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A cheap network printer..
Mike's Window

Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

ATI graphics drivers for HD5000 and better will install an exceedingly annoying game enhancement addon called Raptr UNLESS you take the custom install route and UNCHECK it

Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.

Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. . 

ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk.. 

A commonly held 'view.. '

 "Well, it worked in Windows 95!"

MVP Award years

2005 - 2006 - 2007

2008 - 2009 - 2010

2011 - 2012 - 2013


The original MVP logo

My Favourite Utilities

Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy..

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used..

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using..

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell..

Stardock Start8..

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..


This is what has become of my venerable HP Deskjet 5150. Bought in 2003, it has been connected directly to my PC and shared with other network users, but no more.LPR

I have one of these..

These things are half the price of anything available locally, can be bought on eBay for around $20 (free shipping), are so much more reliable a connection than relying on sharing a printer from a host computer, and will work with almost any USB printer.

All you need is a spare outlet on your router.

If your old USB printer finally rolls over and croaks and you go out and buy one of the new fangled wireless printers, the device can be used to share an external USB drive in the same way (software included).

It took me just a few minutes to remove it from the packaging and set it up manually, e real breeze.

Now, when I put my computer into hibernation, others can still print, no more complaints. That is worth $20 anyway.. Smile

Posted Fri, Oct 5 2012 7:28 by Mike Hall
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