have covered ways to monitor and protect children with the PC and while online using Windows Vista.  In coming features in this series we will look at what we can use to get similar results in XP as well as other precautions to take using 3rd party applications and services.

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A while back I wrote an article on how to use Outlook 2007 as an RSS reader.  In my new position I am actually using Thunderbird as my email client and wanted to subscribe to RSS feeds using this instead of using a separate app like RSS Owl or Google Reader.  Not that there is anything wrong with those choices, but the more everything can be consolidated the better.

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This is another installment in using the Parental Controls feature in Vista.  I figured this week I would cover these controls and other utilities we can use to help protect the kids.  At the end of this week or beginning of next I will put together everything and do one comprehensive article that covers everything.  As this series continues I invite you to let us know of other tricks and or software you use for this.

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There are several ways to control the volume on your computer.  If your a keyboard ninja you may rely on hot keys to control volume.  If you have a set of amplified desktop speakers you can use the volume knob.  There is also the old fashioned way of clicking on the speaker icon in your system tray and adjusting it there.  Volumouse allows us to control the volume and more with the mouse and / or other hotkey combinations.

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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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