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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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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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Never Too Late For “System Setup Secrets!”

Reader "Skwall" has a
not-so-new system, so he wondered if it was too late to benefit from the current
"System Setup Secret" article ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/03.htm
):

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WinME? NotME!

I spent the better part of this past
month deep in the guts of WinME— and I gotta tell you, it wasn’t pretty. 8-)

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Psst! Wanna Peek At Your Online Future?

The "Next Generation
Internet" project has been perking along for about 6 years now, and has
generated some very interesting— though largely unknown-to-the-public—
applications and spin offs. 
Some of the most splashy and
spectacular examples of applied NGI technology are scattered around various U.S.
government sites. 

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