So you just bought a training video and popped it into your computer. You click on the menu in the autoplay dialog and it opens up Firefox, your default browser. Now you are staring at a blank screen. What now?
If your mouse pointer seems to constantly get in the way while you are typing, you aren't alone... you click in the middle of some text and start typing to insert more, but the cursor stays in the way. There's a tiny utility called MouseAway that will solve this problem for you... it's not new, but it still works on Vista.
As a computer field tech, I use the remote desktop program UltraVNC quite often. I utilize it mostly to connect to offsite computers so I can run diagnostics and repair remotely, if needed.
I spend an enormous amount of time browsing the web looking for new ideas to write about, so one of the biggest problems for me is tagging articles for more careful reading later. Also, I'm sure any moment I'm going to reach a page that says "You've reached the end of the internet, now go outside".
Anybody who has ever tried to change the theme in Windows will already know that you have to hack the uxtheme file in order to install themes into XP that aren't digitally signed by Microsoft. If you would rather not or are unable to patch your system you might be interested in these unofficial themes created by Microsoft.
If you are reading this article you are probably annoyed that every single time you add a bookmark in Firefox you have to click on the expand button to show the folder list before you can actually locate the folder to put the bookmark in.
How many times have you been watching a long video on your computer and had the screensaver come on? Then you play the game of trying to jiggle the mouse every certain number of minutes to make sure it doesn't happen again... seems like it would be easier to have a really quick way to disable the screensaver.
We've all gotten the call from some family member asking why their computer isn't working properly. After an hour of troubleshooting over the phone with them or trying to get remote assistance to work we've decided we're skipping the next family reunion to avoid being asked to help... there has to be a better way...
One of the nice little features in Windows Vista that you don't think about is the graph of drive space for your drive icons, so you can visually see at a glance how much space is used. There's no reason to upgrade for this feature, especially since some programmers created a small utility for XP that gives you the same functionality.
The look of the Windows Vista Sidebar is a little drab, and there's no way to customize it with the default tools in Vista. Thankfully third party developers have stepped up to the plate and created an application that will let you re-theme the sidebar.
Reader Jeffrey wrote in asking how to create an icon to start up the screensaver in Windows Vista. This question is so common that I figured I'd write up the answer for everybody, as well as provide a downloadable set of shortcuts to all the default screensavers.
After writing about how to setup Gmail IMAP in Outlook, I've gotten a lot of feedback from users wondering how to make Outlook download the entire message instead of just the headers. You'll have to navigate through a convoluted set of menus, but it's really quite simple.
While troubleshooting a programming problem today I noticed that you can't use a LIKE search for string columns containing special characters like % or _ without using a special syntax. Figuring out the problem took only a few minutes, but remembering syntax is always easier if you write about it.
As a Keyboard Ninja, I've always been very dissatisfied with the choices for todo lists, since none of them cater to the hotkey enthusiast... until I stumbled across Tudumo, a great little Windows application that follows David Allen's GTD methodology.
Amarok is a wonderful application for managing and playing your music collection, but the default settings aren't optimized for speed when it comes to large collections of music. The problems are especially noticeable while trying to use the search box.
My inbox has been flooded with people asking why the "pretty" icons in their user folder keep turning back into regular folder icons, and what they can do to fix it. After writing the first article about the Music folder, I decided to just put all of the information into a single article.
How many times have you tried to schedule a meeting and gotten the time wrong because the other participants are in another time zone?