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This feed is mostly personal interest; it's NOT my professional writing. There's tech here, yes, but also lots of general science and some politics and weird humor thrown in.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Double dose of Fred in this week's WindowsSecrets Newsletter

I have 2 separate columns in this week's newsletter rather than the usual one.

The issue's "Top Story:"


Preparing Windows XP for the long haul

By Fred Langa

Microsoft's support for Windows XP may be fading, but a loyal horde of XP users plans to stick with this venerable OS for as long as possible.

If that's your long-term goal, there are a number of steps you can take now to ensure a finely tuned XP system for months — possibly years — to come.


The above article runs through the steps you can take  --- some of which may surprise you --- to keep the aging XP operating system running smoothly for as long as you need it to.

My regular Q&A column is also running:


Tracking down and preventing unwanted reboots

Unwanted restarts can be more than an exercise in frustration and wasted time — they can easily result in lost data.

Fortunately, there are only three main causes of unintended reboots, so finding — and controlling — them is usually not hard.

  • What to do when DVD drive will not read original discs
  • Two techniques for user-proofing Windows
  • Pros and cons of 'Search Everything' freeware


Here's the full issue lineup:

Free content posted on Aug. 12, 2010:

Paid content (cheap, really! <g>):

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