Easily Add Programs to Windows 7 Startup Folders

by File in: Windows 7

Starting with Windows 95, Microsoft made adding programs to the startup folder as easy as navigating to the folder in Windows Explorer and dragging shortcuts or programs directly into it. The startup folder, conveniently shown on the Start Menu, made it easy to see which programs would launch when Windows booted up. However, in Windows […]

Block File Downloads in Internet Explorer

by File in: How-To

Although a somewhat drastic method of protecting your computer, Microsoft makes it possible to disable all downloads in Internet Explorer. There are several situations when disabling downloads in IE provides a temporary or permanent fix to guard your PC against viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other malware. Read on to learn why and how to […]

Back Up a Directory in Linux using a Shell Script

by File in: Linux Tips

There are several options for backing up your data in Linux. You can use some freely available software programs, such as fwbackups and Sbackup. However, there is a simple method of backing up a directory without installing any extra software. We will create a shell script using variables, the tar command and the date command […]

Add Shortcuts to the Right-Click Context Menu in Ubuntu

by File in: Linux Tips

Nautilus is the default file browser for the Gnome environment in Ubuntu. Nautilus Actions is a tool for Nautilus that allows you to add programs to the context, or the right-click menu, in Gnome. This provides the ability to right-click on a file, such as a text file, and select the program with which to […]

Remotely Accessing a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Computer

by File in: Networking

Normally, when multiple people need to have access to a Windows computer in a network, you need to use a server version of Windows (such as 2003) running Terminal Services. However, you need to by licenses from Microsoft to do this. If you only need one person to access a computer remotely at a time, […]

Disable Meta Refresh in Internet Explorer

by File in: How-To

Among the more annoying features of the Internet, the Meta Refresh is an anachronistic relic of the past that seems to persist only as a tool of black hat website owners. Fortunately, Internet Explorer gives you the option to disable meta refreshing as both a security measure and a means to reduce annoying automatic refreshing […]

Connecting Excel to MySQL

by File in: Office Tips

Sure Excel is used for spreadsheets, but did you know you can connect Excel to external data sources? In this article we’re going to discuss how to connect an Excel spreadsheet to a MySQL database table and use the data in the database table to populate our spreadsheet.  There are a few things you need […]

How to Use XP Mode in Windows 7

by File in: Windows 7

So far, Windows 7 has proven itself to be a good overall operating system. It has brought several needed improvements, and even some new technological features. However, Windows 7 can have some problems with backwards compatibility, which is to be expected with any new operating system. Microsoft anticipated this and decided to add XP Mode […]

Blocking Websites Using the Windows Hosts File

by File in: How-To

There are a lot of tools available for blocking ads, removing spyware, and scanning for viruses. Most of this unwanted content comes from known ad servers and known malicious websites. The Windows HOSTS file allows you to block some of this content very easily and for free. However, this is not a complete internet security […]

Share a Printer from XP to Windows 7/8/10

by File in: How-To

One common problem I have run into with clients is trying to share a printer connected to a Windows XP machine with Windows 7/8/10. There are lots of people out there that have USB connected printers attached to one computer, sometimes even a Windows XP machine. If you get a new laptop running Windows 7/8/10, […]