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How to Remove Unwanted Formatting from Text

The problem

If you've copied text from a webpage or a PDF file to an email, you've encountered the problem associated with formatting being copied along with the text. The result can look very strange indeed, with broken lines and odd fonts.

You've probably also encountered a similar problem when you copied an email reply into another document. All those crazy >>> characters get copied, along with the broken lines and paragraphs as well.

The solution

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How to Improve Your Security When Using a Public Terminal

Using a hotel computer, one in an internet cafe or airport is a risky business. Public terminals are fine for general browsing and even (with a few precautions) collecting your email but when it comes to logging in to your bank account or making an online purchase they really should be avoided.

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How to Find Out the Real Manufacturer of a Recordable DVD

Recordable DVD's, in particular cheap ones, can be famously picky about which drives they will work in. I found this utility when a friend was having problems burning supermarket own brand discs. DVDIdentifier queries the physical manufacturer details on the DVD and displays it. Supports all DVD formats and Blu-Ray. The database seems quite old, but new manufacturers are probably few and far between. The prognosis for my friend — go buy some decent TDK discs.

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How to Unlock Extra Functions on Canon Compact Digital Cameras

Canon like most manufacturers employ product crippling on their firmware to create different product options. An enterprising software development CHDK has hacked the firmware for a range of Canon compact cameras.

The upgrade gives users access to options normally reserved for SLR level cameras. Examples include longer shutter speeds, live histogram display, saving RAW files and changing bitrate used for video clips. Scripts are also supported allowing time-lapse photography and motion detection which has been used to make lightning photography easier.

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Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC

In today's climate what is the best approach to avoiding getting your PC infected with malware? Gizmo lays out some simple steps you can take to ensure viruses, trojans, keyloggers and other nasties don't take control of your PC

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The Three Most Under-utilized Keyboard Shortcuts

I was standing behind my wife the other day quietly watching her use her computer to write an email. The more I watched the clearer it became just how much extra work she was creating for herself by not using Windows keyboard shortcuts.

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How to Create a Bootable Rescue CD

Sooner or later it will happen to you. One day you'll turn on your PC and it won't boot. No matter how many times you desperately retry, Windows simply won't start up. All the time you will be thinking "why didn't I backup my data."

The good news is your data is probably OK; it's just that you can't get to it. Unless of course your hard drive has died. In that case maybe you really should have backed up your data :>)

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How to Remove the NAG Screen from Diskeeper Lite

Diskeeper Lite is a great freebie but the nag screen is extremely intrusive. So intrusive that it goaded subscriber "Koolance" to find a way of removing it. Here's the way he did it:

"1. First make sure you have set file extensions to be displayed in Windows Explorer. To do this open Explorer and go to Folder Options / View tab and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types".

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