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  1. BTW, wood is not a conductor. In the rain, the...

    BTW, wood is not a conductor. In the rain, the water that soaks into (or coats) the wood conducts the electricity. In a live tree, the (water in the) sap conducts the electricity. Take a look some...
  2. Let's simplify a little, shall we?

    If you're looking for "what should I do to keep my network as safe and as fast as possible", here's a relatively simple and not-hard-to-understand approach. It's what I do with my not-so-great ISP...
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    Even football has a 10-yard penalty for piling on.

    As I understand it, from the frequently-contradictory information dribbling out about this, MS isn't doing anything worse than what anyone else in Silly-Con Valley is doing.

    I mean, seriously:...
  4. I use the NirSoft OpenedFilesView utilty to tell...

    I use the NirSoft OpenedFilesView utilty to tell me which program has a file open. It works most of the time.

    Also, I often find that I cannot unmount a flash drive or USB hard drive, and if I...
  5. As long as we're stabbing in the dark, here's a...

    As long as we're stabbing in the dark, here's a thought:

    I have noticed that XP (which I still use the most) will keep a "deleted" file around, as long as there is some program that hasn't...
  6. Thunderbird Deletes Trash, But I Told It Not To!

    After a recent update, my friend's Thunderbird was deleting most of the email in her Trash folder as it became >30 days old (but leaving the really old stuff in there). This was a big problem, as...
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