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Reboot your computer automatically each night

Posted 09-20-2011 at 07:21 PM by JDArt

Windows comes with a little-known application called Shutdown.exe. You can use it in conjunction with Windows’ built-in scheduler either to shut down or restart your PC at any specified time.

To set this up, open the Start menu, type “scheduled tasks” and click the first entry that appears. Or, if you’re using Windows XP, open the Control Panel and double-click the Scheduled Tasks icon. Once the task scheduler starts, add a new task. When, in the course of adding the task, you are asked...
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An error occurred communicating with netflix (tivo)

Posted 05-14-2011 at 05:12 PM by JDArt

If you have this problem, here's how to fix it:

1. Log on to Netflix and deactivate your Tivo from the play instantly section.

2. Deactivate your Netflix service via the TiVo menu.

3. Reboot the TiVo.

4. Reactivate Netflix in Tivo by going into the Video On Demand menu and following the instructions to get a new activation key.

Now everything should work again.
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Google tricks

Posted 12-29-2010 at 06:29 PM by JDArt

Did you know that the Google search box can be used for much more than searching? You can also use it as a calculator, for instance. Type 5*14, for example, to see how Google returns an answer instantaneously. The search box can also act as a currency conversion tool. Type "50 dollars in euros" and watch what happens. Need the local weather? Type "weather in," followed by your city. A five-day forecast should appear in no time.
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Speed up Windows startup

Posted 07-11-2010 at 04:31 PM by JDArt

You can speed up the time it take Windows to start by controlling which applications load at startup. Hold down the Windows key and tap the letter "R" to open the Run dialog box. Type "msconfig," without the quotation marks, and press Enter. In the resulting System Configuration dialog box, click the Startup tab, and uncheck any application you can do without.
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Save to PNG for Web

Posted 06-28-2010 at 07:26 PM by JDArt

When saving graphics destined for the web, consider using the PNG format. Short for “portable network graphics,” PNG files are compressed to save space and transfer quickly over the internet. But they also use a compression format designed to preserve the quality of images more than other formats commonly used on the web. Most graphics applications today can save files in the PNG format. Check the File Type option when saving.
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Word 2010 doesn't remember views between sessions

Posted 05-15-2010 at 02:48 PM by JDArt

Switch to "normal" view, close the app, restart. Word 2010 restarts in page layout view. How to fix?
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Normal layout Word 2010

Posted 05-15-2010 at 02:29 PM by JDArt

Anyone know how to get "wrap to window" to work in normal layout view in Word 2010?
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Remove Corel WordPerfect X4 splash screen

Posted 05-15-2010 at 01:52 PM by JDArt

Anyone know how to do this?
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Google Desktop crashes Outlook

Posted 05-15-2010 at 12:03 PM by JDArt

Confirmed on my system. Google installs an email search in outlook 2003, and the result is crashes when downloading mail.

Uninstalled Google desktop, all is well.
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Your favorite computer case

Posted 05-15-2010 at 11:20 AM by JDArt

For those of you who put together your own computers, what are your favorite cases?

I've use Antec and Corsair (the Obsidian is a beast, nicely engineered but with a hard drive rack that can amplify vibrations and noise). But my overall favorite case has to be P180/P182/now P183. In terms of noise control and consruction, the Antecs are the best from my experience.
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