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Why does the Windows XP Task Manager icon disappear from the tray?

One of the more annoying bugs in Windows XP is the tendency for the Task Manager icon to not show up in the tray (aka the notification area). Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't, and it's not ...
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Are there applications for generating human-friendly but secure passwords? [closed]

I'm using KeePass for storing my passwords for various sites, because you're more vulnerable than you think if you use the same password on multiple sites (especially if it is short enough to be ...
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Access hulu/youtube outside the USA [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make my IP address appear to be from another country People outside of the USA have a rought time seeing hulu or some youtube videos. What proxies to do you use to see these ...
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Install Windows XP/7 without a CD drive when the BIOS does not support booting from USB devices

I have a computer that has a dead CD drive in it and it seriously needs a new installation of Windows (XP is on it now, but Windows 7 does not sound that bad). At first I tried making a bootable USB ...
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Administrator privileges in Windows Vista

I have administrator privileges in Windows Vista. Even then I have to run few programs as 'Run as Administrator'( by right click menu option) to make them work successfully. For e.g. I am able to ...
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Normal Case Temperature

My case tends to heat to 59.6 C in the summer. Is this too hot? What's an optimal temperature for inside a typical case?
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Internet Explorer 8 keeps crashing while not being used

Since I "upgraded" to MS IE 8, I have this strange behavior that in the middle of doing whatever things (like reading messages on SuperUser.com in Firefox), I suddenly get an error message from IE: ...
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How can I make Windows Paint save by default as JPEG format?

Every time I want to save an image I've pasted into the Paint application, it chooses a BMP/DIB format (which is the worst for saving things from the clipboard). How can I hack Paint into defaulting ...
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FreeBSD 7.0 on Parallels, ran out of space while building ports for Mono

FreeBSD 7.0 on Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac, ran out of space while building I downloaded the VM of FreeBSD 7.0 here: http://www.parallels.com/ptn/download/va/?va_id=227 and updated the ports tree ...
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Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation

Im trying to install Vista business. At the screen where you select what drive/partition you would like to install vista to, I keep getting "Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its ...
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Chrome and O3d not updating

Update: Chrome and o3d are now at latest versions, not sure if they are updating properly though, and can't really check until next release. Whenever chrome or o3d try to update themselves on my ...
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What in the world is ctfmon.exe?

I seem to see "ctfmon.exe" in the running tasks of every Windows PC I've used. I've always called it "capture the flag monitor." What is it really used for, do I need it, and if not, can I safely ...
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Certificate for Terminal Services authentication on Windows Vista

I like to remote into my Vista Ultimate desktop computer when I'm not at home, or am using a laptop in another room. The Remote Desktop Connection utility on domain-joined Windows Vista machines won'...
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Windows version of Mac OS X's display key press widget equivalent?

I'm not an expert at OS X at all, but I saw a screencast one time where the user was on OS X and it showed the keys he was pressing in a little window in the corner. Does an equivalent app exist for ...
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Tool to determine what has locked a file [duplicate]

Every once in a while when I try to remove a file I have been working with, Windows tells me I cannot remove it, because some application is still using it. Sometimes it's just my own stupidity, and ...
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How do I configure Thunderbird to access my Gmail account?

I would like to check/send emails from my desktop using Thunderbird. How do I set it up to pull down my Gmail emails, and send out emails through my Gmail account?
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IMAP on Mail.app, and Gmail questions

I recently setup my gmail account with IMAP on my email account. Unfortunately, I now have a stubborn white folder called [Gmail] that contains all of gmail's folders. I can't get rid of them, or ...
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Why does my iPhone's audio when played over Bluetooth stop when the display turns off? [closed]

I've paired a Bluetooth headset to my iPhone and when I try to listen to music over Bluetooth with the display off, the audio stops when the display goes off, most of the time. Why is this? It makes ...
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How can I span wallpapers over two monitors in Mac OS X?

Is there any way to get a single wide desktop wallpaper to span a dual monitor setup in OS X?
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PC runs very slowly for no apparent reason

I have a Dell Latitude D820 that I've owned for about 2.5 years. It is a Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz, with 2 GB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive and an NVidia Quadro 120M video card. The computer was ...
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1answer
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Laptop battery causes jitter in laptop-response

I've got an older laptop (Acer Aspire 1640) that responds terribly when the battery is actually inserted. The mouse-movement is very jittery, and it seems though the entire system is sluggish too. ...
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What's the fastest way to transfer files between 2 computers? [closed]

Let's say that I have 80Gb of data to transfer from one computer to another. What's the fastest method to transfer that files? Network transfer? DVD Recording? Copying in a pen drive? Removing one HD ...
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Looking for free Mac software to produce DVD's with subtitles [closed]

I have a movie in .avi format and I created the subtitles, now I would like to create a DVD that can be reproduced on a "regular" dvd player. Any idea?
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Quick Search Box doesn't get keyboard focus in Google Desktop

I use Google Desktop as an application launcher. Sometimes Quick Search Box doesn't get keyboard focus. Repro: Start cmd.exe Press Ctrl Ctrl, Quick Search Box will appear. Type blah Observe: blah ...
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Why does my PC sometimes power down when I shock myself on my desk?

I've always been cursed with the ability to develop a static charge very easily. It's never caused problems just sitting at my keyboard before. (I always discharge before I get inside to tinker) My ...
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USB/Sound issues = ground loop?

