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Installing Windows 7 onto a disc-less computer

Windows, Windows 7 // 03/02/2010



Although the usual way to install Windows 7 is from a DVD, it’s possible to copy the contents of your installation DVD to a USB flash drive and install the operating system from there. This is particularly handy for optical-disc-less notebooks and for netbooks, which almost never include a DVD drive. An added attraction is […]

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Recovering deleted files

Pre-7 Windows, Windows, Windows 7 // 02/28/2010



We all know cats have nine lives, but did you know files have three? When you create a file, it has its first bite at existence, an existence which continues until you, in your casual god-like manner, delete it. Deleting the file isn’t the end, though. All you need to do is open up the […]

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Using the spike to rearrange text in Microsoft Word

Word // 02/28/2010


Microsoft has long produced software with a belt-and-braces approach, offering a choice of ways to perform a particular task. For example, in Word, you’ll find a smorgasbord of methods for cutting, copying and pasting text. There’s the usual cut, copy and paste via keystroke, menu or toolbar. There’s also the Office Clipboard, which is like […]

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Databasics II: Creating your first database

Databases // 02/28/2010


This tutorial guides you through building a simple, single-file database. In a single-file database, also known as a flat-file database, you put all your information into a single table. This is the simplest form of database to create, but it has some serious limitations and disadvantages. The most important of these limitations are that single-table […]

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