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You've probably already tried this, but just in case any of you haven't, try Foxit Reader. If you are sick of the size of adobe reader, sick of the prompting to download other programs, sick of the crashing it does, Foxit reader is for you. It's zippy and compact at 2.55 M! And it's available for Linux too! Get it at http://www.foxitsoftware.co... ......

Yesterday was the first day back on my job after a much-needed vacation. It was very busy yesterday, but still feel the euphoria associated with goofing off. I didn't go anywhere, but had a graduation party for my youngest son, built a gazebo from a kit and chaueffered my upstate NY mommy around to see the sites here. (She said it's like an oven here ......

I was reading an article about why you shouldn't daisy chain UPSs. Initially, I couldn't understand why this was even article worthy. I'm thinking who in their right mind would do that. Then I thought maybe someone had leftover UPSs from a downsized company. It's finanacially smarter to buy the UPS you need than two half the runtime. On a 120V battery, ......

The other day I was called to the desk to fix someone's browser hijack. Ran Adaware and spybot and still it was hijacked. Looked through the processes in task manager and control panel add/remove programs.; I deleted everything suspicious. Still it was hijacked. If you haven't tried super antispyware yet, do try it. It was the winner. It found and destroyed ......

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A laggy old PIII was my test subject yesterday. Installed xubuntu desktop v. 8.04 (a linux distribution) on it and it was browsing the internet as fast as my desktop which I am continually tweaking. It was unbelieveable. Just wiping Windows turned a reject computer into something I'd want to take home with me! Incredible. Xubuntu is available at http://www.ubuntu.com ......

Without a doubt, the best value around for techs is IEEE membership. The dues includes a subscription to Computer magazine, podcasts, online periodicals. A full-year membership is $165, but you receive so much for that amount. There are 1300 online training classes to choose from. They are tech and business related so there is something for everyone. ......

If I were to establish a motto for my career, it would have to be "Making technical concepts understandable to my users." If someone walks away from a help desk thinking, "Huh?" then it's not a successful encounter. The department I am proud to be a member of recently won a service appreciation award. I take that as a success for us. Over the months ......

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