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Thunderstorm Protection

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Thunderstorm Protection

What’s the best way to keep your computer safe during a thunderstorm? In my opinion, just crawl under your desk and unplug it.

Although a good surge protector may keep your computer safe during a thunderstorm, I still unplug mine. After all, if the thing isn’t plugged into the wall, it’s kind of hard for a spike or surge to get through. Also, try to keep all of your… Continue reading

Illegal Operations

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Illegal Operations

Don’t you hate it when you see this error:
“This program has preformed an illegal operation and will be shut down”.

It can happen for a variety of reasons. In my experience, most of the time it’s due to a software conflict of some sort, usually with a program that’s running in the background.

If you find you have a bunch of stuff sitting in your system… Continue reading

Command Prompt

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

I know that a command prompt has something to do with MS-DOS, but what is it?

A Command Prompt is where you enter text commands to the computer. This type of entry was used prior to graphical user interfaces (GUI). Although it isn’t often used in Windows, it is still the preferred method of input for certain operating systems like Linux and Unix.… Continue reading

Conscientious Software Installation

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

We get calls and email all the time from readers who have trouble running software. Many times, these problems are caused by PBDC errors (Problem Between Desk and Chair) during install. I’m guilty of this too. Many times we try to install software without checking the memory and system requirements. So often we click “I Agree” to things we have not read or “Next” without reading the screen. Here are… Continue reading

Registering Software

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

A friend of mine told me that I should always register software. Is this true? Will the software police come and get me if I don’t?

OK, I’m going to take some heat for this, so just remember this is my opinion—you do what you want :-)

My feeling on registration is not to —unless you absolutely have to.… Continue reading

What is a Program Group?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

What is a “program group”?

A program group is actually what it sounds like, a group of programs that are (usually) related. Normally, it’s one main program, an uninstall program, and maybe a utility or two.

When you hit Start>AllPrograms, all those little icons you see are program groups. Depending on the version of Windows you’re running they might have… Continue reading

Quiet your modem

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Shut Up and Dial!

The “regular” way to get rid of excess modem noise is to go to the Control Panel , open the Modems icon, click your modem, then the Properties button, and turn the volume down from there.

Well, I ran that tip in the past and it always seems that there are people out there who it doesn’t work for. So, I did some digging and came… Continue reading

Understanding Kilobytes, megabytes, etc

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004


What’s with all the sizes I see? Kilobytes, megabytes, etc?

File sizes tend to be one of the more perplexing issues for both the fledgling and intermediate computer user. So, we’ve put together a breakdown of the various file size “units” you may encounter.

Bit – The smallest unit in computing. It can have a value of 1 or 0. You’d… Continue reading

Find out what your Windows Hotfixes do

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Find out what your Windows Hotfixes do

Every now and then my Windows XP automatically updates. Usually these are to plug holes in the system (as you know, Windows XP is a work in progress). But what exactly do all those hotfixes do? Well, I discovered a way to find out.

First, you need to go to your Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs. Next, scroll down toward the… Continue reading

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