Articles - Year 2004

All our articles from 2004. Enjoy! Visit  our blog for a full article listing from all years.


Domain Hacks & Email Hacks
2004/Nov/03 — Matthew Doucette
Background info on "domain hacks" (,, and "email hacks" (,

Create an MP3 Alarm Clock
2004/Oct/20 — Jason Doucette
Why wake up to the annoying buzzer of your alarm clock, when you can let your computer play one of your favourite songs in the morning?

Google Gmail Invites
2004/Oct/17 — Matthew Doucette
Here are some free Gmail invites, Google's awesome new online email.

What is "wuauclt.exe" and "wuaudt.exe"?
2004/Aug/26 — Matthew Doucette
What is the wuauclt.exe (or wuaudt.exe) process?

How to Delete Undeletable Files or Folders
2004/Aug/19 — Matthew Doucette
How to delete undeletable files and folders.

Uninstall Windows Messenger
2004/Aug/10 — Matthew Doucette
How to uninstall Windows Messenger.

Anti-Aliased Text: Better or Worse?
2004/Aug/03 — Matthew Doucette
Anti-aliased text is sometimes better, but sometimes worse, than aliased text.  Here is why.

Investigate Windows Processes
2004/Aug/03 — Matthew Doucette
Ever wonder what all those processes running on your Windows system are for?

Minesweeper and Random Number Generation
2004/Jul/27 — Jason Doucette
How computers generate random numbers, and how this affects Minesweeper games.

Hide Preview Pane in Outlook Express
2004/Jul/27 — Matthew Doucette
How and why you should hide the preview pane in Outlook Express.

Monopoly National Championship Quiz Answers
2004/Jul/23 — Matthew Doucette
A non-tech article for Monopoly fans.

Run Tasks in Low Priority
2004/Jul/22 — Matthew Doucette
Run tasks in "BelowNormal" or "Low" base priority by default.

Search MSDN with Google
2004/Jul/19 — Matthew Doucette
Search MSDN more productively with Google.

Uninstall 180 Search Assistant
2004/Jul/18 — Matthew Doucette
How to delete 180 Search Assistant once and for all.

Customize Your Windows Explorer Shortcut
2004/Jul/18 — Jason Doucette
Create your own unique shortcut to Windows Explorer that is customized to your liking.

Proper Way to Recreate My Computer Desktop Icon
2004/Jul/16 — Jason Doucette
Properly recreating the missing 'My Computer' icon on the desktop.

How Connected Files are Made, and their Problems
2004/Jul/16 — Jason Doucette
Have you ever deleted or moved a file, and a folder goes with it?  You have a 'connected file'.

Programming Windows, 5th Edition - Errata Addendum
2004/Jul/01 — Jason Doucette
I created and maintain an extensive errata list of program bugs, text typos, and errors for Charles Petzold's Programming Windows, 5th Edition - the bible of Windows programming.

Visual C++ .NET Standard Edition - Free Optimizing Compiler
2004/Jun/29 — Jason Doucette
How to freely obtain and integrate Microsoft's expensive Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Edition optimizing compiler and linker into Visual C++ .NET Standard Edition.

Stop Spam Mail
2004/Jun/17 — Matthew Doucette
Here are various ways I stop spam emails without using an email filter.

Monitor Convergence
2004/Jun/09 — Matthew Doucette
Optimize your monitor's convergence to produce the clearest possible image.

SpinRite 6.0 - HD Maintenance, Recovery, and Repair Software
2004/Jun/07 — Matthew Doucette
Gibson Research Corporation has just released SpinRite 6.0 (now compatible with NTFS, Linux, Novell, or any other file system).

Windows XP Setup Tweaks & Tips
2004/May/22 — Matthew Doucette
Setup and Tweak Windows XP.

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