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Windows 7 Startup & Shutdown Times

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 11:51 PM

It's been a week or so since installing Windows 7 on my desktop computer. I have all the software that I need for now, and have about eight programs starting up with the system. These programs are:

Live Messenger

Avira Antivir



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Windows 7 Upgrade Complete!

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Well, the time has come to upgrade! I recieved my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium the other day from, and I wasted no time in getting the thing installed. Here is my experience with upgrading to the much-praised Microsoft Windows 7.

Computer Specs

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Your Handwriting, Now In Font Form

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Every once in a while, you see something that makes you wonder, "Why isn't everyone doing this?" It might be something that simplifies life in an obvious way or it might be something that just makes sense.

In this case, enables you to do something that ju...

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How To Clean Your Keyboard Using the Dishwasher

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 3:15 AM

From time to time, I notice my keyboard. Now, of course I am aware of my keyboard and use it regularly while at the computer, but noticing the keyboard is different from day-to-day use. It's sort of like how you drive to work each day, but how much do you really look at, or 'notice', the bui...

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The Hairy Toothbrush

Posted on June 12, 2008 at 1:21 PM
How do you react when you find a foreign object, like a hair or bit of packaging, in your food at a restaurant? It's pretty disturbing and gross, but it's understandable, as we all know that the food was just prepared by a real person and brought to you in a live environment.
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Make Your Own Free Ringtones For Verizon LG VX8300 and LG VX5400

Posted on June 1, 2008 at 11:43 PM

New cell phones don't have good ringtones. It's a sad fact of life for those of us who like to personalize our ringers, and a clever sales t...

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Customer Service Call With Circuit City

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 11:05 PM

As a long-time customer service representative, I am always alert to the customer service shortcomings of the companies I deal with. The following is a particularly bad experience that made me decide not to deal with the provider of this terrible service ever again.

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How to Turn Spybot S&D Into An Auto-Bot (Using Auto-Update, Immunize and Scan)

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 1:41 AM
Spybot Search and Destroy is a powerful tool in the fight against spyware and adware. It has a highly effective scanning method and finds threats that other tools might miss. It's free, receives regular updates, and has so many features you might not know what to do with them all.
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Automatic Wallpaper Changer Livens Up Your Windows Desktop

Posted on April 20, 2008 at 9:36 PM

While it won't necessarily contribute to your computer's security or stability, Automatic Wallpaper Changer (AWC) by Steve Murphy definitely will add some personality to your computing environment.

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Turn Off Annoying UAC (User Account Control) Pop-Ups in Windows Vista

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 12:52 AM
If you are using Windows Vista, you may have noticed some 'enhancements' to the operating system that just aren't that welcome. One of the most obvious changes is the behavior of the UAC, or User Account Control, service.

The way it works is this: Nearly every time you try to change a Windows setting or install a new program, you see ...
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Speed Up Your Computer With CCleaner

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM

CCleaner is a powerful FREE program I use weekly to help keep my computer up to speed. It has all kinds of great features that make it very useful to me. If you find that your computer is slowing down, one of the easiest ways to help speed it back up again is to delete all the temporary and junk fi...

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My Experience With Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 12:05 AM

On Tuesday, March 18th, Microsoft released Vista SP1. This service pack consisted of hundreds of updates to Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows Vista. I decided to go ahead and download the whole 434 megabyte install package and give it a go.

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About Me

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 2:13 AM

I am in my late 20's.

I've been working with computers for over 10 years.

My skills come from personal experience.

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Auslogics Disk Defrag

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 12:55 AM

This article is basically a slightly modified version of the script for my short video tutorial demonstrating the FREE program, Auslogics Disk Defrag. That video can be viewed at the end of this article.

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My First Blog Entry

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 12:08 AM
So here it is: my first blog! Yay! Now I can say stuff like, "In my last post..." and, "After the jump...." Great. I have arrived!

You'll probably see things like reviews of programs, plans for world domination, stuff like that. Maybe links to other articles here or there. Or you may see this first entry sit here and gather dust all by itself forever, languishing in the dark back-corners of the Interwebs and wishing it had m...
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