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This week I had the opportunity to check out Microsoft’s System Center Essentials (SEC) 2007.  I thought I would share this with all of our IT geek’s out there.

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If you are a fan of the Live Bookmarks feature, you might wonder how to make them update quicker since the default update time is once per hour, and there isn’t a place in the interface to configure this.

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Most of you are familiar with Mysticgeek, our resident IT Admin, because of all of his articles about Microsoft Office. What you probably don’t know is that he’s got his own personal blog hosted here at the How-To Geek Blogs, and he also writes for The Source, a new blog we are hosting dealing solely with open source.

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Here is how to manage basic Windows Home Server settings.  Screen shots speak for themselves so here we go!

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If you’ve ever wanted to be able to use tab characters in multi-line textboxes in Firefox, then you are in luck because somebody created a Firefox extension that allows you to do just that.

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Windows Home Server is still in beta stage but when it is officially released we will have all the information you will need to effectively manage your home server.  Here is a quick tutorial on how to add a new user to your home server.

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Here is a quick tip to add some extra flair to paragraphs in your Word 2007 documents to help them stand out.

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If you are experiencing weird issues after upgrading your hardware, or you’ve just upgraded to the latest hardware device and aren’t seeing the performance you’d like, you might want to remove the old drivers which are still installed for the old hardware, even though you can’t normally see them in device manager.

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Have you ever wondered where the Display Settings icon or Network Connections folder went in the Control Panel’s Classic View? For that matter, why can’t you search for them using the start menu search? Because they are prohibited from loading in the registry – that’s why.

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Call them what you want Gadgets, Widgets, Gizmo’s … but what they are is stupid.  I have not found a single gadget that is anything but annoying.  None of these little eye candy toys do a thing to enhance my computing experience.  On the contrary, they annoy me and eat up valuable computer resources that could be spent on more productive computing.  When I first installed Vista I think I played with it for 5 minutes then got bored. 

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