Daily Archives: February 21, 2008

Make XP look like Vista

Want Vista’s cool looks but prefer XP’s zippier performance and better software compatibility? Then follow these tips to make XP look like Vista.

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Never reinstall Windows again, part 2

Do you really need to partition your hard drive or is it an outdated and unnecessary procedure? This may seem like a strange question to ask in this, the last part of a series on how to partition and image your hard drive.

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Understanding codecs

This article was prepared by Joe Bennett, the volunteer editor in charge of the “Best Free Windows Media Player” category at the techsupportalert.com website.

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Some light stuff for techies

If all this technical stuff is getting you down then visit these two sites for a re-charge.

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Make sure you remove old versions of Adobe Flash

Make Sure You Remove Old Versions of Adobe Flash
If you run Secunia Software Inspector you may find that it alerts you to older, bug-ridden versions of Adobe Flash on your PC even if you have the latest version of Flash installed. That’s because old versions are not routinely uninstalled when you install the latest Flash version. Adobe says this is because of compatibility issues. This may well be so, but it’s also a security risk, so I suggest you uninstall this junk and live with any incompatibility problems. You can’t uninstall the old Flash versions from the Windows Control Panel Add/Remove programs applet, but you can use a special uninstaller [1] available from the Adobe Macromedia website. Many thanks to Cnet blogger Michael Horowitz who told me about this problem. You can read Michael’s own blog entry on Flash problems here [2] and again here [3].
[1] http://www.macromedia.com/go/14157
[2] http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13554_1-9837179-33.html
[3] http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13554_1-9837353-33.html

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New software flaws: More than 80% of PCs affected

Security firm Secunia has reported in its company blog that new flaws have been identified in Adobe Reader 8.x, Apple QuickTime 7.x, Sun Java 1.5.x and Skype 3.x. In total, one or more of these products can be found on 81% of all computers. In each case the software vendors have released new versions that fix the identified problems.

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Firefox updated to version 2.0.0.12

A new version of Firefox has been released [1] that fixes a number of security problems and offers stability improvements. In total 10 flaws were patched, three of which were rated “Critical.”

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Neat way to search Web pages with Firefox

I discovered this neat webpage searching feature in Firefox. Go to Tools/Options/Advanced and check the box next to “Search for text when I start typing” Now you can find a word or phrase in a webpage just by typing it rather than first having to type Ctrl F to start up the search feature.

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How to make Vista run faster

If you’ve been disappointed with the performance of your new Vista PC here’s some good news. “Briard:, one of the most prolific of contributors to this newsletter has put together a detailed guide showing how you can speed-up Vista.

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Free disposable phone numbers

In past issues I have listed several websites offering temporary throw-away email addresses but thanks to subscriber Noel Glucksman I can now recommend this site [1] that offers disposable phone numbers.

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