For the most part, Windows 7 doesn’t present a radical change to the user interface and operating system features for those migrating from Windows Vista. One area, however, that users will find different and which may take some adjusting to is the Windows Taskbar. Here’s quick a look at the new Taskbar in Windows 7 […]

Does your playlist of favorite podcasts run longer than you have time to dedicate listening to them? If you can get past the chipmunk voices, try increasing the play back speed. You can reduce the play length by up to 20% before it gets too obnoxious. If you are using a Windows Mobile Device you […]

I think everyone has faced the issue of needing to share a large file with someone when the file is too big to be sent by email. Historically FTP sites have been the solution to this for the tech savvy or those with a web host. I have never been a fan of using FTP […]

I rediscovered a very useful tool that I started using a couple of years ago, but have since stopped tracking their new developments. A tool that I would think that anybody using multiple tools and services such as Outlook, Gmail or other new Web 2.0 services would want to take advantage of. I’m talking about […]

I have been asked this question several times so I thought it would be beneficial to post some information about the subject. To avoid making your ‘legitimate’ email being identified as Spam, pay attention to the following recommendations: avoid sending email to a large number of recipients avoid attaching any file in mass mailings avoid […]

A new order of hot machines from Dell got me excited to load them with Microsoft Vista. However, due to uncertainty about program compatibility I wanted to create a second partition where I would load Windows XP. Come to find out I was approaching this in reverse order with out knowing it…meaning that by painful […]

The web is full of Super Heroes, sites that come and save the day in your moment of need without requiring anything in exchange. The combination of Google, expert forums and valuable Super Hero websites make tackling almost any task possible. I was recently rescued when my programs stopped minimizing to the taskbar in Windows […]

With the introduction of the NTFS file system and Windows 2000, Microsoft must have been hoping that disk checks and bad clusters would be a problem of the past. Unfortunately bad clusters continue to occur, as I recently experienced, and a disk scan is necessary to resolve the problem. ScanDisk, the utility previously available in […]

Yesterday I battled with the unpleasant experience of having a corrupted Windows Update. As a result every time I logged into Windows XP I got a svchost.exe application error “0x745f2780”. Performing a system restore failed on each attempt and since no other application or hardward modifications had been made I assumed a problem had a […]

What Web 2.0 is, is continuously being defined or interpreted. Beyond Ajax, RSS, pastel colors and big buttons you will also find social searching (the ability to interact with the search engine and promote what they feel are the relevant results). One popular manifestation of social searching is a tag cloud or a swicki. The […]

All websites should have a search option, but not all developers want to write a custom search tool. Fortunately you don’t have to as Google and other services have made made this available by adding a search box to your site. I have used these in the past, but have never been satisfied as you […]


The Windows logo key, located in the bottom row of most computer keyboards is a little-used treasure that few point know about. Don’t ignore it. It is the shortcut anchor for the following commands: Windows: Display the Start menu. Windows + D: Minimize or restore all windows. Windows + E: Display Windows Explorer. Windows + […]

Apple sponsored research claims that larger screen size improves productivity. As reported by Macword “the study, which evaluated Apple’s 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, concluded that large screens can offer gains of up to 50 percent to 65 percent in productivity on a variety of specific office tasks and can earn back their extra costs in […]

One of the most satisfying things about my new laptop (Dell XPS M1210) is to have before me a completely clean system (after removing all the apps that Dell regretfully sends preinstalled). In an attempt to keep the system clean for as long as possible I only wanted to install the essentials. So what are […]

Have you ever tried to implement a simple and clean HTML signature with Outlook? I had never given too much thought to this until recently implementing a company wide HTML email signature. Initially we used Outlook directly to create the signature file, but quickly found that what you see is not always what you get […]

I recently learned about the usefulness of batch files when finding a means of performing a silent setup. To ensure that the batch file would work on any system I used one of the default windows environment variables. These variables are helpful to reference the path to a given file in a windows environment. This […]