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  1. note: for future readers of this thread - WinXP Service Pack 3 included the Hotfix KB875506 that PsiMoon314 mentioned here
  2. thank you - you cleared a lot of that up for me. I was pretty sure I was able to deactivate windows and use the COA key to reactivate it. I might be mistaken - I lose track of what all I try sometimes. I was mainly concerned that I "used up" that upgrade cd of mine in the process of testing that process out to confirm it - since I was just planning on junking the hard drive I was installing it to. I didn't know an install cd could be activated more than once. (I'm not sure why I went and called microsoft, though, that was a little crazy.) I didn't know that was possible - that could come in extremely handy. I'm going to have to try that out. lol - I had kind of an essay question thing going on there, didn't I - sry I really do appreciate your help, though. thank you! _
  3. the Linux KDE and Gnome desktop enviroments have "Control Centers" that do pretty much what your describing see the KControl article on Wikipedia - the Gnome Control Center is similar have you ever used Linux?
  4. awhile back I was working on someone's pc - installed a new hard drive (I think it was a hp/compaq) and was having trouble with doing a system recovery (reinstalling windows) from its recovery disks (I kept getting BSOD's). Wanting to see if it may have been a problems with the disks themselves I installed Windows XP HE off of an Windows XP HE upgrade disk I have (it's never actually been used on a computer). That seemed to work so I tried the steps outlined here to change the activation key to the key that was on the green Microsoft Windows XP HE sticker on the back of the pc. I'm pretty certain it worked; the activation accepted the key. (I later got new recovery disks for the pc from hp/compaq and reinstalled using them). I wanted to confirm that this was always possible so tried doing that on another pc I picked up used (an old Dell gx260 with a wiped and failing hard drive & no recovery disks). It didn't work - said "incorrect key". I wasn't sure of what all I did the first time so I went and called the Microsoft Windows Activation and went through the steps they outlined and it activated. I think I just activated that copy of Windows XP to be used on that computer - I didn't really want to do that (I ordered the recovery media for the pc from Dell and was going to use that.) the questions I have: did I just render that copy of Windows XP I used useless to be used on any other computer? Once I use the Dell recovery disks to reinstall WinXP on it will it de-activate that copy of WinXP I used - activating the Dell version to be used with the pc instead? is what I was attempting to do in the first place possible (using the computer's OEM product key instead of the key on a WinXP install disk) - I'm pretty certain that worked the first time? I come across computers without the recovery media often - it seems that most people don't consider them important enough to save (arghhh!! - my pet peeve). A lot of pc's have recovery partitions that can be used - I come across many people knowledgeable in computers who don't seem to know that (and end up wiping them off the hard drive). I do know there's a difference between OEM versions of Windows and the Microsoft Windows installation disks - although I can't say that I understand all of that completely since I've seen WinXP install disks labeled OEM that looked the same as ones that aren't - that's a sort of a separate issue though. anyway - I apologize for the verboseness of my post, but wanted to provide enough info. - thanks
  5. I'd like to see an Educational category - but the only entry I personally have for it right now is Stellarium - may be a little graphics intensive but it's great - from their site: I never see clipboard managers on these lists - how do people get along without one? it's beyond me! YankeeClipper III - my favorite ArsClip a couple of dictionaries accessible from the tray: there's WordWeb and StarDict has a Windows version Also... LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio has a Windows version now
  6. For all you folks in the US (and has heard of them), I just heard that CompUSA was bought out and all the stores will be closed (for good). Apparently it's all happening pretty quickly. -- I have one near me but hardly ever go there anymore (and when I do I rarely buy anyhing worth mentioning). I'm sure I'm not alone in that so I guess it was inevitable. It sounds like they might liquidate their inventory after the holiday sales.
  7. another neglected Opera user here Firefox for the sites that don't like Opera IE7 for the sites that don't like visitors
  8. For Windows: Best: YankeeClipper Worst: Earthlink's software For Linux: Best: Linux Worst: The d**ned ATI proprietary video driver (does that count?!)
  9. these little utilities can give the hex/rgb color value of an individual pixel on the screen. they can come in handy for web page designers and for graphics work. Color Detector: http://www.cosmin.com/colordetector/ Color Cop: http://prall.net/colorcop/features ColorPic: http://www.iconico.com/colorpic/ Instant Eyedropper: http://instant-eyedropper.com/ I personally like Color Detector but Color Cop has a stand-alone version. Haven't tried the other two. Also, a recent PCWorld newsletter mentioned GIMPshop: http://plasticbugs.com/?page_id=294 has anyone tried it?
  10. A little extension for Nautilus that I find comes in handy is nautilus-open-terminal. From the package description: There is also Glipper, the Gnome counterpart to the KDE Klipper clipboard manager.
  11. there is also the gnome-art package available in the repositories (in Ubuntu anyway) "Gnome Art is a tool for downloading and installing GNOME themes from http://art.gnome.org/ website. It provides a nice theme list with options to preview, download and install them." Also, if anyone ever wonders what the different theme types are (as I did at first) - GTK2, Metacity, etc. this thread explains it all well.
  12. I found this via this site that I stumbled upon. There's some other pretty funny links there. Your Computer is Made Out of Magic
  13. my new (budget) Acer notebook with Vista (broke the display on my old one) -- the driver for the ATI integrated graphics card on this one doesn't support Beryl (Linux desktop enhancements) that well -- but I have Vista now! - (I guess...)