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What's the easiest way to synchronize text files between two computers?

I maintain lists of to-dos and other information in a lot of text files. Currently I've been having to shuttle them between work and home via my FTP server, which is about a five step process and rather annoying, espcially when Dreamhost is slow. What is an easier way to synchronize text files between two Windows XP machines that are NOT on the same LAN... with a big emphasis on EASY, preferably two steps or less?
posted by hansbleep on Dec 31, 2004 - 16 answers

Video Editing

Video Editing. What is the best solution on a Windows platform for video editing and burning to DVD? I am considering purchasing a Mac for this function, but if I could do it on Windows, it would be good as well.
posted by benjh on Dec 31, 2004 - 8 answers

what is the 5v standby alert when booting windows?

When I'm booted into Windows, the motherboard sensors always flash up an alert: the 5v Standby is below it's threshold at 4.2v. All I can do is kill PC Alert. I presume this isn't serious, since my PC has happily worked for years, but what is going on? What is the 5v Standby?
posted by salmacis on Dec 29, 2004 - 5 answers

Old Internet Explorer can't log onto Hotmail anymore.

There's probably an obvious answer to this one. My dad has an older pentium running Windows 98 and IE 5.0 connecting to the net via a cable modem. He does three things on the net 1) play chess 2) check email on Yahoo 3) check email on Hotmail. Three weeks ago he stopped being able to log into Hotmail. (MI) [more inside]
posted by dismitree on Dec 28, 2004 - 11 answers

Is my Windows Disk Defragmenter broken, or is it me?

I ran the Windows Disk Defragmenter overnight on my hard drive, and it didn't really work. Fragmentation is still rampant, and clicking Analyze tells me that I should defragment the drive. Hmm, I thought I just did. Is there anything I can do, or does the Defrag tool just suck?
posted by punishinglemur on Dec 26, 2004 - 7 answers

How do you get embedded .wmv files to play in Firefox?

I just started using firefox, and for a while all was good, but recently firefox has stopped playing WMV files that are embedded in web pages. I'm not exactly tech-savvy, so anyone know how to get them to play? It was in this link that the problem first popped up.
posted by dazed_one on Dec 21, 2004 - 6 answers

Windows XP crashing

Win XP Problem: Windows Explorer (and My Computer) keep crashing. If I bring either up, it crashes immediately (the computer doesn't crash). Around the same time, I noticed I'd acquired some spyware. So I ran Ad-aware, and it seemed to get rid of the bad stuff. But Explorer still crashes. I ran Norton Anti-Virus, which claimed it found viruses but couldn't fix them because I needed to adjust the properties of some of the Norton files. But I can't adjust these properties, because I can't get to the files (because Explorer crashes). Help.
posted by grumblebee on Dec 21, 2004 - 13 answers

Microsoft SP2 problems

So I installed the Microsoft Service Pack 2 on my Tablet PC, and now I got a world o' trouble . . . [+] [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison on Dec 20, 2004 - 6 answers

Is there a wireless media center that will work with Linux rather than Windows?

Wireless Media Centers. I've ripped all my CDs to mp3 files and am looking at 802.11b or g unit to connect to my stereo/tv to browse and play music. However, all that I've seen (netgear, linksys, creative) all require a Windows based server to drive the device. Are there any out there that will work with a simple shared volume off a linux server? [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 on Dec 19, 2004 - 12 answers

Is there a program that will reconstruct an NTFS file?

WindowsXPsupportfilter: Wow. My hard drive is all kind of messed up. Looking for a program that will reconstruct an NTFS file partition. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by monkeyman on Dec 18, 2004 - 5 answers

XP install: how do I find my sound card's drivers? And what programs do I really need?

Laptop Clean XP Install:
1] My (on board?) sound card is unrecognised. How do I find out what drivers to use?

2] What programs do you really think I need? I already have VNC, VLC, Firefox, Thunderbird and AVG installed. What else should I add? (Freeware/OS appriciated but not needed.) [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Dec 16, 2004 - 8 answers

Do iMacs, Palm Pilots, and Windows all play well together?

imacs and palm pilots and windows systems - do they play nicely together? i'm trying to help a friend figure out if his soon-to-arrive imac (his first mac since 85) will be able to sync with the calendar and contact software on a palm pilot. he currrently uses ACT at work (WIN), but is willing to change that to a different calendar/contact solution that will allow him to sync the palm pilot at home too, (and add info at home). any advice on simple solutions or best practices?
posted by chr1sb0y on Dec 10, 2004 - 4 answers

I have a keyboard question. Is there a way in WinXP to change the definition of individual keys?

