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    Yet another "pages won't load" thread

    Hello fellow gurus. Two of the sites I visit most often now seem to take five minutes or more to load, or do not load at all. Problem started about three days ago. Nothing on the PC side has changed, except for a couple of MS critial updates. Here is the situation: Cable internet...
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    Do not display icon associated with file

    OK wizards... Long time no post, but I have a challenge for you. My ultimate goal is to code an on/off program to do this, but I need a starting point. How do I prevent XP from displaying the icons associated with files in Windows Explorer? I don't mind if it displays a generic icon...
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    Cannot ping or ipconfig from command prompt.

    Hello all. XP Pro with SP2 installed I just set up a wireless network using a Belkin Pre N router. I have all of the security options enabled. I'm also running Kerio Personal Firewall. When I attempt to ping or run ipconfig from the command prompt I get an "access denied" error. I...
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    Hard drive diagnostic links.

    Stumbled upon this while I was digging around for hard drive diagnostic programs... Thought I'd share. Kudos to kONGO at for compiling the list. HDD Manufacturers With Diagnostic Tools: IBM has sold the hard drive part of their business to Hitachi, the new company is...
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    Blonde cops

    Three blondes were all vying for the last available position on the local California police force. The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, "So you all want to be a cop, eh?" The blondes all nodded. The detective got up, opened a file drawer and pulled...
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    Just had to say....

    XPletive making his, what has become, biannual visit to NTFS. Just wanted to say nice new look!! Soothing and yet not so soothing at the same time. :D Nice job.
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    Could you pass the test?

    I was happy. My girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. My parent helped us in every way, my friends encouraged me, and my girlfriend? She was a dream! There was only one thing bothering me, very much indeed, and that one thing was her...
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    How to clear data from a hard drive sector?

    Maybe one of you gurus could point me in the right direction. Many months ago I installed Turbo Tax. As some of you may know, it came with a nice little "extra" feature called CDilla, which wrote data to sector 33 on my hard drive. I still suspect that there is a conflict between that...
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    New York Times editorial on Saddam

    While you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet, and I feel that the Bush administration has manipulated the media more than any past administration, I still have to believe that this editorial speaks the truth. Very disturbing stuff...
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    Fire and brimstone...

    "Dogs and cats living together! MASS HYSTERIA!" Eh... I was bored... :D
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    This thing will own you... Damn mathematical anomalies. :)
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    Tough one: DriveImage / MBR problem

    I don't know if anyone can actually answer this, but it's worth a try. My file system is NTFS. While attempting to image my boot partition with the Drive Image boot disks I got an error telling me that a Drive Manager was installed, but not currently running, and that the program...
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    Help with a MAJOR broadband slowdown

    Well... I'm brand new to broadband, so any answers will have to be at the noob level. :) I have cable internet access through Time Warner. They're using a Motorolla cable modem, and I installed a NetGear router. I also use the free version of Zone Alarm. I've had the broadband service...
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    Any advantage to a secure NIC?

    I'm jumping headfirst into the broadband waters. I ordered cable access and I'm searching for a decent NIC. I notice that 3COM sells a secure NIC, are there any advantages to it? It's $90, so that's a definite disadvantage. Also, if you have any comments, or suggestions to make my...
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    DiskKeeper 7 vs XP SP1?

    Long story: Installed Norton System Works 2003 because I got in on the $30 deal and wanted Norton Ghost. It installed, but none of the executables would run. Double-clicking them would bring up an hourglass for two seconds and that was it. No program, no processes, nothing. I still...
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    Be careful what you say around your kids!

    Whoops! :D
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    The chili tester

    Notes from an inexperienced chili taster named Frank who was visiting Texas from the east coast. Recently I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook off. The original person called in sick at the last minute. I happened to be standing at the judges table asking directions to...
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    This story happened about a month ago in a little town in Mexico, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchc0ck tale, it's real. A guy was hitch-hiking on a very dark and stormy night. He hadn’t seen a car for over an hour, and storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet...
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    Yeeeee HA!!!!!

    Halloween may be over, but I had to share this.
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    Three old ladies

    Three old ladies named Gertrude, Maude and Tilly were sitting on a park bench having a quiet conversation when a flasher approached from across the park. The flasher came up to the ladies, stood right in front of them and opened his trench coat. Gertrude immediately had a stroke. Then...