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Fixing Problems with Synergy on Windows Vista

If you use the excellent Synergy application to share your keyboard and mouse between computers, you've probably noticed some weird behaviors in Windows Vista... especially when running any application that requires administrator permissions.

Pin Microsoft Outlook to the Desktop Background

Have you ever wanted to just "stick" your Outlook calendar to the desktop? For those of us with multiple monitors it makes even more sense... just having your calendar open on the second monitor at all times would be a great productivity boost.

Quick Tip: Darken the Outlook List Grouping Headers

One of the nicer features of Outlook 2007 is the way it neatly groups your messages by date or other criteria, but it's not always easy to see at a glance. There's a little-known option buried in the settings that will shade the group headings to make them more easy to distinguish.

Prevent Explorer from Freezing With Large Zip Files on Vista

Windows Vista has built-in handling for zip files - you can create, extract, or even browse right down into them as if they were a folder. But if you have very big zip files sitting on your hard drive, bad things can happen unless you disable the zip handler.

Upgrade Ubuntu from Feisty to Gutsy

Ubuntu Gutsy is the next major release of the most popular Linux distro, due for release in October. Like all Linux distributions you can upgrade to the beta version anytime you want, as long as you don't mind encountering a few bumps in the road.

Stop YouTube Videos from Automatically Playing in Firefox

It drives me crazy that YouTube videos start playing automatically. It's especially annoying when you click on a link from a co-worker and then the phone rings... and then your speakers start blaring a completely inappropriate sound, usually accompanied by terrible dancing.

Use Delicious as a Reading List the Easy Way

How often do you find a great article without the time to read it, so you bookmark it and completely forget about it? This happened to me constantly until I found the Readeroo extension for Firefox, which lets me queue pages for easy retrieval later.

Creating a FavIcon the Easy Way

I recently decided to update the FavIcon for this site (the little icon in the address bar). The old one was something I'd hacked together myself in visual studio, and just didn't seem friendly enough for me.
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