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Stupid Windows 7 trick: unlock the secret God Mode folder

So, what exactly is God Mode in Windows 7? Well, for starters, it's not really a mode. And it's nothing you need to be a deity to pull off, either. Rather, it's a folder packed with shortcuts to just about every settings change and administrative function in Windows 7. Everything you'll find in the Action Center, Backup and Restore, Autorun, Desktop Gadgets, Devices and Printers -- it's...

Save $80 on your Windows 7 purchase - the Upgrade does full installs, too

Paul Thurott and a friend over at the SuperSite Blog have worked out how to perform a clean Windows 7 install using the upgrade disc. Come again? That's right: save $80 and buy the Windows 7 Upgrade disc, because you can use it to perform a clean, full-featured installation. Awesome! The instructions are as follows: 1. Perform a clean installation using the Upgrade disc -- this should work...

Troubleshooting with your Teddy Bear

My buddy Dave once shared with me a bit of computing wisdom which I've since found invaluable. "Proper troubleshooting requires a Teddy Bear." As it was told to me -- long ago in a university computer lab not so far away -- there was a sysadmin who became frustrated with the number of questions he was asked by student developers. It wasn't that the questions were invalid, or that the...

FMX Team - Time Waster

FMX Team is a motocross game where jumping and pulling off tricks to rack up your score is the name of the game. It's a typical side-scrolling motocross game, but is executed quite well and is fun to play. Unfortunately, the points system in the game is a little bit simplistic, so the best way to rack up your score is to consistently pull off the highest number trick that your rider can do, over...

Dogs hide bones, Firefox hides useful tricks

Firefox is like a box of chocolates-- No, let me try that again. Firefox is one of those applications that's so hard to write about, because there may be little tricks and shortcuts I've been using for some time, and someone will discover one and say, "Hey, that rocks! Why didn't anyone tell me?" Then light dawns over my marblehead that it is a useful trick, and I should have pointed it out. So...

Flipping the Linux switch: 5 tips every new Linux user should know

Linux is a powerful operating system, but chances are it's a very different operating system than any you've used before. The dizzying number of choices in distributions alone is enough to make your head spin, but it also means there's something out there that really suits your computing style. There are some things in Linux you just have to work out for yourself -- distributions, applications,...

A clever 7-pack of Google tricks

We're always on the lookout for hot Google tricks. Marc and Angel have put together a list of 7 that is really worth a look. Marc says of his own list, "Together I think they represent the apex of the grand possibilities associated with Google search manipulation tricks and hacks. Although there are many others out there, these 7 tricks are my all-time favorite. Enjoy yourself. " Among them,...

Lifehacker : 10 Clipboard tricks

The system clipboard is possibly one of man's greatest inventions. Just think how often you use that little piece of functionality, and how much time it saves you every single day. But, are you using it as effectively as you could? Lifehacker put together a list of 10 clipboard tricks you can use to increase your productivity, and amaze your friends -- ok, your friends probably won't be amazed....

How To: Use Gmail over IMAP and tag your mail, too

I've been a user of Gmail since late 2005 and have loved just about every minute of it. The revolutionary webmail interface, the vast popularity among power users and plethora of scripts, add-ons and doodads - but the one thing that always bothered me was the loss of integration with the rest of my computing. Sure, there are some great tricks and bookmarklets we found for our Top 10 Gmail tips and...

A primer for WordPress themes, plug-ins and tips

WordPress is a powerful and very extensible blogging engine that is gaining more CMS (Content Management System) features with each release. As anyone who has downloaded a copy can probably tell, the directory structure is pretty friendly to hacks and plug-ins, but unless you are your own WordPress coding ninja, you might be asking yourself: where exactly can all these themes, plug-ins and hacks...

Backpack refresher: brush up on your power user tips

37signals' online PIM service Backpack is known far and wide in part for its extreme simplicity. It offers everything you need with nothing you don't - but that doesn't mean it's lacking in the power user department. While it hasn't been updated in a while, 37signals maintains a Power Users archive page at the Backpack blog with a whole slew of tips and tricks that will likely serve as a great...

Top 11 Yahoo Mail Tips and Tricks

Yahoo's new version of web mail is, without a doubt, one of the coolest and most fluid Ajax applications we've seen to date. For the average user it offers every major feature that you can find in Outlook or Thunderbird, and it does it with style. But that isn't all, the Yahoo team also took the time to layer the app with embedded tricks, hacks, and shortcuts that makes the whole experience that...

Have a tip, leave a tip with Tipstrs

Do you have something to share? Maybe a little tip about something? A trick of some sort? Tipstrs wants you to leave it on their website and share it with the world. Tipstrs is pegged as a hybrid social bookmarking site. The whole idea behind the site lays on special tips and advice about specific topics that people can offer other visitors to the site. People simply post their tips complete with...

Strategies to clean up your rss feed subscriptions - Readers Sound Off

Ugh. I'm buried under unread RSS feeds. Right now if I look down at Google Reader Notifier (a Firefox Add-In), I see that I've got 1927 unread items in my subscriptions. I thought I was being responsible; I've got my feeds split up into logical categories, including one called "Now", which is the stuff I told myself I would always stay current on. Google Reader won't tell me exactly how many...

Top 10 Gmail tips and hacks

Gmail offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to the way you manage your email. Innovative features like labels, a dedicated mobile phone client and rich script-ability via Firefox's Greasemonkey plugin create a unique appeal for users from nearly all walks of life. Since you can do so much with and to Gmail, I thought I would round up my favorite tips and hacks for users both old and new....