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Renaming your wireless network connection

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Being one to muck about quite a bit with my computers, my wireless network connection is now called “Wireless Network Connection 5”, like so:
 
Wireless Network Connection 5
 
Annoying though it may be, it is, however, really easy to remedy. Here’s how:
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Why not to install Lotus Notes on a network share

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As previously noted, my email client at work is Lotus Notes. For some reason, the Data folder is installed to each users’ home share on the network, and that home share is synchronised to the local drive using Offline Folders. Now, I cannot get over how bad a solution this is, for a few reasons:
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Fixing a jumpy Synaptics Mousepad

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I’ve had a problem with the mousepad on my laptop getting “jumpy”. Whenever I’d use it, and subsequently take my finger off it, it’d jump an inch and a half or so upwards to the right. This was annoying to say the least, and I decided to try and find a solution to it.
 
I’ve only tested this solution with Synaptics mousepads, and so I can’t vouch for whether it’ll work with others.
 
What I did to solve the problem, was uninstall the mouse, and reinstall it using the same drivers. Here’s how I prefer doing it:
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Adding a favicon to a Blogger or BlogSpot blog

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As you might notice, I’ve got a favicon, a small picture, on my blog. Here’s what it looks like in Firefox:
 
A small picture
 
It’s actually pretty simple to implement in Blogger. To do it, you’ll need to have somewhere to store the favicon file. Favicons are imagefiles (dimensions 16 by 16 pixels) ending in .ico. Apparently, Tripod offer free hosting, and they support .ico files. Once you’ve got your favicon ready, and uploaded, you need to open the administration page for your blog, and then go to the “Layout” tab, opening the “Edit HTML” subtab. You’ll then see a page looking something like this:
 
Edit HTML
 
Find the <head> tag, and insert the following snippet of code immediately below it: Continue reading Adding a favicon to a Blogger or BlogSpot blog

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Free and powerful image editing

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Continuing my series of posts about handy software that I use and love, I’ve now arrived at paint.net. Paint.net is a powerful piece of open-source image editing software which I’ve been using for a long time. It’s what I use to edit all of the images for my blog, and I’ve found it intuitive, practical and simple to use. Here’s what it looks like:

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Disabling the "New programs installed" alert

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I have a habit of trying out a lot of different software, most of which need to be installed. Windows XP has a practical function, which is also at times very, very annoying. It highlights recently installed software. Let me show you what it’s all about. When I open the start-menu, I have this thing glaring out at me:
 
New programs installed
 
When I actually open the All Programs menu, an entry is highlighted, like so:
 
Folder and program highlighted
 
Granted, this can be a preactical function, but when it malfunctions, like it does for me, as in highlights programs which have been installed, and run, ages ago.
 
Turns out, this is pretty simple to remedy. Here’s how:
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Resolving "Database is outdated" messages in AVG when there is no available updates

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I’ve been a happy user of AVG Free for a long time. Granted, it’s never been exactly easy to get, but a google-search does the trick. Having run version 7.whatever for some time, I got a message that they’d soon stop supporting it, and that I should upgrade to version 8. All fine and well, I did so, and after another google-search found the free version, which I downloaded and installed.
 
Now, I don’t mind paying for quality products, but frankly, there are so many good, free anti-virus solutions out there, that I really don’t see the need to pay for one (and the ones you pay for are in my experience usually inferior as well…).
 
So, back to my story. I had “upgraded” to AVG Free 8, and updated the databases when, in the corner of my eye, I saw the following message:
 
Your computer may be at risk etc.
 
Naturally, I updated the signature files, but my system tray still looked like this:
 
Updated, still annoying
 
I browsed around the web, and found that I wasn’t the only one experiencing this problem. Browsing around some more, I found a FAQ hosted with Grisoft, telling me that: Continue reading Resolving "Database is outdated" messages in AVG when there is no available updates

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Windows XP Service Pack 3 – a quick overview

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Windows XP is Microsoft’s longest living operating system to date. Released in October 2001, it succeeded the total failure that was Windows Millennium Edition, and has, in turn, been succeeded by Windows Vista. Service Pack 3 is, as implied by the name, the third major upgrade package – Service Pack – released for Windows XP. Unlike SP2, SP3 contains no changes that are directly experienced by the end-user. SP3 was released for download on May 6th, 2008.
 
SP3 contains all updates released since SP2, and a few new ones. The big thing about SP3 is added back-end functionality, functionality that takes place “behind the scenes” as it were. Some of the functionality in SP3 is previously released, but as optional updates, not as part of a major upgrade. The rest is new, released first with SP3. No functionality stemming from Windows Vista is included, and which includes Internet Explorer 7, although updates to both Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 are included.
 
Previously released functionality: Continue reading Windows XP Service Pack 3 – a quick overview

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