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The XP “Loophole”

Microsoft has told its big resellers like Lenovo, Dell, Acer, and HP, that as of June 30th, they can not sell you a computer with XP on it. Not totally true. They can sell you a computer with Vista Business and then downgrade the license to XP Professional. So, you as a consumer have to…
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AT&T U-Verse

AT&T U-Verse and the end of Fiber Optic Internet (FIOS) – There’s a lot of buzz in some neighborhoods because AT&T is starting to rework some street cabling for a service they will be offering called U-Verse. U-Verse will allow AT&T to directly compete (yes, here we go again all you Americast / Bellsouth Entertainment…
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Where to Buy a Computer

I need to re-rank my recommended places where you should buy a computer based on some recent experiences with the retailers in the Dunwoody area. I like mail order with Dell, first and foremost. Why? You can configure your computer as much or as little as you want to. They've got some great deals like…
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PRODUCT OF THE MONTH – February 2008

Costco has the Western Digital Passport 250 for $139 + tax. This is a 250 Gig hard drive that connects to your computer via a USB port and backs up your data with a program called WD Sync. It is the easiest and smallest solution I have seen to data backup, which by the way…
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Recycle for United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy has partnered with BCS Recycling Specialists, enabling UCP to work with BCS to recycle laptops at a rate of $10 each and cell phones, Lexmark and HP Inkjets, and other PDAs at a rate of $2.50 each. BCS provides collection boxes complete with the UCP logo and tagline and a prepaid FedEx…
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Happens to the best of us

I was screwing around with my computer today and messed it up. I had to reinstall XP Home from my recovery partition. I did the choice that said "Don't wipe my hard drive clean, but instead reinstall XP". It said that I would have to reinstall my applications to get everything working. I kept a…
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Has Spyware Turned off your Task Manager

Here's a quick fix on how to repair this functionality. Go to Start Button: Run Command Prompt Type: regedit Navigate to: Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System Name: DisableTaskMgr Type: REG_DWORD Value: 1=Enablethis key, that is DISABLE TaskManager Value: 0=Disable this key, that is Don't Disable, Enable TaskManager
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Bellsouth DNS Servers Experiencing Problems

Bellsouth is experiencing problems support DSL's DNS servers here throughout the metro area. To fix, click START button click CONTROL PANEL double click Network Connections double click on the connection that you use to connect (wired or wireless) double click properties double click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) At the bottom, it says 'Obtain a DNS...'…
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Problems with Vista x64 – Positives for Costco

Although not as scary as the previous topic, but more prevalent is Microsoft Vista x64 SP1. This is the latest and “greatest” (only using the word greatest because latest and “not as good as Windows XP” doesn’t rhyme) version that has hit the streets. When Vista first came out, it was built for a 32…
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