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    Home PC Brand: Home Built Case: Generic Power Supply: 600W Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-K8NS Chipset: nVidia Nforce3 RAM: 4096 MB DDR2-800 Harddrives: 500Gb Western Digital 7200rpm SATA 80Gb WD SATA 7200rpm Video: 512 Mb GeForce 8600 GT DVD+-RW: 12X Lite-On Burner Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard Mouse: Logitech MX Revolution Joystick: Logitech Wingman Extreme Digital OS:Windows 7 Ultimate
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    Home PC (Wife's system) Brand: Home Built Case: Generic Power Supply: 550W Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Motherboard: DFI Infinity Chipset: Intel 975X RAM: 2048 MB DDR2 800 Harddrives: 160Gb Western Digital 7200rpm SATAII 250Gb Maxtor ATA Video: 256 Mb GeForce 6900GS PCI-E 16x Audio: Soundblaster Audigy2 DVD+-RW: 16X Samsung burner with Lightscribe Other: 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 Firewire, 1 E-SATA Keyboard: Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard Mouse: Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 4.0A OS:Windows XP Pro
  1. I setup Google DNS on my router at home. I've found it to resolve DNS requests significantly faster than the standard DNS servers used by my ISP. The nice thing about setting it at a router level is that I don't have to mess with each system on my network, and my Laptop isn't locked down to it when I'm not at home.I'm to the point where I've accepted that Google knows everything about me, and I just don't care because the services they provide are too convenient. I've got a Motorola Droid (running Google Android) for my cellphone, I've got a Gmail account and a Google Apps account, I track RSS feeds in Google Reader (synced to my phone), and iGoogle is my homepage. It all works extremely well, and now with the Android phone, everything syncs back and forth automatically. I figured why not use the DNS service? It just works, like everything else Google.
  2. There is a radio spot put out by our state education association that is just appalling. They ask a teacher about what inspired her to become a teacher."The teacher that inspired me the most would have to be Mrs. Wheeler. She was my PE teacher in elementary school... as well as my PE teacher in high school and my cheerleading coach. I try to bring in the same compassion she had for us when we were young, and older. Trying to teach my kids that they are important as anyone else, if not the most important at the moment you're speaking to them."If you hear the spot, it's very clear that they didn't rehearse it. I almost feel bad for all the quality teachers in our state for having this person represent them on the radio.
  3. While you can't do an in place upgrade from Windows XP, you can use the upgrade version to upgrade from a full XP license - you'd just have to do a full install.You are correct about the XP virtualization, although I have yet to find a need for it. I don't have any really old apps that I use, and anything that has come up has been solved by a software update or compatability mode.
  4. Great tip, but I love the windows 7 start menu. Especially the ability to hit the windows key, then start typing to find a program. No need to browse through the whole list.
  5. Tip: Getting apps to properly hide in the system trayIf you have an app that used to hide away nicely in the system tray, but won't seem to do-so in Windows 7 (e.g. Windows Live Messenger), there's an easy workaround to get it to leave your taskbar. 1. Exit the program completely (you may have to exit it from the system tray). 2. Go to Start Menu, locate the shortcut of the program you wish to "fix." 3. Right click on the shortcut and select Properties. 4. Go to Compatibility tab. 5. Tick the check box for Run this program in compatibility mode for under “Compatibility Mode”, and then select Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) from the drop down list. 6. Click OK. 7. Restart the programNow, when you minimize the program to the tray, it should disappear from the taskbar completely.
  6. I wanted to setup a thread for people to post their tips and tricks for getting things done in Windows 7. Post your tips in this thread, and I'll maintain a table of contents list in this first post. That way it'll be easy to find the tip you're looking for!Tips:Getting apps to properly hide in the system trayAuto Log-inKeyboard and Mouse tips - Thanks Citadel80Link to great tutorial site - Thanks zlimSetup a Classic (Windows 2000 style) Start Menu - Thanks goretskyBring the Quick Launch toolbar back to Windows 7 - Thanks macTips Link and other Start Menu replacements - Thanks Frank GoldenXP Mode and VirtualPC - Thanks LilBambiKeyboard and Mouse Tips II - Thanks rbdietz
  7. Unless she plans on streaming HD content, I see no reason to buy an N router. The router she has will work just fine with the new computer. Unless she has issues with being out of range of her current router, I wouldn't hassle with the expense.
  8. I have always had good results with Linksys routers in the past. I have yet to upgrade to an N router, and the Linksys reviews do scare me a bit though. My parents bought a D-Link wireless N router DIR-655 and have had no issues with it. I'm considering getting one of those when I get a new laptop. The gigabit hardwire ports are also a plus.
  9. I've gotten to the point where I no longer bother with a dual-boot. I dual-booted Vista and Win7 beta/RC for about a year, but after about a month, I don't think I ever booted back into Vista. I've never found a need to reinstall XP either. Windows 7 is very good, and short of outdated hardware/software (which the XP virtualization would likely solve), there's just no need to go back. I bought 2 Win 7 upgrades, one for my machine and one for my wife's. We now have two invalidated licenses, one of XP and one of Vista, and that's just fine. If you think about it, it makes sense. This is an upgrade version. It's job is to upgrade a full license of an older version to the new version. There is still one licensed OS - the upgrade license supersedes the original.
  10. Been awhile - things are good here (except for our college football team). Decided I needed to come back and be a part of this group again. Work keeps me busy, but I'm hoping to find time to hang around here and provide some good Windows 7 insight.
  11. I definitely agree with that, but considering there are probably millions of unprotected computers out there, anything running is better than nothing. One other thought - I wonder what the conversion rate is on some of the pre-installed software? I assume it's pretty good, or companies wouldn't pay to have their software preinstalled. I can't say I know anyone that's paid to buy full versions of any of the software that's come on their computer, but there must be many that do.
  12. Hopefully this is setup to be turned on and auto-updating right out of the box. I had to fix a relative's computer and when I turned it on I saw it had Norton pre-installed, but it wasn't activated right out of the box, so essentially the user had no AV software running. I asked her about it and she said "It has Norton on it, right? That's my AV." Not realizing that the popups she was getting to activate it needed to be filled out and she had to sign up to get the service. I uninstalled it and installed MS Security Essentials and set it to auto-update so she'll never have to worry about it.
  13. Your best bet, especially for ease of management is to move the Firefox profile to a more open location. Then you won't have to worry about figuring out permissions every time you install a new OS. It also makes it easier to backup the profile if it's kept in an easy-to-find location.
  14. One interesting note about pre-installed software: computers bought from the new Microsoft Stores will be "crapware" free (as defined by Microsoft). Of course these computers will come with Windows Live Essentials and Microsoft Security Essentials installed, but they should be free of trial ware and other junk that comes on most PC's The caveat to this is they may cost a bit more as that "crapware" does subsidize some of the cost of new computers.
  15. Warcraft III should work without a hitch on Vista. I'm able to play Diablo II and Starcraft with no issues, so there's no reason WIII wouldn't work just as well.I'm running Vista on a slower machine with only 1 gig of RAM and have had no performance issues. I'm able to run Titan Quest on high settings, and NWN2 on medium-high settings, so everything will look very good on your machine. As far as RAM goes, 4 gig does seem to be Vista's sweet spot, however in a laptop, it's much more expensive to get there since you only have 2 RAM slots. You'll be able to do anything you want to with what you've got, and can always add RAM later.The only thing I've found in Vista is that games run best with the sidebar turned off. That's the only thing I do before launching a game.
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