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Network Connections in Vista

For those who have used previous versions of Windows (up to XP), you may have grown accustomed to being able to quickly open the Network Connections folder. It's the folder that displays all your dial-up connections, Local Area connections, 1394 connections and Wireless connections.Someone in the Windows Vista development team was smart enough to decide to bury this folder, thinking the new Windows users won't need to have immediate access to this folder because of the new "Connect To" wizard and the "Network and Sharing Center."How wrong of them! I definitely prefer to see things in the Network Connections folder and hate it that I have to open the "Connect To" wizard, then the "Network and Sharing Center" and finally the "Network Connections" folder. If you're like me, you'd want to create a shortcut somewhere. Here are four methods:If you just want a quick and dirty solution, simply create a shortcut to "ncpa.cp…

How to create self-extracting 7z archives

Note: This is not an easy task and requires intermediate or advanced knowledge in batch files, parameters, encoding, escape sequences and such computing terms. If you are a beginner, you should create a self-extracting Zip archive, which can be easily done using software such as WinZip.To successfully create an SFX (self-extracting) archive, you need three parts and a batch program to combine them together. The three parts are:SFX module, the executable code of the SFX archive Configuration file, provides options that control the behavior of the SFX archive. 7z archive, contains the files and folders you want to extract. Download the required SFX module from Download Links. You would most likely use an LZMA module, which is the default compression method of 7z. The first or second download link should be sufficient, but you must remember to use the module that corresponds to the compression method of your 7z archive. If you are not sure, just use the 7ZSD_All module which is …

Why Meebo and not eBuddy

I've seen many in Singapore using eBuddy as their favorite online multi-messenger (even if they are only signing into MSN!) Maybe they are used to it, but to me, Meebo has a lot more advantages compared to eBuddy.
Meebo has no advertisements! eBuddy has both text and image banner advertisements in every window you open.Meebo uses the familiar Windows interface. eBuddy uses a tabbed interface, but this to me is not comfortable for chatting. I use a tabbed browser but for chatting, I prefer having separate windows.Meebo has a simplistic, minimal and clean design. eBuddy has an overly stylistic design, wastes a lot of screen space (for not only the ads).Meebo allows you to have or even upload your own display picture. eBuddy forces its own display picture (the orange b with two orange dots in it) on its users, promoting itself.Meebo is a web-based desktop and allows wallpaper. Nothing comparable in eBuddy.Meebo has chat rooms and promotes music. Tell me who doesn't love music? eBu…