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Troubleshooting Problems with Firefox 3 Crashing or Hanging

With all the fanfare surrounding the release of Firefox 3 and the setting of a new world record for downloads, the fact that many people are having problems with Firefox instability seemed to get lost in the shuffle... so I decided to write up a list of troubleshooting methods that might help solve your problems.

4 Ways to Make UAC Less Annoying on Windows 7 / Vista

The single biggest irritation in Windows Vista is the UAC (User Account Control) system, especially for people that do a lot of tweaking. When you are trying to make configuration changes, it seems like every couple of seconds you are hitting another UAC prompt. Sure, it's more secure... but what options do we have to make it less annoying?

Create Administrator Mode Shortcuts Without UAC Prompts in Windows 7 or Vista

One of the most talked about annoyances in Windows Vista are the UAC prompts that constantly pop up when you are trying to make system changes. It's especially irritating when you often need to run a particular tool that requires administrator mode in order to run. Thankfully there's a simple hack that you can do to create an administrator mode shortcut that doesn't prompt for UAC.

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?

Book Review: Just the Computer Essentials (Vista)

Normally we try and focus on articles about how to customize your computer, but today we'll take a break from that and do a book review. This is something I've not done before, so any suggestions or questions will be welcomed in the comments.

Tabbed Remote Desktop / VNC Client for Windows

Anybody that works in a multiple server environment knows that it can be annoying to have half a dozen remote desktop windows open at any given point. Thankfully there's a slick application called Terminals that gives you tabbed remote desktop capabilities.

Speed Up Amarok With Large Music Collections

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.

Add User Accounts Utility (Userpasswords2) to Control Panel

Hidden away in the Windows directory is a separate utility that can be used to perform certain user administration functions not provided in the normal interface. Instead of typing "control userpasswords2" into the run box, you can just add it as an icon in your Control Panel.

Connect to VMware Server Console Over SSH

Has this ever happened to you? I created a new virtual machine running Ubuntu on my VMware server before I left home, but forgot to install the ssh server... so I couldn't get to that machine at all from my remote location. Rather than driving back home I decided to find a solution.