Hard Reset a Palm

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palmpilotIf your palm is acting weird, did you try hard-resetting it? It’s like rebooting your computer.

  1. Just sync the palm to your machine so your desktop will have the latest info.
  2. Do a hard-reset on the palm (hold the power button down, press the reset button in the back, let go the reset button, wait for the welcome screen to appear, release the power button). This will clear out everything on the palm.
  3. Now run your Palm Desktop, click on the hotsync icon on the lower right, select Custom, select each of the Conduits (except for Install and System which you can leave as-is) and pick Desktop overwrites Handheld. Be careful and don’t select the reverse otherwise you will lose everything. Click Done to close the custom dialog.
  4. Now do a hotsync. You may be prompted to select yourself as the user.

When the hotsync is done, your palm should have your info again.

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Getting Out of Safe Mode

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In safe mode, you will see the words safe in all four corners of the screen. If this is the case, then shutdown and restart your computer.

If it still comes back up in safe mode after the reboot, then there is a problem with one of your devices. Did you just recently install something? Try uninstalling and/or unplugging the device.

If you don’t see safe in the corners, then you are running in normal mode and you just need to change your resolution.

To do so:

  1. Right-click on the desktop (the default area of the screen where there is no window). Or go to start->Settings->Control Panel->Display to get the same thing.
  2. You will see the display properties window, click on the Settings tab.
  3. On the bottom right, you will see Screen area. Select 800 by 600 pixels. On the left, you will see Colors. Select High Color (16 bit).
  4. Hit the Apply. Then OK.
  5. Restart your computer.
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Speedup Windows By Removing Startup Programs

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speedygonzalesExtraneous programs that run at startup will slow down your system. These programs are not necessary and can be removed safely. Some are even harmful virus or spyware programs that should be removed.

First, run your anti-virus and anti-spyware scanners to clean any malicious programs from your system. If you don’t have either, learn how to get them free here.

Then download and install the free Microsoft Autoruns utility. When run, it will give you a comprehensive listing of all programs running on your system. Select the Logon tab to just list programs that start when Windows start. Uncheck an offending program to prevent it from starting when your machine turns on.

A more user-friendly utility similar to Autoruns (though not as excellent) is the What’s Running application. When you select a process, What’s Running will attempt to retrieve information about that process from its parent website. Go to the Startup tab for a list of programs that run when Windows start up.

Windows XP, 2000, and NT come with services (these programs are not listed by Autoruns or What’s Running) which may be configured to automatically start when Windows launch. To view the list of services, run services.msc from the start/run menu. Alternatively, under Windows NT, go to start->settings->control panel->Services menu. Under Windows 2000, go to Administrative Tools->Services menu.

Windows 98 and XP come with a built-in program called System Configuration Utility to list startup programs. Though it does not provide a comprehensive listing, the System Configuration Utility should do in a pinch (when you don’t have Autoruns or What’s Running). Just run msconfig from the start/run menu. Go to the Startup tab.

For non-XP systems (Windows 95, Me, NT, and 2000), here are some places where startup programs may be registered (only recommended for experts):

  • Under the C:\ root directory, look for the autoexec.bat file.
  • In the C:\Windows or C:\winnt directory, find win.ini and system.ini files. Look for sections [boot] or [system] and keywords load= or run=.
  • In the registry. Go to menu start/run and launch regedit.
    • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion.
    • Look for sections Run, RunOnce, RunService, etc.
  • Under the menu Start->Programs->Startup folder.

For process information on common startup programs, check out these sites:

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Protect Shared Folders in XP Home

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In Windows XP Home Edition, there is no way to add a password to a shared folder, which means you can’t restrict individual access to the folder. But there is a way to prevent outsiders (those without a valid username and password) from accessing the shared folder.

Outsiders without valid username and password can only access the shared folder as a Guest. By password-protecting the Guest account, we can prevent such access.

  1. Log on as Administrator.
  2. Go to Settings->Control Panel->User Accounts, and click on Guest Account to make sure it is turned on.
  3. Go to Start->Run, type cmd, and hit Enter.
  4. At the prompt, type net user guest password and hit Enter.
  5. Go back to User Accounts and click on the Guest account. Note that you can now add a password.Do so and reboot.

From now on, any attempt to log on to shared folders from the Guest account will require the Guest password for access; even if the Guest account is turned off!

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Accelerator Keys for Address Bar Text Alignment (Internet Explorer)

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You can set the input text alignment (left or right) in the address bar using these key combinations:

  • Hit Ctrl-Left Shift to align to the left (this is the default mode).
  • Hit Ctrl-Right Shift to align to the right.

These shortcuts annoyed me tremendously because I would hit Ctrl-Right Shift by mistake while trying to hit Ctrl-Enter (for address completion, which adds www. to the beginning and .com to the end). Because the shortcuts were not documented, I had a hard time figuring out what was going on.

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