7zip
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A free, no trial version file compression program. Unzips fast. Haven't tried compressing to 7z format. It obviously can compress to .zip.
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laptop batteries can die
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did you know that laptop batteries have a life after which they can't be recharged. it was a shock to me to find that i went from hours to mins in a few years. but i used my battery everyday, just to save on electricity. maybe conservation was the key. or do they just run out over time. who knows.

hibernate
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save power on your laptop by enabling hibernate, a cross between logging off and shutting down. the power goes off but all your windows, applications, etc remain as you left them. hibernate has replaced shutting off for me. just turn the computer on and you start off where you last left it. not all computers support hibernate. works on xp.
follow the steps in this link to enable it. restart your computer. when you go to shut down your computer and the 3 options appear, press SHIFT and one of the options should change to hibernate. click it. i have the sleep command (Fn+F3) set to hibernate--maybe that's automatic...don't remember.
it will take some space initially. and memory over time, so restart your computer every couple weeks to a month, depending on your usage and space. but its a real timesaver. i've cut down my startup time significantly, but it takes awhile for theme changes to take effect and antivirus to load up when starting anew. hibernate.

something you may have known
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when you minimize a window, it takes up less resources than if you'd left it open.
same with logging off when you step away for awhile. windows+L
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my start menu and quicklaunch menu were cluttered. clean up ensued...
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narrow it down to the essential essentials (frequent use daily): music player, internet browser, my documents and show desktop (which isn't really important, but just in case)

start menu
right-click on taskbar, select Properties. In Start Menu tab, select the first Customize. In the general tab, select small icons.
to pick and choose which programs you want on there, set number of programs to 0. then you can drag items on to the list. or leave it. you can change it later.
'show on start menu' check email if you want it.
In the advanced tab, select 'open submenus when I pause on them with my mouse'
and edit the start menu items. my settings
control panel: display as a link; enable dragging and dropping; help and support; my computer: display as a link; (my documents: display as a link); My Music: don't display this item; My pictures: don't display; (Network connections: display as menu); Run command; Search; System Admin tools: Don't display.
For recent documents, uncheck 'list my recently opened documents'.
Behold the mini prettiness.
load it up with your secondary programs and arrange it all pretty like. I have items like Calculator and Wordpad on top, media player, games, a couple office programs, then a shortcut of the recycle bin. As well, right-click on an item to change the name to something easier. eg. VLC media player>VLC; Microsoft Word 20XX>Word. Overtime, unpin the programs you don't find yourself using.
finally, this video shows you how to tweak xp to get a faster pop up of the start menu.
 
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maximize screen space (a teeny bit more)
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hide the taskbar. right-click on it. select properties. in the taskbar tab, select the box for autohide the taskbar. now when you move your mouse to the edge of screen it pops up, then hides when you don't need it. advantages: all your windows will now expand to fit the entire screen. less distraction. but it might pop up unintentionally as you scroll down so you might wanna move it to the top, if its not there already. you might have to unlock it (right-click, uncheck Lock the taskbar) then drag it to top of screen. Relock it. et voila.
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lj tracking | gmail themes
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i just discovered i can track a journal/community. yeah, i haven't really explored lj that much. to be honest, its because of the horrible design of the user pages, it hurts my eyes. hopefully itll get better.
but i'll be getting updates on email since rss doesn't work for private entires. did you know gmail has themes. go to settings>themes. it would be so nice if reader had themes

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