CD or DVD Drive Won’t Eject or Open?

by File in: How-To

In the past, we have written several posts on how to burn DVD’s, how to burn Windows 7/8/10 discs, and even some stuff on Blu-ray discs. However, we have yet to post about one of the most simple things. What to do if you get a CD or DVD stuck in your computer’s optical drive […]

Where is the Sidebar in Windows 7?

by File in: Windows 7

Some people loved it and some people hated it. Wherever you land on that spectrum, Microsoft introduced us to the Sidebar in Windows Vista. However, many users who upgraded to Windows 7 were surprised that the Sidebar was not a part of the Aero Desktop. Learn what happened to the Sidebar in Windows 7 and […]

Windows 7 Version Comparison – Home, Professional, Ultimate

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Trying to decide which version of Windows 7 you should get: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate? It basically depends on your needs and what you are going to be using Windows for. The rank of functionality from highest to lowest of the three Windows versions is: Ultimate – Professional – Home Premium. Here are some […]

Run VirtualBox from a USB Drive

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Running out of hard disk space because of the virtual machines you created for running other operating systems? There is a solution that does not require increasing your internal hard disk space. Previously, we have written about how to How to install Ubuntu in VirtualBox. We have now discovered that VirtualBox is available in a […]

Disable Aero Snap/Snap Assist in Windows 7/8/10

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Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft added Aero Snap, a part of the Aero Desktop experience not found in Windows Vista’s Aero Desktop. With Aero Snap, users can drag any window to the top, left, or right side of the screen to maximize the window in a special way. Dragging a window to the top maximizes […]

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

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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

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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, […]