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Find Installed Hardware & Software Without Opening Your PC

Sometimes, unplugging everything from your PC and opening it up just to find out what the model of the motherboard or PCI card is turns out to be a real pain.  There are a few utilities out there that you can simply run and they will tell you what hardware and software live in your…Read More »

Navigating Windows Explorer By Keyboard

Many people like navigating by keyboard.  It can sometimes be faster and more efficient then using a mouse once you get the hang of it.  Here’s two useful shortcuts that may help in that regard To open up Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer), simply hold the Windows key and press E.  No matter where you…Read More »

Forget Adobe Reader, View PDFs Online

Some have found Adobe Reader to be annoying, bloated, and just a plain pain in the rear.  There are alternatives like FoxIt, but if you want to abolish PDF readers all together and still be able to look at the occasional PDF, here’s a nifty service called Google Docs Viewer (PDFMeNot.com is no longer a…Read More »

Open PDFs Outside of Your Browser

One annoying thing with PDFs and PDF Readers is that when you click on a link to a PDF, it opens in a browser window, rather than its own PDF Reader window. In Opera, go to Tools > Preferences and the “Advanced” tab.  Select “Downloads” on the left site.  On the list of MIME types,…Read More »

Put IE7′s Menu Bar On Top

One of the most common annoyances early on with IE7 was that the File Menu wasn’t on top like usual with most Windows applications.  Here’s a quick registry tweak to move it to the top of the window where you would expect to find it. Go to Start > Run and type regedit. Navigate to…Read More »

Disable Outlook 2003 Connectivity Balloon Error Messages

Outlook 2003 automatically displays error messages from the system tray when connectivity issues are detected.  Unfortunately, when using mail servers off-site, these balloon tip error messages tend to appear excessively, even when there are actually no problems, proving them to be more of an annoyance than anything else. You can stop these messages with a…Read More »

Use a Domain Name Instead of Your IP Address For Remote Access

Having to remember your home IP address, especially when it changes from time to time, is rather handy, especially if you tend to use VNC, SSH, Remote Access, or any number of other things to access your home computer/network.  Here’s how to do it: Register for an account at http://dyndns.com.  This is a dynamic DNS…Read More »

Find Open Source & Freeware Software Alternatives

Have you ever tried locating an open source software alternative for a common commercial package?  Two quick and easy references, http://osalt.com and http://alternativeto.net, have listings of commercial products and viable freeware or open source alternatives for those products. For instance, if you’re looking for an alternative to Photoshop, you can see a list of open…Read More »

Rearrange Apps on the Taskbar

Some people prefer to keep certain applications open in a certain order on a taskbar.  Here’s an easy way to keep them positioned; or rather, shuffle their position on the taskbar Taskbar Shuffle This handy app works on Windows 2000, XP and Vista. (Originally published on pcmech.com)