Friday, June 30, 2006

How to Remotely Access Your Computer Using VNC and a Flash Drive or a Web Browser

There are probably many times you wish you had access to your computer but are not at it. It can be frustrating because it and the computer you are at are both connected to the internet, but you have no way to get your files or bookmarks from your computer.
The solution is VNC and a Dynamic DNS service like No-IP. VNC allows you to remotely control your computer but because many people hace dynamic ips that is hard because your IP can change at any time. That is where No-IP comes in. No-IP is a client software that updates a free subdomain like to your IP every time your IP Changes.
This howto will cover installing UltraVNC a VNC server and client, how to set up UltraVNC, and how to set up No-IP.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

How to Change the Locations of Program Files and Documents and Settings During Windows XP Installation

If you would like to change the location of Documents and Settings and Program Files during the windows setup, there is a very simple way to do this. You will have to put a file into the I386 directory of the CD which will tell the installer options that are not available through the GUI. This howto will cover copying to the hard drive and modifying the Windows CD and preparing it to be burned again for use.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Improving Windows XP's Speed, Boot Time

Here is a collection of many different guides to improve Windows XP's speed, boot time, performance, and more. They contain many different tweaks, files to delete, services to disable, etc. After doing many of them I must say my computer is a bit faster and nicer to use. I though I would like to share all these guides with everyone so that they may improve their computing experience.

Free Web Hosts

I have compiled a list of free web hosts. They all are pretty good and offer a decent amount of space.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Remote Desktop Connection - Windows XP Professional

Enabling Remote Desktop Connection
If you have ever needed to access your XP Professional computer remotely you should use the included Remote Desktop Connection software.

This howto will show how to enable remote desktop connection and how to change it to allow an unlimited number of connections.

Shortcut Keys

A little know feature in windows for some reason is the Shortcut Keys. Many people do not know how to use them, yet they are simple and helpful. To set a shortcut key for something, open your start menu and navigate to it then right click it and press properties. A new window will pop up. Press in the Shortcut key box and do any combination of ctrl, alt, shift and anything else and press OK.

Batch Convert and Resize Images with Photosop

If you have a large amount of pictures that need to be resized or converted all at once and have Photoshop, there is a quick and very simple way to do it! Photoshop comes with scripts that allow it to preform repetitive tasks quickly and easily. This how to will cover using the Photoshop CS2 Image Processor (older versions have it too, but I am not sure it is in the same place or works the same).

Thursday, June 22, 2006

How to Reinstall Windows XP Easily

This howto will demonstrate how to keep all of your data while reinstalling Windows without copying it off of your hard drive. This will only work if you have a Windows XP CD or a real source to install it from, NOT a manufactures "Restore CD" which reloads all the junk it came with.
I have seen people on the internet dread reinstalling Windows because it takes so long to backup gigabytes of data and to restore it later! I have found a way that makes it so you do not have to go through the whole hassle! Read on to find out!

Always On Top, Minimize To Tray, Task Priority and Window Transparency with PowerMenu

I found a small program (49KB download) a long time ago that adds 4 new options to any window menu. It allows you to a windows process higher priority, set always on top, set transparency, and minimize it to tray easily, quickly, and the minimal RAM usage.

Batch Rename Files with Lupas Rename

A great program called Lupas Rename allows you to rename multiple files, be it photos, documents, or anything else easily and very quickly. This howto will show how to use it and what it can do.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

How to change the default save format for Office 2007

Everyone who has tried Office 2007 out has seen the new format it saves in. The problem is many people who you want to send your documents to do not have Office 2007 and therefore will not be able to see your document. It is a hassle to have to press save as and change it to the right format every time you make a new document. An easy fix to the problem is to change the default format until more people can read the new office format. It is the same procedure for all office products so I will only show the procedure for Microsoft Office Word 2007.

Update: If you would like to see how it is done in Office 2010, use the new guide.

The multiple uses of TweakUI

Many people do not know about the Windows XP Powertoys Microsoft released. They can help with speeding repetitive tasks up or help further customize Windows. This blog will be about TweakUI. You may download it here.