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How do I add a ramdisk to XP Embedded

I'm going to run a program that operates through some temporary files on a Windows XP Embedded machine, and want to spare the compact flash device. It came with a compact flash image already set up ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to highlight the selected text in MS Word 2007?

I have done a bit of searching and cannot find a keyboard shortcut for this command in Microsoft Word 2007. I am not talking about simply making a text selection. (that would be a no brainer) What I ...
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Complex JavaScript page to test browsers performance?

I have three different browsers I want to compare: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. I don't need very sophisticated mechanism; it can simply open a webpage and render. I tried Gmail, ...
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How to set a local user as “non-interactive” in Vista?

As part of installing SQL Server on my PC I've created a specific user for it. When I log in now I'm offered this user as well as my own account. I remember in older versions of the Windows NT series ...
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How do I make my Blu-ray / DVD / HD-DVD drive multi-region?

I have a combined DVD / HD-DVD / Blu-ray drive on my machine (yeah, I'm very much the big man) which is all great and everything. However, I've got quite a few region 1 DVDs that it won't play. I ...
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Internet connection sharing (Windows Vista/Windows 7 or Windows Vista/Ubuntu)?

I'm a DSL user and don't want to buy a router as I won't need it in a few months. I know it's possible to plug-in a DSL cable to your modem and get on the internet. I also know it's possible to share ...
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Email notification tray icon for specific IMAP folders [closed]

Running under linux, I used the excellent mail-notification application to monitor my (several) mailboxes. I'm looking for something similar on windows, and having trouble finding something that will ...
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Uninstall Java on Mac OS X?

I'm working on a trouble shooting document for some desktop software that runs in Java. One of the last resort steps is to completely uninstall and reinstall the Java runtime. In Windows XP this can ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of using Virtual Desktops?

I have always loved the idea of virtual desktops, but have never been able to fully embrace them. Everytime I try to adopt virtual desktops I tend to find the context switching too jarring compared to ...
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How to Determine which Firefox Add-ons are Using the Most Memory

I love Firefox for its add-ons. I have a lot of them installed, which obviously increases memory use. But it seems that some add-ons are better than others in that department. Does anyone know a way ...
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Turn off monitor on del Vostro 1500 while laptop in use?

Since I'm blind and use screen reading software I don't need to use my laptop's monitor and it's nothing but a battery drain. Is there a way to turn off the monitor on a del Vostro 1500 laptop while I'...
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Do those wireless usb adapters have lag/performance issues?

Are there noticable issues at least for gaming and streaming video? And that compared to wired straight to router. (I'm talking about the adapters to connect to the router, not the ones that connect ...
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Version control for images

When working with images, I tend to start saving things as image_001.png and image_002.png for different versions of the same image. Being a programmer, I know that that isn't really a good way to do ...
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How to fix a non-working laptop backlight?

The back-light which lights up my LCD monitor on my laptop stopped working. What are my options for repairing this problem? Currently, I can barely see the screen and have to use a flashlight to ...
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Compressing with RAR vs ZIP [closed]

A lot of people are compressing files with RAR, sending compressed files with RAR and so on. ZIP is more standard and works on all platforms. Windows users have ZIP included and Linux users have no ...
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Excel Word Wrap + disappearing text

Why dooes adding word wrap to a column in Excel cause it to stop showing text on some computers? If I send the file to someone else, they see the text, but on my computer the text does not show uip in ...
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Common battery life tips for any device

Even though many devices are very different, there are often common settings or features that can be turned off (or on, in some cases) to get better battery life, such as background lights. What are ...
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What can cause an Outlook 2007 email to suddenly become uneditable while composing it?

I'm my boss' personal help desk, but that's another story... He has this consistent problem where he'll create an Outlook 2007 email (HTML format is the default), and while composing it, happily ...
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Can I remotely hibernate a computer?

I know the shutdown command (and the corresponding shutdown /i switch to show the GUI), but is there a way to hibernate a computer remotely in a similar way? The machines are running Windows XP and ...
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How long do Lithium Ion batteries normally last?

On the laptop I have, I've had to buy a new Li-Ion batter roughly every year. I do use this computer quite a lot, but I'm wondering if this is normal. Right now, my battery is completely dead (it ...
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How to automount an Android phone as USB mass storage?

When connecting my Android device to a PC, it prompts to mount it as USB mass storage. Is there a way to force it to auto-mount?
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Criteria for rating LCD monitor quality

What are the most important criteria for determining LCD monitor quality? The monitor on my MacBook Pro is noticeably easier to read than any of my other LCD monitors, and I believe this is primarily ...
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Possible to safely change size of partition? Windows XP, NTFS

I currently have a 160GB drive partitioned as C: (Windows, Primary) and D: (data). I was a terrible estimator in the beginning, and the C: drive is approaching capacity, whereas I have ~35GB spare on ...
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Once you've enabled tethering on your iPhone, how do you undo this?

Sort of in response to this question, how do I remove the mobile config that gets installed on the iPhone? Are there any side-effects as a result of removing that configuration such as the data ...
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How do you pair an iPhone with Vista over Bluetooth?