I have a keyboard question. Is there a way in WinXP to change the definition of individual keys? My new computer has a keyboard layout that is subtly different from the old one which results in a smaller space bar and as a result I regularly hit the Alt key by mistake which pops up a menu and often leads to loss of text I've typed. Is there anyway to change another key to Alt and make the Alt key give me a space?
posted by Doohickie on Dec 4, 2004 - 5 answers

Default browser settings in Microsoft Office 2003?

How do I get hyperlinks in MS Office 2003 (SP1) to open in my default browser (Maxthon 1.1) rather than IE? I'm on WinXP SP2. Hyperlinks on the desktop or in other apps (e.g., Eudora) open correctly in Maxthon.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Dec 4, 2004 - 7 answers

How to change my parents' computer-destroying habits

Okay, I have parents that aren't the most tech-savvy people in the world. And that's okay.

The problem is that every three to four weeks, like clockwork, they will completely destroy Windows. The first time, it was very interesting and peculiar, because my Mother with no technically experience, managed to cause Windows XP SP2 to hickup into an NT boot screen and continously restart. Now, this is about the sixth time and I'm a little concerned.

I can't be there to watch them twenty-four seven, and they always call after something terrible has happened. Now they have some worm on their computer which has disabled Norton Antivirus, disallowed access to the Add/Remove Programs, disallowed access to the Administrator Tools, doesn't appear as any thread or process and closes Internet Explorer only when they try and visit Yahoo! In the past, after previous system wipes, I've tried installing FireFox, AdAware, and other utilities to help them, but then they destroy Windows or corrupt the file-allocation table.

What can be done to change my parents behavior or habits when on the computer or browsing the web so they can better understand how not to maim/corrupt/destroy/accost their computer?
posted by Colloquial Collision on Dec 3, 2004 - 42 answers

How can I print from my Mac to a Windows network printer?

Can you advise on printing to a Windows PC printer from a Mac OSX machine, over a network? [more inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Dec 1, 2004 - 8 answers

Can I dock MSN Messenger on the side of my (Windows XP) screen?

Can I dock MSN Messenger on the side of my (Windows XP) screen? [mi] [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck on Nov 26, 2004 - 4 answers

Limiting Video Games

So say one's high-school age brother is playing way too many video games and completely neglecting school work. Is there a way to limit his Windows XP accounts to log-ons between certain times? What would you say would be the best way to mechanically limit acccess to his account, or offending games/programs? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Nov 24, 2004 - 15 answers

Screen resolutions for Windows

Windows users: What's your screen resolution? Are you using clear type? Sometimes I find I cant get anything done unless I'm at 800x600 and with clear type off, but when I'm not working, coding, writing, etc I really like the higher resolution and nicer fonts. What gives?
posted by skallas on Nov 20, 2004 - 42 answers

Help Me Convince My Mother-In-Law Her Files are Secure and Give Her XP Security Basics?

WindowsXPSecurityFilter: How do I help my mother-in-law? [more inside]
posted by daver on Nov 20, 2004 - 11 answers

Recommend some good software for multi-track recording in Windows.

What are some popular (both expensive and cheap) software packages for windows based multi-track recording? Also, are there any relevant and good websites/webcommunities and newsgroups? Soundcard/hardware recommendations would be nice as being limited to one input might be a drag and I really don't know how to tell the difference between a good soundcard chipset and a bad one.
posted by skallas on Nov 17, 2004 - 12 answers

Can you recommend a flexible Win32 application for designing test plans?

Can you recommend a flexible Win32 application for designing test plans? [more inside]
posted by Danelope on Nov 15, 2004 - 3 answers

Advantages to partitioning Windows XP?

Are there any real advantages to running Windows XP on a partitioned hard drive, with a different partition each for Windows, programs, and files?
posted by tranquileye on Nov 15, 2004 - 6 answers

SMTP and Outlook 97

I have a machine running Outlook 97. Somehow, the SMTP server has become changed to 'net' (that's all it says - it should be nameofdomain.com). I am unable to change this back - every time I try, the next time Outlook goes to send and receive, it attempts to locate 'net' again. Any idea what's going on here? Google is little help on such generic keywords and the MS knowledge base doesn't seem able to help. Spyware check reveals nothing. XP Home.
posted by humuhumu on Nov 15, 2004 - 8 answers

File diffs

I have two versions of a largeish text file, one a slightly modified version of the other. Is there any app I can run in Xp that would report the differences between the two on a line-to-line basis? Could it also do the same for a whole mess of corresponding text files within a large directory structure?
posted by signal on Nov 13, 2004 - 8 answers

Home Network Issue

While I am working, every 10 mminutes or so, my Toshiba tablet computer keeps dropping my own home network and informs me that there are other networks available (the neighbors'). How can I tell it to ignore all networks except my own?
posted by alball on Nov 11, 2004 - 13 answers

Recommended defragmentation program for Windows XP?

