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How to Schedule Programs to Run Automatically

It's often very handy to be able to schedule tasks to run unattended. The classic example is backup. I backup my key data each night at 2.00 a.m. and thankfully I don't have to be there to make it happen. Instead it takes place automatically using the task scheduler built into the backup program.

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Free Downloadable PDF Tech Guides and Tutorials

Users are free to download, copy, print or otherwise reproduce any of the PDF guides on this page provided it is not for profit and provided the documents are reproduced in their entirety. Webmasters wanting to use this copyright material should contact Gizmo using the contact form on the left sidebar.

These PDF files were acquired by this site from the journal "PC Support Advisor" which is no longer published. The quality is outstanding though some articles are showing their age. The most dated articles have been placed at the bottom of the page.

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Migrating to Mozilla Firefox

Thinking of migrating to Mozilla Firefox from Internet Explorer? In this two-part article we discuss the pros and cons and installation issues.


Part 1: The Pros and Cons

Things change quickly in the world of computers. Just a year ago Microsoft's Internet Explorer seemed to have an unassailable hold on the Internet browser market.

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How to Install Firefox

This guide is intended for those who have made the decision to swap to Firefox. If you are still deciding then you should first read part one of this article which deals with the pros and cons of changing.

1. Download the product

You can download the latest version of Firefox for free from here:

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Never Re-install Windows Again Part 2: Partitioning your hard drive

In this second part of this multi-part series Gizmo shows you how to partition your hard drive into a system drive and a data drive using free tools  Part 1   Part 3

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How to Remove Google Text Ads

It seems that almost every web page you view these days has Google AdSense texts ads spread across the top or down the side.

These ads have never bothered me. They are easy enough to ignore and besides, website owners are entitled to earn a living just like the rest of us.

However, lately some sites have started embedding the Google ads in the center of the page or worse still, right in the middle of a block of text. So I decided enough was enough and started looking for ways to block the ads.

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How to Hide a Windows Folder

Folder hiding is a simple way of keeping prying eyes away from your private documents.

From a human point of view it's a good solution; what you can't see, you don't know you want.

Encrypting a folder can have the opposite effect. The folder is visible and if access is attempted, the need to enter a password positively shouts the message that someone is trying to hide something.

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How to Backup the Windows Registry


In simple terms the Windows Registry can be thought of as a file containing an extended inventory of all your PCs hardware and software.

When Windows starts up it consults the Registry in order to know how to relate to your specific hardware and software.

It's a file that's essential to Windows. If it gets corrupted Windows won't be able to function properly.

And it does get corrupted; rather too often actually. That's why it's good practice to have a backup copy.

Easy, you say, I'll just copy the file to another location.

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How to Reduce Spam


As spam recipients go, I'm a class act. I get hundreds every day and on some days, more than 1,000. Yet in my mail box I hardly see any. Here's how I do it.

First, a little history. I used to use a Bayesian spam filter running on my PC. The product I used was an Outlook add-in called JunkOut. Like most Bayesian filters it took a while to train but once trained it worked just fine. The spam detection rate was around 98% and the number of false positives (good mail wrongly classified as spam) was vanishingly small.

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