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So you’re not able to get on the Internet or connect to your home or office network?  Here are a few basic command line tools you can use to help pinpoint the problem.

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If you want to open more than one application without having to navigate through the whole start menu again, you can use a little-known trick to keep the start menu open after you click on an item.

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

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Since my anti-iTunes rant, I have been trying out different audio players.  I have been using Foobar2000 for a few months now and it has been pretty solid for me so far.  I have come across a new player to try out called Spider 2.0 which seems quite promising so far.  Where a lot of players EQ presets sound less than desirable, Spider 2.0 impressed me.  Of course you can always set the EQ manually for perfect tweaking.  There are a number of skins available from their website as well.  Spider 2.0 basic is free and does the only function not available is converting or ripping multiple tracks at once.  If you need to rip more than one track at a time you can upgrade to the pro version. 

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How many times have you sent an email and then realized a few seconds later that your snarky comment was sent to the entire mailing list, or left an embarrassing typo in an email to somebody you were trying to impress?

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As a long-time keyboard ninja, I was very saddened to see that the built-in terminal in OS X is extremely limited in available options, especially the lack of tabs. Supposedly the upcoming Leopard release will include them, but I can’t wait that long…

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According to Microsoft’s own knowledge base there are several issues with the Indexing Service used in XP to provide the so called “faster searching”. I believe there is a good deal of resources used to run the indexing service that reduce performance of XP. Also, the benefit you get from it is questionable at best. So, lets go ahead and turn it off. If you find no noticeable improvement you can always turn it back on.

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Ever wondered what that little button in the lower left-hand corner of the Windows Vista logon screen is? If you’ve clicked on it, you know that it’s the Ease of Access button, useful for people with disabilities (or if your keyboard breaks)

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If you’ve started noticing that your sound is disabled in Windows Vista after you wake your computer from Sleep mode or hibernate, then you are in luck, because Microsoft has a hotfix for this issue.

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I’m the type of geek that always has an open ssh session connected to my servers, but ever since I switched to using a Mac running OS X, I noticed a huge annoyance in my terminal… the syntax highlighting makes it impossible to read the files I’m trying to edit.

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