My favorite application to burn ISO images is ISO Recorder V2. I have been using this application for a couple of years and like it because it is so simple and free (although donations are gladly accepted).
Instead of using the Google Talk client embedded in Gmail, why not use it in your sidebar instead? Thanks to the gTalk sidebar extension, we can do just that.
After reformatting your computer’s hard drive and doing clean install of Windows XP, using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard utility built into XP makes the process easy. Also, if you have purchased a new computer you can transfer your files and settings to the new machine. In Part 1 I will go through saving your files and settings from your old machine.
In prior versions of Windows before Vista, you could always open control panel items by passing control.exe the name of the *.cpl file that represented the item you were trying to open. For instance, if you wanted to open the display properties you could run the command “control.exe desk.cpl”.
The Scheduled Tasks feature of XP and Vista often seems to be overlooked. This is a great tool to use for Automating Maintenance tasks for the OS. There are a lot of things you can do with this handy utility. In the following shots I demonstrate scheduling a Disk Cleanup in Windows XP. Later this week I will feature the extra settings and features included in Task Scheduler in Vista.
Since I am a guitarist and love computer technology, it would not be right if I did not include some articles on home recording. I am by no means an expert in this area. Music is a hobby for me and I learn from others experiences and good old fashion trial and error.
Many people have reported problems with synchronizing their clocks with the internet time servers, especially time.windows.com, which seems to have a ton of problems with uptime. We’ll go through a few workarounds to fix this issue.
Windows Vista’s AutoPlay options are a great improvement over Windows XP in terms of flexibility, but unfortunately there are so many options that it can be confusing, especially since there’s no specific mention of USB Flash drives in the options.
A freeware tool I use many times in IT is System Info for Windows. This small lightweight utility comes packed with a lot of power. No need to install anything on the local hard drive … just run it from a jump drive or pop it on a disc. If you need detail about a computer you’re working on, SIW will give you everything including the kitchen sink!
In my quest to get rid of every useless tray icon wasting memory, I was very annoyed when Vista’s automatic updates installed a new driver and the icon for the touchpad ended up in my system tray again. There’s almost no benefit to this icon, so it needs to go.
If you are a blogger that doesn’t want to show off your subscriber numbers, take note: Even though you aren’t displaying the Feedcount widget, if you’ve enabled it at any point we can still see your subscriber numbers if we just know the right URL to go to.
Microsoft Word is a wonderful tool for writing documents, but did you know that you can now use it to post to your blog as well? This is tremendously useful if you tend to write very long, wordy posts, or if you just can’t spell worth anything.
Most of you who are running Vista should know by now that Microsoft introduced major updates for Vista. For a full detailed summary of what is included read The Geek wrote a great article reviewing the updates. One of the updates includes better Vista Aero performance with NVIDIA graphics cards.
I personally cannot stand the “bread crumb” toolbar Microsoft makes us use as a default. I really wish this was an option to enable or disable. I see a lot of praise for this new feature with people saying “it makes navigation extremely fast” … Am I alone here? Am I the only one who sees no benefit to this? When i am navigating an OS I get there via a straight line .. I have no reason to go back somewhere else along the journey. I am a proponent of shortcuts for frequently used paths. When I want to view the traditional path of a certain location, it actually requires an additional mouse click! How is this more efficient? How does that speed things up?
Many people like myself don’t completely trust the various WordPress spam filters and elect to moderate all comments before they show up on the actual site, which ends up flooding your email with moderation notices.
If you like to subscribe to feeds using Firefox’s Live Bookmarks feature, the LiveClick extension gives you so many upgrades that I can only cover the highlights of how great it is.
The question I am asked most often is “How do I install a dual-boot with Windows XP on my new Windows Vista computer?” The answer is that it’s not that difficult, it’s just very time consuming, and you need to own a copy of Windows XP.
Here is how to manage basic Windows Home Server settings. Screen shots speak for themselves so here we go!
Windows Home Server is still in beta stage but when it is officially released we will have all the information you will need to effectively manage your home server. Here is a quick tutorial on how to add a new user to your home server.
Have you ever wondered where the Display Settings icon or Network Connections folder went in the Control Panel’s Classic View? For that matter, why can’t you search for them using the start menu search? Because they are prohibited from loading in the registry – that’s why.
Everybody knows how to change their Vista logon/start menu picture, but if you select a new picture, Windows Vista removes the last picture from the list entirely, leaving just the new picture and the default pictures. Does anybody really use the robot or the fish picture?
You do not have to settle for MTV’s Urge music store when using Windows Media Player 11. In fact you have a several stores you can choose from. The list of stores include Napster, emusic, puretracks and others. You also can use video download stores also such as MovieLink.
I have just started to play around with Access 2007 and so far my thoughts are indifferent. I am not sure how well the “Ribbon” is going to play out. I work in Access Databases a lot with my job and I am pretty comfortable with the way things have been. I have gotten used to the Ribbon in Word, Excel, and Outlook. In fact it seems to make those tasks more fun. I have been really holding off on Access though.
We’ve come a long way in our coverage of Windows Vista, and it’s time to put together a roundup of all the articles that tweak the appearance of Windows Vista. If you’d like to suggest something that we left out, leave a comment with the details of what you’d like us to feature next.
The market seems to be full of OS X Expose clones, but this is the first one that I’ve found that not only works really well, but has a ton of customization options. It’s called Switcher, and you might already be familiar since it’s been out for a while.