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Remove the Username From the Start Menu in XP

Let me start by saying that I have no idea why anybody would want to do this, and it's perhaps one of the most useless articles I've ever written. That said, if you've ever wondered how to remove the username from the Start menu in Windows XP, this article is for you.

Remove the On-Screen Keyboard on the Vista Login Screen

I've got a Wacom drawing tablet hooked up to my computer, and ever since I installed Vista's Tablet PC utilities, I've had this obnoxious onscreen keyboard on the welcome screen that just can't seem to be turned off through any regular settings. So how do I get rid of it?

Put Your PuTTY in the System Tray

If you open up a lot of PuTTY windows just to keep connections open, you might be interested in an updated version that supports minimizing to the system tray. I find this very useful for opening tunnels that I wouldn't otherwise need to interact with on the desktop.

Add "Run as Administrator" for AutoHotkey Scripts in Windows 7 or Vista

As regular readers know well, I'm a huge fan of using AutoHotkey to automate my entire computing experience... but in Windows Vista there's a serious limitation since you can't run a script as Administrator by default. This means that your hotkeys can't interact with windows running in Admin mode... so how do we get around this?

Customize the Displayed Fields in the Outlook Email List Pane

One of the nicest features in Outlook is the way the list view handles "Compact Mode" when you use the reading pane on the right-hand side of the screen... it switches to double-line to show more information easily. But did you know that you can actually make it display even more fields?

Increase the FileSystem Memory Cache Size in Vista

I've always wondered why Windows doesn't allow you to set an arbitrary size for the filesystem cache. What if you have a slow hard drive in your laptop, but loads of available system memory? Shouldn't you be able to maximize that memory in order to speed up hard drive access?
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