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Friday, November 17th, 2006

Did you know that Windows XP and Vista keep a record of all the files you have saved on your hard disk? Why do they do this? Well, it’s basically used for when you do a search for a particular file or folder on your hard drive. Since they both remember everything you have, it makes this process go much faster.

On the other hand though, there is a downside… Continue reading

Splitter Light 4.0

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Splitter Light 4.0

To begin, let’s say you want to copy a document that is approximately 2 MB in size from one computer to another. For this, you will probably look toward your USB flash drive or a CD. You can’t use either a a floppy disk or even zip it, because your document is too large. If you still tried to copy the file to a floppy disk, you… Continue reading

Smart Drive

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Smart Drive

Are you smart? Well, of course you are, but are you smart enough to be using a next generation flash drive? What am I talking about? Well, I happen to be referring to the new U3 Smart Drive, which is said to be the next big thing in the world of USB flash and thumb drives. What’s so great about it? Well, let’s take a look and find… Continue reading

Combining Adobe PDFs

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Combining Adobe PDFs

In business and personal computing, we are always trying to figure out shortcuts to make our work easier and more efficient. For example, instead of subjecting yourself to the horrors of retyping something in a word processor, we simply cut and paste the information we want from a document and edit it in our new document. Another way to improve efficiency and make your job a whole… Continue reading

Print Your XP Folders

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Since showing you all how to stay more organized by using the Notepad program, it seems that some of you are interested in learning some more tricks you can do with Notepad. So, that’s what I’m here for today! Let’s learn some more!

You all probably know how to print a document in XP, but what about a folder? Have you ever had the need to print… Continue reading

Mysterious Files

Friday, September 8th, 2006

I always have several of those $NtUninstall$ files in my Windows folder and I know they’re okay to delete, but is there any way I can find out what they actually are before I do so?

That is a very good question and I’m so glad you asked, because thanks to our wonderful tech support guy, Chad, I have a great answer for you. Before I… Continue reading

Zip Disk Jam

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Zip Disk Jam

Do you use zip disks often? (Read here for some information on zip files if you’re not sure). If you do, you may have come across the problem of them getting stuck every now and again. Am I right? It’s probably one of the most frustrating things that’s happened with your computer too and I bet you all would just love an easy fix for… Continue reading

Safely Remove Hardware

Friday, August 18th, 2006

If you work a lot with different USB devices, you probably use the “safely remove hardware” icon quite a bit. Am I right? See, even though USB devices are labeled as “Plug & Play”—that is, they’re ready to go upon being plugged in—you shouldn’t just unplug them. A USB port has current running through it, so the power jolt caused by unplugging a “hot” connection can corrupt data… Continue reading

Troubleshoot the Floppy

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Do you have any troubleshooting ideas for floppy drives?

That’s a good question, because even though floppy drives and disks are quickly fading from the computer scene (thanks to flash drives), there are still several of you who use floppies, so it’s best not to stray away from them completely. To begin, there are obviously many different things that could go wrong with a floppy drive… Continue reading

More on the Windows Registry

Friday, July 14th, 2006

More on the Windows Registry

As I promised yesterday, here is some more information about the Windows Registry. Today we’re going to talk about backing up and restoring the Registry and we’ll discuss how to do this in different versions of Windows. So, no matter what version you use on your computer, this tip should be able to help you in getting the proper work done to back up and… Continue reading

Windows Registry

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Windows Registry

Ever wonder about the history of the Windows Registry and how it came to be what it is today? Well, if you’re interested in that, keep reading and get some answers to your questions! There is also some additional information about backing up the Registry from what we have provided to you before.

Ever since Windows 95, the Windows operating system has been using a centralized hierarchical database… Continue reading

File Extensions

Friday, June 30th, 2006

How can I change file extensions?

That’s an excellent question and I’m sure many of you have wondered how to do this in the past. File extensions are a big part of our computer activities, because every file we work with has its own special extension and format. So, if you’ve ever needed to change an extension and you’re not sure how to do that, keep… Continue reading

Installing the PCI card

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Installing the PCI Card

Have you ever purchased some type of a PCI card for your computer? Well, if you have, you may have run into some trouble with the installation process. Although it’s not very hard to install a PCI card, it can sometimes be confusing. So, here is your PCI card guide.

