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July 2010

July 24, 2010

Trapped In A Dialog

As you may know, I sometimes use Jing to take screenshots. Usually, this is when Snipping Tool stops working, and my kill the process trick doesn't revive it. Lately, when I booted my machine, I saw this dialog appear: Learn Jing Now? No thanks, I already know how to use Jing. So... what other options do I have? "Replay" "Sign Up Now" That's it. The usual Minimize-Maximize-Close buttons from Windows aren't there, and I don't see a Close button. Replay just starts the tutorial video again, and Sign Up Now sounds like I have to register for something . I already created a Screencast account - I remember doing that specifically to satisfy Jing. So, as far as I know, I don't need to sign up. Yet,…
Personal Stories
July 17, 2010

A True Case of Accidental Plagiarism

One college semester, long ago, I had an English class that ended with one very unfortunate event. It left me accused for something that I did not intend to do, forever changing the way I approach my written works. Back then, it took me up to 2 1/2 hours of travel time to get to school, and 2 1/2 hours to return home. I did this every day, and so I didn't have much time to relax when I got home. Think about it, I left home - it was dark out. I get home, dark - the only sunlight I saw was during my breaks at school. I'll likely focus on my transport stories in another post - it's a fascinating tale in itself;…
Tips & Tricks
July 11, 2010

Accessing the Menu Bar in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Before the introduction of Vista, Windows always featured a menu bar in Windows Explorer. It offered the following menu options: File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, and Help. Below is a screenshot of the bar in Windows Server 2003: Since Vista, Microsoft has decided to hide the bar, by default. In Windows 7, here's what Windows Explorer looks like: While the menu bar is no longer visible, it hasn't been completely removed from the operating system. You can simply press ALT to make it appear. Once visible, it is designed to disappear whenever you left-click the Windows Explorer window. If you actually click the menu, you can execute one action, and then the bar will disappear again. In this manner, Windows ensures that the menu bar is…
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