104 Performance Tips for Windows XP

20 02 2007
Windows Interface Tips (1-20)

  1. Increase the amount of ‘frequently used programs’ displayed on the start menu
  2. Remove the ‘frequently used programs’ list from the start menu
  3. Stop the automatic grouping of taskbar programs
  4. Close multiple desktop windows fast
  5. Add some useful commands to the right-click menu
  6. Add more destinations to the right-click menu’s ‘send to’ command
  7. Changing the number of open programs required to ‘group’ on the taskbar
  8. Reduce menu delay to speed up the windows desktop
  9. Show control panel as a menu
  10. Change the default installation directory
  11. Associate and un-associate applications from certain file types.
  12. Make your mouse more responsive
  13. Increase PS/2 mouse performance
  14. Relocate your ‘my documents’ folder
  15. Get a better ALT+TAB application switcher
  16. Add a command prompt option to the Windows Explorer right click menu
  17. Stop ‘focus stealing’ by background applications and pop-ups
  18. Add the admin tools to the start menu
  19. Closing multiple taskbar items at once
  20. Using ‘groups’ in Windows explore

Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips (21-46)

  1. Quickly un-format web text with notepad.
  2. Uncover **** passwords
  3. Disable the annoying ‘click’ sound in Internet Explorer.
  4. Use VGA mode to troubleshoot monitor refresh rate problems
  5. Make your files available offline
  6. Rollback device drivers in case of error
  7. Avoid having to re-activate Windows XP after reinstallation
  8. View PowerPoint documents without PowerPoint
  9. Control Clear type Text with free tool
  10. Mouse problem? Use MouseKeys
  11. Recovering deleted files
  12. Install the backup utility in XP Home
  13. Schedule automatic data backups
  14. Place your Internet favourites on your start menu
  15. Restore your essential data
  16. Enhance the Windows calculator
  17. Disabling startup password
  18. Remove orphaned software applications from add/remove programs
  19. Troubleshooting shutdown issues
  20. Alter your windows user name
  21. Adding ‘safe mode’ to the boot menu
  22. Use XP file compression to save space
  23. How to check if you have a DVD decoder installed in your system
  24. Learn to love XP safe mode
  25. Use the program compatibility toolkit
  26. Use the system restore utility from ‘safe mode command prompt.’

Computer Security Tips (47-54)

  1. Configure the SP 2 firewall
  2. Prevent computer users from logging on to Windows at certain times.
  3. Encrypt your important files (XP Professional only)
  4. Scan your computer for vulnerability with Microsoft’s free security scanner
  5. Disable USB storage device writing (Service Pack 2 only)
  6. Prevent browser hijackers and spyware in SP2 Internet Explorer
  7. Test your PCs security with online security probes
  8. Disable annoying startup programs
WindowsXP Shortcut Tips (55 – 63)

  1. Fun with shortcuts 1: shortcuts to email
  2. Fun with shortcuts 2: shortcuts to web sites
  3. Fun with shortcuts 3: shortcuts to Windows control panels and utilities
  4. Fun with shortcuts 4: create a shortcut to shutdown or restart your PC
  5. Fun with shortcuts 5: Create a shortcut to lock your PC
  6. Fun with shortcuts 6: Create a shortcut to ‘run’ on your desktop
  7. Fun with shortcuts 7: Create a shortcut to command prompt on your desktop
  8. Fun with shortcuts 8: Create keyboard shortcuts for applications and folders
  9. Shortcuts to important control windows with the run command

Disk and Storage Management Tips (64 – 67)

  1. Stupid disk tricks for XP part 1: dynamic disks
  2. Stupid disk tricks for XP part 2: mounting partitions to directories
  3. Stupid disk tricks for XP part 3: creating software RAID 0
  4. Stupid Disk tricks for XP part 4: Extending and spanning volumes

Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments (68 – 90)

  1. Create a portable version of Windows XP
  2. Create alarms and reminders with Windows XP’s scheduling service
  3. Perform a ‘hands off’ Windows XP installation.
  4. Experiment with ‘virtual’ computing
  5. Show how long your system has been running with SYSTEMINFO
  6. Use MSN messenger’s ‘whiteboard’ feature
  7. Use MSN Messenger’s Shared applications feature
  8. Collect system data with the performance monitor wizard
  9. Use a free, full featured office suite
  10. Create a Windows XP bootable CD with Service pack 2 built-in
  11. Edit local computer settings with GPEDIT (XP Professional only)
  12. Reduce the size of your recycle bin
  13. Make sure of your location on the Internet
  14. Arrange the ‘all programs’ list alphabetically
  15. Force ‘my computer’ and other folders to open in Windows explorer automatically
  16. Boost foreground applications
  17. Place the volume control on the taskbar
  18. Experiment with Linux without installing software
  19. Use Virtual desktops in Windows XP
  20. Capture screenshots in Windows XP
  21. Create an easy HTML picture slide show for your website
  22. Import pictures from a digital camera
  23. Prevent XP from shutting down normally