I turned on Bluetooth in both the laptop and my iPhone. The device shows up and I get the pair code dialog on the laptop. Once it is paired, Vista shows the "Found new hardware..." dialog. At this ...
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Deleting files in Windows XP extremely slow

When I delete even the smallest of files on windows xp the operation takes 3-10 minutes to complete. I have read this can happen when the recycle bin has alot of items in it, and XP has to iterate ...
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How can I use a DVI splitter cable on 1 DVI port?

I have a GTX 275 video card with 2 DVI ports. I already run 2 monitors, but I've seen cables that plug into one DVI port and split into 2 more connectors. Is there some special trick to getting this ...
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Free Partition Migration Tool [closed]

I'm looking for a free tool that will move a single partition from one drive to another. I have found tools like HDClone and Clonezilla but both want to clone the entire hard drive, not just one ...
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Find the process thats disabling my second monitor

I'm having a problem with my second monitor being disabled on some boots (seems totally random, but I would estimate it happens 30-40% of the time). When I boot the computer, I get to the Windows ...
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Do any multi-client IM clients support Skype Chat? [closed]

It would be best if they can run without having Skype installed at all. Does such a creature exist?
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Is there a way to compile from source and keep track of updates automatically?

See the question - if I want to build the latest version of an app from the source, am I doomed to checking for updates manually? Is there a better way to do this?
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How do I convert an animated GIF to a YouTube friendly video format?

My son has made some animations with Pivot Stickfigure Animator which we'd like to upload to YouTube. The problem is Pivot saves as animated GIFs which I can't upload to YouTube. The Wikipedia ...
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Does Windows 7 multi-touch work with every touch screen?

Will Windows 7's multi-touch work on every touch screen? Edit: Ok, do you think some of these drivers would work backwards compatible? If not, how would I recognize if it supports it (if it's not of ...
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Change number of lines and columns in VT420?

I have a VT420 that displays 80 columns and 24 lines. I would like to use it with 132 columns and 48 lines.
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Increasing disk performance on Linux

What are some good ways of increasing disk performance on Linux? I'm not interested in hdparm settings, since those are: set to good defaults in recent distros; not applicable to SATA drives.
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Blacklist for To/CC in Thunderbird

I have Thunderbird set up to auto-bcc my account for all emails, and disabled the 'Sent' folder. Unfortunately if I'm in an email threads and Reply to all I get double-copied: once by Reply to all; ...
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what Steps you follow and recommend to make windows xp work faster?

after some months from running my windows xp i feel its getting old and slower. i always hear about tools and applications that can make the windows faster, such as registry cleaners, but i am always ...
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How to disable the Accessibility feature / on-screen keyboard in Vista?

The pesky on-screen keyboard seems to find a way to make itself visible at my login screen every time I boot up. I've gone into the accessibility options and turned off the on-screen keyboard, but it ...
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How do I make Windows 7 boot further than a blank screen with only a mouse cursor?

My Windows 7 machine was powered down without logging out first. Now, when booting the PC Windows 7 does not completely start. Instead, it boots to a completely black screen with a mouse cursor that ...
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Western Digital My Book World drops off network

Most of my storage in my house relies on a WD My Book World Edition 500GB network drive. I threw out the vendor crapware they give you to access it (a trial version of Mionet) after it starting ...
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Free HTML Image Map Editor for Windows? [closed]

Does anybody here know of any free tools for creating HTML image maps? Googling seems to only get me tools that are for pay.
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iTunes on Vista is painfully slow

Up until recently, my music library program of choice was Windows Media Player. However, then I got an iPod Touch which requires iTunes (iirc, one of the alternative programs for iPod Classic/iPod ...
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How to enable the flash player plugin in IE8?

I updated to IE8 the other day on my Vista laptop, mostly because Windows Update kept bugging me about it. As a Chrome user, I don't really care so much about IE8, but I do have to use it ...
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Is it possible with Google searches to ban any and all results from a domain? [closed]

Is it possible to configure Google somehow to permanently ban search results from domains that I know 100% are never, ever going to make me happy? Something cookie/session based maybe? E.g. I want ...
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How do you move your profile folder in Windows XP?

Is it possible to move completely you profile folder in Windows XP (Pro) to a new location? I'm talking about %USERPROFILE%, not the My Documents folder.
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Why vcard doesn't arrive in gmail?

Someone send me a vcard using outlook. But it doesn't arrive in my gmail. Instead appears this text ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: "Someone" <someone@somewhere.com> To: Date: ...
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How safe is building a computer yourself?

I'm interested in getting a new desktop computer soon, and I'm wondering whether I should build it or buy it. I'm very good with software, but I don't have much experience with hardware (recently, I ...
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Learning to Use Linux

I just acquired a spare PC with a 40GB hard drive which I'm planning to use for learning how to use Linux on (either Ubuntu or Mandriva). The problem I'm having is related to installation - I'm more ...
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iPhone IMAP/Exchange Server: problem deleting and moving emails

I'm using IMAP to retrieve emails from an Exchange Server from my iPhone. When I delete emails on the device, the items disappear on the iPhone, but not on the server. Moving emails to another folder ...
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Good basic windows XP laptop loadout?

At the moment I am setting up an old windows laptop to give to my mother (to replace an ancient desktop). It's been a few years since I seriously used windows, so I am not very knowledgeable about the ...

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