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John J Lovas Got His Gift Certificate. Want One?

Reader John Lovas just got his
no-strings $30 Gift Certificate for any item at Amazon.Com— books, software,
hardware, kitchenware, toys, and more. He got it by using the
"Recommend" link at

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About The “Universal Disk Format”

A reader ran into some issues
involving "UDF" when he was trying to get his CD drives to work with
DMA.(See http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/02.htm
)

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I Want My NGI

My first online experience was
20-ish years ago with a 300 bps (that’s 0.3 kbps) acoustic modem I’d clamp onto
the ear- and mouthpiece of my phone. It seemed cool and high-tech at the time.
<g>

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Cool, Free Photo/Digital Camera Tools

Ever need to rework a web image or
photo? Have a digital camera, or thinking about getting one? Reader Dave Miller
found a nice site offering some free, high-quality image-processing/retouching
tools:

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Now Available: Updated “CleanAll!”

There’s a new a new version
available of the extremely popular "CleanAll" batch file that can
scrub your hard drive clean of huge quantities of files left behind by other
cleanup tools. 

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R.I.P. SysEdit

By coincidence, two readers wrote in
almost simultaneously about the late, lamented SysEdit tool— a kind of
super-notepad that used a "multiple document inteface" to open five
important Windows files at once for easy, side-by-side scrutiny and editing.
With a click, SysEdit would let you access and edit your Autoexc.bat,
Config.Sys, Win.Ini, System.Ini, and Protocol.Ini files.

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BIOS Updates

The BIOS is the "Basic
Input/Output System" of a PC— it’s one of the very first parts of a PC to
"wake up" when you hit the power switch, and it handles a variety of
extremely low-level functions that must be running before any operating system
can load and run.

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Another TweakUI Trick

We’ve recently discussed a number of
useful functions found in that veritable Swiss Army Knife of free utility
software, TweakUI.  Here’s another:

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Speaking Of Tweakers…

Relatedly (to item #4, above) in a
recent issue’s "Tweaks Times Three, With Two For Free" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-25.htm#2
) we discussed several free and low-cost tweaking tools that— among other
useful tasks— could help to remove "ghost" entries from your
Add/Remove Software list in Control Panel.

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Free Registry Primer, and More

To many Windows users, the Registry is
Terra Incognita, populated with DAT files and Hkeys and patches (oh my!).
Indeed, the Registry is not generally well-explained.
But I was poking around in the
Knowledgebase a few days ago, I came across a decent little primer on the
Registry— defining terms, file names, locations, and such. It’s at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/win98/reg.asp
, and is a good way to begin to understand the Registry, or to refresh your
memory quickly if you’re a little rusty. I don’t know when Microsoft posted this
primer, but it still seems mostly current.

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