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Access ALL Windows 7 Control Panel Settings

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With Windows 7, Microsoft has really made some changes to the control panel structure.  If you are like me and have difficulty finding certain settings, this trick may help.  This little "hack" allows you to pull all the control panel settings into one window!  It is very simple to do. 

  1. Right Click your Windows 7 Desktop and create a new folder.
  2. Rename the folder to (without the quotes) "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}."
  3. The folder should change it's icon once you click to open it. 

Ubuntu 10.04 New features

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Version 10.04 of Ubuntu is nearing the horizon!  Besides this version being an LTS (long term support) edition, there are many new features to get excited about.  Here are just a few of the new features from the Ubuntu website:

Improved support for nVidia proprietary graphics drivers

  • Three different NVIDIA proprietary drivers are currently available: nvidia-current (190.53), nvidia-173, and nvidia-96. Thanks to a new alternatives system, it is now possible to install all three of these packages at the same time (although it is only possible to have one configured for use at a time).

Social from the Start

  • We now feature built-in integration with Twitter,, Facebook, and other social networks with the MeMenu in the panel, which is built upon the Gwibber project, which has a completely new, more reliable backend built on top of desktopcouch. Gwibber now also supports a multi-column view for monitoring multiple feeds simultaneously.

New boot experience

  • Multiple changes to look, feel and speed of the boot experience have been included in the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS beta.

New Themes

  • The desktop has been beautified with the addition of two brand new themes, Ambiance and Radiance. New wallpaper and icons are also included.

Ubuntu One Music Store

  • Millions of songs are available for purchase from your Ubuntu desktop, integrated with the Rhythmbox Music Player and using Ubuntu One cloud storage for backup and easy sync. Watch for the public beta launch.
You can read about the rest of the changes for the upcoming release here.

Update to Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

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One of the great compatibility features of Windows 7 is "XP Mode".  Simply put this tool runs Windows XP inside of Windows 7, allowing many older programs to run on your new PC.  XP Mode still only runs on certain versions of Windows 7 (Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise).  However the requirement that your processor supports hardware virtualization has been removed.  This is definitely a win for consumers because many low-end and midrange CPUs do not include that feature.  To use this feature you still must download the standard XP Mode package (available here).  After installing it, you can get the update to remove the virtualization requirement here (32 bit, 64 bit). 


AVG LinkScanner, another free security tool to help protect you

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AVG has released another free tool that can help protect your PC from internet scum.  This is not a full security suite, but just a small browser add-in that checks out links you are about to click and lets you know if they are suspect.  Yes this type of tool is present in some full featured security suites.  However, if you already have security software installed that does not include this type of feature LinkScanner may be a worthwhile download (hey its free!).  The attached video is AVG's quick intro and explanation of the tool.  If you are looking for new full featured security software for your PC, you should check out AVG Anti-Virus.  They have a special right now: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0 - 2 years for the price of 1!


PhotoSketch - a very interesting image tool

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If this is real (can't tell the creator's site is down), this could be one of the coolest and most innovative imaging tools I have ever seen. Check out the video:

PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage from tao chen on Vimeo.


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