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Roulade shaping

I was making chicken roulades stuffed with smoked pork loin and Gouda this week and was concerned with them keeping their shape.  I pounded out the chicken breasts between pieces of plastic wrap until they were quite thin, then put…

Select “No To All” in Windows

You’re copying data over and don’t want to delete any existing: of course the dialog box doesn’t have a “no to all” button, so you click no about a thousand times.  Or follow this trick: hold down SHIFT and click…

Get real control of shares in XP

I’m from an admin background and love the granular control of shares and security that come with Windows Server products and Windows 2000 Professional.  In Windows XP Microsoft wanted to simplify the process with Simple File Sharing.  To turn this…

KeyXL Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a great site that provides keyboard shortcuts for a ton of applications.  I’m a DOS user from way back and enjoy keyboarding instead of pointing and clicking.  A simple and to the point web site. KeyXL Keyboard Shortcuts

Converting a volume to NTFS

I have that wonderful WD Passport drive and use it for shuffling files between work and home.  I was copying a directory over and it was telling me the destination was full and couldn’t copy a 6 GB ISO image. …

GParted Walk Through

I’ve mentioned GParted before as an excellent free partition manager.  HowToForge.com has posted an excellent walk through to get the hesitant started. Modify your partitions with GParted without losing data

Sort your XP Program list alphabetically

This one comes from my friend J: I figured out how to sort the start menu alphabetically all the time. In regedit go to: [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer MenuOrder] Right click Menu Order and select Permissions Select Advanced Uncheck “Inherit from parent the…

Commonly used Excel formulas

Some of you may be Excel gurus, slicing and dicing your way across cells, but most of us just try and get by.  Microsoft has a nice page of 56 commonly used formulas, starting from the basics and moving up…

PC Magazine’s DIY

PC Magazine underwent a major design overhaul this year: I love it but there are some detractors.  They began a “Do It Yourself” section that details some nice projects: luckily they’ve collected them online.  Check it out and I’m sure…

PC Build: SOHO Server $1000 CDN

We’ve completely retooled our server recommendation. Previously we built an SME server at the $4000 CDN mark that filled most business requirements. We’ve scaled that back to a SOHO server that stretches to the SME segment for backup duties of…