Archive for January 28th, 2008|Daily archive page

How-To: Make Windows “No” to Copying Files a Snap

The previous post got me thinking where else could you use such a similar hack to help you ignore applications or copying files. The first thing that came to my mind was making a “No to All” when copying files by mistake. Windows gives you the choice of Yes, Yes to All, No, or Cancel. It does not give you a “No to All” choice, so if you have 50 files being overwritten by a mistake then just press the SHIFT Key while you click on “No.” None of the files will be overwritten and you will save a lot of time.

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How-To: Take the Chill Out of Winter Heating Costs

While you can’t control the winter weather, you can take steps to control your winter heating costs, and make your home warmer and more energy efficient.

 Doors and Windows

  • Use weather stripping to seal up cracks and stop drafts on windows and doorframes.
  • Use caulking to seal around gaps in windows and door glass.
  • Install storm doors if you have them.
  • Consider replacing older windows with newer, more efficient models.

 Insulation

  • Add or replace attic insulation as necessary. Proper attic insulation is essential for keeping your house warm and saving energy.
  • Ad foam insulation to electrical outlets and switches on external walls. (Turn OFF your power first!).

Heating System

  • Clean or change furnace filters regularly throughout the heating season.
  • Clean vents and other heating system components.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to adjust temperature according to your daily and weekend schedule.

 Chimney and Fireplace

  • Have the chimney and fireplace checked and cleaned by a professional.
  • Repair or replace poorly fitting fireplace dampers that allow warm air to escape.

Qtrax: World’s First Free and Legal P2P Music Site

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Qtrax Beta is the first peer-to-peer digital site that will be offering free and LEGAL music downloads. There is no adware, spyware, or spoofing. All you need is to download Qtrax as soon as it becomes available. It says on the site “download at midnight,” and I’m not sure if that’s the only available time to download it on any day or it will start of from the midnight coming up?!?!? However, Qtrax has clearly stated that Mac users will be able to download the P2P on March 18, so mark it on your calenders Mac users.

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Windows XP, Vista Requirements:

› 733 MHz Pentium III CPU (Recommended: 1.5 GHz Pentium IV or comparable)
› At least 256 MB of physical RAM (Recommended: 512 MB)
› At least 40 MB of available space on your hard drive
› 16 bit sound card (Recommended: 32 bit Sound Card)
› Speakers or headphones

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How-To: Retrieve Your Windows or Microsoft Office Product Key

I just wanted to post three freeware tools that I know that you guys can use in case you want to retrieve your Microsoft Office or Windows key from the program in case you have lost your CD with the product key. You could go through the long process of contacting Microsoft for retrieving your key or you can use these freeware utilities to get it in a second.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder – is a freeware utility that retrieves your product key that was used to register your Windows operating system or Microsoft Office Suite. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007.

WinkeyFinder – is a website that offers several different freeware utilities to help you find not only your Office product key, but Vista’s product key. Beware: they have reported bugs and are still in the process of being fixed, so the utilities are still not stable.

RockXP – is a freeware program that is specifically designed to retrieving your Windows XP product key, but it will retrieve other Microsoft’s product keys. It has received high ratings and it’s recommended by many users.