Stories by Steve Bass

Ways to make Vista and XP work your way

Had enough of Windows' shenanigans? I'll show you how to print elegant folder lists, dispatch Balloon Tips and annoying icon wizards, and copy files that won't copy. Plus, I debunk a performance hoax that's making the rounds on the Net.

Windows XP SP3's aches, pains and user complaints

Even though my SP3 update went well, maybe yours didn't. So far, I've heard from about a dozen readers experiencing problem installations. This week, I share a few complaints and show you a fix for one of the most common errors.

More quick fixes for common Windows annoyances

If you've got a multislot media card reader, chances are you face a mess of drive letters every time you double-click My Computer. I've finally outsmarted the Redmond kids in my battle with the dumb way Windows handles drive letters--and in this colu...

Don't like RealPlayer? You've got options

I fell into the RealPlayer quagmire minutes after I sent some friends a link to the sandhill crane webcam. They were kvetching because the webcam uses RealPlayer to stream the media – and no one wanted to install the bloated, ad-encumbered prog...

Get your blogs in e-mail

I'll read blogs online only if I'm forced into it. My preference is to have the blog delivered to me and see it first as e-mail. That way I can choose to read it now or later or not at all.

Please do not use these programs for illegal purposes

Google's in the news these days (ain't that a surprise). Seriously, I can't look at PC World's site -- or just about any blog -- without seeing its name. I figure I'm not going to go against the tide, so this week I've got two new Google newsmakers -...

A trouble-free PC is just four short steps away

I've been fixing Windows annoyances for more years than I care to remember. Now I'm going to fess up: Dumb, in-a-hurry, and just plain careless users -- like me -- often bring PC problems upon ourselves. Here's the good news: Four simple tricks can h...

Microsoft: Asking for hotfixes gets easier

Have you ever bumped into a Microsoft Knowledgebase article that tells you there's am update for your particularly gnarly Windows problem -- but you have to jump through hoops to get the fix?

Update: I'm Still Ignoring Vista

Oh sure, I've tried it--safely tucked into a virtual machine (ironically, the Virtual PC supplied by none other than Microsoft). I'll spent a few days playing with it, then feel grateful I'm still using XP

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The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

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