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What is a Program Group?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Q:
What is a “program group”?

A:
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

 

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

A:
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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