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Retrieve Your Wireless Network Security Key in Windows 7

by File in: Featured Posts, How-To

Have you experienced a situation where you have to add a computer to your wireless network and you can’t find the network security key? Windows 7, like previous versions of Windows, remembers (with your permission) the network security key when you first connect to a secured wireless (Wi-Fi) network protected by WEP, WPA, or WPA2. […]

Easily Change the New Ubuntu Oneiric Login Screen Background

by File in: Featured Posts, Linux Tips

There have been many changes made to the last couple of Ubuntu releases.  Among them is that LightDM is now the new login manager.  While the login screen is pretty nice, many users might want a way to customize it with their own wallpaper.  Thanks to Claudio Novais, a new utility, called Simple LightDM Manager, […]

Troubleshoot Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Installation

by File in: Featured Posts, Windows 7

The latest service pack for Windows 7 is SP1, which was released a while back. Service Pack 2 will be coming sometime next year, but in the meantime, you might run into some issues installing SP1 on your system. Personally, the first time I updated my Windows 7 machine to SP1, it worked just fine. […]

Windows Does Not Recognize your CD/DVD Drive?

by File in: Featured Posts, Help Desk

I recently ran into a problem where my DVD drive on Windows 7 was missing from the list of devices in My Computer. It was there earlier, but simply disappeared! After doing some research, I found a couple of solutions that worked. Unfortunately, the solutions are different depending on which OS you are running: XP, […]

Optimize Windows 7 Startup and Boot Time

by File in: Featured Posts, Windows 7

I have found that Windows 7 runs fairly faster than Windows XP and Windows Vista right out of the box. The footprint has definitely been lessened and it doesn’t feel as bloated as Vista did. However, as with any operating system, you can tweak or change the software and hardware to truly maximize performance. With […]

Fix Internet Explorer 9 Issues

by File in: Featured Posts, Help Desk

With every new edition of Internet Explorer, there are always a new set of problems that one must contend with! IE 9 is a good step forward in that it supports many standards and will make designing web pages much easier, but it does have a few technical problems. Sometimes it’s slow, sometimes flash crashes, […]

5 Free Programs to Completely Wipe a Hard Drive

by File in: Featured Posts, Reviews, Tools Review

Looking to sell an old computer and want to wipe the hard drive clean before you sell it? Whatever your reason may be, there are lots of programs out there that can help you to not only erase the data on a hard drive, but erase it in such a way that it can never […]

Top 10 Virus Protection Software

by File in: Featured Posts, Reviews, Tools Review

Everyone is always looking for a good anti-virus program these days with all the malicious software floating around in our email, websites, etc. You’ve probably read hundreds of “Best Anti-Virus” posts in your life, but in this post I’ll try to give you a little more meat to why you should pick one anti-virus program […]

Hide Sensitive Folders In Plain Sight With Disguise Folders

by File in: Featured Posts, Windows 7

Most of us have at least a few sensitive documents stored on our computers.  Sometimes these are financial documents (bank statements, credit card balances, investment portfolio information), while other times we simply have files and documents we wish to keep away from prying eyes of family and friends.  These files can be hidden by way […]

Use Mac OS Dashboard Widgets on Your Windows or Linux Desktop

by File in: Featured Posts, How-To

Gadgets were introduced in Windows Vista and continued to be available in Windows 7. They allow you to view various kinds of information from the latest news updates to the phases of the moon and use some helpful utilities all on the desktop. We have previously written about a program that allows you to use […]