This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Customizing the Windows 7 Notifications Area
Windows 7 made a number of changes to the way that Windows worked. It also made some small ones — for example, the Windows Taskbar’s Status Area is now called the Notifications Area. No matter what we call it, it’s the area that is at the bottom right-hand corner of the monitor (in the default location of the Taskbar).
In the past, we could hide unused icons. We could also hide individual icons, if the individual program added that function to the icon it installed in the status area / notification area.
Windows 7 gives us more control, if we want to use it […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
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- Cleaning Up the Start Menu
Have you ever noticed that every program wants to install itself into the Start Menu in its very own line?
The Start Menu quickly balloons as each game adds its own block, each utility adds each own section, each graphics program, each communications program, etc. all with their very own listing under "All Programs"…
If you’ve got a small screen, especially if you use a large resolution like 1024×768 (or even 800×600), you can quickly get a menu that wraps and takes up the whole screen — and more!
However, it’s easy to take control of the Start Menu.
I have a very few entries in my All Programs list […]
- Upgrading the Router in Preparation for DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Speeds
Subscriber Gene Philbrick posted a question via my Terry’s Computer Tips blog, asking:
I have two Dell computers (an XP & VISTA) wired in one room. The above new modem is enroute to replace Comcast’s Motorola 11b modem. Expect I may have to also upgrade my router (currently a Linksys BEFSR41 v.2).
I have been reviewing two $80 routers: Linksys Wireless N Model WRT160N router and a Netgear Wireless N Model WNR2000 router I do not need wireless router capability but would like to match the DOCSIS 3.0 speed of the Motorola modem. What router would you suggest below $110? If not either of these two routers please suggest another modem.
I wrote back to Gene to suggest […]
- Upgrading to a DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
There are a lot of cable modems on the market these days. Well, there are a lot of DOCSIS 2.0 cable modems today. There don’t appear to be many that are the new DOCSIS 3.0 ones yet, though.
When cable television companies first started delivering Internet services over their cable systems, there were several competing proprietary systems. As usually happens, a standard was born.
DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification)is the standard for cable modems. DOCSIS version 2.0 has been around for a few years (since 2001) and is still widely supported by cable Internet service providers. DOCSIS 3.0, released in 2006, is beginning to replace DOCSIS 2.0 because of its increased capabilities.
That was my challenge when I decided to upgrade to a much faster Internet connection package from my Internet Service Provider.
I really didn’t need to […]
- Configuring the Windows 7 Start Menu
One of the features of Windows 7, and earlier versions of Windows, also, is the ability to change some configuration options for the Windows Start Menu and the Windows Task Bar.
I’ve written previously about how to organize the miriad of entries that programs add to the Start Menu — it’s easy to add folders to the Start Menu and to move items into those folders. For more information, see my articles Cleaning Up the Start Menu and Sorting the Windows 7 All Programs Menu – and Organizing it, too .
In this article, I’m going to focus on the configuration options. Our first step is to right-click on the Start Menu’s Orb icon (or button icon, in earlier versions of Windows) […]
- Printing from Excel — Setting The Area To Be Printed
Excel has a function to set a particular area of the spreadsheet to be printed instead of printing the entire spreadsheet. Sometimes, if you don’t realize this is set, you’ll have problems. Fortunately, getting out of trouble is pretty easy […]
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