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Better searching in Windows XP

Posted 11-14-2007 at 03:41 PM by JDArt

Windows XP and earlier versions do not have the Instant Search feature found in Vista. Instead, XP users must initiate a search by using the Search option in the Start menu or by pressing the Windows key and tapping the latter F (for "Find"). Searches take much longer this way than they do in Vista, and you must specify whether you're searching for file names or for contents within one or more files.

But Microsoft has made available its Windows Desktop Search (WDS) (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro.../desktopsearch)...
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Banish the Vista Start menu

Posted 10-10-2007 at 05:52 PM by JDArt

The Vista Start menu offers plenty of nifty features, including an integrated Search box that takes you quickly to what you're looking for. But it's also significantly different from XP's Start menu. If the differences result in your being less productive rather than more, you can switch back to a Start menu that looks very much like XP's.

Right-click Vista's Start orb, and select Properties from the resulting pop-up menu. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box will appear,...
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Keep your PC cool

Posted 09-22-2007 at 06:56 PM by JDArt

Computers hate heat. Too much heat can cause hard drives to fail prematurely and entire systems to become slower and less stable. A hot day combined with inadequate or malfunctioning cooling inside a PC can, in fact, spell the end of a computer altogether.

But there are steps you can take to keep your PC cool enough in the summertime. By paying attention to how much heat stress your PC may be under, you'll not only extend its lifespan but enjoy more trouble-free computing during the...
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Search engines with a twist

Posted 09-22-2007 at 09:41 AM by JDArt

In the beginning, there was the search engine. You typed in a search term, clicked Search, and were presented with tens of thousands of links. It was good.

But not good enough. No one has time to look through tens of thousands of links. So search engines have been scrambling to provide innovations that get you information faster, more precisely, and more enjoyably than ever before. Some are succeeding, and some are just innovating, coming up with new twists on search technology that,...
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Getting into iPod

Posted 09-22-2007 at 07:51 AM by JDArt

Thanks to Apple's effective marketing campaigns, the term iPod has almost become generic for "mp3 player." But actually buying an iPod is not so easy. I've drawn up some answers to frequently asked questions I've received about iPods today. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Q: What's the difference between the various iPods on the market now?

A: There are now so many variations of the iPod that even after serious study, you'd be hard-pressed to name all the differences. There's...
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Spyware: the worst offenders

Posted 09-22-2007 at 07:21 AM by JDArt

Spyware is everywhere these days, and many people don't even know that they have it on their computers. That's because the most widespread spyware - and in some cases the most pernicious - can integrate its way into your PC in subtle ways that you may not be aware of.

But if you know what to look for, you can identify some of the most common types of spyware and know how to get rid of it. Two of the most common types of spyware around today - ISTbar and KaZaA - have also been identified...
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Q&A on S.M.A.R.T hard drive technology

Posted 09-22-2007 at 07:20 AM by JDArt

In the past, there was no way to know when a hard drive would fail. Now, however, many drives are outfitted with a technology known as S.M.A.R.T, yet few people know what S.M.A.R.T is, how it works, or what to do when they receive a S.M.A.R.T message. Here are answers to some common questions about S.M.A.R.T.

Q: What is S.M.A.R.T?

A: S.M.A.R.T is an acronym for "self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology." It's essentially an early-warning system built in to many...
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Use it or lose it: Keeping your inkjet photo printer happy

Posted 09-22-2007 at 07:18 AM by JDArt

Inkjet photo printers can last for years - or they can cause trouble within months of purchase. When there's trouble, a defective part can sometimes be the culprit. Just as often, though, problems arise because the printers are not maintained properly. As much as we'd all like to set our printers up and forget about them, inkjets are finicky, so knowledge of just how to care for them can go a long way toward helping your printer give you years of beautiful prints.

--- Use it weekly....
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