Networking and Internet Tips ( 91- 104)

  1. Access your PC from any system over the Internet (Professional only)
  2. Speed up network browsing in Windows XP
  3. Get the most out of your wireless network
  4. Benchmark your wireless connection
  5. Fixing the ‘guest only’ network access problem
  6. Hiding your computer from other systems in the same network
  7. Share Multiple Folders quickly in Windows XP
  8. Change Web page font size automatically
  9. Open web pages in a new window quickly
  10. Don’t have anti-virus software? Check your PC for viruses online
  11. Save web pages for offline viewing
  12. Easier searches and popup suppression with the Google toolbar
  13. Address shortcut for Internet Explorer
  14. Remove Microsoft Java VM and install Sun Java

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Firefox: Speed it up! 30x!

20 02 2007

Here’s something for broadband people that will really speed Firefox up:

1.Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

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World Shutdown Day!

20 02 2007

 

  It is obvious that people would find life extremely difficult without computers, maybe even impossible. If they disappeared for just one day, would we be able to cope? Read the rest of this entry »




Wikipedia breaks into U.S. Top 10 Sites

19 02 2007

Wikimedia Foundation Inc.’s popular

Wikipedia

online encyclopedia cracked the top ten list of most popular Web sites in the U.S. for the first time in January, according to comScore Networks Inc.
Wikipedia sites ranked ninth with 42.9 million unique visitors last month, ahead of the sites from The New York Times (number 10), Apple Inc. (number 11) and Viacom International Inc. (number 12), comScore reported Thursday.

Wikipedia, which already ranked in the top ten list of most popular Web sites globally, has been quickly gaining popularity in the U.S., where its parent company, the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, is based.

In January of last year, Wikipedia sites ranked in the 33rd spot with 18.3 million unique visitors. By July, it had climbed to the 18th spot on the list with 28.1 million unique visitors, and in November it ranked 12th with 39.1 million unique visitors, according to comScore.

In doing its tally for Wikipedia, comScore also counts visits to other Wikimedia sites, like Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks and Wikinews, but most of the traffic comes from the Wikipedia encyclopedias, a comScore spokesman said.

Wikipedia started in January 2001 with its English-language site, which currently has more than 1.6 million articles. The Wikipedia project has since grown significantly and has more than 5 million articles in more than 200 languages, according to WikiMedia. Access to Wikipedia is free. Volunteers contribute the encyclopedia’s content, which can be edited by anyone accessing the sites.

Globally, Wikipedia sites ranked sixth in December with almost 165 million unique visitors, according to comScore.

source:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070217/tc_pcworld/129135





Folding Paper in Half 12 Times: The Impossible Challenge Solved!

19 02 2007

Folding Paper in Half 12 Times:
The story of an impossible challenge solved at the Historical Society office


Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.

Through the Looking Glass by L. Carroll


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Top 10 Reasons Why Movie Downloads Suck

9 02 2007

 from : GIZMODO

Movie downloads suck. There are lots of reasons why they haven’t caught on yet, and we have the Top 10 of them here. Sure, everyone’s talking about movie downloads, but in reality hardly anyone is doing anything about them.

The idea of having a limitless selection of every movie ever filmed is compelling, but it’s rife with so many gotchas that the majority of movie fans are staying away in droves. To put it into perspective, Ben Fritz at Variety offers a sobering stat: the total number of movies sold as downloads is less than the first day’s sales of the DVD of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. That really does suck, doesn’t it?

Here are the Top 10 reasons why the idea of digital downloads of movies hasn’t gained much traction yet:
1. Pricing: Apple’s iTunes store charges $14.99 for a new release and $9.99 for an older movie, and Wal-Mart is expected to come close to matching that except for brand-new releases for which it will charge $19.88. That’s comparable to the price of a DVD, but with that you get a disc you can hold in your hand, cover art, a tangible item. Plus, that price is a whole lot more than you’d pay to rent a movie at Blockbuster or have one delivered to your mailbox from Netflix.

2. Meager selection of movies: although Wal-Mart promises movie downloads from the “big six” studios (Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Universal), it still won’t be able to match the vast collection of an ordinary video store, at least not for a while. And the iTunes store’s selection of films is so slim, it’s just pathetic.

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Water Polygons and Polyhedra!

9 02 2007

FLUID POLYGONS AND POLYHEDRA

Figure 1. Figure 2. Figure 3. Read the rest of this entry »