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Retired teacher worked with computers and computer training for over 25 years. Have written many training manuals on Microsoft products.

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A Winning Combination – Win Key + X and Classic Shell

While there are many useful keystroke combinations for Windows 8, perhaps the Win key + X combination is one of the most useful. It opens up access to Windows managerial…

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Office 2013 but Oh, So Bland!

George Garza  has written a good insight into the new Office 2013 (See: “A Quick View of Office 2013“). It  is easy to download and it installs effortlessly, provided of course you…

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What no iGoogle?

On November 1, 2013 Google is killing iGoogle! Why? Is it too successful? What is it being replaced by? None of the answers to these questions supplied by Google is…

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Get the Start Menu back with Classic Shell

In a recent blog I wrote about Start8, an application that provides access to “Run” and “Shutdown” and so on. While this is a useful addition to Windows 8 Release…

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Start8 for those still hankering for the Start Menu

Well the sound of fury about the demise of the Start menu in all versions of Windows 8 so far released certainly has not abated. Microsoft are resolute in their…

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Big Pond Thinks Big!

The Telstra T-BOX is a device allowing you to integrate internet and free-to-air entertainment on your TV, so you can watch what you want, when you’re ready to watch. It is available when you subscribe to a BigPond® Broadband service.

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Whither goeth the Start Menu?

According to numerous rumours, but not yet confirmed by Microsoft, the ubiquitous Start button will no longer be available in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, aka Windows 8 Beta.

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The Passing of Windows 8 Preview

This is a good time to think about the Microsoft’s experiment with Windows 8 Developer Preview.

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Latest Ways and Means to Share Files – Part 3 – Using SkyDrive

You can sync a folder using Windows Live Mesh and add it to SkyDrive.

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Latest Ways and Means to Share Files – Part 2 – Windows Live Mesh

Sharing some folders/files across a home network using Windows Live Mesh.

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Ways and Means to Share Files – Part 1

As well as using your Network/HomeGroup or a Data Transfer Cable, Windows Live Mesh is a great option for sharing files and folders.

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The Hackers are Back!

Windows Internet Explorer 9 stores seven types of information when you browse the web. Some of this can prejudice your computer’s security. Maybe it’s time to look at your passwords and change them!

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Looping the Loop!

Recently when installing a new application on my notebook running Windows 8 Preview in dual mode with Windows 7, I ran into real trouble, big-time!

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My Take on Windows 8 Task Manager

I have always been a fan of Windows Task Manager as it was a useful tool even in the earlier versions of Windows.

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Windows 8 Beta is on the Way!

When does your version of Windows 8 Preview expire? Check it out!

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Review Feature in Internet Explorer

I have used Internet Explorer 9 for some time and have found the new Preview feature useful when searching for information. When you do a search and get a list of…

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Working with a Touch Screen!

Touch screens are an interesting innovation but they have their drawbacks.

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Putting Windows 8’s Search through its paces (Part 2)

While I have been an avid fan of the Search feature in Windows 7, considering it unequalled, I decided to check it out in Windows 8 Preview. I was pleasantly surprised with the version in the the updated Windows Explorer.

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