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Wahoo's Computer & Internet Tips Newsletter - September 2005

In The News This Month...
This newsletter is coming to you a few days earlier than usual because we are finally going camping!! Yeah!! We have been working very hard all summer to be able to get away for a couple of days. I envied the people we get in the store during the summer because they are always on holidays and enjoying the backcountry while I'm slaving away. So for the first time in over 2 years I am getting a couple of days off for relaxation. Yes, you heard that right. I haven't had any time off in over 2 years! And that time off only consisted of an overnight trip to a local lake!

I sometimes wonder if it's worth it to work for yourself as opposed to working for somebody else. At least I would get my 2 weeks' holidays. But that is probably the only good thing about it. I love being my own boss and doing whatever I want when I'm at work. If I want to surf the internet for half the morning, I don't have to worry about the boss looking over my shoulder. Mind you, if I'm not doing some work for somebody, I'm not getting paid for it. It takes a lot of discipline to work for yourself. You have to crack the whip at yourself from time to time.

How many of you out there are self-employed? What do you find are the pros and cons of being your own boss? Please share with me and I will post some comments in next months' issue. Please use the contact form on the left at the bottom.

I have included 2 tips for your reading enjoyment this month. The first tip is a Windows Tip: Taking "Control" and the second is a Miscellaneous Tip: Games Run By CD's. Hope you enjoy them!

That's that. Thanks for reading!
Wanda Clark
Wahoo Enterprises
820 - 1st Ave., PO Box 946
McBride, BC Canada V0J 2E0
Contact me using the Online Contact Form on the left at the bottom.

Did You Know...?

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

Windows Tip: Taking "Control"

Are you the kind of person who is constantly adjusting things in Control Panel? This tip will save you some time.

For Windows 95 / 98 / 2000:
Rather than clicking Start, Setting, Control Panel then hunting for the appropriate icon in the Control Panel folder, you can put a cascading Control Panel right on your Start menu. Then you just click Start, Control Panel and select the appropriate utility from a menu.

1. Right click the Start button and select Explore from the resulting menu.
2. By default, you will end up in the Windows / Start menu folder. Right click on any blank area in the right pane and select New, Folder from the resulting menu.
3. A new folder will be created with it's name (new folder) highlighted. Enter (or paste) the line below in for the name and hit Enter:

Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

Note that if you don't get it pasted properly and you end up with a folder named "new folder", you can re-name the folder with a right click. That gives you a second chance at pasting the above line in. That's it.

For Windows ME:
To enable this, just click the Start button, Settings, Taskbar & Start Menu. From the resulting screen, hit the Advanced tab.

Now look for the option called "Expand Control Panel." Check that, hit OK, and you have your cascading Control Panel.

For Windows XP:
1. Right click the Start button, Properties.
2. On the resulting screen, click the Customize button. On the next screen, click the Advanced tab.
3. The first item in the Start menu item box should be Control Panel. Select the little "Display as menu" item and you will have XP's version of cascading control panel.

Miscellaneous Tip: Games Run By CD's

My son has tons of games that run by the CD and more times than I care to mention he's asking me where he put his CD's. Like I know! So here's an older tip that I think will still work on today's newer computers. It's worth a try anyways!

If you have space on your hard drive (I know most newer ones have over 100GB of storage) make a folder on your C drive (or D or whatever drive you like) and copy the contents of the CD-ROM to it. Then install from there. By installing like this, the program will look to your folder rather than the CD-ROM drive for the files it needs. The game will usually run faster and you never have to worry about hunting down the CD again.

Here's how to do it:
1. First, create a folder on your hard drive for the program. Right click My Computer and select Explore from the resulting menu. Click the C drive (or which ever drive you desire) in Explorer. Right click a blank area and select New, Folder from the resulting menu. Give the folder an appropriate name (maybe "MyProgramSetup" for example).
2. Next you will need to be sure your computer is set to view all files (in case there are hidden files on the CD). From Explorer, hit the View menu, Folder Options. Click the View tab and make sure "Show All Files" is selected. Hit OK.
3. Now put your CD into the CD drive (hold the Shift key down while you do it to prevent it from auto-running). Click the CD-ROM drive in Explorer and press CTRL-A to select everything on the disk. Right click the highlighted files and select Copy. Then open the folder you just created on your C drive (or whatever) and select Paste.
4. After it's finished copying, go to the folder and run the setup program as usual.

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