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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Making the most of screen space

This week's WindowsSecrets newsletter is out. My column:
Blocked files — Windows security excess

By Fred Langa

It's one of those "What the heck!" moments: an alert pops up, stating, "Windows has blocked access to this file."

This little annoyance started in XP, became common in Vista, and is still hanging around in Windows 7; but a fix is easy and the same for all three OSes.

  • Tabbed interfaces on small screens
  • What's the "Rapport" online security tool?
  • Considering hardware upgrades and Windows 7
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The following link includes all articles this week: http://WindowsSecrets.com/comp/110421

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