Cut Desktop Clutter

I don’t like a cluttered desktop or Program List. Most of the time, I won’t let an application add icons to Quickstart (the >> between the taskbar and the icons on the left) or desktop, unless it’s a program I’ll access frequently. The most frequently applications get to live in Quickstart. According to this Seattle … Read more

Moving to a New PC

Getting a new PC is exciting and a pain. It’s exciting because you get a faster processor, more storage and all the latest stuff even though it’s outdated as soon as it hits your desk. The pain comes with re-installing all of your programs, re-customizing your preferences for programs, applications, and Windows, and transferring data … Read more

Surviving PC Disasters, Mishaps, and Blunders

I’ve done stupid things to my computer, things I would never admit. But I’ve also saved its life and dealt with accidental reformatting (not my fault!). Every PC is different like our fingerprints. We customize options, install applications, remove default settings and do different things to it. So, a solution may not be the same … Read more

Backing up Personal Computers

As a result of the Back up, back up, back up! entry, several have asked what and how to back up stuff on a personal computer since the article focused on business computers. Backup on business computers is typically not the user’s concern unless it’s a small business. A business should have a policy in … Read more

Buy a Laptop

Shopping for a laptop is overwhelming because of the numerous choices. No one can tell you what you need or don’t need, except maybe your spouse, parent, kid, local geek, or know-it-all who knows you. But it’s still good to know a few things about buying a laptop. An educated customer is a happy customer, … Read more

PowerPro

PowerPro v3.8 http://powerpro.webeddie.com/ Win 95/98/NT/2000/XP Free [Command launcher] Run commands, programs, and system configuration all from a button bar. This is a tough program to describe because it can be customized many ways to suit your needs. Karen Carter, who recommended this program, finds this program is indispensable. She says, “It will replace many separate … Read more

Forget Passwords, Check the Body

For years, we’ve seen characters in science fiction movies using a hand, an eye, or voice to gain access to highly secure areas in a building. The hero always manages to find a way to around these barriers and save the day. It’s not quite so simple, but it’s more challenging for the hotshot spy … Read more