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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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You do not need to be a super programmer to create gadgets for you and your friend’s iGoogle page.  Now this method is not going to create any flashy games or show stock reports, but it is a fun way to share content with friends and family.  If you have not yet created an iGoogle page it is very simple, just sign in with your Gmail login (or set up a new account) and get started creating content for the page. 

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You are no doubt reading this article because you’ve looked in task manager and wondered what on earth all those rundll32.exe processes are, and why they are running… So what are they?

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The number one rule which is drilled into your brain as an IT professional is “Backup Your Data!”  As part of a theme in the coming weeks The Geek and I are going over several different processes to backup data on your PC.  In a recent Lifehacker poll readers were asked what is the best Windows backup tool.  I was a bit surprised SyncBack did not make a better showing in the poll as it is an incredibly simple and powerful free backup utility.  In this first part of the SyncBack series I am going to demonstrate a straight forward simple and easy backup to an external drive.

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Windows Vista has some new tools to help in diagnosing problems with your system.  Yes there are still the familiar ones such as Event Viewer, Task Manager, and Performance Monitor, but Vista has improved upon these standards and added new diagnostic tools as well.  One very cool on was previously covered by The Geek which is the Memory Diagnostics Tool.  Here I am going to cover an often overlooked but extremely convenient tool which is generating a System Health Report.

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Windows Vista has some new tools to help in diagnosing problems with your system.  Yes there are still the familiar ones such as Event Viewer, Task Manager, and Performance Monitor, but Vista has improved upon these standards and added new diagnostic tools as well.  One very cool on was previously covered by The Geek which is the Memory Diagnostics Tool.  Here I am going to cover an often overlooked but extremely convenient tool which is generating a System Health Report.

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Have you ever noticed that the File Types option was completely removed from Vista, and there’s no built-in way to change the editor for many file types? Sure, you can change the default application used to open the file, but you can’t change what happens when you right-click / edit.

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