Tutorials / How-tos


How to Use Mouse Shortcuts


Now this is a subject area I hadn't even considered until I got an email from South African subscriber Cobus Jacobs.

Cobus had just read my article on keyboard shortcuts in #139 and wrote in to suggest three tips for use on any mouse with a scrolling wheel. Here's what he had to say:

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How to Work With Audio CD .CDA Files


Digital Audio CDIf you view the contents of a music CD from Windows, you'll see that it contains a number of .CDA files each corresponding to a song track. (CDA stands for Compact Disk Audio)

I regularly get letters from subscribers asking why can't they just copy these files to their PC rather than first having to rip them to .WAV, MP3 or other music files.

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How to Disable the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM)


The MSJVM is a dead product; it's no longer shipped with Windows yet it can be found on many PCs, maybe even yours. That's because it was included in every version of Windows from 95 through to XP SP1a.


I recommend that you disable MSJVM because it's a known security risk. There have numerous  MSJVM security problems in the past and more will surely follow.


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How to Move the My Documents Folder

Moving the "My Documents" folder to another drive or partition in Windows XP is easier than you think (Not applicable to Vista)

Most folks use the My Documents folder to keep all their personal data. Unfortunately, this folder is by default located on the C: drive, the same drive that contains the Windows operating system.

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How to Make Firefox Load Faster


Firefox may run quickly but it loads slowly; here's how to fix it.

(This tip is for experienced computer users only.)

You can slash Firefox's slow load time by compressing the DLLs and executables. There are many choices for compression but I suggest you use UPX which is free, efficient and time proven.


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How to Surf More Securely


With the number of hostile websites increasing every day surfing has become a much more risky activity. In this article Gizmo shows you two different ways to increase your surfing safety. Additionally he explains how to configure all your programs that use the internet, to work more safely.

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How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird

Backing up Firefox and Thunderbird is easier than you think. Here Gizmo explains how

Firefox and Thunderbird Firefox users need to back up regularly to guard against the possibility that their profile gets corrupted or wiped after installing a new extension or a new version of Firefox. If you use Thunderbird then it's even more important that you back up to ensure you don't accidentally lose your email correspondence and account settings.

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