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A few days ago a friend of mine called me. He said he had a small problem with his laptop, and was wondering if I could help him over the phone. You get the idea. Not an easy problem. He brought the laptop over, and I determined the cause of the blue screen: it was […]


Over the holidays I had the joy of cleaning up a few computers. It is surprising how fast a system can get loaded with software that increases boot time. Normally I cleanup by hand using msconfig, and regedit. I was tired of disabling critical software by accident (Like printer helper apps), so I searched around, […]


I came across an interesting utility called UNetbootin. It allows you to create bootable USB drives for many flavors of linux – but the part that interested me was the additional utilities you could write to a flash drive: Parted Magic – a partition manager that can resize, repair, backup, and restore partitions. SystemRescueCD – […]


About a year ago I purchased a nice little machine from ASUS. It is an Atom N270: When I opened the box, the machine was preloaded with Windows XP. It performs well with XP, and has 1 GB ram, and a 160 GB hard drive. A big mistake I made was installing Vista on it […]


I was troubleshooting a server yesterday and a came across an easy way to clean boot into Vista, or 2008. When I say clean boot I mean that Windows starts without any 3rd party services running. To do it, startup MSCONFIG, (Start then run…type msconfig.exe) Once it launches, move over to the services tab: Then […]


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