<img src="/geekers/windows7-thumb.png" />If you haven't already heard, the Windows 7 Public Beta is going to be released today through the Microsoft website, and the first 2.5 million people to register with Microsoft will receive access to the Beta 1 version. Today we'll run through the features and what you should expect.
<img src="/geekers/skifree-thumb.png" />I was stumbling around the web yesterday when I came across a blast from the past: The original SkiFree game for Windows, written by a Microsoft programmer on Windows 3.0 back in 1991. Imagine my surprise when I found out the same game actually works just fine on Windows Vista.
I can remember back when the big deal about Firefox vs IE was that Firefox had TABBED BROWSING. And just what was so cool about that? If you're the type of surfer I am who likes to have multiple sites open at once, it was a royal pain to have to use the back button or click through open windows to go from site to site. I found out during a training class in HTML that Opera had always had tabbed browsing. Hey, I even used Opera before I tried Firefox, just because my instructor said it had tabbed browsing (and loaded fast).
<img src="/geekers/flip3d-thumb.png" />Over the last few years I've had many people ask me if they can somehow activate Flip 3D by moving the mouse to a corner of the screen, and I've always told them to use the much more powerful Switcher replacement instead, but that's about to change.
<img src="/geekers/pidglet-thumb.png" />Have you ever wondered how to get your Instant Messenger contacts into the Vista Sidebar? Sure, you can use the previously mentioned AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Gadget for Vista Sidebar, but what if you are a fan of the multi-protocol Pidgin client instead?
<img src="/geekers/kuku-thumb.png" />Anybody who knows me knows that I'm not exactly a morning person... even with the awesome Tassimo coffee machine I got this year for Xmas, I still don't want to get out of bed. But now I can use my computer's loud speakers to help wake me up easily.
<img src="/geekers/secondyear-thumb.png" />It's the end of the year, when you have to suffer through all of the "Best of 200x" posts across almost every site... and this article is no exception. Today we'll talk about our successes, failures, and lessons learned over the last year.
<img src="/geekers/resizephotos-thumb.png" />Now that the presents have been opened, large dinners consumed, and relatives (good or bad) have visited it is time to take all of those digital images and get them organized. Today's digital cameras take great, detailed photos but the images are often too large to easily send.
<img src="/geekers/greetingcards-thumb.png" />So the presents are wrapped, but all of your family members are coming over in a few days and you didn't pick out nice cards... but never fear, you can whip out Microsoft Word and impress the relatives with a customized card for each person, or just go with the generic standby for everybody.
<img src="/geekers/trayprodder-thumb.png" />If you are still using Windows XP and are jealous of the optional but really useful checkboxes feature in Vista, or the full row selection in details mode, there's a new solution for you that one of our readers wrote in about yesterday.
<img src="/geekers/bootini-thumb.png" />Have you ever inherited a computer that has more than one entry on the Windows XP boot menu screen? Most of the time one of the entries doesn't even work in the first place, and then you're forced to either hit a key or wait 30 seconds every time.
<img src="/geekers/eventviewerclear-thumb.png" />As any geek knows, one of the first things that you do when troubleshooting a Windows problem is look into Event Viewer's Application or System logs, which typically are rich with information on what the problem is. But what if the event log itself is corrupted?
<img src="/geekers/magicfolder-thumb.png" />Does your desktop get cluttered with a zillion downloaded files scattered all over the place? Sure, you can always make a shortcut to hide your desktop icons, but that's basically sweeping the mess under the rug. Today we'll show you how to use the Magic Folder to keep things clean.
<img src="/geekers/eventviewerxp-thumb.png" />I was working on a project for work when I suddenly got the strangest error: "The Event Log is Full". Seriously? What I didn't remember is that Windows XP doesn't automatically overwrite events less than 7 days old from the event log, so when it's full, most applications that try and write to the event log are going to break.
<img src="/geekers/outlookzoom-thumb.png" />The other day my boss showed off a new Outlook trick that he learned: You can increase or decrease the text size in Outlook on the fly using the same technique that works in your browser. Since everybody else seemed interested, I figured this qualifies as a stupid geek trick that I'll share with you today.
<img src="/geekers/shelltools-thumb.png" />We recently covered how to clean up your messy Windows context menu, but have you ever wished you had more functionality in the menus for Windows Explorer? There's a lightweight application that gives you a couple of extremely useful tools, including the ability to toggle hidden files or copy filenames to the clipboard.