I've got a few strange symptoms on a machine I built: The machine won't boot (sometimes) with certain USB thumb drives plugged into USB ports; disconnecting the front panel USB/firewire/audio seems ...
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How to run Mac OS X within Windows Virtual PC? [closed]

The short answer is: You Can't. It seems to be a popular question as to whether you can install/run Mac OS X under virtualization within Windows. However, most of the questions really answer the ...
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How can I get OSX Terminal.app to open fullscreen and not cascade?

I prefer to have separate Terminal App windows rather than tabs. If I open a new windows then it always wants to cascade and I can never get it to go fullscreen. Solution?
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Change Cygwin Prompt

The default cygwin prompt of "user@computer path \n $" is too long for me. I would like to keep the path. I want it to become: path $ Is there a config file I can modify to do this?
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Why can't you copy/paste images in excel, but screenshots work?

I'm not sure if this is a global issue with excel, but it's happening on all the computers here (Excel 2002, XP SP2) If you select a cell, and go Ctrl-V when there's a screenshot in the clipboard, ...
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Is there a desktop keyboard with a scroll ball? [closed]

Is there a decent desktop keyboard that has a mouse scroll ball in it? I find it extremely annoying moving from the keyboard to the mouse and back and my current mouse is giving me RSI. I want a ...
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Windows equivalent to cron?

What's the Windows equivalent to cron, or for those of you unfamiliar with Unix, how does one schedule a program to run at regular intervals?
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How to understand what is happening in the Windows Registry

What is the best way to understand what is going on in Windows Registry? Is there a book that can help you learn?
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Can the Windows Telnet client be scripted?

Is it possible to use the Windows Telnet client to run a series of commands in a script? If not are there any alternatives that can be?
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How do I stop QuickTime from repeatedly stealing file associations?

Every time I update Quicktime on both Vista and XP, I lose file associations I made for VLC (my preferred player). I only keep QT around for the odd browser video, and would prefer to keep it without ...
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OS X will not register newly installed network adapters

I have purchased an Edimax 7318USg and tested it on a Windows machine (works). The installation process for the software for this adapter runs smoothly. However, OS X simply does not recognize new ...
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Upgrading from RAID0 HDDs to SSD - can I use the RAID0 disks after the upgrade?

I have two HDDs in RAID0, on a Gigabyte EP45T-DS3R motherboard. I'd like to install Windows 7 RC on a solid state drive, and use the HDDs as data storage. The HDDs are full of data (which I'd like to ...
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How do I “sandbox” Adobe Reader on my Mac?

I hate Adobe Reader, but every once in a while I have PDF which requires it. Launching Adobe Reader 'infects' my Mac, by changing the file associations and causing Safari to render PDFs with Adobe ...
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How do I edit MP4/H264 video files in Sony Vegas Platinum 6?

If I try to open an MP4 file made by a Sony Webbie in Sony Vegas Platinum 6, it won't open. (Something made me think they would work together.) The Webbie files are H264. It will happily play MP4/...
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What's the best way to encode video for upload to YouTube?

Video is less than 5 minutes long, standard 4:3 aspect ratio (@ 640x480), imported from a digital camera, edited in Mac OS X with iMovie '09 and has a stereo, musical soundtrack. What encoding method ...
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Troubleshooting Application Hangs on Mac OS X

I've been getting a lot of spinning beach balls recently in different apps on OSX. They seem to happen with great frequency when right clicking, but this is not restricted to a single app. It happens ...
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How can I make wifi work after suspending, Ubuntu 9.04 on Lenovo T61

After resuming from suspended state, my wifi seems to never be able to reconnect to networks. It keeps searching and trying to connect, but then fails. The list of networks never seems to update ...
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Using DirectShow filters in Windows 7 instead of Windows Media Foundation

I have started using the RC1 version of windows 7, and I noticed that for playing videos, Windows 7 does not use ffdshow after I installed it. I narrowed down the issue to the fact that Windows 7 ...
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How to share iPhoto library between multiple users

I am looking for advice on the best way to share an iPhoto library between two users on the same Mac. I currently use this approach and it works fine most of the time. One issue I have is that I will ...
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How do you keep Microsoft Excel running at full speed even when it does not have the window focus?

I've noticed that when Excel 2007 (and probably earlier versions) has the window focus, Excel runs at full speed which means that files open fast and long-running VBA macros execute quickly. If the ...
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Moving users folder on Windows Vista/7 to another partition

When I format the computer and reinstall Windows, my first step is move the My Documents folder to another partition. In Windows XP it wasn't enough because the desktop folder and another user folders ...
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How many files can you put in a Windows folder without a noticable performance degradation?

I'm guessing there's no hard limit, but I know that performance degrades when you put too many files into a single Windows folder. Does anybody have any good rules of thumb for when it becomes ...
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iTunes: Getting updated meta-data onto iPod when using manual management

OK, it's with an iPhone 3GS rather than an iPod, but same deal... I'm manually managing the music on my iPhone (mainly because I don't understand the automatic management option), so I drag-drop from ...
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How can I tell if can increase RAM from 2 to 4 GB on my ASUS P5B MX motherboard?

I have a ASUS P5B MX motherboard. I have 2 slots for memory, each filled with a 1GB chip, i.e. 2 GB total. I would like to buy two 2GB chips for 4 GB total. But searching for "ASUS P5B MX" I just ...
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Help me troubleshoot installing my network adapter (Edimax 7318usg) on OS X

I've recently purchased an Edimax 7318usg but it isn't co-operating with my Mac. Has anyone installed this network adapter on OS X before? I cannot get it to show under the networks tab of System ...

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