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Recording what you hear in Windows 7

At first glance, it may look like Microsoft disabled recording of internal—or “what you hear”—sounds in Windows 7. Well, they didn’t. It’s a little trickier, granted, but this is (often) a quick fix.

To enable it:
1. Right click on the speaker icon in the system tray (bottom right).
2. Choose Recording Devices
3. In the empty white space, right-click and choose Show Disabled Devices. You should see Stereo Mix appear in the list.
4. Right click on Stereo Mix and choose Enable.
5. Right click … Keep reading »

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Fix iTunes 10 vertical control buttons

iTunes 10. Good stuff. But I’m really surprised that Apple — who are known for their design expertise — would not only violate a well-known design convention, but their own well-known design convention with those stoplight control buttons. It may seem like a simple annoyance, but multiply it by 1000 times over the course of a week or a month, and you have a fairly irritating problem.

Fortunately, putting those buttons back the way they should be is pretty easy. (Mac … Keep reading »

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Wallpaper Won’t Change on Windows 7?

We have Windows 7 Home Premium 3-bit on one computer and suddenly couldn’t change the wallpaper. This seems to be a problem out there. There can be various ways to fix it. This one worked for us:

Hit the Start ball

Type “adjust appearance”

A link called “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows” will appear. Click that.

Toggle the top check box “Animate controls and elements inside windows”


Worked for us. Your actual mileage may vary.

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Video Cables Demystified!

Let’s face it—there are way too many different types of cables. I get asked fairly often what they’re all for, and do we even need them all? It’s really not as complicated as it seems—sort of. Anyway, let’s get to work and untangle that mess behind your TV!

Before we get too deep into it, we need to define the terms digital and analog.

Digital? Analog? Huh?
You’re probably already pretty familiar with these, even if you might not be familiar with the … Keep reading »

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Get rid of annoying “Open File Security Warning” on Windows and Mac OSX

Okay, so the thing about downloading a file is that you usually know that you downloaded it. Because you did that. You downloaded it. Intentionally. On purpose. And now, when you open it, Windows or OSX feels that it needs to remind you that you downloaded it.

Goodness, I find that annoying–especially when it’s my own file or script that I created, or it’s a Microsoft program that Windows is telling you to be careful of, because who knows where a … Keep reading »

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Displaying WordPress Pages Like Posts

Sometimes, you just wish you could list your WP pages more like posts. I wanted not just a list of them, but with some kind of excerpt. Here’s how I did it:

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Fixing “Cannot connect to printer error 0x0000007e”

Recently, we had some problems setting up some network printers on computers running 64-bit Vista. We could connect to the print server, but making connections to the individual printers gave us this error. Good times.

The workaround was to add the printer manually, as a local printer. To do this: Go to Control Panel > Printers > Add Printer. Then add a new local printer, using a local port. (Not TCP/IP.) For the name, put in the whole path. This will … Keep reading »

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Auto-upgrade WordPress on 1and1

If you’re having troubles with WordPress’s automatic upgrade function (both the WP system and plugins), and your site is hosted by 1and1, try adding this to your .htaccess file (wherever your WP root folder is.)
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
Worked like a charm for me!

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