If "My Computer" takes a really long time to open on your computer, you are most likely experiencing a well-known issue where Windows hangs while trying to search for network folders and printers before displaying anything to you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This tip is absolutely and completely useless, and will even make applications that depend on timestamps have issues. It's mostly just to be used as a cool trick you can show off to your friends, so we're going to show you how it works.
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.
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.
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.
So you're looking at your Google Analytics traffic and you notice a large amount of visits coming from a particular traffic source... but where exactly are they linking to?
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.
After I started testing out the last tip about enabling inline auto-completion in the address bar, it occurred to me that although links from my browser history kept showing up in the list, I'd probably never type those in.
Have you ever wondered if you can share your Outlook calendar with somebody else? This is one of those tips that you never notice until somebody points it out to you, but it's extremely easy to do.
I've decided to use my laziness as an excuse to promote some of the good stuff that the bloggers on the How-To Geek Blogs have come up with over the last week or two.
It's always struck me as odd that system tweakers use the registry editor all the time to fix annoyances in Windows, but nobody has created a tweak to add the registry editor to the control panel...