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  1. Thanks for the information. I haven't yet played...

    Thanks for the information. I haven't yet played with Windows speech recognition so the macro you included looks a bit complicated. I need to have a go with the basics of WSR then maybe i can ask...
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    My GF's PC is also an older Core2Duo Socket 775...

    My GF's PC is also an older Core2Duo Socket 775 from around 2007 that was running too warm. i added a front air intake fan and installed SpeedFan, then set both front and rear fans to run at 50% as...
  3. Voice recognition for selecting music tracks to play on Windows?

    Hi, everyone. Reading another thread here about using Windows 7 speech recognition it occurred to me how convenient it would be to choose what music to play from our ripped-to-pc music collection...
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    Check out PriceBlink extension for Chrome. At...

    Check out PriceBlink extension for Chrome. At home we use it to keep up with the lowest price for tech items. Example: you go to look at an SSD at Newegg.com. A couple of seconds after the web page...
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    Well, guys, that page says the product costs $199...

    Well, guys, that page says the product costs $199 which is incorrect. Try this page instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA29P1EC5222&cm_re=SAMSUNG_840_EVO-_-20-147-248-_-Product
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    As far as i know, any external hard drive with a...

    As far as i know, any external hard drive with a USB connector should work just fine when connected to a router's USB port. And, it gives any computer on your LAN (home network) access to data stored...
  7. Try uninstalling IE 11. Then run CCleaner. Then...

    Try uninstalling IE 11. Then run CCleaner. Then install IE11 afresh.
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    Windows 8.1 Help and Support files on your new...

    Windows 8.1 Help and Support files on your new computer contain some tips on navigating your way in 8.1. Also Microsoft has 8 or 8.1 free tutorials online. Just do a search for Windows 8.1 tutorial...
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    Benn using Slim PDF for about a year. Very small...

    Benn using Slim PDF for about a year. Very small install with no frills. Just opens PDFs so you can read them!
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    Here's a different suggestion. Use Chrome browser...

    Here's a different suggestion. Use Chrome browser and get the extension (i.e. browser add-on) called Awesome Screenshot. This extension allows you to capture an "entire webpage", no matter how long...
  11. Irfanview's "Resampling" feature is a good way to...

    Irfanview's "Resampling" feature is a good way to enlarge photos, offering better quality than "Resizing". And, you can enlarge (or shrink) by choosing a percentage change (%) in size, or type in the...
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    There are some very helpful video tutorials on...

    There are some very helpful video tutorials on Youtube and elsewhere that show how to easily (and carefully) remove the cpu's heatsink/fan and how to apply fresh thermal compound. Do a Google search...
  13. Yup, AVAST Free is pretty good. They have more...

    Yup, AVAST Free is pretty good. They have more little popup messages these days urging us to upgrade, but you can minimise the annoyance. Somewhere in AVAST's settings there's a window where you can...
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    One possibility is that your Cisco Linksys E4200...

    One possibility is that your Cisco Linksys E4200 router has a component or two inside which is periodically overheating, thus causing a loss of internet until those components cool down a little...
  15. EaseUS ToDo Free version is the one we've been...

    EaseUS ToDo Free version is the one we've been using for several years on our laptops and PCs. It does a great job and it's very easy to use with its step-by-step wizard. We also use Windows built-in...
  16. Yes, encrypting before erasing is an excellent...

    Yes, encrypting before erasing is an excellent idea and, depending on the amount of data involved and cpu power, encrypting may be much quicker than doing multiple over-writes of the data.

    Really...
  17. You can overwrite free space on an SSD using the...

    You can overwrite free space on an SSD using the 1-pass method of CCleaner or other "eraser" programs. The truly secure way is to use "Secure Erase" command which wipes all data on an SSD in about 2...
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    At home we use Google Chrome browser. The most...

    At home we use Google Chrome browser. The most popular free "extension" is called AdBlock and it's very effective. (Sometimes you may be on a webpage where you want to allow a popup, and it allows...
  19. zimmerlip said: "Loading Photoshop requires one...

    zimmerlip said:
    "Loading Photoshop requires one to sit there for almost a minute reading the names from the Adobe phone book while one's computer thinks about whether or not to let you use it."
    ...
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    Ah, now I get it. Unfortunately I did get the...

    Mmm, time to restore from a System Image backup .... or do a fresh install!
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    That's exactly my point. REVO and other...

    That's exactly my point. REVO and other uninstallers basically let you run the regular uninstall routine after which you click on a button to have REVO search for leftovers.
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    "Disaster?? What disaster?" Well, golly, at...

    "Disaster?? What disaster?"

    Well, golly, at home we've been using Windows since Win 98 came out (and my GF even had Win 95). Each new incarnation brought some changes but we could always find our...
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    "The Revo issue I had was that it did not...

    "The Revo issue I had was that it did not completely remove a program; it left a lot of files behind. It was an antivirus program so ended up just using the A/V's uninstall program which worked."
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    If the fans become noisy why not just replace...

    If the fans become noisy why not just replace them? You can buy 80mm, 92mm, and 120mm fans at Newegg for around $5 each or a box of four Coolermaster or other brand fans for $10 - $15. Ignoring the...
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    One unpleasant possibility is that your hard...

    One unpleasant possibility is that your hard drive has developed some "bad sectors" which are causing corruption of your Restore points. If so, you'll need a new hard drive soon. Or, as another...
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