Before we go into anything else, PCI stands for Peripheral Connect Interface. PCI cards are the… Continue reading

Before the Games Begin

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Before the Games Begin

If you are a big gamer (or maybe someone else in your household is), you are probably so excited every time you get a new game. You anticipate being able to play it and you just can’t wait for the installation process to finish so you can get started! Well, not to burst your bubble, but there are some things you should do even before you… Continue reading

Use That CD

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Use That CD

If you followed the tip about backing up your e-mails, you may be wondering how you’re supposed to actually read those e-mails once the backup process is done. Have you? Well, wonder no more, because here is your answer!

So, you’ve got the CD you used to back up your e-mails. When you created it (burnt the information onto the CD), you probably chose to make a… Continue reading

Thumb Drive

Friday, May 12th, 2006

I see that you often have USB thumb drives on sale, but if I order one, I don’t even know how to begin using it. Can you please give some basic instructions?

A USB thumb drive is, believe it or not, very easy to use. It’s not hard for any computer user to figure it out and if you’re really interested in purchasing one, you shouldn’t… Continue reading

Hard disk…why C?

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Just out of curiosity, why is the hard disk drive automatically set as the C: drive?

That’s a very good question and I’m sure many others have probably wondered the same thing! For anyone who is using an IBM compatible computer (that is based on such factors as the CPU and DOS system) and uses a Microsoft operating system (all versions of

Pie Chart Drives

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Do you ever wonder how much of your disk space is being eaten up by your drives? By drives, I’m talking about your C: drive, D:, E:, F:, etc. (depending on how many you have on your PC).

You can always look up that information by opening My Computer and then right clicking on the drive you want to view and choosing Properties, but that can be… Continue reading

Graphic Card Modes

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Graphic Card Modes

Do you know what modes your graphic card is capable of handling? First of all, it’s really interesting and useful to know what your card can handle.

By modes, I am talking about those settings you have heard about like, setting your graphic card resolution to 800×600, etc.

Knowing about your Video Graphics Adapter (technically known as VGA) and the type of graphic card you have installed… Continue reading

Flash Drives vs. Thumb Drives

Friday, April 7th, 2006

What is the difference between a flash drive and a thumb drive?

Flash drives and thumb drives have many similar qualities, but there are a few differences.

A flash drive is a compact USB memory drive that acts a lot like a portable hard drive. You can store data on it, as well as, transfer it from computer to computer. They are able to hold a… Continue reading

Single Click to Open

Friday, April 7th, 2006

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For quite some time, the norm has been for computer users to double click every time they need to open something on their computer. Whether it be computer files, music files, documents, etc. For example, if you would like to listen to a music file on your PC, you double click on it to run the music… Continue reading

Care For Your CDs

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Care For Your CDs

How often do you use CDs? Maybe you use a software CD every day or you listen to music CDs all the time. Whatever you may use a CD for, it’s very important to take good care of them so they can perform at their best.

As you know, CDs are very fragile

Weekly Download: Windows Startup list

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Weekly Download: Windows Startup List

Everybody wants their system to operate responsively, boot quickly, and run applications immediately with no errors. Pruning your Startup List can be one of the greatest ways to help your system run without the burden of unnecessary programs.

Startup items are the programs that run when the PC first starts, using up system resources (usually unnecessarily). A couple of examples would be QuickTime… Continue reading

Stop lengthy Autochck at startup

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Every time I start up my computer, it says Check Disk and takes forever. How do I stop it?


This seems to be going around. I’ve had several letters with this repetitive checking problem in the last two weeks. Sometimes this is the result of a previous improper shutdown, sometimes this is the result of an error on your disk. To find out if your disk is… Continue reading

How to Open .eml Files as Email Attachments

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

.eml Files often arrive in the form of an email attachment and are usually, by default, set to be opened by a Windows email client. However, that default can be changed, and we’ll show you how. Continue reading

System Compatibility

No, this has nothing to do with computer dating. Before buying or downloading, you should make sure your PC meets the program’s Minimum System Requirements. Sometimes just called Requirements, they’re written at the bottom of every software listing in our online software store. You can also find them on the back or bottom panels of most boxes or disk cases, usually in really tiny letters. They tell… Continue reading

Save Favorites in Internet Explorer

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Save your ghost stories and haunted houses. Let’s talk about a real nightmare: losing all your internet favorites. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of these. They’re organized by subject: photography, writing, travel, friends, online ‘zines, crafts, stores, humor sites, podcast pages and directories, sports, webcomics, cool stuff I plan to afford someday but like drooling over now -you name it. If they were lost in… Continue reading

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