Tico Byte, Aug. 15, 2005
Here is your Tico Byte for
August. I hope you will remember the meeting is next Saturday, at , at the
Item 1: Haven’t we all felt that we were jinxed on computer at some point?
Full article at: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=25219
Item 2: New computer – old hard drive?
Can I go to a new PC and use my old hard drive? Fred Langa tells us here:
Item 3: Great site
There’s a great site for lots of windows stuff; one of which is security tools.
Try the site of Security: http://lists.gpick.com/pages/Security_Tools.htm
Or just go to the site and find more information than you can handle. Most of it is either freeware or shareware.
Item 4: Computer recovery
If you ever have to recover files from an
unbootable drive or try to bring a dead PC back to life, here's a free,
zero-footprint tool you shouldn't be without.
It's a self-contained, CD-based "live" copy of Windows XP. Like the popular "live CD" versions of Linux that can run entirely from a CD-ROM without installing anything on to or making any changes to a system's hard drive, this version of XP lets you boot and run just about any PC without altering anything on the system itself.
The CD-based version is completely
self-contained--- you can think of it as a zero-footprint installation of XP---
and yet is "...a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical
user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/C
And it's free!
Item 5: Pinter schemes
Tired of seeing your pointer as an arrow or an hourglass all the time? Windows XP offers a number of alternative pointer schemes, such as Dinosaur, Ocean and Sports.
Open the Control Panel, double-click Mouse, and select the Pointers tab. (If you start in Category view, select Appearance and Themes, then click Mouse Pointers under "See Also.") Next to Schemes, click the down arrow and select a scheme to preview its pointers. Click OK to apply the scheme to your desktop. Simple as that.
Item 6: Want to chance defaults
In XP, your favorite programs
are displayed in the top left column of the Start menu. Microsoft starts you off
with Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
Want to display a different set of applications in this spot? Right-click an empty portion of the Start menu's left column and select Properties > Start Menu > Customize. At the bottom, deselect the program you no longer want displayed in the "Show on the Start menu" dialog, and, using Windows Explorer or My Computer, navigate to the program you want instead. Right-click the program and select "Pin to Start menu." To rename the new shortcut, right-click it and select Rename. Note: You can't pin files, just programs.
Item 7: This is so cool; but don’t forget to turn on your volume control.
Want to hear your computer
talk? Select Start, Programs, Accessories, Accessibility, Narrator. Or press the
Windows key plus the letter "U" to open the Utility Manager. Microsoft Narrator,
an accessibility option designed to assist readers who are blind or have
impaired vision, starts automatically.
Once you've read through the intro screen (or let the Narrator do it), click OK and you'll see a dialog box of Narrator options. Assuming you want to leave Narrator running, select the desired options, then minimize its dialog box. And if you've opened the Utility Manager, feel free to close it.
To turn Narrator off, click the Exit button or right-click its taskbar item and select Close.
Item 8: Too much like fun
Google’s content blocker: http://j-walk.com/other/googlecb/index.htm
Item 9: See you on Saturday. Lots of fun.