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    I'm not sure if I ever saw this on Windows 7 (or...

    I'm not sure if I ever saw this on Windows 7 (or XP), but it happens several times every day on Windows 8.0/8.1. I've seen it on FF 28.0 to current, and maybe a couple of versions earlier than this....
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    Firefox randomly switches windows

    For the past several versions, when I have multiple open Firefox windows, focus will randomly switch to one of the non-active windows.

    I frequently have multiple Firefox windows open, some with...
  3. After service ended: "Updates are ready for your computer"

    I am receiving an "Updates are ready for your computer" notification on my XP PC, but support ended some time ago. The last two updates I installed before support ended performed very valuable...
  4. With RED indicating 'all systems are "Go"', and ...

    With RED indicating 'all systems are "Go"', and
    with RED indicating you haven't downloaded virus signatures for a while, and
    with RED indicating your machine is infected,

    I don't really see the...
  5. I would guess that most of your apps would still...

    I would guess that most of your apps would still run on Win7, but I haven't tried these specific versions.

    What you can do is 'run your desktop inside your laptop'. Download a copy of VirtualBox...
  6. Thread: The day after

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    RS-232? I could wire up null-modem cables in my...

    RS-232? I could wire up null-modem cables in my sleep. Then they came out with those tiny 9-pin connectors!
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    DVD drive won't open.

    Most of the time, I can't open the DVD drive on my new Dell Inspiron laptop, running Windows 8. This happens regardless of whether there is a disk in the drive, or not. If I hit the 'eject' button on...
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    Mysterious Windows Updates

    I got the "Updates are ready for your computer" notification today for a bunch of OLD updates. (KB982524, KB982168, KB2604092, plus 15 more!)
    I got this notification on at least two of my machines...
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    Clonezilla has saved my butt on several...

    Clonezilla has saved my butt on several occasions! The UI is not for the faint-of-heart, but it gets the job done.
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    In the past, anything that required a...

    In the past, anything that required a 'work-around' was typically considered a bug!
  11. I doubt that M$ really cares about the...

    I doubt that M$ really cares about the users/businesses still running XP (except to the extent they will pay for upgrades). But if Microsoft really wanted to put the final nail in XP's coffin, they...
  12. What would it cost to upgrade every PC currently running XP to Windows 7?

    Not a day goes by that we are not reminded that support for XP will end soon. I would like to know just how much it would cost to upgrade every XP machine in the world. Disregard the cost of...
  13. From waaaaaaay out in left field ... If you...

    From waaaaaaay out in left field ...

    If you are a 'tinkerer', here's something else you might try. bbearren mentioned the possibility of a bad SATA-to-USB board. I understand that to mean there is...
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    How full is the disk? If you don't have at least...

    How full is the disk? If you don't have at least 10% free space, Nothing is going to run very well, if at all. You might want to disable 'hibernate', temporarily or permanently, to free up the space...
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    Here is a trick that I sometimes use. In Google's...

    Here is a trick that I sometimes use. In Google's search results, right under each link, (usually in green) is the URL you want. I just select and copy that, and paste it into the address bar in a...
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    An alternative to the search engines mentioned...

    An alternative to the search engines mentioned above, you might want to check out the DoNotTrackMe add-in, depending on the browser you use. www.abine.com/donottrackme/faq/
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    Small consolation, but your wife is not alone....

    Small consolation, but your wife is not alone. I've had the same problem, and have done quite a bit of searching for a solution. Besides just disabling the notification, I have seen a few other...
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    Re: Resource Pig

    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for an excellent article. A year or two ago, I made the switch from AVG to MSE because AVG seemed to be getting very porcine. Looks like it wouldn't have made as much difference as...
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    Re: Ff8 & 9

    I've been noticing some FF wierdness since FF9, maybe FF8, too. My browser will become incredibly slow, and I notice nearly constant disk thrashing. Task manager shows FF using 400+ Meg of memory,...
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    Clonezilla works for me

    I got an external HD about a year ago and have been quite happy with Clonezilla. It is probably not the easiest to learn, but it does what I need it to.
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    What the h3ll is MSE doing?!

    It seems like every time my system bogs down and becomes unresponsive, Task Manager shows MsMpEng sucking up 50% of my CPU.
    I am using Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus on my Pentium 4 PC...
  22. I just found this article at MakeUseOf.com last...

    I just found this article at MakeUseOf.com last week.

    "Replace Windows Explorer With A More Powerful Alternative"

    Hopefully, you will find it useful.
  23. What I'm hearing is that Excel doesn't have the...

    What I'm hearing is that Excel doesn't have the capability of comparing two (unshared) worksheets. Is that correct?

    Could you elaborate on your suggestion? I think I could do something like this...
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