Category Archives: Geek

Hidden Startup Items

While looking into why my laptop was taking so long to startup windows, I noticed a program, GoogleUpdate.exe, running. I wasn’t too concerned because I use GoogleDesktop, but since I had disabled that at startup I started wondering why it was still there.

Checking the usual places, I fired up msconfig to see if it was listed anywhere and nothing. Looked in services.msc, nothing there either.

So after a quick search, I ran across this page which shows that GoogleUpdate.exe gets run as a scheduled task which runs at user login. This is also how Apple installs their product updater. This means that this is another way that software can be set to run at startup, even though it isn’t in any of the normal startup locations.

The Gadgeteer

Your result for The Steampunk Style Test…

The Gadgeteer

14% Elegant, 69% Technological, 13% Historical, 56% Adventurous and 40% Playful!

You are the Gadgeteer, the embodiment of steampunk technology. Ironically, many of the things that most define your style are probably too large to easily carry about, but given the opportunity you would prefer to be seen surrounded by boiler engines, gear-driven calculators, and incredible automata. Of all the steampunk fashion styles, you place the greatest emphasis on technological accessories, and you are the most likely to create elaborate gadgets that are as much a part of your outfit as your clothes. You probably have goggles, but unlike most people you consider them to be for more than decoration. Whereas most people might look odd carrying a satchel of tools around, for you they may well be essential. Above all, you remind everyone that what sets the genre apart from Victoriana is simply the level of technology.

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Reinstalling Windows

There’s nothing more annoying that re-installing windows. 88 updates from Microsoft plus all the other programs you need to get things back to the way you like them; firefox, winamp, divx player, anti-virus; not to mention all the plugins and finding all the product codes.

Well, at least it will be nice to have a fresh install without all the cruft that accumulates over time.

Now if only Media player would finish….

Cut the jack-o’-lantern hole in the bottom of the pumpkin

What an absolutely excellent idea. Cut your jack-o-lanterns from the bottom instead of the top. Helps keep them flat, and makes it easier to light the candle (then you put the jack-o-lantern over the candle which is on a safe surface. Plus you have the added bonus of keeping the stem attached to the pumpkin.

Halloween hack: Cut the jack-o’-lantern hole in the bottom of the pumpkin: Parent Hacks