There’s lots of icon packs out there, many of them great, and many of them lousy, so when we run across one with nice icons, it’s worth a mention.

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We have already covered how to backup a SQL Server database from the command line, so what if you want to backup all your databases at once? You could create a batch script which runs the backup command for each database, but this script would have to be updated each time a database is added or removed. Additionally, the database backups will all be appended to one file which will grow by the size of the new backup each time it is run. Instead, in true “set it and forget it” fashion, we will create a batch script which will adapt to your SQL Server as new databases are added and removed.

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Windows 7 Media Center is a great tool for watching live and streaming TV, but what if the included Internet TV isn’t enough? Today we look at the TunnerFree MCE plugin to add more streaming choices.

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The new Windows Phone 7 interface is simple, clean, and attractive… and now you can have the same style for your Firefox browser right now.

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Do you need to reinstall Windows on your computer?  Here’s a checklist of the things you should do before you make the leap and reinstall.

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Perl is a very popular scripting language which is used to develop a wide variety of tools. One of it’s well know uses is web based CGI (Common Gateway Interface) applications which allow Perl scripts to be executed from a web server. With a little configuration, you can configure IIS 6 on your Windows Server 2003 system to serve Perl scripts via CGI.

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The new Windows Home Server Beta is available to the public for testing, and you might not have an extra machine to install it on. Here we take a look at using the free VMware Player to install it so you can test it out.

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If you’ve ever used Microsoft Word or Windows Live Writer, you’re probably familiar with how you can highlight some text and then use the Ctrl+K keyboard shortcut to convert that text into a hyperlink. If you’re in a text editor, it’s not quite that easy… until now.

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If you’re installing Windows Live Essentials on more than one PC at a time, it’s silly to use the default installer, which downloads all the components on every single machine. Here’s how to get the full installer.

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We have previously covered a simple SQL database restore using the command line which is ideal for restoring backup files created on the same SQL Server installation, however if you are restoring a backup created on a different installation or simply prefer a point and click interface, using SQL Server Management Studio (or the Express edition) makes this task easy.

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The newest version of Windows Home Server code named “Vail” is available for the public to test through Microsoft Connect. Here we take a screenshot tour of the install process on a VM or physical machine.

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This concept is clearly not meant to be realistic, but it looks really cool… the interface seems like it would be useful even on a regular phone these days.

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The most important part of a SQL Server maintenance plan is backing up your databases regularly. To backup a database, you cannot simply copy the respective MDF and LDF files of the database as SQL Server has a lock on these. Instead, you need to create a true backup file through SQL Server.

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If you’re a Windows Home Server enthusiast, you’re more than likely aware of the new Beta code named “Vail”. If you want to test it out without worrying about having an extra machine, we can install and use it free in VMware Server.

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Have you ever noticed that middle-clicking your bookmarks bar in Google Chrome sends them into a new tab… in the background? It’s rather annoying, but there’s a quick extension that can solve the problem.

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Microsoft is in the process of updating the millions of Hotmail accounts to the latest version that runs faster and includes more features than before.  Our account was recently updated, so here’s a tour of the new features.

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If you’re running iTunes on a Windows machine, you might be frustrated with how slow it loads and performs. Here are some tips for getting better performance and make it less annoying.

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One of most popular development platforms on the web is PHP which powers many popular applications and sites such as Facebook, WordPress and Joomla. While most of these systems are ‘designed’ to be used on a Linux system running the Apache Web Server, you can deploy PHP applications via IIS 7 on your Windows Server 2008 system.

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Want to show your geeky side and edit your Google Docs or write a Blogger post from command prompt?  Here’s how you can access a variety of Google services from command line with the GoogleCL.

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One of the cool new services from Google Labs is Google Reader Play which integrates with Reader lets you browse the web in a visually appealing way. Today we show you how to run it in Windows 7 Media Center.

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Just as the name implies, the Slideshow extension for Google Chrome turns photo galleries from sites like Facebook, Picasa, or Flickr into a slideshow for easy image browsing.

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Are you new to Windows 7 and the way it runs Windows Update?  By default it won’t check for updates for other Microsoft programs installed, here’s how to make Windows Update find updates for Office and other MS apps.

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The latest Firefox beta steals a feature from Google Chrome, and moves the tabs up to the top of the window… though if you look closely, it actually looks an awful lot like Opera as well.

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Would you like an easy way to write down a quick note and keep it in front of you without wasting a piece of a dead tree?  Let’s take a look at the Sticky Notes app in Windows 7 and how you can use it to its fullest potential.

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While the Microsoft Sysinternals tools are incredibly powerful and useful, the one feature they lack is the ability to check for new versions. Currently, you have to periodically check the Sysinternals site and compare versions between your system and the most recent official release in order to stay up to date.

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