79. Reduce the Size of Your
By default, the Windows XP recycling bin reserves up to
12% of each logical drive for storing deleted files. If you're the type that
doesn't often empty the bin, your hard disk space will suffer for it.
Fortunately it's quite simple to set the bin to use less of your precious space
in the future:
Right click on the recycling bin and choose
'properties.' There will be a tab corresponding to each of your logical
partitions (c:, d:, etc.). Click on each and lower the slider to reduce the
amount of space the recycle bin will steal for its files. Click 'ok' to save the
80. Make Sure of Your
Location on the Internet
If you're about to make an online transaction or enter
personal information on the web, take a second to make sure the page you are
currently looking at is actually belongs to who it says it does. This is
especially important if you are visiting a link sent through an email message.
Scam banks, ebay and other web merchant pages have become commonplace in the
last couple of years, so it pays to be careful with your credit card and banking
Phony pages often disguise themselves with long and
confusing URLs so potential victims do not look to closely. By entering the java
address: " + location.protocol + "//" + location.hostname + "/");
in the address bar, then hitting 'go' or ENTER, you can
display the basic address of the site you are on. For example:
This is much more reassuring. If the resolved address
does not sound right, or does not contain the name of the company with which you
were about to do business, be very cautious.
81. Arrange the 'All
Programs' List Alphabetically
Here's a simple tip that can make a big difference to
the usability of your system. To alphabetize the 'all programs' section of the
start menu, right click an area of the 'all programs' menu and choose 'sort by
name.' Your programs will be arranged alphabetically instead of in the strange,
jumbled format that XP seems to default to.