Defrag this! What defragmentation program would people recommend for Windows XP? The one which came standard with the OS or a third party?
posted by phyrewerx on Nov 9, 2004 - 22 answers

Can I use the same Bluetooth keyboard on a Windows machine at work and a Mac at home?

I use a Windows XP box at work. I use a Powerbook G4 at home. I'd like to buy the bluetooth Apple Pro keyboard and use it both at home and at work. Is this possible? If so, any specific recommendations for a USB-bluetooth adapter for my work machine? Thanks in advance.
posted by BlueTrain on Nov 9, 2004 - 1 answer

Windows 2000 hard disk management

Hard disk management. I have several hard drives, running from 20GB to 120GB. My primary C: drive is on the 20GB drive, and the other day I noticed it was taking quite a while to do things, the C: drive was down to about 20MB of disk space! What I'm looking for is a disk manager that would look at hard drive and tell me what folders are taking up what space on the hard drive, so I could prune the offending directories. I'm on Windows 2000, and would prefer freeware.
posted by patrickje on Nov 8, 2004 - 11 answers

JavaScript scrollbar width detection?

JavaScript: is it possible to detect a Windows XP user's chrome settings? For some perverse reason, chromed-out Windows XP scrollbars are a pixel wider than their "Classic" counterparts and it's breaking an interface.
posted by yerfatma on Nov 4, 2004 - 6 answers

Converting WordPerfect to Word on my Mac?

Is there a (free and easy) way to convert Word Perfect files into Word documents on my Mac? [MI]
posted by faustessa on Nov 4, 2004 - 11 answers

How can I automatically format an XML file?

XMLFilter: I need to format an XML file nicely, with the correct indentation and so forth. Unfortunately the file is all on one line. Any suggestions for a Windows user? [more inside]
posted by John Shaft on Oct 31, 2004 - 4 answers

Can I force this Lacie firewire drive to format as FAT32?

I've just bought a Lacie 160 gigabyte firewire drive. It's to be plugged into a Windows XP machine, but also to be written to and read by a Mac OSX machine. I want to format it with the FAT32 file system, but Windows won't let me. Is there a way to force the drive to format as FAT32? [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 28, 2004 - 5 answers

XP update problem

WinXP: my laptop downloaded a windows update (not sure what sort). Now, when I shut down, it tries to update my machine. I get a message saying that Windows is updating, and it advises me NOT to turn off my machine until it's done. But it continues to "update" forever. I've let it sit for two hours, and it still claims to be updating. Finally, with clenched teeth, I shut off the machine and rebooted. Everything seems okay. Now, whenever I shut down, it asks me if I want to install the upgrade or not. If I say yes, the machine stalls on that upgrading message. If I say no, it shuts down fine. I'm ok with saying no all the time, except that now I can't ever add any new updates. What should I do?
posted by grumblebee on Oct 27, 2004 - 14 answers

My wireless Mac and wired PC transfer to each other at 2.5 MB/s. Can I speed this up any?

I've got a network in my home - one PC, connected by wire to the router, and one Apple, connected by an Airport card (which I believe is 802.11G). The fastest speed I can get transferring files from one to the other is 2.5MB/s, which seems slow. Am I right, or is this standard?
posted by ascullion on Oct 21, 2004 - 4 answers

Files Lost After Windows XP Temporary Profile Zapped -- Any Way to Recover?

Is there any way to recover files saved under a temporary profile in Windows XP? (MI) [more inside]
posted by brookedel on Oct 21, 2004 - 4 answers

Windows XP search improvement: suggestions for how to use the built-in search more efficiently, or for search programs to replace it

I need a search tool replacement for the built-in windows XP search, or suggestions for it. I have a lot of files on different drives in different directories (C:\AA F:\BB ...) and I when I want to find a specific file that I know is in one of those directories, I have to select and search each directory one at a time. (searching all folders on all drives would take too long.) Anyway to make this quicker?
posted by Iax on Oct 18, 2004 - 7 answers

What's a lightweight, simple email server I can install on my XP box?

What's a lightweight, simple email server I can install on my XP box? It will only serve like 2 addresses. IMAP and web access is a plus. Running as a service would also be nice.
posted by signal on Oct 18, 2004 - 4 answers

How do I send a slideshow in Windows XP slideshow viewer to a monitor?

