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With all the fanfare surrounding the release of Firefox 3 and the setting of a new world record for downloads, the fact that many people are having problems with Firefox instability seemed to get lost in the shuffle… so I decided to write up a list of troubleshooting methods that might help solve your problems.

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Gmail is a great email service and Thunderbird is one heck of a free email client.  Adding your Gmail account to Thunderbird is very simple and straight forward.  Thunderbird 2.0 includes a specific option for it. 

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After writing the article last week about how to add Disk Cleanup to the context menu for a drive, I received several requests for how to add another menu item for Defrag instead. With a simple registry hack we can do just that.

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If you missed the option to set up your Gmail in Thunderbird during the initial installation, here is how to set it up quickly and easily.

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Have you ever done something on your computer without really thinking about it, but the person next to you has a surprised and confused look on their face? If so, then you might have performed a Stupid Geek Trick. Today we’ll show how to open an Explorer window from the current command prompt directory.

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Sometimes in Windows XP when you update a device driver, the new driver version doesn’t necessarily get along with the XP configuration.  If you update your system’s hardware and suddenly things don’t seem to work correctly, one troubleshooting step is to rollback the current driver to the previous one.  In my IT career I have noticed this the most with Video and Print drivers.  Of course any hardware can fail due to an incorrect software driver.

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If you are an email junkie, you probably want to get all your email messages as quickly as possible.  By changing a couple settings in Mozilla’s email client Thunderbird we can set up how often servers are checked for new messages.

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Most of us like me love to keep the icons and some files in the desktop for quick access but ironically I love a clean desktop too. But there is a simple tweak without any additional tool to get the best of both worlds, you can hide the desktop icons & files and create a custom keyboard shortcut to access those icons and files.

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Anytime you make a change to your computer it is definitely recommended to do a system backup, create a restore point, or backup the registry.  The latter being most important when going into the registry to make edits for performing hacks and tweaks.  Simply put, the Registry stores all settings, options, and information for the Operating System, Software Applications, and Hardware.  The Registry is the heart and soul of a Windows OS.  Here is a quick and easy way to manually back up your registry without having to rely on 3rd party software.  This works with XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

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We’ve previously explained how you can open a command prompt by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on a folder or the desktop… but how do you make that item show up without having to hold down the shift key?

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