Archive for the ‘PC’ Category

Improve Vista’s Start Menu

If you’re a little befuddled by Windows Vista’s start menu and it’s general lack of any sort of organization – check out Vista Start Menu, a freeware program (with a pro upgrade) that enhances the Vista start menu.

On top of the organizational and customizational benefits, the Vista Start Menu’s developers have taken into account the human brain’s cognitive abilities and limitations – particularly that your brain is darn good at using visual memory to find stuff.

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Flip 3D-like solutions for XP and Home Basic

If you happen to be one of the many folks that have a system pre-loaded with an OEM version of Windows Vista Home Basic, or just haven’t stepped into Microsoft’s new generation of OS and are still running XP, here’s a little tip on how you can have your system mimic Vista Aero’s slick new Flip 3D task switcher.

First, I should preface this with the tidbit that I spent a couple hours looking …

How to change the location of My Documents in XP and Vista

Having just taken delivery of a new system that came pre-installed with Windows Vista and not much else, I’m using the opportunity to right some wrongs in my rather horribly maintained file structure.

I like to keep my non-system/program files on a partition, while leaving the standard C drive to hold the bulk of installed programs and system files. This keeps all my media (movies, music, photos, etc.) seperate from the drive that houses my OS – allowing me a …

Full Hard Drive? Try Spacemonger

Trying to clean up a bloated hard drive can be a tedious task. How do you know which files or which applications are taking up the most space? Are there massive video files or photo stashes hidden away deep in some obscure folder that you've forgotten about? Well, Spacemonger is neato little app (just a 100kb download) which looks at your hard drive and then renders a graphical representation of its contents. Files, folders, and apps which take up the most space are represented by bigger squares.

Make XP Vista-ish with Zune theme

Zune ThemeTired of Windows XP’s three default colour schemes? Me too. Thankfully the folks behind Microsoft’s Zune mp3 player have a little something to give your Windows XP desktop a slicker Vista-ish style.

The Zune theme, which was previously called “Royale Noir”, has been out for a while – but unless you’re on a serious hunt for XP customizations, or have a Zune player, you’re not likely to stumble across it. However, if you’ve upgraded your Windows Media Player to version …