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Having strong yet easily memorized passwords is crucial to protecting your personal information on the internet or your computer. Most people use passwords for many day to day online activities - checking your e-mail, paying your bills, logging into your...  more »

Facebook users often don’t think about, or even realize for that matter, how their privacy settings are currently set. You simply assume that only your friends can read your wall posts, see your photos, or get your work, email, or phone information....  more »

Wordpress is a blogging application that provides basic content management to those who manage their own website blogs. It is free and available for download at Wordpress.org and is the most commonly used program for bloggers. A blog is essentially a...  more »

I recently dealt with an issue of external images not showing in Reporting Services (SSRS) report viewer control within an IIS7 website. When the IIS7 website had it's Application Pool's Managed Pipeline Mode set to "Classic", the external images showed...  more »

Email messages sometimes are sent with images attached, which make saving the images to your computer fairly easy. However, sometimes the pictures are only embedded within the actual email message without the ability to download any attachments. This can...  more »

The new Routing features in ASP.NET 4.0 are pretty awesome. However, one issue I ran into recently was trying to get the fully qualified urls from Page.GetRouteUrl as string urls to be used in emails messages. Unfortunately, I wanted something that worked...  more »

If you like having the Printers selection button on the Vista Start menu, you can easily add it to the menu. Follow these steps to add the Printers button to the Vista Start menu: Right click on an empty area on the Taskbar and then select Properties....  more »

By default the Quick Launch bar is no longer enabled in Windows 7, which is where the Show Desktop shortcut icon button resided in previous version of Windows. Don't worry, the Show Desktop feature is still included in Windows 7, it's just been redesigned...  more »

Windows 7 has made definite improvement to the CD/DVD burning software that is included for free in the Operating System. It's now possible to burn ISO image files directly from the explorer window in Windows 7 using your CD or DVD burner. In past...  more »

By default, the Quick Launch bar is not enabled on the Taskbar in Windows 7, as it was in Vista and XP. Instead, you're able to drag and pin programs to the Taskbar in Windows 7 for quick access to programs. However, if you want to bring back the Quick...  more »

It's pretty simple to add more than one clock to your system tray in Windows Vista or 7. Follow these steps to have up to three clocks in different time zones added to the system tray: Open the Control Panel -> then Clock, Language and Region ->...  more »

GodMode is a hidden system control panel in Windows 7 that lets you access all the operating system's control panels from within a single folder without the need to browse options and folders in the Control Panel. To access "GodMode" follow these steps:...  more »

Have you ever deleted an old podcast episode in iTunes and then wanted to re-download it? To get deleted podcast episodes to show up again in iTunes you could just delete your subscription to the particular podcast, and then resubscribe to the podcast for...  more »

There are a number of online websites that allow you to check the speed of your broadband connection. They are useful, especially when you need to check your internet connection to determine if it's slow and to be able to benchmark it versus other...  more »

No longer getting any sound from your computer? Well the fix for this could be as simple as un-muting the volume control in Windows. I've mistakenly muted the speakers on my laptop many times, due to accidently hitting the volume mute button on the front...  more »

ISO files contain the image of a disc, which is essentially an exact copy of the low level data actually stored on a disc. Typically, ISO image files have a file extension of .iso. When burning an ISO file to CD or DVD, you'll want to just make sure that...  more »

There may be a time when you want to use special characters in a Word document or other text file. With Windows Vista and Windows 7 you can quickly bring up a Character Map, which allows you to copy special characters or symbols, which can then be pasted...  more »

This step by step will show you how to scan a picture using Windows‌ Photo Gallery, which should come installed by default on Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Once pictures are scanned using Windows Photo Gallery, your pictures are...  more »

In this tutorial you will learn how to backup the Registry on a Windows computer. Having a backup of your registry is extremely important if you plan to make any manual settings changes to the Registry, because if you make a mistake while messing around...  more »

When a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 program locks up and says "Not Responding" it can be quite annonying having it to wait for the program to snap out its non-responding state. Sometimes you don't want to wait a few minutes to have the program come...  more »

Are you backing up your SQL Server 2008 databases daily? You should be, especially if you don't want to lose any of your precious data that you're storing. It's incredibly easy to setup a maintenance plan in SQL Server 2008 to automatically back up one or...  more »

The Windows Task Manager can be used to start programs, to end running applications, to start or to end processes, as well as to view a dynamic display of your computer's performance. To be able to start the Windows Task Manager, you can use any one of...  more »

When developing websites or applications in Visual Studio.NET, you sometimes need to have Visual Studio run as an administrator. For instance, if you are developing a Web Application Project that uses IIS7 as the local development server for testing,...  more »

In the following step by step, I will take you through the process of deleting existing hard drive partitions, formating and installing Windows XP on a hard drive using the Windows XP installation CD. Note: If you have any data/applications or drivers on...  more »

There's a good chance that if you're database driven application is running into the following sql error message that says "String or binary data would be truncated", that the error is being caused by an issue in a SQL statement or in the SQL code of a...  more »

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