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Field guide to Windows XP SP3 via LifeHacker.com May 7, 2008

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As long as we’re at it, here’s what you can expect to find in SP3

Windows XP SP3: Field Guide to Windows XP SP3


XP SP3 download via AskTheAdmin.com May 7, 2008

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How long was it after Windows XP SP 2 came out before you were ACTUALLY able to download it?

Get the REAL XP SP3 download before the rush! ~ Ask The Admin

Proceed at your own risk!

Feature: Free Ways to Synchronize Folders Between Computers March 26, 2008

Posted by brandon in file sharing, freeware, sync, utilities, Windows.
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Here’s a great article from LifeHacker. I’ve used FolderShare and SyncToy with great success in the past. Generally, use FolderShare if you need to sync over the internet or SyncToy if it’s local.

Feature: Free Ways to Synchronize Folders Between Computers

digsby February 22, 2008

Posted by brandon in freeware, instant messaging, productivity, software, Windows.
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digsby logodigsby is a new multiprotocol client for im, email, and social networks. it’s amazingly customizable and will synchronize all your personalizations between computers (e.g. home, office, laptop).

it’s currently in beta (you can use the beta code AskTheAdmin) if you want to play with it.

i’ve been using it for about a week now, and I think this is a winner (i was a big fan of Pidgin up til now).

oh, and it’s really cute.


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Lifehacker asks… What’s the difference between putting your PC in Hibernate or Standby mode? October 17, 2007

Posted by brandon in Tips and Tricks, Windows.
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hibernate.pngBasically, Standby recovers quickly since your data is stored in memory. Your computer is still on (although in low power mode).

Hibernate takes longer to restart since your computer is powered off and your data is saved to your hard drive.

Read the full article here…

Windows Tip: Hibernate vs. Standby

Looking for a keyboard shorcut? October 1, 2007

Posted by brandon in linux, mac, productivity, Windows.
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KeyXL Keyboard Shortcuts Keyxl.com is the largest online database of keyboard shortcuts in the world.
Our keyboard shortcut database is searchable by software program and covers all the major operating environments including Windows, Macintosh, Linux and browser-based applications.

KeyXL Keyboard Shortcuts

Cool disk defragmenter August 1, 2007

Posted by brandon in freeware, Tips and Tricks, Windows.
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Windows only: Freeware application JkDefrag GUI is an advanced hard
drive defrag application that provides a graphical user interface for
the open source JkDefrag command line defrag tool. JkDefrag puts the
standard Windows defragger to shame with scheduled defrags, file
optimization, and options to include/exclude directories. On the fun
end of the spectrum, JkDefrag GUI has an installable screensaver tool
that automatically turns on and visualizes your defrag when your
computer is idle and hasn’t been defragged for a user-defined amount of
time. In all, JkDefrag GUI is the coolest Windows defrag app I’ve ever
seen, and best of all, it’s totally free.


Do you use the Windows key? June 12, 2007

Posted by brandon in productivity, Tips and Tricks, Windows.
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here’s a video that shows you some of the uses… i don’t take credit for the video or the annoying sound effects.

WordPress wouldn’t let me embed the video, click the link to bring it up.

8 Uses For The “Windows” Key On Your Keyboard. Quite Useful – video powered by Metacafe

lifehacker rounds up excel tips & tricks February 24, 2007

Posted by brandon in microsoft, productivity, Tips and Tricks, Windows.
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Excel tips and tricks roundup – Lifehacker

update your pc for the new daylight savings time… February 24, 2007

Posted by brandon in microsoft, Tips and Tricks, Windows.
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Daylight Saving Time Help and Support Center

Beginning in 2007, daylight saving time (DST) will be extended in the United States. DST will start on March 11, 2007, which is three weeks earlier than usual, and it will end on November 4, 2007, which is one week later than usual. This results in a new DST period that is four weeks longer than in previous years. Unless certain updates are applied to your computer, the time zone settings for your computer’s system clock may be incorrect during this four-week period. In particular, you must make sure that both your Windows operating system and your calendar programs are updated.