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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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If you’ve been a reader of this site for any amount of time, you are probably familiar with the Keyboard Ninja concept… we like to feature all sorts of ways to quickly access applications or functions with complicated shortcut keys. But what about regular people? Isn’t there a simpler solution?

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This article was written by MysticGeek, a tech blogger at the How-To Geek Blogs.

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This article was written by MysticGeek, a tech blogger at the How-To Geek Blogs.

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