Windows Slide Show Viewer in Dual Monitor Mode. I need to run a full-screen slideshow of some jpgs in a folder from a peripheral monitor, while doing other stuff on my laptop screen. Windows XP slideshow viewer (the one that comes up when viewing a folder with pictures in it) is perfect, but every time I try to run it from the monitor, the slideshow actually takes place on the LCD screen. How the hell do I get the show to run on the monitor?
posted by nylon on Oct 16, 2004 - 3 answers

Computer freezing up

My PC has developed a sudden allergy to various types of Media files (Windows, Quicktime) causing the PC to freeze and have to be rebooted! (MI) [more inside]
posted by zaelic on Oct 16, 2004 - 1 answer

How can I take screen caps of tool tips, context menus, etc?

When making software user instruction booklets for the Windows-based Compleat Idiot, in which you want to include screen captures of absolutely everything the user sees, is there a way to do screen caps of things like popup tool tips, right-click context menus and so forth that close automatically the instant you press a key? Can you do it without installing an additional screen-capture utility? If you have to have an additional utility, what's a good (= lightweight and cheap) one? I don't need any special features except one, what-I-see-goes-to-clipboard.
posted by jfuller on Oct 16, 2004 - 7 answers

Examples of mechanical or software placebos?

Part One: I've heard people say that the "close doors" buttons in elevators don't work. They certainly don't seem to do anything in my building. Do they not work because of poor design or are they literally (purposefully) not hooked up to anything?

Part Two: Are there other examples of mechanical (or software) placebos? I've heard that the "progress bar" you see when Windows boots doesn't actually mean anything. Microsoft just discovered that people were happier if there was some sort of animation going on while their computer was starting up.
posted by grumblebee on Oct 14, 2004 - 44 answers

On my HP Pavilion mx703 that runs on Windows XP, the screen will get wavy black lines working their way up.

I have an HP Pavilion mx703 that runs on Windows XP. Lately, right in the middle of working on it, the screen will get these wavy black lines on it (can't really be more specific than that) that start at the bottom and work their way to the top. It's annoying as hell, and nothing gets rid of them except shutting down completely - rebooting doesn't help. A friend suggested "Degausse", but that doesn't work. I'm not as computer-savvy as other MeFites here - anyone know what to do? It's done it four or five times this evening alone, and I'm at my wits end. Please help!!
posted by ScarletSpectrum on Oct 12, 2004 - 5 answers

GUI source control for Linux and Windows

Source Control: I need a good, free GUI that runs on Linux and Windows that will allow me to create, manipulate, and update a CVS repository on a remote Linux machine via SSH. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Oct 11, 2004 - 4 answers

Windows

I have older windows in my home that weren't taken care of properly (layers upon layers of paint, some don't open, broken weights, etc). Window replacement is about a year off, and I'm trying to get my rental unit up to snuff. Is there some good how-to repair advice anyone has come accross for old windows? I have a couple of fix-it books but they only have cursory info and concentrate more on installing new windows.
posted by sharksandwich on Oct 11, 2004 - 9 answers

Exchange Server Alternatives

What is a good, cheap alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server for sharing Outlook calendar data over a network?
posted by nthdegx on Oct 11, 2004 - 3 answers

Win '98 - Javascript + IE/Firefox + NYT = Random GIF. Fixes?

Web browser image cache mayhem: We've got a fairly ancient Dell box running Win98. On Javascript-intensive websites like the New York Times, following a link or a form button ends up redirecting to a random GIF image on the source page, rather than the target destination. We have to hit refresh a bunch of times before the page actually loads. Switching between IE and Firefox doesn't seem to make a difference. Any software fixes for us? (We don't want to install XP as we don't want to rock the boat and we're not sure the system can handle it.)
posted by PrinceValium on Oct 10, 2004 - 5 answers

How do I get 1200 people in three different countries upgraded from dumb terminals to PCs and MS Office?

Here's a question from 1992: How do I get 1200 people in the US, Canada, and Mexico up and running with PCs and MS Office from a previous dumb terminal environment? (More inside of course) [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Oct 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Extensions

Rencently I installed something that decided to associate a bunch of common file extensions with it. This re-brought to my attention a problem that has plagued me for quite some time:every time I try to modify what programs are associated with a given extension the I am unable to. Example: say I'm browsing a directory using Explorer. I notice that .tif files are no longer associated with photoshop. I right-click and select Open With>Chose Program. The task hangs. The same thing happens when I view file properties:
Type of file: $filetype
Opens with: $someapp ........ CHANGE...
If I click CHANGE, the properties dialog "is no longer responding". Lastly, trying to change the default file associations by going to: Settings>Control Panal>Folder Options>File Types>
results in that applet freezing. HELP [more inside]
posted by Grod on Oct 7, 2004 - 28 answers

What are some good screensavers?

Can anyone recommend a good screensaver (Win32)? I've got ecotonoha at the moment, which is pretty cool, but would like something that works well w/out an internet connection and is darker (ecotonoha is dark only during the night).
posted by andrew cooke on Oct 7, 2004 - 15 answers

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