If you are using a router in your home network it is very important to keep your firmware updated. Firmware is software which is embedded into your router’s hardware. Since a majority of people own Linksys wired or wireless routers, I will show the steps on Linksys WRT54GS. Depending upon the brand of router you own the steps will vary but the process is basically the same.
Everybody knows how to change their Vista logon/start menu picture, but if you select a new picture, Windows Vista removes the last picture from the list entirely, leaving just the new picture and the default pictures. Does anybody really use the robot or the fish picture?
You do not have to settle for MTV’s Urge music store when using Windows Media Player 11. In fact you have a several stores you can choose from. The list of stores include Napster, emusic, puretracks and others. You also can use video download stores also such as MovieLink.
A lot of times people at the workplace try creative ways to claim ignorance about important matters… Excuses like “I didn’t get your email” is one that seems to come to mind. In Outlook 2007 you can easily resend the message in question.
I don’t know about you but anytime I have to use a CRT monitor anymore I just cringe. Yes there are still high quality CRT monitors out there, but they are such dinosaurs. CRT’s are so huge, clunky, and in the way. I am a huge fan of saving space in my computing work area and flat screens certainly accomplish that. Not to mention the other important benefit of LCD monitors which is power consumption.
If you’ve entered the wrong address into the Windows Vista Mail client, you might have problems getting rid of the wrong autocomplete entries in the list. There’s a couple of things you can try to delete the entries in the list.
Update: This bounty has been claimed.
If you are unfamiliar with the Sysinternals Process Explorer utility, you should really check it out… it gives you so much more information than the default task manager, including a tree view of all the processes so you can see which processes launched other processes. You can look at pretty much every piece of data concerning a process, including associated registry key handles, open files, dlls. There’s even a search function.
I have just started to play around with Access 2007 and so far my thoughts are indifferent. I am not sure how well the “Ribbon” is going to play out. I work in Access Databases a lot with my job and I am pretty comfortable with the way things have been. I have gotten used to the Ribbon in Word, Excel, and Outlook. In fact it seems to make those tasks more fun. I have been really holding off on Access though.
If you allow Firefox to store your passwords you might be worried about the recent security holes found in the password manager. The solution to these problems is to use the Secure Login extension to prevent Firefox from automatically filling in password fields, but at the same time giving you the automation that saves you time. In fact, using the hotkey means that this method is probably even quicker.
Today a reader had a very good question about lsass.exe is the Microsoft security management process for domain access and local security policies. Simply put it manages who logs on to your PC and/or Server. There are a few viruses that mimic this process. The Sasser virus was one of the more popular attacks a few years ago. The Sasser worm would exploit lsass.exe so that XP would start a countdown of 60 seconds advising you to save your work. Every time you rebooted your machine this would keep happening. This process is located in C:WindowsSystem32 in either a PC or Server. If you were to find it in any other location in your system … it is a virus.
In the next logical extension of this site, I’ve added a forum so that the readers can interact with each other. The geeks behind How-To Geek will be answering any questions that you might ask, and hopefully other readers will participate in answering questions as well.
Let’s face it – the Windows Vista shutdown dialog is one of the worst pieces of UI nonsense ever. Just look at it… what were they thinking with that popup dialog?
If you are doing a lot of testing of different builds, there’s nothing more annoying than rebooting and then having the system boot into the wrong choice on the grub menu before you have a chance to pick the one you want. Reader Victor wrote in with this tip: You can just comment out the timeout line entirely to stop grub from picking anything, giving you time to get your morning coffee.
I have been a fan of yousendit.com for a few years now. This is a decent and reliable service to email large files to others. The maximum size is 100 MB for the free version. You can send larger files for a fee. The way the service works is you upload your file to their server which sends an email to the recipient including a hyperlink directly to the file for them to download. The cool part is that your recipient does not need to be a member or sign up for anything. If the recipient wants to send files they will have to create an account though.
Those who are familiar with resizing picture attachments in Outlook 2003 might wonder where on earth they hid this feature in Outlook 2007 - at first glance, it seems like they removed it completely, when in reality they buried it in the Ribbon.
Every time you delete a file, Windows asks you “Are you sure you want to move this file to the Recycle Bin?” This is typically a good thing, to prevent you from deleting files by accident, but if you are trying to do some cleanup and need to delete a lot of files, you might not want to be prompted every single time.
In a previous post I mentioned that I am ready for a new audio player application. This all came to fruition because Apple pissed me off with their last iTunes update. It includes unnecessary software for the iPhone. Sure I could choose not to update … but that’s counter productive. Software updates should enhance the end user experience, not degrade it.
I realize this is probably only relevant to about 3 of the readers, but I’m posting this so I don’t forget how to do it myself! In my efforts to ban the completely insecure FTP protocol from my life entirely, I’ve decided to disable the FTP service running on the How-To Geek server, which is running the CentOS operating system.
Here at geek central, we’re in the business of making things as easy as possible. There’s a registry hack for Windows that will let you add a Copy To Folder or Move To Folder to the right-click menu, which can be very useful when you want to move a file but don’t have the other folder open already.
We’ve come a long way in our coverage of Windows Vista, and it’s time to put together a roundup of all the articles that tweak the appearance of Windows Vista. If you’d like to suggest something that we left out, leave a comment with the details of what you’d like us to feature next.
I would argue Foxit Reader 2.0 is the best alternative to Adobe Reader for Windows. Unlike the bloated Adobe product; Foxit Reader 2.0 is light on system resources and opens PDF docs extremely faster than adobe. Foxit Reader 2.0 also includes free add-ons, no lengthy splash screens, has an intuitive streamline interface, and is under 2MB download size.
I recently came across an article on Cnet questioning the advantage of using the anti-spyware freeware Spybot Search and Destroy. I definitely have to take exception to her position. This is my opinion on this great software.