Disable Windows 7 Startup Sound
Do you hate the Windows 7 startup sound? Maybe you're running a computer lab and you don't want to be assailed by jingling announcements from a bunch of computers firing up.
Well, let's learn an easy way to disable it, then!
Click Start>Control Panel and choose “Hardware and Sound”. In the next window, click Sound and you should see a window like this:
At the bottom there's a checkbox next to “Play Windows Startup Sound”. Uncheck it, hit OK and you're done!
So, Microsoft is going to end support to Windows XP SP2? What does that mean?
Earlier in the week, my news article mentioned that Microsoft would be ending support for Microsoft XP SP2 in July 2010. Before the day was over, my inbox was stuffed with emails from readers worried about what would happen to their computer: Will my computer stop working? Will I continue receive security updates? Should I upgrade to Windows XP SP3? What does "end all public support" truly mean?
When Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP Service Pack 2 (due to lose public support in July, 2010) they will not release any additional security updates, hotfixes or patches for it. This means that if a security flaw is reported to Microsoft regarding Windows XP SP2, they will no longer fix the flaw, except for a few major enterprises that have agreements with Microsoft. However, Microsoft will be supporting Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) until April 2014, so it is recommended that if you are currently running Windows XP SP2 that you upgrade to SP3; The update is available from Microsoft for free.
If you decide not to upgrade to SP3, your computer will continue to function as normal, except that Microsoft will not release any updates to SP2 and you will be unable to receive assisted support (though you will be able to receive paid support at a per-incident fee). The existing support website for Windows XP SP2 on the Microsoft Knowledgebase will continue to be available. The Knowledgebase contains troubleshooting guides, past downloads and updates & configuration information for anyone who may need self-help.
On April 8, 2014, all Windows XP support, including Windows XP SP2 and SP3 will end. This means that past that date in 2014, Microsoft in essence has "discontinued" Windows XP and will not release any security updates, hotfixes or patches for it ever again.
Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP SP2? After a certain period after releasing a product, most software companies "discontinue support" so that they can focus on providing security updates and patches to their newer products. In this case, Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP SP2 so that they can focus on providing support for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Three Key Range Highlighting
Have you ever found yourself playing the highlighting game in MS Excel? You know, you're trying to highlight a certain area with your mouse, but instead, you find the file flying by, creating incredibly huge highlighted areas.
Now, many of you may know a lot of keyboard tricks for highlighting using the Shift key combined with the arrows, Page Up, Page Down, Home and End keys.
Those are all great tricks, but let's add one more to your Excel key combination list, shall we?
Have you ever tried Ctrl + Shift + 8? (Actually, you're using the asterisk * key, which is the Shift of the 8).
It's an awesome little trick.
What it does is highlight the entire range of cells that you are currently in. (Range being the group of cells around the one you currently have selected, stopping wherever there is an unused cell).
This can be a great time saver. Think about it. You can instantly highlight entire columns of continuous data, including the column title, but not all the empty cells at the bottom, with just one key combination.
I should add here that it does highlight several columns of data that are together.
So, the next logical question is, "How do I use this when I only want one column"?
I did some playing around and found that I could alter the highlighted range easily by holding down the Shift key and then using the other keys we're already familiar with (arrows, Page Up, Page Down, Home, End, etc).
Be creative. Combine the techniques to get where you need to be!
Resetting Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer 7 and 8 have some great features that can be customized for usability and security reasons. Those features are usually helpful, but they can sometimes get messed up. Often times, the best way to fix those types of problems is to just reset IE back to its original settings. If you feel like your Internet Explorer Web browser isn't quite working right, you might want to follow along with the steps below. They'll help you put IE back to the way it was when you first installed it.
I've tested this on Windows Vista and 7, too, and it appears to work.
Here we go!
1.) Go to Start, Control Panel.
2.) Click on Network and Internet Connections. (Note: If you have your Control Panel set to the Classic View, skip steps 2 and 3. Just double click on Internet Options instead and advance to step 4).
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3.) Click on Internet Options.
4.) Go under the Security tab and click on the "Reset all zones to default level" button. If that button is grayed out, just go to step 5.
5.) Under the Privacy tab, click on the Default button. If your Default button is grayed out, go on to step 6.
6.) Under the Advanced tab, click on the Reset button.
7.) A new box will then open. Click on the Reset button one more time.
8.) After the steps are finished, click Close. Now, click OK in the Internet Options box and then restart your computer.
And you're done! After you restart your computer, open Internet Explorer . You'll see that it's back to the way it was when you first installed it. Nice and shiny and new. Enjoy!
I confess to being a bit of a gadget geek. I have a particular weakness for kitchen gadgets, mp3 players, not to forget my fancy mouse and keyboards. So when I found Oh Gizmo! I had to share it with all of you
The site is setup blog style so all you have to do is scroll down to see all the gadgety-goodness there!
When I was visiting they had written up a hot chocolate maker and a vacuum cleaner that I am now just dying to get my hands on. There is this sleek little vacuum cleaner that is only in its conceptual stage, but the idea is that it will be silent (or at the very least amazingly quiet) and it has an mp3 dock and speakers so that you can listen to your favorite tunes while you vacuum.
Then I scroll past it to the hot chocolate maker appears – it makes as close to real hot chocolate as you can get! You just add milk and chocolate, it even makes froth for good measure.
If you want to see more gadgets when you get to the bottom of the page, click the Older button. There is a tag cloud at the bottom of the page that you can use to navigate with as well.
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